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  • #BookReview ~ Amy Lynn 3, The Lady of Castle Dunn by Jack July

    Today I’m reviewing The Lady Of Castle Dunn, book 3 in Jack July‘s Amy Lynn Series.

     

    Read my reviews of books one and two here.

    Today I’m posting reviews of the first two books in Jack July’s Amy Lynn series. The books are unique. Both revolve around  heroine Amy Lynn Braxton, however the stories are quite different. In book one, we meet the child Amy, and follow her through her coming of age. In Golden Angel, Amy has matured, and strikes out on adventures that don’t include her family back home in Black Oak, Alabama.

     

    Before today’s review I’d like to share some reflections on the way Castle Dunn affected me.

    As is the case with many books, this one brought on a deep sadness. This was because the story juxtaposed Amy’s close knit traditional Southern Baptist family–one that reminds me of my grandmother’s family in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina when I was a child–beside the terrible evil that seems to be overtaking the world at large, and in some instances, America itself.

    When reading of Amy’s Alabama family I was wishing for the old days, those that will never return. I understand that the south during the 1960s when I was a child visiting “the Mountain” as we called it,was not idyllic.

    Everyone knows that the South spawned horrible prejudice and discrimination against black people. For this there is no excuse.

    But when I visited my family once a year or so, I saw none of the ugliness. It was just a loving family that did many of the same things Amy’s family does in July’s series.

    Going to church, family dinners, playing with cousins on rope swings, going to Uncle John’s garage–where he lovingly maintained his 1960 Plymouth Galaxy for 40 years–to get a Mountain Dew are what I remember.

    Not to say that it was the best of times for my mountain cousins. My great uncle, who fought in WWII and was a part of DDay, lived in a rather poor home. He had four children and no indoor toilet. They had an outhouse. Indoors they had running water, but no water heater. The family suffered from diabetes. My aunt had her leg amputated and passed a few years later, and two of her sons also died of diabetes.

    Still, I remember those visits fondly. We children had no worries other than those of going home to Pennsylvania and starting another school year where we might not find friends or perhaps get bad grades.

    The childhood innocence that I enjoyed is gone forever. That ship sailed over the past 8 years and it’s never coming back, at least in my lifetime, and possibly that of my grandchildren.

    Nowadays children are exposed to adult subjects beginning in kindergarten, and continuing on through their childhood. It happens from all angles including their teachers, and is detrimental to them because they are too young for such complex subjects.

    But, we can’t go back. Today’s children are growing up in a different era. Some of them, perhaps more than during the time of my childhood, are exploited in horrible unspeakable ways that it hurts to think about.

    Jack July also touches upon this subject in Castle Dunn.

    Following is my Review.

    Sweet Southern girl turned CIA Superhero, Amy Lynn will keep you turning the pages.

    I read the first two Amy Lynn books and both were excellent. Amy’s world ranges from her close-knit family in Black Oak, Alabama to the halls of the CIA.

    Amy’s family is made up of finely crafted characters that can make readers feel the urge to sit on the front porch with them, relaxing with glasses of sweet tea in the heat of a summer afternoon. On the other hand, Amy’s life as an undercover agent who must confront the most horrid of evils is sad beyond belief. It would seem, perhaps, that two such interwoven tales might not mesh very well. But in Amy Lynn’s world, nothing could be more natural.

    This book was is a treasure. Amy takes us from fun episodes of brawling men at a stock car race in Alabama to scenes of darkness that show the evil in certain segments of humanity that have lost their souls if they ever had any to begin with. And throughout the comforting home-life and the dangerous missions a love story unfolds, too.

    Jack July has done it again. I am eagerly awaiting a fourth installment of Amy’s adventures. I hope the wait won’t be too long.

    Above is my system for rating & reviewing books. Castle Dunn met all four of the above, so it earned an easy 5 stars.

    Again, I hope the wait for book four isn’t overlong.

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    Jack July is a married father of two living in N/W South Carolina. To find out more about the author, please visit his Amazon author’s page.

     

     

     

     

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    Check out Book 2 in my Series, above.


  • #FreeKindle Promotion ~ Tears Of Paradox & The #CLFA Booknado

    Tears Of Paradox (Storms of Transformation Series Book 1) is free on Kindle through Wednesday February 15.

    Here’s what readers think about Tears Of Paradox.

     

     

    And, it’s time for the CLFA February Booknado!


    The monthly Booknado showcases books written by members of the Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance, a counter-cultural group of talented authors, artists, columnists, publishers and other creative people who are working to bring quality books and other media to the underserved Conservative and Libertarian public.

     

    From the Booknado:

    New Releases:


    Live and Let Bite (Love at First Bite Book 3) by Declan Finn
    The third book in the Dragon Award nominated “Love at First Bite” series.


    The Undercover Captain (Captain Nancy Martin Book 2) by Henry Vogel
    It will take every bit of skill Nancy and Erica have to track down the evil genius behind the disappearances. Defeating them will be a different matter entirely.


    Letters from Aztlan by John L. Wolf
    In a dystopian, post-meltdown United States, a cynical, aging gunfighter receives a letter from an old friend in desperate need of help. He must fight his way across cartel occupied territory to find her.

    $1.99 OR LESS

    For the dates February 12 and 13, 2017, as reported by book author.

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    The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin by L. Jagi Lamplighter
    Fringe meets Narnia at Hogwarts

     99¢
    The Raven, the Elf, and Rachel (A Book of Unexpected Enlightenment 2) by L. Jagi Lamplighter
    Rachel Griffin returns for more rousing adventure and humor!

     FREE
    Tears of Paradox (Storms of Transformation Book 1) by Daniella Bova
    America has fallen to a Marxist bureaucracy, and the parents of an unborn child go underground to keep their baby’s existence a secret.

     99¢
    A Place Outside the Wild (Z-Day Book 1) by Daniel Humphreys
    Eight years after Z-Day, the surviving remnants of mankind face the unknown. The scars of the long war run deep. And hope is a dangerous thing when the real enemy might just be the survivors themselves.

     FREE
    Bulletproof Vestments (Father Jay Book 1) by Jane Lebak
    A former gang member has tracked down the man who ratted out his brother 10 years ago. It’s time for some good old-fashioned revenge, except the man in question is disabled. And he’s a priest. And no one’s going to let him go down without a fight.

     

    As you can see, there are Vampires, Harry Potter style Fantasies, YA and Dystopian titles, including my own book.

    Since July of 2014 I’ve been a proud member of CLFA. I have found new friends, writing advice and critiques, and professionals who offer their services as cover artists, editors and beta readers. Members include specialists in areas unfamiliar to me (like guns) who will happily answer questions.

    Other members have online radio shows that will book authors as guests.

    If you are a creative Conservative or Libertarian, please consider joining CLFA. You won’t regret it.

    Happy reading!

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    Freedom’s Light Anthology is a collection of short stories by members of CLFA. All proceeds from this book benefit FIRE, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending liberty, freedom of speech, due process, academic freedom, legal equality, and freedom of conscience on America’s college campuses.

    Please check out the stories and purchase a copy. You’ll be glad you did.


  • Nearing the Finish Line ~ Cadáin’s Watch!

    A quick update for readers.

    As you probably know, Cadáin’s Watch, Book 3 in The Storms Series, is going live on Amazon on March 14.

    And today, I made a few last revisions to the manuscript, did another spell check, and sent it to be formatted!

    Now, I can breathe.

     

    To preorder Cadáin’s Watch, click the photo above.

     

    And please check out Freedom’s Light: Short Stories at the link below.

    My short story, The Birthday Party, is included in this new anthology endorsed by the Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance. The story is set in 1923. A lesser character from the Storms Series, Adela (whose daughter, Patty, hid pregnant Michelle in her Pennsylvania farmhouse), is the heroine.

     

     

    Happy reading everyone!

     

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    Book Reviews for the Rest of Us ~ A Step by Step Guide.

     


  • Cadáin’s Watch is Available for Preorder!

    What a great bit of news to report! Cadáin’s Watch, the third and final book of the Storms Of Transformation Series is available on Amazon for kindle preorder!

     

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    Above is the cover, designed by author and graphic artist Kia Heavey.  I am thrilled with the book cover. It really stands out, and allows readers to know what is contained between the pages.

    And, I designed the warrior-angel Cadáin myself. This was no small feat, as I was almost a beginner in photoshop. However, the angel finally turned out the way I envisioned him.

    On another note, according to feedback from an early reader, Cadáin’s Watch can be described as a “stand alone” book. Readers need not have read the first two books in the series to enjoy the third.

    And fans of Tears Of Paradox and The Notice will not be disappointed in Cadáin’s Watch, so please order your copy today!

    To preorder Cadain’s Watch (release date March 14), please click here.

    And to my friends and readers, thank you for your support of my work!

     

    Thank You

     

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  • Book Review ~ The Product, by Marina Fontaine

    I recently finished “The Product” a novella by Marina Fontaine.

    This story would be an excellent choice for High School English classes throughout the country, as a counterpoint to the almost universal pushing of “progressive” ideals through what some might term “literature.”

    This is real literature, in the mold of George Orwell. One can only hope a majority of parents have become exasperated enough with the public schools to search out books like this on their own, and then make their kids aware of them.

    Below is my review.

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    The Product is a grim look at human beings living in a totalitarian wasteland. Though the setting is urban, the images and ideas this novella evoked put me in mind of a sunless, dark and oppressive desert, where most people have become cruel and inhuman robots, like Stepford Wives with an added dash of indoctrination-fueled mob-like mentality.

    But humans weren’t created to be oppressed, and that’s where the product comes in. The dealers of the product are the subjects of this novella. It begins with the main character, Kevin, running to escape his oppressors. Without giving spoilers its difficult to explain in a review what exactly “The Product” is. Suffice to say that in this gray and dark environment, beams of light, color, action and sound find their way to those whose hearts tell them that things aren’t meant to be the way they are.

    These young humans, whose only notion of the way we live today comes from illegal stories handed down through untold generations, either stay in the gray, or fight their way to something better, through great danger & loyalty to their friends and trusted mentors.

    Though darker than Fontaine’s debut novel, Chasing Freedom, The Product is similar. It is the same tale in a vastly different time and setting–the story of humanity’s yearning and fight to be free.

     

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    Above is my system for rating books. The Product rated 5 stars.

     

    The Product did not make me laugh even once, but it did make me cry.

    It also was well written, and while the plot and story seemed mysterious at times, it all came together in this fine book. I got lost in the world of The Product…but I was glad I could find my way out.

    The questions it raised lingered, making me wonder how and why some people seem hell-bent on subjugating others, up to and including brainwashing and even, in some cases, death.

    Such people are on the rise. If we are honest with ourselves, we can see it. Whether America can break free of the movement that would ultimately lead to scenarios similar to that of Fontaine’s novella remains to be seen.

     

     

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    Marina Fontaine is an author, blogger, book reviewer, and co-creator of the Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance, a counter-cultural group for writers, artists and others of a creative bent.

    Find Marina at her Amazon Author’s Page, Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance, and her blog, Marina’s Musings.

     

    Related Post: Book Review ~ Chasing Freedom by Marina Fontaine

     

     


  • The Notice is Free on Kindle!

    As some of my readers know, The Notice — book 2 in my series, and free through Sunday — was nominated by the Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance for 2016 Book Of The Year.

    From the CLFA official press release:

    (April 5, 2016) – The Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance (CLFA), a network of authors, readers, editors, publishers, reviewers, artists, and cultural leaders who read, write, and promote pro-liberty fiction, has released the list of the ten Finalists for the 2015 CLFA Book of the Year award. They are (in alphabetical order by author’s last name):

    The Notice by Daniella Bova

    The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

    Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia

    Honor at Stake by Declan Finn

    By the Hands of Men Book Two: Into the Flames by Roy M. Griffis

    The Devil’s Dictum by Frederick Heimbach

    Amy Lynn, Golden Angel by Jack July

    Amy Lynn, The Lady Of Castle Dunn by Jack July

    Her Brother’s Keeper by Mike Kupari

    The Violet Crow by Michael Sheldon

    (All titles are available in the Amazon Kindle store.)

    To qualify, books had to be novel length (minimum 50k words) fiction first published in the calendar year 2015. Self-published, small press and traditionally published works are all eligible, including e-book and audio formats. Authors need not be members of the CLFA or even consider themselves to be politically aligned with the CLFA in order to be nominated and win. Books were nominated by members of the CLFA closed Facebook group. The top ten nominees are the finalists.

     

    Voting has begun, and is open to the public through June 30, 2016. Please check the CLFA website for more information, links to all the nominated works, and a link to the ballot if you wish to vote for your favorite book.

    And here’s more good news: The Notice, kindle edition, is free on Amazon through Sunday, June 19th. Click here to download your copy.

    There’s still time to read it and vote if you like it. 🙂

     


  • Book Review ~ The Wrath Of A Righteous Man by Roy M. Griffis

    The Amazon headline for my review of the third installment of the By The Hands Of Men Series reads: Some of the finest historical fiction I’ve ever read. 

    I’m not kidding. Roy M. Griffis’ writing skills are some of the best. I got lost in this book for hours, and at one point could almost feel the passengers of a train teetering on the edge of a cliff.

    The train scenes put me in mind of the film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I have no idea why, since the movie is set in India, not Africa, where BTHOM 3 takes place. Still, it reminded me of that movie.

    What a great book. Go get it and lose yourself in Africa. My review is below.

     

    51wmrqVzo8L._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_ I couldn’t wait to get my hands on book three in this series. I honestly don’t know if there’s a better historical fiction author alive today. Roy M. Griffis’ prose is something undeniably beautiful in itself, and in addition to his sophisticated writing style, which made me feel as if I were there in the African Jungles or the streets of London and Paris, he has created two deeply complex characters, the star crossed lovers Robert Fitzgerald and Charlotte Branninov.

    The Wrath of a Righteous Man opens as Nurse Charlotte Branninov and her friends escape the Red Army after having endured the horrors of the Russian Revolution. Charlotte is a malnourished shadow of her former self, quiet, not trusting her fellow man, and determined to protect “her” family, fellow refugees Zlata, Nikolai, Indrina, and their animal companion Liberté. These refugees have adventures in London and the streets of Paris, where Charlotte realizes all their troubles are not behind them.

    At the same time, Robert Fitzgerald continues his service to the Crown. He is sent to Africa, where he encounters fierce lions and other wild animals, unfriendly natives, and other dangerous situations.

    Though separated by oceans, Robert and Charlotte can’t forget the love they shared in France during the First World War. I’m looking forward to book four in this series, since I’m hoping they will finally reunite.

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    Wrath Of A Righteous Man earned an easy 5 stars from me. All of the above happened while I was reading it.

    Find out more about Roy M. Griffis at his Amazon Author’s Page.

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    By The Hands Of Men by Roy M. Griffis, Book One

    By The Hands Of Men, Book Two: Into The Flames.


  • Book Reviews for the Rest of Us ~ A Step by Step Guide

    How many readers have seen graphics like the following on social media?

     

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    I’m sure many people, both readers and authors, have seen these messages. And I must admit, what is described above is right on the money. We authors do need a certain number of reviews in order to advance our careers. Though sometimes I hesitate to share these messages, since I have no wish to nag readers, or try to guilt folks.

    Still… we have to acknowledge that we need the reviews! What are we to do?

    I propose the following: Instead of asking readers for “reviews”, which may make people feel like they need to write an essay, we can simply request a short comment on Amazon, along with a fair rating in stars.

     

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    For example, I’ll link to one of the first reviews I ever received.

    Really enjoyed this and am looking forward to the next book……..good read!!

     

    I felt so darn happy and appreciative when I read the above comment. As authors always say — these are the reviews that hold a special place in our hearts. Of course we need and appreciate critical reviews, but comments such as this one mean a LOT more than the commenter or fan may realize.

    So, without further ado, I would like to get the point.

    Some people (I was one of them) are not really computer savvy, and the task of going online to write a comment can seem almost impossible.

    There is certainly no shame in that. Eight years ago I wouldn’t have had any idea whatsoever of how to navigate the internet. My mom is still learning. Lots of people don’t own computers at all, and I can understand why.

    Sometimes computers make me want to pull out my own hair.

    Ditto for my husband. Please look at the following pictures to get an idea about the man to whom I am married.

     

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    My husband. A good provider. A great family man. A wonderful friend. And…a man who doesn’t like computers!

    I can’t stress this fact enough. He doesn’t like computers. Or printers. Or smart phones. Or text messages. I have asked him numerous times to set up a Facebook account so he can reconnect with old friends, and he has laughed in my face.

    He will not do it. He reads email only because he’s forced to at work, and learned rudimentary computer skills for the express purpose of buying and selling guitars and amplifiers on Ebay.

    Yet he managed to write reviews for both of my books. This was because having read the books, (besides telling me flat out which parts stunk and needed to be changed) he wanted to give his opinion on Amazon. So he managed to do just that.

    And it wasn’t impossible, even for him.

     

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    So, here we go. By the end of this post, many readers who want to give the gift of a comment or short review on Amazon to authors whose work they enjoy, will be able to navigate the system.

     

    Step 1. Set up an email account if you don’t have one already.

    Many people already have email, but for those who don’t, it is necessary to set up an account in order to leave a book review. This is because reviewers must have email to set up an Amazon account, which we’ll get to shortly.

    For folks who don’t have email from a company like Verizon or Comcast, here’s a video tutorial on how to set up a Gmail (Google) account. And if you don’t like Gmail, there’s always Yahoo. Both are free.

     

     

     

    Step 2. Create an Amazon account.

    Creating your own Amazon account is necessary if you’d like to leave a comment about a book. And also, Amazon is a great company! I love Amazon. I like to shop online, and in addition to books for my Kindle, I can shop for just about anything. I would rather shop from the comfort of my own home and have my purchases delivered to my door than fight crowds in malls, so Amazon is my kind of company.

    The first step in creating your account is to find Amazon online. To do this, simply log onto the internet with whatever browser you use. Mine is Chrome. In the search bar (url bar) at the top of your screen, type the word Amazon. Several options should appear. Just click an option (red arrow below) or hit “enter” on your keyboard.

     

    Google AmazonThe next screen you will see is the Amazon home page. In order to create your account, you need to go through some other pages. To get to the screen where you can create an account, hover your cursor over the words: “Hello, sign in” and click on the pop up which will appear. That will take you to the screen below this one.

     

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    This is the screen which appears after the one above. It gives the option of signing into an existing account or creating a new account. Click the button.

     

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    And here we are on the Create an account page. You’ll need to fill in your name, email, and a password which you create. For password ideas click here, or make up your own. I have mine written down and keep them stored in a safe place. You can always get a new password if you lose yours.

    Once all the information is entered, click the button. You now have an Amazon account.

     

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    Following is a video that might also help.

     

     

    Step 3. Buying books and merchandise.

    Again, Amazon sells products other than books. You can find almost anything by typing it into the search bar, but for the purpose of this post we’ll stick to books.

    Say you’re looking for books by a particular author. I’ve been wanting to read the work of Dean Koontz for awhile now, so I typed his name into the Amazon Search box. You can do the same with the title of a book, or a genre, like Mystery or Science Fiction.

    As you can see, Koontz’s latest book appeared on the screen, along with a link to his Amazon Author’s page. The complete works of any given author can be found on their Amazon page.

     

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    I decided to click on Ashley Bell for the purpose of this post. You can decide which, if any, editions interest you. Many people buy paperback & hardcover books. I usually buy the Kindle version, since I like reading on my Kindle.

    The red arrows on the photo below show that you can buy the book with one click, or have a free sample sent to your device. And for folks who don’t have a Kindle but would still like to read on a laptop, tablet, PC or phone, there’s a solution to your dilemma. Look at the arrow, bottom left, and you’ll see that Kindle offers a free Kindle app. You can download the app and read Kindle books from Amazon without having to own a Kindle.

     

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    Step 4. Reviewing or commenting on a book.

    The book I just reviewed is Fugitive From Asteron by Gen LaGreca. I took screenshots of each step. It’s not difficult at all.

    My first step was to sign into my Amazon account using my email and password. Then I typed the book title into the search bar and clicked.

     

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    The following screen appeared. I clicked on the title, printed in red next to the thumbnail of the book cover.

     

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    Next, the screen below appeared. As you can see, the option to buy is listed. To write a review, you need to scroll down the page.

     

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    I scrolled down. Gen’s author bio appears under the book title and description.

     

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    I scrolled further down. A link to Gen’s author page is listed. And directly below are customer reviews. The red arrow shows the button which reads “Write a customer review.”

     

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    Next you’ll see a screen which asks “How was the author’s writing?” Sometimes that will be the only question you’ll see, but once you give your opinion, other questions will open.

    As you can see, I answered the first question with “great”, because Gen’s writing is awesome. And I answered the rest of the questions honestly. Fugitive from Asteron is written in first person, so I clicked that button, however, sometimes books are written in a combination of the multiple answers listed, so if you’re not sure,  click I don’t know.

    Below the questions, you’ll see that you can rate a book from 1-5 stars. I have my own criteria for rating books, which anyone can see if you click on the book review tag on this blog. Fugitive from Asteron earned 5 stars from me.

    NOTE! If you happen to have a Kindle, and you finish a book, you’ll be given the option to rate the book directly from your Kindle. This is a nice feature for readers, however, the rating in stars does not count as a review. The author will be happy to get a good rating, but in order for us to advance enough for Amazon to begin promoting our books, we need actual reviews or short comments.

     

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    Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Time to comment or review the book.

    The first sentence of my review of Fugitive from Asteron was: I really enjoyed this Science Fiction story. I went on to write more about why I liked the book, but that short comment was nice in itself. One or two sentences with an honest star rating is all readers really need to write in order to help the authors they admire.

    And you have no idea how much we appreciate your effort. In addition to reading our books, you care enough to help us with encouraging comments. Or, tell us honestly what you might not have liked about the book you’re reviewing.

    All feedback is helpful. We always want to improve our writing, and we want to please our readers, who make it possible for us to do what we love to do.

    As you can see below, there’s also a space for a review header. It’s not necessary, but if there’s one thing that you really loved about the book, you might write it there.

     

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    Once you’re finished commenting, hit the yellow “submit” button and you’ll be taken to the following screen. As you can see, your public name is displayed with the review. You can change what the public sees by clicking “change”. Some people use only their initials, or a nickname, etc.

     

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    Amazon will process the review and notify you by email as soon as it’s live. Then you can go to the site and see it. Sometimes other people will find your review helpful, and up-vote or comment on it. It’s always great to see that your review helped another reader make the decision to read a good book.

    So, that’s all there is to it.

    I hope this post was helpful. Please share far and wide, and know how much you, as readers, mean to us. If not for you we’d have no reason to keep writing.

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  • The Notice ~ A CLFA 2015 Book Of The Year Nominee!

    A proud moment for me. The Notice, Storms Of Transformation Series, Book 2, has been nominated for Book of the Year by members of the Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance.

     

    From the official press release:

     

    (April 5, 2016) – The Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance (CLFA), a network of authors, readers, editors, publishers, reviewers, artists, and cultural leaders who read, write, and promote pro-liberty fiction, has released the list of the ten Finalists for the 2015 CLFA Book of the Year award. They are (in alphabetical order by author’s last name):

    The Notice by Daniella Bova

    The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

    Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia

    Honor at Stake by Declan Finn

    By the Hands of Men Book Two: Into the Flames by Roy M. Griffis

    The Devil’s Dictum by Frederick Heimbach

    Amy Lynn, Golden Angel by Jack July

    Amy Lynn, The Lady Of Castle Dunn by Jack July

    Her Brother’s Keeper by Mike Kupari

    The Violet Crow by Michael Sheldon

    (All titles are available in the Amazon Kindle store.)

    To qualify, books had to be novel length (minimum 50k words) fiction first published in the calendar year 2015. Self-published, small press and traditionally published works are all eligible, including e-book and audio formats. Authors need not be members of the CLFA or even consider themselves to be politically aligned with the CLFA in order to be nominated and win. Books were nominated by members of the CLFA closed Facebook group. The top ten nominees are the finalists.

     

    As you can probably tell, I am beyond excited. I am also humbled and thankful to God to be nominated along with the above authors. And I’m eternally grateful to all of my friends in CLFA, who have provided more love and support than I ever thought possible.

    May the best book win!


  • Book Reviews ~ Amy Lynn & Amy Lynn, Golden Angel, by Jack July

     Today I’m posting reviews of the first two books in Jack July’s Amy Lynn series. The books are unique. Both revolve around  heroine Amy Lynn Braxton, however the stories are quite different. In book one, we meet the child Amy, and follow her through her coming of age. In Golden Angel, Amy has matured, and strikes out on adventures that don’t include her family back home in Black Oak, Alabama.

     

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    Both Amy Lynn, and Amy Lynn, Golden Angel received 5 stars from me. Below are the reviews.

     

    Amy Lynn, by Jack July

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    Amy Lynn was a terrific read. In addition to Amy, a proud, yet humble and innocent child, there are many other well written and engaging characters, most of whom I loved, some of whom I hated, and a few that I’m looking forward to learning more about, in the upcoming sequel.
    This story was engaging from the first chapter, but the twists and turns it took throughout Amy’s adolescence and young adulthood were almost mesmerizing.

    I like books that stay with me after the last word has been read, books that make me think: “What would I have done in that situation?” This book delivered. I read the second half of this book in one sitting. Jack July delivered a well crafted story that kept me on the edge of my seat.  5 Stars!

     

     

    Amy Lynn, Golden Angel

     

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    After reading Amy Lynn, I remembered all of the characters and the stories that connected them to heroine Amy, who grew up in the South with a family who loved her through some pretty bad experiences. In addition to Amy, a wonderful multi-faceted character, the people surrounding her had interesting stories of their own.

    This continued in book two, Amy Lynn Golden Angel. Amy is a grown girl, recovering from more heartache in this fast-paced thriller. Different people with different stories enter Amy’s life in Golden Angel. Their lives are interesting and written with a backdrop of history. The author does a superb job of inserting historical facts into his fictional work.

    Golden Angel was quite different from the story of Amy as a child, yet I enjoyed it just as much as the first book. Amy seems to be character who could fill many more books. I’m looking forward to reading them, and I hope Mr. July keeps writing.

    5 Stars!

     

    Jack July did indeed keep writing. He has published a third book in the series, Amy Lynn, The Lady Of Castle Dunn.

    Book three is on my reading list. Stay tuned for my review.