• Master Class

    Master Class: Doors

    The Master Class writing prompt. One line feeds your imagination. Welcome to class. I am your jolly writing prompt host, Professor Ayers. Each Monday, I will share a new writing prompt based on a line from a book. Just one line to feed your imagination. Can you move to the head of the class? Last week, Tara took The Long Way Home. You’ll have to read the story to find out why. Don’t forget to leave a comment. It’s like giving a blogger a giant hug. Your instructions: You do not have to use the line in your story, but the idea based on the prompt should be clear. Prompt…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Book Review: A Merchant in Oria by David Wiley

     A Merchant in Oria Blurb: Firion is a young merchant descended from generations of merchants. His first big break comes along when he sets out to trade with the wealthy Dwarven kingdom of Oria. He has always dreamed of visiting this grand kingdom, having heard his father describe it in detail a hundred times while he was younger. But when Firion arrives in Oria, he is jarred by the details present that contradict with the image etched into his mind. Something dark and sinister seems to be afoot in Oria, but Firion knows he is no hero. He is just a simple merchant, and what can an ordinary person do…

  • Lessons Learned,  Words

    So You Want to Be A Horror Writer?

    So you think you might want to be a horror writer but not sure how to scare your readers? Do you find your writing taking on a dark aspect that others claim is scary, but you don’t know why? Maybe you just want to write like Lovecraft but aren’t sure you’re up to the task? Welcome to the club. For the longest time I had issues declaring genre because while I write dark, it never scares me (and I still do). My first book is classified as a “romance,” “horror,” and “occult,” all of which (except maybe the romance part) made me go “Hmm…” I mean, yes, my plot is all…