Why I Stopped Reviewing Books

Reviews. They’re as good as gold for authors, publishers, agents and potential readers. While some look for a good story or lovable characters, others thoroughly enjoy dissecting and catching every mistake. How do you find the right balance between glowing praise and hateful cynicism? That’s just one of the many reasons I decided to stopContinue reading “Why I Stopped Reviewing Books”

I Put Together a #writerslife Slide Show

THE FIREDAMP CHRONICLES was birthed three years ago, and since then I’ve built up a rather large inventory of writing related images. Some are as old as 2016, others are brand new. But I thought I’d make this impromptu slide show for inspiration, in case you needed any! There’s little clues peppered throughout, of whatContinue reading “I Put Together a #writerslife Slide Show”

Book Review | Murder in Absentia

A young man is found dead in his bed, with a look of extreme agony on his face and strange tattoos all over his body. His distraught senator father suspects a cult death, and knows who to call for discreet resolution. Enter Felix the Fox, a professional investigator. In the business of ferreting out darkContinue reading “Book Review | Murder in Absentia”

Five Books On My #HistFic Wishlist

From the Medieval Era to Regency and beyond, I’m a sucker for historical tales of all sorts. Some of these titles are from authors I’m already familiar with, and some are brand new. What matters is, I want all the books! The question remains: How long will they sit in my wish list before IContinue reading “Five Books On My #HistFic Wishlist”

Books, Blogging, and Believing

About a month ago I changed up the banner on this website, switching it up from simply saying “Another Hartman Author” or my name, Leigh A. Hartman. I know websites, particularly authoring websites, are “supposed” to have the writer’s name highlighted. However, I’ve always felt, for myself anyway, that having my full name be atContinue reading “Books, Blogging, and Believing”

A #HistFic Hiatus

A short time ago I put up a blog post updating readers of this site on my progress. Rather, lack thereof. Through a Twitter conversation and a rather sleepless night in the late hours of the evening yesterday, things will be changing here at anotherhartmanauthor.com. While I am experiencing some trepidation with the thought ofContinue reading “A #HistFic Hiatus”

Three Books I Read Again and Again

I cannot remember a time when I didn’t have a book in my hands. As an eighth grader in my small Christian elementary school I was voted as such with those superlative things. At halfway to age 34, not much has changed. If you’ve found your way here I’m sure you’ve been told the sameContinue reading “Three Books I Read Again and Again”

Five Favorite Childhood Books

This list doesn’t include Harry Potter. Wait. What? Yes, you read that statement correctly. When the first Harry Potter book came out in 1997 I was 12 years old. One year younger than a Hogwarts First Year student’s age. Sure, I’m fascinated by Rowling’s world, but my love of books began even before ’97. RememberContinue reading “Five Favorite Childhood Books”

#YouKnowYouAreAWriterWhen

When I began writing this post I was nearing the end of my first project. Key word: was. Then I tried writing the next book in the series and nothing was working; until I had a late night conversation with one of my beta readers (aren’t betas awesome?). What began life as a novella turnedContinue reading “#YouKnowYouAreAWriterWhen”

Facing It | Author Envy

Have you been able to pinpoint exactly why your favorite authors are, in fact, your favorite? Is it their writing style? Their genre? How active they are on their social media? What they do looks easy when you’re reading it, doesn’t it? They can pump out a new book every year or two so youContinue reading “Facing It | Author Envy”