Review: Ghosts of the Falls

Here is my review of –

ghosts of the falls

Ghosts of the Falls
by Sarah Gilman
October 2013
Entangled: Ever After
54 pages
paranormal, romance

Find it on Goodreads.

Thank you NetGalley and Entangled for this ebook.

Description:

Determined to prove she’s fit for the family business, exorcist Jade Clarence knows the assignment waiting in Maine is her last chance. Born into a family of exorcists, Jade’s unorthodox ideas have gotten her into trouble in the past…and cost the life of a client.

After haunting a Maine state park for more than a century, Dutch Hutchinson will do whatever it takes to bring an end to his unfulfilling existence. When an act of arson brings a beautiful exorcist to town, Dutch takes corporeal form in order to spend his last hours in her company.

Jade quickly uncovers Dutch’s true identity and finds herself falling for the man behind the spirit. But when Jade’s legacy threatens their future, they will have to overcome the greatest of odds—life and death.

My Review –

Three Stars

This is a nice, quick novella. You will find a pleasant setting, likable characters, and sexy scenes.

Thank you NetGalley and Entangled Press for the review copy of this title.

Even though I found this ebook an enjoyable read, it was somewhat plain. It was nice, fine, OK. Nothing very memorable. It didn’t need to be longer, it just needed more spark.

I think this author has talent. She just needs to push things further, deeper.

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So I guess it was just OK.

~ Jenna

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Review: Lurker

I am a fan of novellas – not the prequel, cliffhanger types, good, well written shorter stories. They are difficult to create.

I found a good one recently.

Lurker by Gary Fry

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Dark Fuse Press
56 pages
release date: November 2013

Description:

Meg and Harry have retreated to a remote cottage on the northeast coast of England to recuperate from the mental and physical stress of losing their baby. While exploring the ancient coastal landscape, Meg chances upon eighteenth-century quarry mines reclaimed by nature. But birds and butterflies aren’t all she finds.

When a young woman goes missing, Meg must try to make sense of her many bizarre experiences: muddy handprints on the walls, savage dreams, and a visit from a stranger who may not be what she seems.

And something else is lurking nearby, something that adapts and feeds on grief. And Meg may not be able to stop it…

My Review:

Four Stars!!

Fear and Paranoia… Creeping In

Meg and Harry have moved to a quiet coastal town. It is lonely, cold, and sad… just like their marriage. Meg has quit her job and spends long days by herself.

Thank you NetGalley and Dark Fuse Press for this title.

What I liked most about this novella was the steady build of fear, paranoia, and panic. The atmosphere surrounds meg and closes in on her. So creepy and well done.

At times it was a little slow, but the details were all a part of the story. Is it truly happening? Is it Meg’s imagination? What the heck is outside her window!?

A great short piece. I will definitely look for more by this author. His writing gave me the creeps!

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I plan to read more from Dark Fuse Press. Check out that link for all their freaky offerings.

~ Jenna

How to Get ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) of Books

 

#amreading

I noticed a few search engine hits on this blog asking “how do I get ARCs?”

Well – this question isn’t answered quickly…. but here is my attempt.

If you are an everyday reader (like me 🙂 ) – the best way to eventually obtain review copies is to become an active reader and reviewer. Write many thoughtful reviews and post them on places like: blogs, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, Shelfari, Library Thing, etc. It doesn’t hurt to have a Twitter or Facebook account where you post reviews as well. Only some of these outlets are needed… you won’t need to post on all of them.

After doing this for 3 to 6 months, you can register on sites like NetGalley and Edelweiss and request ARCS. That might seem like a long time – but it isn’t. If you are an avid reader, you will continue this hobby for the rest of your life. Go for it!

Blogging takes time and persistence – a great idea is to find a few friends and start a group blog. Or ask to become a guest reviewer on an established blog.

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Why is this reviewing activity necessary?

Publishers and authors distribute ARCs in order to get exposure.

That is key to remember.

They need people who have a ‘reach’ reading and talking about their books.

Make sense?

That is my quick answer

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Annnnd back to the blog post…. 

NetGalley has offered and detailed list titled “How to Improve Your Chances for Approval.”

*** I suggest you read that. ***

Perhaps you just want free books  I’m not judging.

Free books at the time of this typing – check prices carefully before you download:

Beyond Willow Rose      click title to view book – –   Beyond by Willow Rose

In Between Jenny B Jones    In Between by Jenny B Jones

Other ways to obtain review copies – or free books:

1. Follow authors on Twitter or Facebook and watch for giveaways.

2. Many book bloggers host frequent giveaways. Find the bloggers who post on genres you like, bookmark their page and visit often.

3. Head over to Goodreads and enter their First Reads contests. Many of these titles are ARCs.

4. Have you tried the Cloud library app on you’re reader? Holy crap they carry a lot of books. Check out the instructions on your device on how to download. If you have an iPhone – easy!!  http://amzn.to/29kLrnB

Thanks for stopping!

~ Jenna