Of Monsters and Heroes

What is it about monsters that brings out the best in us? I’m not being facetious. Think about it. Any action hero movie or epic fantasy novel has them. Take Thor for example. Thor: Ragnarok, in the opening scene, stars a huge, scary monster and the superhero himself. After some pithy dialogue exchanges, Thor extricates himself from a hairy situation and destroys yet another bad guy.
It’s not just in film that there are monsters, either. Middle Earth has them. Narnia has them. Harry Potter has them. The Wheel of Time has them.

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You Should Read More

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That’s not just a suggestion. And I’m not saying that because I’m a writer (and an avid reader.) The Alantic wrote a piece in 2014 about how reading a novel actually changes your brain. And not just in a limited way, but in a long-term way, too.

What is the first thing educators say you should do with your children, even from a young age? That’s right. Read to them. It’s not too far-fetched, then, that if reading helps develop young brains that it can develop “old” brains too.

That being said, here are a few things I’ve been digging into recently that I think you should, as well. Of course there is my own work “Rift in the Deep.” This work is full of magic, strong characters with strong stories, a smattering of romance, and lots of adventure. And politics. And religion. But you if you know me, you aren’t surprised by that!

I’ve also just finished SM Holland’s novel “Get in My Head: Sara’s Story.”

 

The whole series is based around teens who struggle with mental illness. Sara in particular struggles with anxiety and depression. It’s a moving story, and one I think everyone who struggles or loves someone who struggles with depression should read.

Of course, there is JE Purrazzi’s “Infraction.” Her characters are fantastic. So well rounded, and the plot is fast-paced without being too fast paced. You can get it for free by signing up for my mailing list.

I just finished some popular ones, too. “Red Rising” was a bit hard for me to get into at first, but it picked up momentum and I ended up loving it. Then there was “The Name of the Wind.” LOVED IT. The Kitchen House was…well, let’s just say that if you want to cry, then read it. If you don’t want to cry, run from it as far as you can as fast as you can.

Hopefully those recommendations spur you to pick up something and dig in. If I could force you to choose, I would almost always force you to pick an indie author work. But the “popular” ones are -usually- popular for a reason. So maybe grab one of each. But hey, that might just be me.

Short Story Tuesday: The Warlock Council

Below are the first 500 words from my book Rift in the Deep, available for e-book pre-order here. 

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Colin Redstone inched backwards over the smooth stone, the sound of his shuffling feet masked by the raucous shouts of the Warlock Council. How had it come to this? Yet he knew how, deep down inside. Briton the Brown made it clear as soon as he invaded the peace talks and demanded an audience with the Council.

Never had Colin seen such anger and animosity. Or fear. The Council shouted at the diminutive man in their midst. Briton’s flowing brown robes were the same hue as his skin and eyes. At first glance, nothing about him demanded attention. Colin knew who he was, but if he hadn’t, he would have thought he was a drake, wandering too far from his temple.

But he was no drake.

Hence the shouting and anger.

Colin stopped his slow escape from the Council chambers as one voice rose above them all, twisting his neck to observe the commotion.

“We demand you cease your perverted ways!” Spittle flew from High Councilor Radan’s mouth, specks glittering in the air. “You have embroiled all the Lands in your war, and have forced the warlocks into hiding, even from our own nations!”

“You cannot blame me for this.” In contrast to his small stature, Briton’s voice rang deep and commanding. Colin felt the impact, a burning desire to believe him burning in his chest. But no. Briton was a madman.

Colin paused and leaned in to hear what he had to say. The whole room stilled, silent. As if the other warlocks wanted to believe him, too. It wasn’t true, since Colin had many a discussion with the assembly about Briton, and the consensus was that he was a manipulator.

That must be part of Briton’s accessing power; the ability to turn men’s hearts to him. It was a dangerous, seductive thing. And probably part of the reason the Lands were now embroiled in war. Actually, not probably. Most certainly the reason.

“We most certainly can,” Councilmember Josiah said, his calm demeanor a direct contrast to Radan, who sat red-faced next to him. “This war must end, Briton. And you are the one who can end it.”

“Am I to blame that the common people are afraid of us?” Briton’s dark eyes swept the assembled warlocks, turning from the table where the Councilmembers sat to appraise the other warlocks present. The room was packed wall to wall, mostly standing room. Colin stood closest to the door. Wedged as he was, he had a good view of the men present, and their wide, inquiring eyes watching Briton the Brown’s every move.
No doubt, Briton would hold them in his grasp, only to wrench the rug out from under their feet in an instant. His silver tongue couldn’t talk its way out if this predicament. A shaft of fear, icy and cold, crept up Colin’s spine at the thought.
Briton had made his bed. Violence is never the answer. Surely he knew this.
All roads led to him. All Lands feared the warlocks because of him.

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Want to know the rest of the story? You can, March 1st! And don’t forget to sign up for my email list and receive a free copy of Infraction by JE Purrazzi.

The Raventree Society Review

So I love lauding other indie author’s work. I’ve already mentioned before that I really enjoy JE Purrazzi’s work. Her Sci-fi/dystopian thrillers are excellent. Check out Malfunction, or the free prequel novella Revelation.

The Raventree Society is a series of short stories in the supernatural/paranormal thriller genre. Now, I love me some Edgar Allen Poe. And “Strawberry Lane Motel” is right up that alley. Just enough suspense mixed with shivers down your spine, but the characters aren’t swallowed up in the story. Purrazzi doesn’t sacrifice character development and intricate dynamics for just the thrill of ghosts and spirits and fear. She seamlessly mixes both, to bring both a compelling story and relateable protagonists. Kyle Hanson is someone you could actually believe exists.

So head over to Amazon (or whatever other mediums you use) and scoop up a copy. Well worth the .99 and it will leave you wanting the next episode!

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