Very Descriptive With Tantalizing Plot Twists — Loyalty (War of Nytefall, #1) by @cyallowitz #fantasy #vampires #books #bookreview #SFF #IARTG

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Check out the latest review for War of Nytefall: Loyalty!

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SCROTUS, on #LisaBurtonRadio

That interview didn’t go anyway like I expected. Of course, in a good and funny way.

Entertaining Stories

Lisa Burton

Welcome all you veterans and dirt cowboys, you Hog aficionados of all kinds. You’ve landed on Lisa Burton Radio, the only show that brings you characters from the books you love. Today, my special guest is Shawna Kretchman, Chief of police on the Pine Creek Indian reservation. “Welcome to the show, Shawna.”

“Aww…thanks, Lisa. I’ve heard a lot about you. (From my other half, the one with the big mouth…) Really looking forward to meeting you.”

“Nice to finally meet you. We had your friend, Fish, on the show last year.”

“Oh, really? What did he say about me? Gotta tell ya, parts of me are afraid to ask…and I love the guy.”

“Nice things, I promise. He said something about a motor home in Twin Falls, and you putting him in jail, twice. But it was all really nice.”

“That’s right, Lisa. Locked him and his two buds up…

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A Writer’s Guide to Firearms: Shotguns

Great guide (and series) for those who want their action scenes to have more realism.

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by my author friend, William R. Bartlett. It continues his discussion of all things firearms. Assault rifles have featured prominently in the horrific events in Florida, Las Vegas and elsewhere, so I wish to repeat that this series is only meant to help writers improve their writing and not to glorify weapons in any way. You can check out the rest of the series on firearms here. Today, Bill explains how rifles work and describes some common writing blunders. Enjoy and bookmark! 

A Writer’s Guide to Firearms by William R. Bartlett

Part 5: Shotguns


A shotgun is a long gun with a smooth bore, designed to hit either a moving target or a stationary target while using a less precise aim.

Shotgun Shells

Shotgun shots | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Image: The Guns and Gear Store

To understand a shotgun, one must first understand the shotgun shell.  Shotgun shells…

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Designing the Vampire Cafe: Nearly to the Point of Nausea


One thing that seems to come up a lot in vampire stories is what one could consider a Vampire Bar or Cafe.  It’s a watering hole for these monsters where they can mingle and have a meal without hunting.  Some have humans entranced and handed out like cans of beer while others have the blood in mugs.  Most times, these places take on the form of a S&M club or a noble party with a high level of eeriness.  I always found this a little strange because vampires don’t always go to these lengths for entertainment.  I know they’re seen as the embodiment of decadence and primal instinct, but this does go over the top at times.  So, what are some things to consider if you make a vampire club?

  1. Make sure it’s easy to find for vampires, but not by mortals.  Even the use of vampiric runes and symbols is a bad idea because hunters always figure these out.  You can have new turns be taught to memorize these feeding locations, so it’s an oral tradition instead of anything written down.  Considering how old vampires tend to be, this would make a lot of sense.
  2. Connected to #1: NO NEON SIGNS!  They might not scream vampire, but you’re going to get curious mortals in there.  You can’t eat them all without making people wonder why so many disappear around your establishment.
  3. We get it.  Some vampire types love sex and have a thing for pain.  Not every club has to be filled with more latex than a condom factory.  There can always be a separate place for this because who wants to eat while the couple in the next booth are doing something unsightly with the lit candles.
  4. If you must have mortals mingling with vampires, explain how this doesn’t reveal the whole thing.  After all, these places are a great way to gather information about an always changing world.  For example, the Scrumptious Siren has a spell that prevents mortals from realizing they’re with vampires.  Feeding isn’t allowed on the premises and surrounding area too, which means you don’t have that disappearance issue.
  5. Doesn’t hurt to come up with a few creative menu items.  Sure, vampires are only interested in blood, but they can have fun with it.  After all, they can mix blood types instead of having to stick with one person.  Alcohol being added is another option since that’s something that can get into the bloodstream.  It really depends on how you work the vampire type.
  6. Playing pool can be fun, but those cues are just asking to be used as giant stakes.  Keep that in mind if you add this game because I’m betting the vampires have already considered this without you.
  7. An outdoor eating area might not be a good idea.  Sure, it creates a great amount of ambiance, but there are two flaws.  One is that passing people can see the vampires eating.  The other is that it undoes all attempts at hiding the place’s presence.  You might think sunlight is a problem too, but they can easily scamper inside once a timer goes off.
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New Release: The Yak Guy Project by C.S. Boyack #Fantasy #Dystopian #Adventure

From the Pen of Mae Clair

Treat time! I’m uber jazzed to have the fabulous Lisa, spokesmodel for C. S. Boyack drop by today to talk about Craig’s newest release, The Yak Guy Project. Craig is one of my auto-buy authors, but Yak Guy holds a special place for me. I was a beta reader on this book and it’s just so . . . odd. Hey, odd is a good thing! I adore odd!

The story is filled with sly twists and turns, quirky characters and creatures, vivid descriptions, and clever dialogue. Trust me, you’re going to want to one-click this novel. You can do that right here and check out my 5-star review while you’re at it.

Want to hear more? Lisa has the low down about some of the research that went into this one . . .

Thanks for having me over today, Mae. It’s nice to get out of the…

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What Hinders Your Creativity?

Great post on hindrances to creativity.

Story Empire

Hello SE Readers! Or should I say hello creatives? That’s right; whether you’re an artist, a musician, or a writer, you are creative. You create pictures, music, words. And really, a writer paints pictures with his or her words.

But there are a number of things that can hinder our creativity. Time. Distractions. Technology problems. Some are valid reasons, while others are excuses to procrastinate. Believe me, when I say I’m the queen of procrastination. I’ve listed a few of my past and present hindrances. Some I have overcome, others I’m still working on.

  • The need for perfection. Many of us feel we should get our work right the first time. We want that first draft to be perfect. Guess what? They’re not. The key to good writing is rewriting.
  • Fear. “What if no one likes my writing? What if no one reads it? What if…” We can add a…

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This Week in Indie Publishing

Author Don Massenzio

Could This Be The Future Of Books?


I can’t count how many times I’ve heard someone lament to me that they’re too busy to read a book.

At first, I avoided these people. Who’s too busy to read a book? But, the sad fact is that everyone thinks they’re too busy to do most things these days. And why shouldn’t they be? Our attention is constantly divvied among dozens of devices all bearing different distractions across mediums that dominate nearly all of our senses.

The most common excuse people give me for why they haven’t read a book is that they just don’t have time to sit down and do one thing at a time.

I want people to read more books, to continue to consume good stories, to let themselves get lost in someone else’s imagination.

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