The heat of the fire tickles at my skin
And the flame of the fire flickers in the cool wind
The colorful dance of red, orange, and blue
Makes me happy to sit here cuddled up with you

My hair blows around me and I tuck it away
As the setting of the sun marks the end of the day
The birds go to sleep and the bats dance ballet
And I lean in to hear the sweet nothings you say

The faint smell of smoke teases at my nose
And the rough wooden bench pulls at my clothes
The logs hiss in melody with the crickets of the night
And I’m glad to hold you snug in the firelight

The children laugh as they burn marshmallows for fun
And it feels like the fire burns like the sun
The fireflies dance in the air with the stars
Nowhere could be better than where we are

Like generations before stories are told under the sky
Of the tales in the years that have passed us by
Until the flames are reduced to embers of red
When we finally go inside and go to bed


For some reason, fire seems to be the easiest thing in the world to describe. Easier than love or sunlight or the cold. I have no idea why, but when I concentrate I can almost smell the smoke and hear the crackling of the logs, no matter where I am. I wrote this poem a while back and remembered it when I was working to describe something while writing.

As writers, it’s our job to make the reader feel like they’re there. Do you have a poem or short passage that utilizes at least four senses to describe the surroundings?

Kiss of the Fey review

Another review of Kiss of The Fey! 🙂

Jedi by Knight

King Xenos has a heart cold as ice from a childhood curse, so how is it that he is the only one who could save Princess Johara? 

Johara thinks there must be a mistake when Xenos takes her north to be his queen, but the rest of her life must be spent living in a gloomy castle with a cold husband.

However, things might not all be as they appear. Xenos’s passion is nothing close to cold, and Johara knows there is more to his curse than he’s telling her. Will Johara turn to ice when pressured with the cold, or will Xenos set her heart aflame?

KissoftheFeyKiss of the Fey is the 3rd book I’ve read that was written by a blogger I follow, and I don’t know why I’m still getting surprised by how much I enjoy the writing of my fellow bloggers.  That was presumably the reason…

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Tips for Teasers

Say no to electrical outlets.

Cover Your Dreams

Have you heard of teaser graphics? If you spend any time at all on social media such as Facebook or Pinterest, you’ve definitely seen them. Teaser graphics are like magazine advertisements for your book. They are comprised of a quote from your book laid over an image that evokes something about your story.

Roughly, I do two types of teaser graphics:

One, if I have designed the cover then I use the raw images, composed in a way to allow room for the quote while still highlighting the brand of the book. Here are some examples:

Two, if I haven’t designed the book cover or if the author prefers it, for example because they want a number of different teasers, then I use a meaningful background image with the quote from the book over that. In those cases I advise authors to let me include the book cover, as this helps…

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Feedback Friday, Review: Kiss of The Fey

Another nice review 🙂

Kate M. Colby

Kiss of The Fey
Kiss of The Fey by Charlotte Cyprus
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I was given a reviewer’s copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Kiss of the Fey by Charlotte Cyprus is a fantasy romance novel that follows the relationship of King Xenos and Johara, an illegitimate princess of Blairford. It contains all the key elements of fantasy and romance: magic (in the form of fairies and warlocks), curses, sword fights, and steamy intimacy.

Admittedly, when I began reading Kiss of the Fey, I was a bit apprehensive. I have no qualms with the text being independently published. In fact, I praise Cyprus for having the daring and tenacity to go against the norm and make her own way in the publishing world. However, the beginning of the novel is a bit jarring. The pacing is very fast, and the writing feels unpolished. For…

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The ten things I’ve learnt about blogging

If you haven’t been blogging for very long, read this. It’s that or wait 6 months to learn it all yourself.

Christopher Peter


This is my 50th post on WordPress. I started about a year ago, so that’s roughly one post per week on average.

First, a confession. My main motivation for starting my blog was that (1) everyone was telling me I should and (2) to help sell my books. I don’t think either were the best reasons by themselves, and I still haven’t sold many books. But here I am, and I like to think I’ve emerged from my first year a little bit wiser and not just older.

So here, in no particular order, are ten lessons I’ve learnt about blogging over the last twelve months or so. Some of these thoughts are quite personal to me and I don’t expect everyone to have drawn exactly the same conclusions, but this is how it seems to me anyway.

The first lesson: It’s all about the people

I’ve seen the…

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Indie Book Review: Kiss of the Fey, by Charlotte Cyprus

Versus Blurb


I found this a light, exciting and enjoyable read. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a fairy-tale style story and Kiss of the Fey reminded me why I liked them so much. When I read the first couple of chapters, I was worried it was going to be a bit run-of-the-mill (the business of the enchanted sleep and
being saved by a kiss) but luckily the standard fairy-tale tropes was just a setup to get the necessary basics out the way and for the real story to begin. The first act mostly deals with Johara gathering her strength and her wits to deal with the bizarre situation of being married to a king with the title ‘the Horrid’. At first she intends to be the docile wife just so she can survive, but it quickly becomes apparent she’s much too strong willed for that. I liked Johara and was…

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Review of Charlotte Cyprus’s “Kiss of the Fey”

anindita roy

Kiss of The FeyKiss of The Fey by Charlotte Cyprus
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Set in a mystical world full of magic, kings, queens and balls, this book describes the story of an illegitimate princess and a much-feared king- both of them unloved by everyone and joined by their cursed fate. But is it really a curse or a blessing in disguise? Cyprus takes a formulaic story of doomed love of the Beauty and the Beast and magics it into a twisted tale filled with interesting characters and heart-melting love. However, the writer’s main fallacy is that she gave up on the story much before she should have. The characters should have been much more fleshed out-they had so much potential. Xenos is an interesting character but nothing is ever said how he got his horrid nickname. Johara is better sketched out but her sorrows get over before I could even…

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