Welcome to the first of the blogger daily posts of the week and today I am also sharing a couple of book reviews. They are always worth celebrating as are those who take the time to review. You will see that the bloggers today are also authors in the Cafe and Bookstore. I created that as a promotional platform for authors and as many are bloggers too, it is an opportunity to showcase their writing skills.
If you are not in the Cafe and Bookstore and would like to enjoy regular promotions then please take a look at how you can be added to the shelves.
The first is by Robbie Cheadle for Watching Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney… I will start you off and then ask you to head over to Robbie’s to read her review.
What Amazon Says
After 40 years of marriage, Olivia Glass thought she could handle the unexpected death of her husband. But when Ben’s will reveals a life-altering secret, she suffers a blow no widow should ever experience.
Olivia learns that she gave birth to a baby who later died in the nursery. Instead of telling his wife what happened, Ben switched the child with another. And as if that’s not enough, Ben’s will doesn’t reveal which of their five sons is truly not hers.
While an attorney searches for answers, Olivia visits each of her sons to share a final connection before facing the truth that will change their family, and discovers that each of them has been harboring a painful secret, just like their father.
Olivia challenges herself to re-assemble and save their relationships. But will the secrets destroy their family beyond repair?
Praise for WATCHING GLASS SHATTER:
“Author James J. Cudney’s début novel is both atmospheric and contemplative, and delivers a gut punch of family angst, devotion, and heartbreaking love” – Cammie Adams, Amazon review
“One of the best literary books I’ve read.” – Cathleen Townsend, Amazon review
Head over and read Robbie’s review for Watching Glass Shatter: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2018/08/04/bookreview-watching-glass-shatter/
Robbie is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore.
Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ
The next author with a great review is Toni Pike for her recently released psychological thriller Dead Dry Heart featured in the Sunday Book Review from Debby Gies.. D.G. Kaye.
My Sunday book review this week is for Toni Pike’s – Dead Dry Heart. This book has all the elements of a captivating read with well developed characters and a rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal and murder, with the human elements of fear, remorse, and a questioning of truth.
Tyler Thompson is Australia’s young, brilliant and charismatic Prime Minister, riding high on a wave of popularity. But the past has come back to haunt him and there is a shocking secret from his childhood that he will do almost anything to conceal.
The one man who knows what happened twenty-five years ago is back – and he is hellbent on revenge. Tyler’s precious wife and baby have disappeared and their safe return will cost him everything: family, career and freedom.
But even that may not be enough to satisfy his nemesis – and the truth may be more terrible than he could possibly imagine.
A chilling novel about deceit, betrayal and murder, with twists and turns that you will not see coming.
Head over and read Debby’s Five Star review for the book: https://dgkayewriter.com/sunday-book-review-dead-dry-heat-toni-pike-psychological-thriller/
Both Toni and Debby are authors in the Cafe and Bookstore.
The next post is from Colleen Chesebro and shares her experience publishing a print book with Amazon book templates. Useful for new authors and those planning to go this route for the first time.
I’ve recently published and (republished one from CreateSpace) both of my paperback books using 6 X 9 Template for a MAC.
After practically pulling my hair out by the roots, here’s what I learned.
If you are starting with a Word document with the intention of copying and pasting into the Amazon template, leave it at the 8.5″ X 11″ size. I used 1.5 line spacing on one book, and 1.15 line spacing on the one I brought over from CreateSpace. I justified the text and added page numbers. On the CreateSpace book, I left it at the 1.15 line spacing with first-line paragraph indents because the size increased.
Selfpublishingschool.com shares some great tips on formatting your novel. There is a debate right now as to whether or not you need to do a first line indent on paragraphs in fiction books. I did do it for my fantasy book, The Heart Stone Chronicles, The Swamp Fairy.
However, for my short story/poetry book, Fairies, Myths, and Magic ~ A Summer Celebration, I did not. I used block paragraphs. This is acceptable for non-fiction like memoirs, according to what I read at the above site.
Personally, if I’m reading a paperback, I would prefer block paragraphs, but that’s just me.
Head over and find out more from Colleen: https://colleenchesebro.com/2018/08/05/publishing-your-print-book-with-amazon-book-templates/
Colleen is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore.
Colleen Chesebro, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy/dp/1541015967
Thank you for visiting and I hope you will explore these posts further… Thanks Sally.