Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Must-Have Resource For Writers

TheLiterary Entrepreneur's Toolkit–Building and Managing an Online Presence forAuthors is my latest discovery and another resource I'll be consulting regularly. I picked up the book because I'd come across the writer's online business a time or two in the past, so I figured she'd know her stuff.

This book is a must read for anyone who wants to build and maintain an online presence. It covers important subjects such as branding, finding readers, and building a community, plus it explains the various social networks, how they differ, tips for using each platform and how writers can use them to their advantage. There are links to 'follow worthy' individuals/influencers for each network, also links to resources such as web hosting, trailer making, audio platforms, file storage, video editing and a host of other cool tools. At the end of the book, there's a reading list.


I've been using The Literary Entrepreneur's Toolkit as a kind of refresher course on must-dos and don'ts, and gathering ideas for my own marketing and promotion. Did I mention how much I've learned about the various networks, even the ones I'm on, but have been neglecting like LinkedIn and Google+? I'm glad I purchased this book and would recommend it for every writer who is struggling with establishing their presence online. 

Source: I purchased the book on Amazon.
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Building Online Relationships ... An Excellent Resource

When Building Online Relationships One Reader At A Time came out, I added it to the other marketing and promo books on my Kindle. With a range of novels that needed to be promoted, I was floundering and unsure what to do about getting them in front of readers. Ms. Hoffman's book changed that when I got around to opening it. The title of the book says exactly what it's all about, with tips and examples to steer readers in the right direction.

It covers things many of us don't put into practice and breaks them down into bite-sized chunks that are achievable. Setting goals, attracting readings and proper scheduling are problem areas for me. After going through the book several times, it is now easier to wrap my head around why it is critical to create a plan and execute it a little at a time.

I wouldn't say I no longer feel overwhelmed by the thought of promoting my books, but it's certainly more manageable with this great resource I can reach for time after time.

If you're a writer who needs to know where to find your readers and/or how to build relationships with them, plus schedule your promotion wisely, buy yourself a copy of this book. It's an investment you won't regret.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Gerrod & Swan ... Great Chemistry in Ruined

I bought Ruined based on the blurb and didn't regret this purchase. Gerrod Stone is quite the ladies man and wants to make a change, but along comes Swan, who throws a spanner in the works.

Ruined is an easy read that has some funny moments. Despite Gerrod's 'doggishness', I found him likable and Swan is a go-getter who reaches for exactly what she wants. They have great chemistry and I wouldn't mind seeing this couple again in the future.

Cover Note: Definitely like the cover. Something of him and something that represents her.
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Enticed by Chanta Rand

At first, I wasn't absorbed by the story, but when I tried it the second time around I hit my stride and enjoyed it.

Lucas has a larger-than-life ego and Nyla is determined to cut him down to size. Loved the verbal banter between these two and Nyla had some witty lines that made their conversations lively.

Although the story isn't very long, the writer does a good job of showing why the characters are the people they've become. 

Will definitely read other books by this writer.

Cover Note: Nice representation of the story line.

Source: I purchased Enticed on Amazon.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Realest Christmas Ever


I read this story in a couple of sittings and for a novella, it covered a whole lot of ground. Kyra's issues can be summed up in one word—family. Hers consists of a colourful cast of characters that come to life on the page when the reader meets them at the hospital where Kyra's sister is in critical condition.

Love, love, love the way her husband, Donovan supports Kyra as she comes face-to-face with her demons from the past. He's the ultimate good guy, who could have come across as sappy, but didn't.

What I found refreshing about this novella is that it introduced me to ordinary working-class people going through real struggles. And there were some who we all have in our families and choose to avoid.


I enjoyed The Realest Christmas Ever and have The Realest Ever in the queue to be read.

Source: Purchased on Amazon.
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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Inevitable Conclusions - Review

Inevitable Conclusions was an interesting read for me because of the story concept, in that 'friends with benefits' is an alien concept in my culture. However, as the story progressed I understood how Tariq and Kora were a source of constant strength in each other's lives, kinda like a male and female Rock of Gibraltar scenario.

Their getting together was indeed an inevitable conclusion and their histories so intertwined that they were extensions of each other. Great storyline, well-drawn characters and a fair amount of heated moments.

I love me some Nubia—a compelling character whose story I look forward to reading.

Cover Note: Lovely story representation, as always

Source: Amazon
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Amore: Damaged Beauty Review


This book is a poignant and yet entertaining object lesson in how not to raise children. The title of the book is fitting and hits at the heart of the storyline. While the story is short, it covers a host of realistic themes that are not openly spoken about within families—including the effects of addiction and hopelessness.

The characters were realistically drawn and the way the story is told helps the reader figure out why the protagonists become the people they do. Like or hate them, Amore, Amelie, April and Nelson will have you amused, depressed and rooting for them to win their individual battles.


I'm on to the next read to see what becomes of the family.

Cover Note: Good representation of the damaged characters who make up this book.
Source: Amazon.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Afterwards ... Intriguing Story, Unique Characters

I enjoyed so many aspects of this story, including the way it began. Robyn shows who she is as a character in how she treats Chris when they meet. Though she's her own woman and does things her way, the selflessness she displays when the reader meets her continues to the end of Afterwards. She's a nurturer, even to the point where it's detrimental.

What I enjoyed most about her character is the lack of expectation. I've read a lot of stories where women want something from a relationship and turn petulant when their expectations aren't met. Robyn was the opposite. She is self-possessed, dignified in the way she deals with her relationship and yet extra-ordinary in the way she gives of herself.

Chris. What a character. Having read only two of Nia's books, I see a pattern of strong, driven men who are doing their thing and aren't keen on being interrupted while they're on their chosen path. In The Come Up, Chris comes across as a focused and distant man, who is feared by many.

In this book, he comes across that way, especially on the job—until Robyn gets past his grim exterior and starts chipping away at him. Her lack of demands, acceptance of their situation and freely-given love is not anything he's experienced and it all makes him unsettled. It was interesting to watch him move from taking certain things for granted – like being used because of what he can provide – to realizing that Robyn genuinely appreciates him. Her impact on him as a father is another talking point, but anyway …

Despite knowing and accepting that Robyn is a special kind of woman, Chris still has his own issues, but though everything that happens, he remains an upstanding guy who comes to terms with his failings. The good thing about reading this late in the series is that I picked 
up Afterburn right away and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Good storytelling, unique characters, great writing.

Cover Note: Not sure I would have gone for this cover if I were the writer, but it's a good fit for the major themes in this story. 

Source: I bought Afterwards on Amazon. 
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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Vic & Mona - A Couple in Crisis


I've been waiting for Vic's story and I wasn't disappointed. After twelve years of marriage, his wife Mona has grown resentful of his long hours as Chief of Surgery and the fact that he's basically missing-in-action on both marital and parental fronts.

Vic finds it difficult to understand that Mona needs more than the generous trappings his paycheck provides, and that's how the discord in their marriage escalates. When Mona rebels, Vic does the unthinkable to try and save his marriage.

In Mona and Victor's story, I was able root for both of them because they are both likeable people. At times, I thought Vic was clueless, but that's the mark of a nicely-drawn character. The book explores – among other themes - the need inside each of us to have something to call our own, something we excel at, and it's that something Mona reaches for when things turn difficult.


It was good seeing the members of the Stafford family again and I look forward to Nick's romance.

Source: Purchased via Amazon
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Friday, September 11, 2015

Baby Love – Hope & Healing


This year, I've tried a bunch of authors who are new to me and Suzette Riddick is another. Baby Love is a quick read that took me though a range of emotions. Bianca is a woman after my own heart who is kind and compassionate, but takes things into her own hands and deals with her business. Still, it is possible to try and take the coward's way out when we don't want to deal with major issues in our relationships.

Her husband, Wesley, comes across as demanding and unwilling to listen, but his love for Bianca is clear. The writer gradually strips away Wesley's defenses and shows his vulnerability when he realizes his attitude might cost him his marriage.


Baby Love is a story of love, healing, forgiveness and determination. I'm looking forward to Book 2.

Cover Note: Appropriate cover for the story line. 

Source: Purchased via Amazon.
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