Saturday, August 30, 2014

Are you a Crime Fiction Lover? Me, too.

CrimeFictionLover
If you're like me, you get hooked on a good mystery series, then you eventually run out of books. You never run out with Crime Fiction Lover, http://www.crimefictionlover.com/
What's new in Crime Fiction? Click here: http://www.crimefictionlover.com/category/news/
Originally started by two journalists, the CF Team now includes many experts in the field. Some of them have books out, some are bloggers, some are reporters, some are reviewers: http://www.crimefictionlover.com/about/
So, mystery and thriller lovers, you know which website to visit when you want a book you can't put down.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A new release from Kimber Leigh Wheaton: Stolen Moon.

The next installment in The Light Chronicles, this gripping YA Fantasy Romance is the sequel to Shadow Fire http://www.kimberleighwheaton.com/p/shadow-fire.html
What is Shadow Fire about?
As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?
 

Although Stolen Moon is a sequel, it is a standalone story.
Stolen Moon was released August 19th. What is it about?
Katarina steals the medallion from Zebulon and flees in the dead of night. Together with Ethan and his mercenaries, she struggles to stay one step ahead of the sorcerer and his minions in a race against time to save her homeland. Fierce battles, ravenous monsters, and bloodthirsty brigands—those are no surprise. But Katarina never dreamed her greatest obstacle could be falling in love.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Indie-Review Network: A GOOD review site. And the indie writers cheer!

The Indie Review

As an indie writer myself, I love the 'About Us' part of The Indie-Review Network website:
http://www.indie-review.net/why-are-we-here/
Here are my favorite parts of this section:

Amazon and Goodreads have reviews, why do we need more?

Amazon and Goodreads reviews are better than nothing (because, well, without them we have nothing), but they are flat and one-dimensional.  How can you rate something as complex as a novel is simply good or bad?

Sure, Jane Q. Reviewer may have enjoyed the book, but how do we know that Jane cares about the same things that we do? Maybe Jane dropped out of high school so that she could roadtrip to Colorado for a little legal puff-puff and only enjoys Kerouacian hippie-beat crap... or maybe Jane has a Master's Degree in Romantic Literature, and we roadtripped to Colorado for some fine hippie "crap"... either way, we're all looking for different things, man.

Okay, I get it. What does Indie-Review do to help solve this problem?

After we realized all this, we aired out the room and asked ourselves a question: If we were going to rate a book by a few different criteria, what would they be?

This is what we came up with:

Originality: Is the book some cutting edge crazy stuff? Like steampunk mermaids finding a wormhole to a world where Marijuana plants are sentient? Or is it something more classical, a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, or is the hero an incarnation of some tried and true classic archetype (James Bond, Han Solo,  or Buffy the Vampire Slayer?) We can't say one is necessarily better than the other, sometimes we want to eat Italian-Asian Fusion dinner, other times we want Mac'n'Cheese.

Thrills: How exciting is it? Does the book get us on the edge of our seat, flipping pages to see what comes next? Or is it more thoughtful with less action? It's the difference between an Wes Anderson-flick and a blockbuster. Both are excellent in the right place and time.

Readability: Hemingway was famous for his aversion to complex sentences. James Joyce was famous for his aversion to simple sentences. If you want to debate which is better, take it to the comments/forums... The fact is, some books are more easily readable, and more cleanly edited than others. Some of us prefer different styles. This is about that.

Immersion: Do you know how to speak Klingon? No? Well some people do. Seriously. There's an entire opera  written in Klingon. Why? Because Star Trek is an immerse world. Sometimes we want a book to take us into a different universe and make us forget the smelly, sweaty reality of our daily lives. Other times, we don't want that level of emotional investment. We want to sit and watch a tale unfold from a distance.

Why should I bother reading self published and independently published stuff?

Firstly, because a lot of it is good. Some of it is very good. We won't lie, some is bad. Some is awful. But almost all of it will really make you think (even if it's not-so-good).

Secondly, because conventional publishing-house publishing is a fading industry. There are numerous writers (including several of us here at the Review) that believe in the idea of independent publishing, locally sourced, food, and stuff like that that both hippies and libertarians can agree on.

Here at the Indie-Review, our goal is to provide a means to review, and promote self, independently, and small-house published works of fiction to help you, the reader, find new authors you will love, and to help authors find audiences for their masterworks.

How do I submit a review?

Once you are registered on the site, the "Submit Review" option will appear on the top menu bar. Click that, and away you go. Pro-tip: If you don't see it, register!

How do I get an Avatar (aka, little picture thingee)?

The Indie-Review is built upon Wordpress-which supports some nifty global avatar system that is bound to your email address(es) through a site called Gravatar.com. It's free, friendly, and handy (since it will provide you with a default user image on all wordpress sites.

But I have something more to say!

Really? That's sweet, Contact Us :)

If you want to check out the whole website in one click, go for it! http://www.indie-review.net/

Monday, August 11, 2014

Silent Reading Party: Does your writer's group have one?

aishah-02 Aishah Macgill posted this announcement on her website Australian Writers Rock, link: australianwritersrock.com/

Australian Writers Rock is proud to bring you another Australian first, Silent Reading Parties.
Once a month, on the Sunshine Coast, we will host a Silent Reading Party.
The concept is that interested people will meet at a venue to be announced, bring a book or a reading device, sit down in comfort, and read for two hours. There will be light refreshments available to purchase.
Select books will also be offered at discount prices or for your reading device from the Australian Writers Rock Indie Bookshop. Afterwards, there will be a social discussion time to talk about books and mingle.
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Since reading is such a solitary pursuit, why not turn it into a social event? If your writing group is interested in holding a Silent Reading Party, I want to know about it. Post a comment.
Thanks - Liz 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Attention bloggers: Blog Tour alert for No Sympathy for the Wicked!


The tour is running from Monday through Saturday, August 11-16.



 

Participating Blogs:

Joann Buchanan
Erik Gustafson
Blaze McRob’s Tales Of Horror http://www.blazemcrob.com/
Liz McKeown Blogs About Writing http://blogsaboutwriting.blogspot.com/
Stephanie Greenlaugh A Writer’s Perspective http://stephaniegreenhalgh.blogspot.com/

Who is organizing this blog tour? 

Rebecca Boucher ~~ Author Visionary Press Collaborative
Interested in participating? Click here:  http://www.bbtourservices.com/