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Smashwords Sumer/Winter Promotion 2013. 1-31 of July!

It’s July, again. It’s now been a year since Magical Roads has come out. Time sure went fast.

 

But, people who follow my blog know what July is all about, SMASHWORDS SALE! Something I don’t think I’ve missed since I started this blog 3 year ago. Just because it’s awesome!

 

RULES:

– Books can change in price throughout the month, some people might only participate in this sale a part of a month. I don’t have any influence on this.

– Books can be added to or taken out of the sale at any point.

– The links to the books don’t work on their own, you need to add the code to the shopping cart when you pay for the books. When you click the update button it will automatically jump to the right price.

 

 

 

What do the codes mean:

SW100 = 100% off (aka FREE)

SSW75 = 75% off

SSW50 = 50% off

SSW25 = 25% off

 

 

 

Here are the books, listed in the order I add them as to not confuse people who keep checking back.

 

Kia Zi Shiru: LGBT, Young Adult, Fantasy

SW100

 

SSW50

 

 

Simon Haynes: Science Fiction

SW100

 

SSW50

 

SSW50

 

 

Amy Keeley: Fantasy

SW100 until 6th of July

 

 

James + Andrea Brokaw: Humor, Young Adult

SSW50

 

 

That is what I’ve got right now. New ones will be added. You can always message me or otherwise contact me to be added to this list.

 

Guide for online published stories, Part 2

This guide will be a mini-series for writers who publish online, the do’s and don’ts and practical handles. It is by no way meant to teach you about grammar, spelling and all those technical things, this is a guide about the practical side of writing. I try to show you some conventions and some handles on how to write and get read online.

Part 2 of this guide will start where Part 1 ended, to go back to Part 1 you can click on one of the topics spoken about in the last instalment or use the link at the bottom of this page.

List of topics (in progress):

Writing:

Part 1:

1. Publishing

2. Description of the story, blurb, summary

3. Narration, tenses and grammar

Part 2:

4. Dialogue

5. Setting and talking heads

6. “flowery” language

7. Names

Part 3:

8. Narration styles, voices

9. Clichés to look out for

Website:

1. How to find readers/writers

2. How to make people remember you

3. How to give feedback that people appreciate

4. Know the Terms of Service of the website (or, How to keep out of trouble)

Read the rest of this entry »

 

Guide for online published stories, Part 1

This guide will be a mini-series for writers who publish online, the do’s and don’ts and practical handles. It is by no way meant to teach you about grammar, spelling and all those technical things, this is a guide about the practical side of writing. I try to show you some conventions and some handles on how to write and get read online.

List of topics (in progress):

Writing:

Part 1:

1. publishing

2. Description of the story, blurb, summary

3. Narration, tenses and grammar

Part 2:

4. Dialogue

5. Setting and talking heads

6. “flowery” language

7. Names

Part 3:

8. Narration styles, voices

9. Clichés to look out for

Website:

1. How to find readers/writers

2. How to make people remember you

3. How to give feedback that people appreciate

4. Know the Terms of Service of the website (or, How to keep out of trouble)

Read the rest of this entry »

 

[teen] Pretty Little Liars – Sara Shepard

As the second book to post here I’ll write a bit about the book Pretty Little Liars where the tvseries of the same name is based on. I have been watching the series for a while now, my own guilty little pleasure, and I couldn’t wait to see what was going on in the series. So I decided to start reading the books.
The series are pretty well done, very strong, but the books are better. Nothing unusual about that, though some events happen differently in the series than in the books, there was a bit of getting used to the change of events, but nothing major.


The book of upper-class, seemingly goody-goody girls with a twist, very catchy.

This is what Amazon says about the book:

In the exclusive Philadelphia suburb of Rosewood, Alison is the Queen Bee of her elite seventh grade hive. BFs Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily vie for her attention, even as each of them hides a hideous secret only Alison knows. So when Alison goes missing after a slumber party, never to be seen again, each girl is heartbroken, but also a little relieved. Now it is three years later, and though the four girls have grown apart, they are each still hiding something. Artsy Aria is carrying on an affair with one of her teachers, fashionista Hanna shoplifts to accessorize her trendy outfits, blue-blood Spencer is sleeping with her older sister’s boyfriend, while straight-A Emily is trying to ignore her attraction to a new female classmate. When the girls begin receiving threatening text messages and emails that from someone known only as “A,” they must confront the fact that against all odds, it appears Alison is back. Could Alison still be alive? And if so, why is she so determined to uncover all their dirty little secrets?

After watching the series for a bit I sort of knew what to expect of the series, or so I thought. The book was catchy, not by subject but by writing style. The style is very engaging and keeps pulling you along, I had a very hard time putting the book down.
The girls are lovable, all of them blessed with a type of girl-teen angst. It is all about being the best, competing with others, falling in and out of love and so much more.
But for these girls there is a bigger secret out there, bigger than who they are dating, how they transformed or what they do behind their sisters back… There is  “The Jenna Thing” for example. And the only one who knows all has disappeared, the queen bee, Alison.
Three years after her disappearance the girls get messages from a mysterious A who seems to know all their secrets. Not only that but they always seem to arrive at the moment that their present life and their past secret seem to overlap somehow. This creeps the girls out but they keep it to themselves, afraid that talking to the other girls might seem crazy.
This is until they find Alison back, suddenly the other girls seem the only sane option to talk to.

After reading the first book I had to start on the second book. The tension seems to pull me along really nice and the second book seems promising as it starts out with another flashback of Alison and I really love those moments.
You can find the books on Amazon(UK) and Amazon(US).

Happy Reading!

Kia

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2011 in reading, review, teen