Archive for December, 2012

Author Kylee Shields, MSW, an interview with a Family Counselor

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

A Counselor for the ANASAZI Foundation and an author…how exciting. Tell us where you were born and where do you live now. 

I was born in Ut but I “grew up” in Gresham, OR. I currently live in Gilbert, AZ.

I have lived in Utah all my life. How long have you been writing?

I started writing in a journal when I was 9 y.o. and never stopped.

Well that should make you a seasoned author, does it not? What is your favorite part of being an author? (more…)

The Treasure of Isian by Serena Clarke a great book for YA

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

The Treasure of Asian is an interesting tale about a servant girl who must do what the prince commands. Elani grows up with the prince and they learn many things together: sword fighting, riding horses, hunting, and such. When the prince takes Elani with him to hunt a treasure, he never imagines how this trip will change their lives forever. They have to battle giants, women warriors, a water witch, and poison plants all to get a special treasure that all want, but only the right person can use.

The story starts a bit slow, yet soon draws you in, and won’t let you go. This is a good young adult novel with all the right things to make it your favorite. The romance is cute and clean.

Florence Osmund a Mystery author’s interview

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Florence is great to meet you. How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing my entire life, but it was only when I retired at the end of 2008 that I began writing novels. Before then, it was all business writing. Writing fiction is much more fun and rewarding.

Oh I agree there. Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I was born in Prospect Heights, IL, but moved to and grew up in Libertyville, (more…)

Victor a novel by Tony Ross

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

A review for readers

What a ride I had with this exciting and well-paced book. It is a thrilling story of elite assassins, gangs, and clones filled with suspense. I love this story full of chases, twists, and surprises to the very last page. Tony uses a creative way to tell a suspense story to keep you at the edge of your seat to the end.His technique is fantastic, futuristic and, most of all, a great tale that will keep your blood pumping.

Sunlight City is what you and I would consider at free city, in the sense that anything is possible and no one worries much about it. There is corruption, crime, and moral liberties all along the street. Mona Macheski was a scientist employed by the wealthiest and very insane guy who own Sunlight City. (more…)

Shaunna Gonzales author’s interview

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Shaunna, how long have you been writing?

I started dabbling when my youngest started school so that would make It about seven years now.

Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I was born In Southeastern Idaho (where my Time-travel romance Series is set). (more…)

Military in writing fantasy (continuation)

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

kinds of warfare-

1. attrition – face to face. Last one standing wins.

2. maneuver – move your people into place before and during shooting. Moving/acting smart.

3. asymmetrical – unbalanced sides.

One side is far superior to the other, but someone with more wits can overcome insurmountable odds. *Logistics is what keeps the troops moving and getting into place – it includes feeding the army. (more…)

Interview with humorous author Connie Sokol

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Welcome Connie. Tell us what did you just finish reading?

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain for writing; Caller ID by Rachelle J. Christensen for fun:)

How fun… What book(s) have changed your life?

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Marple series. Each has taught me something different about writing and life– (more…)

LTUE Military & Military SF / Military Strategies panel

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Sherry Taylor reported on two of the LTUE presentations she attended in February. This is a summary of her report to the Oquirrh writers:

Military & Military SF / Military Strategies (The presenters of these two classes were all former or current military personnel. You can easily modify this info to Fantasy.)


*Read military guidelines from around the world. Rules can be different from country to country. In the US Military, it’s against the law to use your ranking to make money, but in other countries, it’s not. Example – you can use the barges to transfer goods for trade to make money.

*Read military history. Every war throughout the world, both past and present, have all been different. Different weapons and strategies. (more…)

Chad Huskins an author’s interview

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Welcome, Chad. My readers are excited to know more about you.

What did you just finish reading?  A Dance with Dragons.  Martin’s a modern master.  It’s my second time reading through the series.  I had to go back through and pick up on all the little details that I’ve missed.  He’s littered the pages with little tidbits, foreshadowing in ways that I don’t think register with most people, at least not on the conscious level.

What book(s) have changed your life?  Sphere by Michael Crichton.  It’s the whole reason I became a writer.  When I was twelve and during summer break from school, my two closest friends happened to be leaving for big vacations at the exact same time.  I asked my friend Doug, “What am I gonna do for the next 3 weeks while you’re both gone?”  (more…)