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Monday, 30 April 2012

Kimi's secret - YA fantasy at its gory best.

Wanna see something really scary?

When death comes knocking on your door there is really only one place to hide. Dragged screaming to the paranormal world of Heart, where ghosts are real, big cats prowl, aliens are greylians, monkeys rule, trolls troll, fairies are vermin, the Adepts always know best, magic is mojo and roasted dodo is the dish of the day; Kimi Nichols is handed a secret that must never be revealed. To do so would mean the end of mankind. 
contains imploding toads, gravity-defying clowns, liquefied brains, a sadistic dentist and a deformed taxidermist; great dollops of blood and bogies, half a million crows, and a giant with OCD.
Gothic horror meets supernatural sci-fi; Kimi’s Secret will leave you gagging, breathless and sleeping with the light on.

This book will be FREE Sunday 6th May and Monday 7th.
Download it FREE while you can.

An interview with John Hudspith - author of Kimi's Secret

Sunday, 29 April 2012

The line-up for May on Wise Words

It's almost May! Summer is around the corner for old Blighty. We've a hosepipe ban already, so you'd think it would be Vitamin D all round, wouldn't you? Ha! This is England, probably the only country where you'd get rain, drizzle and more rain and a hosepipe ban simultaneously!

Love it!

This month the theme is OPEN. The touring authors can write whatever they like!

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Cait Lavender's top ten books


Cait Lavender

1. Guards! Guards! By Terry Pratchett—God, I love this book. I pretty much love anything that Pratchett writes, but this is one of my favorites. Sam Vimes is the main character and he’s a rough-around-the-edges Watch captain doing his best to be a good man, protect the city he loves and deal with his team of miscreant guardsmen.

2. Moon Called By Patricia Briggs—I love all of her werewolf books, but the Mercy Thompson series is by far my favorite. Mercy is a kick-ass shifter who takes care of herself and those she loves. No wusses there.

Paranormal romance - Hunter Moon 

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin—Let’s be real; if you’re a woman odds are you love this book too. I’ve read and re-read this book so many times I could almost quote the whole book.

4. A Spell for Chameleon By Piers Anthony—This series really lit the flame of my love for the fantasy genre. In fourth grade my older brother ripped my Goosebumps out of my hand and gave me this book and while I didn’t understand the faintly sexual double entendres I enjoyed the Alice In Wonderland­­-like story filled with jokes and puns.

5. Shadowfever By Karen Marie Moning—I loved the entire Fever series, but this one was my favorite because we finally got to know what the hell was going on! I love Mac and especially Barrons and I blame Moning for ruining me for all other male main characters like Austin ruined regular men with Darcy.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Why family shouldn't review your book...

especially your mum!

I’d only checked my book's ranking yesterday, but you never know. I click onto Amazon and type my name into the product line. Up come my books, and I bring up Eden, my sci-fi/romance. It has been doing well lately so I’m keen to see if there are any reviews as well as to see if its rank has improve.

Not only has it climbed I have a review! My heart does a little jump of pleasure. And, better, it’s a five-star review! Oh, joy. I’m imagining the chocolates I can crack open in celebration.

The title of the review reads: Fan! Tas! Tic!

I begin to read feeling like a starving woman on the point of finding a feast of chocolate-covered goodies.

I loved, loved, LOVED Eden. I read it in one sitting and I hope there is Eden 2, and maybe 3 and 4 as well. Steven Spielberg should produce Eden into a film with Sean Connery playing the lead.

My heart did another funny little jump, but not in pleasure this time. I think, at the mention of Connery, it curled into a foetal position with its heart hands covering its heart head.  

You see Sean Connery is my mum’s favourite actor. In fact, in her eyes, he should play EVERY male lead in EVERY film ever made.

I continue reading, 

It’s a made for TV book! It deserves to be on the screen! In 3D!

Oh my God! It had to be my mum. I didn't think she'd read Eden. She's more a Catherine Cookson/Jane Austen reader, and openly detests contemporary romance.  I look to the name of the reviewer:

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Historical novel set in the 1930s Depression era:

Dinner with Lisa
Rod L. Prendergast 

In the disastrous economic times of the 1930s, Joseph Gaston, a young widower with four children, arrives in the small town of Philibuster seeking security for his family. Instead, he faces barriers everywhere. He does his best despite great adversity, but the strain of feeding and protecting his family whittles away his strength. Finally, destitution forces him to consider giving up his children in order to save them. Enraged by his situation, he attempts one last desperate act—on the night he learns about the mysterious Lisa.

Heart wrenching, humorous and historically authentic, Dinner with Lisa incorporates the crucial issues of the depression: poverty, unemployment, drought and racism. In the midst of love and loyalty, trickery and despair, the ultimate message of the novel is one of hope and the courage to survive even the worst odds.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Suggestions on Dealing with a Bad Review

David S Grant

It happened, you got a bad review.  It happens to the greatest and most “successful” artists every day.  Still, after reading the bad review you may need more than a hug.  Here are some suggestions on how to handle the bad news.

  1. Don’t overreact. This applies to both good and bad reviews: stay “Even Steven”, and understand its part of the promotion process. 
  2. Promote the good parts. For example “David S. Grant’s new book balances his sense of humor with the dark topic of murder…” See, not so bad. Now that’s a blurb I can use, never mind that the review continued “…, but his emotionless and materialistic characters didn’t impress me.” It goes without saying which blurb will make the press release! 

Monday, 16 April 2012

Don't Waste Time Dwelling on Bad Reviews

David Kubicek

It is never pleasant to get a bad review. In fact, reading a review that savagely eviscerates the novel you’ve spent months nurturing is one of the most unpleasant experiences a writer can have.

This might help: Getting a bad review often means that you have missed your audience.
Even if you haven’t thought about writing to an audience, one exists for your book. If you’re successful at finding your readers—and assuming your book is well written—most of your reviews should range from 3 to 5 stars, which is where you want to be.

But every author who has collected lots of reviews has picked up some bad ones—even the most popular books by the most popular writers.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Why Authors Should like Poor Reviews

Will Macmillan-Jones

Louise asked me to write a piece, from the perspective of a new writer, on the subject of book reviews.  From a readers’ point of view, a book review is an interesting and useful tool in helping you decide to buy a book - or not.  From a writer’s viewpoint (especially a new writer) they are close to being a major breach of the Geneva Convention on Warfare.  Or citeable as a cruel and unusual punishment.  And that’s the good ones!

Publishing is undergoing a bit of a sea-change with the growing involvement of the internet.  Now, I write what I assure people is comic fantasy.  If you fancied such a book, you could turn on your computer, search Google, and see what came up. Alternatively, you might seek out the book review websites and blogs like this one, and see what they had to say.  Either way, you would soon be looking at a truckload of books and mostly both the titles and the authors would be complete unknowns.

I’ll admit it.  I’m unknown.  Bet you’ve never heard of me before, and (trust me on this) you aren’t the only one.  But I’d like to be known, and not only to the police! Aside from a major lottery win, it’s unlikely unless my stuff starts selling.  And that means getting reviews. 

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

A tip for Indie Authors from the book Go Publish Yourself!

Katie Salidas

I like to tell authors to avoid reading reviews about their book(s). That will prevent them from being tempted to respond. However, we’re all human, and we want to know when someone talks about our work. I can safely assume that 99% of authors will ignore this advice completely.

So, let’s just assume you’re one of the 99%. Once you’ve read a review on your work, you might be tempted to respond. The best advice I can give you for that is, no matter if they are good or bad, leave your book reviews alone
Firstly, reviews are not written for you, the author. They are the reader’s personal interpretation of your story. They need to feel free to share their thoughts, good or bad, without fear of harassment.

Monday, 9 April 2012

iwriteReadRate.com a new community for writers

iWriteReadRate.com is an open community for writers and readers of fiction. Harnessing the power of ebooks, the objective is to support writers - making what becomes a successful story or novel more democratic, more personal and more social. iWriteReadRate is also here to help readers discover great new writers and stories.

iWriteReadRate.com is an open community for writers and readers of fiction.
Literature inspires, entertains and educates. The eBook Revolution is enabling people who love literature to come together in exciting ways. Both creators and consumers have a new freedom and opportunity to connect. If there ever was a time to be enthralled with and by literature, this is it.
The social potential of ebooks is opening up new possibilities for writers to build their platform and reach an audience. For readers there are new ways of discovering ebooks, connecting directly with writers, discovering new stories and voices, and becoming a part of the writing process itself.

Monday, 2 April 2012

What I wish I had known about reviews before I got a bad one

M.C.V. Egan
I come from a huge family and married into another large one. I have (or would like to think I have) many friends. My book came out on June 9th 2011 and many of my friends and family read it.

I got beautiful cards and e-mails with ‘review-like’ comments. One or two actually posted them on my facebook page.  So I found that as an author I had the wrong kind of friends and relatives. Perhaps not the wrong kind, but not review friendly friends and relatives.

I had a publicist last summer and through that PR the book was requested for reviews, but that meant I had to sit, wait, hope, fear, wonder. What if my first review was a bad review? What if all my reviews were bad reviews? What if my friends and family were trying to spare my feelings? Should I start smoking again? Should I take up drinking? I opted for massive amounts of chocolate; I am still trying to lose the weight acquired during the waiting period!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

How far would you go to protect your child from the world of drugs and sex?

Protecting their children comes naturally for Zoe and Will Tyler - 
until their daughter Leah decides to actively destroy her own future.

Leah grew up in a privileged upper-middle class world. Her parents spared no expense for her happiness; she had all-but secured an Ivy League scholarship and a future as a star athlete. Then she met Todd.

Leah’s parents watch helplessly as their daughter falls into a world of drugs, sex, and wild parties. While Will attempts to control his daughter’s every move to prevent her from falling deeper into this dangerous new life, Zoe prefers to give Leah slack in the hope that she may learn from her mistakes. Their divided approach drives their daughter out of their home and a wedge into their marriage.

Twelve-year-old Justine observes Leah’s rebellion from the shadows of their fragmented family. She desperately seeks her big sister’s approval and will do whatever it takes to obtain it. Meanwhile she is left to question whether her parents love her and whether God even knows she exists.

What happens when love just isn’t enough? Who will pay the consequences of Leah’s vagrant lifestyle? Can this broken family survive the destruction left in Leah’s wake?

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Genre - Women's Fiction / Contemporary
Rating - PG13

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