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Great piece by Ceilidh at Bibliodaze: "Say No to James Frey: Why I'm Boycotting Full Fathom Five"

Reblogged from TezMillerOz:

I am not amused

A Day in the Life of Trixie Pristine - Laina Turner

This is not a book, it's about 50 pages of set up for the first book in the series.  It is called a 'prequel' on the author's web site.


My own fault, I didn't do any research ahead of time, I usually don't when it's free.  The reason I am so upset is, I was really enjoying this.  Even with some editing issues, and awkward sentence structure in places, I found it to be totally enjoyable, something that I had not experienced with a book in awhile.  


So, they find the first body & that's where the 'book' ends.


I will not be purchasing any of the books in this series.  The first one is $3.00 for 100 pages.  If you extrapolate that, a normal paperback of 300 pages would be $9.00, for the ebook version.  It ain't happening.  I feel the prices for ebooks have gotten ridiculous.  I can always reread my print books, get ebooks from my library, & get the ones I consider reasonably priced.


My library doesn't carry this author.  So, the main reason I'm pissed is I really liked the characters, the writing, & the story, what I did read of it.


because i I really liked the little bit of story, but feel 'ripped off', even though I didn't pay money for it, I'm not giving it a rating.

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

A Day in the Life of Trixie Pristine - Laina Turner

Got this, started reading it, I like it! It reads 'comfortably', lots of conversation between MCs with minimal descriptions on olaces, clothes, etc., the usual editing errors, but not horrendous. I'm definitely going to finish this & get the next one!

By 'comfortably' I meant it is an easy, fun read.

Reblogged from Hadeer's Ranting:

The phases of reading and when it's safe to engage the reader.


LOL, In my case i say NEVER

What? Where? How?

Am I the only one weirded out by Mazda's announcement that they are recalling cars because of SPIDERS in the fuel tanks?!

Author Photos

Reblogged from Derrolyn Anderson:


I need to re-do my author pic... I'm leaning towards the caricature.

Reblogged from Books, hockey, and a bucketful of snark:
REI April Fool's ad
REI April Fool's ad

I have an REI voucher burning a hole in my pocket and I would love to buy this. I think you have to provide your own kitten. 

Reblogged from Hadeer's Ranting:

FREE!!! BAY'S END, by Edward Lorn

Reblogged from Lornographic Material:

For the two people out there that do not have a copy of my debut novel, BAY'S END, it is currently free for the next couple of days. Click on the cover to get your copy from Amazon.com today!


If you're so inclined, share away. Thanks!


What does it take to ruin a perfectly good summer? Four cherry bombs.
When twelve-year-old Trey and his best friend Eddy play a prank on Officer Mack, the resulting chain of events rocks the small town of Bay's End.
Today, Trey Franklin is a man haunted by his past. Tormented by that one tragic, fateful summer, Trey searches for catharsis the only way he knows how - by writing.
A tale of love and loss, bittersweet memories, and the depths of human evil.
Welcome to Bay's End.
*Warning: Contains graphic language and adult situations.




Reblogged from Books, hockey, and a bucketful of snark:
Typical cat
Typical cat


I'm signed up for The Wounded Warrior Project. - Sandi


As an FYI, if you have an Amazon account, Amazon just released a new program called Amazon Smile that costs NOTHING to you. You can pick OPS (Oceanic Preservation Society) or just about any other charity/organization of your choice and Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase cost to the charity every time you buy an eligible product. 


I already buy most of my things from Amazon, so yay! Glad to know a small portion of the cost will be going to an organization that I really love.


EDIT: Details of the program can be found by clicking here. This MAY work for all Amazon members, but it's not very clear. 


EDIT 2: It seems to work for ALL members, not just those with Amazon Prime.

Warning Label: Side Effects of Writing

Reblogged from Katie Hayoz, author, reader:

Thinking of becoming a writer?  It's fantastic and fulfilling.  It's introspective and inspiring.  It's awesome.  Writing can broaden your mind and free your spirit, but it also has...well...side-effects. If I were to create a warning label for writers, it would look like this:





Writing makes you fat. Unless you have a mega-metabolism, it's almost inevitable.  All that sitting in front of a computer. Better buy bigger jeans right now, because one morning you won't be able to pour yourself into your regular ones.  Know a skinny writer?  Hmmm.  My guess is she is going at it all too quickly.  Her writing could be much better.  Stay at that computer longer and rewrite, babe.  And have some M & M's while you're at it.


Writing gives you insomnia.  Think you can just slide into bed and drift off to dreamland when you are a writer?  Think again.  That moment between falling asleep and being asleep is when the best ideas come, and if you don't write them down, you lose them.  Be prepared to get super comfy then think of something and force yourself up to jot thoughts down several times a night.  There's a reason writers like coffee.


Writing makes you appear insane.  Sitting in a Starbucks trying to get things right in that next scene?  Does an explosion sound like Ka-Boom or Pa-Pow or Grumble-Rumble?  You'll be saying it out loud, unconsciously making gestures to go with it in order to figure it out.  Next you're pulling a face and watching your reflection in the shiny handle of a spoon to find the right expression for your character's feelings. A female writer may even go as far as stuffing a pork loin in her pants to see what it is for a man to sit with something between his legs. A male writer might try on lipstick or study dress sizes.  It's normal if no one ever wants to be within five feet of you.


Writing gives you manic mood swings.  You finish a story or novel or essay and send it off for publication.  You feel on top of the freaking world.  It's awesome. It's unique.  It's the best piece of writing ever...and then you get the rejection form.  You realize the piece was drivel. Tripe. Unbelievably unworthy.  That is, until someone else reads it and likes it.  Then you see it's pretty damn good.  You write something else.  It gets rejected. You hate yourself and think you have no talent.  But you push on and rework it. Publish it.  You get fan letters and feel on top of the world. This up and down emotional yo-yo is now your life.


Writing  makes you mad. And confused.  And stubborn.  You know that piece-of-crap novel out there?  The one that has the shallow characters, a thin plot and in which the writing is way closer to lousy than lyrical?  Well, it's a bestseller.  And the novel you worked on for years to make meaningful and beautiful is dying a slow death on virtual bookshelves.  It's not right, you rant.  It's not fair, you rave.  Don't people know what good writing is anymore? Why are they buying such slop? You will be ticked off and resentful and confounded.  But you will use these emotions to spur you on.  You will continue to write, continue to submit, continue to publish.  Because you know this is something you can do.  You will do, dammit.  You'll do it if you have to die trying.


And you just may.

Source: http://www.katiehayoz.com/2014/03/warning-label-for-writers-side-effects.html

Giraffe sneeze! Poor birds

Reblogged from Literary Ames:

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2595097/Bless-Giraffe-soaks-unsuspecting-birds-giant-sneeze-yanks-head-drinking-water-hole.html
Reblogged from Jessica (HDB):
I'd just change coffee, to tea.
I'd just change coffee, to tea.
Reblogged from Angels With Attitude Book Reviews:

Shame on me for loving this!

Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong - Jen Yates

Probably there is some freaky baker out there who has never experienced a Cake-tastrophe. For the rest of us, there is the consolation of these cake wrecks. (If you have trouble laying your hands on a copy of this book, tide yourself over by visiting cakewrecks.com)