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Eléonore | Special Edition | And a Giveaway!!

Hi friends,

I’ve been working hard lately not only on Heralding, but on a special edition of Eléonore with some exciting new features. It’s finally available today as an ebook on Amazon through KindleUnlimited!!

The paperback will be releasing soon. In anticipation of it, I’m offering another chance to win a free signed copy. To enter, all you have to do is sign-up for my newsletter before Friday. If you’ve already subscribed, you are automatically entered. I’ll pick a winner over the weekend!


Lots more exciting reveals are coming, friends. Thanks for following me on this journey so far. I am so greatly appreciative of all your support and encouragement.

Eléonore Dormant’s life is a precarious balancing act: librarian by day, demon hunter by night and single mother around the clock. Each day brings its challenges and she brings her A-game. It helps that coffee and a bottle of painkillers are always in supply.

For six years, she’s protected the streets of Montreal from all manner of demons and the consequent evil that they would wreak on her city. But even a resumé like hers isn’t enough to prepare her for the unforeseen night when she becomes the hunted.

A sorcerer, an enigmatic Elder, has placed a hefty bounty on her head and the demons are eager to claim the reward for her capture. They bear down on her, disrupting her mode de vie and endangering her son’s life all in one fell swoop. But Eléonore is ready to fight whatever Hell deigns to send her way to save him. The path she pursues will lead her to new places and old faces.

One thing is certain, Eléonore’s about to get into a whole hellhole of trouble.

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith   quill-ink


March IG Author Hop!

Hi everyone!

I hope that you’re well.

Over the next few days, I’m participating in an author hop on Instagram to help generate buzz for our books and to spread the word of other amazing authors out there!

If you’re on Instagram you should go check it out because part of the hop includes the chance to win amazing prizes! You can find me another the handle @faith_therivens.

And I’m giving away a copy of my debut urban fantasy novella, Eléonore!

33113796Eléonore Dormant’s life is a precarious balancing act: librarian by day, demon hunter by night and single mother around the clock. Each day brings its challenges and she brings her A-game. It helps that coffee and a bottle of painkillers are always in supply.

For six years, she’s protected the streets of Montreal from all manner of demons and the consequent evil that they would wreak on her city. But even a resumé like hers isn’t enough to prepare her for the unforeseen night when she becomes the hunted.

A sorcerer, an enigmatic Elder, has placed a hefty bounty on her head and the demons are eager to claim the reward for her capture. They bear down on her, disrupting her mode de vie and endangering her son’s life all in one fell swoop. But Eléonore is ready to fight whatever Hell deigns to send her way to save him. The path she pursues will lead her to new places and old faces.

One thing is certain, Eléonore’s about to get into a whole hellhole of trouble.

If you’re interested in winning a copy, make sure you check out my March IG Author hop post to complete all the steps to be entered: HERE!!!

If you found your way here from Instagram, and have already completed the other steps, just drop a comment below to let me know what you love most about Spring and leave your Instagram handle so I can know you completed your entry!

Best of luck, friends! I’ll announce the winner on March 22nd!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

Eléonore | One Month Anniversary & a Giveaway!!

Hello again friends!

I realized something yesterday. Today, January the 4th, marks a month since I first released Eléonore to the world!

The past 30 days have been trying. Family issues arose on the 8th of December and changed the perspective I had. My focus shifted from my book to my loved ones and I don’t regret it.

With everything looking up now, I am excited to work on getting Eléonore noticed and to have her story entertain readers.

To celebrate a month of being published and the recent release of the physical copy, I thought it would be a good idea to host a giveaway! It’s open until January 12th! (that’s a week tomorrow!)

If you’re interested, just follow the link below:


And, here’s the blog and cover again, just to remind 😉


Eléonore Dormant’s life is a precarious balancing act: librarian by day, demon hunter by night and single mother around the clock. Each day brings its challenges and she brings her A-game. It helps that coffee and a bottle of painkillers are always in supply.

For six years, she’s protected the streets of Montreal from all manner of demons and the consequent evil that they would wreak on her city. But even a resumé like hers isn’t enough to prepare her for the unforeseen night when she becomes the hunted.

A sorcerer, an enigmatic Elder, has placed a hefty bounty on her head and the demons are eager to claim the reward for her capture. They bear down on her, disrupting her mode de vie and endangering her son’s life all in one fell swoop. But Eléonore is ready to fight whatever Hell deigns to send her way to save him. The path she pursues will lead her to new places and old faces.

One thing is certain, Eléonore’s about to get into a whole hellhole of trouble.

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

One Year Blogiversary & Giveaway Winners

Happy Friday friends!

Today marks a year since I began this blog. It’s been a learning experience and I know that there’s a lot of imperfection in my design, but I hope that I can make some changes to make this blog shine for you, my loyal followers. All 200 of you 🙂

I have to thank you for giving me a chance to share my stories and my life with you, for letting me get to know you in turn. You are all amazing people and I wish you all the best in your life!

This has been a big year for me. I finished writing two novels and started a third. But more importantly, I’ve discovered an amazing community of fellow writers who have inspired me and encouraged me. With their love & support I’ve found the courage to believe in myself and my words.

I hope that I can offer the same encouragement and support to all of you pursuing your dreams, whatever they may be. Believe in yourself. Believe in who you are. Love yourself and never give up on your hopes and aspirations. Live your happiness. I wish you bright and blissful futures ❤

Now, onto the winners of the giveaway!

Congratulations to….



C.A. Russo


KJ Chapman

I’ll be in touch soon with details about the books you’ve won!

Thanks to everyone who entered and for all your support!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink


This Week in Review | The Twenty-Ninth

Happy Monday Friends!

The last week has been a busy one. Here are some highlights for you 🙂


Last week was fairly quiet, but this past weekend was busy with our annual barbeque at my parish. My mom is basically in charge of planning and preparing the whole thing so my sister and I were helping her on Saturday to get things ready and then Sunday we worked behind the scenes to make it a success. I think success would be a good word for it! There really is nothing like getting together with a community of friends. They feel more like family.

In other news, my sister and I have started pre-production on a short film that we’re hoping to shoot in late October, early November! It’s pretty exciting 🙂


In anticipation of my first year on aliasfaithrivens and Twitter, I’m hosting a giveaway. Want to win one of two prizes of my favourite reads this year? Enter here: GIVEAWAY!


I’m participating in the Twitter hashtag for two WIPs this month! Here are some of my favourite tweets for each:



In Writing

Of course, my most exciting news is linked to my Urban Fantasy novella: Eléonore! As of this moment my word count stands at 15,021. My best day of writing was on Friday when I hit 2,324 words. I hope to hit 25k by Wednesday, but that’s a pretty BIG order, so who knows whether that will happen.

What I can say is that with the progress I’ve been making and with my overall satisfaction with the plot ‘s unfolding and character development, I think this little story might just be my debut novel(la). 😉 But we’ll see where things go from here before any promises are made!

And how was your past week, my friends? Where are you at with your projects? Anything special to share! Leave a comment and let’s talk! 

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink

Social Media Anniversaries! Oh, and a Giveaway!

Happy Saturday friends 🙂

I hope you’re doing well on this fine day. I’m busy working on my Urban Fantasy novella–trying to balance that with some adult obligations–and I nearly forgot that today marks my 1st year on Twitter! Then, in six days, I’m celebrating a year on this blog!

In honour of both, I’m hosting a giveaway! The prize? Two books from my list of favourite reads this year!

Before we get to that, I just want to express my gratitude to everyone who has followed me thus far on Twitter and my blog, and now on Instagram. Your support and encouragement these past twelve months have inspired me more than you can know. I can never properly express how much I appreciate all of you!

Some points about the giveaway:

A lot of these books are installments in a series, and I’m very happy to supply any novel within that series if it is of interest to you (as long as it’s a paperback & under C$20.00). I.E. I reread the first Harry Potter but I’d be happy to giveaway The Goblet of Fire if that’s the one you’re looking for.

Also, this list is rather narrow-minded as I am limiting it to paperbacks available on BookDepository. My favorite list includes a number of amazing ebooks that I’ll reveal closer to the end of the year.

The list:

Ysabel by Guy Gavrial Kay

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

Wizard and Glass by Stephen King

Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

Watchmen by Alan Moore

Written in Red by Anne Bishop


Follow this link to enter! You have until the morning of the 16th 😀


Best of luck!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith    quill-ink

Giveaway Winners Announcement!

Hello everyone!

It’s been a strange day… tomorrow’s post will say more…

Now, to more important matters 🙂

On Monday, I announced a giveaway for Sarina Langer’s debut.

Thank you to everyone who entered! I wish I could give everyone a copy of this book, but alas my pockets only run so deep ;P

Without further ado, here are the winners of the giveaway:


Suzanne Rogerson

Al Morgan

Sara Letourneau

Sara Beth Williams

Congratulations to you all! I’ll be contacting you soon with details about the giveaway, hopefully tomorrow.

If you didn’t, don’t forget that you can still buy the book from Amazon. And don’t forget to add it to your TBR on Goodreads.

Sorry for the short post. As I said it’s been a SSSTTTRRRAAANNNGGGEEE day ;P Lookout for tomorrow’s update on that!

Have a lovely week everyone!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith   quill-ink

WWW Wednesday | The Eighth

Happy Wednesday one and all!

As is customary, here’s my WWW Wednesday post for the week. Hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wordsthese posts are a wonderful way to discover new books and new friends.

Why not join in? All you have to do is answer these three questions…

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll be reading next?

This is what my week looked like in bookish terms…


The Wisdomfold Path(The Song of Forgotten Stars, Book 2): by Kelly Sedinger

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Continuing the story begun in STARDANCER, THE WISDOMFOLD PATH is a tale of sisters and brothers, of children and parents, of secrets and history, of lies and truths, of loss and love, of despair and hope…and of a ten-year-old girl rising above herself in ways she never thought possible.

Finally started the sequel to the wonderful Stardancer ( you can see my review for Stardancer here!) I’m getting a hang on this ereading 😉 I’m only a chapter in, but I’m glad to be able to catch up with the amazing characters that breathe life into this narrative 🙂

The Thirteen Hallows by Michael Scott and Collette Freedman


The Hallows. Ancient artifacts imbued with a primal and deadly power. But are they protectors of this world, or the keys to its destruction?
For decades, the Keepers guarded these Hallows, keeping them safe and hidden and apart from each other. But now the Keepers are being brutally murdered, their prizes stolen, the ancient objects bathed in their blood.
With her dying breath, one of the Keepers convinces Sarah Miller, a practical stranger, to deliver her Hallow—a broken sword with devastating powers—to her American nephew, Owen.
The duo quickly become suspects in a series of murders as they are chased by both the police and the sadistic Dark Man and his nubile mistress.
The mystery leads Sarah and Owen on a cat-and-mouse chase through England and Wales, and history itself, as they discover that the sword may be the only thing standing between the world… and a horror beyond imagining.

Well that’s a long enough blurb 😛 I have to say that I went into this book really wanting to enjoy it, but 100 pages from the end, I find myself disappointed with the way the narrative has been told. Not that it’s a terrible read. It’s just not what I expected…


O Jerusalem (Mary Russell #5) by Laurie R. King


At the close of the year 1918, forced to flee England, Sherlock Holmes and his nineteen-year-old apprentice Mary Russell enter British-occupied Palestine under the auspices of Holmes’s enigmatic brother, Mycroft. Their arrival coincides with a rash of unsolved murders that has baffled the authorities and seems unrelated to the growing tensions in the area among Jew, Moslem, and Christian. Still, no one is too pleased at Holmes’s insistence on reconstructing the most recent homicide in the desert gully where it occurred.
What they unexpectedly uncover will lead Russell and Holmes through an exotic gauntlet of labyrinthine bazaars, verminous hovels, cliff-hung monasteries—and into mortal danger. In the jewel-like city of Jerusalem, they will at last meet their adversary, whose lust for power could reduce the city’s most ancient and sacred place to rubble and ignite a tinderbox of hostilities just waiting for a spark.…

My review for this one should be up at some point later today. I enjoyed it far more than I did The Moor, but there was still something lacking from the magic that I experienced in the first two novels. I can’t fault the writing, and the descriptions drawn of Jerusalem and Palestine were so vivid and just captivated me entirely. Part of the problem was probably the sluggish pace of the first 100 pages and the fact that Russell felt less like the protagonist of the story until the end. I’ll still be buying the next book and I know I’ll enjoy it regardless. As I said, King’s writing is an art.

Eric (Discworld #9): by Terry Pratchett


Eric is the Discworld’s only demonology hacker. The trouble is, he’s not very good at it. All he wants is the usual three wishes: to be immortal, rule the world and have the most beautiful woman fall madly in love with him. The usual stuff. But what he gets is Rincewind, and Rincewind’s Luggage into the bargain. Terry Pratchett’s hilarious take on the Faust legend stars many of the Discworld’s’most popular characters in an outrageous adventure that will leave Eric wishing once more – this time, quite fervently, that he’d never been born .

I’ll be posting a review for this one by tomorrow (hopefully). For now, I’ll say that it definitely wasn’t my favourite for a few reasons I’ll save for the full review. But it’s hard to deny the humour that still exceeds expectations and the sheer delight of reading a Pratchett novel 🙂


So I thought I knew last week, but things change 🙂

Visions of Zarua by Suzanne Rogerson


Two wizards, 350 years apart. Together they must save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past.
An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.  Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master Kalesh dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.  Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

This is a new development as of yesterday. Suzanne was putting out feelers for readers to delight in her novel and review honestly in return. I was only too glad to volunteer. I received the ebook just this morning (did I mention I’m getting into the ereading thing 😉  and I’ll be starting it once I’m done The Wisdomfold Path. Can’t wait!

High Rise by J.G. Ballard


When a class war erupts inside a luxurious apartment block, modern elevators become violent battlegrounds and cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on “enemy” floors. In this visionary tale, human society slips into violent reverse as once-peaceful residents, driven by primal urges, re-create a world ruled by the laws of the jungle.

Another new development. I bought the book last week at Chapters and I’m eager to dive into it. The only cover they had was the movie one, not that I’m complaining….

Well that’s it for me today!

ICYMI: I’m hosting a giveaway at the moment with a chance to win one of FIVE copies of Sarina Langer’s newly released fantasy epic: Rise of the Sparrows! Why not enter?

What are you reading? What have you read? What will you be reading?

Let me know in the comments or post a link to your WWW so I can see for myself!

Happy Reading 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink

Rise of the Sparrow – Sarina Langer | Interview & Giveaway!

Hi Everyone!

Today is an exciting day! Today is an exciting week!

It marks the debut of my good friend Sarina Langer’s novel: Rise of the Sparrows!

I am fortunate enough to be hosting her today on the first day of her blog tour. I’ve also had the pleasure to beta read her novel and I assure you it is a superb fantasy novel. I hope the following interview can convince you of the same 🙂

And don’t forget, at the bottom of the page is the chance to win 1 of 5 copies of Sarina’s book!

(note: formatting is weird for some reason, still trying to fix that…)

Now, without further ado, may I present Sarina and her novel Rise of the Sparrows!


Growing up homeless and orphaned in a town that hates her, Rachael must assassinate the king of Rifarne to become queen to a people who once wanted her dead.

Rifarne is a country opposed to magic. When its people demand harsh action, King Aeric sees himself with no other choice but to outlaw those with the gift. Rachael, who possesses the rare gift of a Seer, soon finds herself with visions of her own violent death. When her escape goes wrong and she ends up in the clutches of a vicious Mist Woman lusting for her blood, she finds she is the only person who can stop the war against people like her – and assassinating the king to take his throne may well be the only way to do just that.

Hi Sarina. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I studied Photography at university, and to the great disappointment of my tutors I work part time in my university’s library now, while writing my books the rest of the time. I have a huge addiction to stationery, and am a momma to one cat – my Sellybean, who has become the mascot to my blog and my writing.
I read a lot of fantasy across all sub genres, but I’m trying to bring in some scifi, too. Besides writing, I play video games of the same genres, I read psychology books for fun, and I neglect my garden a lot more than I should.
You also have a blog. Tell us a bit about what you do there.
My blog is all about my writing. I do have a schedule, but I expect it’ll change a little soon to leave more time for writing.
I share writing prompts and my interpretations, word counts, progress I’ve made (or failed to make), insights into what I do such as my research, my experience with my beta readers, and more recently I’ve also started offering guest posts and interviews.
Rise of the Sparrows is a fantasy novel. Are there any authors in the fantasy genre who particularly influenced your writing?
There are! I’ve been drawn to writing since I was very young, and I’ve always been drawn to books, too. I read a lot of thrillers or mystery novels in my teens, but then stopped reading for a while – say, a year or two. When I finally missed it enough to go looking for a new book to read I found the Godspeaker series by Karen Miller. I loved the cover and I liked that it was a series (more to read if I enjoy it!), so I read the first chapter and was hooked after the first paragraph. I bought the whole series, and it made me want to write.
I’m sure it would have happened sooner or later anyway, but it was her books that made me want to try writing again.
Since then I’ve discovered many amazing fantasy writers, but to list them all would take a while. As a basic rule, I admire all writers whose characters make me feel something, or who inspire me to write.
This is your debut as a published author. Congratulations! How long have you been pursuing this goal for? How does it feel to have achieved it?

Hard to say. My Mum would tell you that I’ve always wanted to write since before I knew the alphabet, but I don’t remember that. She showed me the scribbles I made on the walls when I was a toddler, but I don’t think I can count those 🙂 Which toddler doesn’t try to improve the wallpaper that way?

The first time I took writing seriously I was nine years old, I think (or as seriously as you can when you’re as young as I was). Give or take one, two years. I wrote the whole thing in a notebook, and it was about a girl who had to travel to a magical country (through the base of this huge tree in her garden, naturally) to save her sister from… something. I don’t think I thought that far ahead, but I did go to a lot of effort otherwise. I invented an alphabet – I knew my Mum was very impressed that Tolkien had done it, but she merely smiled (and probably thought ‘aww, there there!’) when I proudly showed her mine – and made sure to describe the garden in great detail for when Hollywood bought it for a huge amount of money. That’s the first time I remember taking it seriously, but I didn’t put much thought into writing for several years after that. I did write a bit here and there, and tried writing thrillers for a while but they never progressed past the first page.

I tried again years later. I was very proud of my first draft, too, but naive kid that I was I thought the first draft was perfect. Apologies to the two agencies who have probably black-listed me. Rest assured, I  burnt it. (Okay, so I didn’t burn it, but I have no idea what I’ve done with the thing.)

I was somewhat disheartened after that, and it took a couple of years before I started writing Rise of the Sparrows. I had to set it aside for a while because I was studying for my degree at the time, but I came back to it and now I’m here! 🙂

So, I guess, this is my third attempt. The amount I’ve learnt since the first try is insane, and I’m not backing down this time.

If you had to define Rise of the Sparrows as a this story meets that one, what would you say? 
I’m terribly bad at these things! You were a beta reader, Faith – what do you think? 🙂
Faith: I’m equally terrible at these things, but I know that Rachael always reminded me of Katniss from Hunger Games — fierce, brave and independent!
What first inspired you to write Rise of the Sparrows?
I don’t know 🙂 When I started writing it I was reading a lot of books where magic was a central, integrated part of people’s lives. I think I wanted to write a book where the opposite was the case – a world where magic is feared, and people who have the gift are outlawed. Originally magic was to be hated and hunted everywhere, but once I came back to it and started writing again I realised that this wouldn’t make any sense. It’s a big world, and it seemed only natural that there would be some corners of the world where magic was accepted, even embraced. My main character had the misfortune of being born in a country where the gifted are hated, but not all countries think that way. To the South, for example, magic has been accepted for a long time, and to the West there are some places where magic is a different thing entirely. But of course it’s not as clear-cut as that. Not everyone in Rifarne hates magic. Many do, but there are always exceptions. Equally, not everyone in the South loves it. It’s complicated 🙂
So, as you can see, my original idea has changed a lot since I first had it, but I’d like to think that it’s still in there somewhere.
Tell us a bit about the process of writing it.
It was definitely a learning curve. It was the first book I wanted to take seriously and do right, but getting into a habit took a while. Writing the first draft was one of my favourite parts, and then the edit was enjoyable and frustrating in equal measures. I wasn’t sure how to feel about the edit – a lot of writers will tell you that they loathe it, so I went in with mixed feelings. Editing was harder than writing the first draft but it’s where the magic happens. It’s where you turn an okay draft into a good one.
I brought in my betas once the words no longer made sense. I know I have a habit of over-editing, and didn’t want to make that mistake here. My betas – you included! – really went to town on it, and changed it in so many wonderful ways. Your own edit turns your draft into something good, but with the right betas you can turn it into something wonderful. I still added chapters to it this late in the process, and I’m really glad I did. My betas had fantastic ideas!
There are so many amazing characters in Rise of the Sparrows. Who is your favourite? Tell us more about them.
Oh, a mother shouldn’t… Kiana and Kaida! Neither have had many appearances in the first book – especially Kaida, who we only get a glimpse of at the very end – but I adore them both a lot. Neither were originally in the book but they’ve forced their way in part-way through. Who doesn’t love a kickass redhead female character? Well, I give you two! 😉
Without running the risk of spoilers, tell us about a scene that you really enjoyed writing and what makes it special to you.
I knew for a while that one of my characters would be afflicted by a certain curse (I really want to tell you more… But I don’t want to spoil it!), and I knew exactly how it would happen. It’s a scene which is late in the book, so I was dying to write it for a while and once I got to it I couldn’t stop. It was so much fun, and the feedback from my betas tells me that I did well. I’m quite proud of that scene, and the way it ended the chapter.
There’s another scene I added in a later edit. Rachael goes to the market in the capital city for the first time, and – having been a homeless orphan her entire life – she’s overwhelmed by the colours, scents and sights. It’s a very vibrant scene, and I love how it turned out.
Rise of the Sparrows is the first in a planned series. Can you tease anything of what to expect in the following books?
More demons, more cliffhangers, and new sights 🙂 Things really turn dark in the sequel, and I’m almost certain that it won’t end on a happy note.
With Rise of the Sparrows done, what are you working on at the moment?
I’ve been focusing on the sequel, but I’ve also taken notes for Book 3 and a prequel. I love prequels, and I think Relics of Ar’Zac has the perfect set-up for one. Plotting it happened naturally while I wrote Rise of the Sparrows, and it gives me the chance to give you some answers I can’t give you in the trilogy.
I’ve also been working on a scifi novel. I’ve always been drawn to that genre, but for some reason I’ve never written it. When I play video games I love the genre – often more than fantasy – and I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to try it. I’ve never read many sci-fi books, though, so for all I know I’ve been doing this all wrong! There are several sci-fi novels on my bookshelf now, and I’m looking forward to them.
What tips/advice do you have for those of us still working towards our writing dreams?
Keep writing. Whether you get great feedback or disheartening feedback, keep writing – you won’t improve if you don’t. And please, pleasedon’t think that you can edit this on your own. You can’t. You’ve written it, which means that the cliffhangers no longer work for you, the secrets aren’t secrets any more, and the characters say and do all the right things in your head – but do they do the same thing on paper? You simply won’t know unless you bring in other people. I can’t stress that enough. Beta readers are a blessing! The writing community is awesome (I can’t stress that enough, either) and we love to help a fellow writer out!
Oh, and keep a list of all the feedback that made your day. It can make your day again when you get a negative review.
What is your next great goal for the future?
Well, I wasn’t going to say anything yet, but since you’ve asked so nicely I’ll tell you first 😉 Over the next three years, I’ll push to make writing my full-time job. I can’t leave my day job just yet (I’m fortunate to work in a place I love, with people I love) but I’ll work my butt off to be able to afford a living as a full time writer. There’s one other thing I’d like to try, too – I admit, it’s not something I’ve ever tried before – not to this extend, that is – but I think I’d enjoy it and I think I could be good at it. Between that and writing I hope that I’d be able to pay the bills.
I don’t know if three years is realistic or not – it’s not like I’ve ever done this before – but it’s a good goal to start with. I’ll adjust as I go 🙂
Thanks Sarina for taking the time to answer these questions and congratulations again on your debut novel! You’ve been an inspiration for me!

Why not connect with Sarina on her blog, or on Twitter, or even on Facebook!

And you can find Rise of the Sparrows on Amazon or here on Goodreads!


It’s being hosted on Rafflecopter, but I can’t post the actual widget here, so you’ll find all the instructions over HERE! 

The giveaway ends Saturday so be quick about you and may the force be with you… er, the odds be ever in your favour… er, best of luck 😉

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

The Week Ahead

Hi everyone,

It’s late Sunday here in Montreal and I’m just posting this quick update to let you know that this coming week is going to be an exciting one!

Tomorrow (May 23rd) marks the release date of Sarina Langer’s debut novel: Rise of the Sparrows! 

harry potter applause maggie smith


It also marks the first day of her blog tour and I’m fortunate enough to have the honour to host her here! Make sure you tune in for a great interview and the chance to win one of FIVE FREE COPIES of her book!

You can find the schedule for the blog tour here: Blog Tour Schedule!

In other news, I’m focusing more on writing some reviews for the last few books I’ve read. The last one I published was for Ship of Magic by Robin HobbThis week, expect one for Stardancer by Kelly Sedinger, O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King & Eric! by Terry Pratchett.

Finally, Friday I’ll be making something of an announcement concerning my own writing projects. Not big  I’m-getting-published news, mind you, more of a this-is-where-I-am-with-Pirate-Eyes-and-other-projects kind of thing.

Otherwise, this post was basically a chance to say, Hi! I’m still alive 🙂


Hope you’re all doing well!

Anything exciting happen to you this weekend? Let me know in the comments!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith   quill-ink