Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air your Reviews – Jason B. Ladd and William Savage

Welcome to the Thursday edition of Air your Reviews which offers authors the chance to share their most recent reviews for any of their books new or previously published. Let me know if you have one you would like to share

The first review is one that I have just posted to Amazon and Goodreads for Jason B. Ladd’s new book published on 7th June. A non-fiction guide to substantially increasing book reviews, Book Review Banzai – The unknown Author’s Ultimate Guide to Getting Amazon Reviews

About the book

Indie author and book review expert Jason B. Ladd reveals the secret to scoring book reviews on Amazon as an unknown author.Using a strategic mix of automation and personalization, Book Review Banzai is helping authors get the reviews they so desperately need in today’s crowded publishing market-place.This high integrity system is a laser-focused approach that teaches authors not only how to effectively get book reviews on Amazon, but how to get them in quantities that matter.Using a combination of free web tools and effective marketing tactics, this 5-step technique saves authors time and frustration by walking them through a process that begins with a Google Search and ends with an Amazon ebook page full of reviews.If you’re publishing a book on Amazon, you must learn how to market your book. Specifically, you must learn how to get book reviews on Amazon.If you’re serious about getting your published work into the hands of reviewers and readers, if you want to finally book that BookBub slot, if you’re ready to unlock your book’s full potential, then you need this concise, competent guide on how to get book reviews on Amazon

My review of the book on June 14th and I rated it 4 Stars.

I was asked to read this book pre-publication by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Reviews are marketing tools that are necessary if your books are to sell and extend their shelf life beyond a few weeks. As an Indie author I am well aware of the challenges that we all face in a competitive market place without a substantial budget. There was barely any Internet book marketing when I started 18 years ago with my first book; but thankfully today there is as much opportunity for exposure as any mainstream author, and it does not have to cost you any money, just time.

There are two factors about this book which I feel are important to comment on. The first is the identification that time and effort spent on marketing your book is key. Also within that is the necessity to persevere with the focus on the book for an extended period of time not just for the few weeks pre and post publication. In the book Jason Ladd shares the various strategies you can employ to keep your book in the spotlight as long as possible, and across as wide an audience as possible.

This leads me onto the second factor that I feel should be highlighted. There are some technical aspects to these strategies that not all of us are going to be entirely comfortable with. However, if you as an Indie author have completed the self-publishing processes that have enabled you to upload your book to Amazon in the first place, you should not find installing and utilising the suggested applications a problem. For those of you who are not as technically inclined, then you can still apply most of the suggested marketing programmes manually, by spending additional time and effort on the process.

The main concept of the book is identifying and contacting book reviewers for your particular genre in substantial numbers. Without, I might add, spamming or contravening the various website’s code of ethics. Jason Ladd walks you through how to accomplish this in detail.

If you feel that the book itself has not given you sufficient confidence to tackle the project of obtaining substantial reviews for your book, you can sign up for an E-course that will take you through it step by step.

It is a short read at 50 pages, but I do think that every Indie author will take away something positive that they can apply to their own book marketing. The main one being that a shotgun approach to marketing is not effective and that it needs to be a well-planned and genre focused extended process.

Personally having read the book, I will be starting my mailing list for book reviewers for the genres my books fall into and will apply the strategies for my next book. At the end of the day it will only cost me time and effort and might yield far greater rewards than I have so far encountered.

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Also by Jason B. Ladd

The latest review out of 168 for the book which lends weight to Jason’s strategies for obtaining reviews.

We all have “life questions” and seek a path to follow. In One of the Few, author Jason B. Ladd documents his journey to finding the path his life should take. Throughout the book, Ladd uses his military experience to connect with the experience of soul searching. During this journey, Ladd takes a look at many issues we encounter (marriage, sex, alcohol, pornography) and compares the stances taken by many different believe systems.

Although I found the format hard to follow sometimes, I still appreciated the author’s honest look at these issues through the eyes of these belief systems. Ladd understands that truth seekers need knowledge about the many belief systems in the world, and he spoke of them accurately and professionally. I recommend this book for those who are seeking truth in their own lives, for those who are wanting to lead and guide others to find the righteous path, and for those who want a better understanding of why many are called and few are chosen.

I was given a free copy of this book for the purpose of an honest review.

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The next review is for the latest book This Parody of Death (The Ashmole Foxe Georgian Mysteries Book 3) by William Savage who incidentally is my guest on the Book Reading at the Cafe this Saturday. This review is by Noelle Granger on behalf of the Rosie Amber Review Team:

About the book

Ashmole Foxe, bookseller and man about town, moves through Georgian Norwich with the ease of a native and the cunning of a born hunter. So when a bellringer is found with his throat cut, who better to find the killer? Yet Foxe soon scents more than murder. Complications come thick and fast. A family torn apart. A group committed to a secret heresy. A son who betrayed his father. And a woman determined to protect her life’s greatest passion — even if that costs one life or more.

Fighting through a tangle of lies and deceit going back decades will push Foxe to the limit. By the end, no one will escape unscathed.

Noelle Granger’s Review for the Rosie Amber Review Team.

This is the third book in the Ashmole Foxe series, about a Georgian dandy, bookseller, and occasional unofficial investigator. I reviewed both of the previous books and like this character. Of the three, this book is my favorite.

Ashmole Foxe, a man about town and known for his foppish ways, moves easily through Georgian Norwich because of his ownership of a popular bookstore. He has also developed something of a nose for investigation. When a miserly, curmudgeonly undertaker and bell ringer is found with his throat cut, Foxe is sought out by the local grocer, Foxe’s friend Captain Brock, and Alderman Halloran to find the killer. There are more tracks to follow in the investigation than a dog has fleas: a group committed to a secret heresy, a son who betrayed his father, a house with deep and deadly secrets, a woman determined to protect the great passion of her life, a daughter scorned, and a group of bell ringers with axes to grind. Foxe has to unwind a web of lies, false leads, and decades-old deceits to find the killer.

There were no giveaway hints in this book, and I was kept guessing almost to the end. The characters are wonderfully individual, from the urchin whom Foxe befriended, with his own army of street minions, the widow who runs his store, to the seafaring Captain Brock, who may soon be landlocked by a woman. The Georgian world created by the author is authentic to minuscule details, and the reader is immediately immersed in its colorful activity. What I liked most about This Parody of Death was the growth of Foxe. He engages in serious self-examination about the nature of his life, his over-the-top fashion, and possible goals for the future. This character is truly three dimensional and real.

There are a few drawbacks I have noted before: some repetition, over-long discussions between characters and Foxe’s lengthy considerations. However, these are minor compared to the enjoyment of this read. Who knew I would learn about the mathematical patterns of the change-ringing of church bells?

I recommend this book as a great read, as are all of William Savage’s books.

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One of the reviews for Dark Threads of Vengeance Book Two of the series

I have a picture in my mind of Mr Ashmole Foxe: a cross between Percy Blakeney (Scarlet Pimpernel) and Sidney Chambers (Grantchester) – an inquisitive dandy, also a bit of a libertine, but with a strong moral sense. Joseph Morrow, a thoroughly unpleasant Norwich merchant, has been murdered and Foxe is dragooned into finding the murderer. Through many red herrings, wrong turns and with the help of streetwise children, not to mention the redoubtable Mrs Crombie, he eventually solves the conundrum which turned out to be rather nasty in its unfolding.

He is still smarting from the departure to the delights of the London scene of his two inamoratas, the Catt sisters, but being Foxe he soon finds comfort elsewhere – no spoilers from me.

Altogether a delightful read and I look forward to Foxe’s next adventure. Well done Mr Savage. How refreshing to have the tale based in Norwich – a great city.

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Smorgasbord Blog Sitting Special – Maine is a Happy State by N.A. Granger


I have been to Maine a couple of times, once when we lived in Texas and once on a return trip to visit friends.. I particularly remember the lobster dinner that we enjoyed on evening and that must be memorable as it was 25 years ago!  For an expert opinion on the state, here is Noelle Granger whose popular books are set in this scenic part of America.

About Noelle Granger.


Noelle A. Granger grew up in Plymouth, MA, in a rambling, 125 year old house with a view of the sea. Summers were spent sailing and swimming and she was one of the first tour guides at Plimoth Plantation.

She graduated from Mount Holyoke college with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and from Case Western Reserve University with a Ph.D. in anatomy. Following a career of research in developmental biology and teaching human anatomy to medical students and residents,the last 28 years of which were spent in the medical school of the University of North Carolina, she decided to try her hand at writing fiction.

Apart from the three Rhe Brewster Mysteries, Noelle has also had short stories, both fiction and non-fiction,published in Deep South Magazine, Sea Level Magazine, the Bella Online Literary Review, and Coastal Style Magazine.

Maine is a Happy State by Noelle Granger.

As most of my followers and readers know, I have set my books in the seaside town of Pequod, Maine, which I created as a chimera of Boothbay Harbor, Camden and Bar Harbor. Maine is a wonderful state, aside from the winter months, with quintessential New England summers – great weather for swimming, sailing, hiking and camping, not to mention the many things to see – and eat! – there!

I’ll tell you about a few things to see, based on my A-Z Challenge from two years ago, but first I want to tell you about why Maine is a happy place. It is ranked fourth after Hawaii, Alaska and South Dakota. According to Maine Biz, that ranking was announced as part of the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series, and Maine is up nearly 20 spots from last year.

States were compared for five elements of well-being:

  • Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
  • Having supportive relationships and love in your life
  • Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
  • Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
  • Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily

Here are a few great places in Maine to visit:

boon-island-lightBoon Island Light is located on the 300-by-700-foot Boon Island, off the southern coast of Maine, nine miles from the beach at York. It is not open to the public, but from land, it can be seen from Cape Neddick. It is the tallest lighthouse in New England at 133 feet, and has a beacon that flashes white every 5 seconds. The idea of building a lighthouse on this tiny bit of land began in 1710, when the ship Nottingham Galley ran aground there, stranding the crew. The crew had to resort to cannibalism before they were found. A station and a day marker were established on the island in 1799, but granite tower with its light were not constructed until 1811, authorized by President James Madison.

harriet-beecher-stowe-houseThe Harriet Beecher Stowe House can be found on Federal Street in Brunswick. Stowe and her husband, Calvin Ellis Stowe, lived in this house for a short while. The house is also remarkable for having been the home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow when he was a student. Today it is owned by Bowdoin College and is a National Historical Landmark.  The Greek Revival style home was built in 1806 for Franklin and Mary Chamberlin.


Fort Western in Augusta was built in 1754 built by the Kennebec Proprietors, a Boston-based company seeking to settle the lands along the Kennebec River that had been granted to the Pilgrims more than a century earlier. It is America’s oldest surviving wooden fort – a reminder of a clash of cultures that dominated New England life 250 years ago.  This company, along with the Province of Massachusetts, wished to expand their interest in the area as part of the British and colonial effort to take political control of North American and sever the ties between the local Abenaki Indians and the French in Canada. The Fort was named for Thomas Western of Sussex, England, a friend of William Shirley, the longest-serving governor of the Province of Massachusetts (1741–1749 and 1753–1756) – crony capitalism in the 1700s.

plaque-indicated-benedict-arnold-was-at-fort-westernFort Western served as a fortified storehouse to support Fort Halifax, 17 miles to the north. Supplies were shipped from Boston, unloaded there and then taken by a flat-bottomed boat upriver to Fort Halifax. Benedict Arnold stayed at the Fort with his Quebec Expedition in September of 1775. Some of Arnold’s officers, including Daniel Morgan, Aaron Burr, and Henry Dearborn, lodged in the Fort’s main house. The Fort’s military role ended after that, although the Fort itself survived because of the trading post/store.

mount-katahdinMaine has mountains! Maine occupies the northern part of the Appalachian Highlands region of the United States. Its physical features were determined by continental glaciers more than 10,000 years ago, which eroded and smoothed the hills and in places leveled the land. When the glaciers receded, they dammed rivers to created lakes, and left widespread debris in such forms as moraines, eskers, and drumlins.

There is a wide variety of gentle mountains in Maine, which range from the eastern White Mountains to the peaks of the Rangely area to the remote Baxter State Park. Within these regions lie 14 of New England’s 4000 foot peaks.


The Longfellow Mountains contain the terminus of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, a 2,155 mile footpath that runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park in Maine. Maine is considered by many to have the most difficult, rugged, and beautiful part of the trail.

So why am I not living in Maine? Probably the winters. I grew up with New England winters and survived four years of Chicago winters. If Hubs and I had not moved to North Carolina for our careers, and put down taproots while our children were growing up, we might have returned to the northeast. But Hubs is from upper New York State, which also has severe winters, and by the time we left Chicago, he’d had enough.

I recommend a summer trip to this state – in addition to lobster, seafood, Maine blueberries, the weather is, for the most part, fantastic for sightseeing, sailing, hiking, and camping. Plus you will be among some of the happiest people in the country!

©N.A. Granger 2017

About Death by Pumpkin


At the annual Pumpkin Festival in the coastal town of Pequod, Maine, Rhe Brewster, an ER nurse and Police Department consultant, responds to screams at the site of the Pumpkin Drop. Racing to the scene, where a one-ton pumpkin was dropped from a crane to crush an old car, Rhe and her brother-in-law, Sam, Pequod’s Chief of Police, discover the car contains the smashed remains of a man’s body.

After the police confirm the death as a homicide, Rhe embarks on a statewide search to identify the victim and find the killer. During the course of the emotional investigation, she survives an attempt on her life at 10,000 feet, endures the trauma of witnessing the murder of an old flame, and escapes an arson attack on her family’s home. There is clearly a sociopath on the loose who is gunning for Rhe and leaving bodies behind.

With Sam unable to offer his usual support due to an election recall and a needy new girlfriend, Rhe realizes that the only way to stop the insanity is to risk it all and play the killer’s game.

Maine’s most tenacious sleuth is back, this time to confront a menace that threatens to destroy her life and those closest to her. The latest installment of the Rhe Brewster Mystery Series, Death by Pumpkin, is a murder mystery and thriller that tests the limits of Rhe’s strength and resolve like never before.

A recent review

on January 27, 2017

Death by Pumpkin is the third novel in the Rhe Brewster Mysteries, set in Pequod, a fictional town located in the coast of Maine. It can be read as a standalone, but the main characters are so engaging you’ll enjoy the series more if you start reading from book one, Death on a Red Canvas Chair, I loved them all!

In book three, Death by Pumpkin, Rhe is recovering emotionally from her husband, Will’s unfaithfulness and murder, while she’s coping with two jobs, as a nurse at the local hospital and as a police department consultant, where her brother-in-law, Sam is the police chief. She also has a son, Jack, with ADHD, who is her priority.

However, Rhe doesn’t wait for life to happen, she is a Rhe is intelligent, resourceful, brave, adventurous, determined, resilient and very loving and generous. In fact, she only has one negative quality is that she’s a terrible cook, although she’s learning!

There’s lots of adventure in this instalment, too. A near plane crash, kidnapping, murder, being stalked by a deranged childhood friend. Rhe will also have to cope with Sam’s unusual emotional coolness due to his new girlfriend, as well as student protests leading to a recall of his job as chief of police, which he’ll have to reapply for, with uncertain results.

The plot is neatly wrapped up at the end, but how will Rhe’s emotional life move forward? And which new crimes will she have to solve? Looking forward to book four, Death in Mudfat.

Anyone who likes crime fiction set in an American town with engaging characters and a great plot will enjoy this novel.

Also by N.A. Granger

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My thanks to Noelle for her guided tour of Maine and its definite attractions..Please show your appreciation by sharing. thanks Sally