Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Book Recommendation: Sweet Violent Femmes, by Holly Kothe

I just wanted to make a quick blog post about a new book by an online friend of mine and fellow indie author. However, before I do, I should hopefully have some news this week or next about a free episodic story I'll be hosting on my blog, with a view to sell it later once it's complete. The episodic nature of it will allow me to get feedback as I write (think of it like a tv season).

I just need to decide on what I want to write first, really, and hopefully I'll have it worked out and post by the end of next Friday. It's not a definite date, but it's what I'm hoping for. When I do write the episodic story though, the quality might not be as high as it could be, though I'll make every effort to ensure it is. I'm not too concerned about it though, as I'm not asking money for it and I'll fix it up before selling. (I wouldn't expect major content changes to have been made when I charge for it, just technical changes for the most part, though feedback may shape the direction future episodes go in, though I may not take the feedback on board. It depends really on whether I feel the feedback fits and such, because if I think it does and I think I can do what people suggest, I have no qualms about listening to what people say because you are, afterall, my readers yet it'll be my story at the same time.)

So, the book recommendation for tonight is Sweet Violent Femmes, by Holly Kothe. You can order a print version at https://www.createspace.com/4445040 and the Kindle version at http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Violent-Femmes-Holly-Kothe-ebook/dp/B00GLDXUX4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385158911&sr=8-1&keywords=sweet+violent+femmes#_

It's a collection of short stories. Before I end this post, I should quickly say that I've not read this short story collection, but I have read a short story by this author before and I found it quite enjoyable, called The Poe Toaster, which can be found for free online at: http://lostcityreview.com/2013/07/17/the-poe-toaster/

Give it a go if you want to see what her writing's like, before spending money on her short story collection. The only reason I haven't read it is simply because of my financial situation currently. And by all accounts, it seems like she's done a good job with the short story collection, going off the reviews.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Book Recommendation: The Perfect Player

Before getting to the book recommendation, I want to quickly say that I'm sorry I didn't keep the writing updates up. I wasn't too well for the last portion of October, the page views weren't occurring (so I didn't see much point in continuing the updates), and I wasn't really happy with the writing I was doing. I don't know what I'm going to do with Shifters yet. I wanted to stay positive, but as I'd worked on it for months, maybe it's time I throw in the towel for at least a bit with that project.

This brings me to a writing update for people who may be interested. I am finding that I've got my enthusiasm back for writing now and I'm hoping to have a free excerpt of my work posted soon, to keep people happy until I actually publish something else.

So, book recommendation:

I want to recommend The Perfect Player, by Devon Winterson, who is a good online friend of mine and I line edited her book. It's a dark fantasy novel. While I won't write a review, because it wouldn't be proper with having a hand in the book (as much as I'd like to), I do want to say that it's a really good story and the ending did touch me. As it's hard to touch me with pretty much anything, it's a rare feat and should say a lot about the book's quality. I say that as someone who's totally unbiased and such.

It's also her first novel, and she does need all the support she can get as do other authors, especially self-published ones.

The link to her book can be found here:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

And if you want to sample some of her other writing that's free, here are the relevant links:

Open Your Heart to Chance (This I do definitely recommend. It touched me like The Perfect Player did.)

The Deeper the Lust, The Sweeter the Flesh (Don't be put off by the title here. It's likely not what you're thinking.)

The free books can also be found on Smashwords, I believe, if you'd rather not get them from Goodreads.