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May 16, 2018

I know I haven’t written a blog post in a long while. What with working all the time; helping other authors get their books published; applying for a new job and hoping that the fact I am self-published doesn’t prevent me from getting considered; and spending two or three hours a week working on a new series, I’m afraid I stretched myself too thin and had to stop with the blog posts. So why am I writing today? Because for the...

August 22, 2016

This is a really good movie and not a remake of the Charlton Heston version in 1959, which I think everyone is mistaking it as just another remake. It is a adaptation of the book.

The movie begins with the chariot race, before flashing back to 8 years earlier where we See Messala and Ben Hur having their own private race, where they are closer like brothers. The story continues to follow them as they drift apart. Messala trie...

December 16, 2015

 

I know writing a review about The Phantom Menace at this point is somewhat pointless as so many have already been written. Just about everything that can be said about it, especially the negative criticism, has been said, but in my opinion, the movie hasn’t been given a fair chance. I personally enjoyed and liked the movie, and I like all three prequels. I know. I know. That puts me in the minority as there is so much prequel...

October 8, 2015

It is official. Stephanie Meyers has announced that the release date for her latest book: Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, with gender swapped characters.

 

What are gender swapped characters, you might ask. Well, Bella is now a guy named Beau, and Edward is now a female named Edythe.

 

Creative, right? WRONG!

 

In an age where people with no small measurable amount of talent manage to make it big, earning millions from producin...

July 29, 2015

 

I finally watched the final episode of Wayward Pines, anticipating the epic end. I had been watching each episode the moment they showed up on Hulu.

 

From the beginning I was hooked on the series. The mysterious Wayward Pines, its strange people, the constant semblance of fear, and Ethan being stuck in the middle of it as he tries to learn what is going on and get to his family. I knew that this was based on a series of books,...

July 3, 2015

The below post was originally posted at IMYSANTIAGO and a portion of it has been reproduced below.

 

 

"A couple of weeks ago I read the third installment of a series I really loved. I will refrain from sharing the name of the novel and its author.

 

 

 

Like any reader, as soon as I finished reading, I wrote my review. When I tried posting it on Amazon (I did buy the eBook, just like any normal and decent human being would), I recei...

June 17, 2015

Amazon has just announced that they will be changing the rules concerning their KDP select program and Kindle Unlimited (KU) by introducing a new algorithm called Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC).

 

When Amazon introduced its KU program, a subscription service where you can download and read as many books as you want for only $9.99 a month, many self-published authors got hit hard, especially those who published full...

June 12, 2015

Due to the fact that I was the only one who gave this book by David Pereda a 3 star rating and the others were all glowing praise, the author of the book complained and managed to get my review removed. So, I am posting it here. I normally don't review books on my blog, but will make an exception when forced to remove a review because someone cannot stand honest criticism and that someone did not like their book.

 

Note: the fac...

May 20, 2015

Once upon a time, I was a novice writer, and some may argue that I still am, who used adverbs in every sentence, sometimes 2-3 in the same one. Not long ago, I read an article on a writer’s blog about how adverbs should never be used. At first, I thought the individual who wrote it was an idiot. What did he know? Didn’t he realize that adverbs are what put the emotion and intensity into an author’s prose?

 

As it turned out, I w...

April 10, 2015

Recently, I came across this post on an Amazon discussion board. You can view it here.

This person’s actions are despicable and she admits to stealing the hard work of authors just because she is unhappy.

She complains that she hates it when authors only publish a portion of the story, forcing readers to wait a few months to a year for the next part to come out. Well, let’s look at this here. Authors, like movie producers, like...

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