Calling book-lovers – it’s blog hop time :)

Whether you’re a reader, writer, publisher, or just an all-round bibliophile, you’re in the right place! The Iris Chacon blog is only one of the many stops you’ll want to make (often!) on the NurtureYourBooks.com BLOG HOP between November 9th and 27th, for fun, friends, freebies, and fabulousness. Nurture Your BOOKS™ Blog Hop Prizes: For […]

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Recommended Author: Michael Ross

I’ve just beta read a book for this author – Michael Ross – and without wishing to sing his praises too much, I feel compelled to let you all enjoy his offerings as much as I did.

Whilst the book I beta read is not yet out, he does have a couple of other books that will no doubt interest you.

A Face Not Seen

Martin Russell spends his last coins on a bus ride out of the city with barely enough motivation to face the future. Then a chance incident near his home triggers a sequence of positive opportunities for him. His life, unexpectedly, could not be better.

That is, until the phone call informing him his friend Hannah has disappeared, and people’s lives will now change forever.
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And who can be trusted? Certainly not the obsessive Nash nor the slimy underworld figure they call The Chemist.

How about John Staples, better known as Pin-up? Is his renewed friendship with Martin genuine or suspicious?

What is going on with Zachary and Bobby? One is a schoolboy drug dealer, the other is a disgraced ex-copper. What could they possibly have in common?

Why are their intertwined stories entitled A Face Not Seen? For the answer to that question, you would have to ask Xenon. But that is a problem, because no-one in their right mind ever questions Xenon…

Or if short stories are more your thing, then take a look at

Twenty Short Stories

What does it feel like20 stories to take another person’s life?

Will the good deeds we do come back to us in different forms?

Should we always trust our instincts?

Is it ever too late to turn back?

These are of some of the questions posed in this imaginative collection of short stories involving amongst others; a public executioner, a super hero who’s half man-half wolf, a failed celebrity writer, a disillusioned taxi driver, a father and daughter facing the end of the world, an ugly journalist, and a policeman seeking justice.
Just some of the characters in this intriguing and imaginative collection of stories where all the characters have a tale to tell. A collection that will surely leave a mark on the reader.

These are available on Amazon this weekend (from Thursday/ Friday onwards)  – FREE!

So, what have you got to lose?

 

Have a great weekend! 

N is for …NaNo & NetGalley

NThese topics pose a dilemma for me, as they both fight for my attention. Each day I am in a quandary – do I write or do I read? Until 2012, this choice never even existed. I’d loved reading since my early years and hadn’t contemplated writing myself. I had always thought that maybe I would like to write a book, but we all do that, don’t we? Everyone supposedly ‘has a book in them’, ‘a story to tell’. But just because we can, doesn’t always mean that we should.

When I saw the NaNoWriMo challenge back in November 2012, I thought maybe this was the push I needed. Would I be able to write 50,000 words in  30 days? Would it be pure drivel or could I actually create something that others might want to read? I entered the challenge with only a few days to spare before it commenced. leaving me very little time to plan or research anything. I pondered what I should write about and kept seeing the comment, ‘write about what you know’. But, what did I know? Was there something lurking in the depths of my mind that might make an interesting tale? I decided at that point that I would write something that, as a reader, I might choose to read. And so, my mystery/ fantasy novel was hatched. Set in Spain (of course!), my main character is caught up in a tale of revenge after tracing her family tree. She uncovers some unpleasant secrets about her grandfather that take her on a quest to solve an ancient robbery and to clear his name. In doing so, she encounters a special ring that magically allows her to connect with her ancestors and discover a new branch to her family. Her own life is also beset with trouble too, an act of fraud forces her to exact her own form of vengeance on the culprits, with the help of the ring. All of a sudden, I was taking actual events and turning them into a piece of fiction. I amazed myself at how easily the words came, the plot took on a life of its own and somehow I managed to hit the target and complete the challenge. It was a real eye-opener to me and the possibility that I could actually write a book became more of a reality than I had ever expected. Eighteen months, the story has doubled in size; the plot has taken yet more turns and it is now at the editing stage, with publishing due to happen later this year. Feedback, from those who have read parts of it, has been encouraging and positive, spurring me on to get it finished – at long last. Since then, I have participated in further NaNo challenges and have four other stories under development.

Now, you’ll recall that before 2012 reading was more my thing than writing. I soon learned that the two go together, hand in hand. To be a successful writer, you have to read – a lot. But, these days, I read with a different attitude. I am not just reading for escapism, now I read to learn how to be a better storyteller. I am more critical of the books I read, I demand more from them and my high expectations frequently leave me disappointed. I joined NetGalley last year and now receive advance copies of books, prior to publication. Sometimes, publishers will invite me to read a book, following my review of one of their authors. I have been able to build up a rapport with other writers and publishers as a result. Currently I have six books on the go, all of which I will review once completed. And herein lies my problem, which has been particularly exaggerated this month. Not only am I fortunate to have an abundance of reading material, it is also Camp NaNo time (for which I am penning another tale of retribution of approx 25,000 words). Already, the aforementioned predicament looms large over my head. However, as if this were not enough, I am also battling with the A to Z  challenge of blogging daily throughout April. So far, I’m juggling everything fairly well; nothing has yet fallen to the wayside and, if I’m honest, I’m enjoying every minute of it. I’m lucky that I have such a problem, it could be so much worse and, for that, I am thankful.

Life is pretty good and with the added bonus of the sunshine, I can read outside and get a tan too!

🙂 🙂

Beta Reading Again!

A while ago, a fellow author friend published his first book, The Cloudstone Key.cloudstone key book cover

He is now close to publishing the second book in The Rithhek Cage Trilogy and has asked me to beta read for him again.

Having read his first book both in beta form and in its final published version, I can’t wait to get started on the next one.

The Peregrine Prophecy by Darren T Patrick is a chunkier book, around 90k words this time – that’s twice the size of the first book.

Continuing where The Cloudstone Key left off, it follows the plight of young Karsen as he sets out to complete his mission and deliver the Ennae.

If you haven’t joined this adventure yet, I urge you to check it out here on Amazon. 

Lucky old me gets to read the sequel this week and I’ll keep you posted with a review when Darren is ready to publish.

You just gotta love beta reading – it has some great perks!

Author Spotlight: Cinta García de la Rosa (ft. Little Nani)

If you’re looking for a great children’s book, then look no further!

The funny adventures of Little Nani

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Cinta García de la Rosa

Blurb:

Little Nani is a little girl who likes helping people. However, when she helps people the results can be a bit unexpected. Why is that? Little Nani is a witch! Or at least she wants to be a witch. With her magic wand, she will try to cast different spells to help her friends, but she won’t be successful all the time.

Follow Little Nani in her funny adventures and meet her extraordinary friends. Funny ostriches, horses that love reading, super-fast turtles, grumpy zombies… Little Nani has lots of friends! You can also draw your own characters!

Little Nani is willing to become a good witch. Will she manage to do it? Who knows? Read the stories and discover what happens next!

Available here:

Amazon US      Amazon UK     Createspace    Smashwords

About the Author:

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Cinta García de la Rosa is a Spanish writer who has loved the written word since he discovered she was able to read books at age 5.

Since then, she has become a bookworm and reads around 100 books every year.

She also writes, every day, compulsively, even in the middle of the night. You cannot control when inspiration hits you, can you?

She writes in English because she is convinced that in a previous life she was British, so writing in English feels more natural to her than writing in her native language.

Yes, she is crazy like that. Cinta García is the author of “The Funny Adventures of Little Nani”, a collection of short stories for children, and “A Foreigner in London”, a short story published on Smashwords.

Catch up with Cinta here:

Twitter      Facebook     Goodreads      Amazon       Smashwords      Website     Blog      Pinterest      Tumblr

And the last word goes to ……Cinta!

Hello, everyone!

Since I published my book “The Funny Adventures of Little Nani” almost one year ago, I couldn’t imagine that my book was going to suffer so many changes. First, one day I decided that I didn’t like the cover any more; it was boring and I wanted it to be eye-catching so it could make children feel attracted to it. So my boyfriend, who is an amazing illustrator and writer, Mark Stone, designed a new cover for my book. So I had a lovely new cover for my book. Yay!ibdbadge

However, once I had the new cover, I also thought that maybe the inside of the book should also suffer some renovations. So I made it go through a new round of edits and I changed a bit the design of the pages. I will just say that the first edition of my book had empty boxes so children could draw their own illustrations. In the second edition I deleted those boxes, but I added new things. I won’t tell them here… You should buy a copy and discover them by yourself *winks*

Once I was completely happy with my book, I started presenting it to the world, and I also started getting new reviews. And that’s how I got the seal that my book sports now on its cover: the amazing site Readers’ Favorite reviewed my book and rated it as a 5-Stars Read, and they gave me the seal. Almost on the same week, my book was chosen Indie Book of the Day by the site of the same name.

All those are happy news that I wanted to share with all of you. Please, consider reading my book and leaving a review. Even if it is a 1-star review, it will be useful, because it will let me know how to improve in future books. Thanks!