Best of luck, Bob. Knock ’em dead.
“Maybe he would kill her in her sleep.”
A few paragraphs in and this sucker is on my GET IT list. Click the book for a preview. You’ll see what I mean.
A very big thank you goes out to Judith at readandreview2016.wordpress.com for her incredibly thoughtful review of my book. Glad to see she enjoyed it and also got some good stuff to consider for future efforts.
Commune: Book One is the story of one small group of survivors who must adapt to a primitive, hostile world or die. As they learn the rules of this new era, they must decide how far they’re willing to go to continue living, continually asking themselves the same question daily: is survival worth the loss of humanity?
When I started reading Commune, I noticed a couple of minor technical issues. There were some grammatical errors, and the narrative occasionally swapped tenses by accident. Also, some words were written with excessive letters or punctuation, like thiiiiiiis????!!!! As a reader, I urge writers not to do this. It may look as if it expresses deeper meaning, I assure you it does not; I read it as this? or this! regardless of how many extra letters or punctuation marks have been added.*
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Author Dean M. Cole is doing a really cool thing that I wasn’t even aware was a doable practice in this game; a virtual blog tour! He’s going to be feature alongside the narrators of his latest book, Solitude: R. C. Bray and Julia Whelan. This looks like it’s going to be a really cool feature for a guy who is already drumming up a lot of buzz in the independent and audio markets.
For those of you who run your own book blog, this is your chance to get in on the action (CLICK HERE). There are a number of dates open in which you can submit to host these folks over at your site. This is a good thing for everyone involved; it means traffic for them and it definitely means new traffic for you.
I stumbled on this gem today. So far, the site seems to be in the early stages of development: only three posts that I can see, undefined categories, a contact page that is barely setup, and a cryptic about me page.
Everything about this site makes me want to know more about the owner.
I’m sharing because of the writing skill that is being demonstrated here. I must assume the writer is female because the entries are written from a female POV, however you can’t be sure in these things.
Male or female, there is a treasure trove of work worthy of study here. The writer makes it all seem so effortless but there is so much going on under the hood. As the reader, you’re almost being programmed. The POV in these entries is nearly my own psychological opposite, however I find myself thinking and feeling exactly as this craftsman of a writer intends at the end of each passage.
This is masterfully done.
“So how do you want to do this?” I asked, pulling out a wad of cash. ‘Up front or afterward?”
Dr. Karlberg was entirely composed of angles. At first I couldn’t tell if he looked severe because of his attitude or because of a violent metabolism. With an unsmiling, no-nonsense demeanor, I guessed his weight had less to do with luck and more to do with hard discipline. Sit ups, push ups, lean meat every day. He must have been in the military because at his age, he stood more erect than most men my age.
He directed me to the sofa that was strategically lower than his chair. From behind me, I got the distinct feeling he was herding me. Like a sheep. This, most likely, was not going to work out well for either of us.
Dr. Karlberg stared at the cash with disgust. His long nose pointed at…
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This was originally brought to my attention by Colleen Chesebro of colleenchesebro.com. Holy lord, what a useful tip. Thanks so much!!!
Hello, SEers! Harmony here 🙂
Recently, I had to update my webpage to reflect a book release due out soon. I realised that I had forgotten completely how to make the book previews that I’d done for my other books, lols. So, good old Google came to the rescue. Then I thought that it might be useful for folks if I outlined the process of Embedding Amazon Book Previews into your website here. If you know all this already, then of course feel free to ignore me! The other benefit of sharing this is that, in writing it all out, it might actually embed in this brain of mine! (Miracles have been known to happen.)
Happily, unlike donating digital gifts (including ebooks), this feature works on both Amazon UK as well as Amazon US. Yay! (Sorry, but being in the UK, that’s one of my gripes, ha ha.)
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My guess is: this bugs the hell out of you too.
It’s more than just mashing the like button. What’s happening is that we’re in a forum where everyone has a voice, everyone has a thing they want to say, and everyone is screaming at once to get attention. One of the quickest ways we’ve found to do this is to “engage” with others, because others tend to engage back. This is even in the tips that WP offers for new bloggers: get out there and engage with others!
Thing is, everyone has an ego. They want everyone coming in to read what they have to say but not many of them are going out to hear others. They want to take the least path of resistance an minimal effort to “engage”.
They hit like, move on, and wait for the new subs to roll in.
I’m making it a point to like only those things I read. If you do the same, I reckon the overall quality of interaction increases for everyone. Are you tired of fake or obligatory likes?
Hello my dear friends across the globe, Hope all of you are doing well, WISH YOU ALL A GREAT WEEK AHEAD 🙂 This post is regarding a strange thing which I observed in WP in the past few weeks.
I have been with this blog for almost one year and I have been active from past two months compared to previous months. Like any other blogger, I too wished to have the good number of followers who will spare their valuable time for my blog too. I honestly expect them to read what I write/post, then express their views in the form of likes/comments.
I have found recently getting more likes for my posts. I get notifications of most of my posts being liked by my new followers just one after the other, that too within seconds (I really wonder how it is being done). How will one person be…
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There’s a guy over at thebookbeard’s Blog (thebookbeard.wordpress.com) who is fairly busting ass writing a metric ton of quality reviews and critiques. Seems to cover it all, from books to film and TV. If you need a hand picking your next diversion, I don’t think you can go wrong here.
Alex Lamb’s debut novel, Roboteer, is a fascinating read; big worldbuilding, big ideas and what feels to be the start of a new voice in space opera/hard science fiction. Set in a far future where Earth has been united under a pseudo-religious, political dictatorship whose aim is to subjugate humanities colonies on other planets and in other star systems, the conflict rests on Earth’s scarcity against the colonies technological superiority. It’s a manufactured war: the colonies are defending themselves whilst Earth promotes bizzare, almost racist ideologies.
Told through the eyes of three different characters, we get to see much of Earth’s political elite as well as the colony homeworld Galatea. Will Kuno-Monet is the eponymous Roboteer, a genetically modified human, designed to control and understand robots and computer systems; Ira Baron-Lecke is a Galatean starship captain who heads up covert missions into enemy territory; Gustav Ulanu is an Earther…
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Interesting ideas from a fellow writer working through the “slog”.
Being an independent author is a lonely endeavor.
I mean you have to do everything yourself. I have already covered all the different hats one must wear to tackle self-publication. Initial copy editing, navigation of the various systems to get your book ready for publication, proof reading, marketing, agent representation (that’s you too)… it’s overwhelming. Not to mention that you are also the bankroll, brains, talent, and toiler of this whole affair.
If only there was a resource out there that could help all us starving authors. Oh, there are plenty that want to help, for a price. For those on a low budget, another thirty dollars here and 40 dollars there add up pretty quick. All to being further in the red.
I know for some it’s enough to just have your stuff our there for others to hopefully read and enjoy. But it would be nice to at…
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