Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Giveaway: Bethanne Strasser's Book



If you're quick, you still have time to enter a giveaway for a free book, Bethanne Strasser's For Love or Duty.

Image of cover of Bethanne Strasser's book For Love or Duty


You only have until September 2, 2012, so check out the link and enter! You can't beat the price...


© 2012 K. R. Smith

Monday, August 20, 2012

Terri Deno Breaks Internet: Film At Eleven





No, Terri, I got the Goodreads "over capacity" message, too. But just to make sure, maybe you should stay out of there for a while...

(So I can get in, of course!)


© 2012 K. R. Smith

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Book Review: Edge Of Dark Water



Cover image - Edge of Dark Water by Joe R. LansdaleEdge of Dark Water by Joe R. Lansdale

My rating: 4 of 5 stars







This book surprised me a bit. After reading some of the reviews and the blurb (I won’t copy it here – it’s available elsewhere), I wasn't really sure what to expect or if I'd like it. But I needed something to read and I was curious how this story could work. It only took a few pages before I got the feel of the story and knew it would be interesting.

When I read a book, one of the criteria I use to determine if I like it is whether I can picture the scenes and the characters as vividly in my mind as I could see them in a movie. With Edge of Dark Water, I had no problem. Perhaps because I’ve lived with people not too different from some of the characters and spent time in places at least somewhat similar to those described in the book, I can identify with the story more than some. In any case, it’s easy to like a heroine like Sue Ellen. She’s strong, but approachable, dealing with the situations she’s in as best as she can.

There are times when the speech can be as overdone as a catfish that’s been on the fire for a week, but most of time it works, and adds to the humor in the story. It’s hard to image how a story with a number of rather gruesome scenes can be funny, but it often is, and even at the same time. If a book written in dialect doesn’t work for you, this won’t be enjoyable. As for me, after reading the book, I just started talking a bit more slowly, had an urge for cornbread, and got real uneasy whenever I saw a small-town law enforcement officer nosing about.

Some of the scenes and situations may not be appropriate for young children, but other than that, it works for a large audience.

The story is more of an adventure than a mystery, but it does have elements of both. If you’re looking for a deep investigative mystery however (police procedural), this isn’t your best choice.

I’ve read in some of the other reviews that some feel this isn’t the author’s best work. That tempts me to read another of Lansdale’s books to see if that’s true. If it is, then his other books are very good. I would have given this book 4.5 stars if I could.


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© 2012 K. R. Smith

Welcome, Sara!



My first "official" follower.

I wish Blogger used some other word than follower. It doesn't really sound that flattering. Perhaps something like associate, member, or supporter. I'll have to put in a suggestion.

I hope to have posts interesting enough to make your efforts worthwhile. There are a few in the works, but my day job keeps interfering.

Speaking of which, I'd better get back to it...


© 2012 K. R. Smith

Monday, August 13, 2012

Book Review: Oracle by J.C. Martin



I just completed reading Oracle and put a brief comment out on Goodreads... It's a detective story based in London during the Olympics. I tend to like mysteries (if a good horror story isn't available), especially if they take place in England, so I thought I'd give it a read. Not bad! It has a good bit of action, so if you like that sort of thing, you may like this, too.

I was torn between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I rounded up. Well, they wouldn't let me do 3.5 stars anyway.



Cover image - Oracle by J. C. MartinOracle by J.C. Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars






Overall, it was a good book. Some of the descriptions concerning sex seemed a little overdone and didn't add to the story (having them in there wasn't the problem, they just went further than needed). And there were some parts that were predictable, but enough of it wasn't that it was fun to read.

The pace really seems to pick up about 1/3 of the way through, so if you're having concerns before that, try to get that far and you'll probably want to finish.

If J.C. Martin writes another book, I would consider reading it.


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© 2012 K. R. Smith

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Terri Deno Has Published A Poem On "Full OF Crow"



Terri Deno has new a poem, Tuesday Morning Hangover, published on the Full Of Crow poetry web site, July 2012 issue.

Image from Full Of Crow web site


You can read it by clicking HERE!

You can also visit Terri's blog, Truths of a Shy Writer.


© 2012 K. R. Smith

Monday, August 6, 2012

News From Around The World



I thought I'd put a quick post out here to let you know what's going on with some other writers.



Bethanne Strasser has put her book, For Love or Duty, on sale at Amazon (Kindle Edition) for just $0.99. If you thought you might like to buy it, but didn't want to spend much for a book from a new author, here's your chance. You can't go wrong for $0.99! I don't know how long she'll keep it at this price.


Cover image - For Love or Duty by Bethanne Strasser
For Love or Duty
by Bethanne Strasser


Click here to go to directly to her book on Amazon: For Love or Duty (Kindle Edition)



Ellora Bennett is participating in Camp NaNoWriMo and has over 7,000 words in her novel, Silverwood. She says there are elves in the story. She may not let anyone read the finish product, but I'll take her word for it.

You can track her by clicking on this link: Phaix at Camp NaNoWriMo

Here's her latest stats (click on it to get a bigger image):

Ellora's Camp NaNoWriMo Stats 8/7/2012
Ellora Bennett's Camp NaNoWriMo Stats
( click on it for a bigger image )

Only 43,000 more words to go!


© 2012 K. R. Smith