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So…I read this book

Happy Monday!

Like so many others, I’m trying to balance many things in my life. I’ve found over the last few years, especially since I’ve started to write, that I’ve allowed certain indulgences of mine to fall to the side. My “me” time is even more limited 🙂 I’m not complaining at all, but I’ve decided it’s time for me to at least enjoy my love of reading again. Even if it takes me a week to read a book instead of a day or a few hours like it used to, I’m going to go for it. lol

So, every once in awhile, if I read a book that I particularly enjoyed I’m going to post my review and the book information so if any of my blog readers are interested they can check it out too.

I’m not a professional reviewer or anything like that. I’m choosing to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed on my site. I enjoy just about every genre, so I’ll be all over the board 🙂

Today, I’d like to share JUST A KISS (An It’s in His Kiss Novella) by Ally Broadfield. This is a historical romance.

MY REVIEW:

This was a quick read that I really enjoyed. From the first page I was curious about the characters. Charlotte the heroine was instantly a favorite. She was a strong young woman of her era, not just a wallflower or a quiet mouse, she tended to do and speak her mind. But she did it all with style and the occasional spark of humor.

The hero of the story is Sebastian. Just the name does it for me. I can easily picture a noble gentlemen who loves and dotes on his grandmother, but at the same time as a reputation as a ladies man. Again, this character had a sense of humor and a quirky habit of making up words to describe feelings or instances that weren’t easily described.

My favorite secondary character was Sebastian’s grandmother. I think she was a woman ahead of her time, kind of like Charlotte.

The fun part about this short little story was that Sebastian and Charlotte started out as friends who were both in the same predictament. They each had a season to find a spouse. Charlotte’s story was more of a hard luck case, and Sebastian seemed to accept his fate in finding a wife to please his grandmother. In their attempt to help each other they grow close, share several fun meetings with engaging dialogue and easily pictured settings, and a romance is sparked.

I won’t give away to much of this well written story. My suggestion is to grab a copy yourself and get lost between the pages. You won’t regret it.

 

just a kiss

Charlotte Lightwood has one season to find a husband or she’ll be forced to marry her guardian’s loathsome cousin. With no title or dowry, she doesn’t have much hope of making a good match. Sebastian Wilkinson, the Earl of Marley, has been the most eligible bachelor on the marriage mart for more years than he cares to count and is very aware of his duty to marry a woman who will add to the wealth and stature of his title.

Sebastian makes Charlotte an offer she can’t refuse: he will pretend to court her to help her attract more suitors in exchange for her advice about which ladies he should pursue. As they work together, their mutual attraction grows. When they realize they just might be perfect for one another, they must decide whether to bow to the dictates of society or follow their hearts.

 

Information:

Title: Just a Kiss (It’s in His Kiss novella)
Author: Ally Broadfield
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 137 pages
Release Date: April 2014
ISBN: 978-1-62266-382-8
Imprint: Edge

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in So...I read this book

 

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10 – 4 Tuesday

Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday!  This is a forum where I’ll feature either an author or someone in a position related to publishing, promoting or a service that is author related.  I will only be offering this forum on occasion, and if anyone wants to participate, email me to set up a date  🙂

For 10 – 4 Tuesday I will ask our guest 10 questions about themselves and their service or book and then 4 questions for fun 🙂  So let’s get started.

Today I’d like to introduce you to Ally Broadfield.  Ally is an author as well as a proofreader.

Hi Ally, Thanks for joining us for 10 – 4  Tuesday 🙂

Hi Christine! Thanks so much for having me here today.

First the 10:

To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.

I’ve worked in marketing, recruiting, and as a librarian. I’ve always been an avid reader and started writing with an eye toward publication about four years ago. I currently live in Texas with my husband, three children and a menagerie of animals. When I say menagerie, I really mean it. We have five dogs, a cat, a rabbit, a parrot, a hedgehog, four lizards, two snakes, and several fish. I also have a horse, but he doesn’t live with us.

Wow, you’re a busy lady.  As well as being the owner of a proofreading business, you stated you’re an author.  What types of books do you write?

I write historical romance set in Regency England and in Imperial Russia during the early 19th century. I have several things on submission and hope to have some good news to share soon.

I always enjoy the tidbits you share about Russia and history in general on your blog.  Share with us what exactly your proofreading services consist of.

First I’d like to share a secret. When writers proofread their own work, it’s not unusual for them to overlook errors because their mind knows how the text should read and automatically corrects it. Whether you’re polishing your manuscript for a contest, preparing to submit to an agent or editor, or planning to self-publish, having another set of eyes to help catch grammatical and typographical errors can prove invaluable. I always have someone else proofread my work for me, because I even have difficulty detecting errors in my work.

Proofreading is limited to checking for correctness and focuses on grammar, punctuation, syntax, and typographical and spelling errors. I proofread manuscripts specifically for errors in grammar like capitalization, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling, typographical errors, verb tense and subject-verb agreement. I also read for correct comma usage, misplaced modifiers, homonym errors, correct use of plural and possessive forms, punctuation of dialogue, run-on sentences, and correct use of question marks and exclamation points.

Do you offer any other services geared toward authors?  Such as teaching classes on grammar or editing?

This year I’m teaching a craft class on Incorporating Humor into Writing, and I’m also teaching a class about How to the Make the Most of Online Research. I do have a class in the works on Tips & Techniques for More Effective Proofreading and should have some dates posted on my website soon.

How did you become interested in proofreading?

I’ve always been a stickler for correct grammar. When my children say something incorrectly, I tell them they’re hurting my ears, because to me, an incorrect word sounds like someone playing the wrong musical note.  Back in the dark ages when I took the SAT, there was a section called “Test of Standard Written English.” I received a perfect score on that section of the test, which came with the added bonus of exempting me from having to take any English requirements in college (although I took English classes anyway because I liked them so much!). I started proofreading essays for my friends during college and things continued from there.

What was the deciding factor in offering your services to others?

I was laid-off from my job as a school librarian about a year and a half ago, and since I’m still pursuing traditional publication, I started thinking about things I could do to bring in some income while still having time to write. Offering low-cost proofreading services to fellow writers seemed like a natural choice.

Do you proof complete manuscripts, chapters?  Do you also proofread for others besides authors?

My services start with reading as few as 3,500 words, and go all the way up to full manuscripts. I am open to proofreading for non-author clients, but I haven’t had any yet.

Do you have a website, or how can we get a hold of you to use your proofreading skills?

My website is http://allybroadfield.com/, and this direct link to the page for my Proofreading Services.

What is the price range for what you offer?

Short Contest Entry/Query Submission (up to 3,500 words): $25
Contest Entry (up to 12,000 words): $50
Short Story (up to 20,000 words): $75
Novella (up to 40,000 words): $125
Novel (up to 80,000 words): $200
Novel (up to 110,000 words): $250

I also offer a free proofread of the first three pages for interested clients, and I offer discounts for pre-published authors and returning clients.

For those who can’t afford to have a full manuscript read, I highly recommend trying a partial read. Though you won’t get your entire manuscript corrected, a partial read of at least 3,500 words will help you identify recurring errors such as comma splices, misplaced modifiers, and incorrect punctuation of dialogue, just to name a few.

Do you have a typical time frame that a writer can expect to receive their copy back?

Whenever possible, I work with my clients to return their copy according to their timeframe. I once proofed a 115,000 word manuscript in a week, but the longest I’ve ever taken was three weeks for a submission of that length.

That’s a quick turn-around Ally 🙂  Now the 4:

If you ruled your own country, what would be the first law you’d put into effect?

Too…much…pressure. Okay. Putting aside noble ideas like peace and prosperity for all, I would add two hours to each day so everyone would have time to read for pleasure.

Now I love that.  I could use two hours extra in each day for reading 🙂  Share your favorite quote (or if you don’t have one…feel free to make one up)

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”  -Ambrose Redmoon

Using these 5 words, spin us a sentence:  Bikini Kiss Chocolate Moon Caress

With my bikini briefs and cellulite safely hidden under my jeans, I stuffed my face with chocolate under the light of a full moon while pretending I was being kissed and caressed by David Beckham.

LOL…great sentence Ally 🙂  What are the top 3 items on your bucket list?

Have a book published with one of the Big Six.

See all three of my kids happily married (far, far into the future!).

Visit every continent.

Thanks again for visiting with us Ally!  And for being a good sport 🙂  So excited you joined me for 10 – 4 Tuesday!  Before we wave good-bye, let us know if there are any other links you’d like to share so that we can find you online 🙂

Just in case you missed it, my website is: http://allybroadfield.com/

I can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks so much for having me today, Christine! It’s always a pleasure to visit your blog, and it’s even more exciting to be featured. 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2012 in 10 - 4 Tuesday, On Writing

 

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