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ULR Feature: Angel’s Prophecy by Kira Shay

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Ryan Gregory shouldn’t exist. As the only known progeny of two angels, he is considered a blasphemy and extremely dangerous. With both Heaven and Hell out to kill him Ryan has spent his entire life on the run with his eccentric Uncle Azra. One would think that dodging Fallen Ones and hiding from the Heavenly Host would be enough to keep anyone busy, but there’s also the small matter of Ryan being the harbinger of an angelic prophecy predicting the end of the war between Heaven and Hell. The problem? Ryan needs to find a specific human to help him fulfill his destiny and he has no idea where to start. Enter the mysterious Stella Evangeline. Ryan finds a powerful connection with her even as she throws everything he thought he knew about the prophecy into question. The discovery of a heavenly weapon hidden on earth has Ryan’s time shortened and his list of enemies growing. To keep either side from finding the weapon, he must chase after his destiny and save the world in order to prove that he should exist after all.

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Book Review

“This book had me hooked on page one. Loving on Azra . Kira Shay is an amazing writer. I was able to see each character as if I were watching a movie. I got angry, I got flirty, I got hurt, and I laughed. A lot. It’s got action, fantasy, love, and everything in between. You gotta read it. I can’t wait for the next book. Step aside Twilight there’s a new series in town.”- Amazon Reviewer

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ULR Feature: Anne Knows Books -PERSONALIZED RECOMMENDATIONS FROM BOOK SPECIALISTS

Anne Knows Books provides personalized book recommendations, picked just for you. No more generic algorithms or endless lists. Instead, a Book Specialist will get to know your reading tastes and continually curate a collection of books tailored specifically to you. You will get high-quality, relevant suggestions sent directly to you on your schedule. We support books from every genre, from Historical Fiction to Fantasy to Biography, and you never pay for books you’ve already read or didn’t like. Plans are just $3 per month and you can cancel at any time. Become a member today and make every read a great read.

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Anne Knows Books Hit the Nail on the Head

From: Doing It By The Book Podcast

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How do you come up with the recommendations?

First we take the time to get to know you through a personalized book profile. We get to know what aspects of books you like and don’t like. Your personal Book Specialist will then continually curate a collection of books tailored just for you.

What kind of books will you suggest?

We recommend books from every genre, from Historical Fiction to Fantasy to Biography. We have new releases, classics, books in a series, and debut novels. It all depends on the tastes of your reader.

When will I receive my recommendations?

Your first recommendation should arrive via email around 3 days after your personalized book profile is created. From then on, you’ll receive recommendations every one, two or three months based on your plan.

What’s the refund policy?

We strive to be the very best place for book recommendations. Simply put, you won’t pay for books you’ve read or books you don’t like. If it does happen, we’ll send you a brand new recommendation free of charge.

Is there a contract?  Can I cancel?

There are no contracts with Anne Knows Books. You simply pay month to month. If you would ever like to cancel your subscription, you can do so at http://www.anneknowsbooks.com/cancel. We’ll even refund your last month’s payment.

Can I refer a friend?  How does it work?

Our referral plan is simple: One Friend, One Book™.
If a friend signs up for a plan with Anne Knows Books, you’ll get one free recommendation.

Can I refer enemies too?

Of course.  Just be safe.

What is your favorite book?

Anne of Green Gables! It’s where we got our name 🙂

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Soft As Steel

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. -Norman Vincent Peale

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As authors,  it is a given that we run the risk of readers not liking our work.  Yet, we have two ways to handle it when it happens and how we choose to handle it determines A) how serious we are about the craft and B) what kind of character we have away from the pages.

On my newsfeed a week ago, I read where an author took issue with a book club after receiving a poor review. This person called the reviewers out of their names, cursing them out and accusing them of favoritism. This person acted out so bad that  people were still talking about the incident days later. Other authors, including myself, chimed in with our thoughts and opinions and the general consensus was: ‘This guy had only one job and his job was to take the hit and use it to make himself a better writer”

I hope I’m not coming off self righteous and didactic when  I write this because I understand what it is like to work tirelessly on a story only to have it bashed. A moment that stuck out for me was when I entered a contest and the judges weren’t impressed. Instead of getting my ass on my shoulders and cursing out the judges and acting a fool to put some balm on my ego, I continued to write and practiced showing the reader what was going on instead of telling. I was determined to get better and put in the work to do so.

I haven’t been writing creatively for a long time, but I immediately learned two things: One, any author worth his or her salt, consistently works on the craft. Two, your skin in this business has to be soft as steel.  You can’t let the negative opinion of readers and fellow authors deter you. If anything, use it as fuel to get better.

Yeah, I know that sometimes  we as artists-be it authors, singers, musicians, actors or  actresses, etc get sensitive about our work, but that gives us no excuse to come at our audiences. For the author, especially black authors, bashing book clubs and arguing with readers is a sure way to commit career suicide.

Lashing out doesn’t only effect the offending author, it also effect others. Why?  When authors lash out at the readers, it makes a few apprehensive  about posting reviews. The majority of us rely on these reviews-good or bad because how else are we supposed to give the reader what they want without them telling us via a fair review?  We will mess around and not only have a few reviews here and there, but we won’t  have readers at all if we continue to carry on as some of us have.

I’m not saying that you can’t feel disappointed about a review or even feel angry, I’m saying that you just have to have tough skin to navigate through this industry if you want staying power in it. There are so many constructive ways to deal with a bad review. Again, you can take that review and learn and grow from it during your next project. You could even use that same bad review to move some units and turn a loss into a gain that way.

No mater what you chose to do with that less than favorable review, remember that whatever we create and release to the public is up for criticism and  there’s no getting around it. You can take the criticism, as well the praise, and continue to improve  or you can waste your keystrokes and breath trying to fight a battle you know you cant win when you’re beefing with book clubs and readers and end up being labeled as a “cancer” in the game. Choose wisely!