Embracing the Hardy Legacy: A Journey into the Heart of Writing #WritingCommunity #authors

 

Thomas Hardy’s poetic prose, masterful depiction of environments, and insightful portrayal of regular people have also influenced my storytelling.

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Meeting Mr. Hardy

After college, despite having taken many literature classes, I realized my knowledge of the classics wasn’t as great as it could be. So, I embarked on a journey of reading nothing but classics for several years. One of the first I read was Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. Hardy remains on of my favorite authors. The beauty of his prose, his ability to breathe life into the surroundings, and his deep understanding of the human condition resonated with me on a personal level.

Influence on Writing Style

It’s no exaggeration to say that Hardy’s words influence my own. His poetic prose, reminiscent of an artist wielding a brush on a canvas, has become a beacon guiding my pen. The use of environmental settings and weather to mirror the emotions of characters and scenes is a technique I’ve embraced wholeheartedly. This style works even in the futuristic landscapes of sci-fi and steampunk fantasy.

Exploring Common Themes

Delving deeper, I find common threads between Hardy’s exploration of human nature and the themes that echo through my own narratives. The struggles of ordinary individuals, the complexities of societal issues—these are shared landscapes despite the very different settings and times.

He seems an unlikely influence for a sci-fi writer, but great writing belongs in every kind of book. In the tapestry of my writing journey, Thomas Hardy stands as a guiding star.

 

#Fantasy With Reading: Murder for the Modern Girl #BookReview

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Murder for the Modern Girl by Kendall Kulper

Another supernatural fantasy set in a bygone era. In this book, the main character, Ruby, is a killer. It’s the 1920s in Chicago, and Ruby has the ability to read minds. She uses this skill to kill horrible people. The book opens with her committing a murder. That certainly caught my attention and kept me reading. Despite this deadly flaw, Ruby is a likable character that I ended up rooting for.

Her father is the district attorney and becomes the victim of violence. Will he live? However it turns out, Ruby is determined to continue his work fighting corruption in the city. Her proclivities and investigation take her to the morgue where she meets Guy. Guy isn’t his real name and he can change his appearace. Yes, he can shift his face and his body to appear like someone completely different.

He’s a scientist and is on the trail of a serial killer… Ruby. He ends up helping her with her investigation, which puts them together and in conflict from the moment they meet.

This was a fun read with some twists and turns. It’s the second in this series, and I liked it as much as the first.

Here’s the official description:

A ravishing young mind reader stalks the streets at night in kitten heels, prowling for men to murder.

A soft-spoken genius toils away in the city morgue, desperate to unearth the science behind his gift for shape-shifting.

It’s a match made in 1928 Chicago, where gangsters run City Hall, jazz fills the air, and every good girl’s purse conceals a flask.

Until now, 18-year-old Ruby’s penchant for poison has been a secret. No one knows that she uses her mind-reading abilities to target men who prey on vulnerable women, men who escape the clutches of Chicago “justice”. When she meets a brilliant boy working at the morgue, his knack for forensic detail threatens to uncover her dark hobby. Even more unfortunately: Sharp, independent Ruby has fallen in love with him.

Waltzing between a supernaturally enhanced romance, the battle to take down a gentleman’s club, and loyal friendships worth their weight in diamonds, Ruby brings defiant charm to every spectacular chapter of Murder for the Modern Girl—not to mention killer fashion. An irresistible caper.

 

Unveiling the Mystique of Dante Grimes in The Rifter Series #fantasy #steampunk #scifi #sciencefiction

 

In the fantastical world of The Rifter series, where steampunk aesthetics meet magical rifts, one character stands out with an aura of mystery and power—Dante Grimes. As a Governor, Dante holds a position of authority where the rift is concerned. But Dante is not your typical ruler, nor your typical librarian; he harbors secrets that could shake the foundation of Settler.

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The Disguised Governor

Dante Grimes wears the cloak of normalcy with finesse. In his assumed identity, he appears as a mild-mannered older gentleman managing the county library. Little does the world know that behind this façade lies a being of immense power and intrigue. Only a select few, including Earl Blacke, Daelin Long, and Charming Moon Knight, are privy to Dante’s true origins—he hails from the rift itself.

Dante Grimes from the popular steampunk fantasy The Rifters

Otherworldly Appearance

When Dante sheds his disguise, he reveals a form that transcends mortal beauty. With skin as blue as the deepest seas and tattoos of chrome that ripple beneath the surface as he channels his rift-based abilities, Dante presents a visage akin to that of a god. His long silver hair, composed of ethereal leaves, adds an otherworldly charm to his already striking presence.

Master of the Rift

Dante Grimes is not just a Governor; he is a master manipulator of the rift. His talents extend beyond the conventional, allowing him to traverse time and space effortlessly. He orchestrated the arrival of Earl Blacke from 1888 into the present day, as well as the appearance of Daelin’s ancestor from Revolutionary War times. Yet, his motives remain shrouded in secrecy.

The Puzzling Agenda

What drives Dante Grimes to weave the threads of time and bring individuals from different eras into the present? No one, not even those closest to him, fully understands his motives. He persistently urges Earl Blacke to become his general, insisting that without an army, Earth’s universe is doomed. However, the identity of the impending enemy remains a closely guarded secret, known only to Dante himself.

A Sandwich Shop Proprietor

After relinquishing his librarian position, Dante adopts the guise of a sandwich shop owner located 90 minutes from Settler. It is here that Daelin Long first encounters him. Despite attempting to keep a low profile, Dante’s presence is marked by an undeniable air of authority and an aura of unresolved destiny.

Tormenting Earl Blacke

Dante’s relentless pursuit of Earl Blacke as his potential general adds a layer of tension to the series. He remains insistent, undeterred by Earl’s resistance, compelling him to accept a role that may decide the fate of not just Settler, but the entire universe.

As readers delve deeper into “The Rifter” series, Dante Grimes emerges as a captivating enigma—a character whose motives, powers, and connection to the rift continue to intrigue. The path he treads is paved with secrets, and as the series unfolds, one can’t help but wonder: What lies at the heart of Dante’s cosmic machinations?

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#ScFi Worth Reading: System Collapse #BookReview

best-selling science fictionSystem Collapse by Martha Wells.

This is the 7th installment in the Murderbot Diaries series. I loved, loved, loved this book so, so, so much. If you love Murderbot, you won’t be disappointed by this new novel.

Murdbot is its usual snarky self. It’s humorous commentary keeps pace with the action and the fast pace of the story. This novel pretty much picks up where the last one left off, except Murderbot is having a bit of a personal crisis.

The way Murderbot develops and grows and questions whether it wants to be more human is the beating heart of this series. This book continues Murderbot’s journey. And yay! ART is back too. I wasn’t at all disappointed, except there’ll be a long wait until the next one. Siiigh.

More please, Martha Wells!

Here’s the description:

Everyone’s favorite lethal SecUnit is back.

Following the events in Network Effect, the Barish-Estranza corporation has sent rescue ships to a newly colonized planet in peril, as well as additional SecUnits. But if there’s an ethical corporation out there, Murderbot has yet to find it, and if Barish-Estranza can’t have the planet, they’re sure as hell not leaving without something. If that something just happens to be an entire colony of humans, well, a free workforce is a decent runner-up prize.

But there’s something wrong with Murderbot; it isn’t running within normal operational parameters. ART’s crew and the humans from Preservation are doing everything they can to protect the colonists, but with Barish-Estranza’s SecUnit-heavy persuasion teams, they’re going to have to hope Murderbot figures out what’s wrong with itself, and fast!

Yeah, this plan is… not going to work.

 

 

Find your February Magic: Science Fiction and Fantasy Freebies and Deals #scifi #sciencefiction #fantasy #ebooks

 

As February unfolds, the realms of science fiction and fantasy open their portals to readers hungry for new adventures. If you’re a fan of otherworldly tales, captivating characters, and imaginative worlds, you’re in for a treat this month. We’ve rounded up some exciting author group promotions that offer a feast of freebies, deals, and discounted gems. Let the journey begin!

Clean Fantasy Delights: 99 Cents or Free!

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Get lost in enchanting worlds where magic and wonder reign supreme. This Clean Fantasy promotion brings you a curated selection of fantasy reads, all priced at a tempting 99 cents or available for free. From epic quests to charming tales, discover hidden realms and mystical adventures that will transport you far from the ordinary.

Sci-Fi Series Spectacle: Unleash the Future!

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Prepare for a cosmic journey through the stars with the Sci-Fi Series Sale. Dive into gripping series that explore the vastness of space, unravel futuristic mysteries, and introduce you to characters that will stay with you long after the final page. These sci-fi sagas are not just stories; they are immersive experiences that will fuel your sense of wonder.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Extravaganza: Deals Galore!

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February brings a treasure trove of deals in the realm of science fiction and fantasy. Whether you’re craving interstellar adventures, magical quests, or dystopian landscapes, this promotion has it all. Explore discounted ebooks from talented authors, each offering a unique blend of speculative fiction that will transport you to worlds beyond imagination.

The Power of Friendship: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Found Family

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Celebrate the bonds of friendship in fantastical settings with “The Power of Friendship” promotion. Be enthralled by stories where characters form unbreakable bonds, creating found families that overcome adversity. These tales blend elements of fantasy and science fiction, proving that the strength of friendship can conquer even the most formidable challenges.

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Don’t Miss Out!

February’s science fiction and fantasy freebies and deals offer a diverse array of stories that cater to every taste. Whether you’re a seasoned fan or a newcomer to the genres, these promotions provide an opportunity to explore new worlds, meet intriguing characters, and fuel your love for speculative fiction. Dive into the magic, and let your reading adventure unfold!

 

 

Explore New Worlds with Adventurous Women in Space! New Release! #scifi #sciencefiction #freebooks

 

Get ready to immerse yourself in the cosmic wonders of space with these 9 exceptional best-selling novels.
Best of all, this grand adventure is FREE!

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If you’re ready to escape reality and delve into the vast realms of science fiction, here is a collection of nine captivating novels. Each features strong and adventurous women navigating the cosmos. Best of all, these interstellar tales are yours to enjoy for free! Join us as we blast off into the unknown and discover the wonders of space.

  1. Project Charon 1: Re-entry by Patty Jansen: Prepare for an exhilarating ride filled with mysteries, conspiracies, and the boundless possibilities of outer space.
  2. Starship Waking by C. Gockel: Board this starship and dare to navigate through uncharted territories and unravel the secrets hidden among the stars.
  3. Star Mage Quest by J.J. Green: A spellbinding journey where magic meets the cosmos.
  4. Children of Darkness by James E. Wisher: A gripping narrative featuring resilient women in the face of galactic adversity.
  5. Faring Soul by Tracy Cooper Posey: Experience love, loss, and self-discovery against the backdrop of an expansive and unpredictable universe.
  6. Spaceberg by M. Pax: Embark on a space-faring adventure where the fate of worlds hangs in the balance.
  7. Ghost by Demelza Carlton: Explore the intersection of the paranormal and the limitless expanse of the cosmos.
  8. Traitor’s Code by Jane Killick: A gripping space thriller filled with suspense and intrigue.
  9. Derelict by LJ Cohen: Join the fearless women at the heart of this tale as they uncover the secrets of a derelict spaceship, paving the way for an unforgettable space adventure.

This collection is sure to transport you to new dimensions of excitement and wonder. Download this captivating box set for FREE! Available at your favorite ebook store! Happy reading, and may your journey through the stars be nothing short of extraordinary.

DAMES

 

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