Bookish Book Lover Tag

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Thanks to mreadsbooks for tagging me! And sorry for taking so long to do this one – I lost the link  -.-; I love, LOVE that this one is so long! They’re so much fun that way. 🙂 On with the tag (finally)!

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heart…books are you currently reading?

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee | Seeing Evil by Jason Parent | The Boy with Words by C.E. Wilson | Flawless (Pretty Little Liars #2) by Sara Shepard | House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski | The Independent Publisher by Jarrod Jenkins

I’m always reading a lot at once these days, but the ones I’m currently focusing on are Seeing Evil (it’s a RAR that I need done by the 6th of October), Boy with Words (an ARC that I’ve had for a while), and The Thousandth Floor. The others are just what I go back to when I have spare time and don’t feel like reading anything else. Flawless is just tedious at this point and House of Leaves is really complex, but I’m determined to finish!

heart…the last book you finished?

The F#ck It List: #1: The Best Friend by Rae Lynn Blaise

This was… okay, but not really what I usually read. It’s smut and very short and basically PWP, so I wasn’t super thrilled with it. The writing was *okay* so maybe if it had been longer, I would have enjoyed it more. But if you just want a short smut read, this isn’t a bad choice.

The one before it is more appropriate for this blog!

Courage (The Dreughan, #1) by Lena North

Not a great read, but not utterly terrible. Also not in my typical genre, it was a fantasy. The idea was great, the execution only so-so. But it was okay.

heart…favorite book you’ve read this year?

Okay… I can’t pick just one. SO, here we go. My favorite books from this year! (There are a lot!)

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan | The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin | Night Broken by Patricia Briggs | Unveiled by Lysa Daley | Mortality by Kellie Sheridan | This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers | The Dead of Summer by Heather Balog

I guess if I absolutely HAVE to pick one, I’d say This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers. It’s sort of hopeful and heartbreaking all in one. And it was a gift from a super special awesome best friend of mine, so that gives it some extra brownie points!

heart…genre you’ve read most this year?

Hm, I think YA Paranormal takes the cake. I’ve actually read a bit more of a variety than I usually do this year – there were some contemporary, some zombies, some romance and fantasy and urban fantasy – but I think the strongest thread through my Have Read list has been paranormal.

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heart…genre you’ve read least this year?

Haha, nonfiction? Smut? Historical fiction? There are a lot of genres I shy away from, honestly, and it’s because I mostly don’t enjoy them (such is the case with nonfiction). I’m not strictly opposed to Historical fiction, but I have a harder time getting into it. I have to be in the right mood, I suppose.

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My guilty pleasure… Reign — 2013 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

heart…genre you’d like to read more of?

Horror! I love horror movies, yet I rarely read specifically horror books. Sometimes zombies, often paranormal, but rarely horror. I’m going to fix that this coming month, but I was a little surprised with myself when I realized I hadn’t read much in the way of horror!

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heart…how many books have you read this year – and what’s your goal?

I’ve actually surpassed my goal! My Goodreads reading challenge goal was 50 books and I just surpassed it at 52 books! And I’m hopefully not done yet. There are a lot of books I still want to read, so we’ll see what that number ends with. 🙂

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heart…last book you bought?

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If I Was Your Girl by Mereditch Russo

It came TODAY! I’m so excited for this book – I’ve been eyeing it since I first saw it on Goodreads and I finally just splurged. I’ve heard a couple of different things about it, but I love the cover and the idea of the story, so I’m really hopeful!

heart…book you’re saving up to buy next?

Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marshall | Caraval by Stephanie Garber\

There are a ton that I want, but those are the top two!

heart…how many books you last checked out of the library?

Three. I’ve just switched to a new library (we’ve moved in the last year) and one of their rules is that you’re on probation when you get a new card. So I’m limited to three books until I’ve been proven trustworthy lol.

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I miss the U of A library…

heart…book you can’t wait to read?

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Ouija by Katharine Turner

It’s kind of silly, but I’m super excited for this because it’s the one that really kicked me into October/Halloween mode.

heart…series you recommend to everyone?

I know this is going to be cliche, but I’m going to say Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.

I want to mention that I *would* recommend The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins to most people, but I also know that it’s not for everyone. I personally love it and think that most people should at least give it a shot. But THG is different than HP. It deals with things that maybe younger kids aren’t really equipped to deal with yet. HP does eventually, too, but it did it in such a way that you grew up with the kids and I think that is a little different than THG. And I think that HP is a little milder regardless.

heart…author you’re hoping writes more?

Heather Balog. I loved The Dead of Summer and I really hope that she writes more. She has several adult books, but I wasn’t all that interested in the summaries. Really, I want her to write more YA books, because this one was SO unexpectedly good. Loved it.

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heart…a few books your heart adores?

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater | Divergent by Veronica Roth | Sisters Red by Pearce Jackson | This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers | The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

heart…series’ conclusion that makes you sad?

Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Look, everyone had their issues with Allegiant. I’m not necessarily saying that I didn’t approve of the ending or that I hated the series because of the ending. Instead, I’m saying that it made me sad. It broke my heart. And that’s for two reasons. First, because of what happened (not going to spoil it if you haven’t read it). I’d grown so attached and… yeah. That was just heartbreaking. Second, because it was OVER. I’d devoured these books and it was truly upsetting to know there would be no more. Even if I didn’t like Insurgent and Allegiant all that much. I still hoped that the series might somehow get better again and return to the amazingness that was Divergent.

heart…books on your wish list?

O.O SO MANY BOOKS. OODLES AND OODLES OF BOOKS. Seriously, there are a ton. I’ll list only a few, but know that there are MORE!

 

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…and anyone who wants to do it!

(Also, if you’re doing this, just tag whoever you want – no minimum number for tagging!)

Thanks for making it to the end guys! Hope you have as much fun as I did!

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E.C. Orr

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Musings

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Every so often, I look up the books that I’ve ghostwritten. It’s a very strange experience, but sometimes it’s just really nice to see that I do, in fact, have something published out there. Maybe it’s only half mine, or maybe it’s completely mine, and maybe legally it isn’t mine at all, but at least I can look at it and think, “I accomplished something.” Even if no one will ever know it.

It really can be an awesome experience – but it’s also sort of sad. It makes me feel bad, because I can’t share with anyone what I’ve done. There is no excitement with my friends over book covers and release dates or anything else for that matter. All of which is only a small, small portion of writing. But sometimes, it’s an important one.

Yes, it’s awesome that I have finished something.

Yes, it is awesome to see it floating out there in the world.

Yes, it is awesome that I can honestly say that I’ve done, more or less, what I’ve set out to do.

But it’s also heartbreaking to know that I can’t claim it as mine. And it makes me want to ask, “Why do you guys need a GHOSTWRITER? Why can’t you just  hire me and I can be your author?”

Wouldn’t that make more sense? Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Ah, but there are logistic issues with that. I’m a ghostwriter – not a writer-writer – because I need the money up front. You (meaning: client) are hiring a ghostwriter so that you do not have to pay royalties and can set up a fast write and release scheme that will (hopefully) earn you more money and your author more followers.

So are we saying that in the end my life’s dream is all tied up in money?

Yeah, pretty much.

It’s a sad, pathetic thing, but if you’re hoping to be an author and make money, you’re probably dreaming. You can be an editor and make money. You can be a publisher and make money. But you can’t be an *author* and make money.

If you’re looking to do that, you’re probably going to do it my way. Ghostwriting. Yes, there are those out there who have made it big. Cassandra Clare, J.K. Rowling, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, etc. etc. But they are the exceptions, not the rule. And do you know how many times Rowling was turned down before she was picked up by a publisher? Some ridiculous number. I think it was around 10 or so times. And do you know what she was doing while they were turning her down? Probably starving, or close to it. Because you make money for working and if writing is your work, then you’re probably not making a lot of money.

It’s the sad truth, folks, but few and far between are wealthy – or even breaking even – as authors.

My recommendation? Make sure that your significant other can and is willing to support you as you endeavor to reach your dreams of writing. Because you’re probably not going to make it without a little help.

Sorry guys. I really didn’t mean to be so bleak about all of this, but I can’t help feeling sometimes that I’m just being drug through the mud so that someone else looks spotless holding my trophy. (Exaggerated, but feelings so often are.)

All of this started because I went and looked at my most recent project to see if it had been published yet. (It has this month.) I saw how pretty the cover was and I felt utterly depressed to see the name of the author on it.

I’ll have to remember for next time that I cannot be trusted to look up my own work.

Ultimately, I’d like to say that I understand this is part of my job. I know what I’m getting into and I signed up for it, but sometimes it’s hard to remember why I do this. (Then I’m broke like I am this month and I TOTALLY remember again. It’s nice to have money.)

What do you guys think? Do you think ghostwriting is maybe a little unethical – or totally valid and okay so long as the client pays the ghostwriter accordingly? Do you have any personal experience with ghostwriting or these feelings? Am I just being moody (probably; sometimes my hormones just like to have a little party)?

Let me know in the comments below!

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E.C. Orr

Writing: Unluck by E.C. Orr

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I haven’t posted anything of my own writing on here before, but I was thinking about it and maybe I should. After all, if I’m going to go around running my mouth about “how to write a novel” I should probably give you guys an idea of how I write, right?

Anyway, I’ve been working on a handful of different things (my personal stuff, not my work stuff which I can’t share because of legal reasons; NDAs anyone?) that are at varying stages of undone. I was trying to pick something that I could share that was short, but good – the hardest part, really… some are just awful – and I decided I would just wing it with the prologue of my would-be-novel Unluck. It’s about a group of teens who are cursed by what’s known as the “unluck”, something that was placed upon their family generations ago by a sea witch.

Here’s the opening scene:

We stand in a row, a line of evenly spaced bodies, bare feet tucked into the damp sand. Thirteen of us, thirteen kids on the edge of adulthood, standing beneath the moonlight at the water’s edge, just staring. From here, it looks like eternity. Like the night sky pin pricked with white cap stars and rolling nebulae of impossibly beautiful colors. Colors that don’t exist in a black ocean, that couldn’t possibly be shining from beneath the waves, but somehow are.

It’s not beautiful like it should be though, not to us, not to me. It’s just an endless ocean with dark secrets and promises, beckoning us to search.

We stand there together for long minutes, just long enough for the waves to start lapping at our ankles. The water’s cold against my skin, sending a skittering of goosebumps up along my flesh, but I don’t flinch, I don’t shiver. I just stare. And then I take a step forward.

We all do, in unison. That first step is always together, a joint effort on our part, a reminder that we are in this together, as one. After that first step though, we become disjointed and erratic. Sawyer shakes out her wispy blonde hair, longer than it was, but only barely brushing her moonlit shoulders. Beside her, Jessica is already thigh deep in the water, Emma and Rileigh trailing after her, all three looking like sirens about to call poor, hopeless men to their untimely deaths. Casey is carefully undoing his shirt, frowning at it, muttering about nice clothes and not having any foresight, because that’s Casey. He’s the kind of guy that reminds you this isn’t magic—or maybe it is and he’s just on the wrong end of it.

Levi cannonballs into the water and it splashes at me. Several drops hit the sirens in front of me and I can see Jessica glare, but no one speaks. No one ever speaks.

I’m halfway into the water, my hips finally submerging into the icy, lulling waves. Ahead of me Sawyer waves me forward. She isn’t under yet, but her shoulders are only barely above the water, pale and silvery in the moonlight. I can tell even from here that her clothes are gone and maybe I’d blush at the thought that I’ll lose mine, that everyone will lose theirs, too, except that it happens the same way every time and maybe I just can’t make myself care anymore.

Besides, I’m not looking at Sawyer. And I’m not thinking about Levi losing his shorts or Casey mumbling about his ruined slacks or Jessica bravely removing her bra before she’s even completely under.

No, I’m not looking or thinking of any of them. I’m looking at him.

I turn back, twisting my body at the hips, because I can’t not go forward and I can’t go back, but I can look. I can watch as he stands there, taller than me and everyone here, even Levi. I can see that he waits longer than the rest of us, but not from fear. There has never been fear in his eyes, the color of the sea, of crashing waves, of foam and summer and storms. No, he’s not afraid. He’s waiting.

When his gaze catches mine, that’s it. My breath hitches and everything slows. The world seems softer in that moment, the sounds far off and whispering, the waves stilled as though the ocean is holding its breath, too. Then he takes a step forward. And another. I don’t move and his eyes don’t leave mine, not until he’s standing beside me. Beneath the surface, I feel his hand brush against mine.

Then he looks away and we dive.

I know it’s very short, but there you have it. The opening to Unluck. I’ll try to post more excerpts from my own stuff once in a while. Let me know what you guys think and share some of your own stuff, too, if you’ve got it!

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E.C. Orr

Unpublishable Fiction to Full-Time Freelance via Meg Dowell

A great look on how to make something out of your passion for writing – and a look at how you might find  your career unexpectedly. How it might be something different than you originally thought.

Meg Dowell always posts great stuff, so if you haven’t checked out her blog, mosey on over and take a look! I highly recommend her. 🙂

It took a long time for me to realize I would probably never be a great novelist.

via How I Went from Writing Unpublishable Fiction to Full-time Freelancing — Novelty Revisions

Halloween Read-a-Thon: TBR

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Because I am currently suffering from one of the worst writer’s blocks I’ve had in a long time (a combination of short-timer’s disease and a complete irritation with not getting paid…), I thought I would go ahead and post my TBR list for Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews’ Halloween Read-a-Thon. (You should definitely join if you haven’t already!)

I’ve broken this up into the Shorter Books That I Might Actually Fit In By Halloween and Longer Books That I Really Hope I Have Time For (But Probably Won’t). But for brevity, I’ll refer to them simply as Short and Long.

Starting with Short:

  1. MARY: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan
  2. Teen Spirit by Francesca Lia Block
  3. The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender
  4. The Hallowed Ones by Bickle
  5. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  6. Ouija by Katharine Turner

Moving on to Long:

  1. Shutter by Courtney Alameda
  2. Frost by Marianna Baer
  3. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  4. Possess by Gretchen McNeil
  5. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
  6. Dead Girls Don’t by Mags Storey

I’ll just say that I could find MORE, but these were the ones that I bought specifically for October – I may have gotten a little excessive, BUT I got some great deals (Possess was only $4 with shipping and I got both Shutter and The Body Finder for free thanks to a promotion!).

If you’ve noticed, there are a total of TWELVE books on my list. I KNOW that I will not finish them all in October. However, I will try my hardest to get through at least half of them. And since one of the challenges is to read at least six, I’ll aim for that anyway!

Now, on to the specific challenges!

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shutterI totally pick Shutter for this one! It is one of the creepiest covers I’ve seen in a LONG time and I am seriously impressed. It creeps me out just by looking at it and I think if I saw it sitting on my shelf in the dark, I might just freak out. That’s a win for me! (Wait, didn’t I just say I was going to try and stick to my Short list? Apparently I’m a liar.)

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ouijaHm. I think I’ll do either Ouija or Teen Spirit for this one, because they both deal with ghosts and spirit boards. I’ve really been dying to read Ouija, so I’ll probably do that one (AND IT’S SHORT!), especially since I’m not one hundred percent on Teen Spirit. But it sounds like it could be pretty good, so we’ll just have to see.teen-spirit

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maryI’ve got the perfect one for this! (Actually, I could use Anna Dressed in Blood for this one, but since Lauren used it as an example, I’m going to list my alternate instead.) Mary: The Summoning about Bloody Mary which I can remember trying to call with some of my friends as a kid. We freaked ourselves out because when we turned off the light, someone SWEARS they saw red eyes looking at her in the mirror! (It was actually just the LED light from a plug, but that didn’t take away the lingering sense that something crazy had totally just happened. Ah, the good ol’ days.)

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blackbirdsHm. This one’s a tough decision, but I think I’m going to say either In The Shadow of Blackbirds or Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall. I’m not sure which one will be creepier, but I LOVE the cover for Blackbirds, so I think I may end up doing that one. I should pick a creepier one, really, but… I reserve scaring myself silly at 3am for The Conjuring and Sinister only, thank you. 😉

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dead-girls-dontHm. I’ll think about a free genre book, but honestly I’m probably going to try for Dead Girls Don’t, because I’ve had that one for almost a year and still haven’t gotten to it! The others I’ve gotten more recently, so I haven’t really been putting them off. If I come up with one I’d rather, I’ll update this, but otherwise, I’m going to go ahead and go with Dead Girls Don’t! (Also, I have a red cover, but I like the blue one better.)

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the-body-finderI think I’m going to go ahead and say The Body Finder on this one, because I REALLY want to read it, but it hasn’t cropped up for any of the other challenges! I probably won’t get through even half this many, but I’m putting it down anyway! (Also, I can’t really say why, but I absolutely love this cover. I have since the first time I saw it and I love it all over again every time I see it. Maybe it’s the contrast? I don’t know.)

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I love so many of these covers!

Note: I have more. Ebooks galore, but I just cannot list them all. So these are the ones I bought with Halloween specifically in mind. I hope that by some miracle I will find the time to read them all, but even if I don’t, I know that I will get to them eventually. October may be the spookiest month of the year, but there’s something creepy about November and December, too. It’s about the cold and the ending of another year. So I’ll get to them. Eventually.

Also, the credit for the graphics (except for the main header, can you tell? Lol) goes to Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews. Aren’t they flippin’ adorable?! They make me happy.

I hope to see you all join in on the Halloween Read-a-Thon, because I think it’s an awesome idea! But even if you don’t, I hope you have a spectacular October!

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E.C. Orr

Review: Courage by Lena North

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I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

My rating is 2.5.

I had problems with this book mainly because it was difficult to take seriously. It had a really interesting plot and real promise, but ultimately I just wasn’t convinced that anything important was really going on.

First, the story. As I said, interesting. I felt that the idea of dragons ans peophecies and this crazy wild girl who was made to live as a boy… all of it was very interesting. But it fell flat. The prophecy was worded so strangely that even when they explained it it didn’t sound right. And it’s meaning… well, I didn’t really like how it all ended up fine and dandy and no conflict whatsoever even though they messed it all up. It had promise, but poor execution that was a result of average writing, too much ill placed humor, and underdeveloped characters.

Which brings me to the characters. Vilda was so close to being super interesting! A girl made to dress and live as a boy who doesn’t look like anyone else? Yep, so much promise. But she was too busy being Miss Hurt Feelers to really be interesting. She had to be friends with everyone and honestly seemed kind of needy. Troy was just there for comic relief – which this story already had way too much of. Susannah was better when she was being the snooty leader’s daughter. Drake was interesting – until he fell in love and became all “babe” and “sweetie”. And the rest were so busy being enamored with Vilda and apologizing for their mistakes that I really just didn’t care. I needed someone to be the bad guy, but even the people they were at war with weren’t really bad guys in the end!

Finally, writing. It wasn’t bad, but it needs some improvement. A little repetitive and there were some noticeable mistakes. Nothing an editing readthrough wouldn’t fix. I wish the author had a better concept of conflict, slow burn, and utilizing unlikable characters, but the actual writing has potential and is the main reason this rating is as high as it is.

Overall, I thought this was an interesting fantasy concept with a lot of potential. But I wouldn’t recommend it without a rewrite. This feels like a first draft. Lots of potential, but in need of some fine tuning.

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E.C. Orr

Book Information:

courageTitle: Courage (The Dreughan #1)
Author: Lena North
ASIN: B014AYUCR2
Language: English
Approximate Length: 211 pages
Stars: ★★★☆☆
I received a free ebook version in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Gone by Christine Kersey

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This was free on Amazon. Listed as a clean YA novel.

So, this book was pretty terrible. It’s not the worst thing I’ve read, but it was pretty bad. Start with the opening paragraph where Morgan TELLS US IMMEDIATELY what is going to happen, then head on to Morgan being an insufferable brat even while the adults ARE DOING THE SAME THING. Then we can move on to how the parallel world in which being overweight is illegal is COMPLETELY ridiculous (not necessarily in premise, but definitely in execution). Then, finally, we get to the absolutely cheesy relationship with Connor, the exaggerated hatred from Lori, and the fact the Morgan KEEPS LYING ABOUT STUFF. *sigh* And I haven’t even touched the actual writing yet, so here I go…

The writing is… poor. Not completely unsalvageable but not very good. There’s too much boring, bland action – she spends forever sleeping on park benches, crawling through tunnels, getting ready for school, and quite frankly, thinking useless things. The dialogue is uninspired, the development of characters is a fail. And in the end, I thought that Morgan learned more from being denied things – like food and insta money – than she ever did by having them, including doing exercise AND playing with her younger siblings/ doing chores to help her overworked mom. If anything, this convinced me that we’re doing a poor job of raising our kids… and part of that is food related, so the book didn’t even succeed in making me feel like this world was criminally insane! Talk about epic fail.

This book was free and it was still too much. Don’t read it, Morgan never stops being a jerk.

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E.C. Orr

Book Information:

goneTitle: Gone (Parallel Trilogy, Book 1)
Author: Christine Kersey
ASIN: B00C27ZEQO
Language: English
Approximate Length: 230 pages
Stars: ★☆☆☆☆
I have an ebook version.

Suicide Prevention Month

**BEFORE WE START: This post will contain sensitive topics like suicide. If you are not comfortable with this, please read no further. I share this because it is important to me, but this has nothing to do with my normal blog posts, nothing to do with reading, reviewing, or writing. Also, there are resources at the end of this post for suicide prevention, so if you need those, please mosey on down to the very bottom.**

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Halloween Read-a-Thon via Wonderless Reviews

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OMG guys! This is exactly what I need for October! (Okay, not really, because WHERE WILL I FIND THE TIME?! But still. So. Awesome.) It’s a read-a-thon with a Halloween theme for this coming month. How cool is that? The idea is credited to Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews, because she’s just that awesome.

Check out the post here for rules and challenges! Halloween Read-a-Thon

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E.C. Orr

Free eBooks

UPDATED 9/26/2016

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I’m being lazy right now (well, not really; I’m working right now, so no time for long blog posts!), so I thought I’d do a quick one about free books. Because who doesn’t like free books?

First, places to look for free ebooks (I’m sure there are others, so feel free to list them in the comments below!):

  • Amazon (obviously not all are free, but you can find lots free ones if you look around and there is even a site/app that will look for the free ones for you. If I can find it again, I’ll post it.)
  • Instafreebie (I receive emails for free books from here, so you will have to give them your email and I do get quite a few from them, but it is always for ebook suggestions and they’re all free books.)
  • Google Play Books (like Amazon, you can find good deals, cheap ebooks, or free books. You just have to look around.)
  • ReadForReview (not guaranteed to give you free books, but you can ask for them and you have 2 weeks to post your reviews on Amazon. You do have to give them your email. You can earn points towards an Amazon gift card – but these are HONEST reviews. You do not have to leave a positive review to earn points towards the gift card.)
  • Freebooksy (I signed up via email, however, you don’t need to. You can just peruse their website, too. It lists ebooks that are either free or have gone on sale for free for a limited time. They’re *mostly* through Amazon for Kindle, however, a few are for other platforms also like Nook, Kobo, and Apple.)

Next, a quick list of books I got for free on Amazon (and a quick note as to whether you should get them, too):

  1. A Reluctant Assassin by JC Morrows (Haven’t read it yet. Fantasy. Reviews suggeest it is heavy in romance despite the cover and the summary, but no one has straight up put down the writing. Reviewers have mentioned some lack of character development and that this is a shorter story. Had one reviewer say the formatting was weird, but I haven’t noticed it.)
  2. True Calling by Siobhan Davis (Haven’t read. Dystopian. Several bad reviews claiming poor writing/too much teenage drama. One suggested it was a lame version of the Hunger Games. That being said, the reviews are primarily high and it seems like those who liked Matched would enjoy this one.)
  3. Inborn by Amy Saunders (Haven’t read. About an alien girl hiding on earth with the ability to create portals. Only 9 reviews, most high. Suggest it is slightly confusing, but interesting. Ends on a cliffhanger. Writing is suggested as being pretty good, but with a few errors.)
  4. Shades of Valhalla by Ellis Logan (Haven’t read. Fantasy about Fae and Celtic and Norse mythology. I will definitely be checking this one out. There are only 15 reviews, but the lowest is 3 stars and that’s a mistake with the site. Listed as compelling and fast paced. I hope it lives up to these reviews.)
  5. Entangled by Nikki Jefford (Haven’t read, paranormal romance. Has quite a few reviews, mostly high. The few low ones suggest that they didn’t like the “teen antics” or the language of the novel/how it was written. Suggest that this is less about paranormal stuff and more about teen romance.)
  6. The Breeders by Katie French (Haven’t read yet. Dystopian, focusing on population problems and the need for women to reproduce as there are so few of them. Reviews are high, but several of the lower reviews suggest that the story lacks depth and “consequences” despite the potential darkness for a story like this. I’m on the fence about this one, because it sounds like it could be really good – or really bad.)
  7. Nightfall by E.L. Middleton (I haven’t read it, but wouldn’t recommend it based on reviews mainly because God plays a very strong role and I don’t necessarily care for that in my novels. If this doesn’t bother you, you might like it anyway. It’s a zombie novel.)
  8. All the Dead Arising by Jamie Campbell (This is a novella. Haven’t read it yet. YA Horror. There aren’t any reviews, so it’s difficult to say one way or the other. All the adults are wiped out, the children are left to fend for themselves. Interesting premise, so I’ll check it out. Let me know if anyone else has read this yet.)
  9. Ghost Park by Heather Beck (Novella, horror, haven’t read. Two high reviews saying that it’s really well written and has all kinds of creepy twists and turns. There is one single star review and I’m inclined to trust it more. It claims the book is short and not in the least scary. The reason I think this may be the most indicative review is because the book is only 23 pages. It might still be scary, but it’s doubtful.)
  10. Chosen: Ghost Academy by K. E. O’Connor (Horror, haven’t read, but interesting premise. Ghosts who don’t move on have to struggle through their deaths and deal with leftover problems. It sounds really interesting and the 8 reviews are high to middling – nothing below 3 stars. Will definitely check out.)

I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but this post turned into a not so quick post… Anyway, hope you guys enjoy some of these and let me know if any of these are no longer free so that I can make a note of that! I’ve found a lot more than ten, but the post got super long, so I think I’ll just do posts like these every so often to go over the free ones I’ve found.

If any of the links are incorrect or broken, please let me know. Also, if you’ve found free ones yourself, let me know in the comments below!

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E.C. Orr