Friday 25 September 2020

Book Review: "That Monster on the Block" by Sue Ganz-Schmitt

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

I was all set to really not like this book and when I read the description to my hubby he said that "explaining to H [our nephew] about vampires being the undead would be way too scary for him" but it's not at all like that... it's fun and humourous and well illustrated and just perfect!  It deals with prejudice in a non-threatening way that children would understand and learn from.

WTG the author!

Thursday 24 September 2020

Book Review: "Mind Riot" by Ken Bagnis

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

Like with everything I review, this book is starting with the full 5 stars and I'm hoping it'll finish with 'em too, but we shall see.

I'm really enjoying this book so far... I hope it continues!

I'm wondering which decade this book is set in?  Cassette tapes?  Duran Duran?  Seems very 80's to me!

Ah right, it's part of a girly thing, not set in the 80's... that's a relief then!  I hope the author has gained permission to use big names like "Duran Duran" and "Sony Walkman" and "The Smiths though, or he could get himself into serious hot water legally!

Chapter one was great and I love that it's in first person throughout... so different from most books I've read recently!

I'm just about to start reading chapter 7 and I'm still loving this book... it's a definite must-read for all the teens out there and even adults will appreciate it too - this adult certainly is!

I'm appreciating this author and his research even more now... I'm currently recovering from one of the illnesses described and in literally one sentence I feel a lot more understood and far less alone now than I have done in the last two decades.  Thank you so so much, Mr Bagnis!

I don't know where the last 12 hours have disappeared to, but every word of this book is pure genius and I so wish I'd discovered it sooner!  I'm gonna read one more chapter then head to bed for an early night ready for me to dive right back into this fantastic book tomorrow morning.

I'm almost half way through the book and I'm reluctantly heading off to bed for the night now, but I can't wait to dive right back in as soon as I wake up and come back downstairs tomorrow!

Mornin' all.

This is still a fantastic book, but there are big brand names used quite a bit, so I'm hoping the author has gained written permission to use them so that he doesn't get into expensive legal hot water with the owners of the brand names he's using!

I'm on the verge of tears with this chapter and it takes a powerful author to achieve that, especially at not even two-thirds of the way through a book.  I stand by what I said yesterday, I know this is written for teens, but adults will enjoy it too... I certainly am.

The very end of chapter 24 is exactly the sort of cringeworthy thing I would say too lol

I've just finished the book and I'm sat here with huge tears streaming out of my eyes, down my cheeks and onto my laptop.  It's rare that a book achieves that so that must tell you more than any of the rest of this review.  If I could, I would award it 6 stars out of 5, but I can't, so it's getting top marks from me from start to finish.  A must-read for everyone.

Tuesday 22 September 2020

NaNoWriMo - always wanted to give it a try but never got around to it?

If, like me back in 2011/2012-ish, you've heard people talk about NaNo and you've always said you want to give it a go, there's no better time than this year❗  Most of us are stuck at home for Covid or personal reasons and there's about 5 weeks before it starts to get your NaNo novel planned out and ready for 1st November.

If you're a "pantser" then you can gear yourself up and find ways to reward yourself for hitting mini targets throughout it (my own personal target is for 5k words written each day and a bottle of J2O when I achieve it, but it might be different for you) as well as a huge reward when you type that 50,000th word (2 J2O's and a sharing block of chocolate all to myself is my own personal reward of choice).

If you're a "planner" but have got precisely no ideas then the free trial of my ideas software might be exactly what you're looking for.  If you become a member now then you get exclusive updates to the software that non-members don't get as well as access to me and other member-exclusives at a cheaper price and sooner notifications of open submission windows etc too.

Anyway, back to NaNo 😃

If you're a "plantser" like me, then NaNo is an opportunity to let your muse run wild for 30 days - NaNo and JanNo are my two guaranteed writing months of the year and my hubby knows that I'm not to be disturbed unless it's for something vital.

If you decide that 2020 is your writing year, sign up as soon as you can (it's free) so that you've got time to explore and get to know the NaNo site before it starts.  I'm on there with this year's novel which is called "Oh No!" if you wanna get support and encouragement throughout NaNo and beyond.

Go on... do this for you, you deserve it 👍❗👌

Saturday 12 September 2020

Thinking of self-publishing your children's book?

If, for whatever your reason is, you wanna self-publish your children's book, do yourself a big favour and read this blog post by a fellow Scoobie first.  She's got some great advice and you've got nothing to lose by reading it through... who knows, it might save you a lot of time and money.


Wednesday 9 September 2020

"Go Get 'em" has just been rejected

Just had a novel rejected, but that's OK now.  It would have destroyed my confidence a couple of years ago, but I realise that the best things come to those who wait now and I've already subbed to 5 other agents so maybe it was good that it was rejected?

I'm not gonna sub to anyone else for the time being, so that I don't run out of options before the end of the year... gotta get 3 more rejections before I sub to anyone else lol

I wish you all success in your subbing and hope that we're all taken on when the right opportunity comes along!