Friday, June 23, 2017

The Week in Links 6/23/17: Jurassic World, Wonder Woman, Han Solo Movie


Welcome to the weekly roundup of links for fantasy, sci-fi, horror readers and writers

Book Marketing and Branding
How To Use Instagram To Build Your Brand
22 Ways to Impress a First-Time Blog Reader With Any Post

Fantasy/Horror/Sci-Fi
WONDER WOMAN About to Become Highest Grossing Movie Directed by a Woman
Star Wars Han Solo Film Loses Its Directors 11 Months Before Release
Ron Howard will step in to rescue Han Solo movie
Winter is Here: Game of Thrones S7 Gets a New Massively Epic Trailer #WinterIsHere
Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Hard Mode Has Separate Save

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ahe'ey by Jamie Le Fay




Title: Ahe'ey
AuthorJamie Le Fay
Genre: Epic Fantasy Romance

Morgan’s feminist books didn’t prepare her to deal with the dashing Gabriel and the land of Ahe’ey.

Morgan is a dreamer, change maker and art lover. She is a feisty, slightly preachy, romantic feminist full of contradictions and insecurities. Morgan uncovers a world where women have the power, and where magic is no longer just a figment of her wild imagination. Sounds like a dream, but it may, in fact, turn into a nightmare.

The world of the Ahe'ey challenges and subverts her views about gender, genes, and nature versus nurture.

The strong and uninvited chemistry between her and the dashing Gabriel makes matters even more complicated. His stunning looks keep short-circuiting her rational mind.



“What do you want from me, Ange’el?”

“Your warriors, they can help secure the area. It’s just for a couple of hours.”

“Are you out of your mind? Has Viviane heard about this? My warriors protect our people from those who threaten our security,” she spoke decisively.

He adjusted his tone, trying to reason with her. Silk and honey flowed from his voice and his eyes. “Sky, we were once—”

“Don’t you dare. Don’t you dare!” She leaned in, speaking to his face. Her hand squeezed the hilt of her sword. She gritted her teeth, responding to his silence. “Where were you when we battled the Hu’urei for over twenty years? Where was the powerful prince of Ange’el as my warriors died in the battlefield, crushed by the dragons? Why would I risk the safety of Ahe’ey to respond to the whims of a spoiled coward? Go back to your rich city penthouse Ange’el. You don’t belong here.” Her eyes and her words were razor-sharp spears.

“Please. Sky.”

She mounted the horse and galloped away.

His guilty conscience endured her justified anger and her hate for him. He wore her wrath as a reminder of his weakness, of his betrayal. He gave Sky her rage, and he would suffer it for the rest of their lives. The tension between their roles at Ahe’ey only worsened their frail and fractured relationship. Their agendas were different. She was ultimately responsible for the security of the people of Ahe’ey, and within its borders she was as powerful as the queen and king. She was to be obeyed and rarely needed her mighty army to enforce her orders. Gabriel worked to hide any clues of Ahe’ey’s existence from the humans. In parallel, he sponsored and lobbied for technological and political progress so that Ahe’ey’s secrets could one day be disclosed.


Jamie is an accomplished writer and speaker that focuses mainly on topics related to girlhood, feminism, gender equality, and the misrepresentation of minorities in media and marketing.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Fantasy Novel Writing: Traveling on a Ship


Five characters in my Merging Worlds series, all children, find themselves on a ship- transported there by the enemy. Now, I need to realistically write their experience.

I've been on the water a couple of times. Once, I was on a cruise ship in the middle of a storm. That was awesome until I saw the waves. Many stories I've read are set in medieval times and characters often get on ships. I could also pull inspiration for some games and anime.

Even so, It'll be helpful to do my own research on what it's like being on a ship. My story's not set in the Middle Ages but it's several years after the apocalypse. The world is constantly at war so it's Middle Ages-like.

My first stop is Pinterest, as always. I need to know what my characters are seeing.


After looking at pins, I'm reminded that I don't have to stay with a traditional boat. Magic, of sorts, exists in my story and everyone knows about. it People pull energy from Darkness. They could use this energy to do some fun things to ships.

And, after looking at this picture:


I realized I have to figure out what kind of ship my characters are on. As I mentioned before, my story isn't set in the Middle Ages. The world used to be like ours before it ended. Some people could have more modern cargo ships or something similar to a cruise ship.


I might do a combination. Since countries are fighting, I need something that can do battle. I might stick with pirate ships.

Next stop is YouTube for sound effects:



Here's an interesting presentation I found:



Do you have any resources that help you write about traveling by ship?

More Resources
Quora: What was life like aboard a pirate ship in the golden age of piracy?
The Finer Times: Transportation in the Middle Ages
Encyclopedia Britannica: History Of Ships

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Week in Links 6/16/17: E3 2017, European Libraries, Summer Anime


Welcome to the weekly roundup of links for fantasy, sci-fi, horror readers and writers

Book Marketing and Branding
Instagram profiles are the new homepage

Fantasy/Horror/Sci-Fi
THE CONJURING 2’s Crooked Man is Getting a Spinoff
The Best New Anime of Summer 2017


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

These #E32017 Trailers are Awesome!


It's funny how things change. When I was younger, I used to get so mad at my brother for hogging the TV playing video games. I could never understand how anyone could spend hours playing a game.

Now I do.

Now, my brother and I have deep conversations about Pokemon.

I come home after work, open YouTube and catch up on E3 2017. I've played PlayStation games but I only own a Nintendo 3DS. My financial situation has been tragic a while. Also, I probably wouldn't do anything else if I got the consoles I wanted. Yes, consoles as in more than one. I'm already kinda addicted to Fire Emblem: Heroes. There's a new Pokemon game coming out for the 3DS. That's definitely gonna take up most of my bandwidth.

I really, really want the Switch.

I got a little sidetracked. The trailers from E3 got me hyped. They have better musical scores than most movie trailers. It was difficult picking a couple of trailers I liked. I didn't want this post to be too long so here are five:

The Evil Within 2
I love this trailer. It's so trippy.




Hidden Agenda
I'd get a PlayStation just for this. I really enjoyed Until Dawn.



Detroit: Become Human
My goodness, this trailer's intense and emotional.


Skyrim
Nintendo stepped up their game.



The Inpatient
This looks so creepy.



Are you watching E3? What's your favorite trailer. 
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