Monday, March 2, 2015

Best Writers


I think I might finally be ready to cut ties with Bubblews.  I was an advocate for them for so long.  I kept writing when other people ran away, claiming the site to be a scam.  Now, I've always gotten every payment I've ever asked for, but for 2 months now I've not been able to earn ANYTHING there.  My  balance has not moved off of $24. 

Even worse is that I hardly get any feedback on my posts.  There were some people who ALWAYS commented and I love them for it, but other people would never visit or comment.  Or if they did comment they were not saying anything about what I actually wrote so I know they didn't even read it.

http://www.bestwriters.net/?mref=nonersaysSo, I've started writing at Best Writers which was previously known as Elite Visitors (sign up through my referral link! http://www.bestwriters.net/?mref=nonersays)

As best as I can tell the site is newer.  I've seen one person say they were paid, but that is the only payment proof I've found.

They payout is done by PayPal with a minimum payment of $25.

You get paid for views and comments, but your pay rate depends on your user status.  At least that is what the FAQ says.

There is also talk of BP (best points) as a form of micro-payment that you can spend at a store on the site, but that doesn't seem to be live yet.

I have written one post, introducing myself, and got 3 comments.  Right now it says I have $0.06 and 16.00 BP.

I'm going to put as much effort into it as I did into Bubblews when I was most active there (lets say 3 or 4 posts a day) and I'll have to keep you all posted.  I'll share proof of payment if I ever reach payout.

(This post was shared with All Business Monday on  Marsha's Spot.  If you write anything pertaining to earning money, then you can link up too!)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Share a Link Sunday - 3-1-15

Happy Sunday again friends, or what is left of it at least.  I'm very late getting this post up today!

As usual I want to thank all of you who shared a link last week!  I didn't leave comment on everyone yet, due to me being too sick to spend too much time online, but I'll get around to it this week!

Meanwhile, it is time for another link up!  I do hope that you will all share some more wonderful posts with me, as well as take time to visit other peoples post that they share.

After all, the best part of a blog hop is to visit the other blogs!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mr. Sandman Review

If you like your science fiction to come with a crime drama plus a little genetic research, and a lot of spontaniously combusting pets, then  Mr. Sandman, a novel by Lyle Howard is totally the right book for you.

This novel is about Lance Cutter.  Born from a biological experiment, neither he nor his mother were meant to live.  But they did live, until a tragic plane crash later in his life.

This novel reads like it is 2 seperate stories, in 3 parts.  The 1st 3rd parts would be about the genetic creation and government hunt for Lance Cutter.

The 2nd part is the meatiest part (and in my opinion the best part of the novel) in which Cutter is an arson investigator who is investigating the very unlikely incidents happening in which pets, and the people holding them, are spontaneously combating all over the place!

Other than when it comes in handy for him to see in the dark, the genetically altered part of Lance Cutter plays no part in the main plot of this story, but I was very much drawn into it.

Then the crime is solved, the bad guy is captured, and part 3 of the story starts.  After all these years of being thought dead, the government finds Lance Cutter over one article in a newspaper once he solved his *exploding poodle problem.

In the 3rd act another player is introduced which took a turn I really didn't see coming.  I would have loved to have seen that character introduced earlier, and to somehow be woven more into Cutter's adult life all along, instead of just poofing in during the climax.

I can only rate this 4 stars though.  While I found the stories entertaining, the overuse of simile in the writing made the story itself almost laughable occasionally.  I also feel like the 3 parts could have been much better tied together somehow.  How did Cutter and his mother survive and escape the aftermath of his birthday explosion?  If his mother knew enough to run and hide after his birth, why would she have gone back to the government looking for help to begin with?  If the government knew so much about his special abilities why would they ever have considered him dead?  They would have kept looking forever, or until they found a body, whatever came firs. Questions like those kept me from giving it better marks.

*There were no actual exploding poodles in the book...I made that part up.

(I received a free copy of this book from Tomoson.com for the purpose of this review.  All the thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.  I have also posted this review on amazon.com and goodreads)

Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires Review

 Long before Buffy the Vampire Slayer gave Vampires back their souls, and before Twilight made them sparkle in the sun and fall in love with teenaged girls, Vampires used to be things of Evil, that lived off the life blood of their unwilling victims.

When I settled down with my copy of "Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires" open on my kindle I was looking forward to sinking my teeth into some good old fashioned Vampire fiction.

As with other collections I've read edited by Rayne Hall this anthology offers 10 tales by 10 different authors.  Each one in this volume is centered around the theme of Vampires.

And while the vampires might not be a new blood as Edward Cullen, there are still a couple that catch you by surprise. 

I was particularly fond of Reality Bites, in which a newly turned vampire tries to mind control his way to an insurance settlement, only to find out he's bitten off more than he can chew where his agent is concerned.

Now, when it comes to vampire tales, I like those more like Night Train, written by editor Rayne Hall herself.  In this one a young woman is frightened by tales of blood thirsty vampires stalking trains for a meal in the harsh winters.  Her terror follows her through the night, when someone comes kocking and begging for help at her door.  Should she help them, or is it just a vampire wanting an invitation in?  Only morning will tell. 

There are more delightful fang filled tales in this collection, some sensual vampires, some classy, some terrifying, and all of them make this anthology a good read if you are fan of the fanged fiends.

(this review was also posted on Amazon.com and Goodreads)

See Also these other reviews I've written of Rayne Hall Collections

Ten Tales of Ghosts - Book Review

"Beltane Ten Tales of Witchcraft" Book Review

Undead Ten Tales of Zombies (ebook) Review

Thirty Scary Tales by Rayne Hall - A Book Review

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Share a Link Sunday - 2/22/15

Happy Sunday friends!  I hope it finds you all well!

I want to thank everyone who shared something with us last week.  We had 9 articles/blogs shared (counting my own).  That gave me plenty of new things to read.!

I'm also pleased to say that we had twice as many click outs as we had links!  That means someone out there is doing the right thing and visiting the other links!

You all just keep right on being awesome, and adding your work here for myself and others to read.  I can't wait to see what you'll share today!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ten Tales of Ghosts - Book Review

Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts is another fantastic collection of short fiction edited by Rayne Hall.  It includes 10 stories by 10 different authors.

Each of the stories revolve around the theme of Ghosts.  There are innocent ghosts seeking love, vengeful ghosts seeking revenge, confused ghosts and cybernetic ghosts.

As usual Rayne Hall does not fail to give great entertainment in each story she shares in this collection.  It was hard for me to pick the ones I likes the best.  In the end I decided the very first and very last tales were the most memorable.

The first, "Ghosts can Bleed" by Tracy McBride introduces us to Maurice.  Maurice knows that ghosts can bleed, because he is one.  Now if he could just get his wife and best friend to believe him.

The last, "A Puddle of Dead" by Grayson Bray Morris, could be less Ghost Story than Out of Body Experience.  When Mia's lost love returns to her fifteen years after she had last seen him, she thinks he has changed his ways.  Until she follows him home.

At the end of the book you are given a taste of other works written by the authors that are in this anthology.  That is always a bonus when deciding if you want to purchase a book or collection from one of the authors.

I received a copy of this book for free from tomoson.com, but all thoughts in the review are my own.

Roses Have Thorns - Wordless Wednesday


Roses have thorns, and silver fountains mud;
Clouds and eclipses stain both moon and sun,
And loathsome canker lies in sweetest bud.
All men make faults.”

--William Shakespeare 

PS: Bonus Points if you can tell me if this rose is real or silk.