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…

Dargon 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 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.

Epic of Helinthia

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WIP Challenge – March 2023

Time for another monthly writing challenge! Consider a time when you felt embarrassed by something or someone. Remember your emotions, your physical sensations, how you reacted. Now write a scene in your story that would elicit the same reaction from your main character. Work this incident into their character development arc. Happy Writing! ~MJ

Monthly Writing Prompt | March 2023

Blood surges through every appendage as you clutch the cargo closer. This thing… your mind scrambles as you feel it; your pulse thrums against your fingertips–as though your own heartbeat is desperate to reach the thing you hold. Someone waits for you to relinquish it. You step closer to comply… Muse Stimulators: Happy Writing! ~MJ

ARC Review | El Flamingo, by Nick Davies

El Flamingo by Nick DaviesMy rating: 5 of 5 stars”Sometimes, even in Mexico, an extra sombrero is too much to ask…”That one line should tell you just about everything you need to know to decide that this book is a must read.El Flamingo follows the story of a failed Hollywood actor named Lou Galloway to…

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