FINALLY! Some help for those who find it difficult to write book reviews. It isn’t always easy to write them. We writers know that. This will help. Reviews are absolutely essential for authors. Not only does it help potential readers make a decision whether or not to buy the book, but believe it or not, writers learn from their reviews. It’s all covered in this article. I’ll shut up now and let you get to it. Enjoy!
J.A. Konrath’s blog is invaluable to me, as well as thousands of other authors. Probably hundreds of thousands. Maybe more. He’s informative and entertaining. If not for him, I wouldn’t be where I am now. This latest post, Here’s What I Know, is one of my favorites. Wise words we should all live by.
As you know, I’m a huge fan of Chuck Wendig’s blog. The man always hits the nail on the head and makes me laugh while doing it. This post is no different. Writing is an emotional roller coaster. At least we’re not on it alone. Enjoy his post and look around when you’re done. They’re all gems.
Fantastic new review of PUSHED!
It’s here! Actually, it’s been here for a few days now, but things have been mighty crazy and I haven’t had time to squeeze in a post about it. From what I hear, people love it. That’s good. It means I’ve done my job. If you’d like to try it out (and let’s face it, you DO), then head on over to Amazon and pick up a copy here for $2.99. And please please PLEASE take a minute to leave a review when you’re finished. Most advertisers have a minimum review requirement, so I need all I can get. Thanks in advance!
Ron Redwine is an up-and-coming author, a man whose lifelong dream of achieving celebrity status in the literary world is finally becoming a reality. But Ron isn’t only a writer. He’s also a sadistic serial killer who kidnaps, tortures, and murders women in his basement.
Nicole Lee is a beloved wife and mother. She’s also the only woman who has ever escaped Ron’s clutches. After being held in captivity for nearly a year, she found a way out, a way to be free once again and go back to her life. Only she can’t. The life she knew before her abduction is gone. Separated from her husband and son, Nicole is psychologically broken. She spends months in a mental health facility trying to put the past behind her so she can return to her family.
Upon her release, Nicole hides herself away in a fleabag motel where she wrestles with her demons alone. When an interview on the local news advertises the last two stops on Ron’s latest book tour, she becomes enraged. Furious that he’s able to live his life happily while she’s reduced to an existence filled with guilt and despair, she decides to take matters into her own hands.
Pushed too far, Nicole seeks her revenge, using Ron’s own devices against him.
For mature audiences only.
From the dark mind of Kimberly A. Bettes comes the highly anticipated sequel to HELD. Be warned: This book is every bit as raw and gritty as the first.
For those of you who haven’t read Held yet and are interested in both books, there’s a bundle available here for $4.99.
Ah yes. We’ve all had ‘em. Hell, I’m having one right now. Chuck Wendig is a wise man. If his writing career ever tanks, he should consider motivational speaking. Every time I read a post on his blog, it’s like a firm kick in the arse. And it’s always the kick I need.
You would think with the advance of technology that people would be smarter than ever before. It seems the exact opposite is true. And that makes me sad. What does it say about us as a people that we have all the knowledge of the world at our fingertips–literally–and yet we know less than our grandparents did at our age with virtually no technology whatsoever? I mean come on. Google is right there. Use it!
I’m not ashamed at all to admit that I use Google a lot. Can’t remember the name of a movie? Google it. Can’t remember who sings that song? Google it. Not sure what a word means? Google it. Need to know how to open a coffin? Google it. Need to know where to buy Chloroform? Google it. Need to know how fast lye dissolves a body? Try it. Um, I mean Google it.
They say that we’re dumber because of Google. That instead of remembering the things we learn, we forget them because we can always just Google it again, so there’s no reason to memorize it and actually know it. I can see that. But for the few hours or days after you Google something, you’ve learned it and you know it. For me, once I Google something, I pretty much remember it. The act of typing it in and looking it up sears it onto my think meat and I just remember it. Settle down. I’m no savant. But I do believe that if I can do it, you can do it too.
So what do you say? How about we use the Google and actually learn some stuff? Like the difference between ideal and idea. How to make the best chocolate chip cookies. Why x really equals y. When to plant those tomatoes. How to spell tomatoes. Ways to cook tomatoes. Why some people are obsessed with tomatoes. There’s a whole world of knowledge over there in that little bar. Let’s use it. Let’s learn.