Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Even with my reservation this is a fun collection and none of the stories is long enough to really wear out its welcome, so I think it is a pretty fair deal at 99c.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Title: Tortured Memory
Author: Lawrence W. Gold, MD
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Price: $4.99 (eBook) / $ 14.65 Paperback
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Reviewed by: Erica Moulton
Babies are born every day without limbs, with organ abnormalities or absence or missing chromosomes. It should only be natural that we expect some babies to be born devoid of the ability to feel any emotions. I have a fascination with abnormal psychology and a strong opinion that psychopaths are born that way and are not shaped by their environment. When the offer to review Dr. Lawrence W. Gold’s psychological thriller novel, Tortured Memory, I jumped at it.
In the beginning of the book, I was very wary about how good it would be. The stream of consciousness was very choppy and unorganized. As I dove further into the book, I realized that all the information was to build a foundation of knowledge for the reader of Abbie’s background, but it was done in a way that almost deterred me from finishing the book. Any book that I review, I will read in its entirety so I moved on. I am glad I did.
I feel that once Dr. Gold got writing, the passion for this story all started to naturally flow out and form into a great plot. I loved how it started out with one scene, backed up to explain the sequence of events that led to the scene and just as a climatic scene played out, it fast forwarded back to the original scene leaving the reader on the edge of suspense as they navigated thru the rest of the book. There were several possible suspects, which I liked trying to guess which one was the guilty party.
As many books in the indie author universe, it needs another comb-thru by a professional editor for some spelling and grammar errors as well as some transitioning between first and third person points of view. The cover art is beautiful and related well to the novel. I would be interested in reading more of Dr. Gold’s Brier Hospital Series. If you enjoy psychology and thrillers, then I recommend Tortured Memory.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Hi Peeps! My name is Erica Moulton and I am very excited to be joining the POD People reviewer panel! I self published two of my novels in early 2013 and was astounded to find how many self published authors were out there trying to get their novels noticed. In promoting my own novels, I stumbled across POD People and it was love at first sight. As a writer myself, I love brutal honesty. Writers can not learn to grow without honest criticism. I love to write, read and analyze so here I am!
I started out in college to pursue a career as an English teacher but life’s crazy path landed me in Accounting and Human Resources. I have had various courses in English including English 101, English 102, The Novel, Survey of Native American Literature, American Literature Levels 1 & 2, etc. I enjoy reading General Fiction, Suspense/ Thriller, some Paranormal and Non-Fiction books about the following subjects: Clean Eating/Living, Self-Sustainable Living, True Crime, some Memoirs, some Controversy Theory. I need a writer to make me question my own beliefs, to make me sob, to make me feel connected to the characters. After finishing one of the best books I have ever read, I took a shower and cried my eyes out for twenty minutes. I am also huge on symbolism and hidden meanings.
I live in upstate New York with my husband and our children. I work full time, blog (Penny Pinching Parents and Operation Life Organization), write (What Happened and Miss Non-Perfectionist: Stories of Failure to Achieve Supermom Status) and have a million hobbies (running, couponing, learning about clean living, volunteer cheer coach, taxi cab driver to practice/lessons, etc). If I do get a spare second not buried in a book or my lap top I am a huge fan of TV shows such as The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Minds, The Following and any true crime TV. So basically, I am never bored!
Feel free to leave a comment below introducing who you are so I get a feel for the followers of this blog! Have a great day!
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Friday, March 08, 2013
Specifically, royalties are based on net, and the net excludes "one-time out of pocket title set up costs" which include editing formatting art and design, and 10% of gross royalties for a "sales, marketing, and publicity fee"
- Second-Class Contracts? Deal Terms at Random House's Hydra Imprint
- Random House Imprint Hydra Not A Qualifying Market
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Title: Red Haze
Author: Adrian Lilly
Genre: Mystery/ Paranormal
Price: $ .99 eBook (Amazon)
Reviewed by: Erica Moulton
Before reading Red Haze by Adrian Lilly I was not a fan of sororities or fraternities. Hazing, pledging, Phi, Delta, Beta, rushing, Greek anything associated with trying to be accepted by a “popular” group has always been unappealing to me. In all fairness, rarely do you see a bookworm in a sorority house. Even a smoking hot one like myself. At the end of this book, I felt even stronger distaste for the sister- and brotherhoods shenanigans. If I have offended anyone yet, you might want to skip this book.
The book was predictable in my opinion- almost cliché. Girl with jaded past begrudgingly pledges popular sorority led by raging bitch. Prefers her down to earth yet unpopular roommate who is detested by the sorority. Only pledging to appease mother and boyfriend. Add in a few twists and turns with a few appearances of a ghostly figure and you have yourself Red Haze.
The main character Marne was unlikable to me. Very bitter, very flat. Almost bratty at points. I did really like supporting characters Sara and Curt. I’d like to read a book that branches off with their lives following Red Haze.
It’s not that I didn’t like Red Haze, I just wouldn’t put it in my Favorites of All Times roster. Props to Lilly’s impressive vocabulary range, though. For the first time I got use out of my Kindle’s feature that highlights and defines words that I was not familiar with. I would suggest Lilly do another round of editing as I found several errors, including a character mix up during one scene. I think the price he has set for this eBook is appropriate.
I agree with the title of Lilly’s book series- Toxic Friendships. Relationships of any kind can prove to be very toxic, I just think Lilly has it in him to be even more toxic than Red Haze was.
Red Haze is available on Amazon and Smashwords for purchase.
Monday, March 04, 2013
Sunday, March 03, 2013
Author: Kelly Cozy
Price: $1.99 (eBook) / $ 13.50 Paperback
Publisher: Smite Publications
Reviewed by: Erica Moulton