I just read Nightrage Rising (The Unseen Chronicles Book 2), and wow, what a great adventure! I’m not just saying that because author P.S. Broaddus is a member of A Drift of Quills, either. He’s a darned good writer.

Book Review: Nightrage Rising, by P.S. Broaddus

I just read Nightrage Rising (The Unseen Chronicles Book 2), and wow, what a great adventure! I’m not just saying that because author P.S. Broaddus is a member of A Drift of Quills, either. He’s a darned good writer.
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REVIEW of Nightrage Rising

Once again, Mr. Broaddus has given us an entertaining, fast-paced tale of magic, intrigue, and adventure. A sequel to A Hero’s Curse, I liked this book even better than the first—and Parker has done a fine job of making it stand on its own.

The story tackles a challenge common to young and old alike: choice. Essie desperately wants to be able to see. Understandably, that desire influences her thoughts and actions. Nightrage offers her that possibility. Much to my delight, Nightrage remained shrouded in mystery through most of the story. Were they villains or heroes?

Essie has to learn for herself, but she is not alone. Her friends are more understanding and reliable than she imagines, and she finds support in an unexpected place. As with the purpose of Nightrage—and Essie herself—not everything is what it first seems to be on the surface. There is a wonderful depth in this story, and in the way it explores friendship, power, pride, and our perceptions of the world around us.

Finally, the ending promises further adventures with Essie and her friends without leaving us dangling from a virtual cliff. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series!

SUMMARY
Nightrage Rising, by P.S. Broaddus

 

Essie Brightsday is blind.

But that hasn’t kept her from curses, dragons, or rock basilisks in the past. Now her family lives in the bustling capital of Plen, a far cry from their small farm tucked against the Valley of Fire.

As a shadowy anarchist cult grows in the city, a scheme to pit the slums and the trade districts against the protectors emerges—a plot to ignite a civil war and reduce the capital to ashes. A dangerous game ensues as Essie, her talking cat Tigrabum, and best friends Illiana and Sam attempt to thwart Nightrage and save her city, guaranteeing this adventure will be just as eventful as the last…

This book is for you if you:

  • Enjoy well-developed, realistic characters
  • Like fast-paced adventures with depth
  • Are looking for Flinch-Free Fantasy

This book is not for you if you:

  • Don’t like talking animals
  • Want a casual, leisurely read (It’s hard to put down!)

I just read Nightrage Rising (The Unseen Chronicles Book 2), and wow, what a great adventure! I’m not just saying that because author P.S. Broaddus is a member of A Drift of Quills, either. He’s a darned good writer.

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Writers and other creative people have many different approaches to beginning their projects. Today A Drift of Quills are talking about what inspires us to write our stories. They’re near and dear to our hearts, and writing a novel is an extraordinarily personal experience!

A Drift of Quills: What’s Our Inspiration?

What’s our inspiration? Writers and other creative people have many different approaches to beginning their projects. Today A Drift of Quills are talking about what inspires us to write our stories. They’re near and dear to our hearts, and writing a novel is an extraordinarily personal experience!

A Drift of Quills: Writerly thoughts by writerly folks

As I near the day I push the “publish” button for the second book in The Mage’s Gift, this seems a good time to reflect on the motivation behind the story. I think it was years in the making, and I think I will say the same about all my books and stories. What does inspire me? What prompts me to set pen to paper (I really did start out that way), and then fingers to keyboard? I’m inclined to call it “magic.” Continue reading A Drift of Quills: What’s Our Inspiration?

Who wants some easy-peasy Chocolate Coconut Bars? I am super big on “easy,” and this little number is on the list. Not quite one bowl, but painless enough—and tasty enough—to add to my family’s “triple diple do-over” list. I’ve always been a fan of Mounds Bars, and this recipe has a little of that going on, but not nearly so sweet.

Chocolate Fix: Chocolate Coconut Bars

Who wants some easy-peasy Chocolate Coconut Bars? I am super big on “easy,” and this little number is on the list. Not quite one bowl, but painless enough—and tasty enough—to add to my family’s “triple diple do-over” list. I’ve always been a fan of Mounds Bars, and this recipe has some of that going on, but not nearly so sweet. Check ‘em out.  Continue reading Chocolate Fix: Chocolate Coconut Bars

I don't know about you, but I can't believe this year is almost at an end! Got a snack and a beverage? Good, because I have some fun stuff lined up for you! It’s time for a nomination AND a party…

Nomination and a Party—Come on Over!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe this year is almost at an end. The weather has been amaaaazing—until the last few days. On Sunday Hubby and I went outside to sit on our new-this-year swing and enjoy 60°F weather. In December. Wow! Sunny skies, birdies tweeting. It was gorgeous.

By Monday the temps had taken a dive, and today I’m taking full advantage of my snuggly electric shearling blanket while I strive to avoid going out into the newly arrived winter: It’s 34°F right now. Someone else can get the mail, right? Brrrr!

Luckily, I have some good stuff lined up for you. Continue reading Nomination and a Party—Come on Over!

A Drift of Quills: Bookish Gift Ideas

Who better to come up with some nifty bookish gift ideas than A Drift of Quills? Being bonafide readers and writers ourselves, we know about this stuff. We are, after all, not the only literary types in our worlds. (That made sense, right?) To save you time, spark your imagination, and hint broadly, we’ve set out to track down some of the coolest, funnest, funkiest, interesting ideas for your Christmas (or otherwise) gifting…

Bookish Gift Ideas for You and Everyone Else on Your List

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Bookish gift ideas are nice to have any time of the year, right? We all know people who love to read and write, and there are many gifting occasions throughout the year.

But it’s December already, and although we have the same twelve months every year in which to prepare ourselves, we’e running behind again. And if you are one of those Miracle Early Shoppers, you’re probably still looking for a few last minute ideas for stockings, or office parties, or… all that jazz.

So put on your party hats, queue up the holiday tunes, and let’s do this! Continue reading A Drift of Quills: Bookish Gift Ideas

Five Good Things: I discovered that the world is full of cool at a really young age. At age eight or so, I'd found heaven—And now our ability to learn wonderful (and sometimes weird) things is limitless: we have the internet! I sometimes stand in severe danger of walking in and never coming out again. The world is full of cool.

Five Good Things #10 (The World is Full of Cool)

I discovered that the world is full of cool at a really young age. My mom had several sets of encyclopedias from different decades. They were rich in coolness. It breaks my heart that they disappeared, but I can understand her not wanting to tote them around as she moved from one place to another.

I can remember sitting on the landing at the top of the stairs when I was elementary-school age. One wall had a bookshelf built in, and I would perch there beside it and browse through those encyclopedias and the scores of other books living there.

At age eight or so, I’d found heaven.

And now our ability to learn wonderful (and sometimes weird) things is limitless: we have the internet! I sometimes stand in severe danger of walking in and never coming out again. Except for food. I like food. Continue reading Five Good Things #10 (The World is Full of Cool)

The Great NaNoWriMo Rebellion of 2017

Long live the rebellion! I love that the good folks at National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) have embraced those of us who already have a work in progress. The cameraderie of the challenge—not to mention the awesome pep talks, fun badges, helpful (and frequently funny) forums—are hugely inspirational.

I could use some inspiration.

I have a lot of writing to do!

So here I am, using the NaNo cattle prod to pump out some volume, rebelliously attacking a current work in progress.

NaNoWriMo Rebellion badge

I never really think of myself as a rebel, but in this case I apparently qualify. I even have a badge to prove it. “You believe rules are meant to be broken. On November 1, you’ll start writing anything but a brand new novel.

On the bright side, I’m closer to typing those magical words, “the end,” than I thought I was, so maybe I’ll get  a chance to work on the Brand New Thing, too. Who knows?

Want to help out? Join my cheering squad by emailing me, tweeting me, messaging me! I love hearing from you—and it helps a lot.

 

 

A Drift of Quills: Picture This (#4)

It’s time to “Picture This!” Every first Friday of the month, A Drift of Quills gets together to chat about reading and/or writing. Writers often collect images to help them envision people, places, and things as they write. For this feature we’re sharing pictures and snippets about one of our works, giving you a sneak peek into our worlds!

A Drift of Quills: Writerly thoughts by writerly folks

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It’s time to “Picture This!” Every first Friday of the month, A Drift of Quills gets together to chat about reading and/or writing. Writers often collect images to help them envision people, places, and things as they write. For this feature we’re sharing pictures and snippets about one of our works, giving you a sneak peek into our worlds!
Elran = Model Gustav Morstad, Adam Katz Sinding, via le21eme.com

I have a huuuuge collection of images and will never run out of inspiration from that quarter! I write primarily fantasy, but that doesn’t stop me from seeing a science fiction style image and diving off the cliff of “What If…” That happened recently with the short story “Sixes” that I wrote for the Quills’ flash fiction challenge.

See if you can picture this: In my story, Elran’s Journey, the main character is the younger son of highly regarded and respected members of the Peerage. In the eyes of society, he has everything any boy could or should want.

 

Continue reading A Drift of Quills: Picture This (#4)

Chocolate Fix: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Autumn is pumpkin time — and time for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins! (I don’t actually discriminate against the season. Any time is a good time for pumpkin stuff!)

“Easy” is always usually a keyword when it comes to baking in my kitchen, and these gems are certainly that. And as an added way to get your vegetables, who can argue with muffins, especially when they are dotted with chocolate chips bursting with antioxidants? This particular recipe is pretty healthy, so it gets double points in my book. Continue reading Chocolate Fix: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

101 Reasons to Fall in Love with Lake Tahoe: Had a *glorious* week at Lake Tahoe. Such breathtaking scenery! And when I say “breathtaking,” I do so with all the words my thesaurus can list in mind: spectacular, awe-inspiring, magnificent, sensational, wondrous, and all the rest.

101 Reasons to Fall in Love with Lake Tahoe

I just spent a glorious week at Lake Tahoe.

Okay, I wasn’t that thrilled with the snow, but it was an overnight thing, soon melted, and it did make for some lovely scenery. Mostly, though, I prefer my snow in pictures.

My hubby and I arrived at Lake Tahoe right after most of the parks and historical sites shut down for the season (sad!), but just in time to enjoy all the breathtaking fall color—without the congestion of all the Summer Folk. And when I say “breathtaking,” I do so with all the words my thesaurus can list in mind: spectacular, awe-inspiring, magnificent, sensational, wondrous, and all the rest. Continue reading 101 Reasons to Fall in Love with Lake Tahoe