Getting Those Reviews

4evo-shift-jpegOver the last three days, I have been corresponding with book bloggers, reviewers, and book tubers in regards to my eBooks: EVO Nation and EVO Shift. I’ve had a great response, and have been emailing out PDF copies all morning! Thank you to those who have requested copies of one or both books, and I hope you enjoy the read.

I’m still sending out copies in exchange for blog/ goodreads reviews, so holler if you’re interested.

 

5 Reasons Why You Should Send Out Free Copies:

  1. People love a freebie, and if you’re asking for something in exchange, ie a review, it’s common curtesy to offer a copy for free.
  2. Reviews sell books. It’s a catch 22. To sell books you need reviews, but to get reviews you have to sell books. Offering free copies boosts your reviews and recognition.
  3. Your book gets more visibility on various social media/ blog platforms.
  4. Readers listen to book bloggers, booktubers, and influencial reviewers. It is what it is. Some readers will only scour blogs and review sites for their next read. If you get your book featured, then your book is on the radar.
  5. Networking. You can build up a rapport with some bloggers/ reviewers and have a large contact list for future releases.

Nine times out of ten, the reviewers are cheerleaders, encouragers, and great supporters. It’s great fun to get to know everybody in the reading and writing field.

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A New Blogging Milestone

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I’m overwhelmed to say the least. I have just reached my 200 followers milestone! There are 200 of you gorgeous people following my little ol’ blog, and I’m so grateful to you all.

A friendly introduction for my new followers, and some of you oldies (you know who you are. you’re part fo the furniture now):

6tag_091215-185819This is me- crazy eyes, cheesy grin, and all! My name is Kayleigh, but my pen name is K.J.Chapman. I am a twenty nine year old, wife, and mother of one. Oh yeah, and I like to write- a lot!

If I’m not writing, I’m blogging, reading, and reviewing. I particularly enjoy reading obscure ebooks, and reviewing them with hopes to bring them into the mainstream. Us authors have to help each other out, right?

I have self-published three eBooks on Amazon Kindle: two science fiction and urban fantasy novels, and one writing prompt book.

My books:

EVO Nation Series- book one & two:

EVO Nation Blurb:

The government tortures her, her own kind uses her, and she is learning the true meaning of ulterior motives. Teddie Leason has been dragged into the festering underbelly of the secretive world of EVO. A world about to be blown wide apart.

Now, the reclusive teenager who couldn’t get upset without her unruly ability causing destruction has to somehow embrace her gift to save her new friends and her new love.

Will the actions of one man fuel a suppressed, supremacist society’s thirst for war and vengeance, or will Teddie be strong enough to stop him?

EVO Shift Blurb:

She killed him, but did it make a difference?

Her kind has been exposed, abused, and segregated, and now Teddie Leason is top of Britain’s most wanted list at just nineteen. Teddie has to decide whose side she is on, what she fights for, and whether it’s worth her life.

How can she protect the man she adores, the Uncle who has taken her under his wing, and her unfaltering friends, when she can barely take care of herself? Dealing with new power and a history that has long since been forgotten, has rendered the world’s most powerful EVO vulnerable and at risk.

When will she be dealt a winning hand? Could a clandestine, renegade group of EVO change not only her fate, but that of everyone affected by this unprecedented war? And how does Teddie fit in a world bracing for a shift of unfathomable magnitude?

Prompt Me: 150 Writing Prompts For Beating The Block

Prompt Me(1)Blurb: We have all stared at a blank screen or notepad, willing the inspiration to come. Not only is this the most frustrating, infuriating, time wasting thing that can happen to a writer, it is also avoidable. Whether, you need to beat the block, take a breather from your current work in progress, or just harness your inner creativity, writing exercises are the way forward. Take a prompt, give yourself a time allowance, and create.

I feature short stories and writing exercises on this blog, and my love of writing prompts is apparent. So, I thought to myself, why not compile my prompts into an ebook for all to enjoy? That’s exactly what I did, and I even threw in a couple of short stories featured on this blog.

Connect with me:

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Thank you for your continued support! I am grateful to be part of such a great blogging community.

Idea Bomb Aftermath

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It happened- another idea bomb has exploded in my noggin. Yes, this one literally blew my brains out, and I was a walking, talking zombie until I could get some notes written. Those notes turned into two chapters. This is snowballing and I think it will be my next release after the third and final installment of the EVO Nation series, EVO Ghost.

I’m not sure if this book will be stand alone or a series, but either way it is going to be a challenge. Hell, I’m up for it. My protagonist is no heroine, in fact you could call her a villain, but as I always say, villains make the most interesting characters. The challenge will be in getting the readers to relate and root for her regardless… Um, yeah, good luck with that Kayleigh.

I’m excited at the prospect of writing fantasy, royalty, new worlds, and complex characters. It’s a good job I’m feeling particularly villainous of late…

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Review: The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs by Damon Galgut

The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs by Damon Galgut 3.5/5

Blurb: A year ago Patrick Winter was in Namibia completing his military service. Now, during the first free elections, Patrick has returned to the country he defended; the place where he fell in love for the first and only time. With the country poised to change forever, Patrick is forced to revisit his past and scale the wall that he has built around his painful memories of love and war, and loss.

Review:

Patrick is a white South African who had been drafted into the South African army to fight at the border of Namibia in the 1980’s; a war he never believed in. He had a breakdown after a soldier he loved was killed in combat, and now, after an honourable discharge, he has to start his life again with sexual orientation confusion, a promiscuous mother, and her Namibian, SWAPO activist lover. The narrative shows Patrick’s struggle with his identity, whilst highlighting an important historical moment in Africa.

The story starts with Patrick and his mother heading to Namibia for the first democratic elections, and jumps from present time to his time in the war. The writing is beautiful and controlled. I was continuously in awe of Galgut’s simplistic, yet impactual descriptions and prose.

‘Maybe somewhere in space light has preserved the image of that moment, suspended and infinite.’

The dialogue was on point throughout the whole novel, recounted in Patrick’s slightly detached POV.

“Have you ever been in love?”

“Yes. Once. I think so. I’m not sure.”

“You never told me about it.”

“I don’t think I knew at the time.”

The ending was anti-climatic, and kind of just…was an end, if that makes sense. I was hoping for more of a climax or pivotal moment for Patrick, but that didn’t take away from the story.


 

The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties.

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman.

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review.

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ARC Review: The Siblings by A. Morgan

The Siblings (Book One) by A. Morgan

The Siblings My Review:

This is one for the sci fi, fantasy, and dystopia fans. The Siblings is due for release on April 12th 2016. I was fortunate to get an ARC in exchange for a review. I believe this cover is only temporary, so keep your eyes peeled in the future for the new look.

The narrative is fast moving, action packed, and unexpected. We follow the story of a brother and sister whose lives are ripped apart by a dangerous faction, and watch how they come to terms with what their future roles are in the world as they now know it.

Characters are well developed and distinct, relatable and flawed. These characters have you both rooting for them and questioning their actions. Jest is the protective brother with a questionable history, but a heart in the right place. And Fer is the gentle, far from naive sister who has to prove just how fierce she can be to protect her unborn child. Whom to trust? Now, that is a good question.

The world building in this novel is brilliant; a dystopian future with solar flares threatening the planet, a generation who possess remarkable abilities, and an unrecognisable London known as ‘The Pit’. Organisations, politics, and ethics are all wonderfully woven into an entrancing tale. The lines of right and wrong blur, and you are left wondering who are the good guys; if there is such a thing as good guys in a messed up world.

And that ending- woo hoo hoo! Not everyone is who we think they are and that fact left me reeling. There is a cliffhanger for sure, opening up a whole new can of worms for book two.

In summary, an innovative tale, believable characters, and plenty of twists. I can’t wait for the next installment.


 

The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties.

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman.

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review.

What’s Your Name? Letter O

Continuing with the letters between Mackenzie and Naomi, I pre-picked my ‘O’ name ahead of time to include in last week’s letter. This is the third and final letter and it is a doozy- woo hoo hoo.

You can find the first two letters here: Mackenzie’s Letter and Naomi’s Letter.

The name randomly picked from the first ‘O’ page in my naming book is:

Oakley: a surname meaning ‘oak meadow tree’. Used as a masculine first name.

Oakley

Mackenzie,

I hate you.

It has taken me twelve months to even contemplate sending this letter to you, but do you know what? I’m going to ensure that you experience even a fraction of the torment you put me through that night and continue to put me through to this very moment.

After the funeral, I tried to end my life. Is that what you wanted to hear? No parent should have to bury their child. Oakley was bright, funny, so so loving, and he had such a gentle heart. You robbed me of him- the world of him. I hate you!

Now, here’s the part that you need to know, and it’s a doozy. I named him Oakley because he was your child, Mackenzie. I left the day I found out I was pregnant because I knew you’d be poisonous for him. He deserved better than you as a father, and Rick brought him up as his own. I still loved you, and I knew that you would love him, but your love is dangerous. How does it feel knowing you killed your own child in the fire that night? I hope it eats you alive. I hope that you see fit to tie that rope around your neck and rid the earth of the scum that is Mackenzie Jenson.

Oakley’s resting with his Dad now; the man who earned that title, and will always have it. My son will haunt you for the rest of your days because I will see to it.

You took the best of me, but the rest of me I dedicate to torturing you.

Naomi.

 


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It’s Killing Time… Don’t Panic, I’m A Writer!

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Okay, I better explain that title, right? And perhaps the picture… Who am I kidding? It’s pretty self-explanatory.

Yep, even though I was a bitch of an author to some of my characters in EVO Shift, not many died. Not many in comparison to the 15 in EVO Nation. Yep, 15! Some were minor characters, but still- 15! Technically, there is more if you add in the faceless, nameless characters, but let’s not.

Now that I am drafting EVO Ghost, book three, the time has come for me to make the hard choices. Hard because my characters are my babies, and hard because someone needs to die. *Insert evil laugh here*.

Is it wrong that I enjoy a good, poignant death scene? I love fiddling with the narrative to create the perfect boiling pot of emotion. I want my readers to feel the death, whether it’s sadness at the loss of a beloved character, or euphoria as I dish out just desserts. It’s all in the name of writing fun.

On a final note, that meme was not created by me. I actually stumbled across it. Coincidence? I think not!


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Review: Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block

Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block 4/5

Blurb:

People pity me, but mostly they feel envy. I have all the luxury and freedom a girl my age could want.

Something is happening to Charlotte Emerson. Like the fires that are ravaging the hills of Los Angeles, it consumes her from the inside out. But whether it is her eternal loneliness, the memory of her brother, the return of her first love, or the brooding, magnetic Jared—she cannot say. What if it’s something more . . .

Something to do with the sudden tear in her perfect nails. The heat she feels when she’s with Jared. The blood rushing once again to her cheeks and throughout her veins.

For Charlotte is a vampire, witness to almost a century’s worth of death and destruction. But not since she was a human girl has mortality touched her.

In what way will you be transformed?

Until now.

Review:

‘Not another Vampire book,‘ I hear you cry. Well, yes and no: It is another vampire book, but minus the boring, unoriginal romance, damsel in need of saving, and blood hungry action. I was pleasantly surprised when I started this book. The narrative was from the perspective of Charlotte- beautiful vamp, wishing she was mortal. Charlotte was believable as a character, and expressed true concerns, lusts, and needs.

The main characters: Charlotte and Jared had an intriguing romance, built on unstable foundations, yet I rooted for the pair of them. Block writes engaging, dysfunctional, beautifully flawed characters. I loved how the relationship played out. The ending was perfectly unperfect. (That won’t make sense until you read it).

Back story played an important part in this story, and added to Charlotte’s wish for mortality. Her maker, her brother, and her best friend whether dead or alive, play vital roles in her desire to die, or at least live an ordinary, finite, human life.

The writing was elegant and mesmerising. Such beautiful prose from a talented writer. There wasn’t big action scenes, nor did the narrative require it. The wonderful descriptions and the well developed character arcs kept the pages turning. It was Charlotte’s personal story and remained true to her until the end.


 

The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties.

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review.

 

 

What’s Your Name? Letter N

After last week’s post, I selected a ‘N’ name ahead of time. I had good reason for this- I needed to sign off last week’s writing exercise with a name, and that name would be used in this week’s exercise, linking the two.

The name randomly selected from the first ‘N’ page of my naming book is:

Naomi: A feminine first name meaning ‘pleasantness’. (Hebrew).

Naomi

Naomi,

I bet you thought I’d never find you, but you know me- persistent. You were right, you know- about me being consumed. I wasn’t going to stop until I found you. But you were wrong about things too. I never hated you, Naomi. I loved you so much, so much that I lost sight of myself, and passion can bring out the best and worst in us, right? I know you saw the worst- a lot, but I need you to know that it wasn’t out of hate.

You were a damn coward. A letter? A fucking letter was all I got? Did you seriously think that would satisfy me? It was almost as if you were begging me to come and find you. How could you not know that was exactly what I’d do?

And then to see you and him, and that brat of yours. He looks like you- I hate him- just a kid and I hate him. He is yours and his, and he should have been ours. I heard you call his name- ‘Oakley.’ Fuck, Naomi! Why that name?

This isn’t a letter to beg you to come back to me, or to confess my undying love for you. It’s been five years too long for that. This is a letter of warning. I’m going to break your heart just like you broke mine. I want you to know what it’s like to have something snatched away from you. Hold your family tight tonight, Naomi, because it may be the last chance you get. Once I’m done ruining your life as you ruined mine, I might just leave you letter- would that suffice?

I will take the best of you.

M x

In the same fashion as last week, I pre-selected an ‘O’ name for next week’s ‘What’s Your Name?’ post. I want to continue these letters for one more post, and as you can probably  guess- Oakley takes the spotlight.


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