The Princess of Elsseria by Leslie G.

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My Ratings: 4/5 stars

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery

Published March 16th 2020


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She is the heiress of the throne, the guardian of the blue forest, the princess of Elsseria, and a creature of darkness.
Liah does not know her origin, or what type of blood runs through her veins. Suffocating in a court that perhaps expects too much from her, she embarks on an adventure to find her own self, although what she might discover scares her more every time.
This book will take you to a world of magic, threatened by a legendary enemy. Where a different kind of princess tries to find her place, and a young Captain falls in love with the wrong person. A world that its inhabitants will defend with fury, rescuing old alliances and forging new ones. A place to dream.
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Space Kids – The Journey of Hope by Alan Nettleton

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

Paperback, 86 pages

Published April 18th 2020


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Four talented 12-year-olds, a robot and a dog have been chosen for a special mission. Sophie, Jack, Sahil and Leena knew they would be the first kids ever to go to space, and without adults, but what was supposed to be a routine trip turned into the greatest adventure in human history. This uplifting story inspires children to believe they can accomplish things that adults can only dream of and overcome the greatest of challenges. It provides us all with hope. Continue reading

Garbage In, Demon Out by M.David Scoble

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published May 12th 2020 by Moogi & Wil Books, LLC


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Alex Land is tired of learning magic. She’s about to start her freshman year of high school and needs to make friends! But when an argument with Grandfather leads to accidentally trapping a demon in her brand new smartphone, the start of the school year is the last thing on her mind. Worse, Alex unknowingly traps another demon, a real monster, in the Internet and it wants out! Now, trying to make new friends, survive a new school, and cope with being fourteen years old takes a back seat as Alex and her smartphone demon try to stop the worst Internet troll ever! Continue reading

The Land of the Purple Ring by Deborah J Natelson

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My Rating: 5/5 stars


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The clockwork man is crafted, to begin with—his father forced by that terrible tyrant Time to create her a slave for all eternity. His brain boasts balance wheels and torsion springs; he can wind himself up with a key in his side; and, most importantly, his gyroscopic tourbillon heart glimmers with pure diamond.
He is a living being and he is art, and he refuses to remain a slave forever. He therefore slips through Time’s fingers as the Sands of Time slip through the cracks of reality (at least, when the time cats aren’t using them as a litter box).
Among astounding adventures, despite harrowing hardships, and in between escaping interfering enchanters, the clockwork man seeks his imagination, his purpose, and his name.
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So, I was on the Cover of a Magazine

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The May Cover of Books and Buzz Magazine, which is essentially an e-magazine for author and blogger community featured me as Book Reviewer of the Month.

In a conversation with the editor of the Magazine Timothy Pike, I answered questions about my life and career. I talked about how by the time I turned eighteen, I had already read no fewer than 1,000 books and written 400 reviews.  In my feature article for the magazine, I reveal what else I spend all my time doing, the book genre I don’t like at all, and what it takes to write great book reviews.

I also shared one of my favorite book reviews of Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Murakami with them.

The book is a compilation of incidents that led to the Tokyo gas attack collected through research and interviews. I was impressed by Murakami’s ability to stick to the truth while weaving an interesting story. It’s one of my favorite Non-Fiction books and you can read review here.

For those interested in getting their book reviewed, author interview on my blog or draft critique, here a link to the Chapterbuzz profile.

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An Uneasy Alliance by Kyra Radcliff

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My Rating: 4/5 stars


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A bitter beginning that led to the sweetest ending…
The last thing small town mayor, Katherine James, wants is a call that her brother is behind bars. Not a good look. When she goes to see him, however, he swears that he’s innocent and is being framed by the brother of the woman he loves.
Set on doing whatever it takes to get her brother out of this horrific predicament without employing her powers as mayor, Katherine finds herself agreeing to a bizarre deal with the cunning and wickedly handsome Tate Reilly: Be his live-in social secretary for one month in exchange for dropping the charges against her brother.
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Crystal Shadows, Gripping New Blood by R J Parker

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Sarah only knew life with her father since her mother’s death. They had just moved to their new home and employment as a history teacher at Lon Chaney Jr. High. She finds friends who take her in as single parent families. Rachael Heston, Shaw Mortson and Jack Dexter.  To her horror she learns of something living in their attic that has been kept from her. And that someone is none other than Sarah’s grandfather! But, this is no ordinary grandfather… With the discovery of her grandfather comes the question as to whether Sarah has the power to give life to the amulet – the Telum Deos – that will help to fight the forces of darkness. Continue reading

I Can Get Paid to Read Books? (Guest Post)

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“I would love to get paid to read books! But I don’t have any experience! Where to begin?”

The act of building proofreading experience is going to do two things for you. First, it’s going to teach you how to do the job. Second, it’s going to give you experience that you can put on your résumé in order to get more jobs.

  1. It’s going to teach you how to do the job
  2. It’s going to give you experience for your resume in order to get more jobs

This is one of those chicken and egg situations. How do you get a proofreading job without knowing how to proofread? And how do you learn how to proofread without doing proofreading jobs? You can take all the classes you want and read every “how-to” book on the market, but quite simply, you just need to begin. The best way to learn how to proofread is to dive right in, whether or not you know the proofreading symbols or how to employ them. Chances are, if you are dealing with local publications and personal material—which you will be doing—the people you will be working for won’t know how to interpret them anyway.

The purpose of these first jobs is for you to create a serviceable pool of experience that you can put on your first résumé. Keep a list of the jobs you complete as you are building experience.

Reach out- Get in Touch with Someone (in a Corona-approved Fashion)

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You may have heard that everyone on Earth is separated from everyone else by no more than six relatives or friends. Take advantage of these six commas of separation through your immediate circle of associates. Networking through friends and family is a time-honored and non-threatening place to begin any experience-building adventure. Make contact with everyone listed in your Rolodex. Don’t dismiss anyone out of hand. You may be pleasantly surprised by who can help you.

When contacting your network, simply communicate the following: “Friends, I am beginning my proofreading career. Right now, to gain different kinds of experience, I’m looking for any sort of project that needs a second eye.” If you have friends in business, you can proofread their brochures, business cards, correspondence, or even a restaurant menu. A friend in school may need someone to look over a thesis or dissertation. Someone you know (or a “friend of a friend”) may even work in some sort of publishing job and will let you come in and trail them for a day. Or perhaps they will let you swing by and poke your head in on a project.

Let’s Get Loud

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The squeaky wheel gets the grease. If no one knows that you’ve decided to take on proofreading as a career change, no one will be able to help you. If you don’t get a response to your first assault, ask again. People need to be gently prodded. And prodded.

Boo-Boo, Thy Name Is Internet

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The Internet is an incredible resource for practice materials, offering two great benefits: instant access and anonymity. And because you can communicate with people online through written correspondence, it is a very comfortable way to start practicing the skill of approaching unfamiliar people.

Have you ever found an error on a website? (Only once every five minutes, it seems!) There’s your opportunity to reach out and land yourself a job. Reach out, say hello, politely point out the error, and offer to proofread the entire site at a discounted, Coronavirus-friendly rate. You’ll be well on your way to earning income in your PJs.

As you build experience, you can build referrals, which leads to more work and more joy for your brain and your wallet.

Wishing you joy on your proofreading journey,

Sue Gilad

To find out more about how to get paid for proofreading, read Sue Gilad’s book Paid to Proofread. It reveals the secrets of becoming a professional proofreader, and how one can earn a six-figure income reading books before they get published. Readers will learn how to develop a competitive resume and cover letter, make contacts and foster relationships with potential employers, and use proofreading symbols effectively to correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. The book also features proofreading tests for further practice.  Gilad began freelance proofreading to subsidize her acting career in New York. During this time, she has proofread over 1200 books for Random House, Simon & Schuster, John Wiley & Sons, St. Martin’s Press, Oxford University Press, Workman Publishing and Kensington Publishing, among others. To purchase an electronic copy of Paid to Proofread for $24.99, please visit www.paidtoproofread.com. Print copies and a five-segment video course are also available for purchase.

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