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Review: Our Frozen Wings by Becky Wicks

Our Frozen Wings by Becky Wicks 3.5/5

“It wasn’t like regular butterflies, Ella thought, watching Oscar turn from distant shapes into the boy she loved as he walked towards her in the snow. Regular butterflies were the sign of a sudden realization, a sudden flash in time that marked the start of all your words and emotions and actions being said and done for someone else. With Ella, there had been no such moment.

Ella’s love for Oscar was advanced, she liked to think. It was more like a fleet of caterpillars moving slowly but surely through her world. Each little caterpillar carried on its back a secret, traveling back and forth between her and Oscar; strong, silent and consistent until one day, the caterpillars simply grew wings.”

Review:

This short was pleasantly surprising. Wicks handled the narrative well and fed the conclusion to the reader in tidbits. However I did guess the ending pretty early on in the story, hence my rating.

This short was free on Amazon, and I am glad that this isnt just another ‘come and pay to read my other books to get the conclusion’ short story. This book can standalone, and has a full conclusion. If the reader wants to pay to reads Wicks’ other books it is based on writing skill alone. So, thumbs up for that.


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Book Review: What the Dead Fear by Lea Ryan

What the Dead Fear by Lea Ryan 3.5/5

Juniper Townsend died of carbon monoxide poisoning at the ripe, old age of 22.
However, death isn’t the end. In Limbo, she finds a foggy wasteland and strange creatures. She also discovers that during night hours, she can walk among the living. But there are rules. Never influence destiny. Never interfere, because the consequences are dire.
Will she sacrifice eternal freedom to save the innocent?

Review:

An interesting take on the afterlife, or at least a part of the afterlife. Ryan adds characters with interesting dynamics in their personalities. Good and bad are blurred in some respects.

This short story is followed up by a sequel. Some intriguing narrative points are laid in place that should result in a sequel with potential. I just wished this book was a little longer to establish the relationships between the characters a little more fully.


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Book Review: Book Idea Generator by James Green

Book Idea Generator by James Green 3/5

Are you struggling ato come up with ideas for your next book?
Want to know the best niches?

TURN YOUR MIND INTO AN IDEAS MACHINE AND FIND YOUR NEXT PROFITABLE NICHE!
This book will focus your mind and help generate hundreds of ideas for your next book.

Book Idea Generator will demonstrate how you can release killer ideas for your next book.

Review:

This book is about helping writers (of non fiction in particular) find niche markets on subjects they may have knowledge, education, or experience in. It is a strategic look at generating book ideas that should sell well.

Now, strategy is one thing, to me, passion and strong knowledge or advice is another. I find it hard go grasp the concept of writing purely for sales. Passion shines through, even in non fiction. That essence could be lost.

A lot of the information provided seems to be common sense, but there are links to helpful tools, and the author’s own software.

If what you are after is a helpful guide into niche Amazon categories and keywords, then this book is for you.


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Book Review: Virus the Unknown by Larry Finhouse

Virus the Unknown by Larry Finhouse 3/5


Brody had always wanted to live like the rich kids did, with their hot meals and shiny cell phones. Unfortunately, life had other plans for him and his sister Pippa. Struggling to pick up the pieces after their father’s mysterious death and coping with their mother’s drug use and her abominable new boyfriend, the children felt even more removed from hope. In this thrilling debut novella, Brody and Pippa are about to learn to rely on a completely different set of survival mechanisms — a set that would keep them alive while horror, a virus that slowly poisons the human brain, tears apart their small town. Amid the outbreak, tales of fright breed and people begin using the word zombie — something Brody, even though young, thinks is foolish.

Review:

The author plays on the fact that the readers are aware that this is a zombie book. On many occasions he builds the scene for us to believe that the zombie virus will present itself to the kids, but no. In fact, we don’t know/hear much about any infection until much later in the book. The main chunk of story is backstory. Brody and Pippa’s sibling relationship is the driving force.

The narrative doesn’t hold back in brutality and abuse, and it’s shown to us through the eyes of a child and his sister which makes it that much more awful to witness.

I’m not a fan of free books that leave you on a massive cliffhanger to encourage you to then buy the 2nd. This book did just that. At least conclude the narrative to an extent, and trust that your writing ability will spur me on to book 2, not a lack of conclusion.


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Book review: How to Write a Bestselling Nonfiction Ebook in 30 Days or Less by Joshua Montoya and Marty Cooney

How to Write a Bestselling Nonfiction Ebook in 30 Days or Less by Joshua Montoya and Marty Cooney 2/5

If you can write an e-mail then you can succeed as a non-fiction author with this step-by-step blueprint to create best-selling non-fiction books.

Review:

This is one of the more structured nonfiction ebooks I have read. However, there’s a lot of telling the reader that they need to do something, without actually showing them how.

I would have given a higher star rating if not for a noticeable number of inconsistencies, errors, and unfounded advice.

Firstly, I found some of the sentences structured in a jarring way. This isn’t consistent with the advice of getting an external editor for your work.

Secondly, some of the content is repeated in other chapters. It’s just fluff to bump out the book.

Finally, this comment! For context, the authors are discussing the idea of paying a ghost writer to write your book.

‘(You need to find writers that are native English speaking only! We don’t recommend anything outside of the United States and we never will because you are aiming for quality here.)’

Just eurgh. This sentence is misinformed and offensive in countless ways. Since I’m an English writer, does that mean that I can’t produce a quality book despite being a native English speaker because I’m not American? Huh? Need I say more?


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Book Review: Kindle Income by Alex Foster

Kindle Income by Alex Foster 2.5/5


This book covers the fundamentals to making a living writing books for Kindle. How to set up your book from cover to description to maximize sales.
How to get motivated and pick which books to write. A beginner’s guide to starting with Kindle with the intent to profit. How to gather a following and write quickly to publish books faster.

Review:

I have to review this book from two view points. Firstly, the book didn’t offer me anything I didn’t already know, but would probably help out a new writer with zero knowledge of self publishing.

Secondly, I have read a good few of the books this author has released, and the information is recycled somewhat from book to book. All that seems different is the titles.

These books are not helpful for writers with a general knowledge of self publishing, and the content isn’t much varied, but on the other hand, newbies might benefit from them.


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Book Review: Kindle Reviews by Alex Foster

Kindle Reviews by Alex Foster 4/5

Book Reviews teaches you how to get more reviews following proven methods used by publishers and successful independent authors. These methods are approved by Amazon (and other book vendors) and don’t violate terms of service.

Learn to avoid methods that get your account banned, and how to get some types of negative reviews removed.

Review:

Reviews are like gold dust to authors. I’m always looking for ways to boost reviews, and downloaded this book for that reason.

I found the information on studies carried out on the major book distributors interesting, and the advice about how to deal with Amazon and unfair/policy breaking reviews beneficial for future reference.


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Book Review: Writing a Book a Week by Alex Foster

Writing a Book A Week by Alex Foster 3/5

My writing method is a focus on writing short, high quality books that bring value to readers. Most of my methods are for nonfiction, but many examples and ideas work well for fiction books, too.

Learn how to be profitable writing a book a week for Kindle and other book sites. The process is a true test of discipline and character. I share ideas that work for writing under this model and the motivation and mindset it takes to succeed.

Review:

This book doesn’t pretend that writing a non fiction book a week is easy. The author recommends 5 hours a day to complete this task. That’s dedication for even some full time writers.

Although the book focusses on quantity with quality, I do wonder how good research and well written content can truly be produced in one week.

I would be interested to hear from readers who have tried this system.


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Book Review: Write What Sells by Alex Foster

Write What Sells by Alex Foster 3/5

A beginner’s guide to book writing helping you write in categories that sell while finding niche topics that stand out. Focused mainly on nonfiction, many of the tips are valuable for fiction titles, as well. Learn how to:

  • Find categories that are profitable for self-publishers.
  • Research the potential of a book before you commit to writing it.
  • Find niches that will stand out from the competition.
  • Find great ideas to write great books.
  • Publish and use marketing and promotion effectively.

Review:

The title made me shudder a little because I am a true believer of ‘write what you’re passionate about’. Writing to sell books to me is a big no no, and your book will reflect that.

Upon reading, I discovered this book mostly targets non-fiction writers who want to make money selling content based books, mostly of the informative, instructive kind.

If you are one such writer, there are tips and advice for you about categories, niches, and marketing. And… its free.

This is an informative book, just not what I can benefit from.


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Book Review: How to Make Money Blogging by Bob Lotich

How to Make Money Blogging by Bob Lotich 3/5

Bob Lotich founded ChristianPF.com back in 2007 and after getting laid off in 2008 he took the leap into full-time blogging. Less than a year later he was earning more from his blog than his previous day-job.
While his results are not typical, this book covers all the steps he took to make money from his blog over that two-year period.

Review:

There isn’t anything wrong with this book, it just didn’t offer me anything personally. It covers the basics thoroughly, so if you don’t know the basics, then this is great. I know the basics, and although I blog as a platform for my books and to review, rather than to make my blog my business, I was hoping for some new, innovative ways to grow, even if just a tad.

Basically, time and hard work grows a blog, and eventually, can lead to income, but I’m already aware of that.

However, like I said, this is a good freebie for beginners.


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