Hats Off to Book Review Bloggers

As a die-hard reader of fiction, you have so many book categories to choose from, e.g.—Middle Grade (MG), Young Adult (YA), New Adult (NA) and Adult. Then there are the numerous sub-genres for each main category: Romance, Comedy, Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Dystopian, Horror, Thriller etc.

Not to forget the poem and non-fiction books and Manga, of course. Can’t forget my beloved Manga now, can I?

Are you a dabbler in each genre or are you someone who’s comfortable in one specific genre? Do you venture in the unknown, outside your comfort zone or prefer to stick to what you know?

Me, I admit it, I’m a dabbler—an eclectic reader who reads pretty much everything. I believe there is something worthy in every book I read, that each one enriches me, who I am, in some way, even books that I end up not liking. I wish others would also dabble because that would mean they’d grab my book with hot little hands *hint, hint*

That’s just me—I want to change the world to my vision of it *Ahem, world-domination issues, I know*

But I don’t begrudge others for having a specific taste. A reader’s preferences are their own and are very, very personal. That’s how it should be. Books are supposed to be something you love and not an obligation you have to fulfill.

If reading became an obligation, it would take out all the fun in it—the sense of wonder, the endless myriad of emotions a story pulls out of you—pain, fear, laughter, horror, anticipation, heartache, tears, hope, joy.

So Indie and Self-published authors, don’t condemn the people who don’t love your book. Don’t lose heart when they give you a one-star or negative review. Maybe your book wasn’t to their taste but it doesn’t mean that others won’t like it. At the very least, take comfort that they actually read it to give you the bad review. You can’t force someone to like a book—it’s always their choice, as it should be.

And that brings me to the Book Review Bloggers around the world who have such a wide taste in reading and take so much time and effort to read books and give reviews. I, personally, am in awe of them, of their dedication and just wanted to say thanks.

Book Review Bloggers are the ones who put our names out there and deserve our courtesy and respect. So, hats off and a big thanks for all your hard work and the awesome blogs you have.

Regards,

S.R. McKade

Review – Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower #4) by Stephen King

Roland of Gilead and his fellow pilgrims determine to reach the Dark Tower, but their quest is rife with confrontation, conflict and sacrifice - from a vast computer system which bargains in riddles to Roland's old enemy Walter and the wizard's glass.

Roland of Gilead and his fellow pilgrims determine to reach the Dark Tower, but their quest is rife with confrontation, conflict and sacrifice – from a vast computer system which bargains in riddles to Roland’s old enemy Walter and the wizard’s glass.

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Review: 5 of 5 Stars

“Bird and Bear and Hare and Fish,
Give my love her fondest wish.”

Such a sweet rhyme, yet, so heartbreaking at the same time. I think, for as long as I live, I will always remember this rhyme.

As Roland told his story, I forgot that Eddie, Suzannah, Jake and Oy were there.
There were only Roland, his father, his mates Alain and Cuthbert, the people of Mejis. And his Susan.

The past turned into the present.
Intellectually, I knew that the people Roland talked about were long dead but as he told his story, they came alive for me. I could see the young Roland, so young and innocent.

The showdown at the start with Roland, Alain, Cuthbert and the coffin hunters – that was so cool and brilliant! Man, what strategy, what suspense, what excitement! They were magnificent. That was one of my favorite parts of the story.

At the end, Roland’s deepest grief became mine and I had to put the book away for a little while so I could mourn, too, as he did. Some people stay with you, in your heart, forever.

What stands out most to me in this latest volume, through every revelation – just how hard Roland’s life is, what an ordeal his quest for the Dark Tower is. But what is a quest, if not fraught with pitfalls? To carry the burden of all that pain and heartbreak and not crumble under it. To keep going day after day with what he went through. I wished I had superpowers so I could jump in the book and take it all away for him, make it all better.

Hats off to Mr. King for yet another compelling book. Now onto book 5 – the Dark Tower looms ever closer.

Fringe Fiction GR Group: Where Indie Spirits Find Good Reads and Good Neighbours

For Indie and Self-published authors everywhere

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It’s never been easier to be a self-published author.

At the same time, indie authors have to tread an extremely tough road to hawk their wares in an overstuffed market.

It’s a bit like looking down the rabbit hole.

Sad fact? Blatant reality you have no hope of overcoming?

Perhaps, but wherever there is despair, people will always find a way to fill the vacuum.

Goodreads (GR), for example, is a great place for authors to hang out with readers, promote their books and develop a community.

Of course, it’s also a place where you can quickly become lost in all the choice and discussion.

How do you separate the wheat from the chaff? And how do you get people to notice your novel amidst all the convos and topic threads?

For starters, you need to find a group you honestly like and make relationships with real people. One such GR group I’m a…

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