Reading Wrap-Up: April 2017

We had a truly rainy April here in the south. As I write this, it’s been raining for THREE days. My kids are going crazy, my dogs refuse to go outside, and my cat stares forlornly out the window (like most of us). But, that said, I had a great reading month, with some really amazing five-star reads. Check them out below!

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Reading Wrap-Up: March 2017

It’s hard to believe March is over! The days go slow but the years, or in this case the months, go quick. I read 6 books in March, taking me to worlds with Napoleonic era dragons, another dragon who doesn’t eat the girls he takes, and a futuristic France where a girl meets a wolf. What is this madness? Read on to find out.

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Review: Oak & Mistletoe by J.Z.N. McCauley

Indie review #2 this month goes to Oak & Mistletoe by JZN McCauley, which is scheduled for release tomorrow. The first in a series, it follows the Green siblings to Ireland, where they get into all kinds of trouble. See below for my mini-review, and the pre-order link, and make sure you stop back by on Wednesday for my Q&A with the author!

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Writer Wednesday: Judy Mohr

WriterWednesday5Today’s featured writer is a freelance author and an up-and-coming novelist. Make sure you check out her companion post, Top 5 Tips from an Editor, and sign up to get updates from her blog for more great tips and tricks. Below, she talks about her writing process, NaNoWriMo, and her recently-completed fantasy novel, Beacon of Hope. Read on!

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My Quick Guide to Beta Reading

betareadingThere is very little that is harder for a writer than letting someone else read their perceived masterpiece. The first person to typically look at a manuscript is a beta reader, or someone who reads it over with the intent of carving out plot holes and inconsistencies, among other big-picture issues.

Earlier this year, I offered my services as a beta reader in a Goodreads group, and have since beta read approximately 10 manuscripts, and multiple drafts of some. I’ve read everything from a memoir-style contemporary to a science fiction fairy tale retelling to an urban fantasy with a touch of mythology. If you’re interested in being a beta reader, take a look at my tips below before you get started.

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Writer Wednesday: Eliza David

WriterWednesday2Welcome back to Writer Wednesday. Today, I have indie romance writer Eliza David, whose slogan is: “Naughty Mind. Big Mouth. Strong Liver.” How can you not want to read what she has to say? Read her Q&A below, and find out how to pre-order her next release, Savage, scheduled to go live on 9/30/2016. You don’t want to miss it!

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