January 23, 2017

Author Guest Post: Day In The Life

Today we have author Gregory Petersen, who is giving us a glimpse into what his day is like as an author.  


A day in the life of an author...  Hmmm...

Well, I'd say it's just like everyone else's, but perhaps a little more frustrating.  

I work a day job. If I didn't, I would redefine starving artist. My last royalty payment was a reality check. Let's just say that the stamp on the envelope was nearly worth more than my earnings.

So a day in my life means maintaining at least a little positivity. Would I love to find a level of success where James Patterson asks me for career advice? No doubt. But since that seems unlikely, even with a fantasy writer's imagination, I won't spend much time thinking about it.

As a writer, the story lives in me. It goes where I go.  It sees what I see.  But then, something strange happens.  The story goes where I cannot; it sees what I can't even envision.  It knows things that are far beyond me. I write for the same reason I read, because I want to know where a story is going. I need to know what the character is facing, what she is risking, what she hopes to find.

If the characters were not alive to me, what makes me think they'll ever live in the readers' minds? Part of being a novelist is allowing yourself to dream throughout the day.

Since I don't plot out my stories ahead of time, I don't always know what is going to happen. My current work in progress is called 20 After. In it, the main character, Marty, is an attorney defending a man accused of killing his own child. Marty fears this man in a way he has never felt fear before. And not just because of his accusations, but this man sitting in a jail cell seems to have power over a superstition that Marty, in spite of himself, is starting to believe.

I don't have much time during the day to put many words on paper, but sometimes I jot down a few, which feeds the story later.  Today I was able to put down a couple hundred, and now I know how Marty is going to initiate his opening argument.

A couple months ago I only wrote four words during the day, but those were enough to tell me that 20 After needs to be written.  On a scrap piece of paper I wrote, "angels sing, demons whisper." That evening I wrote a whole lot more.

So, the way I see it, a day in the life of an author means being prepared for inspiration to happen. Sometimes just a scrap piece of paper is all it takes to catch it, and turn a fleeting thought into the foundation of a novel that will find itself on a bestseller list.

Maybe. Who knows? I wouldn't write novels if I weren't a dreamer.
Thank you, author Gregory Petersen for being with us today and sharing what your day is like. If you haven't read this book, it's a must read. Information below. 
 Author Information

Gregory Petersen is the author of Open Mike, Dancing with the Locust, and the forthcoming novels The Dream Thief and Dancing with the Locust. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his beautiful and supportive family. When he is not trying to put words on paper he tells jokes on stage, roots (often in vain) for Cincinnati sports teams, coaches both his daughters' sports teams, spends too much time on Twitter (@gregjpete) and has been known to finish dead last in a marathon. For further information, please visit gregorypetersen.com
About the Book
Open Mike is a dark love story between a comedian and a stripper. Michael Clover is a stand-up comic, but has joked about the pain in his life so often that nothing seems funny any longer. Dana Wisby is a stripper who has become so accustomed to being degraded that she is uncomfortable with anything else. They both hide similar vulnerabilities under their respective spotlights, but when two broken people try to fix one another, the results can be funny, but also dangerous. 

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December 11, 2016

The Fall of Dorkhun by D.A. Adams

Title: The Fall of Dorkhun
Author: D.A. Adams
Publisher:  Third Axe Media
Series: The Brotherhood of Dwarves
Format: Ebook
Pages: 211 Pages

 The dwarven saga continues...

Having escaped slavery and survived the Battle for Hard Hope, Roskin returns home to a kingdom divided by war with the ogres. On one side, his father desires to restore peace. On the other, Master Sondious, hungry for revenge after having been crippled, seeks to escalate the aggression. Roskin and his friends hasten to the capital to make a desperate attempt to resolve the growing rift, but unknown to the dwarves, new and powerful menaces threaten to destroy the entire kingdom ...

My Thoughts:

I will say right away that I enjoyed books one and two more than this one, don't get me wrong this is a geat book, but it falls a little bit compared to the first two. This doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy this one.  Also if you haven't read books one and two, it's safe to say you shouldn't read this one before reading both.  If you don't read the first two, you won't really understand much of what's going on. So just a heads up, make sure you read the other two first. 

The Fall of Dorkhun continues the story of Roskin and his return home. Readers of this one do get some more backstories of some of the side characters, which as you all know I do enjoy. Though to me, that is the one part that saved this book for me. The writing style is the same as the previous and the pacing is about the same as well. 

I really enjoy the artwork as well, the cover is fantastic and it really depicts the story perfectly. The same goes for the first two books. I don't know about you all, but I love being able to see the story through the cover. 

Can't wait to see what this author has in store in the next book. Guess I should get to it! Seeing as I just ordered it. Hope you all have a great Sunday afternoon! 


I would have to give The Fall of Dorkhun a...


Review: Brotherhood of the Dwarfs Book 2:

Title: Red Sky at Dawn
Author: D.A. Adams
Publisher: Third Axe Media
Pages: 192 pages
Format: Ebook
ISBN #: 0976554712

 Crushaw, Molgheon, and Vishghu have liberated the Slithesythe Plantation, and now, they must make their way to safe lands before being caught and returned to certain bondage. Across the orc lands, they and Roskin recruit and train an army of freed slaves, for between them and freedom are thousands of well-armed, well-trained orc warriors. Near the Pass of Hard Hope in the shadows of the eastern mountains, they make their desperate stand. But even if they succeed, Roskin's ordeal is far from finished, as he is haunted by visions of something awful back in Dorkuhn.

My Thoughts:

Just like the first book in this series, I was pulled into the whole story almost as if I was one of the characters. I loved this one even more than I enjoyed the first. Can't wait for the next book in this series. I'm going to be honest, this along with the third book has been on my shelf for a while, I have a lot of books and hadn't had the chance to finish these, now I wish I had read them sooner. 

This book shows so much growth for the author and his writing and  the characters have grown as well. The best part of this whole book action and the pacing is perfection. In the first book I really connected with the main character Roskin, but in this one, I really connected with the others. The author really brought out their story and made me love them as well. 

I will warn you, though, this is only the second book of five, so be ready for a massive cliff hanger! All in all this was my favorite so far! I can't wait to read the next book in this series. 


I would have to give Red Sky at Dawn a huge...

December 1, 2016

December TBR

I love the month of December! Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. This also means it's time to share what I'll be reading this month. 

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken 

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth 

Rising Tides by Katy Haye 

What are you all reading this month? 

November 30, 2016


Please, excuse the mess while I move my posts back over to this blog from WordPress. I tried to like Wordpress due to everyone telling me how amazing it was, well I ended up enjoying Blogger better. Anyway, to make a long story short, I'm moving everything back over here. It might take me a few months, but going to add new posts in the meantime. 

We are super excited to be back, though, so let's get to this! 

January 2, 2014

Day Two of the Book Blogger New Years Challenge

Day 2: Share your Pro's and Con's list of Blogging, now this should be fun.  


  • Love this blog and posting on it. 
  • Love books and sharing what I'm reading with others, like all my readers here on the blog. 
  • A place where I can say what I want about a book that everyone else didn't like. 
  • I get to chat with amazing people and authors. 


  • Have I mentioned how huge my TBR pile is already and the year has just started? Yeah lol 
  • People can be really rude if you mess up or say something they don't like you saying about a book that they loved, so yeah it can be a pro and a con. 
  • It's a lot of pressure to post and get great content out. 
  • Can feel more like a job than something that is fun. 


January 1, 2014

Book Blogger New Year's Challenge: Day 1

So today is the first day of 2014,  I want to share with you all this little challenge I am participating in.  It's the Book Blogger New Year's Challenge 2014.  It's hosted by the  Parajunkee.  

But anyway, this challenge is a 14 day challenge where each day you post something on the list that Parajunkee has created.  Today is the first day, so let's get started.