Belinda Crawford

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Category Archives: In Review

Ceylon & Rose Petals

My first Monstrositea Tea Subscription came this week, including a sample of ceylon pekoe and one of rose petals. I immediately tired one of their suggested recipes (1/2 tsp of ceylon pekoe and 1/2 tsp of rose petals). Brewed for 5 minutes, served black. Verdict: Not the best cup of tea I’ve ever had. I’m definitely a… Continue reading »

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My Bookshelf on WWW Wednesday

I’m currently reading Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz and Alliance by Mark Frost. I started watching the television spin-off of Witches of East End. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t horrible either, so I thought I’d give the book a go. So far, I’m 8% of the way into the ebook and, like… Continue reading »

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Teaser Tuesday: The Towers of the Sunset

Can you see how the pieces fit together? Not just the visible ones, like the towers of the sunset, but those unseen, like the heart of a man or the soul of a wizard. What’s awesome about it The langauge is beautiful (as you can see above) The worldbuilding and the use of the word… Continue reading »

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Blake Synder’s Beat Sheet, with template

Best for those outling a new work. What’s awesome about it The word count for each beat What’s not-so-awesome It’s daunting, especially when your manuscript is half-written No capacity to outline subplots The awesome When I first came across Blake Synder’s Beat Sheet (BS2), I was half-way through the manuscript for Hero and the word… Continue reading »

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First Draft in 30 Days – The Wiesner method

When a book has a title like First Draft in 30 Days, it can be hard to pass up. If it’s sitting on the shelf at your local library, passing it up is practically impossible, which is why I picked Karen Wiesner’s attractively title book. The idea that I could write a first draft, or… Continue reading »

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Review: Goldrush by Steven Lochran

I just had to read this book; when I saw it on Kobo.com the want drove me crazy. It drove me so crazy that when I discovered my local library didn’t have a copy but one of its sister libraries did, I drove half an hour to pick it up. Like I said, crazy. What,… Continue reading »

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Pledged by Gwynneth White

Pledged, a paranormal-romance for young adults, makes a good first impression. The cover is well designed, the book trailer impressive and the blurb intriguing, however the story, while good, wasn’t great. Immediately engaging, with excellent descriptions of place, I felt that the story moved too quickly and that too much happened. Seth and Erin, the… Continue reading »

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Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce

Bloodhound is the second book in the Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce. The story follows Beka, now a first-year Dog (aka police officer), as she and her partner Goodwin track down a group of colemongers (aka counterfeiters). Along the way she picks up a scent hound named Achoo, falls in love and saves the… Continue reading »

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Katana by Cole Gibsen

Katana is the second book from American author Cole Gibsen. It blends martial arts with the supernatural in a story reminiscent of films such as The House of Flying Daggers and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, except without the teary ending. The story follows Raleigh, your average teenage skater-chick (not that I’ve ever known any), as… Continue reading »

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Enchantment by Charlotte Abel

A disclaimer before I start; I didn’t read the entirety of this book, so if some moment of literary genius occurs at the end, forgive me. Additionally this book was provided to me, free of charge, by the author for the express purposes of a review. Enchantment, a YA paranormal romance, is the start of… Continue reading »

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