For the love of reading

For the love of reading

Since I was a small child, I grew up surrounded by books. My parents inculcated the love of books in me because they both loved to read. My father, a career teacher has always had a personal book library and as a child, I would go there and pick up books I could hardly read, but was happy enough to “read” the pictures in them. He also bought us educational books where we learnt things we were not taught in school.

My mum always brought us children’s books. That is where I learnt many nursery rhymes and read

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Book trailers? Absolute necessity or pretty fluff?

Book trailers? Absolute necessity or pretty fluff?

I have a few authors in my various social media streams – Google+, Facebook, Twitter – and one of the things I have been noticing an increase in is the frequency of book trailer postings.

I am a child of the 80s; and from a so-called “Third World” country, no less. The word “trailer” primarily forms the image of a vehicle that is towed behind another automobile or some kind, and is usually for either leisure or for the transportation of goods. After a while, the term “movie trailer” was assimilated into my vocabulary because … well, everybody

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Series novels: a way to stay in the story

Series novels: a way to stay in the story

There is a school of thought that states that series novels are the way to go when self-publishing. You draw your reader in with the first in a series and are thus guaranteed a readership for the rest of the series.

There is much truth to this sentiment. If you think about all the one-shot novels you’ve read, especially the good ones, you are often left with a feeling of “Well, what happened afterwards?” when you’re done reading. Haven’t you ever wondered what our heroes or heroines get up to after a particularly rousing plot? These days, I

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