What is it about? Survival tips for 21st century writers, from best-selling authors Kevin J. Anderson, M.J. Rose, Heather Graham, J.A. Konrath, Gayle Lynds, Alexandra Sokoloff, Jonathan Maberry, and more. How to develop your craft, improve your writing, get an agent, promote your work, embrace the digital age, and prepare yourself for the coming changes in the publishing industry. Edited by Scott Nicholson. All proceeds benefit the non-profit organization Literacy Inc., which promotes reading among teens.
What did I think? First of all, it says on amazon that all proceeds go to charity...but, it's free! So... That being said, it's a great resource for writers who want the little push in the right direction. The advice is good. Pick it up, you can't beat the price.
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What is it about? For Willow Watts, life has settled into a predictably dull routine: days behind the counter at her father's antique shop and nights watching TV, as the pension-aged residents of Britain's Ugliest Village bed down for yet another early night. But everything changes when a YouTube video of Willow's epically embarrassing Marilyn Monroe impersonation gets millions of hits after a viewer spots Marilyn's ghostly image in a frame.
Instantly, Willow's town is overrun with fans flocking to see the 'new Marilyn'. Egged on by the villagers -- whose shops and businesses are cashing in -- Willow embraces her new identity, dying her hair platinum and ramming herself full of cakes to achieve Marilyn's legendary curves.
But when a former flame returns seeking the old Willow, Willow must decide: can she risk her stardom and her village's newfound fortune on love, or is being Marilyn her ticket to happiness?
What did I think? When I first started reading the novel, I thought that the plot was completely improbable. No one would become famous from YouTube and have people streaming to them from around the world. Then I thought of two words: Justin Beeber. Yes, there are people like that. (I probably will be slammed by mean emails now.)
What I liked about this story compared with Talli's first, The Hating Game, is the main character. She's a down to earth, caring person. You couldn't help but like her and understand her feelings as the masses swarmed towards her. The small town setting with quirky characters were fun too.
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(3) Semper Audacia by M. Pax and Unbridled Editor
What is it about? Space opera. Novelette. 13,200 words. Alone. Leda is the last living member of the brigade, the sole defender of her world. War took everyone she knew, leaving her in the company of memories. Or is it madness?
The siren blares. The enemy is coming. Or is it? The approaching vessel isn't a friendly design, but it answers with the correct code. Leda must figure out whether the arrival is reinforcements or the final assault. In an aging flyer, she ventures out to meet her world's fate, the last stand.
What did I think? I would say that this short story is exactly what I imagine a space opera to be except for the fact I don't know exactly what a space opera is... I looked it up though (aren't I a great book reviewer?) and it is: any melodramatic literature, motion picture, or television program set in outer space Etymology: based on soap opera. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. The writer's concept of the world, the characters that make up the story and the awesomely-described gadgets will leave readers satisfied. Leda, the main character, wears a special suit that gives her a fighting chance but also brings her into danger.
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