Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Crimson Key- A Young Man’s Quest for Self-Identity

‘The Crimson Key’ by Wes Dodd is a mysterious tale of David Paige whose perfect world turns topsy-turvy with the death of his mother, who had concealed his true identity for the last twenty five years. He uncovers the truth Alice, whom he had known as his mother, was not his birth mother. He had no other choice than to unlock the mystery about his true identity through the crimson key had left him. Author, Wes Dodd by far has penned down a fantasy and a romantic thriller along with “The Crimson Key”.
Synopsis of the story
The story commences with Amber visiting her twin sister Alice in a bruised condition and reveals her greatest secret to her-a baby boy. She had the baby with “an evil man” whom she loved but the man did not want a child with her as he was married to someone else and expecting their baby. Amber hands over the infant, David, to Alice to protect him from the wrath of his boyfriend. The story takes a leap of 25 years in Charleston, S.C, where Alice lives with David and he had grown up to be a young detective. David’s ideal world takes a halt when the death of Alice, whom he had known to be his mother. He discovers that Alice had kept a life-long secret from him about his true identity. He did not have any other family member who can assist him in discovering his identity about his biological parents.
The truth seemed to have been buried with Alice’s death but David is left with a crimson key by Alice which can only uncover the mystery about his true identity. His pursuit for truth takes him to New York where Alice worked as a model but no one heard from her for the last twenty-five years. He embarks on a mysterious journey clouded by deception, lies and murder. He used his detective skills and instincts to uncover a series of dreadful crimes. He discovers his true love on his quest but it complicates his journey further. It was when he reaches the brink with almost a near-death experience that he could finally assemble the pieces of the puzzle with help of the terrifying nightmares from his mother. The crimson key finally unlocks the most unexpected secrets.

The theme of suspense, mystery and romance predominates throughout the story. The book was released by Tate publishing house on April 8, 2014 and earned admiration from the readers for its gripping and mysterious storyline.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Entangled Moments (Moments in Time 1) 
[Kindle Edition]

A deadly accident can take a life in more than one way. 

Four years ago, Carlene Adams made a deadly mistake. A tragic accident derailed the future she'd hoped for, taking the life of the man she'd planned to spend forever with. 

As a self-imposed penance for her solitary sin, Carlene has given up on every dream she ever had. She has committed to spend every remaining moment trying to make up for that one instance when everything changed. 

Then she gets a second chance. 

When Carlene meets Nick Johnson, the single kiss they share awakens the desires she shoved aside for so long. Suddenly she wants more than what she believe she deserves. Will she ever see him again? 

A thing of fate. 

Leaving the life she built on regret, Carlene waits for fate to intervene. But just as she begins to believe in a fresh start, she's forced to realize a horrible truth—one with the power to send her second chance crashing before it even takes off. 

Nick isn't who she thought he was. She isn't the girl he believed her to be, either. Their lives were intertwined even before they met, and if Carlene tells him the truth, she’ll risk tearing them apart—for good. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fears Of Darkness
Would you give your life for someone you love... and would they give their life for you?

This book tells the story of a young family trying to survive during a civil war. It touches on raw human emotion dealing with sister love, friendship, and romantic companionship; juxtaposed by fear, hate, revenge, and sadness.

Rudely awakened by a deadly home invasion, Dakota is thrust into a country at war. Realizing her home is compromised, she is forced to make a long trek from the city of Minneapolis to the Wasatch-Uinta Mountains in order to survive.

As Dakota tries to figure out what is happening in America, she learns to adapt to a world void of the society and technology that had been the foundation of her life. Fighting against the darkness threatening to consume her and making decisions she never expected to face, Dakota struggles to find peace, at least within herself. She strives to accept the loss of the life she's dreamed of, while learning to live in the world that now exists. Wrought with dangers, both civil and wild, Dakota learns how to cope, finding love in the darkness around her.

How will she survive in a country that's been torn apart? To know more click here.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Review: The Prince's Ex

The Prince's Ex
The Prince's Ex by Nadene Seiters

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are fun and interesting. The story moves at a nice pace and I would recommend this to everyone.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

How to Solicit Indie Book Reviews Effectively

So you want to know how to convince people to read and review your self-published book? Here's my secret:

Okay, now that I've shared my genius strategy, I'll provide you a bit more detail. Why should you listen to me? I've sent requests to hundreds of reviewers and have refined my approach and found better acceptance rates as a result. This is not rocket science, but having a plan can make your soliciting more efficient. By being polite, friendly, professional, patient, and informative, you may not only obtain a book review, but may also receive valuable advice, build a network, gain a fan, or even discover a friend.

If this sounds like simple common sense, understand that an army of bridge-burning self-published authors have come before you, alienating reviewers en masse. Their legacy has left you, today's indie author, an uphill battle in finding reviewers. In their mad scramble to success, many self-publishers forgot to treat people how they'd like to be treated themselves. Admit it--that's easy enough to do. After all, common sense is often exceedingly uncommon.

In 2012, I released my epic fantasy novel Crimson & Cream, and tackled my first attempt at requesting book reviews. Last month, I released the second edition of Crimson & Cream, which followed my second concerted attempt at securing legitimate book reviews. What I learned between these two events appears to have increased my likelihood that a review request will be accepted. In 2012, as a total, floundering newbie, I averaged about a 10% hit rate on review requests. This year, with a little more polish and planning, I received reviews from about 20% of the people I asked. One potentially significant difference between the two events is that the first time, I anticipated rejection, and the second time, I planned for success.

The main fact to remember is that you are asking someone for a favor. Just because you're offering them your free book does not change this fact. They likely receive more free book offers than they can ever read, and unless you're paying them, your request meets every definition of a favor. That being said, the easier you can make it for a reviewer to say yes to your request, the better. Therefore, before requesting a review, do the following:

Prepare ahead of time: When a blogger agrees to review your book, they often ask for additional materials for their post. At a minimum, have the following promotional materials polished and ready to e-mail: book cover image, author bio, book blurb/summary, author photo image, and a collection of your Internet links (social media pages, your website, blog, sites where your book can be purchased, and your author pages - Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc.).

Read their review policy. If it doesn't jump off their web page in glowing, blinking, neon font, search for it. Most reviewers have a review policy on their website somewhere, but they're not always easy to find. The review policy is your instruction manual. Don't ignore it. Ever. The reviewer explains what they want and how they want it. If you search and still don't find their review policy, look one last time. If it's still not there, then do everything below:

Research what the reviewer likes to read: Read the reviews posted on their blog. Find the reviewer on Goodreads, use the 'compare books' function to see how your taste compares with theirs, and definitely read their book reviews. Do they read the genre of book you've written? Did they enjoy books similar to yours? Do you enjoy their reviewing style? Answer these questions first, and then decide if you want this person to review your book. If the answer is yes, follow their reviews on Goodreads, expecting to see your book featured in their future stream. Following them on Goodreads is also a great way to keep track of the book reviewers you've discovered.

If they blog, follow them: There are a variety of ways to follow a blog, and it certainly won't hurt your chances if the reviewer recognizes you as one of their readers. Plan for success and assume they will say yes and review your book. You'll be sure to notice when they post your review if you're already following their blog.

Learn about the reviewer: Assume the reviewer will say yes and review your book. You'll want to know who they are, so you can ask them again for your next book, no? View their facebook, G+, twitter, and other social media pages. 'Like' them, follow them, add them to your G+ circle. Keep track of this person who is doing you a favor, and stay in touch with them.

Personalize your request and be polite: Address the reviewer by name and explain how you found their site and why you're contacting them. Don't cut and paste generic form e-mails and don't assume every e-mail they receive is a review request. Explain what you would like them to do for you. This leads to the next item:

Answer Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How: Introduce yourself and your book, politely ask for a review, indicate where you would ideally like the review to appear (their website, Amazon, etc.), list any deadlines you may have (release dates, blog tours, etc.), explain why you think your book appeals to the reviewer, and offer to provide the book in a reviewer-friendly format (epub, mobi, print, etc.).

Compliment them on their work: I'm not suggesting you fabricate compliments or become a sycophant, but if you've examined their website and read their reviews, and haven't found something appealing, you may want to ask yourself why you want their review in the first place. And if you did see something you liked, mention it to the reviewer. After all, what you're hoping they do is compliment your work.

Offer to Reciprocate: Offer to do a guest post on their blog, or a giveaway, or any other feature they may be looking for help on. Many bloggers enjoy extra content for their page, and the extra exposure won't hurt you, either.

Suggest a Plan B: Often, when a reviewer can't review your book, they may still be amenable to a guest post, a book feature, excerpt, author interview or other exposure avenue for you. Consider mentioning this in your request, or as a follow-up if you receive a rejection e-mail.

Maintain a list: Tracking who you've asked for reviews serves many purposes. Maintaining an organized list helps prevent duplicate requests, which are time wasters for both you and the reviewer. Your list should contain relevant contact information, so when a reviewer asks you for a book or blog information, you can send it to them quickly, to the proper address, in the correct format. Keep track of what you send and who you send it to. Don't lose a review opportunity because an e-mail got lost in the shuffle or you missed a deadline. And when you go to request reviews for your next book, the list will provide an excellent foundation to build on.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Lesson [Kindle Edition]

What happens when a man has almost everything he wants, and then decides he needs the total package? Or when a man receives the love he needs, but decides the giver isn’t enough? How do you let go of something you know, for what seems to be greener pastures? 

Find out these answers and more as The Lesson takes you inside the lives of three people as the quest to have it all may turn out to be more destructive then one anticipates. 

Follow this tale of love lost and found, as one man’s story may become another man’s lesson! 

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