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Nine Writing Errors that Cause Convoluted writing

This is copied from a post in the /r/writing subreddit over at Reddit. All credit to the author /u/publishwide. I was inspired by u/CancerDuck868‘s post here, and I thought I’d add something that I’ve learned over the years vis-a-vis avoiding overwriting. NB: This list isn’t the end-all, be-all of overwriting errors. But these are among …

A Moon Called Sun, Christopher F. Cobb

Genre: Science Fantasy Publisher:  Darkwater Syndicate Published: 2017 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer: David L. Felts Have you read this book? A Moon Called Sun, by Christopher F. Cobb, blends a fun mix of time travel, history, alien abduction, and interstellar war. If that sounds like a tall task, it is, but Cobb …

PR: Fatal Throne

“Packing an emotional punch, this meditation on the agency of these women is heartbreaking and intricately layered.” –Kirkus Reviews Before there was Harry and Meghan, or Kate and Will, there was Henry and Katharine. And Henry and Anne. And Henry and Jane… and well, you get the point. The love …

Children of the Shaman, by Jessica Rydill

Genre: Fantasy Publisher:  Kristell Ink, Grimbold Books Published: 2003 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer: SJ Higbee Have you read this book? This cool cover caught my eye a while ago, and as Rydill is also a Grimbold author, I added it to my Kindle. And there it stayed for far too long …

PR: Max and the Midknights, by Lincoln Peirce

LINCOLN PEIRCE, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE BIG NATE SERIES, TO PUBLISH NEW ILLUSTRATED MIDDLE-GRADE NOVEL WITH CROWN BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS MAX AND THE MIDKNIGHTS to be published January 8, 2019 “Max is epic fun!” —Jeff Kinney, New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series “Fantastic! I loved …

Resurrection America, by Jeff Gunhus

Genre:  Science Fiction Thriller Publisher:  Seven Guns Press Published: 2017 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer:  David L. Felts Have you read this book? In a near and not too unlikely future, the middle east conflicts of today have continued to escalate until the fate of the United States is stake. Beset on …

Disconnection, by Chris Lee Jones

FIRST PLACE Chris is a Welshman who has lived the last twenty years as an exile in rural England. He has worked in physics research, as an opto-electronic engineer, and most recently as a High School teacher. This story came together as an amalgam of two of his enthusiasms: science fiction and …

Plastic Eater, by J.D. Moyer

SECOND PLACE J.D. Moyer lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, daughter, and mystery-breed dog. He writes science fiction, produces electronic music in two groups (Jondi & Spesh and Momu), runs a record label (Loöq Records), and blogs at jdmoyer.com. His short stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy …

Unlike Me, by D. S. Cartwright

THIRD PLACE Unlike Me by D. S. Cartwright Mel watched the Election from her apartment. Aileen, the AI in her ear, had spent the day reminding her to lie down and try to rest. You were in the hospital only this morning, it gently chided, and I should remind you …

Flying True, by K. S. Dearsley

HONORABLE MENTION K. S. Dearsley has an MA in Linguistics and Literature and has had numerous stories published on both sides of the Atlantic. She lives in Northampton, England, and when she is not writing, she lets her dogs take her for walks. Her fantasy novels are available on Amazon. Find …

Hell and Back Again, by Bruce Golden

HONORABLE MENTION Novelist, journalist, satirist, Bruce Golden’s short stories have been published more than a hundred times across a score of countries and 30 anthologies. Asimov’s Science Fiction described his second novel, “If Mickey Spillane had collaborated with both Frederik Pohl and Philip K. Dick, he might have produced Bruce …

Another Roadside Attraction, by Tom Robbins

Genre:  Fantasy Publisher:  Bantam Books Published: 1971 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer:  Michael D. Griffiths Have you read this book? Another Roadside Attraction, by Tom Robbins was published in part as a tribute to the creativity and individuality which developed out of the 60s. The story centers around a free thinking and …

The Man In The Forest, by Michael Warriner

Genre: Horror Publisher: Darkwater Syndicate Published: 2018 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer: David L. Felts Have you read this book? Vincent Morales, his sister Mary, and his friend Tyler King are a trio that make up a popular yet eclectic musical group led by Vincent, a group renown for their concerts, which …

The Hunger, by Alma Katsu

Genre:  Alternate History Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Published: 2018 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer: David L. Felts Have you read this book? I want to further slice the genre here. I regard alternate history as a sub-genre of speculative fiction. An example might be stories where Germany won World War II. The …