Mayra Calvani's Blog Posts Tagged 'fantasy' (32)

The Writing Life with Historical Novelist Joan Schweighardt

Joan Schweighardt is the author of several novels. In addition to her own projects, she writes, ghostwrites and edits for private and corporate clients.





Added by Mayra Calvani on November 11, 2015 at 11:23am — No Comments

Talking Craft with JJ Sherwood, Author of ‘Kings or Pawns’

On a cold winter night, wind howling into the desert sky, one ordinary hospital gave witness to a historic event. JJ Sherwood was born at 2:30 a.m. on December 31st, just barely managing to squeeze in to supplant New Year’s Eve. JJ has always had a flair for the dramatics.

Sherwood began writing in the womb after a…


Added by Mayra Calvani on October 30, 2015 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Interview with Jane Tesh, Author of ‘Butterfly Waltz’

Jane Tesh is a retired media specialist and pianist for the Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mt. Airy, NC, the real Mayberry. She is the author of the Madeline Maclin Series, A Case of ImaginationA Hard Bargain, A Little Learning, and A Bad Reputation, featuring former beauty queen,…


Added by Mayra Calvani on September 23, 2015 at 8:45am — No Comments

On the Spotlight: The Aqua Lie, by L.L. Hunter

Title: The Aqua Lie
Series: The Aqua Saga book 2
Author: L.L. Hunter
Genre: YA Dystopian
Cover Designer:…

Added by Mayra Calvani on July 31, 2015 at 10:55am — No Comments

On the spotlight and chapter reveal: Trial By Fire (Schooled In Magic 7), by Christopher G. Nuttall

Title: Trial By Fire (Schooled In Magic 7)

Genre: Fantasy

Author: Christopher G. Nuttall

Publisher: Twilight Times…


Added by Mayra Calvani on July 26, 2015 at 7:07am — No Comments

Book Review: ‘Madison’s Song’ by Christine Amsden

Madison’s Song is the latest addition to the Cassie Scot Paranormal Detective fantasy/mystery series. Though not the latest instalment, it is a stand-alone, companion book to the series and, though there are mystery elements in it, it is primarily a romantic fantasy.

So far I’ve read and enjoyed all of the books and this one didn’t…


Added by Mayra Calvani on July 19, 2015 at 5:47am — No Comments

Profile: Christine Amsden, Author of the Cassie Scot Series

“Writing has taught me the importance of self-confidence in becoming good at anything,” says Christine Amsden, who, in spite of having been diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision, has gone on to become the award-winning, bestselling author of the …


Added by Mayra Calvani on July 15, 2015 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Spotlight: The Blackwell Family Secret: THE GUARDIANS OF SINS, by Jonathan L. Ferrara

The Blackwell Family Secret:


by Jonathan L. Ferrara


5.5×8.5, 224 pages

Publication date: December 5, 2014

$15.95 trade paperback, ISBN 978-1-940076-19-5

$5.95 E-book, ISBN 978-1-940076-20-1



Added by Mayra Calvani on December 29, 2014 at 12:19pm — No Comments

On the Spotlight: GoldStar Magic! Family Pen-Pal Kit,™ including NoraLee's Adventures on Planet Ifwee

Title: GoldStar Magic! Family Pen-Pal Kit, ™  including NoraLee's Adventures on Planet Ifwee Genre: children

Author: Terry Nicholetti



Added by Mayra Calvani on December 1, 2014 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Book Review: ‘Wishes and Sorrows’ by Cindy Lynn Speer

Wishes and Sorrows is a well-written short story fantasy collection that interweaves myth, magic, romance, and fairytale elements. At times, the writing is darker and bordering on horror.

The 14 stories in this collection range from the melancholic, lyrically written “The Taste of Cherries,” to the chilling “The Train,” to a character study of isolation mingled…


Added by Mayra Calvani on November 12, 2014 at 9:40am — No Comments

Read an excerpt: Wishes and Sorrows, by Cindy Lynn Speer (fantasy/fairytale story collection)

Title:  Wishes and Sorrows

Genre:  Short Stories, Fantasy, Fairy Tales

Author:  Cindy Lynn Speer


Publisher:  Dragonwell Publishing

Purchase link: …


Added by Mayra Calvani on November 3, 2014 at 8:11am — No Comments

Interview with Andrew Cratsley, author of ‘Keepers of Runes and the Tower of Shadows’

A native of Honeoye, New York, Andrew Cratsley lives in North Carolina. Keepers of Runes and the Tower of Shadows is his debut novel. Cratsley is a lifelong fan of fantasy books, films, and RPG-style gaming.  A champion of literacy issues and proud supporter of the World Literacy Foundation, Cratsley will donate a portion of the proceeds from Keepers of Runes and the Tower…


Added by Mayra Calvani on September 8, 2014 at 9:29am — No Comments

A Chat with D.W. Raleigh, author of ‘Shiloh’s True Nature’ (YA fantasy)

Please welcome my special guest, debut fantasy YA author D.W. Raleigh! His novel, Shiloh’s True Nature, has just been published by Hobbes End Publishing

D.W. Raleigh was born in the Delaware Valley and has spent most of his life in that region. He has attended multiple colleges and universities collecting…


Added by Mayra Calvani on July 24, 2014 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Book Review: ‘Known Devil’ by Justin Gustainis

Known Devil is the third instalment in Gustainis’ Occult Crime Unit urban fantasy series. Though I had not read the first two books, this one was completely stand-alone and didn’t make me feel I was missing anything. I have, however, read other books from Gustainis in the past (Evil WaysBlack Magic…


Added by Mayra Calvani on February 1, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Book Review: ‘Knight Blindness’ by Chris Karlsen (time-travel romance)

Knight Blindness is the third installment in Karlsen’s The Knights in Time series. I have read the first two books and, as always, the author doesn’t disappoint.

The story begins at the Battle of Poitiers, France, in 1356. English knight Stephen Palmer charges into battle when he is…


Added by Mayra Calvani on January 22, 2014 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Book Review: ‘Beware of the White’ by Kai Strand

This middle-grade novel was an entertaining, delightful read!

Terra is a sweet, smart girl, very close to her mom, and not what one might call popular at school. In fact, she’s often a bit bullied at times. She also suffers in silence for the death of her dad years ago.

The action begins soon after Terra’s 12th birthday, when she receives an…


Added by Mayra Calvani on December 19, 2013 at 5:14am — No Comments

Manhattan socialite 'princess' fights vampires in The Book of Thoth, by Paul Leone

The Book of Thoth is volume II in Paul Leone’s Vatican Vampire Hunters series. Unlike the first book, which takes place in London, this one takes place in New York City, where not only criminals and the Russian mafia but also demon vampires roam the streets, preying on the innocent.

One night, beautiful Manhattan socialite Nicole Van…


Added by Mayra Calvani on November 12, 2013 at 3:18pm — No Comments

A Chat with Florence Byham Weinberg, Author of ‘Anselm, a Metamorphosis’

Born in the high desert country, in Alamogordo, New Mexico, Florence loved exploring the wilderness on foot and horseback. Those grandiose landscapes formed her sensibility. Hidden pockets of unexpected greenery tucked away near springs in folds of barren mountainsides spoke to her of gentleness and beauty in an otherwise harsh world. She published her first poem in a children’s…


Added by Mayra Calvani on October 26, 2013 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Book Review: ‘The Blue Between’ by Patricia Little

Sixteen-year-old Heather Lucas is playing soccer one day when she’s hit by lightning, leaving her with a weird scar on her hand. The girl who she clashed with when she got struck dies. Thus Heather becomes the odd one at school, the one everyone whispers about.

To make matters worse, her mom suddenly abandons her, and she…


Added by Mayra Calvani on October 4, 2013 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Excerpt Spotlight: Dragon Fire, by Dina Von Lowenkraft (YA romantic fantasy)


Dragon Fire cover

Some choices are hard to live with.

But some choices will kill you.

When seventeen-year-old Anna first meets Rakan in her hometown north of the Arctic Circle, she is attracted to his pulsing energy. Unaware…


Added by Mayra Calvani on September 8, 2013 at 12:49pm — No Comments

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