Today, Just Another Rabid Reader welcomes Janiera Eldridge, author of Soul Sisters. Janiera comes to us with the unique perspective of being both an author AND a review blogger. Negative reviews, criticism and negative press are hot button topics right now for reviewers and authors alike, and I thought it fitting for Janiera to write for us on this topic, since she has the ability to see this from all sides. Without further adieu, here is what she has to say!
The contemporary Fairytale
As children we all grew up wrapped in the world of the fairytale. Its magic was simple, encapsulating all who dipped into the opening paragraphs. Snow White, Cinderella, Hansel and Grettel; they were and still are the staple tales passed down from parent to child, but these tales are evolving.
Hollywood has embraced this genre and stripped it back to its roots. In today’s movies we see themes reminiscent of the fairytales darker beginnings, stories harking back to the days the Grimm brothers sought them out and captured them in time. These are not for children, there is no guarantee of happy ever after, no definite true love; they are gritty, disturbingly dark and more than ever, broaching on reality. Could it be that our contemporary take on the fairytale is dragging it kicking and screaming further into darkness?
Here is a wonderful post from Kimberly Kinrade:
Do you see the magic in the everyday moments?
As a fantasy writer, I create magic all the time. My characters dive into darkness, challenging monsters, overcoming fears, and mastering their powers.
But what about in real life? How does a writer of magic find the magic in something so benign as doing dishes? Escapism and the willing suspension of disbelief are wonderful tools to let us immerse ourselves in story. Staying in the present is the tool we need to immerse ourselves in our own magical lives.
Today, Just Another Rabid Reader is visited by Christopher Lynch, author of “One Eyed Jack”.
Below, Please find Mr. Lynch’s thoughts!~
I wrote for twenty years before I really discovered writing. By that, I mean that I was so focused on “making it” by getting a sale and being published, that I left my passion for what I was writing about on the shelf. It was a huge mistake that costs me two decades of work.
Practical plans go awry when prim sensibilities unwittingly capture the heart of a scandalous seducer.
Miss Evangeline Grey, intelligent and sensible, has no desire to marry, her reluctance born from the dire warnings of her overly emotional mother. Her father has other ideas, however, and decrees that unless she weds by the spring, he will choose a husband for her.
Prim and proper Evangeline accepts her father’s issue with little more than mild alarm. Knowing herself plain of face and sharp of tongue, she believes herself capable of warding off any perspective suitor. Her plan goes awry when the scandalous seducer, Mr. Thomas Masterson, visits her family’s home, for Thomas has learned that he must procure a wife to receive his full inheritance.
How to Write a Novel
By Agnes Jayne
Since I published my first novel, The Problem with Power, several people have asked me how to write a novel and get it published. The truth is that I’ve written one book in my life, total. I don’t have any brilliant insights, and I certainly don’t have any real connections that can make anyone else the next great American novelist. That’s all I can offer is my experience, and whether that’s of any value is up to you.
YA – Fantasy (Novelette)
Date Published: 6/21/12
Jenny accepts the fact that she was born into a domestic race for a life of domestic work. In return for this loyal service, the householders provide food, protection and shelter. Jenny’s earthy spirituality and gentle nature allow her to be content with her lot, even when her situation is far from ideal. But during a terrifying fire, Jenny accidentally becomes separated from her master and mistress.
WARNING: This post may contain some mature content that is not suitable for younger audiences.
If it’s not one thing, it’s another.
Felipe, one of New Orleans’s most infamous—and crazy–vampires is back in town. And to say he’s unhappy is an understatement.
Duprees and Williams have to track down Felipe, fast, before he claims any more victims. If that means making a deal with the Devil–otherwise known as St. Germaine–and using an untrained dhampir, so be it.
If that wasn’t enough, I’ve also got rebellious teenagers, feuding couples, and a suddenly full social calendar.
To Catch a Vampire
A F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation #2
Genre: Paranormal Mystery/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Date of Publication: 9/8/12
Number of pages: 288
Word Count: 78,000
F.R.E.A.K.S. Do Dallas
Disguised as a married couple, they infiltrate the gothic vamp scene in Dallas. While sniffing out clues, Oliver’s convincing public—and not so public—displays of affection have Bea swooning in her bustier and fishnets.
Demon Queen #1
Liwet is a less-than-lily-white angel, who has a chip on her shoulder just begging for someone to knock it off.
She refuses to come to heel, yet the time for Liwet to play by her own rules has come to an end. Oriax comes back to his old flame, with a proposition he doesn’t want to pursue, and has no choice but to make. Dark, chilling forces beyond Liwet and Oriax’s control drag them back together and down into a rabbit hole so deep, escape is futile. The prince of the underworld wants them in his court; a request never to be taken lightly. Can the couple overcome their pasts, and find each other once more, before it’s too late to save either of them?