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Old 06-26-2013, 04:45 AM   #1216
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And our interview with NYT Bestselling author of Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi - Into the Void, Tim Lebbon is now live!

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Old 06-29-2013, 03:14 PM   #1217
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I'm switching gears to "Liselle", book 1 of the Crazed Trilogy. I already have 70,000 words of it written and I can finish off the last 30,000 in a good amount of time. Once I'm done with this, then I'll get back to book 2 of the Wyvern Trilogy.

Here's the first 2 chapters of "Liselle"

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Old 07-01-2013, 05:43 AM   #1218
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My latest work is for a literary piece called Cansville by Alan Flurry.

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Old 07-01-2013, 09:44 AM   #1219
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Caleb, another top notch review!! Love how you do those things..I need to read more of them and learn a bit more to make my reviews better.

That being said, here's another bad review from me. Although I'm quite proud of the baseball analogy that I used at the end LOL. Should I be proud of something that is relating to something negative??



Swing and a miss! I really did want to like this baseball novel, I love the game. This was "juuuust a bit outside!"

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Old 07-01-2013, 12:19 PM   #1220
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Should I be proud of something that is relating to something negative??
Joe, some of the best reviews ever written were for stinkers. Dorothy Parker made a career of it. "This is not a book to be put aside lightly. It should be thrown, and with great force."

Or, for a play starring Katharine Hepburn: "Miss Hepburn ran the emotional gamut from A to B."
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:03 PM   #1221
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Joe, some of the best reviews ever written were for stinkers. Dorothy Parker made a career of it. "This is not a book to be put aside lightly. It should be thrown, and with great force."

Or, for a play starring Katharine Hepburn: "Miss Hepburn ran the emotional gamut from A to B."
Ha! I think I've read that somewhere! I gotta say though, people do tend to make sure people know just how bad a book is more than just how good one is. Maybe there is something to it. I'm getting a sort of reputation for being hard on authors, which can be good or bad I guess.
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:11 PM   #1222
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I'm getting a sort of reputation for being hard on authors, which can be good or bad I guess.
I can't complain...yet.
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:36 AM   #1223
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So what makes a good cover vs just a good piece of art??

Award winning designer Farah Evers stops by my site to explain!!

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Old 07-03-2013, 06:37 AM   #1224
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:56 AM   #1225
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:19 AM   #1226
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I'm guessing the image was too large....a notification to fix would have been more helpful than just deleting the post.

Anyway....

This review was tough to write. I hope my 1700 word review did it justice.

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Old 07-03-2013, 10:46 AM   #1227
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Joe, some of the best reviews ever written were for stinkers. Dorothy Parker made a career of it. "This is not a book to be put aside lightly. It should be thrown, and with great force."

Or, for a play starring Katharine Hepburn: "Miss Hepburn ran the emotional gamut from A to B."
I'm not a fan of that type of review myself. I try wherever possible to treat the author with respect. Unfortunately, that has a side-effect. If you feel upset with what I've written about your work, that was me trying hard not to be offensive.

I used to be quite casual about slinging mud around when the authors were just names on a cover, but when people submit requests to me for a review there is an undeniable humanity in it that I can't ignore regardless of what the author should or should not expect from me.

It's not practical for me to accept every request or even get into a conversation with every author making a request, but once I've actually chosen to feature an author's work on my site I feel like I should make an effort not to be a total bastard just for a cheap laugh. I'm not interested in becoming a literary drag queen.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:52 AM   #1228
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Caleb, another top notch review!! Love how you do those things..I need to read more of them and learn a bit more to make my reviews better.
Thanks for that jhempel. That review was hard to write. It's difficult giving someone a luck-lustre review when I feel there was a possibility that it was I who was lacking.

Actually, all my reviews are difficult to write. Words don't flow freely enough for me and just a few paragraphs quite often takes at least a couple of hours of writing, deleting, rewording and starting all over again. I've now got a formula I follow and the structure helps quite a bit, but there's a reason why I'm several reviews behind and struggling to write one review a week.
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:41 PM   #1229
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It's not practical for me to accept every request or even get into a conversation with every author making a request, but once I've actually chosen to feature an author's work on my site I feel like I should make an effort not to be a total bastard just for a cheap laugh. I'm not interested in becoming a literary drag queen.
Great line. Speaking as an author, I always hope to get honest reviews, even if they're bad. They give me a person's reflection on what I've written, and how other people are seeing things.

It's fairly easy to spot the "literary drag queens." In those cases, when the reviewer is simply trying to sharpen their claws rather than give an honest opinion, I simply ignore the meat of what they say--if there is any--and see if they have any clever lines I can steal...er, borrow.
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What a touching Christmas story....yeah it's a horror story too. It was actually beautiful...seriously.

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