Archive | November 2016

Embedding Your Fonts for Paperback Books

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There are lots of fabulous fonts around these days for us to use in our paperback books, and I think that making them visually attractive as well as wonderful to read is a great idea. Using a plain font for most of the body text is best, but there is no reason not to create great looking chapter headings, or using old typewriter fonts to make letters or notes stand out in your stories. Some fonts are made by hobbyists and offered online free for use commercially so it’s always necessary to check that they are embedded in your manuscript when you load it up to CreateSpace or any other POD system.

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CreateSpace says,

“In order to print your book, our printing presses need information about how to properly render the fonts used in your file. Information about fonts is not always included in documents by default, and you may…

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Five Ways to Spot the Wrong Proofreader!

Ponder this before publishing…

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You’re an author, and you’ve finished editing your book. You now want to find someone to proofread it for you – smart move! If you’re submitting to an agent/publisher, you want to give your manuscript every possible advantage. If you’re self-publishing, the last thing you want is reviews saying ‘good story, but it could do with proper proofreading’.

But how to find the right proofreader? There are so many out there to choose from, and you don’t know which ones are the best. I get so angry when I see hard-working writers being conned (yes, conned) by many of the new companies that have appeared since the boom in self-publishing, who make grandiose claims about their clear-up rate. Some try to lure clients in with low prices, but using their services might be a false economy if you then have to get the job done again by someone who knows…

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Jem by Michelle Abbott

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Jem by Michelle Abbott

My review follows the authors blurb found on Amazon.

Two injured, stubborn souls meet unexpectedly. Will they save each other from their demons or have they been too damaged for too long to see past the pain?

Growing up, all Jem knew was hatred and the pain from his father’s fists. Taunted by the kids at school, he was alone, until a girl with carrot coloured hair sat next to him.

She smiled.
She listened.
She cared.

She was his angel, and he knew he’d love her forever. But Jem’s father hurts him in a way he never expected by taking him away from her.

Now eighteen, scarred inside and out, Jem trusts no one and has worked hard to ensure he’ll never be helpless again. But then he runs into his angel. The only problem is she doesn’t recognize him. Jem needs her to remember him, to show him that their time together meant to her what it did to him. For once in his life he wants to have mattered to someone, to her.

Devon is attracted to the muscular, tattooed, pierced hottie standing by the pub quiz machine. That is, until he punches a guy clean across the bar for daring to touch him. She’s had her fill of violent men and intends to avoid this one at all costs.

This is a standalone, new adult contemporary romance. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Jem was difficult for me to read and review. Childhood abuse – I’ve been there, teenage abuse – I’ve been there, and abuse from a significant other – again, I’ve been there, so this was truly a hard read for me. The main characters, Jem and Devon, each had a difficult past to say the least. At one point, they were like one until Jem’s father decides they must move so that he can’t be arrested for abuse, as Devon told her parents how Jem was abused.  I think the ages of Jem and Devon should be older than they were for the time they got to know each other. Time passes and we find out that Devon had a child when she was a teenager and that her abusive boyfriend is trying to hunt her down while she hides from him. Devon moves to the very town that Jem resides and she doesn’t recognize him, yet he knows her. During a visit to a pub, Devon witnessed an attractive man with tattoos throw another man across the room simply because he had touched him. Jem knows Devon right away but she only knows him a tattooed fighter. Later on, when Devon’s ex is abusive to her after finding her, Jem saves Devon, and then they end up in each other’s arms. Devon did this willingly just like the cycle of abuse is to this very day. The narrative has a solid base, yet the characters are underdeveloped by far, and I just don’t understand why Devon would date a man like Jem, except for that very thing – the cycle of abuse pattern. This story lacks depth, development, and feeling. Emotions are only skin deep. Hence the three stars.

 

The Playground by C. S. Boyack

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The Playground by C. S. Boyack

My review follows the authors blurb found on Amazon.

“The hottest new toys of the Christmas season are the Playground Network dolls. They contain a worldwide social network for children. Except the network is controlled by a ruthless businessman with dreams of power. To reach his goals he turns to the occult. Will our children make up his personal army? Could we have an enemy soldier in every home? Gina Greybill is a cancer survivor who stumbles into her own brush with the paranormal. She wants nothing to do with it, but may be the only one who can bring down the Playground Network. To do it she’ll have to embrace her new situation, and recover the next generation of Playground software. There is competition for the software in the form of a brutal thug named Clovis. He’s bigger, more ruthless, and more experienced. To top it all off, he has a head start. The Playground is suitable for mature readers, due to violence and mature themes.”

Boyack outdid himself on this book! If you are a fantasy/horror/supernatural book lover, then this book is perfect for you as it’s a thriller beyond all thrillers. Using internet toys to lure children into a world of pure evil filled with drugs, theft, violence, and more, Boyack is in the top five percent with this book! I truly can see this narrative made into a screenplay for a feature film. Filled with suspense and action, Boyack delivers a punch! The ending makes one wonder if there is to be another book, or if this book is part of a series as there isn’t closure at the end. Left hanging, I rate four stars.

This entry was posted on November 17, 2016. 16 Comments

The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack II

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I have just finished reading The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack II and my review follows the blurb on Amazon from the author.

“A second collection of short stories and micro-fiction. Every story can be read in a single session. This time there are a few tributes to the pulp era. Stories include science fiction, paranormal, and horror.”

Boyack has written a very nice collection of short stories; including sci-fi, horror, and paranormal genres. Each story was woven well and described in a vivid manner. Each story was unique, full of twists and turns, and they were short enough in length that allowed for excitement in knowing that another short was following soon.  Each stories theme was uniquely different from each other. I rate five stars!

This entry was posted on November 17, 2016. 6 Comments