Joan Hall’s HOUSE OF SORROW #bookreview #mystery

Ciao, amici! I've got another review today. This one is a fast read, but it's incredibly enjoyable. It's a prequel short story to a first-in-series, and you'll be ready for book one the second you reach the end (but you're going to have a short wait, I'm afraid). Anyway, I'll let you see for yourself... … Continue reading Joan Hall’s HOUSE OF SORROW #bookreview #mystery

#bookreviews of HMS LANTERNFISH and I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED

Ciao, amici! It's been a while since I posted any book reviews. Mostly because it's been a while since I had a chance to read for pleasure. I know, I know... an author who doesn't read? Blasphemy! Believe me, I feel the same way. It's just been crazy. But that's no excuse, and I've started … Continue reading #bookreviews of HMS LANTERNFISH and I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED

#Bookreview: C.S. Boyack’s VOYAGE OF THE LANTERNFISH

Ciao, amici! If you've been following this blog for a while, you've seen me host C.S. Boyack before and/or discuss his work. His creative take on speculative fiction is unparalleled. And if you're only a recent follower, you may have seen him here when he did his blog tour for his latest release, Voyage of the … Continue reading #Bookreview: C.S. Boyack’s VOYAGE OF THE LANTERNFISH

Writing a Substantive Book Review

Ah, the book review. The bane of authors everywhere. Unknown authors want more of them, well-known authors want reviewers to be nicer. There is a formula for writing book reviews---ones that help readers make a decision and, positive or negative, help authors know what works in the work and what doesn't. Check out this post … Continue reading Writing a Substantive Book Review

Ten Ubiquitous Tips for Getting Book Reviews, and How Reviews Impact Authors

I recently got a book review that I didn't care for. It was a five-star review, but one of the comments was, in my opinion, way off the mark. Which got me thinking... Why would the reviewer give the book five stars if it was lacking in some way? Why are there not better criteria … Continue reading Ten Ubiquitous Tips for Getting Book Reviews, and How Reviews Impact Authors

Writing Epiphanies at the Chinese Buffet

I ate dinner at a Chinese buffet tonight. I am horrified to think of how many calories I actually consumed, but more importantly, I hate to think about how many of those calories I didn’t enjoy. I saw all those options in front of me, and I partook of them simply because they were there … Continue reading Writing Epiphanies at the Chinese Buffet