Book Tour: Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall #GuestPost #Giveaway




YA Fantasy
Date Published: June 18th 2019
Publisher: Capital Station Books

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Magic. Sailing. A murderer among heroes.

Gravedigger Volke Savan wants nothing more than to be like his hero, the legendary magical swashbuckler, Gregory Ruma. First he needs to become an arcanist, someone capable of wielding magic, which requires bonding with a mythical creature. And he’ll take anything—a pegasus, a griffin, a ravenous hydra—maybe even a leviathan, like Ruma.

So when Volke stumbles across a knightmare, a creature made of shadow and terror, he has no reservations. But the knightmare knows a terrible secret: Ruma is a murderer out to spread corrupted magic throughout their island nation. He’s already killed a population of phoenixes and he intends to kill even more.

In order to protect his home, his adopted sister, and the girl he admires from afar, Volke will need to confront his hero, the Master Arcanist Gregory Ruma.

A fast-paced flintlock fantasy for those who enjoy How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, Unsouled (Cradle Series) by Will Wight, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.


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About the Author


Shami Stovall relies on her BA in History and Juris Doctorate to make her living as an author and history professor in the central valley of California. She writes in a wide range of fiction, from crime thrillers to fantasy to science-fiction. Stovall loves reading, playing video games, entertaining others with stories, and writing about herself in the third person.  

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3 Tips to Improve Your Writing

Hello people of the internet! My name is Shami Stovall and I’m the author of the upcoming fantasy
novel, KNIGHTMARE ARCANIST. I’ve been published in magazines and anthologies, and sold several novels to various publishing houses! Today, I’m going to impart some writing wisdom to hopefully help all aspiring writers improve their game!

Keep in mind that these tips are not an end-all-be-all. They are simply ways to help someone improve
when they otherwise might not know what to look for.
Without further ado!

3. Use Strong Verbs
What is a verb? It’s “a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence, and forming the main part
of the predicate of a sentence, such as hear, become, happen.”
In other words, verbs describe the action. A lot of times, new writers will unintentionally weaken their
own verbs by over describing or using “was.” Let me show you two examples!

Example #1:
Jane was walking to the store.

Example #2:
Jane slowly walked to the store.
Both of these examples are “weak” in terms of the verb because it’s propped up by another word.

In the first example “was” is used to help the verb “walking.” A stronger sentence would read:
Jane walked to the store.

The second example is weak because the verb is prospered up by the word “slowly.” A stronger sentence would read:
Jane ambled to the store.

A strong verb doesn’t need another word to help it move along!

2. Avoid Using the Word “Very”
In most instances, there is no reason to use the word “very” outside of dialogue. Like the examples
above, it’s a “prop” word that weakens the whole sentence it’s in. Let me show you a couple sentences with a before and after effect of using the word “very.”

WEAK: The cat was very cute as it lounged around the house.
STRONG: The adorable cat lounged around the house.

Do you see the difference? One sentence feels more put together. Let’s try another example.

WEAK: Mike didn’t answer his phone as he was very depressed.
STRONG: Mike, despondent, didn’t answer his phone.

Using a single word to eliminate the “very” helps improve your writing ten-fold!

1. Tension Drives the Scene
Tension helps move any scene along, so remember to keep it high!
For example, imagine a scene where a family is sitting down for breakfast. Normally that would be dull, right? Who wants to read about the mother smearing butter on her toast and the kids enjoying a bowl of cereal?

Now pretend there’s a bomb strapped to the underside of the table, and the family is unaware.
Suddenly that butter smearing and cereal eating is the most stressful actions they could be doing! You’re on the edge of your seat, wondering when everything will explode, hoping the quite little family makes it out!

That’s the power of tension. It helps charge a scene.

Of course, it doesn’t need to be a bomb (though that is funny). There just has to be something that drive us forward and makes us think, “how is this going to turn out?” that really improves your writing.

Whelp! I hope my tips helped you out. If they did, consider reading my fantasy novel, KNIGHTMARE ARCANIST! Out now!

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