Author Toolbox Blog Hop

Write for You (Author Toolbox Blog Hop)

This post is more of a motivational, encouraging pick-me-up for anyone who needs it. I wanted to share the one thing that I have learnt in my time as a self published author, and that is to write for you.

Why did you start writing? Passion, a creative outlet? Has that changed over the course of your journey and are you asking yourself ‘what is the popular genre of the moment? Do people want to read this? Should I change something I like because statistics say my target audience won’t buy it?’

I’m here to tell you that the only person you need to impress is you. Yes, it is great to get sales and amazing reviews, but at the end of the day, you need to be happy with your process and your work.

I believe that your best writing comes when you stay true to yourself, your beliefs, and your style.

I just wanted to put this thought out there today, and if you are writing today, remember to make yourself happy.


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Review: Daughter of Llathe by Ben Cassidy

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Daughter of Llathe (A Tale of the Two Rings) by Ben Cassidy 3.5/5

15644251_1373498689368211_108057768_n.jpgWhen Wayfinder Nali is dispatched to the isolated village of Veel’na in the rainforest lowlands of the planet Llathe, she soon discovers that her task is larger than she thought. A dark terror is killing the people of Veel’na one-by-one during the Long Night, and there is no help coming until daybreak several weeks away.

As Nali races to find out exactly what is responsible for these deaths and stop it, she faces rising tension from the captain of the town’s mercenary guard and the frightened villagers themselves.

Will Nali overcome her own doubts and fears, or will the ancient evil that rots out in the heart of the Llathese jungle ultimately consume her?

Downloaded from Amazon for free.

Review:

Nali is a Wayfinder who is sent to aid the village of Veel’na in the rainforest. She soon realises that the villagers need much more help than anyone had imagined. Something is killing people and it is getting closer and closer. With the planet’s long night cycle set to last several weeks more, can Nali and the villagers stop this dangerous being before anyone else dies.

The world building was imaginative and executed well. I could easily visualise the planet and its various species/ races. The language used to explain things such as time and distance was understandable and added to the whole immersion. For a novella, the author has done a great job of character development, considering the sizeable world created in just 14k words. That being said, I would have preferred this novella in novel form. I think we were only just sussing out the true depths of Nali towards the end of the novella. I would love to have seen what Cassidy’s imagination could conjure up in a full length novel.

I don’t usually talk about book covers in my reviews, but I felt like this may be a big issue for some. Although fabulous, the cover left me doubting the age of the target audience. To clarify, this is not a children’s book.

If you like a quick , fantasy read with mastered world building and character developement, then this is a great book to get your hands on. It is also free on Amazon at the time of this review.


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Review: Tough Love by Skye Warren

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Tough Love (Stripped #0.5) by Skye Warren 4/5

15591836_1372511329466947_1831706741_nA story about the sacrifices we make for love…

I sneak out of my room every night. My father’s guards don’t see me. My sister doesn’t see me. No one sees me, except him.

He’s the son of a mafia foot soldier. My father is the boss. I shouldn’t even know Giovanni. And I definitely shouldn’t kiss him. Our relationship is doomed to fail, but that won’t stop me from trying.

Not every girl wants to be a princess. I just want to be free.

I downloaded this book for free from Amazon Kindle.

Review:

Clara is the youngest daughter of a mafia boss and is in love with the son of one of her father’s foot soldiers, Giovanni. The unstable set-up of the firm and who will eventually take over, sees Clara and her sister, Honor, thrust into dangerous situations, relationships, and a life set to be full of pain. Gio has other plans for Clara, and sets about freeing his love.

This book definitely lives up to the dark romance genre, and is the first I have read of its kind. I was drawn in from the start; learning the dynamics of the mafia and the forbidden relationship between Clara and Gio. Warren builds a vivid world of debauchery, violence, and power in a short space of time. The characters are crystal clear in my mind, and even the hero is far from a saint. This series holds promise.

I need to know Gio’s fate, and I can 100% say that I shall be reading more from Warren in 2017.


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Indie Book Advent

Indie Book Advent #16

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Day 16 of my indie book advent features Susan Kaye Quinn’s Open Minds.

00000.jpgSixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can’t read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can’t be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf’s mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she’s dragged deep into a hidden world of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.

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Indie Book Advent #15

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Day 15 of my Indie Book Advent features The Girl In Between by Laeken Zea Kemp.

23534737.jpgBryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is.

But the appearance of this strange boy isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Bryn’s symptoms are worsening, her body weakening as she’s plagued by hallucinations even while awake. Her only hope of finding a cure is to undergo experimental treatment created by a German specialist. But when Dr. Banz reveals that he knows more about her strange symptoms than he originally let on, Bryn learns that the boy in her head might actually be the key to understanding what’s happening to her, and worse, that if she doesn’t find out his identity before it’s too late, they both may not survive.

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Indie Book Advent #14

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Day 14 of my Indie Book Advent features Swarm by Alex South.

27246992.jpgJohn has a dead-end job, doesn’t see enough of his friends, and struggles to find meaning in his life. These everyday concerns vanish on the night he’s jerked awake by screams.

Frenzied figures roam the streets. A helpless onlooker, John tells himself that this isn’t like the films. This is real life, with real people.

He and his neighbours band together over a small supply of food. Tensions brew, and a difficult choice arises. Risk starvation, or attempt escape? Conflicted over the cause and scope of the apocalypse, the group struggles to work together.

At first John clings to logic. The zombies do not drink or eat. Organic matter cannot sustain itself under these conditions, but things grow more complicated as the behaviour of the infected makes a drastic and inexplicable change.

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Review: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne 4/5

15415939_1361629633888450_1962512990_nBerlin, 1942 : When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

Review:

Bruno is the nine year old son of a Nazi Commandant of Auschwitz. The story follows Bruno’s story of moving from Berlin for his Father’s job on the special request of Hitler, to starting up a friendship with a Jewish boy within the camp, and eventually, shockingly, having his eyes opened to the horrors of what really goes on behind the fence..

I read this book when I was a teenager, and when I spotted a copy in my library, I decided to re-read it and see if I experienced the read in the same way as I did back then. I can honestly say that this book still packs the same punch it did on my first read. Bruno’s naivety and the way that Boyne uses that innocence to tackle tragic realities in this hard-hitting, heart-wrenching narrative is masterfully constructed.

*No spoilers* The ending stays with you, even after you have closed the book.

Why I couldn’t give it 5*: unrealistic niggles. Bruno never questioned certains things that were said about his Father, most importantly, by his own Grandmother. Bruno was able to meet up with Shmuel more than I’d imagine possible under the circumstances.

If you want a hard-hitting, thought provoking read based on WW2 atrocities, then this is the book for you.


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Review: Make My Wish Come True by Jade Cooper

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Make My Wish Come True by Jade Cooper 3/5

15356000_1354214304629983_1522282279_n.jpgIt’s Christmas Eve and Livy’s hoping for a little Christmas Magic. She makes her wish and goes to bed alone. But Christmas morning may be a long way off. It just so happens that someone else is wishing for the same thing. There’s a blizzard outside but inside Quinn McGrath’s Irish Manor, the fire is roaring. Together, their wish has been heard.

What happens next is nothing short of naughty magic with all the trimmings of a warm and fuzzy romance. It’s not every year that Christmas magic lands Livy in the bed of a hot Celt who wants nothing more than to dominate her into sexual bliss.

** This book contains strong sexual content and is intended for mature audiences only**

I downloaded this novella for free from Amazon Kindle.

Review:

Shy Livy works in marketing and is single at Christmas. She wishes for someone to spend the holiday season with. A bizarre dream and Christmas magic sees her transported to another lost soul, Quinn. Together they see in Christmas in steamy, raunchy style.

The story starts in the usual cliched way- bored, lonely Livy working in a job she doesn’t like, wishing for more out of life, and dreaming on Mr Perfect. Very quickly the magic happens- literally. Livy hears the pleads of a man in her dreams and she answers him. What happens next throws the book through a loop. Christmas magic is involved in seeing her wish answered.

I would have liked a little more explanation about the weird transportation, but none is offered. Steamy sex pursues and pretty much fills the rest of the book. The ending is sweet, but lacking a little, hence my 3 stars. Does Livy stay? Does she get transported home? I am interested in knowing more.


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Review: Christmas at Pebble Creek by Vannetta Chapman

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Christmas at Pebble Creek by Vannetta Chapman 3/5

15281997_1353031404748273_791359958_nThis short story e-romance is an exclusive bonus from The Pebble Creek Amish Series by Vannetta Chapman. Fans of the series will enjoy this chance to briefly revisit Pebble Creek, and new readers will be introduced to an Amish community that is more deeply explored in the three full novels, A Promise for Miriam, A Home for Lydia, and A Wedding for Julia.
As a bonus, this eBook also includes Amish homestyle recipes for chicken and dumplings, green beans, and fresh bread. Heavy snow blankets the southwestern Wisconsin Amish community as nineteen-year-old Grace Miller closes the schoolhouse for Christmas break. She’s looking forward to having extra time to help the family prepare for the holiday, and she is hoping to get a few more drawings in of the beautiful, snowy Pebble Creek landscape. Her courtship with Adam Lapp is going on six months, and Grace can’t wait to give him his present: a blue-and-brown buggy blanket she crocheted for him. Yes, this Christmas is going to be especially joyful. Yet, amid the cheer of snowshoe outings, church potlucks, and holiday festivities, Grace is given a bittersweet reminder of the Christmas story. Grief is present with celebration, and though the future is rarely certain, she is given a heartwarming glimpse that God knows our needs before we do and will provide.

I downloaded this book for free from Amazon Kindle.

Review:

I have not read the Pebble Creek series, so I went into this ebook with fresh eyes. This is a very short read, and as I am unfamiliar with the Amish lifestyle, I did enjoy reading the certain language differences and cultural differences, even if some of those cultural differences are not what I agree with.  A little more backstory would help readers who are new to Grace’s story.

It was a pleasant read. There was nothing that overly stood out for me, and nothing that I particularly disliked about it. It is well written and edited, but it is simply not to my reading interest.


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Indie Book Advent

Indie Book Advent #3

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Day three of my Indie Book Advent features Brianna West’s Promiscus Guardians series.

Blurb for book one:

Izzy is on the fast track to nowhere. Being ordinary really blew sometimes. That’s until she meets Lucas–a man that’s unlike anyone she’s ever met. Mostly because he isn’t actually a man. He is a supernatural creature that proclaims to police the Light and Dark in order to protect humans.

And Izzy–well–she isn’t the human she thought she was. She is actually a supernatural being as well. And now Lucas is going to do everything in his power to find out what she is and protect her from the Dark lurking around the corner.

Awakening follows Izzy as she navigates this new world of demons, vampires, angels, and many other supernatural creatures. Recruited by the Promiscus Guardians and partnering with the most brooding and devilishly handsome man she’s every met, Lucas, Izzy is suddenly knee-deep up crap creek. Discover the secret behind her power and why it’s such a commodity in her Awakening.

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