Wednesday, July 16, 2014

8 Places to Promote your Book Blog

Bloglovin - "Follow your favorite blogs and discover new ones." Bloglovin is a social networking site specifically for blogs. Join the site and add your blog, new posts will automatically be added to your feed. Bloggers can follow you and you can follow them just like Facebook.

Stumbleupon - "Explore more." Stumbleupon randomly takes you from one site to another, choosing the sites they think you'll like based on your interests. It's a great way to discover some new pages, and something to do if you're bored. Create an account and you can suggest your own blog posts, adding them to their database. You do have to manually add each one, but it does help your posts get more hits.

Paperblog - This is another site specific to blogging. It's easy to navigate and once you join and add your blog your posts will automatically upload to the site. They also have nice stats to let you know how many views you get via their site and via your own blog

Phantom Owl Press - Do you write book reviews of indie books? Then you can link up to your review on Phantom Owl's site. At the end of each month they take all the links they get and put a blog post together to share with their readers.

Carole's Chatter - This blog covers a wide variety of topics, but they have a linky, just like Phantom Owl Press, where you can link up to your book reviews to share with their followers. Every month gets it's own page.

Ink Pageant - "A parade of blog posts for writers." This site is for finding posts specifically related to books and writing. If you're a writer and have advice to share with other writers, blog about it and share your posts here.

Goodreads - Goodreads is a great place to connect with other writers and readers in a variety of ways. First, you can add your blog feed to your profile page, allowing easy access to your blogposts. Second, if you look through the groups you'll find some dedicated to bloggers where you can share your posts.

Yahoo Answers and Quora -Using Yahoo Answers and Quora sometimes feel to me like being a door to door salesman. You can search through the questions people post, and sometimes you're lucky enough to be able to plug one of your posts in your answer. It's probably not the best way to drum up new readership, but it does occasionally work.

What sites do you find most helpful, any that should be added to the list?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Review for Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

The Perfect Conclusion to the Sweet Evil trilogy. 

4.5 Stars. All the things I wanted to see happen in this book happened, and it wrapped up the story well. Once again I felt Higgins did a good job balancing the religious aspects of this story with the rest of the plot and I was left with a satisfying conclusion.

All of the characters have come so far, their relationships have grown and each one is very different from the person they were in the first book. Anna is a leader now and she really runs the show in this book, as for the other Neph, they are all standing up for themselves and allow themselves to truly be independent from their fathers for the first time. There were some bitter sweet moments seeing all of these characters grow up.

I loved the chapter quotes. I felt they set up the coming scenes well, and I loved the overall storyline.

Kaidan and Anna do finally hook up in this book, however I felt a little disappointed with it. The first two books had some great steamy and angsty scenes, but then when we finally get to the big love scene in this book there's a decent amount of build up, but then a fade to black. I just wanted a little more.

As with the first two books there's a lot of planning and time the Nephs get to spend together, but also a good amount of action. I felt like Higgins stepped up the violence and fear just enough in this book, but she still left us with an overall happy ending, which I always enjoy. Still, there were more than a few parts that made me cry.

Read my review of Sweet Evil
Read my Review for Sweet Peril

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A Different Kind is FREE today on Amazon!

Payton's life is perfect – until the night she’s abducted by aliens. Paranormal Romance readers will love this inviting and fast paced read!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Payton's life is perfect – until the night she’s abducted by aliens. Paranormal Romance readers will love this inviting and fast paced read.

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A Different Kind by Lauryn April

A Different Kind

by Lauryn April

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Payton Carlson’s life is perfect – until the night she’s abducted by aliens. Now she’s plagued by pieces of memories from a night that feels as hazy as a dream, and that’s not the only strange thing that’s been happening. When Payton’s neighbor, Logan Reed, who spends every night sitting on his roof staring at the stars, starts to pay extra attention to her, Payton starts to wonder if he knows more about the night she can’t remember than she does. Suddenly finding a date to the Homecoming dance and cheering at the football games aren’t as important as they used to be - especially when the aliens return for a second time.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Review for Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Colorful Characters with Lots of Action

4 Stars.
As a huge fan of the paranormal I was looking to dive into a vampire novel and Halfway to the Grave did not disappoint. It had scary vampires as well as other frightening creatures and an action packed plot.

There were a few places where the plot felt a little predictable, but there were enough twists and turns to keep me reading. A good chunk of the story in the middle was really about Cat’s opinion of vampires and watching as Bones slowly changed her beliefs, helping her grow into her own person. By the end, however this was jam packed action and intensity.

I didn’t always like Cat. She started out really na├»ve and could be annoying at times, then by the end she was a total bad ass. It almost felt like her character changed too much, and at times her development was a little awkward. She also seemed overly concerned with her mom’s opinion. However, by the end of the book I liked her a lot more.

Bones on the other hand I loved. He was a total bad boy, but also a sweetheart. He really made this story worth reading. I also loved the sexy parts of this book, but for someone who’s used to reading mostly YA this book was a bit more graphic than I was used to. Also, I wished there had been a little more angst. Things get lovey-dovey between Cat and Bones a little too quickly. It also felt like Cat became accepting of Bones and the fact that he was a vampire a little too easily.

As for the other characters, they were all colorful and fascinating. Each one was very different from the last, however a few felt a little stereotypical, like Cat’s neurotic mom. She annoyed me. I understood that she’d gone through a traumatic experience, but she was so closed minded and even seemed not to care about Cat at times, that I just couldn’t connect with her. Which was sad because many of the decisions Cat makes are because of her mom.

I also didn’t really understand the purpose of Tim. He seemed a bit like a throwaway character as he didn’t really advance the plot any. His friendship with Cat was good to show that Cat was growing as a person and connecting with other people, but I wish his character had had more of a purpose.

Honestly, at first I wasn’t planning to read the next book, but the ending of this was really interesting. There were a few twists that I didn’t see coming and they’ve piqued my interest for the rest of the series.