Archive | February, 2014

Scribal Error

Poetry today is pretty much whatever you want it to be. There are different forms (sonnets, odes, ballads, free verse, found poetry) but generally, poetry has become something of a blanket term that can include nearly anything rhythmical or lyrical. In Sicily in the 1200s , that wasn’t quite the case. Thirteenth century southern Italy saw the incredible growth of a small community of poets that ended up shaping the history of Western poetry. The […]


Reading the Movies

I love watching movies almost as much as I love reading books, and I, along with millions of people this Sunday will tune into the Oscar telecast to see which movies are honoured as the best of the year. Just like a book, a good story and interesting characters draw me in, and I’ll actually put down my devices for a couple of hours and just watch. (A big thing for me since I have […]


Where to turn when it’s time to research

They say write what you know but you’ll never know everything. This is especially true if you’re writing about an era decades past, or on the opposite end of the spectrum, the distant future. Even if your novel is set in a contemporary setting, there’s a good chance you’re going to have to do a little research along the way. I’m currently playing around with a story idea set in 1877 Arizona. I’ve visited Arizona […]


Birthday Adventures: Win signed ARCs of the entire Something Strange & Deadly series

This is the third year in which I’ve used my birthday as an excuse to give away a signed advanced reader copy (ARC) of my latest book. Well, this year ain’t no different! But unlike the last two years, this year, I will be turning the Big Three Zero (30, in case you couldn’t tell), and that means I need to go bigger and better than I have in the past. So this year, rather […]


The Words Are Mightier Than The GIF

FACT #1: Using GIFs is way more fun that writing out an actual review. FACT #2: GIFs can only say so much. GIFs are great devices for pre-publication buzz since you want to ignite positive – or negative (yikes) – reactions without spoiling the book’s contents for your fellow readers. And while GIFs are entertaining, they’ve never propelled me into purchasing a book the same way a good solid review with WORDS will. For instance: […]