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Back with another review of The Shadowed Path

»Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

As I work my way ever deeper into book two of The Archwood Chronicles, I’m getting lots of incentive to keep plugging away at it though some great reviews and satisfied readers of the first book that are itching to find out what happens next!

With that in mind, here’s another great review of the first book!


This was an excellent read. Not just because it was a fantastical Roman-esque setting, which I liked, or because the author has an engaging style and a strong narrative voice, but because it was a great story.

But let’s back up a bit. First of all, the world. It’s dark and it’s gritty and it’s mysterious and it’s intriguing. It’s the kind of world that captures the imagination, the kind of world that’s bigger than the story being told. It is inventive, unique, and a pleasure to explore.

And then the writing. The author brings his characters to life, from the spoiled rich kid who fought his way through a virtual hell to the broken farm girl with personalities to spare. It’s exciting to read what they do, see how they interact, and adventure right beside them through the rich landscape of a well-imagined world.

Finally, the story. Now, don’t get me wrong. This book wasn’t perfect.  But half-way through the book I realized that I really didn’t care. The prose is engaging, the plot is enticing, and the read is a treat. The good guys are flawed, the bad guys are mysterious, and you get the distinct impression that there’s more going on just behind the curtain, that something bigger is going on. Even better, you actually want to know what it is.

So if you’re looking for a good read, take a walk down The Shadowed Path. You’ll be glad you did.

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Reviews, reviews, reviews…

»Posted by on Dec 13, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

Haven’t posted in a while, been pretty busy with commitments and writing the sequel to The Shadowed Paths while proofing my next novel and planning the rest of my writing for next year.

But I had to post some more snippets of the reviews I’ve been getting, they’re coming thick and fast now and I have to say they’re spurring me on.

For the full reviews please visit either Amazon or Goodreads (where most of them are).


5.0 out of 5 stars Complex characters…fascinating worlds,27 Nov 2011

By   Z.Gorman

“The Shadowed Path” – the first volume of “The Archwood Chronicles” – is an ambitious tale of epic-scale conflicts …  the opening of the story is a gladiator scene, which is the whole reason why I picked up the book: It is so vividly and powerfully presented.

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From the Write Angle: Writing Lessons from a Mannequin: Building Charact…

»Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in Blog | 1 comment

Interesting post about building characters, thought it was worth adding here since I’ve just done part 2 of my Rules of Writing.

From the Write Angle: Writing Lessons from a Mannequin: Building Charact…: by Cat Woods While in Chicago last fall, Dear Hubby and I awoke one night to a very loud and still-unidentified vibration. It was 4:30 in…
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Rules of Writing Part 2: How to Plan a Novel

»Posted by on Nov 8, 2011 in Blog | 1 comment

Having got over the introduction phase of my new Rules of Writing I thought I could just get right into part 2 without any preamble on my part. I was wrong. Something was brought to my attention while reading an article online and it would be remiss of me not to mention this up front. So here it is:

Don’t arbitrarily agree and apply everything I say, or imagine that my own Rules of Writing are THE rules of writing. Of course they’re not, and perhaps it was pretentious of me to even label these posts in such a definitive way. They’re not rules on how to write –adverbs, sentence structure, comma use, pronouns, paragraphs, capitalisation… – there are plenty of places to go to for that and I’m not officially qualified enough to teach it. These posts are about things that I’ve learnt (or learned if you’re that way inclined) about methods that work for me when it comes to the actual crafting of stories, the little idiosyncrasies I’ve developed over the years to hone this strange business of writing fiction. I hope some of this resounds with someone, maybe one or two things will help you and when you read them you’ll think, “Oh hey, yeah, that’s quite a good idea, I’m going to try that.” Please don’t think for a moment you have to utilize all of these points and that if you do you’ll be successful. You won’t be. It’ll take a lot more than knowing how to write and knowing a few tricks. In many ways what works for me might not work for you.

With that said, I’m not going to change the title. These are my rules for writing the fiction I write to help me to finish what I start and make each project as good as I can make it. So, that said, let’s get onto part 2!

Rules of Writing Part 2: How to Plan a Novel

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Reviews of The Shadowed Path

»Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

Thought I’d just post a few reviews I’ve had so far:

“This is an amazing book so far (I’m halfway through).  Complex and intriguing characters, a masterfully-written plot and a world much like Gladiator (movie) mixed with dark fantasy and all the awesome monsters and peoples related to it–and intense action!  (I wrote this in quick layman terms which won’t be in its final review).  I’m bracing myself for what will happen when Marcus and Sheena meet, as I foresee sparks flying one way or the other–or both!”  –  http://infinitydreamt.blogspot.com/

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