Next Up For Review

Next Up For Review
The Center Cannot Hold, Elyn Saks

Friday, March 18, 2011

Fairy Tales For The Here & Now. Plus, Genius Ideas For The eReader Market

Wow. I feel as if I blink, & suddenly I am behind on everything. But really, I am doing things...important things! (Well, they're important to me anyway)
I've been a busy reader over the past week or so, and now I will share the fruits of my labors with you. Per my usual, I will post on three really interesting factoids/books.

1. Lending Library/Swap Spot For ereader Books.
Oh boy, this cutting edge site must have authors everywhere on the defensive. Remember how crazy everybody went when decided to list books that were selling for $24.99 in the store for mere pennies on the dollar? Well, get ready for another ebook revolution! is a site that came to my attention this week via the Clark Howard segment on CNN morning news. The creators of this genius site decided to take full advantage of the Kindle & nook policy of being able to loan your book out, one time, to another reader for a two week period. They have created a catch all for every reader of  books that wants to share/share alike. All you have to do is sign up for a free account & voila! you are on your way to virtual library.
As a reader, I love this idea. As a I mean come on, how am I ever going to make any money if you people keep coming up with this stuff? If I'm not careful I will have to resort to full time work again. That can't be good for the writing career. (It won't stop me from getting on there & swapping though)

2. A Test In Tolerance
For those that are unaware, I write a blog for another site. I love it. I use it as my sounding board for my precocious wit. Last week I posted about my new adventure as a paid book reviewer. My first book was male/male romance-erotica...with a murder-mystery to boot. I felt it necessary to blog about it because people could not wrap their minds around the fact that I was willing to review the material.
Um, okay. It's a job. A paid job, reviewing a book...which in case you hadn't noticed, was kind of my thing. Sure, it's my first time--but there's a first time for everything. After much ado about nothing, I read it, enjoyed it, and finished my review. It isn't out yet, so I don't want to spoil it. However, if you'd like to take a peek at the post I wrote looking for opinions, you can read it Here. I encourage you to read it. Stretching is good; it makes you limber :)

3. A Fairy Tale of a Book,That Deserves a Storybook Review
(Finally, a review!)
A month ago I downloaded a novella from Carina Press. For those that haven't been there, it is a nice little site. A subsidiary of Harlequin, they publish solely in ebook format & every Tuesday(? I think?) they post  selected titles at a discounted rate. On the particular Tuesday in question, they had a novella...for FREE. Now, we all know I'm not one to pass up a free book. I snatched it up, put in on my Kindle, & forgot about it--until yesterday.
The Sevenfold Spell, by Tia Nevitt is Sleeping Beauty told from the perspective of the spinning wheel spinster, Talia. It sounds unusual, but I assure you, it is one fantastic read. I liked it better than the last three books I've read by famous, not to be named here, authors. It was one hundred pages of great fun (I gobbled it all up in one day). Ms. Nevitt's writing is full of grace & beauty (pun intended. I do that--sorry!) that will make you yearn for more. It has humor, romance, and some steamy love scenes. Not erotica, just steam. It is part of her Enchanted get ready to fall in love, repeatedly!
Kudos to you Ms. Nevitt. You wrote one heck of a fairy tale for the young at heart that require a more adult version of life. I give it five solid stars and a swish with my magic wand.
It is no longer free; but at a mere $2.69 for the download, it is still a steal.
That's all I have for now folks. Enjoy the spring weather. Take your reading to the park & get lost in adventure!

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  1. I have Sevenfold Spell on my kindle. I think it popped up as a freebie and I picked it up. I didn't read anything about it but now I'll have to read it sooner rather then later. Thanks for the reminder about it!

  2. It is so cute. An easy read. But easy doesn't mean poor quality by any means. It's great, goes by quickly, very enjoyable & original.