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 …

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 …

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 …

Catching up with Suzanna J. Linton

-Author Interview Series- Catching up with Suzanna J. Linton by Shannon Leigh Rivera   Suzanna J. Linton is a fantasy author. Her published works include Clara, Clara’s Return, and Willows of Fate. I caught up with Suzanna earlier this month to find out how she has been since the release of Clara’s Return back in …

Blog World Tour- YA/NA Author Abbie Silk

Blog World Tour- YA/NA Authors by Shannon Leigh Rivera   This month my spotlight YA/NA author is Abbie Silk. Abbie Silk lives in a world of books, both adult and YA fantasy. She writes short stories and is writing a YA fantasy novel, Dancing in the Past. For this interview, I am talking to Abbie …

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 …