Saturday, 15 March 2014

Far Away In Time

Our lives are a series of stories, and we are the characters with the starring roles. The memories, regrets, secrets, and struggles that fill these pages are at once unique and relatable. These stories  belong to us all. Eight unforgettable tales reaching out to a place Far Away In Time.

Far Away In Time

Why short stories?

Well... I work full time and it’s easier to find little chunks of time when I can write short stories rather than having to commit to writing a novel, which requires a lot more time and concentration. Also, I have lots of ideas for stories and could never live long enough to write a novel about each of those ideas, so short stories serve a great purpose.

I think short stories are fun to write because you work for a couple of hours and have a finished product (more or less, I mean there is always lots of re-reading and editing involved after). It’s nice to have a complete story in a few pages.

Some people think that it’s not possible to really get to know a character in a short story, you only glimpse a bit of their life. For me, that’s the magic of short stories, you get to see one small part, maybe an hour, a day, a couple of weeks, of a person’s life and the rest is a mystery that the reader’s imagination can wonder about.

I like reading short stories these days as I have less time for reading and it’s nice to be able to finish a story in one sitting rather than having to start reading a novel and maybe forgetting what happened by the time I get a chance to continue reading it. I think there is a place in the world for both short stories and novels.

Maria Savva

Am I going to write another novel?

Yes, well I hope so! I have already started one, but had to abandon it in December 2012. I am looking forward to finding time to finish it. It’s not the first time I’ve abandoned my writing and then gone back to it years later. The same thing happened with Second Chances. I wrote 7 chapters of that, then found it in a drawer at home a few years later. I think about 8 years had elapsed before I was able to get back to writing it! Sometimes, I think the delays happen for a reason... we need more life experience before we can write a particular book as well as possible.

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Friday, 7 March 2014

The Spiral Revealed

What secrets will the Spiral reveal? #2 Spiral Defenders series by  Erin Danzer

After Ronnie follows Gavin into the Spiral, she finds out getting the answers she is looking for isn’t as easy as she thought.

Some secrets are kept. A secret love affair comes to light. New abilities are revealed. Ronnie finds she has enemies before she makes new friends. She falls harder for Gavin, but is betrothed to another, a betrothal that will not be broken even after she and Gavin form a sacred bond.

As turmoil rises within the Spiral, Ronnie learns the truth about her enemy. She must fight to become a Spiral Defender and queen of her new home—or risk that home spiraling into nothing.


Ronnie screamed. The monster had to be at least seven feet tall and was made up entirely of swirling shadows. Its form was vaguely human and where its eyes should have been, bright white lights shone out into the darkness. A long, scaly tail swished behind it as it came right for them. Gavin pushed Ronnie behind him as he readied his sword and Ronnie knew they were going to have to fight this thing together. She pushed down the panic that tried to overcome her and raised her sword as well. She wasn’t about to let Gavin face this thing alone.

“Stay back,” Gavin yelled when he saw her sword raised. Ronnie glared at him.

“You can’t fight that thing on your own,” she argued.

“No, you can’t fight that thing, period. Let me take care of it.”

“No.” She raised the sword over her head and ran towards the monster, calling out the sword’s name like a battle cry as she ran. She vaguely realized Gavin was next to her again as her sword, the blade now glowing with a bright whiteness, carved through the shadow demon’s chest. Smoke sizzled where the cut had formed and the demon screamed as it reached out for her, only to have its arm taken off by Gavin’s sword. Ronnie blinked in the brightness of her sword’s blade and felt a little guilty at the reprimanding glare Gavin spared her before he faced the demon again. He swung his sword around at its neck and shouted “Vitae Luminae!” as he dispatched its head from its shoulders. The thing reached out blindly, still trying to fight even as it dissolved in front of them. Gavin held out his arm to keep Ronnie back until it was completely gone. He rounded on her the minute it disappeared, his dark eyes blazing as he reached out and grabbed Ronnie’s sword out of her hand.

“Hey,” she protested indignantly. “It’s not like I didn’t do any damage with that. I took care of a shadow hound all on my own.”

He continued to glare at her, apparently too upset for words. Finally, he ground out, “No more swords until you learn to listen.” 

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Erin Danzer wrote her first book at 10-years-old for a Young Authors competition, where she was awarded an Honorable Mention and discovered a passion for the written word. She’s written several novels and short stories since that spark ignited. Into the Spiral is the first of a four book series. In addition to her novels, Erin writes a monthly short story serial, The Cassandra Serafin Chronicles, posting alternately on her blog and in Literary Lunes bi-monthly online magazine. Erin resides in Racine, Wisconsin, with her husband, two children, and their cat.

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