Author Archives: Deborah Jay

Book Tour, #giveaway & #BookReview – TRIBAL AFFAIRS by Matt Dallmann #YAfantasy

Book Details: Book Title: Tribal Affairs by Matt Dallmann Category: YA Fiction, 277 pages Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Matt Dallmann Release date: July 2017 Tour dates: August 6 to 24, 2018 Content Rating: G (No bad language or sex) Book Description: Dahlia, a centuries-old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to […]

HONORING HONORIFICS

Originally posted on Fantasy Author's Handbook:
Let’s take this week to go after a certain copy editing bugaboo that I have found extremely common in both fantasy and science fiction. It’s another of those seemingly impenetrable rules governing the proper use of an initial cap. An initial cap is when the first letter of…

#BookReview – SHOOT THE MESSENGER by Pippa DaCosta #SFF #paranormal

I read this book back in March while having a bit of a hiatus from reviewing, so this is another catch up that deserved better from me – a totally breathless, excellent read. Book 2 is on my Kindle and #3 will be along shortly. Can’t wait!   Shoot the Messenger by Pippa DaCosta My […]

National Book Lovers Day!!!

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing:
(https://pixabay.com) August 9 is National Book Lovers Day, and that makes it one of the best days of the year! This is a time to celebrate the people who read and love books–bibliophiles!  I am assuming if you are reading this post, that you are also…

How to write attention grabbing sentences: active vs passive construction #amwriting

With the huge number of novels available these days, it’s important to grab your readers’ attention immediately or they may never read past the sample pages Amazon offers. There’s lots of advice out there on writing those all-important opening lines – start with action, suggest something unusual, be controversial etc. – but I want to […]

#BookReview – THE HARVEST OF LIES by Mark Henwick #fantasy #urbanfantasy

I’d been waiting eagerly for this book, and it didn’t disappoint in any respect. An offshoot from Mark Henwick’s BITE BACK series, you can find my previous reviews from this series below this one. The Harvest of Lies: An Athanate Novel of Nineteenth Century Saigon by Mark Henwick My rating: 5 of 5 stars Bian’s […]

Are you a healthy author?

I’ve noticed quite a lot of posts on this topic this year, and I think the subject deserves plenty of attention. Being an author is, for the most part, a sedentary occupation (not to mention solitary!) which can cause plenty of health issues. I chose today to talk about this because I was prompted by […]

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Originally posted on Fantasy Author's Handbook:
I work with a lot of young/aspiring authors and time and again I find them suffering over the subject of naming characters and places. Placeholders abound, names from other works like the Forgotten Realms or Game of Thrones start to sneak in, or sometimes they just fall back…

#BookReview – BILLY NINEFINGERS by Connie Jasperson #Medieval #Fantasy

Catching up on more reviews this month…   Billy Ninefingers by Connie J. Jasperson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Billy was settled in the mercenary lifestyle – a bit of danger, a lot of waiting around, camaraderie with his fellow Rowdies, and the hope of one day persuading Bess to marry him, although that […]

Looking for a great summer read? Try these…

Once again, I’ve joined up with a bunch of other authors to offer FREE summer reads, so take a look at this lovely selection… Click HERE  And if you’d like something other than fantasy (though in my book, why would you?), take a look at this HUGE selection – over 300 to choose from, some […]