The blurb:

In the world of best-selling authors, Aiden Ruskin is at the top for the fifth year in a row. He has everything he wanted from life – a nice house, an insanely expensive sports car, world-wide recognition and legions of adoring fans. The only thing he lacks is a life, but that’s the price he’s accepted – until now.

Starring down the gauntlet of the sixth book in a series he never wanted to write, Aiden is tempted to give it all up and walk away. Better yet, run. But the voices just won’t let him. And the more people ask where the ideas come from, the more Aiden has to face that they might not be coming from within him. Then comes the worst day of his life – the day the voices stop – and Aiden has to figure out who he is without them. And what he’ll sacrifice this time to make them come back…

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Review: Prince in Exile, Part I by H.J. Bradley

OVERALL:

This was a quick read, made faster by the desire to find out what happens next. The ending is a little abrupt, but buying the ridiculously inexpensive following parts now is only a click away – a step you will feel compelled to take by the end. This book contained no explicit sex scenes, just implied ones, but those implications were sizzling enough. The next two parts promise to set the pages on fire.

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Covers from a newb perspective – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, I talked about the transition the publishing industry (traditional and self-) has adopted, going from painted to Photoshopped covers. I think we can all agree, they don’t make them like they used to. Painted covers still exist, of course, and when looking at a list of the 50 most iconic covers of all time, most of them are extremely minimalist, proving that concept in cover art evolved long before the computers that made it so easy to create.

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The Darkest Hour (no, this isn’t about the Green Lantern…)

The saying goes that the darkest hour is just before dawn. It’s very true. I have tried my best to avoid being awake to experience it but, with winter creeping over us even here in Seattle, I find myself daily immersed in the deep pre-dawn gloom despite my best intentions.

I am certainly not the first to draw a parallel between this natural truth and the other conflicts that are faced in life – that IS what the saying is a metaphor for, after all. But it is a truth also encountered on the battlefield of the written page, while marching through what I like to call the F*cking Middle.

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Review: From Johann to Tannenbaum by Ashlyn Forge

OVERALL:

I loved this book, but this is NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S HARLEQUIN. It isn’t even your typical gay romance novel. This is a story about the transformative power of love, and how someone who has lived his life taking the easy way out can overcome his limitations and be there for the person who needs him the most. Which makes it one of the most amazing romances that I’ve read in years.

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The Manuscript Cometh

I haven’t gotten to this point yet, but seeing the pros wrestle with edits to their first draft makes me hope I’m doing it right 🙂

Rosemary Clement-Moore

You know that feeling you get when your teacher is posting grades for papers or tests? How you brace yourself, take a deep breath and hold it like you’re doing the Ice Bucket Challenge?

It’s the same thing with books.  Imagine getting your corrected test or term paper back, only it’s 400 pages long.

My edits still come on paper. The UPS man (or woman) knocks on my door and hands me a big, fat package. There’s no mistaking it for anything else. It’s manuscript shaped.

MSS1

I bring it in and set it on the kitchen counter with a mixture of reverence and terror. What is my editor going to say? How much am I going to have to rewrite? How many stupid mistakes did I make?  The only way to know is to open it and find out.

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That’s a lot of paper. On top is a letter that summarizes all the…

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The Rains Had Finally Come: Sven Birkerts on Writing

The Rains Had Finally Come: Sven Birkerts on Writing

I know people who waited years for the rain to fall again. While my own personal drought have been measured in days or even hours, this piece beautifully evokes the incoming tide of inspiration – truly the breath of life returning to the creative soul.

The Daily Post

For the writers out there who’ve struggled with writer’s block, or whose wells are currently dry, I invite you to read Sven Birkerts’ Aeon essay on how it feels when the tide comes back in. He captures this moment, while sitting on a bench by a lake in Central Park in New York City:

All of a sudden, I found myself wanting to write sentences again and, when I did, it felt to me like the rains had finally come, stirring up life in the dry land. I don’t know if I even shifted in my place, but whatever it was has since brought something back that had gone missing. The time hasn’t been that long, really, but by what clock? What decides long? The clock of days or the clock of the inside life? How long can a person feel unconnected and not feel that it’s too long? Writing…

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