A Writer’s Guide To Harry Potter (Book Review)

Book Review: A Writer's Guide To Harry Potter

Title: A Writer’s Guide to Harry Potter
Author: S.P. Sipal
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Rating: 5/5 Stars


“..millions of people on various continents and across time zones do not plunk down their hard earned cash solely because of hype. SOMETHING must ring true, emotionally true, to a wide band of readers in order to create this hype in the first place. And I believe that this something can, to some extend, be learned.”

As a fan of fantasy, and of course Harry Potter (my kids grew up with its magic, both books and movies), I was intrigued when I saw this title. I am usually not interested in books written from a fan perspective, but the writer in me, always wanted to dive deeper into the aspects of what made Harry Potter such a phenomenon. And this book delivers just that.
Originally bought for last years NaNoWriMo, putting it to use this year, this volume is filled an immense treasure of insights and knowledge, that can help any writer, no matter where they are at their development. Not only is this book informative, but it is written in an entertaining way – self-published, therefore it has the small errors, that come with the lack of access to a professional editor, but they are small indeed.
That does not take away from the value of this book, one of the more entertaining and lesson filled books for writers I have read in a long time.

Where (or are) you a fan of Harry Potter? What lessons as a Writer did you take from J.K. Rowling’s books?

Book Review – The Broken by Shelley Coriell


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Title: The Broken

Author: Shelley Coriell

Genre: Romance, Suspense

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

Release Date: April 29th 2014

Rating: 5/5 stars

As a fan of romantic suspense the likes of Kay Hooper, I was looking forward to reading this ¬†book “The Broken” by award winning Author Shelley Coriell. After researching her background, I discovered that this is her first novel outside of the young adult world¬†and only her third novel. What I found left me pleasantly surprised.

“The Broken” has an emotional rawness that does not hide behind pretty words when some horrors or disturbed actions call for blunt harshness. I really appreciated that, because it allowed a deeper connection to the feeling of the character, rather than trying to find a round-about way of describing loss and despair. While that bluntness made me at times flinch, it was perfectly placed and appropriate.
Vivid, lively and multi-layered characters, combined with a fast-paced story that pulls the reader into its web, without letting go, “The Broken” is an intense read. The connection between the two main characters does not come across as forced, but rather than logical, danger seems to bond – this aspect making this book particularly a great one for me, as the physical relationship in many romance genre novels are without any real depth or reason. You can believe and root for this relationship, and ache with them. There are no moments that drag, the action feels neither rushed nor slow. A suspense romance, just the way I prefer it.

This is the first book in a series called “The Apostles”, second book to be released in October and the third in the series in January 2015. You can find out more about the upcoming books, which I will absolutely purchase, at her website, here.

Now also available:



The Buried – Available on Amazon now!




The Blind – Available on Amazon Now!