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text 2017-10-16 21:55
The Journey (Kentucky Brothers Book 1) by Wanda E. Brunstetter 49 cents!
The Journey - Wanda E. Brunstetter

Discover along with Titus Fisher how life can begin anew in Christian County, Kentucky. Moving from Pennsylvania, finding rewarding work, and leaving a broken romance behind is the best decision Titus ever made. But is he ready to consider love again when he meets two women: one who seems perfectly suited for any Amish man and one who challenges long held ideas of the woman’s role. Who will Titus choose, and will it be the right choice?

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text 2017-10-12 15:16
"Also, its not spamming if the site allows authors to promote stuff."
The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers - Christopher Vogler

The meeting I attended yesterday afternoon did not go particularly well.  I won't bore you with the details beyond saying that certain issues of socio-economic class distinctions drive me up the freakin' wall.  (Like the implication that if you're not rich, you must be stupid.)

 

The last thing I expected to find when I finally got back to BookLikes was a hint of renewed BBA wars. It did not improve my mood.

 

The closure of the Amazon discussion forums set off little alarm bells in my brain, but I hoped the worst of the denizens would migrate to GR and leave us alone here on BL.  Whether the one who decided to plague me is in fact an Amazon refugee, I don't know for sure.  However, I am now a bit gun shy.

 

He joined BL a few weeks ago.  He contacted me via message in response to one of my blog posts about writing, and I responded by welcoming him to BL. His subsequent message to me was a solicitation to subscribe to his newsletter, which covers a subject I have no interest in whatsoever.  I told him so, and I warned him not to spam.  He replied by telling me I was too emotional.

 

He has no books on his BL shelves.  He has only a few blog posts, and several seem to be promoting his own books.  He appears not to be engaging with other BookLikers in terms of comments.  He is down to two followers -- I suspect he blocked me even before I could block him.

 

His writing is not very good.  There are some rather unsettling errors in both his blog posts and his book descriptions.  I looked at the samples of his books on Amazon and cringed.  I won't name him or his books, and I'm not going to put them on my shelves at all.  I just hope this isn't a hint of what is to come.

 

As I have said often enough before, if there is a single book every aspiring novelist needs to read and reread and study, it's Christopher Vogler's The Writer's Journey.  I had to dig back into my own copy to help resolve a plot issue with the book I'm working on right now.  Understanding how story works allowed me to provide my plot with the necessary underpinnings to strengthen it and make the characters' journey plausible.

 

Story construction is one part of the writer's journey.  The other is technique and style.  It's a sad fact of the reading life in this 21st century that too many people are publishing written works that fail on either one or the other or both counts.  Great stories must still be told well.  Fantastic writing will only cover up so many plot holes. 

 

First impressions in the writing business can make or break a writer's career.  A single blog post with usage and grammar errors, especially if that blog post touts the writer's great skill and knowledge, can do irreparable harm.  Oh, wait, it already has.

 

I'm going out to my studio to sort rocks.

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review 2017-10-06 10:27
Pepper's Journey Home (Grey River #9) by Maia Dylan
Pepper's Journey Home - Maia Dylan
Pepper's Journey Home is the ninth book in the Grey River series, and we get to know Pepper in more detail. We met her briefly in Melaina's book, but this one quite rightly focuses on her. She is a very strong psychic, but with a strong sacrificial streak. She feels that she is broken after all she has been put through. Her mates just have to prove to her that she isn't.
 
Once again, this book is simply amazing. I love the interaction with the 'ladies' of the pack, and the conversation about buttercream filling had me laughing out loud. I also love when sarcasm flows straight off the page, which it did in this. Absolutely perfect. Those t-shirts that Faith makes... a small additional detail that makes each book great.
 
One thing I will say is that I didn't take to Tomas as much as I did Diego. And I don't know why. I liked him, don't get me wrong, but I guess Diego pushed more of my buttons! And I did feel slightly sorry for him (although he didn't seem concerned at the time) that Tomas got to get both 'firsts'. Seemed a bit greedy to me ;)
 
Anyway, that is by the by. To get technical now, there were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, and this pace was smooth. With plenty of sexy bits, there is also a lot of character growth. Humour galore, action, sincerity - it's all here. Definitely recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

#Adult, #Erotica, #Paranormal, #Romance, #Ménage

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review 2017-09-29 20:38
Lots of information but found it a struggle.
High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from... High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America by Jessica B. Harris (2011-01-04) - Jessica B. Harris

Forgot how this book came to my attention but the premise of "A culinary journey from Africa to America" sounded quite interesting. From the earliest records of foods/plants/animals brought over with the slaves to the relatively modern day and the cultural/political/societal impact and meaning of food it seemed like it would be an intriguing journey.

 

I have to say that the book is not quite what I thought it would be. I thought there would be a much heavier focus on the food, rituals, recipes, changes through the present day (give or take). Instead the book was quite academic and dry, with each chapter starting off with a personal anecdote from the author. Initially those were interesting but I grew to skipping those since that's not what interested me.

 

Initially some of the text was quite harrowing--the descriptions of the middle passage and the customs of eating of slaves during and at the end of their day. There are some really informative bits about the slaves who served as cooks on both the slave ships and even for the US Founding Fathers like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. But eventually the book just sort of drags along. There is a lot to learn with the writing about soul food, for example. But even though I wanted to stick with it the book just seemed tougher to stick to as it progresses.

 

Unlike others I wasn't interested in the recipes as I didn't go into it thinking this was a cookbook or anything like that. There are a few but no pictures and so if you're looking for more of a visual presentation or more of an emphasis on recipes this is probably not your best bet. 

 

It wasn't terrible but it also wasn't the easiest ready. Happy this was available at the library for a borrow.

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review 2017-09-20 16:35
Journey From Skioria
Journey from Skioria - Kandi J Wyatt
Nine-year-old Tania has become shipwrecked in a boating accident. She washes up on a distant shore. Unknown to her, Tania has found the land of Skioria. She is taken in by Trillicus and his mate Holley. They are Skiorians and are the same height as Tania, despite being adults. Skiorians live high in the trees and are experts in the forest. Tania wants to get back home and to her parents, but that is difficult. The Skiorians will have to travel with Tania back to the human world. It is a treacherous hike and the Skiorians are not known to the human populations. With help from a Terran, an Avarian and another friend, Tania will find her way back, but will she want to leave her new friends?

This was an easy to read, exciting middle grad adventure set in a magical world. Tania is desperate to get back to her parents after washing up in Skioria, however she is also captivated by their magical world and the Skiorians themselves! I found myself wanting to explore their world more and how they lived. I was a little dissapointed in the patriarchal society that was reinforced in Skioria, further showing middle grade readers that this is the norm. Tania's adventure home was the best part for me. During her adventure Tania formed deep bonds of friendship and pushed herself to do things that she never thought she could do. As an adult reader there were several times I had to take large suspensions of disbelief, especially at the end when her parents don't seem overly concerned that their daughter who has been missing for more than a month is reunited with them; however, as a middle grade reader I would have found this book to be a fun adventure into and out of a mysterious world hiding under our noses.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
 
 

 

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