Author Interview · Uncategorized · Writers Life · Writing Prompts

#Indie #Writers #Authors Our ✨Virtual Book Festival✨ is Coming and It’s Crafted JUST for YOU! 📚📚📚 #IndependentPublishing #SelfPublishing #amWriting #WIP #WritersLife #Book #Books #BookBlogger #Contest

Self-Published/Independent Authors & Writers;

This is the start of something NEW.

Something that will be valuable to writers EVERYWHERE!

Something that will take place TWICE a year….FROM NOW ON!

Marketing Your Self-Published/Independently-Published Book is key to success as an Independent Writer and Author. Can anyone say, “Duuuuhhhhh?”

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Getting your books SEEN and NOTICED is almost just as important as making sure you have a beginning, middle, and ending of your story! The thing is most Self-Published/Independently-Published Authors and Writers are unable to market their books the way they would like to for a variety of reasons may that be a lack of knowledge about marketing or lacking the resources to take advantage of to advance their “bound baby”! (Get it? Huh? Huh? Get it? Cause books are “bound” and their our “babies”!! 😂)

Well, marketing your book should NEVER feel like a chore AGAIN and The Writer’s Block (and our affiliates) want to help you get that book off the ground to be seen and more importantly remembered by the HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS!

Thusly, I would like to reveal to you a Virtual Book Festival for Self-Published/Independently-Published Writers and Authors!

Guys and Gals of that community this is for you!

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The Writer’s Block Book Festival is an Annual VIRTUAL WRITERS EVENT that we want to offer to you the chance to:

Gain more knowledge about navigating the industry as an Indie whether your are an Indie Self-Published or an Indie under an Independent Publisher, communicate/connect with other visionaries and creators such as yourself, and have the opportunity to win up to $2,000 worth of BOOK MARKETING customized just for your story!!

During each Virtual Book Festival we will have Three (3) BIG Winners and all submitters/attendees will have access to valuable, teachable, and encouraging material crafted just for writers living in the #WritersLife!

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~ Gifts & Prizes by Award Category ~

Grand Prize (The Nobel Prize):

• Paid Twitter Promotion for their Book

• Blog Tour with Ten (10) Standout Book Bloggers

• Book Review from a Well-known BookTuber

• Multiple Author Interviews on Standout Writer’s/Book Podcasts

• A customized/epic/vivid Promotional Book Trailer with a soundtrack and Dream Cast representing your story

• Manuscript Editing Services at your disposal

• Author Interview on The Writer’s Block blog

• Extensive social media shoutouts

• A Stylish Handmade Bookmark for your quiet time with a good read!

2nd Place Prize (The Pulitzer Prize):

• Manuscript Proofreading/Assessment Services

• A Blog Tour with Five (5) Standout Book Bloggers

• A customized/epic/vivid Promotional Book Trailer with a Soundtrack and Dream Cast representing your story

• Author Interview on The Writer’s Block blog

• Extensive social media shoutouts

• A Stylish Handmade Bookmark for your quiet time with a good read!

3rd Place Prize (The Costa/Hogg Prize):

• Author Interview on The Writer’s Block blog

• Social media shoutouts

• A Stylish Handmade Bookmark for your quiet time with a good read!

Virtual Book Festival Organizer Ivana and judges, together, will offer feedback on each and every submission!! (Even those that do not score the win because we still want to offer writers as much help as we can to get them closer to success!) *We withhold the right to refuse feedback on certain submissions under special circumstances.

Virtual Book Festival Schedule/Timeline:

2019 Season

We begin accepting Manuscript submissions on December 1, 2018

We stop accepting Manuscript submissions on July 1, 2019

The Day of the Virtual Festival is October 2, 2019

2020 Season

We begin accepting Manuscript submissions on December 1, 2019

We stop accepting Manuscript submissions on July 1, 2020

The Day of the Virtual Festival is October 2, 2020

2021 Season

We begin accepting Manuscript submissions on December 1, 2020

We stop accepting Manuscript submissions on July 1, 2021

The Day of the Virtual Festival is October 2, 2021

Instructions How To Register To Submit A Manuscript & Attend OR Only Attend Our Virtual Writer’s Event BELOW!

*TWO-STEP SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS (for Manuscript Submitters):

Step #1: Register via our secure RegOnline account here with your name/pen name, email address, mailing address, social media information, and pay your $25 Submission Fee.

Step #2: SEND us your Completed and Polished Manuscript of original origins (not infringing on any Copyrights) and of Novel length (i.e. 60,000 words or more) as a .doc or .docx file format in ENGLISH language, along with the name/pen name and email address that you used to register with us on our RegOnline account! (Details on where to send your manuscript will be provided in your registration on RegOnline).

We look forward to reading your Manuscripts and announcing the future winners!!

*The Writer’s Block explicitly recommends never showing or sharing your creative material with any party, including us, without first getting it Copyrighted with the United States Copyright Office at Copyright.gov to protect your creative work! 😉

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*SINGLE-STEP ATTENDANCE ADMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: (for Virtual Attendees who do not intend to Submit a Manuscript):

Register via our secure RegOnline account here with your name/pen name, email address, mailing address, social information, and pay your $25 Attendance Fee.

~ The Novelette 📚

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Author Interview · Uncategorized

My #AuthorInterview with Jennifer Macaire (@JenniferMacaire) #Author of #TheRoadtoAlexander by @AccentPress #Book #Romance #WomansFicition #HisFic #TimeTravel #BlogTour @RaRaResources

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Read on for my Author Interview with Jennifer Macaire author of the Time Travel Romance, The Road to Alexander, by Accent Press!

Much thanks to Jennifer for taking the time to answer these questions! Also, much thank to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour! 😊

First, a little bit about The Road to Alexander: What do you do when the past becomes your future?

The year is 2089, and time-travelling journalist Ashley Riveraine gets a once in a lifetime opportunity to interview her childhood hero, Alexander the Great. She expects to come out with an award-winning article, but doesn’t count on Fate intervening.

Alexander mistakes Ashley for Persephone, goddess of the dead, and kidnaps her, stranding her in his own time. Being stuck 3000 years in the past with the man of her dreams wouldn’t be so bad if the scientists of the Time Institute hadn’t threatened to erase Ashley from existence if she changes history.

Ashley must now walk a tightrope, caught up in the cataclysmic events of the time, knowing what the future holds for the people she comes to love but powerless to do anything to influence it.

Join Ashley on her hilarious, bumpy journey into the past as she discovers where her place in history truly is…

My Interview with Jennifer ~

• What did you want to be as a child? Was it an author?

When I was little, I wanted to be a horse. When I got older, I wanted to be a palaeontologist, but dyslexia meant I had little hope of ever spelling a dinosaur’s name right, much less the word ‘palaeontology’ (I had to use spell check for both those, BTW). I ended up working as a model for a few years, married a polo player, and travelled all over the world. I had lots of free time, so I wrote articles for magazines and short stories. One of the short stories turned into a seven book time travel series about Alexander the Great and the rest, as they say, is history!

• What does a day in the life of Jennifer Macaire look like?

Right now, it’s fairly calm. I have a part time job as a receptionist/assistant for an orthodontist, so I’m in an office 4 days a week. The rest of the time is spent cleaning,  shopping, cooking, reading, writing, and trying to get some exercise at the local public pool (I love to swim). My children are grown and have ‘flown the nest’, my husband and I have very different work schedules (he works weekends, for example, and I work until 8 pm most nights), but we manage to see each other at least once a day, lol!

• What do you use to inspire you when you get Writer’s Block?

Chocolate! And coffee, and a walk – I love to take walks in our town. I have a wire-haired dachshund called ‘Auguste’, and I take him everywhere with me.

• What book would you take with you to a desert island? Can I cheat and say my kindle? I have  a ton of books on it, and I am never without it.

Favorite quote?

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

• Coffee or tea?

It depends what time of day it is. At night, tea, but during the day, coffee.

Best TV or Movie adaptation of a book?

Game of Thrones – fantastic.

Do you plan your books in advance or let them develop as you write?

I plan and outline and research for ages before writing.

What does the act of writing mean to you?

Much pain and frustration – and joy, and laughing about my mistakes with my editor, and panic when sales slump and delight when they soar – the usual, I suppose! It’s a way to get use of my over-active imagination too.

 • Have you ever had a character take over a story, and if so, who was it and why? When I started this series, it was supposed to be a short story. But Alexander the Great literally too over. He kidnapped Ashley and she was stranded in the past. I couldn’t just leave her there like that – I had to find out what happened.

• Which one of The Road To Alexander’s characters was the hardest to write and why?

The easiest was Alexander – he was larger than life, heroic, vain, and confident. Those kinds of characters seem to just take over and write themselves. The hardest one was Ashley – she’s a modern woman transported into the past and trapped there. She was cold, aloof, felt superior to the people from the past, and everything she did turned out wrong. She went to the past sure to win a prestigious prize and got kidnapped; she fell in love with a legend, people want to get her out of the way, and she’s clueless about that – and she’s also walking a knife edge, because if she changes history in the slightest, she risks the wrath of the terrible Time Senders, and she’ll be erased.

• Which character in any of your books (The Road To Alexander or otherwise) is dearest to you and why? Ashley – for all the same reasons as above, because she manages to survive, she learns to love, to open up, and to fit in the past – not an easy feat! I was proud of her!

• Do you have stories on the back burner that are just waiting to be written?

Yes, I always have one or two I’m working on – I love to write.

 • What has been the hardest thing about publishing? What has been the most fun?

The hardest is actually getting published – wait, no, I take that back. The hardest is promoting the books after. It’s hard work, but it’s not disagreeable. It’s just that you go from the creative process (plotting, writing) to a more practical process (looking for a publisher, writing queries, waiting for rejections or approvals, getting promo packages together, which takes a lot of time, especially when you’re dyslexic – argh – I keep spelling things wrong and getting links mixed up!) But it’s all fun, and I love it, and I do it for practically free, so I must be insane, lol.

• What advice would you give budding authors about publishing?

See ‘my favourite quote’ above! ;-). It’s true, just keep trying. Put your rejected first manuscript in a drawer and start a new one. Rinse and repeat. Finish what you start, don’t be afraid of rejection, everyone gets rejection slips, even the author of Harry Potter got a ton before someone finally published her story. Write – but even more importantly, read. Someone once said ‘reading and writing go together like breathing in and breathing out’.

• What inspired you to write such a unique story such as The Road To Alexander?

A dream – most of my books come to me at night, when I’m in a sort of half slumber. Being insomniac is good for the imagination.

• Your top five authors?

My favourite authors change all the time – but right now, here are my top five:

Jodie Taylor

Paula Houseman

DK Marley

Harry Bingham

Jenny Kane

• Book you’ve bought just for the cover?

I think it was ‘The Cobweb Bride’, and that was a fantastic book.

• Tell us about what you’re working on now.

I’m working on another time travel set in the time of the Crusades, and a YA book (also time travel) about a parallel world where the Greek and Nordic gods are still around.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog!!

 

Be sure to order The Road to Alexander ~

Paperback here

Kindle here

~ The Novelette 🖤📚

Book Reviews · Uncategorized

My #BookReview of #TheRoadtoAlexander by Jennifer Macaire (@JenniferMacaire) & @AccentPress!! ✨✨✨✨✨ #Fantasy #Adventure #HistoricalFiction #Romance #FemaleProtagonist #BookBlogger #BlogTour @RaRaResources

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Read on for my review of The Road to Alexander by author Jennifer Macaire! Thank you Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for a copy of this fantastic Historical Fiction read and for inviting me to take part in this Blog Tour! 🤗

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

Description: What do you do when the past becomes your future?

The year is 2089, and time-travelling journalist Ashley Riveraine gets a once in a lifetime opportunity to interview her childhood hero, Alexander the Great. She expects to come out with an award-winning article, but doesn’t count on Fate intervening.

Alexander mistakes Ashley for Persephone, goddess of the dead, and kidnaps her, stranding her in his own time. Being stuck 3000 years in the past with the man of her dreams wouldn’t be so bad if the scientists of the Time Institute hadn’t threatened to erase Ashley from existence if she changes history.

Ashley must now walk a tightrope, caught up in the cataclysmic events of the time, knowing what the future holds for the people she comes to love but powerless to do anything to influence it.

Join Ashley on her hilarious, bumpy journey into the past as she discovers where her place in history truly is…

My Book Review ~

Ashley Riverain is a young adult “modern woman” to say the least. She is modern beyond even those in the current day as she is from the 30th century. As a journalist working within the gifts of scientific advancement that allows for such an achievement as time travel, Ashley scores big time. In her mind he is the best, the most, and the greatest, Alexander the Great.  He agrees to let Ashley interview him, but a case of mistaken identity leaves Ashley trapped in the past possibly for good! A foreshadowing at book leaves you guessing and hanging through the story and the slow burn , uncertain romance between Alexander the Great and Ashley left me wanting more wanting them to have their happily ever after.

This story was one of humor, wit, fantasy, adventure. With its mix of fiction and historical facts this book become a colorful array of times gone by and times yet to be seen. I thought that it was brilliant and thought provoking how author Jennifer Macaire came up with a time travel volunteer program that is still working all it kinks out as an aspect to journalism and how that would effect up and coming journalists make their mark in their chosen field. For the uniqueness of this story and it’s ability to entertain and intrigue I give The Road to Alexander ✨✨✨✨✨ (5 stars)!!!!!

Takeaway Quotes:

  • Some trips didn’t work out because the journalist was in the wrong place or the wrong time –but they usually came back alive.
  • Clearly I’d succeeded. No one had realized the extent of my infatuation. I was confident I would be able to control my emotions –after all, I was a modern, well educated woman.
  • ‘Very nice,’ I agreed. My own words came out of my mouth in her language, thanks to a complex bioimplant in my cerebral cortex. It was a shock at first.
  • My eyes took a second to get used to the gloom. Then I saw him. Alexander was sitting cross-legged on a beautiful rug. A bowl of pale green grapes was next to him, and he was idly picking through them, choosing the smallest and sweetest to eat. He was wearing a short, pleated tunic made of bleached linen. His feet were bare, but a pair of leather sandals lay on the floor next to him. Otherwise, he wore no ornaments, and his tunic, though finely his legs and arms. Most looked like they had been made by swords. They’d healed well, but one on his wrist seemed recent. As I watched he rubbed it, perhaps it still pained him. His hands were square and strong with the tendons showing on the backs. His fingers were long and his nails trimmed very short. On the inside of his arms, I could see the tracing of blue veins. Though he was tanned, his skin was nearly translucent in some places; there were lavender shadows beneath his eyes and on his temples, and in the hollow of his throat I could see a pulse beat.
  • My first impression was that he was dangerous. He gave off an aura of energy. His movements were controlled. His gaze was direct yet hooded. He had long, brassy gold hair tied back from his face with a leather thong. His hair was dyed, which was not unusual for a man in that time, but it was impossible to say what the true colour was, maybe a reddish-gold, or a warm brown. His eyebrows were dark, thick, and arched across a wide, clear brow. His eyes were canny; I was reminded of a South American jaguar. Then he tilted his head and I saw that one eye was blue and the other brown. It was disconcerting.
  • He chose a grape for me and gently put it in my mouth. It was one of the most sensual gestures anyone had ever made to me. I felt faint, and when he leaned over and kissed me, I toppled onto the rug with hardly a whimper. Alexander obviously thought I’d come to see him for only one reason. I guess he was smothered with women throwing themselves on him –but vestal virgins? My body was saying, ‘Yes! Yes!’ My head said, ‘Ashley! Control yourself!’ I sat up and pushed him away. ‘Sorry, I can’t do this,’ I said.
  • ‘It’s one thing for your followers to believe you’re divine, but it’s another thing if you believe it. The Persians think that their king is responsible for the king doesn’t make the proper sacrifices and follow the rituals, then the world will end. But that doesn’t make him a god. Darius’s problem is that he believes he’s divine. Now that he’s defeated, he’s a dangerous man.’
  • of the butterfly theory is correct. Little things can have enormous consequences. However, big things, things you assume would alter history, are usually swallowed up in what scientists call the ‘Molasses Theory of Time’. Time follows its schedule like inertia, starting slowly and then flowing like a bottle of molasses tipped over on a table. The molasses is thick and torpid, but it flows. To stop it, one must be very quick. Otherwise, the sluggish, sticky stuff will ooze over the table. It follows its own schedule, just as time does.
  • Erasing history meant going to the point where the change occurred and taking out a chunk of time. It’s the last resort.
  • I walked an emotional and mental tightrope, loving a man who would die in a few years, knowing the fate that would befall most of my friends, unable to utter a warning.
  • ‘Come,’ he said harshly. The soldiers parted as he led me towards the gruesome scene.
  • ‘I wrote to Aristotle about it. I wonder what he will say.’ ‘He’ll say, “Don’t worry, it was only a dream.” I think it means you feel that you have too much responsibility, and you believe your men cannot function without you.
  • I was in love with the sun god, with a shooting star, with a legend, with Alexander.
  • Only Alexander knew I was from the future. I had to tell him, we were making each other too unhappy with our secrets. He took charge of telling the scribes and historians not to write anything about me. That way I wouldn’t show up on any ancient scraps of papyrus.
  • I had never believed in fate. I’d always believed that I, and I alone, decided what my life would be. The idea of predestiny was ludicrous to me, which was ironic, as I was trapped with a man whose destiny was known to me. A destiny I could not change, no matter how much I wanted. So in a way, our beliefs were the same now, which drove me crazy.

~ The Novelette 🖤📚

 

Book Reviews · Uncategorized

My #BookReview of #DeepDirtyTruth by Steph Broadribb (@CrimeThrillGirl) & @OrendaBooks!! ✨✨✨✨✨ #Crime #Thriller #FemaleProtagonist #Action #Adventure #BookBlogger

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Read on for my review of Deep Dirty Truth by crime/Thriller writer Steph Broadribb! Thank you Orenda Books for a  copy of this action pack read and for inviting me to take part in this Blog Tour! 🤗

Genre: Crime/Thriller

Description: A price on her head. A secret worth dying for. Just 48 hours to expose the truth…

Single-mother bounty hunter Lori Anderson has finally got her family back together, but her new-found happiness is shattered when she’s snatched by the Miami Mob – and they want her dead. Rather than a bullet, they offer her a job: find the Mob’s ‘numbers man’ – Carlton North – who’s in protective custody after being forced to turn federal witness against them. If Lori succeeds, they’ll wipe the slate clean and the price on her head – and those of her family – will be removed. If she fails, they die.

With North due in court in forty-eight hours, Lori sets off across Florida, racing against the clock to find him and save her family. Only in this race the prize is more deadly – and the secret she shares with JT more dangerous – than she ever could have imagined. In this race only the winner gets out alive…

Brimming with tension, high-stakes jeopardy and high-voltage action, and a deep, emotional core, Deep Dirty Truth is an unmissable thriller by one of the freshest and most exciting voices in crime fiction.

My Book Review ~

Fast-paced, high stakes, life or death decisions, the mob, the FBI, and gator country. Deep Dirty Truth was a wild ride that offered entertainment, action, shock value, and gave much anticipation for its follow up. Steph Broadribb has created with Lori Anderson a strong female protagonist that readers can sympathize with and have faith in to save herself from every foe, weapon, and challenge that comes against her. 

She is a single mother fighting for her daughter and her family against the worse or the worse (gators!) JK! ☺️… Vengeful Mobsters. Tension from the threat and the lack of time, just 48 hours, to save herself and her family makes Deep Dirty Truth a heart-stopping story of survival, pressure, emotional tension, secrets, adventure through the trees, lakes, grasslands, and orange groves of southern states, and impressive negotiation techniques from Lori which often is the only thing that saves her from imminent danger. 

I give Deep Dirty Truth ✨✨✨✨✨ (5 stars)!!

Takeaway Quotes:

  • Momma. I miss you :-* :-* :-* :-*
  • Pigs. I tense. Dig my heels into the dirt and swallow hard. If they toss me into the pigpen I’m a goner for sure. Hooded, with my arms and legs bound, I’ll stand no kind of chance against a herd of hungry swine, and, from the noise they’re making, they sure sound hungry.
  • I try to get my heart rate under control and think logically. It makes no sense to snatch me and drive all those hours just to feed me to these beasts. If they wanted to get me dead right off the bat then a bullet in the head would’ve done the job real nice. They’re messing with me, but I don’t think they’re going to kill me, not at this moment anyways. So I force my body to relax, release my heels from the dirt and wait to see what happens.
  • The voice is packed with menace. ‘You got North?’
  • ‘You got less than twenty-four hours to get him away from the Feds.’
  • My breath catches in my throat as I realise: the picture was taken looking down the barrel of a gun. I message back: Stay away from my family. I’m doing the g*ddamn job.
  • ‘Dead bodies tend to change a situation.’
  • He takes the Mustang up to the speed limit and stays vigilant for vehicles that could be new tails. As long as they’re in this car and on the highway, they’re vulnerable. The drive will take them another hour.
  • North looks thoughtful. ‘I’ve got an idea. Tell Luciano you’re bringing me back to the compound so he can prove to the Old Man I’m a traitor and then execute me in front of him.’
  • I glare at the rat guy, walking towards him, keeping his shaved-headed, heavily inked mate in my peripheral vision. ‘Bleeding out upstairs.’
  • Ink guy starts firing. Bullets cut into the stone floor to my right. I dive behind the Rat’s spread-eagled body. Keep myself pressed close to the ground.
  • The banner across the bottom of the screen screams: FBI Agent Killers Heading to Miami.
  • ‘I’ve nearly died twice already. I’m not afraid.’ Dakota sticks her chin out, defiant. ‘You can’t ever have too much adventure, and I need lots, so if I get sick again I’ve got good things to think about when they’re giving me the medicine.’
  • How things play out now will be down to a roll of the dice.
  • I feel his arms around me. Tilt my head up and press my lips against his. I feel the passion in his kiss, the strength in his embrace, and tell myself that everything will be okay.
  • But as JT pulls me closer I melt into him, blocking out my doubts. I’ve missed this. Missed him. And right now, this is all that matters….Surely together we can get through anything?
  • I clench my fingers together. Grit my teeth. So, whatever else happens, there’s one thing I’m sure about. I refuse to die here.

~ The Novelette 🖤📚

Author Interview · Uncategorized

My #AuthorInterview with Abigail Johnson (@AbigailsWriting) #Author of #EvenIfIFall by @InkYardPress & @HarperCollins @BookEndsKim @VickyCBooks #Book #Romance #WomansFicition

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Read on for my Author Interview with Abigail Johnson author of the Romance with a twist novel, Even If I Fall, by Inkyard Press!

Much thanks to Abigail for taking the time to answer these questions! Also, much thank to Vicky Who Reads for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour! 😊

First a little bit about Even If I Fall:

A year ago, Brooke Covington lost everything when her beloved older brother, Jason, confessed to the murder of his best friend, Calvin. Brooke and her family became social pariahs, broken and unable to console one another. Brooke’s only solace remains the ice-skating rink, where she works but no longer lets herself dream about a future skating professionally.

When Brooke encounters Calvin’s younger brother, Heath, on the side of the road and offers him a ride, everything changes. She needs someone to talk to…and so does Heath. No one else understands what it’s like. Her brother, alive but gone; his brother, dead but everywhere. Soon, they’re meeting in secret, despite knowing that both families would be horrified if they found out. In the place of his anger and her guilt, something frighteningly tender begins to develop, drawing them ever closer together.

But when a new secret comes out about the murder, Brooke has to choose whose pain she’s willing to live with—her family’s or Heath’s. Because she can’t heal one without hurting the other.

My Interview with Abigail ~

• What did you want to be as a child? Was it an author?

I wanted to be an archaeologist for the longest time (I blame Indiana Jones and Scrooge McDuck). In fact, the first novel I tried to write after college was an archaeological adventure involving Atlantis. That one didn’t work out but maybe I’ll write something with an archaeological element one day.

• What does a day in the life of Abigail Johnson look like?

That all depends on what stage I’m at with whatever book I’m working on. Typically, I respond to emails and do a little social media first thing in the morning. I’ll write through lunch/early afternoon then do more emails/website/design/plan upcoming promo stuff. If I’m on a deadline, I’ll write until evening then break for dinner and a little family/friend time and then I’ll write late into the night. I try to take weekends off unless I’m on a real time crunch.

• What do you use to inspire you when you get Writer’s Block?

I’m a big-time believer in writing a synopsis before I start drafting so I always know what I need to write each day.  

• What book would you take with you to a desert island?

My Bible

• Favorite quote?

There are way too many, but from a craft standpoint I love this one from YA author Brenna Yovanoff: “I’m a big fan of thinking of stories as giant, fancy snowflakes with lots of intricate little stars and flowers and spirals. This is nice, because it’s whimsical and fun and better than thinking of stories as giant, angry monsters that want to eat your brain.”

• Coffee or tea?

Tea

• Best TV or Movie adaptation of a book?

Gone With the Wind and Outlander

• Do you plan your books in advance or let them develop as you write?

I write a ten or so page synopsis before I begin drafting. It contains the main storyline but still leaves me with the freedom to develop secondary storylines and characters so I never feel too constrained.

• What does the act of writing mean to you?

To quote the genie from Aladdin, “Phenomenal cosmic power! Itty bitty living space.”

• Have you ever had a character take over a story, and if so, who was it and why?

Not take over per se, but I have had characters surprise me with how fun they were to write. Jolene, the main female character in the book that comes out in 2020, was a blast to write.

• Which one of Even If I Fall’s characters was the hardest to write and why?

Probably Heath. He has so much anger that he’s constantly trying to contain because he knows there is no real outlet for him. It was challenging but also so rewarding to see him come to life on the page.

• Which character in any of your books (Even If I Fall or otherwise) is dearest to you and why?

I love all my characters, even the so-called villains because I understand them (even when I don’t agree with them). I have a soft spot in my heart for Claire, the best friend from If I Fix You, because she’s kind of a mashup of my mom and one of my sisters.

• Do you have stories on the back burner that are just waiting to be written?

Oh yes. There’s one, in particular, that is way outside my contemporary YA wheelhouse that involves dinosaurs…hopefully, I’ll get to finish it one day.

• What has been the hardest thing about publishing? What has been the most fun?

Rejection sucks and publishing is 95% rejection, or at least it can feel that way when you’re starting out. Querying is awful and seemingly endless. I was fortunate in that my submission process was very quick but I remember all the nerves and self-doubt that came before my first sale. It’s brutal. But it’s worth it when I can go into a bookstore and see my books on the shelf. That’s one of the best feelings in the world.

• What advice would you give budding authors about publishing?

Write a synopsis before you start drafting! Work out all your story/character issues in those few pages so that you don’t spend months (or more) re-writing draft after draft after draft…

• What was the last thing you read?

Last night I finished The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. Loved it!

• Your top five authors?

Kasie West, John Green, Maggie Stiefvater, Diana Gabaldon, Ilona Andrews

• Book you’ve bought just for the cover?

I bought Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi without even glancing at the description. Fortunately, the book was just as stunning as the cover. I’ve also been dying to get my hands on Stain by A.G. Howard from the second I saw Nathalia Suellen’s gorgeous cover design.

• Tell us about what you’re working on now.

I’m working on a new contemporary YA full of messy families, a loath-at-first-sight romance, and a little breaking and entering gone very, very bad.

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I must say that contemporary YA sounds like a story I could swallow whole! Looking forward to the read, Abigail!

Be sure to order Even If I Fall ~

Paperback here

Kindle here

~ The Novelette 😎

Book Reviews · Shining Stars · Uncategorized

#BookReview #FashionVictim by @Drrramina #YA #Thriller #Mystery #Books #BookBlogger #VirtualBookFestival #ShiningStarSeven 📚✨✨✨✨✨✨✨📚 #Author #Writer

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Read on for my Book Review of #FashionVictim by Amina Akhtar!

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, YA

Description: A darkly thrilling take on the fashion world, #FashionVictim is Dexter meets The Devil Wears Prada.

New York City fashion editor Anya St. Clair is on the verge of greatness. Her wardrobe is to die for. Her social media is killer. And her career path is littered with the bodies of anyone who got in her way. She’s worked hard to get where she is, but she doesn’t have everything.

Not like Sarah Taft. Anya’s obsession sits one desk away. Beautiful, stylish, and rich, she was born to be a fashion world icon. From her beach-wave blonde hair to her on-trend nail art, she’s a walking editorial spread. And Anya wants to be her friend. Her best friend. Her only friend.

But when Sarah becomes her top competition for a promotion, Anya’s plan to win her friendship goes into overdrive. In order to beat Sarah…she’ll have to become her. Friendly competition may turn fatal, but as they say in fashion:One day you’re in, and the next day you’re dead.

Publication Date: August 28, 2018

My Book Review ~

Two Words Stand Out…… “Unreliable Narrator” 👀

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Fashion Victim reminds me in many ways of American Psycho. And MC Anya is the stylish chick version of Patrick Bateman…One of the main reasons why? You never quite know if she really killed all these people “Lauren-Bots,” poisoned the feminine products in her workplace, stabbed herself, and all the other SUPER things she is the troubled mind behind. #FashionVictim is basically a chic America Psycho that married “The Devil Wares Prada” if said devil was much younger even more fabulous and the “child of Blake Lively and Blake Lively….” all tall with “willowy blonde hair” etc., etc.

This is a story that will keep you well entertained with author Amina’s genius and delicious, perfectly placed quips, lol-ing at the dark humor, intrigued by the fashion, glitz, and glam, and on the edge of your seat as the crimes unfold and escalate. Our Anti-Hero, Anya, is well cray, cray, but it’s okay what would so many wonderful stories be without the leading murdering, humorous psycho to keep us all enthralled?? 🤷🏽‍♀️

And the alter egos you will see within these pages are as striking as the statement pieces and the designer shoes.

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Anya deserve a little more description than just a murdering psycho she IS a little more than that. She is a metaphor for the self-esteem and mental health deficits that a materialistic, antagonist, superficial, and critical culture can have on those who just want to be accepted for who they are and recognized for their genuinely competent abilities and talents like their more beautiful, wealthy counterparts. Anya provides a glimpse into the mind of someone under extraordinary pressures to prove themselves in a world that will never be theirs. Anya knows the world she is coveting is not hers, so she is intent on taking it…by force and by blood.

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And it’s such a good fight to the top to watch…..as long as you are good with reading about people murdering people with power tools, knives, stilettos to the skull, etc., etc.! 😌

The snark, condescension, dark humor, dark humor, dark humor, dark humor, designer shoes (one of which will be as a murder weapon…👀), and status chasing social media loving Fashion Victims and HBICs (aka Head Bitches In Charge) makes #FashionVictim better than a good read! #FashionVictim will be one of your guilty pleasure reads!

If dark humor is your thing #FashionVictim will also work for some brill inspiration for your New Years writing endeavors or just keep you well entertained through Winter break!

One thing is for sure even the best makeup cannot hide this girl’s special brand of crazy and that is so good for us readers! 🥴🤪🔪

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*Remember “it’s hip to be square!” (…Only American Psycho fans like me will know)! 😘

I loved #FashionVictim so much that I am adding it to our Hall of Fame here on ✨The Writer’s Block: Shining Stars✨! Which is a collection of the few books that I just think are so perfect, captivating, and well written that they deserve to be set aside an acknowledged as especially great! 😌  The number seven (7) has historically been used to represent perfection, abundance, sacredness, dignity, completion, and completeness. So, since the number seven is loosely considered a number that represents perfection, I give all books that make it into ✨The Writer’s Block: Shining Stars✨ a lovely 7 out of 5 Stars! ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨

Today our newest Shining Star is #FashionVictim!

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Takeaway Quotes:

  • Perhaps this was a rite of passage, a test of some sort? If you could survive the night wearing five heavy, woolen scarves, you’re officially a woman or something.
  • “Don’t be silly. Smile!” Click! “You look so chic.” She snapped the photo while I was talking. My mouth had been open. That was the opposite of chic.
  • She walked away before I could grab her. I could have made a scene and pulled her by her pretty hair, but I didn’t want to create a ruckus. Imagine the social media shitfest that would ensue. Instead I checked my Instagram. There it was: one eye closed, lip semi-snarling. How many chins did I have? My neck had disappeared into the wool. Worst of all, she hadn’t used a filter. I looked like something that had washed up on the beaches of Montauk. Tomorrow I’d be ridiculed in our editorial meeting, lectured about putting my best foot forward. Because A La Vie woman must always present herself in her best light. As if Celia and Sarah didn’t have bad angles?
  • “OMG Anya, WTF?” She didn’t even say the words. She said the acronyms.
  • “Another bad photo of Anya,” Sarah said, gesturing to me. “Another one? You just can’t represent us if you look like an ugly whale!” Celia glared, waiting for me to acknowledge that my hideous deformation of not looking like Gisele Bundchen would be the ruin of La Vie.
  • If Blake Lively and Blake Lively had a baby, it’d be Sarah Elizabeth Taft…I hated today. I hated Sarah Taft.
  • But if I were her boss, I could order her to perch next to me. Everything Sarah would be invited to, I would, too. (It was, like, masthead law of nature or something. The higher you were on it, the more people wanted to see you and be near you. Invites would simply pour in.)
  • Mulberry wasn’t getting up. She rolled around moaning, acting as if her ankle had broken. It hadn’t. Nothing snapped; I have an ear for these things.
  • “Oh.” I hated talking to the police. They asked too many questions. “Why’d you let your friend die?” “Where were you when the fire started?” “Why didn’t you call for help?” And if you didn’t answer correctly or (even if you did), they took you away. And then you had to live with crazies and criminals until you aged out. They never believed that shit just happened. People died all the time. It’s not a big deal.
  • Sometimes it felt like I was sleepwalking through life, and what I did (or didn’t do) were vague blurs I couldn’t put my finger on. But that’s normal, right? Maybe my meds were messing with me. Anyway, Mulberry was dead. She’d never pity me again. That’s all that mattered. “Death by accessories,” Sarah muttered. Was she going to tweet that? “Killer shoes,” I whispered back. She giggled. “Fashion victim,” she practically cackled, snapping a photo before the officers shooed us away.
  • If it bleeds while wearing designer shoes, it g*ddamned leads.
  • I was not a whale. I was barely a size six. Fine, a six-eight. I wanted to scream, to pick up my computer and smash it on my desk. But that wasn’t an adult reaction. I was supposed to breathe when I felt like burning everything down.
  • The magazines promised. I could be pretty and rich and loved by everyone. Better than that, I’d be envied. I wanted that more than anything else. I wanted someone to make mood boards of me.
  • Deep breaths, Anya. Deep breaths. Frantically, I mouthed WWMKAAD (What Would Mary Kate and Ashley Do) to myself over and over until the rage subsided a bit. Then I called Cassie over.
  • Do you know just how much pressure it takes to choke the life out of someone? More than you realize, and at the same time, so much less.
  • Watching her eyes bulge only pissed me off more. Who the fuck was she to make faces at me? This was who Sarah wanted to take to Miami? Ugh, I couldn’t even. I let go and grabbed my knife again. “You’re making me do this.” I raised my arm and brought the knife down over and over again. “Why (stab!) did you (stab!) have to be (stab!) such a loser? (Stab! Stab! Stab!) You’re not Sarah’s BFF! (Stab! Stab! Stab!) I am! (Stab!) You’re never (Stab!) going to work (Stab!) in this industry (Stab! Stab!) again! (Stab! Stab! Stab!) Fucking intern. (Stab! Stab!)” I was out of breath by the end. Between lifting her and killing her, Cassie was working me out. At least I could skip the gym now.
  • Killing Cassie was over so fast. I wanted it to last longer, to feel the endorphins for as long as I possibly could. I breathed in deeply, trying to make it last, feeling a wave of bliss wash over me. This was everything. I felt calm and content, no more seeing red, except for the blood. My head didn’t hurt. Chest pains gone. And then, like most happy moments in life, it was gone. Disappointing and yet satisfying at the same time. Like a quick fuck done well.
  • I was suddenly cool and chic. It was as if I was her perfect friend: short term and trending. I’d take it. BFFs—as long as forever was a few weeks at least.
  • I narrowed my eyes. “Better watch out, Jacky. You could end up on my list.” We both snorted at that. Murder, it was hilarious. How edgy of us.
  • It stopped on twenty-eight and when the doors opened, I saw a gurney with a sheet-covered body. I pushed door close and went to my floor. I needed to decompress. The night was too much. I was certain the moon had done all this. Some eclipse or something was bringing the crazy out. Henri should have warned us.
  • After deeply unsettling days or nights, I showered. It was the only way to stay sane. Wash away everything. Don’t worry about anyone else. Wash my makeup off, scrub myself clean, and smother my skin in rejuvenating serums. And then I could begin again. Refreshed. Renewed.
  • “I take care of my problems,” she boasted. Was she really saying this out loud? In a cubicle in an office with a killing problem? Should I slap her or kiss her? I wasn’t quite sure.
  • “MOTHERFUCKER!!” I screamed, blood pouring everywhere. But holy fuck, that felt good. The pain was almost blinding. The thing with pain so intense, it forces you to focus, it almost clears your mind. It’s like the fast track to meditation. You can either close your eyes and chant for ten years, or just shoot yourself in the hand.
  • “You killed everyone, I saw you do it.” She practically sang the last part.
  • I still saw him from time to time. Hopper would pop up somewhere and stare. He never let me forget his suspicions. I guess that’s what made him a good cop.
  • My smile didn’t waver. After all, a bad photo can ruin months of hard work. A true fashion girl kept her photo game on point at all times. Still, I could hear the buzzing in my ears start up.

~ The Novelette 🖤

Buy #FashionVictim  ~

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Uncategorized · Virtual Book Festival

✨CONFIRMED: Dan Simpson (@ItsDanSimpson) & Writer’s Routine Podcast (@WritersPod) as a Contributor for The Writer’s Block Virtual Book Festival!✨ #VirtualBookFestival #Writers #Authors #IndieWriters #IndieAuthors #WritersLife

Writers and Authors;

The Writer’s Block Virtual Book Festival, which seeks to offer Independently Published and Self-Published Authors gifts and tools to help them get towards publishing success and will take place completely online, is THRILLED to begin announcing the CONFIRMED contributors to our GLOBAL WRITERS EVENT!

The fifth contributor to be announced is: WRITER’S ROUTINE PODCAST!  Dan Simpson, Creator and Host of Writer’s Routine, has offered to give one of our winning Winners an AUTHOR INTERVIEW on a future episode of Writer’s Routine Podcast to talk about their Manuscript and life as an author!

Meet Dan Simpson & Writer’s Routine Podcast!

A2734E69-E919-4EDE-AC9B-3FBBEFA7938FDan Simpson is a radio personality, inspired book lover, and the creator of Writer’s Routine Podcast.

Writer’s Routine Podcast is a weekly podcast which offers Author Interviews, Write Tips, Time Management Advice for Writers, and Tips on how to keep ✨INSPIRATION✨ ALIVE!  Perfect for the creative in us, Writer’s Routine iTunes page describes the podcast as being the the “daily diary of a creative person” to find out how they use their time and use it for maximum innovation and imagination!”

Follow Writer’s Routine Podcast @WritersPod and visit their website here!

So, happy to have you on board, Dan Simpson and Writer’s Routine Podcast, and look forward to collaborating together! 🤗

~ The Novelette

Author Interview · Uncategorized · Virtual Book Festival · Writers Life · Writing Prompts

#Writers #Authors Our ✨Virtual Book Festival✨ is OPEN FOR 📚MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS📚!! Register NOW!! #amWriting #IndependentPublishing #SelfPublishing #WIP #WritersLife #Book #Books #BookBlogger #IndieWriter #IndieAuthor

Self-Published/Independent Authors & Writers;

This is the start of something NEW.

Something that will be valuable to writers EVERYWHERE!

Something that will take place TWICE a year….FROM NOW ON!

Marketing Your Self-Published/Independently-Published Book is key to success as an Independent Writer and Author. Can anyone say, “Duuuuhhhhh?”

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Getting your books SEEN and NOTICED is almost just as important as making sure you have a beginning, middle, and ending of your story! The thing is most Self-Published/Independently-Published Authors and Writers are unable to market their books the way they would like to for a variety of reasons may that be a lack of knowledge about marketing or lacking the resources to take advantage of to advance their “bound baby”! (Get it? Huh? Huh? Get it? Cause books are “bound” and their our “babies”!! 😂)

Well, marketing your book should NEVER feel like a chore AGAIN and The Writer’s Block (and our affiliates) want to help you get that book off the ground to be seen and more importantly remembered by the HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS!

Thusly, I would like to reveal to you a Virtual Book Festival for Self-Published/Independently-Published Writers and Authors!

Guys and Gals of that community this is for you!

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The Writer’s Block Book Festival is an Annual VIRTUAL WRITERS EVENT that we want to offer to you the chance to:

Gain more knowledge about navigating the industry as an Indie whether your are an Indie Self-Published or an Indie under an Independent Publisher, communicate/connect with other visionaries and creators such as yourself, and have the opportunity to win up to $2,000 worth of BOOK MARKETING customized just for your story!!

During each Virtual Book Festival we will have Three (3) BIG Winners and all submitters/attendees will have access to valuable, teachable, and encouraging material crafted just for writers living in the #WritersLife!

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~ Gifts & Prizes by Award Category ~

Grand Prize (The Nobel Prize):

• Paid Twitter Promotion for their Book

• Blog Tour with Ten (10) Standout Book Bloggers

• Book Review from a Well-known BookTuber

• Multiple Author Interviews on Standout Writer’s/Book Podcasts

• A customized/epic/vivid Promotional Book Trailer with a soundtrack and Dream Cast representing your story

• Manuscript Editing Services at your disposal

• Author Interview on The Writer’s Block blog

• Extensive social media shoutouts

• A Stylish Handmade Bookmark for your quiet time with a good read!

2nd Place Prize (The Pulitzer Prize):

• Manuscript Proofreading/Assessment Services

• A Blog Tour with Five (5) Standout Book Bloggers

• A customized/epic/vivid Promotional Book Trailer with a Soundtrack and Dream Cast representing your story

• Author Interview on The Writer’s Block blog

• Extensive social media shoutouts

• A Stylish Handmade Bookmark for your quiet time with a good read!

3rd Place Prize (The Costa/Hogg Prize):

• Author Interview on The Writer’s Block blog

• Social media shoutouts

• A Stylish Handmade Bookmark for your quiet time with a good read!

Virtual Book Festival Organizer Ivana and judges, together, will offer feedback on each and every submission!! (Even those that do not score the win because we still want to offer writers as much help as we can to get them closer to success!) *We withhold the right to refuse feedback on certain submissions under special circumstances.

Virtual Book Festival Schedule/Timeline:

2019 Season

We begin accepting Manuscript submissions on December 1, 2018

We stop accepting Manuscript submissions on July 1, 2019

The Day of the Virtual Festival is October 2, 2019

2020 Season

We begin accepting Manuscript submissions on December 1, 2019

We stop accepting Manuscript submissions on July 1, 2020

The Day of the Virtual Festival is October 2, 2020

2021 Season

We begin accepting Manuscript submissions on December 1, 2020

We stop accepting Manuscript submissions on July 1, 2021

The Day of the Virtual Festival is October 2, 2021

Instructions How To Register To Submit A Manuscript & Attend OR Only Attend Our Virtual Writer’s Event BELOW!

*TWO-STEP SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS (for Manuscript Submitters):

Step #1: Register via our secure RegOnline account here with your name/pen name, email address, mailing address, social media information, and pay your $25 Submission Fee.

Step #2: SEND us your Completed and Polished Manuscript of original origins (not infringing on any Copyrights) and of Novel length (i.e. 60,000 words or more) as a .doc or .docx file format in ENGLISH language, along with the name/pen name and email address that you used to register with us on our RegOnline account! (Details on where to send your manuscript will be provided in your registration on RegOnline).

We look forward to reading your Manuscripts and announcing the future winners!!

*The Writer’s Block explicitly recommends never showing or sharing your creative material with any party, including us, without first getting it Copyrighted with the United States Copyright Office at Copyright.gov to protect your creative work! 😉

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*SINGLE-STEP ATTENDANCE ADMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: (for Virtual Attendees who do not intend to Submit a Manuscript):

Register via our secure RegOnline account here with your name/pen name, email address, mailing address, social information, and pay your $25 Attendance Fee.

~ The Novelette 📚

Uncategorized · Virtual Book Festival

✨CONFIRMED: Dani Vee (@Dani_Vee_) of @WordsnNerds_Pod as a Judge & Contributor for The Writer’s Block Virtual Book Festival!✨ #VirtualBookFestival #Writers #Authors #IndieWriters #IndieAuthors #WritersLife

Writers and Authors;

The Writer’s Block Virtual Book Festival, which seeks to offer Independently Published and Self-Published Authors gifts and tools to help them get towards publishing success and will take place completely online, is THRILLED to begin announcing the CONFIRMED contributors to our GLOBAL WRITERS EVENT!

The fourth contributor to be announced is: DANI VEE! Dani has agreed to be one of our JUDGES to help select the standout Manuscripts, that will be submitted to our festival between the months of December 1, 2018 – February 1, 2019, to find our three (3) lovely winners! As the host of the writer’s podcast, WORDS AND NERDS PODCAST, Dani has also offered to give one of our winning Winners an AUTHOR INTERVIEW on a future episode of Words and Nerds Podcast to talk about their Manuscript and life as an author!

Meet Dani Vee & Words and Nerds Podcast!

94AF7B01-C57C-4461-AED9-F3D3E6AC4CF4Dani is a Head English teacher, avid reader, book enthusiast, writer, and host of Words and Nerds Podcast!

Words and Nerds Podcast is described as an entertaining and conversational podcast. It seeks to get inside the mind of writers. Words and Nerds Podcast also discusses the political, social, and philosophical influence of writers and their books. Words and Nerds Podcast offers books with a side of intellect which examines the change books can have in our communities and the inspiration that drives writers!

Follow Words and Nerds Podcast @WordsNNerds_Pod and visit their website here!

So, happy to have you on board, Dani Vee and Words and Nerds Podcast, and look forward to collaborating together! 🤗

~ The Novelette

Uncategorized · Virtual Book Festival

✨CONFIRMED: Independent Publisher, Book Baby (@BookBaby), as a Presenting Contributor for The Writer’s Block Virtual Book Festival!✨ #VirtualBookFestival #Writers #Authors #IndieWriters #IndieAuthors #WritersLife

Writers and Authors;

The Writer’s Block Virtual Book Festival, which seeks to offer Independently Published and Self-Published Authors gifts and tools to help them get towards publishing success and will take place completely online, is THRILLED to begin announcing the CONFIRMED contributors to our GLOBAL WRITERS EVENT!

The third contributor to be announced is: BOOK BABY! Book Baby has agreed to offer a Contributor Presentation by providing an upbeat video presentation highlighting where they have postured themselves in the publishing industry and what they want to offer independent writers around the world!

Meet BookBaby!

45B0863F-C0A3-4CF4-A089-B1EBC628BFABFor all of your eBook, Print-On-Demand, best of the best World Wide Distribution, Interior & Exterior Design, Print, ISBN, and Direct-To-Readers Sales NEEDS, the company Book Baby is there for you!!

Crafted for the indie writer and indie author, Book Baby is the dream independent publisher with reasonable pricing for successful book launches that could launch careers. Book Baby is a wonderful resource for independent writers globally and the perfect addition to our list of presenting contributors!

Follow Book Baby @BookBaby and visit their website here!

So, happy to have you on board, Book Baby, and look forward to collaborating together! 🤗

~ The Novelette

Book Reviews · Uncategorized

#BookReview of #TheRavenTower by @EmmaMilesShadow ✨✨✨✨✨ #Fantasy #FemaleProtagonist #Book #BookReview #BookBlogger 📚📚📚

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Genre: Fantasy

Description: What price will Kesta and the fire-walkers have to pay to keep their people from enslavement? The raids were more ferocious, more desperate and much earlier in the year. When Kesta sees in the flame who is really behind the attacks the Independent islands of the Fulmers seem doomed to fall. Their only hope is to cross the sea to seek the help of the King of Elden and his sorcerer, the Dark Man.

Publication Date: November 20, 2018

My Book Review ~ 

A fearless female hero. A Fantasy with magic, mystery, and wonder. This story was unlike other stories that I normally read. I usually flock to the mysteries and the Thrillers, The Raven Tower didn’t not initially strike as being that type of a read, but in many ways it fulfilled my thirst for action and drama in literature. 

Author Emma Miles created an amazing and world of fantasy, wonder, and war. She delivered to readers passionate tale of a girl and her people in a fight for their freedoms and their future. I really enjoyed this book and I think other readers will as well!! 🤗

Look out for Book Two of this series COMING SOON! 👍🏽

I give The Raven Tower ✨✨✨✨✨ (5 Stars)!!

Order The Raven Tower:

Kindle

Paperback

~ The Novelette 🖤😘