Book Review: In First Person by Lucy Paz

Title: In First Person
Author: Lucy Paz
Genre: Historical, Autobiography
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Alice is thrilled with her new baby, but then war looms on the horizon

Since her baby was born Alice was in a permanent state of euphoria.She could spend hours cuddling her, feeding, doing everything possible just to touch her. But then black clouds gathered on the horizonas war loomed ahead.People began to hoard food, military-aged men disappeared from the streets, and long linesformed at stores. It was Alice’s first war in Israel, and the situation was grave.

The personal horror story of Alice’s first war comes back to haunt her

Alice was beside herself; the ground felt unsteady under her feet. Was it possible that what had happened then is going to happen again? Alice was born when World War II was raging. Her father joined the army and never returned. When the Nazis started transporting Jews to ghettos and death camps, her mother wanted to save her. So she gave her away.

Will Alice be mercilessly thrown back into the appalling experiences of her past?

Alice never knew her parents. They are faceless to her; she can’t see or imagine them. Was this war now happening so that Alice would finally be able to feel like her mother when she gave her child away?

During World War II, Alice’s father joined the army and never returned. Her mother gave Alice away in an effort to save her. Never having known their parents except from very vague memories, now Alice has a child of her, that child means the world to her.

When hr husband is called away for the war in Israel, Alice is left alone to take care of her child, and the memories of her childhood come back to haunt her.

In First Person is a book in two parts: one part focuses on the young Alice in her childhood and the struggles during World War II, and the other part focuses on older Alice struggling to take care of her own child during yet another war. This is a powerful story about the scars of the past and how they can haunt a person even years later.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (131)

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by BookDate. It’s where book bloggers gather to talk about what books they read and reviewed last week, what books they’re currently reading and what books they’re planning to read. This is a great way for me to plan my reading week, and to take a sneak peek at what others are reading.

Finished Reading

Currently Reading

What are you reading this week?

Book Review: The Truth About White Supremacy, Sexism and Minc Control in America by A.L. Bryant

Title: The Truth About White Supremacy, Sexism and Mind Control in America
Author: A.L. Bryant
Genre: Religion, Spirituality & New Age
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Take a journey through America to unearth the truths behind white supremacy and sexism in society. Delve into the deepest and most fascinating secrets behind racism and sexism—the secrets they do not want you to know and may not realize.

Examine the origins and progression of racism, sexism, relationships in America, and the science and psychology behind what is real and what is an illusion. Discover how mind control is the weapon of choice to keep certain groups in power and others in the dark and oppressed. This book gives different perspectives from the physical to the metaphysical.

Finally, we explore astonishing revelations about why we are here, who we are, and how to heal and evolve to a higher spiritual level. Explore the mind-blowing revelations and proven facts that will challenge the way you think about people, life, and the universe.

Though this book focuses on America, its breathtaking discoveries can be applied everywhere, and with anyone around the world.

The Truth About White Supremacy, Sexism and Mind Control in America is an interesting, well-researched read that really opens your eyes to things you might otherwise miss, or take for granted. Societies all suffer from elitism, from supremacy, and at least from some forms of sexism. Same goes for America, and it’s an interesting journey into America’s history to find out the origins and progression of these forces.

Why are certain groups of people in positions of power – always? Why are other groups of people oppressed? How can we acknowledge this oppression, become aware of it, and ultimately, stop it?

I didn’t agree with everything the book said, and felt some criticism toward some points made, but overall, I quite enjoyed the book and I felt like I learned a lot reading it.

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Book Trailer Blitz Your Bridal Style

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About the Book

Your wedding day is possibly the most important day of your life, and your wedding dress may be the most important garment you will ever wear. Why not take control of the entire process of planning your ideal wedding – one that is fun, intimate and uniquely your own?
In Your Bridal Style, award-winning bridal designer Rani St. Pucchi shares her expert advice on everything a bride needs to create a truly unforgettable day, including:
How to define your personal style based on your specific body type.
Different wedding silhouettes and what is suitable for different venues
and ceremonies.
A helpful timeline for planning your wedding.
Do’s and don’ts for wedding dress shopping.
Tips on choosing fabrics, colors, accessories and other finishing touches.
How to avoid common wedding day mishaps.
A FAQs section which answers 53 of your most pressing questions.
Strategies for the photo shoot, and so much more.
This engaging, beautifully illustrated book is a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration. With this book in hand, any bride-to-be can design and create the wedding of her dreams.
 

Author Bio

Rani St. Pucchi, a trendsetting fashion designer whose expertise has been recognized in such media outlets as Entertainment Tonight, Harper’s Bazaar, Town and Country, Bride’s, Cosmopolitan Bride, Martha Stewart Weddings, and The Knot, works to help women define the style that flatters them the most – no matter what their age or stage of life, or what their body type is.
 

Links

Author website: http://ranistpucchi.com/
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Book Review: Kindred Spirits by Whitney Dineen

Title: Kindred Spirits
Author: Whitney Dineen
Genre: Chicklit / Romance
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Dashing and successful, Richard Bingham has been voted one of the top ten bachelors in New York City. After unwittingly offending a reporter from Manhattan Life magazine, he finds himself on the receiving end of an article that makes his quest of finding the perfect mate nearly impossible.

After one dating disaster too many, Richard decides it’s time to seek professional help, so he signs up for the matchmaking services of the East Side Yenta.

Philippa Fielding is single and searching for love in London, but her accidental profession of “Message Deliverer from the Great Beyond” puts most men right off.

Will Pip’s new “Spirit Helper,” Bertram, be able to set her on the course for true love with a message for Richard?

Matchmaking, misunderstandings, and mayhem abound in this fast-paced romantic comedy about love, life, and the afterlife!

Kindred Spirits is my first book by author Whitney Dineen, but I can see why it has 4.9 out of 5 stars total spread over 23 reviews on Amazon. The author definitely knows her craft and genre. In terms of chicklit/ women’s fiction, you don’t get much better books than this one.

Richard Bingham is one of the top ten bachelors in New York City. However, dating proves to be rather disastrous for him… Fed up, he decides to enlist for matchmaking services. What he never expected was that he would meet someone as quirky and different as Philippa Fielding. Philippa can talk to the dearly departed, but that’s not the only unique part about her and soon, Richard finds himself falling for her.

The book is filled with memorable, entertaining characters like Bertram, Spencer, Elliot… It has quirky humor, a solid plot, and a romantic couple you can’t help but root for.

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Author Interview Liar Liar Blog Tour

How long have you been writing?

My first endeavors were in 2005. My sister had written a book and I thought it was a fascinating thing to do, so I tried. I wrote every evening and almost every night, in between looking after my 3 children and got it finished in about 4 months – although it has never been published I did manage to get an agent interested in it.

What is your favorite genre to write?

I’ve only ever written crime, though I have dabbled a little with a few comedic short stories and a few attempts at poetry. I think I need to stick with crime though – none of my short stories have ever even made it to the top three in my local writers’ group competitions!

Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

I’d like to try woman’s literature, romance and maybe a bit of the saucy stuff. I don’t think I’d be very good at historical literature (there’s too much research to be done), or sci-fi, or horror (though some might think my novels could be classed as horror!)

Please tell us about your book.

It’s a race to identify a killer who is targeting police officers and killing them in the most horrific ways. Left at each murder scene is a smooth-stemmed red rose. Charlie and Hunter have to identify suspects and work out why the victims were targeted, as well as catching the killer before they strike again. The team is stretched to the limit and appears to crack under the pressure. I dreamt up the story whilst out walking, at a time when I was feeling a little disillusioned with my work as a police officer.

Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

Well obviously I love Charlie, Hunter and all members of the team but actually, in Liar Liar I was very fond of my murderer, simply because of their pathos and back story. I can’t really say anything more without giving the game away I’m afraid, but hopefully you’ll know who I’m talking about. The character was damaged and desperate but in a strange way was also eager to please.

My least favourite – well let’s just say I can’t cope with laziness.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Two weeks before my deadline I still wasn’t happy with the final version. It was lacking. Although I had a murderer, I didn’t feel their motivation to murder was strong or sinister enough. It was while out walking that the whole idea of the red rose and nursery rhyme came to me. I had two weeks to completely re-write the book but I think and hope it was worth it. Walking is always my solution – there’s nothing like fresh air to stir the imagination.

What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

I don’t really have a set routine – I write whenever I can, in between family gatherings, DIY and training for my big challenge, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro next year. Some days I will write for ten hours with just a few tea breaks, other days I don’t write at all. I do try to write every day though, to keep up the momentum. The only thing I really need is an idea of the subject matter, a vat of tea and a bit of peace and quiet.

How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

About 3 months to write it finishing at the beginning of June 2017, then 2 months going through the editing process.

Can you tell us about your editing process?

It’s sheer hell! Definitely not my favorite part of writing but I do know how absolutely necessary it is. Basically, I write the book, breathe a sigh of relief for a day or two and then go through it several times before the deadline, cutting and amending. My publisher/editor then reads it and sends me a structural edit, which includes any major problems with the plotline or characterization. I make the changes required before then getting the copy-edit, which goes through the whole manuscript in minute detail. Corrections include any amendments to the time-line, location detail, continuation errors, repetition, dialogue (usually, who is speaking at the time) and punctuation. I am then given two weeks to make the corrections required, before it goes back for the final process: proof reading. I don’t see it again until it pops up on my kindle on the day of publication.

Is this book part of a series?

If so, how many installments do you have planned? Yes, Liar Liar is the third in the series of DC Charlie Stafford novels. Book 4 is currently underway and I would love to write further Charlie stories, but it may depend on whether my lovely publishers, Aria want more. I certainly have plenty more ideas to keep Charlie and Hunter working hard for a long time yet. Charlie in fact has at least twenty more years to go until she can finally hand in her warrant card and retire. I wonder whether she will enjoy her service as much as I did.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Don’t just talk about it – do it! You’ll never know if you’re capable until you try. If you enjoy the process, it doesn’t really matter whether it ends up being published, or not. Just finishing the last word of your creation will be one of the most exhilarating and satisfying moments of your life.

Why should everyone read your book?

It’s scary, fast-paced and emotional, and hopefully will keep you guessing. Charlie, Hunter and the team are a great bunch who will always try their best and deserve our support. Also… Ben is back so you can follow his recovery and see how Charlie and he are moving on.

If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose? Agatha Christie, Jodi Picoult and Roald Dahl – all totally inspiring.

What inspired you to write your book?

Absolutely honestly – disillusionment with a colleague at work. It gave me the idea for the plotline of Liar Liar but I can’t go into any further detail. Suffice to say, writing can be very cathartic, especially if any slights need to be addressed.

Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

Yes – Book 4 and I’m really enjoying it. It is based on the first novel I ever wrote back in 2005 but which was never published. I loved the plot. It was based on a series of violent assaults on prostitutes in my police patch but I have now totally reworked it for Charlie and Hunter to investigate. I have also set it to run in parallel with a separate story-line, again one of which I had personal knowledge. I’m very excited about it and am just in the process of completing the finale.

In fact I’d better get on…. Thank you for talking to me x

About the book

From the bestselling author of Mummy’s Favourite and The Trophy Taker.

DC ‘Charlie’ Stafford returns with a superb new, brutally gripping serial killer thriller, where the hunter becomes the hunted. Perfect for the fans of Angela Marsons.

A faithful dog lies wounded beside the mutilated body of its owner.

A woman is discovered bound and gagged, dead in her own bed.

Both are police officers.

Both have a red rose at their side… worryingly more will follow…

Lies and accusations abound but who is behind the murders and why are the victims being targeted?

Charlie, Hunter and the team must find the killer targeting their own before another body is found.

 

About the author

With a Metropolitan Police career spanning 35 years Sarah has spent her adulthood surrounded by victims, criminals and police officers. She continues to work and lives in London with her partner and has three older daughters.

 

Links

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2kKOf1S

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2lGWEkP

iBooks: http://apple.co/2koJKXp

Google Play: http://bit.ly/2lBuZFM

 

Follow Sarah Flint

Facebook: @SarahFlintBooks

Twitter: @SarahFlint19

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Waiting on Wednesday (77)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases bloggers are eagerley anticipating. These can be debut novels, sequels, eBooks,…as long as they aren’t released yet.

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I’m waiting for…

Title: Norman: The Doll That Needed to Be Locked Away

Author: Stephan Lancaster

Genre: Non-Fiction, True Haunting

When paranormal investigator Stephen Lancaster brought home an old doll from an antique shop, he had no idea what bizarre and terrifying things were about to occur. From Day One, Norman the doll raised Hell. He caused sudden infestations of rats and spiders. He frightened dogs and put children in trances. He even moved on his own in video surveillance footage. And that was just the beginning.

Norman takes you on a thrilling journey into Stephen’s life with a doll that has held the spirit of an unborn child for over fifty years. A haunted doll that still lives in Stephen’s house, locked away in his own room to keep him from once again endangering the house and Stephen’s family.

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Teaser Tuesdays (86)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Purple Booker. In this meme, we grab our current read, open it to a random page and share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page with our readers.

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Here is my teaser:

Unfortunately, he catches me checking him out and grins. “Rough night. I was still sleeping not even fifteen minutes ago.”
“Nice,” I say, my voice dripping with sarcasm.
“Uh-huh.” His gaze roams over me, lingering on spots that make me vaguely uncomfortable. “What about you? You have a rough one, too?”

~ p. 63 Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

What’s your teaser for this week?

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Book Review Goddess of the Wild Thing

Title: Goddess of the Wild Thing
Author: Paul DeBlassie III
Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Goddess of the Wild Thing is a dramatic tale of one woman’s spiritual journey where magical happenings, unexpected turns of fate, and unseen forces influence her ability to love and be loved. Eve Sanchez, a middle-aged woman and scholar of esoteric studies, encounters a seductive but frightening man who introduces her to a supernatural world in which the wicked powers of a surrogate mother’s twisted affection threaten love and life. In the mystic realms of Aztlan del Sur, Eve and three friends struggle with whether bad love is better than no love and discover that love is a wild thing.

In Goddess of the Wild Thing, Eve Sanchez, a middle-aged woman and scholar of esoteris studies, encounters a seductive man with a frightening side to him… Sam is a bit of a ladies man, arrogant, confident, and I was a bit wary of him at first. He grew on me, though, and I began to like him as the book progressed – however, never as much as I liked Eve.

Eve was a balanced character, sometimes confident, sometimes lacking confidence. She was looking for love, for the feeling of belonging somewhere, and her own search and spiritual journey made it easy for me to relate to her.

Part of the book is set in a supernatural world, in Aztlan del Sur, and Eve’s quest is not so much a quest to save herself or others, but more of an inner journey, a spiritual journey, to discover what love is, whether bad love is better than no love, and the meaning of it all. The ‘villain’ of the story, Sweet Mary, is quite an interesting character too, and when all the dots connected, the inner story with the events happening throughout the book, I was pleasantly surprised.

Fans of psychological thrillers with paranormal elements and a lot of magical sybolism will no doubt enjoy this book.

 

Guest Post Ultimate Tips on How to Become a Ghost Writer

Ultimate Tips on How to Become a Ghost Writer

There are people with important stories to tell. Their lives have been more exciting than most of us can imagine. Others haven’t had such adventurous lives, but have great minds full of ideas. The entire world inspires them to tell stories. Sometimes, however, the capacity for telling stories doesn’t correspond with a person’s writing skills. In such case, these people turn to ghostwriters, who can give form to their thoughts and put them in writing.

You would think that the ghostwriter is not that fortunate in this situation, but you’d be wrong. Ghostwriters get to do what they love – they write! This activity enables them to gain experience, write great stories, and earn money without going through all struggles that their own publications would impose.

Are you interested in ghost writing? We have a great guide for you today. Read these tips and you’ll be on your way to becoming a ghost writer.

Reasons to Consider Ghostwriting

  • You Make Good Money

According to the info by the Editorial Freelancer’s Association, ghostwriters earn $50-$60 per hour. That’s more than what fiction writers earn (between $40 and $50 per hour).

  • You Get an Advance Payment

If you decide to publish your own book, you’ll need to be very patient before you get funds from royalties. If this is your first book and the readers don’t know you, it will take some heavy marketing, which requires additional investments. Ghostwriting gets you the money right away.

  • You Won’t Be Emotionally Involved

When you’re writing your own stories, it’s hard to edit the work. That’s not the case with ghostwriting. You’re less emotionally involved with the work. You’re able to be objective and avoid potential flaws.

  • No Need for Marketing

Your name won’t be on the cover. Yes, the editing will need marketing, but you’ll be done with your job by that point.

  • You Get to Practice Your Writing Skills

Ghostwriting puts you outside your comfort zone. Through this experience, you’ll explore different styles and you’ll have to be disciplined with the way you do your work. In a way, ghostwriting makes you a better writer. You’ll be ready to give life to your own stories after a job like this.

  • You Get to Explore Unusual Topics

If your client has a fascinating story to tell, you get to explore topics you wouldn’t usually think of. This can be a really inspiring experience for you.

Things to Consider Before Becoming a Ghostwriter

  • You Need Some Experience in Writing

Ghostwriting is not for beginners. People with amazing stories are looking for great writers for their projects. They will check their portfolios. A ghostwriter has to demonstrate great capacity to write in different styles and voices. You’ll need to have your samples ready.

  • You Need Info on Publishing, Too

The client will probably ask for publishing advice. They see you as part of that industry. You’ll need to provide some guidance to your client regarding the best way to get the book out there.

  • It’s Not about You

It’s about the client. You have to find the voice that would suit their style and story. It’s not about what you like and how you’d tell it. It’s their story; you’re just the medium that tells it.

  • You’ll Be Your Own Manager

As a ghostwriter, you’re the boss of your own business. That’s a good thing, but it also imposes responsibilities. You have to take care of the contract. You’re the one who makes sure you get paid. You’ll be sending invoices. You have to recognize the moment and act when the client starts making inappropriate requirements that are not based on the contract.

  • Time Management Skills Are a Must

The client will expect you to meet deadlines. They won’t accept procrastination. You need advanced organization and time management skills, especially if you’re working on multiple projects at a time.

How to Find Clients for Ghostwriting

  • Get an Agent

Yes; even a ghostwriter might need an agent. If you’re a beginner at this, it will be hard to enter the industry without someone to represent you. You can get in touch with an agent through services like Literary Market Place, Publishers Marketplace, and Association of Authors’ Representatives.

  • Don’t Limit Yourself to Books Only

It’s not easy for beginners to land book ghostwriting deals. It’s better to start small. Autobiographies are not the only thing you can ghostwrite. You can also work on articles, blog posts, or even social media posts. One of the easiest and most productive ways to try ghostwriting is to become part of an academic writing service like EssayOnTime, BestDissertation, or SuperiorPapers.

  • Connect with Clients through Self-Publishing Platforms

Many people are looking for ghostwriters to tell their stories. However, they don’t have a connection with major publishers, so they usually turn to self-publishing. A self-publishing platform can recommend you for such a project.

  • Showcase Your Experience

Before someone hires you for their project, they will want to see proof that you’re up for the challenge. Showcase some of your work (written under your name) on a blog. Get some samples ready for the potential client to check out. Work on additional skills, such as social media marketing, which can be useful for this job.

  • Make Yourself Noticed

A ghostwriter should not be a complete ghost. Of course, they will act like a ghost when working for a client. However, they should still exist in the online world. You need social media presence and a blog, so you can attract people who are looking for ghostwriters. When you connect with a potential client, they will want to check you out. Your online reputation will influence their decision.

Ghostwriting can be a really rewarding profession. It’s not easy to get into that market, but it’s possible if you have what it takes. The above-listed tips will help you start this journey.

           Joan Selby is a content marketer, former teacher and fancy shoelover. A writer by day and reader by night. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.