What to Read in 2020 Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Aries (March 21-April 19): Heart of Mist

As an Aries, you’re known for your optimism and confidence. You’re also very determined and never let anything get past you. Go on a journey with Bleak, where she is snatched from her home but all she wants is to cure her power. This read will make you feel a range of emotions, Aries. 

Taurus (April 20-May 20): Mafia Boss

Practical, patient Taurus, you’re arguably the most stubborn of the signs. Luc and Amelia are two stubborn people, but are they aren’t going to let that or their lives get in the way of possible love. 

Gemini (May 21-June 20):  The Work of Art

Sweet, gentle Gemini, you’re always down for an adventure and are adaptable in any situation. Take an adventure with The Work of Art as you are swept away to London in 1814. Phyllida Satterwaite is set to marry a man not of her choosing, she must learn to adapt to her own situation and find happiness her own way.   

Cancer (June 21-July 22): Rescuing Broken

You, Cancer, are rather emotional. Any chance you get to cry and let your tears run free is therapeutic to you. Can a second chance at love heal a broken and shattered heart. Read Rescuing Broken for yourself to find out. 

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Pour Judgement

Ah Leo, your warm-hearted nature tends to get you in some sticky situations. Korie Potter is headed to Camp Pour Judgement for a fun getaway, but what she was not expecting was leaving with a fake fiance who was anything but her type. 

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22): No Vacancy

As a Virgo, your loyal attitude has been able to give you some pretty great friendships. Like you Virgo, Caterina Longo is dependable, but when her life goes off the rails will an unexpected vacation put her back on the right track? 

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22): Silent Threat

Libras are all about finding justice in any situation. You’re known for your tenacious spirit and willingness to stand your ground, ex-Marine Mara Roberts is one of the Agency’s most reliable assassins until her father comes into the picture. But her father explains he is being set up, she must find out the truth for herself. 

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Dark King

You’re the bravest of the signs, Scorpio, which is your greatest strength and weakness. You’re willing to risk your life for the greater good, Aenor has been thrown in prison but she is still the fae princess. Travel with her on a brave journey to restore her magic.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A Killer’s Mind

You let your curiosity get the best of you at times, Sagittarius. You’re always down for a good mind-bending story- descend into a serial killer’s psyche and untangle his twisted fantasies with Zoe Bentley. With twists you won’t see coming!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Method

You, Capricorn, never make the same mistake twice. You learn from your past and are often unwilling to forgive and forget. You will relate to Mila, she married an A-list player knowing she would always come second to his craft. Until the death of her husband’s best friend erupts in scandal and she questions if she knows her husband at all. 

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Center of Gravity

Independent is the best word to describe you, Aquarius. You’re all about self-growth and fending for yourself. This story follows Lex as she moves to Los Angeles to follow her dreams of becoming a dancer. She will do whatever it takes to learn from the best. 

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): Arrange Me

As a Pisces, you believe in love at first sight and live for anything even slightly romantic. You’ll fall head over heels for this unconventional way of finding love. But as long as you find it, right Pisces?

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December Audiobook Publications

Another month in our book means more audio to listen to! If you sometimes prefer to listen to a book on tape rather than flipping pages we have some recommendations for you! Follow us every month to see what’s new on our list!

Happy Listening!

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November Audiobook Publications

November has come and gone, but these audio books are here to stay! If you are looking for a great new audio book keep scrolling, because we have a lot to offer. 

We work hard alongside our authors to give the audience a different approach to a novel. An audiobook can help you visualize the characters and story better in your own mind by listening to it. Allow your eyes to rest, and your imagination to take over. 

Which one is your favorite?

Coffee For Two Book Review on C.N. Crawford – Dark King, Court of the Sea Fae, Book One —

Tuesday, September 24, 2019: C.N. Crawford – Dark King, Court of the Sea Fae, Book One Title: Dark King, Court of the Sea Fae, Book One Authors: C.N. Crawford Retailers: Amazon Date of Publication: July 22, 2019 Length: 296 pages Genre: Paranormal Romance Audience: Young Adult Collective Favorite Quote: “Oh, bloody hell. Did the fuath […]

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Writing Revelation

Michael Moorcock:

“My first rule was given to me by TH White, author of The Sword in the Stone and other Arthurian fantasies anmoorcock.jpgd was: Read. Read everything you can lay hands on. I always advise people who want to write a fantasy or science fiction or romance to stop reading everything in those genres and start reading everything else from Bunyan to Byatt.”

 

Want To Break The Rules?

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In any genre, writing gurus have created “golden rules” that should never, ever be broken. They convince authors that if they dare to break these rules some rare meteor is going to hit Earth and life as we know it will end, along with their writing career. Some genres have more freedom in rule-breaking than others, but when it comes to the science fiction or fantasy realm, that freedom is vast. In science fiction and fantasy writing, there are some very specific rules  these genre writers should try and break. The risk will most certainly be worth the reward.

Authors should always be encouraged to break the rules of writing. Whether it revolves around the point of view, character development, or novel structure- any writer can raise their hand and say, “I’m sure I’ve done that before.” Today, we looked at some of the “rules” of writing a science fiction or fantasy novel and decided to feature the ones we found most interesting and bold to break:

  1. Prologues are unnecessary.
    Creating a whole new world for a reader can come with a price if there isn’t a prologue. Not all successful sci-fi or fantasy novels have them but if your fantastical world is layered and complex, you might want to consider having one. The absence of a prologue can lead to there being info dumps in the middle of scenes or conversations. These digressions can sometimes make readers feel like they rather just get straight to the point or like the author is just throwing in random information. Getting large chunks of background information out to your readers right from the start will make for smoother writing later.
  2. Fantasy novels must be a series, not standalones.
    There are many standalone fantasy novels that proved to be a success (i.e. Golden Key by Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson, and Kate Elliott; Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay; Wheel of the Infinite by Martha Wells…the list can go on!). Don’t feel as though you have to produce a trilogy because other writers have done so.
  3. Portal fantasies are overrated.
    On the contrary, portal fantasies can help the reader discover a new world with the protagonist. It can be appealing to be the ordinary person traveling to a strange world.
  4. Women & hard sci-fi.
    Hard science fiction emphasizes scientific accuracy. It is a male-dominated genre, but some women have made their way into the category. There are a list of female writers who have published works in the ‘hard sci-fi’ category. Some of those authors being Linda Nagata/Trey Shiels, Catherine Asaro, Nancy Kress, Sarah Zettel, and Ann Leckie. So don’t be afraid to go somewhere you feel you don’t belong.
  5. Magic is always needed.
    Sometimes fantasy novels stress the use of the magic. George R. R. Martin created Westeros and Essos with magic being only a rumor. Magic wasn’t needed to create the turmoil amongst the people, making it a “rule” you can break. There are many ways to make a science-fiction novel feel magical without well… the magic.

 

At HRM, our office has managed to enter a few different worlds during audiobook month with these titles from our authors:

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  • The First” by Kipjo EwersSophia Dennison wanted a normal life. She wanted to raise a family with the love of her life, and further her medical career as an up and coming surgeon in neurology…But everything changed when she was convicted and sentenced to death for the brutal murder of her husband. Several hours after her execution, FBI Agent Mark Armitage is called to investigate a serious disturbance at the prison. Upon arriving he finds the place a war zone. After being debriefed by his friend and partner Dustin Mercer, he views the video tapes and learns that the source of the destruction is Sophia. Footage reveals that seven minutes after her execution she miraculously resurrected, breaking free of her bonds and overpowering several guards before being viciously gunned down and dying for a second time. Sophia Dennison has escaped, and is now on the run…The hunt is on for the first actual superhuman.
  • Faerie Blood” by Emma L. Adams

    “I’m Ivy Lane, and if I never see another faerie again, it’ll be too soon. Twenty years after the faeries came and destroyed the world as we knew it, I use my specialist skills to keep rogue faeries in line and ensure humans and their magically gifted neighbours can coexist (relatively) peacefully. Nobody knows those skills came from the darkest corner of Faerie itself. When a human child disappears, replaced with a faerie changeling, I have to choose between taking the safe road or exposing my own history with the faeries to the seductively dangerous head of the Mage Lords. He’s the exact kind of distraction I don’t need, but it’s work with him or lose my chance to save the victims. It’ll take all my skills to catch the kidnappers and stop Faerie’s dark denizens overrunning the city – but if the faerie lords find out about the magic I stole last time I went into their realm, running won’t save me this time…”
  • Magic Hunter” by C.N. CrawfordRosalind’s mission is simple: hunt demons and mages. As a member of the Brotherhood, she’s dedicated to protecting the world from dark magic. Someone’s got to stop the supernatural bloodlust – even if it means getting up close and personal with vamps. Everything’s going to plan until she meets Caine, a powerful dark mage. He’s scary as hell and just as sexy. Worse, he’s brought her a warning: rumors are spreading that Rosalind is a mage, too. Now the Hunters have chosen their next target – and it’s her. To save her own life, Rosalind must form an uneasy alliance with Caine, traveling with him to the vampire world. But what if the rumors about her are true? If she can’t figure out who to trust, and fast, she’ll be exiled to the realm of the very monsters she once hunted.
  • Dark Siren” by Lee Dignam and Katerina MartinezSupernatural bounty hunter Alice Werner loves her job. She gets paid the big bucks to take down her targets and doesn’t ask her clients too many questions as long as the money’s good. But when a girl goes missing and the case feels all too familiar, Alice can’t help but act. Concern for the girl’s safety draws her into a risky case. Compassion keeps her involved when the stakes begin to rise. Desperation forces her too call on an old flame to help. Despite their unfinished past, Alice and Isaac Moreau, a prominent Mage, must work together to save the girl. When clues reveal more than meets the eye, Alice must face her deepest fears and confront demons from her past to protect the victim, and herself, from a fate worse than death.

Listen To Your Audience

During some weekend web surfing I came across an awesome hub for science fiction writers and readers. Locus Online has been around since 1997. Although I am happy I discovered this website, I’m upset I haven’t heard about it sooner since I had a lot of fun poking around on it and reading some great articles. Locus Online is a website/magazine dedicated to science fiction and fantasy writing. It seems to be a great place for writers to go to share or discuss issues regarding writing in the science fiction or fantasy genre. It can also appeal to readers of the genre as well with book reviews and author interviews. I’m particularly excited about this because both science fiction and fantasy are very popular categories across all formats and any glimpse I can get further into this world will allow me better serve its fans and writers.

One of the articles I particularly enjoyed was a post by Kameron Hurley, who is both an author and reviewer of books. Her post is all about who she writes for and how she blocks out all the negative criticism. She points out that you should only write for your targeted readers and forget about what everyone else thinks. I couldn’t agree with this more. I do a lot of work with and reading of romance and erotica books and let’s just say the genre is absolutely not for everyone. I can completely understand and relate to that. I hear a lot of negative feedback about these books- too graphic, too much swearing, weak story line/not enough going on, only focused around sex. Many times I find myself saying, “So what?” to these comments. Romance/erotica is one of the most popular genres out there, it has a huge loyal fan base and many talented authors. Just because it isn’t your cup of tea doesn’t mean it doesn’t have value. These books are doing exactly what their targeted audience is asking for and they are succeeding beyond belief. If you don’t agree then you aren’t the targeted reader and maybe you should find something else that better suits your style.

Kameron also goes into detail discussing how there are always going to be people who do not like your work. Unfortunately, especially in today’s society with the internet so readily accessible, if you put something out there for public viewing it will get scrutinized. There’s no way to avoid, even the most successful authors have haters. I am a firm believer that if you don’t have any haters or criticism then you aren’t doing your job right. The key is learning to accept that this will happen and learn how to block it out and focus only on the people that matter. The only people you should worry about are the readers who are your targeted audience because you will never ever, for as long as you may live, be able to make everyone happy. In fact, Kameron suggests (through an inspirational Colin Powell quote) you are actually doing a disservice to yourself if you try to make everyone happy. You need to remain true to yourself and your readers or else your biggest supporters will soon turn into your biggest haters.

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At the end of the day, worry about yourself, your work, and your readers. Listen to your audience’s feedback, not the haters. Criticism is a good thing, we all need it, but pick your battles because not all criticism is correct. Make your work the way you want to, something that you are proud of. Your work should make you happy, make you feel good because after all it has your name on it and no one else. Once it is out there in the world, it is not coming back. Write on.