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Smooth as a Baby’s Bottom (WRITER’S PHRASEBANK ON SKIN)

Img source: https://char-portraits.tumblr.com/post/123215547008/a6a7-back-to-drawing-sort-of-freckled-young DISCLAIMER: These phrase books are intended to help get your brain jogging. Quoted excerpts do not belong to me and should be used to influence rather than inserted in your own work Deeply tanned Olive skin Honey-skinned Skin the color of wheat Sun-browned Leather-skinned Acorn skin Rough-skinned waxy-skinned _-skinned; (black-skinned; Sun-burnished (skin)… Continue reading Smooth as a Baby’s Bottom (WRITER’S PHRASEBANK ON SKIN)

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Pucker Up: Phrase Bank for Describing a Character’s Mouth/Lips

(IMG: https://charliebowater.tumblr.com/image/114520084579) DISCLAIMER: These phrase books are intended to help get your brain jogging. Quoted excerpts do not belong to me and should be used to influence rather than inserted in your own work. Dimple in chin Cut of his jaw (“classic Nansur cut of his jaw”) Lantern-jawed (long, thin jaw and prominent chin) Long… Continue reading Pucker Up: Phrase Bank for Describing a Character’s Mouth/Lips

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PRIEST OF LIES (Book Review)

“‘Aye,’ I said, and if perhaps my tone was somewhat blunt, then I am a blunt man, and I make no apology for that.” Thomas Piety is back and blunter than ever in the second installment of Peter McLean’s fantasy series. If you’re jonesing for a mix between Lies of Locke Lamora and Goodfellas with… Continue reading PRIEST OF LIES (Book Review)

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Blood of Heirs (Book Review BTFO #1)

Hungry for high fantasy along the lines of Devin Madson, Richard Ford and Elaine Isaak? Then look no further than Alicia Wanstall-Burke’s BLOOD OF HEIRS, an SPFBO nominee told from two PoV characters. First there’s LIDAN, first daughter to the sonless daari (chieftain) in a clan where birth order determines status. All she wants is… Continue reading Blood of Heirs (Book Review BTFO #1)

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Writing About Swords, Bows, and Other Weapons in Fantasy and Historical Fiction (Phrase Sheet/Brainstorm Aid)

It's important to understand how different weapons are used. You can't hack someone's head off with a fencing blade and slashing with a double-handed axe would tire you out. Here's the three main classes. Some weapons can do two, but I've yet to see a weapon to be capable of all three: 1. Slashing/Cutting/Slicing .… Continue reading Writing About Swords, Bows, and Other Weapons in Fantasy and Historical Fiction (Phrase Sheet/Brainstorm Aid)

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FLYING DUTCH by KJ Parker/Tom Holt (Book Review)

  After I found KJ Parker/Tom Holt over a year ago, I’ve read any of his works I could get his hands on  - witty epic fantasy, Greco-Roman historical fiction, and now humorous fiction with FLYING DUTCH. On Goodreads I noticed folks negatively contrasting this work from Terry Pratchett. I think it’s unfair to use… Continue reading FLYING DUTCH by KJ Parker/Tom Holt (Book Review)