Longshot Island magazine is relatively new and I had the pleasure of reading the first issue. On their website, you’ll find plenty of information including:
Welcome to my new “Book of the Month” post. As a writer, I read a lot, so I thought it would be a great idea to share my favorites. I tend to read at least 4 or more books each month. Some I love, some I don’t. What I want to do with this post is share my favorite book from those I’ve read each month. I’m hoping it will help you find some great new reads. Today’s post is my book of the month for February and it’s my pleasure to announce that it’s Midnight Rose by Author Dani Hart.
Yesterday evening as part of Oldcastle Writers Group, I had the privilege of meeting Dolores Keaveney children’s author and artist. It was a wonderful night and this lady is such an inspiration. Dolores is a self-published author and her books are beautiful. She told us all about the self-publishing process from start to finish and even read from one of her books. It really was eye opening and I hadn’t realised there was so much to do when it comes to writing and publishing a children’s picture book. You have to write the book, design a front cover, create the book in InDesign, print a mockup, edit, edit, edit, and then have print copies done for reviews. There really is a lot involved including getting your ISBN from Nielsen, a UK company. You also have to find someone to do you a bar code if you are self-publishing too.
In the last couple of weeks I read two excellent books that I am adding to my best book reviews 2016 list. The first of these is A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole. The second is Reckless by Maggie Shayne. Below are my reviews for these books.
A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole (Book Reviews 2016)
Following on from yesterday’s post about helping authors by writing book reviews, I thought I would share my latest 5* book reviews for April/May 2016. I tend to read quite a lot, but I only share books that I love. Below are the books that really stood out for me over the past two months. One is a complete series, the others although part of a series are all standalone reads.
Eternal Love: The Immortal Witch Series (Immortal Witches #1, 2 & 3)
In today’s post I wanted to talk about how to help authors by writing book reviews. There are so many books out there now and especially with the introduction of eBooks. How do you choose what to read? If I go into a bookstore it’s the cover that will attract my attention first. After that I read the back cover to see what the book is about, and if I’m still interested, I will open the book on a random page and start reading. Why do I do this? I like to see if a random page will draw me in enough to buy the book. I also like to see the writing style of the author.
I love to read. That’s probably a given seeing as though I like to write, but I do love a good book. There are some amazing authors out there and self-publishing has brought even more of them to the forefront. I am never without my kindle. It comes everywhere with me. I love how small and neat it is as well as the fact that it can hold thousands of books. I own a paperwhite edition and it wasn’t something that I thought I would like as much. You see, I love books. I love the feel of them, the smell of them, and just everything about them. My husband bought me a kindle for my birthday about two years ago now and since then I have devoured some many amazing books that I never would have had the pleasure to enjoy. So many of the books have been free too. I have discovered some really talented writers and I just couldn’t imagine life without my kindle now.
Yesterday, I spoke about the journey to smoke freedom that I had been on this past year. I also mentioned the weight gain I had experienced too. Today I want to tell you about one method that I have been using to help me shed the pounds that have crept up. This method isn’t a diet or starvation technique. It’s not a “spend an hour at the gym everyday” method either. This is actually a natural method to weight loss that actually makes a great deal of sense and works.
I was delighted to receive an advance copy of this book in return for my honest opinion. First off, I have to say that I love fantasy and it has always been a favourite genre of mine. This book is a compilation of short stories, something I very seldom read. I was a little apprehensive but I’m glad I received this book and it has changed my opinion of short stories completely. I always thought of short stories as being too short to actually capture the mind or attention. I didn’t feel that they would build the characters or allow me to become engrossed. I was terribly wrong and Beyond the Pale has proven that to me.
I had the pleasure of reviewing Connie Good’s latest book and wanted to share my review of it here with you.
Connie Good describes her new book LIttle Gifts of Sustainable Contentment as one minute daily reflections for cultivating mental, emotional, physical and financial well-being and after reading it I really can see why. The book itself is broken into 7 different chapters that deal with emotional contentment, financial contentment, intellectual contentment, social contentment, occupational contentment, physical contentment and spiritual contentment. The book also contains a rather inspiring introduction.