Steampunk Spotlight: Heart of Brass

Steampunk Spotlight: Heart of Brass

This was such a fun read! Heart of Brass, by Australian author Felicity Banks, is a compulsively readable steampunk-infused fantasy. Upperclass Emmeline Muchamore is a keen inventor with a talent for metalwork, who possesses a remarkable brass heart. When she is...
Author Spotlight: Carolyn Denman

Author Spotlight: Carolyn Denman

Carolyn Denman has just released her debut novel, one I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Songlines is a fresh and unusual YA urban fantasy, with a unique supernatural twist: situating Paradise in a remote corner of the Victorian countryside. Songlines begins with Lainie...
Six Ways to Stay on Track with Your Story

Six Ways to Stay on Track with Your Story

Stories don’t grow themselves – or do they? Are we partners in the process, co-conspirators, or something else entirely? And how do we stay on track when our writing wants to veer off in all sorts of directions? My second book has been planned out more than my first –...
Making Masterful Hooks

Making Masterful Hooks

Hooking your reader is an art form all of its own. From the first line, the reader is circling warily, deciding if it is safe to entrust his or her precious reading hours to your story. Compelling hooks turn ‘I might read this’ into ‘I must read this.’ One of the best...
Your First Date With Your Reader

Your First Date With Your Reader

A novel is a commitment – and a first chapter is rather like a first date. During that first chapter, your reader’s radar is up: they are checking you out, trying you on for size, before going in for the long haul. They want to believe your promises… but they’ve been...

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