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New Review: Sacrifice by Jennifer Quintenz

Sacrifice

Daughters of Lilith: Book 3

By Jennifer Quintenz

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban, Young Adult, New Adult

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/sacrifice-by-jennifer-quintenz/

Synopsis:

Just when Braedyn Murphy thought she understood the danger descending on Puerto Escondido, a new threat arrives. A cult devoted to Lilith has taken up residence in the little town, and when Cassie gets tangled up its intrigue, Braedyn realizes she might have to chose between protecting her friends and stopping Lilith from reclaiming this earth.

With her duties to the Guard wearing on her, Braedyn turns to Lucas for solace. Together they wonder if now is the time to claim their one night together—knowing that one night is all they may ever have.

Darker forces have their own plans for Braedyn and the Guard. Braedyn knew this fight could be brutal—but how much can one girl be asked to sacrifice in order to save the world?

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About the author:

Jennifer Quintenz is an award-winning film and television writer, author, and graphic novelist. She has written for Twentieth Television, Intrepid Pictures, and Archaia Studios Press. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

 

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New Review: The Wrong Stuff

The Wrong Stuff

K’Barthan Trilogy: Part 2

By M.T. McGuire

Genre: Humor, Science Fiction, Adventure

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/the-wrong-stuff-by-m-t-mcguire/

Synopsis:

Knight in less than shining armour seeks polish.

The Pan of Hamgee has escaped from police custody in K’Barth, switched realities and saved the woman of his dreams from Lord Vernon, but now they are both on the run.

To save her life, The Pan must introduce Ruth, the woman of his dreams, to the person prophesied to be the man of hers. And he knows he must do it fast – before Lord Vernon finds her. But, the gentleman in question is in hiding and no-one knows where. Only The Pan can find him, if he can bring himself to unite them.

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About the author:

Hello there, I’m M T McGuire. I grew up half way up a down but now I live in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk with my family and a huge, hairy cat called Chewbacca.

I write humorous fantasy fiction. If I came to stay at your house, I’d be the one who checks the wardrobe in your spare room for a gateway to Narnia. That’s probably all you need to know about me really.

If you’ve read my writing, thank you, I hope you enjoyed it.

If you like my stuff you can keep up to date at http://www.mtmcguire.co.uk and I’m MTMcGuireauthor on twitter.

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Awesome Indies Grand Opening Last Day!

 

Don’t miss out on the final day of the Awesome Indies Grand Opening Party! Win a free Kindle!

http://awesomeindies.net/2013/08/25/last-day-20-free-ebooks-win-a-kindle/

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Awesome Indies

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You’re invited to the Awesome Indies Grand Opening Party—a sale of 26 top reads at just 99 cents each, plus 5 days of fun. See the new website, meet the authors, join them for games, giveaways and giggles and be in the draw to win the latest generation Kindle.

 

The Awesome Indies have found a way to take the risk out of buying indie. If it’s Awesome Indies Approved (AIA), a qualified publishing industry professional has determined that it’s as good as anything produced by the mainstream. Readers need no longer wonder if that book is really worth downloading. If a book is listed on the Awesome Indies, then it’s worth your time.

 

Click on the banner, or this link, to visit the Awesome Indies to browse the huge 99c sale and learn what you have to do to be in the draw for a Kindle Paperwhite.

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Discovery 3: The Disenchanted Pet

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The Disenchanted Pet

By Kate Policani

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

Short synopsis: Far into the future, the Earth is ruled by the ShaZha, a hyper-intelligent race of alien beings who are plagued by the violence and volatility of the human race. Supposedly intending to repair the broken societies and polluted planet, they have found the Human problem to be much more complex than they ever imagined. Zarah is a Prodigy, an obedient human, with a caring ShaZha master. Zarah wants to prove all her master’s hopes that humans can be civilized and responsible. When she is lost by her master and exposed to the other side of humanity, she must confront the possibility she might be not a valued citizen, but a pet.

I am currently writing my next book called The Stray, a second book set in the ShaZha Earth. It isn’t a sequel, but the story connects with The Disenchanted Pet

Buy The Disenchanted Pet on Amazon (Kindle and Paperback)

To buy the paperback, click here: https://www.createspace.com/3657962

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For great reviews:

http://tahlianewland.com/2011/12/23/review-the-disenchanted-pet-by-kate-policani/ http://mainemuse.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/the-disenchanted-pet-by-kate-policani/ http://nadiariell.com/2012/01/18/a-book-review-for-the-disenchanted-pet-by-kate-policani/ http://www.speculativefaith.com/authors/kate-policani/

Long Synopsis: The Disenchanted Pet is ashort Science Fiction novel that takes place in the popular “post-apocalyptic Earth” setting,  exploreing the unique problems with the Human Race and how to “fix” it. Zarah is a young, optimistic girl, entering into the exciting world of adulthood with an idealistic perspective. But Zarah lives in the a future where Humanity is ruled by an alien race occupying Earth in order to rehabilitate and repair the planet and its people. Reality intrudes on Zarah’s unspoiled outlook when she is attacked and separated from her SaSa, an alien guardian who is like a parent to her. Trapped within the Feral Facility, pregnant and separated from her home and new husband, she learns all the mistakes about the reality she believed in. She sees that the “Ferals”, who who aren’t serviceable within  the ShaZha’s plans, are not necessarily the monsters her Prodigy society has portrayed them to be. Suffering through the harsh truth about her world and the errors in her ideals, she must face a future without the assurances upon which she always relied. The Disenchanted Pet appeals to Science Fiction lovers as well as readers who have never explored the genre before. It explores the disillusionment of growing up and the harsh realities of adulthood, but with aliens.

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Summer Shake-up book 2: Strange Academy

As part of my Summer Shake-up, I have decided to snag some of the most interesting-looking reads on my “to-read” list and bump them up! My second bump is

 

See how fast this goes when I do it this way? I have finished my review of book #1 and am ready to read book #2: Strange Academy by Theresa Wilde. I bumped this book because I love Paranormal Romance and because it looks like a lot of fun and I can really relate to strangeness.

Synopsis:

Determined to uncover the secret behind her eccentric aunt’s mysterious death, Sadie Strange, a quirky substitute teacher with a Master’s degree in comic book superheroes, takes a job at isolated private school Strange Academy. Her biggest obstacle? Haughty hottie Lorde Gray, the chemistry teacher who looks down his Roman nose at her as he tries to get her fired.

Undercover demon hunter Gray vows to use his spell-brewing powers to protect Strange Academy’s true purpose—educating extraordinary children with paranormal gifts. If the world knew the school’s secret, it would start a war that would destroy humanity. Gray won’t let a feisty mortal threaten that, no matter how much she swishes her heart-shaped butt.

When fate throws them together, strange allies Sadie and Gray seek to uncover the hidden forces behind her aunt’s death before they destroy Sadie—and the school. But when the demon hunter forbidden from associating with mortals and the mortal woman who can’t trust her own judgment around alpha males find themselves falling for each other, love is going to get a little strange…

 

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I am FEATURED today on Ionia Martin’s Readful Things blog! Please visit and like! Learn the mystery of why I write. http://readfulthingsblog.com/2013/04/30/an-interview-with-kate-policani-author-of-dont-judge-a-book-by-its-magic/comment-page-1/#comment-5719

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How to get reviews

No, this is not my hand.

If any of you have seen my book reviews list, you know it’s enormous. I really love books! I like different themes from many genres.

How do you get a reviewer to review? How do you get me to say “yes” to review your book?

  1. Have a well-written synopsis: If your synopsis sounds boring, full of errors, or really wordy, I will assume the book is too. I’m not going to test out the preview unless I have time and I’m feeling indecisive. (This is rare.)
  2. Stick to the point: This is why I replaced my email information with a form. Often it was a challenge to even find the synopsis with all the extra information. When I ask for a synopsis, I really just want to know about the book. I usually skim over any other information included, even if it’s raves from other authors or book awards. Your book should be able to stand on its own. Also, while I feel for you if you are writing about your painful childhood and reading and reviewing your book will make you feel validated, I can’t choose books based on that. I write honest reviews and that kind of pressure will scare me away.
  3. I’m an author too: If you have a book and I have a book, and we review each other, then both of us have a review! Great deal, huh. (Hint: if someone is exchanging reviews with me, I give them preferential treatment. I’m not ashamed to admit that.)
  4. That’s really it. Seriously, I choose books based on the synopsis.

How to get a “no”:

  1. Hide your synopsis: If your synopsis is hidden in the middle of a 10-paragraph sell, I may not say yes.
  2. Synopsis is too short: If you leave out vital information, I doubt your talent. If your Science Fiction book’s synopsis gives no indication that it is Science Fiction, that’s a problem. If the highlight of your book is too short for me to determine if I might like it, I will pass.
  3. Synopsis is too long: All that information is important, but I will read the book if it interests me. You don’t have to tell me the whole story. If you do, I may feel like I’ve already read the book.
  4. I feel bullied into reading: “Please help me” stories don’t help. If I feel emotionally pressured, I suspect your talent doesn’t stand on its own and I definitely wouldn’t risk disappointing you with a bad review. So I won’t write one.
  5. You inform me of how honored I am to receive your illustrious book: This is a request and I’m offering you a chance at a free service. You don’t have to lick my boots, but don’t pretend that I’ve been waiting my whole life for this opportunity.
  6. Write the wrong book: Sometimes (most of the time) I say no because the plot of the book doesn’t interest me. It may be an awesome book, but it’s not my thing. No offence.

I write requests to other reviewers to read my books based on these little points. I believe in the Golden Rule and I don’t feel bad when I get a “no”. I just strive to write better books!

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Surprise reviews!

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While looking for something completely different today, I noticed that Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic had 17 ratings and 10 reviews up on Goodreads! Several of these reviews were unexpected and they made my day. Some were even up on other sites, including an online magazine. Big thanks to the reviewers! Please drop by and see what they said.

The Goodreads review page

http://www.indtale.com/reviews/don%E2%80%99t-judge-book-its-magic

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What Now? What to do after release.

So the book is out and it succeeded/did OK/sold nothing. But now what to do next? It’s really the same however the book did at release. I like lists, so here’s a list:

  1. Pat yourself on the back! Never forget that whether it did well or not, you released a book! Don’t let the feelings you have about your income cloud that accomplishment.
  2. Don’t confuse anticlimax with failure. You can’t reasonably keep up a book release day excitement up indefinitely. It’s a climax. Appreciate that and build slowly. That is the kind of work that builds a lasting platform.
  3. Contact more reviewers. You did this for your release, hopefully, but you can’t have too few reviews. I’m going through the lists at http://www.theindieview.com/indie-reviewers/ and http://www.stepbystepselfpublishing.net/reviewer-list.html.
  4. Look into promotions. Yes they are endless, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do them. There are ways to promote for free and there are costly ways. You just need to decide how much work you want to do versus how much you want to spend. When one goes up the other goes down. Just do it. It won’t hurt that much.
  5. Write more books! It looks more and more like what sells books is more books. That’s what you were excited about in the first place, right? Writing books?

 

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Thank You!

Thank you for celebrating my book release with me! You have all helped make this book a success and your support is priceless!

My posts are at an end for the party. I’ll reveal the contest results in the morning!

Please be sure to visit my feature tomorrow at  http://speculativesalon.blogspot.com/

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Virtual Release Party: All the reviews

 

You can find AAAALLLLL the reviews of Don’t Juge a Book By Its Magic now and forevermore here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/dont-judge-a-book-by-its-magic/

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Not my cup of coffee, but it could be yours!

I saw a great idea on some book reviews recently! The reviewer provided the authors of books they didn’t enjoy with an option to promote without a review, but a “not my cup of tea, but it might be yours” rating. Bonnie Lamer has an entire page just for authors who were brave enough to ask, though she didn’t like their books: http://bonnielamernotmycupofteashelf.blogspot.com/

I’m going to start this policy! If you submit your book to me and the review isn’t what you like, you can ask to have a straight promo instead on my “Not my cup of coffee” page. http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/not-my-cup-of-coffee/

If you have gotten an unsatisfactory review from me in the past that I didn’t post and would like to be on the page, please let me know and I’ll include you.

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Book Marketing Companies Poll

Let me know what you think of book marketing companies you have used. I couldn’t find any comprehensive rating online, so I decided to make one!

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A List of Indie Book Reviewers – D.L. Morrese

I got back on that horse that threw me and sent my review request to ten reviewers! This is the list I’ve been working with. Thanks again to DL For this great resource!

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Last week I posted about the importance of book reviews and I promised to provide a list. After data mining the internet, I found 87 sites that review indie books. The list of those is provided below. I have not queried all of these. Some are not applicable to my genre. Some are closed for new submissions, and others I simply have not had time to contact yet. Since I had the data, though, I’m sharing it because others may find it helpful.

One thing to keep in mind when contacting prospective reviewers is to be mindful of their submission requirements. If they only review Romance, don’t ask them to review your Fantasy novel. If they want a synopsis, provide it. If they want the first three chapters, send them. There is no “standard” format. Each review site will have different requirements. These reviewers are doing indie writers a favor…

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