The Trouble With Being a Writer

Are you someone who’s really passionate about writing? Do you desire to be one of those people that get to write on a regular basis and get paid for it?

When it comes to writing, there are a lot of cliches out there. There’s the starving writer, the prestigious writer, the aspiring writer… among others. Maybe you fit into one of these, or maybe none of them. But one thing that I’ve begun to notice is that for many, many writers out there, there’s a certain dependency on the finicky muse.

The trouble with being a writer is a certain element of uncertainty and vulnerability. Writers have questions, and doubts, like:

“What if I’m not good enough?”

“What if no one likes my writing?”

“What if I can’t be successful as a writer?”

The list goes on. Plus, honestly, writing can be challenging. It’s like sticking a piece of yourself out into the world and then waiting for the haters to come along and smack it around.

But on that very same token, writing can also be powerful. Some of the best things out there were written by someone brave enough to share it. I think most people have been impacted or learned something from a book, an article, or reading something of value. I think that instead of thinking about the negatives, writers should think about how their writing can benefit. Focus on the impact your writing can have. And throw yourself into creating that desired impact every time you sit down to write.

I keep seeing things like, “How do writers ever finish a novel?” Or “I can’t find the motivation to write today.” And granted, sometimes life is just busy and other things take precedence over writing. For some people, writing every day is a part of their routine, or at least it’s possible and it works for them. For others, writing is something they do when they feel like it and regardless of consistency, they produce amazingly when they do write.

Then there are writers who genuinely want to write but struggle to do so.

The root problem varies from person to person, as everyone has their own struggles and challenges, but I think every writer has those days. Those days of not knowing what to write, or not being able to write if they do have an idea. So even if someone is really focused on the positive and the impact, what about that finicky muse problem?

Well, I believe that every writer has a “creative zone”, unique to the individual. The trick is to learn when that is for yourself. For me, it’s anytime after 8pm. For some reason, from that time until insane times of the morning, my brain just clicks and I’m in maximum creativity and productivity mode. (Which sucks when I need to go to bed early ;)). The other thing is to know the factors that can trigger this zone for you. Is it music, the shower, nature, a certain scented candle?

Once you know your unique zone, and your triggers, you can easily demand the muse’s attention and then it’s just a matter of making your writing a priority. For me, that means I have to consciously plan to spend that time writing instead of working on other things, browsing through Facebook, or watching something on Netflix. How intentional with your time are you?

Really, I think that writer troubles stem from internal self-doubt, or from a lack of being intentional about writing and time spent. Once you change your focus, writing can be much less challenging!

What do you think? Share in the comments!

 

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Last Chance Baby (Review)

Last Chance Baby by [Gallegos, Ashley]When pregnant Hailey returns to New Mexico, she’s happy to play along with the rumor that she’s running from the child’s father in Seattle—as long as it keeps the people she loves safe. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to trust ex-Navy SEAL Chuck with her life and the life of her unborn child. But Chuck has his own secrets, and he can’t ignore the red flags coming from Hailey, even though his heart says to trust her. The two soon find themselves plunged into a world of crime, espionage, and a danger that neither had anticipated.

Last Chancy Baby was thoroughly my type of book. While I certainly enjoy and can lose myself in a variety of novels, I enjoyed this one the whole way through from the plot to the characters to the writing itself. It was well paced and had great character development over the course of the story. There was an amazing blend of romance, action, suspense, and surprising twists. I genuinely couldn’t put it down from start to finish. (It helped I read it on a road trip!)

Oddly enough, one of the things I enjoyed the most was learning more about one of the characters that technically isn’t there: Erin Dalton. Through the eyes of the main character, Hailey, I got to know Erin and I genuinely loved her as a character and felt sorry for her at the way her life went. I understood that it led to Hailey’s happily-ever-after, but it still sucked!

Still, it also truly added to the terror of her husband, Derek. The villains of the story were genuinely evil in perfectly real human ways. Which also made them even scarier. The possibilities of what could’ve happened to Hailey definitely crossed my mind as the reader numerous times and that small sparkle of hope in a happy ending drove me with a passion to see it through.

Finally, Chuck was probably one of my absolute favorite characters. Who wouldn’t want to be whisked away on a dream trip by a guy who’s not only smoking hot, but has the connections and personal capabilities to protect you from the entire world? And to top it off, he’s madly in love with you? I was definitely rooting for Hailey on that one.

I definitely recommend this book if you’re someone who enjoys fast-paced, action-packed, and surprising sorts of stories.

Overall, I give the story 4.8 stars for scattered editing errors throughout. I was asked to review this book.

If you would like to check out Last Chance Baby it’s available from Amazon for $7.99.

If you would like to submit a request for a review, send to kldimago@kldimago.com.

Legacy of Luck (Review)

51ej9uyzfilIrish Traveler Éamonn loves gambling, women, and drinking, not necessarily in that order. But he’s entangled in a true mess when he falls for fiery redhead, Katie. When she’s married to a Scottish Traveler, Éamonn travels to Scotland to find her, with the help of Katie’s sister and cousin, and the magical brooch gifted by his father. Their quest takes them across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Skye, encountering war, betrayal, death. In the end, Éamonn must make his own luck.

Legacy of Luck is the third in the Druid’s Brooch series, though also works very well as a stand-alone story. Christy Nicholas clearly knows her stuff when it comes to this time in history and Irish folklore. The book was fairly well written, except for scattered typos or editing mistakes toward the end, and had the qualities of a classic novel in many aspects.

My favorite part of the story was definitely the elements of Fae magic and Traveler legends. Despite the fantasy aspects, Nicholas did a fantastic job of weaving in elements of both reality and folklore in such a way that every bit of it was believable. I felt swept into the possibilities, the sparks of light, and wistfully imagining it was real.

Overall, I also enjoyed the characters and the different dynamics I could understand their individual points of view, backgrounds, and personalities which then made their decisions fit and logical.

The main complaint I had was that I felt the plot moved rather slowly at times and there wasn’t much in the area of character growth and development. I felt the characters were mostly the same except for small changes throughout the story, except perhaps the sharp turn of events toward the end with two of the main ones. There were several moments where I was quite frustrated with the turn of events as they played out.

Admittedly, I’m a hopeless romantic. I could accept that the events were realistic and the most likely outcome of the events had they been real situations. Yet I was still left wanting when I saw the characters suffering helplessly with no apparent light at the end of the tunnel. However, I will also say that this frustration pushed my curiosity on how it would end and spurred me onward.

This book had a great blend of real and fantasy elements that made it feel like a well-written classic and simultaneously a modern historical tale. If you enjoy stories surrounding folklore and adventure, this is definitely for you.

I give it 3.8 out of 5 stars due to the slowness at times and the editing mistakes scattered throughout.

I was asked to review this book.

If you would like to check out Legacy of Luck it’s available from Amazon for $4.99.

If you would like to submit a request for a review, send to kldimago@kldimago.com.

Combatting Fear (Review)

Mild-mannered kindergarten teacher Neve Botticelli leads a double life. Thanks to a childhood tragedy and her paranoid father, she’s a survivalist who’s learned to live off the grid.

When self-made billionaire Micah Kincaid storms into town in search of his son, Rowan, he’s pushy, entitled, and stands for everything she despises. Micah can’t believe a kindergarten teacher is barring the way to him getting crucial information or even just a glimpse of the boy his cheating ex kidnapped. They share only one thing in common: either will do anything to protect the four-year-old, who they soon discover is being held for ransom by an outlaw motorcycle gang.

But as they work together to get Rowan back, they start to see beyond each other’s masks. Could falling in love be even more dangerous than hunting down deadly criminals?

This book was difficult for me to rate. It felt like there were two parallel aspects to the plot, so I’ll talk about each of them in turn. The main line of the story centers on Micah Kinkaid trying to regain his kidnapped child and explores the extent of the question: how far would a father go for his child?

This aspect of the plot was well done as it progressed from what seemed to be a mere case of run-away mom to a full-blown gang threat and lives at stake. At each twist and turn, whether Micah would be reunited with his son and have a happy ending in that regard was made even more suspenseful and toward the end, my heart lurched for Rowan. It was definitely full of action and kept you guessing at how everything would play out in the final showdown.

I loved how fully Micah threw himself into finding his son, and his desperation and raw emotion were very believable. Despite his worth as a rich businessman, his desire to physically find his son spoke volumes to his love for him and very much supported his consistent claim throughout the story that family was the most important thing to him. It definitely was a huge aspect of his character and the progression of his development throughout the book.

The other aspect to the story was the development of a romance between Micah and the other main character, Neve. This part of the story felt forced to me. It was made very clear that Micah and Neve were different, and I suppose opposites attract, but the actual explanation and development of their romance at times seemed contradictory to the actual characters.

Neve did not seem like the type of character to lose control of herself and as the reader, trying to understand her feelings and thoughts was difficult. Half the story was supposedly told from her point of view, but I never felt like I was in her mind or seeing things from her perspective, other than visually. I felt like there was more ‘telling’ than ‘showing’ when it came to some of their behaviors and at times, it seemed that Micah and Neve were physically attracted to each other, but beyond that I didn’t understand what was really there.

While I could fully understand the confusion when in Micah’s point of view to Neve’s motivations for helping him, when in Neve’s point of view, it was still very unclear.

As for Micah, I could see his confliction and emotional instability for much of the story. Though there were still times that I didn’t quite understand his being drawn toward Neve either. I think he was conflicted due to the situation he was in trying to find his estranged wife and kidnapped son, though at times it felt more like he just wasn’t sure what to make of Neve or if she was really a woman he would be in to.

I will say that toward the end, it was clear that they did love each other and wanted to find a way to be together despite their differences. And their romance was much more warming and believable once the official showdown was closer. As a result of the entire conflict with the kidnapping and rescue, the characters’ trauma and changes were very felt and made a difference that was understandable to their development. I would definitely say it ended well.

Overall, I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. It really was difficult for me to rate since I loved the action and it was clear the plot with the kidnapping was thought out and well written and developed, but the two main characters left me confused and wanting at times. However, if you’re looking for something filled with action and a warming story about what a parent would do for a child, check it out and see what you think.

I was asked to review this book.

If you would like to check out Combatting Fear, it’s available from Amazon for $4.99.

If you would like to submit a request for a review, send to kldimago@kldimago.com

What It Takes to Release a Book

In the ever growing market of books from countless individuals, there is a constant demand for the reader’s attention. Books left and right and at times the confusion of which ones are worth even considering and which aren’t. Ultimately, that’s a decision each person has to make for his or herself.

However, I have started to notice that in the fight for attention, a huge number of people out there have bought into a belief that books should be free and that spending more than 99c is too much. As someone who is both a writer and a reader, I can certainly see some of the pros on this side as well as the cons. Often when I’ve shared with others that I’m writing or have written books, the first question I hear is, “How long did it take you to write it?”

I am typically blunt and honest with anyone that asks me. In my experience, writing a book is no small feat. And further, once it’s written, there are even greater hurdles to cross to get it from that ugly first draft to the amazing finished work that gets put in front of readers. If you haven’t ever actually reached this point, or have always wondered what it really takes for a book to go from idea to finished work, read on.

To start out, despite all the books out there, I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met that want to write a book or have even started one and for one excuse or another have never gotten around to actually finishing it. Don’t get me wrong, this part is challenging. Whether you have fears about others’ criticism, self-doubt,  limited time, or any other countless setbacks, let me tell you… each and every author has faced these. The difference is that at some point, they told the setbacks to shut up and move aside and they marched forward.

To finish the first draft is monumental. And whether the writer is the type that likes to pre-plan everything out by the smallest detail, or just makes a rough idea and then goes for it, at some point, he or she has to sit down and actually write. Sure, this is the oldest rule in the book. But it’s the truth. And if the writer doesn’t do it, they’ll never see their book in print. Period.

But what comes after that?

After the first draft, the book has to go through substantial editing. No matter who the author is or how well-known… every book has to go through this. My first book went under edits for months. (Come on, it was my first!) And my second one a few weeks. This time was absolutely critical and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Finally, once a book is polished the real work begins. Whether there is already a publisher lined up, submissions need to be made, or the author is self-publishing, the work is the same. The book needs a title, a cover, formatting, and an official release date. Not to mention potential promotional materials to get the word out such as press releases (SCARY, at least for me), bookmarks, and for some a book trailer. And often, all of these things take a significant amount of time to complete.

And that’s just to get the book available to readers. That doesn’t even scratch the surface of putting the book in readers’ hands.

Every single book out there goes through a rigorous (some more than others) process from idea to publication, and the author’s passion, blood, sweat, and tears (literally for some), goes into it. I personally believe that it’s great to know the value of what you’re reading. Some books are more valuable than others. It’s just how it goes. But at the same time, I think everyone should know and understand that writing a book takes just as much work, if not more, as someone working in an office or doing physical labor and that books do have some sort of value.

What is your opinion on the value of a book?

If you’re curious about my works, for example, I am known for writing pirate fantasy at the moment. My latest, Amethyst: Rise to Piracy, is at Kellan Publishing.

The Pirate’s Bride (Review)

thepiratesbrideAll Sophie Bellard wants is her freedom, freedom to sail the seven seas, and freedom to be her own person without interference from some controlling husband. But an arranged marriage to handsome and dangerous Captain Andre Dubois derails all her hopes. After a disastrous wedding night where a ruinous secret is discovered, the two go their separate ways with hopes of never meeting again.

Sophie becomes a pirate, while Andre sets off for the Orient where he makes a murderous enemy. After escaping with his life, Andre returns to home waters, and in an unexpected twist of pirate fate, reunites with his estranged and unwilling wife. 

When Andre’s murderous enemy threatens Sophie’s life, he vows to protect what is his and attempts to win his wife’s forgiveness and love, once and for all.

Lots of fun and with numerous unexpected twists and turns, The Pirate’s Bride was definitely a good read. I found both the plot and the characters to be engaging and well-developed throughout the tale, not just the main ones but also some of the side characters as well. From the first chapter to the last, I found the book quite hard to put down and was eagerly wondering what would happen next and how it was going to end.

What I liked the most was how the relationship between Andre and Sophie grew and changed over the course of the story. Given their personalities and their pasts, both Sophie’s and Andre’s behavior and reactions are believable and logical to each other. While there were moments that Andre seemed to act in a way contrary to his nature and what is known about him, the reasons for his behavior were explained to give understanding and shape to his discovery of love.

As someone dealing with trauma would, Sophie does her best to combat her experiences, but truly struggles with them and must take time to finally overcome her past and look forward to her future. I loved that despite her struggles and frustrations, Sophie was a noble and loyal woman to her husband despite the reasons and opportunities for her to do otherwise.

The story had plenty of characters to both love and to hate, as well as bad and good moments for our hero and heroine. I have to admit that I didn’t much like Sophie’s trusted first mate Limey, though perhaps in part because I kept thinking ‘slimey’ instead. I’m curious about your own opinions once you’ve read it!

As a final note, I don’t typically review erotica novels, though I didn’t realize this was one until I was already engaged. For my readers, I recommend this book with the fair warning that it does have graphic and erotic content.

I give it 4.5* overall due to some minor errors throughout the book.

I was asked to review this book.

If you would like to check out The Pirate’s Bride, it’s available from Amazon for $1.99.

If you would like to submit a request for a review, send to kldimago@kldimago.com

 

For the Love of Leah (Review)

511kerzxpflLeah Campbell is an unhappily married bookstore clerk held prisoner by her past. Trafficked as a child, Leah was rescued but now must confront her abusers in order to salvage her future. Abusers that now include her husband, John.

Her life changes forever when successful Author Adrian Scott steps into the picture with a tiny doppelganger. Adrian hooks up with her best friend, Natalie, and that’s when things start to go very wrong, and also very right. Will the boisterous bestie play cupid or keep Adrian all to herself?

Not for the faint of heart, this story is captivating, gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, and emotionally riveting. From the first chapter, I was both sympathetic with and rooting for Leah, and equally annoyed and frustrated with the other characters around her. Having been through abuse in my past, as well as being more than familiar with abuse for others whether that be through friends or other real-life stories, this book was not easy for me to read in some places. However, my deep and strong desire to see it end well for Leah kept me going, my heart lurching, hoping for her happy ending.

Through the story, I found Leah to be a very well developed character all the way from her having to learn to take a stand for herself and recognize her own position to standing up and fighting her demons both inside and outside. The time-frame for it to happen was semi-realistic and over that time her development was logical and necessary. Leah has a lot of trauma to overcome and goes through some downright terrible experiences. But ultimately, she proves to be a strong woman.

At the same time, I found Adrian to be both perfect and incredibly infuriating. Without giving away spoilers, I entirely disagreed in full on mental protest with some of his later decisions, though in his defense, I could understand his reasons and empathize with him as well.

As for Natalie, I absolutely loved her. She was fun, charismatic, believable, and ultimately the perfect support for Leah. She proved to be Leah’s one true best friend, always looking out for her best interests and loving her unconditionally through thick and thin time and again to the very end. Natalie is the kind of character you respect, laugh about, and secretly root for even if her happy ending isn’t necessarily what might be expected. Everyone needs a friend like Natalie, and for those who’ve experienced just such a friend, she was even more loveable.

Overall the story had an excellent plotline and was well-paced and developed. Albeit some of my discomfort, the characters were realistic and believable, and I enjoyed it. I give it 4.5* due to some minor writing errors.

I was asked to review this book.

If you would like to check out For the Love of Leah, it’s available from Amazon for $5.99.

If you would like to submit a request for a review, send to kldimago@kldimago.com

 

Am I The Only One That Struggles With This?

I’ll admit it. Writing can be hard! Going from that screaming blank page to a completed manuscript alone is like a giant mountain. And then by the time you add in editing and publication… well, you’ve got yourself a whole range to go through!  But let’s get down to the specifics. For me, I’ve been writing since I was very young. Coming up with an idea and planning out how the story is going to go is the easy part. Where I really struggle is in some of the details.

With Amethyst, this was painfully obvious in the first draft. I like to tell people that I’ve mastered bracket writing. If you’re not sure what that is, basically as you’re writing, if you get to a point where you’re stuck, you simply insert a pair of brackets in which you leave a note to yourself about what goes in the brackets and move on in order to keep your flow and your momentum. The brackets can contain anything from a short phrase to an entire section. Most often for me, it’s the section. Bracket writing has a lot of pros. It really does help keep the story going and it helps me get to the finish line a lot faster.

But, I had such a hard time with trying to figure out how to fill in the details that my transitions between scenes were terrible! I mean, really awful. I almost shudder at myself looking back. I would stare at the screen for so long I’d be falling asleep, trying to think of how to get from one point to the next in the story and finally give up and find a way to basically fade out and then fade back in with a brief reference to the passage of time. And that was it!

When I wrote Amethyst, I was still learning a lot. I didn’t realize how jarring and confusing the poor transitioning was for my readers. Nor did I realize how many people it turned off to the book! This was a major flaw, which I had to dive into and really work hard to correct. I was reading everything I could get my hands on about transitions in writing. But, there is a happy ending.

So, I stumbled across something, thanks to Chandler Bolt, that’s both very basic, and yet very brilliant. Something I never would have thought of unless I’d read it in black and white and had a lightbulb moment. Mind-maps!

I’m that writer that’s pretty good about outlining my work in order to give myself a guide through my story. The analogy I often give others that write fiction is: without an outline, you’re like someone lost in an unknown place. You have no map, and you easily get off-course and lost. Before you know it, you’re somewhere you never planned to be and looking back wondering how you got there. However, an outline can only go so far. An outline might be a map, in a sense, but it’s not the one that has all of the tiny rivers, trees, and the name for absolutely everything around you. It needs a little help.

This is where mind-maps come in. If you’re thinking I’m talking about taking a piece of paper, drawing a bubble in the middle, then scribbling a chaos of words and phrases around it and connecting them with lines, you’re thinking right. I took pen to paper and put my computer aside for about 10-15 minutes for every transition, and all of a sudden, ideas were flowing so clearly I couldn’t get them down fast enough. Once I had a paper full of bubbles and lines, all I had to do was structure them to fit into the story and then it was like filling in blanks on a form!

I still very much struggle with filling in the little details for transitions between scenes, but I also wanted to share that thanks to the mind-maps and structuring them into the outline, I’ve gotten better and hope to one day find this isn’t a struggle at all.

Now it’s your turn. What do you struggle with, and have you found a solution?

 

The Last Recruit (Review)

lastrecruitcoverJames Walker always had a strong desire to help others. Now, as an adult, he has been selected to join an experimental research program which could benefit millions of people. Much to his dismay, Jim discovers he has become an unwilling pawn, in a game with much higher stakes.
Someone is ordering all the research facilities responsible for creating the nanotechnology that fuels his special abilities to be destroyed, but why?
Teamed with Dr. Elizabeth Stevens, the duo must find out whom or what is behind the threat before it leads to a much greater loss of life. With strong ties to a global organization that secretly funds the project, Jim must also learn if Elizabeth can be trusted, why she is withholding information vital to their mission, and why they are blocked at every turn.

Filled with action, conspiracy, mystery, and twists, The Last Recruit has a great premise and a good plotline. I definitely could see it being a really interesting film someday. The author did a good job, overall, of maintaining the main character’s perspective and showing things logically how he would react in a variety of situations, including learning at various points in the story that everything he believes to be true is different.

For people that enjoy a military-related read with lots of mystery and high-tech info, this book might be for you. For me personally, I enjoyed discovering the truth behind all the mystery and where everything was going, but I just couldn’t dive in as deeply as I wanted to.

Jim, as a soldier, and not just any regular soldier but an elite leader, is highly trained and knows how to control himself and his emotions. As a result, he handles the various things he learns throughout the book that contradict what he’s been told relatively well, considering how others might react. However, for me, as much as I could understand the reasons behind the character’s reactions, it made the read both frustrating and a little dull.

There were several points in the story where we jump from Jim’s perspective to another character’s for a brief sentence, and then back to Jim’s. This felt jarring and while I definitely recognized understanding the other character’s perspective now and then, I felt it could’ve been expressed instead through Jim’s perspective. If the other character is feeling nervous, maybe Jim notices the other person is not making eye contact, fidgeting, or an occasional twitch.

The story is structured for the reader to learn things only as Jim does, which creates intrigue and mystery and definitely is a plus. However, even though there was plenty of action and reason to keep reading, I kept wondering when Jim was going to do something or think something or feel something other than confusion and fatigue.  Even when Jim becomes angry and frustrated, he doesn’t really show it other than shutting out the world (although I guess this is again a logical reaction given his control over himself). It was just frustrating for me as the reader.

As another small point, I felt the story focused more on describing some of the small details to the point where it distracted from the action. At the same time, the editing overall was fairly solid and each of the characters believable given their circumstances, knowledge, training, etc.

In conclusion, to me, this is definitely a story made for readers that enjoy a high-tech, military book, and the characters were believable and developed, but it just wasn’t necessarily my cup of tea. If you’re one of the aforementioned readers, definitely take a look and see what you think. I give it 3.5* out of 5.

If you would like to check out The Last Recruit, it’s available from Kellan Publishing for $3.99, and on Amazon for $9.99.

If you would like to submit a request for a review, send to kldimago@kldimago.com.

 

Infernal Bonds (Review)

51ufqrb-15lNot only is it a blood moon, but there’s a rare celestial alignment that means the veils between the worlds are much more fragile than usual. That allows chaos to reign over the city for one night. Shades play pranks on tourists, redcaps take advantage and run wild, and two sinfully sexy hellhounds slip through.

The redcaps are easily wrangled, the shades are mildly amusing, but the hellhounds are another thing entirely. They evade capture and remain in the city once the moon sets. Two hounds, with two entirely different agendas. One wants freedom. The other wants to bring about Hell on Earth. And he has help.

Holly Evans is definitely a fantastic story-teller. Infernal Bonds is packed with action from cover to cover and takes you for a ride. I feel somewhat conflicted with this review, though, because there were elements that threw me off or took me out of the story for a moment. The book’s editing was well-done in the beginning, but felt a little less tight between the middle and the end. However the plot was captivating and made me want to keep reading.

It was very clear to me that Evans is a master with descriptions and bringing the story to life. I was able to vividly see the images she created in my mind and understand the various characters, for the most part. The characters themselves each had distinct personalities and behaviors which made them fun, believable, and they added their own parts to the plot.

The story flows from one thing to the next in a way that you want to know what’s going on and how it will end. You’re disappointed when the protagonists fail and you’re happy for them when they win. At least I was. The key elements of the story remained consistent and proved to each have their own purposes to lead to the end. Overall, I would say it was a great story with a lot of excitement.

There were a few things that I, personally, didn’t like or couldn’t follow. Infernal Bonds is the second book in a series of four. Its plot works well if the book were to be a stand-alone, but there are several references to the previous Infernal Ties that quite frankly, as someone who hadn’t read the first one, were confusing. However, they didn’t drastically take away from the story. Instead I really felt maybe a brief explanation would’ve helped for any readers that had read and needed a recap, or for readers that hadn’t.

Further, I really felt like either it could’ve been broken up into two books, or that the chapters could’ve been a little longer. There was a point about half-way through when I checked back at the table of contents to see how many total chapters there were (partially because I had forgotten from when I’d started). While there is lots of action and the way everything happened in the book made sense to me for the anticipation of the climax, the idea of reading nearly 60 chapters (regardless of their short length) felt like a lot. To me, if the chapters had individually been a little longer meaning less overall chapters, psychologically as the reader it wouldn’t make the book feel as long.

Finally, there were a couple of things that I couldn’t quite understand how they were relevant to the specific plot of Infernal Bonds, such as the abominations. On one token, I could see that the author was trying to hint and set up events for the next book in the series. But, I kept wondering how the abominations would play in to the evil hellhound’s plans to bring Hell on Earth. Even in the final battle I kept looking for them to show up to try and cause some more mayhem. When they ultimately proved to be a seemingly side-plot, I was wondering… Okay, so where was that going?

Aside from these frustrations with the book, I really enjoyed following Evelyn’s adventurous life and story. If you’re a fan of urban fantasy that has no limits in the types of creatures you might encounter, I recommend reading it. I give this book 3.8* overall.

I was asked to review this book.

If you would like to check out Infernal Bonds, it’s available on Amazon for $2.99.

If you would like to submit a request for a review, send to kldimago@kldimago.com. Next review: The Last Recruit by Jeff Striker.