I was born and raised in Adelaide, a city I love, where I still live with my husband and two Great Danes. I've done a bit of travelling but there's no place like home.
I do read a wide variety of genres but my first loves are Fantasy and Science Fiction which is probably why ‘Ties That Bond’ doesn’t quite fit comfortably into either genre yet happily sits in the grey area in between.
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Smashwords book reviews by Merilyn Dignum
- Smashwords Book Marketing Guide
on Sep. 10, 2012
This book contains 30 tips for marketng your e-book. Not all tips will be relevant to everyone but there are definitely tips that will be. A lot of the tips could be seen as obvious but then if your not really sure how to go about implementing them, then this book will give you that information. Let's face it - self-publishing can be daunting enough for new authors and marketing can seem like a minefield. This book will help you navigate that minefield.
- Smashwords Style Guide
on Sep. 10, 2012
Following the steps in the 'Style Guide' makes it extremely easy to format your book into a professional looking end product for readers.
The finished product was exactly what I had envisioned.
I highly recommend using it if you are considering self-publishing an e-book.
- Put It In First
on Jan. 01, 2013
Put It In First is a fun easy read. You can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride the characters take you on.
From the first chapter the main character, Gracie Peyton, had me smiling and there were many times through the story where I found myself laughing out loud.
Even though there were times I knew where the story had to be heading it didn't matter. It wasn't about the destination, it was about the journey I was being taken on to get there.
This is a good first book and I hope to read more from this author.
- Murphy's Loss
on March 27, 2013
I don’t want to give too much away but from the beginning when you are told that nothing can go wrong with the prototype ship you know it just has to. However, it’s the journey this story takes you on rather than the known destination that is important and it is an interesting journey.
I did find it hard though to completely immerse myself in the story when the rank of Captain received such little respect from anyone. I couldn’t help but wonder, more than once, whether Murphy would have been treated differently if she was a man, but then maybe that was the real point of the story.
- Natural Selection
on June 07, 2013
The young protagonist, Amelia or Lia as she prefers, is a 15 year old girl stuck in a 10 year old body and not too happy about it either, and who can blame her. Being a teenager is hard enough without looking like a child and wondering if and when you’ll finally bloom.
What Lia doesn’t know is that she is not like her friends and her family is also very different and not what you would call a typical family. Her parents and older siblings have been keeping secrets and when those secrets finally come out it will blow Lia’s mind. She will discover her true heritage, face foes she never dreamed existed outside of books, lose loved ones and fall in love.
There were times in roughly the first third of the novel that I wanted to yell at her mother to come clean and stop telling Lia snippets of the truth inevitably keeping her in the dark about what she was and what would happen when her ‘change’ occurred which could only lead to trouble. However, once Lia found out the truth and had gone through the ‘change’ the story really took off.
It was an enjoyable read and even though I found a few minor errors and the word drug was used instead of drag, I didn’t come across anything that was distracting enough to throw me out of the story.
The first 4 chapters of book 2, Second Nature, are included at the end and after reading them I’m looking forward to continuing Lia’s story.
I think YA readers in the 13 – 15 age bracket will really enjoy this book.