If you’re wondering what audiobook month looked like for us…it was this!
- Courtney Konstantin // PREPARED
- Bobbi Holmes // THE GHOST AND THE MUST
- C.C. Masters // FINDING THE FIRE WITHIN
- Cece Rose & G. Bailey // 2 TITLES
- MARKED BY POWER
- MARKED BY PAIN
- Lidiya Foxglove // PRIESTESS BOUND
- Mark Stone // ACROSS THE SOUND
- McKenzie Hunter // DARKNESS UNLEASHED
- Joanna Blake // WANTED BY THE DEVIL
- K.K. Allen // WATERFALL EFFECT
- Kim Karr // 2 TITLES
- HOLLYWOOD PRINCE
- THE THING ABOUT LOVE
- May Dawson // DIRTY ANGELS
- Violet Duke // EVERY NIGHT WITHOUT YOU
- L.A. Cotton // WICKED LIES
- Nicole London // 2 TITLES
- Siobhan Davis // THE SECRET HEIR
- Greg Meritt // THE ADOPTION
- Frankie Love // CHERISHED
- Mimi Matthews // THE LOST LETTER
- Parker Grey // PROTECTING THEIR PRINCESS
- LJ Swallow // THE FOUR HORSEMEN: HUNTED
- Alta Hensley // DEVILS & RYE: TOP SHELF #4
- Nikita Thorn // BUSHIDO ONLINE: FRIENDS AND FOES
- Roxie Noir // EVER AFTER: DIRTSHINE #3
- Eva Chase // DRAGON’S TEETH
- LJ Swallow // THE FOUR HORSEMEN: GUARDIANS
- Mila Young // HUNTED
- Peter Grainger // ONE-WAY TICKETS
- Bella Love-Wins // 5 TITLES
- BILLIONAIRE DADDY’S VIRGIN
- THE BILLIONAIRE AND THE BAD GIRL
- THE BILLIONAIRE AND THE VIRGIN
- THE BILLIONAIRE AND THE VIRGIN CHEF
- THE BILLIONAIRE AND THE VIRGIN INTERN
- Charleigh Rose // BAD HABIT
- Heather M. Orgeron // VIVIENNE’S GUILT
- Maria Luis // 4 TITLES
- DARE YOU TO LOVE ME
- SAY YOU’LL BE MINE
- TAKE A CHANCE ON ME
- TEMPT ME WITH FOREVER
- Mark Stone // CAUGHT IN THE SURF
- Jenna Wolfhart // A DANCE WITH DARKNESS
- Mimi Matthews // THE VISCOUNT AND THE VICAR’S DAUGHTER
- Rebecca Rose // IT’LL BE FINE
It’s always fun to do research, especially when writing. So, this Monday, we wanted to do some basic research for you on one of our favorite subjects in the fantasy-world: magic & magic-users.
Since there are so many different classes of magic, we decided to look at titles some of your characters might hold in your story.
- Wizard: source of magic comes from books, learning, and practices.
- Warlock: name translates loosely to “truce-breaker” and supposedly gets their power from a higher power (usually seen as an ‘evil’ entity.)
- Sorcerer: power comes from within; “sors” Latin for “oracular response.”
- Magician: in the paranormal or fantasy sense, magic is used for ceremonial purposes.
- Witch: the female “wizard,” essentially.
- Mage: magic-user but of an academic source.
- Conjuror: magic used in the creation of objects.
- Enchanter: magic is used to enhance items or charm people.
It’s important to find your muse and stick with it. Keeping the other creative stories at bay could be hard but worth shutting up until your current piece is complete. But what happens if your muse just so happens to be the news.
You know what I mean: writing a fictional story around a political mishap, or some celebrity scandal or even a cool invention that made its debut on the morning news but triggered your creative gears and now you can’t stop piecing together how it came to be.
Let’s talk about why it might be down your alley to talk about the trends in our society.
People read the news and are consumed by it. Good, bad, whatever it may be. This is what people will always turn to. If you’re in the writing gig and have a general interest in recreating the last scandal that popped up on your phone or TV, we say do it.
Some of the most recent best-sellers included work about politics, magical realism, plain ol’ literary realism/naturalism…but not a nonfiction story.
No, stay away from that unless you’re in a situation where you like the research your conducting.
To put it into perspective, when the Royal Wedding came around…twice…there was a huge influx in sales for stories about princesses and fictional retellings of how the couples came to be.
Think about that the next time you’re tuned into the six o’clock news.
So happy to have Quinn Ward a part of the HRM family!
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Not to be mixed up with the TV show Banshee…but today we’re diving into what a banshee is exactly and where did she come from?
Banshee | Ireland
“Female spirit that screams as an omen of death.”
- The name translates to ‘woman of the fairy mounds.’
- What can she be seen or mistaken as? A beautiful, young woman or a frightening old woman or hag. Either can be very deceiving!
- She cries at night when someone is about to give in to death. Not kill anyone. She has a ‘sister-like’ figure who lures their victim into their death using their charm so be careful of that one!
- If you see a comb nearby, don’t pick it up! Banshees use combs to brush their own hair…it’s a sign of their anguish.
- Banshees were said to only haunt families with the surnames starting with (Ó) or (Mac).
Every adventure tale needs a character to complement the main. It’s the best way to highlight the qualities of the other character (mainly the protagonist.)
Don’t mix this up with juxtaposing. We see that more of comparing or contrasting any two things. Today, we’re focusing on the art of foiling.
If you have a main character who is your pride and joy, one you have taken under your wing and have promised to protect at all costs, then you probably want your readers to think the same thing, no? Create a foil. A foil is meant to be a character who completes the main character, if used correctly. The foil could be that of the ‘ideal’ character, one who has great qualities your MC lacks. If this happens, you may want the foil to get kicked out for some reason, or killed off; everyone loves a good tragic death!
Your MC may need a foil to help further or thicken the plot. So, draft one up and see the endless possibilities of plots and subplots you could have! It could even help develop your MC’s character development.
Pick any door that has opened up! We promise it may help make your character even more lovable!
We can officially say we cracked the case of the werewolves in London. The ‘American’ Werewolf in London existed and we have all of the information below. 😉
Black Shuck | England
“Ghostly black dog whose direct gaze dooms you to death within a year.”
- This dog could either have red or green eyes. Or a single eye in the middle of its forehead. It’s also been recorded the dog could be headless…but how would it gaze at you and curse you to death…?
- It can vary in size: from a large dog to the size of a horse.
- To make matters worse, the black shuck could float on a carpet of mist.
- You’ll find this demon dog haunting East Anglia, in one of these areas: the coastline, graveyards, side roads, crossroads, bodies of water and dark forests.
- Don’t worry though, unlike the other creatures on our list, this dog can also be very friendly and a protector to some.
We have been talking about a lot of world-building lately. We see it as a very vital part of writing, especially when it comes to creating your own world. The detail behind your creation should resonate with your reader, and describe a place they will be sucked into. Some of our authors at HRM gave us a look into their ways of building and we thought it would be nice to share with a writer who hasn’t quite gotten the grasp of piecing together their fictional world.
I have my system (basically pages and pages of journal entries attempting to consider every element of the society as it goes across books), but a streamlined version would probably be a bit more coherent. 😉
I have a notebook for each novel/series and write all of my little world intricacies down. Most of the world-building I layer in after the first draft. Touch, sights, social differences, currency, sayings, speech patterns, etc. I try and make the world-building almost unnoticeable.
I use a single Scrivener project for a whole series, so all my notes are in there. Before I start writing, I gather up enough to make me feel like I know the place well enough to live in it for a few books, and then add/revise as I go along. Everything from the magic system to what they eat. Also maps. So many maps.
I always thought a basilisk was some sort of reptile, human thing. Never in a million years did I think I would expose myself to some very confusing legend to turn my brain to mush!
Basilisk | British Isles
“Winged, cockerel-headed reptile that murders with a single glance.”
- A chicken’s head…a dragon’s set of wings…a long serpent’s tail…That’s what nightmares are made out of. Ew!
- Although they sound gross and scary, the basilisk can actually be as tiny as 6 inches. That’s small. Mushu-small.
- These little creatures can kill in five different ways: a gaze, its breathe, venom, its hiss, or simply touching it.
- If you ever found yourself in trouble with a basilisk, there’s only one way to save yourself…and that’s with a mirror.
- It’s more commonly known as a basilisk, but sometimes you’ll hear the name ‘cockatrice’…they’re the same thing!
…okay. This may not be about the film industry, or who we think is going to top the box office charts next, but it is about how your book could be top of the selling charts in one way or another!
Awhile back we wrote a post about the art of creating a book trailer. We’re bringing it up again because IT IS IMPORTANT.
Social media and streaming services have become a big part of our society and our culture. I mean, hi, we’re talking to you through a screen!
If you haven’t already, work on a trailer to boost your exposure on YouTube or Vimeo and repost this video on all social media platforms. Show it to your family/longtime fans, provide a link so those fans can share around their platforms.
It’s all about word-of-mouth…or rather word-of-typing?