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Sticking The Landing

When you watch a gymnast doing a parallel bars routine, it is easy to get caught up in the grace and the power – coupled with an I-could-never-do-that kind of awe.  Nothing ruins that experience – or the gymnast’s score – faster than failing to stick the landing.  A double hop – or worse, falling […]

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Tour of Manos de Cacao

While we were in Monterrey, we got to spend a morning with the Llanderal Family of chocolate makers. It was an educational and enjoyable experience We sat down with Jorge Llandreal first and spoke with him about his business and his journey into becoming a chocolatier/chocolate maker.  He told us he earned his medical engineering […]

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Guest Blogger Anna Kashina

I got a change to talk with fellow Angry Robot author Anna Kashina about (among other things) balancing point of view when working with a large cast of characters.  She also touched on how to introduce characters and make sure they have distinctive voices. How do you balance multiple POVs so that everyone gets the […]

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Kintsugi and The Fine Art of the Character Arc

In real life, we resist change.  But our characters get pushed to change by the plot.  Some characters embrace change, and are more than ready to undertake a hero’s journey. Typically, though, protagonists don’t like change – especially difficult, painful change — any more than you do.  But you have to ignore their protests and […]

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Connecting to Chocoverse Characters

“Reading is just staring at a dead piece of wood for hours and hallucinating.” – reddit.  Maybe.  This is all over the place as a meme with no clear attribution. Here it is, the day before my second book launches, and I’m trying to take a moment to step back and think about what being […]

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Pure Chocolate Book Tour

Here’s a roundup of where I’ll be after Pure Chocolate comes out! Launch at Interabang! — https://www.facebook.com/events/2075871725813805/ Welcome to the Chocoverse at the Last Bookstore — https://www.eventbrite.com/e/welcome-to-the-chocoverse-with-amber-royer-tickets-55000598270 Reading and Signing at Writer’s Block — http://www.thewritersblock.org/events/2019/2/12/amber-royer Texas Women in SFF at Book People — https://www.bookpeople.com/event/amber-royer-patrice-sarath-nicky-drayden-pure-chocolate-fog-season-temper Joint Reading/Signing at Murder by the Book — https://www.murderbooks.com/event/patrice-sarath-and-amber-royer

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