It has been a very busy week, and it’s only Monday. The more Carolynn and I learn about social media, the more time it takes. This should change as the learning curve flattens and we start to really know what we’re doing. Hopefully, we have put our time to good use. We made several updates to the pages of my blog and updated the website, Village Drummer Fiction. Navigating these sites should be easier. We are open to feedback. Let us know how we can improve our sites.
The author community on Twitter and in the world of blogging has been amazingly generous with their help. I am gradually updating links to include the many wonderful people who are helping so many of us. This list is not all inclusive and more will be added in upcoming blogs.
- Bert CarsonI’m a Vietnam Vet. I write about men and women doing the right thing.
- Book BuzzrFree Online Book Marketing Tips
- Chuck BarrettAuthor of award-winning thrillers
- Jane Friedman’s Writing AdviceFree Advice for Writers
- Jeff BenningtonI Write Suspense – I Blog – I Build Books
- Jeff BullasSocial Media Marketing and Blogging
- John KremerThe Book Marketing Network
- Kirkus MacGowanBlogger and author of mystery/thriller, The Fall of Billy Hitchings
- Michael R. HicksI write so you can have fun reading
- Rach WritesRachel Harrie’s Blog
- Scott BuryScott Bury’s written words
- The Book DesignerPractical Advice to Help Self-Publishers Build Better Books
- World Lit CafeWhere Readers and Authors Unite
Blogging and Twittering has introduced me to a lot of talented authors. My TBR (to be read) list has grown immensely. Fortunately my wife also loves to read and is helping with reviews. I recently read IN HER NAME: EMPIRE by Michael R. Hicks and Carolynn read THE SAVANNAH PROJECT by Chuck Garrett. Following are the reviews we posted on Amazon.
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Science fiction is not my favorite genre, but I read a few pages of “In Her Name: Empire” and decided to download Michael Hick’s first installment in his series. If all science fiction were as well written, I would read a lot more of it. The story of Reza Gard, a human who ends up being captured by Kreelan warriors, captured my attention from the first page and did not let go until the end. Mr. Hick’s writing provided such graphic and realistic descriptions and characters, I wanted to visit other worlds and know the characters. I could almost believe the Kreelans were real. The book transported me to the Kreelan empire and surrounded me with the spirit of the Way. Reza’s transformation to his belief in the Empress and the Way was developed with patience and thoughtfulness. Although adopting the Kreelans culture and beliefs, he never forgets his own humanity. While the story is violent at times, it is not gratuitous violence. All of the actions seemed real and appropriate for the scenes.
Michael Hicks has written an extraordinary novel that deserves to be a best-seller. I am looking forward to reading all of the books in the series.
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I enjoyed every minute of reading THE SAVANNAH PROJECT by Chuck Barrett. The prologue immediately sucked me in and I did not want to put it down. Jake Pendelton, an NTSB investigator gets pulled into an international conspiracy of assassinations, terrorism, IRA vendettas, and non-stop action. The story was fast passed, well crafted, and entertaining. During a lengthy cat and mouse chase scene in Savannah, GA, I found myself feeling winded. Barrett’s descriptions, characters, and plot kept me engaged throughout the 631 page thriller. I read it in two days. I can’t wait to read THE TOYMAKER, Barrett’s subsequent novel. Keep those thrillers coming.
I never realized how important book reviews are until I published my two books. From now on Carolynn and I will be writing a review on every book we read. I encourage all of you to do the same.
It is nearly 3am and I now have over 4000 tweets in queue. When I wake up sometime later today I will scan what I can.
In the meantime, I wish all of you a happy Valentine’s Day; especially to my partner, my soul-mate, my wife, Carolynn. I could not do this without her assistance, support and love.