Month: May 2015

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Copywriting thoughts from TraceyClark:

Finder's Keepers - Author Tracey Clark

Soooo … while sitting around anxiously waiting for my beta readers to deliver their concerns and dislikes (as well as what they love by hey, the others comments seem more worrisome) about my novel, I started looking/reading about copywriting. Though I would prefer to find an editor/agent, the world of copywriting would help with my ability to promote any work that I either self-publish or publish through original means.


Promotion is similar no matter what good or service needs to be moved. You learn about the wants and needs of others, then you find a way to grab their attention. You jump up and down, wave your hands wildly about your head, and scream out … Pick Me, Pick Me, Pick Me!!! Okay … Maybe there’s a little bit more to the job than that, but that is way they call them the basics. You have a product you want…

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Review: Grimspace (Sirantha Jax #1) by Ann Aguirre

Review of Grimspace by Ann Aguirre from borrowedworlds blog:

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Sirantha Jax#1

Basic info:

Author: Ann Aguirre

Genre: space opera with some romance

Length: 320 pages

Available: Amazon

Publisher: Ace (February 26, 2008)

MY RATING: 4.0 stars

I love space opera. Humans blasting into far-flung star systems, big damned heroes, and a big, heroic story to boot. (Still waiting for an actual opera set in space, but oh well.)

So I picked up Grimspace. And I was not disappointed. The story is laid out pretty quickly, at least what the protagonist, career jumper Sirantha Jax, knows of it. She’s in a maximum security medical facility recovering from an interstellar disaster that she’s being blamed for. Easy as she was the lone survivor. Jumpers are people born with a special gene that allows them to enter ‘grimspace’–a sort of cyberspace that lets them navigate across great expanses of space. They link closely, psychologically and frequently sexually with the pilots that they ‘jack in’ with.


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Nux & Capable: Fury Road

Post about Mad Max from Mishaburbett, with spoilers:


This post is about the film Mad Max: Fury Road, and it will contain spoilers. I will be digging into the text and subtext of the film so, please, if you have not seen it, don’t read this post.

I do strongly recommend the film, so if you haven’t seen it, go out and catch it in the theaters and then come back and we’ll talk, okay?

Everybody clear on this?  Here Abide Spoilers.  You have been warned and When you have been warned, you must listen. (Extra special bonus Sensei Of Schlock points for identifying the source of that quotation.)

Now, let’s talk about who did what to whom and what I think it means. Oh, and that brings me to one last point–the opinions and speculations contained herein are entirely my own.  I do not claim to speak for George Miller or anyone else associated with…

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Nikki’s Top Five YA Novels

Nikki’s Top Five YA Novels

Here are Nikki’s top five YA jovels. See the post on her blog:

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Please note that this is purely in my opinion. If you disagree so be it.


**Thank you to Rachel Bostwick for making me the logo! (Check out her Fiverr for some awesome deals)**

Lately, thanks to BookTube mainly, I have been on a young adult book kick. They stories are short and sweet, I get to finish an entire book in a day or two and I’m usually happy with the outcome. While not every YA book I’ve read has been good here are the five that I personally liked the most in no particular order.


1. Cinder

This put a very interesting twist on Cinderella. I adore Cinder and her partial robotic part humanself. I love that sci-fi twist! When reading through the books there are a lot of times where you’re like ‘Aha! Just like the regular story!’ and you smile because you know where the comparison is…

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Review of A House of Light and Stone by EJ Runyon

A House of Light and Stone is an engrossing and captivating tale of a child’s experiences in Los Angeles. Duffy is almost eleven, and we follow her daily life as she moves into a house in Boyle Heights. While the story feels real, I found it an exciting adventure story. Our heroine faces the challenges that confront her in her life each day. I will describe some aspects of the story, to explain why I enjoyed it.

The story brought me into another world. The story is in a moment in the past and brought me into that different time, place and reality. The tale is told in chronological order. The story is told from a first person POV in past tense. The protagonist struggles in a family with an unstable mother. We are introduced to her siblings, Chance, Barbie, Justine and Artie. Rennie, the family’s mother tries to fill her role in the family, without the psychological or material tools to do a good job. The author weaves these characters, who each have their own motivations, into a unified story. This book leads you on a journey through a difficult life with humor, and comical twists. Duffy’s different world is brought to life in the story. The environment, people and shenanigans in this story intrigued me and entwined me into the character’s experiences.

Duffy faces several challenges in the story. The characteristics of the people in her life slowly unfold over time. The story has secrets, and there are things going on that Duffy does not understand. We readers must travel along on the journey to find out how she will survive her problems and what her life holds in her future. With each passing page revelations occur in her life that affect our feelings and opinions about the characters and the city. I found powerful drama and unexpected events that continue through most of the book.

There are dangerous secrets, changes and surprises. Duffy is the central character, and I was rooting for her. We can’t always agree with Duffy’s actions or instincts. We follow Duffy as she meets and becomes friends with neighbors and schoolmates. She has heroes who come into her life and help her. I became invested in the outcome of her childhood struggles and wanted her to win. This story builds over a one year arc.

The book leaves me wanting more. While we get closure with some aspects of Duffy’s life, I still want to know where her story is headed. I liked that the story made me care about the characters. I liked learning the details of her life. This story is set in 1966 in the city of Los Angeles. I lived in that city during that time, so I had some familiarity with the world of the story. I would say the most likely audience is people who enjoy authentic stories filled with drama, love and change. While there is some violence and abuse in the story, give it a try. This is one of the best books I have ever read.

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Cover Reveal for Silver Shackles by Fiona Skye

Silver Shackles

Revelations Trilogy: Book Two

by Fiona Skye

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Cover image by Rachel Bostwick

Available on Amazon and in print June 15, 2015!

When you steal from faerie queens, the consequences are painful and sometimes deadly.

Were-jaguar and TV personality, Riley O’Rourke, has been looking over her shoulder ever since she stole from the Dark Queen of the Unseelie faeries. When Riley is contacted by an informant with knowledge that can blow the lid off the story of the year, she can’t pass up the opportunity to investigate. What she finds instead is something that puts her at the mercy of the Dark Queen, a creature not known for her compassion.

When Riley’s boyfriend, David, realizes she’s missing, he’ll do whatever it takes to get her back, including starting a war with the Unseelie. The balance of power among the Fae courts is shifting, and if David makes one wrong move, Riley could end up crushed in the struggle. But after being the subject of the Queens’s legendary cruelty, will there even be anything left of Riley to save?

Get Taming Shadows, Revelations Trilogy: Book One on Amazon now!

fiona skye - author photoFiona Skye is a fantasy and historical romance author, currently living in the deserts of Southern Arizona. She shares a home with her husband, two kids, three cats, and a Border Collie.

Fiona’s passion for story telling began early in life. She loved playing make-believe and inventing elaborate fantasy worlds for her friends and her to play in. At age twelve, she wrote her first short story, based on a song by a 1980s hair band. After giving it to her English teacher for editing and rewrites, she learned to love the entire writing process, and has dedicated her life since then to writing, only to be occasionally distracted by her insatiable love of yarn and crochet, and the dogged pursuit of the perfect plate of cheese enchiladas.

She counts Diana Gabaldon and Jim Butcher as her favorite authors and biggest influences. Joining these two on the list of people she would wait in queue for a week to have a coffee with are Neil Peart, Kevin Hearne, and Brandon Sanderson.

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