We Need More Books Like This

My writing bestie is celebrating a new release today and I couldn’t be more excited! Not only is it an awesome book, but I formatted it for her! ❤

Valiant Heart is the first in Eliza Sinclair’s steampunk/flintlock Tanahr Tales series. It has mechmages, elven warrior maidens, and giant Mechanae (machine fae) roving over hills that start out green before being scorched by lightning spears and otherwise torn up in battle. 😀

valiantheartcover 400
Check out this gorgeous cover!

The world building is immersive and the descriptions poetic. Continue reading “We Need More Books Like This”

Tropes: I’m doing it wrong!

One of the more illuminating (and entertaining) obstacles in my writing path lately was learning about tropes. I’ve known about tropes in a vague sort of way for a while, but set out to really understand them a few months back.

I love taking expectations and turning them on their heads. I thought after I understood tropes I could play with them in this way. It was kind of a “learn the rules before you break them” sort of exercise.

Little did I know…I was too late. I was already breaking tropes all over the place. Also? You’re really not supposed to break tropes.

img_0004

Continue reading “Tropes: I’m doing it wrong!”