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Hope you've all been well.
As you've probably noticed - or not - it's been quiet around here for a while, and it's going to continue to be this way. I'm knee-deep in editing, plus this is the busiest time of year for most of the world including me, and I'll be going away for the first time in seven years! Ridiculous I know, but such is life and I cannot wait. It's been a busy year, blog wise, so it will be good for me to take a step back, not stress about posts, this and that and everything between.
Quite a number of things have ticked me off of late where blogging is concerned, and I've gone from nice to fed up.
One of them is Blogger's insistent title add where images on my side-bar are concerned. Don't know if anyone else has noticed, but if you have, let me know if you are experiencing the same thing. Why I'd want to name every image I place on my side-bar is beyond mind-boggling, not to mention ridiculous. It was never this way, so why 'fix' what isn't broken? Now, every time I want to put a book cover up or a picture of say, my big left toe and then have to add a stupid title like: My big left toe, is pure stupidity. Yeah, I'm that angry. These are supposed to be straightforward things, yet Blogger decided they'd change it up, for the worse.
Also, short of adding 'I AM NOT ACCEPTING REVIEW REQUESTS' to my banner, I don't know what else people want. It's clear for all to see, top right, the graphic stating this. And, there's nothing that irritates me more than receiving an e-mail where I'm told a huge amount of time was spent by an author perusing my blog, when in fact they've done no such thing. If they had, they would have seen the graphic. If they can't read plain English, I'd hate to know what's written in their books. But what tops this is when I take the time to reply to their e-mail, yet get no response. I've said this before but will mention it again in case it was missed. I'm like an elephant. I remember names, situations, books, etc., so take note. This actually happened recently. I received a book from an author over a year ago when I followed him back on Twitter, read the book, messaged the author but never heard a word back. What did I receive just the other day? An e-mail from this very author who has now found my blog, a blog that suits his needs where content is concerned and on it goes. A few months ago, I'd never have replied back pointing out what I've just mentioned. This time around? I did. I do not forget. Yeah, authors are very, very busy people. Let me also point out that I, too, have a life; that I, too, am a very busy person; that I, too, have a husband and a son; that blogging is not my life - I have a real life outside of cyberspace, so don't tell me how busy you are, using that as a reason for not replying. True, it happens that things are missed - it's happened to me, but people, seriously? Put yourself in someone else's shoes, see how you like it then. I'm no angel, and often times I reply days later. Here's the difference though, I DO reply.
As far as blog tour/cover reveals and so on are concerned, there are a few people I host for and time permitting - I will continue to do so. Why I'm being bombarded via e-mail with the same introduction and ending is laughable, and all from different hosts. Is there a rule that states one must start an e-mail and end it off in the same manner where tours are concerned? I am sick of reading "I know how busy you bloggers all are." Please. It's become generic. I've now noticed a new trend as well - being private messaged on FB. "Hi!! Guess what, my book is out!!! I am so excited, I am jumping for joy!!!" Followed by, "If you can, please share this (to which they add fifty million links) and I would love you forever." Really? You don't know me, whoever you are. Do I constantly message you asking that you share my blog, share my posts, make me a sandwich? No. So stop doing it to me. If you haven't got the gist of what I'm trying to say by what I've written here alone, let me put it in simple terms. I. Hate. It. So. Don't. Do. It! And if you haven't realised that by my not answering, or signing up for any of these tours/shares and whoop-de-doos - I'm either not interested, busy or simply don't care anymore. Sheesh. Okay, I get that you're excited and want to share, but don't in the same breath tell me you'll love me forever, fill a private message with stuff and then expect me to share it. By then, smoke is spewing out of my ears.
Again, the same thing is being done on Twitter. DMs like nobody's business. "If you review my book, I will send it to you for free." I should think so, especially as you're asking me to read it! My time is very precious to me. Regardless, this isn't the point. I don't know why people think it's acceptable to irritate anyone via any of these channels. I really don't. I don't do it. Why do they? I am not sitting here hoping to get a free book. I've got hundreds of them and believe it or not, I can afford to buy my own.
There are lines one shouldn't cross in regards to anything in life, however minute these things may be, but of late this is exactly what's happening. What, pray tell, have you done for me? Sweet bugger all. I don't want you to either but if I do, I will ask, politely, once. I won't spam the crap out of you with nonsense. Fair enough, everyone wants to get their book noticed, but I can tell you - this isn't the way. You're just driving me away. With all this said, I go out of my way to help authors where I can. I put promos together, which by the way take up a heck of a lot of my time and something I don't charge for, but I don't mind because I've offered to do it. Just don't abuse the hand I extended, is all. Truth to be told, I love putting posts together, I love making graphics; I love hosting authors, but it's those very insistent and persistent people who are making me hate blogging. I never thought I'd be one of the thousands who'd eventually give up on blogging. But I'm headed that way. Sad, but true. This is supposed to be fun and it was, but now it's beginning to depress me. Something I never wanted to feel.
As of now, I will only take on review requests from authors I've reviewed for before if there's any possibility I will actually be able to read their book, and will finish those I already have - when time permits. As for any other reviews, I won't be taking on any. I will only review books I choose to read - books I've picked myself. I'm actually tired of agreeing to reviewing books that sound amazing, yet are so badly written they make me physically ill. I won't do it anymore. That's it. Take it or leave it, like me or don't. My time, my prerogative, so I can do as I please. As we say here in South Africa, I'm gatvol! Means I've had enough.
Phew! I now feel exhausted. I'll have posts up, which are only a handful, I agreed to and this will be it for the rest of the year, unless I've actually managed to finish a book and found the time to write a review. I'll be taking some time to finally enjoy a book at a leisurely pace without outside pressure. It goes without saying that reviews shared on my blog by Nev and Bree will continue to go up as and when they come in.
Wishing you a good day/afternoon/evening further and of course, a super weekend.
Monday, 11 November 2013
S.E. Hall is one very talented lady! I was completely enthralled by this lovely, tumultuous and highly entertaining story. EMBRACE is a perfectly crafted continuance of this fantastic series. I have to admit that this genre is really starting to grow on me, due in most part to this brilliant author.
Laney Walker has not only broken Evan's heart, she has destroyed his faith in everything he believed to be true and right in this crazy world, where the best laid plans can sometimes go to hell and growing up isn't all it's cracked up to be. Laney comes to terms with the decision that her heart quite clearly has made even before her head has a chance to catch up. She has found the love of her life. Only Dane Kendrick isn't the man she thought she would be spending the rest of her life loving. Who ever said that making the choice is the hardest part has obviously never had to break their longest & dearest friend's heart along the way.
Enter Sawyer Beckett... smartass, charismatic and the biggest player on campus. If anyone knows how to have a good time, it's Sawyer! and he is determined to take Evan along for the ride. The only problem is that Evan Allen is a true gentleman in every sense of the word. And despite all the anger & hurt caused by losing his high school sweetheart to another man Evan knows he needs to live and learn and find a way to move on.
Perfectly impeccable and severely misunderstood, Whitley Thompson is just what the doctor orders for Evan's utterly broken heart. A kindred spirit and the perfect distraction from the painful reality that everything he ever thought he was to the woman that he loves is gone and will never be again. The connection between Evan and Whit is instantaneous, love at first sight... I don't know about that. But there is certainly a soul deep connection that is too strong to be refused no matter how determined Evan is to ignore it.
I was pleasantly surprised to find myself so thoroughly invested in the lives of these well rounded and wonderfully colourful characters. I love that this story is told from numerous POV's, allowing the author to seamlessly entwine the lives of multiple characters together and display her innate ability to write from both a male & female perspective. I did however find myself both excited and filled with dread over reading this book. I was NOT! Looking forward to the angst ridden fall out of Laney and Evan's breakup. Nor was I a fan of watching this charming and handsome young man deal with the fact that he had given up so much to follow a girl who could never give him what he needs, her heart. I needn't have been so concerned! as I have quickly come to learn S.E. Hall has nothing if not an abundance of class. There are no villain's in this story - well... that is except for a delusional ex-best friend with questionable morals and a serious case of the crazies - just an amazing crew of inspiring character's fumbling their way through the ups and downs that life inevitable throws in their way.
NEV'S RATING : 4.5 STARS