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Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.

 

Currently reading

Sins of Empire
Brian McClellan
Heart of Venom
Jennifer Estep
Progress: 100 %
Magic in the Shadows
Devon Monk
Progress: 100 %
Star Witch
Helen Harper
Progress: 100 %
Spirit Witch
Helen Harper
Progress: 100 %
Reclamation
Sarah Zettel
Artificial Condition
Martha Wells
The Vampire's Mail Order Bride
Kristen Painter
Progress: 100 %
Honor Among Thieves
Ann Aguirre, Rachel Caine
Progress: 100 %
Star Nomad
Lindsay Buroker
Progress: 100 %

Favorite Book Quotes


"Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake"— Lois McMaster Bujold

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review(?) of Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Illuminae - Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman

I just finished this.  Rated ★★★★★ and now believe every bit of the hype and buzz about this new-to-me science fiction series.

 

An actual in-depth review ... well, that's going to elude me.  The "feels" and how extremely easy it would be to ruin all the twists via spoilers if not carefully written.

 

Suffice to say, I returned the library book and am buying a hardcopy of this one and the rest of series.  Dang good SF with interesting AI, characters, and zero aliens.

 


Reading progress: 86%.

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Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman  Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman  


Last week was so rough (schedule wise), I wasn't able to attend the grand opening of a publisher overstock type of bookstore -- Book Warehouse ...

...only a ten-minute drive from me.  Yesterday, I made up for it.  

 

Hardcovers:

 

 

Paperbacks:

 

 

And the sales associate told me they hadn't even unpacked half their stock yet.  I will have to go back.

 

I hadn't been in a brick-and-mortar bookstore in a while because I've had so many ebooks from public library and purchases. Yes, I know many aren't the first in series; Jean Johnson and Lisa Shearin are new to me authors -- and the Briggs is a re-issue omnibus.


Reading progress: 50%.

Illuminae - Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman

Oh, sheesh ... this is something else.  I'm not going to share highlights because I'd spend all my reading time sharing the bits (and risk sharing so many it would violate copyright).

 

I get the hype on this one.  On the surface, I wasn't sure I'd be as thrilled with it (lots of opening clips and text from IM's, potential teenage up/down romance angst, ...) although mention of AI intrigued me.  

 

I'm hooked.  

 

I must say, though, that the AI Aidan voice in my head sounds exactly like Hal from Clarke's space odyssey book.  Not the storyline or the characters, just that somehow I "hear" his voice as Hal's.


Maintenance works on BookLikes

 

Dear readers, authors, bloggers, all book lovers!

 

Due to some technical issues and ongoing works you may experience temporary interruptions on BookLikes. This include Dashboard limited posts load, post dates and  minor publishing issues. So sorry for all the inconveniences! 

 

We'll do all to fix everything up as soon as possible.

In case of any questions, please mail Kate@booklikes.com

 

What's your reading list in case of emergency?  

Reblogged from BookLikes

Tor.com's Ebook of the Month Club: The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi

The Quantum Thief - Hannu Rajaniemi

You have until 11:59 PM ET May 18th, 2018 to download this, and you must live in the U.S. or Canada.

 

According to my records, I own this already, so I probably won't be downloading it.

Reblogged from Familiar Diversions

The Ultimate List of the Year’s Worst Scams (per Experian)

Source: http://www.experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/the-ultimate-list-of-the-years-worst-scams

Free and Easy Book Launch Basics

Cold-Blooded - Rod Raglin

 What's more disappointing than launching a new book and getting no sales and no reviews?

 

Paying hundreds if not thousands of dollars for someone to launch your new book for you and getting no sales and no reviews.

 

Cold-Blooded, Book 2 in the Mattie Saunders series was launched with a pre-order on Smashwords on January 15, 2018.

 

The Mattie Saunders Series is what I now go back to when I'm between, or need a break from, the major novel I'm working on. Mattie is a modern young woman dealing with new adult issues of relationships, career and family as well as addressing the contemporary challenges confronting society.

 

I'm actually taking subjects right from the nightly newscast and examining them from a fictional perspective. Because my overriding concern is wild places, plants and animals there's also a subplot that examines this problem as well.

 

In Cold-Blooded Mattie deals with the opioid crisis, a crumbling relationship and the exploitation of reptiles by the exotic pet trade.

 

This series of novella's are fast paced, somewhat irreverent and short - about one hundred pages.

 

The book was published on February 23, 2018, as an e-book on Smashwords and Draft2Digital and as an e-book and paperback on Amazon.

 

At that time I sent out approximately two hundred and thirty-four emails to members of my Advanced Reading Team with a coupon code for a free download of Cold-Blooded from Smashwords. Follow up emails went out March 4th and 13th.

 

The launch continued with giveaways on BookLikes and LibraryThing beginning March 18. I use these two sites because they don't charge you to offer your book for free like Goodreads that now charges $119.

 

If I ever thought I'd have to pay to give my books away I may have reconsidered becoming an author.

 

I used Goodreads prior to them charging to list giveaways and despite having a far greater audience than these other two sites I never found it generated more reviews.

 

After a month, BookLikes had two people requesting Cold-Blooded and LibraryThing had twenty-six.

 

I use free coupon codes on Smashwords with both my ARCs and giveaways so I can see how many actually redeem the coupon. Totally coupons offered, 271. Totally coupons redeemed, 27.

 

To date, marketing for Cold-Blooded has generated two tepid reviews and no sales.

 

It is now May 13th and I've just generated a free coupon for The Rocker and the Bird Girl, Book 1 in the Mattie Saunders Series, on Smashwords. The strategy is by offering the first book in the series free, readers will purchase the second book. Here's the link if you're interested. It expires June 3, 2018.

 

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/727720

 

I'm likely going to enroll The Rocker and the Bird Girl on KDP Select so I can take advantage of offering it free for five days over the course of the three month exclusive commitment to see it that will generate any interest in Cold-Blooded.

 

What's the take-away?

 

This is classic book launch marketing, something you can easily pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars for and I did it all free.

 

Okay, I got zero results, but if you're and Indie Author and considering investing in marketing your self-published book ask yourself, why should you expect a different outcome? Unless you've got a real good reason, consider going the free route as outlined here or you'll likely learn the hard way what's more disappointing than launching a new book and getting no sales and no reviews.

 

Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs.

 

Links associate with this blog:

Author Amazon site https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU

Link for free copy of The Rocker and the Bird Girl https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/727720

BookLikes http://booklikes.com/giveaways

LibraryThing https://www.librarything.com/more/freebooks

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway

Draft2Digiatl https://www.draft2digital.com/

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/

KindleDirect Publishing https://kdp.amazon.com/

Createspace https://www.createspace.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reblogged from Rod Raglin

Preorder just downloaded!

Artificial Condition - Martha Wells

Actually, this purchased one came at same time as some public library waitlisted books.

 

But, I will be reading it as fast as I can finish my library books.

 

The first one in the series, All Systems Red - Martha Wells ,  was an amazing read.


Highlights: 23%

Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse) - Jim C. Hines

From alien race (resembling sentient squid) viewpoint of first contact:

The human in question was filthy, but that was no surprise. Living on the surface, exposed to all that dirt and solar radiation, it was a wonder the species had survived at all.


Highlights: 87%.

Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse) - Jim C. Hines

“I nominate Wolf,” Kumar said without missing a beat.

 

“Huh?” said Wolf. “Sorry, I was reading Frankenstein. Am I supposed to be rooting for the monster?”


Highlights: 87%.

Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse) - Jim C. Hines

The anger in his words startled her. Kumar was usually the unflappable one. Half the time, he was unflappable because he wasn’t paying attention to what was happening around him, but still.


Review of " Dark Heir" (Jane Yellowrock, #9) by Faith Hunter

Dark Heir - Faith Hunter

This reader's personal opinion, ©2018, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by goodreads, Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 

 

This series is always a good read. Sucks you in quickly which made it also a great choice for last Saturday's Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon.

 

At nine books into the series, not sure I have much new to say about it. I love these characters although I'm ready to skewer Leo that he still doesn't tell Jane details of vampire politics that would certainly have made things less grim and dangerous, even saved some human lives.

 

Definitely Jane got her "I told you so" over not killing Adrianna and the captive Son of Darkness in previous books. Because all hell breaks loose in this book from his escape. The European vamps still not visiting, and we get a resolution about Molly.

 

Happily will be reading on in this series; expecting next books to bring on the European fang heads and more vampire politics.


*©2018.  All rights reserved except permission is granted to author or publisher (except Penumbra Publishing) to reprint/quote in whole or in part. I may also have cross-posted on Libib, LibraryThing, and other sites including retailers like kobo and Barnes and Noble. Posting on any site does not grant that site permission to share with any third parties or indicate release of copyright.  

 

Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept reading in hopes would improve.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)


Highlights: 80%.

Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse) - Jim C. Hines

The fact that you’re poised to commit genocide undermines your judgments on ethical matters.


Highlights: 57%.

Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse) - Jim C. Hines

Addendum, to be added to Version 1.2: Humans require air to breathe. Transporting a human in a standard Krakau holding tank will cause the human to expire.


Highlights: 57%.

Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse) - Jim C. Hines


Whenever possible, attempt to collect humans that are mostly intact. Humans should have four (4) limbs.