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The Friday 56 (With Instagram 56 & Book Beginnings)

 

 

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 

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is my feature book for the #Friday56 Bookish Meme with Freda. I’m also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.

You can find the review here, by clicking this link!  (opens new tab).

Here are a couple of sentences from page 56:

Florence Nightingale May 12, 1820 – August 13, 1910. United Kingdom. Yes page 56 happens to be about a woman from the UK.

As soon as she arrived, Florence started collecting and examining all the data she could find. She discovered most of the soldiers died not because of their wounds, but because of infections and diseases contracted in the hospital.

Book Beginnings:

There are so many reasons why this book will always be special to us. Some are obvious: the record-breaking amount of money we raised through crowdfunding (more than one million dollars! Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is the most funded original book in the history of crowdfunding), the astonishing number of backers from more than 70 countries, and the privilege of working with dozens of unbelievably talented female artists from all over the world.

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Which book are you reading? Don’t be shy, do say hi!

I’m so looking forward to see what other books have been chosen for this meme! Last week was awash with more good reads to add to my shelves.
Sassy
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Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.) *Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) *Post it. *It’s that simple.

Or join The Friday 56 on Instagram!

What’s on your desk, Wednesday? #Author Anthony Stevens #WOYDW #AltRead #GuestDesk #BookishMeme #DeskMeme


StanDeskPlease keep in mind this is what works for me. You may find it helpful or something else might make a muse jiggle your elbow. Whatever you do, just keep writing!

“Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” – Gene Fowler

Most of the time, my inspirations come from discussions with family and friends. An image, name, or phrase will trigger and idea that I’ll add to my notes file. Sometime later on, I’ll revisit it and decide if it is worth investing the time to develop.

“Insanity does not run in my family. It strolls through, takes it’s time, and gets to know everyone personally.” – Anon

If I think the tale will become more than a few pages, I’ll create two files. One is the actual Work-In-Progress title while the other is a Notes file. The Notes file contains character names and brief bios, location maps, important vehicles, and world building details. Most of the info won’t make it into the story, but it helps me to visualize each scene as well as keep track of the sequence of events.

“In the force if Yoda’s so strong, construct a sentence with words in the proper order then why can’t he?” – Anon

I’m a HUGE fan of editing… but ONLY after the story is done. The rule is simple. Tell the story first!

Once I’ve wrapped up a story, I resist the urge to fiddle with it right away. I will work on another, unrelated project for at least a week.

After a week or so, I’ll start at the beginning and work my way through, editing and pruning as I go. At this point, I’m looking for plot issues, contradictions, and general flow of the language.

The second edit pass is where I’ll actually read the story out-loud. You will be amazed at what sort of errors will show up while trying to speak while you’re reading. I highly recommend you do NOT skip this step. It feels weird, yeah. Too bad. Just do it!

When I finish the out-loud edit pass, I’ll share the tale with my beta readers and/or with another editor. They will tell me what parts need work or need to be pruned.

You can find all my current books on my Post Orbital Library site. http://postorbitallibrary.com/books/

Feel free in asking me anything concerning writing, graphics, or self-publishing.

Cheers!

Anthony Stevens


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Review: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls @ParticularBooks #Review #GoodNightStoriesforRebelGirls #BestBookSmell #AltRead


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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am reviewing the book, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. Here are my thoughts:

^^ Through stories of successful women, this encouraging book aims to teach women all over the world to dream bigger, aim higher, fight harder, and never doubt what they are doing is right.

^^ Suitable for all ages, each inspirational woman featured from around the world has her own empowering story to share . The journeys these women have travelled to overcome adversity and become a success make them exceptional, positive role models for all girls, both young and old.

^^ Alongside this, each featured women has an accompanied beautifully drawn picture, which really adds to this book’s charm. Each picture has been drawn by a different artist from around the world.

^^ For any girl who has ever doubted yourself, these 100 stories feature extraordinary women who have overcome all obstacles in their way and in some cases removed obstacles for those who will come after them.

^^ Each woman featured is a world-changing pioneer in their own right, and each proof that anything is possible if believe in yourself, and keep pushing forward to reach your goals.

Overall: This is a beautifully thought out hardcover book has awesome pictures and super stories of strong, successful women that have fought adversity and naysayers and won. Their stories are both inspiring and empowering. With gorgeous artwork, and truly amazing stories, this book will make a delightful coffee table book, as well as great bedtime reading for young (and old) girls, and should set the standard of what we, as women, can achieve if we put our hearts and mind to anything we wish to accomplish. A fascinating, inspiring read!

Read review on Amazon by clicking here.

Disclosure: I was supplied a hardcopy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

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This book should also be awarded the #BestBookSmell prize!

It’s the Monday Movie Book Trailer Swap! Share your trailers here! #AltRead #MondayMovieBkTrailerSwap #BkTrailerMeme


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Welcome to the latest Monday “Movie”  #MondayMovie book trailer swap. The idea is simple. If you have you made a book trailer to promote your book – please leave the link in the comments section below, so we can come and pay you a visit and watch. Not only do I love making trailers myself, I love watching and adding them to my YouTube channel to share with others . 


If you want to share,  leave your trailer link below, I’ll visit every one of them and subscribe to your channel, too. Don’t forget, our readers might also pay you a visit. 

I’ll also tweet about your trailer, too! Find me on Twitter @Sassy_Brit  (Opens new tab).
While you are there, please consider subscribing to our OhSassyOne channel, too. Thanks.
Here’s today’s #MondayMovieBkTrailerSwap! Yes, this is a large publishing house, but I’m really looking forward to this book, and I think all authors, especially indie authors, can learn a lot from how the big guys do it!
Check out past Monday Movie posts and all the great trailers already shared here. Indie authors welcome, too!
Happy Monday!
Sassy Brit 🙂
P.S. Be sure to share your book trailer link below!

Canadian Author Throws Literary Rulebook Out of Window, Releasing “Rebellious” Book of Short Stories… @ScreaminSkullPr #Altread #PR


 

The whopping sixteenth book by Tony Nesca, ‘41eas765vfl-_sx329_bo1204203200_’ is a bold and intense collection of stories that free-flow to cover everything from sex and death to rebellious youths, music and love. It’s all part of Nesca’s mandate to wage war on literary mediocrity, stand out from the crowd and compel readers to cut to the core of what it really means to be human.
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Winnipeg, Manitoba – Writer Tony Nesca refuses to sugarcoat the truth; most new books these days are nothing but a recycling of the “same-old” concepts that are bland, formulaic and don’t keep readers engaged. However, Nesca is bucking all trends with gusto – waging war on this stagnant mediocrity and embarking on artistic freedom that has Hunter S. Thompson posthumously smiling.

Everything unravels in ‘Junkyard Lucy’, Nesca’s sixteenth published book. This isn’t just a book of short stories about life, but a searing and intense exploration of humanity that truly knows no rules. Expect Nesca to get the palms sweating with his rhythmic prose that is almost romantic, before tearing the rhythm up to chill his readers with raw and blunt “street-style” exposés’ of life’s unpredictability.

There really isn’t anything quite like it on the market.

Synopsis:

Junkyard Lucy is a collection of stories by underground writer Tony Nesca. Stylistically alternating between Nesca’s unique free-flow style, full of that incredible, rhythmic prose that only he can do, and street-tough, short declarative sentences, the writing shows incredible range. The themes are varied and widespread – from love, sex, music, death, old age, rebellious youth and everything in-between, Junkyard Lucy is a subversive celebration of being alive, a romantic, sexually charged discourse on life, alive, unfettered and free.

“The book is extremely unique, humorous, yet retains a serious quality that could just have readers reconsidering every shred of their existence,” explains Nesca who, along with his wife, founded publisher Screamin’ Skull Press. “Every other book is a rip-off of another rip-off. The bookstores are packed with these endless vampire stories and dystopian fairy tales. Where is our Anais Nin? Our Hunter S. Thompson? I want to break free of the mold and rebel.”

Continuing, “We’re at a very unique time in both global and social history; discord is running high and people around the world are looking for mavericks to speak on behalf of them and affect tangible change. I hope my work inspires other artists to embrace the freedom available to them, join me in the rebellion and speak on behalf of all in humanity.”

With the volume’s demand expected to be high, interested readers are urged to secure their copies as soon as possible after launch.

‘Junkyard Lucy’ is due for imminent release.

For more information, as well as to explore the author’s vast bibliography, visit the official website: http://screamingskullpress.com.

About the Author:

Tony Nesca was born in Torino, Italy in 1965 and moved to Canada at the age of three. He was raised in Winnipeg but relocated back to Italy several times until finally settling in Winnipeg in 1980. He taught himself how to play guitar and formed an original rock band playing the local bars for several years. At the age of twenty-seven he traded his guitar for a Commodore 64 and started writing seriously. He has published six chapbooks of stories and poems (which he used to sell straight out of his knapsack at local dives and bookstores), six novels, four books of poetry and has been an active contributor to the underground lit scene for ten years, being published in innumerable magazines both online and in print. He currently resides in Winnipeg.

Tony Nesca and his wife, Nicole-Isabella Nesca, are the editors of the underground publishing company Screamin’ Skull Press.

Contact: Tony Nesca / stalekisses@hotmail.com / 204 489 7824

Review: Staying Sharp for Dummies


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Staying Sharp for Dummies by Timothy E. Parker

My rating: 4 of 5 starsStaying Sharp for Dummies

This review is from: Staying Sharp For Dummies (Paperback)

Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme

I am reviewing the Staying Sharp For Dummies by American Geriatrics Society (AGS), Health in Aging Foundation. By the way, I am not a geriatric, I thought it would just be good to learn what I can to stay sharp as early on in life as possible! (Haha!) Here are my thoughts:

^^ This book is chock full of information, and so it should be at nearly 600 pages long. You need quite some strength to lift this book up in order to read it!

^^ I found it very good for explaining what was actually involved in staying sharp, and how I can benefit from it; reducing stress and improving memory recall and a laser focus is all part of the package if I regularly set aside time to work on my brain.

^^ Exercises and tips are provided throughout the book, including ideas of how to reduce your stress through proper organisational skills and clearing away clutter. Who’d have thought it?

^^ The only thing I’d change with this edition is to enlarge some of the font. However, as the book is already 600 pages long I can see why the font size was kept down in places. It’s massive.

Overall: This is much more interesting than I thought it would be. I’ve always thought it’s wise to maintain a healthy body through exercise and now I see that it’s just as important to keep my brain stimulated just as regularly and that includes feeding and relaxing it correctly, too.
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Review: A Sherry & A Little Plate of Tapas


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A Sherry & A Little Plate of Tapas by Kay Plunkett-Hogge

My rating: 4 of 5 starsA Sherry & A Little Plate of Tapas

This review is from: A Sherry & A Little Plate of Tapas (Hardcover)

Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme

I am reviewing the book, A Sherry & A Little Plate of Tapas, by Kay Plunkett-Hogge. Here are my thoughts:

^^ I do love my sherry and found I have learned a lot from this book. Not only does the author talk about the history of sherry she also explains in detail the different variations and what food they accompany best.

^^ The hardcover style and colour of this book looks kind of quaint and old fashioned, which I like.

^^ There is a lot of information also about Tapas as well as some great recipes. It’s not all finger food, you know!

Overall: I do like this, as I love sherry and Tapas. I have learned a lot and enjoy browsing through the glossy photos. This makes a useful cook book that doubles up as an attractive coffee table book, too.

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Review: Real Focus: How to Manage Your Life Load So You Can Start Living Your Life #AltRead #Book #Review


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This review is from: Real Focus: Take Control and Start Living the Life You Want (Paperback)

Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme

I am reviewing the book, “Real Focus: Take Control and Start Living the Life You Want” by Psychologies Magazine. Here are my thoughts:

^^ This is a time management book, packed with a lot of information about how to tell what changes can be made in your working life in order to improve your focus; from the usual useful “how to deal with your email” techniques to why procrastination can affect your focus.

^^ As always, with someone like me who reads a lot of these books, there are often points that I have heard before, however, I fully believe that for every book I read there will be some little gem in it, that if I action will make all the difference in the world, which I why I am happy to keep reading these books. It only takes one thing to work…

^^ “Real Focus” one book from a range of self help books by Capstone, which are all a similar size and stand next to each other in an nice even matching line, which I like; makes them very collectable and in a bookish OCD way they look all neat!

Overall: An easy to read book that is based around working life, that can also be used to put steps into practice for achieving greater focus (and ultimately success) with hobbies or jobs where you work from home. There are no ridged rules, just suggestions that can be cleverly changed to suit where needed — depending on your own circumstances and how you think about certain situations psychologically. Worth a read. My book is thoroughly highlighted throughout. Yes I write in notes and highlight books like these to get the most out of them.

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#TheFriday56 #BookBeginnings #Review #ADangerousCrossing @MsTamarCohen ‏ #AltRead


The Friday 56 (With Instagram 56 & Book Beginnings)

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A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys  is my feature book for this Friday 56 Meme. I’m also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.

I just finished this book, so I’m sharing my review of this book below the #TheFriday56 and #BookBeginnings memes.

Here are a couple of sentences from page 56:

These lines have such a claustrophobic, ‘can’t escape’ feel to it, plus it also brings in the scenery around them perfectly. The Rock refers to the Rock of Gibraltar. So well crafted!

He is looking so intently at her, as if he could stare right through her pupils and into her very mind, that Lily feels for a moment that she cannot breathe. Certainly, she cannot swallow, for there is a lump in the back of her mouth as large as the Rock in whose shadow they are standing.

Book Beginnings:

4th September, 1939, Sydney, Australia.

Sandwiched between two policemen, the woman descends the gangplank of the ship.

My Review :

A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am reviewing A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys.

This is an Amazon Vine Programme Review.

A Dangerous Crossing is a fictional story inspired by a real diary of a young girl’s description of life in the 1930s as she travels on a large passenger ship from the UK to Australia to learn domestic skills for girls. Here are my thoughts:

^^ A Dangerous Crossing reads a little like an Agatha Christie novel in which a closed room whodunnit becomes a ‘closed ship’ mystery; when things get tough, there is no escape.

^^ I loved the main character, Lily, for both her intelligence and naivety. It’s interesting to see how her character strengthens as she builds relationships with different people from all walks of life; people she would never have met had it not been for this trip of a lifetime for someone of her age and background.

^^ Among the many characters that are typical of this time period, we are propelled into a story where people are suspicious of each other, different races are misunderstood and unusual alliances are made. There is distrust and unease everywhere, just bubbling away under the surface.

^^ I thought the author wrote this historical fiction book well, keeping true to style of the era and characterisation, whilst providing enough suspense for the modern day reader. One could say, this story’s pace starts off slow, like the calm before the storm, but picks up, and soon it’s full speed ahead.

^^ I’m wondering if there’ll be a book two, where we find out more about the life of a girl becoming an Australian domestic servant. These were not particularly fun times for all and they worked the girls very hard for very little.

Overall: The beauty of this book is that it reveals as much about life and history of young migrants travelling to Australia, as it does about the claustrophobic life on a passenger ship where everyone, whatever their class, is thrown together at a time where Hitler has invaded Poland and Britain and France have already declared war on Germany. Small ripples develop into huge waves of suspicion during these turbulent times.

Who should trust who?

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Which books are you reading? Don’t be shy, do say hi!

I’m so looking forward to see what other books have been chosen for this meme! Last week was awash with more good reads to add to my shelves.
Sassy
🙂

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.) *Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) *Post it. *It’s that simple.

Or join The Friday 56 on Instagram!

Review: Motivate Yourself: Get the Life You Want, Find Purpose and Achieve Fulfilment #AltRead #Review


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This review is from: Motivate Yourself: Get the Life You Want, Find Purpose and Achieve Fulfilment (Paperback)

Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme

I am reviewing the book, Motivate Yourself: Get the Life You Want, Find Purpose and Achieve Fulfilment, by Andro Donovan. Here are my thoughts:

^^ This book is mainly about discovering who you are, where you want to be in life and how you can achieve what you want to fully motivate yourself to live the life you deserve.

^^ It’s loaded with practical advice where productivity is key, and living in the moment with purpose is also positively encouraged.

^^ It’s written in a clear and concise manner with a ‘do your own thinking’ style.

^^ There are end of chapter ‘Key Thinking Points’ to do, and scattered throughout are ‘Over to You’ exercises, which encourage individuals to dig deep into their own core values for a more personalised approach to what makes them tick; the basis of the whole book — finding out your strengths and weaknesses and using what you need and knowing what you don’t.

^^ This is a book one from a range of self help books by Capstone, which are all a similar size and stand next to each other in an nice even matching line, which I like, in a bookish OCD kind of way!

Overall: Interesting read. I particularly enjoyed the last chapters,’ Life Planning – Day-to-day’, and ‘Taking Care of Your Biggest Asset – You’. Whether you know what your ‘thing’ is or not, this book will help you find and evolve it.

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