Book News: The Clans Come Out of The Shadows! a.k.a. Heart of Gold is now available!

It’s out!


You can get my latest book, co-authored with J. A. Cipriano, now on Amazon! Grab it now and delve into the shadowy world of magic alongside delivery driver and movie buff Frank Butcher! Check out the blurb after the break:


Book News: The Tale of the Tape Goes on Preorder!

The wrestling action/adventure drama of Three Seconds to Legend continues in the revised and expanded second book, The Tale of the Tape! Set for release on August 11th, right at the start of Kansas City Comic Con, you can preorder your digital copy starting today from!

Take a look at the e-book cover, the new paperback cover, and the book blurb after the bump!


Starving Review: The Book Before Revelations by Daniel “BROKeN” Manning


The Book Before Revelations by Daniel “BROKeN” Manning (Amazon, Goodreads)

This isn’t going to be an easy one.  If that doesn’t get you aware of what is going to come, you haven’t been dining with me often.  The worst part is that I can’t blame the poor state of this contemporary paranormal/religious apocalyptic meal entirely on the (quite young) chef.  Well, I could, but that would be unfair.  What The Book Before Revelations should illustrate above anything else is what happens when a vanity press hiding itself as a proper publisher pulls the wool over the eyes of a young writer just trying to get into the business and create his first recipe.

Before we dive into the depths here, let’s recite the Starving Review creed:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible


Writing Is A Bad Habit: TOO FAST! a.k.a. Brisk Pacing vs. Excessive Pacing

Let’s say you are writing an action-adventure piece, or an action piece, or really any genre that has a heavy action emphasis (from military sci-fi to a martial arts slugfest).  Obviously, you would want to set a fast pace for the plot to match the fast action.  The pace should be a driving force, keeping events rolling forward at break-neck speed … or should it?


Writing Is A Bad Habit: Action Girl … Or Not? a.k.a. The Action Girl and the Faux Action Girl

We bandy around the phrase ‘strong female protagonist’ (SFP for short) quite a bit.  Now, this phrase has a lot of meaning to it and is often taken at literal face value, focusing on physical prowess (literal physical strength in one way or the other) instead of the truer, broader meaning.  This isn’t necessarily bad, not at all as long as it is handled well (though I prefer the deeper interpretation of strength myself).  I bring this thought of physical strength up, though, because it lets us talk about a pair of character tropes closely connected to that and the overall ‘SFP’ discussion: the Action Girl and the Faux Action Girl.


Starving Review: The Left-Hand Path: Mentor by T. S. Barnett


The Left-Hand Path: Mentor by T. S. Barnett (Amazon, Goodreads)

Welcome to another installment of the Local Author Smorgasbord (yes, I never remember the previous term and change it), where we cut through the offerings of the Gulf Coast’s chefs!  This week a course of urban fantasy/horror is ready to be eaten as we tuck into The Left-Handed Path: Mentor.  Promising witches, magic, scares, and surprises, will Mentor teach us a new lesson or will it be the same things we learned last year?

Before we enter the classroom, let us finish our punishment by writing down the Starving Review rules one-hundred times:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible


Starving Interview: T. S. Barnett, author of The Left-Hand Path: Mentor

This week, we deliver seconds on our big first from last week!  That’s right, our second live interview is now done, as we break bread with T. S. Barnett, the chef who whipped up this week’s Local Author Blitz subject, The Left-Hand Path: Mentor.  Listen and enjoy.

Book News … AUDIObook News: Don’t Just Read The Opening Bell! Listen To It!


Reading books is grand, but listening to the action can be just as awesome!

So if you were curious about The Opening Bell but you didn’t have the time to read it, you can now listen to it!  Buy it now from the Audible store, and soon to be available from Amazon as well!

Book News: More Kind Words! a.k.a. Another Opening Bell Review

It gives me no greater pleasure than to hear that someone enjoys what I write.  That being said, I’m pleased as punch to pass along another happy review for The Opening Bell.  Enjoy!  Here’s the link:

Monday … Starving Review?!: Wardbreaker (The Lillim Callina Chronicles 0.5) by J. A. Cipriano

What the deuce, you might ask?  A review on a Monday?  Well, this is going to be a twofer week, my fine friends, and this review does require a small disclaimer as to why I was able to do it.  To get to the point, I was one of the beta readers for this particular volume, part of a series I have reviewed two previous volumes of (Kill It With Magic and The Hatter Is Mad).  That made it child’s play to fit in a reread of the final edition once it came out alongside my usual review book of the week.

So, let’s get on with the show, eh?


Wardbreaker (The Lillim Callina Chronicles Book 0.5) by J. A. Cipriano (Amazon, Goodreads)