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: 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 …

Forlorn- Part VII

“Careful!” Saoirse motioned to a patch of half-submerged land that no longer looked safe to stand on. Curls of waterlogged heather poked through the top of the water, waving their delicate blossoms like a siren’s song. Liam stiffened and wiped the corner of his brow, throwing his former betrothed a glare of relief and frustration. …

Plunder of Blood, Part I

Eastern Mountain Range, The Revenge Dark blood stained the deck as Captain Mai Li waded through the mess of bodies. One lad, not a day over fifteen, was shaking violently, a pool of red soaking the deck beneath him. Stopping in her tracks, the Captain crouched down to inspect the young fighter’s wounds. “Mortal,” she …

Fortune, Glory, and Death

  Fortune, Glory, and Death   Thick moats of dust clotted the air, swirling about Ya’Zi’s head as he collapsed onto his knees in the dirt.  Breathing heavily, the suffocating smell of unwashed bodies and iron settled deep into his lungs and he instinctively covered his mouth to keep himself from gagging. His muscles felt …

Forlorn Part VI

Forlorn Part VI by Shannon Leigh Rivera Tormaigh woke to the smell of smoke. Attempting to bolt upright, his head swam in a thick cloud of pain and he was forced to lie back down. The world was swirling around him and pounding against his temples. He clutched the sides of his head, rubbing his …

Be Yourself, No Copycats Allowed

Be Yourself, No Copycats Allowed by Shannon Leigh Rivera There are so many authors worth admiring these days. Not just for their wonderful stories, but for the hard work and dedication that they have put into their craft. However, because there are so many wonderful storytellers out there, a lot of writers have it in …