My A-Z of Books #wwwBlogs

My A-Z of Books.

I spotted this challenge on Portobello Book Blog and thought it was a marvellous idea so decided to give it a go.

Author You’ve Read the Most Books From.

That award goes to the late James Herbert. I was a huge horror fan in my late teens and bought (and read) everything he wrote.

Best Sequel Ever.

Tough one as I do love a good sequel! I’ve decided to go for City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. It’s the second book in her Mortal Instruments series and was pretty epic.

Currently Reading.

I’m half way through Key of Mystery by K.H.Mezek which I’m reading as part of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team. It’s a YA urban fantasy novel.

I’m also reading Bitch Witch by S.R.Karfelt which is utterly brilliant.

And if that wasn’t enough, I’m also reading a non-fiction title about Moon Wisdom. Continue reading “My A-Z of Books #wwwBlogs”

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#BookReview Flesh by @DylanJMorgan #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog

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Author: Dylan J Morgan

Category: Horror

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Review:

Dylan Morgan is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Once again I was instantly captivated by the descriptive writing and fully developed characters. The opening scene of a wife murdering her husband, chopping him up and serving him up for dinner certainly hooked me in.

The brutal and graphic murders that haunt the small town of Vacant are sinister and menacing, but so too are the townsfolk and half of the police force. Continue reading “#BookReview Flesh by @DylanJMorgan #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog”

#TuesdayBookBlog #Review The Truth About this Charming Man by @PeterJonesAuth #RBRT

 

Book Title: The Truth About this Charming Man

Author: Peter Jones

Published: March 2016

Category: Romantic Comedy

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Review:

I’m a huge fan of the author’s self-help books, so it was a refreshing change to read his fiction work.

I normally avoid romance novels in general but in The Truth About This Charming Man, the emotional elements run seamlessly alongside the twists and turns of the story.  I was totally hooked from the start when we are introduced to William Lewis, ‘Will’ to his friends, and Zlata Ruzencova, his outlandish Czech agent. Continue reading “#TuesdayBookBlog #Review The Truth About this Charming Man by @PeterJonesAuth #RBRT”

Feed an Author – Leave a Review #wwwBlogs

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Feedback of any kind, whether you are an author, crafter, baker or therapist, is a lifeline to continued success.  We all crave that positive remark, or a pat on the back when someone enjoys our products.

I have always tried my best to leave feedback wherever possible.  Sometimes that might be a Facebook review for a company or service I have used, a quick comment on a blog post I enjoyed reading or logging on to a restaurant website to thank them for a wonderful meal and service.

As a consumer, I study the comments left by other people and hope that they can assist my decision on whether to buy a product, eat in a restaurant, visit an exhibition, or read a book.

Having published five books so far in the self-help and young adult fantasy categories, I also understand the importance of receiving reviews for your products and how it can shape your sales, rankings and even your ability to advertise with certain companies.

Did you know that most advertising and marketing groups require a book to have at least ten reviews before they accept an advertising request?

I have reviewed many books via Amazon and Goodreads.  The reviews weren’t literary marvels, in fact, when I’ve been tight on time a simple ‘loved it, would highly recommend’ was all I could manage.

Last year, I was invited to join Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.  I was incredibly honoured to join Rosie’s team as I have enjoyed reading their book reviews for some years – often buying a new book or trying a new author because of their feedback.  My reading list has exploded as a result!

When I attend events and sell my books via holistic shows or craft fairs, I always enjoy chatting with the customers, and I often ask them to get in touch when they’ve finished the book to let me know what they thought.  I also add that I’m happy to receive feedback whether they like it or not.

Putting aside the enormous influence book reviews have on our sales and visibility in a crowded market, they are also how we learn what our readers want, how we hone our craft and improve the experience for the book buying public.

For those of you who follow my reviews, here’s my rating system (this may differ between reviewers): Continue reading “Feed an Author – Leave a Review #wwwBlogs”

The Good, The Bad & The Cover Reveal #TuesdayBookBlog #YA

Over the past week, I have read some amazing blog posts by my favourite bloggers highlighting the best bits of 2015.  From favourite books to fulfilling projects, these articles were fun and inspiring.

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For me, 2015 sucked!! Then I did my annual ‘closing down ceremony’ where I write down all the good points (family day trip to Harry Potter being top) and the lessons I learned from the bad points.  Unfortunately, the bad outweighed the good, or so I thought.  When I began writing my LONG list of hospital visits, MRI scans and horrific tales of a lumbar puncture, I felt a huge weight lift – it was done, gone, over with.  In the flurry of blood tests, depression, and an unexplained illness, I had been forced to close my holistic business after seven years of hard work (a bad bit), but this allowed me time to self-heal and the freedom and space to write (a good bit).  I cried nearly every day last year (a bad bit), but I would pee less (a good bit!) 😉

Writing it all down was an enormous help, and I could shift my perspective to a more positive one.  Suddenly having spare time meant I was free to read more, and this was rewarded by joining Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.  When I hit my metaphorical brick wall, I would shut myself away with a notebook and lose myself in fantasy fiction; this enabled me to complete the third book in my young adult fantasy series. Continue reading “The Good, The Bad & The Cover Reveal #TuesdayBookBlog #YA”

#BookReview Marred by Sue Coletta #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog

 

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Marred by Sue Coletta #RBRT

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Sage and Niko Quintano move from Boston to a small town in New Hampshire in an attempt to start over following a brutal attack on Sage three years ago.  The attack resulted in a miscarriage for Sage, physical scars, and a ton of emotional damage.  Her husband, Niko, who is the sheriff, sustained a bullet to the shoulder but is also suffering from the emotional after-effects of that night.

Unfortunately, trouble follows them to New Hampshire, and it is Niko’s job to keep Sage, and the town, safe from a sadistic killer. Continue reading “#BookReview Marred by Sue Coletta #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog”