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review 2017-07-17 15:56
A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly
A Game of Ghosts: A Charlie Parker Thriller - John Connolly

 

This time around Charlie Parker is hired to look into the disappearance of Jaycob Eklund. Jaycob is a P.I. that has mysteriously vanished while investigating the history of a group named The Brethren. Louis and Angel get involved and the Collector and his aging father do as well. What FUN!

 

FBI Agent Edgar Ross is the man who hires Charlie and I still don't trust him or his motives. He won't even tell Charlie why he's searching for Eklund. I'm not sure where Mr. Connolly is going with this relationship, but I have a bad feeling about it, for sure.

 

Louis and Angel trade insults as always, but in this book their love became a little more real to me. You'll see why if you read it. (You SHOULD read it!)

 

Also playing a part in this volume are Rachel and Sam, Charlie's ex-girlfriend and (living) daughter, respectively. Rachel, understandably, is still angry and upset after what happened to Sam in the last book and is now taking legal steps regarding Sam's custody. Trusty Moxie, Charlie's lawyer, is on the case. Unfortunately, Rachel doesn't ask Sam how she feels about all this, but Sam makes her feelings known-in a way that is uniquely her own.

 

I loved this book! I believe I am seeing the beginning of the end, off in the distance, and that makes me sad. However, I am hoping that perhaps the series will continue in some other form, I

am hoping for an entire new series featuring Sam and her insane capabilities.

(spoiler show)

But if I don't get I will still be happy, because I believe that the Charlie Parker books have become the best ongoing series out there, bar none. They are consistently interesting, well written and just plain fun-and considering how dark some of them are, that's quite a feat!

 

I love Charlie, Louis and Angel and I love YOU, John Connolly! I can't wait to see what happens next! I highly recommend A Game of Ghosts to fans of the series, and to new fans, (but I strongly suggest you read them in order.)

 

*Thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for providing an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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text 2017-07-12 22:30
Reading progress update: I've read 34% and...
A Game of Ghosts: A Charlie Parker Thriller - John Connolly

and I'm getting a very bad feeling regarding one of my favorite characters in this series.

 

That's not gonna happen, right? John Connolly wouldn't do that, would he?

 

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text 2017-04-27 08:16
Technology, giveaways, workshops - all in the name of book sales

Authors.me - publishing and writing technology that fails to deliver

Back in November I wrote a blog entitled, Authors.me "matches manuscripts to non-existent pages, vanity press when I discovered that the platform that claims to "...connects writers, agents and publishers to find manuscripts, manage submissions and get books published" had connected one of my uploaded books to publishing sites that, among other inconsistencies, didn't even exist or wanted me to pay them to publish my book. In fact, sixty percent of Author.me "matches" didn't actually match.

 

Further to that, today I received an email from one of the sites that actually did "match", Black Rose Writing, saying they "were going to pass on Loving the Terrorist (my novel) at present", however if I decided to self-publish to consider their imprint, Bookend Design "where (you) would work directly with the Black Rose Writing Design Team."

 

I'm wondering how much business Black Rose Writing gets from submissions by authors hoping for a traditional publishing contract and then redirecting them to their self-publishing imprint, Bookend Design?

 

Is there no end to the scams in this industry? And what about Authors.me vetting these so-called publishers for their site?

 

Technology to analyze manuscripts and provide actionable insights.

The latest product from Authors.me is Intelligent Editorial Analysis, "technology to analyze manuscripts and provide actionable insights."

 

They offered me the opportunity to test drive this product and so I uploaded the manuscript of my novel The Big Picture, A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic.

 

On a scale of 1 to 100, where a 100 most resembles a commercially viable book, my manuscript scored 85.48.

 

My strengths included "an elevated level of craft" because of my "measured use of adjectives like "very" " as well as "going easy on the exclamation marks". Weaknesses were inconsistent spelling (they don't say what), explicit language (curse words) and the use of clichés.

 

This last one I'd challenge but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and I don't plan to get bent out of shape over it since it's all grist for the mill.

If you want to try this out it will now cost you $49. Go to

https://app.authors.me/#partner/booklife-authors

 

InstaFreebie bolsters Advance Reading Team E-mail list

I just finished a trial offer on Instafreebie. For those of you who are not familiar with this giveaway platform here's how it's described on their site:

 

InstaFreebie was created in 2014 with a mission to accelerate great stories and big ideas. As the book world’s leading platform for exclusive access to sneak peeks, advance previews, and special giveaways, we live our mission every day and give readers a chance to SEE IT FIRST™.InstaFreebie was created in 2014 with a mission to accelerate great stories and big ideas. As the book world’s leading platform for exclusive access to sneak peeks, advance previews, and special giveaways.

 

Their basic program is free but I signed up for a thirty day free trial of the "Plus" program that allowed me to add subscribers to my email list. Fourteen people received an e-book edition of one of my novels and became a member of my Advance Reading Team by opting in with their email address.

 

A monthly subscription to this program is $20. That works out to $1.43 and e-mail. Nope.

 

Here's the site address:

https://www.instafreebie.com/plans

 

Deliver an hour long workshop - sell a few books

I delivered an hour long workshop on Introduction to Memoir Writing. This was in return for an opportunity to sell my books at the event. It worked, but if you factored in my time in preparation and the actual presentation I ended up subsidizing the sales.

 

There's got to be easier ways to sell books. Any ideas?

 

Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs.

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Find reviews, blurbs and buy links to my seven novels and two plays at

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU

 

Facebook for writing news, my experience as a writer as well as promotions, contests, giveaways and discounts regarding his books

https://www.facebook.com/Rod-Raglin-337865049886964/

 

Video book reviews of books about how to write fiction as well as the work of self-published authors now at

Not Your Family, Not Your Friend Video Book Reviews:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH45n8K4BVmT248LBTpfARQ

 

Cover Art of books by self-published authors at

https://www.pinterest.com/rod_raglin/rod-raglins-reviews-cover-art/

 

More of my original photographs can be viewed, purchased, and shipped to you as GREETING CARDS; matted, laminated, mounted, framed, or canvas PRINTS; and POSTERS. Go to: http://www.redbubble.com/people/rodraglin

 

View my flickr photostream at https://www.flickr.com/photos/78791029@N04/

 

Or, My YouTube channel if you prefer photo videos accompanied by classical music

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsQVBxJZ7eXkvZmxCm2wRYA

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2016-11-29 09:02
Authors.me "match" manuscript to non-existent pages, vanity press

Back on November 16, 2016 I had an email from David O'Brien, the founder of Authors.me https://www.authors.me

 

Authors.me call their site, "The platform that connects writers, agents and publishers to find manuscripts, manage submissions and get books published."

 

I imagine anyone who has uploaded work unto their site got the same email. Here's what it said:

 

"We have a lot of major publishers and media companies looking at doing business with us. Every one of them has asked us, "What do your writers say about the service?" Well, I am writing to ask you to put together some honest writer quotes for a presentation I am making.

 

Here are the categories in my presentation under which I will need a quote. Please feel free to fill in one or more of the categories with your personal quotes (not someone else's). Just type your quote into the space provided below and reply back to me. Be creative and succinct. I will be grateful.

 

INSPIRE (How AUTHORS.me inspires  you)

 

ENGAGE  (Your experience working the platform, i.e., easy, hard, comprehensive, etc.)

 

LIBERATE  (Frees you up to be yourself)

 

EMPOWER  (How it makes you feel more like a professional writer)

 

LOVE  (Why you love using AUTHORS.me)

 

 

I would also like to hear your thoughts on the new layout. Please note we are not done polishing it, but would still love to hear from you.

 

Thanks again for being a part of the AUTHORS.me family.

 

Respectfully,

David O'Brien

Founder, AUTHORS.me

david@authors.me

 

 

I have four of my novels uploaded to this site.

 

Initially, my understanding was agents and publishers would log on and be able to quickly see if anything caught their interest. Evidently, none of my novels did. I've had no action whatsoever.

 

After I received this email I checked my work on the site again and I see that Authors.me have found "matches" - a publisher or agent who is looking for a novel similar to mine.

 

Well, that's encouraging.

 

A quick check and it becomes apparent this is not quite the case. Take for example, my novel Loving the Terrorist - a contemporary romance with subplot that addresses an important environmental issue (eco-fi).

 

Fifteen matches yield the following:

- 2 sites where "the page does not exist", ebooks2go, Library Tales

- 2 sites that are without a doubt pay for play - called hybrid but are nothing more than vanity press. BookLogix and Lift Bridge Publishing

- 2 sites that are duplicated equaling four sites. Grand Central/Forever Yours and Skyhorse - and by the way, Skyhorse is not accepting romantic fiction.

- which also goes for Lamar University Press - not accepting genre fiction

- Bound , is a company that claims "we deliver stories in an easy-to-engage format that combines prose fiction, stunning visuals, and dramatic audio." Huh?

 

Sixty percent actually don't match, don't even exist or want me to pay to publish my book. Of the others, they’re accepting “adult romantic fiction”, not specifically my novel.

 

 I sent these findings to David because he said said he'd love to hear from me and it would be rude not to respond to someone who considers me "part of the family".

 

Just for the hell of it I hit the submit button on five "matches" that seemed legitimate. According to the tracking window of the site my work has been declined by one agent.

 

Only one publisher has sent me an email to acknowledge that they received my submission.

 

So there you have it – no inspiration, no liberation, no empowerment, no love - and no response.

 

But then isn't that just like family.

 

Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs

 

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Find reviews, blurbs and buy links to my seven novels and two plays at

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU

 

Facebook for writing news, my experience as a writer as well as promotions, contests, giveaways and discounts regarding his books

https://www.facebook.com/Rod-Raglin-337865049886964/

 

Video book reviews of self-published authors now at

Not Your Family, Not Your Friend Video Book Reviews: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH45n8K4BVmT248LBTpfARQ

 

Cover Art of books by self-published authors at

https://www.pinterest.com/rod_raglin/rod-raglins-reviews-cover-art/

 

More of my original photographs can be viewed, purchased, and shipped to you as GREETING CARDS; matted, laminated, mounted, framed, or canvas PRINTS; and POSTERS. Go to: http://www.redbubble.com/people/rodraglin

 

View my flickr photostream at https://www.flickr.com/photos/78791029@N04/

 

Or, My YouTube channel if you prefer photo videos accompanied by classical music

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsQVBxJZ7eXkvZmxCm2wRYA

 

 

 

 

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review 2016-11-01 06:00
Review: Mr. Waldorf Travels to the Mysterious China
The Spectacular World of Waldorf: Mr. Waldorf Travels to the Mysterious China - Beth Ann Stifflemire,Barbara Terry

This is a great book for young readers. This is good for parents to help struggling readers with this book. It teaches about the places around the USA and the World. This one gets you to explore China. If your family or children are into animals, this is a good book for them.

 

The pictures are done wonderfully. The author will get readers engaged with this set of books. I got the four books that are out for this series. Your children will learn about the country China. The author does wonderful giving you different things in this book. The way the author has Mr. Waldorf travel in this book makes it quite run and enjoyable. You learn about China most popular bear that live there. You also learn about China landmarks along the way. The pictures are down wonderfully and can entertain you that way as well.


This is good for adventurous children. The pup in the book whose name is Mr. Waldorf seems to lose this reading glasses. Your children will laugh and learn at the same time. To me, the age is good for children as young as age 3 to beginner readers.

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2016/10/mr-waldorf-travels-to-mysterious-china.html
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