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top-reviewer-stkr2016 NetGalley ChallengeProfessional Reader   Iris Chacon is pleased to read and review books pre- and post-publication on behalf of the publishers, through NetGalley.com.  The reviewer is not compensated for reviews, and receives a digital galley of the book in exchange for a fair, unbiased evaluation and report.

9 Best Grammar Tools For Writers

Practical and helpful digest. Thank you, Mary Walton, and thank you, Nicholas C. Rossis.

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You may remember Mary Walton’s recent guest post, 10 Proofreading Tools For Writers. This is another fine list of author resources compiled by her. Oh, and here is one of my favorite comics of all time:Grammar Cyanide and Happiness | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

9 Best Grammar Tools For Writers

The most interesting, fascinating book can fall down if the grammar is poor. No reader will want to continue if the book is too difficult to read. That’s why your grammar is so important in everything you write. If you find that you don’t know enough about grammar to skilfully edit your writing, you’re in luck. This guide will show you nine online tools that will really help you out when you’re in a bind.

  1. Academized: Invest some time in your writing skills and read this guide. It’s comprehensive yet easy to understand, making it perfect for writers. By reading it, you can get a good…

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Amazon Notifications Regarding Copyright

Thanks to Nicholas Rossis for this important and extremely helpful information for Amazon authors.

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Amazon | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: dailyfinance.com

Image this: You have the perfect campaign lined up, and are counting the days before you finally start paying off the cost of those ads.

Then, you receive an email from Amazon accusing you of copyright infringment. Your book has been taken down for now, until you prove it is, indeed, written by you.

This is what’s been happening to several authors, who have received the dreaded copyright notifications from Amazon. Specifically, they’ve received the following email:

Hello,

We are writing to you regarding the following book(s):

Title:[book title]

During a quality assurance review of your catalog, we found content (text and/or images) that is widely available on the web. You can do an online search for the content inside your books to discover which sites are offering the content for free. Copyright is important to us – we want to make sure that no author or other copyright…

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Review: ASCENDING (The Life We Lead)

Move over Robert Ludlum, David Baldacci, and James Patterson, there’s a new legend in town and it is George M. Nagle. The evidence is Nagle’s spy thriller (The Life We Lead) Ascending517qhblh5nl-_uy250_.61blben3qsl-_ux250_

Nagle has created an everyman hero with everyman problems and relationships, even dating angst, even though this globe-hopping, multi-named spy has unique and powerful intellectual and physical skills.

I haven’t been so sorry to see a book end in a long time. I’m really looking forward to the next in this series from this exciting, soon-to-be-legendary author

ASCENDING (The Life We Lead) is available on Amazon.com.

February Featured Author: AMY READE

Mystery Authors International has named Amy M. Reade as their featured author for February 2017. The time is right, because Amy has a mystery novel, The House on Candlewick Lane, hitting the shelves on February 7.  Amy is a USA Today bestselling author and a recovering lawyer; she lives in southern New Jersey.

amy-reade The House on Candlewick Lane is the first of The Malice Novels, a gothic suspense series set in the United Kingdom. The second book in the series, Highland Peril, will be released in the fall of 2017. Amy is currently at work on the third book. She is also the author of Secrets of Hallstead HouseThe Ghosts of Peppernell Manor, and House of Hanging Jade, all stand-alones. She loves reading, cooking, and traveling.

Just to whet your appetite for this delicious new mystery, here is an excerpt from The House on Candlewick Lane.

 

I must have fallen asleep, because I sat up with a start, not remembering where I was. But after a second it all came back to me in a rush of fear and indignation. I was sitting on the twin bed. It was hot. My hair stuck to the back of my neck and my forehead. Gray light forced its way into the room through the small window that overlooked the fields behind the house on Candlewick Lane. The rain was still falling, smearing the glass. I wondered where Neill was. I knew pounding on the door would be no use, but I had to do something. I had to try. My fists bore the bruises from my earlier futile attempts to be heard. There was nothing to do but wait to be released from this tower prison. Someone had to let me go.

They couldn’t keep me here forever

Ooh, there’s nothing like a good gothic mystery on a gray, wintry day. You’ll want to curl up in your window seat with this one for a happy afternoon.

You can get in touch with Amy M. Reade and, more importantly, get your copy of The House on Candlewick Lane, via the following sites:

Amy’s Website:  https://www.amymreade.com

Amy’s Blog:  https://www.amreade.wordpress.com

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8189243.Amy_M_Reade

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AmyMReadesGothicFictionFans/

Twitter: https:///www.twitter.com/readeandwrite

Congratulations to author Amy M. Reade on the release of The House on Candlewick Lane, and congratulations on being named the Mystery Authors International featured author of the month.

 

 

 

Why You Should Never Live With A Romantic Hero

Why You Should Never Live With A Romantic Hero

Anyone who has ever read a novel with this kind of hero will laugh at this scene. Love it.👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Tara Sparling writes

Sigh. Romantic heroes. They’re so bad, they’re good. They’re angry, but nobody else will ever love you the way they do. They’re filthy rich, tragically broken, and onlyYOU can fix them. What itwould be, to live with a romantic hero! Sheer heaven. Sigh.

But what really happens after ‘The End’? When dietary fibre andla vie quotidienneget in the way? What would it really belike to live witha tortured romantic hero? Especially if you’re – well,kind of anordinary person?

(This isanotherin the Why You Should Never Live With… series. Unreliable Narratorhere. Chick-Lit Heroinehere. Cop From A Crime Novelhere. Young Adult Protagonisthere. Literary Fiction Herohere. But now it’s time to get smoochy, folks.)

Why You Should Never Live With A Romantic Hero

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It’s late. You’re in your pyjamas, watching an underwritten TV show about ahelpless yet defiant22-year-old woman who’s been hurt before. It’s been a long day…

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Meet Guest Author Richard M. Ankers…

Meet Guest Author Richard M. Ankers…

This is some of the most powerfully written creative nonfiction I’ve seen in a long time. Now I want to read his books. Thanks to Nicholas C. Rossis for passing the post on to us.

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How does one make an introduction when he hates talking about himself? Hm, I know, I’ll tell you what convinced me to give up everything to write. We’ll see how that goes because it’s something only I know.

It started with a Death.

richard-m-ankersI have a bad memory bordering on terrible, so when events stick in my mind, they’re significant. Peta was there from the start. She still is in one way or another.

One of my first memories of school was the day the headmaster announced during assembly that Peta’s father had died of a brain haemorrhage or something equally terrible. We were to give her space and respect. At six one’s comprehension of such things is sketchy, but we tried.

It was particularly cruel on Peta because she was brilliant. Clever, pretty, talented — she played the flute even then — she was everything I was not. Self-confidence…

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Review: THE MAVERICK COWBOY

REVIEW: THE MAVERICK COWBOY, Morgan Ranch series, book 2, by Kate Pearce,

Rated 4 out of 5 stars by Iris Chacon.

(An electronic copy was provided in exchange for an honest, objective review.)

 

the-maverick-cowboy-250x375This book is a pleasant, steadily-paced contemporary western romance with many interesting characterizations and complex family relationships. These families have all the flaws and difficulties of real-world humans, including divorce, alcoholism, child abuse, child abandonment, and animal cruelty, all of which are dealt with in a positive and satisfying manner. Despite the troubles experienced by the characters, they remain engaging, likable, and well on their way to happy endings. Emphasis is not on their problems, but on their journey to solutions.

 

I would read other books about these characters from the same author. I have dropped one star from my rating because most parents would deem the story unsuitable for teenage readers. I think the same story could have been told without some of the questionable material. The author’s style is pleasing and enjoyable.

 

This book contains adult themes, mild profanity, and extramarital sexual encounters. There are no religious references.