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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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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.


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Blog Tour: Resurrection by Brianna West

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Today, I am happy to host Brianna West on Writerly Bookish Stuff as part of the blog tour for her upcoming, April 28th release of Resurrection. Resurrection is the fourth and final book in the Promiscus Guardians series and is available to pre-order from Amazon. If you are a paranormal romance fan, then this is the series for you.

51y23vyVFNL._SY346_Izzy is back again after managing to survive villain after villain, and now she’s got her eyes on the prize—Mother Dearest. But her world takes a turn when she discovers something that might make her think twice about her usual reckless guns-blazing style.

And when a new evil villain joins forces with Mother Dearest, Izzy and Lucas are forced to partner with someone quite unlikely and a little too close to the villain they’re after.

With the final battle looming and a host of new problems, will Izzy and Lucas find a way to survive, or will the odds be too much and overcome them?

Find out in Izzy’s final kick-ass fight against the Dark, Resurrection.

Brianna West has given us a conclusion to Izzy and Lucas’ story, and what a conclusion it is. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Resurrection. I devoured it much like the rest of the series. Find my review here.

So, without further ado, let me tease you a little…

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Release Event and Giveaways Link: Facebook Event

Buy Links:

Amazon US: Preorder here!

Amazon UK: Preorder here!

Find more ARC reviews here: Goodreads

Good luck with the upcoming release, Brianna!


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Thrown to The Blue

First Chapter Excerpt: Thrown to The Blue

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As it is Christmas, I thought I’d get in the giving spirit and give those who haven’t read Thrown to The Blue a teaser excerpt from the first chapter. Don’t say I don’t give you anything. Ha!

1Foretellings have no place for goodness, only greatness. Princess Ezrahli is far from good, but she is a great woman in a conventional Kingdom, followed by whispers and scorn. However, across the waters is un-convention, magic, and fable. Her existence has been foretold in the battle against dark magic, and destiny shall weave itself into her life because darkness cannot be fought with goodness, only greatness.

Smuggling and sorcery leads to adventure, and adventure leads to destiny. Reed is a prince of the streets, but what he lacks in title, he makes up for in skill; a skill that sets him on a path already written in fate. Can he be more than what is expected? Can he enable greatness in another and survive the process?

Vengeance is a motivator, but it can never be your friend. In the end, it will ask for sacrifice, and only the great will pay the fare.

Chapter One Excerpt:

There is about five litres of blood in the average human body and that amount covers good ground. The pool of claret stretches across the marble floor, over my bare feet, and runs down the stairs. Father was an obese man, I am unsure if fat men hold more blood than most, but I am utterly mesmerised.

I have been witness to a slaughter before now. The cow is stunned, and then the animal is cut open with the heart still beating. A waterfall of red gushes out of the beast along with a ghastly smell. It is quick, humane some may say, and effective. Father’s heart was still beating when his throat was cut, much like that animal’s, only, I felt sympathy for the cow.

I drop the knife into the sticky mess at my feet and lift my nightdress before it is spoiled. It is my favourite; hand embroidered lace imported from Jansani- a shame to ruin with that man’s blood.

Brenneth and his guards enter the vestibule below. Father’s drained body is a welcome sight for him. Although the guards look taken aback by the scene, as soon as Brenneth nods, they set to cleaning the mess; he is their King now, after all.

Their mustard coloured uniforms contrast vividly with the red. I reach out to touch the closest guard’s tunic and he springs away from me like a cat on hot coals. A show of strength is what keeps people obedient, fearful. There is nothing stronger than killing the King of Ye’Sande, one’s own father.

“Goodnight, Brother,” I say, stepping over Father and heading toward my quarters, leaving bloody footprints behind me.

“Beautiful dreams, Ezrahli,” Brenneth replies.


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Thrown to The Blue Update

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This past week, I have been on a one woman editing mission! My proof reader has already got the first half of my manuscript, and is almost ready for the second half, and my Betas are currently reading as I type this. I’m getting fantastic feedback, and some brilliantly constructive suggestions. I’m excited now, really excited.

So, what does this mean? It means that I have a release date *drum roll please*…

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Keep an eye out for my promo ads.

I shall be sending out ARCs from October 11th. If you would like to be an ARC reader, please comment below.

I have some amendments to make, so it’s back to the editing grindstone for me.


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September Reads Round Up

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A round up of my September reads with links to the full reviews:

Thirst for the Hunt by A.C.Wentwood

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I gave this book 2/5. I think the author read Twilight before writing this book.Character decisions were unbelievable, but I did like the weird group dynamics of the lost boys, and in particular, the highly jealous, slightly insane lost girl.

The Last Orphans by N.W.Harris

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I gave this book 5/5. Well written, perfectly paced, and action packed. A unique take on the infection outbreak storyline. I was fully submerged into Shane’s new reality and the dynamics of the whole gang.

 

Feyland by Anthea Sharp

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I gave this book 2.5/5. Vivid descriptions and detailing of Feyland, but an old concept with little character development. I would have liked to have had more conclusion. This prequel felt more like a long prologue.

 

Grey by Kade Cook

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I gave this book 3/5. Detailed world building and a vast array of unique characters. The pacing felt a little off, and there were lots of info dumps, but a good fantasy story interwoven with the present day.

Burn the Dead: Quarantine by Steven Jenkins

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I gave this book 4/5. Some ‘oh my god’ moments within the first few chapters, and it was refreshing to be stunned by simple narrative twists and not just by the gore.

Hollowland by Amanda Hocking

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I gave this book 3.5/5. Interesting plot line with some well devloped characters. Some character choices didn’t add up, but overall an enjoyable read. Will definitely be reading the next book in the series.

 

Nano Contestant #1 by Leif Sterling

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I gave this book 4/5. Fans of the Hunger Games will like this book. Brilliant concept with motivated, rounded characters. Part of a large series. There isn’t a conclusion, more of a cliffhanger to lead onto the next installment, and that is what cost it that final 5th star for me.


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Thrown to The Blue

2nd Redraft Complete

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The second and final redraft is now complete. It has taken a little over two weeks to work my way through the necessary changes. Of course, this was much easier than the first redraft and should have been completed within a week, but September has seen both myself and my hubby turn 30, so I havent been able to slog away and get it done. No matter-it is done now.

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What’s Next?

It has been over a month of redrafts, so now it’s fine tooth comb time. The plan is to get a week’s worth of editing done before I send the first half of the book for proof reading. It’ll be a game of cat and mouse; I shall try to finish editing the second half of the book before the proof-reader gets back to me with the first half changes. Yeah, because plans like that always work out for me- HA! I have to try and stick to the plan that has been arranged, but there is a little wiggle room. I need it, considering I have been having one of these weeks:

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I shall not be adding any more excerpts from here on in. I think I have been pretty generous thus far. As soon as my betas have their copies, I will have more of an idea of a release date, so I will update when I know more.

Can those who have mentioned being an ARC reader leave a comment, and I’ll add you to the list and get back to you- thank you.


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Hollowland by Amanda Hocking

Hollowland by Amanda Hocking 3.5/5

14459917_1281062005278547_317153572_n“This is the way the world ends – not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door.”

Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way – not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.

Review:

The world has fallen to Zombies, but small communities and quarantines are fighting back. Remy’s quarantine is over-run, but she escapes on a mission to track her little brother who is ‘sick’ and was evacuated before the zombies took over the quarantine. The narrative introduces a famous band idol, a cult, a gang of psychopaths, and a lion. Yep, a lion.

To kick off, I wanted to talk about characters. I loved Lazlo. The ex-super star is well rounded with healthy doses of flaws. At first he comes across as a loveable rogue, but you get to the truth of Lazlo as the story progresses. However, I couldn’t warm too Harlow. She was younger then the others and irritating. Remy, the main character, was totally kick ass, but far from my favourite. Don’t get me wrong, I understood Remy’s motives to find her brother, but some of her actions felt forced.

I enjoyed the plot line. I wanted a little more explanation as to why the others flocked after Remy. Just because she is brave enough to punch a zombie in the face, doesn’t mean people would follow her blindly and leave safe havens to go with her. Lazlo had his reasons, but Harlow and Blue left me a little stumped.

The zombies were not the usual shuffling and ambling sort, but the fast paced, hungry sort. They even start evolving- working together in packs with some kind of intellect. Intelligent zombies is just extra creepy to me.

I wanted to give this book 4*, but some narrative choices and character development held me back. That being said, it was an enjoyable read, and I want to read the next book in the series.


 

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If you like… Cell by Stephen King

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Cell by Stephen King

Blurb: Mobile phones deliver the apocalypse to millions of unsuspecting humans by wiping their brains of any humanity, leaving only aggressive and destructive impulses behind. Those without cell phones, like illustrator Clayton Riddell and his small band of “normies,” must fight for survival, and their journey to find Clayton’s estranged wife and young son rockets the book toward resolution.

Fans that have followed King from the beginning will recognize and appreciate Cell as a departure–King’s writing has not been so pure of heart and free of hang-ups in years (wrapping up his phenomenal Dark Tower series and receiving a medal from the National Book Foundation doesn’t hurt either). “Retirement” clearly suits King, and lucky for us, having nothing left to prove frees him up to write frenzied, juiced-up horror-thrillers like Cell.

The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R.Carey

Blurb: Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.


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Review: Nano Contestant by Leif Sterling

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Nano Contestant by Leif Sterling 4/5

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In 2114, Pinnacle Corporation, the world’s largest tech company, hosts the Tech Games to showcase the world’s latest technology. The contestants must battle it out in 11 brutal games to ultimately win a $100 million prize!

These digital and hybrid athletes must use everything at their disposal in order to take that prize and all of its glory in the Tech Games.

Hacking, firewalls and electronic countermeasures are all being used by each contestant while running and fighting at top speed. It’s all on the line, because nothing is being left on the table!

EPISODE 1 – Whatever It Takes

How far would you go to save your family?

Roland has vowed to save his father’s life and get him set free – no matter what it takes. Entering the brutal Tech Games as a contestant gives Roland the perfect cover to get close to the Pinnacle Corporation and try to uncover evidence that would free his father.

But first, he must qualify by demonstrating a new, state of the art technology – implanted in his own body. With the Tech Games deadline closing fast, he must risk his own life with untested nanotech, or he will lose his chance to save his father’s life forever.

I downloaded this book for free from Amazon Kindle.

Review:

It’s 2114, and Roland needs information on Pinnacle, the world’s leading tech company who hold the answers for his father’s incarceration on death row. What better way to get close to the corporation than by entering the deadly Tech Games; a Pinnacle run tournament to showcase the latest technology with a prize of £100 million.

This book has no conclusion. It is part one of a much longer story, hence why I couldn’t give it 5*. It is a unique way of writing a story because you risk leaving readers dissatisfied with the ending, but I believe that Sterling pulled it off. I want to know what happens during Roland’s time in the Tech Games.

The small cast of characters was a refreshing change from a large array, and works well for this small installment. The character’s motivation is made known, and the reason for taking the risks are believable. I can’t wait to get to learn more on Roland and Skylar in particular.

Sterling does a great job of world building. The technology in 2114 is well thought through and a graphic description of a surgical operation is not for the faint hearted. I would call this book the Hunger Games on Speed!


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