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Top Ten Tuesday: Three Books to Read if You’re in the Mood for Paranormal Romance

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish. Given that they are many, and there is only one of me, all Top Ten Tuesday posts will really be Top Three Tuesdays.

This week’s topic is…

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This week was a book recommendation week, and as you lovely people know, I am obsessed with paranormal romance. Why? Because you get the edge of urban fantasy with the awww cuteness of romance. So here are three books you should definitely check out if you’re browsing around for your next paranormal romance read.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Three Book Boyfriends I Wish Were Real

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish. Given that they are many, and there is only one of me, all Top Ten Tuesday posts will really be Top Three Tuesdays.

This week’s topic is…

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This week was a freebie week, as long as your list had something to do with Valentine’s Day, which is coming up this Sunday! Considering that I am indeed single, I’ll most likely be spending V-day with my books and family. Thus, I thought it would be fun to look at my favorite book boyfriends, and judge which one I would date if they were real.

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Fanfiction Review: Life Renovations by Windseeker2305

Life Renovations by Windseeker2305Life Renovations (Life Cycle Book 1)

Author: Windseeker2305

Category: Harry Potter

Main Relationship: Harry Potter / Draco Malfoy

Rating: M

Length: 298,913 words (34 chapters)

Status: Complete

Synopsis

Sometimes people are forced to make many changes in their lives in order to survive. After a summer of torture with the Dursleys, Harry goes into a magical coma, where he decides many things that could very well change the Wizarding World forever.

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Book Review: Pumpkin by Ines Johnson

Pumpkin by Ines JohnsonPumpkin (Cindermama Book 1)

Genre: Fairytale Retelling Romance

Warning: pseudo-adultery and sexy-times

Rating: MA

Length: 266 pages

Please note that I received an ARC of this book as I beta read the second book in the series for the author.

Synopsis

Single mother Malika “Pumpkin” Tavares lost faith in fairytales after she fell for a toad. Now she believes she’s not cut from the storybook, heroine cloth and searches for Mr. Good Enough amongst the sidekicks and supporting men of the town.

Love at first sight isn’t a cliché for town royalty Armand “Manny” Charmayne. For generations the Charmaynes have spotted their soulmates by seeing a golden aura the first time they laid eyes on The One.

When Manny meets Pumpkin he sees…nothing, but sparks fly off the Richter scale. The more he gets to know her the more he considers defying fate, if only he can convince her to take a chance on love again.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Three Consequences of Futuristic Societies I’d Love to Read in Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish. Given that they are many, and there is only one of me, all Top Ten Tuesday posts will really be Top Three Tuesdays.

This week’s topic is…

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Now, we had an option of choosing a topic that either had a historical or futuristic theme to it. If you know me, you know I strongly…dislike historicals. Nothing against historical authors and writers,  but I had the most evil AP history teacher and he has basically scarred me for life. Thus, the futuristic theme for today’s post.

The word futuristic immediately made me think of science fiction novels and the future consequences of rapid technological advancement. Strange, I know, but my mother is constantly ranting about how technology will cause the end of the world, so there you go.

Despite the freedom science fiction authors have in writing their books, I have found that their books really fall into three basic categories: space exploration (very Star Trekky), overcoming an aggressive alien race that wants to assimilate (read subjugate) humans (say hello to the Borg), and cultural exchange (never try to barter with the ferengi). So, with that in mind, here are the three consequences of futuristic societies I’d love to read in books.

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The Ribbon Marker Revamped!

Hello Lovelies,

As you know, I pretty much stopped blogging around September last year. The  sad news was that RL demanded more of my time than I thought it would. The good news is that I have graduated, completed my mentorship, and really got my business, The Ribbon Marker Editorial Services, off the ground.

Now that I have a better sense of how much time I need to dedicate to my work, I now have a new posting schedule, which is way better than my previous post-something-when-it-comes-to-mind schedule, and will make my life easier and give you more content.TRMR final

Yes, that’s right! The Ribbon Marker has been revamped!

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Book Review: A Matter of Time Vol. 2 by Mary Calmes

A Matter of Time Vol. 2 (A Matter of Time Books 3 & 4)

Author: Mary Calmes

Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Warnings: Violence, kidnapping (or adultnapping), and a creepy serial killer with peeping tom tendencies and mommy issues

Rating: M

Length: 298 pages (novel)

Related Books:  Piece of Cake by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 8); Parting Shot by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 7); Ears, Eggs and Bunnies by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 6.5); But For You by Mary Calmes ( A Matter of Time Book 6); Just Jory by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 5.5); Bulletproof by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 5); Book Review: A Matter of Time Vol. 1 by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Books 1 & 2)

Synopsis

Three years ago, Jory Harcourt changed his name and shut the door on a past full of pain, only to emerge stronger on the other side. He has a new career, a great working partner, and a satisfying life—except for the hole in his chest left behind when police Detective Sam Kage walked out with his heart.

Now Sam’s back and he knows what he wants… and what he wants is Jory. Jory, who doesn’t know if he can survive another break up or losing Sam to his dangerous job, resists returning to the arms of the only man he has ever truly loved. But when a serial killer with a score to settle targets Jory, he will have to decide if love is worth the danger as he tries to solve the case and keep Sam safe.

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The Ribbon Marker’s Guide to Effective Reader Entrapment: Part 5 – Book Reviews

The Ribbon Marker’s Guide to Effective Reader Entrapment

How to successfully get me, and  many other readers out there, to buy your book.


4. Book Reviews

Book reviews are the last tipping point where authors have an opportunity to convince a new reader that their book is worth its listed price on amazon. Simply knowing why other people enjoyed the book, and getting a little more info on the characters and the plot line can get me to spend money on what I think may be a slightly overpriced book.

Now, you might be thinking, How the hell does the author have control over what kind of reviews they will have? Aren’t they setting themselves to have a list of bad reviews that will make the reader run in the opposite direction? The answer is: not if they are smart about it.

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August Write On Review-a-Thon!

Hello Lovelies,

So, I know I didn’t last very long during the 2015 BookTube-a-Thon. Unfortunately, I only read one and a half books and completed the challenges for the first three days. You can watch my Day 2 & 3 Wrap Up video over at my BookTube channel, and see me impersonate the voices of a few Harry Potter characters :D.

However, I still have a lot of my favorite books to review for my blog. In fact, you can check out my very long list of reviews to be written or videoed.

To help me check off a few reviews off my list, I am happy to announce that I will be participating  in the  August Write On review-a-thon!

The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. This edition it’s THREE days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place all day Friday, August 28th and Sunday, August 30th. Let’s get those reviews done!

Considering that this takes place over a weekend, I will attempt to either video/write at least 10 reviews from my mega list of reviews. I think I might be able to smash this one out guys, fingers crossed.

We’ll see how it goes…

The Importance of Beta Readers: To Pay or Not to Pay?

As you guys know, I have recently opened The Ribbon Marker Editorial Services, and I offer a variety of services, from book reviewing to content/developmental editing. My current, most used service is beta reading.

For those of you who don’t know what a beta reader is, a beta reader is the first person to take a look at your manuscript who is not a caring loved one. A beta reader is there to represent the reader’s interest and conflicts with your manuscript, such that they give the author a preview of possible problems that readers might have with their story. Their feedback gives authors an opportunity to improve things before their book is for sale and their reputation is on the line. Betas don’t necessarily have to have editing experience, but they do need to know enough about the genre for them to tell you what works in your book, and what doesn’t.

So what makes for a good beta?

A good beta reader is:

  • A reader of the genre  – being a reader of the genre means that the beta has already done the background research of what readers of that genre like, and what they never want to see.
  • Open-minded – in a continuously changing industry, where books straddle genres and sub-genres, you need someone who can see the possibilities for manuscript blurring lines and testing boundaries. Just because your book isn’t a classical contemporary romance, it doesn’t mean it couldn’t spawn a new sub-genre or theme with in that genre.
  • Critical – you don’t want a beta who says “the book was great and I really liked your characters”. You want a beta who will say, “While I like Stacy and Ben, I thought that Ben was too permissive to really be the alpha male that Stacy had hoped for the entire book (and her entire life). Particularly, I feel like he really needs to be more outspoken in their arguments. Ben is a guy who really knows himself, and he wouldn’t let Stacy just steamroll him into letting go of the argument.” Notice, there is a difference between critiquing (insightful but polite analysis), versus fault-finding and being judgmental (rudely listing all the thing wrong in the manuscript and then hatefully questioning the authors attempts).
  • Reliable – you want a beta who will actually:
    1. Read the manuscript
    2. Give constructive criticism
    3. Get back to you in a timely manner
    4. Keep you appraised of their progress
  • Supportive – at the end of the day, you want a beta who wants to help you make your book into the best version of your book that they can, from the reader’s perspective.

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