#FirstLineFriday – New #GiveawayContest – #BookTrivia

 

A fun Friday competition over at Marcia Meara’s blog today …

Earlier this week, I mentioned that I would be starting a little giveaway contest today, and here I am, doing just that. If you’re like me, you probably have a head stuffed full of trivia, mu…

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Avoiding First Chapter Blunders

Check out this great post on how to write your first chapter by Ryan Lanz …

  by Ryan Lanz   You’ve got your idea. Your characters are fleshed out. The setting is crystallized in your mind. You power up the laptop, and you place your fingers on the keys. Chapter …

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Friday Book Share – The Body Keeper by Anne Frasier

Friday book share today over on Story Empire … P H Solomon talks about The Body Keeper by Anne Frasier …

 

Hello and happy Friday to all the Story Empire readers. We’ve been deviating from our regular Friday schedule for some time and today, I do so again with a Book Share post. Anne Frasier’…

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Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Some great links and author resources today over at Staci Troilo’s place …

Ciao, amici! How’s it going? I’ve seen some wonderful vacation pics from a few of you. I hope you’re all enjoying your summer. I was not on vacation this week. (Or at all this sum…

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Yvette M. Calleiro’s Author Blog: Author Spotlight – Harmony Kent!

 

My new book is getting some love over at Yvette M. Calleiro’s place today …

 

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Sugar & Snails, on #LisaBurtonRadio

It’s all sugar and snails and intriguing tales over at Craig Boyack’s place today …

Don’t touch that dial! You’ve landed on Lisa Burton Radio. The only show that brings you interviews with the characters from the books you love. I’m your host Lisa the robot girl, and my special gu…

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#BookReview: The Gate

by D L Cross (also known as Staci Troilo)

Book Blurb:

He lost his job. He lost his girl. Now it’s all he can do not to lose his life. Landon Thorne is a disgraced archaeologist, a laughing stock in his field because of his unconventional beliefs – he’s an ancient astronaut theorist. No one takes him seriously. Until an alien armada targets Earth. Now Landon’s in high demand – by the US government and someone far more sinister. They race across two continents to the Gate of the Gods, the one place on Earth that might give humans an advantage over the aliens. But no one is prepared for what they’ll find. And not everyone will make it out alive. Fans of action, intrigue, and aliens will love The Gate, the first book in the Astral Conspiracy series. Pick up your copy now.

My Review:

Having read other books by this author (Staci Troilo/D L Cross), I grabbed my copy of The Gate as soon as it went on pre-order, and I haven’t been disappointed. What a fantastic fast-paced read.

We meet Landon Thorne, long ridiculed for his outlandish beliefs. Then we meet the agents of AATIP, who pull us into a world of betrayal, back-stabbing, ambition, lies, and intrigue.

Meanwhile, an Astral App has alerted everyone on Earth that Aliens are coming. All of a sudden, Landon Thorne is the man everyone wants. And while he’s happy his beliefs and life’s work have, finally, been recognised and vindicated, he’s less than thrilled at the mess and complications he gets pulled into.

While the author has obviously done lots of research for this book, she doesn’t bore the reader with it, but uses it to enhance an already gripping tale of Aliens, conspiracies, government secrets, and betrayals.

While this first episode in the series does end on a bit of a cliffhanger, it also rounds off many of the preceding threads nicely and leaves you wanting more. I’m eagerly awaiting the second book in the Invasion Universe (Astral Conspiracy) series.

If you’re a fan of ancient-alien theories, thrown together with modern conspiracy theories and plenty of action, suspense, and intrigue, then you’re bound to love this book. I can’t recommend this first book in the series highly enough. It gets a solid 5 stars from me. Go out and buy it now.

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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 Sales Links:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

©2019 Harmony Kent–All Rights Reserved

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#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – “Partners in Time” by Stevie Turner

Check out this awesome book review, shared on Marcia Meara’s blog … so many good books to read just lately …

This afternoon, we have the pleasure of reading a terrific review of Stevie Turner’s book, Partners in Time. I have no doubt you’ll all enjoy this one, and will be eager to share it wit…

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Using Similes and Metaphors

A great post from Joan Hall today over on Story Empire, where she talks about using similes and metaphors in our writing …

Hi, SE Readers. Joan here today. We’ve all heard of similes and metaphors. Most of us have probably used them in our writing at some point. Using a simile or metaphor is an easy way to describe a c…

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#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – “The Bright Side of Darkness” by Jo Elizabeth Pinto

It’s ‘share a review’ day over on Marcia Meara’s blog today … here’s her review of a great-looking book …

So happy to welcome today’s special guest, Jo Elizabeth Pinto, who is sharing a review of her book, The Bright Side of Darkness. I know you folks will all enjoy reading and sharing this revie…

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Blessed Mayhem

Check out this great book review over on Kevin Cooper’s blog …

A chance encounter . . . a deadly predicament . . . a lethal decision. The infamous Mr. Mayhem is not your average serial killer. Reminiscent of the beloved Hannibal Lecter, minus his thirst for fl…

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Harmony Kent’s FALLOUT #bookrelease #excerpt #review

My latest book is getting some love (and a fab review!) over at Staci Troilo’s place today … 🙂

Ciao, amici! You know how much I love having authors share news on my site. Today I have the privilege of hosting a repeat visitor—Harmony Kent! Harmony is not only a multi-genre author, she&…

Source: Harmony Kent’s FALLOUT #bookrelease #excerpt #review

Conflict Thesaurus Entry: Seeing an Ex with Someone New ~ WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®

Another great thesaurus entry from Writers Helping Writers …

Conflict is very often the magic sauce for generating tension and turning a ho-hum story into one that rivets readers. As such, every scene should contain a struggle of some kind. Maybe it’s an internal tug-of-war having to do with … Continue reading →

Source: Conflict Thesaurus Entry: Seeing an Ex with Someone New ~ WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®

#Bookreview #Poetry : My Maine: Haiku through the Seasons by Bette A. Stevens

This looks like a lovely book of poetry. Check out the full review of Bette Stevens’ book over on Robbie Cheadle’s blog …

What Amazon says Inspired by The Pine Tree State—Maine’s diverse landscape, natural beauty, rural communities, and independent people—the author’s 150 haiku poems, along with her photographs, refle…

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#BookReview: The Undoing of Arlo Knott

by Heather Child

Book Blurb:

What if your life had an ‘undo’ button?

Arlo Knott develops the mysterious ability to reverse his last action. It makes him able to experience anything, to charm any woman and impress any friend. His is a life free of mistakes, a life without regret.

But second chances aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. As wonderful as his new life is, a mistake in Arlo’s traumatic childhood still haunts him and the temptation to undo, undo and keep undoing could be too much to resist.

Mainstream crossover fiction for fans of Matt Haig, Gail Honeyman and Rowan Coleman, from the author of Everything About You.

A Note From the Publisher

*TO REFLECT THE TIME-REVERSING ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL, PLEASE NOTE THIS BOOK HAS A NON-TRADITIONAL CHAPTERING FORMAT, STARTING WITH ‘PART 6’ ON PAGE 1.*

My Review:

Thanks to NetGalley and Orbit for this ARC book.

The cover and story premise pulled me right in with this book, and the story within didn’t disappoint. I really felt for the main character and lived his mistakes and regrets along with him.

A childhood tragedy leaves Arlo scarred and desperate to make things right in his life. He develops an aversion to mistakes and, once he discovers he can go backward, he falls into a habit of rewinding and putting things right. What he doesn’t realise is that the laws of quantum physics continue to operate, and all actions have consequences.

I loved this book and read it quite quickly to say how busy I am, lol. This read has given me a new author to watch out for. I can’t recommend The Undoing of Arlo Knott enough, and it gets a solid 5 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 UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Undoing-Arlo-Knott-Heather-Child-ebook/dp/B07PTBV9LB/

AMAZON US: https://www.amazon.com/Undoing-Arlo-Knott-Heather-Child-ebook/dp/B07PTBV9LB/

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Is There A Difference Between Participial Phrase And Gerund?

As ever, all the terminology has my eyes glaze over and my brain stall, lol, but there’s some good stuff in here … the examples are great … so for a bit of grammar help, read on … 🙂

 

A participial phrase uses a present or past participle to describe the subject of a sentence. Be careful not to confuse the gerund with the present participle.

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Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Some great writing links over at Staci Troilo’s place today …

Ciao, amici! Happy Friday! I’m glad you’re here. I know it’s sometimes hard coming back to a full week of work after a holiday, and by day five, you’re exhausted. So thanks …

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Friday Book Share: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Friday Book Share over on Story Empire today … just bought a copy on ebook …looks great! … not looking at my TBR. Not looking at my TBR. NotlookingatmyTBR. Not … argh! 🙂

Ciao, SEers. It’s time for a Friday book share. Today, I’m going to talk about a book from the psychological thriller genre, Stillhouse Lake by Rachael Caine. (If you read my personal b…

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Introducing Harmony Kent.

I’m being showcased with my new book over on Lizzie Chantree’s blog today! Please hop over and show us some love. A huge, huge thanks to Lizzie for hosting me today.

 

Author blog tour and book launch. Meet Harmony Kent.

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Stillhouse Lake Series by Rachel Caine #bookreview

Check out some good reviews for these great-looking books over on Staci Troilo’s blog today …

Ciao, amici. Today’s review is actually a three-fer. I want to discuss the first three books in the Stillhouse Lake series by Rachel Caine. I’d discuss all four, but the fourth hasnR…

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That Moment When You Realise …

… That this isn’t going to be a big book but needs to be three books, lol! OMG. Over 300 colour-coded plotted scene index cards for 7 main characters, and I’m not done yet. I had intended to start this when new settlers land on the planet and find other life, but now I realise this is going to need the journey there and the bit after the relief ship arrives. This is because of all the shenanigans of the characters … they never do what they’re told, lol 🙂

Ah well, it keeps me busy … I don’t know about sane, though!

Oh, and this from a gal who doesn’t outline or plot, LMAO … I guess old dogs can learn new tricks! 🙂

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#BookReview: A Maiden So Bewitching

by Colm Herron

Book Blurb:

From the highly-acclaimed northern Irish novelist Colm Herron comes this sad, sexy and beautiful story about a desperate Irishman called Lexie Cheddy, an only child. Lexie’s mother has always wanted a daughter so that’s how she brings him up. As a daughter. And she names him Alexis. To add to his troubles he falls on his head at the age of fourteen and a half and when he wakes up he’s a genius. (Condition known as Acquired Savant Syndrome). Lexie is now seventy-one and has long been banished to the outer reaches of the marriage bed by a wife for whom sex is but a vague and distasteful memory.

So, greatly in need of a relief valve, our hero starts up a blog site supposedly written by a teenage bisexual girl called Denise whose current squeeze is a hunk called Huncan. Result: Lexie gets to be both Denise and Huncan. This is convenient because he himself is a closet bisexual. Complications set in however when Isabella, a teenage blog reader of confused gender, asks if she can fly to Ireland to spend a romantic three-day holiday with Denise and Huncan – and Lexie impulsively accepts ….

My Review:

I loved this book from page one, although I did wonder what I was getting into. Not to worry. The author took care of me. Somehow, this book was both riveting and immensely disturbing at the same time. I’ve read books by Colm Herron before, and this author certainly knows how to deliver hard-hitting stories with incredibly true-to-life characters and situations. In A Maiden So Bewitching, we have a 71 year old male brought up as a female, who likes both sexes and is somewhat confused as well as hot-blooded enough to still be in his teens.

The situations he ends up in are both comical and heart-wrenching, and while at the start you might not like him, I promise that by the end you’ll love him and will be rooting for him, along with those who hook up with him.

I cannot recommend this book or this writer highly enough. Next on my list from this writer is Anna, only just released, which looks full of promise.

This read gets a top five stars from me

UNIVERSAL AMAZON LINK: mybook.to/A_Maiden_So

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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.

Copyright: ©2019 Harmony Kent–All Rights Reserved

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Expansion Pack: The Egg Scene

Check out this great post on egg scenes from Craig Boyack over on Story Empire today …

Hi gang, Craig here again with another Expansion Pack. These are designed to enhance the series I wrote about The Hero’s Journey, also known as the Writing Monomyth. It’s worth repeating that none …

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#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – “Allow Yourself to be a Better Person ” by Balroop Singh

This morning, please welcome Balroop Singh to The Write Stuff. Balroop is sharing  Allow Yourself to be a Better Person, a non-fiction work designed to help us discover how to become the best perso…

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Royal Command Family Saga, plus bonus story!

Sarah Stuart is looking for ARC readers. If you’d like a free copy of her books, please check out this post …

Have you ever wondered what happened after the sizzling end of Sweet Temptation: the Agony and the Ecstasy of Passion? If you would like an ARC of all but the bonus story, please join my reviewer g…

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Conflict Thesaurus Entry: A Deadline Being Moved Up ~ WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®

Check out this great post on increasing conflict in your story …

Conflict is very often the magic sauce for generating tension and turning a ho-hum story into one that rivets readers. As such, every scene should contain a struggle of some kind. Maybe it’s an internal tug-of-war having to do with … Continue reading →

Source: Conflict Thesaurus Entry: A Deadline Being Moved Up ~ WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®

How to Set Project Targets in Scrivener

One way to avoid your workspace looking like this … 🙂

Hello SErs. Harmony here. While P H Solomon is our resident expert on all things Scrivener, today I’d like to share a tool that I came across earlier this year, and it has made such a differe…

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Five For Friday: Summer Activities

Check out Five for Friday from Joan Hall over on Story Empire today …

Hi, SE Readers. Joan here with another Five for Friday post. For those of you living in the US, I hope you enjoyed the holiday yesterday. And for our Canada friends, a belated Happy Canada Day. It&…

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Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Some great writing links and resources over at Staci Troilo’s place today …

Ciao, amici! Happy Independence Day! Yes, I’m a day late. But when you think about it, the holiday is kind of arbitrary. Independence was actually declared on July 2. Congress approved the De…

Source: Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Book Review: The Grace Year

by Kim Liggett

5 Stars

Book Blurb:

The resistance starts here…

No one speaks of the grace year.
It’s forbidden.
We’re told we have the power to lure grown men from their beds, make boys lose their minds, and drive the wives mad with jealousy. That’s why we’re banished for our sixteenth year, to release our magic into the wild before we’re allowed to return to civilization.
But I don’t feel powerful.
I don’t feel magical.

Tierney James lives in an isolated village where girls are banished at sixteen to the northern forest to brave the wilderness – and each other – for a year. They must rid themselves of their dangerous magic before returning purified and ready to marry – if they’re lucky.

It is forbidden to speak of the grace year, but even so every girl knows that the coming year will change them – if they survive it…

The Grace Year is The Handmaid’s Tale meets Lord of the Flies – a page-turning feminist dystopia about a young woman trapped in an oppressive society, fighting to take control of her own life.

My Review

Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin for an ARC of this book.
Even more thanks for having it nicely formatted ready to read.

In the county, women have to obey their men. They have no rights. No free will. When a girl comes of age, she’s sent ‘out’ for a year, so that she can get rid of her magic. That’s the one thing the men worry about: a woman’s magic. When it comes to Tierney James’ turn, her future hangs in the balance. What will she do to survive The Grace Year?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let go. The pace never let up. And the ending was as satisfying as the beginning and middle. All the threads were tied off. I suspect a sequel may be in the offing … I hope so. I can’t recommend this novel or this author highly enough. I don’t think I’ve read Kim Liggett before now, but I’ll be looking out for more of her books. 

As harrowing as this read was at times, I loved it. This was one of those books I didn’t want to end.

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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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