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In the first instance. The content section of the book is a misrepresentation. The segments of the book are not as described. The contents of the book consists of a list of other authors books, and the excerpt that has been copied into this book.
A rudimentary search for these books shows that they do not exist under the names listed. The author either made a catastrophic error in every case or is deliberately misquoting the titles of the books.
In other words I'm guessing that this author is taking content from other authors without their permission, and is trying to evade detection by scrambling the titles of the books just enough to keep the other authors of their scent. Who knows. But the contents list is grossly inaccurate. I will demonstrate the repeated failure to correctly name the authors and their books in the following section. I will include links to the books so that you can see what their correct names are.
Basically it is a book of excerpts from free books on Amazon or books that don't exist. Which have been listed using the wrong names of the book.
Shéa MacLeod—Knight In Shining Armor —Excerpt: Dragon Warrior. Dragon Warrior (Dragon Wars Book 1)
This book doesn't exist on Amazon or anywhere else. I couldn't find it on Google. However there is a book by Shéa MacLeod called Dragon Warrior which is free on Amazon. It would be simpler just to read the free book in its entirety. I'm not sure what the point of reading a small fragment of it is.
Latchkey Kid—Heather Marie Adkins —Excerpt: Abigail. Abigail: Witch Faery Trilogy
This book doesn't exist on Amazon or anywhere else. I couldn't find it on Google. However there is a book by Heather Marie Adkins called Abigail: Witch Faery Trilogy which is free on Amazon. It would be simpler just to read the free book in its entirety. I'm not sure what the point of reading a small fragment of it is.
Danielle Blanchard—Write or Die —Excerpt: Forever 27.
This book doesn't exist on Amazon or anywhere else. I couldn't find it on Google.
Lizzy Ford—The Phoenix and the Darkness —Excerpt: Damian’s Oracle. Damian's Oracle (War of Gods Book 1)
This book doesn't exist on Amazon or anywhere else. I couldn't find it on Google. However there is a book by Lizzy Ford called Damian's Oracle (War of Gods Book 1) which is free on Amazon. It would be simpler just to read the free book in its entirety. I'm not sure what the point of reading a small fragment of it is.
Linda Welch—Never Too Late —Excerpt: Along Came a Demon. Along Came A Demon: Whisperings: Volume 1
This book doesn't exist on Amazon or anywhere else. I couldn't find it on Google. However there is a book by Linda Welch called Along Came A Demon: Whisperings: Volume 1
which is free on Amazon. It would be simpler just to read the free book in its entirety. I'm not sure what the point of reading a small fragment of it is.
What I'm basically saying is the contents of this book is nonsensical. None of the titles of the books are correctly named. all of the books are free books and some do not exist at all.
In other words I find this to look incredibly bogus.
As for the writing itself it's fairly average it's what I'd expect from a free book. But I don't see the point of reading these tiny experts. It's a much simpler just to download a sample from the free book and make a decision based on that.
What concerns me about this author are the numerous inaccuracies, especially when referring to other authors. Secondly the exits themselves were very short, in fact I would expect to see a longer exit in a Kindle sample. So it's actually counter-productive reading samples in this way.
I just find it really annoying and I was particularly aggravated by the failure to actually name the books correctly. And to refer to books which don't exist and haven't been written. It's incredibly annoying to be treated so badly by an author who can't even get her facts right. It shouldn't be up to the reader to fact check things for the author and point out their incompetencies. That's what editors are for.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
Now how does any of the above go with a review of a book? How does this help you decide on whether or not to purchase it? Why should you care how I feel? How did you get here when you used a different search term?
I can not answer any of these questions, only you, the reader of this, can. Now on to the review. I had thought that I would review the book overall instead of per story as there are 25 stories. I feel that reviewing each story would detract from the overall meaning of the book. Also at the end of this review I will include a small note from each of the authors of this book. Pleas share this work with everyone you know.
There comes a time when, as a reviewer (professional or indie), that you come across a book that reaches deep within your soul and grabs your heart then refuses to relinquish either. This book is filled with pages of undiluted emotion and the baring of souls that you were not expecting. You are so touched by the story or stories that you can not or I should say will not put it down. This book makes you laugh with joy, cry with pain, shake with anger, sneer with contempt and smile with triumph. Indie Chicks is that book for me. I approached this book with some trepidation as it is an anthology and I am not particularly fond of those but it is filled with 25 of the who's who of Indie Chick authors, so I figured I would give it a go.
I then started this journey without realizing that I would be so moved. These women bared their souls in one book, for the world to see and did so without looking back. The psychologist in me says that this was part of the healing process but the man in me says they need to be held and loved and told that everything will be alright. However the overall meaning is not lost and I realize that in truth this was meant as a journey of overcoming the seemingly impossible with determination, grit and self worth. Indie Chicks teaches women to pick themselves up and overcome what is thrown at them because they are worth it and can not be held down when they chose not to be. Each story runs smoothly with the others to reach this overall expression with or t=without the Indie Chicks realization. The writing in each story is flawless, raw and the emotional highs will drive you from one to the next. I recommend this to every woman on the planet, especially those in situations of despair or depression. I recommend this for every man on the planet because to love a woman, respect a woman and honor a woman does not make you gay. Besides we may all learn something.
I realize that the proceeds of this book go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation but I would prefer you bought it based on the overall expression of the book. Let us ring two bells at once, buy this book because all proceeds go to the boobs and also because women are more than boobs.
This is a great anthology, well worth the money (for charity).
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