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review 2017-07-28 12:41
Review: "Oren's Right" (Tales of the Forest, #4) by Blaine D. Arden
Oren's Right - Blaine D. Arden


~ 3 stars ~


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text 2017-07-20 07:56
East Van Saturday Night - submissions, round two


East Van Saturday - four short stories and a novella, has just been sent out to three more Canadian publishers.


The process began in November of last year when I decided that self-publishing another work (currently I've self-published eight novels and two plays) wasn't going to achieve what I wanted.


What do I want?

Critical, serious consideration for my writing and you're not likely going to receive that as an self-published author.


Why? Because it's now dead easy to self-publish and guess what, everybody's doing it. In 2015 alone, 625,327 ISBN numbers were issued for individual indie books.


In the past six months I've submitted to five publishers. If you think sending out submissions is easy, well, I guess it depends on what you're comparing it to.



- publishers are obsessively specific about how your manuscript should be presented: what font style, what type size, margin widths, headers, etc.

- part of the submission package is to explain why you think your work is a good fit for them,

- you must provide details on how you're prepared to market your book,

- in most cases they will not accept simultaneous or multiple submissions,

- they won't let you know they received your submission,

- you are under no circumstances allowed to contact them in any way,

- they won't let you know if they reject your work, they'll just shred it, using "a secure process".


Okay, so it's not that difficult, it's just extremely annoying to have to deal with their arrogance - and that's without ever having the opportunity to speak with any of them.


To make it even more galling, in 2014-15 these guys (and gals) received $30 million dollars in Canadian government subsidies - that's my tax money.


And what exactly do they do for this money now that all the services: editing, cover design, production, marketing and distribution can be done by the author or purchased from experts relatively inexpensively?


One thing.


They're the gatekeepers to literary acceptance. If you're an indie author you're a joke, if your traditionally published you're accepted by the literati.


Not that I'll make any more money. Emerging authors are lucky to receive a fifteen percent royalty on traditionally published books.

So here we go again.


East Van Saturday Night - four short stories and a novella, are to some degree autobiographical and impart to the reader why you can take the boy out of East Van, but you'll never take East Van out of the boy.

Though the stories are all set in East Vancouver (with the exception of Hitchhike, which is a cross Canada misadventure during the "summer of love"), the themes have universal appeal and the music, the fashions and the culture are distinctly familiar to "boomers".


Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs.


Amazon Author Page   https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU



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review 2017-06-28 18:21
Review: "Lollipop" (Candy Man, #3) by Amy Lane
Lollipop - Amy Lane


~ 3.5 stars ~


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review 2017-05-23 16:06
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Blood Submission (Deathless Night #5) by L.E. Wilson
Blood Submission - L.E. Wilson
Blood Submission is the fifth book in the Deathless Night series, and we get Dante's story. Now, I had a bit of a memory fail where Dante is concerned, because I can't remember how the curse affected him. I know Christian had to have sex but no release, I know Shea can't touch a male without writhing in pain... but Dante? I just can't remember. Because of this, I think, I kept waiting for something to happen, a light bulb moment for me when I would go "Aha!!! That's what it is." Unfortunately for me, this didn't happen. However, the story itself is still absolutely brilliant and will keep you turning from page to page as Laney (our sweet and sassy main female) stands up for herself yet again!
This book is very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow. It melds in with the rest of the series, whilst maintaining it's own distinct character. Whilst it is Dante and Laney's story, we do get cameos from the others, which helped to round the story out and give you more to go forwards. Even with my memory lapse, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and hope to have yet more in this series still to come. 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. *
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!


@LEWilsonAuthor, #Paranormal, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)


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review 2017-05-03 18:13
An Officer's Submission - Christa Tomlinson

This book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.


Clay Foster and Logan Pierce got together in a D/s relationship in the first book of this series. Whereas Logan had been in the scene for years, discovering and exploring his submissive side was new to Clay and he struggled quite a bit with it initially.

As the blurb for An Officer's Submission says, it starts out with Clay and Logan settled quite well into their relationship. You could read this book as a standalone and just start out with Clay and Logan as an established couple. But although I personally had some issues with the first book, I still recommend reading them all in order. They are all worth it.

I was curious to see if I would find some of the same issues in An Officer's Submission as I did in The Sergeant where both Clay and Logan showed some frankly stupid behavior causing several cases of eye-rolling on my part. I am very happy to report there was none of that here.
We get to really see the connection between the two when they scene together - the D/s scenes are generally absolutely amazing throughout this entire series.

"The rope slid over his skin roughly, yet seemed to tantalize him softly. And he gave himself up to all of it. All of it led to that delicious loss of control that let him relax and just float, knowing that Logan would keep him anchored."

They still keep that part of their relationship private and the agreement is that Logan only gets to be in charge as Clay's Dom in the bedroom.
This works fine as long as everything else in their everyday life is fine. But when shit goes down at work, Clay more or less falls apart. His insecurities surface again and he withdraws into himself leaving Logan torn between giving him space and wanting to jump in and take control to fix things for his sub. Watching Clay struggle with everything is heartbreaking. Luckily he has a Dom who seems to know just how far he can go and knows when to push the boundaries of their agreement to give Clay what he needs even when he is not yet ready to admit to it.
So Logan makes it clear that he is not going to stand by and watch Clay self-destruct. He steps in and is there for his sub who comes out the other side stronger than ever with complete confidence in who he is and his place with Logan.

"He could be a cop, a bad ass SWAT officer, and still be submissive. It didn't make him weak or less of a man to let someone else take the lead for him. He was strong enough to admit what he wanted, what made him happy. And if anybody had a problem with it, he had a middle finger he'd be happy to show them."


I loved this one. Definitely the best book in the series.

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