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The Enigmatic Blurb

Fantastic tips from Annika Perry about the enigmatic blurb.

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Why is it that even the mention of writing a blurb strikes abject terror into the normally calm and sane writer?

The task of describing and summarising a whole book, months or years of work, into a few short paragraphs seems nigh impossible. In the process the blurb has to be unique, capture the reader’s attention, excite them and tempt them to read on, ultimately to buy the book. The blurb and obviously the cover are often the first and only sales pitches for the book. The undertaking ahead feels hopeless.

Fear and dread of the blurb were my immediate reactions once I’d committed to publishing my anthology…I knew I needed one, yet every time the thought surfaced I erased it from my mind and dove even further into editing! As ever I needed a deadline and one evening I cleared my schedule for the following day, ensured I would…

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My #Book Review of I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

 

Goodreads Synopsis:

The next blockbuster thriller for those who loved The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl…. a novel with “an astonishing intensity that drags you in and never – ever – lets you go.” (Daily Mail, UK)

On a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street …

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.

At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them.

My review:

This psychological thriller surprised me, again and again but I am ashamed to say it has been sitting on my shelf for some time. And guess what – it belongs to my mum! She loves well written murder mysteries and thrillers (the more gruesome the better)  but can’t watch anything remotely scary on TV. This cracks me up! So mum, you’d be proud of me, I loved this, even though some passages made me draw a shocked breath in, thankful that I wasn’t the main protagonist in the story.

Here are the blurb sentences on the back of the book and my commentary!

In a split-second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare.  (No kidding!)

Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows, to start afresh. (But how can she?)

Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life for ever.  (And isn’t that an understatement.)

Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. (Curiouser and curiouser!)

But her past is about to catch up with her and the consequences will be devastating….  (Never a truer word said!)

My recommendation:

Read I let You Go if you enjoy tense, fast-paced (particularly in the second half of the novel,) thrillers with a twist that surprises and shocks. There is plenty to get your teeth into: emotion, grief, trust, blind love, overcoming fear, a mother’s love, guilt, domestic violence …

My rating:

Overall 5 stars. The first half of the novel is perhaps a little slow (a four star,) but well worth hanging in there to reach those middle to end chapters that sky rockets this novel up to five stars.

Amazon UK Kindle Buying Link: http://amzn.to/2A5Hb6b

Amazon UK Hardcover Buying Link: http://amzn.to/2A4U0gU

Amazon UK Paperback Buying Link: http://amzn.to/2B2OgUk

 

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Which Kind(s) of Editing Does Your Novel Need?

Ryan Lanz with an informative blog post on the different kinds of editing.

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Notice the title of this post is not Does your novel need editing? The answer to that question is YES. Always. I don’t care if you wrote The Great Gatsby of the modern day; your novel needs to be edited.

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A Perfect 10 with Marjorie Mallon

Thank you so much to Don Massenzio for featuring me on his perfect 10!!

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Today, I have the distinct pleasure of featuring author Marjorie Mallon on this edition of A Perfect 10.

Please enjoy this special installment of A Perfect 10

If you want to check out past interviews, you can find them in the following links:

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The Author Presentation…for Newbies

Tips for author presentations via Mae Clair.

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Hello, SEers! Mae here, sending out a thank you for hanging with me today as I take a look at author presentations. I’ve done several book signings, all with other authors, but recently did my first speaking presentation. A Federated Women’s Club tracked me down through my local library and invited me to be a guest speaker.

I was flattered.

I was jazzed.

I was gulp nervous.

Actually, the event went extremely well and I managed to gain exposure as a result. Since I’d never done a solo presentation before, it was pretty much a guessing game on how to prepare. I was slated to speak the end of October on the topic of my choice. The woman who contacted me hoped I might slant my speech toward the paranormal given the time of year.

I had little problem with that.  🙂

I’m not an expert, but learned a few…

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The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy – 1st Place in the Authors DB 2017 Book Cover Contest

So pleased for my bestie Colleen Chesebro, her cover has been placed in the 1st place category – Gold – in the AuthorsDB book cover contest. And so happy for her designer Wendy Anne Darling too – (Wendy also designed my cover too – The Curse of Time – #1 Bloodstone was a Finalist.) 1st place was tichly deserved Colleen and couldn’t have happened to a nicer person. xxx

Colleen Chesebro✨The Fairy Whisperer✨

I’m excited to announce that The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy placed in the 1st PLACE category in the AuthorsDB 2017 Book Cover Contest.

Many thanks and love to my multi-talented book cover designer, Wendy Anne Darling, of Booxeedo Book Covers.

Thanks for sharing my joy! ❤

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Are you a poet looking to get published?

Al with details of how to be included in his friend Richard Arthur’s poetic anthology raising money for cancer research UK.

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My friend in poetry, Richard Archer, is compiling a collection of poetry for charity – Diverse Verse 3. I contributed to the book 2, and will be rustling up something for book 3 too – it would be great if you could join me!

Here’s how you can get involved and see your poem in print

All you need to do to be involved is to email a poem to the email address below and it will be considered for the book based on the following rules. Please note entry is free.

  • All poems must be the authors own work, please don’t submit something that isn’t yours.
  • Poems are welcome from anyone, anywhere in the world.
  • Please submit no more than one poem.
  • A submitted poem must be in arial font in a format free word document. If you are unable to do such then just paste your poem into…

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7 Ways to Handle Reviews: Brought to you Buy Tongue & Cheek

Tips on handling reviews by Charles Yallowitz

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We all want reviews and there’s always the one that makes us regret politely asking that people leave reviews.  Then we go right back to asking for them because they’re part of the life blood of an author.  Reviews are the highs and lows of our adventure, which are becoming harder and harder to come by.  Now, the methods of getting reviews are numerous in amount and range all across the morality spectrum.  Instead of poking fun at how we get them, I’m going to give some T&C tips about reacting properly.  I have to say this is humorous because it’s a topic that people take very seriously.  Been there before and don’t have any plans of revisiting that debate again.

  1. Do NOT publicly react to negative reviews even if they get personal.  If you have loyal readers then they will handle it, but responding in person…

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3rd Halloween Poem Contest – 3rd Group Of Submitted Poems —

Latest poems for Aurora Alexander’s 3rd Halloween Contest. Wonderful entries and I’m included too!

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All Hallows by Raymond Walker

Dark and frost prich’t, on this cold nich’t, Witches did rumble.
Sprites and bumpkins, nipp’d ankles, and spakles, nipp’d noses.
Hoar on trees, ice on the burn’s, on which faeries tumble
And laugh, and caper, winter approaches, creatures creep from loaches
Hedgerows, and crypts, Duns, barrows and Cysts, Frich’t, and humble,
alike take tail and bridle and scramble away as true evil approaches.

Each jigsaw cow and horned ram, no matter how old, cries for…

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Guest Post: Me Too

A very personal Me too abuse post from Em Linthorpe via Suzue Speaks.

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**Trigger Warning – Domestic Violence and Abuse**

The allegations surrounding the predatory culture within Hollywood has once again highlighted the frequency and acceptance of sexual harassment and abuse, with a whole host of celebrities (both female and male) sharing their own personal and horrific experiences. Unfortunately, while the majority of the focus was initially directed towards a single person, it is not an uncommon nor new story and it’s something that takes place daily in every walk of life, prompting thousands to share their own stories, or simply respond with ‘Me too.’

Today’s post is an extremely personal one from Em Linthorpe. I have the upmost admiration for her courage to discuss such an experience, and I will leave the comments open below for you to respond with the courtesy and respect she deserves…

First I want to mention two bloggers who after reading their posts this week, inspired me…

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