Writer’s Resources for November 4th through November 11th

These are writers’ resource links I’ve found helpful and/or interesting for November 4th through November 11th:

5 Authors I Just Found (Now You Should Too)

  • Simon R. Green – Now, I know Mr. Green has been writing for a very long time. I was, however, only recently lucky enough to find his Nightside series. Fans of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files should definitely check this out. It’s a bit darker, a bit less funny, but still excellent.  [link]
  • Rachel Caine – Ms. Caine has also been writing for awhile. I kept hearing great things about her Weather Warden series. When I finally picked it up (I’ve read the first two so far), I realized that I had been missing out. The cover blurb is correct, after reading about Joanne and the Weather Wardens – you’ll never watch the Weather Channel the same way again! [link]
  • Devon Monk – Ms. Monk is probably my favorite of this list. Her first two books in the Allie Beckstrom series are out now and you should run– not walk- to go pick them up now. She’s done such an interesting and unique twist for her magic system that it’s worth reading for that alone. [link]
  • T.A. Pratt – Mr. Pratt (yes, it was a surprise to me, too) has several books out in his Marla Mason series. I love Marla. She is a cold-blooded bitch when it comes to protecting her beloved city. Yet she’s a caring, warm person once we’re inside her head. My fingers are itching to pick up book #3 (it’s on my shelf right now), but I promised myself that I wouldn’t read them all at once.
  • Jackie Kessler and Caitlin KittredgeThis pair has written my third most anticipated volume of the year. (White Witch Black Curse and Naamah’s Kiss, thanks for asking). Black & White is the story of a pair of superheroes – one heroine, one villainess- written in tandem. I admit I’ve read nothing by either one of these ladies (yet), but the short story on B&N.com was enough to get me salivating. [link]

So there you go, head out and pick up some new books!

Another Potter Novel? JK Rowling Says, ‘Maybe’

Harry Potter #7So if you haven’t heard, JK Rowling has said that she occasionally gets “weak” enough to say yes to an eighth Harry Potter novel. She says, however, that any further novels set in the world of Diagon Alley et al would not focus on Harry himself. Small miracles happen every day, I guess.

The author in me is half in awe and half bitter at the news. On one hand, it is very rare for a writer to be able to earn so much money on their work. I would be tempted to milk that popularity for all it’s worth too. On the other more acrimonious hand, JK Rowling is a freaking millionaire already. She doesn’t need it. Maybe she could– I don’t know… Pass off the torch to another fantasy author who might actually need to pay the rent? (Ms. Rowling, please keep in mind that if you do decide to pass off that torch, I’m available.)

The avid reader in me is torn as well on this news. I’d thought the series over and done. Things were all wrapped up neatly with a pretty little bow. I’d let go. I had moved on. To hear there may be more… Well, that is both blessing and curse. I was never overly fond of the Harry Potter craze anyway, despite being fond of the books themselves. As a matter of fact, I read the first few books only at great reluctance and only because so many people I knew loved them so well.

In any case, Rowling has said to “give it ten years” and so there may not be any additional news soon. But you never know. I’m sure the speculation at least will be entertaining.

Another Potter Novel? JK Rowling Says, 'Maybe'

Harry Potter #7So if you haven’t heard, JK Rowling has said that she occasionally gets “weak” enough to say yes to an eighth Harry Potter novel. She says, however, that any further novels set in the world of Diagon Alley et al would not focus on Harry himself. Small miracles happen every day, I guess.

The author in me is half in awe and half bitter at the news. On one hand, it is very rare for a writer to be able to earn so much money on their work. I would be tempted to milk that popularity for all it’s worth too. On the other more acrimonious hand, JK Rowling is a freaking millionaire already. She doesn’t need it. Maybe she could– I don’t know… Pass off the torch to another fantasy author who might actually need to pay the rent? (Ms. Rowling, please keep in mind that if you do decide to pass off that torch, I’m available.)

The avid reader in me is torn as well on this news. I’d thought the series over and done. Things were all wrapped up neatly with a pretty little bow. I’d let go. I had moved on. To hear there may be more… Well, that is both blessing and curse. I was never overly fond of the Harry Potter craze anyway, despite being fond of the books themselves. As a matter of fact, I read the first few books only at great reluctance and only because so many people I knew loved them so well.

In any case, Rowling has said to “give it ten years” and so there may not be any additional news soon. But you never know. I’m sure the speculation at least will be entertaining.