Flash Reviews

Twitter For Writers by Rayne Hall

Twitter for Writers is a great book, particularly for indie authors, about how to engage with fans and peers and market yourself on Twitter. I liked that Hall has tips in every chapter for both newbs and more advanced twitter users. Although it’s a quick read, this book is packed with useful advice.

Readers who are looking for tips on how to market their novels without ‘wasting’ too much time having to put forth actual effort might want to steer clear, however. Hall’s advice-from sorting your feed into lists to cultivating followers who are actually interested in buying what you’re selling-will take both time and effort, especially upfront, but Halls’ results can’t be argued with.

Overall, I’m quite pleased I bought this book and have found most of its advice useful and easy to put into practice, and am looking forward to reading more in the Writer’s Craft series.

N or M? by Agatha Christie

N or M? isn’t one of Agatha Christie’s greatest works, but it’s an entertaining, cozy read that stands up to revisits.
Originally published in 1941, when Europe was at war, N or M? follows Tommy and Tuppence, who debuted in a first-world-war romp, in a new adventure. Now a settled, middle-aged couple, Tommy and Tuppence are desperate to find a way they can be useful to their country in the war their children are fighting in, and they accept an assignment to hunt for a suspected spy in a seaside boardinghouse where everyone seems to have sinister secrets.

Although the mystery itself was entertaining, I honestly enjoyed this novel more when the narrative focused on Tommy and Tuppence’s struggles to be taken seriously and prove that they weren’t too old for some more feats of derring-do. The other guests at the house were all appropriately menacing and mysterious as necessary, with red herrings on every other page, and most of the threads tied up pretty nicely at the end (though that thing about which Tommy and Tuppence are in unspoken agreement about at the end made me wish Dame Agatha had lived much longer, so we could have had more adventures).

Overall, while N or M? doesn’t break the mold, it’s a great way to spend a couple of hours.

Review: The Lost and Found

Lost and Found

Title: The Lost and Found
Author: E. L. Irwin
Format: E-book
Note: I was given an ARC of this ebook in order to provide an honest review.

The Plot: After tragedy strikes, eighteen-year-old Crimson Sage Smyth and her younger brother, Ethan, move in with their grandfather, Billy, who runs a ranch for troubled boys. Once there, Crimson struggles to deal with her losses and sort out her feelings for Josiah, a hunky, tattooed loner who works on the ranch. Revelations about Crimson’s past and danger looming in her future hang over both of them, but if they’re lucky enough, these two lost souls may find each other just in time.

The Verdict: I have mixed feelings about this novel. On the one hand, the writing is competent and the story is engaging. Despite some telling rather than showing, it was a fun experience. I read this book in one sitting and didn’t find myself checking my watch. However, the lead is very much an Alpha Male type, and is possessive and has anger issues, and I felt that the relationship wasn’t always healthy. There’s an unfortunate ‘slut’ stereotype character, and the novel’s views on abortion and premarital sex come through just a bit too pointedly. However, if you like possessive alpha male hero types, you will probably enjoy it.

The Rating: 5.5/10