To Read or Not to Read the Reviews…

I have battled with my own internal voice on if I should read or should not read the reviews people post about Praetorian Rising. I feel two sides of this coin… I want to read to understand the readers point of view. I like to hear the good of what people liked, just as much […]

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I Solomenly Swear…That I Won’t Ever Be One of Those People

I won’t name names, because that is rude and we are all supposed to lift each other up in this industry of writing, reading, and all around general day dreaming. BUT….there is one person (although there are quite a few that I have found) that I really just can’t stand anymore and I used to […]

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Praetorian Rising Character Insight vol 1: Camille Scipio

CAMILLE SCIPIO It’s cold. I feel the bitterness to the tips of my toes but the frigid ice settling into my skin started within. I lay here before my own eyes naked to the demons I tried to bury beneath layers of honor and duty. There’s poison on my lips, I’m afraid it will never […]

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What’s Next for the Praetorian Rising Series?

If you have purchased your copy of Praetorian Rising, or have been sent an authors copy because you are an ARC reader, then you might be wondering what is next? How long do you have to wait? And what is happening with the characters you have spent most of your free time obsessing over! Don’t […]

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INSTA INTERVIEW WITH J.MCSPADDEN: Let’s Talk Praetorian Rising

Praetorian Rising Q & A WITH GUEST WRITER Drew Menard Ad Asta Per Aspera It is the rallying cry of the Rogue Rebellion in “Praetorian Rising,” the debut novel from Jessie McSpadden. Translated, the phrase means “To the Stars Through Difficulty.” In the kingdom of Aspera, ruled by the cruel High King LeMarc Lowenhaar, hope […]

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The Bechdel Test

Someone asked me the other day why I decided to write fantasy fiction with a woman at the helm. It wasn’t asked in a derogatory way, it was very pleasant and an honest question. A lot of fantasy books are sold these days, and more often then not those stories are lead by a man […]

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The Ability to Let Go When Creating a Work of Art

I think the hardest part of working in any creative industry is learning the art of letting go. My editor used you highlight my beautifully crafted, overly long, and poetically delicate sentences as “purple prose”. And then, she would cross them out with a second comment, “I’m sorry, but I’m killing your darlings.” Of course […]

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Praetorian Rising: Book Cover REVEAL

Hello my lovely Peeps! I finally have a completed book cover and I’m so excited to share this with all of you. I’ve posted it on my instagram and twitter, but wanted to give you a more indepth description of why I chose this direction of artwork and what it means. Without further ado, here […]

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How to Make Writing A Habit: I WRITE!

One of the most annoying things about being an author when you have a full-time job is finding the time to actually write. Getting into a creative mode can be harder than making a perfect croissant (that’s hard people, have you tried to make them!? Those french bakers really just outdo themselves). I once heard […]

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How to Self Publish Your Novel as a Hard Copy: KDP and Create Space

Ready to get your book published? Yeah?! Me too! Well I have thought for the last two years, “When I am ready to self-publish I will do Kindle publishing and also get my book purchase to print published through Create Space. Well, did you know that Amazon recently bought Create Space? No? Neither did I. […]

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