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Update 31/08/18

Update 31/08/18

Once again, I’m going to post updates every month on where I am at with my writing or lack thereof.

Reading

Zero writing has taken place this month, but I have been reading up a storm. I caught up with my backlog of reviews, and next month, I plan to include what I read in my updates, but there are far too many reviews to include in today’s post.

Scheduling and Planning

The majority of my time, though incredibly limited by mama duties, was used scheduling five months of blog posts and starting to plan a marketing system for my books that works for me. Okay, so I’ll do one book shoutout. Five Minute Marketing for Authors by Barb Asselin has some interesting ideas I want to implement, and five minutes seems too good to be true, right? We’ll see.

For future reference, my Writerly Wisdom posts will go live every Wednesday, and my Updates posts will be featured on the last Friday of the month.

Coming Up

Keep your eyes peeled on my various social media platforms for any mini updates on how I’m doing with the above, and there are some book reviews coming soon. I hope you have a productive month.


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Book Reviews

Review: Black Virus by Bobby Adair

Black Virus by Bobby Adair 4.5/5

Alienated in a world where he doesn’t fit in, Christian Black survives because he’s different. Then the virus came, and made the world turn different, too.
Now people are dying by the million. Food supplies are short. Riots are blazing through the streets, and Christian’s only goal is to keep his family alive. But safety lies far from the city, and just getting out will be tougher than anyone knows.

Review:

It’s always great to find a new take on the zombie/infection genre. A strain of flu that some die from, some survive, or some are left with a mutation that slowly turns you into a ‘degenerate’, is right up my street.

This story focusses on Christian Black and his background. The foreword from the author was a little worrying for me as he states that he wrote Black Virus because when writing Black Rust he realised there wasn’t room for backstory with a fast paced plot. I disagree with this and believe good writing allows for both. So, even though Black Rust was written and published first, it has become book two. I was wary of Adair’s writing after reading the foreword.

That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this take on the infection story, even more so because it is packed full of back story and world building. However, that foreword has made my wary of book two. If its all action and no character development or backstory in its own right, then I doubt I will like it as much as book one. I wish that foreword had been omitted.


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

Book Reviews

Review: The Text by Claire Douglas

The Text by Claire Douglas 4/5.

A single text changed her life. Did it end his?

Emily Latimer is furious. Her boss Andrew is being so unreasonable, as always. She fires off a text to her boyfriend, only in her haste she sends it to her whole office group.

In it she says Andrew’s being difficult about letting her have time off work. That she is angry. That she hopes he dies. The next day her face burns in the office. No one believes her when she says it was a typo, she meant to say does. She hopes he does.

It’s a nightmare. But it gets worse – Andrew doesn’t turn up for work. And then the police come knocking. Because Andrew Burton has been murdered . . .

Review:

Imagine sending a scathing text to your friends list by accident. Imagine there’s a typo in it. I hope he does has been changed to I hope he dies. Then, the person you were texting about is murdered.

The blurb to this short is intriguing, and it is an intense read considering it is so few pages. That being said, I knew who was involved in the ‘who dunnit’ from early on. No spoilers!

This book was well written and believable. I’m not usually a thriller fan, but Douglas does it well.


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

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Book Reviews

Review: A Hole in the Pavement by Tahlia Newland

A Hole in the Pavement by Tahlia Meal and 3/5.

Every morning, Norris watches his goddess walk to the bus stop in front of him, the gap between them far wider than the physical distance. This morning, she stumbles. He wants to run and help her, but finds himself stuck in a metaphorical hole that appeared along with his self doubt. By the time he gets out, she’s long gone. He vows that if it happens again, he won’t hesitate, but when she falls the next day, he has more than his own hole to deal with. Can he find his heroic self before she walks away?

Review:

This short is a blend of metaphor and literal. The holes the characters fall in are those of low self esteem, anxiety etc. They help each other to ‘climb’ out.

In places the narrative was a little repetitive, and I couldn’t read it (even understanding the metaphor) without thinking, ‘ why aren’t the council filling in those bloody holes?’


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

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Review: Is $.99 the New Free? By Steve Scott

Is $.99 the New Free? By Steve Scott 4.5/5


Do you wonder ANY of the following: Is it better to launch a book for free or $.99? Is there still a benefit to the KDP Select program? When should I move my books to another platform? How do I increase lagging sales?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it’s important to know “what currently works” with Kindle Publishing.

Review:

I have downloaded many Kindle pricing and promotion advice books from Amazon, and considering this is a freebie, it’s the best I’ve read. Scott provides in-depth content and undertook his own experiments with the pricing on his own books.

A worthwhile read with research and results to back it up.


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

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Review: Kindle Pricing and Promotion by Alex Foster

Kindle Pricing and Promotion by Alex Foster 4/5

Book Pricing and Promotion teaches you how to priceyour books for optimal results. You’ll see data from personal tests in different book categories showing you how to price your book to balance high volume sales, to maintain high page listings, as well as the best profits possible.
The book also looks at my results from popular marketing and promotional sites, both free and paid marketing. Learn how to use marketing and promotion sites for the best possible outcomes and how to correctly publish a new book for improved long term outcomes.

Review:

Pricing your book in a jam packed market is incredibly important, and Foster has tried and tested the various options and shares his statistics in this book.

There is don’t food for thought in this book. Of course, categories and competition factor, but I will be implementing some of the advice in this book and will judge the results for myself.


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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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Review: Kindle Writing Tips by Alex Foster

Kindle Writing Tips by Alex Foster 3/5

Tips and tricks for new independent authors helping you avoid common pitfalls and improve your profits. Learn about the following:

  • Keywords
  • Titles
  • Formatting
  • HTML
  • Reviews
  • Marketing

Review:

A good little guide that covers the nitty gritty of self publishing ie formatting and the importance of keywords etc.

I have taken onboard a few pieces of advice that I will try to implement to see how they work for me.

Another book that is great for writers starting out.


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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Review: 5 Minute Marketing for Authors by Barb Asselin

5 Minute Marketing for Authors by Barb Sweep on 4/5

Are you a published author looking to promote your book or books? Are you hoping to publish a book soon and wondering how you are going to promote your new book?

Do you have a “day job” and not enough time to promote your books, even though you want your books to become your “day job”?
If you have books to promote and no time, this book can help.

Review:

This book is great for those starting out on their writing and self publishing journey. It wasn’t what I needed as I’m already aware and implementing most of the ideas suggested, but that doesn’t take anything away from the useful, well compiled content.

The 90 day schedule is a great idea. I will have a go at starting and sticking to my own marketing schedule.


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

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

Book Reviews

Review: Swept Away by Penny Parkes

Swept Away by Penny Parkes 3/5

Swept Away is a short story based around a large country medical practice in Larkford that also features in Penny Parkes’ novels Out of Practice and the forthcoming Practice Makes Perfect (June 2017). The Surgery at Larkford proves to be a hotbed of rivalry, resentment and romance – and that’s just the doctors. Think James Herriot meets House.
Married mum of two and successful GP Holly Graham moved to Larkford hoping to find the peaceful life she craved. Instead she found chaos and intrigue, but also a tight-knit community full of wonderful characters who helped her through difficult times.

Review:

This short is well written and showcases some interesting characters such as Elsie. Unfortunately, due to length, these characters are only touched upon, but there is more to this series to get your teeth into.

I like books that rally community and friendships, but they can be a bit samey samey. I think the neighbours and friends will be the defining feature for the rest of this series.

This book is free from Amazon at the time of this review.


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

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