Interludes 2 – my newest book of #Short #Erotic #Romance #Fiction is available for Pre-order!

Hi everyone.

For a lovely change, I have some good news for you all today. My latest book of short stories of erotic romance fiction, Interludes 2, is available in ebook for pre-order now. It goes on live sale on August 16th, in both ebook and print, so I’m going to be getting busy with the whole publishing thing now and doing some promo. I had planned to finish this fun collection much earlier this year and in time for the start of the summer season, but as many of you know, I’ve had a few hiccups along the way. 

Since I first published the original Interludes back in May, 2016–I know, right!? … How time flies. … It has proved to be my best-selling book and gets the most page reads via Kindle Unlimited. So I reckon it’s way past the time for a sequel.

Interludes 2 follows the same sequence as the original with 10 stories, starting at 1000 words for story 1, 2000 words for story 2, and on up to 10,000 words for story 10. Dare I say I had a lot of fun writing this one?

Here’s a bit more about Interludes 2:

 

From author, Harmony Kent, another best-selling collection of short erotic fiction that will tickle more than your taste buds and wet [sic] more than your appetite.

With a range of genres and styles, this book has enough steam for everyone.

WIGGING OUT—contemporary romance in 1000 words. Two strangers. A crowded platform. A collision. And a wig on the floor.

STORM CHASER—ménage à trois in 2000 words. A sabotaged tire. A raging storm. Passion mounts.

MOON-STRUCK—shifter romance in 3000 words. Trapped on a ship orbiting the moon, a horny astronaut falls for a hunky author who has a secret.

THE CLUB—contemporary romance in 4000 words. An invitation and a host, who is so much more than he seems, bring excitement, enticement, and a choice to make.

NUDIST CAMP—contemporary romance in 5000 words. An older woman. A younger man. A gossip discovers their secret tryst. What will happen when it all gets laid bare?

INITIATION—contemporary romance in 6000 words. A pretty daydreamer arrives for her first day at university. A brutal initiation, and a man with an unusual issue, leave her reeling. Strange, the places you find true love.

THE INCOMER—contemporary romance in 7000 words. A divorced beekeeper has spent her whole life in or around her local village. Then a city-slicker architect comes to town. When two worlds collide, a big bang is sure to follow. Can you have a frenemy with benefits?

DOWN AND DIRTY—contemporary romance in 8000 words. On the run from a sadistic ex-husband, Ellie flees to a remote mountain town and takes a job in the mines. Wary of men, she resolves to keep herself aloof, but mother nature has a way of having the last word and will, quite literally, make the earth move if she has to.

REUNION—contemporary romance in 9000 words. A school reunion looms. Not wanting to arrive sad and single, Molly talks her long-time friend Adam into going with her. While the music plays, the sparks fly.

SOUL MATES—supernatural romance in 10,000 words. A bereaved woman seeks solace in remote woodland. All too soon, she discovers that she’s not as alone as she’d expected. And her heart isn’t the only one that needs to mend.

READER ADVISORY: This book contains explicit sex scenes and language hot enough to melt your book. For mature readers only.

 

You can pre-order the ebook via any Amazon store by clicking here: mybook.to/Interludes2

Okay, I suppose I need to stop jumping up down in excitement before I do myself a mischief 🙂 

Thanks for all your support, everyone. Have a wonderful weekend!

Harmony 🙂

 

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How to Publish with KDP: Part Eleven | Story Empire

Hi everone. You’ll find installment 11 of my how-to-publish-to-KDP post series over at Story Empire today >>> All you need to know on Self-publishing to Kindle >>>

Hello SErs. Harmony here.  As promised, here is  part eleven in the post series dedicated to taking a step-by-step look at how to get your finished manuscript from your computer and on sale on Amaz…

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Who Gate-Keeps the Gate Keepers? #WritingCommunity #IARTG

Hi everyone. Today, I want to talk about a debacle that has led to an author spending a lot of time and money utilising the skills of various industry professionals, only to get let down from someone who has set herself up as an editor and proofreader who knows what she’s doing. From what I’ve seen of the final MS, I would have to disagree strongly. And I feel so bad for the poor author who has done her best to get a good book out there.

Over the years, I have been drawn in by and supported a few organisations/clubs, which purported to be upholding the high standards of indie writing, only to find out later on that I had been mistaken. Because of that, I am reticent–to say the least–about openly supporting or promoting any club or organisation these days. Even if they start with good intentions, they most likely will morph into something entirely different as they grow and spread, especially as more people get involved in assessing books and/or editing them.

To put you in the picture, here is a screenshot of said author’s acknowledgments from the book in question (for a larger image, please click on the picture–to get back to this post, click on the back button on your browser):

Acknowledgments

As you can see, I saw the raw MS first. I don’t feel I have enough skill to offer developmental edits, so I don’t do them. If I can’t do a good enough job, I won’t do it and certainly won’t charge for it. This is why I referred the author onward for further development when she asked for my advice and input. In case you’re not familiar with the different types of editing, line-by-line and copy edits are vastly different from a developmental edit. See HERE for a breakdown of the various edits. I offer line-by-line and copy edits (I use both terms interchangeably, and what I do depends upon each individual manuscript and its needs). From the above, we can see that the author then got a lot of useful help over the next two years. I saw the finished MS at this point, after it had received its final edit and proofread from 4WillsPublishing. At this stage, I did not do any proofreading but only the broad formatting to get the MS into shape for both print and ebook. So, although in the acknowledgements, I am named as doing the final proof cleanup, I wasn’t, in fact, tasked with this job, only the overall formatting. 

It all seems good, right? So we thought until now … three years later. That’s five years from the start of all of this. A very kind reader contacted the author before leaving her review. She had seen lots of missing quote marks and punctuation, as well as lots of gaps in the text. So, of course, the author came back to me, thinking this was a formatting issue. Sadly, as soon as I sat and read line-by-line through the raw MS at the points the author had marked for me, I could see straight away that these were errors missed by the final editor and proofreader, unfortunately. Every single one of the extra gaps existed because of hard returns in the middle of sentences. From my files, I can see that I caught many of these at the point of formatting by doing overall page-by-page scans. Obviously, this does not catch anywhere near as much as a word-by-word proofread.

Although a formatter does not read every word but simply scans the pages overall for appearance, I went through this second time (this week) much more slowly to try and catch as many of these editing/proofing omisions as I could. I found over 30, and the vast majority (nearly 20, without doing an exact count) were in one single chapter, the last one. What happened there? I ask.

I feel so bad for this poor author, who has done her utmost and still has issues with the book despite all the time, effort, and money she has put into it.  To help her put this right, having suggested she go back to the final editor/proofreader and her wanting to stick with me, I worked at a substantial discount redoing the formatting and conversions and took a lot longer over the formatting than is usual. I hated charging her, and had these been my mistakes, I would, of course, have put them right for free and as quickly as possible. I guarantee all of my work, no matter how long a time has elapsed. If there are issues, then there are issues, and I will do all in my power to put them right.

None of us is perfect, and we are all human beings subject to making mistakes and missing things from time to time. However, this many mistakes left in a supposedly professionally proofed book is simply unacceptable. Which leads me to my question in this post’s title: Who gate-keeps the gatekeepers? One of the problems with a global internet is that anybody can set themselves up as anybody, and how can we tell if they are who they say they are and as qualified as they say? Most of the time, we cannot. This makes me so frustrated and sad. Even more so when some of these self-appointed professionals slam their fellow editors and authors and tout themselves as the expert authority repeatedly.

This same ‘professional’ has slammed authors with whom I am friends and who I have worked with frequently over the years. One author shared a particularly vitriolic email from said ‘professional’ with me, and it was laughable as well as inexcusable. Many of the things this so-called professional picked out as passive and telling instead of showing, were, in fact, the very opposites. One clear example I do remember is this person telling the author that ‘the moonlight glinted off the glass’ is telling … Umm, no, sorry, but that is a perfect example of showing. Telling would be to write something dull such as ‘the moon was full’. That would also be an example of passive writing. What this self-appointed expert didn’t realise (I would hope!) is that her words showed her lack of knowledge for all to see.

So, what’s the answer? The only thing I can come up with is to, wherever you can, get a recommendation from a fellow writer whose work you respect. Word of mouth is an excellent way of weeding out the folks who know their stuff from those who do not. I wish I could say word of mouth is a sure bet, but I cannot. I also wish I had a better answer. I’ve been burned too many times myself, one from an expensive American editor who assured me he was used to working with writers from the UK. He put so many Americanisms in my book that I had a lot more work to undo much of his stuff. To add insult to injury, he then missed my publishing deadline, which he knew about from the get-go. And I paid through the nose for the privilege. Since then, I’ve been much more careful who I trust.

If any of you know an editor and/or proofreader that you trust, I would love for you to tell us about them in the comments below–along with which type of edit they do, if possible. Hopefully, this will provide a useful resource for us all.

NOTE:

Due to health issues, I have stopped taking on new clients and only work with a few authors that I know and have worked with for years. So, please, understand that this post is in NO WAY an attempt at garnering more clients or work. Right now, that’s the last thing I need … although (tongue in cheek) the income would be nice! 🙂

 

I thought long and hard about blanking out the names in the screenshot of the author’s acknowledgements. But, sooner or later, we each need to stand by the standard of our work and guarantee it. If I make a mistake, I own it and do my best to put it right wherever I can. I am accountable. And so should every person who promotes themselves as a professional. After all, professional accountability is what being a professional is all about. I learnt that during nurse training, more decades ago than I care to admit (lols), and it holds true no matter what business we’re in.

Thanks for sticking with me this far, and sorry it’s such a long post. If I haven’t worn you out too much by now, you’ll also find me over at Story Empire today (HERE) with another how to self publish post. Have a great upcoming weekend everyone and stay safe and well. Hugs, Harmony 🙂

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Top Five Mistakes New Authors Make and How to Avoid Them

Hi everyone! In case you missed it … you must see John Howell’s seriously way too funny debut post over at Story Empire … and if you see any size seven feet poking out of the wall, don’t worry about it; that’s probably dear hubby 😂😂😂Five Mistakes of New Authors

  Hello, SEers. I am delighted to be part of The Story Empire group. I have long admired the members and followers and am pleased to now be a part of the team. I feel like a kid who has been l…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors – #Childrens Nicholas C. Rossis, #Fantasy Vashti Quiroz Vega, #Writing Harmony Kent | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Hi everyone. Along with two fellow authors, I’m getting some love over at Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore, and I’d love it you could pop over and check it out. You’ll also find out a little more about Nicholas Rossis and Vashti Vega 🙂 >>>

There are over 150 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and I wanted to keep it to key pieces of information such as buying links, recent review, website and covers. However, I know that readers also …

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#NewBook: In Search of McDoogal by Mae Clair @MaeClair1

Hi everyone. Today, I have great pleasure in hosting author and friend, Mae Clair, so that she can tell us about her book, In Search of McDoogal … and at the end of Mae’s post, I want to share my book review of In Search of McDoogal with you all 🙂 … take it away, Mae >>>


Many thanks for hosting me today for the release of my Amazon short read, In Search of McDoogal. Many authors cross genres as writers, others experiment with different niches in fiction. I’m a mystery/suspense author, known for my love of folklore and urban legends, so what am I doing writing a light-hearted, quasi-road trip story?

 

 

In Search of McDoogal introduces several characters who have been kicking around in my head for years. I like visiting them because they’re able to run the gamut from silly to serious, much like some of the old buddy TV shows I loved (Starsky and Hutch, and Simon and Simon, to name a few). Although McDoogal is a short read, these characters have plenty of backstory. So much, that you may see them again in a series of shorts or even novellas down the road. I don’t intend to change my genre as an author, but I’m not adverse to experimenting a time or two.

 

In Search of McDoogal takes me into a realm I’ve haven’t visited in published work before. It’s a bit of fluff, light-hearted, silly and fun. You can read it in ninety-minutes or less, a nice little diversion any time of day.

 

And what exactly is a McDoogal? Well…you’ll have to read the story to find out 🙂

 

BLURB:
In search of something ugly…

Early morning sunrise on quaint Main Street of Hudson Ohio

All Brady Conrad wants to do is earn a few merit points with his artist girlfriend, so he volunteers to cover her gallery when she leaves town. What should be an easy day of sales goes belly up when he mistakenly sells a cherished painting.

With the clock ticking toward Vanessa’s return, Brady has less than a day to track McDoogal down. He coerces his friend Declan to tag along for moral support. How difficult can it be for an investigator and the director of a renowned institute to find a single painting in a town the size of a postage stamp?

Neither Brady nor Declan counted on a suspicious sheriff, rival baseball teams with a longstanding grudge, or a clueless kid trying to win his girlfriend with all the wrong gifts.

McDoogal is smack in the middle. But Brady’s biggest dilemma isn’t the disastrous hunt. It’s confessing to Vanessa her painting is the ugliest thing he’s ever seen.


I hope you’ll join in the fun of this road-trip-buddy-fic-comedy-of-errors. Did I mention In Search of McDoogal falls into Amazon’s 90-minute short read category? Perfect for an extended lunch break or quick read any time of the day or evening. When you don’t want to get immersed in a full-length novel, short reads make a nice fiction snack 🙂

PURCHASE FROM AMAZON

Connect with Mae Clair at BOOKBUB and the following haunts:

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Website | Blog| Twitter| Goodreads| All Social Media


As promised, here’s my review:

 

 

 

 

 

Laugh-out-loud funny.

I grabbed this book as soon as it released because I love this writer. While it’s not her usual supernatural thriller, it is a fun comedy-of-errors romance with a cute twist at the end.

The book is a quick read of about an hour and a page turner.

If you need some light relief then In Search of McDoogal is for you.

I give it a solid five stars.

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NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Share and Extract – #Romance #Suspense – Backstage by Harmony Kent

Hi everyone. I hope you’ve all had a good weekend. Today, one of my older books–a steamy romance with a kick–is getting some love over at Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore. I’d love if you could pop over and check it out >>> 🙂

 

Today’s author is Harmony Kent who is sharing an extract from her novel Romantic Suspense (some adult content)  Backstage. About the book SHE’S A HOPEFUL ACTRESS Just when Emma thinks she’s f…

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How to Publish with KDP: Part Nine

Hi everyone. Those of you following my how-to-publish-to-KDP posts will find the next installment over at Story Empire today >>>

Have a great weekend, everyone 🙂

Hello SErs. Harmony here.  As promised, here is  part nine in the post series dedicated to taking a step-by-step look at how to get your finished manuscript from your computer and on sale on Amazon…

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#BookReview: Blackthorn by Terry Tyler @TerryTyler4

Hi everyone. Today, I have a book review for you for a book I first came accross on Sally Cronin’s online Cafe and Bookstore. If you’d like to see more of her posts, you can check them out HERE.

About the Book:

The UK, year 2139

One hundred and fifteen years ago, a mysterious virus wiped out ninety-five per cent of humanity.

Blackthorn, the largest settlement in England, rose from the ashes of the devastated old world. It is a troubled city, where the workers live in crude shacks, and make do with the worst of everything.

It is a city of violent divisions, crime, and an over-populated jail block―until a charismatic traveller has a miraculous vision and promises to bring hope back to the people’s lives.

Blackthorn falls under Ryder Swift’s spell, and the most devoted of all is the governor’s loyal servant, Lieutenant August Hemsley.

Twenty-one-year-old Evie has lived her whole life in the shacks. She and disillusioned guard Byron Lewis are two of a minority who have doubts about Ryder’s message. Can they stand against the beliefs of an entire city?

My Review:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blackthorn is the first book of Terry Tyler’s that I’ve read, and I enjoyed the read immensely. I came accross this story on a book blog and am so glad I decided to give it a go. Despite my wanting to avoid this type of tale right now due to all that’s going on in the world today, I soon found myself hooked.

The year is 2139, and we see a new Britain after ‘The Fall’, and a world largely reclaimed by nature. The city of Blackthorn is one of only a few power bases remaining or surviving. Its social structure is a rigid one and not too well balanced. As ever, a vast gap lies between the haves and have-nots.

At a time of particular social unrest, a traveller arrives with a message of love and light, but not all is as it may seem, and political manipulation and manouvring change the lives of many.

The story is told in first-person voice and in the present tense. Usually, I find this style difficult to read, but the author wrote so well, I hardly noticed the narrative. This is a book you live rather than read, as you become totally immersed in the world created and walk alongside the superbly drawn characters.

I will be reading more books by this author. Blackthorn gets a resounding five stars from me.

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NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.


 

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How to Publish with KDP: Part Eight | Story Empire

Hi everyone, I’m over at Story Empire again today with another installment in my how-to-publish-to-KDP series. Today, we’re looking at how to set up your account >>>

Hello SErs. Harmony here.  As promised, here is  part eight in the post series dedicated to taking a step-by-step look at how to get your finished manuscript from your computer and on sale on Amazo…

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It’s Our 1st #Wedding #Anniversary! And a big thanks to @StephenKing

Hi everyone.  Just a quick post today …

I wanted to celebrate my 1st wedding anniversary with you all.

Here are some of my favourite pictures of the day >>> 

 

From our friend’s phone 🙂

Man and Wife!

1st job as groom!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Such a beautiful setting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In need of refreshment 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, we want to give a huge thanks to Mr Stephen King for releasing his latest book, If It Bleeds, in time for our anniversary! We now have a ‘paper’ gift to share 🙂

 

 

Our Paper Gift!

 

 

 

I get to read it first, lols! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t plan on being around until Monday, so I’ll answer any comments then …

I’m sure you understand 😉

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone 🙂

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates -#Reviews – #Poetry Frank Prem, #Thriller Toni Pike, #Writers Harmony Kent | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a good weekend. One of my non-fiction books … Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer … is getting some love over at Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore today. I’d love it if you could pop over to visit. Thanks! >>>

Welcome to the first of the cafe and bookstore updates this week, with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.. The first author is Frank Prem  with a review for his poetry collection – Walk awa…

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#BookReview: On the Edge of a Raindrop by Sarah Brentyn @SarahBrentyn

Hi everyone. I hope this finds you all well. Today, I have a book review for you. This is the second book by this author that I’ve read, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed both. >>>

About the Book:

When You’re on the Edge, It’s Easy to Fall

These are stories of lives on the edge.
A girl tortured by the world within her. A boy powerless to escape his home. A mother doomed to live with her greatest mistake. A man lost in a maze of grief.

Each raindrop provides a microscopic mirror of ourselves and those around us. But we can’t always trust what we see. The distorted images disorient the mind, altering our view of reality.
This second collection of flash and micro fiction explores the depths of the human condition and the fragile surface of our perceptions.

Dive into these tales of darkness and discover what life is like On the Edge of a Raindrop

Each selection is approximately 100 words, with a bonus section of Microbursts in which each story is told in 50 words or less.

My Review:

 

 

 

 

 

Another brilliant book of flash and micro fiction from author Sarah Brentyn. This is the second book by this writer that I’ve read, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The only problem is that I finished it in a flash.

Here are a few lines that stood out for me … although so many others did too …

Her memory lane was pot holes and busted chunks of asphalt.
Lightning lit the room then plunged me into darkness. I was petrified. Not of the storm, but of the thing I’d seen next to my bed.
When the skies were beautiful watercolour paintings of our bruises.

In just a few words, the author evokes so many different emotions and moods. Brilliantly done. On the Edge of a Raindrop gets a resounding five stars from me.

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NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.


It’s on Amazon if you’re interested: UK and US and costs just 0.99 right now!


 

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How to Publish with KDP: Part Seven B | Story Empire

Hi everyone. I hope you managed to get a relaxing weekend. I have the next installment of my how to publish to KDP up on Story Empire today >>> Have a great week 🙂

Hello SErs. Harmony here.  As promised, here is the second part of the seventh installment in the post series dedicated to taking a step-by-step look at how to get your finished manuscript from you…

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#Kindle Countdown #Sale starts today!

 

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all well and having a great weekend.

Last week I ran a poll on twitter to see which of my books folks wanted to see discounted. 

 

 

At 46.7%, FALLOUT was the clear winner.

So, from today, I have a Kindle Countdown deal running for 7 days. The price has fallen to just 0.99 on both Amazon US and UK. On the 22nd, the price will rise to 1.99. And the sale ends on April 26th. So grab your copy early ifyou want a great deal.

Here’s the universal link if you’d like to check out FALLOUT: http://mybook.to/FALLOUT 

Have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

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#Bookreview – Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer: Inspirational Tools to Fire Your Imagination by Harmony Kent – Robbie’s inspiration

Hi everyone. After not posting for a while, I have two reblogs as it happens today, lol … Robbie Cheadle has posted a wonderful review of my book on writing inspiration. I’d be delighted if you could hop on over and show us both some love. Thanks, folks! 🙂 >>>

 

What Amazon says Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer is the perfect gift for the writer in your life. Do you want to be an author? Are you struggling to find inspiration? Do you ever find it d…

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#TwoferTuesday No. 2 – #BookSale – ALL My Novels!

Hi everyone. I’ve been quiet just lately, and for that you have my apologies. However, I couldn’t miss sharing this fabulous deal with you all. Fellow author and online buddy Marcia Meara is offering all of her books … yes, ALL of them! … at discounted prices. If you’re looking for a new read, hop on over to her place and check it out >>>

Just want to let the Immediate World know all of my full-length novels are on sale from now until April 30! Yep! ALL. Of them. 🙂 Here’s the breakdown: Book 1 of each of my series is always p…

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http://mybook.to/FALLOUT is awarded an @IndieBrag Medallion! #Post-Apocalyptic

 

 

 

 

Hi everyone, the other day I received an email that lifted my spirits. For those who may not know, I’ve been suffering with an exacerbation of my asthma lately and am now on my second treatment of steroids. My husband and I are on a strict lockdown, but at least we can be together. At first, it looked as though we would have to separate for the duration so that he could keep working, but we’ve found a way around that. Yay. Anyway, the email was from IndieBrag, and they wrote to tell me they have award my book FALLOUT one of their prestigious medallions for excellence. To say I’m thrilled is a massive understatement! {Huge grins all around}.

They are in process of adding FALLOUT to their site, but if you’d like to check out other B.R.A.G Medallaion Honourees, click HERE. I’ll be updating the cover and boasting the badge as soon as it’s all ready to go, but I just had to share my awesome news here. 

I hope you’re all keeping well and safe and finding things to smile about.

With hugs and appreciation, Harmony 🙂


 

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#BookReview: The Hallows by Victor Methos @VictorMethos

Hi everyone. Today, I have another book review for you … and–delightfully–it’s another high star rating 🙂 I’ve been blessed with the last lot of books I’ve read.  As the start of my review says, I saw this on a blog last year, and–again–failed to note where, lol. 


About the book:

A ruthless lawyer cross-examines his life after a guilty client walks free in this sharp legal thriller from the bestselling author of The Neon Lawyer.

Ruthless defense attorney Tatum Graham has been living large in Miami, but when his recently acquitted client claims another victim, Tatum has a crisis of conscience. Disillusioned, he heads to his small Utah hometown for a simpler life…but that’s not what he finds.

Soon after he arrives, Tatum’s childhood crush offers him a job at the county attorney’s office and assigns him a murder case. The victim is a teenage girl not unlike the victim in the last case he tried. Now a prosecutor, Tatum sees a chance for redemption, but politics, corruption, and a killer defense threaten to thwart justice.

To complicate matters, Tatum’s estranged father has terminal cancer, and the time to reconcile is running out. Tatum moved to Utah to find clarity, but his thoughts swirl with old feelings and present dangers. As the case heats up, so does the risk, threatening to adjourn Tatum’s new life before it begins.

 

My Review:

 

 

 

 

 

I came across this book last year on a blog that I now can’t remember (this before I started making notes, lol), and I finally got around to reading it this week. I loved it. As you can see if you follow my Goodreads updates, I read it in two days flat. And that would have been one sitting if real life hadn’t intruded.

Victor Methos is now on my list of top authors for 2020, and I liked him enough to go and order his paperbacks … only special books make it onto my physical shelves.

The writing is tight and flows smoothly. The characters are realistic and incite your sympathy or other relevant emotions. The plot, pacing, and world building are all done excellently.

In short, I found nothing in this book not to like. I didn’t make one single notation while I read, which is a first in a loooong time. Because my fingers were glued to the pages, I didn’t even stop to highlight sentences that stood out for me.

If I could give more than five stars for this read, I would. As it is, I give The Hallows a solid five stars. Don’t just go read this book … go read this author!

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NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.


If you’re interested, here are the Amazon links: US and UK.

These are not affiliate links.

 

 

©Harmony Kent 2020

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Why Write Wrong? #1

Hi everyone. You must go to Story Empire today and check out Marcia Meara’s first SE post! It’s a good one … do you peek, peak, or pique? >>>

Hi, Folks! Marcia here, checking in from way down south in central Florida. Hope you’ve all been having a great week, so far. Since this is my first “official” post as a new member of t…

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How to Publish with KDP: Part Six B | Story Empire

Another installment from me over on Story Empire today on how to self publish to Amazon’s KDP programme >>>

 

Hello SErs. Harmony here. As promised earlier, here is the second part of the sixth installment in the post series dedicated to taking a step-by-step look at how to get your finished manuscript fro…

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#BookReview: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine @rachelcaine

Hi everyone, today I have a review for you for a book I came across in August last year on Joan Hall’s website, which I got around to reading, finally! >>>


About the Book:

Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.

But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.

My Review:

 

 

I first came across this book on a fellow author’s website in August last year and finally got around to reading it.

The opening was powerful and hooked my attention. Written in first-person and present tense, it took me a while to get used to this, but I did enjoy it. The pace keeps up throughout the book, and the identity of the killer kept me guessing until very near the end. On the whole, I could relate to the characters and cared what happened to them.

Originally, I was going to rate this a five-star read, but the dop-off-a-cliff ending let it down immensely for me. While many of the threads woven through this story got tied off, the book ends on a hell of a cliffhanger, which I didn’t like at all. I’m in two minds as to whether or not I’ll look out for the next book in the series because of this.

One line that stood out for me: ‘… a gun can’t protect you unless you protect yourself mentally, emotionally, and logicaly. It’s the punctuation at the end, not the paragraph.’

All in all, an enjoyable read that gets a solid 4 stars from me.

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NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.


Amazon Links if you’re interested: UK and US.

 

Please note, these are NOT affiliate links.

 

©Harmony Kent 2020

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Update to #coronavirus struggles and #Amazon’s rationale for banning ads for my book FALLOUT

Hi everyone. I had a nice long weekend to celebrate hubby’s birthday. Sadly, I’m now struggling with an asthma episode, so if I’m not online as much this week, that’s why. I’ve doubled-up my meds and have a phone call with the asthma nurse scheduled for Wednesday afternoon … for obvious reasons, I don’t want to go to the GP surgery unless I absolutely have to. The receptionist I spoke to said things were crazy, and she sounded well frazzled … I feel for those on the frontlines right now.

I finally had a reply from our friends Amazon, about why they have banned ads for my book, FALLOUT. Here goes >>>

 

I’m laughing so hard at their question at the bottom of the email … Were you satisfied with the support provided? …

Whaaat??? LOLs. Um, no. I wasn’t. Actually. It took so long to get a response, and to my mind, this bans just about half of every fiction book ever written.

What’s more, hubby and I were browsing on Amazon Prime for a movie to watch, and right up there on newly added was a virus-related apocalyptic film!! So, was that a ‘satisfactory customer experience’? NO!!

I’m lost for any further response to this.

 

And I’m sick of all the panic and hoo-har about the Covid-19 virus. As an asthmatic, I’m supposed to self-isolate for up to four months … even from my husband … um … unless he moves out, that isn’t possible. We have an open-plan bungalow with one bathroom and one kitchen. Due to my disability, he also does a lot for me. 

Likewise, because of all the idiotic panic buying, I can’t actually buy any essentials … so, hubby and I are having to scavenge in every supermarket just for the basics, which increases our social exposure massivley.

Lastly, hubby can’t self-isolate with me because he is self-employed, and no work equals no pay … so, to miss four months of work? How are we supposed to manage? The advice from the government might sound good, but it is in no way practical or doable for the average citizen.

That’s it from me today, folks. Stay well and keep safe.

 

 

 

©Harmony Kent 2020

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Fishing for Plots #Plotting #StoryEmpire #WIPs | Story Empire

Hi everyone. Today, Mae has a great post over on Story Empire about ‘fishing’ for plots >>>

Hi, SEers! It’s Mae Day on Story Empire, and I’m here to talk plotting—and fishing.  Early in our marriage, my husband introduced me to flounder fishing. That attachment eventually evol…

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#BookReview: The Book of Koli by M R Carey @michaelcarey191

Hi everyone, I have another book review for you today. This one was an ARC from NetGalley, and I loved it …


About the Book:

 

‘A captivating start to what promises to be an epic post-apocalyptic fable’ Kirkus

EVERYTHING THAT LIVES HATES US . . .

Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognisable landscape. A place where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don’t get you, the Shunned men will.

Koli has lived in Mythen Rood his entire life. He believes the first rule of survival is that you don’t venture too far beyond the walls.

He’s wrong.

The Book of Koli begins a breathtakingly original new trilogy set in a strange and deadly world of our own making.

‘Narrator Koli’s inquisitive mind and kind heart make him the perfect guide to Carey’s immersive, impeccably rendered world’ Kirkus

‘Carey writes with compassion and fire – strange and surprising and humane’
Lauren Beukes

Look out for the next novels in the trilogy: THE TRIALS OF KOLI and THE FALL OF KOLI

 

 

My Review:

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, Little, Brown Group UK–Orbit– for a free ARC of this book.

The cover intrigued me, mostly due to the lack of anything much other than creeping vegetation. And the title made me wonder, what’s this going to be about? So, I gave the description a once over … EVERYTHING THAT LIVES HATES US … ooh, now, I liked the sound of that. And I adore post-apocalyptic fiction. So, I requested The Book of Koli and duly received an advanced copy. I’ve never read anything by M R Carey before now, so I had no idead what to expect.

The narrative pulled me in from the first line of the first page and never let up until the end. Because this is the first book of a planned series, it ends where the next stage of the story will continue in book 2, so is a little open-ended due to that, but the threads from this first book are, by-and-large, tied up nicely.

I connected with all the characters, who are well drawn and realistic, and I care what happens to Koli and Ursala, as well as certain others, whom I don’t want to mention here so as not to put in spoilers. I hate spoilers. The world-building was excellent, and I’m intrigued as to what happened to bring the world to its present state in this story. I expect we’ll find out in book two.

As other reviewers have commented, the narration in the voice of Koli takes some getting used to, but very quickly, I found that I enjoyed the alternative way of speaking and the rythym. Here are a couple of examples …

‘She didn’t say knowed, she said known, …. It was how they said those things in the old times.’

‘… my ma sometimes called the engine Summer, …’ (for indian [injun] summer!)

And lots of English place names have been subtly altered, such as Half Ax, Ludden, Burnt Lea, etc.

Here are a couple of lines that I loved …

‘… or else a hollow in the ground and a hope that was hollower still.’
‘I seen now that dying wasn’t just one single thing that happens one single time. A little of it comes with every ending, collecting in the heart of you like rainwater in a barrel. This was a big lot of dying all at once, and it daunted me.’

This tale brings us a boy just coming of age, who has so far lived a sheltered life within the walls of his village. But his thirst for knowledge and wanting to get his hands on old tech propell him into places he never knew were there. The dystopian element is limited in this first story, but the post-apocalyptic element is huge and enjoyable. We have trees that move to trap unwary humans for food, as well as dropping seeds that burn into a person, and don’t even ask about the wild animals! It’s great to watch Koli grow as his story unfolds, and I look forward to reading more about him and his adventures in the coninuation of this series, which I’ll be looking out for.

I don’t want to say anymore here, because that would bring in spoilers. Suffice to say, I loved this book. It gets a solid five stars from me. The only reason I didn’t read it in one sitting was because real life has a way of demanding your attention for other things.

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NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

 

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Using The Five Senses: Taste

Another great post about using the five senses in writing from Joan Hall today on Story Empire >>>

Hey, SE Readers. Joan back with you today with the third in a series on using the five senses in writing. Today’s topic is about our sense of taste. If you missed the first two posts, you can read …

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#NewBook: Comes This Time to Float by Stephen Geez @StephenGeez

Hi everyone, today it gives me great pleasure to showcase author and friend Stephen Geez with his latest book … the first in a long while, and I look forward to taking a peek. I’ll let Stephen take it from here >>>


Salutations!

I am elated to find you here at Day 10 of my extended blog tour. I am humbled by the kindness of my wondrous host, Harmony, for sharing some blog space today. I hope to interest you bookish types in trying my first book in way too many years, this my only collection of short fiction: Comes this Time to Float: 19 Short Stories by Stephen Geez. You could add another “by Stephen Geez” to that, as I put the moniker in the subtitle, too. I’d be forcing it to find a theme, except maybe that all my stories try to look at something I think is important, but told in a decorative sort of way. Written here and there among novels over two decades, they show a variety of genres and styles, as I get restless. Now they’re tucked between jacketed hard covers and softs, or in e-however-you-likes.

The Enticement

Each tour stop will offer the opening paragraphs of a story from the book, then link to the full story online. A few will also link to audio-shorts narrated by me. A promo video will be foisted on you every day. Using a narrator didn’t seem right for my own trailer, so yeah, it’s me. Be sure to post reviews in your favorite places, most helpfully if Amazon.

And you, the reader, I thank, too.

 

A Geez Author Blurb

Stephen Geez grew up in the Detroit suburbs during the American-auto domination. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. He retired from scripting/producing television and composing/producing television music, then expanded his small literary management firm into indie-publisher and multi-media company Fresh Ink Group. Now he works from a deck overlooking the lake in north Alabama, helping other writers share their compelling narratives with the world.

The Book Blurb

Prepare to think as you explore these wildly disparate literary short stories by author, composer, and producer Stephen Geez. Avoiding any single genre, this collection showcases Geez’s storytelling from southern gothic to contemporary drama to coming-of-age, humor, sci-fi, and fantasy—all finessed to say something about who we are and what we seek. Some of these have been passed around enough to need a shot of penicillin, others so virgin they have never known the seductive gaze of a reader’s eyes. So when life’s currents get to pulling too hard, don’t fight it, just open the book and discover nineteen new ways of going with the flow, because NOW more than ever Comes this Time to Float.

The Promo Video

Today’s Excerpt

“Holler Song”
Retta danced the willy-nilly, grabbed at slick branches, then lost both feet and whomped back-end down on the ice. Hit ’em mean like that and 70-year-old bones act scared, then angry, then out for revenge—and they’ll complain bitterly for weeks. It’s not how hard the ground is, makes ’em mad; it’s how brittle the bones has got.Now a sheet of frozen slick, this low patch in the double-rut drive-back had been needing some ’dozer work a long time running, one of many get-to’s set for when next year’s lump-sum money could hire some younger help. Hardly anyone drove it but Randall, easing the pickup ’tween overgrown mirror-snaggers when he brung groceries and what-not to Lurlene and her girl. Deputy Wallace used to ramble back here regular-like to pretend friendly and keep an eye for signs local cookers mighta set up, but when he found Hollis’s makeshift lab a ways down
Cutter Road, his brother Cletus shot him dead. State Police come in and tore ’ern up from there to right up Middleton Holler just beyond. Now a new deputy’s donetook over, but ain’t yet been out here lying about smells to claim “probable cause” when he trespasses on Lurlene and Retta’s private property. This very minute would be a good time, him to show for a howdy-ma’am, seein’ as how there’s an old lady needs picking up off her arse.Retta rolled over on her side and wound up mashing the holdin’ end of that pocketed fish-knife into her thigh, then managed despite bad arthritis to pull herself up and set about shuffling forward, keeping to the treeline for more grab-branching. She came to sight of cousin Lurlene’s place, built by their granddaddy when he carried his unimpressed young bride here for a lifetime of second thoughts in the hills of East Tennessee. Lately the place looked embarrassed at being let to run down, but now the dim gray fog and last night’s snow gave it a fairy-tale gingerbread-house look, all sugar-frosted and gleaming with drips of icing drooping its eaves. Wisps of smoke fed by a stingy stack of splits curled from the chimney and bent north to tickle more sleet from dark clouds of a mind to paint these hollers another coat of quick-freeze.Lurlene stepped out and stood on the wide, covered porch. Ten years younger than cousin Retta, she looked real old of a sudden. Bundled in wool coat, crochet hat and scarf, jeans and hide boots, she’d already got a mind to head out. “Found her, didn’t they?” she asked as Retta stopped at the slicked-over bottom step. Eyes red and swole, Lurlene had been crying, imagining the worst and expecting nothing better.

The Whole Story

I’ve posted the whole story on my blog today. I’ve set the link to open in a new tab so that you can also stay here! https://StephenGeez.WordPress.com

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My Struggles with #Coronavirus2019 …

Hi everyone, today’s post is a bit of a heavy one. First up, I’m not sick with the dreaded Covid19, but for certain, the panic and oversensitivity is having a HUGE affect on my life.

Hubby and I cannot get any groceries because of the idiotic panic buying. All we want is one pack of toilet roll, a bit of pasta (one of our staple meals), and that sort of thing, and the shelves are empty. We can’t even get lactofree milk right now.

And now Amazon has banned ads for my book FALLOUT … the ad has been approved and active since September 2019, and now–all of a sudden–it’s too controversial. 

To say I’m fed up has got to be the understatement of the decade.

Everything seemed fine until I got this message from Amazon on Saturday …

 

The big joke? … I haven’t even submitted this ad since last year when it went live!

The next screenshot shows the advert that has been approved for the last six months, and you can see a charge on there that shows Amazon has been placing the ad, but … wait … as of March 7th, it is now banned.

Immediately, I raised a query with Amazon’s help department, and I got this message within a matter of hours …

I waited until Monday 9th and then asked again if somebody could, please, clarify the issue for me … as of now, I have heard nothing at all from them. Amazon seems to be ignoring me. So, all I can conclude is that they have banned the ad because it dares to meniont the V word … VIRUS!!!

Sorry, but this strikes me as nuts. This sort of panic and overreaction is far more dangerous than the actual disease.

Whatever the sudden turn around on Amazon’s side, I believe that they need to let adults be adults and make their own choices. Honestly, the world these days feels more censored than it was in Victorian times, and freedom of speech no longer exists for the vast majority.

The irony, of course, is that FALLOUT is about nanotechnology and a virus based on that. The book is set way in the future in a planet in outer space. So, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the current Covid19 outbreak. Furthermore, the flu kills many more people every year, but my ad and book were somehow acceptable back in September?

I’m throwing up my hands here … what, if anything, can we authors actually write about anymore?


Okay, rant over. But if any of my books suddenly disappear from sale, I wanted you all to know to why.

Thanks for bearing with me! 🙂

 

©Harmony Kent 2020

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#BookReview: No One’s Home by D M Pulley @DMPulleyAuthor

Hi everyone, another Tuesday and another book review for you … this one is another book I picked up after seeing it recommended on someone’s blog last year. At some point, I did start making notes on which book I saw where, lol, but we’re not there yet! Ahem, … okay, so onto my review >>>


About the Book:

For fans of The Haunting of Hill House comes a dark tale of a mansion haunted by a legacy of tragedy and a family trapped by lies.

Margot and Myron Spielman move to a new town, looking for a fresh start and an escape from the long shadow of their past. But soon after they buy Rawlingswood, a foreclosed mansion rumored to be haunted, they realize they’re in for more of the same…or worse.

After a renovation fraught with injuries and setbacks, the Spielmans move in to the century-old house, and their problems quickly escalate. The home’s beautiful facade begins to crumble around them when their teenage son uncovers disturbing details of Rawlingswood’s history—a history of murder, betrayal, and financial ruin. The Spielmans’ own shameful secrets and lies become harder to hide as someone or something inside the house watches their every move.

As tensions build between the family members, the home’s dark history threatens to repeat itself. Margot and Myron must confront their own ghosts and Rawlingswood’s buried past before the house becomes their undoing.

My Review:

 

 

 

 

 

The supernatural element to this book caught my attention right off, and the story within its pages did not disappoint. The narrative pulled me in from page one and didn’t let me go until I’d finished the final page. D M Pulley makes for the fifth on my list of ‘top authors’ for this year, and I will be checking out her other books.

Apart from an overuse of exclamation marks in some passages and a lack of hyphenation to join words that need joining, the writing is well edited and error free. The characterisations and world building are done excellently, and I connected with each and every one. The timeline shifts around, but new chapters mark the shifts, and it is clear where you are at each point. I adored the historical elements scattered throughout this tale.

While the author writes from third-person omniscient, which reads as head-hopping, she has written it so well that the shifts of point of view flow well from one to the other, and as I read, I knew whose head (POV) I was reading from. The only other author I’ve seen do head-hopping this well is Stephen King.

The ending tied up all of the loose ends and rounded up the story nicely. An author note at the end gave some interesting insights about the history of the area and the inspiration for this tale.

My only regret is that I didn’t have the time to read this in one sitting and had to let it go for hours at a time. If you like a spooky, chilling read that will have you turning the lights on in the house, then this is the book for you. Brilliantly written. It gets a resounding five stars from me.

 

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NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

 

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.

3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.

2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.

1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.


If you’re interested, here are the Amazon links … UK and US.

Please note, these are not affiliate links.

 

©Harmony Kent 2020

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Tips for Writing Action Scenes

Check out this great post by Mae Clair over on Story Empire today … gotta say, I love this picture! >>>

 

Hi, SEers. You’re with Mae today for a look at writing action scenes. Of all the types of scenes that go into constructing a novel, I used to dread action the most. Not so much these days, but they…

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