Sunday, February 27, 2011

Heroes, dead parents, The Lord of the Rings, and fantasy book giveaway

I had the privilege of being published at some great blogs last week.

Here are my newest articles from my ongoing blog tour:

Heroes need help - my salute to the sidekick at To Read or Not To Read

Not every hero has one, but they all could use a trustworthy friend who will stick by him or her no matter what. You may think that heroes must face danger alone and surmount great odds through individual brawn or intellect, but when I look at fiction, I see many dependable sidekicks.  Continue

Also go here to enter the giveaway for a paperback copy of Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I. You have through March 2nd to enter.

The Challenges and Rewards of Writing Fantasy without Killing the Parents at Two Ends of the Pen

Dead parents are a long established literary tradition, especially in fantasy fiction. Harry Potter is currently the most famous fictional orphan. And of course Frodo Baggins lost his parents and was adopted by his Uncle Bilbo. Cinderella was left under the domination of a wicked stepmother. Luke Skywalker thought both his mother and father were dead and then he lost his Aunt and Uncle. Continue

My favorite scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy at Free Book Reviews

Like many fantasy fans, the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien made me fall in love with the genre. This love led me to become a writer. My fantasy novels are not really like The Lord of the Rings, but the river of inspiration that gushes from Tolkien's writing certainly waters the fields of my imagination. Continue

What's coming up this week:

On February 28th I'll be featuring Canadian author George Straatman's new release The Converging: Closures in Blood.

Also February 28th is the last day to join my readers' list at Brave Luck Books (TM) and enter to win an ebook copy of Berserker by William Meikle.

On March 1st fans of comics can find my review of the indie comic Genecy by Gerald Cooper.