The Magic Wood

PART I   Silver-etched ferns dipped into the road, shimmering every now and again as the morning sunlight filtered through the canopy overhead. Leara kept her eyes on the way down into the valley. Though she had traveled the path every day from her cottage in the hills, the path was never the same. The …

Top Ten Tips for Being Productive

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. One of the biggest reasons, besides the cooler weather and the warm, cozy sweaters and socks and the spices and smells of pumpkin and cinnamon,  is I usually spend more time writing. In contrast, I find writing tedious in the summer months. The sun is out too long …

The Fury

  Lightning streaked across the sky bathing the black in streaks of blue and purple. Not far from the shoreline, Neria could make out the faint outline of the rolling waves and the dark creatures that traveled with them. The sea witch, Fua’mnach, had come and with her, the armies of the deep. Moss and …

Reinventing the Wheel

There are too many times as writers where we feel stuck. This past summer, I would not have said, I feel stuck. I had actually accomplished a lot of writing, working myself into the third edits of my first novel. Yet, something felt lacking. Before I even began writing my novel, I had dropped by …

Welcome to Tengoku

The Latest News on Of Rebels and Ruin (R&R), Book One Welcome to Tengoku- Are you ready for your next great adventure? By Shannon Rivera   From its inception, the world of Tengoku was always larger than life. The Shadow and Mist series has taken many years of planning, prepping, and drafting, rethinking, reimagining, and rewriting. …

YA/NA Blog World Tour

Young Adult and New Adult Blog World Tour: Trin Carl by Shannon Leigh Rivera   Trin Carl is a YA Fiction writer working on her literary novella “Oh Brother”. She plans on releasing more novels in the future. Trin has a degree in English from Metropolitan State University and works as a substitute teacher in …

December Interview with Deliaria Davis and Other News

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday this year! For my family and I, we had a fabulous but busy holiday season. I had many grand plans to write extra blog posts and fill my hours with nothing but writing, however, real life didn’t allow for this to happen. Aside from the hustle and bustle …

YA/NA Blog World Tour: Melion Traverse

YA/NA Blog World Tour: Melion Traverse by Shannon Leigh Rivera In the wild world of bloggers, there exists a fantastic group of YA/NA writers who are taking time over the next year to interview one another. Welcome to installment three in the YA/NA Blog World Tour! Today I am interviewing Melion Traverse. She is published author …

Author Interview Series: Breeana Puttroff

Author Interview Series: Conversations with YA Fantasy Author Breeana Puttroff by Shannon Leigh Rivera Thanks for stopping by, Breeana! I’m so glad to have you on the Fantasy Fix. Let’s start off with some questions so my readers can learn a little bit about you.  I’ll start with the basics. When did you first realize …

It’s NaNo Time!

National Novel Writing Month: It’s NaNo Time! by Shannon Leigh Rivera November means a lot of things—turkey, football, and pumpkin pie. For those of us who write, the month of November means National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo.) It is a month-long writing ‘competition’ where writers from around the world get together (introvert style) and …