Book Reviews, Book Fairs and Kindle Fire

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How to write a quick and helpful review!

 

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Reviews are incredibly helpful, whether they are 5 stars or 1 star!

How so? When customers (readers) browse for a new product they check the rating and reviews before making a decision. They look to 4 & 5 star reviews to confirm that the product (book) will meet their expectations.

The 1 & 2 star reviews help people see if any of their deal breakers are present. This may stop someone who probably wouldn’t like your product (book) from buying it. And, that’s not a bad thing because each author has a target audience (their idea type of reader for their book).

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Elements of a good book review:

  1. Keep it truthful.
  2. Briefly describe the story. Don’t summarize the entire plot. No spoilers!
  3. Take a stand. Clearly state if you love it or hate it.
  4. Personalize your review. Why do you like it. What was your favorite part.
  5. Is this book similar to another story (book, comic, movie or tv show)?
  6. And, don’t forget to mention if you’d recommend it to others!

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A real example!

This was one of my first book reviews for This Time (Nadira Holden, Demon Hunter).

“I love this book!

In an industry and genre that is notoriously whitewashed, it’s refreshing to read a book centered around a POC character (and not one that is painfully stereotypical).

We begin the book with Nadira Holden literally clawing her way out of a grave. After she makes it back to her family home, she learns that a truce had been declared between the humans and demons, and her team of demon hunters, the Children of Orion, had been disbanded in an official capacity as part of the deal. Resurrected against her will for a purpose she no longer supports, Nadira struggles to find her place in the modern world that has moved on without her. But not all is as it seems.

Throughout the book, we get glimpses of what Nadira’s life was like. How she was groomed to be the greatest demon hunter who’d ever lived. Her longing for the approval of her father, and the love for a teammate. And, her inner battle with what she wants, versus what’s expected. No matter how much they push her to fit in the mold of their design, they should have realized they were doomed from the start.

Because Nadira Holden is no tool.”

 

Written by a Goodreads reviewer on 10/2/18 at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40778146-this-time?ac=1&from_search=true

 

Your book review doesn’t need to be this long, even 3 sentences will do! Ready?

If you’ve read This Time, consider rating/reviewing my book on Amazon , Goodreads, and/or Bookbub !

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This Time is about a resurrected demon hunter and those who love her and my book is participating in this book fair.

Whether you buy a book or not, you can enter for a chance to win a Kindle Fire!

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Some online sources I used to help write this blog post: https://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Review, https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/writing-help/top-tips-for-writing-a-review, https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/book-reviews/

 

It’s Release Day for THIS TIME, my urban fantasy novel!

It’s Release Day for THIS TIME, my urban fantasy novel! 

Buy your copy today, 10/01/18. 

Only $2.99 in all digital book stores.

This discounted price won’t last long. 

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If you like Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, or Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter…

If you like movies like Blade or Underworld…

Then try this exciting, new urban fantasy novel! 

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This Time by Azaaa Davis

Not even death can stop her.

Fearsome demon hunter Nadira has been torn from her next life and resurrected in present-day New York. The demons she once battled have made peace with humans. Or, so they claim. But brawls between demons and humans are becoming more frequent, and human leaders are disappearing.

Tasked by the shadowy organization that trained her, she must battle her own personal trauma and once again fight for the souls of mankind. Will Nadira remain a beacon of light to those fighting for humankind? Or will she lose her humanity to the darkness within?

Don’t miss This Time, the first novel in the Nadira Holden series, by author Azaaa Davis!

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You’re invited to my online book launch party! 

Tonight (10/1st) from 9pm to 11pm EDT

on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/352935965199097/

Giveaways. Trivia. Writing Tips. Q & A with 3 fantasy authors. 

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You get to say I knew her… when she quit her fulltime job to write… when she planned a wedding while writing a book… when she was pregnant then had a baby while writing a book… I know that lady that dreamed big, followed her heart, leaped and then flew!

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This Time by Azaaa Davis

Not even death can stop her.

Fearsome demon hunter Nadira has been torn from her next life and resurrected in present-day New York. The demons she once battled have made peace with humans. Or, so they claim. But brawls between demons and humans are becoming more frequent, and human leaders are disappearing.

Tasked by the shadowy organization that trained her, she must battle her own personal trauma and once again fight for the souls of mankind. Will Nadira remain a beacon of light to those fighting for humankind? Or will she lose her humanity to the darkness within?

Don’t miss This Time, the first novel in the Nadira Holden series, by author Azaaa Davis!

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Reading a fantasy novel is perfect for halloween, prefect for autumn. 

If you like movies like Blade & Underworld, or characters like Buffy, The Vampire Slayer or Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter, then read this exciting urban fantasy novel! 

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Meet Nadira, Leo and Derek from THIS TIME

Meet Nadira, Leo and Derek

These are the main characters in my debut fantasy novel titled This Time.

Nadira, Demon Hunter:

There are plenty of vampire hunters in the world protecting blissfully ignorant humans from vampires, werewolves, and all other beings that inspire nightmares.

But, who do they call when they’re over their heads? Children of Orion: a small, elite group of monster-slaying specialists that have literally been to hell and back. Dangerous, solitary, and bound by a strict code of conduct, these demon hunters have what it takes to save the day when all hope seems lost.

Nadira Holden is our protagonist on an adventure filled with sophisticated bad guys, complicated family drama, and dangerously unrequited love.

Leo, Leader of the Demon Hunters:

Leonardo Walker, known affectionately as Leo, finally got the position he has always wanted, but at the worst time. Recently promoted to director, Leo is determined to repair the image of demon hunters and help them adapt to the needs of the modern world.

On top of secretly running an organization that has been publicly dismantled, Leo will have to supervise his former teammate—the first person he ever loved. Will Nadira follow his lead, or break the rules as easily as she broke his heart in their youth?

Derek, Demon Duke of New England:

For too long, demons have smiled and played nice in order to win the heart of humankind. It turns out, trusting humans are far more willing to share land, riches, and information than scared-to-death humans. Who knew?

After years of careful preparation, the demons are ready to attack under the skilled leadership of Derek. Entrusted by a demon prince to lead the takeover of New York, Derek has little patience for demons unwilling to step in line. When an unknown demon starts feeding sloppily in his town, he decides to handle it himself as a much needed stress reliever. How could Derek have predicted that he would uncover an active demon hunter with a tantalizing secret?

A deleted scene from book one:

“I hate them,” Nadira said with genuine contempt.  She allowed herself to feel all the anger she felt the night she walked into the sea.

“They stole my peace, my next life. I’m stuck here, an echo of my former self. I’d sooner punish them than help their lost cause.”

Shaking his head, Derek said, “I stare at that pretty mouth of yours and hear lies. I look into those sad eyes of yours and see rage.”

His left hand jutted out and grabbed her neck tightly before she could turn away. The pain was immediate as the soft muscles and delicate  bones of her neck were squeezed together slowly.

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This Time by Azaaa Davis releases 10/01/18! 
An action packed urban fantasy novel.
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Insight from an author

Hi Readers, 

In case you missed my online book launch party for THIS TIME, several great questions were asked. Here are some of the questions from fans and my answers: 

Insight from an author

 

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This Time Author Azaaa Davis

Fan Question: “What inspired this story?”

My Answer: I wondered, ‘what if the hero already made the ultimate sacrifice?’ and “What if the story started when an action adventure movie normal ends?” I create a complex character and named her Nadira.  She sacrifices herself in battle only to be pulled back into a seemingly endless fight between good and evil. 

Fan Question: “What has been some obstacles when you’re writing and getting your books published?”

My Answer: As a new mom, my biggest obstacle is finding the time to write. I think of it as being a mom from 7am-8pm, a wife from 8pm-11pm and a writer from 11pm until 1am (or 3am some nights). Of course all of the roles are occurring simultaneously and a mom’s work is never done … But I usually don’t write until my daughter is asleep for the night and I’ve spent time with my husband. 

Fan Question: “What advice do you give to aspiring writers such as myself?

My Answer: To anyone that has great ideas and want to write a book, my advice is to write often and aim to finish a story. I think that the only thing harder than starting a story is following through until you write “the end.” I struggled with this because I’m a perfectionist and an overachiever. Only when I learned what this phrase meant “Done is better than perfect” did my writing career start to become a reality.

 

I hope you found this interesting. ☺

Consider following this blog or signing up for my newsletter to stay up to date with my insights as a writer-mom and my updates as the author of the Nadira Holden, Demon Hunter series.

 

Best wishes! 

Azaaa Davis

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I’m sorry but…

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[ Titled “Finding Value and Read in Sacrifice” and written by me, this article was first published on https://writermomlife.com/finding-value-and-reward-in-sacrifice/ ]

Dear friends,

I’m sorry but …

  • I don’t drink alcohol anymore.

    • I’m breastfeeding my little one.

  • I don’t go out dancing at night anymore.

    • My family needs me as a wife and mom.

Sincerely,

– A new mom that’s adjusting and trying her best

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Dear friends,

I’m sorry for …

  • … not grabbing a drink with you at the bar.

    • Let’s catch up by email instead.

  • … not hanging out at your place for hours playing games.

    • I was tempted but my time is so limited.

  • … saying “No” to road trips to Atlantic City and Foxwoods.

    • My days of gambling are over.

  • … missing your phone call.

    • It’s my writing night and I don’t want to spend it on the phone.

  • … only responding via text message.

    • My baby was asleep in my arms and she needs her rest.

Sincerely,

– A new mom that’s making every effort to write a novel in her spare time

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I’m sorry and … Some of my sacrifices are temporary. My time will open up one day as my child gains independence and my novel writing becomes more streamline. On that day, I hope we’re still friends.

 

My willingness to make sacrifices to become a novelist was thoroughly put to the test over the past two years.

Here’s what I had to give up to make my dreams a reality:

  • I quit my full-time job!

    • Now that took many conversations with my husband, months of planning, and a few experiments with our budget.  Giving up the ease and comfort that two incomes can provide, evening willingly, is tough and requires discipline.

  • I gave up my leased car!

    • I decided not to conveniently roll into another lease, because I wasn’t using my car often enough to justify the expense. Instead, I am saving up to buy my next car (preferably a certified used vehicle).

  • I stopped eating at restaurants regularly, going on impulsive shopping sprees, and spending all weekend hanging out with friends.

And, here’s what I gained:

  • My time management skills have grown exponentially!

    • Now, I plan ahead and make better use of the small gaps in between daily activities. Instead of getting on social media or checking my email, I use the time that my daughter sleeps or the commute time when my husband drives to write. I write on my phone, my laptop or pen and paper—whatever is handy at the time!

 

  • My cooking skills have improved greatly!

    • I have perfected several 30-minute meals, meaning I spend much less time in the kitchen. Our dinners are healthy enough to feed our daughter (once pureed, mashed or cut into tiny pieces). Eating at home, and healthier, helps us avoid buying jarred baby food as well.

      I like cooking but never really got the hang of baking. Due to living on budget, I’ve started baking cookies and cakes instead of buying them. Our snacks and treats are now a little healthier and last a little longer.

 

  • I now have a deeper appreciation for the simple pleasures in life!

    • With a baby at home, restaurants and movies are a rare treat for my husband and me. Now, we spend more time talking. We talk about philosophy, culture and spiritually.

      We make the effort to visit family more, play our strategy board games and host potlucks.

      On the weekends, we take advantage of daytime, family-friendly activities like nature walks in local parks and day trips to explore new towns. I‘ve come to realize that fun doesn’t need to cost our entire paycheck and it doesn’t only happen at night.

What conveniences will you give up to make room for growth?

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On October 1st, 2018, I became a published author of a full length fantasy novel!

I hope sharing my experience helps you come to peace with some of the sacrifices you’re making or will make in pursuit of your goals.

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Three ways that you can help make my novels a big success — before, after or instead of buying my book.

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  2. Click on the links to where my book are being sold.
  3. Scroll through the page you land on.
  4. This lets Google, Bing, Firefox, Safari and all the other search engines know that my book is of interest and is gaining in popularity. Your simple search will make it easier for others to stumble upon my book in the future. It takes only 5 minutes of your time and means the world to me. Thank you!

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Smoke and Roses, A Spotlight on Olivia Wylie

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Smoke and Roses

A Steampunk Language of Flowers

Olivia Wylie

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What follows is an excerpt from a book written and illustrated by Olivia Wylie. She and I exchanged beta reading services in the spring, and I was impressed with her writing

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Introduction

Flowers have been growing with us since human civilization began. The names
we give them project our own thoughts and fears upon them: Bachelor’s Button,
Feverfew, Love Lies Bleeding, Forget Me Not.

Every flower tells a tale. Some whisper of scandal, some sigh of broken hearts and
some murmur of love yet to come. Flowers embellish our lives, adding grace notes
of color and scent. Perhaps the more we feel life constrain us, the further we seek to
embellish it.

That may be why a set of associations between blooms and human motivations
grew out of the writings of the Romantic poets to flower during the reign of Queen
Victoria. What we call the Language of Flowers today took root from a seed planted
by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu in The Turkish Embassy Letters, penned in 1763.
In these letters, she wrote of the Turkish custom of selam, which she described as
a symbolic code making it possible for sweethearts to send messages ‘without ever
inking your fingers’. She was mostly wrong in her surmises, but the idea sprouted in
European soil all the same. In France, a lady using the pen name Charlotte de Latour
published Le Langage des Fleurs at the end of 1819, and a craze took root.

For the aspirational classes, the idea of combining poetry and the new luxury of
exotic blooms brought from far off places to be grown in modern hot houses was deeply
appealing. This was the Age of Botany as well as the Age of Industry: Carl Linnaeus
had finished creating the binomial nomenclature system that could accurately describe
every plant known in 1753. Technology was improving, and it was possible with the
use of glass houses and Wardian Cases to keep rare blooms from around the world
alive despite European weather.

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Drugs were pouring into European pharmacopoeias. Every novel bloom was a sign
that the world was full of wonders yet to be discovered. Versions of the Language of
Flowers soon included exotic beauties like Amaryllis and Orchid, creating a touch of
class, a dash of intrigue and the faintest whiff of scandal.

The Victorians ate it up.

Soon, lists of flower meanings began circulating in salons and were passed around
in parlors, especially in London. The trend was particularly exciting for women, as the
study and love of flowers was viewed by society as a ‘noble pursuit’, appropriate for
ladies. Women with an interest in the sciences latched onto botany in droves, and ladies
of a literary persuasion began to use flowers to symbolize underlying circumstances
in their works.

Flowers also allowed people in this rigid society to discuss the risque in safety,
through poetry. What young people dared not say aloud, they conveyed in bouquets.
In this illustrated volume, I have collected just a short list of flowers and their
meanings, doing my best to create an alphabet of flowers that will suit situations
encountered in daily life. There are many ways in which our modern day mirrors that
time more than a century ago. In an era of rapid industrialization and dangerously
mismanaged cities growing ever wider and dirtier, blossoms and their imagery shine
like beacons in the grime. People in the Age of Victoria looked for reasons to stop and
smell the flowers if they could.

Perhaps we can do the same.

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Malus domestica

It may have been an apple that tempted Eve, but an apple blossom
promises prettier things. ‘I prefer you’ said the one who sent their love a
flowering sprig of apple. ‘Fortune favors you.’

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Chamaemilum nobile

The name “chamomile” originally comes from the Greek word
“Khanimimelon”, meaning ‘apple of the Earth’, due to its low growth
habit and sweet scent. In the Victorian mind, this old friend of the
garden earned the appellation by its ability to survive even the most
strenuous trampling and abuse.

Maud Grieve says this of chamomile in A Modern Herbal “When walked
on, its strong, fragrant scent will often reveal its presence before it is
seen. For this reason it was employed as one of the aromatic strewing
herbs in the Middle Ages, and used often to be purposely planted in
green walks in gardens. Indeed, walking over the plant seems especially
beneficial to it.

“Like a camomile bed
The more it is trodden
The more it will spread.”

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Written and illustrated by Olivia Wylie
Copyright 2018 Olivia Wylie
Published 2018 by Leafing Out Books

Buy her beautifully illustrated book on Amazon.

Check out her website at http://www.leafingoutgardening.com

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