Ray1184

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Smashwords book reviews by Ray1184

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Feb. 25, 2016

    Yikes! Formatting a book for smashwords looks really complicated. I'm going to hire someone to format my book that is for sure. I skimmed this book and read several sections in detail. It clearly takes master level skills using MS Word to format your book for the smashwords 'meat-grinder.' Now I'm searching for someone who can format my book when it's ready. Any suggestions? Apart from that, this book is written with easy to follow step by step details and the author has a bit of a sense of humor he tosses in once in a while.
  • Sixty-Four Days, A Sea Story on Feb. 25, 2016

    As an amature writer this book made me stop and ask myself, Can I write this good? The answer is: I can write well, but maybe not this good. Another question I asked myself is, Do I have life experiences worth writing about? The answer is: Not on the level with this author. On both counts 1) Great writing and 2) Story worth telling: I rate this story 5-Stars all the way. This is a great story where we meet an old salty sailor who works on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. He leads a team of young guys who work the deck (a very dangerous place). But the main character is not just a 'guy.' We very quickly are taken into his world and his dreams of retiring in just 64 days when the ship returns to San Francisco. He's been around the world and has seen the best and the worst life has to offer. The author conveys this all with colorful immersive detail. We learn the main character has a beautiful wife who he is still madly in love with after so many years going away to sea. They plan to tour the country in their new motorhome when he returns to port and retires in 64 days. Then SNAP, just like that, his retirement fantasy is interrupted by a potentially explosive situation involving a jet with bombs stuck on it's wing that must land on the ship. The story rockets through several tense scenes to a dramatic conclusion that left every cell in my body electrified. At the back there's a free sample chapter of the author's upcoming novel and it was equally thrilling.
  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on Feb. 25, 2016

    This well written book is filled with things any author should do to sell their books. I just wonder if all this activity adds up to selling lots of books or not. I mean after my relatives and friends buy it and tell their their friends, then what? I guess what is really needed is a great story that is well written to begin with -- and that is the hard part. Either way, I can't stop writing so I'm doomed to try this. Thanks.
  • Creating Ebooks on Feb. 26, 2016

    This concise book spells out many of the details surrounding ebook writing, publishing and marketing. It is very short which is good. It made me think that years ago there were books published about the internet and how to use a web browser, but today everyone knows about the internet and how to surf it. This book has the same feel, as though it was written years ago when eBooks were new and people didn't know anything about them. But now eBooks are part of the mainstream, everyone has an eReader app on their phone, there are millions of eBooks on Amazon and iBooks and Smashwords. Many of the points in this book, I found myself skimming over, thinking 'yup, everyone knows that' or maybe it's just me. If you don't know anything about eBooks this is a good place to start.
  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on Feb. 26, 2016

    This book is chock full of a million tips and tricks for ebook indie authors. I'm fiddling around with the idea of writing some eBooks myself, and this book has helped me to get my energy focused and going in the right direction. It's probably required reading for anybody who has serious plans to publish and promote ebooks on their own.
  • SNAFU: Everyone Has Their Demons on July 11, 2017

    This story drew me right into the action and pulled me along quickly as the plot thickened. I like the way the author created a very real and dangerous situation with fighter planes, battleships, sailors and secret agents. It was very cool the way the 'paranormal' elements were introduced.
  • Undead Underway (Undead in Blue #1) on July 11, 2017

    This story has really great elements. There is a unique setting (a submarine), great characters (sailors), snappy dialog (sailors talking smack) and a ripping plotline (sailor turns into a Vampire while the sub is submerged). The author handles the rising action pretty well and kept me reading all the way through. There were a few minor areas where a bit more research about submarines would have made the story ring true. A+ for creativity, B- for execution.
  • The Pirate, Part I: The Traitor on July 11, 2017

    I was floored the entire time I was reading this!!! Many indie authors take a long time to get their setting, characters and plot set up. Some authors write a hundred pages and the plot is still not moving along. ---> Not this book. Torres puts you in the action with the main character on page-1 and then he stomps on the gas and does not let up. The scenes are all well crafted, the characters are constantly crashing ahead and my curiosity was building on every page. There were several times I wanted to kick the main character right in the ass! :^) Several times I was so mad at the main character I wanted to throw my Kindle down and curse him out . . . but I could not stop reading. This book is one of those rare reading experiences where I'd look up from the pages and gaze around at people on the bus or in the lunchroom at work and think to myself "WOW!" this story is amazing because it is totally transporting me into the character's lives.
  • Time Travel Police Corruption on July 11, 2017

    This author has some serious writing chops. The story moves forward and back in time, sometimes smoothly, sometimes very abruptly and jarring. I agree with the other reviews, there is a lot going on in this short story but the author handles it all very skillfully. This is a great sci-fi story and it made me want to read more about this characters in this fictional universe.