***Author Spotlight*** Ellie Rice

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***Author Spotlight*** Ellie Rice


Name/Pen Name *
Ellie Rice
Where do you get your ideas?
I put myself in scenarios I would like to be in. Everything is based off of my likes and dislikes.
What is your writing process like?
I don’t really have one. Everything plays out in my head like a movie and I just put it into words.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Facebook! Since publishing I’ve become addicted trying to promote my book and get sucked into the vortex.
How do you deal with writers block?
Music. Music of any and all genres spark my imagination. A lot of times, scenes are based on lyrics from a song.
Do you write under different pen names? And genres?
So far, no. I only have one book out right now (just published in May) but I think it will always be romance. The tropes may vary…

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Author Spotlight & Interview: Stephanie Ayers

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Stephanie Ayers is a word whisperer who writes speculative fiction where horr and fantasy collide. She is a coffee addicted unicorn living in Ohio disguised as a human. She mothers her children and avoids all things housework and zombies. When she isn’t doing any of these things, she can be found browsing thrift stores and flea markets with her husband, attending football games with her son, or binging on TV shows.

Stephanie has been a regular contributor and leader for Bloggy Moms and Just Be Enough, and currently writes content for Verblio. She is a strong supporter of the indie author community. She achieved Amazon best seller status in 2017 with the poetry anthology, Ambrosia.

Her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part, was published by Bannerwing Books in 2013, and her work appears in several anthologies and collections, notably Absolution, Flash Fiction Addiction…

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Gothic in Every Way – Robin Hood Prince of Thieves

Gothic Bite Magazine

In the year 1991, the movie Robin Hood Prince of Thieves saw the big screen and created quite a wave with young ladies of the time, such as me.

I became captivated by the folktale of Robin Hood and wanted to know more about the medieval time and its beauty and terror.

So here is my review of the first movie that had me fall for medieval times and Gothic history.

Original 1991 Summary

Nobleman crusader, Robin of Locksley, played by the fantastic Kevin Costner, breaks out of a Jerusalem prison with the help of Moorish fellow prisoner Azeem interpreted by the exceptional talent of Morgan Freeman and travels back home to England.

Robin Hood Prince of Thieves - 1991
Robin Hood Prince of Thieves – 1991

Then, upon arrival, he discovers his dead father in the ruins of his family estate, killed by the vicious sheriff of Nottingham, acted by the late and beloved, Alan…

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Digging into History: A Writer’s Guide to the Perfect Hero

Ann Malley

Humans LOVE a hero!

Times change, but people don’t. Contrary to what some
believe, we’re all born with a human nature that binds us together, forcing us
to grow and learn. But along the way, academic progress notwithstanding, mankind
has always enjoyed a vicarious thrill. Humans love to cheer champions who pull
off glorious feats in battle and game. Add a dash of Cinderella and a hero is

But there’s no need to look to the Marvel Universe. Ancient Rome’s chariot racing superstar, Flavius Scorpus, was everything this writer could want. He was born a slave, forever subject to the whims of another who held the power of life and death over him at every turn. But by way of skill, daring, and an incredible lucky streak, Scorpus rose from obscurity to mainline celebrity in the heart of the great empire. In the real world!

Scorpus rocked his world…

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Positive Thinking with Self Awareness

Florida Girl Writes

The power of the mind is both an exhilarating and terrifying thing. Some people enjoy their inner monologue, often getting lost in thought. Others prefer to keep themselves busy with tangible tasks because they don’t want to face what they’re thinking. The mind can take a person down dark paths. One negative thought can lead to another, traveling down a rapid spiral that is difficult to get out of. Finding a way to maintain optimism may seem impossible and insincere.

The average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80% are negative and 95% are exactly the same repetitive thoughts as the day before.

80 % of Thoughts Are Negative…95 % are repetitive By Faith Hope & Psychology

The Optimist, Pessimist, and Realist

An optimist is someone who is hopeful, even if the chances of success are stacked against them, some would consider these people, “dreamers.”…

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