Friday 14 June 2024

Review of Savage Wild Souls by Sean Fletcher


Shatter their souls. Steal their throne.

Val is a prisoner. Held Below by the cruel Empress Sotera, she’s unable to warn the now High King Rune about Sotera’s plans to destroy the Wilds and Val’s former home in Seattle.

But when Val manages to escape, not only does she find herself beside Rune once again, she also finds herself in a new agreement with him: she’ll help him unite the Wilds in a way no High King has ever done. After all, taking the throne is one thing. Keeping it, and keeping Rune alive, is something else entirely.

Only, Val’s not the same person she was before. She doesn’t know what she is, not to herself, and not to Rune, even as his fascination with her grows stronger by the day.

To save Rune and the Wilds, Val will have to navigate constantly shifting alliances. And in doing so she just might become their salvation, or the very thing that destroys them all.
 

My Review: 5 STARS

Having read the first book in this trilogy, I was itching to dive back into the world that Fletcher has created. He has a way of pulling you in and sitting you down among the action, making you desperate to know what happens next and hooked until the last page, and even then you’re still yearning for more. I adored Val, the twists and turns of this story and that ending has me glad that I’ll soon be able to read the final book in the series. The way the story goes leaves you guessing and wishing you could predict what is going to happen next to all the characters. Very much recommended! 

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Tuesday 11 June 2024

#TeaserTuesday

Cat wants to understand and be supportive, but she doesn't know where to start...

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[ID: A gradient from blue to purple background with the title IT'S NOT ALWAYS RAINBOWS at the top and out now in ebook, paperback & audiobook just above the title The except reads:

Crumblina: You don’t understand how hard it is to be who I am, to believe what I do, to read the scriptures and to know that I am sinning by just existing.
Garfield254: Then STOP believing what you do. You know I think it’s a load of crap anyway. We are not against “God’s” wishes. If he made us, he made us LIKE this.
Crumblina: It is so easy for you to judge, for you to say that when you have no faith.
Crumblina: I have faith, I love my faith, I want my faith and to tell me to just give it up because of the way I am, that is disrespectful to me, to anyone.

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Monday 10 June 2024

The Trials Of An Indie Author: Making Sure You're On Target

THE TRIALS OF AN INDIE AUTHOR: MAKING SURE YOU'RE ON TARGET

One thing that a lot of people might not realise when it comes to being indie, is just how much of the onus is on you to get things done. I'm talking everything from writing the book, to getting editors, and doing edits, to finding the perfect cover designer and getting that done, and then all the hype that leads up to actually publishing the book. It's an arduous task and not one to be taken on lightly.

So how do you get yourself in the right head-space for that? How do you prepare knowing that you have several mountains to climb to be able to get to that point where your books releases and does so right? A lot of it for me is about making sure that I have goals and targets that I meet. I like lists. I like checking things off. I like being organised, it soothes my anxious brain. So when it comes to approaching a release, like I am right now, I like to know that I'm on the right track and will get to the finish line with something approaching success.

I say the last part like that simply because while I have done this over twenty times before, I am still very much a small fish when it comes to success and publishing. I reach the right readers, and I am a full time author, but that's more because of other factors in my life rather than me pulling in enough royalties and the like to pay for me to live full time doing this. I like to include that because transparency is a good thing when it comes to the people you're looking to for advice.

So how do I make sure that I'm on target? How could you make sure that you don't end up skipping a step and falling flat on your face? Glad you asked, because I'm gonna give you some of my own tips. I will add the caveat that not everything will work for everyone, and also I'm giving these tips under the assumption that they are not your only research. So with that said, let's jump into it.

#1 LISTS AREN'T A BAD THING
I have, over the years, devised a number of ways for me to know that I'm on the right track, and they usually involve a whole lot of lists. I have ones for audiobook stages, ones for all the publishing stages, and one for things like what to do after a cover reveal and all of that. I have lists and more lists, but like I said above, that's one of the ways that I soothe my anxiety. For you, that might not work, but if they do, then making a list of every single stage, every single deadline, can help put things in perspective.

They also allow you to see, at a glance, just where you are in that publishing time line. The only thing I don't include on my list is drafting because I pretty much have that down in other ways. My lists include when to start revisions, and when to book the editor, and all of that. I have things that need to be done in advance, like booking the cover designer and the deadline for that. I have bits and pieces that I need to do before the cover reveal. I could go on, but you get my point. There's something to be said for good lists that help you keep track of what needs to be done and when.

#2 KEEPING TRACK OF TIME

I know not everyone tracks their time, or plans their month. I know not everyone does any kind of goals, and that's all perfectly fine and valid, but if you are someone who tracks, in whatever capacity that may be, using the lists above might help you work out when to slot things into your busy schedule. Like I know when I need to start revising, because of my lists. I also know that when it comes to making plans for the month ahead, what I should be planning to do. It's a good way to keep yourself on track, and also know if things are going to take longer than you originally thought they would.

Like I know that I can, generally, revise a draft in a month. I also know that sometimes that can mean hours long sessions, or it can mean a shorter period. So I know that trying to put one of those hours long sessions on a day when I'm also trying to draft a chapter, or do this or that, is not a good idea. It's better for me to put those sessions on days when I only have to focus on one thing writing wise. So they, usually, go on my recording days. It works for me, and allows all my focus to be on the revision itself rather than anything else writing related. It's just about finding what works for you.

#3 THINGS WILL GO WRONG, PLAN FOR IT

I wanted to include this last one because in over twenty books released, I don't think I've ever had a release that was smooth from start to finish. Things will go wrong, people will miss deadlines, hell you might miss deadlines, and you need to be able to have some fail-safe in your plan that allows for that, because otherwise you are going to end up super stressed and no one wants that!

Just like you need to plan for some downtime, which in my mind is not negotiable, you also need to plan for those times when edits take longer, or a cover takes a bit longer to get to you. Whatever works, plan it in. That way when and if things go wrong, you're not scrambling around because missing one deadline had a knock on effect and made you miss a whole load more. Plan for chaos, releasing a book is steeped in it!

So there we go, those are my three ways of making sure I stay on target when it comes to publishing. Like I said I'm in the midst of the last month of developmental edits and will then be moving onto the next stage. Next month I should even have the cover reveal for my upcoming book, and I cannot wait for you all to see it!

Remember to stay calm, to breathe, and you will get through to release day in one piece!

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Friday 7 June 2024

Review of Death's Emissary by Emily Devereux


Only a pact with Death can give Scarlet a second chance at life—and the power she needs to save the last of her family.

When sixteen-year-old Scarlet is nearly killed by a tyrannical god, the cost of survival is to bind herself in service of the goddess Death. Though now obligated to do Death’s bidding, Scarlet also gains what she’s always desired—someone to teach her magic.

With her newfound strength as a fire mage, she must rescue her mother from the god who nearly took her life, Riordan, before he’s able to extract the secret her mother holds: the key to unfathomable power and the ability to take down the other gods of Quintras.

But slaying a god is no simple task, and Scarlet can’t do it alone.

When she finds kinship with a reluctant seer and joins forces with a rebel faction that shares her quest to destroy the god that terrorizes his own kingdom, she thinks they have a chance of overcoming the impossible odds. That is, if her bond to Death doesn’t hold her back…

How can Scarlet win her freedom in time to save her mother—and the world—from Riordan’s grasp?

Amazon

My Review: 5 STARS

I picked this up even though epic fantasy is not normally my thing because I loved the cover, and the blurb. The thought of working with Death and other god’s, magic and all the other points of intrigue pulled me in. I ended up staying up late into the night to finish it because I adored the book. Scarlet was an engaging character, the other points of view also kept you hooked and wanting to know what was going to happen next. It’s an excellent start to a series, and one that I will continue as I need to know what happens next. Very well written, and you get lost quickly in the worlds. Highly recommended!

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Tuesday 4 June 2024

#TeaserTuesday

Tara is pretty sure she can handle this alone...

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[ID: A blurry blue & black background with the title DYING THOUGHTS - FIFTH SECRET at the top and out now in ebook & paperback just above the title The except reads:

Ippydippy98: My thoughts exactly. I thought that Dad was going to have a heart attack when he read it.
Kkat: Woah, your dad saw it?
Ippydippy98: Yeah, it was hand delivered through our door, waiting for me when we got home from school.
Kkat: So this creep knows where you live?
Ippydippy98: I guess so.
Kkat: Tara, you *have* to tell your dad! I’m assuming that since you’re not under armed guard that you lied to him?

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Monday 3 June 2024

Finding Your Community - The Creative Process

FINDING YOUR COMMUNITY

I spent the first ten years or so of my writing life without any real community. It wasn't that I didn't go looking, more that the internet was a lot younger (because I am old) and there weren't places like Twitter, or Tumblr, or Facebook etc. Social media wasn't a thing. Youtube wasn't a thing. We didn't have access to the writing community the way that we do now.

Even when those things became possible, I still didn't know where to start. I'd been published in 2005, I didn't know whether I would ever be published again and while KDP and such were coming, they hadn't arrived yet. Once they did, and I was able to publish, I didn't know where to look for said community. Writing had always been a solitary thing for me. I knew there were events like NaNo, but I never knew where or how to take part. I didn't know where to start with hashtags and finding people like me, so I mostly did it alone. It was isolating, it was hard, it made me wonder if I was even valid as a writer because while I had a book or two out, I did not have readers to the extent that I do now.

It was really only when I found Authortube and started my channel that I did seem to find those writers that I meshed with so well. I had writer friends, but they all felt like they had it all together, their books were award winning and I was just here writing young adult, and not really getting much traction because while those friends cheered me on to an extent, they weren't, and their contacts also weren't, anywhere near my target audience.

I don't tell you this to have a pity party, or to garner sympathy but to make it clear that when I say finding my community changed both my life, and the way I worked, it's very much the case. I'd been writing my books before then and it felt like I was shouting into the void, and never being heard. And then along came one person, who brought another, and another, and I started reaching out on Twitter and other places, and boom, I found my community and it was just a massive change in me because of that.

So when I say that finding your community can be a goldmine in helping you move forward with your writing, whether through trad pub, indie, hybrid, or just for yourself, then I mean it. Finding your community helps you grow as a writer. It helps broaden your horizons and it helps you start to have some confidence in what you're doing. Writing doesn't have to be an isolating thing. There doesn't have to be only you in a room and no one else to cheer you on. It can be so rewarding not just for you, but also for your community, when those wins are celebrated by all.

Finding your community takes time, and while I hope it takes all of you a lot less time than it did me, it's so worth it. While you won't mesh with every writer you meet, and while there may be blips along the road, you will come to find the people that work with you, and they are golden and allow you to feel accepted, connected, and like you're actually making that mark that you wish to on the world.

Writing friends, writing community, they are a big thing of making writing something that works for you. Social media allows for easier connection and that is very much a good thing in my book when it comes to the writing community. Good luck with finding yours!

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Friday 31 May 2024

Review of Drawing Red by Adara Spence

 
Progress doesn't sleep and neither does a vampire!

Facing homelessness, artist Lucy takes a job with global household brand Cross-Key & Co, entering a world where art meets the supernatural. One week in, her charge Oda (a naïve tree spirit inhabiting a notebook), goes missing, along with company supplies. If not recovered she could lose her job, home, and wolfishly handsome wheelchair using flat mate.

Lucy races to recover them, in a journey leading her through mirror-portals and uncovering secrets of cosmic proportions. Paranormal and intergalactic peace is on the line.

Amidst tangled relationships, chasing down an escaped vampire convict, and a web of family and inter-species politics, Lucy discovers her own her voice. But when the time comes to speak, will she be Little Red Riding Hood or the Red Queen?

Amazon

My Review: 5 STARS

I’ve followed Spence for a while and so when I got the chance to read her debut novel, I had to take it. A delightful mix of the paranormal and sci-fi I was hooked from the first page. I ended up having to stop reading only because sleep isn’t optional, but I was drawn into the world. I loved Lucy and Will and all the many twists and turns throughout the story. The world was expertly crafted and leaves you desperate for more. I’m hoping this isn’t the only book to come out in this series because that ending left me desperate to know what happens next! I adored it, and as someone who’s not usually drawn to vampires, that means a lot. Highly, highly recommended! 

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Wednesday 29 May 2024

Joey Paul in Books

J - Blackout (YA, thriller) www.books2read.com/BOUT

O - Dying Thoughts - First Touch (YA, paranormal/mystery) [8 book series, complete] www.books2read.com/DTFT

E - Destination: Unknown (YA, paranormal/mystery) www.books2read.com/DUKN

Y - Lynne & Hope (YA, crime/mystery) www.books2read.com/LANH


P - Walk A Mile (YA, sci-fi/crime) www.books2read.com/WAM

A - Lights Out (YA, dystopian) [Trilogy, complete] www.books2read.com/LOUT

U - Cramping Chronicles: The First Twinge (YA, urban fantasy) [5 book series, ongoing] www.books2read.com/TWINGE

L - Invisible (YA, dystopian) [4 book series, ongoing] www.books2read.com/INVISIBLE01

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Tuesday 28 May 2024

#TeaserTuesday

Harriet is working against a clock...

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[ID: A light brown background with the title DESTINATION: UNKNOWN at the top and out now in ebook & paperback just above the title The except reads:

“How long has it been?” I asked, remembering that the time between her visit to me and my first visit had been a week for her and only a day for me. I was wondering if it had been another week since I’d been here.
“Four days,” Dorothy said, understanding what I meant immediately. “Time is getting short and I prayed that the Lord would return you to me to save my father.”

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Monday 27 May 2024

Writing Around Your Life - The Creative Process

WRITING AROUND YOUR LIFE

Last week I talked about plans changing (found here) and this week I thought that I would touch a little on how you go about writing around your life. Full disclaimer here, I write full time. It is my one and only job. It doesn't pay full time, but it's the only thing I do for a living. I realise that puts me in a very privileged position and so when it comes to things said here, or anywhere by me, take that knowing that I know that my life is very much different to people raising kids with jobs and other commitments that they have to meet.

With that out of the way, let's get into the piece itself. I started writing properly when I was 19 and had been retired from working life because of my chronic conditions and disabilities. It was daunting to be faced with the prospect of never being able to work a conventional job. I did not like that. I did not like the idea of having nothing ahead of me but time to do, what I felt, was very much nothing. I'm 42 now, and while I now know that my job before being published and writing was keeping on top of my health conditions and the numerous hospital stays and such they bring, I didn't back then.

At 42, I have almost 22 books published, about 48 finished drafts, 26 of them waiting to be published, and I pretty much only write as my job. That said, I did have to juggle writing while doing my degree, while co-parenting a child, and trying to find the time, the energy, and the ability to write while being chronically ill and disabled. So I don't come from a place of having never had to juggle things.

When Mx. K was a baby, they would go off to a friend's place for the night and I would only have that day in the week to write. So I was writing as much as I could, but of course my physical conditions, and the mental health issues, made that not sustainable or healthy. When Mx. K got older, I would go to the same friend's house once a week and do the same there that I did at home. Write as much as I could, and then plan to do it again next week. That was the way I got books written, and obviously, they're now an adult, but we still have parent things to do, and so they do have an impact on my time spent working.

So how do you juggle writing around an exceptionally busy life? If you've got a day job, and kids, or family, or anything else like that, then how do you find that time to write? If you, like me, are chronically ill and/or disabled, then how do you find the spoons and time to get your writing done for the day when you also have a lot of medical appointments to get to, and time to spend doing other needful things in your life. I'm not going to be able to wave a magic wand and give you all the answers you're looking for, but I can give you some tips of how I made it, somewhat, work for me, and still do make it, somewhat, work for me. Just remember that everyone is different and if these don't work for you, that's not you doing it wrong. It's just not the right way for you, and that's valid.

#1 CARVING OUT CHUNKS: BIG OR SMALL.

You don't have to write massive amounts for you to be valid as a writer. You don't have to write out huge chunks at a time for it to be worth it. Every book will take you as long as it takes, and that's okay. So even if you can only commit to fifteen minutes once a day or week, that's still something. It still counts, and it's still something that you can do to move that writing forward.

I see a lot of people talking about getting up an hour earlier, or going to be an hour later, whatever works for them, and it's true that you can do that if you're able, but it's also true that not everyone is capable of doing that and all they can find is five minutes, fifteen minutes in any given day to put to writing. And that is still valid. Carving out that time matters.

#2 PROTECT YOUR WRITING TIME AS MUCH AS ABLE.
I know what it's like to have only a small amount of time to write, and then something happens and you feel like you need to give up that writing time to deal with the thing. Okay, that happens from time to time, but if it keeps happening you have a few options. One, if it's the same issue every time, then think about carving out a different time for your writing. Two, if it's people interrupting you for things that can wait, make it clear that this block of time is your writing time, and it is sacred. Emergencies are one thing, anything else is not.

It might seem rude to deny people access to you during that time, but it's really not. It's about you needing that time to work on something, and if they can't respect that, bar those emergencies, then you do have to get tough about it, as much as possible anyway.

#3 IT TAKES AS LONG AS IT TAKES, AND THAT'S OKAY

I know that sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the idea that everyone has to write super fast and produce book after book in a very short space of time or else they're not valid or their work will never succeed. That's not true. I didn't start out as a fast writer. It used to take me literal years to finish a project, and even from there, even when I started writing two books at once, it was two years, at least, before I reached the end.

There is no race. There is no sprint going on where if you don't reach the finish line by a certain date you will not ever be published or publish. It really does take as long as it takes, and that's okay. Everyone writes at their own pace, and no one can or should be telling you otherwise.

So those are my three things to think about when writing around your life. Everyone has a different experience when it comes to life commitments and the like, and how you choose to do your writing is up to you. Take your time, and take care of yourself. The world needs your story.

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Friday 24 May 2024

Review of Howl by HG Lynch

 
Having left the pack behind, Tilly and Spencer, along with Desmond and his boyfriend, must seek new territory and a new home. 
 
With Halloween fast approaching, the certainty that Arakael would return on the night that the veil between worlds is thinnest looms in all of their minds.
 
 Tilly struggles with her new lycanthropy, and discovers more about herself and her family than she ever wanted to know.
 
 With secrets being revealed and relationships tested, they're going to have to come together to survive their biggest battle yet.

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My Review: 5 STARS

I picked this up and dove into it the moment I finished book two. Werewolf books are not usually my thing, but this series had me hooked from the first book and first word to the very last. I adored Tilly, Spencer and the others and I loved the way the story twisted and turned throughout all the adventures, danger and intrigue facing the characters. Lynch’s world is vibrant and real and you can’t help but sit on the edge of your seat and hope for a happy ending. Those final scenes almost killed me, but I adored the ending and it’s a series that I very much recommend!

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Tuesday 21 May 2024

#TeaserTuesday

Tara's mistake might have cost Kaolin her life

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[ID: A dark brown background with the title DYING THOUGHTS - FOURTH WEEK at the top and out now in ebook & paperback just above the title The except reads:

I couldn’t believe how stupid I had been. I’d thought only of the small picture – checking she was alive – and not the larger one of getting her home that way. If it turned out that I’d damaged the case and Kaolin was hurt or worse, then I was never going to forgive myself.

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Monday 20 May 2024

When Plans Change - The Creative Process

WHEN PLANS CHANGE

It always seems to amuse people that when it comes to actually writing projects I'm not much of a planner, and yet when it comes to my life? Oh I plan all that I can. I've always been someone who was organised. I might not have had the spoons or the tools to make my plans the way I wanted, but for many many years I've had a to-do list, and I live for ticking things off and knowing that they're done.

This doesn't apply to drafting, it does to revision and editing, but that's a piece for another day. My point today is that sometimes, no matter how carefully we have planned either writing, or editing, or life itself, things happen and those plans have to change and it sucks, because if you're someone like me, the thought of all those carefully laid plans falling apart, it causes massive anxiety.

But part of being human is that we have to adapt to change. We have to make sure that when said plans fall apart, we're able to pick ourselves up, dust off, and get back on the horse. There is nothing in this world that you can plan one hundred percent and have it all go to the script. It just doesn't work like that.

When editing a book, you may find that actually there's a huge rewrite that you didn't foresee coming. When taking on some kind of writing challenge, you may discover that the time you allotted yourself isn't enough. When making plans to release a book, you may find that something goes wrong, and you have to scramble to keep on track. Plans change. It's normal. It happens to us all, but that doesn't make it easy to cope with, like the aforementioned anxiety.

Everyone reacts to change differently and it's all valid. I have friends who can adapt and roll without any issues because they're used to doing that. I know people who find it paralysing to have to think of how to work things now that it's not possible to do it the way they originally thought. That's the point, everyone is different and everyone has their own way of coping with things.

But what does that mean for writers? I'm not necessarily talking about just outlining or the like. I mean things like the book releases that don't go to plan, or the revisions that are taking longer than thought and mean that deadlines aren't going to be met. I thought that today I would give you some of the things I do when plans change unexpectedly and if they work for you, great, if they don't, then I hope you're able to find a way that does.

#1 TAKE A MOMENT TO BREATHE
I think a lot of the time, these changes happen so suddenly, and sometimes in a cascade that the initial reaction is to panic. I've been pretty lucky in not having a massive change like that happen too often, but even when it does, while panic and anxiety is generally my first response, I also remind myself to have a moment to breathe. To pause. To allow myself to just step back and really think about what this change is going to mean to my ongoing plans. You'd be surprised at how much that can help sometimes.

#2 DISCUSS AND BRAINSTORM WITH FRIENDS

I'm very lucky to have a good group of close friends. Some of who are also authors, some of which are not. I know that I can rock up to their DMs and just let it all out and then they'll listen to me and we'll discuss ways to either adapt, or to fix things until we have a clearer path moving forward. Sometimes all you need is just to vent, let it all come out, and then you will see the answer, but it's good to have that support while doing so.

#3 WHEN POSSIBLE, PIVOT
We all know that we have to adapt. We know that we have to move things around and find a way that will work, and all of that takes time to do. We also know that part of the human condition is being able to adapt quickly. For some it's quicker than others, but the option is there. If after taking that moment to breathe, and talking it through with your friends, you find a way to save the situation, by pivoting, or changing this or that, then keep moving forward. Sometimes it's not possible though.

#4 IF NOT POSSIBLE, REPLAN AND REASSESS
I know that for some situations, it's just not possible to immediately pivot and find a solution. Sometimes there aren't solutions that you can easily use and that sucks yes, but it also doesn't give you a way forward. In those cases then I think taking that step back and taking another look at this new situation can really help you come up with a better plan. It might mean changing deadlines. It might mean doing things like pulling a release, which I did a few years ago, but whatever the outcome, you can make it work for you. It just takes time.

So with those, I give you my tips, and hope that all your plans go as smoothly as they can, and if they don't, that you're able to find the new way forward.

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Friday 17 May 2024

Review of Prophecy Untold by Kelly Carrero

Finding out my mother was taken by the demons was both devastating and the best news I’d ever gotten. She’s still alive—and I’m going to get her back.

The only problem is I need someone on the inside, someone I can trust. Someone who just might get us all killed. Then there’s the fact that I’ll need the other descendants to gain the upper hand that will enable us to destroy the demons once and for all, casting them back into the Shadow Realms.

Help will come from the most unlikely of places, and as hard as it is for me to trust, that is exactly what I must do.

Because it's not just our lives at stake. It's also my mother’s and every other human’s on the planet. If we screw up, the demons will take over our world, and I’m not sure we’ll get another chance to stop them.

Luckily, I'm not easily rattled. I’m a descendant of the original Huntress, born to defy, destroy, and protect, and I will do whatever it takes to see this through to the end.

I just pray everyone will survive to see us succeed.
 
 
My Review: 5 STARS

I read the first two books in this series and was dying to read the thrilling conclusion. I should start this review by saying that I’m, usually, not someone who enjoys vampire stories, but after the first book hooked me in, I had to know what happened next. I adored Kali and everyone else. The romance element just made it all the more sweet and perfect. The many twists and turns this series takes you down are amazingly crafted and allow you to get lost in Carrero’s world. This was a series that had me hooked on turning the pages and getting to the end. Very much recommended!

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Tuesday 14 May 2024

#TeaserTuesday

Zack can understand why Angelina told the lies she did...

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[ID: A teal background with the title WAITING ON YOU at the top and out now in ebook & paperback just below the excerpt The except reads:

Artist44: I can’t speak for the rest of the group because although they’re my friends, I don’t know them in real life so don’t know how they’d react to finding out you lied, but as for me? I don’t care.
AngelAnge: You don’t care?
Artist44: Nope, when I found that journal entry all I cared about was making sure you were okay and that was it. I figured that you had a reason for lying to us all and I wanted to know what it was so that I could help – in anyway I could – make your life better. If that just means giving you a place where you can come to talk to someone who *doesn’t* think you’re a loser, then so be it. I like you Ange, whether you’re the most popular girl in school or not. So yeah, we can still be friends, in fact I’d be pretty disappointed to come in here and not see your nick in the chat list. I enjoy talking with you, so as long as you’re able to still come in, then I don’t have a problem with it.

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Monday 13 May 2024

Knowing How To Approach Editing - The After Process

KNOWING HOW TO APPROACH EDITING

As someone who has edited a number of books, and has worked with a handful of editors, I thought that I would talk to day about how to approach editing. Of course this will all depend on your editor, their style of doing things, and you as a writer, but there are some common themes when it comes to editing that translate from editor to editor.

Personally I've worked with both editors who go through the manuscript with me, leave comments, and then I make changes along with them so that we're both sure that I'm on the right path. I've also worked with editors who give edit letters, some for the whole document at once, others, like my current editor Robert, one every quarter, and I've known of editors who do it for every act of the novel. All of these ways of doing things are valid and it's just about finding that fit, that editor, and that style that work for your own process.

I prefer the edit letters and then getting to go through the document at my own pace and work out what needs to be changed and moved around and what can be tweaked in place. I've worked with editors who do it all chapter by chapter, and I found that a lot more stressful and a lot harder to see the whole book as a whole. Of course the former means there are many read throughs to make sure I catch everything before it moves onto the line editor, and the latter means a lot of rewrites through the editing process and it all takes a lot longer to get through. Both work, and both are a great way to do things, it just comes down to personal preference.

So how do you work out which way works for you? How do you know which one is going to help you best craft the book into shape? And how do you then know how to approach rewrites and editing once you've landed on a style that works for you? Glad to asked because I'm gonna give you some of my tips on doing all of that and more.

#1 FINDING THE WAY THAT WORKS FOR YOU

I started off with an editor who would do corrections as she went, and I would follow along and make my tweaks here and there. It worked for me, at the time, and it wasn't until later on that I started to realise that the whole part of that process meant that by the time the book had gone to line edits, I was burned out on the story. That's one of the reasons I was happy to switch to a different editor and a different style of editing.

But you may not know that, and it might take you a while to get to a point where you do know how you work. While I've always been lucky with editors, finding people who meet my needs and also work well with me and my stories, I know that for a lot of writers, indie I mean because trad generally don't get an option in which editor they work with, it's not a case of one editor/editing team and done. Some will change from book to book, others will be with one editor for one genre and another for a different genre, and that's valid.

So if you find yourself moving through the process and realising that the way your current editor does things doesn't work for you, then it's perfectly fine for you to have a discussion, see about whether there can be any changes made to the situation, or if you need to amicably part ways and find another editor.

#2 SAMPLE EDITS CAN HELP
A lot of the time when you're first looking for an editor, you don't really know how they personally work. You might be able to approach clients they've had, and talk it through with them. Or you might be able to ask for a sample edit. It's literally as the name implies, a chance to have a look at how they make their comments - either as comments on the document or in edit letters etc - and how they work their way through the document.

There is usually no cost for this, and no obligation to book with them should you find that your style and theirs just doesn't match. It's okay to get sample edits and see which one might be the better fit for you. These are industry standard things, most editors will offer some kind of sample, and it's up to you to decide whether or not you want to go further along with it.

If you know ahead of time how you personally work, like you're looking for a new editor having going through the process before, then this makes things easier because you're able to basically upfront ask how they form their edits. But if you don't, then sample edits can be a big help.

#3 APPROACHING REWRITES AND EDITS
I don't want to imply that every book you write will need extensive rewrites, but I will just say that the majority of them will need a lot of work done. It's up to you to define how much a lot of work is. I've never written a book, and it be perfect. I don't think anyone ever has. There's the want to believe that because this book is your baby, that there are no flaws, but the point of the professional edit is that you can't see those flaws.

Right now, I'm in the middle of edits and rewrites for a book coming out later this year. I went into extensive revisions and while I like to think the story was as solid as it could be going into edits, there were, there always are, things that I'd not caught. The point is that you are too close to the story to pick up on those little bits. Like one thing my dev editor dinged me on was a turn of phrase I've used a little too much.

But approaching rewrites and edits is a very personal thing, it's about how you work as a writer. I usually tackle the first round of edits on a two chapters as a time basis. I have my edit letter up on one side of the screen and my document on the other, and I spend as long as I need to getting those chapters to where they need to be, and then I move onto the next two.

After I've done a full edit pass, I will then go through and reread five chapters at a time. That way I know that anything I might have missed on that first pass will be caught, and when that's done? I do it again. Just to be doubly sure. Now that might not work for you, but I always found that tackling it in small bites made things a whole lot easier for me.

You gotta do what works for you, and that's valid.

So yeah, editing is a beast and it goes from finding someone who works for you, and then tackling the rewrites as well. It's a long drawn out process and it's something that I always find draining, but when you do find an editor who is good with your personal style, they are gold dust and you should hang onto them for as long as you can.

Any questions? Lemme know in the comments!

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Friday 10 May 2024

Review of Fight by HG Lynch

 
Tilly and Dominic are prisoners of the witches, and Spencer will do anything to rescue them, even as his dreaded wedding day gets nearer.
 
 What he doesn't know, is there's a traitor in their midst, and she's determined to make him hers.
 
 With her eighteenth birthday approaching, Tilly is in serious danger of becoming host to a demon, while Dominic suffers every time she leaves his side.
 
 Time is running out for all of them, and the only way any of them will make it is if they fight.

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My Review: 5 STARS

I couldn’t help myself and dived into this book the moment I finished the first. With everything left the way it was at the end of book one, I needed to know what happened next. With Tilly and Spencer and everyone else, the story pulls you in from the first page and has you hooked until the very end, and even then you’re left desperate to know what happens in the finale. I adored the characters and while werewolves are not my usual jam, this was a book, and series, that had me convinced that could change. Very much recommended and very much enjoyed!

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Tuesday 7 May 2024

#TeaserTuesday

Tara's never had much time for bullies...

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[ID: A green background with yellow flowers laid against it, with the title DYING THOUGHTS - THIRD WISH at the top and out now in ebook & paperback just above the title. The except reads:

“Piss off, Jody, don’t you have somewhere else to be?” I asked, hoping she’d take the hint and bugger off. She didn’t though, because Jody is none too quick.
“Or you’ll what? Kill me and hide the body like you did with Cassie and your mum?” she sneered.
That did it. I’d had enough of her already so I did what anyone else would have done in my situation: I stood up and grabbed her hair and slammed her face on the wood between the booths. There was a sickening crack and I knew I’d broken her nose...again.

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