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Monthly Archives: April 2013
As you many of you noticed, I posted my last book review here (Crystal Promise: The Shattered Crystal, by James Funfer). Originally it was an Amazon review which I shared here and on Goodreads.
Starting sometime in May (date yet to be announced), I’ll be doing more of these. I won’t be publishing any reviews for well-known authors on this blog. So you won’t find any Anne Rice or Steven King reviews here unless the Household Name’s book blew me away. Otherwise I’ll leave those reviews on Amazon and/or Goodreads.
I have a bit of criteria I’m following for reviews…
-I will review a book only AFTER it’s been published, even for requested reviews.
*Note: At this time I do not want to become a part of host review-blog circles. Maybe later in the year.*
-My non-solicited reviews will come from free downloads I grab via Kindle from new or self-published authors or if by chance I win a book in a giveaway, and if I can’t pass up a good buy. I am totally not against paying for what I read. Authors deserve to be paid.
-As for review requests: Author or publisher must provide me with a print or electronic copy of the book.
-I am not limited to “new” authors. My goal is to review books by mostly by indie authors. I don’t care if you’ve got 5 books out there, or whether they’re doing well or not, I will review your book as long as you are an indie author and self published your past & current books. (See exceptions below.)
-If you are published through an independent or small publisher (like James Funfer & Branch Hill Publications), I will review your work. Please, no books from large publishers. My only exception to this are Harlequin-published books because I feel these authors do not always get the respect or exposure they deserve. Yes, you’ll see 600 reviews on Amazon regarding a book, but many of them don’t make a large profit and if they write well, that may be overlooked. I wish all authors to experience their own best seller at some point. Until then, we little guys must stick together.
Right now my blog is followed by about 630 people and I want to grow my following and help other bloggers grow theirs all while exposing my fellow indie authors, and those published by small publishers and presses. If I review a book, I will ask the author to do a short blog interview too that I can post with the review so readers can get to know the author. If I accept a request – it’s first come first served. Once I get to your book, I’ll need 4-6 weeks to read and review the book. If I accept your request, I’ll let you know an approximate date your review will be posted here under my reviews menu.
My preferred reading genres are fantasy, paranormal, romance, historical anything – as long as the period’s research is quality, thrillers, mystery, occult/mythological, or any mixture thereof. I like Sci-fi if it’s mixed with fantasy. I read contemporary, young adult, coming of age, women’s fiction, Amish, family, and chick lit. I’ll review soft porn (i.e. Fifty Shades of Grey)…no kids, no violence, no sexual murder. I also read older children’s fantasy (i.e. Harry Potter). Got vampires, witches, immortals, and gods? I want to read that. I’m not too big on zombies. No zombies unless it goes against the same old, same old. The same applies to aliens.
As for anything labeled “Christian fiction”, I’ll read it as long as it is family-oriented, or there’s a lesson to be had in the pages. I want a story…not to be preached to. I do not accept non-fiction Christian books.
I like poetry and will review books on poetry. I’ve been writing poetry for 30 years. I am not an expert, but I’ll do my best to give a good critique.
In the non-fiction categories I read true crime, or biographies (preferably of royalty or serial killers…Don’t ask!). I do not read biographies of politicians…unless it’s a female politician who left a mark. Think Thatcher or H. Clinton.
Also, I will review anything Pagan, Wicca or Witchcraft related whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. Have a story where Athena and a group of witches saves the day? I want to read it.
Things I don’t read: hard core horror (think Saw); no pornography, and no sex between children and adults, or humans and animals. No non-fiction Christian. No self-help or related books. No manuals. No educational texts.
I am new to reviewing and I do not review like many traditional reviewers. For instance, there are no spoilers, and very little revealed about relationships between characters because sometimes that spoils too. I want to get better at it if you all will give me a chance.
I will not publicly inform a self-published author of grammatical or improper word usage errors in a review. I think that’s a terrible, merciless, hateful thing to do. I also do not give “star” ratings based on grammar, etc. My reviews are based on story, character development and my emotions. Self-published authors many times have no editor; they can’t afford it, and therefore edit their books over and over again by themselves. And many of them publish with mistakes that are later caught by friends or other authors who let them know privately what the problem is. If I find unkind errors, I will privately alert the author or publisher.
Gods know, I published Someday Always Comes the first time with a missing word on the back cover! Woe! Then I read the first printing to find errors. I fixed them. So there’s about 160 copies between print & e-book floating around with grammatical errors, a missing word or two, and incorrect use of the word “balled”, which should’ve been “bawled.” Anyway, while the errors did not affect the story, I was – and still am – horrified. I would’ve ran out in front of a bus before I’d publish mistakes on purpose. I edited that book for over 7 months. I am an only human. The past can’t be undone, so we must do the best we can in the present. Mistakes happen.
Okay… This was your news update. I’ll announce when I’m going to start reviews. I want to start sometime in May, but that is tentative…Could be June. But I’ll post sometime in May about the date regardless. I have stuff I am trying to get out of the way. At this time I cannot even accept a request. However, if you’d like to ask me any questions about submissions, please private message me at my author Facebook page or email me at my author email addy… email@example.com. Please put REVIEW in the subject line. Don’t be shy, if 5 – 7 days goes by and I haven’t returned your email, please email me again. I check my spam folder regularly, but you never know!
Thanks for reading!
Theme Change & Stuff
If you’re just stopping by my blog for the first time in a while, you’ll noticed that I’ve changed the theme. Yes, I got bored. I get bored easily, so you’ll probably be seeing these theme changes now and again.
I am hoping to have up an official author website before this year’s end. I said, hope, mind you. I’ve got so many things going on right now, that I can’t commit to building one just yet. And heaven knows, I cannot afford to pay someone else to build it. Besides, I’d rather do it myself for the time being. I’m selfish like that.
This particular blog is about nothing special, but to show off my new blog colors! 😉
I caught some sort of a cold bug, and between that and my allergies…I’m allergic to the whole damned place surrounding me…that I’ve been out of commission on and off for days. First I feel okay, then I have 3 sick days in a row. I can’t sleep at night. Ugh! Summer… Please! It’s there only time of year I have no allergies here in my area. I grew up in Texas, and even after being here 7 straight and miserable years, I can’t catch back up to healthy. Not to mention the weight I’ve gained. One of my doctors told me to go back to where I came from. Whaaat?
Okay, well, now that I’m back and feeling a little better after this 10-day battle with the “bug”, I hope I can get back to writing. It’s backed up like you wouldn’t believe. I haven’t written a page nor a poem in days and days. Over on a site I’m a member of, Vicious Writers (I created a group there called Poets Pub), I have up a poetry challenge… April’s National Poetry Month. Did you not know? The challenge is to write a poem every day in April, or to make April the one month this year when members write the most poetry… Or, the biggie…write something challenging like a Sestina, a Ballad or even an Epic.
Come check out Vicious Writers. The group has been around in one form or another (& was a part of the former Key Publications Network) for many, many years, then it sort of became scattered. But, lucky for us, it’s being rejuvenated and we’d love serious writers and poets of all types to join us. You don’t have to be published. Join us for writing support or for help of any kind regarding your work. Anything posted on the site is safe. Indie and new writers are urged to join. Tell them that I sent you.
Vicious Writers: http://www.viciouswriters.net/
Wanda S. Paryla – Woman in Horror via Blaze McRob’s Tales of Horror
Check out Blaze McRob’s Tales of Horror. I’m presented there as one of his women in horror for this week!! Also, just check out the blog period. A lot of great stuff going on there. And take a look at his past women in horror, which includes one of my favorites…author, Melissa Stevens, of The Illustrated Author. She’s is the illustrator who completed my awesome book cover!! Thanks, Blaze!
Check this out: http://www.blazemcrob.com/2013/04/wanda-s-paryla-woman-in-horror.html?spref=fb
Looking at Asses
LOOKING AT ASSES
Yep. We all do it. We look at other people’s asses. Most often, we don’t even do it on purpose. It’s automatic. Someone passes by in front of us, we look them up and down from behind and our eyes automatically land on their rump, backside, butt, fanny, buttocks, the seat of their pants, their ass…whatever you prefer to call it. We just do it.
What do we think when we do it? Often nothing really. We think nothing important about it and sometimes don’t even have an inner dialog about it. We look and just move on.
Sometimes though, if we’re bored, or the butt really gains our attention for some odd reason, we think about it. Our first impression is… “Gross! Wrong pants, moron!” Or maybe, “Ooo…nice!” Maybe, “Is that chocolate?…I hope it’s chocolate.”
Once in a while we may elaborate on the bum that meanders by. Staring at it for several seconds, just analyzing the seat. “Oh, yuck. Cellulite, dimples, pants too small, butt too large…Ditch the spandex!” Or maybe, “Wow, well rounded seat, costly jeans… I see he shops at Abercrombie. Must workout. Whaaat? He’s 25? So what, I’m 43. I ain’t dead yet.” “Wow, nice ass! I would so ask her out on a… Whaaat? She’s 16. Nope. Gotta run!”
Personally, I hate it when I see people wearing pants that are too small. It drives me nuts when I’m in Wal-mart behind someone whose pants are so small they’ve disappeared up the crack of their… And I’m standing their thinking. Does she have underwear on? I don’t see panty lines. Isn’t that uncomfortable? Does she think that looks good or attractive? I think that guy behind me is staring at her butt. What’s he thinking?
Sometimes, this happens on the beach, or at the local swimming hole. We’re just sippin’ our soft drink…or what have you…minding our damned business then, wham! He walks by, belling carrying triplets, beer in hand, tiniest speedo in the world holding up his business in a way that makes us feel light headed. No, no. He doesn’t look anything like Keith Urban or LL Cool J. No, not this guy. He looks like something we might find in the next Austin Powers flick, hanging out with Big Fat Bastard, eating mustard-laden chili dogs and farting. Oh…my…God, Becky…Did he just stop and scratch his…. We ladies then think, holy cow! And the other guys?…They pour out those Buds and order a bottle of spring water. The dog in the front is about to bust out, the junk in the trunk is smilin’ at us as it eats the back of his swimming attire and the only thing we can do is stop and stare. Okay, maybe giggle.
But, we look. We can’t help it. It doesn’t matter if it’s Beyonce walking around or Big Fat Bastard, we stare. Doesn’t matter if we love it or hate it. We look. Doesn’t matter if we’re rushing around downtown on our lunch hour or wandering around our neighborhood. We look. Sometimes we don’t even realize we’re doing it. Sometimes we like what we see. Sometimes we don’t, but we look. Once in a while there’s inner dialog, or not. We just do it.
So, what’s the point to this blog? Well, nothing. Nothing at all.
I bet next time a butt passes you by you won’t look at it the same way again. Happy rump watching!
Hi all. Just a heads up for you. There are 3 autographed copies of Someday Always Comes up for grabs as Goodreads Giveaways. Enter between 3/25/13 – 4/25/13. Eligible countries – USA, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Great Britain, & Germany.
If you’re not a Goodreads member but are an avid reader or an author, visit Goodreads & sign up! It’s addicting. Feel free to share this with your friends. Good luck!
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Book Review – Crystal Promise: The Shattered Crystal
I recently finished reading Crystal Promise: The Shattered Crystal, by indie author, James Funfer, and left my review on Amazon and Goodreads. I’m copying it here to share with you as well.
I am not great at reviewing. Some reviewers like to start with “This story is about a…”. I don’t do that because I’ll end up retelling the story and spoiling it for everyone. So here’s my review. I’d like to add that this book is a quick read and it keeps one questioning. There was barely a dull moment. It’s a little YA, a little fantasy, a little sci-fi. Happy reading!
My review re-posted from Amazon:
“When I read the blurb on the back cover, I was not sure what to expect. It didn’t relay the same message as the description here on Amazon. I was a bit confused at first. When I downloaded the book, I knew it would involve or center around young people, but at the same time I expected a whole lot of adult conspiracies going on, weaving in and out of the story, and more of an adult-packed novel with elders trying to take over this world. I expected a lot of young victims from the story in my head.
While there are young victims, it’s not the adults who totally stir them, but they, themselves, who do the stirring. I did not get what I expected. What I found is a pleasing array of personal stories nicely intertwined into the fabric of a place I’ve never been (and in the case of Novem, a place I’ll never go except in Funfer stories!) along with history, culture and war. Not just former war, but looming revolt. I saw a truth about how everything we do affects others down the line, in the fabric of time, and how no matter what, we have to do what’s best for us at any given moment. Yes, it’s a good thing to be selfless, yet at the same time we sometimes – given the circumstances – have to do what we need to in order to live. Oh how love, survival, and friendship can be thorny roses, indeed. I found myself racing through the pages to see what would happen next and to whom and was barely bored a moment.
I was drawn to several of the characters, my two most favorites being Jacoby and Julio. I was even angered by some of the characters to the point that I talked out loud to myself! When a character incites me in such a way, the author’s done their job. I’ve read books by well-known best selling…I mean, really best sellers with high sales…and their characters didn’t evoke feelings like some of these characters did for me. I tend to observe characters more than story in books; I have to know they’re not the author. I want to see that they are themselves, and are alive and well. James Funfer does that in this story. He lets these characters live.
Because there’s truth behind it, I thoroughly enjoy when an author includes young people facing situations that might change their lives drastically, forever, and there are seemingly no level-headed adults around to lend guidance. And the ones who try end up sucked up in the darkness. It’s like this for the teens in this novel. Dare I say, although it’s not described this way here on Amazon, this makes a great young adult or coming of age novel that adults, both male and female, can enjoy.
I refuse to add any spoilers, so let me just say… I got to the end and did not find the result I anticipated, or assumed I might find. I also realize that while this book is a story in and of itself, and some of the tales told in it have been tied up, this story is also a seed. It’s not meant to be an end, but a beginning. This is not a tale of what was, but what will be. If you like a series with a “book 1″ that plants the seeds for more…that will only get better…this one’s for you.
I’ll be waiting for the next book.”
Link to the book & other reviews on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Promise-The-Shattered-Book/dp/0615665195/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1364917068&sr=8-6&keywords=crystal+promise
The author & this book are also on Goodreads. Incidentally, it’s listed as a Giveaway. Enter to win March 19 – May 1, 2013. Link to the book on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15790188-crystal-promise?ac=1