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In the Books featuring A New Dawning by Ed Ireland

The first review is in for the final book of my Chronicles of the Free People Trilogy. As I told the reviewer, for me as a writer, my greatest pleasure is hearing from people and that they enjoyed the story. I create my characters and try to give them as much life as possible so the readers will genuinely care about them and what happens in their lives. From the few followers of the series that I’ve heard from, it seems that I’ve been able to justify the care I’ve taken in creating the persona’s of the clansfolk.
If anyone is intrigued by the review and would like to follow the wild and unforgiving tale of the Clans, just write me at and I’ll be more than happy to send you book one for free. Now, sit back and enjoy the review…

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Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books featuring A New Dawning (The Chronicles of the Free People Book 3) by Ed Ireland.

Disclaimer: I was given a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Book: For twenty years the Clans have kept the peace. They have spent their days and nights away from the boundaries imposed by the Goddess. They kept true to her word and allowed the years to pass without incident.

In Rahz Ahmoon, the old order is about to pass and the greatest threat the Clans ever faced returns, bringing depravity and terror to the destruction. Along the tranquil shores of the Shimmering Seas, another threat looms. A threat the Clans have been dreading for twenty years. These two incidents will return them to the most savage days they have ever seen.

In Bandashar, rebellion and plague rise…

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How to Score Great Amazon Reviews: Resources and More

Still in a bit of a funk but I saw this and felt it was a very good topic to pass along.

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From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksWith the recent controversy on the issue of reviews, triggered by Amazon’s decision to remove all of Christoph Fischer’s 1,700 reviews, it seems this is the issue of the day.

Contrary to popular belief, Amazon does not require that you’ve bought a book in order to review it. It does ask that you mention in your review if you haven’t, explaining how you came across it (usually with a simple “a copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review” statement at the end).

This myth is based on the fact that Amazon does require that you’ve bought at least one physical item from its shops before you’re allowed to place a review. This is to verify that you’re an actual human, with a valid physical address, instead of a robot, a troll or a spammer.

Now that’s been cleared, how can one go around securing these elusive reviews?

Book Reviewer…

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Losing A Pet


This is my cat Biggie. As I write this, he is dying. My wife is holding him while the rest of us sit and cry. He was a good cat, no doubt about that. He even brought us a mouse that had dared to invade the home. He was patient enough to let my daughter dress him as a princess. He guarded my wife whenever she had to use the bathroom, pushing the door open when he could to make sure she was doing it right.

I need to think about these things because losing him is ripping me apart. He was actually my cat before my wife moved into the house. When I got him from the shelter, he wasn’t much bigger than my computer mouse, all hair and wide eyes. I had another cat named Elphaba so I named him Fiero. As he grew rapidly, I joked and called him Biggie and the name stuck. It wasn’t long before he was twice the size of his older sister.

I have to keep stopping to allow a few minutes to cry. I’m not ashamed I am one of those people that think of pets as family members. Makes me wonder where the humanity is in the people that would see him as “just a cat”. Anyway, I wanted you all to know who Biggie was and what he meant to me.

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Christopher Lee

Well, we lost another great old actor. Christopher Lee passed away on Sunday. To me, he will always be Count Dracula from the Hammer House series of horror movies. But the actor was much more than just another vampire.


He was almost mystical from birth. His father was a British army officer who had served in the Boer War and his mother was Contessa Estelle Marie Carandini di Sarzano. He attended Wellington College, an elite boarding school, and joined the Royal Air Force during World War II. Poor eyesight prevented him from becoming a pilot, and he served as an intelligence officer in North Africa and Italy. His mother also remarried, to Harcourt Rose, the uncle of James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

In 1957, he made his move to Hammer and played Frankenstein’s Monster. It was a year later that he did the first of six films as the famous Count Dracula. He played opposite his long time friend Peter Cushing who played Van Helsing.


Lee brought a new feel to the vampire, and went on to convinced a generation of scholars that Dracula was a book about sex, and not about vampires. His Dracula was considered “rough and muscular”. He appeared in many Hammer productions including a role as Sir Henry Baskerville in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Then in the 1970’s, he left Hammer Studios. He hated the idea of being typecast. It was then he took on the role of Fu Manchu in a few movies along with his favorite performance as Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man. Then, in 1974 he took the role of Francisco Scaramanga in The Man With the Golden Gun.


Lee said of his performance, “In Fleming’s novel he’s just a West Indian thug, but in the film he’s charming, elegant, amusing, lethal… I played him like the dark side of Bond.” Lee continued making films during the 80s and 90s. He was offered the part of Dr. Loomis in Halloween and always regretted not taking it. Then, moving into the 2000s he was offered another role which he turned down, as Magneto in the X-Men film. But he still found the time for two of his most memorable roles.


In 2001 he appeared first as Saruman, the evil wizard in the epic Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Not one to rest on his laurels, in 2002 he took the role of Count Dooku in another iconic film series, Star Wars.


Interestingly, he had always wanted to play Gandolf. When the film came around, he had to admit he was too old for the strenuous part and took Saruman instead. Another interesting note, he actually met J.R.R. Tolkien once and made a habit of reading the books once a year. He also had a part in 5 collaborations with Tim Burton, one being the voice of the Jabberwocky in Alice in Wonderland and another being 2012’s Dark Shadows.

Lee spoke fluent English, Italian, French, Spanish and German, and was moderately proficient in Swedish, Russian and Greek. He could also carry a conversation in Mandarin Chinese. In 2006, he bridged two disparate genres of music by performing a heavy metal variation of the Toreador Song from the opera Carmen with the band Inner Terrestrials. In December 2012, he released an EP of heavy metal covers of Christmas songs called A Heavy Metal Christmas.

He was knighted by Prince Charles, but because of his age he was excused the usual requirement to kneel and received the knighthood whilst standing. Lee was named 2005’s ‘most marketable star in the world’ in a USA Today newspaper poll, after three of the films he appeared in grossed $640 million.

Lee was introduced to Danish painter and former model Birgit “Gitte” Krøncke in 1960. They were engaged soon after and married on March17, 1961 and had a daughter, Christina Erika Carandini Lee in 1963.

A truly remarkable man has left this world now. I thank you Mr. Lee for sending shivers along my spine, for showing me what a true villain is like and for bringing your unique talents to a pair of classic characters.

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#IndieRoar 10-Day Challenge: Are you ready?! (June 1 – 10)

This is it y’all! Get some tweets going and get in on the fun!

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 “Self-published authors are “dominating traditionally published authors” in sci-fi/fantasy, mystery/thriller, and romance genres but — and here is the surprise — they are also taking “significant market share in all genres.”Surprising Self-Publishing Statistics, Publishers Weekly, July 28, 2014

When you read the quote above what do you think?  Are you surprised?  Mad?  Thrilled?  We’re here to tell you that your Indie Quotient is not something we’re going to quantify.  However, we want to see your Indie prowess and pride!  To that end, you are cordially invited to join the first ever #IndieRoar 10-Day Challenge!

Show your deep knowledge, love and passion for your favorite Indie books, series and authors by joining this Twitter 10-Day Challenge.  You’ll get a new challenge every day for 10 days starting Monday, June 1st through Wednesday, June 10th, 2015!

You won’t know what’s coming next!  You’ll have to use your…

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Fantasy Authors Unplugged Featuring C. P. Bialois

Now here is a writer you have to check out…

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This is continuing feature on Archer’s Aim – Fantasy Authors Unplugged. I hope to frequently share an interview with a fantasy author. If you have authors to suggest and/or questions you’d like to see answered then leave a comment or send me an email. If you are a fantasy author and would like an interview please let me know and we’ll plan one that fits your schedule. Today, I welcome fellow fantasy author, C. P. Bialois, to Archer’s Aim.

Q. Hi CP, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

The Winter Creek HunterA.Thanks for having me. 🙂 To be honest, I really got started when my dad taught me to read by using comic books. I couldn’t stand the school books (The cat climbed up the hill gets really old. Lol), so he took me to the neighborhood newstand where I started my…

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#IndieBooksBeSeen: #IndieRoar Challenge – Day 9!

#IndieBooksBeSeen: #IndieRoar Challenge – Day 9!.

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Conference Notes Pt. 1: Compelling Characters

I’ve always thought that great characters can save a mediocre plot…

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I attended a local writing conference recently where a best-selling author of Amish romance taught a workshop about making characters compelling. Here are some highlights from her instruction which I found very interesting.

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  • Building a character takes as much time as other elements like plot, setting and pacing so don’t rush through this process.
  • Characters are what readers remember most so pertinent details and actions leave the most impression.
  • However, much like a plot often needs a change from what is planned, a character may need a similar overhaul mid-way through a draft – if it’s a common occurrence with plot don’t be surprised or annoyed when it happens with a character.
  • Also, when building a character discover your own best way to uncover the essence of your character. Yes, a character interview may work well for some writers. However, you might try something else, like pretending to…

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Indie Roar – Day 8

#IndieRoar Challenge – Day 8!

#IndieRoar Challenge – Day 8

Today is the #Selfie #IndieRoar Day! Show us your coolest, most chic, selfie!

What’s not to love? It’s a selfie! Get wild and crazy and do YOU in front of your camera!

I know you know what the prizes are but here they are…

1st Prize – $25 Amazon Gift Card + Choice of 6 Indie Books from participating #IndieBooksBeSeen Authors
2nd Prize — $10 Amazon Gift Card + Choice of 4 Indie Books from participating #IndieBooksBeSeen Authors
3rd Prize – Choice of 3Indie Books from participating #IndieBooksBeSeen Authors
Winners will be announced on Friday, June 12th, 2015. 

The books available for the winners to choose from, in addition to their gift cards, is posted on both blogs under “IndieRoar Challenge – Book Prize Listing & Catch Up!”

Remember, you can also find each day’s challenge pinned to the @NoteBkBlogairy Twitter account, and on the following blogs:

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Indie Roar – Day 7

#IndieRoar Challenge – Day 7!

#IndieRoar Challenge – Day 7

Create and tweet a Wordle you created for/about your favorite Indie book/series/author! #IndieRoar

What’s a Wordle?  It’s a great pictogram that contains words of your choosing that relate to your favorite book, series, or author — Indie, of course!

You can find the Wordle page here —

Once you enter the words of your choice to the Wordle box the rest is up to the program!  You will be amazed at some of the great things that can come out.

Here’s an example of a Wordle…

This would be a great time to start dreaming about the book you might win since the challenge ends on Wed, June 10th!

1st Prize – $25 Amazon Gift Card + Choice of 6 Indie Books from participating #IndieBooksBeSeen Authors
2nd Prize — $10 Amazon Gift Card + Choice of 4 Indie Books from participating #IndieBooksBeSeen Authors
3rd Prize – Choice of 3Indie Books from participating #IndieBooksBeSeen Authors
Winners will be announced on Friday, June 12th, 2015. 

The books available for the winners to choose from, in addition to their gift cards, is posted on both blogs under “IndieRoar Challenge – Book Prize Listing & Catch Up!”

Remember, you can also find each day’s challenge pinned to the @NoteBkBlogairy Twitter account, and on the following blogs:

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