‘More than a Wizard’ book review 

I don’t remember how I came across ‘More than a Wizard’ by M. Lee Madder; I am glad that I did. This is her second novel she has written. Her first novel was released in January 2016 called ‘Warring Passions,’ and it sounds intriguing.I am surprised this novel hasn’t received a lot of reviews because it is well-written and keeps the reader begging for more. This novel is a fantasy/romance with love scenes if the reader wishes to skip the scenes without interfering with the plot.

Madder’s ability to keep her reader spellbound throughout the story by staying in the eyes of the main character, Corrie using the third person. That’s a rarity in novels. The choice works well for the plot to set up the tone and emotions bonding the reader to her.

See, Corrie was a young woman trying to conceal her power after escaping from a Prime Wizard; the more she hid her power, it betrayed her.

Then Sverr entered the scene and everything changed for Corrie. Just like her, at first, I didn’t trust Sverr. I wanted to jump into the story to kick Sverr’s family jewels for her. Madder made it no secret that Sverr lusted for Corrie which was a brilliant move by adding tension between the two characters. 

Sverr’s role was more than a horny swordsman desiring Corrie, but her guide to reveal what haunts her by teaching her about her power. Another brilliant move by Madder’s promise of a future if Corrie learned to trust Sverr. Madder brought out Corrie’s backstory through dialog with Sverr at certain points in the story. There were revelations that I didn’t see coming! Madder had woven together love, desire, freedom, truth, adventure, self-awareness, confidence, and sacrifice to build a great story.

That’s why I was disappointed in the quick ending to the story as Madder pulled all these elements into a powerful story with a touching love saga. Only to have an ending without satisfaction. I wanted to see what happened to Corrie and Sverr’s relationship for there was a hint of their fate before the great battle. Perhaps, the author is planning a second book with Corrie, and if so that would be awesome.

This was an excellent read, and I look forward to reading it again.

Book Review March 17

https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Book-Blurbs-Synopses-manuscript-ebook/dp/B01JT0FHVS

What comes next after a great cover?

A powerful blurb to bait the reader to download the sample chapter or to hit the buy button. 

Some indie authors struggle, how to write the powerful blurb to lure the reader. With so many novels on the market it is a reader’s paradise, and a nightmare for the indie author.

So many boring blurbs on the market that explained the whole novel’s plot. Then, there are enticing blurbs that grab the readers by their throats to buy the novels.

What to do?

I’ve been struggling how to write a blurb. It’s tough. How does an author who has a powerful story, then writes an exciting blurb to entice the reader? Without giving the whole plot away? 

In my struggle to write a powerful blurb as anything I do, I research. I discovered a book on ‘Writing Book Blurbs and Synopses: How to sell your manuscript to publishers and your indie book to readers’ by Rayne Hall.

I enjoyed reading her book, and that’s something I can’t say too often about dry reading. I loved Hall’s straightforwardness about the subject matter. She shared her experiences as a writer and editor; that I found helpful and insightful too.

The first part of the book explains how to write a synopsis. She suggests to the indie author it is a good exercise to discover what your story is about. I agree. While reading her book, I pondered on my projects in development. If I understood the core of my story better that would help me to write a great blurb too.

There are a two chapters on the pitch: I learned it is a good idea to have a pitch ready when somebody asks me what’s your book about? I’ve a quick blurb to discuss in the conversation and move on to the next topic.

The last part of the book is about the blurb, Hall explains what works and what doesn’t in easy terms based on her experiences. The one thing, I learned what blurbs needs is emotions to make the reader to give up time and money to read the story. For the novels that I’m currently reading has great covers and blurbs pack with emotions. 

Hall’s book is worth the investment of time and money which is only available on Amazon and Unlimited Kindle. I would like to hear your thoughts too. So, drop me a line or two in the comments below.

March

Hello,

I hope everyone is doing good. They say March can roar like a lion. March has roared over my writing schedule and throw it out of the window. Life has struck.

The past few weeks, I’ve been dealing with an ear infection and now, my kitty is sick, and each passing day my work is getting behind. A writer’s life that I signed up for and I’ll get back on track soon.

Since writing has halted, I’ve been studying my manuscript I had written in January. It is a mess with missing plot holes and other things making the nightmare becoming worse.

Why am I telling you this? 

Once the rewriting and editing stage begins, you’ll see the real story on screen or paper bites at you. That’s what has happened to me. Reality has struck me with a huge hammer on my head and deflated my ego too.

Is it hard to see my manuscript in a new light? 

Yes, it is devastating. When I was writing it, I was going to need subplots to push the plot forward. During the first draft, I wanted to focus on my main characters and I did. I have their relationship the way I want it. The story needs to be fleshed out, certain ideas need to be explained, and part of the writing process to discover all the ugly parts of the story.

The requirement to produce a grand story for the reader to enjoy. 

I hope this helps you to understand that all writers face road bumps to produce a quality story. 

Keep on writing, 

Alexandra