Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Guide That Authors Need to Follow



I attended the Decatur Book Festival this year.  One of the discussions was a panel discussion on Book Reviews.  This panel included professional authors and professional reviewers.  I attended the discussion and asked one question during the Q and A at the end. I also mentioned that I am a Book Review Blogger. One of the reviewers told the people asking questions they needed to come see me and see how I the Book Blogger could help them. 

What these authors really needed is to check out Barb Drozdowich’s book Author’s Guide to working with Book Bloggers.  I unfortunately could not help all those authors who came to see me that day, but Barb can offer some great suggestions. 

This novel is about twelve chapters.  Barb used a survey of all of us Book Bloggers to help give guidance to the authors we are likely to work with.  This survey is included in at the end of the book. 

The main topics covered are: 

How to select a Book Blogger

How to contact a Book Blogger

How to write a Guest Post, Interview, or Promotional post.

How to then promote those posts once up on a Book Blogger’s website.

My advice is it is best to read this book as an ebook because there are some interactive elements.  You can read it as a paperback but you may want to refer to the internet with the websites mentioned in the book.

Rating:

5/5

Please visit Barb on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Tyler Chambers: My Life is an Open Book (well, three actually)



Meet Tyler Chambers the main character in Travis Casey’s series, “Tyler’s Trouble Triology.

My author thought it would be funny to stick me in the 1980's. Granted, it was a cool decade but seriously? No cell phones or internet?

Anyway, I was about to get banged up in jail just juvenile stuff really, but the cops lost their sense of humor so Travis made me join the Navy instead of serving time with some guy named Tyrone. Wow! What an adventure that turned out to be! I spent a couple of years in Hawaii but got mixed up with two chicks that had me in a Trouble Triangle. I'm still not sure if it was love or lust, but it really did my head in. So I jumped at the chance when Travis offered to put me on a sea going ship traveling the world little did I know the ship was setting sail into Oceans of Trouble. I would have loved it except the Captain of the ship wanted to lock me up for something I didn't do and some whack job tried to kill me just for fun. You should see what they did to do to me in Singapore. It was a nightmare.

Somehow I managed to survive, so Travis lined me up for another cruise. I was really looking forward to it, but guess what? Some jerk in the book switched my orders and I ended up fixing submarines in Scotland! I mean, of all places.

Without any choice, I packed my bags and headed off to that rain-drenched environment on the other side of the world. I just wanted a simple little plot, but noTravis Casey had other ideas. 

I arrived in Scotland hoping to drink a few beers, have sexual liaisons with a few of the Scottish lasses, and have a few laughs. And I fully intended to follow advice I was given and stay away from fellow co-workers i.e. women on the ship. Besides, the Navy doesn't allow relationships with superior officers and that was just fine with me. I didn't want anything to do with Navy chicks anyway but when I saw my boss, Lt. Darcy Novak, holy smoke! I fought urges, but she fell for my charm regardless. We both knew we were heading for some kind of Forbidden Trouble, but our chemistry was undeniable. And then that damn Charlotte Kemp went to get her claws into me. I had to start spinning lies to protect DarcyI mean Lt. Novak. Things kept going from bad to worse.

I should have just taken the jail time before the first book began and it would have saved a whole heap of time and trouble and I wouldn't have had any of the stress that shook my world in book three. You wouldn't believe what I went through.

I'm not sure what it was all about, but I think they call it love.





Sunday, December 28, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up

Weekend Wrap-up is where I share what I read this past week, am currently reading, and hope to read this coming week, and (when applicable) the current giveaways/giveaway winners. Occasionally I'll post some other stuff as well. Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Pinterest boards for  Book Deals, Giveaway, posts on Writer's Corner.  

 Feel free to join along and post your own Weekend Wrap-up on your blog/site (If you do, please leave the link in a comment so I can stop by) or, in a comment, share what you've accomplished (reading-wise) this past week. :)

 What I'll be reading next:  





 Current Giveaways:










Thursday, December 25, 2014

Post Christmas Giveaway


Thank you to St. Martin's Press for giving me the opportunity to share these books with you.  This giveaway will run from December 25, 2014 to January 5, 2014.  You must be a US resident to enter.  Please see the rafflecopter below.


Another Night, Another Day: Three people, each crying out for help. There’s Karen, about to lose her father; Abby, whose son has autism and needs constant care, and Michael, a family man on the verge of bankruptcy. As each sinks under the strain, they’re brought together at Moreland’s Clinic. Here, behind closed doors, they reveal their deepest secrets, confront and console one another, and share plenty of laughs. But how will they cope when a new crisis strikes?

SARAH RAYNER was born in London and now lives in Brighton with her husband and stepson. She worked for many years as an advertising copywriter and now writes fiction full time.

The Winter Sea: Escaping an unhappy marriage and an unsatisfactory job, Cassie Holloway moves to the little Australian coastal town of Whitby Point. There she meets the Aquino family, whose fishing business was founded by their ancestor, Giuseppe, an Italian immigrant, some ninety years before. Life for Cassie on the south west coast is sweet as she sets up a successful restaurant and falls in love with Giuseppe's great grandson Michael. But when the family patriarch dies, a devastating family secret is revealed which threatens to destroy her dreams. Cassie's future happiness now rests with her quest for the truth.

Di Morrissey is one of Australia's bestselling international novelists. She trained as a journalist with Australian Consolidated Press and became Women's Editor for The Daily Mail Group in London. She had her own television program in the United States on CBS and was a regular presenter on Australia television. In addition to radio broadcasting, she has written for TV, film and theatre. She is the author of 12 bestselling novels and lives in Byron Bay.  You can reach Di on her website.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Visit the Angels of Ropemaker Place



One of the first stories written by Michele Gorman is Angels of Ropemaker Place. 
This story was published under the name of  Jamie Scott.    The story centers around angels Mr. Packer and Dolly.  They work at a bank.  Mr. Packer shines the shoes and Dolly pours the tea.  What  will we learn about the people that they serve and their choices?

My Thoughts:

I did not realize how short this story was.  It does not take long to read at all.  The writing is very descriptive.   We learn very little about the characters because of the shortness of the story.  The author gives an explanation in the beginning as to the setting of the story. 

A Great Read for the Holidays!

Rating: 

4/5

Should you like to contact Jamie Scott (Michele Gorman) you can reach her at Facebook, Twitter, and her Website

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up and Giveaway Winner

Weekend Wrap-up is where I share what I read this past week, am currently reading, and hope to read this coming week, and (when applicable) the current giveaways/giveaway winners. Occasionally I'll post some other stuff as well. Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Pinterest boards for  Book Deals, Giveaway, posts on Writer's Corner.  

 Feel free to join along and post your own Weekend Wrap-up on your blog/site (If you do, please leave the link in a comment so I can stop by) or, in a comment, share what you've accomplished (reading-wise) this past week. :)

 What I've read this week:




 What I'll be reading next:  





Current Giveaways:


Prize from  Jane Green Saving Grace and Tempting Fate.

Giveaway Winner:


The Winner of the Jane Green Giveaway for a copy of Tempting Fate and Wine Charms is Jacqueline Cotton.  











Saturday, December 20, 2014

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway

Welcome to this year's  Midwinter's Eve giveaway hop.  It runs from December 21-31.  Please visit  the other bloggers listed below.  Jane Green and I are featuring two of her novels Tempting Fate and her latest release Saving Grace.  You must be a US citizen to enter. Please follow the rafflecopter.

The first novel Tempting Fate: 

Gabby has the perfect family she absolutely loves her husband Elliot and her two daughters Olivia and Alaina.  One night while her family is out Gabby decides to go out with her married friends.  They think what harm could happen when going to a bar and flirting with some guys there.  They would never take it any further or would they?  Or more specifically would Gabby?  She meets Matt that night and they start a friendship.  Gabby tells herself that it won’t go any further than friendship.  Will she change her mind?  What consequences occur from that one choice?  Will they be able to forgive? 

Then there is Saving Grace:  
Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted’s rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted’s longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to…until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue.  To the rescue comes Beth, a competent young woman who can handle Ted and has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf the Chapman household. Soon, though, it’s clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity.  With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late. (janegreen.com)

 This is a Blog Hop!