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The Noscere - Sneak Peek

The Noscere – Sneak Peek

The Noscere Design

Here, Chaterfans, is a sneak-peek from book two of The Chateran Series. This is a Noscere (nos-SKER-ee). He is in his ‘publicity’ garb – while on mission, a Noscere looks just like any other chap on the street… except for hidden weapons and agendas. What is a Noscere? The Noscere are a group of elite spies and assassins, individually selected at a young age, and trained to speak multiple…

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Book Review: Shadow and Bone

Book Review: Shadow and Bone


The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?


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Sneak Peek Scenes from The Chateran Series: Book Two

Sneak Peek Scenes from The Chateran Series: Book Two

Theltain Cover

And then a loud, deep noise that shook the earth suddenly thundered out from the direction of the eastern wall of the city, blocking out all the less-than-supportive replies the crowd doubtless intended to give. “The horns! The horns of warning!” Shouting burst out in the crowd again, but this time, Carrick only nodded grimly. “Ardbaine is under attack!”


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Author/Illustrator Interview: Jenny Dolfin and ‘Darkness Over Cannae’

Author/Illustrator Interview: Jenny Dolfin and ‘Darkness Over Cannae’

Today I am quite pleased to introduce to you all Jenny Dolfin, an artist and writer I’ve admired for quite some time. I stumbled across her work on DeviantART, and she rapidly ascended into the higher ranks of those who influence my artistry. Her illustrative work is beautiful and expressive, with delightfully rendered watercolors being her dominant works, and she writes with passion, humor, and…

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Book Review: How To Train Your Dragon

Book Review: How To Train Your Dragon


As the Hope and Heir to the chiefdom of the tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, young Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III has his work cut out for him: become a hero and prove your place in the tribe. Unfortunately, Hiccup isn’t your typical future-hero. He’s scrawny, enjoys the ‘geeky’ pastime of dragon-watching, and is a letdown concerning the first test that would initiate him into the Hairy Hooligans…

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Unveil a New Becoming the Chateran Illustration!

Unveil a New Becoming the Chateran Illustration!

Paladin and Rhea Quip Promo

Click on the image above to add your comment on Facebook for the chance to unveil a new illustration of your favorite Rhea/Paladin quip!

In other news, the 30-day, official blog tour for Becoming the Chateran will be starting in just about three weeks! There’ll be a plethora of interviews, guest posts, and reviews, and a giveaway! You won’t want to miss it.

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xo, Stacia Joy

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Big Red - Book Cover & Jacket

Big Red – Book Cover & Jacket

Big Red (Jim Kjelgaard) was one of my favorite books when I was little. It’s full of wilderness escapades  and warm friendships between dog and man, and just thrilling enough without any of the edgy danger popular with pre-teen and teen books being published today.

My book-sale-find copy still stands in a place of distinction in the boyish adventure section of my bookshelf, between Kidnapped(Robe…

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The Athenian Character Prompt

The Athenian Character Prompt

Athenian Characters

Legend says that Athena, goddess of wisdom and war, sprang fully grown from her father Zeus’ head – the ultimate brainchild. But what has this to do with characters, and, most importantly, what has this to do with helping you create them?

It’s hard to make up unique, compelling characters, I know. But since taking up writing seriously seven years ago, I have discovered a somewhat weird exercise…

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