Thursday, November 16, 2017

Some Literary Waves

Quite a lot has been going on in the indie publishing world as of late, with a couple of these things personally affecting my titles. First, the good news: Kindle Worlds is now making its titles available through Kindle Unlimited. Now if you are a KU subscriber, you can read Melody of Love and Haunting Melody for free! Just make sure to read at least 10% of the book so everyone gets paid. ;-)

Second, the not so good news: Inktera is temporarily suspending distribution of titles coming from Draft2Digital, so my books won't be listed there for awhile. Actually no one's books will--Inktera is revamping the whole brand, so until that's complete, their catalog is not available. Full disclosure: I never had any sales from this channel anyway, so it's not really going to affect my bottom line when it comes to royalties.

NaNoWriMo: If you're following my progress on the site, you know that it's kicking my butt this year, for real. I should be sailing closing to 30k right now, and I haven't even hit 20k. But I'm not giving up. I just have to pour some extra fuel on the fire and see how far it goes. No matter what, I'll still post an exclusive excerpt of the novel at the end of November on Patreon.

I hope your weekend will be filled with writing. I know mine will be!

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Still on the NaNo Road

It's never a good thing when you can say that you are thousands of words behind in your writing. Especially during November. But don't worry. Even though the goal is to hit 15,000 words tomorrow and I'm stuck hovering around 7000, I'll be able to get back on track. After all, Thursday night is one of my TV-free nights--not because I force myself not to watch it. There's just nothing good on. And what better way to use that time than to write, write, write. Or agonize for two hours about how I still don't have a title. Which ever one of those options strikes my fancy.

Between freelancing work (still have plenty of spots available for my Fiverr gigs), NaNo, and revising Melody's Valentine, I've probably neglected doing all of the promotional work I should be doing. Let's get that back on track: remember, all of my books are available through Amazon and most of the major book/ebook retailers worldwide. You can check out the full list of titles to see what you may be interested in. Might I suggest my Melody of Love Kindle Worlds series books #1 and #2 so you can be ready to read #3 in January? And please, if you read it and like it, don't forget to review it!

If you are looking for a little more, you can still sign up to get exclusive content at Patreon. This week I'm releasing the cover for Melody's Valentine, and next week you can get the first look at an excerpt from Pieces, my poetry collection that's debuting on Wattpad in 2018.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

A Few Quick Updates

It's that time of year again -- NaNoWriMo is in full swing. Although I tried to get to that magic 1667 this morning, it didn't quite work out. A few other quick writing projects cut in line, but I'm planning on hitting the magic number before the day is done.

The other update: my Patreon page is now live! It's a new adventure for me, so I'm already expecting a few hiccups along the way. If you want to support it, I can tell you there are a few fun posts coming up. Some of the exclusive content being released to patrons in November includes a detailed update on Melody's Valentine, a cover reveal, a first look at an exclusive excerpt from Pieces (a new project for Wattpad coming in 2018) and an excerpt from this year's NaNoWriMo project.

Now I'm going to get back to that NaNo project. Happy Writing to all those participating this month!

A Collector's Dream: A Record of My Vinyl: A Collector's Catalog

A Record of My Vinyl: A Collector's Catalog is a unique guide/journal that provides record collectors with useful information as well as a way to properly catalog their vinyl collection. The book includes a few pages that talk about how to care for your vinyl and how to grade your vinyl.

Much of the journal is made up of pages where you can collect information about each record that you own. The entries allow you to add the artist, album, label, catalog number, country, year, grade and liner notes. At the top of each page you can also assign a category to the group. If you are missing something from your collection, the back pages are for listing your most-wanted vinyl titles. These pages are perforated so you can remove them so you can refer to them when you vinyl hunting.

The best part about this journal is the cover. It is made to look like it has a record on it, but it goes a step further to have the raised grooves on it just like real vinyl. It is a high quality journal that any record collector would want to have to complement their collection.

You can check out more information on this title and on the author.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Weekend Reads: The Lesser Bohemians

A chance meeting in a pub leads to a story over the course of a year that fundamentally changes two people's lives and the lives of those around them. In The Lesser Bohemians, a young theater student arrives in London ready to explore an independent life. She happens to meet an actor who is older than her, and they seem to have an attraction that doesn't fade. Throughout the year, their relationship is explored and so are their pasts.

Although this is categorized as literary fiction, at the core of it this is simply a romance novel that explores the relationship between two people who appear broken, and for most of the book seem to be wrong for each other. What makes it suddenly turn into a literary novel is only the narrative voice used by the author. From the very first page, it is stilted, choppy and in some cases completely unintelligible (in addition, the entire novel never uses quotation marks for direct quotes, which annoys me to no end). The reason the author is probably doing this is to show the uncertainty and eventual growth of the narrator, however, having the first 100 or so pages written in this way will turn a lot of people off from finishing the book, even though the story underneath is simple and somewhat interesting.

The other issue with this novel is that the narrator is just not interesting. She's a kid sleeping with an older guy—although she learns a lot about herself through the relationship, she just ends up looking starry-eyed and smitten at the end, much like a eighteen-year-old would in that situation. What was actually interesting in the book was Stephen's story (which, by the way, you don't even find out his or Eily's name until two-thirds of the way in the book), his background, the abuse in his childhood, all of his secrets and how he became the man that Eily met. Eily's hinting of her own dark past doesn't really come out and doesn't pull you in like Stephen's story. While parts of the book are interesting, the writing style and the lack of something that makes Eily unique to tell her story may keep a lot of readers away.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.