I was one of the lucky winners of the Goodreads Giveaway of American Vineyard by Vincent Lowry. I am under no obligation to post this book review but I loved the book so much that I wanted to share it with you.
Before I share my thoughts, I should let those who are sensitive to violence, as well as, adult language and situations know there are those moments throughout the book.
My Take: The story is told from the first-person point of view and has a memoir feel to it. As the story unfolds you realize that the narrator is reminiscing about a particular school year - the last year before entering high school. A particular event at the beginning of the school year is the crux which catapults the group of friends headlong into adulthood.
My thoughts as a reader: Mr. Lowry did a wonderful job of drawing me into this world. I felt a connection to the main characters and their plight. I have to admit as the book was finishing up, I had lots of tears in my eyes.
My perspective as an author: To me, the true test of an author's ability is when they connect with a reader on an emotional level. Since it was selected as a finalist in the 2017 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards, I'm guessing I'm not alone in that opinion.
If you'd like to learn more about Vincent Lowry and his books, check out his Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Vincent-Lowry/e/B002W58D2S/
If you decide to pick the book up, I hope you enjoy it as much or even more than I did.
Author Reader Cheerleader
To make a long story short, I was provided an opportunity to binge-watch the Game of Thrones series from HBO. I have not read the books but the video series taught me a few things that I believe authors should take to heart when writing.
For those who haven't seen it, don't worry, I don't plan on giving out spoilers. Just general statements. I will say that if you are sensitive to graphic violence, sex, and language, do not even begin the series. If you can get past that then you will see an Epic Fantasy that has wonderful world building with characters that are true to their nature.
In my humble opinion, as a viewer and reader, authors should avoid giving names to people and places that are so similar that it can get confusing. If I were asked, as an author, I would have recommended using as many letters in the alphabet as possible. I know how tough that is. I've caught myself using multiple names with the same first letter. It varies with each writing. Knowing that I have this problem, now I go back through after the rough draft and rename some of the characters. Recently, I've been learning about outlining. In the future, perhaps I will catch that as I review my outline and character list.
For those of you who have watched Game of Thrones and are an author, what things did you pick up on that perhaps could have used a 're-write' in your humble opinion? What did you think was well done and would be great for authors to aspire to do? As a reader/viewer is there anything that you found annoying or well done that you feel comfortable sharing? Please keep comments G-rated and information general - without giving anything away - for those that haven't watched yet.
Author Reader Cheerleader
Support of authors, comes not only from the book's fans but also fellow authors. One never knows what will strike the fancy of any given person on at any given time. The person seeing a retweet or Facebook share might be in the mood to try something a little different. Stretch their comfort zone.
Sales might encourage that if shared without too much preamble. I sometimes retweet as is. If I've read a book or article, I might give it some positive reinforcement such as "a book worth checking out" or "I enjoyed this, perhaps you will too" or something along those lines.
I realize many authors don't have time to check their Twitter feeds every day but it might not hurt to check them periodically. Pin something new monthly or even weekly to keep things fresh and their followers informed, not necessarily when it is time for a new book or a sale. It is said that for every new post, of your own, you should share three social posts. Helping a fellow author's pinned post from time to time can be a good way to encourage reciprocation and socialization. We are all in this big social media world together. Why not make a positive experience of it.
Coming within the next few days, a blog post book review. In the meantime, check out Call Sign: Wrecking Crew Storm Warning. It was mainly written by my writing and business partner, David McKoy (may he rest in peace), as a 'what if' scenario. Some think he wasn't too far off target. See what you think and remember, surprise someone retweet their pinned post and change up yours.
Happy writing and reading,
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I love being an Independent Author and supporting others who self-publish independently. I also love discussing books with fellow readers. That's why I have combined the two passions in one place.
Author Reader Cheerleader has a place for newbie and rising authors to learn a few tips and tricks. Readers can find places for new-to-them books and authors. Everyone can find ways to support one another as cheerleaders. Readers by being fans, and authors by sharing your words and worlds with those that enjoy your work. This new website is my way of paying it forward from when others have helped me.
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I am Lynn Hallbrooks. I am an author, blogger, cheerleader, founder, reader, and reviewer. I have read and reviewed books for Masquerade Crew, NetGalley, and Reading Deals, to name a few. I enjoy reading books by new-to-me authors as well as sharing my love of books with others.