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Book Review: The Hell’s Doctor by Lee F. Jordan

Where You Can Find It:

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*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. 

Genre: Horror

Series: No

Synopsis: 

Hell has a new Doctor. One baptized in depravity and utterly without remorse. And he knows the secrets of the portal. Forced into a desperate race through the depths of Hell itself, and pitted against some of the most vicious serial killers in history like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy, the Doctor will stop at nothing to get access to the portal. “There are only three kinds of pain: physical, such as cutting through the bone marrow of a prisoner’s leg with a dull hacksaw; emotional, such as torturing a prisoner’s family slowly; or psychological, which destroys the hope of the mind.” – Hell’s Doctor Edict

Review:

I have dabbled around with reading ARC’s in the past and sometimes the formatting is good, while other times it isn’t. This was one of those times where it wasn’t the best. I haven’t checked out the released version to see if changes were made, I would assume they have been, because in this version that I had gotten a lot of the things ran into each other. Sentences as well were separated in odd places by line breaks.

But that was not the end of the things that I did not like. I would’ve loved to finish reading this book, but I just couldn’t do it.

I was excited to pick this book up, because I thought it had an interesting concept. However I feel like the writing could’ve been a lot better. I felt like the author was all over the place. In some instances I was left confused, and I had to figure out how to put pieces together. A reader shouldn’t be left like that.

I don’t know if the book gets better as it continues, or if the released version turned out to be better, but based on the version I have I wouldn’t recommend it. Therefore I’m giving this book a 1 out of 5 stars.

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Book Reviews · How To · On Writing

Book Review | Writing a Book a Week by Alex Foster

Genre: How To // Self-Help

Series: No
Synopsis:

My writing method is a focus on writing short, high quality books that bring value to readers. Most of my methods are for nonfiction, but many examples and ideas work well for fiction books, too.
Learn how to be profitable writing a book a week for Kindle and other book sites. The process is a true test of discipline and character. I share ideas that work for writing under this model and the motivation and mindset it takes to succeed.
Where You Can Find It:

Amazon  | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Review:

Usually I’m not one to read how to books, but I was browsing through the free section. I though why not give it a go, right?

I think that Foster offers up a lot of information on the way he does things, and I didn’t really have a problem with that. I didn’t feel that his opinions were being forced upon me as I read the book. It was more like he was offering up info, tips and tricks that worked for him ignorer for someone else to use at their leisure.

Is this a book for everyone?

No I don’t believe so. This is more geared towards the novella, short story, or serial writer. If you write anything above 35k words, then the approach that Foster takes might not work as well for you. However I do believe that new writers, regardless of the length of their works, could very well benefit from taking a look at this.

There are two reasons why I gave this a 4 out of 5 star rating. One was that while it was good to hear someone else’s perspective on how they view writing, Foster’s view really didn’t apply to me. While I do occasionally write short stories, my main focus lays with novels that range from 50k-100k words long. The second reason was one that really just because I hate when self-published authors do it. “It” being that the author published multiple versions of the same book under slightly different titles, as well as stuffed the titles with key words. I just personally find it unprofessional to do that.

Alright guys, those are my thoughts on this book. Have any of you read it? Are you planning on giving it a go? Also, because I’m curious, if you too are a writer what do you write?(Novels, short stories, etc.)

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2017 Writing Updates · AmWriting · CampNaNoWrimo · Uncategorized

Camp NaNoWrimo Week 1 Check In

So as many of you may know I decided to participate in the April 2017 Camp NaNoWrimo. I’m still struggling to figure out it was truly one of my better decisions. Either way, I plan to do check ins each week to keep you guys updated on my progress. So there won’t be any “Writing Update” posts from me until next month.

So, how is it going so far?

Not terribly well. I set a goal of 35k and as of right now I’m a couple of days behind. It wasn’t for lack of trying, but unfortunately because my mother doesn’t follow the instructions of her doctor she ended up in the hospital on Tuesday. I’ve been so stressed out about everything, and so busy making sure she’s got everything that she needs that I haven’t had much time to write. Yesterday she got released, so I’m hoping that I’ll have a little more time on my hands.

Currently I’m sitting at 3,936/35,000 words. Still 31,064 remaining in order to complete my goal. I’m going to do my best to get the bulk of my writing done this weekend, so that if I don’t have the time during the week I’ll have some sort of a cushion.

I hope everyone also participating in the Camp is making progress! Wish me luck guys!

Book Reviews · suspense · Thriller · Uncategorized

Book Review: The CypressTrap by JC Gatlin

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Synopsis 

When Rayanne commandeers her husband’s weekend fishing trip, she knows it’ll take work to adjust Owen’s attitude. She has no choice. Since the tragedy, they lost so much. They need to reconnect. 

Without her knowledge, Owen texts his best buddy, Daryl, to join the getaway. The three of them aren’t alone in the backwoods of Georgia, though. Owen took something that didn’t belong to him. Something that changed their lives. And now the owner wants it back. By any means — including a posse led by a killer dog. 

At first, Rayanne is clueless about the item and its value. One thing becomes crystal clear: If it’s not returned, they might not make it home alive.

Where You Can Find It

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Review

I have to say that I have become quite shy of free books for download on Amazon. That is only because of the fact that the more I have read, the less good books I have found. However, JC Gatlin has pleasantly surprised me with this captivating read.

Normally I don’t  read a lot of thrillers, or suspense, but I’m glad that I picked this one up. From the beginning I was sucked in. It was an interesting concept with the little rabbits foot being the point of the conflict throughout the whole story. Simple, cliche even, but I did like that bit.

It’s a story that keeps you interested, the kind where you want to keep turning the pages. If you’ve been following me, you’ll know that recently I’ve been struggling with finding these gripping types of books.

Besides my own personal praise on the books entirety. I feel like the characters were good. Maybe they could’ve been fleshed out more, but they weren’t bad in my own opinion. But something that really got under my skin was that Owen kept saying “Dropp’n F.” Like what? Why? I understand that characters have quirks but that really just annoyed me more than anything else.

Overall I’d give this book a solid 3 out of 5 stars.

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2017 Writing Updates · A Day In My Life · AmWriting

March Wrap Up & April Goals

March was another one of those months where I felt, well, blah. Unmotivated most of the time. Yet even when I got the feeling of motivation I let others put me down. It was definitely a month of me questioning my values and what it was that I truly wanted.

At the end of the month, I’m glad to say, I got my shit together. I sat down and started making character lists, outlines, and even decided to participate in CampNaNoWrimo.

Most of the month I did manage to hit 500 words a day on at least one project. There were a few days that I just felt blah and didn’t write anything. I did read during the month, but it was a lot of picking up books and losing interest. I also did work out as well, which I’m quite pleased with. I feel better when I do, and that alone makes me want to be in the gym more.

April Goals

  • Finish my goal of 35,000 words for CampNaNoWrimo. I’m revising VENDETTA and with the way that it looks now I’m scraping the whole second half of the book.
  • Continue going to the gym
  • Complete and post 6 blog posts for the month
  • Stay on top of my school work
  • Read. Just read. Then review what I’ve read regardless of genre or release date.
  • Continue outlining Anasatia’s Rising

So those are my goals. I’m really hoping to finish NaNo this time around, I’ve never been able to do it. But since I set a reasonable goal for myself I think it’s a good bet. I’m also hoping it will help me get into the habit of writing everyday.

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Writing Update 5

I feel like someone finally ignited a fire within me this past week. I’ve felt so good about it too.

If you follow me on twitter you’ll know that I’ve been quite busy. I’ve been able turn my writing up to a whole other notch. I was able to write more than 2,000 words. 2,417 words to be exact on VENDETTA.

I haven’t worked very much on Anastasia’s Rising this week. I did do some work on outlining further, and creating a character list for it as well. However, for VENDETTA I’ve been revising/rewriting, creating a character list, and basically an outline so that I know what I’m up against when it comes to writing the second book.

I’ve also been quite active on social media. I’ve made several posts on Instagram that have gotten some pretty decent likes, and my engagement on twitter has been pretty good as well. Twitter really has been my place recently, and it’s actually helped me get in contact with other writers. Which I do like.

Besides my writing, I’ve been out a couple of times. I went to see Beauty and the Beast, which I absolutely loved. It’s one of my favorite movies, and I think Emma Watson was perfect for Belle. However, I feel like they could’ve picked a better Beast.

School has been going good as well. At this point as long as I’m passing my classes I no longer care. I just want it to be over with.

So that’s been pretty much, and with Camp NaNo going on I can’t wait to return with an update next week.

A Day In My Life · AmWriting · Monthly Goals · Uncategorized

Where Has Time Gone? | March Goals 

I honestly just looked at the WordPress post calendar thingy and noticed that it was March. Like what?!?! Where did the time go? So here I am to tell you all my goals for the month of March. 

I’m keeping very simple this month. No extreme or crazy goals are going to be made. 

1. Write everyday 

-At least 500 words per project

2. Read 3 books a week and post reviews of them

3. Pinterest 

-Create inspo boards for all projects

-Pin my blog posts

4. Go to the gym

-nothing specific, just get in the gym multiple times a week

There you have it four simple goals that I think are pretty easily attainable. I’m really interested in seeing what happens this month with my writing. I’m really starting to get on a roll with Anastasia’s Rising. 

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A lot Has Happened | Writing Update 4

A lot has happened. Surprisingly much more good than bad. 

My Week

This past week had been so up and down. I went to dinner with a friend at a really good Mexican restaurant, and it was quite lovely. I have to make a point of going out more with people, even if it just with friends.

 I had several dental appointments which were horrible to say the least. I actually am in the doctor’s office right now because of them— I’m convinced. I woke up two days ago, after having fillings done, with a splitting headache that has now lasted two days. I’m not a happy camper. 

The Writing

If you have been following along with me for a while, you will know that I write with pen and paper. It just works a lot better for me. However, with that style of writing comes with a lot of work. 

The past week I used all of my spare time to type up everything that had been written for Anastasia’s Rising. In total it is up to just over 4.6k words. 400 of those were actually new words that I was able to add in during typing. That’s one of the reasons that I enjoy writing with pen and paper. When you have to go back and type everything up, it allows for productive change. 

I’ve really been enjoying writing this WIP. It feels like a breath of fresh air. The characters are also really cool too. The lead, Anastasia, is my favorite of course, but there’s a werewolf, Carson, that is quickly stealing my heart. I’ve made an inspiration board on Pinterest if you’d like to check it out : https://www.pinterest.com/SaraBWrites/anastasias-rising-inspiration/

I know this week’s post is a bit short and sweet, but there really hasn’t been anything eventful. 

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A Less Than Expected|Writing Update 3

My Week

So this week was interesting to say the least. I’ve gotten extremely less writing done then I would have wanted, and that is really my own fault. I let new shiny things distract me. Everything was goodish, I suppose, until Saturday. 

On Saturday I went to the Naval Academy for a basketball game. I was so excited to go. I wanted to spend quality time with my best friends who I might not see after graduation. I have to say I wish I hadn’t gone, because of the other people that I knew who also happened to be there. 

My best friends ditched me and my ex found me. I’m still going back and forth in my head about it. I wish I hadn’t gone. I wish I hadn’t started talking to him. I just wish my friends hadn’t ditched me like that. 

My Writing

I have been distracted quite frequently this past week. I’ve found loads of new books that I’ve gotten into—so ready yourselves for an influx of book reviews coming soon. I only wrote two days this week, totaling just under 300 words. 

I was working on Anastasia’s Rising per usual, and I ended up picking out two already written chapters to rewrite. I just didn’t like how they flowed. So dispite only writing 282 words, I was able to map out two chapters for the rewrite. On top of that I also did some plotting for future chapters, which is very out of the ordinary for me. I’m usually a pantser. 

So that has been about it. Not many exciting this this past week, but I’m hoping to be more productive this week. 

2017 Writing Updates · A Day In My Life · Uncategorized

An Explanation 

Since the beginning of February my life has been a roller coaster. Literally. 

I have no idea how, but I forgot about midterm assessments. So that was a lovely time. I have never pulled so many all nighters in my life, and I never want to go through that again. I’m traumatized. 

Also, my appendix was a thing. I don’t know if I mentioned it specifically or not in my last post, but I almost had surgery. I’m so thankful that I didn’t actually have to have my appendix removed. It ended up being muscle spasms. Very intense spasms. 

However, on the bright side I’ve been cranking out words. I’ve also been in the gym, and I can lift again so it’s so exciting. So more or less, I’m trying to get my shit back together. So please be patient, I will have more content coming soon!