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text 2018-09-10 06:57
Enhanced Bublish delivers the same results - none
Three months ago, I responded to a free offer from Bublish to use their “e-book Author and Discovery Platform” for two weeks.
Bublish claims they can help you “promote your work and build your brand” with, among other things, “book bubbles,” excerpts of your work shared across social networks. These bubbles also allow you to share “the story behind the story,” similar to a director’s rough cut which Bublish claims “is a powerful way to build social proof with readers.”
I already had a Bublish experience shortly after it was launched a few years ago. I quit using the platform then because despite encouraging numbers regarding bubble views, profile views and conversions there were no sales.
When I logged in I was surprised to see previous bubbles for my novels Forest, and The Big Picture still on the site.
Since I was launching Cold-Blooded, Book 2 of the Mattie Saunders Series, that’s what I began promoting, but after a month, and still having free access to the site, I decided to repost the bubbles from The Big Picture.
Bublish provides a daily update of social metrics for the past 90 days on a member’s dashboard. I’ve just completed my current 90 day run posting almost every day and here are the results:
Bubble Views - 4891; Profile Views - 47; Conversions (which retailers users are visiting from your bubbles) - 161
Sorry to pop their bubble but again my use of Bublish did not result in a single sale, and neither did it generate any additional activity such as page views on Smashwords or visits to my author website over the three month period.
Today’s enhanced Bublish costs $99.00 a year or $9.99 a month. For a paid subscription you receive the opportunity to upload unlimited books, an author profile, social metrics, e-pub creator, exclusive programs (deals from their corporate partners) premium resources (tutorials, videos, etc.). You can also sign up as an Emerging Author and upload one book and post unlimited book bubbles free.
With the exception of posting unlimited books on Bublish, you can get everything else Bublish offers from other sites free.
The only benefit I gleaned from Bublish then and now, was condensing scenes into author insights (bubbles). It really hones your focus.
Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs.
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text 2015-12-29 17:13
An excellent start to a fascinating trilogy
A Secret Atlas: Book One of the Age of Discovery Trilogy - Michael A. Stackpole

I waited to have the whole trilogy before starting to read it: the first book is intriguing, a bit long but really engaging. It reminds me of the Chathrand Voyage Quartet by Robert V S Redick in the way that it introduces a whole new fantasy world with strange creatures, magic and political machinations. So far, so interesting. I look forward to reading the next part.

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review 2014-03-11 17:47
BRIDGE OF SNOW is elegant and touching

New Blog Review! BRIDGE OF SNOW by Marie Rutkoski is a four stars-of-five fantasy story, free at Tor.com. Wait...what? I reviewed a fantasy story?!


Yes. The moment in time that this story reveals is a simple and profound one: What is my place in the Universe? Where do I belong, who do I belong to?


What could be more profound?




h/t to Book Cupidity for the nod and wink

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review 2013-12-01 19:57
Pyxis: The Discovery (Pyxis #1)
Pyxis: The Discovery - K.C. Neal

Two worlds... one 16-year-old girl must learn to protect them both.

The nightmares haunting Corinne and her friend Mason hint at a universe that exists beyond the one they know. Her destiny is to protect a weakness between the two worlds, but her mentor is dead. As Corinne and Mason search for answers, she tries to ignore the sparks igniting between them, but can't deny she feels safe only when he's nearby. Will they find help before their nightmares break free?




I absolutely loved this book. Ever since I heard about it and read the blurb I thought it sounded amazing and couldn't wait to read it. I was not disappointed whatsoever.
I think Pyxis is a phenomenal debut that blew me away.

Corinne and her friend Mason are plagued by strange dreams that none of them understand. Little does she know that it is their destiny to protect two worlds along with her best friends. But how can she protect these worlds when she doesn't understand what she is or what she has to do and the one person who could help her is dead? Corinne and Mason must come to terms with the truth that has been hidden from them for years fast before they and the rest of the human world is in danger.

This book blew me away from the first page. I couldn't put it down, it was so good and I was instantly drawn into the story and this great new world that I just loved reading about. I love the characters developed throughout this book. I loved Corinne, I really love how strong she is, she has been through so much and she is still strong around everyone else and doesn't let anything that happens to her get her down and I love that. I love Mason, he is my new book boyfriend. I just love him, he's so awesome and will do everything in his power to save Corinne.
I love this new world Kate has created and the storyline was amazing. I just could not put the book down. I read the whole book in about a day as I was so sucked into the storyline I was on the edge of my seat and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next.
I loved the ending of this book. It wasn't a huge cliffhanger that left me reeling but it was so good and left so many questions unanswered I was left thinking, but what about this? what about that? I cannot wait for the next book to find out the answers to all of my questions and to see how Mason and Corinne's relationship develops more.

An amazing start to what will be an amazing series and I can't wait to see how is all progresses.


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review 2013-05-15 00:00
Tormented Discovery - Jayson James **3 Sweet Stars**

(Arc kindly provided for my honest opinion)

This book is the continuation of the relationship between Derrick and Justin; how their friends and the outside world react to them. At times they question their relationship:

Will it last the distance?

Will others get in the way?

The couple begin to see how people react towards homosexuality, both the good and bad.


Their love for each other comes through in the storytelling……...
“I don’t want you to feel pressured. Your happiness is all that matters to me. Let’s just cuddle for a bit.”
I love, love, love it when characters cuddle in bed ♥ ♥ ♥

…...….but is their love for each other enough? Will they survive the obstacles put in their path?

The story is told from the POV of Derrick and Justin; I always enjoy reading a dual perspective from the love interests. We also hear the POV of another character called Hayden and, although I really liked him, he is a very interesting character, and had his own special friendship; I feel his was a separate story and could have perhaps been told in another book?

I liked all the guy talk and banter, and loved the intimacy between the main characters and seeing them gain in sexual confidence with each other.

So, why only 3 stars? I found it to be a little too detailed in places about inconsequential things and I would have preferred the story to concentrate on the main characters. Also, I would have liked to see more of a contrast between the characters’ highs and lows…………a little more light and shade and angst.

I think young people of a similar age to the characters in the story would absolutely love this book!!!!!

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