Month: June 2016

Jun 11

How Chatty Are You With Your Publisher Contacts?

I don’t like treating mine like they’re robots, or just being blah in my e-mails to them. But at the same time, I don’t want to babble on and take up their valuable time! I have a few that I send reviews to every week or so, and a few that I only contact every once in a while. For the ones I talk to every week, I tend to do a mix of form e-mail and chatty. Like, I’ll say “Hi Name! I hope your day/week/holiday is going well!” etc. and maybe throw in a response to something they… Read more »

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Jun 09
Lotus and Thorn by Sara Wilson Etienne (review)

Lotus and Thorn by Sara Wilson Etienne (review)

I loved how detailed the world and it’s customs was. I liked reading about how life inside the Dome was different from both the area the Citizens lived, as well as the desert area. We get to see what kind of technology was lost, as well as what was important enough to have stayed in use after 500 years. I liked how Leica grew as a character during the book. And I loved getting to know her friends in the Dome. I liked her sisters as well, but we don’t really get to interact with them a lot. There was,… Read more »

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Jun 08
A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters #12) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters #12) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

I loved all the side mysteries as well as the main one. There were so many plot twists! But it never got into the ‘too many’ category, and it wasn’t confusing. It was quite funny how Watson had to twist magical explanations so that they sounded scientific instead, to make Sherlock Holmes believe or go along with them. Holmes was adamant that magic wasn’t real, and he was often loudly derisive about it. He did believe in Nan’s ability to read minds though, mostly because she proved it in such a way that he couldn’t think of any other explanation… Read more »

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Jun 05
Sense of Deception (Psychic Eye Mystery #13) by Victoria Laurie (review)

Sense of Deception (Psychic Eye Mystery #13) by Victoria Laurie (review)

I loved all the crime investigation in the book. There were a few different murders that Abby and her friends were investigating, and it was interesting to see how they went about finding evidence to put the bad people away. There were references to the various CSI shows, as well as Finding Nemo. There is a lot of swearing in the book, which doesn’t bother me at all. And it adds humor in that every time Abby swears, even in her own mind, she has to pay 25 cents to a swear jar. I liked getting to know Abby and… Read more »

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Jun 03
The Stepsister’s Tale by Tracy Barrett (review)

The Stepsister’s Tale by Tracy Barrett (review)

I loved this twist on the usual Cinderella story. The step-family isn’t actually wicked, and Isabella (Ella) is manipulative and tells lies about them to anyone who will listen to her. They’re poor and the only reason they have food to eat most of the time, is because the two daughters (Jane and Maude) do all the housework and tend to the animals. They make butter and cheese, collect eggs from the chickens, and Jane sews most of their clothing. Their mother is delusional most of the time. She refuses to acknowledge that they are not the rich and important… Read more »

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Jun 02
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas (review)

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas (review)

I loved Feyre and Tamlin together in the last book. I was leery of a love triangle, which was hinted at in book 1. And there is one, but also not quite. I didn’t like Tamlin’s behavior at all, and while it was believable in some ways, it just bugged me. Feyre had changed in more than just her mortality and species. But Tamlin was basically treating her like a house pet. But the one that irked me the most was Lucien. I loved him, and loved his interactions with Feyre in the last book. But in this one? I… Read more »

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