Marissa Meyer – Scarlet

Passing along this book review from BookOwly

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Scarlet is the second book in The Lunar Chronicles, it is written by Marissa Meyer and according to the author’s website, there are going to be five books in the series.
This book was first published in 2013 and Winter – fourth book is expected to be published this year November. The Lunar Chronicles are tied to the classic fairy tales as you might guess from the titles, but the events are something new and fresh. To be honest the author does a really good job at explaining most important things that happened in the first book, so I actually think that you don’t need to read the first one in order to get to this one. The only problem a reader might have is the terminology, because it took me a while to get into all the robotics and computer things that were described in Cinder. I…

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How to Write a Book Review.

I agree with much of the sentiment here, noting many of the same things on my prior post “My book rating system here on The GUNDERSTONE review”.

Awesome to see I am aligned with others out there!

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How to Write a Book Review with Ronovan Writes

Everyone has their own way of doing a book review and in a way that is how it should be. Always remember a book review is an opinion. That being said and out of the way, I do think there needs to be some common considerations taken.

I don’t believe published book reviews on volunteer sites should:

  • Be for tearing down an author and that author’s work.
  • Nor do I think a poorly written book should be praised.
  • And being paid for a review just doesn’t cut it, unless you work for a site that has ads and also gets paid for the service of book reviewing like major newspapers or magazines. But that’s a job, not a volunteer thing. And even then, honesty is the best policy. For most of us, receiving a good book to review is a nice perk of book reviewing.

Poorly Written Books

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Kindle Unlimited Pages Read Rate for August, 2015

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KINDLE UNLIMITED PAGES READ

Amazon paid $0.00514 per KENP read in August, 2015.

Compare that to the $0.005779 pages read rate in July, 2015.

That’s a drop of 11%. If you had 10,000 pages read in July, would earned $57.79, but for the same 10,000 pages read in August, you only earned $51.40.

On the one hand, an 11% drop is significant, but on the other hand, unless you had a million pages read through Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime, that 11% doesn’t amount to a whole lot.

And if you had a million pages read, you’re thriving in the program (compared to most authors).

But the concern really isn’t over one drop in the payout of 11%.

The concern extends beyond that. 11% is a pretty sizable change. It’s not a small fluctuation.

So one concern is stability.

If it drops 11% in August, another 11%…

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“I, Hero: The Beginning” Kindle version breaks all prior sales records.

With a number of new reviews in, bringing the total now to 41 and an overall rating of 4.5 stars, “I, Hero: The Beginning” Kindle version, has set all new records for the title itself and my overall author standing.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,809 Paid in Kindle Store
#4 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales > Mythology
#21 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Superheroes
#22 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Fairy Tales

2809 and 4

Number 4

This is helping lift the second release of the series, “I, Hero: Nathan Returns”

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,482 Paid in Kindle Store
#11 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Myths & Legends > Greek & Roman
#11 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Myths & Legends > Greek & Roman
#177 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Superhero

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These were great peak numbers for both titles and I am excited to see where the series will go in the future.

I am also very excited to see my overall author ranking climb as well; these are the best numbers I have even had. My first title “Another Sunset” released at the end of November of 2014 (ten months ago).

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“I, Hero: The Beginning” ON SALE for $0.99; “I, Hero: Nathan Returns” released in KINDLE version format

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday September 16, 2015

Jason Zandri
Jason@Zandri.net

PRESS RELEASE – “I, Hero: The Beginning” Kindle version is on sale for one week only at $0.99 (through Tuesday September 22, 2015) as part of the Kindle version release of “I, Hero: Nathan Returns” the next book in the “I, Hero” series.

Paperback book release and signing event for all of Jason Zandri’s titles is planned for the weekend of Celebrate Wallingford – Saturday October 3rd and Sunday October 4th.

“I, Hero: Nathan Returns” has formally released for the Kindle and is now available for sale; “I, Hero: The Beginning” Kindle version is on sale for one week only at $0.99 (now through Tuesday September 22, 2015).

WALLINGFORD, CT – “I, Hero: The Beginning” and “I, Hero: Nathan Returns” are both available to order via Amazon.com for the Kindle versions of the titles. Author Jason Zandri is direct selling paperbound versions of each of his titles independently.

“The books are available via Amazon.com in the KINDLE format for $2.99 or less per title. The pricing for the paperback editions are $15.00 each via direct sales.

I will be at Celebrate Wallingford, Saturday October 3rd and Sunday October 4th to sign copies of all of my titles. “I, Hero: Nathan Returns” is shipping and is expected to be available for Celebrate.

If anyone wants copies ahead of Celebrate, they can contact me directly and I would be more than happy to follow up with them.

For additional information on each of the titles you can follow the links below:

AS LIFE GOES: ELEMENTARY – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZXVB7SK/

ANOTHER SUNSET – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QD2FQU8/

I, HERO: THE BEGINNING – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Y3LA41M/

I, HERO: NATHAN RETURNS – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011AOPE64/

Excerpts to the titles are available via THE GUNDERSTONE REVIEW at https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/category/excerpt/

You can reach Jason online via any of these social media sites or via email at Jason@Zandri.net

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“I, Hero: Nathan Returns” has released in KINDLE version format

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday September 15, 2015

Jason Zandri
Jason@Zandri.net

PRESS RELEASE – The KINDLE version of “I, Hero: Nathan Returns” has released.

Paperback book release / signing event planned for the weekend of Celebrate Wallingford – Saturday October 3rd and Sunday October 4th – for “I, Hero: The Beginning”, “As Life Goes: Elementary”, and “Another Sunset”.

WALLINGFORD, CT – “I, Hero: Nathan Returns” went into formal release today, Tuesday September 15, 2015

“The Kindle versions are available via Amazon.com for $2.99 or less per title. The pricing for the paperback editions are $15.00 each via direct sales. Presently “I, Hero: The Beginning”, “As Life Goes: Elementary”, and “Another Sunset” are available in both formats and I am working on getting “I, Hero: Nathan Returns” set up for paperback release as well. If I can get a few copies advanced for Celebrate Wallingford, I will have them with me for the event.

Celebrate Wallingford is set for Saturday October 3rd and Sunday October 4th. I will be there to sign copies of all my available titles.

If anyone wants copies ahead of Celebrate, they can contact me directly and I would be more than happy to follow up with them.”

For additional information on each of the titles you can follow the links below:

AS LIFE GOES: ELEMENTARY – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZXVB7SK/

ANOTHER SUNSET – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QD2FQU8/

I, HERO: THE BEGINNING – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Y3LA41M/

I, HERO: NATHAN RETURNS – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011AOPE64/ 

Excerpts to the titles are available via THE GUNDERSTONE REVIEW at https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/category/excerpt/

You can reach Jason online via any of these social media sites or via email at Jason@Zandri.net

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Paperback versions of “I, Hero: The Beginning” and “As Life Goes: Elementary” are now available for direct ordering.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday September 10, 2015

Jason Zandri
Jason@Zandri.net

PRESS RELEASE – Paperback versions of “I, Hero: The Beginning” and “As Life Goes: Elementary” are now available for direct ordering.

Paperback book release / signing event planned for the weekend of Celebrate Wallingford – Saturday October 3rd and Sunday October 4th.

WALLINGFORD, CT – “I, Hero: The Beginning” and “As Life Goes: Elementary” have been available in KINDLE version format since early summer and are now available in print directly from the author.

“The books are available via Amazon.com in the KINDLE format for $2.99 or less per title. The pricing for the paperback editions are $15.00 each via direct sales.

I will be at Celebrate Wallingford Saturday October 3rd and Sunday October 4th to sign copies of the titles, as well as versions of “Another Sunset”, my first release from November 2014.

If anyone wants copies ahead of Celebrate, they can contact me directly and I would be more than happy to follow up with them.”

For additional information on each of the titles you can follow the links below:

AS LIFE GOES: ELEMENTARY – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZXVB7SK/

ANOTHER SUNSET – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QD2FQU8/

I, HERO: THE BEGINNING – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Y3LA41M/

I, HERO: NATHAN RETURNS – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011AOPE64/ is due for KINDLE release on September 15, 2015. A paperback version is expected in the November time-frame.

Excerpts to the titles are available via THE GUNDERSTONE REVIEW at https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/category/excerpt/

You can keep up with Jason on Facebook via his author page via https://www.facebook.com/jzandri
You can FOLLOW Jason on Twitter via https://twitter.com/gunderstone
You can ADD Jason to your circles on Google+ via https://plus.google.com/+JasonZandri/
You can read Jason’s current updates and writing activity on his writer’s blog – THE GUNDERSTONE REVIEW at https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/

You can reach Jason online via any of these social media sites or via email at Jason@Zandri.net

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BOOK REVIEW – “Deadly Secrets” (Gavin Shawlens Thriller #1) by Gordon Bickerstaff

Deadly Secrets (Gavin Shawlens Thriller #1)Deadly Secrets by Gordon Bickerstaff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Deadly Secrets” (Gavin Shawlens Thriller #1) by Gordon Bickerstaff

FOUR STARS * * * *

The locale of the story (after a short and graphic opening) starts the reader off in the United Kingdom nations of Scotland and England and then carries them to other areas of Europe as the tale unwinds.

Gavin Shawlens is a biochemist who is working with creator Emma Patersun on her new food process that will revolutionize the industry. In the right hands Emma’s work could help ease the food demand burden and feed the hungry; in the wrong hands, it would mean ultimate control for whoever possessed it and could possibly threaten the stability of the world wide food supply.

James Barscadden and his company BARSCO are determined to steal the process in order to gain that control and to profiteer from it.

The story is written expressively and author Gordon Bickerstaff offers much detail into the setting, the backstory, and some of the business dealings and practices of the Barscadden Corporation (which offers additional insight as to why the company works and functions as ruthlessly and efficiently as it does). These are just a few examples of the detail and style found within the story.

I also felt the descriptive dialog and detailed explanations of some of the scientific and chemical processes added to the story. While I appreciated the details, there were times I thought it was “holding up” the story. (That’s more my issue than the work – I basically have an attention span of a gnat). I wanted to get to the next turn in the story and while the details keep my attention, I did catch myself wanting to “move on” ahead of the “telling”.

Overall, a very enticing read and a solid “recommend” for anyone that enjoys the crime / thriller / suspense genres.

I recommend “Deadly Secrets” (Gavin Shawlens Thriller #1) by Gordon Bickerstaff
* * * * Four Stars (out of five)

Review on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/review/R3K6LK4F87Z9D/

Review on Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1388179338

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BOOK REVIEW – “Murder at Cold Creek College” – by Christa Nardi

Murder at Cold Creek College (Cold Creek #1)Murder at Cold Creek College by Christa Nardi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Murder mystery at a small private college

FOUR STARS * * * *

Psychology Professor Sheridan Hendley is the main character in this murder mystery. The story begins with the murder of Dr. Adam Millberg, a member of the psychology department, just before the semester starts. There is the possibility that one of her friends might be arrested as a suspect and that motivates some of Sheridan’s actions, with the whole psychology department under scrutiny.

With information becoming available during the initial investigation, it becomes apparent that the dead psychology professor was of questionable character and there was more than one person with possible motive or intent.

The story is told from her point of view and shows Sheridan’s attempts to piece together what happened using her own psychology skills. She tries to identify those that are plainly innocent, but then works through others with questionable or possible motives. Because there is more to police work than the psychology side, her efforts are not totally successful on their own, but it does get her involved with the investigation.

The local police begin the handling of the murder until Detective Brett McMann from the state police arrives and assumes control which causes resistance between Detective McMann and the local police. Sheridan is assigned to show the detective around the campus and introduce him to all the members of her department which mainly serves to get her fully thrust into the thick of things.

A small romance between Sheridan and Brett becomes a secondary theme to the story. It is done in a fitting manner, which adds rather than detracts to the story (as some romances into story-lines sometimes seem forced for the sake of just having them there – not the case in this situation).

The overall story has good pacing; it never seems to drag and the characters are realistic and believable. There are small twists to the plot that make it an engaging read.

The story is complete but the characters continue in the second book in the series, “Murder in the Arboretum” (there was a sample chapter at the end of the Kindle e-book).

I recommend “Murder at Cold Creek College” by Christa Nardi – * * * * Four Stars (out of five)

Review on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/review/R1PS9SNYF78NI5/

Review on Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1387366611

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Great Suggestion for Friends & Family Reviews on Amazon…?

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REVIEW SUGGESTION FOR AMAZON

Friend and family reviews are a touchy subject among both authors and customers:

  • For the customer review system to be effective, customers need to be able to trust the system. This is why Amazon removes and blocks reviews suspected of being posted by the author’s friends or family members.
  • For the customer who posted the review, having it blocked or removed is time wasted, and discourages the customer from posting reviews in the future.
  • For the self-published author, an invaluable part of marketing entails creating personal relationships. Sometimes, the occasional personal interactions with a fan who didn’t previously know the author causes a book review to be blocked or removed.
  • Unlike the big publishers, self-published authors and indie presses can’t afford to send out hundreds of review copies to strangers. They can get friends to help get the ball rolling, except that…

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