Guessing Game!

Blank white book w/pathOkay … time for a bit of fun …

AND: A chance to win a FREE e-copy of POLISH YOUR PROSE ebook, when it is released for sale!

All you have to do …

Is be one of the first THREE people to guess correctly which image I will be using on my book cover … and leave me a comment.

The artist who kindly gave me permission to use his artwork can be found here. As you will see, he does have a FEW images in his

gallery … !

My utmost gratitude goes to OKBrightstar-Stock for his generosity of spirit and his fantastic image that was just perfect for my latest book.

COVER REVEAL COMING SOON. So get guessing folks! You have until the cover reveal on October 17th to get your guesses in!

POLISH YOUR PROSE is a book of essential editing tips for authors, and is written in easy to understand and jargon-free language.

Every Indie Author needs a book like this!

TO ENTER:

Simply complete the comments form with the title of the image you picked from OKBRightStar’s gallery on Deviant Art. ONLY ONE GUESS PER ENTRANT!

Your e-copy can be in either mobi or epub format.

 

Best of luck!

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Shattered Daydreams

Posted on September 28, 2014 by admin — 14 Comments ↓

Hi and welcome to the start of my SHATTERED DAYDREAMS Blog Tour!  Harmony (HARMZ as we call her), was so generous in offering to host the first day of this tour, that I have to make it extra special just for her and her beautiful guests.

Let me give you a little background on me first.  My most important job is being a Mom!  It is the hardest and yet the most rewarding job one could ever hope to have.  (Men, so sorry you will never get to experience what I’m talking about).  After having produced two of the most special daughters in all the land, I knew that I would somehow become an advisor to other parents, so becoming an author of Parenting Guides, was almost a given.  That was my niche but I also wanted to tell another kind of story.  It was still going to be about children, but it would have a darker side to it, while still conveying a message that I wanted to bring attention to.

In November, 2013, I published my debut novel “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND.”  Now, I know most of the novels you probably read are romance and fantasy, light, airy types of books, but this one was going to take you to a place that some of you had never been, and unfortunately, some of you have.  This story was going to pull you down before it brought you up.  It intentionally was meant to make you cry before it made you smile.

We all have a purpose here on earth, even child molesters, murderers and the other monsters who offer nothing but horrid havoc to our society.  And although I don’t know for sure WHAT their purpose could possibly be, it is my belief  that GOD makes no mistakes, so in my mind, they are here to teach us lessons…to keep us on our toes, to remind us to be more mindful of our children and loved ones.

The mother in DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND, missed the mark on all of the above counts.  She was truly one sad excuse for a parent.  Actually, I count her among those monsters mentioned, and from this point on, she shall not be referred to as a Mother again.

I invite you to enjoy the passage below, which I placed as the very first page of my book…and hopefully it awakens a part of you which will move you to become a bit more interested and more involved in the plight of today’s children. One reader said that this passage should be used as a hand-out and given to all parents as they leave the hospital with their new bundles of joy.

“Children are not asked to be born, therefore when YOU, as an adult, make the decision to bring a child into this world, it is your ultimate responsibility to care for them, love them, nurture them and most of all, protect them from all ills and harm.  If you do not, you not only fail your child, but you also fail the world who then must endure the pain and harshness that your child just might decide to inflict, to bury the scars you left on it’s heart, on it’s spirit, and on it’s soul.”

~Nonnie Jules

I thank you so much for allowing me to share with you today.  I ask that you follow each leg of my tour (click HERE for the line-up) as each day, I will offer a bit more insight into the lives of children who are abused, as well as the mothers who sit back and allow it to happen.  I will also share excerpts from the book for your reading pleasure.  Ladies and Gents, this week, you’re invited to partake of SHATTERED DAYDREAMS, as only I can share them.

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Please pick up your very own copy of “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND.” The content inside is enough to put you on the right track if you even remotely resemble (God forbid), this kind of mother.  If you’re just in the mood for a really good read, I guarantee, you won’t go wrong with this one!

LET’S do our best to ensure that all the Maiya’s of the world, are taken care of, loved and protected.

BOOK TRAILER

AUTHOR BIO:

Nonnie Jules is the mother of two beautifully kind daughters, who along with the help of her husband, have turned out to be two of the greatest assets to this world.  THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS is her first published piece of work and two weeks after publication, it hit Amazon’s Top 100 list, where it reached the #7 mark.  With all the violence which is being exhibited by some children today, it is her vision and goal to get THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…into the hands of everyone who breathes around a child.  She feels the only way we can make this happen, is if we are all working from a common blueprint.  Ms. Jules strongly believes that every opportunity we are given with a child, should be a teaching one for us and a learning one for them.

So far, Nonnie has authored two other books:  a novel which she released in November of 2013, entitled“DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND”and “SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS!” where she shares her no-holds-barred style of teaching us all about support and social media.  Her second parenting guide {THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO BULLY-PROOF KIDS} is due for release the beginning of January, 2015 and the sequel to her debut novel, DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, shortly after.  (Both have been delayed due to her extensive workload with Rave Reviews Book Club).

She is a fan of the well-written word, and so along with 3 partners, she started 4WillsPublishing Co. in November, 2013 to assist other writers in putting out their best work ever.  By December, 2013, she had founded the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB where in less than a year, the membership has rapidly grown to well over 500.  If you’re not a member yet, this is your personal invitation to JOIN US!

As you can see, she is an Author on the move and if you’re interested in keeping up with her, here is her contact info:

Twitter:  @nonniejules

Facebook:  Nonnie Jules, Author

Blogs/Websites:

4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com

BooksByNonnie.wordpress.com

NonnieWrites.wordpress.com

AskTheGoodMommy.wordpress.com

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Soon to be revealed …

Posted on September 25, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

Well, folks … I may have been AWOL from my blog … but I haven’t been idle! If anyone can work out how to get 48 hours into a day, let me know … LOL

I am about to reveal the cover for my latest book: POLISH YOUR PROSE: Essential Editing Tips for Authors, which will be published SOON! This is a low-priced, jargon-free guide to writing and editing. Essential for any author who is planning on self-publishing.

And, believe me, this cover is AWESOME! Truly, I am in LOVE with it! Watch this space … !!

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I’m On Tour!

Posted on August 10, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

Don’t miss the bus!

Find my stops here: http://wp.me/P43s9i-2g on my 4WillsPub events page

Celebrating the release of Elemental Earth.

Prizes and surprises!

Check out the Rafflecopter giveaway, here:http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4af5be7f1

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The Magic is Out!!

Posted on July 31, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

Elemental Earth: Book One of The Mysteries series

 

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00M9PJB36

US http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M9PJB36

Grab your copy now at a great launch price!

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Get ready for the Magic!

Posted on July 30, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

Elemental Earth

July 31st 2014 – Amazon & Create Space

Young Adult Fantasy Fiction

Book One of the Mysteries Series

Elemental Earth

(The Mysteries:

Book 1)

 YA Fantasy Fiction

“You turned the god of gnomes into a garden ornament?”

Sarah looked closely, but couldn’t tell if her dad was annoyed or amused—perhaps he was both …

Whilst 15 year old Sarah may be struggling to regain her feet, after being ripped from her everyday mundane life and ending up in a whole new dimension, she still knows how to have a bit of fun along the way.  The Earth Elemental isn’t the only one whose feathers she manages to ruffle, and it’s only been four days.  Meanwhile, her best friend is missing, and big trouble is brewing.  She soon has a lot more to worry about than what happened to her phone or iPod, or even how much of an idiot Caleb obviously thinks she is.

Elemental Earth is the first book in The Mysteries series, and is aimed at Young Adults.  Even if you’ve already reached an age where the young ones might call you ‘old enough’, if you’re still young at heart then you’re bound to enjoy these books just as much as the next—err—younger adult.

Age aside, perhaps we should be more worried about what further havoc Sarah’s antics might be about to wreak on the universe as we know it?  We’d probably all be sleeping a lot more soundly if she’d only stuck to applied maths and the odd pillow fight.  But no, sadly the lure of the proverbial rabbit hole proved just a tad too much.  And now she’s taken the plunge, there’s no turning back.

 

Don’t miss this!

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Elemental Earth: See the trailer now . . .

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Out on July 31st 2014

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Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author is . . .

Posted on July 22, 2014 by admin — 31 Comments ↓

Kathryn C Treat

Author of Allergic to LIfe

I AM A SURVIVOR!

Yes, I am a SURVIVOR! I fought the battles and decided that I would not allow myself to be a victim any longer.
After years of allowing myself to sink deeper and deeper into depression as a result of my isolation and never ending medical and legal battles, I had to choose whether I was going to stay in the unhealthy role of victim or begin to live my life despite its many limitations. I chose to SURVIVE!
We all have had bad things happen to us. Some have been in accidents, some have had someone treat them badly, and others like myself have developed unusual and life threatening illnesses. As Joel Osteen has said, “Trouble is inevitable, misery is optional.”
For the first several years I was angry at what happened to me, angry at my workplace where I got sick, angry at friends I lost because I could no longer do what I did before, and angry at the defense’s medical doctors for not believing me and that my workplace had made me ill.
I was a victim and stayed in the victim role with all my anger penetrating deep into my soul. During my treatment I was constantly with others who were as ill as I was. We shared stories and tried to comfort each other. However, they felt as angry and victimized as I did, and the more I was around them the angrier and more victimized I felt. It was a perpetual cycle that seemed impossible to stop. Finally through the help of my family, a few close friends, my wonderful therapist and the doctors I had who cared for me and believed me I began to realize that being angry was not going to make me any better. Being a victim and acting like a victim was not healthy. I had to make a choice: would I continue to feel sorry for myself and what I couldn’t do or would I focus on what I could still do? My choice was to focus on what I could do and to try to find things that made me happy. I surrounded myself with my new grandchildren and their unconditional love. I began to try to sew again after years of being too sick and unable to handle the stimulation of shapes and patterns. I was still a wife, mother, sister, and daughter despite all the changes that had taken place in me. I struggled for years after my illness with my identity.
I hope that anyone dealing with severe illness or some other tragedy is able to look beyond the anger and get to a place where they can forgive and allow themselves to pull out of the victim role and begin a healing journey. Anger has its place but continued anger is not healthy and is bad for soul.
Allergic to Life can be purchased at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Signed copies may be purchased at Kathryn’s website.
Connect with Kathryn:
Kathryntreat.com
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Wordpress – allergictolifemybattle or BeMyGuest

 

Kathryn, it’s been great to have you on the blog today! I hope you have a fab Spotlight tour, and wish you the very best of luck in your future!

 

 

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Looking for Book Reviews?

Posted on July 14, 2014 by admin — 38 Comments ↓

Then look no further! Rave Reviews Book Club offers its members so much more . . . Being a part of Rave Reviews Book Club, you will have the freedom to promote, propel and push your own work, and the work of other members freely. You’ll have the freedom to use popular twitter hash tags to highlight your tweets, etc. Currently, its membership platform comprises around 470 members, who are all geared up for reading and reviewing the books listed in the online catalogue. Join now, and your book(s) will be added to the site, for readers to find.   Not only that, there are even more benefits. Every week, on a Tuesday, one lucky author is chosen to be pushed, promoted and propelled. There is also the Spotlight seat, where you will be hosted on an extensive blog tour, as well as pushed, promoted and propelled. And, if that isn’t enough, you may be nominated as the Book of the Month Choice! This will give you and your book lots of exposure. And, again, you will be pushed, promoted and propelled. Rave Reviews Book Club is all about pushing, promoting, and propelling its members. Here are some of thetestimonials from members who have been in one of the above seats:

Rayna Noire July 5, 2014 at 11:35 am

Thanks everyone for my Push Tuesday. I was in the woods without Internet when it happened. I was surprised to come back with several new FB likes and Twitter followers. My website topped 7,000 hits in one day! I sold around 20 books that I know about. It takes a while for the royalties to report. For those who wonder if it works, it does.  

Beth Hale June 24, 2014 at 12:01 am

I have received awesome support from Rave Reviews members. The warmth and friendliness of the club is wonderful. I’m so glad I discovered this group!  

Hilary June 8, 2014 at 9:07 am

When I joined Rave Reviews I didn’t know what to expect. And man, was I pleasantly surprised. From the very first day I felt so welcomed by everyone. The support has been great! I was recently spotlighted and let’s just say the experience was amazing. numerous bloggers welcomed me to their site. I had an amazing twitter interview (which was beyond fun) and I loved hanging out with Nonnie on her shelf… As a result, myself, and my book, DANGLED CARAT, had so much exposure. I have since noticed increased sales, followers, and most importantly reviews. Truth be told, there was so much attention by the group that I felt bad… I couldn’t keep up with all the comments and tweets – there was just so many… what a great group!  

But, don’t take my word for it . . . go and check them out for yourself: Rave Reviews Book Club, and mention that Harmony Kent sent you their way! You’ll never look back. If you want awesome support from awesome people, then don’t delay

Watch you, your books, and your followers grow!

Follow the link below to vote for your favourite RaveReviewsBookClub Recrutiment Day Blog Post!

Blog Recruiting Day Voting Link

Oh, and one final point: Apologies for having to put up with my doodles! But, I DID have fun drawing them – LOL

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IndieB.R.AG.Medallion Honoree!!

Posted on July 10, 2014 by admin — 2 Comments ↓

 

The Glade has been awarded the IndieB.R.A.G.Medallion!

 

Only 10% of all books submitted, receive this prestigious award!

 

Check out IndieB.R.A.G. here.

 

 

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am  This is the biggest award any of my books have received, yet!!

 

 

This is a DOUBLE celebration as my birthday is next week, and to celebrate I am offering The Glade on a kindle countdown deal for three days: July 16th through 18th. So, grab yourself an award winning book at a bargain price while you can! And don’t forget: the FIRST  day of the promo will be the CHEAPEST.

 

Amazon UK

 

Amazon US

 

Remember, July 16th through 18th. Get your copy now!

 

Happy reading!

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Coffee and Laughs with Author Richard Milner

Posted on July 5, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

Morning Richard, and welcome to Harmony Kent Online.  Please, take a seat and make yourself comfy.  How do you take your coffee?

In large quantities. How did you know I’m a coffee fanatic? Some say snob, but I ignore them. I guess that means they’re right *laughs*. Actually, I take it black, no sugar. Minimalist. No other way to really draw in the scent, and get a sense of the roast’s body. I’ve always said that quality coffee doesn’t need cream or sugar, much like quality liquor can just be poured in a glass, neat. Cream and sugar are masks! Lies!

(Lol—sounds like you take your coffee the same way I take my whiskey

On your blog you describe your newest bookVessel of Kali as “A dark fantasy myth about the power of pain to transform and renew”.  You then go on to add that it could also be described as “A Hindu and Zen-inspired story about the loss of ego, relearning true self, and recognizing one’s role in the larger human tapestry.”  This sounds right up my street, as I used to be a Buddhist Nun before I turned ‘bad’ and became a writer instead *smiles*.  How much is your writing influenced by your personal beliefs and philosophy of life? 

Oh wow, A Buddhist Nun? So, a nun turned writer: I finally found my target audience *laughs*.

To be honest, my personal beliefs and my writing are essentially the same. I can’t pull the two apart. My beliefs, which are who I am, directly inform what I feel the need to express or articulate through the written word. Things that disturb, confound, upset, or sadden me – that is, things that defy human rights, confuse higher purpose, or involve great loss – are typically what  produces emotion powerful enough to write. The actual writing then becomes an act of craftsmanship. A desire for elegance.

In this way, Vessel of Kali turned out to be more of a biopic than I originally realized. I lived through a very difficult, abusive childhood. So it makes sense that my novel features a main character who grows by accepting her inner darkness, not resisting it; darkness born in a pleasure-obsessed society, where the highest value is “feeling good.” Her greatest preoccupation is discerning her role in her world, and protecting those she loves in the process. Her path of “embracing darkness to rediscover balance” is a mirror for my own growth.

Okay, I’ll let you enjoy your brew and ask an easier question now.  *Turns down wattage on interrogation bulbs*.   What do you do for fun (other than writing)?

Ahhh, fun. I need more of that, I think *laughs*. For pure enjoyment, I play video games. It’s a lifelong love of mine. When I play, I’m fully immersed in a realm of pure imagination. I read, of course – that kind of goes without saying. I’ve practiced Aikido and Krav Maga (the most psychologically healthy things I’ve ever done) but I don’t currently; not enough time to properly devote to them. I watch very specific movies and television shows: things I feel I can learn from, or things that will enhance creativity. I also hike and travel as much as I can. Macchu Picchu, I’m coming for you!

(ooh, Macchu Picchu … that sounds great.)

I was especially moved by your recent blog post Bottling the Momenthttp://www.richardmilnerauthor.com/2014/04/07/bottling-the-moment/it comes across as incredibly honest.  I love the humour that runs through it.  What would be your advice for writers who find themselves in a similar position?

 

Oh man … My first piece of advice would be to try and not get in that position (laid off, that is) *laughs*. For me, it took getting utterly fed up with kowtowing and chasing paychecks to be able to stop, pull back, and realize that my time was better spent following through on my dream of finally publishing my book, and setting out as an author. Hopefully, others don’t have to reach that point.

I guess that my biggest piece of advice is: Be honest with what you know you have to do. If you want to publish a book, or want to write professionally, don’t let fear of finances control your decisions. Kick fear in the face, cave its teeth in, and hope your loved ones will support you. I firmly believe that every writer, and anyone who is suppressing their true desires, already knowswhat they have to do. No one is your slavemaster, especially you.

Or, I could totally rip off Yoda and say, “Do or do not, there is no try.” That works, too.

(I like the rip off version!  Could you do the voice as well?)

Feel the fear and do it anyway: I like that approach to life.  Is there any aspect of writing (and/or publishing) that you have found difficult or unpleasant?

Absolutely. The toughest thing for me – hands down – is learning how to live with feeling vulnerable. My work is very personal to me, and I’ve kept it to myself for a very long time, so the experience of releasing it into the public is a new one. This is an opportunity for me to learn to open up, trust, and reconnect with others.

On the writing side, it’s all bliss and loveliness… except when it isn’t *laughs*. Sometimes writing is very tough on me, psychologically and even physically (and I don’t mean sitting in one spot for 10 hours).

In order for me to write about grief, for example, I have to feel the loss I’m writing about. I have to become one who grieves. I have to break myself down, emotionally, in order to be able to write about it. My wife tells me that I transform, almost on a visible level, when I write certain passages or write for certain characters (especially malicious or hurtful ones). I go through fugues and manic periods. Depressed and withdrawn periods. It’s all very torturous *laughs*.

(It all sounds very intense … more coffee? Or can I tempt you with some Ten Year Old Single Malt? No … ah well, let us continue.)

 Tell me about the creation and evolution of your writer’s group Sit Down, Shut Up & Write.

Sit Down, Shut Up & Write began with me attending a similar group in Austin, Texas. It had the same format as my current group – arrive, talk if you want, get settled, get to work, disband. I was very much a lone-wolf writer at the time. In fact, I actively shunned other writers – it was too personal of an act, almost sacred. But in my haunting of local coffee shops, I saw an advertisement, and decided to give it a shot. I was floored at how useful it was to sit with other writers, while we all focused on our individual work. It helped a lot, and I met some wonderful friends.

So when I moved out to California, I basically wanted to plant a seed and continue the tradition out here. I think I sat by myself the first time *laugh*. Without advertising, we’re maybe at 240 members now? The core format of the group hasn’t changed much, but my perspective on writing has changed a lot. I now feel it’s almost imperative for writers to support other writers – especially for such an inherently solitary task – and for writers and readers to maintain open channels of communication.

(I like that you talk about both writers and readers, because—of course—without the one there wouldn’t be the other).

Is there anything you wished you were able to directly say to someone who just bought your book? 

Yes! Aside from, “Thank you so much for your support – I hope you love it!” I would love to be able to impress my sincere desire that Vessel of Kali moves them and affects change in their life, in some way. If it helps them grow as an individual – creatively, spiritually, or otherwise – that would be wonderful. If the story helps them challenge a long-held belief, adopt some fragment of a new perspective, or just experience a novel set of imagery and events, then I’d be happy.

There’s a lot of embedded meaning in what I write (happens on its own), in addition to cool, moment-to-moment events. Those who’ve read Vessel of Kali have stated that they’ve gotten out of story what they’ve put into the story. I think this is true of any piece or art, honestly. I’d love for readers to be able to sense the care that I’ve put into the book.

Do you listen to music when you write?  Or have any other writing habits you’d like to share?

Oh ho, do I! I have enough rituals to make me an honorary shaman.

Basically, I use all the senses to get me in proper state of being, which changes for whatever piece of work I’m writing. Vessel of Kali, for example, I meditated on a lot of artwork, and listened to very specific pieces of music. I used certain types of incense that evoked images of the moon & the night, and I typically wrote after sunset. Ambient light is super important (hate overheads), as is the height of a table. I even like facing certain directions. Everything lends itself to the flow of energy and emotion that feeds the writing process. And oh yes – coffee and tea! Mostly coffee. Sometimes the scent alone helps.

I *can* sit down and just starting writing, but to get me in the proper frame of mind, I really need to *do* things, bodily. Writing needs to transform into a spatial activity, as though words find space to move through the experience of my body. I’m currently working on a piece of short fiction that’s very manic, so I practice kata or just freak out at home to get my heart rate up before I write. I’ve traveled to specific places to know how it feels to be in those places – prisons, shrines, islands, ruins, specific streets, even cities and whole countries. *laughs*

(Um, I’m not too sure what kind of influence meeting me for coffee will have on your writing process, lol!)

How is your latest book coming along? Can you give us any sneak peeks? Aww, go on, just a little tid bit to whet our appetites . . .

Oh yes, I certainly can give you some sneak peaks! I’m currently working on the follow-up to Vessel of Kali, called Body of Ash. Vessel was written as a standalone book, so its story comes to a full conclusion, but the universe of the book persists. Body of Ash takes place 14 years later, and includes some of the characters from the first book. I’m not going to go beyond Body of Ash. I have no desire to do a never-ending series; too many ideas. I just know that the story of Body needs to be told.

Body of Ash is similar in tone and language – a bit baroque and gothic – but a touch rougher, and definitely slimmer in overall construction (I’ve learned a lot since writing Vessel). I have the story mapped out, chapter-by-chapter, scene-by-scene. It’s just a matter of actually writing it.

Beyond that, I have short fiction I’m always working on. I use short stories like exercise, to stretch between larger segments of work. And then: filtering through the ten dozen potential ideas for novel-length stories I’ve got in my backlog *laughs*.

What would you say your greatest achievement is so far?

 

In the world of writing, or in the world of not-writing…? (Couldn’t help the tongue-in-cheek quibble.)

Writing-wise, I’d consider my greatest achievement to be dual-fold, and somewhat vague. (I’m going to bend the rules of the question, if that’s ok.) There’s an inward-facing sense of achievement, and an outward facing sense of achievement.

Inwardly, every now and then what I read on the page actually matches the potential I feel it can reach. There are some passages, whether it’s in Vessel of Kali, or in other, as-yet unpublished work, that I just blink at and say, “I wrote that??” (And I mean in a good way, not in a “This is horrible!” way.) When that happens, I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment.

Outwardly, I’ve had a couple people tell me that my writing has improved their lives or enhanced their perception of themselves and their place in the world. That is, hands down, the greatest achievement I could hope for. All the self-edification and self-learning involved in writing is really just a preamble for reaching out to people. Once that happens, there’s no higher goal to be met.

Thanks so much, Richard, for stopping by! It’s been great to meet you and learn more about you, your work and your writing processes  What I didn’t mention is . . . while you were over here having coffee . . . a certain somebody broke into your blog too:

http://www.richardmilnerauthor.com/

 

 

How’d that happen??!! Harmony in two places at once!

 

If you’d like to connect up with Richard, and learn more about him and his books, you can find him here:

 

Twitter: @AuthorMilner

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/m6p5avf

Website: http://www.richardmilnerauthor.com/

 

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The Daily Thanks

Posted on June 16, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

Reviewed by Harmony Kent

On behalf of The Review Board

 

THE DAILY THANKS

BY ZEN THAI

A Daily Reflection

****

This is a short (46 PDF pages) book of daily reflections. The idea is to find something to be grateful for, every day, instead of complaining about this, that and the other. Each daily reflection is accompanied with a photograph, and the whole thing is very nicely put together. There are 365 ‘daily thanks’, and the suggestion is to read one per day.

The proofreading is done to a high standard, and it is obvious that care and attention has been given to the presentation and formatting.  Some of the reflections are very specific, whilst others are broader and more universal.

When reading some of these snippets I felt that an American living in a big city would be a more relevant audience than I. Living in rural England, many of these are things I already do without.  Some of them, things I wouldn’t want in my life. Also, some of them struck me as quite shallow. Like being thankful for having all my limbs. Well, first of all, I don’t have all my limbs. Is this a reason to not be thankful? I think not. I actually feel incredibly grateful for the opportunity this whole experience has given me.  The writer did redeem himself somewhat, when he stated that even those in a wheelchair can be thankful for having the wheelchair. I could take this deeper still: just be thankful. Even if we are unfortunate enough to be disabled with no access to mobility aids we can still find plenty to be thankful for.

I highly commend the idea behind the book: to be thankful. However, the examples given tend to the shallower interpretation of this sentiment. Even those of us on the planet without, can find plenty to be thankful for. Even those of us dying can find something to be thankful for. Even those of us suffering from oppression can be thankful. Everything is an opportunity, and it is what we do with it that matters. We create our own suffering by how we respond. Or not. Even our suffering can teach us, so yes: we can be thankful for even that.

I wholeheartedly applaud the message: be thankful. However, it goes much deeper than this book.  I suppose that here is the time where I ought to confess that I spent 13 years living a Buddhist monastic life in a Buddhist temple! So, I would naturally be inclined to look at this from quite a spiritual perspective.

 

The Verdict:


The Daily Thanks 
is a great place to start from, and could make a useful springboard into deeper thought, if the reader were so inclined. This is a well-presented book with a valuable message: Stop Complaining! Great for a gentle daily reminder in a busy and modern world. I offer 8 out of 10 stars (which translates into 4 out of 5 stars) for this little gem.

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All Authors Blog Blitz 2014 is here!

Posted on June 15, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

http://www.allauthorspp.net/all-authors-blog-blitz/

Hello one and all,

 

I am so happy and honored to be here visiting with you all and Ms. Harmony Kent, a good friend and fellow author.

For all of you who do not know me, I am Y. Correa, author, literary advocate, professional reviewer and CEO/Founder of All Authors Publications and Promotions, which entails:

  • All Authors Support Group
  • All Authors Magazine
  • All Authors Publishing House
  • All Authors Graphic Design
  • AND, the All Authors Blog Blitz

I have authored a hand full of short stories, some of which include, “A.L.O.M”, “The G Particle”, “Ryan” and “Loving…them!” At this current juncture, I’m working on the second and final installment of “MarcoAntonio & Amaryllis” as well as a stand-alone Sci-Fi Romance which I’ve titled “Genesis Ellipse…”

 

Today in celebration of the All Authors Blog Blitz, I’ve opted to give everyone a taste ofMarcoAntoino and Amaryllis. Following is an excerpt:

 

MarcoAntonio &Amaryllis

© copyright 2014

 

The Anglo-Spanish War

1585

 

Spain was a beautiful place indeed. It was everything that the English could have wanted. Trades were in great supply, land was ample, crops and vegetation were plentiful. All that they had left to do was make the land their own… somehow.

Many English families migrated to Spain, as they were positive that England would win the battle between the two lands. And, as soon as that transpired, they would have free reign over crops, supplies, and land. It was all just a matter of time.

At the market, an elderly Spanish lady sat selling her fair share of goods. Whatever it was that she had to sell for the day, she neatly laid upon a table that her son had made for her in order to showcase them to the passersby.

Behind her, a noble Spanish fellow stood, and no one that walked by could tell if he was a guard of the market, or if he was watching over the elderly lady. He said nothing: he spoke to no one. Yet, with an eagle eye he watched everyone that passed by with hands crossed in front of his chest.

A young English girl walked with her mother partaking in what the market had to offer that day. She browsed with finesse; ever so often taking into her hand an object of her choosing, and then from time to time grabbing something else to share with her mother.

Walking by the elderly lady that sat in front of the table, the young girl caught sight of the fellow that stood behind the table. He also caught sight of the English girl. Even though his posture remained unchanged something inside of him changed, just as it did with her.

A single look. That was all it took….

One single glance, for them both to know that they wanted each other more than they had wanted anything else in this world. It was “love at first sight” indeed.

 

*****

 

The goddess, Mother Haydie’s bodiless essence drifted in the Netherworld….

 

All lust, sexuality, sensuality. Powerful. More than any other witch deity. Goddess of a Celtic Witch culture and creator of the coven known as “The Sisterhood.” She was Mother Haydie, Goddess of the Supernatural!

When would she be called upon? When would her vessel be selected,and when would they find her prophesied mate? This had to be perfect! It had to be impervious to misconstruction. No flaws would be accepted. She’d waited far too long.  Far too much time had passed and she was growing wearier by the second.

 

She knew that the coven of sisters, known as the Sisterhood were well prepared. After all, she’d passed the teachings to them herself, ensuring that they were more than capable. So she knew that her prophecy had been placed in good hands, yet the anxiety was too much for her to contain.

 

Time just whisked by like a whistling wind: a wind that carried her with it. Like a misty ghost she hovered in the Thereafter, waiting to be called. With time almost nonexistent in her less than physical state, she’d acquired too much time to think. Had she been wrong in writing the prophecy? Had she moved too quickly in anger?

 

No! She’d not! The world was losing respect for her. She had to do something. So she did! Being a goddess of her caliber was nothing simple or mundane. She had an entire world to think about.

 

Mother Haydie ached. It’d been far too long since she’d felt a man.  Far too long. She needed to feel a masculine body pressed up against her, burning her flesh, swaying between her thighs. She needed it – craved it.  If there was just one pleasure that humans had, which goddesses didn’t, it was the ability to feel. Tangibly. Physically. And to feel something… someone, is what she wanted.

She thirsted for the opportunity to inhale the metaphysical essence and spirit of a man, while basking in his physical competence to pleasure her every carnal desire. Her chest heaved with every deep breath that lodged in her throat at the mere image of it in her head.

 

Antsy. Impatient. Growing angry and frustrated, she paced. No, she floated. Back and forth.

 

Something must be done!

 

*****

 

So begins the Medieval romantic adventure of MarcoAntonio and Amaryllis (http://www.amazon.com/MarcoAntonio-Amaryllis-Y-Correa-ebook/dp/B00IK6716C/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1401719810&sr=1-1&keywords=marcoantonio+%26+amaryllis). Thanks for stopping! And Harmony, thank you for having me! It’s always a pleasure.

 

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I loved it so much I include it here to showcase some of her work.

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RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR IS . . .

Posted on June 9, 2014 by admin — 17 Comments ↓

Shirley Slaughter . . . (Drum roll, please)

 

 

CULTURE SHOCK!

 

Bio:
Shirley Harris-Slaughter is a Michigan native. She is a community activist having been a school board trustee in the Oak Park School District and mentored four freshmen girls in the Winning Futures Program. Shirley loves trains, vintage clothes, and old buildings with historic significance. So it was a natural that she would write about growing up in historic Royal Oak Twp. and keep alive a catholic community that was about to lose its history and identity. It seems that everything she loved closed down and she was not about to let any of it be forgotten. Shirley joined Rave Reviews Book Club because she recognized the need to support fellow authors in order to move forward in her own endeavors. She already had a thriving relationship with like twitter followers. “We all had the same goals so it was a natural fit.”
Author:
“Give me your tired your poor”…
Remember that song? Our country is based on bringing in all races and having an equal shot at realizing the American Dream. That dream didn’t always play out as expected.
You’ve heard of the phrase “culture shock”? Well let me tell you what it was like from my perspective of having grown up in an all-black community, seeing nothing but people who look like me run our town, businesses, and churches with a little diversity sprinkled here and there. Going to the new Catholic School in Detroit took me out of the sheltered world I had known.

Here is an excerpt:
We were so excited about going to the movies, because
some of us didn’t get the chance to go very often. As soon as we stepped off
the bus, I experienced another culture shock. We were one group of black
children among a sea of white children coming from all parts of the city and
suburbs. I thought there were black Catholics everywhere, but this experience
soon dispelled any misconceptions I ever had about race. I had truly led a sheltered life; all I ever saw was black people in my church and in my community.
I became very aware of the differences between them and us, and it was unsettling to me. I was out of my comfort zone for the first time in my life. I experienced this same phenomenon during my high school years, and it was
definitely a learning experience.
Amazingly, this was never talked about at OLV, and even though we had
diversity at St. Agnes, it wasn’t discussed there either, nor was it discussed at
home. We learned the lessons about race disparity in silence and in an unconscious state of mind.

I was learning the lessons when I saw a white garbage man driving his truck
through our neighborhood while the black garbage man with him was
doing all the hard work by himself. He was very dirty and had a white substance all over his body; kind of like soot, a film that came from picking up
trash cans that burned garbage at the time. I was amazed at seeing him mistreated this way. Some of the white people I did meet were very nice—like themilkman, the Good Humor ice-cream man, and our pastor. The insurance
man and the numbers man (responsible for illegal payouts when a number hit
for a win just like the legal lottery) were black, and there were some black-ownedand black-run businesses in the neighborhood. The township had
Cunningham’s Drug Store, A&P, a jewelry store, the five-and ten-cent store
(much like the dollar stores that have popped up all over the region), a shoe
store, a men’s clothing store, and Dr. Richard Snowden’s office—the only
black dentist in the township.

Question: Were you ever in a situation where you experienced this cultural phenomenon?
SHIRLEY HARRIS-SLAUGHTER, AUTHOR
Book title: Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community.
RRBC Seal of Excellence
Genre: Biography; Narrative History

Amazon.com

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Twitter Handle: @sharrislaughter
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharrislaughter3
Email: sharrislaughter@gmail.com

Website: http://shirleyslaughterblog.wordpress.com/

 

***SPOTLIGHT GIVEAWAY***
To celebrate being the “SPOTLIGHT” Author for Rave Reviews Book Club, I am giving away an AUTOGRAPHED, LIMITED EDITION HARDCOVER COPY of “OUR LADY OF VICTORY: THE SAGA OF AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY.” All you need to do is visit my blog and leave a comment on ANY of my posts. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win! (Only 1 comment allowed per day.) The person who leaves the most comments on my blog during my two weeks as “SPOTLIGHT” Author is the winner! It’s that simple! Restricted to US residents only. Thank you again for the support and GOOD LUCK!!

Thanks for stopping by and supporting Shirley! It’s been great to host my first spotlight author 🙂

 

 

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Ghosts of Arcadia

Posted on May 27, 2014 by admin — 1 Comment ↓

Reviewed on behalf of The Review Board

GHOSTS OF ARCADIA

BY RAMSEY ISLER

Science Fiction

 

Arcadia is the most technologically advanced gaming system ever developed.  It reads neural signals from user’s brains and replicates them, and the user’s every response, within the game arena.  The players don headsets, which are linked to every other headset in existence.  A player can even make a proxy, an exact replica of themselves, to play for them when they are unable to be online.  These proxies learn from the actual player, and develop their persona from the information gathered.  Then things go wrong, badly wrong.  Millions of dollars go missing in smaller amounts syphoned off from user’s bank accounts.  Dead player’s proxies still exist, and interact, within the Arcadia platform.  Investigative journalist, Miguel Naciamento, picks up the story and manages to track down the game’s creator, Ivy Yeun.  Together they attempt to identify the hackers, and work out just what went wrong.

Okay, so, a certain amount of fanfare needed for this one.  Ghosts of Arcadia is the first book, ever, in the history of me reviewing for The Review Board, to be awarded 10 out of 10 stars by my good self.  Or my bad self, for that matter.  Believe me, I’m a tough reviewer, so full marks from me is quite an achievement *winks*.

The plot, pacing, character development, world building, and prose are all excellently done.  The narrative is tightly written and has been edited and proofed to a very high standard.  There are some very minor editing quibbles, but—seriously—not anywhere near enough to matter.

 

The Verdict:
This is a fairly short book, and I read it in a couple of hours.  I’m not a science fiction aficionado, nor a computer geek, but I understood everything presented to me—kudos to the author for that.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would highly recommend it to everyone who likes a good sci-fi, or who is into computers and/or gaming.  I award a strong 10 out of 10 stars (or 5 out of 5), and will be looking out for more from Ramsey Isler.

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Five-year-old Editor

Posted on May 21, 2014 by admin — 1 Comment ↓

 

 

Whilst sitting and reading a book with my niece on the weekend, I discovered that even a five year old will get fed up of the sin of repetition, if it is committed enough.

This cute little girl was reading an adaptation of an Enid Blyton tale for her age reading range, and after the third time of being told: ‘Said Peter’s mother.’ She raised her hands into the air and exclaimed, ‘Enough. I get it. Peter’s mother said it.’ Had I thought her frustration couldn’t reach greater heights? Within a few lines more we were treated to … you guessed it … ‘said Peter’s mother’! Gorgeous young editor then said to me, ‘Again? Seriously? They don’t need to keep saying it.’

She looked so betrayed … like, how dare this book be so bad!?!

Got to love such clear-sightedness and honesty.

 

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Queen of Spades

Posted on May 10, 2014 by admin — 1 Comment ↓

Author Queen of Spades

Facebook Author Page |Twitter @authorqspades

Website | Blog | Koobug

Amazon | Goodreads | Smashwords

Harmony!  It’s so good to see you again.  We go back a ways—to the first ever All Authors Blog Blitz.

Queen! It’s fantastic to have you stop by again! I remember that blog post well: it was one of the first guest posts I did

That was when I first talked about Reflections of Soul in great detail.  This time around, I want to try something different.  I want to share with your readers some behind the scenes information as it pertains to Reflections of Soul.

Reflections of Soul Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/reflectionsofsoul

Genre: Contemporary Poetry

Blurb: Inspiration is all around but what happens when inspiration from one impacts facets of another’s self? Reflections of Soul takes one on this poetic journey–a voyage coated in bittersweet waves: paying homage to the inspiration while gaining necessary closure on the impact after the bond met its death.

Disclaimer: This work does contain hints of dark imagery.

5 Fast Facts about Reflections of Soul:

  1. The original title is what I stuck with.
  2. All poems were written in the span of three weeks—with the exception of “Five Years” which was written a couple of months before I decided to publish.
  3. It was my first time using CreateSpace as my publishing platform for paperbacks.
  4. It was my first time going through the start to finish aspect of electronic publishing, and it can be quite daunting to say the least.
  5. AlthoughReflections of Soul is on the lighter side of anything requiring a disclaimer, I opted to put one up there anyway—just in case.

Do I have any favorite lines in Reflections of Soul?

My favorite lines are in the poem I Cry (for My Child):

The clothes of Pride were stripped from her body.
Her father stroked her with Abandonment.
Her mother f_____ her with Neglect
while eating the Self-Worth
that dripped from her.

This stanza is just very hard hitting.  I really liked how I used personification in order to hit home the impact her mother and daughter had on the child.

Was there a poem that was very difficult to write?

It would have to be A Moment in Time When Words Died because it touched on an experience that happened where fire destroyed my words.  This event shaped my practices in regards to my writing from here on out.  Back then, I did a lot of handwriting of my works but I didn’t have a computer at the time to back up my writings nor did I have the opportunity of typing ever y single one of my works via my typewriter.  Now I have multiple backups of my writes.  It borders a little bit on excessive but it’s sad that I can never gain or recapture quite a few of those works from my early years.

Do I have a preferred poem in Reflections of Soul?

I like quite a few of them but there are two which take the cake.

In message, I would have to say Butterfly.  Something about it—it’s like healing balm to the soul in some ways.  In overall delivery, I would say Loss of Fear.  Loss of Fear has a very story like candor to it as well as the steady rhythm.

Loss of Fear (excerpt)

Fear is familiar.
Every day, It walked with me.
Every moment, It was
exactly where It was supposed to be–
whether resting in my heart
or nestled in the curves of my mind,
wherever I needed Fear to be
It was never too far behind.

One night
as the Sandman held me,
Fear heard a sound–
a moving about,
and Fear, being the paranoid
Ninny She was,
arose from Her slumber
to see what it was about.

Which poem (if any) most closely serves as a summary of Reflections of Soul?

That would be the final poem, Five Years.  I will share this particular work in its entirety:

Five Years

Five years.

When you left me,

I was full to the brim

of trepidation,

anger,

but most of all,

Fear that I wouldn’t survive–

that I would remain paralyzed

in the moment.

Five years.

Never thought

the time would come

when I could think of you,

speak of you,

without my eyes

blinded by tears.

But now, it’s here.

And I can truly thank you.

And although we may never

be friends in this life again,

I’ll always treasure the inspiration

and the devastation

that led to one path:

Back to me.

 

The electronic copy is 50% off for the entire month of May in celebration of the one year anniversary of this work!

On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Reflections-Soul-Queen-Spades-ebook/dp/B00D49VYGS/

On Smashwords (please enter code QK82Q upon checkout):
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/318687

For those who love paperbacks, there will be a $2.00 discount off the title via CreateSpace.   Please enter code YA64DN9T upon checkout.
https://www.createspace.com/4224777

Thanks again for having me!  J

You’re welcome any time :)) And thanks so much for coming by.

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Reflections of Soul

Posted on May 9, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

Reflections of Soul

 

Five Stars from Harmony!

I purchased a kindle copy of Reflections of Soul after reading Private Pain. I have now bought all of Queen of Spades’ books in paperback, as these are books I need on my shelf, not my e-reader!
Her poetry is heartfelt, real, and engaging. This is some of the best modern verse I have read.Reflections of Soul shows the author’s journey into hope, love and joy. Yet remains refreshingly tethered to the realities of life.

I cannot recommend this poet’s work highly enough. Go and buy all of her books–now.

Take a look at the slideshow on the sidebar for more info and links.

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Terra-fied

Posted on May 7, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

Terra’s Nite Out by Quanah Edwards
Amazon Goodreads Author Page

Greetings everyone!

This is a joint review, from all THREE reviewers of The Review Board …

Before proceeding any further, this disclaimer must be put up:

Disclaimer:

  • The work being reviewed is of an erotic nature.  If the kiddies are reading this, send them elsewhere.
  • The language used in this review may be a bit raunchy in nature.  Yet in some cases, the reviewers had no choice but to use the obvious. Apologies if this is offensive to readers of these reviews.

Now that all of this is out the way, let’s get into the groove.  For this particular segment of The Review Board, we’d like to introduce our old friend: Miss Ova Veugh!

Ova:  What it is!
Unleashed:  Why hello there, Ova!  Love what you’ve done with the hair.  Special occasion?
Ova: Miss Mini said there was to be a throwback party of some sort.  I wanted to stay in character.
Unleashed (rubbing chin):  I see.  Well, I’m just waiting on some refreshments and then we can get started.
Truth (rushing in): Sorry guys!  Lost track of time.  Got the Isle of Jura for Harmony.  White wine for myself and No Labels.  Dr. Pepper for you, Miss Ova Veugh.  Cheese, crackers, fruit and chocolate as well! Ova Veugh don’t you look smashing!
Ova: Yeah baby, yeah!
Unleashed: Look is this The Review Board or The Time Machine? Let’s get on with it!

Ova: Of course!  It is a great pleasure to have with me three ladies of TRB–Harmony Kent, Mini Truth, and No Labels Unleashed.  All of them have plenty to say on Terra’s Nite Out.  This is amazing to me, considering how short this work is.

Kent: Thanks so much for bringing the whiskey.  (wonders how Mini Truth knew it was her favorite)  Yes, this is the shortest ‘book’ I have ever been asked to review.
Unleashed: From a TRB standpoint, yes.  For my Kindle App Random Robin, the shortest was half a page.  Mr. Controversy made mention of it and actually covered it in his 2nd segment of The Corners of Controversy.
Truth:  This book is only 17 pages long, and MERCIFULLY SO!

Ova: Interesting! Before going further, let’s get filled in on the premise.  Also, why was book put in quotes?

Truth: Terra is looking for a good time on the town and to make some memories–of the sexual sort.  Yup.  That’s it.  That was the entire idea behind this story.
Kent:  Basically, the main character, Terra, goes to a party full of Hollywood stars and has sex with as many people as she can, including a threesome with a male and female couple.  That’s it.
Unleashed: Yes–what they said.
Kent:  The reason the word ‘book’ is placed in quotes is because it breaks every writing rule in existence.  Wow.  A record.  There is no plot, no character development or depth, no beginning, middle or end, and no point to it.

Ova:  That’s quite a loaded statement.  Anyone care to elaborate?

Unleashed:  I’m going to save some of my statements until a little later in the review–if you don’t mind.
Truth:  For your info (and everyone else’s), I AM NOT A PRUDE, and I LOVE a good erotica.  As the matter of fact, erotica (the good kind) is always at the top of my list as far as preferential reads.  With that being said, this book “Terra’s Nite Out” goes down in my personal history of Books That I Fully Unequivocally Loathed!

This book is meant to be of an erotic nature, which by definition means that it’s supposed to wake up your arousal.  Well, as far as I’m concerned, it trampled my arousal like a horde of raging bulls, stampeding atop my desire, breaking, destroying and shattering every bit of lust I may have ever experienced with it.  In a word, this story was a flat out DISASTER!

Ova:  Hmm…is this the part where the Unleashed one starts her elaboration?

Unleashed:  Wow!  Am I really that predictable?  The first thing that caught me off guard was the actual cover of this work.  Even if the author just wanted to use the eyes, couldn’t the title of the work and her name be placed on the graphic?  Even if she was (and I’m not saying the author is) unable to afford any fancy photo shop or photo editing software, there is always Paint (which comes on most computers…at least all the ones I operate).  There is also online photo editing software (Pixlr, FotoFlexerLunapic, and many more) that will allow you to add text to the picture, save, and then reload it. The very image that is up there is the same that is currently on Amazon and Goodreads.  If it’s a place holder for an updated cover in the future, I wish that would have been stated somewhere in the blurb.  With it looking the way it is, it just seems a bit incomplete.

Ova: So, an incomplete electronic book cover?  What else?

For voice mail, press 1.  Syntax, press 2.

Unleashed:  Ova the best way for me to put this in perspective is to perform this reenactment.  If you will permit me some liberties:

General Great Read

Words from the General: Yeah, we need the strongest arsenal possible to converge upon Terra’s Nite Out.  Spell check: front and center.  Misused and misplaced words, directly behind him.

Exclamation Point Militia

Exclamation points–assume the formation.  This threat must be eliminated as soon as possible!

Where spelling, grammar and punctuation have gone astray,
Here we come to save the day.
Where misplaced modifiers are used too much,
Just call on us–we’ll kick their butts!
Proofread and edit work multiple times:
Don’t let this simple fix be a continuous crime!

Yes, I made up that dilly on the fly.  Already copyrighted.  The freestyle basically covered what I wanted to say.  Each page was littered with obvious errors that could have been corrected had the author taken the time to read this work an additional time before submitting it for publication as well as review.

Truth:  This book was a holocaust of syntax. It was just plain BAD! There was not a single page that did not need some sort of editing.
Tense inconsistencies. You’ll find time and time again, where the author mixes past with present tense.

Kent:  There are a fair few typos and missing words—yes, even in this short offering. The proofreading and editing are non-existent. The tense constantly switches between past and present, even within the same sentence.  The writing is passive and shallow. Comma splices abound. Sentence construction is poor; take the following as examples:
“He reaches out his hand and she takes it, and shaking inside.” Ookaay …
Next: (obvious typo) … “She’s moaning and writing, unable to control her orgasm.” The word required is plainly “writhing”—my thoughts upon reading this were: “Well, at least someone’s writing!”

Ova: The bare components were sorely lacking.  Let’s talk about the writing style.  I think Harmony believed it was “passive and shallow”. Truth and Unleashed, did you want to add?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fYfdlKIon4 (cheesy porn music)

Truth:  Unemotional, one denominational writing to the highest degree. Here is something to help you form a picture.
Think of a horny 13/14 year old boy. Now, imagine that said boy isn’t the most fluent in literature yet has a desire to write about his fantasy. All right, now that that image is formed in your mind–THAT is what this book read like. It’s the epitome of an immature, undeveloped, adolescent mind writing erotica.

Single and ready to mingle!

Unleashed:  In this work, Terra wasn’t the only one that had a night out.  Exclamation points, italicization, and capitalization went with it. Here’s what I mean. (Apologies in advance if get a bit too revealing in my candor.)

For me the essence of good erotica is making me feel as if I’m there.  I’m either holding the video camera as the participants switch positions, or I have binoculars and am zooming in on the action.  What can I say?  My voyeur must have satisfaction!  Plus, my imagination is mad vivid.  The dialogue HAS to match the action!

If a guy is wearing out my vaginal wall, would I say “Oh, f@ck” as if I’m in some type of business meeting?  If I am saying it like this, I guarantee the guy is hitting nothing but air.  Also if a guy has me near orgasm, would it be displayed as: “Oh sh*t. I’m cuming.”?  That doesn’t sound like the nutting of champions to me!

The author should have definitely used more exclamation points to indicate the level of excitement in these sexual escapades, along with sprinkles of full capitalization and italicization:

“Oh, F*CK!”
“Oh, sh*t! I’m CUMIN’!!!” (That is how I know that guy is doing work!)

Those boring old periods don’t tell me anything.  It’s like watching paint dry.  White paint at that.

Ova: Now that was vivid!  How about the characters?

Truth:  Here are a few passages that flat out TICKED ME OFF:
“She uses her lips to coax his co** further into her eager wet mouth. Soon, she has 6 of his 10 inches filling her mouth.”
First I need to say this; the guy that the author is talking about here is a black man. This is important and you’ll see why when I’m done with this.
Secondly, WHO THE F*CK has a 10 inches penis?!?

Unleashed:  Apparently some male porn stars do.  But I guess you speak of the average guy.  I have some more to add on that front but I will wait until you’re done.

Truth (continuing): “She opens her mouth wide, enjoying the feeling of Al’s d**k abusing her throat.’Don’t c*m yet.”
The above implies that she was talking while having a penis shoved down her throat. REALLY?!
After that the next guy, who happens to be white, has a 9 inch penis. And, the last guy who is Indian, Mexican and Scottish has a 6 inch penis.

Let me explain NOW why this was important to mention.
Is it just me, or do y’all see the blatant stereotyping here?!

Then there was:

“He pushes her on the bed and takes her panties off. She opens her legs, showing him her glistening c**t. He gets on toper of her and spreads her with his monster c**k.”

Um. What the f**k is a “toper”?

Look guys, without completely trashing this book (which I may have already done–sorry!), I have got to say this…
As I was reading through it there was only one consistent thought, and that was “SHOOT ME!! PLEASE, SHOOT ME NOW!!”

Unleashed:  I want to address what Truth was just saying.  In addition to being hot, my erotica has to be believable.

You know that saying “Don’t talk with your mouth full”?  Well, same rule applies if a long stick is in there.  In the “abusing her throat” statement, it sounds like he has it pretty well planted.  Even if he doesn’t there’s a thrusting type motion going on, so anything being said would be garbled–borderline unintelligible.

Also D’s being big on a female is yesterday’s news (regardless of ethnicity)–unless you’re Barbie.  Trust me, I’ve been a D before.  If you really want to see some jaw droppers…(oh never mind!  That’s for another time and another site–let’s stay on track, shall we?)

Another component of Terra’s Nite Out was that the author relied heavily on stereotypes.  This glamorization of a particular part of the male anatomy took some of the spice out of this write and stunted each individual’s development:

Black guy has ten inches of equipment.  Terra (who is white by description) wants to test said equipment.   The next gentleman (white guy with piercings and tats) is smaller than the black guy (nine inches).  The gentleman of mixed heritage is six inches.  If the author is going to use stereotypes at least describe the men beyond their appendages to make my panties wet.

Speaking of the average sized schlong, here’s some info that may interest you:  Average Penis= 5.7 inches (when erect).

I know guys with big ones who need an instruction manual.  I know guys who are “average length” that can make some toes curl.  Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better.  It’s all about how you use it.

This author focuses more on implementing action than giving any real style or coherence to the characters.  It just felt like she just had Mr. Happy as a template but just adjusted him for length, skin tone, and additional adornments (like tattoos and piercings).

Ova: Looks like Harmony is still savoring her whiskey.  I will allow Miss Mini to do a full improvement recap before I ask for verdicts.
Truth (summary of areas for improvement):
1.The author really needs to go back and edit, edit, edit! THIS is EXTREMELY important!
2. I also think that it’s important to incorporate more emotion into the story. What most people do not realize is that women and men turn to erotica because it is meant to provide an emotional connection to their desires. So whereas watching porn you get visual fulfillment, reading erotica provides an emotional connection to that lust.
This is an aspect that is completely lacking in this story.
3. Stereotypes are just NOT COOL! I believe that the author needs to find a way to rework this aspect of the story.
4. My last suggestion is that the author perfects her craft prior to publishing. The delivery of the prose is just extremely lackluster and feels undeveloped and amateur.
A good idea would be to write, write, write AND read, read, read. The more you read and write, the better you get at developing your craft. So, before opting to publish, practice.

 

Ova: Well put!  It’s verdict time!

Harmony’s Verdict:

Kent: I’ve never given a zero review before, but here we are. I have also never written such a damning review … again here we are. I wouldn’t read another work by this author if you paid me. This is the sort of thing (sorry, I just can’t call it a book) that gives indie publishers and writers a bad rep. It is utter drivel and should never have been published. When I post this review I will have to give one star so that the rating registers, but—believe me—it is a zero rating. My sincere apologies to the author but, Quanah Edwards, you really do need to learn the art of writing. And you really shouldn’t be rating your own books; that really is bad taste. (And yes, you have just warranted two “Really’s” in a row). Especially when you give yourself five stars! Truly, this book struck ‘Terra’ into my heart, and not in a good way.

Truth’s Verdict: .5 out of 10

 

Truth:  I would not read another book by this author if it were the last book on earth. I’d rather watch TV. Maybe some cheesy porn.

Like the kind where the pizza delivery guy says “Hey. Did you order a pizza?” (Insert psychedelic funk music here), then shags the “unsuspecting” girl.
0.5 TRB stars! I’m sorry. IT WAS JUST PLAIN BAD!!!

Unleashed:  This work would be appealing to someone who wants to read a recycled porn script of sorts.  I don’t think it really fully computes as the type of erotica that (1) should have been published due to the multiple errors in visual presentation in such a short write and (2) the type one pays ninety nine cents for.  There are full blown novels that are going for that price yet are better crafted than what I have seen here.

It all boils down to this:

Well displayed dialogue + vivid descriptions and dimensions of characters= Panty soaking and grab-a-sex-partner (or a vibrator) erotica
Unemotional dialogue + lackluster descriptions and one dimensional characters= Sh*t I could have had a V8 erotica

For me, it’s a 2.5 out of 10.

Ova:  Okay let’s take these figures and divide by the number of reviews/reviewers.

Overall, The Review Board awards “Terra’s Nite Out” a 1 out of 10 TRB Stars.  Thank you for checking us out.  Feel free to like, share and subscribe!  Have a fantastic day!

All right!
Ova and Out!

 

 

 

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Private Pain

Posted on May 6, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

 

Five Stars from Harmony

I downloaded a free copy of this book of poetry from Amazon during a promotion, and am I glad I did.  I haven’t sat and read poetry in a while, which is something I regret–even more so now I’ve read this.

The author, Queen of Spades, bares her heart and soul in this very honest compilation. The verse is moving and heartfelt, and incredibily succinct. This is not for the faint-hearted, as it doesn’t hold back: not on the content or the language … however, I feel the work is all the richer for it.

The poems highlight the pain of the writer’s formative years, and the questions which remained at the time of writing. Rich, evocative,  full of imagery, and soul wrenching. I feel it took a lot of courage to publish this very personal work, which follows the poet’s journey from birth/coming of age/to the person she has become today.

If you enjoy modern verse, then this book is one you don’t want to miss.  I’ve already purchasedReflections of Soul, Queen’s first published compilation.

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Posted on May 5, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

 

Five stars from Harmony

A story about the power of patience and perseverance.

I downloaded this book on Amazon during a free promotion, and looked forward to reading it–having read books by this author before … although not a children’s book. What can I say? Wow! What a fantastic book. The illustrations are beautiful, and the story provides a lovely lesson in the power of perseverance. The editing and proofreading has been done to an excellent standard. This is a great book for the younger child who would need an adult to read to them, as well as for an older child learning to read. I’m no expert in putting an age rating on kid’s books; but could see my five year old niece reading and enjoying this with no problems. I shall have to take a look at Bette Stevens’ other children’s books.

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Posted on April 29, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

The Battle For Brisingamen

will be free for a whole day this coming Spring Bank Holiday–May 26th 2014.  Don’t miss it!  Save the date.

This is in celebration of my reaching 1000 followers on twitter, and is one small way I can say thank you to my followers and supporters.

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A Fire In Redbridge

Posted on April 24, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

The Review Board Joint Review for:

A Fire in Redbridge

Miss Ova Veugh talks with Harmony and Prism about Five Years (A Fire in Redbridge)

 

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Five Years: A Fire in Redbridge
L.M. Langley

Genre: Mystery/Fiction

Summary of what work is about:

In Harmony’s words: This story is predominantly about revenge. Casey and Alex try to piece together events leading up to Nate’s death. What they find leads them to believe it was murder, rather than suicide or an accident, and that an ex-girlfriend of Nate is responsible. Casey is a social outcast in her small home-town, and Alex finds himself ostracized when a certain sexual encounter becomes known about. They start out as not-quite-tolerating-each-other acquaintances, and end up friends.

In Casey’s words: Casey and Alex both lost their friend Nate in a car accident. The effect reverberates through their lives with a tremendous impact. The further they dig, the more they suspect foul play. When the evidence points to extreme circumstances (such as the local police covering up Nate’s death as an accident) they decide to take matters into their own hands.

Greetings everyone!  The Review Board is here to share our thoughts on Five Years: A Fire in Redbridge.  When we were provided the work, the active cover was the first one.  However, we do want to take note that the cover currently being shown is the one via Amazon.  In addition, we must also note that the review is based on the copy that was provided to us.

(Wait there’s a knock at the door!)

Hi everyone!  Was I missed?  Miss Ova Veugh here to talk with the reviewers about Five Years: A Fire in Redbridge.

So ladies, let’s get down to business!  What things did the author do right in reference to this work?

Harmony Kent:

Kent: The plot was well presented, and the pace steady. The characters were real and believable. This is a story that finds it easy to keep the reader’s attention, with the mystery building right from the start.
Prism:  The main character’s name. 😉 I think the name Casey has a nice ring to it.  Also the idea behind the story.  There’s some mystery which is always nice. There’s also a smidgen of romance sprinkled throughout. The imagery is there, but what I loved the most was the underlying moral: that sometimes people need people and it can be the person you’d least expect.

Ova:  It does sound like some potential is there.  What did you both perceive as drawbacks or changes for improvement?

Kent:  The book is told in first person POV for Casey, and third person POV for Alex.  What does become confusing is that within the same paragraph the descriptive changes from ‘he/she’ or ‘Alex/Casey’ to ‘the man/the woman’.  I couldn’t see any reason for this, and it threw me time and again.
Prism:  Character changing with no detail as to whom beforehand- including sudden changes into third person narrative!

The Time Warp Thing

Prism:  Jumping around confusion!  The scene changes have no type of indication (not even a space or italics) they dive right in and leave me wondering where I am.
Kent:  What also threw me, and made me have to work very hard to keep track—especially at the beginning—was the unannounced time jumping.  The switches simply occurred between paragraphs, and in a few instances between one dialogue episode and another.  Generally, POV switches would occur whenever a time jump occurred.  I read to roughly halfway through the book before this stopped being such an issue and I felt able to just read, without screwing up my eyes and rubbing my forehead in consternation.

Ova:  It sounds like the jumping proved to be nauseating.  Any other nicks in the polish?

Kent:  The prose is extremely passive in nature, and has a lot of telling rather than showing.  Actions are often delayed unnecessarily by the use of ‘started to’ instead of the character just getting on with it.  There are a lot of sentences that are garbled, and appear half edited.  Many words are missing or simply misspelled.  There is the occasional comma splice and split infinitive.
Prism:  There were obvious mistakes.  I kept note until page ten.  It almost feels like the author rushed the editing process or skipped it altogether: (proposed suggestions/corrections added by the Unleashed one)

“I had thrown a pie of clothes over my bag that I needed to get washed before Friday.” (page 2–”I had thrown a pile of clothes over my bag that I needed to get washed before Friday.”)  The word “pile” is misspelled.

“He took a cigarette pack out of his jeans pocket,took one out…” (page 5–”He took a cigarette pack out of his jeans’ pocket, took one out…”) Multitude of suggestions:  Apostrophe should be added after jeans’ to indicate possessive nature or the author could say “jean pocket” and leave out the s.  There is also the danger of misplaced modification–does “one” mean the “pocket” or the “cigarette”? Clarification is recommended.  Single spacing between “pocket” and “took”.

“He washed the ash on his cigarette until it fell on the concrete floor by itself.” (page 5–”He watched the ash on his cigarette until it fell on the concrete floor.”) Suggestion:  In the context of the sentence, the proper word is “watched” instead of “watch”.  Also “by itself” seems unnecessary: what else would fall in addition to the ash in this context?

“…looked straight at me, His hazel…” (page 6– “…looked straight at me.  His hazel…) Correction in punctuation usage.

“ “Alex?” my tone was…” (page 7–”Alex?” My tone was…”)  Capitalization mishap.

he chuckled,…” (page 7–He chuckled.)  Capitalization mishap.

Page 10– sudden thrust into 3rd person with “the woman” Alex and Casey. (Shift between tenses)

I’m stopping here but there are more mistakes past the first ten pages.

Ova:  Looks like all is covered.  Time to get in the verdicts!

Harmony’s Verdict

This is a book that shows great promise, with a good plot and well rounded characters.  If you like a good mystery then you will probably enjoy this book.  There is a need for proofreading and editing to bring the novel up to par and make for a smoother read.  Because of the sheer amount of errors I do not feel able to offer more than 5 out of 10 stars.  However, with a good editor, I would say this is an author to watch in the future.

Casey’s Verdict:

While I respect the ideas of character changes and time changes they must be properly executed so as not to confuse the reader. Typically I’m not one to nitpick, however between the editing misses and the spastic character changes and the sporadic time change- it’s impossible to ignore.  I humbly give this book four out of ten stars. I’d be happy to entertain a new edition should the author like to submit one.

Ova:  Okay let’s add the numbers and divide by two.

 

Overall, The Review Board awards Five Years: A Fire in Redbridge a 4.5 out of 10 Stars.  Thank you for joining us.  Feel free to like, share and subscribe!  Have a terrific day!

I’m Ova and out!

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Rave Reviews Book Club – A Call …

Posted on April 23, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

Hello, Wonderful People of cyber world!!

 

As most of you know, I am a member of the uber-supportive RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, and when I say uber-supportive, I mean UBER-SUPPORTIVE!! This group is phenomenal! Not only do I have the chance to connect with some very talented authors, BUT they also offer some awesome perks…like a chance at being the Club’s Book of the Month OR a “SPOTLIGHT” Author OR a #PUSHTUESDAY Winner. The best part is, it’s totally FREE TO JOIN!! I know you must be curious, so here’s the website:  http://RaveReviewsByNonnieJules.wordpress.com/.Take advantage of this wonderful information and JOIN today!! It will be the best decision you’ve ever made!!

Because I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club, I am posting something very special and very exciting that we are about to embark on. We are conducting a Raffle-copter giveaway! Just another reason RRBC rocks!!

World Book & Copyright Day is April 23 this year. Are you familiar with this holiday? No? Well, let me tell you about it……

WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY is such a symbolic date for world literature, celebrating books and their authors. Formalized by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), this day pays a world-wide tribute to the art of writing, by encouraging everyone to discover the joys of reading. UNESCO created this day to not only promote reading and publishing, but also to make authors aware of their protection under copyright law.

So what is RRBC offering? An “ALL THE RAVE” GIVEAWAY…CELEBRATING WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY. How exciting is that?!?

Thanks to the awesome members of Rave Reviews Book Club, we have compiled some amazing gift packages of BOOKS, both in Kindle and Nook formats. There are a number of ways to gain entries and many chances to win!! All you have to do is visit our website, the WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT tab and utilize the Raffle-copter to enter. The best part? This is open toEVERYONE, members and non-members!!!

The giveaway will run from Wednesday, April 23through Saturday, April 26. The winners will be announced on Sunday, May 4 in the Rave Reviews Online Newsletter.

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Connor

Posted on April 20, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

 

I purchased this book from Amazon after I came across it on Rave Reviews Book Club.

Connor is a fifteen year old American girl, with a flair for the funny and the sarcastic. She discovers she has special powers, which she finds quite cool seeing as everything else about her seems to be below average and unremarkable. Soon after finding out that she is different, Connor meets Tony, who also has abilities. The two team up, and quickly become friends. Tony introduces her to others of their kind, and the small group embarks upon a mission to get some answers.

The story is told from the first person point of view, and remains consistent throughout. I felt that the character development was done well, and I really engaged with each of them. I found the humour and sarcasm very entertaining. I read this book in one sitting, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Unfortunately, it is marred by poor proofreading, and a distinct lack of editing. Both of which let this otherwise brilliant novel down badly. If not for the sheer amount of errors, I would have awarded this five stars. The plot, on the whole, was sound and well put together. However, near the end a massive plot hole appears. Connor’s leg is broken, but she is able to jump up, run, and kick within minutes: whereas up until this point it took her at least 24 hours to heal from any injury, including a fairly minor cut to her lip.

With some further attention I could see no problem in upgrading my rating for this book. As it stands I offer three out of five stars. Technical merits aside, I feel I could recommend this author. Especially if you’re the kind of reader who isn’t too concerned about those issues. This book is a Young Adult Urban Fantasy. One which I feel appeals to teens and growns alike. The ending would indicate that this is the first book of a series, and I look forward to seeing what the author comes up with next.

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Revealed …

Posted on April 18, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

 

 

 

Elemental Earth

(The Mysteries:

Book 1)

 

 YA Fantasy Fiction

From Harmony Kent 

About the Book:

“You turned the god of gnomes into a garden ornament?”

Sarah looked closely, but couldn’t tell if her dad was annoyed or amused—perhaps he was both…

Whilst 15 year old Sarah may be struggling to regain her feet, after being ripped from her everyday mundane life and ending up in a whole new dimension, she still knows how to have a bit of fun along the way.  The Earth Elemental isn’t the only one whose feathers she manages to ruffle, and it’s only been four days.  Meanwhile, her best friend is missing, and big trouble is brewing.  She soon has a lot more to worry about than what happened to her phone or iPod, or even how much of an idiot Caleb obviously thinks she is.

Elemental Earth is the first book in The Mysteries series, and is aimed at Young Adults.  Even if you’ve already reached an age where the young ones might call you ‘old enough’, if you’re still young at heart then you’re bound to enjoy these books just as much as the next—err—younger adult.

Age aside, perhaps we should be more worried about what further havoc Sarah’s antics might be about to wreak on the universe as we know it?  We’d probably all be sleeping a lot more soundly if she’d only stuck to applied maths and the odd pillow fight.  But no, sadly the lure of the proverbial rabbit hole proved just a tad too much.  And now she’s taken the plunge, there’s no turning back.

 

You’ll have to wait until you’re 16 to read Harmony’s other two books:  The Battle for Brisingamenand The Glade.  In the meantime, you can occupy yourself with the second book in this series:Air-Born (The Mysteries: Book 2).  Coming soon.

 

Special release price from May 31st 2014.  Watch this space for countdown deal details  🙂

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Two Days to Go …

Posted on April 16, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

Cover Reveal this Good Friday

… see it here (provided my webpage server doesn’t crash again–lol).  Or on Goodreads and Facebook.

Even if I haven’t resolved the issues with my webhost by then, I will reveal the cover!  Add it to your ‘to read’ list onGoodreads now.

Release date: 31st May 2014 on Amazon and Create Space.

YA Fantasy Fiction from Harmony Kent.

There will be a special price for the first week, so don’t miss out: put May 31st in your diary now

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Over My Dead Body

Posted on April 12, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

I purchased this book from Amazon after discovering it on the Rave Reviews Book Club site. The story begins with Jeff being shot at, and quickly segues backward to earlier in the day. A corrupt Child Protection Services Director attempts to blackmail Jeff Blake into giving him insider information on Stocks and trading. When Jeff refuses, Clint Parkens raises false allegations against the Blakes and the situation quickly deteriorates when the police and social workers attempt to remove Ashley, their three year old daughter, from the family home. The first two thirds of the book are action based, and the latter third is predominantly court room drama. The plot and pacing are both good, and the characters are well developed. Unfortunately the technical execution lets the book down somewhat, and turns what would have been a four star award into a three. The prose is extremely passive in nature, and there is a fair amount of head hopping. Further editing is needed to improve the reading experience. The proofreading, however, has been done to a good standard. There was the odd error remaining, but not enough to disrupt the read. I would have found this book enjoyable had it not been for the overly passive writing style and frequent jumping between one character’s point of view and another’s with no prior indication. There were also a few instances of unnecessary repetition, where something is obvious from the character dialogue, and then immediately stated in the narrative. These same instances also fall into telling rather than showing. If you are not the kind of reader to whom these things matter, then you will undoubtedly enjoy this book and I can heartily recommend it to you. This is an author that shows great promise, and I shall be looking out for further books from him in the future. I give this novel a strong 3 out of 5 stars. With some further editing it would achieve 4 stars with no difficulty. Check it out on Amazon by following the link below:

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Cover Reveal this Good Friday

Posted on April 11, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

My first YA novel:

Elemental Earth (Book One of The Mysteries Series)

will be published on May 31st 2014.  

I am going to reveal the cover on April 18th 2014 … don’t miss it.

This is my third book, but my first one aimed at Young Adults.  Please check it out onGoodreads and sign up for the event here.

If 50 people add my book to their ‘To Read’ list I’ll release the first chapter as a sneak peek!

Elemental Earth is the first in a series.  Read on for more about the book.

 

YA Fantasy Fiction

 

“You turned the god of gnomes into a garden ornament?”

Sarah looked closely, but couldn’t tell if her dad was annoyed or amused—perhaps he was both…

Whilst 15 year old Sarah may be struggling to regain her feet, after being ripped from her everyday mundane life and ending up in a whole new dimension, she still knows how to have a bit of fun along the way.  The Earth Elemental isn’t the only one whose feathers she manages to ruffle, and it’s only been four days.  Meanwhile, her best friend is missing, and big trouble is brewing.  She soon has a lot more to worry about than what happened to her phone or iPod, or even how much of an idiot Caleb obviously thinks she is.

Elemental Earth is the first book in The Mysteries series, and is aimed at the Young Adult reader.  Even if you’ve already reached an age where the young ones might call you ‘old enough’, if you’re still young at heart then you’re bound to enjoy these books just as much as the next—err—younger adult.

Age aside, perhaps we should be more worried about what further havoc Sarah’s antics might be about to wreak on the universe as we know it?  We’d probably all be sleeping a lot more soundly if she’d only stuck to applied maths and the odd pillow fight.  But no, sadly the lure of the proverbial rabbit hole proved just a tad too much.  And now she’s taken the plunge, there’s no turning back.

 

I had so much fun writing this, and hope it gives even more pleasure in the reading

 

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A Book that Ends with Me

Posted on April 10, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

Review by Harmony Kent

On Behalf of The Review Board

Alternative Fiction

 

This is a difficult book to place as far as genre goes: it would fit equally into SF, Surrealism, or Urban Fantasy.  It contains a strong humorous thread throughout.  The style comes across as allegorical in many ways, and this is a novel that would benefit from a second read through.  A re-read may help to clarify some of the more obscure sections.

The world is coming to an end. Predictions are sent to every nation in e-mail messages. But this time, instead of fraud or some misinterpretation of ancient history, the events are coming true. Stan Powers, an average guy in Florida, finds himself living events predicted in the messages, from a picnic on a planetoid to a baseball game played by Greek gods, and finally to Darkday, where demons go door to door and steal the souls of people whose lives are epic failures. These alternate realities are taking over Stan’s life, and soon will take over the world. Verification is provided by scientists who learn that after each prediction is lived out by Stan and his friends, gravitational time stops in the Solar System. Cults of Earth Enders form across the world, their members willing to kill anyone to save the planet. Stan, who is soon in their sights, must learn if he is just a pawn, a player, or the predictor himself.

 

What? What?

The book is told in first person POV, and alternates between Stan’s view and his friend Jimmy’s.  Most of these switches are clearly defined, with only a few slips into unannounced head-hopping.  The writing style is passive in nature, and there are a fair few typos contained within the text.   I did not feel drawn to any of the characters, and felt the development was on the flat side.  The plot and pacing was good throughout, if a somewhat confusing ride at times.  The narrative jumps between realities frequently, and occasionally moves into present tense whereas the majority of the prose is presented in past tense.  The whole thing has a bit of a ‘down the rabbit hole’ feel to it.

The Verdict:

I must admit to having to work hard to keep reading at times.  I found some of the scenes difficult in the extreme to follow or make sense of, and found myself wondering ‘what was all that about?’ after some of them.  If you are a fan of books in the ilk of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ then this book may possibly be for you.  The text could do with some editing and further proofreading, but on the whole is passable.  I would say the character development is limited, but the plot and pacing are good.  I give this work 5 out of 10 stars—(or 2.5 out of 5, and rounded up to 3).

 

 

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BrilliANT ANTics

Posted on April 9, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It’s a while since I read a children’s book, and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The story itself deserves a strong five stars, however some editing issues lose it marks. I love the author’s imagination in creating names for the ants which all end in ANT: such as DominANT, BrilliANT, HesitANT … you get the gist. This story seems to me to be an excellent one for readers moving onto full text books from picture books. The chapters are nice and short, and the language understandable. The story deals with issues of bullying and loss, and handles both well.

On the editing side, there are a few instances of comma splicing, as well as full stops where there should be commas. Also, the writing style is passive in nature. The proofreading is done to a good standard. Normally, below par editing would warrant a three or at the most a three and a half star rating, but the rest of the book was so fantastic it gets a strong four stars from me.

I would definitely look out for more books by this fabulous children’s writer, and can’t wait for the next installmANT (okay, slight liberty with the spelling there!) of ANTics. A huge thumbs up from Harmony

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The Evolution of Harmony Kent

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April Author Spotlight: The Evolution of Harmony Kent wp.me/p30Uww-ol via@therevboard thanks so much#therevboard:I love it! :

This is my author spotlight … well, um … spot on The Review Board. I am honoured and thrilled to be featured.  Follow the link for the full monty on yours truly

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I’ll Be Back

Posted on March 29, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

Hi guys

Sorry I haven’t been posting much lately.  Life has been pretty full.  First of all, I have been having major work done on my house and it has run over schedule, so I’m staying in a quaint little holiday cottage … which is so quaint the internet is pretty much non-existent – lols.  Also, I have been suffering with Asthma more recently, which has involved ambulances and hospitals–so that’s all been jolly good fun.  If all goes well, I should be set up in my finished house by late next week.  I may be absent from the world wide web for a few days during that period as I am waiting to get satellite broadband set up there–the rural connection is too slow and iffy to rely on.  My grand plan is to be a lot more active again once we’re into April.  I have just joined the Rave Reviews Book Club and really want to support them in their good work with posts and tweets and general promoting.  Check them out at: http://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/–they really are a fantastic bunch of people.  That’s it from me for now.  Promise to be back soon

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Charged

Posted on March 12, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

Reviewed on behalf of The Review Board

by Harmony Kent

CHARGED

BY CASEY HARVELL

Young Adult Fiction

 

Kat is your typical teenager, who is as amazed as anyone when the gorgeous boy next door falls for her.  Her life is about to take an even stranger turn, however, as she receives a massive electric shock when the wires from her electric guitar find themselves on the wrong amp, and everything blows. Kat ends up with some pretty strange side effects. Very soon after this, the newly emerging nano-bio technology goes badly awry.  Kat is the only person who might be able to stop this catastrophe; but isn’t sure she can make the necessary decisions, or do what she needs to do.  The point of view is told from the 1st person perspective and the prose is in the present tense.  This would have been an enjoyable read, if not for the sheer amount of mistakes and poor writing encountered throughout the book.

There were so many spelling mistakes, incorrectly used words, missing words, and bad punctuation, that I had to stop notating them by about 15% of the way in—there were just too many.  Which is a crying shame, as this could be a really, really good book.  I love the premise and the pace is good, but the presentation is appalling (sorry, but it is).  The ending is far too abrupt, and ends literally in the middle of Kat’s flight to freedom.  I appreciate this is the first book in a series, but the reader does still need some resolution in this episode.    It feels as though the story has been lopped off mid-sentence—literally.  Right in the middle of the scene the book just comes to a sudden, and abrupt, halt.  Some of the errors in the prose were bad enough to require 3 or 4 re-reads of the sentence/paragraph before understanding of the intended meaning dawned.  A number of times the word ‘eminent’ was used where ‘imminent’ was obviously intended; there was also chronic usage of ‘their’ where ‘they’re’ is needed.  These are to name but two of what were, in reality, many, many more instances.  Also, at times, the perspective would switch all of a sudden into omniscient then back again.  The present tense would also slip into past tense—sometimes within the same sentence ( and I’m not talking about during reminiscences or recounting what has just happened previously).  The writing was predominantly passive and needs work.

The Verdict:

I had high hopes for this book after reading the synopsis.  I love a good YA novel, and even more so one that involves magic or extraordinary powers of some sort.  Unfortunately, the lack of proof reading and editing mar the work too much.  A book should never be published with this number of errors in it.  I cannot offer it more than 4 out of 10 as it stands.  I would be delighted to see a revised copy at some point, so I could re-evaluate this rating upwards.  I feel this author does show promise.

 

 

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Top Five Unforgivable Sins

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I was asked to read a certain book for review, which shall remain nameless, and in the first 4% it had earned 23 separate notations.  I could not continue to read.  A book should never, ever be published in this state.  I would prefer to help rather than rant and vent my spleen, however; so here is a quick list of the top ‘Five Things’ A writer should avoid at all costs.

  1. Please, please, please … always proof read your book.  At the very least, get someone with a grasp of your native language to read it and check it for the most obvious errors.  It is inevitable that a book will retain one or two typos by the time it is published, but really: it should definitely be no more than that.  If, as in this case, the book contains at least one error or more per page, this is completely unacceptable.  I am not talking about general editing mistakes here, but the spelling of basic words–such as: using Crouched instead of Couched; At instead of As; and saying Thousand instead of Thousands; etc.  As I say: basic stuff.
  2. Decide on a dialogue style and stick with it–consistency is key.  Either use ‘such and such said’ or ‘said such and such’.  To swap and change willy nilly is a big no no.  The more professional of the two is to use ‘such and such said’.  The other version is what you would find in a Peter and Jane children’s book.  Whilst we’re on the subject of dialogue tags: avoid using descriptive tags where at all possible; a simple ‘said’ will suffice.  If your dialogue is written well, the reader won’t need ‘telling’ what is going on–they will already know.  So, keep the use of words such as: noted, intoned, complained, demanded, opined, etc, (you get the gist), to a minimum.
  3. It is important to make sure that a character’s actions are possible–and thus realistic.  We’re not talking about anything fancy here.  One example is the following line (quoted from the above unmentionable book): “Adam watched hypnotically.”  It is impossible to watch something ‘hypnotically’.  You can watch ‘hypnotised’–but I would recommend against even this: the best word here might be something like: ‘mesmerised’.  Another example might be (again directly quoted): “‘We’re being premature,’ coughed Adam”–nobody can cough words, and definitely not a whole sentence.  Obviously, Adam spoke and then coughed.  The prose needs writing as such.  This particular example also links back to point number 2: keep the dialogue tags simple.
  4. Ration the use of words that end in ‘ly’.  Overuse of such words shows amateur writing, and detracts from the immediacy of the narrative.  A good writer will show, not tell.  ‘Ly’ words tell rather than show.  And definitely avoid doubling up on ‘lys’–as in the following example: “Suddenly, as if on cue, the door at the end of the lab abruptlyswung open.”  Just one of these would be more than enough in this case.
  5. Lastly, but certainly not least: avoid passive writing.  This will kill your book.  Really.  If your prose contains a lot of ‘wases’, ‘weres’ and ‘ing’ ending words, then go through and weed them out.  I’ll give an example: “Seconds later a message was streaming across his computer screen.”  Okay, on its own, its not too bad–however, if the whole book is written like this then it will make a difference.  A huge one.  A more immediate way of saying the same thing might be: “Seconds later a message streamed across his computer screen.”  Even this is a little passive in nature: it would be even better to put the action right up there at the front of the queue: “A message streamed across the computer screen seconds later.”  There are many variations that could be used here, but generally speaking: if you can use an ‘ed’ word instead of an ‘ing’ word then please do.  Usually, ‘ing’ words tend to bring the ‘wases’ and ‘weres’ to the party, and these truly are the kind of guests you could do without.

There are, of course, many more tips and editing necessities, but I feel that these five are ‘up there’.  An excellent book for the aspiring writer, who can’t afford to employ an editor is:

This should be any writer’s bible. Don’t self publish without it.

Okay folks, mini rant over with. I hope all of the above is useful info for you. No rule is set in stone. Except one: Don’t break a rule unless you understand why it’s there. Know why you are breaking it, and to what end. Happy writing!

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Yes! I said it!

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I have just come across this great writer and blogger, and for the next two days only her latest little nugget is available for free … after which it will return to 99c.  Read on for my review of: Sugarcoatin’ is for Candy and Pacifyin’ is for Kids’ (Yes I said it!).

 

5 Stars from Harmony
This little book (about an hour’s read) is filled with excerpts from Nonnie’s blog: Nonnie Writes.  We are treated to all the little gems she has posted over the years that otherwise would have been lost and forgotten in the archives.  The book is well presented, and each section introduced with a pithy quote.  Nonnie is a no nonsense writer, who will tell it like it is.  Reading her words is both an inspiration and a call to action.  I highly recommend this book, and it gets a strong five stars from me.    Nonnie is also the founder of the Rave Reviews Book Club–a must join enterprise for authors and readers who love a good book and an honest review.  Check out Sugarcoatin’ is for Candy and Pacifyin’ is for Kids’ (Yes I said it!) now.

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The Fault in Our Stars

Posted on March 5, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

Review by Harmony

I purchased and read this book for fun–no review commitments in sight–just for a change

What can I say?  Wow!  Loved this book.  It is a difficult read in that it follows two teenagers who have cancer, and who make friends at Cancer Group, some of whom die.  Having said that, it is written in a refreshing and humorous way and deals with this issue in a sensitive and realistic manner.  There were some things I picked up as I read, that as an editor stuck out like a sore thumb, but these were small and infrequent enough for me to overlook.  I don’t want to say too much as I don’t wish to commit the spoiler sin, so despite enjoying this novel tremendously, I am in the position of not having a lot to write about it.  All I will say is: go out and buy this book.  It’s great.  It is suitable for the older YA and Adult reader.  The plot isn’t fast paced; but then it’s not that kind of book.  Still, it held my attention from beginning to end.  So, the verdict?

FIVE out of FIVE Stars from me!

Check it out on Amazon now ….

 

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Where’d the wine go??? Anybody ???

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Okay, looks like wine and chocolate time with Y and Queen … click HERE for a laugh a minute with the All Authors Magazine …

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All Authors Magazine Limited Time Free Issue

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Greetings!  The All Authors Magazine (Issue 3) is free from 1st  to 15th March … grab your copy now.  When it’s gone, it’s gone.  So download your free copy here.  This issue is packed full of goodies.  Read about the dos and don’ts when reviewing, see awesome book covers, find new reads with the featured books section, and much more.  Keep watching this space … Harmony Kent Online will be hosting the All Authors Magazine on the Guest Spot very soon.  🙂

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All in the Mind

Posted on February 26, 2014 by admin — No Comments ↓

TRB Review by Harmony Kent

 

ALL IN THE MIND

BY JENNY TWIST

 

Historical Fiction

 

We meet Tilly Thompson as she awakes in a strange, drab room that she doesn’t recognise.  She contracted Alzheimer’s Disease some years previously, and has been part of a ground-breaking experiment.  Now she is awake, and apparently getting younger, and all sign of her illness is gone.  The story changes back and forth between time periods, and we visit life in the 1940’s of war-time Britain, as well as following events in the present day.  The Point of View shifts from character to character, and although the POV change is usually given its own paragraph, this isn’t always the case.  The resultant head hopping can be a little disorienting at times.

The premise of the story really caught my imagination, especially as I have witnessed the power (and, indeed, vagaries) of the brain for myself.  I have first-hand experience of just how suggestive visual feedback can be in changing neural pathways in the brain that have gotten ‘stuck’—in the case of phantom limb pain for example.  Of course, some of the effects in the book are pure fiction—at least as far as we know!  The author has done her research well, and the war-time comes alive for the reader.  The characters are all very well developed, so that I felt I cared what happened to them.  I enjoyed reading this immensely, and on the merits of the story would give full marks.  However…

Improvements in the prose are needed, and the use of ‘wases’, ‘were’s’ and ‘ing’ words should be severely rationed.  These formulations are to be limited in their use, unless the narrative is to end up overly passive, which is what has happened here.  For this reason alone, a thorough re-edit is necessary.  Modern writing standards dictate that ‘ed’ ending words are better form and show more immediate and professional writing.  This, together with the head hopping, let the book down badly.  There is also an abundance of comma splicing, and more than a few typos.

 

The Verdict:

 

6 out of 10 stars

All in all, this is brilliant story, well researched, and populated with highly believable characters.  The book is let down, however, on its technical merit, and is in need of proof reading and editing.  Still well worth a read, especially if you can overlook the above mentioned issues.  This author shows great promise.  As the book stands, I give it 6 out of 10 stars—which would translate into 3 out of 5 stars.  After it has been thoroughly edited and proofed, I could see this achieving top marks without any trouble.

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Elemental Earth (YA Fantasy Fiction)

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The Glade (Suspense, Fiction)

 

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The Battle for Brisingamen (Fantasy Fiction)

 

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  1. Hamrony says:

    Thank you to everyone for entering the competetion … all winnes will be announced on Friday 17th Oct 2014. 🙂

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