Hi everyone. I just wanted to give you a heads up that I’m over on Wottaread today giving an interview that shows you more of the quirky author that I am. If you’d like to pop over to say hello, the link is: https://wottaread.com/knowing-harmony-kent/.
Thanks so much to I.M. Redwright for this wonderful opportunity.
Apologies to my regulars for missing last week’s post. I’ve been in bed with flu. Great fun! Anyway, it would be lovely to see you all over on Wottaread if you can make it 🙂
Hello everyone. Happy Friday. Another week done and dusted. Lots achieved despite that virus still hanging around, which it seems to be doing with everybody I know. Still no biopsy results, but the run of bloods came back fine except for raised white cells, which the doc wants to keep an eye on. Fiancé and I collected our wedding rings on Saturday, and the wedding is now just a smidge over 3 months away. Get butterflies every time I think about it, lol. Still making steady progress on my WIP, and this week’s quote resonated with me because I had days I had to force myself to sit and write, but once I started, I enjoyed it 🙂
Have a great weekend, everyone, and here are this week’s writing links …
Hello everyone. Today, I’d like to give a big warm welcome to Author Craig Boyack, introducing his latest book, Lanternfish. I can’t wait to read this one! Take it away, Craig …
Thanks for having me back, Harmony. I’m here to promote my newest story, Voyage of the Lanternfish. This one is a pirate fantasy. It differs from classic fantasy, because gunpowder is involved. There are flintlocks, cannon, and mortars to mingle with monsters, magic, and adventure.
Lanternfish has two main characters. We have Lieutenant James Cuttler, and Dan Philson.
James is an officer on a merchant ship. Dan is an oyster trawler of no actual standing. He simply works on the ships.
These two were childhood friends. James’ father helped him secure a position of some respect, while Dan moved into the main local business.
I debated telling this story from Dan’s point of view, but abandoned this idea. It would help to make James larger than life, in the way Watson makes Holmes seem larger than life. Ultimately, I decided it didn’t quite work with an ensemble cast.
My style is to write stoic main characters and use the supporting cast to bring a bit of color. I also wanted to distance myself from the Disney franchise. James is more like someone Russel Crowe might portray than someone Johnny Depp would play.
Dan is that nagging voice of caution, and focus. The big bad has taken his sister, who is James’ fiancée, captive. Their purpose is to rescue her, but the bigger picture gets in the way sometimes. Dan helps bring things back into focus.
James’ father was a covert operator for a prior king. He helped start a huge war, but fled with his young son before things really hit the fan.
A shadowy character found James and mistook him for his father. He wants a new war started, and he’s holding the girl to make sure James does his job. James doesn’t exactly know how to pull this off, but must try. Dan is the one who points out everything wrong with this plan. How his sister isn’t the only person who will be hurt if the war starts.
It takes James a while to change directions. He decides his strengths are at sea, and this is how piracy comes into the mix.
Piracy brings its own problems though. The crew become friends, and their goals aren’t necessarily the same as James’. He feels some responsibility for them, and this diverts him for a while. Will he use them, like others in power use underlings? Or will he try to keep them happy and healthy too? It’s Dan that brings him bluntly back to the main task.
It’s a bit of a tightrope, honestly. If I let them wander, the story loses focus. If I use Dan to keep the focus, he risks becoming a bit of a nag. Readers will have to decide if I walked this tightrope well enough.
Find out how James Cuttler becomes the notorious pirate Captain James Bloodwater, by picking up the book, Voyage of the Lanternfish. It’s a Kindle ebook, and Amazon Prime members can read it for free as part of their subscription.
An honorable man is mistaken for his disreputable father. Now he’s pushed into a political scheme to start a war that will spread across multiple kingdoms. James Cuttler’s fiancé is being held captive to ensure he goes through with the plan.
He soon decides his skills are at sea and procures a ship to wage war upon those who disrupted his simple life. He can’t do it alone, so he recruits a band of cutthroats to help him. But first, they need guns and munitions to outfit the ship properly. Deception and trickery will only get them so far. Eventually, they’re going to have to engage the enemy.
James’ goals aren’t necessarily the same as his crew. It’s a delicate balancing act to collect enough loot to keep his crew happy, while guiding them back to rescue the girl.
Voyage of the Lanternfish is filled with adventure, magic, and monsters. Lots of monsters. Hoist the colors and come along for the ride.
I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.
I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.
I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.
Hello everyone. Happy Friday. It’s been a productive week here, and I managed to get my 2nd crutch decorated for the wedding. I even took pictures of each stage so that I can post the how to … which I’m sure I’ll get around to one of these days! 😉 No biopsy results as yet, so I’m taking no news as good news. I had a load of bloods taken yesterday and will find out those results next week. Steady writing achieved too, which is always a bonus. My WIP now stands at a smidge under 31,000 words. I fell in love this week’s writing quote 🙂
We have some good links this week with useful info. And we have Craig Boyack visiting us tomorrow to showcase his latest book Voyage of the Lanternfish. I look forward to reading that one.
Hello everyone. Today is release day for Mae Clair’s second book in the Hode’s Hill Series: End of Day! I read this as an ARC, and also bought it on pre-order, which hit my e-reader today 🙂
Here’s my review:
The past is never truly buried. Nor can history be changed, no matter how much you might want it remembered differently.
End of Day is the second book of the Hodes Hill Series but works well as a standalone novel. The main characters differ from those in book 1, but a common character thread runs throughout, giving the MCs from book 1 a more minor role in book 2 and bringing previously low-key characters to the fore in book 2.
The narrative switches back and forth between historical time and present day and is easy to follow. The story opens with a bang and keeps going at a good pace. It has a great first line: ‘They were coming.’ Which grabbed me right off the bat. The story has an excellent historical feel, and the writer clearly knows her stuff. On the whole, apart from overuse of sentences beginning with ‘ing’ ending words, the writing is clean with few errors and flows well. Another line that I loved was; ‘Elation displaced anger, sweeping the vinegar of fear from the chapel.’ The author comes up a few lines that stand out like this.
The plot and suspense are well laid out, and I didn’t guess the origin of the plague or answer the other questions until the author revealed them.
This is a great supernatural mystery/thriller which I greatly enjoyed. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
A huge five-stars from me and well worth a read!
If you’d like a copy, the Amazon links are:
UK … https://www.amazon.co.uk/End-Hodes-Hill-Novel-Book-ebook/dp/B07CKFDQ18/
US … https://www.amazon.com/End-Hodes-Hill-Novel-Book-ebook/dp/B07CKFDQ18/
Hello everyone. Happy Friday! It’s been a tough week health-wise … came down with a heavy virus on Thursday last week and it’s got its foot jammed in the door, refusing to leave, lol. Also had a full day hospital visit on Monday, where it transpired I had to have a large growth removed and am now awaiting biopsy results. Some of what occurred in the treatment room needs to go in a book sometime … talk about hilarious. Which makes this week’s quote oh so apt and true! The good news is that the steroid injection I had late last month has helped … yay!! While the shoulder is still frozen, it is much, much less painful 🙂
I haven’t done a lot of writing, what with everything going on, but I did come up with one of those lines that makes you giggle after you’ve written it. One of those tired and over-used cliches came to mind … ‘pregnant pause’ … nope, wasn’t having that. Just about to write something completely different, my wonderful muse came up with a refreshing take on it …
‘The pause that followed wasn’t just pregnant, it was at full-term with the baby’s head poking out.’
I know, I’m weird sometimes! 😉
Anyway, that’s it from me for now. I hope you’ve all had a good week and have an even better weekend. Here are this week’s links …
Hello everyone. Happy Friday and Happy New Year! Because I missed the last two weeks, we have a bumper list for you today. So, if like me you were internet AWOL, this will help you to catch up if you want to.
Fiancé and I had a wonderful time with family, and we are looking forward now to our planned wedding in May … officially less than four months away, and we’re both suffering butterflies already, lol. Here’s wishing all of you all good things for 2019. May all your goals and dreams come through. Without further ado, here are this week’s links.
FROM STORY EMPIRE
Endings by Staci Troilo (Dec 17, 2018) … Final post in a three-parter