Ah, the joys of writing life! In the middle of editing Girl of Glass and Fury (an ongoing endeavor) and reading great books like The Theft of Sunlight, I realized one common thread that makes characters instantly endearing: awkwardness. A special feature was born! Since not every character can have the same traits, I started … Continue reading 5 Awkward Situations to Make Your MC Shine
Hi all! It's me, your favorite author and book blogger who is never not behind on things! So what am I behind on this time, you might ask? Books I Recommend and Haven't Reviewed Yet Between Jobs, by W.R. Gingell - This book is the start of another madcap fantasy series, with a plucky, adaptable … Continue reading June updates
Hi all! This May, the snow is gone (for now!), the trees are flowering and my projects are slowly coming together. At the end of last month, the first two chapters of The Fishermen's Princess were released for subscribers to my mailing list. This month will bring a more usual single chapter. The story currently … Continue reading May Updates
Now that the third of three BookFunnel promos I'm participating in this month has begun, I thought I'd collect everything in one place!I'm finally building a newsletter, so it makes the most sense to change how I tell you about these promos. From now on, I'll be including links to current promos at the bottom … Continue reading April promos!
The business side: I have three—count 'em, three—promos to share with you all this month! Including two that begin today (more on the third next week). Book promo 1: Otherworldly Beings (books featuring non-humans and former humans). Otherworldy Beings is a sales promo for books in the romance, fantasy/sci-fi romance and fantasy/sci-fi genres. It goes … Continue reading April updates
Spring is heeeeere...ish! Cherry blossoms from last spring. Visiting them has become a family tradition. First, the bookish business. For anybody looking for something to read over spring break (should you have such a thing) there is a new BookFunnel promo featuring CLEAN reads only. That means no swearing, sex or gratuitous violence. One of … Continue reading Spring Break Promo
It's cover and synopsis reveal time for my new serial novel!(Be warned, this is a graphics-heavy post!) Looking good so far...Looks like the title is... The Fishermen's Princess A Serial New Adult Fantasy Novel by C.K. BegganThe Little Mermaid is turned upside-down and inside-out in this creative retelling about merfolk, true love, wicked and benevolent pirates and … Continue reading The Fishermen’s Princess Cover Reveal!
Netflix is a window to the outside world for a lot of us right now. With high profile series like The Witcher, it’s also a window into magical worlds. Here are a few other series with magic you might’ve missed and that I’ve given that little thumbs up to: 1. The Haunting of Bly Manor … Continue reading 5 Under the Radar Magical Series on Netflix
Happy Thanksgiving to all the American readers out there. I can hardly believe it’s that time...partly because I was convinced the holiday after Halloween was Christmas for a minute there. It’s been a year. My thoughts will be with those of you who will be missing somebody, or just celebrating alone. We’ll be having a quiet … Continue reading Thanksgiving already?!
Welcome back to the last of this three-part blog series on how contrast makes for a great read. In this post, I’ll also touch on how classic techniques from another genre made a story more exciting. III. The contrast of a known commodity and a total mystery Want to keep the pages turning? Take a … Continue reading Contrast, Part III: Lessons from Bestselling Books