Ten tips for writing believable pain

Occasionally, when I edit or read a book I come across a character who gets injured, and then for whatever reason that injury is basically forgotten within a paragraph. My mind always sort of has to catch up. How is that possible? How is it this sword-weilding orc can lose a leg and basically be…

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Review | Falling Through Stars – Staci Olsen

About the Book After crashing her dogsled into the frozen river, Ts’ellbah fears something is wrong, something deeper than the inexplicable new scar over her heart. She feels like a stranger in her own skin and struggles to remember her closest friends and family. At first, her clan is relieved that she survived the accident….

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Review | The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics – Olivia Waite

About the Book As Lucy Muchelney watches her ex-lover’s sham of a wedding, she wishes herself anywhere else. It isn’t until she finds a letter from the Countess of Moth, looking for someone to translate a groundbreaking French astronomy text, that she knows where to go. Showing up at the Countess’ London home, she hoped…

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Review | Dark Sea’s End – Richard Nell

About the Book Feared pirate and scoundrel ‘Lucky’ Chang has a dirty secret: he loves his crew, and would die to protect them. As he’s dragged from prison to face the dark sea and a dangerous new world, he just might have to. Zaya, warrior and skald from the land of ash, knows she has…

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Review | Where Oblivion Lives – T. Frohock

About the Book Born of daimon and angel, Diago Alvarez is a being unlike all others. The embodiment of dark and light, he has witnessed the good and the horror of this world and those beyond. In the supernatural war between angels and daimons that will determine humankind’s future, Diago has chosen Los Nefilim, the…

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Review | The Body Scout – Lincoln Michel

About the Book Kobo has some problems. His cybernetics are a decade out of date, he’s got a pair of twin sister loan sharks knocking on his door, and his work scouting for a baseball league run by pharmaceutical companies is about to go belly-up. Things couldn’t get much worse. Then his childhood best friend-Monsanto…

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Review | A Troll Walks into a Bar – Douglas Lumsden

About the Book A troll in a pin-striped suit walks into a bar. He’s looking for Alex Southerland, private investigator and summoner of elementals. A gorgeous dame is going to come to Southerland with a case, and the troll tells him that he is going to turn the case down–or else! But Southerland doesn’t respond…

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Review | Paladin Unbound – Jeffrey Speight

About the Book The last of a dying breed, a holy warrior must rise up against a growing darkness in Evelium. The most unlikely of heroes, a lowly itinerant mercenary, Umhra the Peacebreaker is shunned by society for his mongrel half-Orc blood. Desperate to find work for himself and his band of fighters, Umhra agrees…

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