- member since May 23, 2011
I hope you are having an amazing time out there. That would be like heaven I think. I think a writer has the hardest of most professions in that yes, you entertain the public, but then you have to reach out to them. A lot of writers are introverts and don't necessarily like to mix with the public, therefore they think they picked the perfect job ... until they have to sell a book. On the other end of that, they are wonderful at social networking, which is the future. They're getting a jump being that most promotion is online. You have to tell me how the writer's retreat goes ok?
I also have a favor to ask if you get the time. I'm working with Dianne Miley, a fairly new author in that she's only written three books. I LOVE this series. Anyway, I'm trying to get her more exposure but don't work with my sweet blog very much so I don't have very many followers which is not bringing many comments to her contest. Can you leave a comment for her on the post? You even get entered to win a book. I am having a four day contest. Each day a different book and the fourth day something like a $10 Amazon card or something. Anyway, here is the link http://thesweetersideoflove.blogspot.com/2011/06/day-1-interview-and-giveaway-with.html and know that you have all my thanks! I have to run to run to church but have a wonderful day today!
I am the queen of procrastination. I had a program due for class today and instead of doing that, I had a sparkling clean house. haha. I did get my program done and got a 100% so it's all good in the end. As for authors who are funny. Shoot there is an author that is on the tip of my tongue. I won't have a review for her because it was a manuscript that I evaluated for Champagne publishing. Give me a minute, I'll think of it. One that writes funny tongue in cheek, older women stories is Nan Arnold. http://nandarnold.com/books.html. Gemma Halliday is good for chick lit/ romance that will make you laugh your butt off. I have not met a character who can have so much go wrong and the story still come out well. http://www.gemmahalliday.com/. Dianne Miley has one HECK of an awesome Christian romance series out. I LOVE HER! It's not so much funny but one book will make you want to read the series and I'm actually doing a 4 day blog with her on my sweet romance site. http://diannemiley.com/ Sarah J. McNeal is a brand new author and she will be one to watch! She writes a time travel story that I LOVED! Very funny! http://sarahmcneal.com/books.html. Sharon Donovan is a close personal author friend of mine. Her story is amazing. She's blind but still writes with a program that assists her. She has some fabulous books out but are not so much funny as they are suspense. http://sharonadonovan.com/. Sherryl Woods for sure! Love EVERYTHING she puts out. http://www.sherrylwoods.com/ And what do you know, I remembered that book from the beginning of this message. haha. It's Stormy Weather by Geri Buckley. But don't buy this one, I have the unedited manuscript if you want to read this one. LOVED IT! http://www.geribuckley.com/_i__b_stormy_weather__i___b__56038.htm. I've not read any of her other stuff. Wow, I guess don't ask a reviewer for good authors huh? haha
The internship was more than I could have asked for! It's amazing and I don't feel overwhelmed because every new thing I learn is like a new adventure! I better run, I have all kinds of high school graduates in and out to get help on their resume's and applications. Hope you got a lot of editing done.
I'm too busy enjoying the job to worry about Mr. Hottie anymore .... until I see him next of course. haha Sometimes with some authors, I just don't get their kind of humor. Yours was fantastic. I really wish I could have commented more on the plot line, like when Troy met Dani's mom and said "I will be your daughter's future" or something along those lines anyway. That was one of those moments, when you wish a book was a movie so you could see the mom's face. hahaha It's hard for me to comment on plot line because it ALWAYS gives away something that the reader should experience for themselves. I try not to even read the blurbs on books sometimes. Now, if you ever need a reviewer for the rest of the books in the series, I'm your girl! Great job!
Yeah we learned in class all about restricting access to clients. On the backside of that website is so much code it's ridiculous and if the client gets in there to change one thing, it can really cause a mess. Interning yesterday was AMAZING! I get to fix the hospital website! The whole thing! They put me with one of the bosses and he's in charge of research and development. It is so crazy fun. Right now, the hospital has scan cards. It has your name, picture, all necessary identifying information and on the back a bar code. You use that bar code to get in to the building when necessary. Everything is on lockdown, especially the IT building. Well, I get to work on tap cards. Those are where you use your card, you scan it over a small piece of machinery and it logs you into the computer. It's so freaking awesome. I also get to work on their social networking, like Facebook groups. I get to vamp them up and get followers. I have to agree on the Criminal Justice thing. I came a hair to being a police officer. It didn't matter who I spoke to, they told me I didn't have the heart for it. They told me it would harden me and I would eventually not like it. With all that in the back of my mind, I eventually chose computers. I can still do the criminal justice part of it but in like computer forensics. I have a funny kind of story, I was thinking about Mr. Security hottie when I had to go turn in my paper for my hospital car tag. I knock on the door thinking he was going to answer and when the door opened, I had to laugh. It was an old man who apparently had just been in a fight because his nose what taped up. hahahaha, that's my kinda luck. lol I kept thinking that old man and that old chaplain lady would make a good couple. I did sign up to join the newsletter and I don't care how many times you hit up my email box. :) I am loving Together Again. I'm on page 176 and she just got back home. He's meeting Ellie for the first time up close. LOVE IT!
Wow, very impressive story on how you learned to write. Trust me when I say that I've seen some college professors write and it wasn't pretty so I don't think it's the public education part rather than the individual education that makes a difference. You've taught yourself well.
As far as interning, we had orientation on Monday which was a blast. It was an all around orientation so they had mostly medical personnel there (since it was a hospital and all). And then they had security come in to talk to us. I remember him walking in thinking "OH LAWD! I just found the hero to my book!" Funny how everything he said became that much more interesting. haha. When I went back to school, I was on the fence about what to take. My passion was for Criminal Justice but my whole objective going back to school was to be able to build websites for authors at a fraction of the cost. I got sick and tired of watching new authors be taken advantage of just because they didn't know the prices of websites and stuff. Granted that Computer Programming/Technology and Networking has helped (I can fix a computer very quickly now) my love still sits with Criminal Justice. Anyway, back to the security guy. There was this old lady that was there (and she sure wasn't blind lol) that was going to be a chaplain at the hospital. She had been quiet all day until Mr. Security Hottie walked in. She found so many questions to ask and then pulled him aside asking questions about safety and who knows what else. It was so funny to watch. You could tell that he dealt with this problem often and kept on deflecting her questions. All 6'3 about 250 pounds of muscle looked good walking out of that conference hall. I'm reading your story right now so it shouldn't be long that you have to wait for a review. I went to your site to get the blurb and the cover and I have to say I LOVE YOUR SITE! It's so pretty and relaxing. Everything is clear, concise and very easy to access. Props to your website developer. Great job!
Oh I would love 68 degrees right now. I think no matter what we always want what we don't have. For me anyway. First it was cold, now it's too hot. Goodness, what am I going to say when it's the perfect temperature? hahaha. I totally understand about the whole author thing. I've dealt with some doosies. I have fallen in love with some authors and then go read their reviews and wonder if whoever reviewed the book was reading the same book I was. I just leave shaking my head sometimes.
I snuck into the database (because Cassie hasn't gotten back to me) and I didn't see your book as taken. Go ahead and send it to my email and I will review it. Once reviewed, if you are pleased with the review, I can post on Goodreads, Shelfari, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my personal blog (depending on how spicy it is, it can go on my sweet blog or not so sweet blog) :)
Reviewing takes up a lot of time and I've watched authors step down from their own yahoo groups (of course handing it over to someone else) so they can get back to writing. I think you have to find that middle ground between promoting the books and writing them. I've seen authors deadlines and wondered how the world they can do all they do. Sometimes just being a reviewer makes me want to throw my computer through the window when it comes to getting them all done. I'm lucky though in the fact that authors come to me so I get to choose which ones I like and am introduced to many more I've never met.
Don't tell anyone this part but I also evaluate books for Champagne Publishing. You would not believe what some people try to submit. It's like some writers don't care anymore. Or haven't taken the time to learn how to write a proper sentence even. But on the other hand, Champagne puts out some FABULOUS stuff when they get through the editing etc. process.
It was so stinking hot here today. 96 I think. As for being a reviewer, it's not a paid position or anything and no academic backgrounds are involved. We have authors and readers alike. We are so short on reviewers it's not even funny. You could even review for us if you'd like to. You could go by some other name if you didn't want people to know who you are. I've gotten a nasty letter or two in the years I've reviewed but hey, that comes with the territory. I can't lie and say I like a book if I don't but I also don't shred the author to pieces. I actually got a bad letter on a 4 rating instead of a 5. The author and I both lived through it. hahaha. As for school, I am a student going for three degrees. Computer programming, computer networking and computer technology. I start my internship at the hospital in the IT department tomorrow. This time next year I should have all three degrees. The same year my middle daughter graduates high school. :)
I don't live in SA anymore. I lived there from birth until 8 then moved to Las Vegas until I was 19. After that I got married, moved to KY, SC, KY, and SC again. :) So South Carolina is where I call home. :) I'm so glad the compliment made her feel better. A good portion of the books I review are TWRP books. Them and Champagne are my two favorites. I have an email in to Cassie to see if she has the book. I sent it last night and she hasn't gotten back to me yet. We are dealing with a problem reviewer right now and I had to take over the books she didn't review so Cassie is running around like a chicken with her head cut off. hahaha. I used to have her position and had to step down because of school. She's got her hands full but is moving You Gotta Read to places beyond anything I could have ever dreamt of. I still review for them and post my own reviews, which is just the way I like it. :)
LOL, I haven't heard the word nincompoop since I was young. I was born in South Africa so it was a common term in my household. I still say it once in a while to my daughters and they look at me like I'm a two headed baboon! LOL I am trying myhand at writing but like you say, it's harder than it looks. Lucky for me, I get to choose a lot of the books that I read so that's a plus. Your book sounds really good and yes, I would like to review it. Let me get with Cassie and see if she has it. If not, I will let you know and I'll get the copy from you. Oh by the way, my email address is email@example.com if you'd like to get a hold of me at any time. It's so incredibly hot down here. I've been reviewing all day and I just looked at the time. It's 7:30. Where on earth did the time go? Good thing I'm a speed reader. :) I meant to tell you, you landed at a GREAT publisher. I love The Wild Rose Press.
Sadly Roberta is no longer with us, she was one of the best reviewers ever. I will see if your book is in our stack. If you don't get a review on it within a decent amount of time, let me know and I'll grab it. sometimes the longer books don't get picked up right away because it's just easier to read a novella and get a review posted quicker. I've got about 10 reviews going right now but would be happy to review yours as well. With school and the girls it might take me about a week or so but I will do my best to get the review up ASAP
"Mimi Barbour says
I just checked my junk mail and I'm so glad I did. Found your answer to my question there about who you review for. Turns out that "You Gotta Read" did a review for one of my novellas to my series "The Vicarage Bench". It was called "We're One" and Roberta reviewed it and gave me lovely comments.
My new book is for the same series and is called "Together Again". This one is full-length - 268 pages. I write for Wild Rose Press and I believe they send their new releases to you.
It's nice to meet someone else in the business...especially someone who talks about their girls the way you do. I'd say they're lucky to have a such super mom.