#RileyAmosGetsReviewed got 2 new ones yesterday!

So I’ve been spending this past week writing to EVERY single frickin’ horror book blogger that I can find, since I’m trying to get 100 reviews of Everyone Dies At The End before the ebook releases next year, and everything else is slacking a bit. Including this place. I have to apologize for that, I’m not trying to ignore you guys.

But I’m back for today! Even if it is only for a little shameless self-promo.

I received two new reviews last night, both of them the kind that makes ya feel good inside.

The first is from Christina McMullen, a wonderful author in her own right. (Seriously, if you enjoy a sarcastic wit, read her works.)

A brief disclaimer: I am typically not a fan of fantasy that doesn’t involve the words ‘urban’ or ‘contemporary.’ That being said, I have been branching out into more sword and sorcery as of late and I find that the hardest part for me to reconcile is plain and even base English in a fantastical setting. Here, the language is very modern and at times, incredibly base. But somehow, where this has been jarring to me in other books, it works brilliantly here.

I imagine that this book reads much like the Lord of the Rings books would to someone who loves Tolkien. I am not a fan of Tolkien, but I rather enjoyed this tale. It is an epic adventure that follows Lov, a half dragon-half elf who is an adolescent when his home, land, and family is destroyed by the Titans, the very constructs that were meant to protect them. The characters are well written and there is an overall humor that carries the heavier parts of the story. I do admit some slight confusion in that I inferred that Lov’s mother, who is a dragon, was an orphan, but his dragon grandfather shows up to train him. It is possible I misinterpreted this or there is something that gets explained later on, so it is a minor nitpick at best.

I can’t wait to continue on with the rest of this series!

And the next one is from Charles, a reviewer at Blue Ink Review. (Don’t worry, I didn’t pay for it, and this isn’t going in their normal queue that I’m aware of.)

This is a vividly imagined tale of elves, orcs, halflings, dragons, fairies, Titans, and other amazing creatures. The hero, a sixteen year old half-dragon, Lovonian, goes out hunting with his uncle on his sixteenth birthday, only to empathically feel terrible things happening to his family and village. He sets out on a trail of revenge where he learns more about the elemental, magical side of his heritage while engaging in tests and mortal combat that takes him through imagination-stretching realms.

I want to thank both of them for leaving me reviews! Every one of them is appreciated, but it’s always nice to see when another enjoys the work you poured your heart into. Thank you both, and may the rest of you have a wonderful weekend!

Another great resource for those just starting out in a writing career.

So, I was doing some purusing around some of the other blogs that have followed me the past few days, and came across Dean McSmith’s site. He has a page for writing tools and such, and one of them was an online app called Hemingway.

I’m constantly on the lookout for things to help writers on the cheap, and I think this may be one of those tools. It’s not going to make your content spectacular, it’s not going to make you sound super intelligent, but paired with the lessons we authors learn as we go, I found it to be a very good tool for initial edits. I put a science fiction work I’ve been working on through it, and it does quite a bit. It does a good job of pointing out complex sentences, adverbs, and passive use of voice. It even offers suggestions as to how many should be in your work (Though I do tend to ignore norms like that.)

As stated before, this isn’t going to turn you into a rock star writer overnight. But if you’re like I was when I started Breath of the Titans, stumbling and bumbling your way blindly with no editor other than your sweet wife that you’ve forced to read your story at gun point six hundred times to the point where she remembers stuff better than you do now, it helps. You WILL have to pay attention as it catches Dialogue in it’s filter, but since it doesn’t change a thing, it’s not a problem.

*I am in NO WAY affiliated with Hemingway App, I just found it searching for resources for poor authors like myself.*

So I have my first review I want to put on the site done.

Sorry Diane, Sara’s about halfway through your book but we’re not quite finished with it yet. Today I’m posting about a wonderful little series called “Superheroes for Rehab”. As a self professed geek, I would be remiss if I didn’t admit to at least a little bias as I love the genre type.

Crimson Mistress is a short story that sets up the series. My biggest issue with it was it wasn’t long enough!

Jack was the next in the series, and sets up a lovable Mr. Incredible type character with an evil brother.

And Em, well, I’m still trying to figure her out, but the story was very well written.

We should have another review posted in the next week or so, and I’m hoping I’m going to have a steady stream of books to review, which should be nice. Keep your eye out, and send the books to Rileyamosreviews <at> gmail <dot> com.