Writing with a Distant Partner

This is a guest post we did for another site: Writing Duck Blood Soup – Frank Hofer of The Brothers Hofer with edits helpfully provided by James How do you write a novel when your writing partner is two time zones and 1500 miles away? That was the first question we had when Jim suggested that we try our hand at writing a fantasy novel. We had just concluded our ill-fated attempt at writing humor. Our fans were each other and a couple of friends. We knew that our web site would never be The Onion but we were...
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Kick Someone

Joshua is an author who writes muskets and magic type fantasies and he just launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of getting his book The Cerberus Rebellion into print. See details here.
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Customer Review: S. Danner

Great book for anyone January 24, 2013 Amazon Verified Purchase This review is from: Duck Blood Soup (The Caldarium War) (Kindle Edition) I have to start this review by saying that I am generally not a die-hard fantasy novel fan. I’ve read Lord of the Rings and that’s about it. So I read this book on a recommendation from a friend, and I was absolutely not disappointed! The book spends about 5-6 chapters building up the characters and plot, but after that, it’s pretty much non-stop action that leaves you continuously wanting more. The authors do such a good job...
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Engineering with Magic

We have a guest post on engineering with magic at Guild of Dreams. Check it out if you’d like to see our thought processes on magic when we wrote Duck Blood Soup. Remember, you can see our first guest post at where we talk about writing a novel with someone when you’re 1500 miles and two time zones apart.
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Customer Review: Stacey K

Can’t wait for the next book! January 9, 2013 Amazon Verified Purchase This review is from: Duck Blood Soup (The Caldarium War) (Kindle Edition) I’m just going to get right into my pros and cons… Pros: 1. Hard to put down. I just wanted to keep reading and find out what was going to happen next. 2. There are characters to love and hate. Some of my personal favorites are Jeunelux, Dramian, Vilmish, and Groenendael. I can’t wait to keep reading their story lines. 3. Wizards…I love books (and movies) about wizards. I think most of us have fantasized about...
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Muskets and Magic

It should come as no surprise, and it is something that I’ve long suspected: we weren’t the only writers to coin the term “muskets and magic” nor the only writers who wanted to avoid “sword and sorcery” fantasy novels and instead place our stories in an 18th or 19th century locale. Gunpowder Fantasy has links and reviews to like-minded writers. I’ve started working on a guest post for Gunpowder Fantasy on engineering with magic that I’ll hopefully find time to complete this week.
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Author Profile – Frank

Frank Hofer lives in Silicon Valley with his wonderful wife, three dogs, and three cats. He used his BS in Computer Science to land a job flying over a dozen one-of-a-kind science satellites. Career highlights over the past ten years include a failed attempt to get the call sign “Gilligan” assigned to his ops team for the joint satellite mission known as “Skipper”, and labeling spacecraft anomaly data “The Big Battery Bake-off”, which oddly enough was not well received. Despite his antics, Frank has managed to survive in an industry known for volatile staffing levels. His current job...
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Author Profile – James

James Hofer lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his amazing wife that he still can’t believe he tricked into marrying him, three wonderful children who regularly argue about who the favorite is, and their various pets. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia with a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Food Engineering. James has very nearly been to lots of wonderful and exciting places, including Australia, Japan, China, Russia, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East, but for one reason or another never seems to leave North America. James has written...
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