For Authors

This is for those among you who are authors. Positive Writer has this great compilation of fantastic blogs just for you. In fact, they have the top 50 from 2016 with their top posts ready for your inquisitive click.

Here’s the link: http://positivewriter.com/top-50-writing-blogs-for-2016/

And a huge, HUGE thank you to Positive Writer for that awesome gem of a post!

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An awesome idea

I was snooping around on the blog Just Gene’O (there are so many cool things there!) when I discovered the Blog Blitz 2.0.

What is it? It comes from this great blog DL Hammons and I’ll let DL do the explaining.

“The BLITZ ….(is) a tool for focusing blogosphere energy for fun…and as it turns out…when its desperately needed.”

Isn’t it a great idea? Not only do we spread some blog love around, we also get to meet new awesome blogs!

Check out the rules:

“The rules will remain the same.  From time to time I will select a blog via a random selection or recommendation (must be another Blitz Team member) and a date.  I will email the team members that information and on that date we all will go out of our way to visit that blog and leave an encouraging comment on their most recent post.

My only restriction about who joins the Blog Blitz Team is that your blog cannot be primarily for commercial gain.”

Wanna do it? Here’s the link. And you get to display this nifty badge on your blog! Cool, huh?

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P.S. A huge thank you to Just Gene’O for passing on the idea!

Review: Finding the Dream

An absolutely delicious ending for a great trilogy, Finding the Dream was a book that read itself. It’s the classic story of the bad boy and the good girl and it was as beautiful as a dream.

By the third book, we’ve already met Laura and I had already fallen in love with her. She’s hardworking, selfless and determined to do the right thing no matter what it costs her. She’s also pretty and elegant but she doesn’t give those things much value.

Michael Fury is our hero. A man rough, tough, daredevil of a man who lives by his own rules. He’s been dealt some tough cards in life and is trying to do the best he can with what he’s got. He has come back to where he grew up and is trying to start a business but old prejudices die hard and he finds his history working against him.

Unlike the rest of the population, Laura does give him a chance and lets him stay in Templeton house to start his business raising and selling horses. It’s a decision that takes a risk with her heart because, though she’s determined to maintain a polite distance from Michael, life keeps throwing them together.

Laura likes her life predictable and organized. Michael is chaos, passion and action. It takes his fire and courage to show Laura what she’s missing and to help her realize there’s passion inside her waiting to be discovered. It also takes Laura’s open-minded, compassionate heart to help Michael see how his own prejudices are keeping him from realizing his potential.

Finding the Dream is a delightful love story, written with wonderful, realistic dialogue, a quick, lively humour and filled with likeable, easy-to-relate-to characters. It made a wonderful ending to a delightful trilogy and is definitely on my keeper shelf. If you’re a fan of contemporary romance, don’t miss out on this series. They’re a fantastic trio of books.

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Review: Archangel’s Storm

Archangel’s storm is another amazing book from the Guild Hunter series. Certainly one I wouldn’t want to miss. It has a fantastic, powerful hero, a misunderstood heroine and a great plot. I couldn’t put it down.

Jason is an amazing hero. He’s mysterious, tough and distant. Incredibly well portrayed, he not only grabbed my interest he managed to be romantic and kind without breaking character. I believed his tender moments and I believed his tough, distant, cold responses.

Mahiya is a woman who has suffered and has managed to survive by hiding her true self. She’s cautious and intelligent. It says a lot about Ms. Singh’s writing that she manages to create interest when both her hero and heroine are introverts. In someone else’s hands, these characters might have been doomed. With Ms. Singh, I couldn’t wait to find out more about them.

Their romance progresses gently and grows slowly, so we believe it. The reader can see the changes, the way the intimacy and trust grows between the characters. It’s an organic, natural thing that reinforces trust in the writer.

There is great danger, intrigue and mystery in Archangel’s Storm but, most importantly for me, there’s a great love story that had me glued to the book. If you’re a fan of Nalini Singh or if you like paranormal, check this one out. You’re in for a treat.

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Review: ‘Darling Beast’

I love the theme Beauty and the Beast. It’s a favourite premise of mine, so I was thrilled to have Elizabeth Hoyt write it. I have read every book she’s written because I find she’s consistently awesome. Her characters are incredibly well written, fresh and new. The dialogue is quirky and fun and her books are over before I know it. She’s on my automatic-buy list. As soon as I get a new calendar, I write her release dates on it. She’s that good.

This book was no disappointment. Apollo Greaves is the ‘beast’. A monster of man who can’t speak. I loved that premise and wondered how could she ever make the romance happen when he was mute. How could she create tension? How could she put in her quirky romance? I won’t tell you how, but she does do it. In spades.

There’s also Lily, our heroine. A wonderful person who’s down on her luck and has to live in an abandoned theatre with her son Indio and their hilarious italian greyhound Daff. Lily was so easy to like, I was her best friend within a few paragraphs.

It’s no secret that I like dogs and Daff was a particular favourite of mine. She’s so funny and naughty and still realistic that I looked forward to every scene with her in it.

Touching and moving, Darling Beast is a great historical romance and another definite joy in my work week. I have to admit, I snuck read it and took it everywhere. Couldn’t stop reading until I turned the last page. If you’re a fan of romance or historical romance, I’d highly recommend this one.

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Review: Darkness Concealed

Darkness Concealed is a dark fantasy. It’s a story set in a world where terrible things happen in a cyclic pattern. It’s also the story of four reluctant heroes who set off to try and beat incredible odds.

I particularly loved the characters. I loved Caleb in particular because he came from a small town, he was different and such a sensitive person. I loved his gift or curse and the changes it brought in his personality as a result.

I loved Alexandra, the fighter and warrior. I loved that she was a woman and also the defender of the group. She made so much sense to me and had so little patience for beating around the bush that I liked her instantly.

Liz was hilarious. Her inner battles were a hoot and she made me laugh. I loved her realistic nature and how clearly she thought.

Ivan, who loved books so much, was one of my favourites. A thinker, analytical and reasonable, I could so relate to everything he said. I felt better knowing he was part of the group and was hoping he’d be along for the ride from the very beginning.

Darkness Concealed doesn’t reveal its secrets at once. I loved that there were pieces and bits of the puzzle that come along the way. There are no useless facts. Things come together and become meaningful as we go along and discover more of the truth behind what’s happening. As a reader, I had to learn to be patient and wait for that insight. And not everything is revealed in this book. This is a trilogy after all.

I particularly loved the places where the four heroes go. I won’t go into details and reveal too much, but I loved those locations. They’re fantastic, amazing places and I was thrilled to be able to go along for the ride with the four main characters.

There are terrible things described in Darkness Concealed but there’s also humour and magic and hope. If you’re a fantasy reader or someone who’d like to try this genre, this one is for you.

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(credit: goodreads)

Just for laughs

I found this in Facebook thanks to Mark Morris. Here’s his site: https://www.facebook.com/twothirdzrasta/about

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A big thank you to Mark for the laughs…though I’ll add that my hubby (the therapist) had another reason for that symptom.

Just for a laugh

I shouldn’t do this. It’s not professional. Not at all. But I was in a coffee shop and I read this blog and I laughed out loud. More than once. Until people started staring.

It’s really funny.

http://theofficialhowtoblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/how-to-entertain-yourself-on-an-airplane/

Honestly. Just funny. Ha! I needed a laugh.

Blogging tips

Okay, I’m reading Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley because I couldn’t wait for the release of ‘Fire Inside’…and I’m so hooked I’ve skipped supper, left the dogs out all day and haven’t showered (ew)–instead I’ve read all day. Kristen Ashley is awesome, incredible…in her words: she’s the bomb. Love this book. Love it. So good!

Still, I needed a post today. With some sort of topic that has a scrap of dignity.

I found this site. It’s just full of ideas and resources. The tips have step-by-step how to with links if you get stuck (I get stuck a lot) and with all sorts of different types of help. From getting more traffic to plugins to tips specially for wordpress. Just awesome.

Marko Saric runs this blog and it looks absolutely incredible. Check it out: http://howtomakemyblog.com

Let me know what you think!

P.S.  I gotta go back and read…this book…Man alive! Soo good! Oh and I better let the dogs in!

A little humour goes a long way

I like to throw in humour when I write. I think it helps keep the reader interested. It can’t go into every scene (like if someone dies) but here and there it helps keep the book flowing. Also, the funny bits help me keep going when I’m editing…and re-editing and re-editing.

Here’s an example that might come in handy. We’ve all read posts warning us not to do this or that rookie writing mistake. True? This post by Joanne Harris is also about not doing rookie mistakes…but it’s funny. Ahhhh.

http://joannechocolat.tumblr.com/post/74396202962/ten-rookie-writers-mistakes

A little humour goes a long way to help make any post or book more readable.

On that note…did you read the one about the penguin?

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