Thursday Thoughts – First Impressions & Books

Thrice Read

Determining what to read is one of the most difficult tasks for me. If I’m completely honest I have a lot of bias when assessing books. I try to look at all books equally, but that just is not the case.

This week starts a new kind of post from Thrice Read. We will be starting our challenges. Eden is the challenge master and has already doled out or books. I won’t give anything away, but the book that was chosen for me had me thinking about preconceived notions for books.

Throughout my life as a reader I have been influenced by many sources. These include: friends, family, and media. I often find myself reading or avoiding books because of the buzz around them in the media. Many times I find this to be an effective way to avoid reading a book that I will not enjoy. However, that also…

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Looking for a New Book? Here Are the Secrets to Finding Your Next Favourite Read

A Writer's Path

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by Laura Peters

Reading is one of the most enjoyable and relaxing hobbies anyone could have. There are many fantastic advantages to reading more, such as relieving stress, expanding your vocabulary, and learning more about different cultures and lifestyles.

Unfortunately, it can be fairly difficult finding a new book because everyone’s tastes are different and reading is a relatively long-term commitment. Most people don’t finish a book even in a week unless it’s a fantastic read and you’ve got nothing else to do, so we like to make the most of our reading time but indulging in a book that is relevant to our interests or we know will be fantastic.

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​Amazon vs Facebook Ad Book advertising.

Life lessons

You have written your book and self published it well on KDP.

Now what?

You have to choose between running Ads on Amazon or Facebook to maximize on sales.

My personal preference is running Amazon Ads.

Tell you what, people don’t move from one site to another easily..

You can’t share your blog post on Instagram and expect people to read it.

Why? They can’t start leaving Instagram to read a blog. Too much work.

Same applies to your book if you advertise it on Facebook and expect people to leave Facebook to check on a book on Amazon.

They won’t. You’ll have wasted your money.

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A Creative Writer’s Logic Is Often Wackie #amwriting

Didi Oviatt

I think there’s more than one reason the majority of writers refer to themselves as ‘starving artists.’ It isn’t only about money. I mean, granted we spend hours and hours, and then even more drawn-out tedious hours tapping away on the keys of a board, and for what? To turn around and spend even more countless hours advertising our own crap?  Sounds a little insane, right? So why do we do it? Some make millions $$, some make a measly double digit number $$ and then quit. But why? Why do we insist on being starving artists? Why take the time? What drives our little bibliophile brains to push the boundaries of literacy?

Most people think they know why, but for the most part they’re wrong.

tumblr_inline_nnumleRQv31sl560d_500So let me just set the record straight!

The reason we writers do what we do, is because we’re all just a little off.

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Mother Teresa’s ‘The Joy In Loving’ Feb 22

Teresa Creation's

I do not think I have any special qualities. I don’t claim anything for the work. I am like a little pencil in His hand, that is all. He does the thinking, He does the writing. The pencil has nothing to do with it. The pencil has only to be allowed to be used.’

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How to Advertise Your Book on a Budget

A Writer's Path

As a writer, you want readers to find your stories, but you may not have a lot of money to put towards that goal. After all, writing is often a hobby or part-time job, and it doesn’t make any income until the books sell…but the books can’t sell until people know they’re out there. So how do you get readers to know about your book without spending a lot of money?

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#Review When You Disappeared by John Marrs

The Quiet Knitter


** My thanks to Thomas and Mercer & Netgalley for my copy of this book **


When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing—except him.

Catherine knows Simon must be in trouble. He wouldn’t just leave her. He wouldn’t leave the children.

But Simon knows the truth—about why he left and what he’s done. He knows things about his marriage that it would kill Catherine to find out. The memories she holds onto are lies.

While Catherine faces a dark new reality at home, Simon’s halfway around the world, alive and thriving. He’s doing whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of the truth.

But he can’t hide forever, and when he reappears twenty-five years later, Catherine will finally…

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