Friday, 23 October 2020

Review of The Last Summer by Cait Marie

For the first eleven years of their lives, neighbors Lila and Gavin were inseparable best friends. They did everything together. Until they didn't.

Every detail of Lila's life has been meticulously planned out since she was a child. To the point where she forgot one vital thing: to live. When she receives news that drastically alters the path of her future, she realizes she has one last chance to create memories and make the most of her summer.

Gavin, on the other hand, is known for his carefree attitude. He has lived a charmed life for almost eighteen years. He's never short on friends or a good time, he has a supportive family, and he's all set to go off to college and follow his dreams. The one thing he doesn't have is the girl.

He doesn't know why Lila pushed him away all those years ago, but when Gavin finds her summer bucket list, he's determined to help his goody-two-shoes neighbor cross off every item and hopefully mend their friendship in the process. Even if that's not all he wants from her.

He just hopes it's not too late.

My Review: 5 STARS
I picked this up because of the blurb and hoped for a good romance and I was not disappointed. I loved Lila, and Gavin and I adored the story, it pulled at the heart strings, and had me sold on them both as a couple from the first few pages. I loved the bucket list, loved watching them cross things off, and loved watching them get closer and closer! The story was super romantic, light but with some serious moments, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good teen romance. Highly enjoyable!

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Tuesday, 20 October 2020

#TeaserTuesday

 

Jessie has a solution, but it may just blow up in her face...



[ID: A graphic with a red background and the header of Cramping Chronicles: The First Twinge and underneath the words: Coming October 13th 2020. The excerpt reads:
 
“What?” Gray said, sounding confused. “What are you talking about?”
I opened my eyes. “I'm talking about fixing the pain. If I solve the root of it, the cause, then Meera never has to know, right? That way she won't be hurting and neither will I. It's a genius idea, Gray, trust you to come up with it.”
“I didn't come up with that!” he protested.
“Well, it's a genius idea anyway.”
 
At the bottom is Joey Paul, her website of www.joeypaulonline.com and the logo of a green and purple bug in the far right corner.

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Monday, 19 October 2020

The Trials Of A Crime Writer: Search History Revisited

 

THE TRIALS OF A CRIME WRITER: SEARCH HISTORY REVISITED

I talked about this before (piece found here) but it was a hell of a long time ago, and so I wanted to revisit the subject because things have changed in some ways, but are the same in the others. You know those youtube videos where someone famous answers the most googled questions about them? It's kinda like that, but for my search history it would be everything from magic usage and systems, to the best way to degrade bone marrow, and how quickly one would die if bitten by this particular venomous animal.

We, as writers, always joke about the fact that we're probably already on some list somewhere, and it's most likely true that there are some searches that ding the bell at whatever agency and draw attention from the sneaky eye of the government. Personally, I don't think I've ever searched for anything *that* bad, but it did remind me of a story from way back when the internet was super slow, and didn't have the powers of Google like it does now, and I was writing my d├ębut, Blackout.

Before I continue I just wanna say this will contain no spoilers, but there might be hints of what the book is about so if you don't wanna know, then it's better to click off this post, scroll down or what have you and move on.

They gone? Good.

So picture this, a young nineteen-year-old me is trying to work out just how much of a certain medication someone would have to ingest for them to end up in serious medical trouble. I didn't have Google, but I did have a very understanding and patient lung consultant who was called Andrew. (When you see a doctor as much as I saw him, you skip the formalities!) He knew that I was writing, and I was going through a particularly bad period with my lungs and pain issues. I wasn't yet in the wheelchair full time, but it was the start of me needing one.

So I went to my appointment, still mulling this question over, and we went through the normal stuff. How I was feeling, whether I had any issues with meds, and things like that. And just out of the blue, I opened my mouth and said: "How long would it take to die if someone took enough X?"

He was silent, but his eyebrows raised and he looked seriously worried. I was oblivious and carried on.

"I mean, if I gave someone a high dose of X, would they die slowly? Is it possible they might flounder for a bit? What if I got them medical treatment? Would there be a protocol for that?"

Andrew went from panicking that I was suicidal to suddenly wondering is I was homicidal. He stuttered something, open his mouth to say something, but I had more to ask.

"I just mean in broad terms, I don't need to know the exact dosage, it's not like the character will have access to that kind of information either. But with me as the author, I kinda need to know how much is too much."

Andrew burst out in laughter. "This is for your book??"

"Yeah," said I, who couldn't quite work out what the joke was.

"Thank god for that, I was thinking you were going to kill yourself, or kill someone. I can give you the vague terms, I'll write them down for you now."

And he did, he also offered to read any of the other medical jargon, turns out I had it covered.

Looking back I realise that I must have scared the crap outta him, and the relief on his face was easy enough to see. Andrew left the area about two years later, and then I was with another doc, who offered the same advice and am now with another doc who does the same, and actually trained under Andrew, so I think he'd heard Andrew tell the story more than one.

So yes, times before search histories and times when maybe it would've been better to Google! You have any funny stories about finding out facts from people other than the internet? Lemme know in the comments!

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Friday, 16 October 2020

Review of Mad Magic by Nicole Conway

Josie Barton is a high school student living in terror. Invisible creatures torment her everywhere she goes, constantly getting her into trouble at school, and even haunting her apartment. But just when Josie thinks things couldn’t get any worse . . . she meets the guy from across the hall.

Zeph Clemmont is a changeling with enemies in all the worst places, fighting to undo a curse that threatens to end his life. Survival means he will have to swallow his pride and trust Josie with all his darkest secrets.

With the help of a gun-slinging shaman and the enigmatic Prince of Nightmares, Zeph and Josie are only a heartbeat away from defeating one of the most diabolical faerie villains their world has ever known.

My Review: 5 STARS
I picked this up because of the blurb and the cover, and dived right in, happy to read about Josie’s life and the weird things going on. I adored the characters from the start and couldn’t help but get pulled into the story. It’s beautifully told and while I had some reservations about the love story, I liked the way it was subverted and turned out in the end. Overall, an amazing book and a series that I might have to read more of, I loved it!

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Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Happy Release Day!!

  

 HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!

 

YOU CAN NOW BUY CRAMPING CHRONICLES: THE FIRST TWINGE IN EBOOK AND PAPERBACK 

Amazon | Book Depository | Indie Bound  

Young Adult Urban Fantasy with chronic illness rep, and the start of a brand new series.

Meet Jessie. She’s fifteen, newly disabled and adapting to all that comes with that. She’s got her best friend Gray, and a new school to fit in to.

Only Jessie is more than she seems. She’s an empath. The powers are new. The film clips are included and up until now, she’s only had two triggers. Her mum and Gray.

On the second day of school, she spots Meera, a beautiful girl who Jessie could see herself falling for. The only problem is Meera causes Jessie pain when she’s in the same vicinity.

Can Jessie solve the mystery behind Meera’s worries? Or will she get caught up in the danger and only be able to save herself? 

 

 

Monday, 12 October 2020

Authortube: Being Consistent

 

 AUTHORTUBE: BEING CONSISTENT

I've talked before about things that you need to do when it comes to Authortube (piece found here) and in that I mentioned the need for consistency, but I thought I would branch out and make it clearer and more detailed as to why, and how, you should strive to do that. A lot of people know me as someone who's very organised, and I just want to make it clear that I know that's not the case for everyone. I'm lucky enough to be in a position where I don't have any other job, I'm basically a full-time author without the pay cheque to go with it. So when I talked about making a schedule, I know that my situation is unique and doesn't apply to the majority of writers, or event hose on Authortube.

With that out of the way, let's talk about why it's important that you're consistent with your channel, and posting.

#1 VIEWERS KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT AND WHEN.
When it comes to the people who will subscribe and follow your channel, they'll expect to have regular content, unless otherwise stated on the channel. They'll want to know what they should be getting by clicking that red button and they come to the channel with that expectation in mind. Personally, I wasn't consistent when I started. I posted four videos a month and fitted them in where I could, without any planning that went into them, then I switched to a date that moved through the week every month, and finally hit the Thursday posting, and I'll be honest, the majority of my subs joined AFTER I stuck to the Thursday posting. They could expect to see content then, with the occasional bonus video on a Sunday and that made them more likely to watch.

#2 IT SENDS A MESSAGE OF YOUR BRAND.
A lot of the time, an authortube channel is started to both connect with the community and readers, and also to build a brand for yourself. I know Dal Cecil Runo hit that one out of the park when she branded herself an alien that never showed her face on camera. It works for her, and with the fact she mostly writes sci-fi, it gave her brand a boost.

For me, being organised was part of my brand, so knowing that unless I was unwell or in hospital, I would post every Thursday and keep on top of recording and the like, helped me a lot as both building my brand, and letting my viewers know they could rely on me to do what I said I would do.

#3 IT BUILDS UP SUBS
This is the final point really, the more consistent you are, and the better quality of what you're putting out, the more people who will return week after week to watch you content. This applies to livestreaming if that's your thing, as well as regular videos, though as someone who doesn't attend many livestreams and watches more regular videos, be sure to have a good mix of both!

And then onto the how do you stay consistent? These are just some of my tips, and like I said above, they may not apply or be possible for everyone.

#1 BATCH FILM/RECORD IN ADVANCE
It's no secret that a lot of authortubers will batch film, personally I record the videos a month in advance. It means that unless the video is time sensitive, by the end of the month, I have all the following month's videos done, uploaded, and captioned ready to just press publish when it's time to do that. I started out by doing extra filming the first month, and then just kept it up. If that's possible for you then I highly advise you do it. If it's not, the batch filming can be another good way to have some videos done in advance so that if life falls apart, you still have something to post on the right day.

#2 PLAN CONTENT IN ADVANCE

This is something that I think a lot of us do, we think up video topics, and write them down and then try and fit them into your schedule so that we know what we're filming next. That gives you a chance to write the script if you use one, and also just lets you think more on the subject before getting in front of the camera. Personally, I script and have a lot of my content planned, so will do the vlog scripts for the following month at the end of the last one, and then go from there.

#3 FIND TIMES THAT WORK FOR YOU

If you know that you want to post on a Wednesday but that the only time you can record and such is Monday or Tuesday, and you feel like you're always doing it right at the last minute and the whole process is stressing you out, then maybe you need to rethink things. Either you post on a different day, or you try to get ahead by batch filming and such. Personally, I like the Thursday posting and I'm already aware that I have time during the week to record and such if something were to go wrong and I had to change the video for that week.

I'm sure there are a lot of other points and tips that I could use, but if you have any lemme know in the comments!

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1 Day To Go!

  

1 DAY TO GO!

 

FACT SEVEN: JESSIE IS DETERMINED TO HELP MEERA, NO MATTER WHAT!

PRE-ORDER HERE: http://www.books2read.com/TWINGE

PRE-ORDER SWAG: https://forms.gle/mhSyY4ErpFrJmub99

 

[ID: A square background with Cramping Chronicles: The First Twinge at the top, just below that is Coming October 13th 2020. To the left is the front cover of the book, a red background with a photo of Meera, a  dark skinned teenage girl eating lunch and staring angrily at the camera. To the right is big text with 1 Day To go written, below that is fact seven: Jessie is determined to help Meera, no matter what!, and below that is the pre-order link. At the very bottom is the bug books logo and Joey Paul alone with the website www.joeypaulonline.com END ID]

 

Sunday, 11 October 2020

2 Days To Go!

 

 

2 DAYS TO GO!

 

FACT SIX: JESSIE IS A FULL-TIME WHEELCHAIR USER

PRE-ORDER HERE: http://www.books2read.com/TWINGE

PRE-ORDER SWAG: https://forms.gle/mhSyY4ErpFrJmub99

 

[ID: A square background with Cramping Chronicles: The First Twinge at the top, just below that is Coming October 13th 2020. To the left is the front cover of the book, a red background with a photo of Meera, a  dark skinned teenage girl eating lunch and staring angrily at the camera. To the right is big text with 2 Days To go written, below that is fact six: Jessie is a full-time wheelchair user, and below that is the pre-order link. At the very bottom is the bug books logo and Joey Paul alone with the website www.joeypaulonline.com END ID]