Here’s a coming-of-age fantasy book for those who love YA novels. AMOK by @natzers sounds fab! #fantasy #YA #comingofage #asian

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Looking for gift ideas for the older child? check out this #YA book library! Plenty of ideas there!

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Looking for gift ideas for the older child? check out this #YA book library! Plenty of ideas there! Continue reading

The day changed when another realm was revealed. Time to kick ass! #fantasy @SenseyZd #mustread

COLD DESOLATION BY A. H. ALWAGDANI For fifteen years, Jenny Da’ Gare was behind the doors of her cabin with her parents. One day, those doors broke open and Jenny was introduced to Soulaven, a world of monsters and lies. … Continue reading

Witches,wizards and magic, oh my! #fantasy #magic #newbooks

An interview with the author of BURN THE WITCH by Magdalena Kubasiewicz   Who is the protagonist; their background? What makes them them? The protagonist is a witch named Sanika. Well, there are only two people allowed to call her … Continue reading

Author in the spotlight – Garry Rogers

On my review blog, the books that gain a 4-star mark or higher ‘win’ a spot on WWBB, and I was impressed by Garry Roger’s novel Cor Syl the Warrior enough by giving it a 4-star review.

I found it refreshing, extremely unique with funny, laugh-out-loud moments, too. It’s targeted at YA, but anybody who enjoy hard fantasy will like this book.

The origin of Cor Syl the Warrior – in Garry Roger’s words: 
‘The idea for this book came from the news, the bad news: The bad weather, spreading extinctions, and always the hunger, hate, and war. The Tsaeb (silent ‘T’, long ‘a’) have the intelligence and foresight needed to avoid global scarcity and inequity, but random events can always block perfection. Characters like Corr Syl (as in apple ‘core’ and door ‘sill’) are often driven to struggle against the forces of chance, greed, and evil as they attempt to protect perfection—an impossible assignment.

However, all of that wasn’t enough to make me start writing. My ideal book includes action, adventure, romance, danger, and a bit of humor. I decided to write that book. The other stuff just adds a little meaning to the story.’
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Author Garry Rogers

Dr. Garry Rogers writes about an Earth on which intelligence appeared long before humans in Corr Syl the Warrior.

He also writes non fiction articles, and wildlife and nature conservation books. Before turning to full-time writing, he served on the faculties of UCLA and Columbia University in New York, and he served as CEO of an academic computing corporation.

Whatever you do begin writing your novel in the CORRECT place!

This week Jamie Magee is here to talk us about where to begin writing a novel. At the beginning? You think?

Take it away, Jamie…

Whatever you do begin writing your novel in the CORRECT place!
Jamie Magee

I always thought that there was only one way to write a novel – from the beginning to the end – but that was before I was writer.

When I began writing the Insight series I was chasing a daydream. The image I had of my main character, Willow Haywood, was painful and full of raw emotion.

I knew I couldn’t start at that point so I thought backwards and tried to figure out how this scene would come to life then I started the Insight series at the wrong place – the beginning.

Once Insight was complete my scene saw was nowhere to be seen. It was an awkward moment in my life. One thought would tell me that I’d wasted three months writing a story that would never be read, the next that this was simply the beginning and that I needed to write deeper and find that lost scene.

As beta readers began to read Insight I felt unfulfilled. Even though I’d told Willow Haywood’s story I felt empty – after organizing every closet and drawer in my house my restlessness became too much for me to handle, and before I had the verdict from the beta readers I began to write again.

This time I started with my lost scene. At first it felt like I was writing outside of the series but I began to let my characters guide me. It was a turning point.

I’d wrote what is chapter twelve in Embody all the way to end before I had any feedback on Insight, at that point it didn’t matter if anyone else was in love with Willow and Landen – I was!

More scenes came – but this was a good thing if I wanted to keep writing! What was different with the these scenes is that I didn’t try and figure out what happened before that point, instead I just wrote them down and made room for the next ‘big idea’ to come.

Image will be launched Nov 8th 2011

My third novel, Image, was written differently. In that novel I wrote countless scenes then placed them in order and connected them together. Somehow it created a fast paced novel, and looking back now I know I would not have managed to come up with the same effect had I written the novel from the beginning to end.

Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she’d never been, introduce her to people she’s never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.

Not many Scorpio’s are known for their patience,
and Willow Haywood is no different. Her only desire is to love Landen Chambers
and redeem the lost souls of Esterious, but the path to that desire is long,
dark and dangerous…

Before Willow’s life had a chance to balance the sudden revelations and grief
she had to endure to get to Chara a disturbing discovery is made. A photo, one
that shows Willow blissfully embracing the flawless image of Drake Blakeshire;
giving her not only proof that she had lived before, but that she had loved

Running away from the memory of Drake’s hypnotizing touch, and the prophecy set
before her seemed like the logical thing to do. That is, until a dark dream
reignites her passion to save the hopeless dimension of Esterious. Willow
struggles to find patience – to learn everything she needs to know before she
faces Drake again, but her eagerness is dangerous and one step in the wrong
direction takes everything and everyone away from her – the only way to survive
this trial is for Willow to remember who she is and what she really wants out
of this life.

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