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Monday, June 26, 2017
Marvelous Monday, On My Kindle Book Reviews, Lexi Rowell

Thought I'd share a little #MarvelousMonday fun with you by getting Lexi to pose with my Kindle.

I was trying to get her to look like she was reading, but she is not fond of the Kindle and the best I could do was catch her attention by holding a treat while nudging the Kindle forward with my toe slowly so I could take this picture. I shouldn't have expected her to be very cooperative since I made the attempt a mere 15 minutes after I had bathed her and gave her a blow out.

Fun and games aside, after having a mini-meltdown about going in to work, a friend of mine convinced me to apply for Social Security disability benefits. My former boss was hypercritical of my work while the person I was working with didn't want me to show her up and kept urging me to slow down. Between the two of them, they managed to work me up and I started having issues with anxiety. Currently, I'm looking for a part-time housekeeping job either working for a hotel or office cleaning company; both of which involve working independently, which will hopefully cut down on the workplace drama.

Currently Reading

Job hunting takes a lot of time and energy, but I'm still finding time to read!

Providence Paranormal College, D.R. Perry, Up Next, On My Kindle Book Reviews, Marvelous Monday
If you don’t own your mistakes they’ll own you.

Wolf shifter Josh Dennison shouldn’t tempt coincidence, or he’ll end up ill-fated, like his missing brother and maimed sister. The wolves pledged neutrality when the Goblin King and Sidhe Queen split up centuries ago. But he’s falling for the one woman he can’t have, a Kelpie whose magic comes straight from the Goblin King’s court.

Nox Phillips has hidden on campus since she undid the Queen’s punishing spell. When she and Josh work together again, their mutual attraction can’t be denied. But for any favor shown to one Faerie court, a price must be paid to the other. Nothing can erase Nox’s guilt or prevent the Sidhe Queen from putting her on trial. How far will Josh go to save her?

Of Wolf and Peace is a full-length novel with a happy ending for the main couple. Readers will still be left wondering who is next in the attempt to close down the college.

Return to Providence Paranormal College in this full-length novel. Extrahumans of all types abound on this urban campus on the East Side of Providence, Rhode Island. This Ivy-League college recently opened its doors to anyone with enough talent. The Admissions Department at PPC enrolls humans with extraordinary grades, the magically and psychically inclined, vampires, werewolves, changelings, and even magic shifters like dragons and Kelpies. Come take a tour! If you like YA and NA Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy with strong romantic subplots, you’ll feel right at home here.

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 Ines' Words, Haidji, Up Next, TBR, On My Kindle Book Reviews
The love story between Ines de Castro and King D Pedro I is one of the most tragic, intense and powerful in European history. Their story has become a legend and it is difficult to separate fact from fiction, where the only certainty that remains is the element of forbidden, but everlasting, love. With her latest work, Ines’ Words, Haidji brings her unique and magical style to this subject and shows not only the enduring power of the legend, but of love itself.
Haidji was kind enough to send me a print copy of this book and has waited very patiently for me to read and review it, along with Harables 2.

 Illusional Reality, Karina Kantas, Up Next, TBR, On My Kindle Book Reviews
‘Romance, Magic, Action…Illusional Reality has it all.’ Emily Woodmansee

Nobody expects to stare death in the face only to find out your entire life is a lie. Rescued by Salco, marketing executive Becky finds herself in an unknown magical world filed with happy people that try to forget their land is on the brink of destruction.

Becky will soon learn that her arrival is no accident. If learning that she is Thya, the heir of the enchanting land isn’t enough, she’s then told that an Oracle prophesied that she will save the gentle Tsinians from slavery and domination by Darthorn, the Warlord of Senx.

It is at a festival where she is introduced to the Tsinian council and her kinsmen, that she learns the whole truth. The council are so certain that a union between Darthorn’s son, Kovon and Thya will create peace between the two lands. However, Darthorn has plans for Tsinia as does Kovon for Thya and neither are good.

Although her future has been planned and if she is to save Tsinia she must marry Kovon, Thya gives her heart to another. A love that is forbidden and dangerous.

Illusional Reality is a story about hope, courage, love and sacrifice.

‘This story is unique. No typical fantasy stereotyping.’
I featured this book over a year ago, so I was surprised when Karina Kantas contacted me and asked if I wanted to review one of her books. After reading her email, I knew which one I wanted to request and I'm very excited about reading it and sharing it with you!

Since I am clearly unable to hold down a traditional job, I've been thinking about working from home. While I would absolutely love to strike out on my own and offer editorial reviews for a fee that is less prohibitive to indie authors than what Kirkus charges, I currently don't have the capital to create a website and connect it to this domain.

I'm investigating free-to-start options for this enterprise, but I am also kicking around the idea of offering to manage social media accounts for indie authors. A lot of the indie authors I deal with just don't have the time to build followers organically and engage with their followers. This is because creating a following organically means creating content for social media, posting consistently on social media, and engaging with people on social media (either responding to people or starting a conversation).

So this week's question to the indie authors who follow me is this: which service would you consider more valuable?

  1. Editorial reviews
  2. Social media management 
What would you, as an indie author, be able or willing to pay for the service you consider valuable? Keep in mind that any editorial reviews I write could not be posted as consumer reviews on sites like Amazon or Goodreads.

Let me know in the comments.

Have a marvelous Monday and an amazing week!