Guest Blogs

Authors Lisa Fender and Toni Burns Guest Blog and Amazon Gift Card Contest LIVE Here!

Fated: Book 1 of The Djenrye Chronicles (Volume 1) by Lisa Fender and Toni Burns Hi everyone! Thanks for allowing us time to talk about our compendium/companion novels – The Djenrye Chronicles series. Rachel and BittenByBooks have been wonderful in supporting us through our self-publishing endeavor, as have all of you who have participated in discussions about Fable  – Book 1 of The Lorn Prophecy and Fated – Book 1 of The Djenrye Chronicles.
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HallowRead Authors Guest Blog and Amazon Gift Card/Convention Tickets Contest

Hi everyone, thanks for coming out to the Bitten By Books and HallowRead Convention author chat! We’re all really excited to be here. Let me take a moment to introduce the lovely ladies who’ll be joining us today! Julieanne Lynch, author of the soon to be motion picture Shadow World Series, Rachel Rawlings author of the Dark Paranormal Urban Fantasy The Maurin Kincaide Series and founder of HallowRead book and pop Culture Convention and Rochelle Maya Callen author of the Ashes & Ice trilogy and the novel Two Breaths Too Late which helps raise suicide awareness and Elizabeth Kirke, author of acclaimed YA and NA novels like Magic Abroad and Carved in Cherry. All of these fabulous women can be found in one place this fall the Read More »

Bites in Books – The Literary Food that Satisfies

The Hundred-Foot Journey: A NovelThere are certain themes in literature appear in almost every novel. Love interests, for example, are rarely left out, along with personal struggle, revenge, mistaken identity… the lists of recurring tropes is never ending. One theme that has been widely used, though not always well, is culinary focused plots and the mystical powers behind food creation and sharing. Now, The Hundred Foot Journey is receiving increased attention after the release of trailers for its film version, Read More »

Defining Steampunk with Author Emma Jane Holloway

A Study in Silks (The Baskerville Affair) by Emma Jane HollowayBuilding Beautiful Things

Everyone has a unique definition of steampunk. That is the definition of steampunk.

It is as broad and twisty and unpredictable as possible. Part of its identity is to be unexpected. Alternative history, steam technology, and themes of rebellion are all part of the mix, but in wildly varied interpretations. Although we tend to think Victorian London, steampunk happens in all cultures and times periods.
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Defining Steampunk with Authors Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

The Future Past that Never Was: A Definition of Steampunk

Kurt Komoda

Defining steampunk may seem to be a simple thing, but within the community you can ask five different people the same question and you will get five different definitions. Some claim it’s all about the costumes and other claim it’s nothing more than an aesthetic. The truth about steampunk is that this sub-genre has been around since the 19th century, or more to the point 19th century authors like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne have been grandfathered—great-great-grandfathered, if you want to be precise—into steampunk.
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Defining Steampunk with Author Meljean Brook

The Kraken King Part I: The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster by Meljean BrookSteampunk can be so many things and interpreted in so many ways, but at the core, the genre is defined by the two parts of its name: the “steam” and the “punk.” The steam is a little bit easier to define – it tells us that the setting of the story is historical science fiction, in which the primary technology is steam-powered (or hasn’t evolved beyond steam-power. Clockworks and similar technologies are fine, too.)
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Defining Steampunk with Artist Irina Jordan

Power Up Your Destiny Steam Engine

As a child growing up in the Far East of Russia, I was fascinated with books. I spent hours at local libraries tearing through books of many authors and genres. Jules Vernes was by far my favorite. How can he not be with all the stunning imagery and breathtaking adventures? While reading his books I dressed up as a swashbuckling pirate. My costume had a leather belt with a holder for a wicked ray Read More »

Author Molly Harper Guest Blog and Book with Gift Card Contest

Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly HarperSo here’s a confession. I’ve never seen a ghost.

Molly Harper, believer in all things paranormal, has never seen a whisper of an apparition. I’ve seen things that I thought were apparitions that turned out to be shifting curtains or tricks of light. I have had dizzy, cold, uncomfortable feelings in old buildings. Hell, I avoid antique stores because I think I’m too sensitive to whatever emotional residue people leave behind on their belongings. Read More »

Author Marilu Mann Guest Blog and $100.00 Amazon Gift Card Contest

Changing Paths: 4 (Lusting Wild) by Marilu Mann Writing one book can be a challenge keeping up with the plot much less the height and hair color or your hero. Add a series to this mayhem and you have literary chaos. I’ve had heroines whose eye color changed with the turn of the page, steps that simply went missing and rooms that moved more than Hogwarts’ staircases. As any good writer (or writing team) would do, I’ve come up with a few tips.
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Defining Steampunk with Author Eva Gordon

Defining Steampunk and My Journey as a Steampunk Novelist

Defining steampunk is almost as tricky as defining the paranormal romance genre. Is it fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy or alternative Victorian history? Steampunk, which was added to the Oxford English Dictionary, is defined as “a genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advance technology.” When I mention I’ve written a steampunk novel, Read More »

Charlie Higson’s Guide To London and Contest

Charlie Higson's Tour of London

Natural History Museum

Tour 5main hall at NHM

This, for me, is where it all started. I probably wouldn’t have written my Enemy series of zombie books if I’d never visited the place. When I was a kid I loved coming to London for visits, and I have very vivid memories of going to the Natural History Museum. My father tells the story that he took me on an outing to the museum when I was very young and lost me. After a couple of very anxious Read More »

Defining Steampunk with Author Lisa Falkenstern

Professor Whiskerton Presents Steampunk ABC by Lisa Falkenstern

Note From the Editor: This is the first installment of an ongoing series of articles on the Steampunk genre and what it means to different authors, artists and readers. Today’s guest blog is from author Lisa Falkenstern. I hope you will all give her a warm welcome and answer some of the great questions she has posed.

I know I am trespassing here, as this is a blog dedicated to authors. I am an illustrator by trade. I have painted book covers for many years, so perhaps not trespassing, but living next door. I am now an illustrator and author since I have written and illustrated two children’s books. The latest book is an alphabet book done in steampunk, Professor Whiskerton Presents Steampunk ABC.
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The Fault in Our Stars: The Next YA Book to Movie Blockbuster?

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenWhen thinking of YA books that have been turned into movies, the obvious the first thoughts are usually Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, or perhaps the recent Divergent – all of which are series that are packed with action and adventure. One doesn’t necessarily think of a touching dark comedy about a pair of teenagers who meet in a cancer support group when they imagine the next great YA success, and they certainly wouldn’t register a film like that as a “must see” summer movie for most of us. However, Read More »

What is Urban Fantasy? with Author Bill Blume

Editor’s Note: Welcome to the final installment in the “What is Urban Fantasy? series of guest blogs. Stay tuned for our next series “Defining Steampunk” coming in June.

Many writers offer the advice to “Write what you know.” Let’s be honest. The real world we know and live in is boring. We see it every day, and all too rarely does it ever change. This simple fact is what makes urban fantasy so exciting.
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