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The Book Bazaar / Re: New Dark Epic Fantasy: The Tribe of Ishmael
« on: October 18, 2020, 06:05:39 pm »
Check out new chapter excerpts available for a sneak peek of The Staff of Aaron (Afterlife Chronicles II):

https://heatherheffner.blogspot.com/2020/10/read-exclusive-excerpts-from-staff-of.html

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The Book Corner / Re: How comfortable are you with ambiguity in horror?
« on: October 18, 2020, 06:03:55 pm »
Agreeing with the OP - not knowing what it is definitely gets me. Your imagination thinks it will be worse than it actually is. Case in point - Babadook. Once the monster was shown, the suspense was blown. I think the only one where the monster was way worse than I pictured was the Ring, if anything because the movie had lulled you into a false sense that the worst was over. Slasher films are fun or can make me feel nauseous-- Nightmare on Elm Street really well done balance of both.

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Love, love paperbacks! I have to say I get screen fatigue from constant phone, TV, computer usage for work and personal, and it is so nice on the eyes to read a good old fashioned book. Plus, reading outside in the sunshine and sweating all over a tablet is not ideal! :D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing Rituals?
« on: July 19, 2020, 07:06:28 pm »
I have some go-to Pandora stations like Incubus, Stick Figure, Jesse Royal Radio. I also like to read Tor.com or Goodreads.com for stories/reviews of what other authors are doing, and that definitely gets me energized!

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The Book Bazaar / Re: New Dark Epic Fantasy: The Tribe of Ishmael
« on: July 19, 2020, 07:01:47 pm »
The Staff of Aaron (Afterlife Chronicles II) first draft is complete! Eager to share the next monster installment January 2021:

https://heatherheffner.blogspot.com/2020/07/the-staff-of-aaron-is-finished.html


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Authors, What Would You Have Done Differently?
« on: April 19, 2020, 11:20:40 pm »
When writing isn't your full-time job (One Day!) it is extremely difficult to balance writing, editing, promotion, and the "daytime" job... I would have done a better job enlisting a trusted person to be in charge of book promotion.

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The Book Bazaar / Re: New Dark Epic Fantasy: The Tribe of Ishmael
« on: April 19, 2020, 11:15:47 pm »
~New Cover Reveal~ Halfway through the second book of the Afterlife Chronicles: The Staff of Aaron. Check out the cover and book description on my blog:

https://heatherheffner.blogspot.com/2020/01/

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The Book Corner / Re: how to motivate kids to read?
« on: January 19, 2019, 05:35:07 pm »
I'd agree it depends on what they're interested in, I have family who get into non-fiction economics books or biographies of famous people, while I'm more into fantasy/sci fi. Spend some time at the library with them and then make the space to read, i.e, a camping trip or road trip where they may not have WiFi. Or audiobooks for longer road trips too might work... but yes good luck!

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Hi Everyone,

I'm pleased to say Year of the Rat (Book 4) of the Changeling Sisters Series is now available on Amazon.com for eBook readers! Check it out here:

https://www.amazon.com/Year-Rat-Changeling-Sisters-Book-ebook/dp/B07LDN3LY2



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Love it, and the whole concept of daemons. If I had my own Pan, I would be so ecstatic :) Really excited to read the new book.

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The Book Bazaar / Re: New Dark Epic Fantasy: The Tribe of Ishmael
« on: December 02, 2017, 07:50:50 pm »

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I use an iPad - 2nd generation and still going strong!

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Year of the Wolf: New NA Urban Fantasy Series
« on: October 01, 2017, 12:56:18 pm »
New Book Review posted - The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kate Locke:

http://heatherheffner.blogspot.com/2017/10/october-2017-book-review-girl-in-steel.html

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Definitely onboard with Chronicles of Amber, Harry Potter, Wrinkle in Time, and of course Middle Earth...I was going to say Game of Thrones before realizing I wouldn't last a second there...being a dinosaur kid, I'd have to say I've always had a fond spot for Dinotopia - that illustrated book was quite the imaginary feat!

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Year of the Wolf: New NA Urban Fantasy Series
« on: September 04, 2017, 11:33:21 am »
New Book Review posted - The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman. Check it out here:

http://heatherheffner.blogspot.com/2017/09/september-2017-book-review-grimm-legacy.html

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Learning the necessity of research. All I wanted to do was write, but I realized how much time was also necessary to research and flush out the background. That in itself would have saved me a lot of time instead of realizing later on that aspects in plotting, character behavior wouldn't have made sense in that time period, country, ect.

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Year of the Wolf: New NA Urban Fantasy Series
« on: July 04, 2017, 05:39:49 pm »
Mark your calendars for July 11th, Amazon Prime Day: Visit Year of the Dragon's Amazon Page for discount deals: https://www.amazon.com/Year-Dragon-Changeling-Sisters-Book-ebook/dp/B01D5VUWEE

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Which cover works best?
« on: May 16, 2017, 06:01:06 am »
I liked the original second cover, I felt more of a human connection to that - but agreed with others on making the silhouette heads the same size

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Year of the Wolf: New NA Urban Fantasy Series
« on: May 16, 2017, 05:54:03 am »
Year of the Rat (Changeling Sisters #4) Book Description Release

**Cover Reveal and Publication Date Coming Soon**


Welcome to the Long Night. Scurry, scurry, little mice. Wait too long and the Lords of Walking Death shall find you...

THE DRAGON'S PEARL has shattered in the heart of Seoul, unleashing a storm of curses great enough to drive people into a mindless zombie rage. Sensing an opportunity to crush the Were Nation's stronghold once and for all, the Frost King Aleksandr lays siege from the north with an army out of Slavic legend. Meanwhile within the city, something more terrible still haunts the frightened civilians.

Still reeling over the shock of betrayal, Citlalli Alvarez has been separated from her half-sister Raina and her family. Now trapped within a nightmarish Seoul and unable to make contact with the outside world, Citlalli's werewolf pack teams up with the dragon-shifter Yong twins in a desperate last stand. As Were agencies from across the globe intervene to stop the spirit world's secret from leaking out, Citlalli, Ankor, Sun Bin, and the mysterious Vampyre Prince Khyber attempt to find the lost Dragon King, who may be the only one powerful enough to save Seoul.

Meanwhile, Raina gets drawn into Rafael's crusade for revenge that takes them deep into the mountains of Japan, to the Vampyre Court's notorious Death Palace. However, a familiar face from Rafael's past reemerges, and Raina is faced with a choice of how far she will go for vengeance.

As the war against the Vampyre Court engulfs the streets of Seoul, no one is safe and nothing is certain. Before the Long Night can end, the price of power must be paid.

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I really love learning about different mythologies and seeing them incorporated into paranormal stories. Some of the ones I've been curious about (to name a few!) would be Navajo, Aztec, Maya, Incan, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, types of mythologies found in Southeast Asia...I've found a few books in these areas like Gilded by Christina Farley for Korean folklore and Eon/Eona by Alison Goodman influenced by Chinese legends, but I am always out to discover more.

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The Book Bazaar / Re: New Dark Epic Fantasy: The Tribe of Ishmael
« on: April 15, 2017, 10:08:34 pm »
For UK readers! Mark your calendars: May 5 - May 7, the Tribe of Ishmael will be offered at discounted prices on: Amazon.co.uk.

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The Book Corner / Re: What do you look for in a romantic novel?
« on: April 02, 2017, 02:32:05 pm »
I like tension and self-discovery, where it isn't clear right away who the love interest will be. I like romance books grounded more in reality where there are disappointments and people let you down, but that helps you more clearly know what it is you want/don't want in a romantic partner. Good luck!

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The Book Corner / Re: James Potter Series -- 4th book released
« on: April 02, 2017, 02:29:02 pm »
Thanks for sharing! I would be very happy to pick these up. I wasn't that big a fan of The Cursed Child, so maybe these will be more my style :)

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Year of the Wolf: New NA Urban Fantasy Series
« on: April 02, 2017, 02:27:25 pm »
Year of the Boar: Tica (Changeling Sisters Novellas) now offered free on Amazon.com!

http://heatherheffner.blogspot.com/2017/03/year-of-boar-tica-free-on-amazoncom.html


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The Book Corner / Re: Young Adult Fans: What is hot in YA right now?
« on: February 16, 2017, 07:40:04 pm »
I'd recommend these for you:

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

Splintered by AG Howard

Tiger Lily By Jodi Lynn Anderson

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

I could go on... haha. Hope you find a good new series!

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