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Flash Gold (The Flash Gold Chronicles Book 1)
Flash Gold (The Flash Gold Chronicles Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk Lite - at its best!, 21 Aug. 2015
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Inventive, solid storytelling that kept me happily entertained from start to finish. It's hard enough to find stories in this particular niche (Weird West) which is a sub-genre of Steampunk, which is a sub-genre of Alternate History, which is itself a sub-genre of SF/F! So anyone who enjoys this kind of stuff should be as happy as I am to have found Lindsay Buroker's novellas.

The characters are interesting and fun to spend time with and while some folks might find the predictability of their stories off-putting, I really don't mind. There are no new stories after all, only new ways of telling them, and Buroker does a great job of spinning an engaging genre yarn into a fine bit of story-cloth: recognizable enough that you know what you've got, but inventive enough to delight you with genuine surprises.

I've just bought the rest in the series, so that's pretty honest evidence of the fact that I enjoyed this one - I also have a feeling that they'll get better as the writer grows into the characters and their stories a bit more.

If you're looking for a satisfying, light read that ticks all the boxes and leaves you feeling happy and satisfied, this is it.

Get Started in Writing Young Adult Fiction
Get Started in Writing Young Adult Fiction
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to write and publish YA, read this first., 18 Jun. 2015
There are gazillions of 'how to write and publish' books out there and I've probably read most of them. There are few that give real insight from highly respected industry insiders. There are fewer still that translate that insight into solid, actionable advice. Fewer yet that offer that advice in crystal clear, accessible and appealing prose. This book does all of that and more.

It is possible to read this in one sitting to get an overview. You can also work with it as it is intended: a complete, practical course that will take you step by step from your initial idea to a complete, publishable manuscript perfectly tailored for the YA market.

As one of the industry's most dazzling agents, Juliet Mushens also packs in the value by showing you exactly how to develop the perfect pitch, put together a convincing cover letter and a synopsis that will make you stand out to agents and publishers.

Ms. Mushens also shares honest insights into the pros and cons of self-publishing, the traditional publishing route, and the option of operating as a hybrid author.

For many first time authors working through the fog of mystery and confusion surrounding the publishibg industry, and hoping to break into the YA genre, this generous and always readable book will be like a sudden glorious dawn lighting up the sky after a long, dark night.

Write. Publish. Repeat. (The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success) (The Smarter Artist Book 1)
Write. Publish. Repeat. (The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success) (The Smarter Artist Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most useful books for writers who want to be read., 3 Jun. 2015
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This book is written primarily for authors planning on self-publishing (and as a vehicle to promote the authors' self-published books - a fact about which they are entirely up-front), but really it is jam-packed full of superb, excellent, first-rate advice for any author who wants her work to be read. The truth is that even if you are traditionally published, these days you are going to have to do most of the marketing yourself. This book will enthuse you and serve you an 'all-you-can-eat' buffet of plentiful, practical, actionable advice. And if you don't want to read it, just remember the title: write, publish, repeat. Really *getting* that - indie or trad - is worth the cover price in its own right.

City of Fiends
City of Fiends
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is was a cracking good read! It's a finely crafted medieval whodunit that ..., 23 July 2014
This review is from: City of Fiends (Kindle Edition)
In short, this is was a cracking good read!

It's a finely crafted medieval whodunit that manages to convey the thorough research underpinning it and still remain a gripping page-turner.

The characters are beautifully drawn and memorable. The villains are about as nasty as they come but our protagonists, flawed as they are in some ways, will seem like dear friends by the end. You'll miss them when you close the back cover. Fortunately they all appear in other books in the series.

There is murder, intrigue, viciousness, greed and duplicity. There is also a somewhat world-weary compassion, sensitivity and determination to see justice done. The plot will keep you guessing to the last twist. The period is evoked in delicious detail without succumbing to too much description in the prose. It's tightly plotted, nicely written.

If, above all, you value top-notch storytelling and a writer who has complete command of his craft - this will not disappoint.

I shall be getting my hands on another of these gems as soon as I can.

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