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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!




Don’t Fear the Reaper: Why Every Author Needs an Editor by Blake Atwood


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You’ve written a book, so now what?

You may be asking yourself:

  • Should I hire an editor?
  • What kind of editor do I need?
  • How much will professional editing cost?
  • Where can I find an editor?
  • What will an editor expect from me?
  • What can I expect from an editor?

Don’t Fear the Reaper: Why Every Author Needs an Editor answers these questions and more, while also offering:

  • Advice on self-editing
  • How to best prepare your book for an editor
  • How to make an editor not like you so much
  • Why patience is key in writing and publishing

Bonus chapters include the inspiring “Unveiling Validation’s Hiding Place: How to Defeat Every Writer’s Nightmare,” with guest appearances (quotes) by the likes of John Steinbeck, Stephen King, and Anne Lamott, and the resourceful “20 Must-Read Books on Writing and Publishing.”

Get your free review copy by clicking the download link to the left.

For Fans Of

  • Strunk & White
  • Merriam-Webster
  • Stephen King
  • Anne Lammott
  • John Steinbeck
  • Good Writing

About the Author

Blake Atwood is an author, editor, and ghostwriter with

He’s written “The Gospel According to Breaking Bad” (2013) and “Don’t Fear the Reaper: Why Every Author Needs an Editor” (2014). He’s co-written two books with pastors, and has ghostwritten one book (but he can’t tell you much more about that).

To learn more about his editing and writing services, visit To keep up with his writing, visit

Connect with the Author

A Goodreads Question and Helping New Authors

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Earlier today I got an e-mail from Joseph Persia, the author of The Sun They Called The Moon. Joseph is a new author who wrote, “Thanks for adding me. I feel that I am kind of new here since I still don’t quite understand “Goodreads” from an author’s paradigm, but thanks, again. Joe”

Hum. You know, I thought, there are a lot of those out there – brand new authors who don’t really know what is what about the various sites. And Goodreads is a good one to know. So, being myself, I sent the following e-mail:

Hi Joseph,

Goodreads is an author’s paradise. You can search for readers who have similar tastes to the theme of your book. You can join author groups to learn about marketing, networking, finding beta readers, editors and reviewers, and improving your overall writing.

Check out the groups (“Groups” under the main heading). Join those that sound interesting to you. Put up your favorite books under “My Books”. Join discussion groups about books in your genre and become a part of the discussion, while also telling the group members about your books.

Don’t be shy about asking for reviews, however, remember that most of us are crazy busy and it may be a while before the really good reviewers can get to your book (I have a waiting list that is edging into two months long). Since your book was published already, it will probably be a while before the good reviewers can get to you if you start asking now. So start READING REVIEWS by different reviewers. You will find that there is a great deal of difference between reviewers. READ reviews before you ask someone to review, and make sure that you are getting the right “fit”. There are people out there that don’t know what they are doing – and those that are just plain useless. And, yes, those who are purposely vicious. Must be something going on in their lives that makes them that way, I don’t know, but they are there. Use caution and choose only those who you believe will “get you”.

When you find reviewers you believe will be a good fit, write a nice e-mail, and offer to send them a copy for free. The good reviewers don’t pay for their books, their word is worth more than gold. But don’t just send a copy – ask – politely. And don’t be offended if you get a no – like I said, we are busy and many really good, thorough reviewers simply are too backed up.

Look for reviews that aren’t all just 5-star nauseating gushes. Look for realistic reviews that point out the highlights, but also, in a kind and generous manner, point out where the author could improve.

Hope this helps! Write if you want to chat. I do take time when I get up in the mornings to answer mail before I start work.


Maybe this will help another new author out there – or maybe I am full of cow hockey! Either way, if you think Joseph’s book might interest you, you might give him a shout.

Snow is gone, sun is out, and I am headed for the porch! Have a great day everyone!

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