#ThrowbackThursday ~ Plundering the Romance Novel by Ionia Martin #spoof definitely #fakenews #humour

I have recently started adding the reviews I’ve written to BookBub by taking them straight from Goodreads, a few at a time. I thought as I could no longer add them to Amazon.com this was a good way of sharing them with a, mostly, US based audience. As I’ve been adding them I’ve been reminded of some terrific reads which lead me directly onto this…

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Renee at It’s Book Talk began the Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing. I have seen posts on Between the Lines and  Alison Williams Writing and I shall be sharing old favourites using this hashtag.

Plundering the Romance Novel

Plundering the Romance Novel, very honestly subtitled – A really awful, truly terrible, very, very, bad romance – is a delight to read, enjoy, and being a parody take none too seriously. Check out the catchy quote on the cover too – excellent!

Our hero, Stormy Raven Steel Vanderbilt Von Devreaux, Captain V.D. for short, is taken aback when the (obviously stunningly beautiful) woman aboard his pirate ship is not behaving as he expected from all he had read in the romance heroine handbook. Rather than being aloof and appearing not to be interested in him she is actually flirting and denying him his conquest…and that is just the start.

This is a joyful read full of pointless exposition and inconsistencies aplenty that will have you chuckling along one minute and nodding wryly another as Martin astutely exposes every romantic cliché there is. Here’s a snippet…

‘”My eyes!” he wailed, “my beautiful eyes of some unidentified and yet sexy colour that drives women mad with desire! They shall never recover!”

The old man wrapped himself in a bed linen that was conveniently placed nearby and surveyed his unusual guest. “I see you have returned by boy. I don’t blame you.”

Captain V.D. raised his eyebrows. “Sir, she is a woman. This is your daughter that I have returned. For this kind act of mercy, I expect you shall reward me handsomely,“ he demanded, with a glint of whatever causes glints in his eye.’

Whichever bit I chose can’t do justice to the humour that runs throughout this short and entertaining book that I really enjoyed. Chapters 4-6 and 11-12 are inspired and after the epilogue you of course get a peek at the sequel which is of course completely different from this book.

To find out much, much more click on a link….

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#WordlessWednesday ~ Things I Like ~ Walled Gardens… it’s the wall I like, not necessarily the garden :-D

Some images from Pixabay

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#TuesdayBookBlog ~ How to post your reviews to Bookbub #Bookbub #bookreviews

I can only approach this from an author account basis as that is all I know about. My knowledge of BookBub is that is it a place built for readers. However it seems in recent years to have been making itself more and more author friendly, allowing authors to have a profile and list their books as well as wanting reviews and recommendations to be posted on the site.

Firstly, you need to go to BookBub and claim your author profile. If you go to their home page here and scroll right to the bottom you will see a list of things to do under the Publishers & Authors title – Claim an Author Profile is one of those. Once that is set up you will have the chance to add your books which, if they are not already, will then be added to the BookBub database.

When you then login to BookBub you currently get a ‘New For You’ page full of recommendations and suggestions. Your avatar will come up in the top right corner and you click on that to reveal a drop down menu the top choice of which is View Profile. Click on that.

Your profile page should look something like this:

I started adding my reviews to BookBub when Amazon.com wouldn’t allow me to post there anymore. I have since been adding all my past reviews (at a rate of three a day) and this is a work in progress.

If you squint at the photo above you can see below and to the right of my picture a row of titles. Click on the one called Reviews and you will get this page:

Adding a review is simple. Click on the green rectangle. A box comes up for the book title to be typed into and when you hit search a list of choices appears. If the book is there then great, click on it, fill in the details and click on the ‘Recommend’ button. You get to choose words to describe it – I do not do this. But at the bottom, in the (optional) review section, I copy and paste my review in there and click ‘Done’.

If your book is not in the drop down selection then right at the bottom is the I can’t find the book I’m looking for link. You can go via that to a place where you can put in the book details and your review and again click ‘Done’.

You can see in the image the blocks where the review is complete as it has a book cover showing. The grey blocks are where the book couldn’t be found in their database but, as I explained above, you can still put in the book name, the author and your review and click ‘Done’. At some later date I have found I get an email from BookBub informing me they have added the book I entered. However once you receive that your job is not yet quite done because you still need to recommend that book.

You do this by clicking on the link in the email BookBub sent you. That takes you to the entry you originally made, now with it’s book cover. On the right hand side there are 3 vertical dots. Click on those and you will get the opportunity to edit your entry and all you need to do then is click on the ‘Recommendation’ box that comes up, if of course you do recommend that book. BookBub are building a positive platform here so are really wanting recommendations rather than anything on the negative spectrum.

Lastly, I would make the point that it is terribly easy to get lost in the maze of BookBub, but, I have found that if I simply go back to my avatar and that drop down menu I can quickly get back to my profile again.

And that is it. I think I’ve covered everything but please feel free to contact me with any questions you have on this. Also you are welcome to add any further information to this post in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

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Parallel Lies is up for Cover of the Month… will you click to Vote?

Parallel Lies is way, way behind in the voting yet I can’t seem to just hold my hands up and say I’m done. There are a couple more days to go and who knows how many of you will be kind enough to cast your vote 😀

Cover of the Month

Parallel Lies

My book has been nominated for Book Cover of the Month on AllAuthor.com. It would be greatly appreciated if you could take a moment to vote.
Vote Now »

Thank you for your support,
Georgia Rose

 

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Accountability Post #20 ~ To Reach that Goal ~ #amwriting #selfpublishing

I’ll be honest, I’m in a bit of a pickle with my plot. I keep trying to work out how it can possibly work and  come together and I’m still none the wiser. I think that’s why it’s not progressing any faster, I’m backing away from the bits I don’t understand yet. I have got past the next milestone though so, yay!!

I do seem to have spent much of my week managing Giveaway stuff. That’s probably not even close to the truth, it just feels like it. I am delighted with the entry level though and I shall just drop this casual reminder in here that it finishes next Friday the 21st September 2018, so if you’ve been meaning to enter but haven’t managed it yet, this is where you go:

Mega-Giveaway Page

Parallel Lies has also made it through to the third (and I think final?) round of the ALLAuthor Cover Competition. It is also dropping down the rankings so could really use your vote…

Therefore, if you like this cover:

Would you be a star and go and give it your vote please?

Click Here!

Thank you x 🙂

I’ve decided that in order for me to get on with this next book I need to keep all the notes and paperwork out for it all the time. I need the constant reminders and for it to always be on my mind. That feels like quite a challenge at the moment but how else am I going to solve these plot issues? So my desk is a mess and I may have to involve the pin board again to vaguely organise it all. A job for tomorrow methinks! Anyway, I’m very late finishing this so I am heading off to bed and I wish you all a very peaceful Sunday.

Project B – Hill of Beans – previously 5532 words – still 5532 words.

Project C – Parallel Lies sequel – previously 27,046 words – now 30,128 words.

Have a great week everyone xx

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Carla by Mark Barry @GreenWizard62 #psychological

I have recently started adding the reviews I’ve written to BookBub by taking them straight from Goodreads, a few at a time. I thought as I could no longer add them to Amazon.com this was a good way of sharing them with a, mostly, US based audience. As I’ve been adding them I’ve been reminded of some terrific reads which lead me directly onto this…

throwbackthursday

Renee at It’s Book Talk began the Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing. I have seen posts on Between the Lines and  Alison Williams Writing and I shall be sharing old favourites using this hashtag.

Carla Final

Carla is a book that will stay with me for a long time*. The mark of great storytelling for me is whether or not I can leave the characters whilst I’m reading and my emotions after I’ve finished the book. If I say that I read this in less than a day and I didn’t want it to end you get the picture.

I rooted for John, I loved Carla, it made me cry and I was left feeling bereft (this is always a good thing!). The characters were wonderfully drawn and the detail of the darker aspects of John and his history so knowledgeable and assured I trusted Barry completely. Truly brilliant writing in a style I love and I shall definitely be reading more from this author.

*This it turns out is an understatement…I only have to turn to that opening page to want to read it all over again…and wish it was for the first time.

And because I know you’ll all want your own copy…

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#WordlessWednesday ~ Things I Like ~ Snails :-)

 

Images courtesy of Pixabay

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#TuesdayBookBlog #bookreview for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production

Ok, so this book doesn’t really need any more reviews but I said I would leave one for every book I read, so this has to be done.

I borrowed this book from my daughter but it was only on my second attempt that I managed to get into it. I have no idea why, just the place I was in at the time I suppose. Although it might also be that it is a screenplay which I didn’t find drew me in in quite the same way.

The book description literally says ‘The Eighth Story. Nineteen years later.’ Imagine just being able to have that on the back of your latest release.

I was always mighty envious of Hermione’s time-turner in the Harry Potter series – just imagine the things you could accomplish in a day with one of those things! And it is one of these since-banned items that features large in this story.

Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy are both outsiders due to parental issues, of different forms, and become firm friends at Hogwarts. It always amazes me how fate hangs by such fragile threads and consequently when these two set off to right a wrong it is interesting to see the knock on effects of what seemingly minor changes to history can do. I greatly enjoyed seeing how our favourite characters lives panned out with these changes.

The story takes on a sinister turn which came as much of a surprise to me as it did to the characters themselves and I liked the reminders of all the old spells and potions. I’m sure any Harry Potter fan will already have bought and devoured this. I enjoyed the read but wasn’t as drawn into the world as with the novels probably because this is written so differently. I would also love to get to see it on the stage although there appears to be little chance of getting tickets any time soon.

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Accountability Post #19 ~ To Reach that Goal ~ #amwriting #selfpublishing

I missed a week!! How did I do that? I would have bet big money on having kept a perfect record so it just goes to show how all over the place I am. I’ll give you another little taster of just how crazy I am becoming too…

I don’t know about you but I am absolutely rubbish at remembering the storylines of books – unless they are in my ‘exceptional’ category of books – and don’t even get me started on characters! This week though I reached an all time low. Having to fill in some information about one of my own books (admittedly quite detailed stuff, but that’s still no excuse) I actually had to go and get a copy of it, to find out what happened in it (yup, reread that, because this is for one that I had written myself and spent hundreds of hours on). Am I going mad? Is something I ask myself on a daily basis. I’m hoping all this nonsense is just a by-product of the menopause and not early onset dementia but I guess time will tell on that one.

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For now though… onward…

I have at long last managed to set up, and run, a successful Facebook Ad! Hurrah!! Admittedly it is for my giveaway so it’s a pretty easy sell but I did manage to do it all myself (with the help of Mark Dawson’s free SPF videos – thank you!) and I am getting results so that’s a big step forward.

If you still want to enter there’s a fabulous prize (even though I do say so myself) to win and you can find out more here.

Following Bryan Cohen’s webinar I listened to a couple of weeks ago I have invested in getting my book descriptions rewritten. They are the hardest thing to write and mine were, well, no one actually said it, but more than a bit lame. Bryan and his team know what they are doing, I am reliably informed, so without further ado I introduce you to the new blurb for A Single Step:

Georgia Rose - A Single Step

A woman wracked with grief. A man with a troubled past. Will trust build a bridge between them or will it be destroyed by dark secrets?

Shattered by her daughter’s death and tormented by her husband’s infidelity, Emma Grayson seeks refuge in solitude. As she slowly re-enters the real world, she takes on work at the sprawling Melton Estate’s stables. Initially distracted by her painful healing process, she realizes that the property’s handsome manager carries his own sadness…

When Emma is thrown from her horse and badly injured, Trent provides tender, selfless care. She doesn’t want to appear ungrateful for the lonely ex-RAF man’s support, but her anxiety keeps her silent. After his secretive past surfaces and events take a dramatic turn at the estate, she can’t help but feel violently unsaddled all over again.

Will Emma ever find inner peace and love again, or is she destined to live with only heartache and pain?

A Single Step is the first book in the Grayson Trilogy, a dark romantic suspense series. If you like wounded characters, slow-building romance, and page-turning twists, then you’ll love Georgia Rose’s powerful novel.

Buy A Single Step to uncover a heartbreaking English tale today!

A little more punchy, don’t you think? Let’s hope so. The others will be following on.

There is a little news on the audiobook front too. Parallel Lies will be the first one done, and hopefully fairly soon too. It’s a bit of an experiment for us all and I thought I’d start with that one so at least if there’s no ROI then I can leave it there. I shall be letting you know more on the progress of this in due course.

You know the more I think about it the more I think I did write a post last week. I’m thinking I simply forgot to save and then post it. Is that worse or better than just forgetting to do it at all?

Anyway It’s been a distracting week on the family life front, and you know, some things are just so much more important than word counts and other such nonsense so I’ve done a bit, but not much.

Project B – Hill of Beans – previously 5532 words – still 5532 words.

Project C – Parallel Lies sequel – previously 25,500 words – now 27,046 words.

Have a terrific week everyone xx

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Get to know me better! A super #Interview has been posted by AllAuthor, and it’s all about me :-D Enjoy!

I wouldn’t usually publish more than one post a day, but, the good folk at AllAuthor have put together a terrific interview for me and it would be rude not to share it now, wouldn’t it?

Born in Northamptonshire, Georgia Rose was very fortunate to have spent many years involved with horses and living in the countryside and these are themes throughout her writing. Her children, she has two, are polar opposites when it comes to her books.

She owns a business providing administration services for other companies. She was a conveyancer, buying and selling houses for clients. She writes strong female characters and enjoys putting them in testing situations, and often in jeopardy. Her next book is the sequel to Parallel Lies. To sustain her writing life she simply plans to carry on writing what she likes while hopefully managing to support other writers in the way they do her along the way. Read full interview…

I hope you enjoy it! xx

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