Free Ebook Weekend + Novel Release

Just a quick post to let everyone know The Secret World of Dragons is free this weekend. Plus, today my new steampunk novel, Sky Knight, was released. Links are in the headers above!

Now that Sky Knight is finished, I’ll be focusing on its sequel and my epic fantasy. I haven’t forgotten it; there’s just so much information floating around to dig through. Aiming to polish it up by the end of the year.

I hope everyone enjoyed World Book Day yesterday!

Happy reading,

~Sandra

Writing With All 5 Senses

The best way to engage a reader in a scene is to utilize all five senses. Sometimes writers forget to include how a place smells or what the character can taste in the air. Usually only sight is put into writing.

Sound

This sense is especially important in a dark room or during a long night. If the character can’t see, what can they hear? Shuffling feet in the dark, owls in the trees, a shadow darting through the underbrush. Sound can heighten fear and intensify a scene.

Taste

Important when a character is eating, of course, but also significant in other scenes. A character can taste many things: heavy perfume, the salt of the sea, grass after a rainfall.

Smell

If a hero is standing in a blood-soaked war zone, sight alone will not immerse a reader. A strong gust might blow the scent of smoke, sweat, coppery blood, and metal towards him/her.

Touch

Characters are rarely standing still throughout a story. They like to feel their environment. What do their clothes feel like? Their hair? The bed they sleep on? The ground, water, and air?

Sight

Let’s not forget sight, of course. Sight will undoubtedly be used in a story to describe scenes, for readers look through the characters’ eyes. It’s just important not to be crippled by sight and use it in every situation. If there’s a way to describe a scene with the other senses, then choose them. It will bring your writing to life.

2015 Poldark Review

poldark

Firstly, I’m a sucker for British Dramas. I looooove BBC. Recently I’ve found another good show to watch called Poldark. It’s based on a series of historical novels by Winston Graham and has had several TV adaptations throughout the years (although one never made it off the ground). This year a new adaptation starring Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) was broadcasted, and so far I’m loving it.

The scenery in this version is simply breathtaking. Part of me watches for the beautiful landscapes alone, which are found in Cornwall and Bristol.

Summary: In the 18th century, Ross Poldark returns home from the war to find his estate deserted and barren, his father dead, and his sweetheart engaged to his cousin. He then strives to revive the mines belonging to him and to bring his home back to the way it was before. Seeking help, he hires a street urchin named Demelza as his kitchen maid after rescuing her from local ruffians.

I love how this show feels slightly tinged with darkness, how Poldark’s character can be often found within the grey areas—or “going against traditional viewpoints”, as his associates say. Even though Poldark is one of the upper class, he finds companionship with the lower class and views them with equal value.

I confess I haven’t read the books but I’m excited to see where the show goes from here on out. I know it’s only eight episodes long and the pacing is rather fast, but it’s so very enjoyable that I don’t find much fault in character development.

Is anyone else a fan? And can anyone point me in the direction of other good dramas I can watch? Poldark ends in two weeks, after all. :(

P.S. If Disney’s Brave ever became a live-action movie, I’d want Eleanor Tomlinson (Demelza) to play Merida. She seriously reminds me so much of the character!