A Masterpiece of a Debut – Now is the Real Dystopia? All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

One of the best books I’ve read in a long time, All Our Wrong Todays, was a far-reaching, insightful, and witty, novel, disguised as a shallow time-travel piece. I cried, I laughed, I yelled in frustration, as I read, Elan Mastai’s debut, in was an emotional roller-coaster.

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How To Maximize Your Buy Links

As a blogger, Indie Author, or in my case, both, tracking and analytics is imperative to continued success. If something works, you want to know that it works and then you want to know what you did, so you can repeat it. No one is going to knock on your door and say “Hey, what you did there. It rocked. Do it again.” But, if you see that people are clicking, things like links… a lightbulb can go off, and you’ll realize that your efforts are paying off. If you can’t tell what people are clicking, though…well you’ve lost before you even started.

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A Diverse Read That Takes a Bit of Patience to Read…Finding Gideon

Finding Gideon was marketed as a stand-alone, even though there are more stories in this series, and technically it is, but I did feel that I fell feet first into a story that I wasn’t ready for. I think it had to do with the main POV in the beginning which was Medianoche, which starts out in a place I didn’t want to be. I didn’t like him, I didn’t want to read about him…and it kept increasing.

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Romancing the Weekend: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series has been a favorite of mine for several years, and by book 10 (10!!!) these characters are like old friends. I love paranormal stories, and Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thomson series is one of the best. She had my attention at the first line:

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Book Signings 101 – What I Learned From A Year of Signings

The weekend that passed, was Booking in Biloxi, a large author even that is held every year in the city of Biloxi, Mississippi. The BiB signing was the first signing that I participated in as a new author. It took me almost a year to work myself up to do a signing – and – also to make it onto a list. So, after this recent event, I had successfully (loose interpretation of successful) completed one year of signings. This is what I’ve learned.

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Cassie’s Coffee Shop Escapades – Flash Fiction Thursday

It’s been awhile. I have nothing but long and drawn out excuses that you don’t want to hear. They involve a wasp infestation, the fact that I can’t say no…and the genius idea of turning rentals into AirBnB’s but doing all the work myself. But, I made it. And I’m writing again. I even have a release schedule. What? Yup. And I thought my “back on the horse” flash fiction, would take place in the world of Karma Inc. which is my current series.

This is an unedited Karma Inc. short. All content © 2017 by Gillian Zane.

The Billionaire Beast, Another Damaged Billionaire Harasses a Good Girl Until She Falls In Love…

The Billionaire Beast is the first book by Jackie Ashenden that I’ve read, even though it’s 2nd in the series. It can be read as a stand-alone though, so I didn’t have issues following along. I feel like every romance that is getting tucked into my inbox is a Billionaire novel – and each one is getting more outlandish than the next. This one isn’t your typical billionaire in the setting, but it’s stereotypical in the composition. Ashenden set out to create more of a “bastard” billionaire than all the rest and she succeeded and then wrapped him in a mental illness so you’ll pity him. While I did enjoy the novel, when it ended I felt a bit let down, because it is a fairy tale novel – the happily-ever-after was too contrived.

Smashwords vs. Draft2Digital Break-Down for Indie Authors

The hardest part of Indie Authorship..or at least one of the hardest parts is the publishing process. Formatting, set-up, publishing can be such a headache – and my biggest issues have always been when trying to publish through programs like Smashwords. When I mentioned this to other authors, they either nodded in commiseration, or they quickly responded with: “Try Draft2Digital, I love it.” This led me to research and this is what I came up with. I hope it helps you make the decision. I am currently moving over to Draft2Digital.

A Million Little Things – Is Literally a Book About a Million Little Things…Go Figure

The third book in the Mischief Bay series is basically a stand-alone. You don’t have to read the fist two books to enjoy A Million Little Things. Each book in the series is about a group of women that all have different problems, come together in different ways, and work their way through their issues with friendship and understanding. I would put this firmly in women’s fiction category, and if you like real-world issue based novels this is the one for you. Mallery is an excellent writer and portrays contemporary problems with finesse. While my tastes lend more to fantastical fiction, I did enjoy the story of the three women in A Million Little Things, but I don’t know if I’ll read more in the series. Again, personal taste, not because the story isn’t well done.

Feature & Follow time is here!!

The Feature and Follow is the premium BLOG HOP of Book Bloggers. Running for over five years, the Feature and Follow's goal is to promote the book blogging and author community to join together and support each other - even if it is just through a simple follow. The FF also promotes creative post options by offering interesting topics we can all talk about and comment on! Come join us.

Show Your Readers Some Love – Blogging Tutorial

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today is the day to show the love, and not just to your significant other. You can also show your readers some love. What better day to appreciate your readership, than Valentine’s Day? Spread the love and let them know you appreciate them…here are my suggestions for a bit of blog reader love.

Dexter Meets Bones in this Mystery by Lisa Black

The Gardiner and Renner series starts off with a bang in Lisa Black’s second book. The series can be read as a stand-alone but I would recommend reading the first book, That Darkness, first. I have a thing for vigilantes, and Lisa Black’s series is just my thing…

Feature & Follow time is here!!

The Feature and Follow is the premium BLOG HOP of Book Bloggers. Running for over five years, the Feature and Follow's goal is to promote the book blogging and author community to join together and support each other - even if it is just through a simple follow. The FF also promotes creative post options by offering interesting topics we can all talk about and comment on! Come join us.

HOLY SH!T! My site has been hacked, what do I do?

If you run a Wordpress site, chances are, there are people, bots, assholes– out there trying to hack your site. The first step is preventative, but even the most diligent user might be hacked.  This is the down and dirty basics on what to do when your site gets hacked. This isn’t geared for advanced users, this is geared for the average user.

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