Friday, June 21, 2019

Your Reviews Matter!

Yes, we need and appreciate readers' reviews! They tell people looking to read a book opinions which help them decide. As a writer, I appreciate your time taken to read my book(s), and your personal review on &, and even here on my personal website. Your opinions help me learn what you liked, or disliked about my books, which help me write better.

So Keep On Reading, and I'll Keep On Writing!

This recent review is from K.D. McNiven

Big Jim is gripping, tense, a book I highly recommend June 16, 2019

Finished reading Big Jim by David Lucero. I really enjoyed this book. Lucero has written a historical novel about professional white hunters in the year of 1935. An extraordinary amount of research was given to this book- I felt as if I was drawn into the dangerous dark continent, walking through the long stalks of grass, experiencing the same tension and excitement his characters, Big Jim and Caesar experienced. Big Jim, called 'Kubwa Jim' in Swahili, which means Legend, earned the title because he had killed and survived an attack by a bull elephant. He and his partner, Caesar Wilde owned the struggling Peck and Wilde's African Safari business.
In the bush, circumstances can change in the blink of an eye- the hunter can easily become the hunted. I was surprised to learn professional hunters in the 20th century had a 50-50 chance of being attacked by lions and leopards, or be impaled and trampled by elephants, or gored by buffalo or Rhinos. Whew! makes you want to go on safari!
Not only did Lucero show how professional hunters play a role in the preservation of wildlife, but he also showed how they were pivotable in fending off poachers.
Lucero did a wonderful job at building tension throughout the book for the ultimate showdown at the end. Big Jim is gripping, tense, a book I can highly recommend. I also enjoyed the drawings throughout the book. I'm giving Big Jim 5 stars

Saturday, June 15, 2019

A Writer's Resolution for 2019

Here's some information I read for every writer's challenge. I find it helpful in our ever-challenging world of literature. The 5 tips below are from Michael Spelling's '5 Resolutions Every Writer Should Make!

1. Read a lot - and not only genre your write about. Reading books from different genres you don't usually read or write helps you learn new writing styles, which in turn improve your own style.
2. Join writing communities - You can do this in local groups, or if you're pressed for time, online writing groups. You will learn new ways on marketing, publishing, and improve your overall image with readers and writers alike.
3. Create your own blog - This is helpful in marketing your book(s) and you as an author. You can include excerpts from your book, write short articles, all to generate excitement and curiosity about you and your books.
4. Stay consistent with your writing schedules - It's difficult to find time to write, but keeping with your writing schedule is no different than making time to exercise. Put it on your schedule and stick with it. Whether it's during work lunch, first thing in the morning before everyone awakens, or 30 minutes when you get home. Staying consistent will help you finish the book(s) you're working on.
5. Publish a book of your own - This experience will educate you on the intricacies of independent publishing. It's a lot of work, but gratifying. You'll have to find editors, graphic designers for covers, reviewers. It's all worth the time and effort in the end, and don't be surprised if people start looking to you for help.

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