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Gift of the Phoenix Review





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Comments: Okay I will start with the bad points just to get them out of the way. One thing, there was a few spots where double words showed up. Example: I will will be going with you. It is a simple editing problem just needs a good once over. Another thing there was a lot of telling of the story over showing. I did a lot of this in my first book. It distracted me a couple times, but for the most part it didn’t bother me.

Now for the good stuff!

I really liked the story and I was pulled into the characters lives. The ending was a tad predictable,but still enjoyable. It is an epic journey of good vs evil on a world full of hidden magics. I like the use of the phoenix as the source of the magic and its role it plays on the world. I liked the mystery of the stones and the power they contain. Slowly throughout the story the stones powers come into play and the characters use of that power. It seemed like a good balance through the story. I gave 5 stars for the use of characters. It’s just my opinion, but I really liked them and felt a connection. I believe a good book is one that entertains you, that is the most important thing over everything else. Gift of the Phoenix entertained me.

I give it 3 1/2 stars overall

IMO: A good book that I think people would enjoy.

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August is Done!





Sorry I haven’t posted much lately. I have been so busy I just didn’t have time, but now that August is done I will have more time. I still have to wait for the chapter edits then a final edit before it can be published. I will finish Gift of the Phoenix as soon as possible so I can give the review, so far it is a good read. Thanks to everyone that follows my blog, to you and everyone else have a great holiday weekend.

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Gift of the Phoenix by Donna Cook



Gift of the Phoenix will be my next review. Check back to see updates and as always…thanks for coming. :)

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August is halfway done!



August is over halfway done. Woohoo! I am still looking at April for publishing but it could take till May. I am really excited about this book and hope everyone enjoys reading it.

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Bullies suck!

Someone the other day asked me how I came up with the concept of August. I decided to share with everyone. When I was young I was forced to belong to the Jehovah Witness church. If you know anything about them then you know what I’m about to say if not here is an eye opener. In that church your can’t celebrate your birthday or anyone else’s. You couldn’t salute the flag or celebrate Christmas or any holiday, so you can see I was a popular kid. When I was in school the other kids mocked me and the teachers let them because they didn’t like my religion. The other kids pushed me around and called me Christ hater even though they didn’t know anything about the religion. The bullies smacked me around and did mean things until high school when I quit the religion. I was pretty much branded by then and the bullies loved to pick on me. I started to fight back and once I learned how to fight they got a nice surprise. That doesn’t stop the true bullies though, the ones that like to fight just got a new sparring partner. I didn’t like to fight so they pushed me till I had to. I got into a lot of fights when I was young and it taught me 1 important thing…there is no fair fight only win or lose.

I incorporated those feelings and experiences into the life of August. What she must have felt like and what she would do to cope with the bullying. Then I entered the ability to hurt those that hurt her. What most bully victims wish is to be left alone and if not they wish for some kind of power to punish the bullies. I even took it to the next level and made her hate almost everything and everyone. In the book you can sense the turmoil inside her and so many bad things happen to her there is no coming back. She wants to make everyone pay.

So that’s a little summary of how and why I came up with the story. If you have any questions feel free to email me or put in a comment.

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Review of The Universe Is A Very Big Place by April Aasheim

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Comments: A good story once you get through the many flashbacks and jumping around. The beginning took extra time to get through because of new characters introduced in each chapter and the frequent flashbacks being somewhat confusing. At times it was hard to follow without reading back over previous chapters to reintroduce a character to memory. Enjoyed the story overall, but took a lot of time to relate to characters and get self involved in storyline.

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Land of Midnight Days

Land of Midnight Days is the first up for review. Kiley will be taking this one so follow this blog to keep up to date.

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Get an editor…

I believe every self published writer needs to have their project looked over by an editor. WHY SHOULD I? In my opinion it would help improve the reputation of Indie writers. Editor’s will go over your story checking for grammar mistakes and suggest ways to improve the overall storyline. They give you tips and tricks to help your story flow correctly. Most of the bad reputation comes from writers putting out crap. Their book is filled with grammar mistakes (mine was full of them so don’t hate) and the flow of the story is choppy. People are scared to buy an unknown because of the big load of crap that’s out there. If everyone that self publishes would have their books checked over by a professional it would break down some of the hype that Indie is garbage. It doesn’t mean you will have a great book, but it can move you toward a better book.



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Self-publishing, destroying the bad reputation.

Gone is the stigma associated with self-publishing. Best-seller lists now are jammed with self-published titles, and traditional publishers hunt online for the next E.L. James (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) or Amanda Hocking (“Trylle Trilogy”). Therefore, many independent authors are no longer interested in signing with traditional publishers, particularly if they have a fan base and pocket most of their cash. It is an appealing prospect, even if, like the majority of self-published authors, you aren’t a breakout success and only sell a few hundred or thousand copies.

Now, writers can digitally format their own books, buy stock photos as covers, and sell them to readers through a variety of online retailers as fast as they can crank them out. The money is pretty good, particularly as a side business. Amazon, for instance, pays 70 percent on books priced $2.99 to $9.99 and 35 percent on anything lower. Smashwords.comwill publish your book for free and take 10 percent of the book’s price. Bigger online retailers, such as Kobo or Sony, take 30 percent. But if you sell only through Smashwords’ store, you retain the majority at 85 percent.

Sky Luke Corbelli likes the immediacy of e-publishing. “If I finish the third book in my trilogy tonight, I can have it up on Amazon by tomorrow,” says the 27-year-old Hayward author of the sci-fi trilogy “The Will of the Elements.” “There’s no publishing delay while I wait for someone to get back to me.”

Amazon reviewers liken Corbelli’s first two books, “Wind-Scarred” and “Water-Seer,” to the works of British fantasy heavy-hitters Terry Pratchett and Piers Anthony — not bad for a full-time programmer who considers writing a hobby. His wife, a graphic designer, provides the cover art and serves as one of Corbelli’s many editors and beta readers. He says he’s so content now, that a traditional publisher would have to offer him “a really, really good deal,” complete with digital rights, to consider giving up control of his work.

“There’s a global market out there that I can reach very easily on my own,” says Corbelli, who, like many self-published authors, increases the price of his books as he publishes them. The first was free, and readers were hooked. The second cost $3.99. He plans to charge the same for the third, “Child of Lightning.” However, he says he doesn’t care that much about money. “More than anything, I just want people to read the stories.”


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Its a long way to the top if you want to write a book!

Okay, you have finished your first book. Great! The hard part is over right? WRONG! Now comes the real fun. If you are lucky enough to find a publisher you still have to submit to a crapload of them in order to maybe get one to take you. Another road is an agent, that’s easy enough right?WRONG! You must submit query letters to them and maybe you get lucky enough for one to take you. Okay so you want to go the self publish route that’s easy right. Yes it is, but with some snags in the gears.

First you better get an editor, unless you have perfect grammar. (I don’t so it cost me $1k)

Okay now your book is self published and after the windfall of praise from your family and friends then what?

What happens next is up to you. YOU have to self promote your book also.

That’s right, you have to tell the world about your book and its a long hard road.

There are many ways to get your name out there but guess what? There are thousands of us self published authors trying to do the same thing. You will get lost in the mix so you have to find creative ways to stand out. Facebook, Twitter and any other social media is a good way to get your name out there. Another is to hire pr firms and ad agencies to help you but be ready to fork out some cash.

In conclusion what I am trying to say is that it takes a lot of time and energy to promote your book. Be ready to give a lot to get a little but with a little luck and probably a lot of cash you just might be on the best sellers list.

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