Thursday, 9 August 2018

Amazon and KDP - What has been happening and what is Amazon doing about it?

Many self-published authors recently experienced hiccups both while uploading their manuscripts and also when they have received reviews only to have them stripped away. With some back and forth the issues were, for the most part, fixed to the relief of the author. As authors who have put so much not only into writing the book but the promotion and sharing of the publication on the run up to and the day of publication this recent purge of reviews has been a headache.

ALLi's Orna Ross sat and had a chat with Amazon KDP UK's Darren Hardy and she was a darling and recorded it both on Youtube and podcast. I have embedded here that interview for you to listen to and I hope you find it as insightful as I did. 

(both versions for you to choose from)

I highly recommend you listen or watch, it is eye-opening and very helpful.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Book Review of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's TaleThe Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am torn on my review of this. The Handmaid's Tale and the concept of the actual story to me are both scary and uniquely amazing, but I have to weigh that up against the fact that I found the book so difficult to read. Usually, when I say that it means the content of the story, things that happen within the layout of the storyline, but here it is because of how it is written.
The overkill use of commas, how it is punctuated, and its inability to keep on track were very disconcerting. Don't get me wrong, I understand why the attempt was made to write it this way. I understand it is to show the urgency of the narrator Offred and her state of mind. BUT to me in doing this it totally missed the mark.
As a reader, I want to pick up a book and immerse myself in the story. How Margaret Atwood wrote this novel was jarring and continued to throw me out of the story and at times wonder who was speaking or what timeline we were in.
This had the opportunity to be one of the best books I ever set eyes on, instead, I found myself for the first time EVER preferring the television version.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Newest release from author Nikki Landis - Harleigh just got hotter!

Harleigh (Volatile Vixens #1)Harleigh by Nikki Landis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

PLOT: 5 out of 5
CHARACTERS: 5 out of 5
WORLD BUILDING: 5 out of 5
FLOW: 4.5 out of 5

Being a massive DC and Marvel Fan (though I do tend to lean to the Marvel side more) I was eagerly awaiting this release. The Harleigh character fascinated me and I wanted to see if she was how I thought she would be...she was more! The main character in this book is Harleigh, a tough, no-nonsense, knows what she wants kinda girl. Much like her idol, Harley Quinn.
To tell you about this would be to give spoilers and any who read my reviews will know I don't do spoilers.
The multiple characters in this book lend to expanding the universe that author Nikki Landis has begun to create. Each character has a rich backstory that cries out to be told.
This book is well written with hot guys, sexy females, and smoldering villains.
I would recommend this book to lovers of fantasy romance, superhero romance, and those (like me) who are eclectic in their love of all things fantasy.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

REVIEW -- Good Intentions: A Short Story by D. J. Doyle

Good Intentions: A Short StoryGood Intentions: A Short Story by D.J. Doyle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

CHARACTERS - 4.5 out of 5
PLOT - 5 out of 5
FLOW - 5 out of 5
OVERALL -- 5 out of 5
(Note: I availed of my KU subscription to purchase and read this little short story)

For a short story, this sure does have a lot of packed into it. I hate spoilers and so I am finding it extremely difficult to write a good review that lets me hit on key points without giving anything away. But I will try.
This story touches on the journey (emotional and literal) of a couple who are heading away for the weekend with their friends. On the way there things take an unexpected turn and things suddenly happen that throws what would have been an amazing weekend totally on its head.

This little short is a well written little gore fest and yet it has pinches of comedy in places. It is a quick read, which for me is ideal, and it delivers just the right amount of horror with a shocking twist at the end. I highly recommend.

You can purchase this little gem on Amazon or if you have KU you can grab a copy that way, I highly recommend it.

Other work by this talented author below, just click on the image:


If you want something a little stronger and you have the stomach for it then check out D. J. Doyles #extremehorror RED by clicking on the image below.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Dying For A Living - by Kory M Shrum

Dying for a Living (Dying for a Living, #1)Dying for a Living by Kory M. Shrum
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

PLOT: 5/5
FLOW: 4.5/5

I really love the whole concept of this book! From the feisty main character (and she has good reason to be how she is) to her partner, the person responsible for getting her to the morgue (yes, you read that right) and getting her help. This book has been cleverly written and the detail given to the whole world building is brilliant!
Once I started I could not stop, this book grips you and you really don't want it to let go. Dying For A Living was brilliant and I would strongly recommend to lovers of Fantasy, contemporary or urban and those who like a strong female lead.

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Monday, 16 April 2018

REVIEW: Book 3 of the Serpent's Kiss Series by Tansey Morgan

Serpent's Kiss (The Last Serpent #3)Serpent's Kiss by Tansey Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The third book in the series has to be the best to date with Lilith and her guys heading to London and the drama that unfolds there when they try to track down missing mentors. As always the book is well written with only a few grammar issues but they are by no means off-putting.

I do love this series but I had to sign up to KU to be able to continue reading it as the cost of this series would be a kicker otherwise. I do love the story, the characters and the world that Tansey Morgan is building in this series but I really do wish the books in the series were longer. If anything, that would be my only complaint.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

REVIEW: Haunted - Book 2 by C. M. Stunich

Haunted (The Academy of Spirits and Shadows #2)Haunted by C.M. Stunich
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WORLD BUILDING: 5 out of 5
PLOT: 5 out of 5
CHARACTERS: 5 out of 5
FLOW: 5 out of 5

I waited what felt like ages for this book to come out...I fell in love with the characters in the very first book. From our heroine Brynn, the black-winged jinx...Vexer, the hunky Griffen...Air, Prince Royal and all the rest of the ghostly clan. I have been hooked and I am loving it!
I love the world that C. M. Stunich has conjured up in this fantastical tale of good and bad, Gods and Goddesses, the living and the dead.
There are quite a few errors in the book by way of spelling, double words placements, and missing words BUT that did not put me of the story one bit...that to me speaks volumes.
What also speaks volumes? That I feel so much for these characters, that I am so heavily invested that I really need the next installment and that even silly errors didn't put me off.
This is a great series and I would highly recommend this to ALL Reverse Harem lovers.



Forest of Ancestors (The Guardians #1)