Book Review Bloggers

Authors, reviews by bloggers are a wonderful way to expose your book to a variety of readers. You send them a free copy of your e-book or paperback depending on the blogger. In return, they work you into their book blog schedule. These reviewers can be very specific in the types of books they accept such as: http://www.christianbookreviewblog.blogspot.com which takes a variety
of Christian fiction and non-fiction books. Others may only blog about romance or suspense or historical novels. You can google bloggers of your
particular genre.

Here are a few below, you might want to visit.
Miss Bookworm Reviews@AbbeyLous20
Candy Hart Bookcase
Best Chick Lit.com
Emma Louise
Portobello Bookblog
Chocolate pages
Rebecca Raisin
Read Rant Review
Rhonda Baxter
Paris Baker’s
Book Nook
Jenny Bee’s Book Blog
Ajbook review club
Bookaholic Confession
Victoria Loves Books
Fairy Tale Ending
Tishylou’s World

There are many others, just find your niche and contact the blogger!

Paris via Hiding

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Daphne du Maurier Award Winner Suspense Romance

 

 

Moon lit strolls along the Seine, cafes along the Champs d’Elysee, Hiding is a trip to France as well as a spine tingling, heart racing suspense romance. The reader is whisked away to sunny Mediterranean beaches of Nice up the mountain to the quaint village of Breil sur Roya down the winding road to Monte Carlo with its opera house and casinos. My suspense romance Hiding is available at http://www.thewildrosepress.com  in paperback or e-book. Order you copy today.

Filtering

If you are an author going through the editing process, you’ve probably been cited for filtering. I know I have. So what is filtering? Basically, it’s being an intrusive narrator. For example, instead of writing: He heard a bird chirp overhead. Just write: A blue jay chirped overhead.
The reader does not need to be reminded that someone is telling a story. He or she needs to experience it through the character.
Theses are some filter words to avoid:

to note
to experience
to be able to
to sound
to sound like
to decide
to seem
to look
to see
to watch
to hear
to think
to wonder
to watch
to seem
to feel
to realize

Instead of: I watch the wave crash on the shore.
The wave crashed on the shore.

Filter words or phrases are added at the beginning of a sentence to show the world as filtered through the character’s eyes. Instead, the reader needs to experience the scene without a filter. It is more realistic that way.

Animals as Secondary Characters

 

       There is a short essay by George Orwell entitled “The Hanging” that I had my English 101 class read. Then they were to analyze a character. One student wanted to write about the dog because “he is the only descent character in the story.” The student was certainly correct, and I’m sure the irony did not escape Orwell in having the only “beast” in the story show compassion while the humans acted like “beasts.”
I’ve found that animals can make great characters in romance novels. In my book Abbey’s Tale, the black lab Bailey helps with sea rescues, amuses students at the school for the blind, and saves Abbey from a purse snatcher. I put Bailey in the book on a whim, and he quickly grew into a likeable character. I can’t even imagine the book without him. When he gets stabbed, I’m sure the readers long for his recovery.
Other writers have created similar roles for animals: horses, cats, rabbits, etc. One romance writer in Dangerous Moonlight created a hero with a cat and a heroine with a large dog. The mayhem that results when those two get together is both humorous and amusing. Don’t hesitate to put animals in your stories but only ones that you know well or can research accurately for verisimilitude. Here’s to furry friends!

A Blind Character

Abbey’s Tale coming soon from The Wild Rose Press

In the novel Abbey’s Tale for which I am currently under contract, my heroine is blind. I have been interested in a blind character since high school when I read The Sky Is Blue. In that novel a sightless Caucasian heroine fall in love with a wonderful, kind African American man. The author cleverly has the readers discover that the hero is non-white at the exact same time that the heroine learns this. Of course, color does not matter to her even though her friend has tried to warn her that having their platonic relationship become romantic will not work. But he has never fully explained the reasons which are societal. The book came out in the 1960s or early 70s, and the reader is forced to do some soul searching and self-assessment about his or her own feelings toward the hero and whether or not those feelings change when his race is revealed. Often the blind “see” better than the sighted what a person is truly like.

In Abbey’s Tale, the heroine is blind from birth and is first interested in the hero because he creates intricate carvings that help her see the world. He is a recluse who has withdrawn from the world because he is often judged by his unattractive, scarred appearance.

The difficulty in writing from the POV of a blind person is that the author can never slip up and describe something visual that the character cannot know. It is challenging to rely on the other four senses, particularly tone of voice, to pick up on another character’s emotions. Touch too is very important as well as smell.

 

 

 

Almost one year ago, Hiding was published by thewildrosepress.com available as an e-book or paperback. It has been a year of learning for me. Learning how to tweet, get reviews, post blogs, get an Amazon author page. It has also been fun to hear from readers: “I stayed up late at night to finish reading. I just had to see that happened.” “Reading Hiding was like a trip to Paris – which is one my bucket list.”Now I’m starting again with edits of my new historical romance Abbey’s Tale that should be coming out soon. This one is set on a barren island off the coast of Maine where a reclusive Civil War veteran has withdrawn from the world to man the lighthouse there. His driftwood sculptures capture the attention of a blind girl on the coast who is intrigued by the intricate carvings and the man behind them.

Why I Started this Blog

This is my first blog post.  I taught reading and writing for 30 years mostly at the high school and college level. But I’ve loved to read ever since I learned to read and even before when my mother read to me and took me to libraries as a child. Each books is an adventure into a new world, the mind of a new character, a gate way to learning and adventure. I hope I have been able to transfer that love of reading to many students. And I turned that love of reading and veneration of authors into a career as a writer, first of non-fiction and then fiction.