Book Review: Farsighted by Emlyn Chand

There’s nothing more frustrating as a reader than really, really wanting to love a book — and not quite being able to. I loved the description of Farsighted by Emlyn Chand, even though paranormal isn’t my usual fare. The concept is great, a blind teen with second sight who must try and prevent the death of a friend he foresees. And Chand shows some real potential with this debut outing. But in the end, the pieces don’t quite work together well enough. Chand has created a likable narrator/protagonist in Alex, and experiencing everything as he does — without visual cues …

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Around Town: Downtown Exeter

Another in a series of pieces focusing on the places in Exeter:  Katie Reilly stepped out of Town Hall, notepad and camera in hand. If she could get this streetscape grant for Exeter, the town might be able to make some other improvements that didn’t make it into the budget this year. She turned and snapped a photo of Town Hall itself, the clapboard building sprawling out from additions over the years as the town grew. The white columns at the entrance were peeling, but she knew structurally they were sound. She turned her back on the building and took …

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Indie Authors Turn Focus To Quality

I’m not doing a year-in-review blog post, nor one about predictions for 2012. But one welcome change I’ve been seeing more and more about during the past several weeks is a focus among some indie authors on quality. Robert Bidinotto highlighted quality as a key reason for his fantastic Amazon success last month. Porter Anderson focused on a number of people starting to talk quality in last week’s Writing on the Ether. Reader Unboxed is reviewing indie authors along with traditionally published ones to try and raise the quality bar. Indie Book Collective members have mentioned a 2012 initiative in …

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Good Writing Lets the Characters Share in Your Misery

 “Best motivations for creating are the worst aspects of life: revenge, jealousy, loneliness, anger, pressure. Misery makes good inspiration.” — @JesseStern  I’ve said before that the stories I’m telling now, I couldn’t have told 10 years ago when I first wrote a novel. I hadn’t been miserable enough. Fortunately, I’ve since been miserable in many ways and my stories are the richer for it. Now, I’ve never had the mob after me, at least as far as I know. (Although my dad did make me park in the street for a week after I wrote one column for my hometown …

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Looking For YA Paranormal? Try Farsighted by Emlyn Chand

Emlyn is another author I’ve gotten to know on Twitter and I’m in the middle of reading Farsighted now — watch for a review later this week. Check out the excerpt below, and pick up a copy this week for just 99 cents. Announcing the Farsighted Social Media Whirlwind Tour! As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the Farsighted eBook edition is just 99 cents this week. What’s more, by purchasing this fantastic book at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes, including lots of Amazon gift cards …

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Have a Wonderful Holiday Week!

Hanukkah has started, we had a rainy solstice (at least around here) and Christmas and Kwanzaa are coming up in the next few days. Since most of you will be making merry in whatever tradition you prefer to celebrate, and I am covering for a lot of vacationing people at both the newspaper and the gym, no Around Town today or Meet the Character on Monday. You won’t be here to read it and it’s one less thing on my to-do list (which rivals Santa’s in length this week). I might have a writing post over the weekend, sparked by …

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Content Editing Separates Good Indies from the Rest

A friend of mine has been reviewing books for years — he’s on Amazon’s honor roll of reviewers. He prefers cozy mysteries, and usually buys traditionally published books. After his last experience with an indie book, I can’t blame him. Mark was excited about the topic of the book, but when he was telling me about it on Twitter, he said the execution was lacking. The book needed an editor. He gave it two stars, which is rare for him. Based on his review, it deserved it. Anybody who’s heard me talk about writing knows I think a editor is …

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