Sirens by Joseph Knox – My Review


It took time for this book to heat up, to get interesting, but when it did the finally blazing flame flickered out rather quickly. I was always a step ahead of the protagonist and I couldn’t, at all, buy in to his situation. He’s made to go undercover, ordered per his job, yet his boss was going to use what he did whilst undercover (none of it an undercover agent wouldn’t be expected to do ) against him to put him in prison. He’s given a choice once his services are further required, both options will leave him with nothing – yet he’s hopeful for a good outcome even though he’s already said there wasn’t one. It really made no sense to me.

Then there is his boss, his … partner? The politician, the politicians daughter … none of them were fleshed out at all, less so than the main character. Then there is Zane and his Sirens, none of which are fleshed out in any convincing way.

The first person the story was written in didn’t help either. I truly believe this type of story is best suited for third person. It could have been amazing if it were.

The best thing about this book is the cover. It’s absolutely beautiful.

I received this book from Blogging for Books and Crown Publishing in return for an honest review.

2.5 stars



The Radicals, by Ryan Mcilvain – My Review



The cover is beautiful. It has almost a felt kinda feel to it and I dig that a lot.

That’s about all the good I can say about the story. It’s a book where the narrator accounts his destruction. It starts with a tennis match, ramps up with a car chase that ends in such an unrealistic way that I had to put the book down. You simply do not go out of your way to chase the person who hit you down, risking your like and the life of others, simply to take a bribe. There were hints at cutesy prose and unnecessary details that told me everything I was about to go through if I continued with this book. I wasn’t interested.

A lot of verbal gesticulating with no real substance. I would avoid this story unless you don’t mind fancy prose, and unwanted second-by second accounts of everything.

0.5 out 5 Stars.

An Arc copy was provided to me through in return for an honest review.

Character Profile Worksheet for Authors


I found this to be incredibly helpful, and I hope you do too.

Character Profile Worksheet


Basic Statistics

Socioeconomic Level as a child:
Socioeconomic Level as an adult:
Current Residence:
Birth order:
Siblings (describe relationship):
Spouse (describe relationship):
Children (describe relationship):
Grandparents (describe relationship):
Grandchildren (describe relationship):
Significant Others (describe relationship):
Relationship skills:


Physical Characteristics:

Eye Color:
Hair Color:
Glasses or contact lenses?
Skin color:
Shape of Face:
Distinguishing features:
How does he/she dress?
Habits: (smoking, drinking etc.)
Favorite Sayings:
Speech patterns:
Style (Elegant, shabby etc.):
Greatest flaw:
Best quality:


Intellectual/Mental/Personality Attributes and Attitudes

Educational Background:
Intelligence Level:
Any Mental Illnesses?
Learning Experiences:
Character’s short-term goals in life:
Character’s long-term goals in life:
How does Character see himself/herself?
How does Character believe he/she is perceived by others?
How self-confident is the character?
Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?
What would most embarrass this character?


Emotional Characteristics


Introvert or Extrovert?
How does the character deal with anger?
With sadness?
With conflict?
With change?
With loss?
What does the character want out of life?
What would the character like to change in his/her life?
What motivates this character?
What frightens this character?
What makes this character happy?
Is the character judgmental of others?
Is the character generous or stingy?
Is the character generally polite or rude?


Spiritual Characteristics

Does the character believe in God?
What are the character’s spiritual beliefs?
Is religion or spirituality a part of this character’s life?
If so, what role does it play?


How the Character is Involved in the Story

Character’s role in the novel (main character? hero? heroine? Romantic interest? etc.):
Scene where character first appears:
Relationships with other characters:

1. Character’s Name: — (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the novel).
2. Character’s Name: — (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the novel).
3. Character’s Name: — (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the novel).
4. Character’s Name: — (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the novel).


Two Dukes are Better Than One by Lorna James



I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


As usual, I start with my thoughts on the cover. It isn’t great, a bit hohum, but still gets the job done. All and all, not bad.

Now for my review

Solid story that doesn’t take it’s time getting started. I don’t mean it jumps right into the sex. Rather it takes off story-wise rather than taking time to build up momentum. I enjoyed the humor weaved into it, which, for an erotica novel isn’t always easy. Because the point of the story is to get you excited and so on.

The dialogue is crisp.

Characters aren’t one-dimensional which is another bonus for a story centered around getting you steamed up.

Some descriptions like ‘hard as a rock’ annoyed me as they’re cliche and overused. But that’s really nitpicking on my part. They were there and gone and you were more interested on what was happening and what would happen rather than dwelling on those words.

The build-up to the sex was rather well done. Usually I get annoyed when I have to wait to get to the good bits, but not here. The story was pleasant. It didn’t knock my socks off so-to-speak, but I liked it. In saying that though, it could have been a bit shorter. Not by much, merely a smidge. Other reviews spoke of the stories ending being rushed. In my opinion it

Now, about the sex. It would have been better if it was a little more specific, but, still, it was enjoyable. Not the greatest in the world, but enjoyable.


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YouTube Demonetization and YouTube Channels you should Follow

YouTube has dealt a mighty blow to many channels that are up and coming. Why? To help those who have already solidified themselves in the game of monetization. Those who have millions of followers. That doesn’t seem too bright does it? Nope. Not at all.

YouTube should be worried about its future, not about the fads holding it up for the time being. The future lies within the following YouTubers. I urge you to follow their pages. They provide content of quality, not of the type you’ll forget in the blink of an eye.

Edward Lorn


(I write one for Lorn as he currently doesn’t have one)

From this author/vlogger you get a random selection of videos. All of them are brilliant. He reviews books, talks about his own works. He too has a wide variety of Stephen King related videos. My favorite though, are his ‘Is it Nasty’ series in which he and his wife taste new drinks and foods of a more unique sort. Their reactions are always priceless.





GoIndieNow is an online platform that supports, highlights, and fosters Indie Artists from all art forms. We do that right here on YouTube with shows, live panels and broadcasts, and Special Presentations. If you are an Indie Artist we want to help get you seen. If you are looking for the next book, movie, or album to fall in love with and meet the artists that make those arts as close to in person as you can, then subscribe to our channel and stay tuned as we grow and bring you many, many artist of the world.





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Travis Reads Books


My name is Travis and I read books. All kinds of books. This is my booktuber channel where I talk about books and book-related things.


Sunshine Somerville


MG Fantasy Author of “A Fairly Fairy Tale” I’m left-handed. I have a Kota Mark tattoo on my shoulder. I can’t say the word ‘suggested’ to save my life. My favorite liquor is vodka. Sharks make me happy. If I had a superpower, I’d want to fly. I’ve never found blond men attractive. I hate water chestnuts. I love peanut butter. I’ve never liked coffee (update: unless Cuban). I grew up on a hunting preserve. My favorite word is ‘euphoric.’ My least favorite word is ‘stool.’ I look like a cross between my mom and my dad’s sister. I’m good at cartwheels.

^ …. she also updates her works in process, does YouTube tags and is generally rather awesome.



Christie Stratos


Sunday afternoon livestreams, 2pm Eastern.
All my vids are writing, reading, and publishing related.
Author of ANATOMY OF A DARKENED HEART and LOCKE AND KEYE, available on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and more!
Buy paperbacks directly from my website to get them signed, personalized, and theme gift-wrapped. 😀

Videos are sometimes on other channels, including GoIndieNow and hosting The Writer’s Edge.



Author Ashley Uzzell


This channel is all about indie authors and their amazing books. Come take a peek and discover a fun new read today.


J.D. Estrada Writer


The mind of an indie author is pretty random and I am no exception. Music, tea, writing, and life. There are no topics out of bounds and I do so enjoy a lovely slice of random. So if you’re curious, check out my particular rabbit hole, and let’s see how far down it goes.

Peace, love, and Maki Rolls



The Dark Realm Diaries


A channel hosted by Michael J Eliott, author of Portraits of Dread and Choice Cuts-A Bite From The Dark Realm. A channel for lovers of horror and thrillers. Featuring, horror book and movie reviews, of the creepy and supernatural.Facts and trivia about scarey creatures like vampires, werewolves and more. Horror Movie and book trailers and much more. Take our quizes and test your knowledge about the creepy, paranormal, supernatural and undead.
Take a seat and enjoy our Creepy pasta stories, 100% original Creepy Pasta, written and illustrated by Michael J Elliott with stories from some of the best indie authors around the world.
New videos uploaded every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Australian Time).








My 10 Favorite Songs I’m listening to Now

I’ve listed these 10 to 1. But truly they go in no particular order. I only listed them in this way to make it easier on you. Enjoy!


Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur


Solid lyrics. A nice tempo. The song is wrought with emotion and truth making it even more delightful on top of the lyrics and tempo.


Everybody – Logic


Perfect rhymes. Great tempo. As always with logic there is truth in this song. It’s a definite listen.


Like Home – Eminem (Featuring Alicia Keys)


Eminem uses his sharp lyrical prowess to hammer into Trump and speak truth to everyone who listens to this song. It’s great. Love it.


Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – Performed by Lindsey Sterling


A beautiful instrumental. It’s such a wonderful song that simply does not get old. I could listen to this one over and over.


19 – Hayley Williams covers the popular Teagan and Sara tune.


The song is full of emotion. Love that in a song. Hayley Williams shows of her voice with this one. You can’t go wrong with it.


No Roots – Alice Merton


I love the beat. The sharp, super catchy hook. It’s a song that takes you hold and doesn’t let go. So much fun to listen to.


Absolutely Smitten – Dodie


This song is sweet and charming. It too is deeply honest and delivered flawlessly by Dodie. Her voice is exceptionally beautiful.


Do it Alone –  Chlöe Howl


This song has a great hook. Howls voice is rich and soulful. It gets stuck in ear and not in a bad way. I love it.


Plot Twist – Sigrid


I recommend the live version, not that the recorded version is bad. It isn’t, both are good but I’m a sucker for live music. Sigrid has a voice that is wonderful to the ears. In addition to it the rhythm is steady, hook is enjoyable and it doesn’t go on longer than it should which a lot of pop songs tend to do these days.


You – Morgan Saint


Great hook. Fun lyrics. Morgan Saints voice is tremendous. I can’t recommend this catchy song enough.


From the Mountaintop – Featuring, A.F. Stewart

A. F. Stewart was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, and still calls it home. She has always had an overly creative mind, and an active imagination. She is fond of good books (especially science fiction/fantasy), action movies, and oil painting as a hobby.
Ms. Stewart has been writing for several years, her main focus being in the fantasy and horror genres. She also has a great interest in history and mythology, often working those themes into her books and stories. She has authored and published several books, including Ghosts of the Sea Moon (Saga of the Outer Islands Book 1), Fairy Tale Fusion, Gothic Cavalcade, Ruined City, and the Killers and Demons series. In addition, she writes and publishes poetry, her latest volume being Horror Haiku Pas de Deux.
Her short stories have been published in the charity anthologies, Coffin Hop: Death by Drive-In, Christmas Lites III, IV, V, VI, and VII. Also, tales from her pen have appeared in three anthologies by Xchyler Publishing, Mechanized Masterpieces, Legends and Lore, and Beyond the Wail.



To promote her newest book, A.F. Stewart answered a fun, and very short Q&A. (See Below)



J.B.:  What about your story do you think will stick with readers long after they’re done reading it?

A. F.:  I hope the characters will stay with readers. I love a good memorable character myself, and I try to infuse my writing with interesting personalities. I believe my book, Ghosts of the Sea Moon, does have a lively cast with its motley crew of sailors and villains. I especially like the way the roguish main character Captain Rafe Morrow plays off his more straight-laced first mate, Elliot Blackthorne. And of course, there is the antagonist, the Goddess of the Moon, who is, I think, more complicated and misunderstood than evil.

J.B.:  Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

A. F.:  I do read them, good or bad. I think reviews are an excellent gateway into the world of readers. Good reviews are, of course, validation and a measure for what you did right, but bad reviews can be helpful in pointing out weaknesses and places where you need improvement in your writing. As a writer, you’d love everyone to adore your book, but that’s not feasible so I approach reviews as part of the constant learning process of writing.

J.B.:   What do you think makes a good story?

A. F.:  I think for a good story you need something universally relatable for the reader. Whether it’s a coming of age tale, or a quest for adventure, trying to fit in and find your place, dealing with tragedy, etc. a book needs to speak to a reader, give them a certain familiarity. For instance, with my book, even though there are sea monsters and magic, at the core there’s a sibling dysfunction and family dynamic that drives the storyline.

J.B.:   What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

A. F.:  The horror writer in me wants to say my immortal soul, but that’s a bit cliché, and I wouldn’t do it in any case (provided it was indeed a real option). Maybe I’d sacrifice a pinky toe; I keeping whacking them on the furniture anyway.

J.B.:   What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing this book?

A. F.:  I learned some interesting things about tall ships (most of the story takes place on an old-fashioned sailing ship) and how they maneuver. There are quite a few intricacies in how they dock, how they slow down while at sea, what sails to use in a storm, etc.. It was also surprising to learn how difficult it is to write battles between gods. It’s a delicate juggling act having them do more than toss energy balls at each other, while not totally destroy the world.


Book Info:


Title: Ghosts of the Sea Moon (Saga of the Outer Islands Book 1)

Author: A. F. Stewart

Publication Date: January 13th, 2018 (on pre-order)

Paperback Price: $12.99 (projected release first week of January)

Digital Price: Pre-order and Release Price $0.99. Will go up to $2.99 on February 14th



Come set sail with ghosts, gods and sea monsters.

Ghosts, Gods, and Sea Monsters.


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Book Trailer:


Thank you for reading this new blog series. I hope you have a wonderful day!