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.

Check out My Books to have a look at my published novels. You can also grab Deviation, a FREE Sci-Fi story there.

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.


9 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi Anela D,

    Just wanted to let you know that I’ve just set up a site sort of like NetGalley where you can review free books online. It’s here to help self-published authors get a little more attention than they’re getting, but I hope it’ll do nice things for you too. Let’s see:
    – you can post your website in your profile so you can get some backlink love from Google
    – I’ll help tweet your reviews
    – you can make some coffee money by adding your Amazon Associates ID to the book reviews and get commissions on any purchases made through your reviews
    – …and it’s a new place to make a name for youself. Plus, I can imagine there’s a slight prestige in reviewing obscure books. Good reviewers will be loved on this site and if you’re into being loved, come check it out. If there are other benefits, things you, as a book blogger, are looking for, please let me know and I’ll see if I can build it into the site.
    Many thanks for taking the time to read this. The site is http://www.paperbackreviewer.com and you can sign up with your Twitter or FB account.
    Hope to see you on the site!

    Best regards,

    John Khoury


  2. Beautiful about me.. I felt a moment of aww when I read that you studies in Amsterdam, what a beautiful place to study in.I wish you all the best in your writing and life. 🙂 Have lots of fun dear 🙂


  3. What a great blog! And I appreciate your idea of highlighting self-dubbed books. There are some amazing authors out there who produce quality self published reads. And you’re in MN…got to love following another Minnesotan bookworm!


    • Hi Alexia! Thanks for following, and I agree, Indie writers absolutely rock! And since you’re from Minnesota too, I feel obliged to talk weather with you because, um, this 60 degree thing in November weather is freaking me out.


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