Posts by Intisar

30 Free YA Fantasy Reads on #Instafreebie!

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Giveaways | 0 comments

30 Free YA Fantasy Reads on #Instafreebie!

Today I’ve got thirty free YA Fantasy reads to share with you, all available through #Instafreebie. If you haven’t read Sunbolt yet, it will only be available on Instafreebie for another month or so. Nab it now, before you forget! (I mean, a street thief with an illegal magical talent, monsters of both the human and non-human variety, and oodles of deception and betrayal–what more could you want?) Check it out and more here.

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Avoidance is Awesome (Except When It’s Not)

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in On Writing | 4 comments

Avoidance is Awesome (Except When It’s Not)

I was flipping through an old journal the other morning, looking for notes on a story idea that I’m interested in playing with again, and I found an entry from almost two years prior to the publication of Memories of Ash. Turns out, I was struggling with writing and insecurities at the time.

It’s a bit strange to look back and read it from now, when I’ve overcome those particular challenges and they no longer seem half so intimidating or insurmountable. But the entry below is also part of why I no longer give release dates before a book is actually done. I don’t know what hurdles I’ll face, I don’t know when I might lose the joy of writing and I’ll need to slow down and have fun with it again. I write my best stories when I love what I’m doing, so that ends up taking priority for me. Which works out pretty nicely, even if it means I can’t make promises until I’ve essentially already fulfilled them. Ha!

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Magical March e-Book Giveaway via the Fellowship of Fantasy

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Giveaways | 3 comments

Magical March e-Book Giveaway via the Fellowship of Fantasy

Here Be Magic … and a little giveaway I wanted to share with you!

Enchanted lands, magical creatures, fairies and witches and … space wizards? You bet! We’ve got all that and more for our Fellowship of Fantasy March ebook giveaway. Sixteen authors are offering sixteen adventures, along with a little something extra to make your month magical. Keep reading to learn more and get a closer look at a few books in the bundle. Or, check out all the books on the full promo page here.

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Learning to Broaden One’s World: The Writing of “Lady of Dreams” – A Guest Post by W.R. Gingell

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in On Writing | 0 comments

Learning to Broaden One’s World: The Writing of “Lady of Dreams” – A Guest Post by W.R. Gingell

I’ve always been interested in languages. Part of that interest is my fascination with the English language: I love words, and I love how the same five or six words can be twisted, turned, and slanted to give so many different layers of meanings depending upon how they’re ordered.

So I always knew I was going to learn a foreign language: I wanted to see how they fitted and slotted together to make clever little meanings all of their own. Over time, I learned little bits and pieces of French, Latin, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Greek, and Italian. And then there was that phase where I was learning German surreptitiously from my sister’s school-of-the-air German classes because you basically shout everything, and seriously, what is cooler than that?

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Disability in Fiction: Wrapping Up and Looking Forward

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Stop and Think | 0 comments

Disability in Fiction: Wrapping Up and Looking Forward

This marks the final post in the Disability in Fiction blog series–and what a fabulous two months it’s been! From finding new reads (and people to follow), to gaining needed perspective, to grasping the impact of ableism and the power of art, the authors of these blog posts have brought so much forward to be considered. (For those just finding this post, there are links to the full series at the bottom.)

As I wrap up this series, I find myself looking at the world around me, and my local context here in the US, and seeing the impact of ableism, discrimination, and/or simple lack of empathy.

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