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Monday, 20 July 2015
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I found this on the Ploughshares Blog, and found it so funny
that I just had to share it! I'm afraid that none of these reviews are
for any of my books (though I wish they were as they are hilarious), but
I thought you might enjoy them ... See if you can work out which famous
books they come from!
Oh, where to even start? I wanted so badly to like this book. The New York Times
called it “a trenchant masterpiece,” and it has blurbs from three Nobel
Prize winners. So I had sky-high expectations. I anticipated a book
that would change my world, that would help me lose twelve pounds and
make clear the meaning of life and cure my husband’s erectile
dysfunction. This book, while excellent, did none of those things. Threw
it across the room on page 20. Ugh. Will not be reading this author
The paper was rough to the touch, and after just three weeks the back
cover ripped. Also, the book was “like new,” not “new.” Regret ordering
from vendor BookXPress314. Do not recommend!!
The author, a known Liberal, has a clear agenda here in including an
African-American neighbor and a “lesbian” boss. I read to be
entertained, not to have someone’s politics shoved down my throat. I was
going to pass this on to my sister, but instead I recycled the book.
I expected this book, which won the Story Prize and the PEN Malamud
award, to be a new favorite. Apparently one of the chapters won an O.
Henry award, and O. Henry is a highly respected author. But each chapter
started off with a completely new set of characters and even a new
title! I didn’t see any connection at all between the various chapters.
One took place in 1873, and one was set on a distant planet in the
future. I worked so hard to find the connections between the chapters,
and just couldn’t find one. Too much work, gave up.
a blur in August sky
empty words, chalk on chalkboard
white as the walls of my mother’s basement
puffs of nothing
footnote to literature.
(check out more of my poetry at burnreviewpoet.com!)
If you like highbrow, “well-written” stuff, this might be for you. It
seems very “finely wrought” with lots of “fascinating characters” and a
“satisfying conclusion,” but ultimately it just wasn’t for me.
I bought this book because there was a cute, sad puppy on the cover. But
it turned out to be a literary novel about a puppy mill in a depressed
part of Georgia. I don’t read to be bummed out! Next time I guess I’ll
have to go that extra mile and read the back of the book before I
purchase something. Lesson learned.
This book was not formatted properly for the Kindle 2… You will get a
headache trying to read it. Spend the extra money and get the $10
I am an asbestos inspector. As such, I’d expect a novel about an
asbestos inspector to get the facts right. And for 345 out of 346 pages
it did. But on page 273 was this glaring error: Jake gets paid $2,300 to
inspect an office building for asbestos. In 2013, when this novel is
set, I was charging $2,450 for an identical inspection. That’s a $150
difference. This book does not reflect my personal experience, and thus I
can’t, in good conscience, recommend it.
If there were an option for 3.7 stars, that’s what I’d give this, but since there isn’t, I’m giving it one star.
This will be a short review, because I only read the first paragraph.
But in that time, I just couldn’t latch on to any of the characters or
any real sense of plot. There was nothing at stake, and no development. I
was completely unsatisfied. Burned the book, and have spent the past
two hours reviewing it on all my favorite sites. Save yourself from this
I consider myself a connesir of fiction novels but this book was a
definate waist of time, it had no morale, it’s writing was poor, I had a
hard time following the mane plot, terrible.
It would be a five-star review, but on page 128 the author used the
F-word, which is something I simply cannot condone. I finished the book
and I loved it, but I have to give it one star. I hope this teaches the
author a lesson.
I did not read this book, but I saw the movie. I felt that Matthew
McConaughey’s character was completely unbelievable. He’s supposed to be
playing a college student? He’s at least twenty years too old, and I’ve
never been able to stand that cocky twang he has going. One star.
I couldn’t find the symbols. I think maybe the bird on page 22 was a symbol? But I don’t know what of.
I would imagine this author would be the kind of person who, if you took
a college writing workshop with her, would tell you that your
characters were flat when actually it was her characters who
were flat, and she’d probably also flirt with your boyfriend at the
Sigma Chi winter formal, and then she’d go and become this really
successful writer when you’re stuck as a paralegal, which is never what
you even wanted to do. Just my guess, but this author probably only
deserves one star for this book, which I refuse to buy.
That's right people, tomorrow is the Solstice, the very same as in my book - Solstice Magic & Mayhem.
thousands of people are gathering at Stone Henge in Wiltshire, England,
and camping over night ready to welcome the Solstice sunrise. In fact I
just heard a news report that there are over 30,000 people there right
now and more are expected. You might think there would be trouble at
a gathering that large, but no. People meet there every year, to
celebrate in one way or another (religiously or just to party) and it is
always a joyous and peaceful event. I wish I had the time to write a
long post on both the significance of the Solstice and of the
particular significance of Stone Henge (only one of many many amazing
stone circles in the UK, I myself live only a couple of miles from one
that is a mere 4000 years old) but you can easily look up the details.
So I shall simply add in the words of an email I was sent by a reader. So,
thank you Linda for your outline of the Solstice (see below) and I will
send you free paperback copies of my relevant books: Halloween Magic
& Mayhem, Werewolf Magic & Mayhem and, of course, Solstice Magic & Mayhem.
And if anyone else would like to send me anything to add to my blog
then please don't forget to include your address so that I can send you a
paperback or two too! Stella!
The Summer Solstice
Not written by me! Article supplied to me written by Linda Wright: Summer
solstice is a ritual of Celtic origin. This tradition dates back to
thousands of years. The specific place where this biannual ritual takes
place is at Salisbury Plains and the particular stone formation is
Every year on the twenty first of June and on the first day of winter
marks as the day of summer solstice and winter solstice. It is
celebrated by the pagans and druids who in the modern day are also known
as neo-pagans and neo-druids. Every year, thousands of people head
towards Salisbury plains a
day before the set date and they spend the whole night over there.
Meanwhile, the groups of people either hangout separately or share
It is a universal cycle when the sun has such a setting that it aligns with the central stone of the Stonehenge
as it rises at dawn. Along with this, two other stones perfectly align
with the sun and the central stone and this repeats every year. The
difference between winter and summer solstice is that in summer solstice
sun is at its highest while in winter solstice, it is the exact
opposite. Summer solstice also marks the beginning of the harvest
season. According to pagans, this is done in order to thank to all the
major forces, sun being the most powerful of all, because of which is
the harvest was made possible. In winter, however, the solstice has a
whole new meaning.
lot of people of pagan and druid community consider it a good omen to
start a new cultivating season, while other consider it a good
opportunity to get married and even get united with their older folks in
solidarity. There is folk music to brighten up the atmosphere as well
as cultural costumes of pagan and druid origins.
Apart from the believers of Stonehenge
solstice, there are general public as well in the audience. At times
their attendance is more than the followers of solstice. The
celebrations start at dusk and last till dawn when the sun rises and
lights up the world with its first rays. At the time of dawn there is
pin drop silence as sun approached the horizon. The first ray of sun is
followed by a specific prayer that the pagans chant in order to pay
tribute. These chants become louder and louder and so is the specific of
drum. And when the sun is perfectly aligned, the ritual attendees kiss
it and hug it in order to than for the previous years.
is a great opportunity for the people who do not believe in solstice as
well. They get to know more people and interact with them. While all
this is going on, in the central area of Stonehenge, celebratory events
keep on happening from time to time which keeps the attendees not only
interested in the ritual but also their culture. This has been an going
process for ages to come now and it takes place twice a year which
actually supports the consistency of summer solstice in the Salisbury plains of England.
Today's blog is about cooking... Something I must confess to sucking at. I bake brownies, that's about it. Yet I was actually invited to submit a recipe to an author cookbook! Why? I don't know. Because I was willing maybe :-)
I had an idea I might secretly be an excellent cook, a domestic goddess waiting to burst out, I got enthusiastic an envisioned myself as the next Nigella and started to cook. It started well...
Then went a bit wrong...
I took a long hard look at my kitchen skill set
Hmmm, providing an original recipe might be harder than I thought...
I worked on it, I truly did
More disasters followed
I began to lose motivation for the project
Then the man in my life stepped in and showed me a few tricks
Which led to one or two spats between us
But eventually we got on the same page and I mastered the recipe just in time
Check it out if you feel brave, and support a great cause
But hopefully you do at least get my love of baking in my latest release :-)
About the book: Typical
lad Harvey is embarrassed to be seen taking lessons in Home
Economics, but he needs to pass the class to get his place at college.
Having to sit next to girly-girl Paige makes him dislike it even more,
but gradually he begins to be seduced by her cooking if not by the
A sweet fun romance novella, from Stella Wilkinson, award winning author of The Flirting Games Series
Books available by Stella Wilkinson: The Flirting Games (Book One, Free!) More Flirting Games (Book Two) Further Flirting Games (Book Three) The Flirting Games Trilogy (Books 1 - 3) Good @ Games (Book Four) Halloween Magic & Mayhem (Book One, Free!) Werewolf Magic & Mayhem (Book Two) Solstice Magic & Mayhem (Book Three) Notice Me A Christmas Gift Romancing the Stove
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Writing romance is hard when you just aren't in a romantic mood. If you feel at all bad tempered it's almost impossible to write about being in love, and most of all it's hard to write romantic comedy. My books are supposed to be light and fluffy, but also a little bit funny and a little bit sexy.
All day I've been chasing the romance like this:
Somehow just missing that elusive connection between the characters. I even ended up putting in an extra scene because I just didn't want them to meet while I was feeling like this in case I set their relationship off on completely the wrong path and they never came back from it. But you know what, there is always something to find on the internet that can turn your mood around. I was grumpily searching gifs to find something that set the tone to help me and I found it. This one made me laugh out loud, and is it wrong that I also think it is also totally sexy too? Yeah it probably is, but I don't care. It made my day and put my romance right back on track. I love you Nathan and yeah okay, I would ;-)
The title of the new book will be : Flirting with Friends
you to everyone who took part in suggesting names for the title and I'm
very sorry if your title was not the one selected. As a bonus I will be
sending each of you who entered, a free copy of book five when it comes
out, simply because you are fantastic. Love Stella xx
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I was telling my great aunt about the design of the cover of my latest
book, Book 5 in The Flirting Games Series, and she told me that my
covers were all wrong. Apparently readers want more romance and my
"quirky" covers are not selling that.
Bare in mind that my great
aunt has not actually ever read one of my books, but she suggested I
should have more "Fabio" on the front. Well, I had to look that one up.
It turns out that Fabio was the model used on hundreds of book covers
back in the 1980's. Even you, dear readers born after that date will
probably recognise him, heck he even wrote a few books starring - yes
you guessed it - himself on the cover! Check these out:
what do you think? Is this really the type of romance I write? I think
my aunt has a very different view of my work than I do.
She thinks my
books are like this:
But in reality they are much more like this:
what do you think? Should my covers be way more slushy? Or do you like
them as they are? Keep checking the website for a sneak preview of the
new cover, coming soon!
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