About The Blog: The e-reader revolutionized the way we read books and the way they are published. This blog, while also examining self-publishing and the craft of writing, is reviewing books in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Paranormal/Dystopian genres of the great self-published library. It’s a big one, and sometimes it can be hard to weed through the stacks and find a great read, but they are out there. I offer my humble reviews to readers seeking such gems in hopes to lead them to new worlds, universes and creatures fantastic in nature (Note: These trips are fueled by the imagination only).
Why only self-published works? Because I don’t believe we need a filter, a middle-man if you will, to tell us what we want to read or what is worthy of readership. Self-publishing has gotten a bad rap at times (Anyone heard the loveable tag line “The Tsunami of Crap” some publishers have assigned it to it?). True, as readers we must sift through the pile and there can definitely be some works that were published too soon, but there are oodles of professionals out there too, those that took the time and effort to thoroughly edit, revise and polish their works. I do not accept the scorn heaped onto them by some in the industry because they dared to write without the publisher’s nod.
That’s right; I’m casting aside the literary gatekeepers of the Big 5 publishers entirely. Let no scribe’s pen be silenced, nor words be unseen by we who seek them! *flails wildly*
About Me: I’m Anela, a Hapa Haole Hawaiian girl living in Minnesota. I’ve lived abroad and traveled much in my life, speak four languages and studied and graduated from both the University of Minnesota and the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Nowadays, when I’m not kicking snow off my boots on my way to the office, I’m at home with my hubby, two sons and daughter, reading books and working on my own writing projects.
One of my favorite quotes that sums up life rather succinctly: By Jack London
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
Note: I do not receive payment for any review. Each review is my own personal assessment of the novel/story.