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July 2015

A Dark & Stunning Read

Love Is Red (The Nightsong Trilogy)

Love is Red by Sophie Jaff is one dynamic novel.. The thriller is brilliantly well written in a way that makes readers feel like they have plummeted into the story themselves. The point of view leads readers feeling like they are there, inside of the scene doing everything that is said. Then it switches point of view and you can feel yourself feeling or thinking the same thoughts as the main characters. Absolutely, out of this world. I have never read a romance novel where I felt like I was actually in the characters shoes at all times. Readers will never know what to expect next because Sophie Jaff only keeps them in the now.

Love is Red is a romantic and yet thrilling tale of two beings who fall in love. I love how Sophie gives us a deep inside viewing of both characters views and thoughts. It certainly gave the novel a unique way that sets it from all others in its genre. A man who is a killer and a woman who has a dark prophecy to fulfill. Each of their viewpoints shows us the darkness that is happening. A man killing women until he finds her..Katherine. Katherine meets two men who are entirely different from each other and doesn’t know what to make of either one. As they killings continue, the plot takes readers deeper into a beautifully dark  world that is just beginning. I highly recommend this stunning read to readers everywhere and rate it a five out of five stars. I was hooked instantly and now looking forward to the next novel within this suspenseful trilogy.

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A Writer’s Greatest Fear

Every writer has a fear of being rejected. Whether by publishers or by readers, the rejection hits us hard. Does that mean we give up?

The answer is NO.

If we all gave up on our writing, very few novels and books would be published and read.

Use the rejection to your advantage.

What was said about your work?

Use that to build it up to perfection.

Sometimes, even the best of books are deeply criticized, and yet they are now wide read and very famous.

What would have happened if those authors just gave up?

Would literature that we all know be the same today?

No, it wouldn’t.

Don’t give up!

Just. Do. It.

Keep on writing.

Book Review: Taking the Heat by Victoria Dahl

Taking the Heat by Victoria Dahl is indeed the perfect steamy romance for all. A passion unlike anything known in our world. One that ignites into flames of sweet irresistible romance. I choose this novel by Victoria Dahl not only because she has the talent to write but because I have read a few of her novels. Novels that lured me into worlds that were too good to put down at night. This particular novel of hers caught my eyes and utmost attention. The story is about a woman writer who took chances to follow her dreams. Veronica Chandler took her chance and was soon headed back home, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Great name for a place to live, which was interesting to me. Veronica has taken a huge low dip in her pride and ego as a writer wanting to make it big. She ends up writing for a romance advice column. Could she sink any lower? A woman has to do what she has to do. Although Veronica like most women in reality have a non-existent sex life. No sex nor romance to speak of until…a very hot librarian makes her come undone. Enters Gabe MacKenzie. He’s most than just a smoking hot Librarian. He has a family legacy that he’s trying to avoid. Something about Veronica makes him want to explore everything there is about her. However there’s his legacy to live up to and he plans to make a few nights with Veronica to always remember. One problem….neither one expected for the explosive yet highly intense passion that ignites between them both.

Taking the Heat is a perfect title that suits  Victoria Dahl’s latest novel. A perfect must read for everyone. Readers will be addicted from page one until the ending. Then, they will be looking out for the next new exciting story waiting for them to discover, by this best-selling writer. I definitely enjoyed reading this well written tale. One thing for sure, was that I could not put the novel down until I finished it. Beware, this writer has a power to take you deep into her world of fiction only to leave you taking the heat. Characters are lovable and easy to connect with. Overall, I rate Taking the Heat a five out of five stars.

Short Story: Madness by Danielle Urban

Madness

“Kim, hurry!” Carrie yelled for the tenth time.

Soldiers were coming in by the dozens. So many of them injured beyond help. Blood has become a common site around here. Not just by the surgeons doing everything they can in the operation room. Us nurses have seen our fair share of the wounds our strong men come back with. Nothing can take back the tears that pour down my face as yet another soldier is needing my dire attention. How do you possible help them all. Limited nurses here an only two surgeons it’s hard to give them all the most immediate care that they all deserve.

“Kim!”

There goes my call. I am needed in another room. Rushing through the tent’s flaps, I find my way over to Carrie. Seeing a man who now has no legs. Carrie is stripping him of his pants and taking fresh clean water cleaning his wounds before wrapping them tightly so as to stop the bleeding until the surgeons can take him in.

“There three beds to my right, a man is need of your immediate attention.” Carrie told me. I rush over three beds away, there the soldier is slowly dying. I can see it and I know he knows it too. I hold his hand and silently say prayers that God will watch over take good care of him. The soldier briefly squeezes my hand letting me know he’s happy I am there with him and that he’s not going to die alone. His eyes soon shut close and his hand goes limp within mine. It’s still warm but soon will grow cold. I have to help move him to make room for another injured soldier. A few men who help move soldiers come to the bed. Lifting away the man and taking him to his new grave. My eyes sting with tears for the loss of the man whose hand I held. Each man who dies causes my heart to weep. Wiping my tears away, I take a deep breath and began cleaning the bed to prepare it for another man.

More and more soldiers come. There is no end. Not until the war is fought and over. But still the scars and numbers of the dead will forever stay with those who have survived to live another day.

Freelancing for Writers Beware!

Freelancing for writers is overwhelming. There are now so many places one can go to find a freelancing gig. But did you know that majority of the sites that posts all these gigs requires money for a chance to maybe be hired. With so many writers attempting to steal the same job you’re after, it’s hard to compete. Plus, for some money is an issue. It’s easy to find the jobs, but then you only have so many site coins to use to appy for the best jobs that you’re capable of doing. Then once you run out of these coins you have to pay monthly to receive so many more coins. This benefits the sites hosting the jobs but where does that leave the freelance writers? Surely, I am not the only one who sees this issue.

Freelancing sites should construct a fairer system that would allow those who don’t have the necessary means to be able to find jobs. It should be up to the employers to find the best suited candidates and not for the hosting sites to only allow those with the necessary means to apply to the jobs that are found.  How would you feel knowing that there are dozens upon dozens of jobs that you are highly qualified for and yet, you can’t apply for a single one because you’re out of the FREE coins given to you and because you don’t have the money to spare to buy more coins on the 50/50 chance of being hired?

What is a freelance writer to do? And where do they go once this becomes an issue for them. Let me tell you, as a freelancer, it’s hard to tell others what your can provide for them. Because most look to hire freelancers from freelancing sites mostly. Most turn away from a freelancer trying to run on his or her own. It’s a tough market. Most would rather pay well-know sites and freelancers than to take the chance on a freelancer who offers the same service at a lower price and is capable of doing the same exact service.

My advice is that if you are looking for a particular service and happen to run across a freelancer on his or her own, then take the time to ask the necessary questions, ask to look over samples of work, and etc. before passing up a great opportunity that may cost you less and be as accurate as those charging more.

 

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