The lockers were crumpled and torn; doors shredded by massive talons and scorched by fire bolts, an entire row buckled around the impression of a body, the faded yellow paint smudged with blood. A lot of blood, and under it the shattered remnants of a sword, the rippling sunmetal dull and lifeless, splattered with the … Continue reading [D&B Vol 01.] Episode 002
The staff drove through the demon’s chest with a wet crack. Dark blood splashed up the soldier’s leg, the thick black stuff sizzling on boots and flesh, the faint skin of magic that was her only armour no longer as strong as it had been at the start of the long battle. She put her … Continue reading [D&B Vol 01.] Episode 001
Super yummy writing food. I came across this last year while making Christmas presents for the relatives and it’s quickly become one of my favourites. It’s ridiculously easy and quick to make, and the best part, you can switch out the fillings to make different cookies! I’m think my next batch are going to be … Continue reading Cookies!
It’s the first day of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and I’m a third of the way through my daily goal (wipes sweaty forehead). By the time I’ve finished this post, I’ll be over halfway and then the hard stuff will begin. I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with NaNo. I love the … Continue reading My NaNoWriMo Quest
Like a lot of bookworms, my to-be-read pile is huge, like monster kanji huge. Genre-wise there’s just about everything in there, from romance to action, crime and (of course) almost every shade of sci-fi and fantasy you can imagine. Here are a few of the sci-fi ones I’m really looking forward to reading. Descriptions from … Continue reading Sci-fi books on my TBR pile
In this interview, avid reader and blogger Annie McCann talks to me about Shazrad, the heroine of The Wrath and the Dawn, a modern retelling of 1001 Arabian Nights. BELINDA: Tell us about Shazrad, what makes her strong? ANNIE: In The Wrath and The Dawn, Shazrad is a woman living in a man’s world under a tyrant boy … Continue reading She Will Stand Her Ground: Annie McCann on Strong Female Characters
Felicity Banks is the author of Heart of Brass a steampunk novel about a young women with a brass heart and a family obligation that’s interupted by a criminal conviction. BELINDA: Tell us about Emmeline, what makes her strong? FELICITY: Emmeline has been taught that her duty is to marry well, giving her family the … Continue reading Brave, Vulnerable & Scared: Felicity Banks on Strong Female Characters
This year I’ve joined in on an awesome Secret Santa and blog hop run by Aussie YA Bloggers. I’m super exicted to be included because, well…who doesn’t like recieving books in the mail! Plus, there’s the wrapping and I looooove wrapping things. What are your top 5 favourite books this year? A lot of what … Continue reading Aussie YA Secret Santa Blog Hop
It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas, and to get into the spirit of things, I’m hosting a giveaway! PLUS I’m giving every new mailing list subscriber 25% off any purchase in my store! What am I giving away? That’s a great question. Each week from now until Santa makes his midnight run, I’m … Continue reading It’s a Giveaway + Get 25% off!
Space opera, it’s my favourite subgenre. I love how big the universe is, how spaceships can zip to and fro, with warp drives, hyperdrives and jump gates. But mostly I love the drama of it, how a single person (or a few persons) can save the universe. Inevitably, someone important dies along the way, but … Continue reading 6 awesome space operas books, all free