About Authors and Descriptions in Books

What happens when we read?

Hello, dearies!

Well, this one is a bit of a random but related to books, so not so much.

I saw online this comment about how authors write something and people (readers) criticise them for it, they even go as far as to make campaigns or whatever against authors, just because they didn’t like something in a book. A description, a cliche, or anything that the author decided was to be that way, but why go to such lengths as to try to make other readers ban the book or try that that writer never touches a keyboard again?

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Let me give you some context from my particular experience.

When an author wants to include Spanish words or talks about someone being Latino, I find it funny most of the time because it looks forced to me, and sometimes think that they have no right to try to describe a situation they’re not quite knowledgeable in, or perhaps I’m wrong and they saw it that way growing up. So I just let those slide as a Latin American person, even if at times, I find something offensive or ridiculous, I’m not going to leave a trashy review or offend the author because I don’t know why the author decided to portray a character or scene in that way, and I could make a mistake at some point without meaning it.

It’s difficult to sit down and finish a book, it’s even more difficult to publish it. I am going to go out of my way and say that no matter if you’re an indie author or an author with a contract in a publishing house, it’s the same kind of feeling of how will they take it? Of course, as an Indie Author, in my particular case, I publish and let it be because I have no fame whatsoever, and as far as I know, people read and don’t leave reviews or leave poor reviews because they don’t like it, and that’s fine. Not all books are for everyone.

My point is, don’t trash an author that you don’t like and try to get people behind you to do the same, what if that person, yes there’s a person behind those words you don’t like, what if they lived a strange life and decided they wanted to write their own experience? Or maybe they decided to write whatever came to mind and didn’t feel like investigating a lot, or they did and still decided to write a story from their own point of view, couldn’t that be the case? We don’t know what a person is going through or went through, in my case, if I don’t like a book, I’m not going to leave a 1-star review or say don’t read it, it’s horrible. I simply move on with my life and pick up another read, and I rather not leave a review at all. Although I may not finish a book that I don’t like after fifty per cent or less, I’ll just stop reading.

I just wanted to share some of my thoughts on this one. Sorry about the sort of random post.

As always, thank you for reading to the end, and for a book review, you can check the main site or under Reviews by Genre and find all the goods over there.

Happy reading!

Quick fun fact about House of the Dragon

So, what about Hightower?

Hello, dearies! 🐉

You know what’s funny about House of the Dragon storyline and promo is that they say, return to Westeros and meet the history of Targaryen and Hightower, like fans of the show will hardly know what you’re referring to with Hightower, they scratched the surface with that house.

I bet not even half of those who watched the show would even be able to say, ah yes I know that house.

And no, the one you’re probably thinking about is the Tyrells, who are from Highgarden.  

In the books, of course, we know a lot more about them like the fact that Margery Tyrell’s mother was (is?) from Hightower.

Fact

House Hightower of the Hightower is one of the most powerful of the noble houses in the Reach. Their seat is the Hightower, located in the city of Oldtown. The sigil of House Hightower is a stone white watchtower, with a fire on the top.

So, yes, just a fun fact for everyone out there, I saw a promo vid for House of the Dragon and thought, huh, do they even know?

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I’m currently reading Fire and Blood, and it’s interesting, to say the least, I hope to finish it before the show is out, but as most of George R. R. Martin’s books are a thousand million pages long, then that remains to be seen if I’ll finish quickly or not.

I’ll keep you posted and look for the review on it.

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Thank you for stopping by, dearies! 🏰

New eBook Summer/Winter Sale on Smashwords 2022

Books Deals a plenty at Smashwords for this July 2022.

Hello, dearies! ⛱️❄️

Hope your weekend was great! I have been a little off the grid I know, but it’s been a difficult couple of months.

Now, I wanted to share Smashwords’ newest sales, this time for Summer/Winter time. The Sale Dates: July 1 – July 31, 2022. So it’s almost done, but it doesn’t mean you cannot find great deals still.

You’re probably thinking that I work for Smashwords or something, but that’s not it, I just like how they always have sales, and you can self-publish your books with a few instructions, which I have done.

So, what sort of sales or deals are we talking about? Well, you can get books that are 25% off, 50% off, 75% off, or for FREE. Yes, #freebooks, I know! But supporting authors can also come in the form of getting one of those books that are 75% off at least and will still be a great deal, something to consider. 🙂

I don’t have a list of book suggestions this time, but you can find all eBooks on sale here.

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Also, if you’re an aspiring writer and would like to try your hand at self-publishing but don’t know how Smashwords work, you can ask me for sure.

Thank you for stopping by today and reading this quick one, I know it’s my usual one, but I wanted to mention the deals for this Summer/Winter sale.

That’s it for now, don’t forget to visit my social media as well or follow the blog for more. 💞

Happy Reading! 📚

Friday Flashback: Hocus Pocus

“Sisters, All Hallow’s Eve has become a night of frolic, where children wear costumes and run amok!”

Happy Friday, dearies! 🎥

Sorry, I missed one of these last week, but it was hectic.

Why don’t you schedule? The whole week was hectic, so I beseech you, bear with me on this one.

Alright, so Hocus Pocus was a great movie, the original I mean. It’s one of my favourite movies to watch on Halloween and any other holiday, I can catch it on TV in the middle of it and keep on watching.

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Flashback: The 5th Wave

“You can only call someone crazy if there’s someone else who’s normal. Like good and evil. If everything was good, then nothing would be good.”

Hello, dearies! 📙

This is not a book review.

Here we are again, another week, another throwback or flashback as it is, a Friday Flashback. Last week, I started this little section with a review (sort of) for The Bane Chronicles: Saving Raphael Santiago, which marked the first look into the past, and it was a TBT.

Now, this week I decided to go with a book that I loved in the past, and on the second round of reading it, The 5th Wave. I have a review already for this back, and it was done a long time ago, you can check it out here: The 5th Wave review.

This time around, I wanted to talk about some of the characters and the story. Let’s begin. 📚

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Hold it, Songbirds and Snakes News!

“Well, as they said, it’s not over until the mockingjay sings.”

Hello, dearies! 🐦

Just a quick one here because I have news about The Ballad Songbirds and Snakes movie (prequel to The Hunger Games), if you haven’t read the book, you can read about it here on the blog.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Review. You’ll also find a quick link to get yourself a copy of this book.

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5 eBooks with a Flower on the Cover

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”– Frances Hodgson Burnett

Hello, dearies!

Welcome to the blog once again. It’s been a while since I made a book list, so I went with a flower or flowers theme because I thought that May deserved it, to be honest, it is more a nature theme.

These books with a flower (nature) on the cover are either on my TBR or are new to me, and I thought you might like to check them out. They are also available in paperback if you’d like to get them.

Let’s get started.

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Mothers in Books and Other Media

“She held the food out to me, her face all soft and pleading. I don’t know how she did it, because she didn’t look older than her mid-twenties, and she was bone pale, too, but something about her expression suddenly reminded me of my mom.”

Hello, dearies! 👩‍👧

Happy Mother’s Day! 🌻

Today we celebrate the loving mothers we want as our or we simply admire. I’m diving right in.

Mothers in Books

Jocelyn Fairchild

I mean, she’s not my first choice of mothers, but it cannot be denied how fiercely she wanted to protect her daughter from Valentine and all he did.

Celíne Herondale née Montclaire

Now, hear me out, I know that you see Celíne and don’t think much of her, but after I read The Wicked Ones, I was impressed by her story, which is what Cassandra Clare usually does, she can make you change your mind about a character with one short novel.

Molly Weasley

Do I need to say more? I wish she would adopt me.

Another Book Female Lead

I love how badass she is, the female lead in Another from the Voyeur Series, I would say more, but I’ll leave it for you to read and see. If you like romance/adult books that is.

Claire Fraser

She’s a fighter.

Esme Cullen

Because I want Esme to adopt me too.

Mothers in TV Shows

Lorelai Gilmore

Only because she’s fun and awesome, that’s a good enough reason.

Piper Halliwell

Fierce, protective, a witch, and a warrior. Piper from Charmed has it all.

And that’s it for today’s special, sorry it’s such a short one, but it has been a difficult week for me.

Oh, and the best mom of them all is my mom. 🌷

Thank you for reading, dearies! I hope to bring more content to you soon. Have a nice Sunday!

Happy reading! 🎀

Behind the Reader

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,” said Jojen. “The man who never reads lives only one.”

Hey, dearies! How are you today?

So, I remembered, realised, noticed, however you want to call it, that I don’t have much on me on the blog, though how obsessed I am with some books, characters and authors is also a statement.

But today, I’m doing a bit of fast facts on me since I’m not only a reader but also a writer, a photography aficionado, a traveller, a sister, an aunt, a friend and many other things. But I’ll keep it short, as you know I do, sometimes.

Behind the Reader

Fast facts about me. I’ll number them.

  1. I’m a self-published author.
  2. I have a degree in Telecommunications Engineering.
  3. I don’t use my degree. I prefer to do other things that have little to do with telecommunications.
  4. I started writing when I was about fourteen? Before that, I kept journals of my daily life.
  5. One of the first books I read and loved and wanted more of was The Chamber of Secrets.
  6. I write better than I speak.
  7. I have an ISFP personality. I don’t think that’s much of a shock, but for those who don’t know, it stands for Introverted, Observant, Feeling, and Prospecting personality traits.
  8. I manage all my social media accounts.
  9. I create all of my content, and I design the covers of my own books.

And that’s it. I just thought I should share a bit more since I feel like, at times, people don’t realise there is an actual person behind all of this. 🙂 Thank you for reading. And if you’re on any social media, find me as each.page or sela.ordaz.author or amanda_littrell_author.

Happy Easter Week! 🐰