Category: Guest Post

Geeky Readers Review: On the Chase by Katie Ruggle +Audiobook Thoughts @TantorAudio

Geeky Readers Review: On the Chase by Katie Ruggle +Audiobook Thoughts @TantorAudio

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Read for Review (NetGalley)

This is book can be read as a stand alone but you will miss out on some of the character development and details which occurred in book 1.

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Guest Review: Jackaby by William Ritter

Guest Review: Jackaby by William Ritter

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Today on Geeky Bloggers Book Blog you get a Review by Lauren: You can find her on Facebook and her Blog. Thank you Lauren for sharing Jackaby with my readers. Dr Who and Sherlock Holmes type of book sounds awesome!

Posted August 7, 2017 by Felicia S in 4.00 Wine Glasses, Guest Post, Reviews / 3 Comments
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Guest Review: Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

Guest Review: Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

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Read for Fun (Personal Copy)

Reviewed by Beth (@PickettPhD)

The relationship between Livvy and Nicholas, childhood friends and then teenaged lovers, was supposed to have ended with the tragedy and family feuding that began ten years ago. Unable to fully let go of each other, they’ve been secretly meeting once a year for a no-strings-attached night together.

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#GuestReview: Moon Dance & Vampire Moon by JR Rain @JAScribbles

#GuestReview: Moon Dance & Vampire Moon by JR Rain @JAScribbles

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  Hi Felicia and everyone. Thanks for having me on the blog today. My name is Jenna. Some of you may have seen me on Twitter or the Internet as JAScribbles. I’ve been reading for decades (ahem) and am happy to be here to share my guest review. Are you ready for some vampires? I love a good vampire story. Make it a series, especially one that has many, many books already published and I’m thrilled. The Vampire for Hire series by JR Rain has 12 titles at the time of this post (Oct 2016). Who knows how long he may continue. Awe-some! Here’s my review of book one: Moon Dance and book two: Vampire Moon. It’s easy to review these two at once. In my opinion, you will need to read them in order and so far they don’t appear to hold up as a single, stand alone read. Book two also ended in a cliffhanger. Meet Samantha Moon. Poor gal has been turned, unwillingly, into a vampire. Her straight-laced husband is not too happy about it. Her kids still love her, but they have no clue. She faces struggles most moms won’t encounter: needing to apply copious amounts of sunscreen just to pick up her son and daughter from school. Not to mention fighting the fatigue of being awake in the daylight. She has to pretend to eat McDonalds – no more Diet Coke! Sam is a private investigator. Something easily done at night. It’s one of many changes she’s learning to deal with. The Vampire for Hire series appears to be intended as mysteries, but as you see from my comments above, it is a little more than that. These first two books talk a lot about Samantha and how she is trying to adjust in this new world. I found the mystery and investigative sections a little light. I enjoyed what was offered, but I wanted more. Don’t get me wrong, I’m hooked. I’m sure I will keep going. JR Rain writes fun, sassy, kick butt characters. Snarky is the perfect word to describe Samantha Moon. The side characters are so interesting (hunky Kingsley and huggable Detective Sherbet). Perhaps the mystery aspects will be more prominent in books 3 and forward. If I had to give books 1 & 2 a star rating I’d say 3.5, rounding up to 4 if needed. These are fun, super quick reads. They will not tax your brain or emotions. If you are looking for something different between more heavy titles, please try the Vampire for Hire series by JR Rain. Thank you for having me! Happy reading everyone! Jenna http://www.twitter.com/jascribbles http://www.etsy.com/shop/LazyLadyCrochetMN   Book 2 Info Mother, wife, private investigator…vampire. Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. Now in VAMPIRE MOON, sequel to […]

Posted October 24, 2016 by Felicia S in 2016 Read, Guest Post / 1 Comment
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Guest Post: How to Improve your Writing Style by Marlene Bateman

Guest Post: How to Improve your Writing Style by Marlene Bateman

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How to Improve Your Writing Style Guest Post by Marlene Bateman Author of; For Sale by Owner   There are many elements of good writing but perhaps one of the least understood is style. What is style? Style is not what you write but how you write. Voltaire said, “Every style that is not boring is a good one.”  But how do you improve something as nebulous as style? Over time, I’ve come up with some simple things that can enhance your writing style. The smaller the number of words you use to contain a thought or an image, the more impact it will have. Let me give you an example: “Lee was a mean woman.” Or, “Lee was a shrew.” Another example; “He passed away early in the morning, and people all over America cried.” Or; “He died at dawn and the nation wept.” Do not put extra words in a sentence for the same reason you don’t tape two windshield wipers to the windshield of your car: they wouldn’t serve any purpose, and they would get in the way. Be wary of adverbs. Adverbs only crop up when you use a weak verb and need to boost it. Use strong verbs that are active, vivid, specific and familiar. One example of this is; Buster ate his dog treats quickly. It’s much better to say; Buster gobbled his dog treats.  Don’t use weak general verbs like walk, cry, fall, and touch if the situation calls for plod, weep, collapse, and caress. Make tension fuel your plot. Without tension, there is no plot. Remember, whenever the protagonist’s intention is denied, the effect is tension. Create tension through opposition. The role of the antagonist is to thwart the intention of the protagonist. Make tension grow as opposition increases. It’s a chain of cause and effect, which builds and produces conflict and tension, which you need to keep the story going.  Every time something happens, the stakes grow larger and the actions snowball. Make change the point of your story. We expect events to affect the main character in such a way that they force a change in his personality.  Your main character should be a different person at the end of the book than he is at the beginning. When something happens, make sure it’s important. Plot is your compass.  You’ve got a general idea of the direction you’re headed. If you write something that is specifically related to the advancement of the plot, keep it. If not, chuck it. Make the causal look casual. Everything in your writing has a reason, a cause that leads to an effect, which in turn becomes the next cause. For example; If a shotgun is necessary, show it casually—in a way that the reader almost doesn’t notice. Then later, when a gun is called for, readers will remember seeing one earlier. Make sure your lead character performs the central action of the climax. Keep the main character on center stage with the action. Your […]

Posted October 17, 2016 by Felicia S in Guest Post / 2 Comments
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