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The Case of the Disappearing Blogger!

““No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
― Gautama Buddha, Sayings Of Buddha

It is amazing to realize just how long it has been since I last published. As we all know, life has a tendency to get in the way of where we want our present and future to go. Instead, we are at times forced onto other, more winding paths, often into a bleak landscape we fear to tread.

Other times we must put our heads down and hook up to our own personal plow, digging the rows of life, planting crops we wish to one day reap. I can’t say all my rows are planted, but I can say that I am seeing my way through. It will require discipline to start up again, but I can’t tell you all how much I am looking forward to it.

I have been editing books by various authors, Susan Bliler and Michael Angel in particular. If you haven’t checked out their works, I highly recommend them. I have also been editing business manuscripts, as well as supporting COBRA client agents. COBRA is a continuing program which allows employees to continue their benefits after they leave their previous position until they are insured by another employer or health insurance plan. And yes, that does veer wildly away from my love of books, but you do what you can to retain a steady income, right? I have been given the opportunity to work with a publishing house to edit for them, and I am thrilled about it! I will still be soliciting books from Indie Authors, so if you have a book that needs a keen eye, my rates are good! (Hint Hint)

So. I will be posting reviews again, though not steadily I imagine – at least for a while. I have to ‘get my feet under me again’ and get organized, but I am working on it. Currently, I am reading Bad Magic: 10 Novels With Demons, Djinn, Werewolves, Vampires & Rogue Gods . . .”  if you haven’t picked it up yet, I can Highly Recommend it so far. I Have read Chosen The Djinn Wars: Book 1, and Dead Rising The Templar – Book 1 so far, and both were wonderful stories. I am getting ready to start Hidden Blade Soul Eaters #1. I wasn’t familiar with the first story, but I have added the series to my reading list. The second I had already read, as I am a big fan of Debra Dunbar, but that was the only one of the series I had read. Both of these series are going on my “to read” list. If you previously followed my blog you will know that I have widely ranged, very eclectic tastes in books, and a bad case of “Oooooooo! Shiny!!!” so series often drop by the wayside when I find a new toy.

The last anthology I just finished was From the Shadows: 13 Tales of Urban Fantasy, Witches, Werewolves, Magic, Romance, Shifters, Fae, Demons, Vampires, Dark Fantasy & More!  While I can’t say that I will love all the books in any one anthology (who does?) this one was, in a word, stunning. With eleven different authors offering thirteen stories (Annie Bellet offers The First Three!!! of her The Twenty-Sided Sorceress books!) there are plenty of stories here to please anyone with an interest in strong, well-developed female characters, males who don’t run over the top of them but stand by their sides, and storylines that grab your interest and hold it. While I discovered that I am not really a Dannika Dark fan based on the story in the anthology, that is simply a matter of taste, not a snark against the writer. To each her own.

As I have gotten more into reading again after a long drought, I have read books by a wide range of authors, from Margo Bond Collins’ Under Her Skin to Devon Monk’s Ordinary Magic series books one and two.

My favorite stand alone recently was Playing with Fire: A Magical Romantic Comedy (With A Body 

 

Count) by R.J. Blain. I adore R.J. anyway, and this start to a new series is a Hoot!

“You really are a one-track mind when you’re a unicorn.”

Yep. Get it. Read it. Review to follow 😉

Besides, it is free on Kindle Unlimited, and only $0.99 to purchase.

OH! And I read the first three of SM (Sara) Reine’s Preternatural Affairs Series (again!) and purchased the next three books in the series. If you haven’t read it, and you are fond of supernatural policing, this series is wonderful. I know I wouldn’t want to be a witch allergic to magic!

So, that is it for now. Reviews to follow. And if you need an editor or just a beta reader, be sure to drop me a line!

Hugs,

Leiah

 

Review – BSI: Bureau of Supernatural Investigation by C. J. Pinard #DNF

BSI: Bureau of Supernatural Investigation (An Enchanted Immortals Novella)I was so excited to get BSI for free on Amazon. I love “Supernatural Cop” stories, and this sounded right up my alley. Sadly, I was disappointed. The editing of the book is horrendous. It is filled with misused words, bad punctuation, and every other sort of editorial and writing mishap I can think of. It is curious that books this badly edited are still gaining five-star ratings? I see the author has several books out on the market, so possibly it is the “Gray” conundrum – a book or author is popular with a group and suddenly they can do no wrong? I would hate to think that readers these days are so inured to bad writing that they simply overlook the fact that books are poorly written and edited. That reflects poorly on readers and writers everywhere. I find it difficult to believe that writers simply don’t care about the quality of their work, but I am sadly led to believe that this is the case based on clear evidence from the number of sloppy presentations I have been subjected to over the last months.

Oh, and BTW? Fingerprinting was being used in 1858. Sir William Herschel, the British Administrator in District of India, began requiring both fingerprints and signatures on contracts. In 1891 Juan Vucatich of the Argentinean Police Force began using fingerprints for identification of criminals. In 1892, Sir Francis Galton published the first book on fingerprint analysis, setting up a system that was known for the next century as “The Galton System.” These are just a few of the highlights of the history of fingerprinting as a criminalistics tool. It wasn’t something “New” in 1946. If you are going to write about technical issues, please do your research?

This book had potential, but to my great disappointment it was not realized and I finally gave up and DNF.

I Have Editing Time Available!

I have editing time available in July and August. Everyone I have been working with is writing, traveling, or simply taking the summer off, so July and August are available. Please contact me for samples of my work, or see listings for the works of Susan Bliler, M.K. Clinton, Michael AngelMarigold Deidre Dicer, J.K. Walker and Erich Penhoff for a few of the books I have worked on. I have also been police and forensics research assistant and proofreader for Mark Henwick on his Bite Back Series; police and forensics research assistant on a British play yet to be published; police, forensics, language and location consultant for Nicole Loughan on her Saint series; English language translator on an Eastern European novel yet to be published; translator and editor for Armenian author Ella Adamian, and have beta read for several authors, including Meghan Ciana Doidge on her amazing Dowser Series.

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And your readers can look like this:

Instead of this?

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Don’t worry – it’s not just Indie Writers who have problems with editorial issues! I just read a three book series by a “Known” author, WITH a publisher, and found over eighty-five spelling, word usage, continuity, and formatting issues!!! It became an obsession after a bit – how many could I underline while just doing a bit of reading, not actually editing?! Those were just the ones I notated – there were a lot more – but I got bored.

Why spend your time agonizing over editing when you can be putting your heart and soul into writing your next book? The competition for writers since the advent of self-publishing is fierce. Putting out your very best product is one way to catch your readers attention and keep it. And maybe even catch yourself a publishing house?

Some say your first eight words must catch your reader’s attention, or to keep their attention, some purport a specific number of seconds, from seven to thirty. Whichever you believe, you must believe that your work is not only important to you, it is important to your readers. Your work is their escape, a world where they can pursue their interests, no matter the genre. They can leave this world behind for one that engages their mind and heart. So many things make up a truly good book. Clear writing, character development, world building. And good editing!

Why don’t you let me help you with that?

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