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How Time Fits Into the Creation of a Fictional World

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Happy New Year! Is it too late to say that? What’s the statute of limitations on wishing someone a happy new year before you start to sound like you’re maybe not from around these parts? What if you really aren’t from around these parts? Last time, we discussed creating holidays in your fictional fantasy world. Today I’m going a step farther and talking about time. Not time travel–that’s an entirely different kettle of slimy, confusing, paradoxical fish. I’m talking about how we experience time, how we talk about it, and how in a fantasy world, we can use it. There are loads of things that are more or less fixed. We are mammals, bipeds, we have five senses, we have…

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The Power of the Imaginary Book and How Kim Alexander’s Became a Reality

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What are your favorite books within books? Since I’m a weirdo, Lovecraft’s Necronomicon springs to mind. Harry Potter has dozens of them. Frank Herbert’s Dune not only has pages of them, but references them liberally throughout the text. Fictional books have always appealed to me, as much, almost as books of fiction. They are the mystery that can never be solved, they impact our heroes (and villains) without ever showing their faces. They have great power. I wanted one. In my epic fantasy novel, The Sand Prince, my hero, the misfit demon prince Rhuun, finds just such a book–a marvelous story of the adventures of a human man and his friends and enemies on the other side of The Door, the…

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6 Gardening Books to Keep That Green Thumb Busy This Summer — AND a Sprout World Giveaway!

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I love my vegetables and with the summer weather finally here in Connecticut I can put my (aka my boyfriend’s) green thumb to use. He’s the planter and I’m the eater. But trying to figure out what vegetables to grow in your garden can be tricky. We love all things eco-friendly in our household, whether that means riding our bikes or applying the three R’s to our everyday routines, (reduce, reuse and recycle). So having our very own deck full of fruits, vegetables and flowers has certainly reinforced this particular lifestyle. Maybe you haven’t always had the best of luck in the garden, though. That’s where we come in. With these these six gardening books, you too can turn your texting thumb…

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Dream Casting: 4 Romantic Book Heroes and the Actors Who Should Play Them

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There’s nothing more fun than imagining which actors or actresses will play the characters from your favorite book. Sometimes the actual casting nails it – like Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen! And sometimes, not so much – sorry Jamie Campbell Bower, you just weren’t meant to play Jace Wayland. Regardless, imagining the cast of your favorite book can often be way more fun than actually seeing who Hollywood chooses for the roles. With that in mind, here are 4 of our favorite romantic book heroes and the actors we’d pick to play them in the movie: Marlon Teixeira as Landon Lucas Maxfield (Easy by Tammara Webber, Berkley Romance) Any fan of New Adult has heard of Easy, the story of college student Jacqueline’s…

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4 Books to Read After You Binge Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle

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Sometimes I’ll casually watch a show for years, just popping in to catch an episode or two. But other times I’ll become instantly obsessed, binging every episode I can get my hands on in a matter of days. This was my recent experience with the Amazon Original Series Mozart in the Jungle, which I watched in a flurry of laughter, tears and the occasional swoon. For such an awesome show, Mozart in the Jungle has been flying mostly under the radar, at least until it cleaned up at the Golden Globes this year. And why wouldn’t it? Gael Garcia Bernal is awesome as Rodrigo, the young upstart conductor who takes over the New York Symphony from the older, traditional Maestro Thomas (Malcolm McDowell).…

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Book Excerpt! Helen Harper’s ‘Honour Bound’

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Urban Fantasy author Helen Harper found international success with her series Blood Destiny. In January, Harper released the new Highland Magic series and her first book, Gifted Thief, has rave reviews on Amazon. Last week, the second book in the series, Honour Bound, was released and we’re excited to be able to offer the first chapter as an excerpt! Read on and don’t miss out on this awesome new series from Harper. Chapter One Old habits die hard. It wasn’t entirely my fault though; if the Sidhe from the Clan Carnegie hadn’t been quite so brash about flashing his wealth on the street I’d have left him alone. But when he stepped out of his chauffeur-driven, brick-red SUV, summarily pushing an elder…

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