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url 2018-04-20 10:45
Sci-Fi Roundtable subscriber magnet

 

 

 

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text 2018-03-19 21:48
Social media is weird... I don't have to have a reason [3/19/18]
Social media is just weird sometimes. I'm not sure it is the most healthy... in fact, it probably isn't healthy at all for some people.
 
 
 
*Random person, I've never met or seen or talked to anywhere*
 
No, I don't want to be your friend (I don't have to have a reason!)
 
No, I'm not being rude (Again, I don't have to have a reason!)
 
Yes, I know I'm a big girl, and all your "sweet" and not so sweet words of why I'm your type of person are not a compliment, no matter what you think they are. They are out of line, random, unwanted, and just disgusting. Anyone who does this, please stop! We don't actually like it.
 
A true compliment is one thing, but please stop the fetish ones. I am not your fetish. I'm not your fatty fetish, I'm not your mental health fetish, I'm not your anything fetish. You're not entitled to me, not entitled to say these thing and you shouldn't be offended when I ignore you or block you, or when I tell you point blank to stop saying stuff. No, I shouldn't feel flattered... honestly? You really think that? I won't fall for it because of low self esteem/self worth or whatever you think.
 
This does happen more than you think and not just on Facebook. This is why I've stopped looking for penpals.
 
*Random stranger who might mean well*
 
You came out of nowhere. I don't know you and I'm sure you are a kind person.
I appreciate your concern. I know I talk about mental health and social anxiety and you want me to know I'm not alone...thank you. I wish you realized that your constant messages, every single day makes me feel more social anxiety, and you keep messaging if I don't answer the first time... There are times I don't answer my bestest friends for days, even months... You mean well, but I don't know you. I can't tell you to stop, either, because that makes me feel worse. (You might even be a kid, I can't tell by your photos.)
 
*Person/stranger who are not so random*
 
Yes, I will be your friend if we've talked and got to know each other before adding each other.
 
Yes, I would love to follow/subscribe back if you are not just a person who follows/subscribes and ditches once I do the same. (People on blogs and subscribing platforms like YouTube.)
 
*For everybody*
 
Do not talk to me if I am reading a book (this includes on my Kindle or phone!) or if I have headphones on. These are clear signs that I want to be left alone/need space/need me time. Wait until I put the book down, or at the very least when you see me finish a chapter (If you're hovering over my shoulder that close.)
 
Retail workers... I'm good. Please don't talk to me as soon as I walk in. I know it is your job... I know it won't stop. I just wish businesses were more friendly to people with sensory issues. This goes double for retail workers who jump in your face regardless if you are blasting music into your ears via big noise canceling headphones. Um... stop.
 
Thanks for asking, but that is personal. I'm allowed to not have to explain every little thing. I'm allowed to say "it's personal" if you ask me something I don't want to answer.
 
I don't want to go to your event (I don't have to have a reason)
 
If I want to go to your event, I'm allowed to leave early, or sit in a corner and be quiet, or play with my sensory tools (I don't have to have a reason)
 
I don't want to hug you right now (I don't have to have a reason)
 
I don't want to talk to you right now (I don't have to have a reason)
 
I'm unfriending you on Facebook/wherever (I don't have to have a reason, and we can still be friends in real life, but perhaps you only post things that cause me harm, like a bunch of animal cruelty posts, or your views are different from mine and you constantly post stuff I don't like to read/see 24/7...etc. But again, I don't have to have a reason, and I don't have to tell you why if I don't want to.)
 
We have to part ways as friends, in real life or on social media. This rarely happens with people I really know well, just saying. Some people just end up being toxic, no matter how much you might care for them or love them. If you are finding they make you feel worse... you are allowed to part ways. You can tell them why if you want or if they ask you, you can tell them, but you don't have to if you don't want to. Though talking could fix a problem you're having with them, but sometimes it won't help.
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text 2017-10-12 06:32
Friday the 13th Author Extravaganza Hosted by Sai Marie
Sai Marie is having a huge online party to celebrate

Friday the Thirteenth Author Extravaganza-

Friday the 13th
and has lined up some pretty awesome authors to tag along with her!

 

 
Check out the genres:
 
Paranormal Romance
Erotic Horror
Thriller
Suspense
Horror
Sci Fi
and
Fantasy
 
This Friday we want to host you in sharing some of our favorite scary stories that range from the spooky to the downright delusional!
 
You’ll want to come by and spend some time with the following incredible lineup:
 
 
 
 
 
This #FridayTheThirteenth come by and join in on the #author #extravaganza hosted by @LadySai #giveaways #fun #paranormal #horror #romance
 
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review 2017-09-03 06:28
Friend Request
Friend Request - Laura Marshall

By: Laura Marshall 

ISBN: 9781478948513

Publisher: Grand Central 

Publication Date: 9/5/2017 

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 4 Stars 

 

Laura Marshall delivers a twisty and suspenseful edge-of-your-seat debut, FRIEND REQUEST – when a single divorced mother gets the shock of her life when receiving a Facebook friend email request. 

However, this woman happened to die twenty-five years ago, and Louise still feels the fear and guilt.

Who would guess this is a debut? Enjoyed learning of the author’s journey and her empowering story. 

Louise Williams is a divorced middle class, nearly middle-aged woman. Her cheating ex-husband Sam left her for another woman. 

She runs her own interior design business in London and is raising her four-year-son, Henry. Henry splits time with his two parents. Sam and Louise attended high school together. They have their secrets. 

When Louise sees the name, Maria Weston, she begins to shake. A blast from the past. She can just delete the email and go to Facebook and decline the request without looking at the page.

Don’t think so. . . 

A part of her wants to end this here and now, but another part of her wants to see. To know. To understand.

So she clicks, "confirm request." 

Maria stares at her from behind the screen. How can Maria Weston want to be friends with her, when she is dead? More than twenty-five years.

This girl, (would be— woman) . . . "has been hovering at the edge of her consciousness for all her adult life, but she had been good at keeping her out, just a blurred shadow in the corner of her eye, almost but not quite out of sight."

From 1989 to 2016, the author takes us back to the bullying, manipulation, and the secret life of these teens and their high school years.

Presently, there is also an upcoming Sharne Bay High School Reunion for the class of 1989. Could this be a coincidence she is getting this the same day? 

Who is doing this? Could Maria still be alive? She had drowned twenty-five years ago. Some thought she committed suicide. 

The party. The last she was seen. Louise has a secret. Who else knows her secret? 

Desperate frightened teens trying to cover their misdeeds and dark secrets. As adults, they can no longer hide. 

The messages become even more threatening and dangerous. This person knows something. Louise is paranoid and fearful. Afraid her secrets of the past will unravel. She must contact the other girls. 

She desperately needs to find out who is tormenting her. Louise bullied others, and now it is payback. 

In between the past and present, the author cleverly inserts another voice. The reader is unsure of the voice. 

A sick joke? This person is watching her. They know things. A terrible gnawing sense of dread.

“A text: “You don’t deserve to be happy. Not after what you’ve done.”

As the danger gets closer, and someone else is murdered, Louise must find the person before she is next and her son. However, the danger may be closer than she thinks.

“Maybe it’s only be going back that she will be able to move forward.”

Truth. Lies. Secrets. Family Ties. Revenge. Actions. Consequences. Choices. Sins of the past. Justifying actions. 

 



Marshall keeps the reader in suspense and just when you think you know the identity— a new twist you did not see coming. Not a lot of likable characters; however, hats off to the author for an accomplished debut. 

A riveting psychological suspense thriller which also highlights topics of bullying, peer pressure, fears, insecurities, social media, dangers of the internet, privacy, rape fantasies, BDSM, sexual violence, drugs, sadism, and darker more sinister abuse. 

In addition, we learn even through generations, teenage girls, especially are desperate to fit in, willing to do or say anything to gain acceptance. 

I am not a fan of Facebook. When I first started reading, was unsure if I could get past the drama; however, as the book moves on it becomes more intriguing and mysterious. A whodunit. 

A good portrayal of how choices and experiences as teens can carry over to our adult lives. In addition, a nice comparison of how social media and Facebook also can affect adults as well as teens today. Anyone can be anyone on Facebook. It is easy to hide behind a faceless page. Someone lurking, watching your every move.

A solid and entertaining debut. Looking forward to seeing what’s next for this new found talented author! 

A special thank you to NetGalley and Grand Central for an early reading copy.

 

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2017/08/01/Friend-Request
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text 2017-06-26 23:05
Freebies, Giveaways & Book Sales Facebook Group

 

 

Hey guys, 

 

I know many of you are not too fond of Facebook but to me it's the easiest, simplest, most common way to interact with people. Anyway, I started a new group where I share news about Free books, book sales and even Giveaways related to books. 

 

If you're already on FB, you can always request to join the Group to stay on the loop ;) 

Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/567637953425929/

 

** Edit: An earlier version of this post said that anyone could access the group without having to log into Facebook but apparently that's not possible *sad face* and you actually need to be part of FB to see this group even if you don't want to join it. Sorry! 

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