The Liebster Blog Award: Shameless Self-Promotion

So Tracie McBride over at the Exquisite Corpse blog nominated me for The Liebster Blog Award.

liebster2So the rules of this “award” are as follows:

  1. You must post the picture of the award on your site (done!)
  2. You must post provide 11 random facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you (see below!)
  3. Nominate some more people to answer the same questions (see below!)

Eleven (11) Random Facts in No Specific Order

  1. I have watched every season of “Survivor” since it first aired over ten years ago.
  2. My left elbow is double-jointed.
  3. I am one of eleven grandchildren.
  4. My son is named after my father and grandfather.
  5. I love every show that Josh Whedon has done.
  6. I would give almost anything to meet Stevie Nicks.
  7. I’ve been a gamer since the ninth grade and still game at least monthly with two of my friends from ninth grade.
  8. I am procrastinating writing the novel that is stuck in my head.
  9. If I had to eat only one snack for the rest of my life, it would be Nutter Butter Creme Patties
  10. I cook a pretty awesome chicken gumbo.
  11. I used to be pretty athletic at one point in my life.

Eleven (11) Questions I Must Answer

  1. Before now, had you ever heard of the Liebster Award? Nope.
  2. Before now, had you ever heard of me? Yep.  I love the Exquisite Corpse.
  3. How long have you been blogging? Since December of 2012.
  4. What is the primary purpose of your blog? Book reviews on books by independent authors (mostly).  Musing on writing and the publishing industry.
  5. Where do your blogging ideas come from? The books I read, twitter, the internet.
  6. Do you blog according to a schedule or is it more random? I try for twice a week (sometimes more!)
  7. If you have a day job, what is it? If not, just say something interesting. I’m an administrative assistant too two (2) marketing managers for a large marine company.
  8. Which search engine is set as default on your browser? Chrome.  Is this a trick question?
  9. Did you have to check your browser before answering #8? Nope.
  10. What is the title of the last book you read? The Northern Star: The Beginning  by Mike Gullickson.  I’m currently reading Kanian by Rosemary Lynch.
  11. Have you ever met a famous person? Not really.

My chosen recipients are:

  1. Impressions of a Princess
  2. Word Blurb
  3. A Life Among the Pages
  4. The Letter Vy
  5. Ella Quinn – Author

Around the Web #3 – Book Review Edition

So for this issue of Around the Web, I’ve decided to focus on book reviews by other reviewers.  I can’t review every book that is written, but I can give you as many quality reviews as possible.

Crimson & Cream:

Check out The Fantasy Book Review’s review of C.M. Skiera’s Crimson & Cream.

What I especially like about this review is that Alison Mirabella of FBR addresses the common fear of readers wishing to purchase self-published books.  Self-published books have a reputation (some of it justified but much of it not) of being poorly edited and designed.  Crimson & Cream is neither.  In fact Alison goes on to say:

“….this book is an amazing example of the quality that should be expected from any self-published novel: the cover was professional, there were no discernable errors, and the writing was on par with many published authors. So, for anybody looking to self-publish, this book should serve as a model of how to do it right.”

For the full review, please visit The Fantasy Book Review!  Also, please visit C.M. Skiera’s blog by clicking here!

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation


There is no doubting that Isaac Asimov was one of the pillars of early science fiction.  He is also an author that I more often than not enjoyed immensely.  So I was pretty stoked to come across this recent review of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation.  And by recent I mean like January 23, 2013.  I always think it good to occasionally take a break and go back enjoying the basics of science fiction/fantasy.

Remember a time when the most common themes and plot devices were still shiny and new to you?!  Seems like forever, huh?  To me that’s what authors such as Asimov, Wells, and Huxley represent.

So check out what Wendy Van Camp had to say about this early science fiction masterpiece!

Read the END First


So I came across a review on the Exquisite Corpse of Read the END First. The first thought that came to mind was “Yuck….an anthology about the end of the world.”  My second thought was “Yuck….horror.”

In my opinion there are only two authors worth reading when it comes to either horror or apocalypse:  Stephen King and Robert McCammon.  King’s The Stand and McCammon’s Swan Song are my two all time favorite apocalypse stories.  McCammon’s Usher’s Passing is one of my favorite dark, dirty reads of all time.

But reading Tracie McBride’s review actually made me want to pick up this anthology.  What an ingenious idea!  Twenty-four (24) apocalyptic stories, each one set in a different time zone!  Tracie’s review gives the readers enough information to pique our interest while holding back everything that will scare the pants off of us.  I can’t wait to read this!  You should check out Tracie McBride’s Exquisite Corpse blog for more goodies!

Hope you enjoyed this issue of Around the Web!  Check out ATW#1 and ATW#2 for more goodies!  As always, follow us on twitter!


Around the Web #2

Leigh Evans

Leigh Evans


Check out The Cuddlebuggery Book Blog’s  Interview: Leigh Evans.  Her best advice comes in her answer about how important research is.

Leigh illustrates the fundamental idea of “write what you love” (as opposed to the inane advice of “write what you know”).

Leigh is an urban fantasy writer whose debut novel Trouble with Fate just went live in December 2012 and she has a deal to write four more books in the Mystwalker series.  She lives in Southern Ontario with her husband.   Bookworm readers may recognize her from Around the Web #1 where we highlighted her fateful encounter with Patrick Rothfuss.

Elmore Lenord’s Tips

Writing Tips:

Want to know how the greats do it?  (WRITE THAT IS!  GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE GUTTER!) has a great article that includes advice from some of the most prolific writers of our time.

Some of my favorite are #10 Elmore Leonard – “Leave out the parts that people skip”, #6 George Orwell – “Break any of these rules sooner than saying anything outright barbarous”, #1 Neil Gaiman “Write”, and of course #13 Henry Safire – “Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors”.

Robert Evert

Blog Highlight:

So this week I decided to highlight Robert Evert.  Who is Robert Evert, you may ask?  I came across Robert by chance.  He posted asking for opinions on the cover of his upcoming book in a G+ community that I was a part of.

After giving my opinion, I got to talking with him.  What I found was an intelligent, humble new author with a lot of promise.  I was already planning on picking up his book when released in February due to the awesome cover and blurb.  But interacting with him actually made me wish it were coming out sooner than February.  

The Riddle in Stone is a fantasy tale about a middle aged librarian who always wanted to be a hero and soon learns that being a hero is a lot harder than just reading about it in his books.  Robert blogs over at and he also agreed to do an author interview later this month.

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