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review 2017-04-07 21:55
House of Royals Audiobook
House of Royals - Keary Taylor

House of Royals was an interesting read for me. It has been a long time since I have fallen in love with a vampire novel as easily as I did with this one.

 

Keary Taylor wrote this lovely story. This is the first book in a seven-book series so far. It is about a girl named Alivia. She is a 22-year-old girl who just moved to the south after her father someone she has never met died and left her everything he had in his will. I will not go into more detail than that because I feel that every bit of the story is a giveaway.

 

Now, I listened to the audio book so I will get into details about how I thought the narrator did.

 

First, let us talk about the actual writing in the book. I really enjoyed the writing flow of how Keary wrote. It wasn't too fast or too slow. The main character Alivia I really enjoyed her. I found that I was really invested in the well being of this character. Although, I will say this about Alivia, I felt that was really wasn't reading a story of a 22 year old woman, but more of someone who was in their late teen years. Not saying that the character was not relatable. She was. I just felt that I was reading about a teenager. Closer to the end of the novel did I feel that I was reading about a 22 year old young woman.

 

Now on the narrator. When it comes to audio books I am really critical on the person who reads the novel. They can make or break an audio book. I have listened to a lot of audio books in my time.

 

I LOVED the woman who narrators this novel. Her name is Renee Dorian. The way she read this novel had me hooked from the very first paragraph that she read. Renee had a lot different voices when she was voicing for all of the different characters. This gives the narrator big brownie points from me. When any narrator can do this I know that I am going to enjoy the book. I am looking forward to hearing her narrate the rest of this series.

 

Oh wait I forgot to tell you that this book is free on the Kindle. I bought the audio book as an add on for $1.99. You can't beat that in my opinion.

 

I will have to give this book a 4.5 out of 5.

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text 2017-03-30 07:41
Newsletter Blitz - FREE BOOKS!

Want some free books? Click the covers below and sign up for the author's newsletter. Once you've confirmed subscription you'll instantly get a free book in your inbox! It's that easy!

 
 
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text 2016-11-17 21:22
FREE BOOKS FROM J. KOWALLIS + A PARTY!!
Afterimage (The Enertia Trials Book 1) - J. Kowallis
Encender (The Enertia Trials Book 2) - J. Kowallis
Duality (The Enertia Trials Book 3) - J. Kowallis

 

*FLASH FREEBIES*

 

Duality (EnertiaTrials 3) by J. Kowallis releases on Friday, which is absolutely AMAZING (check out my gushing 5 star review on the blog)!

 

 

If you haven't started this series yet, the time COULD NOT BE BETTER! Afterimage & Encender (books 1&2) are now FREE on Amazon kindle!!  They are only free for a limited time so grab your copies NOW! If you like dystopian, great world building, strong characters and just general awesomeness, then this is the series for you!

 

 

You can also come celebrate the release of Duality tonight on Facebook with a whole lineup of fabulous authors, Lauren Bird Horowitz, E.J. Mellow, Elise Kova, Dela, Jennifer Kay Wilson, and Courtney Ruggles & enter to win some awesome bookish prizes including a $100 Amazon giftcard!

 

 

 

Links:

 

AFTERIMAGE:
https://www.amazon.com/Afterimage-Enertia-Trials-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00VVPZY0O/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1479398726&sr=8-2

 

ENCENDER:
https://www.amazon.com/Encender-Enertia-Trials-Book-2-ebook/dp/B01B5EIV7I/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1479398726&sr=8-3

 

FACEBOOK RELEASE PARTY:
https://m.facebook.com/events/338789266473502

 

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video 2016-08-23 02:04

Book trailer for the new-adult fiction title "The First Look" by Maya Tripathi.

Free to read/download: https://goo.gl/QHRcna

Source: www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-BGpbUnL4A
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text 2016-08-02 05:08
Sifting through the minutiae of the Smashwords Sale

 

 Throughout the month of July I gave away one hundred and thirty-seven e-book editions of my novels during Smashwords SummerWinterSale 2016.

 

As an author who has published his books with Smashwords I was contacted and asked if I wanted to participate. You could offer whatever discount you wanted for what ever period of time you wanted during the month of July. Once you registered, Smashwords applied a coupon code to your dashboard and anyone who wanted the book just entered the code and got it free.

 

I've had no more success with Smashwords than I've had with any other sites selling my books - which is just about nil, but since I've been giving my work away on other sites lately, which entails a sweepstake and then actually sending the e-book to the individual winners via email, this seemed way easier.

 

It was.

 

Giving your work away on Smashwords was free and unrestricted. One might think that's not a lot to expect considering the time and effort that went into it, however, to give away a single title on StoryCartel costs twenty-five dollars, on Goodreads - one hundred and nineteen, and Kindle Select (Amazon) wants exclusive rights for ninety days.

 

LibraryThing and BookLikes don't charge for their giveaways but they generate about a third of the results and, as I mentioned, you have the labourious job of sending out individual emails with your e-book attached to the winners.    

 

I have six works on Smashwords - five novels and a play. I decided to go for broke and offer them all free for the month.

 

Just a brief aside here. Have you ever noticed how people without success pour over meaningless minutiae like the numbers hold the secret to fame and fortune if only they could decipher them? No? Well, I have, probably because I've begun to do it - and now you get experience it.

 

The Smashwords giveaway was interesting to me on a number of levels - though, like I said, not likely interesting to anyone else.

 

This was the first time all my writing (barring one of my better novels yet to be released by the publisher) was presented to the public in one place, at one time and on equal terms.

 

Here's how they faired in regard to free downloads:

Harry's Truth - A Play in One Act - 33

Saving Spirit Bear - What Price Success - 31

Abandoned Dreams - 22

 

Loving the Terrorist - Beyond Eagleridge Bluffs - 20

The Big Picture - A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic - 18

Forest - Love, Loss, Legend - 13

 

What does it mean that my one act play, Harry's Truth, only sixty pages, ranked first? Or that Saving Spirit Bear, my first novel with the least positive reviews (and rightly so) was second? What does it mean that the better I write the less popular the book?

 

Any suggestions?

 

Other than those conundrums it appears giving away one hundred and thirty-seven books does not generate any reviews - at least not on Smashwords, or likely on any other site for that matter. Free, it appears, is the equivalent to no value - or, more specifically no downside.

 

Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs.

 

Links to associated sites:

Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com

Kindle Select   https://kdp.amazon.com

Goodreads   https://www.goodreads.com

LibraryThing   https://www.librarything.com

BookLikes   http://booklikes.com

StoryCartel  https://www.storycartel.com

 

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My novels and play Harry's Truth - A Play in One Act, FOREST – Love, Loss, Legend, The BIG PICTURE – A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic and Abandoned Dreams and

The ECO-WARRIORS series:

Book 1, Saving Spirit Bear – What Price Success?

Book 2, Loving the Terrorist - Beyond Eagleridge Bluffs

Book 3, Not Wonder More – Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients

are available as e-books and paperbacks at

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

 

Cover Art of books by self-published authors at

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

 

Video book reviews of self-published authors now at

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

 

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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