Advice to new writers: Don’t plagiarize. Just don’t.

Just don’t ever do this… the Litrpg community is closely watching this for a result. The evidence is not in her favour.

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Tl;dr:  Don’t plagiarize.  If you must plagiarize, at least be creative.  Pick a book that’s out of print, maybe isn’t translated into English so you can rip it off creatively.  Don’t plagiarize a book that’s available in English in ebook format so it’s easy to check out.

Long essay:

The laws of the universe keep conspiring to keep me from reviewing Michael Scott-Earle’s Lion’s Quest.  That’s been up on my agenda, but then people keep doing stupid stuff and I have to talk about it.

So, James Hunter is a popular and well-liked author.  I’ve reviewed his Viridian Online series, and look forward seeing it continue to develop, side-stories and all.

Another soon-to-be author, Laurie Jo Bryant, is putting out a new series called Panguardia Online.

The blurb for her book and James book is nearly the same.  By that I mean word-for-word ripoffs, minus a distaff switch on…

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SQUEE! Launch Day – Desert Runner –

Blurb – Desert Runner – Puatera Online – Book 1

Book link – https://www.amazon.com/Desert-Runner-Puatera-Online-Book-ebook/dp/B0756BNGHD

An NPC story.
With her pain potions in short supply, Maddie accepts a deadly job, pick up a package in Trox City and cross the desert plains to Port Troli. The only issues – an unwanted passenger and Tromoal breeding season.

 

 

 

Bio – Dawn Chapman

 

Dawn Chapman has been creating sci-fi and fantasy stories for thirty years. Until 2005 when her life and attention turned to scripts, and she started work on The Secret King, a 13-episode Sci-Fi TV series, with a great passion for this medium. In 2015, Dawn returned to her first love of prose where she revelled in the world of The Secret King, Letháo and First Contact, as an epic prose space journey over 3 generations. This year her experience of working with Producers/Directors from the US and AUS has expanded. From Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, to Litrpg. Dawn’s built a portfolio of writing, consulting and publishing.

Author Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kanundra

Amazon Profile – https://www.amazon.com/Dawn-Chapman/e/B014A0RUBC

Twitter Link – https://twitter.com/kanundra

 

Here is my interview with Dawn Chapman

Nice little interview of moi, with a few name drops here and there 🙂

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Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Hello everyone, I’m Dawn Chapman, I am gonna laugh and say a lady never tells her age though 😀

Fiona: Where are you from?

I’m from the UK, Lancashire and I live in a little village where I mostly grew up. It’s a family home, was my grandparent’s and I spent many years here with them, and now live with my husband, sharing alongside are my mum and stepdad, they now have a separate granny flat.

Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).

Big questions, my education sucked. No one wanted to help teach the fat kid in school. Besides that, and the ongoing class bullying my upbringing was pretty grim. I turned to writing…

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Ascend online by Luke Chmilenko

Excellent review for Ascend Online from Lit RPG Reviews. Fab site to go visit if you love Lit RPG 🙂

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Tl;dr:

This gets a 4.5 star review.  It’s really good.  It doesn’t break any new ground and a lot of it is going to be old saw to LitRPG readers, but the devil is in the details and the details of this book are excellent.

If you’re a reader who wants to know what type of LitRPG it is, it’s a town-building/action style LitRPG.  Think of Daniel Black, Aleron Kong’s The Land, G. Akella’s Realm of Arkon, and of course, the book everyone will confuse with this one, Travis Bagwell’s Awaken Online.

The best summary doesn’t come from me, but from someone who wrote that, “It feels like a game designer made this book.”  Yes.  This is a book with lots of love put into the World and the system.   It’s a great addition to the LitRPG genre and I hope the future books continue…

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AudioBook Review – Ascend Online

Finally this got out of ‘being pending’ on audible –

Ascend Online: Ascend Online, Book 1 | [Luke Chmilenko]

“Great listen! more please!” 

Concept/world-building – 4
Plot – 4
Character – 5
Dialogue – 5
Prose – 5
Conflict/resolution – 4
Overall rating 4.5

I picked this up as Luke’s highly recommended in the litrpg Facebook groups. So, when the audio was put up for pre-order with Luke Daniels as the narrator I nabbed it quick.

It’s a long listen, so it did take me a while. But it was well worth it.

Plot

For me, the start of anything takes a while, and I do admit this was a little slower for me than usual, but it’s more than worth it.

Where the world that Marcus actually lives in, isn’t very well defined or spoken about much. The interaction with his friends at the start and then into the game is. I enjoyed all that each character brought to the story, and more from the NPC’s.

Once the story really does start to move forwards, you get the experience of Luke’s gaming and background as the world of Ascend Online develops, bits of history and information are peppered in just the right places so not to feel like too much of an info dump and you are as excited as the players for the challenges they’re about to face.

It’s got enough crafting, fighting and loot to make all the gamers want more, and the stats read out aren’t as heavy as some other litrpg books. It doesn’t slow the pacing at all, and Luke does a great job with reading them so they’re also not just hard core skill lists. The story telling around these alone helps make this a book to remember.

Character

There wasn’t quite enough of the ‘real’ world for me. I would have wanted some more interaction with it through Marcus, even if it meant he had to log off once. However, each of the characters that Marcus/Lyrian enter the game with are well defined enough once he meets back up with them in the game.

As for them being supporting characters, they’re pretty great all by themselves. As for a fav one, I’d have to say Natasha has a spot, but defo Amaranth has the biggest. (sp)

Dialogue

I thought all the characters had decent dialogue. And also with Luke narrating, they were a breeze to listen to, each with their own personalities which really shined through. Luke did a great job with the ladies in the group and also with the demons and other worldly creatures. I did, however, think that the two overlords of the game were brother and sister at first, till I realised they were sisters.

Graves’ character drawl was also really good to listen to. Awesome job from both narrator and writer in design of the bad guys and in the way he really stood out in the narration.

Conflict/Resolution

I think because this has so much scope for the series, that there’s always going to be underlying threads we don’t see tied up. But the overall conflict in this book was left with a satisfying ending. Even if I did want more of the book and story world.
You can’t expect me to listen to almost 18 hours of something and not come away with a book hangover! Omg give me more!

I am glad I picked this up. And I really do look forward to more in this series from both Lukes’