Climbing Over Grit

The book Climbing Over Grit is about the ancient practice of child arranged marriages still going on in many parts of the world.  Every year, throughout the world, millions of young girls are forced into marriage. Child marriage is outlawed in many countrieschild bride and international agreements forbid the practice yet this tradition still spans continents, language, religion and caste.

Over an eight-year period, photographer Stephanie Sinclair has investigated the phenomenon of child marriage in India, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nepal and Ethiopia. Her multimedia presentation, produced in association with National Geographic, synthesizes this body of work into a call to action.


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The Indie View- The Indie-Reviewers

This is a  website with a list of Indie book reviewers.  Again, I haven’t used any of them so I can’t tell you if they actually review or are accepting books.

The Indie-reviewers


These are the sites guidelines


The Indie Reviewers List

This page provides links to where Indie books are reviewed. If you review Indie books please go here and I’ll add your link to the list.

To be on this list the Indie Reviewer has to be:

  • Actively posting reviews
  • Review eBooks
  • Not charge for their reviews
  • Not be affiliated to a publisher
  • Have submission guidelines in place for an Indie author to submit an eBook
  • Putting a link back to TheIndieView on their site

If someone asks you for a paid review let me know and I’ll take them off the list.

I try to keep the list as current as possible, but if you encounter a site that hasn’t updated reviews for a couple of months then let me know. I’ll take them off the list.

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The Fat Of The Land by Chris The Story Reading Ape

Originally posted on bluebird of bitterness: Find out why your clothes shrink – courtesy of BlueBird 😂 bluebird of bitterness View original post

via The fat of the land — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

I couldn’t passed these jokes up without sharing it with you all, especially the burning the brownies joke. I have lost calories too by burning things. LOL!

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Reedsy Book Reviewers

Every writer know it’s easier to pull chicken teeth than get a book review. I mean without paying for it and providing the books. Despite all this it doesn’t guarantee a review at all.

I found this by accident. Yes, I stumbled upon it as spammers like to say when they find you. Now, I don’t know if all of these reviewer actually work or not. I read a few to see if they were genuine. Those I visited appeared to actually reviewers. I saw that each had their own system of requirements rating. Most are paid but I saw a few freebies among the fold. I didn’t find a lot of “I’m not accepting books’ right now. That’s a good thing…
Reedsy Book Reviewers



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What did Medieval People Really Wear?

via What did Medieval People Really Wear?

This reblog showed the Early to Mid-Middle Ages vastly different we are conditioned to believe it was. For example, nudity was quite common during the Early to Mid-Middle Ages. Public bathhouses were also very common Middle Ages. I must say that it was the Inquisition which begin to outlaw many of these practices before the start of Protestant Reformation. Let’s just say if you were of nobility the Inquisition allowed you more leeway than if you were of peasantry.

Yes, the Protestant Reformation did bring about stricter conduct codes for every one not just the serf. It did away with what was labeled frivolous, empty romantic writings. Arguing it doesn’t exist and led to the idea of Don Quixote? Where the plot revolves around the adventures of a nobleman from La Mancha named Alonso Quixano, who reads so many chivalric romances that he loses his mind and decides to become a knight-errant (caballero andante) to revive chivalry and serve his nation, under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha.

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Our Greatest Fear Is Not That We’re Inadequate.

Our Greatest Fear is not that we are inadequate

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Summer months and authors in this new normal.

With the summer months generally being slow months for online activities especially in the literary world. So, what is a primary online marketing author to do? It’s unsafe in many places to go to where ever the public is. These days, most marketing is safer done online than in public.

I’m making some adjustments to this post for this was originally written two years ago.  One way to market your book is to create virtual posters for your books and post them just about anywhere that allow you to do so. That way you can place them in numerous places displaying different scene from the book. You will be surprised at who might click on it up and later ask questions about your work.

I know there’s a lot of talk about targeted market. Finding your readers. But don’t assume anything. Just because of your genre or character’s personality doesn’t  fit a certain mode don’t assume who will be interested in reading your work. And as I said before, most of the times, those whom your work is geared toward, most likely isn’t going to read it because they already have a favorite author in that genre. Like for example, most of my readers are men. That’s right. Most are guys and independent thinking women. Believe it or not, guys like to read  about action and romance. They just don’t care much for the excessively emotional romance but they like love stories. You would think most would be Moms due to the main character being a very protective mother, but most of my readers aren’t. Or at least not those who have let me know they are familiar with the books. They aren’t Moms. Guys have told me they like how Ana always put Bea first regardless of what’s going down. Since the first posting of this article the readership of women have grown.

Another effective way to spread the word is use internet flyers. You can create them from any basic graphic program.  Many online newspaper have free ad sections. Post your flyer there. It would be a good idea to post a link to your blog or book.

In these days of tight budgets and many people are out of work writers are affected too. There are many creative ways to spread the word without costing you a cent. This paves the way for your Fall books you’ve spend your summer days getting ready.


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Intellifluence Book Marketing

I came across a marketing company called Intellifluence Book Marketing Firm. I haven’t used it so I can’t tell anyone if it works or not, but it’s steep in prices but I noticed several reputable companies are listed as customers.


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“They said she couldn’t become a writer recognized by the world, but she did it.”

Zora Neale Hurston is perhaps one of the greatest American writers to have ever lived. The reason being she recorded America as it truly was and still is depending on who you are and where you live. Without work like hers so much history would’ve been lost. All because it wasn’t deemed important enough to be recorded or written about.

All modern writers have her to thanks for changing the style of writing to freeflow.  She changed the rules of writing to be more emotional expressive. More acceptable for a writer to incept  their own style of writing into a story.  Abandoning the strict format of the previous century and decades.

She did to style, rhythm and flow in literature what Adeline Virginia Woolf did to using the stream of consciousness as a narrative device. Zora used much stream of consciousness but in a way ordinary people could relate to.



Zora Zeale Hurston-An American Iconic Writer


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