When asking for reviews for their books from bloggers and other influencers, authors can make a whole host of mistakes. While there’s plenty of ways to go about asking for reviews, authors often don’t realise that it’s not just their chances of a review that’s at stake. The whole way an author acts from asking for the review to receiving it affects how future bloggers/influencers will react to them. So if you’re an author, you’d better beware, and don’t make the mistakes that this author has…Read More »
I’ve always enjoyed certain genres more than others, I think everyone has favourites and we tend to stick to those favourites when looking for new books to read. For me, I love science fiction, fantasy, action thrillers and young adult/teen books. I’ve always enjoyed these genres above all others but it doesn’t mean I’m not open to reading others and there’s a reason why we all should try a different genre now and again.
Before anyone gets upset by the above title, I’m not having a go at bloggers or trying to upset any indie authors out there. Instead I want to write a post to explore the reasons why book bloggers might refuse to review books, and this is especially the case sometimes with indie titles.
Not all book bloggers refuse to review books, not all book bloggers refuse to review indie books, but sometimes they do. And when a blogger does, there’s no point in being upset, if you’re an author, as there are always reasons behind it.
Below are 10 random reasons, some by own, others I’ve found online, for why bloggers might, and I stress might, refuse to review a book. If you’re an author, especially an indie author, it might be worth reading this, and if you are a book blogger, do you agree?
I plan to do a years round up at the very start of 2018, to get the final stats on what’s happened this year but for now the monthly round-up of what’s happened to me and this blog in December.Read More »
Description: Incredible story and insight into the world of child maltreatment. This is a book series of the survival of child maltreatment, bullying and hate. This is a must read true story of actual events.
Marsha L Ceniceros is an American writer, born in Indianapolis, Indiana and raised up in Southern California. A high school drop-out, she attended four high schools, and left home at fifteen. Her favorite saying. “To understand the present state of affairs of a child, teen or an adult, one must see the past of their difficulties.” A fiction and non-fiction writer, with an incredible story and insight into the world of child maltreatment.
My Review: This is a tough, dark and gritty book to read but I found myself compelled by Marsha’s story. ‘God Answered Me: True Story Chapter One’ is the first part of this autobiography which I hope will go on to recount all of the author’s tale. Although this is the first chapter, given the title, there is an introductory sort of prequel to this called ‘God Answered Me: True Story’. The introductory book is very short and I didn’t enjoy it as much as this one but it’s good to read to understand key aspects of this book such as who the authors parents are.
The first part of this book talks about the authors parents in more detail before moving on to living in Indiana and all that occurred there. Reading this part of the book was especially compelling given how young the author was at the time. The life she experienced is hard to read at times due to just how dark the things that happened are. I won’t go into any detail but there is a string of abusive behaviour and a deep lack of love in the home from the parents and some of the things, especially those that are done by both parents, just seem unbelievable at times. It’s a very different experience to one I’ve lived but I somehow couldn’t stop reading.
As the tale progresses we learn more about the authors family, some of her siblings and things that happen between them and to them. The third chapter in this book veers away from the main story, set in the 60s, and talks about a specific sibling named Pamela. While her story is also interesting to read I didn’t personally like the way the book veered off course into future events, I would have preferred a more linear tale but that’s just my preference. What happens to this sibling though makes for very tough reading, especially towards the end of this.
The grittiness and dark life led by this person is horrible to read but compelling. The things that happen in this book often feel like something you see in a shocking movie. But what makes this book so interesting to read is that it’s a true story of the life the author and her family lived. The story isn’t one made up for entertainment, these events really happened. The abuse and particularly some of the violence described makes for very tough reading and there are graphic descriptions of some of the violence which some people may find difficult, but in an odd way it was this that compelled me to read on, to find out if the story has a happier ending. There are lighter moments in the book despite all the sad ones and I especially enjoyed the interesting accounts of some spooky and creepy things happening in the house in Indiana.
The last chapter of the book is far from the last chapter in the authors life and I’m not sure I like the way the book ends as it ends on an abrupt and kind of sad note. It does make you want to read further though so I’m looking forward to ‘Chapter Two’ of this series. The book has abuse and violence in it as well as a couple of uses of the s swear word and brief mentions of drug abuse. I wouldn’t recommend this for young readers given the dark content, however some mature teens could handle reading this.
Though I found the book hard to read in parts because it jumped about in a way I don’t like the overall tale is just so different from anything I’ve read before that it kept me going throughout and I would read this book again. It’s not a book that is easy to read, there are parts of the story that are difficult to read and sad, but it is also a very interesting autobiography and I am eager to read more of this author’s story.
Would you enjoy reading a book like this? Have you read or know of books about abuse, is it hard to read a book like this? Let me know any thoughts you have and please don’t forget to follow My Peacock Books in these places and a big thank you if you do 🙂
After a pretty rough week health wise I decided to log into my Amazon UK account where I’ve been leaving reviews for books and other items for several years now. Unlike most days which are uneventful on the site though, yesterday I was met with a harsh ‘unhelpful’ vote on one of my most recent reviews along with a comment which stated:
“Your review would have carried more weight if you had put your hand in your pocket and actually bought a copy yourself!”Read More »
Happy Halloween everyone! Something a little different for you today. This is a special post for Halloween. A very short story (the first I’ve ever shared here) which I do hope you’ll enjoy. It’s a bit different, maybe a bit silly (though nothing inappropriate despite where some minds might think this is going 😛 ), but I hope you enjoy it and I’d love to know what you think, good or bad. You can really be honest, I don’t mind. Happy Halloween everyone! 🙂
He awoke with a sudden jolt, his eyes still closed, he knew something wasn’t right. She made her presence known to him.
He felt her rub against his leg playfully before making her way to his chest. He could feel her body wrap around his, her spirit seducing him with its intensity. She was restless.
He felt her move upwards, towards his face. He knew what she was going to do, she did it every morning.
He always gave in, she always won. But not this time, he wouldn’t allow it.
He couldn’t let it happen, not again. He wouldn’t let her do it, he would not open his eyes.
It’s how she would win, that intense stare, those beautiful hypnotic eyes boring into his heart, melting his very soul until he could do nothing but give in.
But not this time. He wouldn’t let her win. If only he could keep his eyes closed, perhaps he’d fall back asleep and she’d have no choice, she would have to leave him be.
But as he felt something soft brush his chin, he already knew it was too late. She was upon him. Those beautiful mesmerising green eyes looking lovingly at his, her intensity urging him to open them, to see her beauty, to hear her message.
He gave in. He looked at her. She was so beautiful, so close, her eyes were all that he could see, but it was enough. Her message became clear in his mind.
A dreaded feeling filled his body as he remembered. He realised the truth. A truth he could no longer ignore.
She had won. And now she would collect her prize.
He sat up and nodded. He knew what he had to do.
Tomorrow he would win. Tomorrow he would sleep late. But today was hers. She would feast. He got up and headed downstairs. She had won, he would feed her, he would feed his cat.
Sodid youenjoy thisfluffytale? Let me know what you think? Scary, weird, silly or not? All comments welcome as long as they aren’t rude 🙂 Happy Halloween everyone! Don’t forget you can also find me in these places: