133 Free Books for November

Here’s an offer you can’t refuse – 133 free books across all genres, from many amazing authors. Plus if you sign up you get a chance to win fabulous prizes! All we ask in return is after you chose the selected books, you read them in the month of Nov and leave a review on either, TikTok, Amazon, or Goodreads – or all three!

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A small sampling:

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Good Reviews/Bad Reviews what does it all mean?

I’ve discussed reviews a few times over the years, and recently I see many new authors struggling to make sense of it all. My best analogy is, take four friends to a movie and you’ll come out with four different opinions. For the most part, that is all reviews are – opinions.

However if you find in a lot of your reviews a similar theme, IE: plot holes, character flaws, grammar issues, then you know those areas are problematic. You need to take them all with a grain of salt, and a learning tool. Use what you need, ignore the rest.

I am going to leave you with two examples here of wildy opposing reviews from a book I recently read that I absolutely fell in love with – AND from one of own books too!

https://www.amazon.com/Demonologist-Novel-Andrew-Pyper-ebook/dp/B008J4TDSO

The Demonologist: A Novel by [Andrew Pyper]
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5 ***** Review
The “Demonologist” is without a doubt the most unusual story I have read this year. Breathtaking in its suspense and narrative scope, this story unfolds slowly at first, then gaining speed to the final pages and denouement, drawing all the strands of the story to a surprise finish with a double meaning. Supernatural occurrances interwoven with flashbacks and the present storyline kept me on the edge of my seat to the point that I finished it in two days, nearly couldn’t put it down, but at the same time being unable to read this in bed before trying to sleep due to the disturbing subject matter. The author is masterful in his prose, so good that I need to look up other writings of his – the only question is which one is next, and of course how can it possibly match what I just finished reading. You will need to suspend your sense of what works in the present world a bit, but its easily done because of the way it draws you in! Highly recommended & Five Stars!
The Demonologist: A Novel by [Andrew Pyper]

1 * Review
DEMONOLOGIST…..This is the worst book I have ever read! The book begins with a divorce, goes on to a close friend telling the main character that she is dying. The book includes suicide, a desperate chance in Rome to be brought to help a man in deep religious torment. The entire situation terrifies him meanwhile the author sees John Milton’s PARADISE LOST as an evil piece of literature. Confused? the book gets worse. The main character returns to America and starts having evil hallucinations and this mess just gets worse and worse I cannot see how this mess ever got published! Don’t bother to try to read it. It’s a lost caus

NOW MINE

TAKEN FROM AMAZON

5****

 Good space drama/character study Wow! This book had me biting my nails to the end. It wasn’t that there was so much action involved (although there were pivotal moments with some action that moved the story along all in a leap). It was more that you grew to care about the characters and were left on the edge of your seat, wondering what was going to happen to them. Would they ever escape their imprisonment? Was there anything out there for them if they did escape? It was so grim in the beginning, I found my mood altering to match Finn’s dark brooding, his wish to keep everyone he cared about safe, his helplessness at being unable to do so. When events occurred, I was puzzled and alarmed and joyful right along with him, the mark of a good story. I’m glad I took this ride.

1*

Cardboard characters Such an interesting idea, so unconvincingly developped. What a pity.

So there you have it, people love it or hate it, or somewhere inbetween it! Give it your all, get an editor, and keep writing! I’d love to see some of your best and worst reviews. Share in the comments and show the world we’re not alone in this crazy journey!

Breathe Life Into Your Characters

What’s most important to you in a story? 

The plot?

The ending?

The flow?

How about the characters?

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All of the above should coalesce into one amazing, unforgettable tale – if only it was so easy! 

Even if your plot is thin, or your ending not to everyone’s satisfaction, you must have characters that people can identify with. A character to love. A driving force so the reader will want to see what happens to them. Perhaps mixed in with one they will hate who is stopping your character from achieving their ultimate goal.

While you don’t always have to have a character as an agonist, you do have to have one they’ll love, otherwise there is no reason for them to read on.

How do we accomplish that?

Write about people you know. I mean really really know! You have family, friends, co-workers, we’er surrounded by living breathing characters – use them. They don’t have to know and you can mix a trait from one person with a different trait of another. Thinking about the real person, how they act, talk, or move, breathes the life into your fictional character.

Not all my book reviews are stellar, and that’s okay, what always pleases me the most are the comments on my characters. After all, they are the story. 

Snippets from my reviews: 

The little girl, Montana, was my favorite character. She always added joy to the story and the characters who had given up hope.

Amell, retired US army general and rancher, won my heart, which made reading The Used a bumpy ride, but how could he refuse to defend innocent

Once you start reading this book, you’ll become best friends with her characters. I and Finn are like two peas in a pod now. I love his humor. The author has given each of her characters a distinctive personality, which I love.

There were a lot of things that Theresa did that many other authors seem unable to overcome. The first was the character differentiation.

Characters are fresh and diverse, they evolve in their own opinions and intimate thoughts.

Her characters are well developed. It leaves you wanting to meet each one and have a conversation. I especially love Chief Salinger!

The characters felt real. One in particular I found a touch annoying, but when I encounter people like that in life I have that reaction. So I liked that it brought a genuine reaction out of me, which is always good.

You will connect with Jacobs’ characters right away, making the fear that they feel much more tangible.

The characters are what really shine in this haunted house tale.

Do you have a different way you build your characters? Please share your ideas with us. It never hurts to try new things. 

 

 

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

I’m pleased to share my interview with Gordon Bickerstaff! Like, Follow, Share, READ and review!

Tell us about your books, genre, stand-alone or series.

My books are in the crime/thriller genre but not police /detective. They take inspiration from a TV series in the 70s called ‘Doomwatch’ centered around a government department which investigates high-level crimes. So in my books, the department is called The Lambeth Group. The series is now 6 books, and all the stories are stand-alone but there are recurring characters and in each new episode. The series features ex-Special Forces Zoe Tampsin and scientist Gavin Shawlens as the principal protagonists.

How long have you been writing?

I started pulling ideas together and writing scenes about twelve years ago. When I retired in 2011, I started writing full-time.

Are you traditionally published, or self-published?

Self-published. I have been trad published, but they were academic textbooks.

If self-published when/why did you take that route.

I prefer self-pub because it is easy to enhance the stories weeks, months or years later.  Self-pub is less pressure. Even with academic books, I had publishers asking for a synopsis of the next book and the next and their deadlines are rigid because of schedules.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Both researching and writing are energising. Editing and marketing are exhausting.

How many hours a day do you write?

Depends on the scene. Creating a new scene can consume 10 hours a day. Modifying, tweaking or enhancing can take a few hours in a day.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I try to. Good reviewers can provide useful feedback, which has led me to tweak a story. I don’t bother with bad reviews. If someone didn’t like a book, then that is a personal choice. You can’t please all of the readers. I’m a reader, and I’ve read books that weren’t for me. It is also about numbers if I have 20 reviews and only or two are negative then that can be ignored. If 15 reviews were negative, then there is something wrong with the book.

What was your hardest scene to write?

I haven’t found any scene hard to write.  I prefer to research a topic, so I have material to inform me and help me create a new perspective.  Having said that, some of the research I’ve done has been harrowing.

 

What is your favorite childhood book?

The Biggles adventures by W.E. Johns were my favourites.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

One the story is done, going over and over and over it to find plot holes, errors and scene glitches that need to be fixed.

Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

I like Tess Gerritsen, James Patterson, and Lee Child. I think I am aware of their style and as I enjoy reading them, I aim to reach their standard.

What book changed your life?

Jules Verne ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ made me want to become a scientist, which I did.

Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

Feedback is always welcome.  Try one before you decide. On my Website, there are Free PDF samples of first 8 chapters of each book. No sign-up required.

Please add all your links below.

Twitter                 @ADPase

Facebook             https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012357701552

Website               https://gordonbickerstaff.blogspot.co.uk/

Amazon                https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gordon-Bickerstaff/e/B008KK5Q9W/

The most recent book (June 2018) is ‘Tears of Fire’

Two serial killers have been getting away with murder for years. For them, it’s a well-paid hobby while they bide their time. It’s about to stop when everything slots into place for them to leap to the next level. Payback for the people who killed their parents.51QX4h7EdlL._UY250_

Lambeth Group investigator, Gavin Shawlens, is on their trail. But all is not as it seems and he is pushed way out of his depth when the killers turn on his family. Gavin’s Lambeth Group partner, Zoe Tampsin, is cut off from him and fighting her own battle to stay alive.

They need to connect, but Zoe will face an impossible choice. Stop the killers before they pull off the most audacious murder that will shock the world and change it forever. Or, rescue Gavin’s family from the jaws of evil.

Thank you Theresa

Winning with writing and life

Hi all, I made a quick vid today for speed. Not too long and no blah blah – to the point.

I’d love to hear your biggest heart breaks with writing and how you spun them into positives too. Please share your comments. Thanks for watching. Theresa

Exciting NEWS

Good Morning, afternoon, or evening, to my wonderful readers. My new book, The Cimmerians was published this am!

If you like looking over your shoulder and jumping at every shadow, then this one is for you.

Grab your E-Book and drop a review. Paperbacks coming soon. If it’s not your cup-of-tea please share with your friends, encase it’s theirs.  THANK YOU ALL!

Free or Affordable Book Promotions

I created a similar list a few years ago, but times change. New places arrive and old ones shut down. Here are some of the current ones I use, some free, some with variable pricing. Some with special fun features.

 

The Independent Author Network, truly does what they say they are going to do. They have free offers and low priced (ONE-TIME FOR LIFE PAYMENT) plans, that make it worth the few extra bucks.

http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/Theresa-Jacobs.html

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Readers Favorite offers free reviews, and fairly quickly I might add. They are professional, in-depth and honest. Your review gets posts on their site, Amazon, and good reads. Plus so much more.

https://readersfavorite.com/book-reviews.htm

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All Author gives you a landing page of your own. They also create fun interactive blurbs and gifs. You can set up auto-tweets too. Check out this cool GIF I made.

https://allauthor.com/

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Book Bub also gives you a landing page and you can follow others. I haven’t seen anything truly interesting about them as of yet. But free is free!  (I can’t tell you how many time I’ve written boob bub – laughing had to share)

https://www.bookbub.com/launch

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The Awesome gang, reviews and gives you a spotlight page. They email every Sat new books and reviews.

 

 

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The Indie Reviewers, once again Free reviews! Which we all need to pimp our books. The one big bonus with finding these reviewers is that most of them have their own blogs and post their reviews on them. This gives you a completely different audience with every single review. The hard part is finding a reviewer who is not so bogged down that they have the time to accept you.

http://www.theindieview.com/indie-reviewers/

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The Bold Mom, this is for the Horror Genere only. The site is unique to all the rest and professionally done. SHe advertises, spotlights and reviews, depending on what you need. the prices vary.

http://www.theboldmom.com/

 

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Many new authors don’t know Amazon has its own author promotion site. Author Central. Make sure you sign up…and don’t forget to update your info as you change.

https://www.amazon.com/Theresa-Jacobs/e/B01BAS13T2

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Of course, everyone knows about facebook, twitter, Instagram, Pinterest…and on and on – however, don’t underestimate creating your own website, even if it has to be free for a time.

http://theresajcbs.wixsite.com/authorpage

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Write everywhere – Blog on multiple platforms. Connect your blog to your Amazon page. Also submit to magazines, contests, guest blogs. Even simple idea’s like writing reviews or plots on IMDB can gain you new eyes. Don’t think any platform is too small or doesn’t have even viewers. Give it a shot!
http://www.imdb.com/

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Happy writing folks! See you next week 🙂  Theresa Jacobs

Please add your promotion idea – or even places you own – in the comments.

Free Sci-Fi

Me again! I’ve never blogged this much in one weekend b4 – however, I am trying something new and reaching as many people as I can. Even if it’s not your style of read I’d love it if you can share, please.

FREE on Amazon from today Mon Feb 19 to Fri Feb 23.

THANK YOU! Theresa Jacobs

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