A Woman With A Mystery by B.J. Daniels

A Woman With A MysteryA Woman With A Mystery by B.J. Daniels

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Once upon a time I had a Harlequin book subscription, so every month or so I’d get a box of four paperbacks, and because it was Harlequin, they were all romances. What I’m saying is, I have a lot of Harlequinn romance books, and this is one of them.

I’m going to spoil things a tiny bit, the mystery is she has amnesia, it’s a little more than that, but that is the gist of it. Actually it gets quite a bit weirder, and it’s not entirely believable that the plot to this book could happen. It doesn’t sell itself as a Science Fiction book at all, just pure romance, or “Harlequin Intrigue”, which is basically a woman in trouble and Mr. Right helps her out.

Anyway, these are meant to be a quick, casual read, which it is, and it was enjoyable (I’ve read it before, years ago.) which is what its supposed to be.

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Gitchie Girl by Phil Hamman

Gitchie Girl: The Survivor's Inside Story of the Mass Murders That Shocked the HeartlandGitchie Girl: The Survivor’s Inside Story of the Mass Murders That Shocked the Heartland by Phil Hamman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This real crime non-fiction came to me through a co-worker, who occasionally suggests and loans me books to read. It’s about the murders in my state, bascially it’s a hop, skip, and a jump from where I live, so entirely relevant.

Anyway, it follows the lone survivor of a horrible murder scene throughout the event, the aftermath, and how she was eventually able to move on and create a fulfilling life for herself.

As a fan of crime novels myself (having read a few), this one does read a little different, but still enjoyable, and like I said, it had relevance to myself and anyone from South Dakota or Iowa.

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Blood Tears by Michael J. Malone

Blood Tears (The McBain Series)Blood Tears by Michael J. Malone

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a crime fiction ebook, if that wasn’t clear, but it has a Catholic bent. It’s not necessarily for religious purposes, but it does involve nuns and a children’s school. I did like that it was definitely not like the traditional crime novels I usually read. The characters are unique (some of them), and have a tinge of the real to them, they are definitely not perfect people, which makes them all the more relateable.

I will also point out that this ebook takes place in the UK and as such is written in British English, and the writer is also from the UK. So the spelling is somewhat different, but not off, same with the grammar. I did get this free on Amazon, but I think it’s now on sale for 99 cents, at least that’s what Goodreads tells me.

I like the story, I like the events that keep you guessing for two thirds of the ebook. I like the characters who are somewhat unique and believable. Though I do find it interesting that when the plot thickens, the main character is still fixated on his previous theory (though he is still somewhat right) even though it was obvious to me what was going on. Anyway, I liked this piece of British crime fiction.

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Tuf Voyaging by George R.R. Martin

Tuf VoyagingTuf Voyaging by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn’t realize at first that George R. R. Martin wrote books other than Game of Thrones (which I haven’t read, but now kind of want to). This is a space drama, set into a series of short stories, featuring a rather unlikely hero and a cast of somewhat recurring characters.

While I enjoyed the characters, the world building, and the story lines, this ebook was also a great source of inspiration for me, creatively. I have so many ideas for things I want to do in my creative writing life now thanks to this book.

I found mine at an auction house I frequent, but you can find it online (even in Kindle format) at various book stores, and Amazon of course. I really like it for many reasons and I feel that fans of George R. R. Martin will like it too.

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Acrylic Painting for Beginners by Jason Ferrison

Acrylic Painting for Beginners: The Ultimate Crash Course Guide to Mastering Acrylic Painting in 24 hours or Less! (Acrylic Painting - Acrylic Painting ... Oil Painting for Beginners - How to Paint)Acrylic Painting for Beginners: The Ultimate Crash Course Guide to Mastering Acrylic Painting in 24 hours or Less! by Jason Ferrison

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So to be clear with this ebook, it was somewhat obvious that the author of this ebook does know about acrylic painting, however they don’t really know how to write about. Some of the grammar, spelling, and general writing pattern was just a bit off and in some cases made the writer seem less knowledgeable about their subject. (There were several uses of “apparently” that made the author appear less confident.)

Apart from the writing, this is a basic “how-to” for acrylic painting. For reference, I did have a painting class in college, and since then have been to several painting classes since then. From this perspective I did appreciate the information in this ebook.

There’s a chapter on the history of acrylic paints, one on practical supplies, one on techniques, another on tips, and so on. I found it to be a good starting point, though I doubt the validity of “mastering acrylic painting in 24 hours” in the title as this ebook would be enough to get you experimenting, but I doubt you would completely master anything in 24 hours.

Anyway, I did like it, it does have some good points, just remember this person knows more about acrylic painting than writing.

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The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The Art of WarThe Art of War by Sun Tzu

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Right away I can tell why this book is a classic. While it is specifically focused on war and war tactics, a lot of it (I would even say all of it) can be applied to anyone in a leadership position, or anyone in business.

Let’s back up a bit. This is an old book, like written originally in the B.C. era where not a lot of factual data can be found simply because it doesn’t exist or has decay to a point where it isn’t trustworthy. This book has existed in one form or another since then, and many other writers or authorities have added their comments to each new edition. Basically, there is some good information here, despite it being ancient.

Ok so it’s old, but it’s about war, right? Well, it’s about strategy, organizing your soldiers, keeping their loyalty, what to do in certain situations, knowing your enemy, and many other tips on how to win battles and the war. It’s about being a good general, or in more “general” terms: being a leader.

If you’re going into business, getting a promotion, or even just want something classical and quick to read, this is a brilliant book. I’ve got the Barnes & Noble version, and it is a very nice little book to carry around.

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Mastering Online Marketing by Magnus Unemyr

MASTERING ONLINE MARKETING - Create business success through content marketing, lead generation, and marketing automation.: Learn email marketing, search ... and Entrepreneurship Series Book 1)MASTERING ONLINE MARKETING – Create business success through content marketing, lead generation, and marketing automation.: Learn email marketing, search … and Entrepreneurship Series Book 1) by Magnus Unemyr

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This ebook from Amazon was very informative. There were several chapters dedicated to website/blog marketing, email marketing, and Google Analytics. There were also chapters on social media, marketing management systems, and appendices with basic web information.

The author came off as well informed about his topic, and the ebook did not suffer overly much from the grammar and spelling errors that are common to free Amazon ebooks. Though there are a few errors in the second half.

All together I found this ebook to be well written, informative, and inspiring. I found it for free, and if you’re interested in this topic there’s no reason not to pick it up.

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