Earthen Witch, Fiction, Photography, Random Thoughts

Magical Systems

Heya Lovelies,

On Twitter, I’ve been taking part in my first-ever fiction prompt during the month of January. As promised, I’m back with today’s prompt.


Day 25: Books with good magical systems

The fluidity of it.

Magic is fluid. It’s part intentional (spells) and part emotional, weaving between the two in perfect unison.

The best examples are chaos in the Witcher series world by Andrzej Sapkowski, & the one in the A Discovery Of Witches series by Deborah Harkness — exploring how every one is unique with their power.

When I developed the magical system in my books, I tried to stay true to that concept. Not every typical witch is the same with their abilities, but it all boils down to that fluid balance. When it comes to Earthens, they’re the exception to the rule, relying only on their emotion to will their magic to life.


Stronger Than Blood is the latest installment of the Earthen Witch universe, following Marcy and Liam’s journey. It will be released on Smashwords and their network of retailers on February 20th.

Until next time,
Sarah

Earthen Witch, Fiction, Photography, Random Thoughts

Cliffhangers

Heya Lovelies,

On Twitter, I’ve been taking part in my first-ever fiction prompt during the month of January. As promised, I’m back with today’s prompt.


Day 24: My thoughts on cliffhangers

The good and the bad.

Cliffhangers are the bread and butter of most series I’ve read. I want to be left hanging and hungry for more — except when the series ends on a cliffhanger. I’m not a fan of that.

For my series, sometimes they end in cliffhangers, other times they end with a hint of more to come.


Stronger Than Blood is the latest installment of the Earthen Witch universe, following Marcy and Liam’s journey. It will be released on Smashwords and their network of retailers on February 20th.

Until next time,
Sarah

Earthen Witch, Fiction, Photography, Random Thoughts

Advice For New Authors

Heya Lovelies,

On Twitter, I’ve been taking part in my first-ever fiction prompt during the month of January. As promised, I’m back with today’s prompt.


Day 23: Advice you’d give a new writer

My thoughts.

Write this down and repeat after me: write every day. Write something you’d want to read.

Simple as that.


Stronger Than Blood is the latest installment of the Earthen Witch universe, following Marcy and Liam’s journey. It will be released on Smashwords and their network of retailers on February 20th.

Until next time,
Sarah

Earthen Witch, Fiction, Photography, Random Thoughts

Saturday Snippet – Meet Peter

Heya Lovelies,

On Twitter, I’ve been taking part in my first-ever fiction prompt during the month of January. As promised, I’m back with today’s prompt.


Day 22: Saturday Snippet — Meet Peter

Featuring Stronger Than Blood, coming February 20th

Have you ever wanted to meet a ghost?

Less than a yard in front of me was a little boy unlike any I ever saw before. And since it wasn’t the first time I encountered one — New Orleans was known for attracting them — I knew from his filmy visage that he was a ghost. But it was his appearance that made my heart break for him. 

Though he was Asian, I couldn’t pinpoint the nationality. His blue-black hair was long enough to tumble across his forehead and his eyes were faded as a result of his death. The poor boy’s left cheek was shredded like something chewed at it, but I didn’t see any other injuries to tell me how he died.

With a small smile, he said, “I’m Peter.” Even though I heard the words, his mouth didn’t move. It was unsettling, but not enough to fear him. 

I let go of Liam’s arm and kneeled in front of the little boy, smiling. “My goodness, aren’t you a looker, too?”

While his mouth stayed still, he giggled, and said, “Only if you look at my good side.” For emphasis, he obscured his ruined cheek from my view. 

“Well now,” I began, speaking low, “that just makes you half as handsome.”

Turning his face back to me, a small smile faded. “Thank you, Marcy.”

I knew my words struck him. That was okay. “And, the little boy I met earlier?”

Except for another smile, he didn’t move as he said, “I give him life.”

“And he gives you a body?”

He nodded, “Exactly.”

© Sarah Doughty


Stronger Than Blood is the latest installment of the Earthen Witch universe, following Marcy and Liam’s journey.

Until next time,
Sarah

book review, Fiction

Review: Hush, The Woods Are Darker Still

Title: Hush, The Woods Are Darker Still
Author: L. V. Russell
Series: The Wicked Woods Chronicles, book 2
Genre: Fantasy / Dark Romance
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis:

With an ancient curse now broken, Teya Jenkins, the last Mortal Queen of Seelie, is forced to flee the cruel lands of Faerie and return home.

But the human world offers little kindness to her, or to the faerie who stole her heart. 
Help is offered by those who dwell in the shadows, but nothing in Faerie is without a price. 

With a new King upon the Unseelie throne, and a would-be Queen at her back, Teya must decide which path to take and who to trust or risk losing everything. 

Oh, the woods are dark and wicked.
(Amazon)


My Thoughts:

Picking up after the events of Darling, There Are Wolves In The Woods, Teya and Lathaniel are on the run, trying to find a way to confront the cruel and murderous faerie, Luthien. 

In order to survive, they’re forced to make an alliance that could just as easily signal their deaths. With every new turn, they face unknown threats and are forced to make impossible decisions, but they do have one constant between them — each other.

This was a tumultuous book full of twists and turns and I loved every minute of it. The cliffhanger at the end hit me hard, and yet, at the same time, it felt inevitable — which is a testament to L. V. Russell’s storytelling abilities.

I can’t wait to finish Far Beneath The Wicked Woods to find out what happens next.


Happy reading!

Until next time,
Sarah

Earthen Witch, Fiction, Photography, Random Thoughts

Feature Friday – Katherine MacDonald

Heya Lovelies,

On Twitter, I’ve been taking part in my first-ever fiction prompt during the month of January. As promised, I’m back with today’s prompt.


Day 21: Feature Friday

Featuring author Katherine MacDonald.

Today’s feature Friday goes to Katherine MacDonald. If it weren’t for the raving praise of her books from L. V. Russell and Chesney Infalt, I may not have bumped them so high on my TBR.

I’m excited to dive into some fairy tale retellings. I haven’t read many in the past.


Stronger Than Blood is my latest installment of the Earthen Witch universe, following Marcy and Liam’s journey. Coming February 20th.

Until next time,
Sarah

On Writing, Random Thoughts

Q&A With A Wordsmith: Character Relations

Heya Lovelies,

As a writer taking a rather unique path, I often receive a wide range of questions. So far, I’ve covered some broad topics which you can find here and I’ll continue to shed some light on further questions. With luck, you’ll gain some understanding and insight along the way.

If you have a question you’d like me to answer, feel free to comment or drop me an email.


Question:
Which of your characters do you relate the most with and why?

Answer:

Plenty of writers agree that in order to tell a good story, we must disguise the truth within the fiction. For me, that included my first heroine. 

Aisling, from Just Breathe and beyond, was modeled after me. Her history wasn’t unlike mine, nor were her reactions to the world around her. I wanted to write a story of a haunted woman with a tragic past and give her a chance to find her inner strength.

Through her, I have been able to experience her triumphs, her failures, her love and her losses. It has given me strength to keep fighting for my own future. 


Coming up, I’ll talk about my initial decision to use Instagram as my primary social media, only to switch to Twitter after over five years.

Until next time,
Sarah

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Pantser Or Plotter

Heya Lovelies,

On Twitter, I’ve been taking part in my first-ever fiction prompt during the month of January. As promised, I’m back with today’s prompt.


Day 20: Pantser Or Plotter

Planning, planning, and more planning.

I am a plotter, hands down. I never could finish a book before that. I’m flexible enough to let the story change and evolve if it takes a tangent. Mostly, though, those tangents don’t reroute the plot completely.

This is the completed plotting of Enduring The Flames, coming in August.

Plotting in action

Stronger Than Blood is the latest installment of the Earthen Witch universe, following Marcy and Liam’s journey. It will be released on Smashwords and their network of retailers on February 20th.

Until next time,
Sarah

Earthen Witch, Fiction, Photography, Random Thoughts

My Writing Space

Heya Lovelies,

On Twitter, I’ve been taking part in my first-ever fiction prompt during the month of January. As promised, I’m back with today’s prompt.


Day 19: My Writing Space

Not pretty, but it works.

Rocketbooks, research, pen pouch, portable bluetooth keyboard, etc.

My writing materials are primarily kept in this little, portable pine box. I usually use our game table to plot, write, edit, design book covers, and yes, play board games sometimes.

Plotting in action

Stronger Than Blood is the latest installment of the Earthen Witch universe, following Marcy and Liam’s journey. It will be released on Smashwords and their network of retailers on February 20th.

Until next time,
Sarah

Earthen Witch, Fiction, Photography, Random Thoughts

Favorite Authors

Heya Lovelies,

On Twitter, I’ve been taking part in my first-ever fiction prompt during the month of January. As promised, I’m back with today’s prompt.


Day 18: Favorite Authors

Growing up entertained.

I grew up reading greats like King, Rice, Poe, Stoker, Tolkien, Gaiman, Alighieri, and many more. My list has only expanded over the years.

By escaping into new worlds, I was empowered to create my own.


Stronger Than Blood is the latest installment of the Earthen Witch universe, following Marcy and Liam’s journey. It will be released on Smashwords and their network of retailers on February 20th.

Until next time,
Sarah