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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Rise of An Empire by Joshua Reid As Part of Glimpses of Time & Magic Anthology

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Rise of An Empire by Joshua Reid As Part of Glimpses of Time & Magic Anthology

 

 

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

Something unique about me is the fact that I enjoy reading stories that have heavier themes to them like The Divided Nation by indie author Angela R. Watts and Every Bright and Broken Thing by Brian McBride.

 

 

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

YA Historical Fantasy. Audience would be more 14-18 yrs old

 

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WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I always held a fascination with ancient history, particularly the history of the Roman Empire and their many attempts to gain entry into the Gaelic regions (Britannia, later Britain) being one of them. For Rise of An Empire, I found a unique way to show my love for the history of Rome and did not disappoint.

 

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

My story, Rise of An Empire tells the story of two Roman soldiers who find themselves on the run after the city of Rome is attacked by a clan of enemies known as Goths. However, Rise of An Empire also tells the story of how these two Roman legionnaires, along with some allies find themselves pitted against a force that seemed otherworldly. How can they fight against something like this?

 

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WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

 

 

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My Thoughts on “A Series of Unfortunate Events #8: The Hostile Hospital” by Lemony Snicket

My Thoughts on “A Series of Unfortunate Events #8: The Hostile Hospital” by Lemony Snicket

 

On the run, and without a friend in the world, the Baudelaire’s find temporary refuge in Heimlich Hospital.  They found the hospital by mistake, but were able to stay on and help with the records department.

I thought some things in this story were very amusing, such as the orphans finding a way to use disguises as effectively as Count Olaf, but I don’t want to give any spoilers, so I will just say that I found a few delightful twists.

And as it always happened to the Baudelaire orphans, whenever they grew content, Count Olaf found them, and their streak of unfortunate events continue.

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Cross of Roses Inspiration

Mornin Friends!
Let’s keep this short and sweet so i can go back to editing Cross of Roses.
Speaking of my newest novel, where did the idea come from?
It all started with a chapter about Miranda Hunter’s backstory.
But as i wrote edited the chapter, tried fitting it in as an epilogue or prologue in the Realm of the Light series, it did not fit anywhere.
Then a short while ago, Ally Scarborough and i were chatting and she suggested i might be good at writing thrillers.
I thought about it a while, and eventually came to realize that Miranda Hunter’s chapter would be a great early chapter in a thriller novel.
So, there you have it.
Not all inspiration comes at once, sometimes it takes me while before i can piece together my dreams and ideas into a cohesive story.
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JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Raven Airena

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Raven Airena

 

 

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF: 
I review books as Sam, but write fiction as Raven Airena.  I’m a high school student living on the Washington Coast, with no idea what I’m doing half the time. I love reading (obviously – book review vlog, right?), writing, drawing – I do my own graphic novels, and chillaxing with our cats Pumpkin (the book panther) and Zeke (the book tiger). I enjoy stormy weather, but I hate being out in it. Living so close to the Pacific Ocean, we get some epic storms that are great to watch. I’m also a Twilight geek, which is fantastic when you figure that we live just a couple hours south of Forks and La Push. Mom’s a werewolf supporter. I’m a vampire supporter. We’re perpetually at odds over which side of the treaty line we should stand on.
WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?
Boredom? I started writing in kindergarten, with a little story called PEANUTBUTTER SNOWFALL (a fantasy, obviously), that I came up with while we were stuck in traffic due to a heavy snowstorm. Wouldn’t snow be better if it tasted good and you could eat it? NaNoWriMo was a homeschool assignment that I brought upon myself (because Mom writes, too, and I wanted to try). I love reading horror, paranormal, and fantasy, so my very first first draft was fantasy. “They” say that great writers read as much as they write, and I think I have that one under control. On the vlog, I typically review anywhere from one to four books a week, and I’m still catching up on the backlog from an extended break from the vlog. Why Fantasy, Horror, and Paranormal? They aren’t the normal world we live in. I love seeing the creative ways people view and change what we know into something magical, scary, or just downright cool.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? 
Megan O’Russell; Mary Pope Osborn; Quinn Loftis; Yana Toboso
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? 
The MAGIC TREEHOUSE series has a special place in my heart. Quinn Loftis’s Gray Wolves series BLACK BUTLER mangas GIRL OF GLASS by Megan O’Russell
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? 
Sebastian Michaelis; Nola Trent; Takata
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS? 
Potential Viewers! We get crazy on the channel sometimes and I love interacting with my viewers during a live stream. Be sure to subscribe so that you’ll know when we’re live (link below), though we’re usually live on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. Pacific time. Swing by, say hi, ask a question. Maybe catch a cameo of one of the cats hopping in to say hi. The show is live and unedited these days, so bloopers happen.
WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS? 
You can check out Sam’s Teen Reads Corner on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKtxPt-TTPnO-IfJesKSq0gor the book blog at www.thricereadbooks.com
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Mornin!

Do you ever have a project you know you have to do, but since you really don’t want to do it, you find every possible means to procrastinate?

Well, that is where I am right now with writing The United, Screenplay.  It will be a rough draft, it will not be a good draft, but it was requested by my publisher, and I am running out of projects to get done first.

When that happens, what do you do to overcome procrastination and accomplish an undesirable writing/marketing/publishing task?

 

I can really use the advice.

 

Have a great day!

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson

 

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FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

Though I was born in Scotland, I grew up in the US until the age of 14 before moving back to Edinburgh. I also lived in the south of France for three years.

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WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Epic Fantasy Mystery for adults

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

A combination of three things: I wanted to write a book set in a fantastical version of Edinburgh, I wanted to write about a group of characters that friends and I had roleplayed for a number of years, and I wanted to write a story that served as an allegory for current events and politics.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Aranok is the first magic-using draoidh to be named King’s Envoy. In the aftermath of a brutal war, he leads a group of strangers across the broken country to restore a foreign queen to her throne. But something is rotten in the kingdom of Eidyn, and nothing is as it seems. Can Aranok bring his group together and uncover the conspiracy at the heart of the kingdom before it brings down the entire country?

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

mybook.to/TheLostWar

 

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My Thoughts on “A Series of Unfortunate Events #7: The Vile Village” by Lemony Snicket

My Thoughts on “A Series of Unfortunate Events #7: The Vile Village” by Lemony Snicket

 

Count Olaf got found out in Book 6, and escaped, again.  Now the children are forced to find a new home.  This time with an entire village.

This was probably the most unfortunate book in the series for me personally.  So many unfortunate events befall the children and their friends during this episode in their life.  I agree with Lemony Snicket on this one, this was a sad and unfortunate chapter in the already unfortunate lives of the Bauldelaire orphans.

The village itself was fun for me to read about, with the murder of crows that nest in one half of the town during the morning, the other during the afternoon, and all of them together in a tree just out of town at night.

And all the rules of the city.  That was very interesting.  I have so many unanswered questions about the city of VFD.  How are all the crows trained on where to nest when? Who was the first leader to create crow friendly city rules instead of shoot the birds? Why does everyone in the town still allow the crows to control the flow of the day?

This episode in the lives of the Bauldelaire orphans had the potential to become the happiest home they could wish for, despite all the chores they were expected to fulfill.  They once again found a caring guardian, a library for Clause, an invention shop for Violet, and plenty of things for Sunny to bite during the off-hours at night.

But alas, Count Olaf has a knack for finding the children when they are at their happiest.

And the unfortunate events of their lives continue.

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The United Inspirations SPOILER EDITION PART 2!

The United Inspirations SPOILER EDITION PART 2!

 

 

 

Mornin!

 

Last week I talked about detailed inspirations for The United, well today I would like to continue in that conversation and discuss a couple inspirations about specific situations, hence the SPOILER EDITION PART 2 added to the title of the blog post.

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WHY ARCTYRUS IS NOT IN THE UNITED

During the time of The United, Arctyrus and Amyrith Hunter had 1 job, keep their little brother Vulktyramous from interfering and killing TJ and his friends.

 

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PHYSICAL INTIMACY AND WHY I PORTRAYED IT THE WAY I DID

The inspiration for this was simple, I wanted TJ and LyAnn to have the type of relationship with their parents that I wish I had as a teenager.  I don’t mean to say anything negative about my parents, so I will stick to just the positive on this subject.  Physical intimacy in any form, but especially in regards to sex, was a topic I never discussed with my parents at all, ever.  I felt it was taboo and even if it was not taboo, I was too embarrassed and too naïve to know what to ask.  So I came at the topic from a few different angles.

Was the way I dealt with premarital intimacy over-kill and preachy?  Possibly, especially in the earliest published drafts.

 

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AMANDA ADAMS

This is a bit of funny story, but Amanda Adams was not in any of original drafts.  Her involvement in The United came about one day when I was thinking about the story, and I daydreamed or dreamed (I forget which) that a petite redhead with blue eyes came up to me, hands on her hips, and said something to the effect that, “You cannot tell this story without me.  I’m Amanda Adams, Blaze’s wife.”  And she relayed to me her history and how it fit into the story.

 

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For info about The United, The Realm of the Light Book 1, click here.

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JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Matt Larkin

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Matt Larkin

 

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF: 
I’m a husband, father, writer, reader, and mythologist. Plus, I love video games.
WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)? 
I got into fantasy at a really young age, mainly through my dad. By middle school I’d begun to develop an obsession with the mythological roots of fantasy and started delving into all world mythologies with a fervor.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? 
R. Scott Bakker, Guy Gavriel Kay, Joe Abercrombie, George R.R. Martin, R.F. Kuang
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? 
The Darkness That Comes Before, Under Heaven, The Poppy War, Dune
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? 
Anasûrimbor Kellhus, Paul Atreides. Unless you want to count mythology as literary, then a whole scope more starting with Prometheus.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS? 
All of my fantasy works take place in the same universe, called the Eschaton Cycle, which attempts to reconcile all world mythologies into a cohesive dark fantasy.
WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS? 
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Perspective

Today I want to keep it short and sweet.

 

I have been going over old notes, and of course rifling through the contents of the original backpack that Kestrel provided me shortly after I agreed to chronicle the history of the Rai Saga on the Realm of the Light in preparation of writing The United as an original screenplay.

 

As I was looking through the bag, I found an interior side pocket that has previous escaped my notice.  I opened the pocket and found an old piece of paper that was folded up in a square.  I unfolded the paper.  On it was another original poem by Jason Christian Robinson.

Here is the poem.  Let me know what you think.

 

 

Perspective

– Jason Christian Robinson

 

Death is not the end of existence

It is the gateway to the next stage of mortality

As a Creature of Rai