18 The Anthology – Get your free e-copy

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On one of my recent posts I mentioned that my Writers’ group – Vision Writers’, were producing an anthology. Well, I am happy to announce that ’18’ is here! Woohoo, I hear you all shouting. And believe me, I am just as excited as you are. The anthology celebrates 18 years of Brisbane based writers’ group – Vision Writers’. The group has a number of published members, including our founders Marian De Pierres and Rowena Corey Daniels. Vision Writers’ has a variety of characters from all walks of life, and as a member of the group you’re sure to get honest and invaluable feedback on any stories you submit for critique. I have learned a great deal from this fantastic Medley of Sci fi, Fantasy and Horror Authors. 18 Showcases the talents of some of our current authors with thirteen stories to lose yourselves in. The anthology covers tales of Wizards, Dragon’s, Spirits, Mobsters and much more. These stories will take you to new worlds; worlds of fantasy and worlds of horror. Thanks to all who helped put this anthology together: Trahern, Belinda, Talitha, Meghann, and all the other writers involved. 18 is available as an E book for free on various sites, check out my ‘Publications’ page for details.

So, enjoy and once you’ve sated your reading appetite, please post a review or let me know what you think via comment on this blog post.

Celebrating One Year of Blogging.

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I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has followed my blog over the last 12 months. It is a year to the day since I started this site on WordPress, and without all of your support, it just would not have been worth it. While my stats aren’t amazing, I am content to say that so far I have published 139 posts, received 95 comments and gained 183 followers. I hope to double that figure over the next 12 months and I’m committing to getting further publications out there for you to read. I’ve also committed to reading more books this year and I will make an effort to improve on my reviews. If there is anything you would like to see more of on this blog, please let me know. I look forward to doing it all over again in the next 12 months.

Thank you!

Book Review – The Orc King.

The Orc King (Forgotten Realms: Transitions, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #17)The Orc King by R.A. Salvatore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Orc King is a classic fantasy novel about the search for peace amid the struggle for power.

The Bad Stuff: There are some over technical explanations within the fight scenes that detract from the story. Some long and clunky sentences.

The good stuff: The characters are well rounded and interesting. I also liked the magical weapons, the creatures and locations. The story is set in a well established world.

In my opinion, this is a great fantasy novel with Orcs, Elves, Dwarves, magic and magical weapons. What more could you ask for? This one gets 4 out of 5 golden bookmarks from me.

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Book Review – Irradiated.

Irradiated (The Tunnel Trilogy, #1)Irradiated by S. Elliot Brandis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Irradiated is about Jade and Pearl. Two sisters fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. Pearl is different, she has a mutation. When Jade comes home to find Pearl missing one day, she sets out to find her.

The Bad Stuff: This is a dark world with some mean characters and yet for some reason I felt it was more suited to a YA audience.

The Good Stuff: This book is well written and has some good characters. The world is gritty and S.Elliot Brandis sure knows how to create a mean antagonist!

This is an original story with some great characters. The author has created a savage world and he has a way with words that makes it a thoroughly enjoyable read. I’m giving it 3 out of 5 Golden bookmarks.

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Do You Want Your Book Reviewed?

Allan Walsh - Author:

This is a great demonstration of how authors can help each other, I’m trying to do my bit by sharing this.

Originally posted on The Author Who Supports:

reading If you have a quality book in need of a considered review, get in touch…

Hi everybody,

I just wanted to let you all know I am now able to accept books to review. I will read your book and publish a review on Amazon, Goodreads and anywhere else on the internet you deem appropriate. As any author knows – reviews are essential! Well, I LOVE to read, so I’d like to help where I can.

At the moment, I am accepting:

Non-fiction (Family, relationships, cook books, love, friendship, popular culture etc)

Self-help/Inspirational

Romance

Erotica

Contemporary Fiction

Chick-lit

Children’s Books

*At the moment, I’ll need a paper copy. I can’t accept files at this time. I live in Scotland, U.K.

Send me a quick email to alanamunroauthor@gmail.com and if I can help you and review your book I’ll certainly say yes.

If I truly enjoy your book, I will publish…

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Book Review – The Elements Of Style.

The Elements of StyleThe Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Elements of Style is a book for writers that provides information on the best style techniques.

The Bad stuff: I found the content a little dated, but other than that I really don’t have any issues with this book.

The Good stuff: There is a strong non fiction cover design. The book has some good tips and the information within has been tried and tested.

The Elements of Style is recommended by many writers and has been around for some time. It is definitely worth a read if you are starting out as a writer or want to improve your style. I’m giving this 3 out of 5 golden bookmarks.

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London’s Calling Via Distance (Author Interview with Allan Walsh)

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Thanks to Kenneth Mugi for allowing me to share this via re-blog.

Originally posted on Your weekly dose of spec-fic shenanigans.:

Hailing from the wild streets of London, Allan’s our dark fantasy writer. As one of those folks who has the ‘inside dope’ on some of the best upcoming authors of this decade, I’m very excited about Allan’s next couple of years. He’s just set up his own online platform and—after being forged in the fires of our writer’s group—he’s about to embark on the next part of his career.

He recently released Low Life—a short story brimming with demons and a creepy caretaker—in the anthology, 18. This week, I catch up with him and find out who the man is behind an eternity of saws.

Q: A lot of your tales are thematically similar to some English directors, especially the way the highlight life’s rawness. Do you feel growing up in London has impacted on the stories you are drawn to tell?

I have never really reflected on my own…

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