book reviews

Review of Stunt by M.L. Rosado and A. Cely

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Was asked to review this by one of the authors, M.L. Rosado and sent a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I found myself saddened by this book. It’s a great story with brilliant characters and I did read it all the way through but…there are some problems with the writing. I’ve given it three stars on Gooodreads and Amazon which is not a kick in the pants.

The Good Bits

I don’t want to go in giving you the impression you shouldn’t read this so I’ll begin with all the good stuff about it. The characters are well realised and different. It’s easy to tell who’s speaking as their personalities come through.

Ginny’s on the run from her old boss and joins the traveling show Stunt to get away from him. She almost Immediately falls For Remo, the solidly muscled star of the show, not knowing anything about the different supernatural powers some of the cast have.

Tension builds as there’s a lot of ‘will they, won’t they?’ and some very steamy scenes happen between the two even before they’re officially together.

There are other characters to love in here too. Matt and Lisa are both interesting in their own ways, while Vlad and Bruce provide a number of comedy and touching moments.

The book is written from the perspective of the two main protagonists, Ginny and Remo, taking turns at telling their side of the story.

There’s quite a lot of sex in the book so if you enjoy reading erotic stories it’s definitely worth a look.

The Bad Bits

In almost every page, every paragraph, in fact every sentence there are conflicting tense issues. I’ve got no problem with different time perspectives but not in the same sentence. For example,

Producing television was very exciting, but I believe this is a good move for me.

and…

I’m grateful, but it is time for me to move on

Some might find it distracting, I managed to read through them but it was difficult.

There are a couple of other things too. To begin with we are told the superhuman characters refer to humans as ‘criers’ as they’re unable to cry, yet at the end of the book two different supernatural characters do just that.

The character’s speech is archaic and not representative of how anyone speaks any more. While the pair do use contractions they’re few and far between and more likely to be used outside speech than not.

“Do not talk about me when I’m standing right here, sir,”

There are quite a few cannot’s and do not’s peppering the speech it makes things seem a bit odd.

Overall I managed to get through the story in spite of these mistakes but it would have been an enjoyable read if it had been proofread and edited.

According to the book it was published by The Hartwood Publishing Group, LLC, a company I know nothing about. Having said that, if this is the quality of thing they are publishing, I’d avoid them at all costs.

If you want a copy, click here.

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Meet The Author: Gavin Ough Contemporary Romance & Paranormal Author @gavinough1 #amreading #amwriting #author

Thanks Kim, you’re the best.

Author, Kim Knight

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It’s the 25th so it’s time for Meet The Author. This month, I am very happy to feature author Gavin Ough. Gavin is a British author (like yours truly), he hails from Kent in the UK.  I read Gavin’s interview with a smile and real admiration, it’s so refreshing to see a male writer turn his hand to contemporary romance :).I feel warm inside at this thought. Gavin is clearly a writer who does not do what is expected of him as a man… not write about love, feelings or relationships. Or try to make a romance junkie smile with his humour in his stories. Gavin is multi -talented now he has published his first book, he’s creating a  paranormal romance genre novel. I’m intrigued by him and excited about his paranormal work, are you? Good. Let’s get to know his style, what does our male romance author have to offer…

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Nights Arose by Andrea Roche

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Amazing, detailed and completely believable. I was sent a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Nessarose begins her story through the use of her talent to astral project and see into her recent past. She examines her younger self as she grows into womanhood and spends time aboard her uncle’s ship with the slightly older Blaze as companion.
As heiress to her father’s estate, Arose is expected to be demure and ladylike. In reality she is anything but, strapping her breasts down and exploring her world as a young man who not even her childhood friends recognise.
She’s a fighter of demons, friend to a dragon and has a necklace with a protective spirit inside. Yet these are all things the local Voodoo priestess and her family want to take from her along with her wealth and power. And who is the intriguing, sexy Captain St. James?

Roche has conjured a snapshot of Jamaica’s past, filled it with characters that are incredibly alive. Detailed descriptions bring her world to life and the pacing is consistent. I didn’t notice any errors in the book which makes it an easy read.

Grab your copy here.

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Survival: From a broken childhood to PhD by John Fahey

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Got to start by saying I don’t usually read or particularly enjoy autobiographies but when the author asked me to review this I said I would. I’m glad I did as this is the story of a child who survived adversity, survived rejection and survived being ostracised by a prejudiced society.
John Fahey was routinely beaten by his alcoholic father, beaten because he wanted the money from his paper round, beaten because he wanted to get an education and beaten just for the sake of it. Rather than letting this constant abuse get him down, John escaped into the world of books, reading novels and non-fiction books with equal fervour. This, along with his natural intelligence, started John on his road to getting an education. He was employed by ICI at the age of seventeen and thrived in the laboratories there, taking night school and day release to further his learning. It was then he learned he had been offered a place to study for his BSc at St. Andrews university.
Although not a unique story, this is an incredibly well written and heart warming account of an individual’s desire to better himself, ridding himself of the stigma associated with his father. Frank and forthright, John writes from the heart, telling the stories of the many people who have affected him in a positive way.
I spotted a few little mistakes but overall the editing and proofreading is good and the language is accessible with very few of the confusing chemical names and processes he could have packed this with. Definitely worth reading, especially if you enjoy uplifting autobiographies. I downloaded this book for free and received no financial compensation for this review.

Grab your copy here.

Funny Stuff

Guess Who’s Back?

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After battling and struggling, I’ve finally managed to get back into my WordPress account. Thanks go to Liz, one of their support genies, without who I wouldn’t be here now.

The whole situation is odd though,  I got locked out of my account when I switched to using a new browser. It said it had imported all my passwords but as soon as I tried to get into WordPress it was a no go.

‘Fair enough,’ thought I, ‘I’ll just set a new password by clicking this little linky thing here…’ and waited for an email.

….and waited

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…and waited.

After a couple of days of trying to get the site to send me an email, I went to WordPress and looked through the FAQ regarding this matter. I’d already done all that and got nowhere so decided to look at the forums.

WP: Please sign in to your WordPress account to access the forums

Me: I can’t sign in, help me!

WP: Please sign in to your WordPress account to access the forums

Me: I CAN’T

So to get help signing in, I had to sign in to the account I wasn’t able to sign into in order to get on the support forums but couldn’t sign in but had to sign in.

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So I had to create a completely new account with a new email just to be able to get on the forums!

I’ve noticed this with the Microsoft account I HAVE to sign into every time I open my laptop.

Ms: The password you have entered is incorrect. To change your password, please go to microsoft.com/passwordreset

Me: How? I can’t sign in with that password.

Ms: The password you have entered is incorrect. To change your password, please go to microsoft.com/passwordreset

Me: Yeah….you mentioned that.

I know people are supposed to have fifty-six different devices they can sign in on (I’m using this now)

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but really? How the fick am I supposed to change the password on an account I can’t get into to change the password?

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The Flirting Games Book 1 Review

Okay then, straight off with the first review of The Flirting Games Book 1 by Stella Wilkinson.

The Flirting Games (The Flirting Games Series Book 1) by [Wilkinson, Stella]

Click to download for free.

I was surprised at how much I liked this book. To begin with I thought it was going to be dull and nothing like anything I’d normally read.
Ellie and her brother attend Compass Court boarding school along with two cousins and a young American girl called Flora. Being written about a group of fifteen to seventeen year olds at a boarding school put me off initially but as I read further I started to warm to the main characters. Ellie tries to distract the attention of Nate who has his sights set on her cousin Rose. Rose is sweet and innocent and Ellie vows not to let Nate use her like he has so many other girls at the school.
Nate himself is well aware of Ellie’s intentions and decides to play her at her own game. However, somewhere in all the moves and counter moves the pair start to have real feelings for each other and a love blossoms between them.
Stella Wilkinson has created a complex and believable set of characters in The Flirting Games and it’s easy to empathise with how they’re feeling. Throw in a healthy dose of humour and a bit of kissing and you’ve got a nice little read.

The Flirting Games Book One is currently available on Kindle for free, click here for your copy.

Books and Writing

Wanna Free Review?

Okay, so this is probably not a good idea but I’ve decided to start reviewing books for two reasons.

Reason One: NO ONE is willing to give me any free reviews of my books!!

Reason Two: I really do like reading all sorts of stuff.

So do you? Wanna free review I mean? If you do and you’re an indie publisher [gotta support the home crew] drop me an email at gavin.ough@yahoo.com or send me a message on Twitter @gavinough1.

Disclaimers

From what I’ve seen on other sites some people are a little demanding when it comes to getting reviews. They want one and they want it now! Just to let you know, I don’t roll that way. Feel free to send me your manuscript but I won’t be pressured into giving you one (ooh-er) to any kind of time-frame and quite frankly if you’re gonna try and demand I review your stuff I’ll trash it and move on.

Similarly, don’t expect me to read everything and anything you send. If it doesn’t interest me I’m not likely to read it. (Check out the list of stuff I’m more likely to read below.)

Plus I won’t coddle you. If what you’ve decided to send me is a heap of old granny pants I’ll tell you. No offense but I would expect the same myself. What you will get is a brief overview of your story, a star rating if it’s offered on the sites and an honest review. They will be my opinion though, just my opinion.

I’ll post reviews to Amazon (if you’re on there), Goodreads, on here, Facebook and Twitter.

Stuff I Wanna Read

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Ebooks or physical copies are equally fine, .mobi, PDF and epub files are all acceptable too. As to genres I’m fairly open, I like sci-fi, fantasy, comedies, romance and chick-lit (obviously), horror, suspense and all sorts.

Stuff I Don’t Wanna Read

Any kind of non-fiction. I’m a fiction writer peeps, I don’t want to deal with the real world at all. Poems (sorry I just don’t get it!) Regency or Period drama/romance type stuff. Kids books. Anything that’s blatantly just an attack on a certain type of person, race, religion, political opinion etc. It’s fine to have a bigoted character, it’s not fine to have a bigoted book. I also don’t really want to read million word epics either, so don’t send me it thanks.

There we have it, I think. If you want me to have a look at your book, drop me a message at gavin.ough@yahoo.com or send me a message on Twitter @gavinough1 Thanks and here’s a cute puppy for your time.

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Thanks to Pixabay for the image.