Lily’s Blog 15/06/14

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Oh my GOSHHHHH im so excited right now, I’ve officially decided im going to start writing my own novel…TODAY! Yes i am going to actually start putting fingers to keys and mapping out what the hell is going on inside my mashed up brain. I need to get this out before i actually forget what i want to write about, it’s happened before, im a dope. So, watch this space, i will be updating on my progress.

Anyway, i am currently reading Purified by Brian Robert Smith. Its going well, although i have encountered a few foibles, nothing too major however. Am quite enjoying it if im honest.

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I want to raise an issue with ‘reviewer bashing’ at present…. and there is nothing that grinds my gears more. I with authors would understand the difference between criticism and bitchyness. Lets be honest, if you want to publish your own book, you need to get yourself a backbone and some thicker skin! Understand that not everyone is going to enjoy your book, this is because everyone is different and is entitled to their own opinion, you may have heard of a lil thing called freedom of speech.

AUTHORS, I IMPLORE YOU TO READ – Before you go reviewer bashing, just remember this. They have taken time out of their life, to read something YOU have written. Also, in a lot of cases, YOU have been the one to ask the reviewer their opinion and a review of your book. If you don’t want harsh reality handed to you on a plate, i suggest you don’t do this. YOU should also check the background of a reviewer you are asking for help, as all reviewers are different. Some are blatantly honest and constructively critical, which i think is the better of the two kinds if im honest. Some will just tell you what you want to hear – these are the more useless people who are as helpful as an inflatable dartboard. However, if you want an unrealistic expectation of your book, maybe these are the people for you.

Rant over.

I just needed to say this as a good friend of mine has had this happen recently. She read and gave a completely realistic and fair review of a young authors book. Instead of understanding and appreciating the effort and feedback, she has decided to flame the reviewer instead. This is very poor reaction from an author and it does reflect badly on you. It will also put reviewers off reading your book. Anyway, no naming names & im going to move on now…. *breathes*.

Oh & happy Fathers day to any daddy’s out there today! Huzzah 🙂

Toodle Pip~

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Lily’s Blog 08/06/14

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BACK ON IT LIKE A CAR BONNET!!

Yes, as from today im back in the game. I’ve had quite a long break to sort out life, I’ve had a few changes, tweaked a few things etc… But I didn’t want to give up blogging so the back burner is back in business!

I may have been away from my precious blog for a while, but by no means did i give up reviewing and reading! Therefore, over the next week i will be starting to post up some of the reviews i missed while away.

I’ve also joined the reviewing team at BSL Publications, here are a few words from the brains of the operation:

BSL Publications is here to help authors take their work to the next level. We hope that will be with us, through our publishing company but we know some authors prefer to be independent, so we provide services to help them as well. As part of our services we will be offering editing, book covers, and free reviews. We want authors to progress to new heights! Please come and visit us, we’re ready, willing, and eager to help!

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This month only, they are also giving away either a 3D or 2D book banner!! One is permitted per customer, sweet huh?!

Anyway, i look forward to reconnecting to you all and i cant wait to get posting!

Toodle Pip~

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Lily’s Blog 17/06/2013

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I would just like to start with an apology to anyone who is reading my blog.

I realise there haven’t been any updates for a while, and as much as I wanted to, I haven’t been able to do any reading of late.

There’s been a little bad news in my life affairs and as such I’ve had to place my priorities here and pop this on the backburner for a little while.

However you’ve not been forgotten and I will get myself back on form as quickly as possible.

You wonderful Indie authors, I haven’t forgotten you, i just lost my way for a while!!!

Love you all x

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Lily’s Blog 04/06/2013

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Ok yeah woops i just noticed, all review and no blog for like, a month! Apologies if there is actualy anyone out there reading!

So, i thought it would be cool to update here with what books i will be reading next. I can confirm that in the month of June im looking to read 3 more indie titles. I do read these in order that they were sent to me so apologies if yours hasnt come up this time.

17409676 First up is Wanted by Tim Arnot – It was only released May 19th this year so i feel very excited that i will be one of the first to read it! I also received this directly from thr author, so thank you Tim for trusting me with this 🙂

12606631 This is Broken City by D.D. Chant – A dystopian novel written and released in 2011. Looks very interesting as this is one of my favourite genres, looking forward to it! Thank you for the copy D.D. !!

17558175 Last but not least, we have Dark Chatter by Andrew Branch. I have to say the blurb on this really cracked me up and i cannot wait to read it for myself. Again, thank you for the copy Andrew, i appreciate it!

I will also be reading some mainstream stuff inbetween and around the above, but thats only because my brain will not just tolerate one book at a time haha. I hope thats ok with your lovely selves.

So, i hope everyone has a wonderful week and i will be seeing you all around i hope.

Oh, i now also have a facebook page and twitter account if anyone cares to tag along, the more the merrier *grins*!

Thanks for your support as always.

Toodles~

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The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse (Tales of Finndragon, #1) by Richie Earl

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4 Stars

4buttI had a tough call rating this book. I had a 3.5 in mind the whole way through, but by the time I had read the last 3 chapters they gave the book a boost for the final half of that elusive star (or butterfly!)

So, first off can I say thank you Richie. I was given this book in return for my honest opinion and an honest opinion is what i will provide!

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The blurb: Three children racing against time, desperately searching for their missing father.
A medieval kingdom cursed by an evil wizard.
An ancient legend beneath our very feet.
The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse is the first book in a unique, two book fantasy adventure series and is a fast paced, engaging and thrilling page turner. The story races along with plenty of twists and turns as it heads for the prophesized confrontation between the children and the evil Finndragon himself.
Combining wizardry and magic with modern technology and containing magical animals and terrible demons, The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse is a rollercoaster of emotions that will make you laugh out loud and then fight to hold back the tears, as the children race against time to rescue their father. In doing so they have to kill Finndragon and put an end to the dreadful curse.
A young adult adventure that is sure to be enjoyed by all ages.

The story started well, the author jumped strait in with the nitty gritty, introducing the main three charaters of the tale – Emma, Megan and Scott. However, probably my biggest critisism is with these first few chapters. When we finally start getting a feel for the story and it starts kicking off we would suddenly have a charater bio thrown in. I found these very out of place and interuppted the pace somewhat. I feel this could have been integtrated at a slight later stage so it fits in better with the story.

Also, another observation i had was surrounding ‘Dad’. He had no name till we were quite far into the tale. I found this quite strange as everyone else was introduced and crammed in quite early on.

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I love that the author has chosen to write the characters in a very believable manner. No overbearing characters and the children displayed typical sybling rivalry, I thought this was wonderful as it added a great touch of reality to the story. At no point did I want to strangle any of them! There was also a great sence of emotion and comradery displayed by all of the characters, it really made you want to root for them and cheer them on!

I will say that there were lulls in the pace, there was alot of unessesary chatter and times when not much was going on. I think maybe this could have been summarised more rather then going for the step by step account of everyones activities. I would have also liked of seen more substance. It was very A-B and I think the spaces inbetween could have been filled better, I just felt like I was being taken on a long trek some of the time. Like when your traveling accross a long straight road, its nice to sometimes stop and break it up a little bit with something different.

All in all this was a great tale. I would make some changes and shorten it somewhat, however the story was awesome and kept me reading to the end. I would recommend this to maybe a younger age group than mine.

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Whats that? You want to buy a copy? Look no further!! :

Amazon.co.uk: The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse
Amazon.com: The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse