Book Review – Art and Craft of Writing: Secret Advice for Writers.

Art & Craft of Writing Fiction: Secret Advice for WritersArt & Craft of Writing Fiction: Secret Advice for Writers by Victoria Mixon

Book Review – Art and Craft of Writing: Secret Advice for Writers by Victoria Mixon.

The Bad Stuff: It’s a pretty short book and a lot of the information has been covered before.

The Good Stuff: I have been writing for some time now and I’m always looking for new information. There were one or two nuggets in this book for me, but mainly it was that Victoria looks at things from a slightly different angle and explains them in a slightly different way. This resonated with me and I will keep this book on hand for reference in the future.

Overall this book is put together from the authors most popular blog posts. In my opinion it is worth a read, you may not new information from it, but you may look at things with a new found appreciation and understanding. This one gets 4 golden bookmarks from me.

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Ever Wonder How You Can Help An Author?

Picture by tsaiproject - Creative Commons

Picture by tsaiproject – Creative Commons



Hello Readers,

We need your help! That’s right, you have the power to help us authors out. If you’ve ever wondered how you can help your favourite author, I’ll give you a few tips here.

Firstly: Buy their books (this always seems to help, no matter how often you do it).

Tip 2: Reviews are king. If you read a book and you enjoyed it, leave a review! Leaving a review to say how much you enjoyed the book will make the author feel warm and fuzzy. But more than that, readers like to know what other people thought (which may prompt them to go on to buy the book themselves). It also helps with an authors ranking on places like Amazon.

Tip 3: Ain’t got time to write a review? Then leave a star rating – It all helps.

Tip 4: Share and like posts about their books. Your friends will see your post and may be interested in reading the book too.

Aside from purchasing an authors books, these little things will help out. I can also say, hand on heart, that most authors also have a day job. And, if they could just earn a little more from their book sales they might be able to reduce their hours and… write more books!

So if you can, blog about it, share your thoughts on social media, write a review on Amazon or Kobo or wherever else you can. What are you waiting for… Go help your favourite author.

Book Review – Supersize Your Subscription List: Build yourself a fan-base and boost your writing career, by Steve Turnbull

Supersize Your Subscription List: Build yourself a fan-base and boost your writing careerSupersize Your Subscription List: Build yourself a fan-base and boost your writing career by Steve Turnbull

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Supersize Your Subscription List by Steve Turnbull is a quick read that looks at the techniques used by authors to build a subscription list.

The Bad Stuff: There is not much bad stuff in here to be honest. I knew most of the information in the book, but I have researched this topic and for those that have not, it is a little gem of a book. Could it have been longer? Possibly, but then you would need more content, and in my opinion there is not much that was not covered.

The Good Stuff: The book was short, but it was concise and covered everything that it needed to. I love that the author did not fill up his pages with guff, unnecessary wordage just for the sake of it. He is to the point and summarizes the process well. I learnt a little more about things I was not sure on too, so for me, the book was worth it.

Overall this was a quick and informative read that gave me a little bit more knowledge than I already had. That’s a win in my mind. I’m giving it 3 out of 5 Golden bookmarks.

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A review of ‘Blood Rage’ – I love it when readers enjoy my books.

Genre – Epic Fantasy/Action Adventure Pages – 294 Just finished reading “Blood Rage (The Blood Rage Series, Book Three) by Allan Walsh. Having read “The Crimson Guild (The Blood Rage Series, Book Two)” earlier in the month, I was pleasantly surprised and grateful to Allan for gifting me an e-copy of this book. The […]

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Do You Like Fantasy Maps in Your Novels?

Hello Readers,

I released my first fantasy novel this year and in what seems like a bit of a fantasy tradition to me, I included a fantasy map in the front. I was just flicking through my blog pages to see if they needed an update and I stumbled across the picture. The artwork is my own and does have some rough edges, but I felt this gave it an authentic feel (though others may feel it looks amateurish). Anyway, I got to thinking, as a reader, do you like to have a map or do you just skip over it to get to the story? Personally I like them, but I’m interested in what other readers think. And for those that like fantasy maps, here is a picture of mine which can is found in the front of ‘Blood Rage’.

Map of Armada20170219 So, what do you think? Is a map important to you? Does it add anything to the story? Please let me know your thoughts.

Thank you and happy reading!

A very short review – Bleach, Vol 13

Bleach, Volume 13Bleach, Volume 13 by Tite Kubo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yes, I just read another Bleach volume. I am trying to get through the 21 volume box set I was gifted for xmas a couple of years ago. Thanks T. I enjoyed this volume more than most, I think Kenny is a badass! That’s all I’ve got to say 🙂

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Flying High – Nervous, Elated, Tense, and Having Fun all at the Same Time.

Recently I went for an introduction to flying lesson. It was a little scary because the instructor went through the controls and then said, “you’ll be doing most of the flying today.” I thought he was joking, but oh no… he meant it. I got to taxi down to the runway, where he took control for take off, but as soon as we were up in the air he handed over to me. It was awesome, an amazing feeling to know I was flying the plane, but I was very tense, thinking of the consequences of doing something wrong. Anyway, I survived.

How can I apply this experience to my writing? Well, if I could apply these emotions to my writing, the elation, the tension, having my characters in a dangerous situation, making them and my readers so acutely aware of the stakes, I would have one hell of a story. I will try to remember how this felt the next time I’m writing a scene like this, hopefully the feelings will flow through to my writing.

And here are some photos for you all.


Are Reviews Important To You?

Hello Readers,

I thought I’d start this post by asking the question – Are reviews important to you?

Do you look at a book you are interested in and then read the reviews before deciding to purchase? Or do you read reviews which interest and inspire you to purchase a book you had not heard of? I am very interested to know the answers to these questions. Why? Because as an author it is drummed into me that reviews are like gold dust. It is said that they interest other readers and convince people to buy a book. Without reviews I will struggle or even crash and burn. These are the things I hear, anyway. Because of this I have been trying to drum up reviews for my books. I have placed a note inside the covers, asking readers to leave a review if they enjoyed the book. I have sent free copies to readers for their enjoyment, stating there is no obligation to leave a review, but it would be greatly appreciated if they did. But reviews are like that elusive winning lottery ticket, you know they are out there, they do exist, but they rarely show up. And so I get to the real point of this post. I would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to all my readers who have left a review for one of my books. Whether it be on amazon, goodreads or a blog you run, it is one of the small things you have done to help me as a writer, and for that, I am truly grateful.

Time For Another Update.

What on earth have you been up to? We haven’t heard from you in ages, I hear you saying. Well. to be honest, I’ve been really busy, but I don’t feel like I’ve got much done at all. The life of a writer is hard yakka. I’ve been working on promo for months now, trying different things with small successes here and there, but nothing to write home about. I’ve done a bit of Face Book advertising, been drumming up a few reviews, dabbled in some Amazon Marketing, and now a good reads giveaway (and boy has that taken off… Not in sales, but I’m getting a lot of adds to readers TBR lists – which is awesome!) In between all that I’ve been building relations with a publisher (helping them to help Indie authors), trying to write more (not had too much luck with that), and trying to keep up with my own TBR list.

As far as my actual writing goes, I’m about half way through a short story I was doing for an anthology, but the submission date for entries has passed now, so I’ll be saving that story for another book. I’ve got around 3 complete stories in the first draft stage that I need to edit/rewrite to polish them up. Then there’s a novella (that might end up as a novel) that is around the half way mark. I plan to get stuck into finalising these in coming weeks, so I can start formatting them for print/ebook and find appropriate covers. At least that’s the plan!

If you haven’t read any of my work yet, you can grab a free copy of the anthology ’18’ from most of the popular retailers. It has my first published short story ‘Low Life’ lurking amongst the pages. The anthology Darkest Depths is also tipped to become free in the near future, so keep an eye out for that. It contains another short story by ‘yours truly’ called ‘Darkness in Shadows’. These both fit into the horror genre, but if that’s not your cup of tea, you can always enter the good reads giveaway for a copy of my fantasy novella ‘The Crimson Guild’ or if you’re feeling generous, shell out on a copy of ‘Blood Rage’ (or better still, the boxed set which is better value). In the meantime, I’ll do my best to get some new material out over the next 6 months.

Happy reading.