Random Book Review!-Wizard Bound by Adam and Christian Boustead

Offering up poems that center on fantasy and the magical/supernatural world we’ve come to love through the ages Adam and Christian Boustead’s Wizard Bound is a great collection of poems that take fantasy lover’s back to the day of video games, movies, comics, love of folklore, mythical creatures, and magic!

It’s Mental March’s first review, and instead of looking for the crazy characters we create in our writing, we’re focusing on looking way back to our younger years of too much soda and hoping a dice roll would save our beloved Paladin from an angry orc! Afterall, our childhoods directly relate to how we are as adults, it’s all related! It’s a lovely trip to fantasy worlds and supernatural entities and one that I hope you enjoy if you’re into poems and that genre. Listed below is the review along with links! Enjoy!


Wizard Bound by Adam and Christian Boustead is a collection of poems written to satisfy the fantasy lover in all of us by providing poems that not only linger on the imagination but shine a light into a magical world that has endured for countless ages.

The collection of work provided by both Adam and Christian remains light in its approach to attract readers of all ages but the extent of powerful lyrical accomplishments within Wizard Bound will entice lovers of fantasy and those who fondly remember the movies, the role-playing games, and the fascination of magical worlds and supernatural beings from our long-forgotten childhoods.

Adam and Christian expertly detail the world of fantasy in all its glory including mythical creatures, supernatural beings, medieval settings,  and even odes to novelists Ursula Le Guin and Alex Garner within their collection of poems showcasing not only their talent, but their overall understanding and love of the genre and the lifetime of loyalty that comes with this fascinating world of magic, Gods, and creatures of myth. The pieces within Wizard Bound, although seeming to be mainly geared for young adult audiences, will still touch older readers with nuances and nostalgia and fascinate with its additional work in the realm of Japanese folklore and RPG video games.

An easy read to most, Wizard Bound may seem like simple poetry but within its magical offerings, readers will find deeper meanings and understandings for some of our most cherished memories, lessons, and fears. Thought provoking as well as enjoyable, Wizard Bound can be considered a perfect addition to any fantasy lover’s collection, a touching tribute to the mythical and supernatural worlds we have followed and learned from, and a great introduction to readers who are just starting their journey into poetic offerings. It may not be perfect for all, but for those of us who live and breathe wonderment and magical places beyond our own reality, it’s an engrossing trip through several areas of the fantasy genre and one you would be foolish not to buy a ticket to enjoy.




Haiku Friday – Slim & Chance — The Writer Next Door|Vashti Q

Slim and Chance are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes. Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does […]

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Random Image Wednesday!-#27

The inner conflict of the characters that we write about, as well as the ones we’ve read about in some of our favorite books, can make or break the overall feel of a piece of fiction. When it comes to writing and reading about the working mind of characters it seems, too jumbled and we feel lost, too simplistic and we end up not caring. We, as writers, must push to develop characters that are real, broken and loveable, scarred and charismatic. We must work to create people in our work that others would and could relate to, characters that speak to the masses on a myriad of levels for everyone is different and all of us carry some form of inner turmoil just below the surface.

As we travel the roads this month focusing on Mental March, we’re stopping at a little place called, “Within”, and taking in the sights. In your favorite books, as well as the ones you’re writing or have written, what was the driving force of your main characters? Did they suffer from an illness, a phobia, a conflict that would hinder them from continuing their journey that needed to be overcome, dramatized, or countered? It doesn’t matter if they are set in 1942 or streaking to other planets aboard a spaceship shaped like a banana, what was inside their heads? Writers need to step out of their own safety zones and focus on the inner workings of their characters, for the more real they become, the more readers tend to gravitate towards them.

In the realm of psychology, the human condition, and our own driving forces, there are hundreds of factors pushing us in one direction or another. By focusing on the human aspect of our characters, we can generate a sense of what it’s like living in their shoes and bring them into our world for inspection. Each character does not need some conflict to make them real, however, but each should at least differ from the others in our created fiction work. Could you imagine reading a book where all the characters are exactly alike and no one has a single mental thought that differs?

When it comes to issues of the mind and inner conflict, one does not need to develop a character that expertly details every classification code listed in the DSM-IV to make them real, but having some inner turmoil is key to developing a character that others will enjoy. Think about some of your favorite books and I can almost guarantee the characters there had some mental issue they were struggling with or some inner conflict that spurned them into action, a driving force, a moment of focus. Get into your characters’ heads, it may be a little dark and dusty, but I assure you that deep within you may find them closer to the people you already know that you ever thought possible, maybe even a reflection of you.

These posts will be about showcasing a random picture I find in the hopes of inspiring others to create ideas for their writing. Sometimes I provide the picture and randomly prattle on about something I find interesting, sometimes I do more than my fair share.

I have found that generating a quick 1-3 sentence scenario, a blurb, a scene, or a full novel concept based on a random picture has worked wonders in opening up the floodgates to new ideas and enjoyment in the world of fiction. It is my hope that others will find these images and possibly be inspired to jump into the wild world of writing and become the author they always wanted to be.

Without further ado, our 27th entry!-


Photo Credit-Kylli Sparre

#RRBC Spotlight Author Flossie Benton Rogers Stops By! — The Indie Spot!

Greetings, readers! Today I am excited to introduce to you author Flossie Benton Rogers. Flossie is the March 2018 RRBC Spotlight Author, and a master of dark fantasy romance. Take it away, Flossie… Mystical Beings in the Wytchfae Series The mystical beings in the Wytchfae series are usually loosely based on mythology, although they tend to develop […]

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