Saturday Miscellany – 10/14/17

Odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:

    This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:

  • A Long Day in Lychford by Paul Cornell — The Witches of Lychford are back — it wasn’t my favorite, but it’s still soemthing you should read (plus the first 2). Here’s my $.02 on the novella
  • Drawing Dead by JJ DeCeglie — Fahrenheit Press’ latest offering features a drunk, gambling addicted PI in hock to the mob. Probably not the feel-good book of the year, but it has all the makings of a gripping read.

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Saturday Miscellany – 10/7/17

Just a few odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:

    This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:
  • The Name of the Wind 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition by Patrick Rothfuss — squee!
  • The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan — the 3rd (and final?) installment in the Magnus Chase series.
  • Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to Reasons To Resist.

    Announcing A Writer’s Path Writers Club: Creating Benefits For Writers

    Hello everyone! A fellow blogger of A Writer’s Path, Ryan Lanz, has announced the launch of his new initiative: A Writer’s Path Writers Club.

    After looking at the writing market for years, he noticed a need for a Writers Club of this kind. Sure, there are Facebook groups, writers groups, etc., but there aren’t many associations that are more than just a gathering of writers.

    He wanted to create a club where the sole purpose of it is to solve headaches for writers. Here are some of the headaches he’s looking to solve:

    • It’s hard to find reviewers for my book
    • Writing-related service providers (editors, book cover designers, etc.) are expensive
    • I don’t know if my writing is good enough and I need feedback
    • I need more promotion for my book
    • I don’t know if my blurb or summary is good enough
    • Not enough readers know my book exists
    • I don’t know enough about what other successful authors have done to be successful
    • I don’t know if my book cover encourages readers to purchase it

    No time commitment. Maximum value.

    And of course, there are fun stuff to be had too, such as giveaways and contests. Here’s the full list of benefits for the Writers Club:

        • Discounts from writer-related service providers, such as editors, book cover designers, proofreading services, ghostwriters, social media marketing, book advertising, template design, audio book narration, and more.
        • Contests and giveaways for free services and books.
        • free book promotion posts on A Writer’s Path blog every year(example here). Every post generates a social media shout-out of your book to my Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Tumblr, and Google+ account (total of 12,900 followers). he’ll set reminders for himself to notify you when your next post is ready.
        • Exclusive articles not seen on the A Writer’s Path blog.
        • Access to free blurb coaching.
        • Book of the Month” lottery. Winner gets their book featured for a month on A Writer’s Path blog in a tab along the top of every page/post. Also included is a promotional post featuring their book, summary, cover, and purchase links to all 25,000+ subscribers. One drawing per month.
        • Help to find you reviewers and critique partners (optional).
        • A free copy of his eBook, The Idea Factory: 1,000 Story Ideas & Writing Prompts to Find Your Next Bestseller. ($2.99 value)
        • Free critique of your book summaries and book covers (optional).
        • Insider tips from published authors in short, bite-sized articles.
        • Links to free books normally at full price.
        • Opportunities to show off your book to the other members.
        • Exclusive author interviews.

    Feel free to check out A Writer’s Path Writers Club here.

    Happy Father’s Day!

    I tried to take a photo of my actual book, but my photography skills were at their typical levels, so I had to opt for images I found online.

    I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea (for reasons I understand, but can’t fathom), but when Greg Dean introduced me to Patrick Rothfuss and his work 10 years ago, it reminded me just how much I could still love Fantasy literature (or just anything I hadn’t been reading for years). I’m an unabashed fan still.

    So my kids scored themselves some major brownie points this past Father’s Day when they went in and pre-ordered me an autographed copy of the 10th Anniversary Edition of The Name of the Wind. It showed up yesterday, and is gorgeous. That stunning cover is just the beginning — the full-page illustrations are wonderful, the bonus content looks great, the maps are very impressive. And all of it just reminds me how much I liked the book the three times that I’ve read it, and that it’s been 6 years or so since I last did so.

    It’s taking all I have just to not call in sick for the next couple of days to re-immerse myself in this book.

    At the same time, I just don’t know if I can touch this volume again. Or let anyone else, for that matter, without cotton gloves or something. I just don’t want to mess this up.

    Just wanted to take a moment and publicly thank my kiddos for a great gift, and stress to anyone on the fence about picking this up that they really should (second printing is under way).

    September 2017 Report

    My numbers were a little off — which surprised me, really, I thought I had some busy weeks. But, oh well, I seemed to really like almost everything (average rating of 3.99 this month). Maybe I’m getting soft. Or I’m just reading a lot of good books.

    Anyway, here’s what happened here in September.

    Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

    The Blue Curtain Black and Blue The Brightest Fell
    2 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars
    Prayer Hell is Empty The Spirit Mage
    4 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
    The Song of The Swan Wonder Woman: Warbringer The Western Star
    4 Stars 3.5 Stars 5 Stars
    A Little Book on the Christian Life IQ All Tucked Inn
    4 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
    Travels and Travails of Small Minds The Whole Christ Night Broken (Audiobook)
    3.5 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
    Flame in the Dark Sourdough The Hunger Angels
    Not sure yet, at least
    4 Stars
    4 1/2 Stars 3.5 Stars

    Reviews Posted:

    How was your month?

    Saturday Miscellany – 9/30/17

    Odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:

      A Book-ish Related Podcast Episode you might want to give a listen:

    • Mysterypod with Ace Atkins — Atkins talks to Stephen Usery about his latest Quinn Colson and Spenser novels, and race relations in the South and Boston.

      This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:

    • Paradox Bound by Peter Clines — looks like a fun time travel novel through US history.
    • Horizon by Fran Wilde — which serves as a good reminder that I’ve inexplicably not read Cloudbound.

    Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to nishlovepink, foodlove16, Scarletpiper, georgederringer and youngadultallegiance for following the blog this week.

    Looking for YA/NA/other recommendations 

    (how’s that for a broad category?)

    I’ve been asked for help with compiling a list of books, that I’d describe as falling in the upper edge of YA, or “New Adult,” or something that would work for those readers. They should be less violent than Katniss Everdeen’s Games, with a similar level of romance/sex. Maybe similar to the last couple of Harry Potters.

    Any thoughts, my friends?