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Feed My Reads recommended in 2022 - day 20

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Feed My Reads recommended in 2022 day 20 sees us have a great book by a great author, History Is A Lie by Morton R Leader.  This book was one which was really different from anything I have read in the past and stood out for me thanks to this.  The story was very well worked and written and one that I recommend. 1215 AD How did 6,000 Englishmen overcome and defeat 36,000 French men at Agincourt? 1872 AD What really happened to the crew on the Marie Celeste? 1633 AD Why did Japan self-isolate from the rest of the world? 1760 AD Why did the Industrial revolution happen in Britain? 476 AD What really caused the fall of the Roman Empire? 1916 AD Why was Rasputin so hard to kill? 73 AD Why did Rome really lay siege to the fortress of Masada? William, a serial killer is on the rampage. Hunting his next victim, he finds himself in a strange situation as he comes across a man drinking blood from a rent boy in a downtown Las Vegas motel room. This man claims to be a two-thousand-year-old being

Feed My Reads recommended in 2022 - day 19

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Feed My Reads recommended in 2022 and we have reached day 19 and we now bring you tEXt Me: A Brief Encounter With A Nokia 3310 by Kit Derrick.  This is a really well written book that works with how it tells the story and is a bit different from a lot of the other reads out there.  It was my first encounter of work by Kit Derrick but I now have his other works too. It isn’t really an affair if it’s all via a mobile phone, is it? Tiffany is married to a good and faithful man, but daydreams about the carefree days of her single life, the thrill of her first love, and the passion that seems to have faded. A chance encounter with old flame Martin, and the possibilities her new mobile phone offers now mean that she can enjoy feeling young and desired again, and it isn’t really cheating if you’re just texting; not really. With the new technology of the Nokia 3310, Tiff finds thrilling new opportunities for secret conversations and harmless flirtation, all from the comfort of her own home, al

Feed My Reads recommended in 2022 - day 18

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Day 18 of Feed My Reads recommended in 2022 sees us visiting a short story by Rebecca Crunden, The Man And The Crow.  Rebecca Crunden is an author who simply doesn't get the recognition she deserves and this short story is a perfect taster for anyone who has yet to read her works as for me it is a perfectly written story. Some witches curse, others are cursed. And sometimes, the cursed want revenge. Review: This short story by Rebecca Crunden is a perfect introduction to her writing for anyone who has yet to read any of her work.  The story is based around a man on the hunt for revenge and his crow who sits on his shoulder throughout his journey.  I don't want to give anything away and so that is as much as I will say regards the story itself but what I will say is this is a perfectly written piece of work that delivers the story in a way which flows and gives enough detail but never over steps the mark and becomes overly complicated with those details.  I read this book in a d

Feed My Reads recommended in 2022 - day 17

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Feed My Reads recommended in 2022, day 17 and we are now bringing you Hotel Fen (Nine Book 1) by Meri Benson & Marie Sinadjan.  This book is based in a hotel and revolves around Norse mythology which is not something I often read but I found this book to be a really amazing read and one I highly recommend. Are you ready for the vacation of a lifetime? Victor has always had a passion for Norse history and mythology, but after hitting a dead end with his book on valkyries, not even that passion is enough to move him forward. Just when he's ready to abandon the project, he receives an email: he's won a free trip to Hotel Fen, a remote vintage resort in the Scandinavian Mountains. Silje has always felt that her life was fairly unremarkable. She cares deeply about people and that has led her to find her purpose at a nursing home in Oslo. When a resident dies and leaves her an all-expense paid vacation package to Hotel Fen, however, she takes the opportunity to experience somethi

Book review - The Man And The Crow by Rebecca Crunden

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Book - The Man And The Crow Author - Rebecca Crunden Rating - Review: This short story by Rebecca Crunden is a perfect introduction to her writing for anyone who has yet to read any of her work.  The story is based around a man on the hunt for revenge and his crow who sits on his shoulder throughout his journey.  I don't want to give anything away and so that is as much as I will say regards the story itself but what I will say is this is a perfectly written piece of work that delivers the story in a way which flows and gives enough detail but never over steps the mark and becomes overly complicated with those details.  I read this book in a day and found myself sitting and hoping that Rebecca will be bringing along much more with these characters as I was completely drawn in and didn't want the story to end.

Tregolls Lodge Book Club, Truro

Tregolls Lodge Book Club is based in the Churchill Retirement's Living Tregolls Lodge in Truro.  This book club sees authors visiting them on occasion but even when they aren't having an author visit the members are enthusiastic in their love of books and enjoy a lively chat whenever they get together. You can see one of the most recent visits here -  https://www.churchillretirement.co.uk/renowned-explorer-and-author-entertains-truro-retirees/ This is a community who would love to hear from people about great books and are always keen to connect with the amazing authors out there. You can connect with the book club at -  @TregollsC

Ink! by The Author School

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  The Author School was founded in 2015 by award-winning book publicist and journalist, Helen Lewis and award-winning children's/YA author, Abiola Bello bringing together decades of experience in the publishing industry. Coincidentally, we both had the same idea for The Author School and came together to make it happen. We are passionate about helping authors, giving them accurate guidance and we genuinely want to see them succeed. This is why our prices are affordable but the quality is exceptional.   We are really proud to be able to offer you a complete range of services to help you self-publish your book to a high quality level. This is the same time that publish bestselling books at Hashtag Press ( www.hashtagpress.co.uk ). The biggest problem with self-publishing is its reputation. And this is due to the, frankly, rubbish books that are being churned out quickly that are full of typos, on cheap paper, with an awful cover design that has been hashed together last minute. At Th

The Author School

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  The Author School was founded in 2015 by book publicist and journalist, Helen Lewis and children's/YA author, A. Bello, bringing together decades of experience in the publishing industry. Coincidentally, they both had the same idea for The Author School and came together to make it happen. They are passionate about helping authors, giving them accurate guidance and they genuinely want to see them succeed. This is why our prices are affordable but the quality is exceptional. In 2020 we are celebrating five years of The Author School! At The Author School, you will learn: 1. How to self publish a book successfully if this is the path you decide to go down. 2. Understand your options regarding the more traditional route to publishing and the other options such as hybrid publishing. 3. Find out how to get your manuscript into the hands of top literary agents; tips and tricks to get the deal your book deserves. 4. Learn the secret strategies based on decades of experience about how to

R.J. King interview

AUTHOR INTERVIEW When did your love of books begin? When I was young, way back in elementary school.  I’ve always been a bookworm When did you start to have the wish to become an author? This started back in one of the first classes I took in college. I was introduced to the works of Raymond Carver and fell in love with his style. It seems simplistic, and I thought to myself, I can do that. I gained a greater appreciation for his talent once I realized it wasn’t that easy. How have you found the process for becoming an author? The process has been mostly fun, though hard at time. It’s definitely the kind of work I enjoy. What would you say to those wanting to become an author? Read, read, and read some more. Of course, work on writing, but I’ve found that reading a wide variety of works has helped me improve with my own work. At least I feel like I’ve been improving. Tell us about your book/books: I wrote the one book I have out now, A Shepherd of Wolves, back in 2012, hence the reason

Roni Faciane interview

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW A little introduction: My name is, Roni Faciane and I'm a certified life coach, and former Lipstick Bounty Hunter, who advocates for improved protections for abused children, better funded police and prison reforms, decriminalization of sex work and better understanding of the dangers of media disinformation. When did your love of books begin? I was around 10 years old when my mother bought me my first Babysitters Club book. I didnt come out of my room until I finished the whole book; two days later.. I loved the story, the smell of the book and visiting the bookstore to find more. Once I learned there was an entire series I had to read them all.  When did you start to have the wish to become an author? I'd always loved to write poems and essays in school but it wasnt until I was older, in my 30's, that I wanted to write something more meaningful. After my journey as a bounty hunter, and what I witnessed, I decided to turn my emotional suffering to art. How

Virginia Mateias interview

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW When did your love of books begin? I was born in Europe. I was five years old when I discovered books. The universe of books has always had a magical pull that drew me in. I started reading long before going to school and my mother was proud of me because I was able to read the newspaper to my father. Boredom prompted me to learn how to read early. Once I started reading books I wasn’t bored anymore. When did you start to have the wish to become an author? I remember wishing to become an author early on in my childhood. Books have always provided a chance for my spirit and my mind to wander anywhere I wanted to. I probably realized back then that the mind is the fastest and most efficient vehicle. How have you found the process for becoming an author? On my journey to becoming an author I read a lot. I studied literature, and drama during my university years. However, I believe life itself has been the most effective instructor. I was also a journalist in my own countr

Stuart Aken interview

AUTHOR INTERVIEW A little introduction: I’ve been a writer for years, but most of those I was also employed in various jobs. Now, aged 73, I’m retired from the wage-slave environment, and, for eight years, it’s been good to concentrate on my creative aspects. Like most authors, I have many worlds within me, struggling to gather new readers. Most will never be released, but those I’ve managed to expose to the world have so far been well received. I intend to make those that follow as good, or better. When did your love of books begin? My parents were readers, and we had no TV in the house until I was 14 years old, so I read from being a toddler. By 11 I’d exhausted the children’s section of the local library and dared approach the formidable lady in charge to ask if I could borrow books from the adult section. She gave me her most fearsome stare and told me because I always returned books in good condition and on time, I could take out one adult book at a time but must pass it before he

Mike Hilbig interview

AUTHOR INTERVIEW A little introduction: My name is Mike Hilbig. I’m an emerging writer from Houston, TX whose first book Judgment Day & Other White Lies, debuts from Madville Publishing on Feb 17th, 2022. I received my MFA in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing from Sam Houston State University in Dec of 2017. I teach English at the University of Houston-Downtown and at Lone Star College. When did your love of books begin? I can’t remember ever not loving books. Although, I do think the first book I can remember falling very hard in love with was The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. When did you start to have the wish to become an author? I have always written off and on, but when I was younger, I mostly wrote essays. I started writing fiction around 25 years old. I’ll be 40 just two weeks shy of my book’s release date. But it was while taking creative writing classes in college that I really felt challenged to produce language that would emotionally move people. How h

Isabella DeClan interview

AUTHOR INTERVIEW A little introduction: I'm Isabella. I'm a bit of a writing fanatic. When did your love of books begin? My love of books started in middle  school (Jr. High) when I disco vered 'The Great Tree of Avalon', my first elective read. Then I couldn't stop. When did you start to have the wish to become an author? I watched the live action Narnia, and wrote a book with a similar idea, just for kicks. When people I cared about read it, they told me I was good, so I never stopped. How have you found the process for becoming an author? Writing books is one thing. Its easy and fun. But stumbling on KDP a few years ago made that dream into a reality. Since then, I've found a lot of great Booktubers to help guide the path and help make the decisions of publishing. What would you say to those wanting to become an author? Never give up, and ask the profe ssionals. Booktube is chock full of self published and traditionally publ ished authors who will give a lot

Anthony R. Crisafulli interview

AUTHOR INTERVIEW When did your love of books begin? I was one of those kids who hate reading. I thought this is boring, stop forcing me to read this stuff. But then I got bored one day and picked up a book from a little shelf in my classroom. Once I was allowed to read for myself, I realized it's actually not so bad, that I really WANTED to see how these characters turned out, what the ending would look like. When did you start to have the wish to become an author? I used to want to be a game developer. Big gamer, playing all the mainstream stuff when I was young (now I mostly play indie), and I wanted to be responsible for the kind of games I loved so much. Then I realized I hated math, and that I won't do well in that kind of career. Ultimately I realized I just wanted to make stories, and I wanted full control. How have you found the process for becoming an author? The writing is the easy part. I enjoy it. I also enjoy interacting with everyone on social media. The hard par

Tony DiGerolamo interview

AUTHOR INTERVIEW When did your love of books begin? I read the Mouse and the Motorcycle.  When did you start to have the wish to become an author? In the first grade, the school offered a free McDonald's hamburger as a prize for a short story contest. I kept winning each month until the school asked me not to enter so one of the other kids could win. How have you found the process for becoming an author? Not sure I understand this question, but being an author is great. Being broke, not so much. You have to want to be a writer very, very badly. Most people don't want to be a writer, they just want to have book signings and have everyone say that they're clever. What would you say to those wanting to become an author? Do you hate money that much?  If you want to write, read GOOD books. Classics. Reading a bunch of fan fic or YA nonsense is not going to help you much. Reach challenging fare. Tell us about your book/books: My current novella series is called  The Pineys  and I