Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Measure of Success


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I keep seeing articles popping up that talk about how 50% of self-published authors never make over 500.00 dollars. Or how only a very few make it to the top. Or some other percentage or graph or some such that bemoans how unsuccessful most indie authors are.

First of all, the first example is very much a glass half empty way to look at things. If half of all self-published authors never make more than 500.00 dollars, then that means the other half of all of those authors are making more than that. Sometimes much more.

The second example is also a glass half empty way of looking at things. If say only 15 to 20% of all self-published authors make it to the top, that is still a large number of authors. There are thousands of authors out there. That makes the number of those self-published floating in…

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What is an “Echo?” Tips To Axe These Repeat Offenders

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Bang(Memoirs of a Relationship Assassin) by David Wailing

Today I am reviewing Bang(Memoirs of a Relationship Assassin) by David Wailing.





So, you’ve hired a detective agency to prove your partner is cheating on you. But there’s no evidence to be found. Who you gonna call?

Me. I am the assassin. Your friend. 

Anything your other half secretly desires, whatever makes her give in to temptation… that’s who I’ll become. Get close to her. Take her out. Bang. That’s what a relationship assassin does. Infidelity for hire! 

My Review: I really enjoyed this book. You want to not like the main character but you end up not being able to dislike him. I mean how can you like someone who purposely breaks up relationships. Scott or whatever name he is using has morals though. I mean he has a set of rules that make it better. Until he breaks them anyway which leads to a real identity crisis which isn’t hard to imagine when he has so many of them. With the help of a new partner all comes out to a good end though. This is a great lighthearted read that goes at a good pace. There were a few editing issues, missing words and such but it didn’t detract too much. Cleaned up I would give it a 4 but as it stand I will give it 3.5 stars.



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SPSS Step by Step: Essentials for Social and Political Science by Cole Davis

Today I am reviewing SPSS Step by Step: essentials for Social and Political Science by Cole Davis.




Blurb: SPSS Step by Step is a concise overview for beginning and intermediate statistical test users. Clearly written—and without relying on mathematical formulas—it covers topics such as qualitative data analysis, multiple regression, survival analysis, and factor analysis. A logically ordered guide to analyzing everyday problems, it will prove invaluable for undergraduate and postgraduate students and academics undertaking or teaching research and will also be of interest to professionals in social work, criminal justice, health, and education.

My Review: I must admit I kept passing over this in my TBR pile. The subject kind of intimidated me. I mean, gasp, math. I shudder at the thought. Well my conscience got the better of me so I picked it up determined to give it a go. To my surprise and relief it was not what I thought it would be. The dreaded formulas are not there and even a person like me that avoids  things like this was able to grasp the subject matter. While it is not something I would settle down before the fire with and devour like most books it is worth a look. My daughter home schools and plans to use it and my husband who is an engineer thinks it is a good book for an intro into this difficult subject. I for one do agree with him. This book gets 4 stars


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The Selkie Sorceress (Seal Island Trilogy Book 3) by Sophie Moss

Today I am reviewing the third book in the Seal Island Trilogy The Selkie Sorceress by Sophie Moss.





Blurb: American detective Sam Holt has a knack for finding people who shouldn’t be found. When his last case almost killed an innocent woman, he swore off detective work forever. But when this same woman asks him for one last investigation–to find her husband’s long lost mother–Sam cannot refuse. Clairvoyant Irish artist Glenna McClure will do anything to stop Sam, even if it means teaming up with a powerful sorceress who she knows she cannot trust. But when the petals of a mysterious night-blooming rose begin to turn black, Glenna realizes that an even darker force is at work. To protect the people she loves, Glenna will have to face a terrible curse that has haunted her all her life before the final petal fades to ash.

My Review: The last of this series is maybe my favorite. It seemed a little more dark and the plot takes many twists and turns. The Sea Witch is at her worst and that is a great thing. The whole island, and the people on it are threatened with their very lives, as Sam unravels this final Fairy Tale come true.  Great story well written and edited. I would highly recommend this series to anyone. 5 stars goes out to MS. Moss.





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The Selkie Enchantress(The Seal Island Trilogy Book 2) by Sophie Moss

Today I am reviewing book 2 of The Seal Island Trilogy The Selkie Enchantress by Sophie Moss.





Blurb: Irish islander Caitlin Conner has been in love with professor of Irish folklore Liam O’Sullivan for as long as she can remember. But just when he is starting to look at her as more than a friend, a mysterious woman arrives on Seal Island and captures his heart. As Caitlin discovers the truth behind the woman’s lies, she realizes Liam is trapped in a dangerous enchantment and the only way to break the spell is to uncover a secret Irish fairy tale that has remained hidden for hundreds of years. But when the petals of a white rose grown in winter start to fall, the legend is set in motion, and Caitlin must find a way to change the ending before the last petal falls.

My Review: Sophie Moss does it again the second book of this trilogy is as good or better than the first. Often the reader is let down in the second book but not this time. When a stranger and her young son come to the island for a getaway the islanders have no idea that their lives are about to be turned upside down again by a old legend. This time white roses blooming in winter add the creepy factor. Add another color of rose that I will never look at the same way. This book again sets a great standard for editing design and being well written. I see more sleep being lost as I read the last of the series. A big 5 star for this book.



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Allister Cromley’s Fairweather Belle by Shane Portman

Today I am reviewing Allister Cromley’s Fairweather Belle by Shane Portman.





Blurb: Allister Cromley’s Fairweather Belle is an illustrated collection of bedtime stories that were written to give grownups something to read aloud to other grownups or quiet to one’s own grownup self to invoke those childhood feelings of safety, wonder and even excitement in the face of all the questions that lay in the dark.

Each sepia-tinted story was illustrated by a different artist and follows Allister, an introverted adventurer/philosopher/imaginator, on his journey through the early 20th century.

He enlists in World War I, witnesses the awe and terror of the first escalator, becomes the most subtle of anarchists, dances with a bronze statue of Joan of Arc and even meets Winston Churchill (but not the Winston Churchill you may think).

All the while, Allister is on a search to find the simple answers to the big questions and the complex answers to the small.

My Review: How delightful bedtime stories for adults. These are definite flights of whimsy. They do have a moral behind them like most stories but some you really have to look for. Allister certainly does have an entertaining life. It is well written and edited and deserves 4 stars.



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