GIVEAWAY OVER: Winner is Kayli Garvin. YEA!!!
It’s time to play a little catch-up (not to be confused with ketchup). Here are a few of my favorite February reads. Most of these I rated 5’s on Amazon & Goodreads, but my Sweet Scale is a little more critical, so a lot are 4’s on here.
GIVEAWAY: I’m giving away a copy of the winner’s choice among these, so leave a comment to enter the drawing for March 16th.
Blemish by Jewel Allen
This historical fiction takes place in the Philippines (early 1900’s) in the Phillipines. The heroine has lived a life of luxury and has a beau ready to propose to her. But one blemish changes everything. Leprosy! Banished to a forsaken island with other lepers, Maristella must learn how to work and live in more primitive conditions as she adjusts to losing everything she cared for—family, privilege, love. As she meets Basilio, another leper in the colony, her heart opens to him. But lepers are forbidden to fall in love and marry. Continue reading
Thanks to everyone who has bought and read Game Changer since its release. And especially thank you to those who have reviewed it as well.
Leaving a review on a book you read and like is one of the best things you can do to help an author spread the word about their book and whether it’s worth reading. I know my husband is the kind of reader who goes to Amazon and looks only at books that have a certain number of reviews. So when a book sits there with only 10 or so reviews, even if it’s the most amazing book ever written, most readers won’t give it a chance. Reviews are the lifeblood of authors’ success or doom.
Here are some snippets from some 5 Star reviews that have made me smile.
…The reader will enjoy getting to know these two college students. Both have more depth than they first appear to, and both are wrestling with personal demons. The writing is sharp and the scenes fluid. Though not my typical genre, Game Changer added some sweetness to my normally dark salty fare. A little lightness is always welcome. “(Carrie, Amazon reader)
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It has been a rough few months, but there is still so much to be grateful for in my life. I just spent a few days down in Vegas with my mom and youngest daughter, and that made me realize just how precious each moment in life really is.
My mom suffered a severe stroke in September which stole her speech and movement on her right (dominant) side. It’s been a long recovery (and probably still a lot more to go), but I am so tickled pink by her progress. She is learning to communicate again and each word she manages to utter is completely precious. Seriously. I already love the power of words because I’m a writer. But seeing her lack that gift right now makes each word even more powerful when they leave her lips. Continue reading
Summer has gone by like a whirlwind, and Fall is peeking around the corner. I thought I’d share my second book trailer today to give you a few more peeks into my new book that will be released in three weeks. Squeal!!!!
I’m super excited for you to read this book. It’s been so fun to write…and I’ll admit, I’m in love with my characters–Liz, Rawson, Benny and Addie. They’re fun imaginary friends (we authors have lots of those).
As I say goodbye to Summer, I wanted to pay tribute to some awesome books I’ve read in the last month that have made my summer better. Continue reading
I’m over at Rebecca Belliston’s blog today for her March Madness series for writers and readers. My article is on the importance of reviews (sound familiar?). I did it earlier this year, but feel it’s a super important topic…so I threw it out again. If you read…please write reviews about the books you read. Go HERE to read why (if you haven’t already). You help writers out…and you help other readers who are skimming reviews trying to figure out what books to choose.
And Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you as well. I ran into work this morning and realized when I got there that I had not a speck of green on. It terrified me…so I ran back home and changed. I now have my green going on…so no pinching! Have a great week!
You don’t have to be a writer or be really good with words to leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads. In fact, even if you never came close to clinching the English student of the year award, you can still leave reviews. Leaving a review will make book sites, authors, and even other readers LOVE you!
Have you ever thought about purchasing a book, yet you’re not quite sure whether it’s a right fit for you or not. What do you do?
I go straight to reviews and start skimming to get an idea of whether I want to buy the book. Books with few reviews get skipped over, even if there’s nothing wrong with them. That’s why EVERY review is important, whether it’s short or long, super funny or basic. Continue reading