Friday, September 25, 2015

Aspiring Joy Blog is open for review requests once again

After taking some time off this summer reviewing due to personal reasons, I've decided I have the time and the desire to open my blog back up for book review requests. In the past I enjoyed so much working with different authors and learning from them. As an aspiring author myself it just makes sense to keep this up and build more connections.

If you'd like for your book to be reviewed on my blog just click on the tab at the top that says Review Requests and fill out the form. I will be in contact with you then as to if I'd like to review your book.

Last time I took on reviewing books I got so many requests I couldn't keep up with them all. This time however, I plan to be a little more picky. If your book doesn't seem like one I would enjoy I'll send you an email saying I'm declining the offer to review it.

I post my reviews on this blog, as well as amazon and goodreads and share the links to my review on my facebook page, twitter and google plus.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Review Tour for The Color of Clouds by J. C. Whyte with GIVEAWAY!!!



Pedro’s on a mission. But not your everyday, run-of-the-mill type mission. Because Pedro is dead.

That’s right. Dead.

Spirit guide Pedro normally busies himself with conveying messages from departed loved ones through a psychic named Gwen. But when he encounters a recently deceased teenager, the boy’s anguish just about breaks Pedro’s heart. So the spirit guide decides to try and help this boy. Yet meddling in the affairs of the living is a troublesome business, as Pedro soon discovers.

Nevertheless, he convinces Gwen to take an ocean voyage, and that’s when the trouble begins. Within days of leaving port, two passengers on the cruise ship fall into a mysterious coma. Gwen seeks Pedro’s help to restore these passengers, but natural as well as unnatural obstacles keep getting in the way. And by the time the ship docks in Honolulu, the still-living are flat out scrambling for their lives!

A playful blend of science fiction and the paranormal, The Color of Clouds offers a glimpse into the unseen world while taking the reader on an extraordinary ride. The adventure includes danger, mystery, humor, sweet romance and even a dash of thriller.

But the clouds are not what you think.


Excerpt:  




There was an element of danger in these dives, especially because of the predatory sharks in the area. Yet it was unlikely a shark would attack the divers. Tiger and Galapagos sharks were the most aggressive, but even they preferred fish, turtles, and seals to humans. So although he felt pretty confident, Drew still kept one eye on Carly.


But as the six divers began their survey, a strange light lit up one end of the reef, diffusing illumination as if a floodlight were shining upon it. This light was also inching closer and closer to the divers. When it was near enough to touch, Drew stuck his arm into the light and instantly the arm disappeared inside it. Frightened, he quickly withdrew his limb. Yet now the arm felt dead as it dangled at his side, refusing to respond to commands.


Carly was too busy taking measurements to notice. But the light kept moving. And before Drew could act, it fully engulfed his wife. She instantly collapsed, dropped from the reef and started to drift into deeper water. He charged after her, kicking harder than he knew he could. But with dogged determination and a single full-functioning arm, he managed to bring Carly’s limp body to the water’s surface.


Drew was now in a full-blown panic. Reaching the boat, he shouted for help; the others quickly pulled Carly on board.


“What happened?” asked one of the crewmen.


“I...I don’t know. Some mysterious light...” Drew coughed and gulped some air. “It passed over her, and she...” He shook his head in disbelief.


“Still breathing,” noted another crewman as he removed her mouthpiece from around her neck and pulled off her oxygen tank.


When Drew lifted Carly’s mask with his good hand, he was stunned to see her blank-looking eyes staring wide open at him.

Review:


I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The premise was refreshing and new, the plot line kept everything moving forward and the book itself was edited nicely.  The great thing about this book though, is that it shows that there are more than one way to look at something. We each can see the same evidence and yet have different ways of processing this information. In this book, Gwen, looks at the information though the spiritual eye, mainly through her connection with Pedro. Paul is a scientist and sees though through a more logical eye. It's hard for him to come to the same conclusion via the way Gwen does, but when he seeks the truth on his own, finds a scientific explanation for it and comes to the same conclusion as Gwen, he realizes there is more than one way to skin a cat. This dynamic that this story has is not something I read about a lot. I felt it had great real life take-a-ways.
Besides the deep different views and characters coming to conclusions and working together, this book is funny, explains the science parts so you don't feel like an idiot, and is easy and quick to read due to the high caliber of editing that was done. I know not everyone believes in spirit guides, if that is a struggle for you I would strongly suggest looking past it and read this book. Totally worth it!!!



About the Author: 

 
J.C. Whyte discovered her love for writing while still in elementary school, creating children’s stories. But as an adult, J.C. had to face the harsh reality that such writing seldom pays the bills. So she earned degrees in both Journalism and Communications, and then turned to Public Relations, where for ten years she focused her creative energies into feature writing.

After marriage, kids, several more degrees and occupations (including stints as a travel agent and paralegal), J. C. entered law school. While there, she became a columnist for the school newsletter and later, one of her humorous articles was even published in The National Jurist.

Graduating and passing the Bar, J.C. realized within a few short years that creative writing was still what made her heart sing. So now, as a grandma, she has returned to where her life’s calling began, beginning in 2013 with publication of her children’s book Karmack and now in 2015 with her first novel for adults, The Color of Clouds.
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Monday, September 14, 2015

It has started....let the query letter process commence!

After about five or six hours of hard work on Saturday, I have polished my novel to the best of my ability. I've worked on my query letter and now it is time to start querying and submitting my novel for consideration of publication.

See there a few routes an author can go with their book-traditional, which means getting a literary agent, have that agent submit it to publishers, have the publishers edit it and after about a year or two it is on the shelves at the bookstore. The other option is to become an independent author and publish your book on your own, most likely as an ebook. You can do this free with amazon or a few other services.

For now, I am going the traditional route. Why? Mainly because I have nothing to loose! Should I get denied all along the way the independent author option is always open. Design a cover and in a few clicks my novel is out there for the world to see.

Getting a book into publication is a long road but I'm so excited for my story. When I read others like it I feel like it is on par with them. This is also why I'm trying the traditional route. 

This is a scary, exciting time for me! The hardest part will be waiting. Most agents/publishers take about six weeks to get back to you. For me the wait is totally worth it, I mean...what if they said yes?!?

Friday, September 11, 2015

International Literacy-Is Everyone's Concern

I've worked with Grammarly in the past and was more than happy to share this bit of info when they contacted me. As a book lover I think sometimes I take for granted being able to read. I wasn't always a good reader. In second grade my teacher saw me struggling with my reading. He placed me in an after school program that focused on sharping reading skills. As a dyslexic child this extra attention was much needed. Without it I don't know if I would have ever grown to love the written word or writing on my own. 
 So support your local libraries and book stores, support the teachers in your community and do what you can to help with this issue. Plenty of charities out there working to help bring books and the skill of literacy to everyone in the world.
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Literacy Day

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Back in the game!

I know I haven't been posting as much lately and this has mainly been due to the fact that I haven't had my computer with me for the past two months. This now, I can thankful say, has changed! Smart phones are great, but for me, nothing can beat the old fashion desktop computer.

I've gotten some great feedback from those who read my novel. My next step is to start the revision process. Once this is done, and I prefect my query letter...I have a few places in mind I want to submit it too. Mainly being Month9Books. I've read several of the books they have published. They are always well thought out stories, edited well, and have great covers. Plus they really seem to work with the author, as in they take up to a year to help you edit and make your novel perfect! I have no idea if my novel would even be accepted by them but hey, no harm in trying right?