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Review: How to Outline a Nonfiction Book: [#writing]

How to Outline a Nonfiction Book: How to Write an Outline That Will Make Writing Your Nonfiction Book a Breeze by Dean R. Giles
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you've never written a book of any sort.
If you've never written a non-fiction book.
If you're totally clueless.
If you need to copy/paste your way to completing a non-fiction book.

There might be something here for you. I have a dozen non-fiction books already published. I have had a couple on best-seller lists. That being said just to explain my possibly unique position, not to brag, I got not much out of this.

You on the other hand might find the perfect tool to use to achieve your perfect non-fiction book. It's totally worth an hour to check it out and discover for yourself.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I went into this not expecting a lot, and boy was I surprised. A bit slow in the middle, but great fun in the beginning and especially the end.

It's a series, yes, but the hanging loose threads didn't seem unnatural, as though placed there for something to suck you into the next book. Nope. All the loose ends were natural to the story, and nothing made me want to skip the rest of the series.

The protagonist, the apparent sole survivor from her village, destroyed in a pogrom against "magickers" by the government, lives with a band of highway robbers. She has forgotten most of her real family, and only has fitful dreams to tease her memories.

Eventually she will outgrow her band of brigands, and what waits for her as she seeks to learn more of the magic that calls out to her?

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Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook by Tony Robbins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an extremely reserved 5 star.

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There is only one touchy-feely section, and when you do run into it, call the book done. No point in going further IMHO.

Why so reserved?

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Taste by D.S. Murphy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story was fascinating. Dragged me right in. Vamps, hints of what might be shifters, rebels, villages essentially selling their 17 year old girls into a type of slavery, never to be seen again just to ensure they have enough food and access to their magic elixir of life.

Sadly, it's a beta, a teaser, a potential promise of what might be in the first book in a series. It's quite short. I expected as much. I usually check the number of pages in the Amazon listing, and try to keep some shorts around to fill in between other books. As far as cliffhangers go - it ends with a bang. You're waiting for the very next sentence, and it's not there. Again, I went in with my eyes wide open.

I loved it just the same. Why 4? It has a lot of little editing errors that are tough to overlook. Hopefully they'll be ironed out when the real book is released.

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The Serial Killer's Daughter by Lesley Welsh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like reading the screenplay for a snuff film. If that's not okay with you, skip it. You've been warned.

The sheer quantity of sexual violence and mind-games can be a bit overwhelming to the more sensitive reader. None of the characters experience much of a growth arc. No one really wins or loses. It's just fun fun fun until everyone is dead. There is no romantic anti-hero posturing here. Hope that's not going to be a problem for you.

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Creatures of Appetite [#thriller]

Creatures of Appetite by Todd Travis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wanted to give it a 5, really. But the main character was a bit coarse and misogynistic. Like a lotta bit. Oh, and a few other characters were too.

Of course, we're talking about a bunch of cops and killers of various shades of gray here, so we can cut them a bit of slack.

Overall really good editing, good story, and everything fits into place nicely. In fact the "shocker" ending to this book even fits in nicely.

What does it take to out-sociopath all the sociopaths? Find out in this book, for sure.

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