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best fantasy books shona kaye

Best Fantasy Books (probably, ever.)

Surprise! It's NOT an ode to Queen. It's another flaming list. I've said it a couple hundred times before and I'll say it a couple thousand times more: I love a good list. But you know what I love even more than lists? Books. I can't get enough of them ... READ MORE
strong female characters shona kaye

Strong Female Characters — 8 Characters Who Define Strength

Strong female characters are everywhere these days. Right? Perhaps. The Damsel in Distress has certainly screamed her last plea for help, and we hear a lot about Kick-Ass Females in both book and movie culture. But it seems to me that we all have a slightly different idea of what ... READ MORE
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50 of the Best Opening Lines in Fiction Books

Despite the warning not to ‘judge a book by its cover’, I'd bet we’ve all been guilty of it more than a few times. A cover is a window of sorts into the book. It's a test as to whether or not the book is worth our precious bookworm hours ... READ MORE
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21 Love Quotes from Literature That Will Make You Swoon

I would have written you, myself, if I could put down in words everything I want to say to you. A sea of ink would not be enough. — Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow ... READ MORE
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10 Perfect Gifts for Book Lovers

So, you're shopping for a book lover... Or you wanna treat yo'self... If so, it's kind of a no-brainer that books will be at the top of your shopping list. But why not spice it up a bit? Go the extra mile. Here are ten literary gifts to make you ... READ MORE
Uncharted 4's Nathan Drake: 5 Character Flaws We Love

Uncharted 4’s Nathan Drake: 5 Character Flaws We Love

Back in September, I spent three solid days shamelessly glued to the PlayStation with Uncharted 4. For those of you who aren't gamers, Uncharted is a series of role-play action-adventure games featuring Nathan Drake—a wisecracking hunk of beefcake with a penchant for treasure hunting and getting himself into gun-fighting pickles ... READ MORE
books about witches shona kaye

7 Books About Witches to Get You In the Halloween Spirit

The spooktacular holiday of All Hallows' Eve is almost upon us and besides donning my slutty nurse costume (JK), I can't think of a better way to get a headstart on the spooks than by curling up with a good book... in particular, books about witches. In fact, Halloween or ... READ MORE
fearless books shona kaye

Fearless Books

As a reader, I enjoy multiple genres of books, and picking a favourite is, for me, not just impossible but criminal. Having said that, there are a few that stand out. These books are the ones I nose-dived my way through; they hooked me at first word and had that ... READ MORE
fiction writing shona kaye

Fiction Writing: How Often is Truth Found in Fiction?

Writers are often asked if real-life events end up in their fiction writing or rather—if their fiction is actually based on true stories. In many cases, my personal answer to this is ‘I sincerely hope not.’ Can you imagine the horror of Stephen King’s daily life if that were true? ... READ MORE
messages in books shona kaye

Messages in Books: Reasons Why the Message of a Story is NOT the Most Important Aspect

Why do we read? Is it knowledge, personal interest, connection? Or maybe entertainment or story? The purpose of a book is neither fixed nor singular since often, a single book can serve multiple purposes, and give as many rewards. Of all the rewards a book can bring, the one which ... READ MORE
write what you know shona kaye

Write what you know? NO. Write what you damn well please.

Earlier this month, I came across a post thread in a writing forum commenting on the release of Stephenie Meyer's new book, the gender-reversed Twilight, Life and Death. The original poster implied that this was nothing more than 'a lazy way to make more money of an already successful idea' ... READ MORE
stupid characters shona kaye

Defending Stupid Characters and Their Stupid Decisions

Characters are important, if not the most important aspect of a good story; great characters have to be fully developed with appealing qualities, true to life flaws, and a host of inner desires, conflicts, motivations and goals. Just like all real-life folk. Recently though, a statement from another writer brought ... READ MORE

 

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