Thursday, September 26, 2013

Review of Ionshaker Desparate

 *I did receive and ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

I am going to do something new with my blog, and I am going to have #WriterReviewWednsday as a way of paying homage to my favorite indie and traditionally published authors. I will be posting it to Goodreads, Amazon, and this blog as well as my #ReviewsforWriters blog.
The first one is going to be on Ionshaker Desparate by Felix Timothy.

Here is my review:

5 out of 5

I enjoyed the book especially since it was a believable thriller that made me want to read more and more to find out what happens next. I loved the fact that it was in multiple viewpoints, and you can see the overall events unfold in the story. There are car chases, and people getting framed left and right all because of a program the FBI invented. 

The many twists thrown in were pretty clever, and the dialogue was realistic and funny between the detective and his partner. I loved the manhunt going on since the guy the detectives were hunting is really smart in evading the FBI. As you get more involved in the world you start to see the bigger picture, and why the characters do the things they do. 

I had fun reading the novel because of the intricate character relationships involved, and it made me want to read thrillers more too since this is the first thriller I have read all the way through. I loved the cliffhanger at the end, and I look forward to seeing more of Felix Timothy’s work. I cannot wait for the next book.

And it is free today from Amazon:

Here is the description, and the link:

Trey's wife, his wife's shrink and his attorney are shot dead. His ex-girlfriend narrowly escapes death, gets admitted in ICU in critical condition, but mysteriously disappears from the hospital just a few hours after being admitted. The four of them are connected to Trey. 
Brett (the lead FBI detective) pursues Trey (now the sole murder suspect), finds himself framed for two new other murders, becomes a wanted man and starts running like Trey, after learning that its not Trey but Al Fakir (an Al Qaeda splinter group) that is killing anyone with the knowledge that Al Fakir has stolen Ionshaker (a cutting edge universal nuclear management device).

Al Fakir's intention with Ionshaker are not very clear but it is obvious that the country that possesses Ionshaker possesses all world nuclear power on its finger tips because the device can control any nuke on earth. It is suspected that either Iran, Germany, China, Russia or Pakistan could be behind Ionshaker's disappearance and in the event that Ionshaker actually leaves American soil, then the U.S automatically loses its dominance, security and stability. Worse still, if Al Fakir's imagination is to detonate American nukes, then their best imagination will be Americas worst nightmare.

In response, the President sanctions a covert mission led by the only two people that can stop Al Fakir: Trey (an ex CIA) and Brett (now ex FBI) to repossess Ionshaker from Al Fakir before the device leaves the country. Before things get better, they will first get worse as people will die, scandals will be exposed, and America will be desperate. The mission is called Ionshaker Desperate.

Link to book:

I hope you enjoy it!

Until next time,


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I love fiction too!

I am going to also post book review of fiction books on this blog too. I love reading fiction as much as I love nonfiction, and with the fact that Goodreads might be gone I have decided to put my fiction book reviews here too. I love reading paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and young adult.

I will put all of my reviews from Goodreads on here, and review any books I have finished:

The Vampires Last Lover by Aiden James. A paranormal Romance. I have it on the Kindle and I gave it a 5 out of 5.
I loved the book, and it was a good read. I read it in two days because I just could not put it down. The main character Txema is a complex character that changes greatly at the end. I was very happy when I learned there is more in the series. Aiden James is a good story teller, and I loved the fact that the vampires are chasing her, and I loved the ending too.

This is just one of the many reviews I have on Goodreads, and I will work them all into the blog. 

Until next time,


Monday, June 3, 2013

Review of Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran:

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I got it because I am obsessed with learning about digitally publishing eBooks. I loved him talking about how he got started in self-publishing, and the reasons why a person should. It talks about the state of the publishing industry and how eBooks are taking over the market. If you go to his website there is a free PDF version of the book which is cool, and he even gives you tips on formatting your eBooks for E-readers. It has three parts the first one covers the changes the industry has been through, and some background about the self-publishing revolution.

 “Part two deals with the nuts and bolts of self-publishing. It covers everything from finding an editor, arranging a professional cover, formatting your book so it appears perfectly on every device.” (Gaughran) I love how it tells you all you need to know in order to make your eBook successful. It explains the various publishing platforms even suggesting you read the Smashwords style guide when formatting for it.
It goes in detail about uploading to amazon. It tells you about Pubit the program Barnes and Noble uses. It goes into detail about submitting to Smashwords. It talks about pricing your work which is helpful if you do the first book in a series 0.99 then pricing the second higher. It emphasizes flexibility and playing with prices. It goes over designing a website and blogs. It even explains the amazon author page with no one loving spammers.  Ways to use websites that link to your blog. Ways to gain readers and people loyal to you.

It goes over how important reviews are too. It goes over Smashwords coupons, competitions, giveaways and blog tours. It even teaches you how to get through a sales slump and dealing with bad reviews. The final part 3 of this book features success stories from self-published authors.  I loved reading about the authors of ebooks and their journeys it made it entirely possible for me to dream about being successful the way they are which is why I give this book five stars! I loved it, and if you want to start self-publishing this is the ebook for you on getting started on it. I loved hearing about the authors starting out, and they come from many backgrounds.

Works Cited

Gaughran, David. Let's Get Digital: How to self-publish and why you should. Arriba Arriba books, 2011. PDF, ebook.

Until the next review,

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Productive Writer Review:

This is my review of The Productive Writer by: Sage Cohen
I got the book to become a more productive writer. At chapter one a few pages in I hit gold. The author tells you to write down, and keep a separate file for each of your writing and publishing goals. It pretty much teaches you to have a list of possibilities to prepare you for the unexpected.

I loved the book on how to become a more productive writer. It was a really good book too if you are just learning how to make writing a career. It teaches you how to find a writing rhythm. It teaches you how to organize books and notebooks too. It tells you how to stay focused on your writing goals, and how to face a blank page. It asks you various questions throughout the chapters to reflect on certain parts of the writing life. It helps you come up with plans, and prepares you for becoming a successful and productive writer.

I enjoyed reading the questions, and there are even free templates you can use with certain exercises. The link is in the ebook to download free stuff from the Writer’s Digest site. It is a book that thoroughly goes through the process from start to finish in the quest to becoming a productive writer. It prepares you for the expected and unexpected.  I highly recommend buying the book to become the productive writer of your dreams. It was very helpful to me, and it was a big help in facing my fears with becoming a successful writer who figured out how to enjoy the process.

Until the next review,


Writer’s Digest review

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I have been getting this magazine for a very long time, and it just keeps getting better and better with each issue. There are even special issues that come out sometimes like Writer’s Yearbook, Writing Basics, Getting your Book Published, and Write you Novel in 30 days. Each issue has a different article section that deals with the writing life and process of getting published.

The articles tell you how to make a website when you are a new author. The magazine has tips on how to write a good 1st chapter since they are critical to getting an agent and readers attention. Tips on how to craft compelling characters. They have author interviews every issue. They even have contests every issue where you can write opening paragraphs to a prompt they provide. They write articles about outlining novels too. In every issue there is a page filled with online exclusives, and a newsletter writers can sign up for. Readers can even write to the magazine and their letters can be printed in future issues. In the July/August 2011 issue there is a special section called The Ultimate Revision guide.

101 Best Websites for Writers is a section that they have every year. It has information about literary agents, making a good query letter to getting a literary agent hooked.  Columns like: Breaking In where authors tell you how they were successful, and what they learned from it. In the interview they even tell you what they did right, and what they would do if they could do it over. Questions and Quandaries is a column where people can ask questions about grammar, ones about literary agents, and other writing related ones. Poetic Asides is a column that talks about aspects of writing poetry. Ask the Pro/Agent where you can ask them a question about being an agent, and others for professional advice.

Sections are dedicated to literary agents like listing 25 Agents seeking new writers, What Agents Really Do, and Your first 50 pages: How to hook an agent from the start in the October 2011 issue. The issues even have a cool section called Writers Workbook with “exercises and tips for honing specific aspects of your writing.” (Les Edgerton)

It is a good magazine for writers to have in their bookcases or tables every month. I love it because of all the aspects of being a writer it talks about and discusses. From getting an agent, writing a query letter, hearing about successful authors, and their advice to aspiring writers. To honing novel writing or memoir writing, and non fiction writing this magazine is a blessing to those of us going on the journey to publication. It will make you the successful writers of your dreams.

Until the next review,



I started this blog a long time ago then deleted it because I thought I did not have enough time for it. I do though, and I have been collecting a ton of writing related books and ebooks. I will be trying this out once a month, or more depending on whether I get through books to write about.

Until Next time,