Sell More eBooks - How to increase sales and Amazon rankings using Kindle Direct Publishing is a terrific resource for authors. I have published 4 kin...moreSell More eBooks - How to increase sales and Amazon rankings using Kindle Direct Publishing is a terrific resource for authors. I have published 4 kindle books and wish I had this information when I first started with kdp. When I started I found the kdp forums cumbersome and am delighted to find this ebook resource with everything in one place. The information is clear and thorough, and benefits both new authors and those who have completed kindle books. This book sheds light on kdp in a straightforward, concise delivery. The authors include links to facebook, twitter handles, blogs, and websites to help you promote your kindle book. There is also advice on titles and keywords which cause many people angst as they get ready to publish. I recommend this book if you want to save yourself many trial and error mistakes, You can learn in an hour of reading what would take you weeks to research on your own.(less)
Liquid Lies by Lois Lavrisa is a page turner- full of excitement, suspense, and surprises. I kept plowing through without a break wanting to know what...moreLiquid Lies by Lois Lavrisa is a page turner- full of excitement, suspense, and surprises. I kept plowing through without a break wanting to know what would happen next. I love a great mystery and this book exceeded my expectations. I was entertained and could not put it down which is my definition of a great book. Relating to and understanding the characters was a breeze and the characters are well-developed. Lavrisa keeps the action moving forward as plot twists abound throughout the story. After you read this witty, action packed book- you will want to tell all of your friends to read it too. I highly recommend Liquid Lies.(less)
The conclusion of the Wardstone Trilogy-Book 3- The Wizard and the Warlord provides a dramatic and exciting finish. In MR Mathias style, new character...moreThe conclusion of the Wardstone Trilogy-Book 3- The Wizard and the Warlord provides a dramatic and exciting finish. In MR Mathias style, new characters are introduced and action is fierce and fast paced while beloved characters from the previous two books act to fulfill their destinies. Humor and heartbreak are interwoven themes. We see both heroic actions and desperate actions. Unexpected alliances develop.
Not every character survives and some are permanently wounded. The characters who remain experience some closure and new beginnings in the final chapter of the book. All are forever changed.
I do recommend that people read Books 1 and 2 first, but Mathias does give enough information so one could enjoy this book as a stand alone adventure.
Seeing this grand story end was rewarding, yet I felt sad, too. I wanted the possibility of knowing what happens next to characters I cherished. Perhaps, at some point Mathias will continue the story or write a spin off. I know a trilogy has delivered for me when I am not quite ready to let it go.(less)
The 2nd Book of the Wardstone Trilogy, Kings, Queens, Heroes, and Fools, did not disappoint. If you have already read Book 1, Book 2 starts with a won...moreThe 2nd Book of the Wardstone Trilogy, Kings, Queens, Heroes, and Fools, did not disappoint. If you have already read Book 1, Book 2 starts with a wonderful surprise. I am not going to spoil it for you, but I was smiling and happy.
The familiar characters Mik, Hyden Hawk, and Gerard mature and develop. In addition, a whole host of new and diverse characters are introduced. The characters regroup after a tremendous shift in power and then reach out to create alliances and recover from the devastation created by Pael and Shaella. I liked experiencing Mik and Hyden as celebrated heroes in the beginning of the book- their simple boyhood lives of the past gone forever as they become powerful men. Shaella continues to be a formidable adversary.
I felt that one could read this book without reading the first book because the author offers some back-story for events and characters. I do, however, highly recommend reading the books in order. Mathias does a terrific job of enriching and expanding on his Wardstone Trilogy fantasy adventure with fresh and unpredictable schemes. There are many stories within the story.
The battle scenes, brawls, mysteries, and adventures kept me turning page after page. Yet it was the close relationships between the main characters that makes this book transcend beyond adventure. The characters face constant danger, yet they play practical jokes on each other during rest and down times. The lightness gives wonderful contrast to the fact that at any moment, they could and do find themselves embroiled in life or death battles. I highly recommend reading Kings, Queens, Heroes, and Fools. I cannot wait to read Book 3.(less)
I found this book to be highly entertaining and engaging. MR Mathias’s The Sword and the Dragon, the first in the Wardstone trilogy delivers action, a...moreI found this book to be highly entertaining and engaging. MR Mathias’s The Sword and the Dragon, the first in the Wardstone trilogy delivers action, adventure, and an exciting world of dragons, elves, wizards, mystical creatures, kings, battles, ancient pacts, and quests… the story unfolds in a familiar plot of villains and heroes, yet is so full of twists and turns that it kept my attention and pulled me into the characters and the story. The action starts immediately and doesn’t let up.
I really liked that Mathias didn’t try to describe the fantasy world first and then build the story. He just drew me in with the action and I was able to see the world through the characters’ eyes. Mathias makes this world believable.
Mathias creates exciting battles and yet the characters are able to find moments of shared humor and compassion for each other throughout the book. There is no shortage of new experiences for the multiple characters. The story includes characters that you love and characters that you love to hate. Qualities of bravery, loyalty, friendship, and love abound. Yet the main characters also experience the real emotions of fear and self-doubt as they are challenged beyond anything they ever imagined.
One of my favorite aspects about this book is how the two brothers grow and change throughout the story. The evil wizard is a formidable opponent for the heroes of the story. The conflict kept me reading and not wanting to put the book down. When I read fiction, I want to relate to the characters and I felt an immediate connection to Hyden, Gerard, and Mik as well as other characters. Overall, this book is a terrific read. (less)
Sharp's novel, The Duke Don't Dance, pulled me into the story by page 2 and I immediately wanted to know more. As a daughter of parents from the "Sile...moreSharp's novel, The Duke Don't Dance, pulled me into the story by page 2 and I immediately wanted to know more. As a daughter of parents from the "Silent Generation", I could relate to the book through their eyes and I recognized experiences similar to my parents. Sharp writes with direct honesty when painting the portrait of his characters. There is no attempt to romance the reader to want to like the characters. The characters simply are the way they are with flaws. Yet, I found myself deeply interested in them and growing to like them as I continued through the chapters.
Relationships are complex, imperfect, and uncomfortable. Conversations interweave the Vietnam War, "real music" (Elvis and Buddy Holly), and twitter seamlessly, yet demonstrating the vast experiences and contrasts for the Silent Generation. Chapters seem to ping pong between time periods, yet it somehow makes sense. I felt familiarity for the characters like I had met them from somewhere in my life. Then I experienced a jolting realization as moments in history were revealed against the backdrop of every day life. I felt like I gained understanding about how the average American really felt living the history of the past 70 years.
Sharp brilliantly contrasts characters from diverse educational backgrounds; different ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds; the military, unhappy homes; and liberal and conservative backgrounds. The novel is gritty and witty. As I read, I appreciated Sharp's descriptive style which transports you to the moment and each paragraph is packed with information and insights. This is very entertaining, enlightening, and a great read for people of any generation.(less)
Gretchen Rubin's book is a wonderful read. I like that it is told from the perspective of her own adventure to seek and be more happy. She speaks of t...moreGretchen Rubin's book is a wonderful read. I like that it is told from the perspective of her own adventure to seek and be more happy. She speaks of the profound and the trivial, which is pretty much what life is like. In one moment, we can speak of spiritual and philosophical principles and the next minute our inner peace and happiness is disturbed by someone cutting us off in traffic. I thought Rubin was so real and honest about her life, her hopes, her mistakes, and her struggles. Before you start thinking that this is simply a memoir... She also pulls out lessons that people can apply. Overall, what I love is that this book spurred interest in people creating their own happiness projects. I thought her approach to the topic of happiness was inspiring.(less)
I chose to read this book after watching Dr. Wayne Dyer's special on PBS. I am a huge fan, but seeing the special gave me the urgency to read it now....moreI chose to read this book after watching Dr. Wayne Dyer's special on PBS. I am a huge fan, but seeing the special gave me the urgency to read it now. Though the sources he uses are not new (Neville, the I am discourses from St. Germaine, the Bible, the Tao, St. Frances of Assisi), I found this work to be fresh and inspirational. If you have struggled with trying to tap into the "feeling" of what it is that you want to manifest (a key to getting your wishes fulfilled), Dr. Dyer offers sound concepts on getting yourself there. In this book, Dr. Dyer addresses what has long been a criticism of the loa movement- the concern about selfishness. He shows that the ego gets in the way of manifesting and that when we move to our higher self, we set aside the ego and approach our wishes from a place of the divine and pure love. I appreciate that he writes about things he practices and studies heavily- so I immediately felt the authenticity bubble up. There were several instances while reading this book, that I felt tears stream down my face. I was touched by his generosity when sharing Nicollete's healing story- a young woman he met in Maui. I was touched when he shared about a healer-John of God, and I loved his account of his experience on his trip to Assisi.(less)
I love Brendon Burchard's passion for his work and his passion for helping people. He also has incredible insight in leading his own path to success a...moreI love Brendon Burchard's passion for his work and his passion for helping people. He also has incredible insight in leading his own path to success and then offering a blueprint for other's to pursue success. If you want to become an expert and use your expertise to produce income on your own terms, you will enjoy this book. Brendon has worked with some of the biggest stars in the self-help industry and he has the right approach- a heart based, servant leadership approach. The only thing that bothered me a teeny bit was that in the beginning (pages 20 and 21)when he talks about the big "guru" examples that we all know - Tony Robbins, Wayne Dyer, Rick Warren, etc (all men)- he devotes a paragraph to each as an example of taking expertise and making it a career; and then devotes one paragraph and lumps- Oprah and all her friends into that... my question was where are all the women? However, later in the book, he does bring out examples of great women entrepreneurs in the expert industry. (Which is why I still gave the book 5 stars).(less)