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Supporting Other Indie Authors


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I’ve been reviewing books on Amazon and Goodreads for indie authors for a few years now, I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of blogging about them.

So, I decided to try something different. Being an indie author myself, I know how hard it is to get the word out there when it comes to promoting and marketing my work. There are a lot of ways to market your work, yet most of them are out of the budget range, especially if you are just starting out which means you can only promote your work here or there.

With that said, I decided to create a blog where I will post my indie book reviews, as well as author interviews for any indie author out there looking into promoting their published works or looking into building their online presence.

I know there are quite a few book bloggers already out there, but one more couldn’t hurt, right?

It’s FREE marketing!

It’s FREE, which means I’m not charging anyone to market their books. If you are an indie author and think you are interested, check out my blog here. Or, if you are looking for something interesting to read, visit my blog and click follow.

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Divergent – book and movie comparison


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I have finally been able to see the new movie, Divergent (still playing in theaters). I have read the first book and am currently reading the second book, Insurgent. I am happy to say that the movie stayed true to the book. Though movies that are adapted from books can’t put everything from the book into the movie, this wasn’t the case with this film. If you haven’t read the book, then you wouldn’t understand how you shouldn’t miss anything from the book when making the movie. Instead of filming certain things to show the audience, they had some of the characters explain it instead.

For example: there is a scene in the movie where Tris leaves Dauntless to visit her brother who is in Erudite. When she is caught and taken back to Dauntless, she is attacked by a few of her training mates, then saved by Four. She tells him later about her leaving Dauntless and visiting her brother. The book tells that entire part differently. When she returns to Dauntless she is confronted by Eric and Four, Four vouches for her so that she doesn’t get into trouble for leaving when she wasn’t allowed to. Later on that night she is confronted by her attackers and is then rescued by Four.

They did leave out small details of the book here and there, but they made sure not to skip the important parts. I’m happy to see that they are going to continue filming the rest of the trilogy, with Allegiant, book three, being a two part movie. I’m currently on chapter five in the second book, Insurgent, so I will be all caught up by the time the next movie hits the theaters. They did such an awesome job with the first movie, I’ll be happy to go see the second movie in theaters.

Fairy Tales Are Still Popular


As I’m browsing the internet and books for certain literary agents to send a query letter to, I’ve come to notice, fairy tales are still popular, though only those with a new spin to them. Some literary agents are looking for newer versions of fairy tales, called fairy tale re-tellings. Imagine telling the story of Cinderella, though in a different way. The book I’m currently reading is called Cinder, by Marissa Meyer. It’s a Cinderella story, but it is so completely different that it actually captivates you into reading it. It has even made the New York Times Bestseller list.

Cinder is a sixteen year old mechanic and a cyborg. Yes, a cyborg Cinderella. At first, I thought, nah, I highly doubt I’ll be interested in reading it, but I was wrong. I decided to buy it the other day and am glad I did, it’s a great page turner. The first line even caught my attention: “The screw through Cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle.” It’s hard to find books with an awesome opening line like that. It makes you want to keep reading. I’m sure it’s a book of what our near future may look like – androids and humans living together.

I have read, Mr. Darcy, Vampire. Though it isn’t a fairy tale, it is a re-telling of the Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice. I’m not too big on vampire books. They have to be different than everyone’s stereotypical image and I’ve only found very few that break that image so far. Mr. Darcy, Vampire is actually very different than some of the stereotypes some often have of vampires. It was a good read, if you haven’t read it. I think I’ve even heard of Alice in Zombieland, a re-telling of Alice in Wonderland. A different perspective for all of those who are familiar with the original version of Alice in Wonderland. I haven’t read it, but if you have, indulge me. Is it a good read? Or not worth buying? What other fairy tale re-tellings have you found or heard of? Click here for a list of what other fairy tale re-telling books are out already.

Short book review…Magic, Mystery, A Princess in danger…


Anyone who knows me, knows that I can either be found reading or reading or browsing the book shelves for something good to read. A few days before my daughter’s birthday I decided to go to Toys R Us to buy her a few things. It just so happens that Barnes and Noble is right next door. I don’t come up here often as the traffic is horrible due to major road construction and it’s quite a drive. Since I was by myself I decided to go into B&N and browse.

Since no one is ever with me when I’m book browsing I will tell you this, I take forever! I like to look. I like to look at the History sections, the Science Fiction section, the Fiction section, the bargain sections, the New Released sections, the magazine sections. While I’m browsing my brain goes ADD on me, I’ll find a book and…oh I wonder if so and so has a new book out. I’ll walk over there and see if anything new of that author is on the shelf. Then a few moments later…oh wait I wonder if they have any of those books I saw last time. I walk back over to the Science Fiction area.

I did however pick up three books; one of the Doctor Who books: Hunter’s Moon, Innocent Darkness: The Aether Chronicles Book 1 by Suzanne Lazear, and Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. I also bought the latest BBC Doctor Who magazine.

Right now I’m currently reading Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. I just saw it on the end cap, either with the new releases or near them…I can’t remember at this moment. It was the cover that caught my eye…that’s usually which book I’ll pick up first, whichever will catch my eye. Then I’ll flip to the back cover to see what the teaser says, if there is one, or look for it on the inside jacket cover. Then sometimes I like to flip through a few pages and read a few paragraphs to see if it’s catchy. When I flipped the book open my finger caught a page and I saw that there was a map of a make believe world, their world for their story. I thought, neat! I liked everything I saw and read.

It’s a Fantasy Fiction. I’m currently in the middle of chapter eight. There are three countries to the author’s world and each chapter switches to each country. It is not at all confusing as it sounds. There is a character from each country that runs into one from another country and so the story blends together perfectly through each chapter, so you’re not at all lost.

If a book bores me, I usually find out within the first chapter…this book is really interesting so far…

What has happened so far… The first two countries are poor and the third country is still prosperous. The other two countries are relying on a prophecy, or magic to come back, as magic has long since died out or has been forbidden. A murder has happened and a princess was involved and now her life is in danger. I don’t want to give too much away. The only thing I hate is not having the time to pick it up more and find out what happens next!