Review: The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

Review: The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

by Vanessa Rodriguez Esha is a young assassin given the mission to take out General Hotha of the Jansa army, not only to aid the Dharkan rebels, but also to avenge her family’s death at his command. Kunal, a soldier and the General’s nephew, is one of four guards given the opportunity to capture the assassin, bring them back, and...

Fiction: Death Friend by Nora Bailey

I died for the sixth time on the night of my thirtieth birthday. It was highly annoying—after making it through my whole twenties alive, it had been too easy to think that I’d finally become normal. Damn, I can just hear my mother now. “What is normal and who says so anyway?” Okay, fine. But normalish, maybe. The worst part...

Dialogue Tags and Punctuation

One of the most common technical writing issues that appears in manuscripts is improper use of dialogue tags. This frequently coincides with incorrect punctuation for dialogue. Since most novels contain a significant amount of dialogue, this can represent hours of required editing to prepare a manuscript for publication. Learning how to properly present dialogue can actually save you days of...

Friday’s Forgotten Books: The Resurrectionist by Wrath James White

The Resurrectionist  is a horror story by Wrath James White. It is primarily split between two narratives. One follows Dale McCarthy, who has an unusual power and a disturbed mind. He can bring the dead back to life, and his ability intertwines with his perverse desire to kill over and over again so that he can resurrect the dead. The...

HAPPY NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, aka The Appropriation Season

by E.M. Lunsford Wait, you didn’t know it was Native American Heritage month? You’re not alone! And until recently, you’d never have known it by the White House declarations. Native American Heritage Month was begun in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush. Until then it varied from a day to a week long in October. It was begun in...

On The Grill: Dea Poirier talks about issues with the media, likable & unlikable characters, trauma, and the hardest part of writing her new book, Beneath the Ashes

Dea Poirier’s new book, Beneath the Ashes, is on sale today. You can read my review here. Sandra Ruttan: Your debut novel, Next Girl to Die, came out in May of this year. You’re about to have book 2 be released in a few weeks. Can you tell us about the best author moment you had when your first book was published?...

11 Indigenous Canadian Children’s Books To Read To Your Children

by Margaret Kingsbury In honor of Canadian History Week (Nov. 18-24) and Native American Heritage Month (November), we’ve gathered these eleven children’s books by Indigenous creatures to celebrate the rich cultures of Indigneous persons from Canada. While some of these children’s books tell stories from the past, others place Indigenous peoples in contemporary times. It’s just as important for children...

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Take the Long Way Home by Brian Keene

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Take the Long Way Home by Brian Keene

Four work colleagues who carpool together from Baltimore to Shrewsbury are in an accident. One is killed instantly. Another has disappeared. Turns out, their friend isn’t the only one missing. Traffic accidents and driverless vehicles have plugged the Interstate. Nobody is moving. And all cell lines are down. Have there been mass alien abductions? Is it the rapture? Some sort...

Dear Straight People: Sex Isn’t Everything — What NOT to Say to Your Ace Friends

Dear Straight People: Sex Isn’t Everything — What NOT to Say to Your Ace Friends

by Laila Winters It’s been several years since I emerged from the proverbial closet, first as bisexual and then as a full-fledged lesbian (identity is a confusing thing). From the very beginning of my journey into flannel and combat boots, I was fortunate to have champions in my corner, especially after a friend accidentally outed me on Facebook. But as...