Fantasy Friday: Elantris, Chapter 2

Previously on Elantris: a prince is cursed, a dead man named Galladon is too perky, and gross things are gross. I think I forgot to mention last week that Raoden lives in the city built right outside and around Elantris. It becomes relevant later. This week we get to meet Sarene, the second of three…

Blood and Water

Heavy doors behind her shut with an ominous thump. Aria relied on her captors to guide her across the throne room, the marble floor cold through the worn leather of her boots. The canvas sack on her head was decidedly coarse, and the ropes binding her hands caked with mud. She came to a stop…

The Mage King: Free This Weekend!

Book 2 of The Ice Queen Trilogy is free December 15th and 16th! Want to know what Casimir is like when he loses control of his magic? Or how the world looks when the west comes into play? You can find it on Amazon HERE.

The Shadow Throne: Free This Weekend!

Mages. Fire priests. A continent at war. Book 3 of The Ice Queen Trilogy is free December 15th and 16th! And it is easily the book I am most proud of. Check it out HERE, or in the “Novels” tab. Happy reading!

Scene Rewrite Saturday: The Ice Queen, Chapter 5

Today we get to dive into another new blog feature that I’m really excited about. I don’t think any author would claim that their work is ever perfect—there are always things to tweak, be it word choice, sentence structure, or even bigger things like pacing and characterization. I’ve been anxious about a lot of things…

Fantasy Friday: Elantris, Prologue and Chapter 1

Happy early Friday, and welcome to a new blog feature! Every Friday I’ll be recapping fantasy books that I like (or even don’t like), chapter by chapter. I was partly inspired by an AMAZING blog called Bad Books, Good Times that I’ve followed for a couple years now. Read all of it forever. Matthew and…

Checking In

Next week I’m planning on posting a few things I’ve been working on, as I should have more time. A new track with Liam is burning a hole in my brain, and continuing The Southern Arm story is always fun. I’m also playing around with the idea of recapping good fantasy books that I like…

The Southern Arm, Part 6

“Don’t you ever find it strange,” Aria said, passing her empty wine glass off to a waiter, “that we spend all this time dancing in ballrooms and eating feasts in preparation for war?” Liam didn’t look at her, as he was in the midst of making smoldering eye contact with Mischa, a few meters away;…

The Mage King: Free This Weekend!

Book 2 of The Ice Queen Trilogy is free November 10th and 11th! Want to know what Casimir is like when he loses control of his magic? Or how the world looks when the west comes into play? You can find it on Amazon HERE.

Iotorath, Part 9

Whatever embarrassing conversation might have been due after Liam’s behavior the previous evening, Thallan from the Snowlands skirted it easily by leaving Aria a message early the next morning. She awoke to a note in neat, tight handwriting indicating his intentions to spend the day in Arramas. Alas, I will be unable to meet with…

Colleges Try to Make Humanities Majors More Popular – The Atlantic

I would have absolutely applied to Stanford for a humanities program if they had tried to recruit me in high school. Wonder what the status on their graduate programs is… Anyway, as a former history major, I thought this was a really interesting read. Universities are suspended in this weird realm between sluggish development of…

The Southern Arm, Part 5

“Lady Mischa to see you, my queen,” Aria’s lady’s maid said from the doorway. Aria glanced up from a thick volume on political theory, surprised. Afternoon sunlight poured through the windows and her balcony; Valtteri had taken his paramour for a ride through the city not thirty minutes prior. Mischa stepped into the room with…