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Blame the Cat!

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Happy Monday!  Last week, I shared how Murphy (the dog) kidnapped my precious copy of Father Figure.  It was returned, in perfect condition! Serious points to the dog! Yet, once again, it turned up missing.  As I started my book hunt, I stumbled upon this scene…

 

 

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Merlin Enjoying Father Figure

 

She promised that there will be no drool on the book!  Time will tell!

As for our amazing author man, Jay…he has arrived safely in Italy!  It sounds like he is having a fabulous time!  My secret agents are working on snapping a few photos…  I will share as soon as possible.

Have a magical Monday!

♥Roda

 

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Mine, mine, mine…

 

 

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Goodreads LISTS: Have you added books?

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With so many book sites available, it’s hard to know which ones to consider using or supporting. As part of May, I’m going to share my profile and the websites I use for both (1) choosing / reading new books and (2) advertising my own books. I’m certain all of you are familiar with and/or use Goodreads, so I don’t need to explain much about it; however, there is a Goodreads tool that I would like to discuss with everyone: LISTOPIA.

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Under the BROWSE menu item is a dropdown for LISTS where you can search various user-voted books to see what is recommended for various categories like ‘Best Family Values Books’ or ‘Top Page-Turners.” Lists can be created by different users and can be as generic or specific as you like. The Goodreads Librarians will merge them if they feel two lists are similar, and authors can’t vote or add their own book to a list. I like that there are some rules around them. Let’s talk about the value of these lists:

If you are in a certain mood and want to search for a list on a topic such as “books to make you cry” or “books with a main character who has Asperger’s Syndrome,” there’s probably an available list with at least one hundred books on it. Reader’s frequently check here to find a book that maybe they’d never previously heard of or thought about. Goodreads members can either (1) create a list or (2) add a book to an existing list. You can add multiple books to the same list and choose the order for them, too. As the votes tally up, the book moves up the list to the coveted Top 10 spots.

If the list is existing, and the book is already there, you click on the VOTE button:

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If the book is not on the list, you can add from the next tab:

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Once the book is on the list, if you have more than 1, you can determine the order on the right side:

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And if you want to check on what you’ve added or voted for, look in the upper right section… I’ve added my friends (Candace and Misty) to the list and will be working on adding others in the next week.

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If you are a Goodreaders user, I’d love to get my books added to a few lists. I’ve noted a few below, but feel free to choose others, too. Thank you in advance for helping out!

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Goodreads List to add FATHER FIGURE

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Goodreads List to add WATCHING GLASS SHATTER

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Note: Authors, let me know if you’d like me to add your books to any Goodreads lists. You can leave a comment here or private message me on Facebook, Twitter, Email, etc.

 

 

Readers’ Favorite: Are you on this site, too?

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With so many book sites available, it’s hard to know which ones to consider using or supporting. As part of May, I’m going to share my profile and the websites I use for both (1) choosing / reading new books and (2) advertising my own books. Readers’ Favorite is a fantastic find that has become a go-to solution for me in the last few months.

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For readers, Readers’ Favorite is great because if you commit to writing a public review, you can download a book for FREE. It could be from a favorite author, a new writer you’d like to try, or anything in between. All genres included. It’s an easy-to-use interface to share your review (similar to Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.). There are other opportunities to connect with authors and win books, too.

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For authors, Readers’ Favorite is a FREE site to get a review… but the MOST important part is that this qualified as an EDITORIAL REVIEW via Amazon. On your Amazon profile, you can highlight 5 editorial reviews which are often the place reader’s go to see something considered ‘professional’ in the industry as opposed to an everyday reader’s review. I’ll share more about Amazon in the next week, but it’s been a fantastic help to me. I’ve gotten a review for both of my books, included it in the EDITORIAL REVIEW section on Amazon, and found a few new book readers from it.

The user interface is very friendly, but the best part is they are connected to tons of social media platforms and share your review EVERYWHERE. They create press releases, book giveaway options and contests for you to share. You can get email or text updates depending on your preferences. You can see the reader’s profiles on certain platforms. It’s very useful for any authors looking to get a quick review (got both of mine within 2 weeks of posting), and then you can RATE the REVIEWER!

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So… check this one out for finding new FREE books to read and/or getting a FREE review on your book. If you’re interested in reading either of my books, consider leaving a review on Readers’ Favorite once you’re finished. Download both books for FREE on this site or via Amazon to have permanent copy @ Watching Glass Shatter (.99 cents today) and Father Figure (FREE from 5/6 thru 5/10). Leave reviews or share the current Reader’s Favorite reviews through the links below:

 

BookBub: Are you on this site, too?

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I joined this fantastic book site about 3 months ago, but I haven’t been spending a lot of time on there simply because there has been so much going on elsewhere. But what a mistake that is… if you aren’t familiar with it, and you love books, then you need to check it out. It’s free, you get a daily email with a list of all books that are free or heavily discounted, and you can connect with other readers similar to Goodreads. You can also narrow options by specific genres and sub-genres to ensure you only see the books you want to see.

For authors, BookBub is another avenue to assist with book sales and make connections. It’s important to get as many reviews on here as you can, so that when someone sees your book going on sale or being discounted they can quickly check out the top reviews.

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As part of May, I’m going to share my profile and the websites I use for both (1) choosing / reading new books and (2) advertising my own books. If you have some time, I’d love your help with a few things:

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Note: Those are just a few of the categories and menu items… consider this a teaser to go check out the site!

Father Figure: Early Reviews, Interviews & Book Blitz Marketing

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Father Figure was officially launched for sale on Amazon about three weeks ago. There have been ~20 very positive reviews between Goodreads and Amazon to help promote the book. We will kick off the marketing plans in May. I’m excited to begin sharing them with you…

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Early Blog Reviews

Available Interviews & Marketing

Upcoming Plans

  • Book Blitz: Monday April 30th thru Friday May 4th
    • Q&A Interviews
    • Giveaway
    • Excerpts
    • Other Fun!
  • Download and read for FREE options: Sunday May 6th through Thursday May 10th
  • YouTube Audio / Video: Mid May
  • Blog Tour: Early June

Gratitude

  • Thank you to everyone who has read or reviewed the book in the last few weeks. I am so happy it is going well. I can’t wait to share everything as they post.
  • I am also very appreciative for everyone who has re-blogged or shared these reviews and posts. You help make this even more successful.
  • If you’ve published any posts that I’ve missed or didn’t include here, please let me know. I will keep updating my author website with all the links through end of June when I’m done with the initial marketing phase.

Book Overview

Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town, and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly. Struggling to survive in a claustrophobic, unforgiving world, they embark on a journey to overcome all the pain, disappointment, and horror of their experiences.

Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown, connect with others, and fall in love. Contemplating an impending loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia suffers devastating, life-altering tragedies. No matter where she turns, someone or something always steals her hope of finding happiness, protection, and love.

Brianna Porter, a sassy yet angst-ridden teenager raised in New York City, yearns to determine her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. All the confusion stems from desperately needing to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal, but an unexpected discovery of a journal leads Brianna to a shocking revelation about her missing parent. Unfortunately, by casting the net to find him, she’s unleashed a tragic history that was meant to stay buried and might now completely change everyone’s futures.

Through alternating chapters set two decades apart, each girl’s plight unfolds revealing the parallels between their lives and the subsequent collision that is bound to happen. In an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, fate intervenes forcing someone to make a dreadful decision that will leave permanent scars.

Intro to Author & Blogger: Vote on RONE Awards for T. A. Henry’s Book ‘Ostrich Mentality’

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The life of authors and readers–besides being amazing fun–are ultra-busy and complex. With the market having tons of books that are easily accessible and full of fantastic content, how do you know which ones to choose? One option is to check out books being nominated for and/or winning various book awards… like RONE. If you’re unfamiliar, click this link to learn more about these cool awards for small and self-published authors. It’s free to subscribe and vote for the authors and books that you love.

Today, I’m highlighting a fellow author I’ve come to know in the last few months, T. A. Henry. You might recognize her from participating in the Agatha Christie Readathon the last few weeks. Or you might already being following her blog where she refers to herself as the Authoress (how cool is that!). I’ve got a copy of one of her books, Scripting the Truth, which I will be reading next month. Take a look… maybe you’ll join me!

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But today… I’m also sharing this post about Tara because she’s been nominated for a RONE award for her most recent novel, Ostrich Mentality. Click the blurb below to read a summary and see a review about the book that helped nominate it:

“An interesting take on a time period in the not so distant past, “Ostrich Mentality” is an eye-opening tale with a colorful cast. Despite being 316 pages, the reader will fly through this fast-paced novel, immersed in its intelligent suspense. The fact that this novel is not far from the truth gives the story a sinister feel. Overall, “Ostrich Mentality” is an engaging work of espionage and biological warfare.” 

If that’s enticed you, you can purchase it via Amazon. It’s important to support our fellow authors and bloggers when they’ve produced a fantastic novel and have been nominated for a very cool award. So… if you’ve got a few free moments, head over to the RONE Suspense/Thriller category and click the little button next to T. A. Henry’s name to vote for the Ostrich Mentality. I’ll be doing it when this week as the awards are open 4/23 thru 4/29.

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About Me
I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS.  My second novel, Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/FatherFigure.

Beyond these two books, I have a number of short stories, poems and other novels in various shapes and forms. I also read A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, Tags, Awards, Age/Genre/Book Reads and Author Spotlights, as well as the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge.

You can also access my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

Book Review: The Curse by Jina S. Bazzar

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Last fall, I connected with a writer who was ‘putting the finishing touches’ on her debut novel just as I was at the time. Jina S. Bazzar was writing a new fantasy series and trying to decide how many books, where to split the plot lines, at what point to release each one. We chatted a few times, helped each other through some marketing plans and provided an ear whenever it was needed. She was really fun and engaging to talk with and I’m glad we connected.

Jina is also a mom, a writer at a fantastic magazine, Conscious Talk, and the author of a blog where she shares advice, life musings, reviews, book updates, and other fun content. She’s from Brazil, lives in the Middle East, and often has battles between different bugs! I say this with humor because of a few posts she’s shared about how she lets one bug stick around to help control another one. Spiders are involved, and it’s just scary to me! (Yes, I’m a baby apparently). Anyway, I digress…

Jina’s launched both her prequel short story, The Curse, and her first book in the series, Heir of Ashes. I will be reading Heir of Ashes this summer, but I took on the short story this week to immerse myself in the story… what a great thing to have something like this to introduce me to a new world… and if you read thru the review all the way to the end, you’ll find a way to get a copy for FREE! Let’s dive in…

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If you’ve read my book reviews before, you probably know that they tend to be mysteries, thrillers, historical or contemporary fiction; however, you also know I’m branching out to try a few different genres, including romance, fantasy and science fiction. An opportunity popped up to read a new book by debut author, Jina S. Bazzar, who has both a book and a prequel short story, The Curse, currently available. What a great opportunity to explore a new author and genre by reading her short story to get the ‘lay of the land’ before I dive into the details of a new fantasy series she’s currently writing.

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I read the prequel eBook, The Curse, in less than an hour earlier this week via my iPad. With a title like this, and my interest in mysteries and suspense thrillers, who wouldn’t be intrigued! I’m normally not a reader in this genre because I prefer a clear understanding of all the rules and structure within the setting or world I’m reading about, and fantasy books often leave a lot to the imagination or surprise. Bazzar does a fantastic job providing details without over-building the background — just enough to wet your appetite to want to continue reading the series.

As I’m reading through the first half, I’m getting to know the characters, the background of the drama, the different types of creatures and/or humans… then suddenly, I see the emotional side of the The Curse beginning to form. I became invested quickly and as I finished the last few pages, I vividly remember thinking… “I may not get thoroughly excited by other worldly creatures, but wow, I’m definitely drawn in right now.” The impact of a decision the main character had to make and the loss of a connection (s)he suffers was enough to extract tons of emotion and hope for what could or might change to in the future to help find their way back together, save the family, or solve the battles between species. (Is that even the right word, species, when there are different types of humans, creatures, clans? I think I’m gonna learn something when I read the next book).

So… from a non-fantasy reader, this was the type of story that appealed across other genres and pulled this reader in. From secrets to mysterious plagues, future war to (un?)requited love, and family drama to trust, there’s a little bit of everything in this story. It excites me to keep reading, and that I plan to do in the next month when I take on the actual first book in the series, Heir of Ashes.

If you’re interested, you can download a copy of this short story for FREE via Smashwords. I hope you will, as this will give you a really intricate and eye-opening view into another world in a book with a strong writing style and a wonderful debut author. Kudos to Bazzar for tempting a non-reader in this genre to want to continue reading more.

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.