Entries by Mary Maddox

Lessons learned from broken characters

Today’s guest, Laurie Boris, makes a strong case for creating characters that are less than perfect.  I’m a bit different from some authors. Instead of outlining and building a character from scratch, I let one fall into my head. I follow him or her around as we find the story together. So sometimes (oh, who […]

White Chalk – fiction with a social conscience

A warm welcome to today’s Discovery tour guest, Pavarti K. Tyler. This week, my erotic romance Sugar & Salt released and I’ve been having oodles of fun posting reviews and talking about erotica with readers.  But in the mix, I don’t want to forget the Literary Fiction novel that came out in July.  Not that long ago […]

Awesome Indies Discovery: waterspell, a fantasy by Deborah J. Lightfoot

I am delighted to welcome today’s guest, Deborah J. Lightfoot, author of the magical Waterspell series. The Awesome Indies Discovery begins today and runs through December 14. Featured are eight simply awesome writers whose books have met high standards of quality and been approved for the Awesome Indies lists. I am pleased and proud to be in such distinguished company. Now […]

The mind-blowing finale to the DIAMOND PEAK fantasy series is out now!

I’m honored to welcome today’s guest, Tahlia Newland, author of the award-wnning Diamond Peak series. THE MIND-BLOWING FINALE TO THIS AWESOME FANTASY SERIES IS OUT NOW! Yes; it is quite literally mind-blowing. Don’t miss out on the award-winning Diamond Peak Fantasy Series. Each book in this new adult contemporary fantasy has been awarded an AIA Seal of Excellence in […]


Violence and ambiguity in Talion

I was flattered when reviewer Dan Hagen described Talion as “The Silence of the Lambs meets The Turn of the Screw.” Of course Thomas Harris’ famous thriller is quite different from Henry James’ classic ghost story, but my novel owes a debt to both. Talion explores the twisted mind of a serial killer and leaves […]

The Trashcan Opera Society

M. M. McVey’s novella The Trashcan Opera Society tells the story of the doomed love between Jordan, a onetime attorney who lives on the streets of Los Angeles, and Hannah, an aging stripper. The two meet when Jordan inadvertently saves Hannah from a violent patron by vomiting on the man. McVey’s omniscient point of view […]

Haunting dystopian novel by Redfern Jon Barrett

Redfern Jon Barrett builds his dystopian novel Forget Yourself on a Kafkaesque mystery. The narrator, Blondee, lives in an enclosure with dozens of other people. None of them remember who they are. They assume they must be criminals since they are imprisoned, and they separate themselves into groups based on the severity of their crimes. But they can only guess at what they did wrong.