This is me Marie when I am not writing or babysitting grandbabies.
How To Support An Indie Author
1) Buy their book. The couple of dollars they might make on royalties will help out buy their next cup of coffee while they are writing their next book.
2) If you can’t afford the book, let the author know. I bet he/she will be happy to give you a copy of their book to read.
3) Give them feedback. It is so important to the author to know what you thought of their story. Take a moment of your time; write a review on Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, etc. It will mean a lot to the author.
4) Tell your friends. Most of us indie authors don’t have the money to
advertise. So it would mean a lot if you told your friends about the great book you read and to buy it. The old saying is word by mouth is the best advertising.
5) Keep Reading. Without you, the author would have no reason to write. You are a very valuable person to the author.
(If I sell one thousand of one of my E-books, Amazon will make it into a paper back- Can U help me? If I picked one I would pick A Struggle of the Heart. Help me make history)
We got the code 3 call, a MVA involving a motorcycle. My heart always pounds out of my chest when I get this call. Driving with lights & sirens our adrenalin is running. We see up a head a lot of other red & blue lights from the other ambulances and engines that got this call also. Glass is broken in pieces, a mangled motorcycle and a man distorted on the ground unresponsive. He does not have his helmet on, both his arms are fractured and he is not breathing. His helmet is on the ground next to the ruined bike. Blood is coming out of his nose and ears.
Meanwhile a stalled car is also on scene. The driver’s door is pushed inward and the person on the other side is crying in pain. Blood is on her face and arms. The door is jammed and she is caught and can’t move. Glass is shattered, car frames are bent and the children in the back seat are crying.
Unfortunately this was the first call of the day. The story goes, the motorcycle had a little fender bender up a couple of blocks and was pretty
mad. After he talked to the police and fire he took off, angry and driving fast. It looks like he ran the red light and hit the car with the mother and her two children. The kids are safe, just frightened. The woman who was driving, we had to back board and rush to the hospital. She had blood on her face, scrapes and bruising to her left arm, left side, and her left leg. She said it was hard to take a deep breath and even though we could not feel the crepitus the x-rays confirmed she has fractured left ribs.
Please be careful out there. Don’t drive if you are to upset or other things are on your mind. You have to pay attention when you are behind the wheel. You could be the inadvertent cause of an accident.
This Group found me on Twitter and asked me to RT them. So I thought I would do something even more for them. Listen to them. What do you think?
Thank you for reading my blog today. Well this time I am going to talk about 1 or 2 star reviews on books. I just got a 2 star review from a teen whom I asked to read my book. It was pretty interesting to read what she had to say. So I decided to look up other 1 or 2 star reviews on some other popular books.
Let’s start with Twilight: Here is a little of what I read and by the way she had 3,422 – 5 stars and 717 -1 star.
I did not copy the name of this reviewer, I don't think it matters.
I don't get it. I just don't get it. I thought young adult fiction had hit its low point with Eragon, but apparently I was wrong. Bella Swan (literally, "beautiful swan," which should be a red flag to any discerning reader) moves to the rainy town of Forks, and the whining begins on page 1. She goes to live with her father Charlie, and is quickly established to be a mopey, ungrateful, self-pitying little toerag. Bella then attends her new school, which turns out to be an all-out caricature of high school with about zero (rounding up) grounding in real life. Her classmates' reaction can be summed up thusly: "OMG. NEW STUDENT. OMG YOU GUYS, NEW STUDENT. STARE AT HER, FOR SHE IS CLEARLY SUPERIOR TO US." Bella Sue is promptly adored by everyone in the school, except the mysterious Cullens, who spend their time brooding, being pretty, smoldering, being perfect, and sparkling. No, seriously. NO, SERIOUSLY. Bella meets Edward, the Culleniest of the Cullens, (meaning he is more perfect and emo than the rest of them,) they fall in love within thirty pages, (much of this time is spent in Bella's head going back and forth between "Does he like me?" "Does he hate me?" "Do I like him?" "Why does he hate me?" and on and on and on AND ON. That is, when she's not being a horrible snobby twit to the boys at school who show affection in genuinely sweet ways, i.e., not breaking into her house and watching her while she sleeps. While she sleeps. Not knowing that he's there. IN HER HOUSE.) The plot shows up somewhere in the last fifty pages, which involves an EVIIIIIILL vampire named James who wants to eat Bella. James is the only character I like.
Next I want to talk about The Notebook: This book had 1,036- 5 star and 201 – 1 star reviews.
I don't have the name of this reviewer either.
I admit to a reluctance to reading novels that are as popular with the general public as The Notebook has been, trying mos often to remain off the beaten path. I was drawn toward the promise of a "heartwarming romance" however and decided to give this book a fair try. It was abysmally disappointing,in writing skill, style and in plot. I was promised from the book's self-professed success a tear-jerker that would touch my heart. What I got was a night of turning pages, waiting for something spectacular to happen that would change my mind about this story and Nicholas Sparks as a writer. As I turned the pages, those that remained became fewer and more obviously not enough to make a good story. The promised triumphal ending never came. I did not cry,
but threw the book on my office floor and finally crawled into bed. Reading The Notebook, however, was not a waste of my time: it was a lesson.
These are just a couple of books that I enjoyed reading and these authors made 1 star reviews along with 5 star reviews.
So here is my 2 star review on my book called: The Silver Locket
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly disappointed, 16 Aug 2012
By Miss Z. V. Adams "ZeeZeeDreaming"
This review is from: The Silver Locket (Kindle Edition)
When I responded to a Twitter feed in which I had the chance to read 'The Silver Locket', I was excited. Now having read it in a day on my Kindle, I was sadly disappointed.
We meet Jenny, a mother, who obviously cares for her daughter a great deal. She has a strong relationship with her mother Marie, who is a typical grandmother, baking cookies. Apruptly the narrative takes a turn as we meet Janie, Jenny's daughter, who is to be frank, wasn't what I expected.
And then I began to have issues with the novel.
I found Jenny to be an irritable narrator as she is moved home and put into a new school and has the dilemna of falling pregnant. Meeting the 'bad kids' was typical and boring, and nothing made me think they were truly bad. Just because they smoke cigarettes and pot, steal and drink alcohol didn't make me like them or hate them. Jacy doesn't know who he truly is - a dilenma of being a teenage boy with a "pretty" girl in front of him, and neither does Jenny. To give her E, so she loosens up and has sex with him - could that constitute as rape? His mood switches faster than traffic lights, which didn't thrill me. Jenny is a typical whiny teen, striking out against her parents, who I found to be not so parental. Her brothers and sisters were bland and uninteresting, and they were not needed for every scene.
I wasn't overly thrilled with this, considering what other "pregant coming of age" fiction is out there. To have a mother describe her miscarried child I think was too far, having had the experience myself. If Fostino is trying to scare kids from having sex and becoming pregant, then it might work.
I found there was not enough action, and when there was, it was over too quickly. Characters were introduced with long paragraphs and I don't believe it was truly needed. Neither was medical terminology - what doctor upon meeting a scared teenage girl acts like that?
Another issue I had was the character Marie. As a writer myself, I would never dream of using my own name as a character. It really irritated me.
Some may like this book. Others may not.
Thank you Zoe for your honesty and for reading my book.
Authors Corner Review with Host Elaine Raco Chase by Triangle Variety Radio Featured Host in Books Airdate: Thursday - September 6, 2012
Check out my radio review. My review starts at 40.47 - What do you think?
I am the Author
a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and still believe in the power of love &