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review 2017-04-17 14:35
ReCAP: A NORMAL Novella - Danielle Pearl

I enjoyed reading 'Normal' by Danielle Pearl, which was told from the heroine’s POV. I thought seeing the events unfold from the hero’s perspective would have made the story that more effective. Therefore, when I discovered that Recap provided Sam's perspective I could not resist acquiring a copy of this instalment.

The title depicts the storyline. It is a recap of some of the events in 'Normal' through Sam's aka Cap's eyes. Seeing these events unfolding through Sam’s eyes was refreshing. This was not a blow-by-blow account of Normal. What the author did was to focus on important scenes where Sam’s voice had an impact.


When I first met Sam, I believed him to be a special guy, and this instalment confirmed my beliefs. He believes that relationships and romance were not his things, but that was before he met Rory. Now he wishes for Rory to reciprocate his feelings. In ‘Normal’ Sam appeared to be in control of emotions, however, in 'Recap' we are privy to his daily struggles with anger. His issues with anger is a product of his abusive past. Growing up, he learned from an early age to protect the women in his life, so his wish to protect Rory is understandable. Here we see that Rory is not the only one who has triggers. Sam has them too, which, is clear from his emotional outbursts whenever he perceives that Rory is in crisis.

‘Recap’ gives insight into who Sam was as an individual. The author aptly portrayed his emotions. I got a firsthand look at the lengths he was willing to take to ensure that Rory was fine and that she would remain in his life.


Verdict
I enjoyed Sam’s perspective of the events in ‘Normal’. If you read the earlier book, then I recommend you read this instalment. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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text 2016-12-01 14:41
#BookishResolutions Progress Report ~ November 2016

#BookishResolutions Progress Report ~ November 2016

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/12/bookishresolutions-progress-report.html
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text 2016-06-13 17:32
Weekly Recap (So Much Work!)

I know I missed this last week, but I was out of town for my best friends birthday party, and when we came back into town, all we wanted to do was see X:Men Apocalypse and go out for drinks. That's my excuse, and I think it's a damn good one! But don't assume I wasn't working. Granted, I got almost no new words in, but I managed to get a lot completed in the last couple weeks:

 

  • Send out Midnight Skymedia kit and pre-order links for promotions
  • Format Midnight Skyfor print and ebook (test out Scrivener) (Just need to do the print versions)
  • Series outline, and plots for the Iron Gargoyle series (create a map) (First novel is plotted)
  • Start writing The Iron Gargoyle, the first Iron Gargoyle novel
  • Finish the sequel to Storm of the Gods
  • Beta read edits for Storm of the Gods(if they come in)
  • Open contests for Damnation's Door(released next week!)

 

This week, the key word will be editing. The bane of every writer's existence, but if I want people to take me seriously as an author (meaning agents, publishers, reviewers, and readers), I need to work my ass off. So here's what I need to do this week:

 

  • Format Midnight Skyfor print and order author copies
  • Plot remaining books for the Iron Gargoyle series (create a map)
  • Continue writing The Iron Gargoyle, the first Iron Gargoyle novel
  • Beta read edits for Storm of the Gods
  • Formal edits and minor tweaking forStorm of the Gods
  • Make list of publishers accepting new authors and sending queries for Storm of the Gods
  • Look through Scrivener tutorials and begin working from there

 

Yup. All of this for me. Still, I'm riding high for the release of Damnation's Door, which happened last week and is coming to the end of its two blog tours and release blitzes put together by XPresso Book Tours and En Pointe Author Services, which have contests and promotions open for 24 more hours!

 

 

Demons are free. Angels are fallen. Hope is dying...

Constance Ramirez and her adopted sister, Andromeda, have stopped Lucifer’s plan– They have closed the Heaven Gate and kept the demons out. But their choice came with brutal consequences, and now every angel on earth is trapped in their mortal body.

All that remains is closing the Hell Gate and establishing a balance once and for all. That means returning to the city of Constance’s nightmares, which has become a haven for murderers and monsters. But even more dangerous than their hunt is that Andromeda’s powers and instincts are turning darker, and this time Constance doesn’t know how to protect her.

Constance is ready to fight for her life, but her enemies have plans she can’t begin to imagine, and they’re prepared to make her suffer...

Trust is lost and hearts are broken in the epic conclusion in Amy Braun’s Cursed trilogy...

 

Media Kit

 

Chapter One

 

Buy it here:

 

Amazon Kindle Paperback | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Nook | iBookstore |  Goodreads | Smashwords 

 

 

Giveaways:

 

The Bookish Crypt Damnation's Door and Cursed series giveaway

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Sign Ups:

 

Book Blitz for Damnation's Door

Release Blitz and Blog Tour for Damnation's Door

 

With the end of the Cursed series now upon us, all my attention is turning to Dark Sky and the novels and novellas taking up my schedule for the rest of the year, starting with Midnight Sky, the sequel.

 

 

There are secrets, there are betrayals, and there are sacrifices… 

The Behemoth has been destroyed, and the bloodthirsty Hellions seem to have left Westraven. But Claire Abernathy’s mind is not at ease. A terrible disease plagues her sister, appearing to have been brought on the Vesper, the leader of the Hellions beyond the tear between worlds– the Breach.

To save Abby and stop the Hellions for good, Claire must find the machine her parents built before the attacks, and fix it before the monsters return. To do so, she needs the help of her crew, and must ignore the secrets and rivalries between her captain and the man she saved.

Because the Hellions are not the only dangers following Claire. Twisted humans and old enemies surface to stop her and destroy all she loves. While she is determined to endure the trials, a single betrayal could shatter the hope of a better world, and force Claire to make a choice that will cost her dearly…

 

Media Kit

 

Chapter One


Preorder Links


Kindle | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Smashwords | Goodreads

 

 

I cannot get enough of that cover or that artwork. Seriously. I can't keep gushing about it, and for any bloggers/reviewers interested in reviewing the novel, you have your chance here:

 

Review Opportunity for Crimson Sky and Midnight Sky

 

Alas, promotion isn't the only thing I'll be working on in the coming weeks. Storm of the Gods has gotten its Beta edits back, and holy smokes, do I have a lot of work to do if I'm going to send it to publishers. I meant, that should be a given, really, but I'd rather it just be accepted and then I don't have to work any more! Why can't anything be easy? Sigh... 


Still, I'm testing out a new editor who is mega-detailed, and I think Storm of the Gods and the Areios Brothers series as a whole will gain a lot from working with her. I've never feared editing, and even if the series isn't accepted for a book deal, I'll be thrilled to publish it myself knowing it will be polished to a pristine finish. 


The Iron Gargoyle is still going strong. I haven't found the time to work on the other plots for the novels, but I'm hoping to do that within the next week or two so I have a better understanding of what I might need to add to the first novel to affect later novels, if that makes sense. That said, I'm loving the way thing are playing out and can't wait to see where it ends!


So, yeah. Every time I think I've caught up on my work, more tumbles down the line. Still, it makes me happy, and the massage I'm getting in a couple hours is destined to do wonders. Worst comes to worst, if my chosen career becomes too much to handle, I have a backup plan...

 


Hey, all the great authors did it, right? Cheers!

Amy

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text 2016-05-30 17:24
Huge Weekly Recap With Reviews, Signups, and Pre-Orders!

Last week got busy fast, and this week is going to be even more intense. I have so much going on and even more planned, it's hard to keep up. While not everything is crossed off from last week's goals, most of it is close to being done:

 

  • Finish editingMidnight SkyASAP!
  • Midnight Skymedia kit and pre-order setups 
  • Format Midnight Sky(working on today)
  • World building, histories, series outline, and plots for the Iron Gargoyle series (create a map)
  • Continue writing the sequel to Storm of the Gods

 

And if you thought that was a lot of work, take a look at this:

 

  • Send out Midnight Skymedia kit and pre-order links for promotions
  • Format Midnight Skyfor print and ebook (test out Scrivener)
  • Series outline, and plots for the Iron Gargoyle series (create a map)
  • Start writing The Iron Gargoyle, the first Iron Gargoyle novel
  • Finish the sequel to Storm of the Gods
  • Beta read edits for Storm of the Gods(if they come in)
  • Open contests for Damnation's Door(released next week!)

 

Yeah. So far, today has been one of those days where I just don't know where to start. Well, that's not true. I'm aiming to get the final drafts and review copies for Midnight Sky up now that the Kindle, Kobo, and Smashwords pre-order links are live. More should be on the way and the Dark Sky series page will be updated next week after the cover reveal on June 5

 

 

 Sign Ups:


Blog Tour for Storm Born

Review Opportunity for the Cursed series

Pre-Order Release Blitz for Damnation's Door (Starting soon!)

Book Blitz for Damnation's Door

Release Blitz and Blog Tour for Damation's Door

Cover Reveal for Midnight Sky

Review Opportunity for Crimson Sky and Midnight Sky

 

Not that I have any expectations to get all of those goals accomplished, but to think that I might is really motivating. I mean, if I get even two or three of them done, I'll consider myself ahead of the game. Since formatting is perhaps my least favourite part of writing, I'm going to be working with Scrivener for the first time. I'm a little anxious and I hate tutorials (so boring!), but considering the issues I've had in the past, and the recommendations I've gotten, it makes sense to give it a shot and see how it works. If nothing else, at least I'll have a reliable formatting software. 

 

Damnation's Door is out next week. I'm still working on believing that. It seems like I just finished the final draft yesterday. It's nice to know that I'll have a full, completed series, but I'm going to miss the characters. That said, I'm getting ready for the blog tours and giveaways, and have already heard great reviews from One Book Two and fellow author Christina Ochs!

 

 

Speaking of Christina Ochs, she'll be part of a special guest post this week on my blog to promote her new novel, Hammer of the Gods. I've already read and reviewed the novel on Goodreads (a fuller review will be coming this Saturday), and I have to say it's freaking spectacular. If you like mild fantasy novels/historical battles, trust me when I say this is a book series you want to start. I couldn't stop reading! 

 

Last but not least, updates on my newest writing projects. The second Areios Brothers novel is almost finished (about 2.5 more chapters to go), and I'll be relieved when its over. There will be some changes, many of which might come later since I need to update the first novel, Storm of the Gods. I should be getting the Beta edits back any day now, and am hoping to start working on them in June so I can take a deep breath and send out query letters. Once I do that, the series will be out of my hands and there will likely not be updates on it for the rest of the year, unless the incredible happens and it's picked up by a publisher. 

 

Finally, Iron Gargoyle. You guys have no idea how much I'm aching to get really started on that bad boy. I've already created the world history, written the prologue and the first chapter of the first book, and have the basic plots for the series (which will include four full length novels and a series of three novellas revolving around another character), so now I need to set up the world and detail the plots. It's a lot of work, but I love doing it. 

 

So, this blog post turned out to be way longer than I expected. Imagine what my monthly blog post is going to look like! 

 

Anyway, it's time to get back to work. Thanks for spotting by! Cheers!

 

Amy

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text 2016-05-23 17:34
Weekly Recap (And More Tour Sign-Ups!)

Last week was a doozy, and I hate to admit that I fell behind on my plans. I was caught up with Real Life errands and get togethers and had a crushing work week where I worked my first (and last) 11 hour straight shift. For the record, I only said yes because I knew I'd be responsible for all the work left behind, and Sundays are always extremely busy at the Real Job. That being said, I did what I could– hosting a special guest post, setting up more blog tours and signups (see below), and massively editing/re-writing Midnight Sky.

 

  • EditMidnight Sky
  • Midnight Skymedia kit and pre-order setups
  • Format Midnight Sky
  • World building, histories, series outline, and plots for the Iron Gargoyle series (create a map)
  • Continue writing the sequel to Storm of the Gods
  • More promotions for Storm Born

 

I'm hoping to have almost all of this crossed off soon and am diving headfirst into the workload today:

 

  • Finish editingMidnight SkyASAP!
  • Midnight Skymedia kit and pre-order setups
  • Format Midnight Sky
  • World building, histories, series outline, and plots for the Iron Gargoyle series (create a map)
  • Continue writing the sequel to Storm of the Gods

 

And here's everything I have scheduled for basically the next month:

 Sign Ups:

 

Blog Tour for Storm Born

Review Opportunity for the Cursed series

Pre-Order Release Blitz for Damnation's Door

Book Blitz for Damnation's Door

Release Blitz and Blog Tour for Damation's Door

Cover Reveal for Midnight Sky

Review Opportunity for Crimson Sky and Midnight Sky

 

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The Midnight Sky edits will be done today with a couple more read-throughs before I set up the pre-orders. I should have my first sneak peek at the cover on Friday (woo hoo!) and am excited for the upcoming cover reveal put together by En Pointe

 

I'm also expecting the Beta reads for Storm of the Gods back soon, which means I'll be doing quick edits before I send it out to publishers next month. Nothing to panic about right? *minor hyperventilation*

 

Also, I'm getting ready to start the world-building for the Iron Gargoyle series, which I'm going to start once I finish the second Areios Brothers novel. It's kind of killing me to have all these projects open and waiting for me, but only being able to do one of them at a time. But such is life! 

 

So that's all that's going on! After the stressful, far from productive week I just had, I'm ready to hunker down and do some work. Hope everyone had a good weekend, and my fellow Canadians enjoyed their extra day off! Cheers!

 

Amy

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