Book Reviews & WHY They Matter

As an avid reader, I have spent the last few years reviewing books on my blog and on other websites that help to promote Indy Authors. It has been an honor to read and review over one hundred and forty books in the last couple of years.

There are several reasons why I engaged in the review process:

  1. Writing a review has been my way of saying thank you to the author. Writing a book is a long and detailed process, and as an author, I know how much work I put into my own writing. I can think of no better way to let an author know that I appreciated all the hard work they put into writing a novel other than helping to spread the word of their success.
  2. My reviews contributed to spreading the word to other readers about authors and books that I enjoyed. I have always felt that I was performing a public service to other readers by sharing my thoughts in our blogging community.
  3. I have written reviews in such a way as to not damage the reputation of the author. Even if I did not like the book, I found ways to express my opinion in a nice way. In fact, there have not been many books that I haven’t enjoyed. This just goes to show the quality of authors and material in the Indy community.
  4. Reviews help the author, and those positive rankings play into the Amazon algorithm. More reviews = More sales, which lead to a higher ranking in the Amazon community. The end result is exposure to more people interested in buying books.
  5. I have solicited and received free manuscripts and copies of most of the books I reviewed. If you love to read, this is the best incentive yet, to start reviewing books.

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Check out these links for more information on writing reviews:

Tips for Writing Amazon Reviews

Amazon Community Review Guidelines

So, the next time you are reading a novel, think about leaving a review. Indy authors everywhere will thank you.

I am always looking for reviews of The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy. If you’re interested, leave me a reply in the comments section.

ATTENTION AUTHORS & BOOK REVIEWERS

In fact, if you are an author looking for a review, leave a comment with a link to your book. That will enable readers with a way to contact you. HAPPY REVIEWING! ❤

Gotta DASH! Time to write some more reviews!

Top 5 Websites for Authors Who Are Not Bloggers – by Cassie – Natacha Guyot

Here is some great information from Natacha Guyot.org. You will want to check out these sites. Remember to click the highlighted link at the bottom of the page to read the article. ❤

Today’s guest blogger is Cassie. She is a freelance writer who enjoys covering the topics of technology and literature. As a writer herself, she has used many of the listed resources and hope…

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge Theme-“Passion” #WQWWC

Hello, it’s me again. Ronovan. Yep, it’s my week to host the Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge.

If you missed out on reading last week’s entries for the theme of Memories, click here to go there. And if you are a participant you really should be visiting all your fellow entrants.

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It’s easy to join in:

  • Find a quote you like that goes with the theme of the week.
  • Use that quote either in or as the title of some form of writing such as a flash fiction piece, poem, or pretty much anything as long as you include the quote and make sure to note who said it.
  • Then do a Ping Back or paste your URL into the comments of this post so we can all visit you.

This weeks theme is:

Passion

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Simple Definition of passion

  • : a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something

  • : a strong feeling (such as anger) that causes you to act in a dangerous way

  • : a strong sexual or romantic feeling for someone

“Follow your own passion – not your parents’, not your teachers’ – yours. Robert Ballard

From Wikipedia: Robert Duane Ballard (born June 30, 1942) is a retired United States Navy officer and a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island who is most noted for his work in underwater archaeology: maritime archaeology and archaeology of shipwrecks. He is most known for the discoveries of the wrecks of the RMS Titanic in 1985, the battleship Bismarck in 1989, and the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in 1998. He discovered the wreck of John F. Kennedy‘s PT-109 in 2002 and visited Biuku Gasa and Eroni Kumana, who saved its crew. He leads ocean exploration on E/V Nautilus.


Imagine if this quote was acted upon throughout the ages. Or even during our age. Too many of our young feel trapped by where they are. A great deal of that feeling is given by the older generations around them. “This is the way it’s always been.” “It’s tradition.” “Society won’t let us do no better.”

The truth is, society doesn’t care what you do, as long as you aren’t doing it any harm. I had another quote I was going to add and I think it goes along with having a passion and following it. I think it goes especially well with the state of the world today.

“If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.” Benjamin Franklin

Every person should have a passion, but that fire that fuels it can burn out of control and consume anything in its path. We must keep reason in control of the passion to give it direction and keep it on a clear and safe course..

 

See you in the comments!

Ronovan

Remember, Colleen and I alternate weeks here on her blog hosting the challenge.

How to Submit a Book for Review on Silver Threading


Hello, all Authors!

I have been really enjoying the process of writing book reviews. I have created a page on my blog called, “Submit a Book for Silver’s Reviews.” There is a form there to fill out if you are interested in me reviewing your book.

Please be aware that I will be moving soon and that could disrupt my schedule. If you are willing to work with me, I am happy to work with you. Please visit my page for more information.

FOR REGULAR SUBMISSIONS:

Silver will review just about every category and genre of books, including literary and popular fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books. She is also happy to review poetry or scholarly books, but will consider them on a case by case basis.  

Silver gives preference to independent authors trying to get the word out about their work. 

Silver works on a first come, first serve basis where she uses a five-star rating system. She strives to produce and promote a book review each week. If she deems her review to be less than three stars, she will not review it. If she decides that she is unable to review your book she will respectfully email you with her reasons why.

Silver also shares a weekly image link on her blog menu to the Weekly Promoted Book Review. 

In addition, Silver submits her book reviews to Lit World Interviews
where she is part of the book-reviewing team. Lit World Interviews reserves the right whether or not to publish the review on its site.

Submission Guidelines

Silver Threading receives a substantial number of requests for reviews and so she cannot guarantee that she will be able to review your book. If you are interested in submitting your book for possible review, please fill out the form below and she will get back to you within 7 days. Thanks for your interest!

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Weekly Wrap-Up From 3/4/15

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Welcome to the WRITER’S QUOTE WEDNESDAY Weekly Wrap-Up where our writers highlight their photographic and writing talent by making up their own quotes, or sharing quotes from our favorite authors. Please do not link to this post.  Link to the new prompt on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

I love all the hard work that goes into a great challenge and we have it here!  Inspiration from other writer’s is the best advice when it comes to writing and you get that feeling as if you are stuck.  Feel free to browse the quotes that keep us in pursuit of our writing goals created for you, by authors:

You are the best!

Here are the Writer’s Quotes from last Wednesday.  IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR WRITING INSPIRATION… THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!

Please check out the fabulous quotes these writer’s came up with:  (Please let me know if I missed your blog) If your quote was an image I grabbed it for our online gallery, if not I did try to add your quote.

Just Fooling Around With Bee

Instantly “Carpe Diem” usually translated to “seize the day” came to my mind. Apparently it is taken from Horace’s “Odes” but many of us probably know it from a film called “The Dead Poets Society“.  – The Bee     Please check out her blog to see the video link too.

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Lucile De Godoy

Randoms By a Random

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Pearls Before Swine

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Rebirth of Lisa

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Bittersweet Sensations

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Zen and Pi

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K. S. Fause

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Weird and Wonderful

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Alberta Ross Writes

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Taking a Walk Through History

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Meredith’s Musings

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Quote by Sir James Matthew Barrie in his own handwriting.  Please visit Meredith’s blog for the video link also.

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Please visit Kat’s blog for the video link she included.

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“For my people everywhere singing their slave songs repeatedly, their dirges and their ditties and their blues and jubilees, saying their prayers nightly to an unknown God, bending their knees humbly to an unseen power.”

“For the cramped bewildered years we went to school to learn to know the reasons why and the answers to and the people who and the places where and the days when, in memory of the bitter hours when we discovered we were black and poor and small and different and nobody wondered and nobody understood.”

“For my people standing staring trying to fashion a better way from confusion, from hypocrisy and misunderstanding, trying to fashion a world that will hold all the people all the faces all the Adams and Eves and their countless generations; Let a new earth rise.  Let another world be born. Let a peace be written in the sky.  Let a people loving freedom come to growth.  Let a generation full of courage issue forth. Let freedom be the pulsing in our spirits and our blood.  Let the martial songs be written; let the dirges disappear. Let a race of men now rise and take control!”     -by Alice Walker

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Nagrij Writes the Hits You Never Knew Existed

“There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.”

-Herman Melville.

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Many thanks to all the participants of Writer’s Quote Wednesday!  I appreciate all your hard work and am absolutely amazed at the creativity you all show each week!  Bravo to you all!  Until the next time,

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday Weekly Wrap-Up from 2/25/15

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Welcome to the WRITER’S QUOTE WEDNESDAY Weekly Wrap-Up where our writers highlight their photographic and writing talent by making up their own quotes, or sharing quotes from our favorite authors. Please do not link to this post.  Link to the new prompt on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

Each week I am amazed at all the wonderful quotes that get shared to other writers for inspiration.  I love all the hard work that goes into a great blog event and we have it here!  Inspiration from other writer’s is the best advice when it comes to writing and you get that feeling as if you are stuck.  Feel free to browse the quotes that keep us in pursuit of our writing goals created for you, by authors:

Good job!

Here are the Writer’s Quotes from last Wednesday.  IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR WRITING INSPIRATION… THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!

Please check out the fabulous quotes these writer’s came up with:  (Please let me know if I missed your blog) If your quote was an image I grabbed it for our online gallery, if not I did try to add your quote.

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James A. Michener

Just Olga

Nobody is perfect! From 'Some Like it Hot' Dir: Billy Wilder

Life Lover

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Rebirth of Lisa

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Pearls Before Swine (Please visit her blog to hear the video, too).

Love Is

Kitt O’Malley

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. - Helen Keller

Unique Art Chic

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Lucile De Godoy

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Zen and Pi

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Kitt O’Malley  (second entry Open-mouthed smile)

Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life's search for love and wisdom. -Rumi

K. S. Fause

Exhaling Grace

Train

Unexpected in Common Hours

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Strawberries Forever

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Live in What is Happening

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Dandelion Fuzz

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Rambling On

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Write Dorne – Putting Life Into Words  (Please visit her blog to view the video)

“Are you going to Scarborough Fair?”

Meredith’s Musings  (Please visit her blog to view the video)

Nagrij Writes the Hits You Never Knew Existed

“Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.”
H.P. Lovecraft

Alberta Ross Writes

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Thanks for stopping by to check out all the inspiration.  I can’t wait to see you all again!

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday–Poet, Victor Hugo, 2015-4

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer.  By sharing your quotes, we will all gain insight and inspiration to propel us forward in our writing careers.

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This year I want to get more in-depth with the quotes and the author of the quote, by adding names of books, poetry, and music to the mix. Tell something about the author to engage us with the quote.

A quote from a piece of music is just as inspiring as a quote that you read in a book.  You can provide images of music with the words, or a portion of a song with an image. Get creative!

Be ready to participate with videos and words, photos, and any other media you care to share.  I would love to hear some quotes spoken or even sung! Please make sure and give credit to the author of the quote. If it is an image quote you found on the internet, please say where you found it.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is participate! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.  On Tuesday I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes with links back to your blogs.

I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.  Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader.

On your own blog post do a ping back to this post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  A ping back is when you embed (or copy)  the http:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post.

Make sure to check my weekly prompt to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the http:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

If you do not do a ping-back, please post a comment on this post with a link to your post so I can find your quote. Please only post to this prompt post. Thanks so much.

Get creative and have fun!

My quote this week is from Victor Hugo:

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The minute I saw this quote, I knew it was for me.  That is where I am at.  I am trapped in Fairy Swamp.  I cannot think of a better place to be.  Magic is pervasive in the world I am creating.  I can feel supernatural forces at work within the swamp. I am a writer, consumed.  Stay tuned…

Victor Hugo, was a French novelist, dramatist, and poet.  Please check out the Poetry Archive for more poems.

A SUNSET (From “Feuilles d’Automne”)

by: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

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Whether old manor-fronts their ray with golden fulgence leavens,

In numerous leafage bosomed close;

Whether the mist in reefs of fire extend its reaches sheer,

Or a hundred sunbeams splinter in an azure atmosphere

On cloudy archipelagos.

Oh, gaze ye on the firmament! a hundred clouds in motion,

Up-piled in the immense sublime beneath the winds’ commotion,

Their unimagined shapes accord:

Under their waves at intervals flame a pale levin through,

As if some giant of the air amid the vapors drew

A sudden elemental sword.

The sun at bay with splendid thrusts still keeps the sullen fold;

And momently at distance sets, as a cupola of gold,

The thatched roof of a cot a-glance;

Or on the blurred horizon joins his battle with the haze;

Or pools the blooming fields about with inter-isolate blaze,

Great moveless meres of radiance.

Then mark you how there hangs athwart the firmament’s swept track,

Yonder a mighty crocodile with vast irradiant back,

A triple row of pointed teeth?

Under its burnished belly slips a ray of eventide,

The flickerings of a hundred glowing clouds in tenebrous side

With scales of golden mail ensheathe.

Then mounts a palace, then the air vibrates–the vision flees.

Confounded to its base, the fearful cloudy edifice

Ruins immense in mounded wrack;

Afar the fragments strew the sky, and each envermeiled cone

Hangeth, peak downward, overhead, like mountains overthrown

When the earthquake heaves its hugy back.

These vapors, with their leaden, golden, iron, bronzèd glows,

Where the hurricane, the waterspout, thunder, and hell repose,

Muttering hoarse dreams of destined harms,–

‘Tis God who hangs their multitude amid the skiey deep,

As a warrior that suspendeth from the roof-tree of his keep

His dreadful and resounding arms!

All vanishes! The Sun, from topmost heaven precipitated,

Like a globe of iron which is tossed back fiery red

Into the furnace stirred to fume,

Shocking the cloudy surges, plashed from its impetuous ire,

Even to the zenith spattereth in a flecking scud of fire

The vaporous and inflamèd spaume.

O contemplate the heavens! Whenas the vein-drawn day dies pale,

In every season, every place, gaze through their every veil?

With love that has not speech for need!

Beneath their solemn beauty is a mystery infinite:

If winter hue them like a pall, or if the summer night

Fantasy them starre brede.

This English translation of “A Sunset” was composed by Francis Thompson (1859-1907).

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My favorite class in college was British Literature.  I still have the two volumes of “The Norton Anthology of English Literature,” which to date were the largest books I had ever read about literature in general.  Both books were for one class.  I read day and night, wrote I do not remember how many papers, and finally got an ‘A’ in the class!

A friend suggested I read Hugo because of my love of words and vivid descriptions.  I can see the sunset in my mind just from the lovely description Hugo imparts: “…Or a hundred sunbeams splinter in an azure atmosphere.”   Take the plunge and read some fabulous “old” poetry at the Poetry Archive.

Thanks for visiting today.  Enjoy the challenge and see where your favorite author’s quotes take you!

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