About Don Massenzio

Don Massenzio is the author of Frankly Speaking - A Frank Rozzani Detective novel and the follow-up, Let Me Be Frank. He has also written several short stories.

Fantasy Sub-Genres

Check out this post from Nicholas Rossis’ blog on the topic of fantasy sub-genres.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Fantasy magic book | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: Pixabay

When I finished my first book in the Pearseus universe, I was faced with an unexpected problem: everyone kept saying that identifying your genre was important. But my book crossed many genres. It was, essentially, a fantasy tale taking place in the future, with technology and a tiny bit of crystal magic. So, how the heck do you find a genre to shoehorn this kind of book into?

After several unsuccessful attempts to do so, I now describe it as science fiction fantasy (aka science fantasy) but wish I had come across this handy guide from Thoughts on Fantasy before I spent so many hours researching fantasy subgenres!

From Tolkienesque High Fantasy to Paranormal Romance, this is the ultimate guide for all things fantasy. Just click on a link below for a brief description of that subgenre, examples of books written in it, and typical elements that characterize…

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Book Review: Voyage of the Lanternfish by C. S. Boyack #FantasyAdventure #PirateAdventure

Check out this review of the book, Voyage of the Lanternfish by C. S. Boyack from this post on Mae Clair’s blog. I’m currently reading this book and it lives up to Mae’s praise.

From the Pen of Mae Clair

For the new year, I’m going to be adding a variety of posts, including sharing book reviews. With the amount of books I read a year, why not? 😀

I still haven’t finalized the format. Most likely it will be something I do on a monthly basis with reviews of the books I’ve read during the month.

But to get started, I’m doing a stand alone review. I finished Voyage of the Lanternfish by C. S. Boyack last night and am still thinking about the highly imaginative world the author created. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this story. I’ve read a number of Craig’s books, but this one rocks the boat! Heehee. Pun intended.

Book cover for Voyage of the Lanternfish by author, C. S. Boyack, shows bow of old clipper ship with glowing lanternfish headFirst the Blurb:
An honorable man is mistaken for his disreputable father. Now he’s pushed into a political scheme to start a war that will spread across multiple kingdoms. James Cuttler’s fiancé is…

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If a Genie Granted You a Writing Wish…

Check out this thought-provoking post from P.H. Solomon on The Story Empire blog that ponders what you would do if a genie granted you a writing wish.

Story Empire

Happy Friday to all the Story Empire readers. P. H. Solomon with you today with our Friday writing question – without delay, I’ll get straight to it.

If a writing genie suddenly appeared in a puff of smoke and granted you a wish about your books, something to aide you in your writing career, what would be your wish?

For me, one thing I’d wish for is better Kindle Unlimited reporting than Amazon offers. The online retailer gathers copious amounts of information which would certainly assist writers with better approaches to marketing their books given more information. Amazon recently updated their ad system reporting and have a new beta version of their sales reports. I’d like to see the exact numbers of Kindle Unlimited downloads of my books and how many pages are being read per book.

Such information would grant me (should I get my wish) the ability to…

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Come On In My Kitchen*

Check out this post on the role of the kitchen in crime fiction from the Confessions of a Mystery Novelist blog.

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

A recent post from Patti Abbott has got me thinking about kitchens. When you think about it, kitchens are a central part of just about any home. Those who do most of their cooking and eating at home spend quite a bit of time in the kitchen. And even those who eat out more often still use their kitchens.

Kitchens have also come to represent home, sometimes warmth, and family. They’re crucial to a lot of homes, so it makes sense that they also play a major role in crime fiction. Plenty of conversations are held there, and that’s not to mention the dangers of domestic havoc in the kitchen…

In the days when well-to-do people had their own staffs (and this still happens in a few cases), there was a lot of activity in the kitchen, especially when there were big events at the house. Agatha Christie provided several…

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Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Check out these helpful writing links from Staci Troilo’s blog. Once again, I’m honored that a couple of my posts made the cut.

Staci Troilo

Ciao,amici! Happy Friday! This week sure flew by. I hope you have a restful weekend planned. I’m still playing catch-up, and I have some personal business to attend to, so that’s not in the cards for me. I’ll just have to live (or relax) vicariously through you.

This week’s quote comes courtesy of John Steinbeck.

Ideas are like rabbits.
You get a couple and learn how to handle them,
and pretty soon you have a dozen.

That’s how my writing went this week. I always have an outline. It’s a fairly basic one, but I can’t start a long work without one. I always seem to make additions and changes as I go, but this week my outline sprouted detour routes in all kinds of directions. Before, that would have made me nervous. This time, though, I loved it. Every new idea fostered another, then another, and even after careful…

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The Dark (and Not So Dark) Parts of Writing No One Ever Sees

Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions Blog with The Dark (and Not So Dark) Parts of Writing No One Ever Sees

Novelty Revisions

Every aspiring and working writer alike imagines the day they will be able to hold a copy of their very own book in their hands. We can picture it so clearly, as if when we close our eyes and open them again, that book will be there staring back at us.

But of course, that’s not how it works. Writing is not magic. You don’t just decide to write something one day and have a near perfect copy of a finished product in your hand the next.

That’s how a lot of people wish it could work. After all, anyone can technically write and publish anything they want to. Many of them jump into a writing project thinking it will be easy, only to realize four pages in that OH. This is like, hard. It takes, like, effort. It’s, like, actual work.

And some of them accept that reality and…

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A Guide to Getting More Reader Reviews

Check out this post from the How to eBook blog with A Guide to Getting More Reader Reviews

How To Ebook

Obtaining reader reviews on retailer sites is critical for driving book sales. Reviews can lend books legitimacy and help readers decide whether they’re worth their money and time. According to a 2018 survey, 36% of BookBub members say book reviews from other readers can convince them whether or not to buy a book, and we found that including high review counts in our Featured Deal blurbs can increase clicks by an average of 14%. Yet getting reader reviews can be challenging and stressful. Thankfully, we’ve seen a number of tactics used to successfully build up reader reviews.

This guide shares some tried and tested strategies to generate more reader reviews on retailer sites. It will also help you learn what practices to avoid so retailer sites don’t remove them. If you’ve struggled to get reviews or simply need more, check these out!

read more: https://insights.bookbub.com/guide-getting-more-reader-reviews/

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