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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Wingless and Beautiful by Jerilee Kaye (Book Spotlight and Giveaway!)



Today I'm spotlighting this YA novel. I was attracted to the book cover and title. Check it out!

Book Details:

Book Title: Wingless and Beautiful by Jerilee Kaye
Category: YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 290 pages
Genre: Romance
Publisher: KIX Creative Publishing House
Release date: November 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 : some curse words and there are kissing scenes. There is one love scene in the end, but non-explicit and non-descriptive.

Book Description:

Beautiful Allison Harley is far from perfect. She was a victim of domestic violence that left her physically scarred and emotionally broken.

Hunter Vaugh was handsome, rich and brilliant. He was a golden boy who thought he was invincible until a tragedy took away his perfect life… along with his ability to see.

When they met, Allison was running away from her nightmares, and Hunter thought he had no reason to undergo the treatments needed to recover his eyesight. He was blind, but he saw how beautiful she was, and she gave him a reason to live… a reason to see again. She was his angel, and he was hers.

Hunter went away with a promise that once he returns, he will be able to see her, protect her… be the guardian angel she deserved. But once he got his eyesight back, can he look past the scars that her nightmares left her? Will he keep the promises he made her? Or will he go back to his perfect life and leave her in the hands of the new angel, who took care of her when he left?


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Jerilee Kaye was born under the sign of Leo in the year 1979. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Legal Management from De La Salle University. She has post-graduate qualifications in the fields of Product Management, Project Management and Procurement. She is a Certified Senior Professional in Supply Management from NLPA, Pennsylvania and is currently working her way to an MCIPS certification from CIPS UK.

She manages a global supplier portfolio for multi-national and government entities in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. She is also an entrepreneur, managing a photography and printing company with her husband.

She is married to her first love, Sam, who she's been dating since she was 16. They are blessed with two beautiful angels, MarQuise Justine Jerilee and Sir Alfred IV.

When she's not buried under stacks of paper at work, or engrossed with her writing, she spends some down time playing golf, kicking her husband's butt on a judo match and learning to play the piano.

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Killer Resolutions by Elizabeth McKenna (Review, Author Interview and Giveaway!)



McKenna writes a variety of genres, and this time she's tried her hand at a suspenseful novel and does a good job. Check out my interview with her and enter for a chance to win a copy.

Book Details:

Book Title: Killer Resolutions by Elizabeth McKenna
Category: Adult Fiction, 174 pages
Genre: Mystery - Suspense
Publisher: Elizabeth McKenna
Release date: October, 2019
Tour dates: Dec 2 to Dec 13, 2019

Content Rating: R: There is profanity, including 12 F-bombs and religious expletives. There are numerous murders, though nothing is described in over-the-top gore. There are sexual conversations between characters and kissing as well as an off-page love scene.

Book Description:

For fans of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None . . .

In a remote lodge in northern Wisconsin, friends gather for a festive, New Year’s Eve weekend. When a blizzard traps them with a murderer, who will be left to kiss at midnight?

Five years ago, a tragedy shattered the friendship between Dani, her older brother, and their college pals. When her brother invites the old gang for a weekend of outdoor winter fun at a remote lodge, she sees it as a chance to reconnect and heal. But when her friends are murdered one-by-one, Dani must determine whom she can trust before she becomes the next victim.


My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

I've read two previous books by Elizabeth McKenna, a contemporary romance and a cozy mystery. My reviewing partner a few years back also read her historical fiction novel. And I just finished reading this suspense thriller. That's right, McKenna writes a variety of genres and does it well.

Five years ago, Dani and her college buddies celebrate New Year's Eve together and unfortunately a tragedy happens. Now all the friends meet up again in a remote cabin on New Year's Eve hoping to reconnect and finally put to peace what happened that night. But there is a killer among them and Dani needs to figure out who before she dies too.

Killer Resolutions is cleverly titled since it takes place during a New Year's weekend. This was an easy read, fast-paced and suspenseful as I was trying to put together the clues. I read the book in one sitting. The novel is mainly action-based, a novella at 174 pages. There isn't as much character development as I would've preferred, however the characters were distinct and the author alternated the chapters between each character's point of view. I liked this technique that kept me guessing who the killer was, although I had an inkling early on, but was only sure about half-way.

If you like suspenseful murder mysteries that are quick reads, this one is a good one. 

Disclosure: Thanks to iRead Book Tours for providing a copy for review. I was not told how to rate or review this book.

To read more reviews, please visit the Elizabeth McKenna's page on iRead Book Tours.


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My Interview with Elizabeth McKenna:


LCR: Welcome to Library of Clean Reads, Elizabeth This is the third of your books that I read and enjoyed. What made you want to write a suspense novel after having written historical and romance stories?

EM: After reliving my past through First Crush, Last Love (contemporary romance), I was burnt out and pretty sure I wouldn’t write another book. Then one day, I was watching the 2015 version of And Then There Were None. I love mysteries, I love Agatha Christie, and I love Aidan Turner (Poldark) shirtless and in a towel. Suddenly, I had the inspiration for my next book. I was going to reimagine And Then There Were None but set the story in a remote lodge in northern Wisconsin on New Year’s Eve.

So, I guess I switched genres to take a break from the angst of romance.

LCR: I love Aiden Turner too! Did you find this genre easier or more difficult than the other genres you've written?

EM: It was a lot of fun to write, but it was definitely harder to write. I had a beta reader suggest an alternate ending, which would have been quite a twist and been similar to all of the unreliable narrator stories that have flooded the market. But, after some thought, I realized her ending wasn’t the story I wanted to tell. I’m still a romance/happy ending writer, and I couldn’t go where she suggested I go.

While writing Killer Resolutions, I also wrote the cozy mystery The Great Jewel Robbery. I will probably stick with cozy mysteries because I want to project light and happiness, and I can add romance as well. But, a part of me did enjoy being able to swear in Killer Resolutions – LOL.

LCR: What is the hardest thing about writing novels?

EM: Self-doubt. You can get dozens of good reviews, but you only remember the bad ones. I try to be realistic and recognize that I’m not everybody’s cup of tea, but it still hurts.

LCR: What are some books that you have loved reading and/or that have inspired you?

EM: When I first began writing romances, I was inspired by Nora Roberts. She was the only romance writer that I read for quite a while. I loved her snappy dialog, though I thought she was a bit too long in her descriptions. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I still remember how I felt after reading the first page of the first book. I thought the “voice” was so perfect. I’m also a fan of Stephen King, though not so much his gory books. When I read Misery, I was amazed at the psychological horror he was putting me through. I was so “miserable” reading it. And if I go back to my childhood, I loved the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series. I still have those books in my home library.

LCR: If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

EM: I wouldn’t go far. I’d go to 1986 when several of my loved ones were still alive. It would be wonderful to spend even an hour with them.
LCR: Thanks for taking the time to chat with me!



About the Author:

 

Elizabeth McKenna’s love of books reaches back to her childhood, where her tastes ranged from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to Stephen King’s horror stories. She had never read a romance novel until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene). Her novels reflect her mercurial temperament and include historical romances, contemporary romances, cozy mysteries, and dark mysteries. With some being “clean” and some being “naughty,” she has a book for your every mood. Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn’t writing, working, or being a mom, she’s sleeping.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Great Kids Don't Just Happen by Dr. Paul Smolen (Book Spotlight and Giveaway!)


I've always enjoyed reading good parenting books. This one looks like a good resource to have. Be sure to enter the giveaway too!

Book Details:

​Book Title: Great Kids Don't Just Happen, 5 Essentials for Raising Successful Children by Dr. Paul Smolen
Category: Adult Non-Fiction
Genre: Parenting/Family
Publisher: Torchflame Books
Release date: October 22, 2019
Tour dates: Nov 4 to Nov 29, 2019
Content Rating: G


Book Description:

If there are children in your life, you need Dr. Smolen's research and wisdom!

Physically and emotionally healthy children are Great Kids. They are happier when young and thrive as adults.

Pediatrician Dr. Paul Smolen identifies five essential parenting elements which help develop happy and successful kids.

In Great Kids Don't Just Happen you will learn how to use those elements and nurture the children in your life.

The author's observations and advice are supported by scientific studies referenced throughout the book and personal observations from his many years of practice as a pediatrician. The five essential elements and how to apply them are made easy to understand in the warm words of one who knows, practices, and teaches from research, observation, and experience.

Learn how to provide:
  1. Realistic praise
  2. Consistent limits
  3. A healthy emotional environment
  4. Strong parental commitment
  5. Stability
Dr. Smolen's research and wisdom are sure to be of great help for your family and loved ones.


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Meet the Author:


Dr. Paul Smolen, also known as Doc Smo by his friends, is a pediatrician with 37 years of experience caring for children and families. He is a graduate of Duke University (1974), Rutgers Medical School (1978), and Wake Forest University-N.C. Baptist Hospital (1982). At Wake Forest University he completed a residency in general pediatrics, served as chief resident, and completed a fellowship in ambulatory pediatrics. Subsequently, he became board certified in the American Academy of Pediatrics (1983) and completed his recertification in 2014.

For the last 37 years, he has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, helping to train a generation of medical students and pediatric residents as well as author several research papers. He is also the author of a parenting book called, Can Doesn’t Mean Should. With 37 years under his belt, Doc Smo is a bona-fide expert in knowing what parents want and need to know about parenting and child health. Imparting practical and useful advice is the goal of every “Pedcast”. Smiling along the way can’t hurt!

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Cecilia House by Simon Gandossi (Book Spotlight, Interview and Giveaway!)


Today, I'm spotlighting Simon Gandossi's latest novel, including my interview with him. Check it out and then enter for a chance to win a $25 Amazon GC.

Book Details:

Book Title: Cecilia House by Simon Gandossi
Category: Adult Fiction, 322 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Xlibris
Release date: September, 2019
Tour dates: Nov 18 to Dec 6, 2019
Content Rating: R

Book Description:

Life is a precious gift and it can change within the blink of an eye, something Patricia discovered at a young age. After an extremely tragic event her loving family, good friends and many dreams and aspirations were all gone. An unwanted child was sent to what was supposed to be a place of lovingness and warmth. Instead she soon discovered that those responsible for her care added so much more pain and sadness to many lives. What occurred within the walls of Cecilia House was one of the most despicable and unimaginable acts to ever happen within an organization whose duty it was to protect innocent children.

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An Interview with Simon Gandossi


LCR: Simon, welcome to Library of Clean Reads. Cecilia House is your third historical fiction novel. What draws you to write this genre?

SG: When I was very young, a place that had come to mean so much to me was large park owned by one of the oldest families in the area. When the council decided to open a museum there I frustrated my parents by constantly nagging them to take me to visit it. I was fascinated by every antique I saw. I knew then that I wanted to make history my career and become an archeologist and writer. History is my passion and I love to bring it to life for my readers.

LCR: Your novels, including Cecilia House tackle sensitive and heartbreaking topics. What made you want to write about abuse of children by the Catholic Church?

SG: I saw a documentary about such abuse and during their interviews they all said one thing in common, “No one cared.” I had written my first two book set during WW2 and after thinking about it for a while I just decided this subject was something I felt I had to write about. In the 1930s, many records were destroyed and the extent to which the abuse was is unknown. I wanted to be their voice.

LCR: How do you do research for your novels?

SG: I conduct my research in various ways, obviously utilizing the internet but if I can I interview survivors and or their family members I prefer to do that. I also chat on facetime and skype to people from around the world, including historians, to gain as much information as possible.

LCR: What are some books that you have loved reading and/or that have inspired you?

SG: The first ever book I read inspires me, Anne Frank’s Diary and I still continue to read it today. The other book is Burt Monro: The World’s Fastest Indian, a story about a man who never gave up on achieving his dream. This describes me.

LCR: If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

SG: When I ask myself this question I always end up creating such a long answer. I would travel as far back to the Tudor era in England to the Vietnam War era. I love hearing my dad talk about life during the 1960s and I would love to see for myself. I would love to travel back and see some of the major events of our history including London during The Blitz, Pearl Harbor and watching the moon landing live on TV.

LCR: Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me!


Meet the Author:


Born and raised in Western Australia, author Simon Gandossi grew up on a small quiet farm. Very early on in his life he began to visit museums. As he looked at the various antiques, he created stories about each of them in his mind. When his father bought him his first computer, those stories came to life. That passion for history grew over the years making him one of the best up-and-coming historical fiction writers.

His first two books Elsa and For Beau: The Sarah Ashdown Story have gained outstanding reviews from several major bookstores and critics. His unique perspective shocks and inspires those who read them. This has carried over into his newest novel Cecilia House when yet again Simon has created a confronting and powerful story.

Simon will continue to write on that same peaceful farm from which he wrote his first story so that for a long time to come we all will be captivated by his work.

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Monday, November 25, 2019

The Beijing Memorandum by JB Morris (Review and Giveaway!)


Today, I'm kicking off the tour for JB Morris' latest novel. If you like well-written political thrillers check out my review. And you can scroll down to win a copy.


Book Details:

Book Title: The Beijing Memorandum by JB Morris
Category: Adult Fiction, 538 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: JB Morris
Release date: November 25, 2019
Tour dates: Nov 25 to Dec 20, 2019
Content Rating: R (There is violence, sex and profanity including f-words and religious expletives throughout)

Book Description:

The headlines read:

U. S. Bolstering Pacific Military Forces to Counter ‘Massive’ Beijing Buildup
Pentagon Acknowledges Beijing Seeks Global Supremacy

This is what the news media is saying. But what exactly is happening behind closed doors?

The Beijing Memorandum takes reader on a thrill ride from the heavily guarded Zhongnanhai compound in Beijing to the FBI Headquarters in the Nation's Capital to the White House's Situation Room to the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City.

Former Marine Gunnery Sergeant Moses Remington knew terror firsthand. He saw it during his combat deployments in Fallujah, Iraq and in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He saw it again in Mexico when he stumbled across China’s secret plan.

Now, he must dodge Chinese assassins and an FBI dragnet to save Consulate General Gao Quan and his family from certain execution to disclose China’s secret plans to the world.


My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

The Beijing Memorandum is a well-written international political thriller with memorable characters that jump off the page, and a complex plot that could be taken from today's headlines.

At the center of it all is Moses Remington, a former Marine Gunnery Sergeant who has lived through horrific wars. But once back home, he has a different fight. That of his family. His wife is tired of being left alone most of the time and wants out, and Moses now fears losing his daughters too. Then he gets an assignment in Mexico and discovers China's secret plan, the Beijing memorandum.

The novel for the most part is fast-paced and it kept my interest throughout mainly because of the main character. At 538 pages it's a thick book and I could have done without the sex scenes, excessive details and the bad language (plenty of f-bombs and religious expletives). The Chinese president is portrayed as a narcissist psychopath and he is quite scary. I tried to skim through some of these scenes because I am sensitive to violence. I like thrillers but military thrillers are not my favorite. However, it's clear that the author's own experience as an army reserve officer make this story realistic with scenes that depict vivid military action that brings the story to life.

Fans of Tom Clancy and Lee Child will enjoy this latest installment from JB Morris. The cover doesn't do the book justice, but the writing is excellent.

Disclosure: Thanks to iRead Book Tours for providing a copy for review. I was not told how to rate or review this book.

To read more reviews, please visit JB Morris' page on iRead Book Tours.


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Meet the author: 


JB Morris is an international bestselling thriller author with a unique writing style & received two Reader's Favorite FIVE-STAR awards for writing excellence.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday and It's Monday What Are You Reading? Nov 25 Edition


Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.


This was a quiet weekend, which is exactly what I wanted. It gave me a chance to rest and catch up. Hope you all have a great reading week!



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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever-growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.


What I reviewed and/or featured last week:



Currently Reading:

This is the sequel to A Penny Lost, which I read last year.



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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Tender Birds by Carole Giangrande (Review and Giveaway!)



I am always keen on supporting Canadian authors when I can, and I was looking forward to reading Giangrande's latest novel. See my review and scroll down to enter the giveaway to win a copy.

Book Details:

Book Title: The Tender Birds by Carole Giangrande
Category: Adult Fiction, 305 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Inanna Publications
Release date: October 2019
Tour dates: Nov 11 to Nov 22, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + M
(References to mature themes. The f-word and s**t are used about six times each. There are two non-explicit sex scenes (one is a reverie) and there is no physical violence.)

Book Description:

Matthew Reilly is a busy academic, a lonely priest haunted by secrets. Young Alison is the shy and devoted keeper of Daisy, a falcon which suffered an accident and can no longer fly. The three of them meet in a Boston parish, but Matt has forgotten a momentary but disturbing meetup with Alison, homeless eight years earlier in Toronto. Close to exhaustion, he's forced to reflect on what's become of his life, including the loss of a son that no one knew he'd fathered. Alison and Matt had a fateful encounter during her homeless period, but Matt doesn't connect that frail teenager with the healthy young woman she'd become. It's left to Alison to uncover Matt's past and for Matt to come to terms with it.


My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

I am always keen on supporting Canadian authors when I can, and I was looking forward to reading Giangrande's latest novel. The Tender Birds is a literary novel that explores the themes of regret, forgiveness, redemption, mid-life crisis, loneliness, ornithological symbolism and the Catholic Church.

Although I read a variety of genre, I don't usually read this writing style that consists of poetic verse, nonlinear timeline and bird symbolism with a touch of surrealism, I think. It took me awhile to adjust to this style and to the sombre atmosphere of this book. Matthew Reilly is a pastoral psychologist, detached and lost, who contemplates how he came to the life he has chosen. He essentially hides behind the safe feeling of the Catholic Church afraid to admit the serious mistakes he has made along the way both toward a woman he loved in his youth and a desperate woman he failed to help in her greatest need.

I struggled through this novel, principally because I did not care much for Matthew. Alison's story was heartbreaking. She was a strong character, however, and she trumped Matthew's character when it came to strength, determination and facing adversity. The novel does have a hopeful thread throughout which kept me reading. However, the portrayal of theology versus Bible truth in offering an explanation to life's big questions and issues had a tendency to sound philosophical and spiritually mystical rather than clear and forthright as the Bible brings out. But that is my personal opinion according to my own personal beliefs.

This is a contemplative slow-paced novel that deals with several deep and heavy themes that are best suited to readers who thrive on drama based on the search for redemption within a religious setting.

Disclosure: Thanks to iRead Book Tours for providing a copy for review. I was not told how to rate or review this book.

To read more reviews, please visit Carole Giangrande's page on iRead Book Tours.


Praise for Carole Giangrande's novels:

“…prose that absolutely shimmers. What’s more, her recapitulation of what is was like to watch 9/11 unfold on television is engrossing in its verisimilitude. DeLillo, Amis and Foer could learn a thing or two from her.” — Quill and Quire

“This is a softly unsettling book, effective in showcasing the confusion that follows such a personal yet public crisis.” — Publishers’ Weekly

“…a deftly crafted meditation on what happens in the aftermath of tragedies both public and private, calling into question the idea that time heals all wounds.” — Room Magazine

“Giangrande has written a thought-provoking story that will have your heart racing, bursting, and breaking. The story is thoughtful, slow-going, and emotional. The prose is beautiful. The characters are interesting, flawed, and realistic. And the ways in which this book explores life and death through the pain of waiting and not knowing is superb. I just loved this book so hard. It was terrific!” — A Bookish Way of Life

“The wording is both elegant and poetic… the author, accomplished painting vivid images within my mind’s eye that will never be forgotten. Overall this book is unique, being unlike anything I have read before. Go get a copy! You will not be disappointed.” —Readaholic Zone


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Carole Giangrande is the award-winning author of ten books, including the novella A Gardener on the Moon (winner of the 2010 Ken Klonsky Award) and the novel All That Is Solid Melts Into Air (2018 Independent Publishers Gold Medal for Literary Fiction). The Tender Birds is her fourth novel. She’s worked as a broadcast journalist for CBC Radio (Canada's public broadcaster), and her fiction, poetry, articles and reviews have appeared in literary journals and in Canada’s major newspapers. In her spare time, she loves exploring nature with her partner Brian, photographing birds and studying French.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday and It's Monday What Are You Reading? Nov 18 Edition


Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.


So autumn flew out the window this week as winter came flying in, quite aggressively I might add, dumping 15 cm of snow on Nov 11 with sub-zero freezing temperatures. What?! Some trees still have leaves on them. Autumn isn't over yet. A lot of us still had to get our winter wheels on. In Quebec, they are manditory from Dec 1 to March 15.

Anyhoo...I've been pretty exhausted, fighting the snow on my drive to work, and the time change from last week is finally catching up to me. I fall into bed tired every night. Not much reading done, although I have some exciting reads coming up. Hope you're all having a great reading week!


Mailbox Monday Edition



Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.


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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever-growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.


What I reviewed and/or featured last week:

If you're an author, publicist or publisher, this book is a valuable reference on how to get book reviews. Easy to read with lots of great info.

Currently Reading:


I'm a third of the way in and enjoying this middle-grade fantasy novel.



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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Book Review Companion: An Author's Guide to Getting and Using Book Reviews by David Wogahn (Review and Giveaway!)


As both an author and a book reviewer that has been doing this for over ten years now, I was very interested to read David Wogahn's latest book marketing guide.


Book Details:

Book Title: The Book Review Companion: An Author's Guide to Getting and Using Book Reviews
Author: David Wogahn
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 210 pages
Genre: Book marketing, Authorship
Publisher: PartnerPress
Release date: October 24, 2019
Content Rating: G


Book Description:

The Book Review Companion is a handy reference guide, loaded with feedback from authors and real-world experience. It includes step-by-step instructions for getting and using book reviews.
  • Proven review strategies applicable to any book, and any author
  • The ten major sources for reviews, including sixty resources
  • Amazon review policies demystified and clarified
  • A complete guide to soliciting and using endorsements and blurbs
  • Detailed instructions and resources for contacting book bloggers
  • A special bonus section written specifically for new authors
No matter where you are in your author journey—traditionally published or self-published—you’ll find yourself returning to this guide again and again.


My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

As both an author and a book reviewer that has been doing this for over ten years now, I was very interested to read David Wogahn's latest book marketing guide. 

The Book Review Companion is an easy to read guide that will be useful both to new and experienced authors, and in my opinion, book publicists too. If you're an author and you are trying to get reviews, then this book will help you to do it right. I cannot tell you how many times I get emails from authors that make me cringe and are a waste of my time. Unless authors take the task of getting reviews seriously, they will not succeed. 

Wogahn has experience in the book industry and it shows. He discusses the various topics related to book reviews without judgement, such as customer reviews, editorial reviews and paid reviews. He clarifies Amazon and Goodreads review policies. And he takes the time to show you step by step how to find reviewers and how to contact them successfully. He even discusses blurbs which I think is often overlooked by new authors. 

I think any author or publicist reading this book will learn facts and have tools to make their work easier. As Wogahn states in his intro, book reviews "contribute credibility and raise awareness" of your book. If you've written a book, I strongly suggest investing some time to read the advice so well-dispensed in The Book Review Companion.

Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.


But the Book:


About the Author:


David Wogahn is the author of five books and is a LinkedIn Learning author. He has worked for the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, and was co-founder and COO of the first online publisher of sports team branded websites known today as the CBS College Sports Network.

He is a frequent speaker and trainer, including presentations for Publishing University (IBPA), the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), the Independent Writers of Southern California, and the Santa Barbara Writers Conference.

David is also the president of AuthorImprints, an award-winning professional publishing services company that publishes books for authors and businesses using their own publishing imprint. Learn more at AuthorImprints.com and DavidWogahn.com.


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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday and It's Monday What Are You Reading? Nov 11 Edition


Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.


This was a heavy work week. I attended two work conferences, one of which tackled the issue of Cannabis and the Aging Adult as more and more seniors in Canada (where cannabis is legal) are turning to this plant for treatment of cancer, MS and chronic pain. We had the director of Medical Research of the McGill health centre give us a crash course on Cannabis 101. So interesting!

My reading was slow this week only because I lacked the time and energy. Hope you are all reading great books! 


Mailbox Monday Edition



Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.


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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever-growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.


What I reviewed and/or featured last week:





Currently Reading:

I'm flipping through the pages of this one. Suspense is building!


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Hope you all have a great reading week.




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