Freebie Friday: Military Alphabet Code Cheat Sheet

Cheat sheet time! 😂 While researching for Del Muerta, I was absolutely astounded how many peeps and beta readers didn’t know this! So herewith as bonus content for you guys, I present your Military Alphabet Code cheat sheet 😉📚💀

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The Married to My Writing Podcast | With Guest Author Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel

Make sure to tune in! I was a guest on the Married to My Writing Podcast with Jasmine Wonders and RJ Rome. Here’s the inside scoop:

“Hey everyone! We appreciate you joining us for another one.

In this episode we talk to Maggie Lynn about her journey to authorship and some of the steps she takes to find her audience. She dives deep into programs she uses as well as her understanding of Amazon and social media algorithms. You don’t want to miss it! As always, find us on social and let us what you thought.

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I’m back… Cue the evil laughter

I’m back, bitches. Put up the blaster shields because Maggie Lynn is back in power. Er, has power. You get the idea 😂 Thanks to all the out of state power crews that came to the rescue and to all the lovely indie books that kept me occupied when I wasn’t writing by candlelight.

I spent the last few days fuming. The power put me back a week on Del Muerta. I was literally one chapter away from completion of editing when – dun, dun, dun. The power went black. Still, while I was waiting, I finished the paper daft of Blood War. It worked out. A few trees down but we’re good. How are you all? Safe I hope?

Either way, I’m hoping for a good Autumn launch period this Fall. I’m thinking a release for Forgotten Hart in September, the release for Del Muerta on November first (El Dia de Los Muertos), and sometime around Christmas, both Blood War and the next (though still untitled) Wings of Caligo novel. I’m so excited for them all.

Needless to say, I’ll be taking signups ARC readers for my street team in advance since a few spots opened up, so make sure to either comment, DM or email me for the details.

It’s gonna be an exciting Fall. Stay tuned, for there will be blood… 😉

– Maggie Lynn

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas – Book Review: Disappointing

This book had such potential, but unfortunately fell disappointingly short. That said, I won’t trash it entirely. The novel kept me reading, even though at times I was scratching my head with the inconsistencies and sudden, impromptu twists. The story had intricate elements which were at best intriguing, but at many points did not cohesively mesh together.

My thoughts:

1 – Pacing issues. For 800 pages, perhaps the story would’ve gripped the audience more securely if things had been sped up. I do not know if the book was rushed in its editing period, but I felt as though at minimum 200 pages might have been trimmed down even further, if not removed entirely.

2 – When twists surfaced in the plot, I often felt they had not been properly set up for the reader. They came without warning and sometimes felt out of character for the person in question. Perhaps more foreshadowing would’ve aided the transitions and actions.

3 – The copious amount of swearing, and mostly at the beginning of the novel, felt as if it cheapened the writing. Having read Maas’ other works, I know how well she can write without resorting to that measure. They began to feel like a crutch to support the story, especially since about halfway through the book, less expletives were used by the characters. That character inconsistency there made it feel as if they were unnecessary and added only for shock effect.

Note: I’ve read and enjoyed many books where the characters swore (and far more copiously and colorfully than in this one), but it seemed natural for them to do so. The usages in this dialogue seemed unnecessary and forced.

4 – The allusions to banging everyone in the bathroom only added to that ‘cheapened’ effect. And considering everyone knows that Maas’ previous adult books have been loaded with sex scenes and pulled them off without devaluing the story or the characters (Rhysand and Feyre being deliciously sinful examples), it was disappointing.

When the two protagonists finally did get around to their love scene, all the other references to meaningless sex had already burned out the powerful effect of a good romance scene. It’d already weakened the moment to the point it didn’t stand out at all between the two of them and felt like more of the same we’d already read. It made the attraction less meaningful. In this sense, a double positive equalled a dismal double negative.

5 – Character issues. Much of the character building was lovely and very well done. The devastation of many of the events was very well expressed and brought sympathy for the characters. But again, things would often surface that did not feel consistent.

(SPOILER) Hunt, for example, as a trained soldier, was unrealistically unaware of his surroundings at times. When he was ambushed twice, it felt as though he deserved it for being so lax about monitoring the goings on around him. I’ve known soldiers, and they keep their eyes open so to speak. It was out of character for him and his skill set.


When the novel finally did get to the climax, the story exploded. The last 150 pages were fantastic and kept my attention flawlessly. Everything was action packed and it leapt off the page. I only wish the beginning half or more of the novel matched it. The few glimmers of action in the beginning and middle act of the book were promising, but did not keep up the momentum. If they had, the story would’ve been outstanding. They felt like two different books entirely, but with the same characters.

I almost feel as if this book would’ve benefited from more time spent being edited and smoothed out. All the elements of a sizzling best seller were there, but the potential for it was seemingly unreached. Having read Maas’ other works, this novel could’ve surpassed them entirely. Unfortunately, it did not.

All I can hope is that these kind of issues will not plague the next in this series. Or the next book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series, A Court of Silver Flames, which is set to release next January.

Regretfully, 3 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel

If you enjoy Urban Fantasy action and romance series, you may instead enjoy:

Cursed Hart: Book 1 in the Vaktare of All Realms series, TOP TEN FINALIST FOR BEST URBAN FANTASY 2019 – CAFFIENATED FANTASY AWARDS. –

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The State of Our Nation

The state of our nation tonight…. our world… burning with fire and hatred. The demons are feeding off all this and getting power from it.

Don’t think that it is merely a one dimensional battle. It’s only ramping up from here on out and we’ve got no one to blame but ourselves…For those awake, this is now progressing to a full spiritual warfare arena. It’s time to engage.


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– Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel

You Are Loved Amidst This Storm – My Personal Letter To You For June 2020

Whew! What a week! Hackles seem to be rising in every corner. 

But in the midst of this storm, I wanted this message to be a calm contrast for you. Even I noticed that my own newsfeed has erupted into a flurry of fiery mixed opinions, everyone wanting to have their say at this difficult time.

I didn’t want to be the next person to arrive on the scene, inserting my two cents and throwing my hat into the ring. With the amount of bullying going on out there on the internet (and having gotten several direct, pointless doses of it myself this week), I instead wanted this moment to be a chance for you to take a deep breath. The only kind of trolls I want you to be thinking about are the ones that live under bridges (and perhaps reside in the fictional world of Arestina). 

I want to let you know that in this small spec of time, you are loved. You are cherished. You are valued. I want you to inhale and take a soothing breath. Knowing that many of my friends suffer from anxiety depression and are overwhelmed by what is happening in the world, I am simply sending a hug to all corners of the globe. This is a safe place, free of the bullying tone the internet has taken on this week. 

At this moment if you need an escape, you are free to check out this week’s complimentary chapter of Del Muerta: Sanctum of Hell. I hope it provides a momentary reprieve from the chaos around us. Sometimes fiction can be a handy distraction from our fears and tension.

Having spent many moments in hospital ERs and recovery rooms, I know that the escape of a book can be a lifesaving escape. It is one of the reasons I am so passionate about writing. Not only has it helped me through many difficult times and helped tackle social issues of the world, but I also know that it can do the same for others when they are in need. And I hope in this time, I can help you as well. 

No matter where you stand, I want you to know that I am with you. I am here for you. I need not voice my opinions on the matters of racism and bullying. My written works, Wings of Caligo in particular, have already taken my stance on the subject. Still, I will voice one final truth that so many wish to ignore this week.

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We are all in this world together. 

As always, feel free to reach out to me and reply to this message. I’m here for you and send my love amidst the raging storm in this world. Division is our greatest enemy at this point and I want to extend a hand to anyone who reaches out. God bless you and may peace prevail over all our hearts. 

Love and hugs,

Maggie Lynn 

A Twist In Time Review – A New Steampunk Adventure

A journey into Victorian England with a new fresh ‘Twist’.

Oliver Twist never looked so good. As far as I know, before this, he’s never been a vigilante either.
I’ll be very honest and say at the beginning of this novel, I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy the story. But by the end, I was won over. Having never been a super fan of steampunk, I found this book refreshing and a delightful change from the usual offerings of the genre. Oliver turns out to be a worthy hero for the story, protecting the orphans of the city and rising to the challenge.
While there were a few questions left over at the end of the novel, they lead on into the next book in the series and do not lead to a cliffhanger. All in all, it leaves you wishing to read the next in the series. Though the book is technically YA, the plot arc is by no means juvenile. It is perfect for adults and teens alike.
Well done, Mr. Harris. Four and a half stars.

For those who are intrigued, here’s more about the book:

Dickens Meets Steampunk.
Foundlings are disappearing from the workhouse where Oliver Twist once begged for a second bowl of gruel. He sets out to save them, with help from tinkerer, Nell Trent, and a slew of fantastical contraptions – including a mysterious pocket watch that allows its bearer to bend the rules of time. With Oliver’s childhood nemesis, the Artful Dodger and her lethal bag of tricks dogging their steps, he discovers that there is more at stake than his own life and the missing orphans. Can he save London from the flames?

If you enjoyed this review, you might also enjoy this cyberpunk adventure:

Finding Joy Amidst Covid-19: A Hard Dose of Truth (Opinion)

Salutations, Summer 2020! As I write this, I am safely cocooned while observing social distancing under a beach umbrella on my deck; Mishka sunbathing next to me. The seductive warmth of the sun is refreshing after spending all winter growling about the icy chill while huddled next to a space heater.

The summer weather is here, which, in typical human form, means all the people who were complaining it was too cold will now be bemoaning the complete opposite. Then again, those who have been complaining about the lockdowns’ tedium now will have something new to bitch about.

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The sun gives you vitamin D which will help you to fight off the virus, folks. Stop complaining, turn off your AC and go sunbathe. I don’t care if you have to sit in front of a window inside to get it or have to sit on your front porch, just do it. Turn both ‘negatives’ into a positive and absorb your free virus fighting nutrient, no prescription or vaccine needles in sight.

This concludes my public safety announcement, thank you very much. I’ll step off my soap box. I’m getting off track.

Now still, everything feels deceptively calm from my rural corner of the woods. While the human world remains riveted to their TVs over the global pandemic, nature creeps on. The larger bumblebees are divebombing me while I sit, performing aerial kamikaze dogfights (they do this every year and attack each other, don’t ask me why). Birds are singing, flowers are blooming and all the new young of the woods are experiencing life for the first time.

Meanwhile all the humans in the neighborhood are out buzzing on their lawnmowers, killing their lawns while wearing masks. Ah, the joys of nature.

Still, this scene gives a lesson that has escaped most of our attention. Nature has raged on while we sit in fear, and largely without noticing any difference. Life goes on outside our own personal bubbles, regardless of what fearmongers insist.

While I poke fun, perhaps what I am trying to say is to enjoy life while you can. If anything, this pandemic has shown that our time is not proven or guaranteed to any of us. Instead of complaining (and believe me, I’ve seen it increasing 300% daily on social media), we so easily overlook that while we’re living, we’ve largely forgotten how to live.

Considering your smart appliances and cell phones, can you say you’ve spent much time enjoying life without them as of late? Both before the quarantine and after alike? I could ramble on about the dangers of allowing self-convenience to erode our self-sufficiency (if you don’t know how to boil water, you’re partially in the demographic I’m referring to), but I’d rather focus on the positive.

Choose one fun thing to do today that doesn’t involve technology as your host. I’ll bet you can very easily and without much thought. If not, then you have therein proved my point about self-reliance for me.

Coming from a scifi-fantasy-dystopian author like me, just what would you do if all the computers died tomorrow? Leaving out the survivalist end of that horror-esque scenario (good grief to those who can’t even boil water), what would you do to find joy once more if your tech devices died? To add a more science fiction spin, perhaps I’ll rephrase it to: what if Hal or big brother died? What would you do then?

Your joy should not hinge on your technology or on the state of the world around you. Perhaps the biggest casualties of this century is not what we think it is. Perhaps it is losing what it means to be human in this technological-transhumanism era; giving ourselves up to the soulless devices so freely.

In this moment, I dare you to take a few seconds to breathe. Let go of your fears and ask yourself what brings you the simplest kind of joy? That elusive feeling of peace and wholeness that nothing else can bring? You don’t need to leave your home to find it either, despite those complaining of cabin fever.

In the millennial era as it is, I have refused to hinge my life on whatever device is in my hands. And as I watch the world dissolve into chaos, I wonder if so many of those who are dissatisfied with their containment were truly living life at all before they were sequestered.

Inner happiness should not depend on anyone or anything around you. Despite loved ones or friends being a blessing to your life, they cannot carry your inner burdens for you. Your inner peace and joy rest within you, as they always have. And despite the advertisements to tell you otherwise for every new product on the market, they always will.

You alone control the inside of your mind. Never let anyone tell you anything otherwise. Fear may be our greatest enemy, operating unseen much like the virus that is has enhanced. But it has not won yet. And I pray it never will.

Find your joy. For in this era, perhaps it is all you have.

God bless you and your families. And to the essential workers out there, may you be blessed.

PS. My inner joy literally does comes from the inside of my own mind. I included this bit so that those who are annoyed (and there are always a few who don’t agree with me), will know I am not preaching to a choir. While I enjoy nature, music and many other things, all I need is a pen and paper to bring myself inner quiet. Even at that, when I don’t have those, my mind is still at its most content creating the stories and characters you have all come to know so well, both on paper and on film.

I pray that you find your inner joy as well, if you haven’t already.

XO Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel

If your inner joy is largely based in reading, make sure to check out my novels and series page. I bet that your next favorite book is there somewhere and I love bringing people to new worlds and adventures. Also make sure to check out Del Muerta: Sanctum of Hell. Every Friday there’s a new free chapter for you to escape into the city of Dejado Atrás!

An Assassin In Time – SciFi Book Review (SA Asthana)

This book leaves you with more internal questions than you began with, and in the best possible way as a reader. Ones that will tease your mind long after you finish reading…

With elements of time travel, history, and science fiction, this short story reaches beyond its minute length. If anything, it leaves your own mind to wonder what happened after it ends and the consequences of altering time. If you modify history, does it mean that humanity will be bettered for it? It begs the question if killing is justified when many other lives are spared… especially if the savior in question has a grudge of her own and one that is shared by many. Is it still morally right to kill?

Slight spoiler alert. This story involves talk of the Holocaust and Hitler, so those triggered by the topic may wish to skip this title. Otherwise, it is a very good short read.

Now if only it were a full length book, S.A. Asthana. You’d have an immediate customer in me if you were to make it a full length novel.

Four stars

About the story:

What if you were tasked with traveling back in time to alter history and save millions of lives?
For Navy Seal Jessica Kravitz, that is precisely the assignment. But will she have what it takes to make history by changing it? How far will she go to save lives? Would she be willing to kill? Read and see. If you like thrilling science fiction, strong female characters, and time travel, this story is for you…”

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