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review 2018-02-12 23:00
Bikers, escorts, and a detective with a conscience in hipster Vancouver
Invisible Dead - Sam Wiebe

I do read mysteries, but I don't tend to read the gritty crime/noir genre. Too dark, in most cases. I loved this, though. 


Wiebe captures the culture, ephemera, and atmosphere of Vancouver with endless telling details, making his narrative about crime and the seedy, dark underbelly of the city all the more alarming. Reads smoothly and convincingly, with all-too-recognizable characters. The endless men (and some women) dismissing the harm they do to others, particularly to the most vulnerable (and often First Nations and visible minority) women, are the company owners I've worked with and for, the powerful and dismissive, the entitled and self-satisfied, and most of all, the casually careless.


The specificity of eating out in Vancouver and enjoying the views are so common in the city as to be living stereotypes, and the friendly familiarity of the lifestyle and location details drives the knife in even further as one character after another drives the women who've suffered in this book, and on our streets in real life, further into the mud.


I prefer reading mysteries set in exotic foreign places and times. New York. Chicago. London. Paris. 1920s. 1940s. A crime novel calling out not only the shady hidden figures of my Vancouver, but all of us in the city, privileged and struggling alike, for glossing past, stepping over, and treating with casual disdain and irresponsibility the ones having the hardest time surviving, hits far too close to home. But there's a balance of hope and tenacity in this book that keeps the darkness from feeling entirely crushing. So I'll read more of Wiebe's work, if only to remind myself of the faces, the voices, and the stories I need to not forget.

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text 2017-12-26 08:23
One stop solution for those with bad credit


How often has your loan application been rejected because of poor credit history? Banks and financial institutions consider credit score as their biggest decision maker. If you have a good credit score, your loan application will be approved in no time. But, as you probably know, if you have a bad score, you’ll likely be asked to contact another financial institution. Cash Lender aims to bring about a revolutionary change in the loan application and approval procedure. They offer bad credit loans in Vancouver BC and, most importantly, they offer loans to individuals who have bad credit scores.


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text 2017-07-25 07:28
A Better Way to Get off from Stress Levels

The human population undergoes stress in three-fourth levels without any doubts. Mostly the people who are working are undergoing both physical and mental stress in a short span of time. Getting stressed out is not merely a disease or something and people need to stay aware of some of the ways to get relieved from stress. Stress leads your body to other levels of complications so never let the stress distress you!


Stress Out the Stress!


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review 2017-06-15 06:06
Faking It (Ringside Romance Book 2) - Christine d'Abo

This story is book #2, in the Ringside Romance series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers, and to better understand the series, I recommend reading this in order.


Grady has reasons for being far from home.  He is helped by a stranger one night, a night he barely remembers.  What does impress him, is how little the stranger cares about his celebrity status, money, or h is family.


Max has his focus on his club, his friends, and keeping Ringside open.  When he meets Grady, some of that focus is off.  He cannot help but be attracted and quickly smitten with someone who needs him so badly.


This couple is obviously meant to be.  It is a joy to read about men who can be both strong and sensitive.  This book is packed full of lots to enjoy.  There is heat, heart, and some hot sexy times.  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publisher.

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text 2017-03-16 04:40
New Voices - the beginning of a new direction

Further to the new direction in my writing career.


Okay, so you’re saying my writing career had no direction before so how can I have a new one?


Well, maybe having no direction is a direction.


Too Zen for you?


How about: If you write a book and nobody reads it have you really written a book? That one’s been driving me crazy since, well, since I wrote a book and nobody read it.


Before you? me? we? all of us? get too hung up (do people still say that?) on these esoteric ruminations let me continue.


All of my book marketing has been so far done online. I blog, I Tweet, I post on my Facebook page, I send out promotional newsletters to my Advance Reading Team, I review books, I’ve even gone so far as to join and contribute to online reading/writing groups.


And it’s got me_______. (You fill in the blank)


This direction(?) has been macro – my books are available through Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Library Direct, OverDrive and a few more in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Japan and India. They’re available digitally as epub, mobi, pdf, online reader and more, suitable to most reading devices including your cellphone as well as in paperback in the UK, USA and Canada.


My new direction will be micro – I’ll sell actual books to real people face to face.


My first experience with this will be on March 27, 2017 at the Vancouver Public Library where I’ll be reading my work along with five other writers in their “New Voices” series. (How after seven years, seven novels and two plays I can be considered a “new voice” says something – what I’m not sure.)


The event is from 7 to 8:30 pm and our host will even provide a table for us to display and sell our books. I don’t know about the rest of the participants, but I’m taking advantage of the table and might even break off from my reading prematurely if I see someone in the audience interested in the merchandise.


Having been a salesman all my life I’m not the least bit intimidated.


So, I’ve crunched the numbers taking into consideration the price of my books, the exchange rate, shipping and tax and if I sell a book for $15 it’s $4 less than it can be purchased from Amazon and I can still make some money.


Enough, I hope, to at least cover the outrageous cost of parking downtown.


This is marginally better than selling my books at a flea market or garage sale, but if the world doesn’t want to buy them maybe the neighbourhood does.


I’m not afraid of taking chances, going in a new direction, and maybe, likely, failing. I never know where things will lead what’s important to me is to keep moving forward.


Well, at least to keep moving.


One thing’s for certain, if I do nothing, that’s what will happen.


Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs.




Find reviews, blurbs and buy links to my seven novels and two plays at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU


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