Craft, business, and the best advice an indie can get in a book bundle. [Book Review]

To be honest, I don’t even know how I got my hands on this book bundle. As of this writing [in February 2017], I can’t find it available for purchase. That being said, each of the three books in the bundle are available, so I wanted to share my thoughts anyway, in case the writers out there are looking for a resource in your publishing journey.

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Grieving mother seeks solace, finds a mystery that turns into pure horror in By the Dark of Her Eyes. [Book Review]

I’m one of those readers who likes a lot of different genres, so when I find two of my favorites smashed into one book, I nearly always have to take a peek at the story. That’s what happened with the book I’m reviewing today. I saw it was horror… then realized it was lesbian fiction, as well, and knew it was a story I needed in my life.

Ghosts, trauma, and a sexy lesbian contractor? Count me in! I went into this book looking for a great mix of two genres, and I was not disappointed. Continue reading “Grieving mother seeks solace, finds a mystery that turns into pure horror in By the Dark of Her Eyes. [Book Review]”

Financial freedom with a religious bent. [Book Review]

Everyone knows that personal finances can be a tricky issue to master. We all have our issues, whether it’s credit card debt, student loans, or a simple lack of cash flow from trying to make it as a book author in today’s economy (that last one’s all me). So when Matthew Paulson contacted me and offered me a copy of his book for review, I felt it was a sign!

cover of self help finances book, The Ten Year Turnaround by Matthew Paulson

Book Description

Are you struggling with your finances? Discover a new approach that will teach you how to grow your money and enrich your life.

Do you want to achieve financial freedom, but have no idea how to get there? Do you feel like you just aren’t making enough money? Are your personal finances a mess? Are you stuck in debt and wish you could get out? Do you feel like your current financial plan isn’t working or isn’t working well enough?

If you said yes to any of these questions, it’s time for you to begin your Ten-Year Turnaround. The Ten-Year Turnaround is a life-changing financial plan created by financial expert Matthew Paulson that will enable you to turnaround your money problems and finally achieve financial freedom.

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Don’t you ever say women don’t rock! [Book Review]

This book’s cover drew me in immediately.

cover of Rad Women Worldwide by Schatz and Stahl

I mean, look at it, it’s incredible.

All the art in the book is done in this same style by artist Miriam Klein Stahl using paper, pencil, and an X-Acto knife. How cool is that? This style carries you through the whole book, and lends a cool vibe to the project as a whole.

Book Description

Rad Women Worldwide tells fresh, engaging, and amazing tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well-researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits. The book features an array of diverse figures from 430 BCE to 2016, spanning 31 countries around the world, from Hatshepsut (the great female king who ruled Egypt peacefully for two decades) and Malala Yousafzi (the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize) to Poly Styrene (legendary teenage punk and lead singer of X-Ray Spex) and Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft (polar explorers and the first women to cross Antarctica).  An additional 250 names of international rad women are also included as a reference for readers to continue their own research.

This progressive and visually arresting book is a compelling addition to women’s history and belongs on the shelf of every school, library, and home. Together, these stories show the immense range of what women have done and can do. May we all have the courage to be rad!

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“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” – Jane Austen

Look at a book. A book is the right size to be a book. They’re solar-powered. If you drop them, they keep on being a book. You can find your place in microseconds. Books are really good at being books, and no matter what happens, books will survive. – Douglas Adams

 

2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge

In 2016, I read a lot. I read books I bought, books that were given to me as gifts, and books I was given for the purpose of reviewing. I read books on Kindle, brand new hardbacks, and paperbacks well-used and bought for a dime. I read new books, old books, famous books, and obscure ones. I read books on my To Be Read list… and more that weren’t.

I read a lot.

my results for the 2016 Goodreads Challenge, 83 of 75 books

 

If you want to know how I liked all those books, check out my master book reviews list.

 

2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge

This year?

This year I plan to read at least as many as I did in 2016.

my goal for the 2017 Goodreads Challenge is to read 75 books again

 

Your Call

What would you recommend I read this year? Was there a book that changed your life, opened you up to a new genre, or made you spitting mad? Is there a book that encompasses who you are as a person – or embodies an idea you want to fold into yourself?

Leave me a comment. I’d love to discuss those books with you!


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Breaking Stories Down to Resonate with Readers with Christine Frazier. [Interview]

As a writer, I rely on a lot of resources to keep my mind sharp and my writing game strong. I love reading about the deconstruction of stories, what makes characters tick, and the other habits of writers – which is a big reason I started my interview series for the blog.

Today’s interviewee has one of the coolest, most well put together website I’ve ever seen. Her ideas are awesome, and her Master Outline is something amazing to behold.

image of Better Novel Project's Christine Frazier

Welcome, Christine! Sell yourself to us in a paragraph.

Christine Frazier deconstructs bestselling novels, one doodle at a time. She shares her research at BetterNovelProject.com.

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A debt is owed. [Interview]

Ever read a great tagline, and knew you had to know more about that book and author?

A debt is owed” tugs you out of your internet zombification and makes you pay attention. What is this book about? And who came up with it?

That’s what I wanted to know about The Glass Thief and its author, John Ryers. This is what I found out.

picture of John Ryers, author of The Glass Thief

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