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review 2016-09-05 14:10
The Lost Days (Prairie Town #3) by T.E. Ridener
The Lost Days (Prairie Town Book 3) - T.E. Ridener,Double J Book Graphics,LTE Editing
The Lost Days starts with Devin and his memory loss. It has been eight months since that night with Laney and Benji, and he still can't remember any of it. Of course, others (including Jeb) think that he is pretending to get out of a jail sentence. Kelly doesn't think that he's pretending. He is certainly different to the Devin that she remembers. But then she is also distracted by Nick, the local 'handyman' who she likes to get handy with. 
There were a few different things about this book that I really enjoyed, not least the flashbacks that Kelly had regarding Patrick. I think it was essential that the reader saw how much he meant to her, and that this wasn't just a flash-in-the-pan affair for her. Devin, too, showed a whole new side to himself - a nicer, friendlier, and yep, even sexier side. 
However, there were a couple of things that I didn't enjoy - although I can see how they are relevant, and add to, the story. One is Jeb's temper. Call it a personal quirk, but I hate it when a man or woman is so taken over with their temper like that. I liked Jeb in the first book, had my doubts in the second, and really didn't like him in this one. I am hoping for a silver lining for him, but he has some serious issues to work out. Secondly was Nick, which I know people will disagree with. I didn't like how he played both Devin and Kelly. Admittedly, Devin knew more about it than Kelly did (WRONG), but still... there were just parts I didn't like, but I'll leave it there as I know that he is a popular character.
On the whole, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, it was most definitely a smooth read too. Definitely recommended by me.

* Verified Purchase - June 2016 *

Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/09/review-by-merissa-prairie-town-series-1.html
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quote 2015-02-26 18:05
C.J. Leger is has been granted Librarian Status on the LeafMarks reading community. Follow her on the source link

C.J. Leger's LeafMarks Profile


I'm always updating new projects I'm working on and accreditations I receive across the board, while not and academic accreditation, I have just received Librarian Status on the LeafMarks reading network. I will be regularly updating the LeafMarks book database with corrected information and linking versions where possible. If you are on LeafMarks and have a book lacking information or a photo on your roster, or that you've come by, please send me a shout and I will put it on my to-edit list. Thanks!

Source: www.leafmarks.com/lm/#/users/14701/profileLc
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review 2014-02-27 05:28
The Little Book of Self-Editing for Writers by Bridget McKenna
The Little Book of Self-Editing for Writers - Bridget McKenna

I first read this on the author's website last year as I was trying to motivate myself to start my second (or third?) revision on a novel I wrote that was at 140k words that I needed/wanted to dwindle down to 90-100k words. I was planning on shipping this off to a copy editor too, so I also wanted to get it in well enough shape so that the manuscript would not be returned/rejected with an angry note.


I really -really- hate editing... but the tips I found on this website were refreshing. She approaches giving advice in a way that makes it sound like fun, her attitude comes off like how a friend would speak and not like some snooty tooty know-it-all (I have a hard time reading non-fiction, so this helped me). Part 2 in her series is titled, "Vampire Verbs, Zombie Verbs, and Verbs that Kick Ass"... need I say more?


She offers up clear advice on what to look out for with examples... several great examples. She covers how to strengthen your writing and how to become more confident in your own voice (those blasted fish tails!), which I think is something new writers struggle with often. I don't want to give a run-down of what each part of the series is about... so I'm cutting this short with the following:


This book is great for beginners and even for those who are more seasoned but might need a little refresher course every now and then.


You can read parts 1-12 on her website for free, here:

Self-Editing for Everyone Part 1: The Most-Hated Writing Advice Ever



I forgot to mention why I gave this a 4 and not a 5. The e-book had some errors and considering it's a book about editing, I think it should have been put through a tougher inspection. Also, the website series has lots of pictures that go with the articles that made it more fun. The Kindle edition doesn't have any of those. :( Still, if you find the website helpful, buying the book helps let the author know you've appreciated her work. Yep. :P

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text 2013-10-16 16:35
Booklikes Sneak Peek: New Book Pages & Editing Features!

Yesterday I added a book to the Booklikes catalog and immediately realized I forgot to add the ISBN number (despite one warning asking me if I had the ISBN).  At the moment I didn't believe I had it, but after I hit submit I realized I did. When I tried to edit the book information, I wasn't able to. 

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text 2013-10-05 09:12
Steve McKinney: Adding Title and Author To Books With No Cover Picture

Reblogging the original post won't work, because it contains "straight" code that would be eaten in accessing the post for reblogging (or editing) purposes.  But here's the link to


Steve McKinney's totorial on

Adding Title and Author To Books With No Cover Picture:



If we all pitch in and help doing this where needed for the books on our own shelves, we can all help making this site even better, one book at a time.

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