Archive for June 2015

Featured Book – Eladria

Jun 29th, 2015 | By

Published by Cosmic Egg, Eladria is the tale of a fugitive princess, a dying world, and a journey beyond the limits of the human experience. A dire prophecy is fulfilled when Tahnadra’s royal moon is attacked and overthrown by religious extremists. Now a fugitive, Princess Eladria finds herself embroiled in a sinister experiment that threatens to

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Character motives and the trouble with real people

Jun 27th, 2015 | By

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m literature damaged. I get very confused by real people, and this is why: I grew up reading books. Now, in many ways reading books is good for a young person because it expands horizons and increases empathy. Reading allows us to engage imaginatively with other people’s lives, and

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Featured Book – Write a Western in 30 Days

Jun 25th, 2015 | By

There’s a jump to make between reading books and writing them. Part of it involves figuring out what goes into the kind of book you want to write. If you’re immersed in a genre, (a good idea if you want to write in a genre) it’s that bit easier, but it’s also a lot like

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The great book escape

Jun 23rd, 2015 | By

Recently, Neil Gaiman talked about the book-reading Nazi resistance undertaking by his Polish cousin, a Holocaust survivor. He said this: “We [writers] decry too easily what we do, as being kind of trivial — the creation of stories as being a trivial thing. But the magic of escapist fiction … is that it can actually

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Fiction for adults

Jun 21st, 2015 | By

This blog represents a fiction cluster that includes Our Street – a children’s imprint, and Lodestone – a young adult line. As a consequence it doesn’t include erotica, even though there is an erotica imprint at JHP. This is a tricky area for writers, publishers, and parents alike. There’s plenty of Literature that contains very

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Arts for art’s sake, books for best seller lists

Jun 17th, 2015 | By

I pay a lot of attention to the arts industries as a whole. The comparisons are interesting, to say the least. Music and literature have been plunged into chaos by the internet with creators finding it really hard to make a living. At the same time certain kinds of film seeing to be doing ok

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The Stream of a Fool’s Conscience

Jun 15th, 2015 | By

By Jason Donnelly If I’m to understand this holiday correctly, April 1st is a day to confess when you’ve been a fool or tell people that you are in fact, a fool. So, without further adieu (adieu is such a weird word, I can only assume it’s Latin, they’re always coming up with new words), here’s

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Books and Dogs Today

Jun 15th, 2015 | By

Marie Yates was recently featured in ‘Dogs Today’ as her book, Reggie & Me is about a girl and a dog. Reggie is the cover model. Here’s what they said… “Marie Yates’ debut novel Reggie and Me follows the story of teenager Dani Moore, as she deals with life in the aftermath of a rape. Dani has to start afresh in

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The Realignment Case

Jun 13th, 2015 | By

By R.J. Dearden I had the idea for The Realignment Case in Geneva on an unofficial, access all areas, tour of the United Nations with a friend who worked there.   After passing by sleeping diplomats, peering in on hushed meetings and rearranging the country tags in the black conference room, I started imagining what would

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Happily Ever After

Jun 11th, 2015 | By

When does a book end? There are quite a few answers to this question. When the author finally stops tinkering with it. It takes some authors many, many redrafts to feel that a book is finished. Sometimes it’s more like quitting, than any sense of completion. Some books are never finished, and so the rest

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