Saturday, December 19, 2015

Black Blade Blues Review

Black Blade Blues (Sarah Beauhall #1)

by J. A. Pitts

"Sarah Beauhall has more on her plate than most twenty-somethings: day job as a blacksmith, night job as a props manager for low-budget movies, and her free time is spent fighting in a medieval re-enactment group. 

The lead actor breaks Sarah’s favorite one-of-a-kind sword, and to avoid reshooting scenes, Sarah agrees to repair the blade. One of the extras, who claims to be a dwarf, offers to help. And that’s when things start to get weird. Could the sword really be magic, as the "dwarf" claims? Are dragons really living among us as shapeshifters?  

And as if things weren’t surreal enough, Sarah’s girlfriend Katie breaks out the dreaded phrase… “I love you.”  As her life begins to fall apart, first her relationship with Katie, then her job at the movie studio, and finally her blacksmithing career, Sarah hits rock bottom. It is at this moment, when she has lost everything she has prized, that one of the dragons makes their move. 

And suddenly what was unthinkable becomes all too real…and Sarah will have to decide if she can reject what is safe and become the heroine who is needed to save her world."

My husband recommended this book, so I finally decided to read it. Overall, the book was good. However, there were two things that bugged me about it: the indecisiveness of the MC and the extreme depth of detail put into what she was wearing/eating/driving, etc. I myself have learned that there can be too much detail sometimes. I was not prepared for the relationship the MC character was in. I have nothing against it, one should be allowed to love regardless of gender, it just caught me off guard (Yes, I didn't read the blurb before I read the book. My husband said it was good, so I just started reading it). All in all, it was a decent read.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Character Paintings

Recently, I colored in the newly revised world map of Midgard. It made me think of the digital paintings I've done of Maeja and Ril recently and realized that I hadn't done any art of the two main antagonists of the series, Severus and Ilivrra, since 2011. I'm not the best artist in the world, but I think I did an acceptable job.

First we have Severus Arganon Valine, eldest living son of the Emperor of Shilyka, Ensor Valine VIII. He is quite the complicated villain, oftentimes as difficult to write as a certain snarky pirate. 
Next we have Ilivarra Vicyrr, Queen of Azrith. She is a master of manipulation and cruelty, 
possibly more so than the Shilykan Empire itself.
And of course, the first two digital paintings I did of Maeja and Ril.
Are you artistic yourself? Draw up any of my characters and share them with me! I'll add 
your art to the Character Art Page! I'll also favorite it on deviantART 
(if you have an account and upload it there) and tweet/facebook about it!