Here the Muse is present, and the Quill is sharp.

Monthly writing prompts and challenges, book reviews, and articles of interest pertaining to the craft of writing are published and re-blogged within. May the Muse inspire your journey through these pages.

MJ Pankey’s debut is coming October 2023!

When a madman seized the throne, the Gods on Olympus fell silent, and the island of Helinthia withered into decay…

Dargos and his comrades Kelric and Gadnor, and his sister Gonivein, make plans to rebel against their king, hoping to restore prosperity to their ravaged lands and earn the favor of the gods, but they soon discover that not all on Olympus want their island to recover, leading them on a journey full of danger, deception, and the wrath of both gods and men.

Fans of Madeline Miller’s Circe and Jennifer Saint’s Ariadne will delight in this original epic fantasy as they are transported to a vivid world of myth and majesty, danger and deception, to experience the wrath of both gods and men.

Imbued with the essence of Homer’s original epic, the Iliad, MJ Pankey’s gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines come alive in all of their flawed complexities to deliver a page-turning narrative that will keep readers on the edge of their seat ’til the very end.

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MJ Pankey’s books on Goodreads
Epic of Helinthia Epic of Helinthia
reviews: 175
ratings: 184 (avg rating 4.12)

Dangerous Waters: Deadly Women of the Sea Dangerous Waters: Deadly Women of the Sea
reviews: 12
ratings: 28 (avg rating 4.32)

Musings of the Muses Musings of the Muses
reviews: 4
ratings: 11 (avg rating 5.00)

Book Club Kit


ARC Review – Food for Thought, by Ariana Ferrante

Food For Thought by Ariana Ferrante My rating: 5 of 5 stars A spectacular rendition of a classic tale we only thought we knew. Ferrante’s Food for Thought weaves a riveting narrative of love and loyalty, grief and hunger, and adds new dimension to the goddesses and gods of Ancient Greece. This is a retelling…

ARC Review – Salt and Broom, by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Salt & Broom by Sharon Lynn Fisher My rating: 5 of 5 stars Sharon Lynn Fisher has created an absolute page turner recency romance with a witchy twist, high stakes mystery, and all the magic of the autumn season one needs for a cozy weekend. Huge thanks to Sharon Lynn Fisher for sharing an ARC…

Indie Review | Dragon Speaker, by Elana A. Mugdan

Dragon Speaker by Elana A. Mugdan My rating: 5 of 5 stars Magic, power, and purpose are bestowed upon everyone in Elentria from birth, except for Karia. Born without magic, she isn’t even worthy of having a name in her village. But the dragon goddess Shivnath has other plans for Karia Nameless… I listened to…