Author Archives: eileendandashi

About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.

Interview with Karilyn Bentley, an author who writes Fantasy with a Touch of Funny! She tells us how she creates her wonderful characters.

E:  Today, we have the pleasure of welcoming an author who uses the tagline Fantasy with a Touch of Funny — Karilyn Bentley!  Karilyn is here to answer some questions I posed her about how she develops her characters. I … Continue reading

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New Release: WHEN A HIGHLANDER WEDS A HELLION by Julie Johnstone

Title: When a Highlander Weds a Hellion Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts, Book 8 Author: Julie Johnstone Genre: Historical Romance, Scottish Pages: 180 Publication Date: March 22, 2019 Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC ASIN: B07NVVSRMV Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts Series … Continue reading

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Interview with Amy Jarecki, Multi-Award winning and Amazon All-Star author, discussing elements of crafting a novel

E: Thank you for joining Booktalk with Eileen today. Amy Jarecki is one of my favorite authors as readers will note if they use the sidebar in the blog to type your name into ‘Looking for a particular review, author … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: HOW TO STEAL A HIGHLANDER by Olivia Norem

  Title: How to Steal a Highlander Author: Olivia Norem Genre: Historical/Contemporary Romance, Time Travel Story Setting: Scotland, 1650 & present day Pages: 267 Publication Date: June 1, 2018 ASIN: B07CY716YD Narrated by: Greg Patmore Length: 8 hours, 55 minutes … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: RISE OF THE DEFENDER ~ a humongous book and an amazing listen!

Title: Rise of the Defender de Lohr Dynasty Author: Kathryn Le Veque Genre: Historical Romance, Medieval Pages: 810 Published by: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc. Published Date: January 26, 2014 Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC ASIN: B00C61D40E Narrated by: Brian J. … Continue reading

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My Big Takeaway From Studying Crafting Dialogue is…

A lot hinges on good dialogue.  If it sucks, your story will. This is the last blog I’ll be posting on crafting dialogue.  It has been a very pleasant part of my journey.  I never realized how much a writer … Continue reading

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Book Review & Giveaway! IT’S GETTING SCOT IN HERE by Suzanne Enoch Book 1 of a new series full of barbarian Scot antics and demure and proper English young women

Title: It’s Getting Scot in Here The Wild Wicked Highlanders Book 1 Author: Suzanne Enoch Genre: Historical Romance (Scottish) Pages: 352 Published by: St. Martin’s Paperbacks Published Date: February 26, 2019 ISBN-10: 1250296374 ISBN-13: 978-1250296375  Synopsis: The first in a … Continue reading

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Dialogue from the point of view of Valerie Gilbert, narrator, musician, actress and mystic–a gifted individual.

Valerie Gilbert is the author of four books on personal growth, magic and mysticism, Raving Violet, Memories, Dreams & Deflections, Swami Soup, and Brilliance Brewing and the narrator of 127 audiobooks on Audible. She is currently writing her 5th book … Continue reading

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Interview with Best-Selling Author of 80 + Books — Elizabeth Rose

If you haven’t met this author here is a quick bio: Elizabeth Rose is the bestselling author of 80 books and counting. She writes medieval, historical, contemporary, paranormal, and western romance. She is an amazon all-star, and a multi-time award … Continue reading

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ON WRITING: A MEMOIR OF THE CRAFT by Stephen King ~ easy-to-read. Its shortness is deceptive. Full of great advice and pointers! Join me in my journey of learning to write a novel.

Continuing my quest to learn all about the craft of writing, I picked up a book recommended to me by Diana Cosby, written by Stephen King.  I knew him as a great writer, but now I feel I almost know … Continue reading

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