#Recensie @HarperCollinsHL : De Offers #DeOffers – Jeroen Windmeijer @JWindmeijer

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De auteur :

151Antropoloog Jeroen Windmeijer (1969) weet feit en fictie op onnavolgbare wijze met elkaar te verbinden. Hij vindt witte vlekken in de Bijbelse en wereldgeschiedenis en kleurt deze op overtuigende wijze in. Eerder schreef hij de thrillers De bekentenissen van Petrus, Het Pauluslabyrint en Het Pilgrim Fathers Complot, die met veel enthousiasme werden ontvangen.

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Korte inhoud :

897In een gesloten gemeenschap in de buurt van het Boliviaanse Titicacameer worden in korte tijd drie kinderen vermoord. Alles wijst erop dat ze op rituele wijze zijn omgebracht. De Nederlandse student Luc en zijn vriendin Nayra raken bij de zaak betrokken. Is de uitgestorven gewaande traditie van het kinderoffer nieuw leven ingeblazen? Wat waart er rond in de mistige toppen van de Andes?
In Latijns-Amerika is het christendom, dat de roomskatholieke conquistadores met zich meebrachten, diep verweven met de oorspronkelijke natuurgodsdienst. De indianen zien Moeder Aarde als een zorgzame moeder, die de mens overvloed schenkt. Offers zijn nodig om het evenwicht in stand te houden. Maar soms is wel een heel groot offer nodig…
Jeroen Windmeijer opent in zijn weergaloze nieuwe thriller de anders zo gesloten wereld van de Boliviaanse hoogvlakten.

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Mijn mening :

‘De Offers’ van Jeroen Windmeijer is een boek waar ik, na het dichtslaan, niet meteen van denk : ‘Wat een aanrader!’ .
Toch kan ik ook niet zeggen dat het ronduit een tegenvaller was.
Het ligt er volgens mij iets tussenin.
Ik vind het verhaal nogal rommelig in elkaar gezet geloof ik.
Het is vaak alsof er connecties zijn die niet altijd goed werden uitgewerkt en soms wordt er gewoon heel raar versprongen in tijd en tussen personages.
Ik moest daardoor best hard focussen en had het gevoel niet alles mee te nemen wat belangrijk was.
Ik betrapte me er zelf op dat ik dingen ging herlezen.
Gelukkig voor mij was het niet allemaal negatief.
Het beste aan dit boek vond ik bijvoorbeeld dat je veel bijleert over godsdiensten, geschiedenis, culturen, … .
Je merkt echt dat de auteur weet waar hij over schrijft.
Dit door uitgebreid onderzoek vermoed ik, maar ook persoonlijke ervaring zoals hij aangeeft op het einde.
Zeker de moeite dus op dat vlak!
Je waant je immers echt in Bolivia tussen de mensen en daardoor wil je meer weten over hen en hun gebruiken.
Het hielp mij alvast om door te willen lezen en uiteindelijk ook om uit te vissen wie de offers(?) nu bracht.
Het einde zal je zeker verrassen, maar of dat dan weer op een positieve manier is, laat ik aan jullie over.
Voor mij was het maar zo-zo.
Het verraste me, tot op een zekere hoogte in positieve zin, maar toch … .
Het leek ook een beetje uit de lucht te vallen, althans dat vond ik er persoonlijk van.
Over de vergelijking van Jeroen Windmeijer met Dan Brown wil ik ook nog iets kwijt trouwens.
Ik snap dit wel ergens, maar dan de ‘mindere’ boeken van Dan Brown, helaas.
De boeken die je leest omdat ze bij de serie horen en uiteindelijk informatief zeer goed zijn, maar niet zo werden overgebracht zoals je had verwacht door het lezen van vorige delen of vanwege te hoge verwachtingen.
Dat gevoel heb ik nu ook na het lezen van ‘De Offers’ van Jeroen Windmeijer, mijn persoonlijke, misschien te hoge, verwachtingen werden niet ingelost.
Jammer, niet alleen voor mij, de lezer, en de auteur, die dit leest, maar ook voor de toch wel fijne personages, die ik zeker ergens ga missen.

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51warsmtPELFOR THIS KILLER, IT’S A GAME OF A B C

When the body of a man is found brutally murdered in a wildlife park and tattooed with a letter A, criminal profilers Jan Grall and Rabea Wyler are thrown into a deadly game of cat and mouse.
Later, two more mutilated bodies are found, again with tattoos on their skin – B and C – and it becomes clear that Grall and Wyler are dealing with a brutal serial killer. One who won’t stop until his set is complete.
When Grall’s hotel room is marked with a Z and his girlfriend kidnapped, the race is on to find out who the killer is.
Before it’s too late …

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L.E.Schuetz

Lars Schütz was born in 1992. He works as a copywriter for a large advertising
agency in Düsseldorf. The Alphabet Murders is his debut thriller.

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Review :

‘The Alphabet Murders’ is a terrific debut about a serial killer who tattoos its victims with the letters of ABC.
Together with a kind of special investigator duo, called Grall and Wyler, it makes for a really interesting plot.
The writing style was very good and together with the short chapters it helps to uphold a quite high suspense level within the book.
It made it a gruesome, dark and compelling read which made it extremely entertaining for me as it what I like in this genre.
I hope the author will be writing other books and that they will be translated soon after.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #Review : Nadine – John Steinberg @SteinbergStory

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kBBqffzwLondon 1974 – and Peter Greenberg is riding high. Thanks to his magic touch, every play he puts on in Theatreland is a hit and the money is rolling in. The young man’s empire feels secure – but then everything changes. One evening, he calls in to see a rival’s musical and falls head over heels in love.
The beautiful Paris-born dancer who catches his eye is Nadine – a major star in the making. Like Greenberg, the young dancer too is in love – but with someone else. The eternal triangle is complicated by the birth of a child, and by tragic secrets that go back before World War Two; slowly, those secrets reveal themselves in a drama that out-performs anything on the West End stage or Broadway.
Nadine is a poignant story of unrequited love, a love that will one day be returned – and in a most unexpected way…

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5QIUhgnAJohn Steinberg was born in 1952 and spent many years in business before becoming a writer in 2007. Since then, he has co-written and produced comedies for the stage and has created a series of books for children. Nadine is his third novel. He is married with three children and lives in North London.

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‘Nadine’ is not easy to review for me because I was a bit misled by the mention of WW2 secrets.
I naturally thought this would play a huge rol, but unfortunately it didn’t.
I guess that is what made me disappointed at first, but afterwards I realized it’s in fact a wonderful read.
It’s a very realistic book that gives you a great insight in the theater world, but also in people, how they cope with certain situations or illnesses.
It’s also greatly and engagingly written by the author.
I found it heartbreakingly beautiful at times and recommend it to everyone to read and to talk about it afterwards.

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#BlogTour #RandRBookTours @RRBookTours1 / #Review : Reaper #Reaper – Jonathan Pongratz

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Reaper Cover ImageTitle: Reaper: A Horror Novella
Publication Date: April 19th, 2019
Genre: YA Horror/ Novella

THE BOOGEYMAN IS REAL
Gregory and his little sister Imogen love spending Halloween with their parents. But this year is different. If he proves he can take care of Imogen all by himself, he’ll finally have the allowance he’s dreamed of.
That was before the basement door opened on its own. Before the strange door appeared in the basement and Imogen was taken from him by the monster.
Now everyone in town is blaming him for her disappearance, but no one is listening to his story. Where did the door come from? What was that creature? And most of all, can he find his sister before it’s too late, or will he bury his memories of her along with his parents?

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Author PicJonathan Pongratz is a writer and author of captivating horror, urban fantasy, and paranormal stories. When he’s not writing, he’s busy being a bookworm, video game junkie, and karaoke vocalist. A former resident of Dallas, he currently resides in Kansas City with his halloween cat Ajax. By day he works magic in finance, by night he creates dark and mesmerizing worlds.

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Review :

‘Reaper’ may be a short story, but it’s definitely worth reading it.
I thoroughly enjoyed it as it reminded me of the books I used to read when I was a young teen.
It’s not overly scary, but from the get-go you get a sort of feeling of doom.
The story becomes also kind of a quest, which will appeal to anyone at the age group this book is for, hell, it even did to me!
So well done, Jonathan Pongratz.
The only thing I don’t get is why it needed to be on Halloween?
Any other day would make it, in my mind, a lot scarier for the kids as the monsters can be real always.
It’s nitpicking I know, so back to the real question : when can we read a novel by you?
This sure tasted like more!

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#BlogTour #CompulsiveReaders @Tr4cyF3nt0n / #Review : Control #Control – Hugh Montgomery @hugh_montgomery @ZaffreBooks

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control-coverRenowned surgeon Michael Trenchard locks his office door and prepares for a relaxing evening – Wagner on the sound system, a fine Scotch to hand. A knock at the door heralds the arrival of the person he most wants to see – the person who excites him more than anyone else. But what follows will turn his dreams into a living nightmare . . . for he will be discovered later that night in a locked-in coma, the victim of an auto-erotic asphyxiation.
Can this really be an accident? It is left to Dr Kash Devan, Trenchard’s young protégé, to uncover the truth. What he discovers is chilling: in his ruthless pursuit of wealth and success Trenchard has left a trail of wrecked lives behind him. Which of his victims hated him so much they wanted not only his life, but also his reputation ruined?

About the Author :

Hugh-Montgomery-author-photo-1909x1434Hugh Montgomery is a world leading professor of Intensive Care Medicine and Director of the UCL Institute for Human Health and Performance at University College London. A distinguished physician, Hugh is responsible for the first discovery of a gene related to physical fitness. He has been awarded the title of London Leader by the London Sustainable Development Commission for his work in climate change and health, and was a founding member of the UK Climate and Health Council.
Outside of medicine Hugh is also an endurance expert and has run three 100km ultra marathons. He holds the world record for underwater piano playing, has scaled the world’s sixth highest mountain, and has jumped naked from a plane at 14,000ft. He has published a children’s book The Voyage of the Arctic Ten and in 2007 presented the televised annual Royal Institution Christmas Lecture.

Review :

After reading the blurb and seeing the cover of ‘Control’ by Hugh Montgomery I thought this book would be my cup of tea and I immediately can say it looked like it as it started rather promising.
However, reading further and further I couldn’t shake the feeling there was something lacking too.
It wasn’t that the story didn’t caught my attention from the get-go, because it did, but there was something missing in my opinion.
Although I couldn’t really say what it was in the beginning, as the events caught my attention and I just couldn’t stop reading, I soon realized that it was the background stories of the characters.
The idea of the book is superb and the author really knows his medical stuff without making it boring or too heavy for the readers, but everyone is a bit cardboard like.
Every character is just described in a way that you don’t get to know them very well and by the end of the book you get a solution / conclusion that leaves you, as a reader, quite unsatisfied in my opinion.
Especially the main characters should be better defined.
For example, it’s all more hearsay of dr. Trenchard and he is not very ‘visible’ in the beginning.
It would be better, in my humble opinion, to paint the picture more elaborately, to give him more stage time.
You do get in his mind in some chapters after a while, so why not get into his past, his character more?
A missed opportunity for sure, not only for him by the way, but for mostly all!
This said, I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy the book or that I disliked it utterly.
I’ve read it in less than 2 days as I couldn’t put it down and was curious about the whole thing.
Than there’s the title ‘control’ which covers the entire content / theme of the book in the best possible way.
It’s a disturbing thing to know how people can react on things that happened to them in the past and how vengeful they can be.
Control is key!
My conclusion: a rather nice debut, which could do with some work still, but not that bad that I wouldn’t want to try another book by this author!

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#BookBlitzTour #XpressoBookTours @XpressoTours / #Excerpt and #GiveAway : Something Wicked – Emma Dean

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Today I’m on the ‘Something Wicked’ blogtour, organised by Xpresso Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information, excerpt and a giveaway for you.

About the Author :

EmmaEmma Dean is the aspie author of Draga Court and the Council of Paranormals. Juggling work, life, higher education, and a rambunctious toddler leaves little room for much else, but when she gets the chance she dives into a good book and likes to re-read the Black Jewels series by Anne Bishop every year during Christmas.

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SWTitle: Something Wicked (University of Morgana: Academy of Enchantments and Witchcraft #1)
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Reverse Harem, Romance

If she could make it through her first semester without killing anyone … that’d be great.
San Francisco Bay Coven has been torn apart and no one feels this more than Mika Marshall. Kenzie Kavanagh exposed her father and brother’s betrayal.
So Mika is starting at the University of Morgana a semester late and praying to the Fates that she’ll be able to catch up and graduate with her class. But as a witch with an undeclared specialty she’s trying not to bring too much attention to herself.
Because Mika has a secret and if she doesn’t learn to control her powers, people will die.

**This is a slow burn reverse harem academy series. All paranormal books by Emma Dean exist in the same world – the Council of Paranormals.

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Mika leaned against one of the tables in the massive greenhouse and watched as students filtered in. There weren’t many taking Advanced Poisons but the ones who were, were fascinating.
The first two classes of the day had gone pretty well. Audrey had both Advanced Latin and Shifter Studies with her on Mondays and Wednesdays. But she was alone in her Poisons class.
The other witch was great at diverting attention away from Mika since she already knew so many people with as outgoing as she was. They were fairly normal first days – a general reviewing of the schedule and then getting right into it. None of the classes Mika was taking were easy.
But she could already tell this class was going to be different.
It was quiet in the conservatory with the black metal scrollwork holding the glass in place. The massive greenhouse was nearly an entire wing of the university and three stories tall. Mika knew this was going to be one of her favorite places.
The humidity was suffocating in her coveralls. But handling these kinds of plants required her to take safety measures. It was something she’d been taught from the moment she’d been able to walk. Wear clothes that could be washed and covered every inch of skin.
Mika had her black coveralls that she’d brought from home on over her regular clothes, boots that sealed the coveralls and didn’t allow anything to touch her skin, special gloves that could be washed but protected her from any oils that might be secreted from the plants. A scarf around her neck would cover her nose and mouth if they had to do any cutting or crushing – it was generally a good idea, even just smelling some poisonous plants could make someone faint.
Everything else was in the locker rooms specifically set up for herbology students. Cream that protected skin was everywhere, both magical and non. This portion of the greenhouse was under lock and key; only students with a pass or teachers could access these plants.
She surveyed the other students and dismissed them immediately. All except one.
Honestly, she was surprised to see a male witch in this class. Most never made it to Advanced Poisons. It wasn’t really their thing. But this one – he was tall and mysterious. So tall he would probably tower about a foot over her.
Mika had a weakness for tall guys.
His gorgeous brown hair was messy and slightly curled, falling in his face just a little. The green in his light-bluish green eyes seemed magnified with all the plants around him. Mika couldn’t help but notice how muscular his arms were with the way his coveralls hung from his waist, showing off his tank top.
Despite her vow to avoid men and any potential boyfriends throughout her university career, Mika’s heart started beating just a little bit faster. When he looked up, his gaze went right to her like he knew she’d been watching him, her stomach flipped and Mika had to look away.
She glanced at her watch. Only two more minutes and the class would start.
Professor Hayes waltzed in a minute later in custom coveralls that looked a lot like Mika’s just in a faded green instead. The professor had her long blonde hair up in a severe bun and she wore glasses. There would be no room for bullshit with her.
Mika looked up at the glass ceiling as the silvery light filtering in seemed to change somehow. She blinked and realized it was snowing. It had been a long time since she’d been around snow, and the way it fell in whispers on the glass added to the magic of the conservatory.
“Welcome class. The reason you are here is because you’ve either met the pre-requisites or you’ve tested into this class. Congratulations. Most never make it this far.” Professor Hayes had a hard gleam in her eye as she studied each of them.
It was like she was assessing who was going to mess up and potentially kill themselves, or perhaps someone else.
“People have died in this class. Murderers have used what is learned here. I guarantee you’ll end up with some kind of burn at the very least. So if you want to make it out alive you listen to me and follow the rules. Do you understand?”
Mika nodded, remembering a similar conversation her mother had had with her when she was about five and touched a plant that had left a burn mark for weeks. “Be smart, Mika,” she’d said. “If you’re not smart, you’ll die.”
It was advice she’d taken to heart and applied to her entire life. Mika had made sure she was smart. Even if she had to study twice as hard as everyone else. She wasn’t going to make a stupid mistake and die.
Not when it was so easy to end up dead.
“Any questions?”
“Professor Hayes?” some quiet girl with black hair asked. “Will there be opportunities for extra credit?”
Mika couldn’t stop herself from rolling her eyes. Couldn’t they get on with this already?
“We’ll see,” the professor said, eyeing the girl like she’d probably be the first to head to the infirmary. “Now I’m going to pair you up, and you will be partners for the rest of the semester. We’re going to start with every day poisonous plants and flowers and their uses.”
Professor Hayes took her phone out of her pocket and read off names. Mika felt that same flutter in her stomach when her name was called and the professor pointed to the guy who had caught her attention. “Mika Marshall, you’re with Ethan Ellington.”
She didn’t even have the opportunity to be shocked that the professor had pronounced her name correctly. Ethan was already headed toward her and the way he looked at her…it was almost a glare but not quite.
Somehow it made him even more attractive.
He didn’t say anything as he jerked his chin toward one of the work tables. Mika followed after him and wondered what his deal was. Maybe he was annoyed she was a freshman. This was a higher level class after all. Freshmen weren’t usually allowed.
But they’d made an exception for her of course – she was a Marshall with an affinity for poison.
“Now, we’re going to start with Morning Glory. It’s toxic, but it doesn’t usually kill. The fascinating thing about the Morning Glory is it’s one of those flowers that can cause hallucinations. The seeds contain a chemical similar to that of LSD.” The professor walked around the greenhouse, setting pots of the flower on each worktable.
Mika sat on the stool and ignored Ethan next to her as best as she could. She forced herself to pay attention to the professor, even though this was hardly advanced.
Hopefully they’d get into more dangerous plants as the semester went on.
“You don’t need to wear gloves for these, but I advise you scrub down after every class. Now,” Professor Hayes snapped, whipping around to study Mika.
What she’d done to gain her attention she had no idea.
“Morning glory is used in a few different types of spells and potions. The most popular is an infusion, but philtres are also common. Ms. Marshall, name one for me.”
She must have seen Mika’s test scores. Professor Hayes was one of the more strict professors or so Mika had heard, but she was also one of the best. Had she known she’d be instantly singled out…maybe she would have avoided this class.
“Obfusca,” she murmured. “It makes a person confused if made with sea water. If the potion is made with river water it can remove memories. Officially, it is not a curse, but it’s also not a healing potion.”
The professor narrowed her eyes and then smiled. “I’m pleased to see you’re just as good as your test results indicated. Welcome to Morgana, Ms. Marshall.”
Too many people were looking at her.
Mika dropped her gaze to the flower and its deep purple petals. Ethan chose just then to lean in closer to her. Instantly she stiffened as the scent of his cologne reached her nose.
“Who are you here to kill?” he whispered.
What?
Her eyes snapped to his and there was laughter there, like this was some hilarious joke. “Excuse me?”
“Normal people don’t take Advanced Poisons in their first semester.” Ethan pulled out a sketchbook and started drawing the morning glory. “Unless it’s your specialty I guess.”
“It’s not.” Mika couldn’t believe how green his eyes looked in this light, and how even in the dead of winter his skin was still slightly tanned. “But it’s one of the few things I’m good at.”
Ethan smiled at that, glancing at her as he drew. “I’m an Herbology major. Is the Marshall Greenhouse in San Francisco as amazing as I hear?”
So he did know who she was. Ugh, Mika wished she could just be a normal witch for once. But high society witches all knew each other. Which meant Ethan wasn’t from the West Coast. So who was he?
Ellington wasn’t a familiar clan name either.
Why herbology?
“So who are you here to kill?” she asked, plucking one of the flowers as instructed so she could separate the parts.
“I just like plants. There’s something so beautiful in something that has such variance. Some are deadly and some can save you. Only knowledge can tell you which one.” Ethan smiled at her then and there was something about the way his hair fell into his eyes.
Mika wanted to reach out and brush it back, maybe trace those glorious eyebrows, and his unfairly long eyelashes.
Fuck.
This wasn’t why she was here.
She went back to placing the petals in one bowl and the seeds in another. Two different potions – one to take something away, and one to give something back. There was beauty in the duality, she’d give Ethan that.
His poetic ass was going to be the death of her if she didn’t pay attention.
The class was two hours long and they went through the basic poisonous flowers, how to handle them, what they could be used for, and how one would prepare them as ingredients for future use. Mika went through the motions, doing her best to ignore Ethan next to her.
It was all basic stuff she knew anyway. Her mother had taught her all this and more by the time she was ten. Their greenhouse had a poison garden just like this one did. It rivaled some of the greats around the world.
“Don’t worry, we’re supposed to learn how to grow and tend nightshade and hemlock this semester,” Ethan said with a little smirk. “Morning glory is pretty tame in comparison.”
How boring. Mika was hoping they’d get to work with the Manchineel tree, fondly nicknamed the ‘little apple of death.’ It was one of the few her mother hadn’t let her near since it could blister skin in seconds.
Snakeroot and oleander were also some of her favorites, but Mika had been hoping for something truly exotic.
“I heard someone is trying to crossbreed poisons,” Ethan murmured. “Would that be more interesting for you?”
Mika whipped her gaze to his and narrowed her eyes. “You think I’m some kind of black widow?”
“I think you like dangerous things.” Ethan didn’t blink as he held her gaze. “Am I wrong?”
She didn’t say anything to that. They didn’t even know each other. Mika owed him no explanation.
But he wasn’t wrong.

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#BlogTour #RandRBookTours @RRBookTours1 / #Review : Good Writing is Like Good Sex – C.S. Johnson @C_S_Johnson13

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Book CoverTitle: Good Writing is Like Good Sex: Sort of Sexy Thoughts on Writing
Publication Date: March 31st, 2019
Genre: Non-Fiction / Writing Guide

What makes a book sexy?
I’m not talking about erotica, per say, but what is the difference between a book you eagerly devour and a book you slum your way through?
While there are individual exceptions, the most objective difference between a good story and a downright terrible one is simple—it all comes down to the writing.
It’s either good writing, and we can forgive the technical flaws a little more easily, or it’s bad writing, and bad writing is just bad.
Good writing is more than just good writing.
Good writing is sexy.
If you’re a fiction writer looking to improve your writing skills, this is the perfect, provocative read to encourage you to get down to business and write your story.
Inside Good Writing is Like Good Sex, you will find:
• A titillating perspective on the writing process
• The secret to why your story is special, and how you can make it sexier
• Tips on romancing your readers
• How to write irresistible characters
• Basic writing and story concepts with advanced insights
… and all in a non-gratuitous fashion with a lot of innuendos.

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Author PicC. S. Johnson is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including young adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at http://www.csjohnson.me .

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Although I don’t have time anymore to write, except for the occasional reviews and other blog posts, I’m always interested in learning and reading more about this topic.
Hence this book, although I must admit that it was the title that got my attention first.
I mean ‘sex’ just does that do people, no?
Even if it’s only the word, it makes you intrigued, it sells!
After that I was thinking: people who talk about it, don’t do it.
So maybe that’s who I am? (for the writing part I mean most definitely!)
I love to talk about it, love to make plans, sum up half a dozen (of fairly stupid) reasons not to get started,… .
I’m not selling, because I’m not writing!
Anyway, enough about me, back to the book written by C. S. Johnson.
I thought it to be a good read, with some great advice all wrapped up in some humor I could appreciate.
Most things I guess I already knew, but reading it again will maybe mean it will stick in my head a bit better or longer.
Maybe give me the courage to stop procrastinating!
If the sex part was really necessary I’m not sure, but it gives a nice twist on a rather boring topic, which is writing.
It really is boring to talk about, unless you’re doing it, then it can be really exciting. (Yes, still writing just about writing or am I?)
So I believe mission accomplished for the author as she wrote a book on how she sees you should tackle the task at hand and she did a fairly good job in my opinion.
She could left out the advertising about her own books and that of others I believe, but maybe that’s how selling your work goes.
Stuff for another book perhaps, what after writing?!

The Magic of Wor(l)ds