Struggles Only Book Nerds Will Understand

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Because you know the struggle is very, very real

  • Deciding which book to read next

  • Being excited to see the movie adaptation only to find out that they got everything wrong.

  • Waiting forever for a sequel to come out

  • Running out of space for your books

  • Lending a book to a friend only to get it back damaged.Or worse, never getting it back at all

  • Being interrupted while reading

  • People saying you read too much

  • Losing your place when your bookmark falls out

  • Running out of money from buying so many books (and still needing to buy more).

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And Finally

  • Finishing a book and realizing you live in the real world and not the book’s world.

 

Book Review #14

  
Cop: A True Story, is the true story about Sergeant Mike Middleton and his years with the LAPD. This author gives great insight into the LA Police Department in his 20+ years of service. In the beginning of book we are taken on a wild ride through the city where racism was a big problem and the sexual harassment towards female officers to the present day.

I like how Sergeant Middleton was brutally honest in some of the stories. He talks about his own racial remarks. Another thing I like are the powerful descriptions that are described in this book.

I remember when I got this book and I had it on my shelf for a year or two and something just told me to pick you up and start reading this past summer and I’m glad I finished it. I’m not a police officer by any means although I did go to school for criminal justice and I have two state police officers in my family and I respect them with everything. I may not know what it’s like to be a cop in major city but this book paints a pretty vivid picture of that. 

I like how this book talks about many different topics within the police community the bravery they have, the politics and racism. Sometimes what Sergeant Middleton talks about Can be a little bit graphic but not overly done. This is a great read ,I highly recommend it to anybody Who likes books about cops and wants to know what an LAPD officer goes through throughout his career & to get a little insight about the streets of LA and what they’re like from the point of view of an officer. Great read. 

Book Review #13

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Robert Grieves: A 28-year-old teacher from England who is on his summer holiday. Although he wishes the vacation or holiday (as they call it in England) were permanent as he is restless and bored with his life.Robert goes from Thailand to Cambodia and with a bit of good luck wins $2000 at a casino. He wants to stay until his money runs out. Then comes along Simon Beauchamp, who arrives in Cambodia shortly after Robert. Simon is an American. Things happen and Simon out plays and out smarts poor Robert with alcohol and drugs. Soon Robert is  out of his winnings from the casino and passport.

It gets confusing a little bit because the author quickly jump characters and some of the passages were entirely dedicated to one character while others were a mixup of characters, saying things and doing things in just a few short sentences. I personally found it kind of distracting and hard to follow at times.

The first few chapters do move a bit slowly for my liking and that might risk losing a few readers, I almost gave up reading at one point. On the flipside the descriptions were very detailed and gave the dark almost brooding atmosphere to the book. As you get deeper and deeper into the book, The book gets better and better . I honestly liked this book. I like how the author wrapped everything up. I would say this is a psychological thriller with suspense I will keep you guessing until the very last page don’t give up on it just keep with it I recommend this book because of the unique story set in a foreign land.

Interview with David Graham

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Welcome all.

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing David Graham author of ‘The Screaming’

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Hi David, thank you for agreeing to this interview.

Where are you from?

  •  I live in Kent, UK. That’s about an hour from London.

Tell us your latest News/Current Projects

  •  I’ve just completed the sequel to my last novel, ‘The Screaming’. It’s entitled ‘The Knowing’ and is due to be published by Urbane Publications early 2017. I’ve also started writing the third book in the series, with the working title of ‘The Vanishing’. There’s another book simmering away on the backburner that’s a psychological thriller, which I’m letting develop slowly.

When/Why did you begin writing?

  •  I started writing fiction in autumn 2012 when I left my job with the NHS at a teaching hospital in London. I’d written non-fiction before that, including research papers and the like. The notion of writing a novel had been bubbling away for years, but my job always seemed to get in the way!

What genre are your books?

  •  Broadly speaking, they’re thrillers, but with a little horror and plenty of the paranormal. I’ve also dabbled in MM romance, writing under a pseudonym, but I probably won’t return to that any time soon!

What draws you to this genre?

  •  I enjoy writing about things on the edge of normality. Although I’m not a believer in the supernatural, I try to imagine a scientific reality that allows the paranormal to exist.

When did you first, without hesitation call yourself a writer?

  •  Probably when I signed a traditional publishing contract, although I wouldn’t say that was “without hesitation”. I’m still a ‘Doctor’ as far as my passport is concerned, though!

What’s your least favorite part of the writing process?

  •  Going through someone else’s edits. Aaagh!

 In ten words or less, Describe your writing style.

  •  Ironic, self-deprecating and humorous.

What books have influenced your life the most?

  •  Life? That’s a biggie. I’d probably have to say James Baldwin’s ‘Giovanni’s Room’ closely followed by Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’.

Do you have any strange writing habits?

  •  Not really. I use a laptop to get the words down and then a desktop PC with a large screen to do the editing.

Do you have a special time to write?

  •  I find going away on vacation is the most productive time to write. It’s hard to beat sitting by the pool on a Greek island with a glass of white wine to hand.

Where do your ideas come from?

  •  Most of the time, they just appear. Dreams have helped from time to time.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

  •  Roughly six months to complete the first draft.

 Favorite Quote?

  •  “Protect me from knowing what I don’t need to know. Protect me from even knowing that there are things to know that I don’t know. Protect me from knowing that I decided not to know about the things that I decided not to know about. Amen.” (Douglas Adams, ‘Mostly Harmless’)

What makes a good story?

  •  Believable characters and a pacey plot with plenty of twists.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Twitter: @DavidGrahamAuth

Website: davidgrahamauthor.com

Book link: Amazon US http://goo.gl/c2CA7I

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23635146-the-screaming?from_search=true

 Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview

Interview with Kate Preston

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Welcome all.

I’m very lucky to be interviewing Kate Preston author of A Vintage Year.

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Where are you from?

  • Born and pretty much raised in Toronto, with brief stints in Montreal and Calgary. After I was married my husband was transferred to Mexico City where we lived for just shy of three years and had two of our three children there. We moved back to Toronto in 1998. In 2011 we moved to Montreal, where we live now.

Tell us your latest news? Current Projects?

  • I am working on a new novel that is more in line with my work-professional life. The backdrop is renewable energy and climate change, but the real story involves a main character, a renewable energy entrepreneur who is battling his family in the oil business, and his long-time nemesis who decides he needs to get into the same business. His love interest is a woman who is his new lawyer, and who is also recovering from a concussion she got three years earlier.

When and why did you begin writing?

  • I have always loved reading. Well-written stories with a great plot and characters will occupy my thoughts when I am not reading, and consume any free-time otherwise. When I was finishing up my master’s degree in environmental studies and political science and I kept wanting to write different “endings” for the historical people I was studying or the events taking place. I vowed that once I finished my Master’s degree I would start writing fiction.

What genre are your books?

  • I write very selfishly — I write books I would want to read, so I’ve written comedy, character development stories and thriller-suspense stories. The first story I ever wrote was an environmental thriller — it’s still sitting in my drawer crying for a rewrite. All my stories involve intelligent main characters who make some decisions that get them into trouble. I don’t think of A Vintage Year as a romance, to me, it’s more about the growth of the main character, Harris Tucker. In order for that to happen, I developed a love interest that gives him a reason to grow up.

What draws you to this genre?

  • For A Vintage Year I wanted to study a character based on the question “What happens to professional athletes after they retire?” We always see them in front of the camera, but what happens to them after they retire when they’re suddenly out of the limelight. How do they handle it? What do they do with their lives if they don’t become broadcasters? We visit Harris eight years into retirement after a relatively successful tennis career. He is the ripe old age of 40 and it turns out his life isn’t exactly the dream it had once been.

Give us an insight into your main character(s):

  • Harris Tucker is a spoiled brat at the beginning of the story. Many of us may not like him very much at first. He is loud, selfish, demanding, and difficult to be around. I put him into a situation where he was backed into a financial corner. The idea being that he needed to realize that he no longer had anyone to rely on except for himself. Deep down he had to be a good person. He just needed the opportunity to find that better side of him. So, I gave him that opportunity by putting him on a farm as a farmhand — something he wouldn’t in a million years even think could happen to him. Eventually, after quite a few stumbles, he is able to find a new path and lease on life.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

  • I think that I have developed more confidence over the years as a writer. When I first started developing a story, I thought writing fiction was easy. That is the thing about great fiction: well-written fiction makes it look like it’s easy to do, so you think you can do it just as easily. The thing is, writing good stories with believable characters is extremely difficult and I have so much more respect for superior writing than I did when I first started out. In one of the many writing books I’ve read (I wish I could remember which one), the author reminds us that our readers are smart and that the best thing we can do was trust that they understood why or what our characters were doing.

What do you do to get book reviews?

  • Working with book bloggers is a great way to get known, but finding them is work in and of itself, it involves a lot of trolling of the internet! I love Story Cartel. You get very honest reviews there, so that means you have to be prepared for criticism. Ironically, I can’t count on my friends for reviews, nor do I want to. I must have sent the book out to over 50 of my closest friends (all women), and I received many people jumping up and down with enthusiasm about the book (I was really touched and flattered) but getting them to write reviews on Amazon is like pulling teeth — it could be my age group, but we’re not THAT old and we’re certainly all computer literate! I’ve thought of inviting them all over for a glass of wine (or two) and sitting them down in front of the computer! Reviews are important — both negative and positive.

Do you have to travel much concerning your books?

  • I definitely write about where I travel. I’ve written two stories based in Mexico, one is a bit of a farce, I’m trying to clean it up a bit and the other was my first novel — my “drawer novel.” A Vintage Year takes place in Santa Barbara, where I was travelling with my sister, who lives in California. I was inspired as we drove through wine country in February. Even then, it was a stunningly beautiful place. The current book I’m working on takes place on the east coast of Canada, an area I’ve only visited twice, so the town is fictitious and I never mention which province it’s in. I love to travel, but I guess I’m inspired to write a story after I’ve been to a place, as opposed to choosing a plot line and then going to the place to research it.

What’s your views on social media for marketing?

  • Social media levels the playing field for all authors — as long as you use it. I admit, I am not as active on Twitter as I should be — I am more of a lurker than a tweeter — not because I don’t want to be, but ironically, I just don’t think I have all that much to say that people will find interesting. My life is pretty standard so who wants to hear that we wake up to the sounds of the cat barfing up her breakfast every morning? However, when I do have something to say about a great book or movie, then I will use Twitter. I also blog about some daily life kinds of things — mostly cooking since I love cooking and baking. When I find things that I know will be useful to others, I write about those too, so, for instance, one of my most popular posts is Reading eBooks for Free.

Which social network worked best for you?

  • Blogging for long stuff, Twitter for short stuff. If I had great photos and videos I’d get into Instagram — but, where I live and work isn’t all that visually inspiring and I spend a lot of time at home and work, and the gym when I have some free time. I don’t want to spread my social media self too thin, so I would rather concentrate on a few.

When did you first, without hesitation call yourself a writer?

  • I started writing fiction as a hobby. But then I used a lot of those skills to get back into the working world after staying at home for several years. When I started writing non-fiction and getting recognized for my work, then other people started asking me to write for them as a ghost writer. I realized I must be all right as a writer.

What is your least favorite part of the writing process?

  • Ugh! Filling in the details. I love creating the story outline, and even the next level of detail, making discoveries about the characters and the plots as I write, but I HATE filling in the necessary details that will make the story make sense to everyone else. You know it’s going to take forever and on a good day you might be able to write five or six whole pages of your first draft. On a bad day when the juices aren’t flowing, you might get half a paragraph done and call yourself all kinds of horrible names.

In ten words or less, Describe your writing style.

  • Traditional, intelligent characters, beautiful scenery, interesting story

What books have influenced your life the most?

  • I loved Helen McInnis’ Ride a Pale Horse, and subsequently read all of her others after that. I love her mix of politics, intelligent and mature characters and suspense. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Anne of Green Gables Series by LM Montgomery . Mandy by Julie Edwards (Andrews). The entire CS Lewis Narnia series captured my attention too.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

  • I discovered Liane Moriarty a few years ago, and absolutely love her work. I just discovered Michael Cunningham. I asked for any of the books on the Riffle Christmas list this year and got A Wild Swan and Other Tales and The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende. A Wild Swan is a collection of modern day, reinvented fairy tales.

Do you have any strange writing habits?

  • I literally lock myself away for a week at my parents’ place when they are away — with no internet and no cable TV and I work about 7 to 12 hours a day, exercising by hiking and watching old movies on video as rewards for reaching certain goals.

If you had a super power, what would it be?

  • Definitely the ability to fly. There is so much of the world to see and I am lacking in time and money!

What secret talents do you have?

  • I speak French (not bilingual, but I’m pretty darn good) and can get by in Spanish (although I used to be almost fluent).

Do you have any advice for other writers?

  • Read books on writing, (I have a list of my favourites on my blog), attend local writing classes at your college or high school in the continuing ed dept, join writing groups and book clubs. If anything, these outlets will show you that others are in the same boat you are and can provide you with support.

    Practice, every day if you can, and on days where you don’t feel like it just sit there for ten minutes.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website and blog: http://www.kateprestonbooks.com Twitter:@kprestonbooks Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kate-Preston/e/B00XZDOJB0 Book Links: Kobo, iTunes, Barnes and Noble Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25488648-a-vintage-year

Thanks so much, Megan, for giving me the opportunity to share with your readers!

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

Book Review #12

  
This is “No doubt” a good book. The story is about when I girl in her late 20s looking for some answers after her grandmother has passed. Wynn’s grandmother never really talked about certain things and it’s when Wynn find a newspaper clipping that she sets out on her adventure. There are secrets and twists and turns that she discovers along the way.

Oliver Reeves, Wynn’s high school crush, whom she kissed 10 years ago has come back home. He was once a rockstar but lost his passion for the music. Oliver and Wynn reconnect and he takes her on an adventure to Kentucky to find out more about her grandmother. I like how Oliver keeps encouraging Wynn to take this trip and to give her the strength (when her family doesn’t really approve )to find answers that she needs . I love how the book takes you back to the letters from her great-grandmother from the Prohibition era. 

This is a great read and get ready to travel back in time to get the answers that you need to “live” and not just exist. Great weekend read.