The Three-legged Altar of Luck

- by E. C. Ambrose

I was enjoying a meal with a large group of current writing students, and describing my pathway to publication, culminating in the recent release of Elisha Barber, first in a new dark historical fantasy series from DAW books.  Needless to say, I’m pretty excited! I remarked that I was surprised to find several people I’d […]

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Balancing the Good Bits

- by E. C. Ambrose

One of the most common mistakes I find in books by new authors is the tendency to put in the wrong things:  they spend pages on things that should be left out, then jump right over the things that should be included.  The result is a work that feels unbalanced, giving weight to stuff the […]

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Structuring the Series for Fantasy Authors

- by E. C. Ambrose

One of the questions I’m frequently asked is how you go about creating, not a single book, but a coherent series. Fantasy readers love series books.  Once they get excited about a world and its inhabitants, they like to go inside and shut the door, living in there for book after book:  as long as […]

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Introducing Your Hero

- by Jenna Kernan

Handsome Heroes THE TEXAS RANGER’S DAUGHTER goes on sale in February 2013, but you get a sneak peek here and also a look at what goes into introducing your hero. We all expect a romance hero to be handsome.  That’s part of his job and an author’s description of a hero is very important.  But […]

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