Book Review Monday: Luka’s Dawn Episodes by A. M. Manay @ammanay


My Review

Enjoyable Continuation

The Luka Dawn episodes are a short story series that explores the life of Luka Lazarri in the aftermath of the events of She Marches Through Fire (November Snow Book 3).

In the first episode, Luka, Raina, someone and someone await the reincarnate of the psychic they last called November Snow. Luka is a shell of the vampire he once was and he worries how the child will see him once she’s born—monster or friend. Flannery is born. I enjoyed the first episode and went to the next in the same day.

In episode two, someone wants Luka’s attention and they kidnap Flannery to get it. But who knows he’s alive? After his injuries, everyone should believe Luka to be dead. Again, excellent story and I look forward to episode 3 which I started the next day.

The third episode follows Luka and his relationship with a tween Flannery. They’ve moved back to Livermore, California where they find a supernatural hating church. This isn’t good for Flannery or her vampire friends. Flannery is able to help her friends and save the day. Again, an excellent episode and I hope there will be more.

That’s all the episodes released so far as of today. Please let there will be more. This is the start to something wonderful. Now, I don’t normally read books that come out as installments and now I remember why. The wait for the next one is excruciating for me. That said, they’re short but they are good.

Get your copy of Luka’s Dawn Episode 1, Episode 2,  and Episode 3 today!


Luka’s Dawn, Episode 1 (November Snow Epilogue Stories)

ep1What’s a failed supervillain to do when the object of his obsession dies?

Luka Lazarri, vampire terrorist and would-be dictator, faces life without November Snow. He now inhabits a world in which he is utterly defeated, sick and living in hiding, jailed by his own family. He waits for November to be born again, clinging to the hope that he will have the chance to know her. Will the consummate survivor succumb to despair, or will he build himself a new life? And if the reincarnated psychic finally lays her eyes on him, will she see a monster, or a friend?

This short story series explores the life of Luka in the aftermath of the events of She Marches Through Fire (November Snow Book 3).

Luka’s Dawn, Episode 2 (November Snow Epilogue Stories)

ep2Someone out there really wants Luka’s attention and is willing to endanger Flannery to get it. When Flannery disappears after coming home from kindergarten, her vampire guardian angels spring into action. Who is convinced Luka is still alive? Who is willing to risk Luka’s ire to draw him out? And what in the world will Luka do about it?

This short story continues the exploration of Luka’s life in the aftermath of the third novel in the November Snow Series.

Luka’s Dawn, Episode 2 (November Snow Epilogue Stories)

ep3Paranormal peril returns to Livermore, California when a mysterious figure opens an anti-supernatural church.  When danger flares, Luka and Raina need help from a tween Flannery in order to save the day.

This short story series explores the life of Luka in the aftermath of the events of She Marches Through Fire (November Snow Book 3).


ammanayIn addition to her work as an award-winning indie author of supernatural new adult fantasy, A.M. Manay is a former inner-city chemistry teacher, a singer, a yoga enthusiast, and a mother through domestic open adoption. She has a passion for increasing diversity in popular culture and for strong heroines who stand up for themselves, make their own decisions, and don’t depend on romance as their reason for being.

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Kim Cox is the author of the Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery series and the Style & Profile Romantic Suspense series. Her 2017 releases included, Before We Wed (book 2 in the Style & Profile Romantic Suspense series), Haunted by Her Past (book 5 in the Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery series), and Love’s Endurance (single novelette). Please visit Kim’s website for more information and pick up a free story.

Coming up Next –  Scheduled books and short stories – Kim’s Reading List are: (order may change at any time)

Reviews Coming Soon

The One Betrayed (Chronicles of the Diasodz Book 3) by Yvette M. Callerio (Finished February 25, 2018)
The One Revealed (Chronicles of the Diasodz Book 4) by Yvette M. Callerio (Finished February 26, 2018)
The One Awakened (Chronicles of the Diasodz Book 5) by Yvette M. Callerio (Finished March 2, 2018)
A Haunted Murder (A Lin Coffin Mystery #1) by J.A. Whiting (Finished March 15, 2018)
The Stranger by Joan Hall (Finished March 4, 2018)

Books Read – To Review

Learn Amazon Ads: Use AMS to Find More Readers and Sell More Books by Mark Dawson (finished 9/29/2017)
Six Figure Author by Chris Fox (finished 10/20/2017)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1) by Agatha Christie (finished 11/9/2017)
When Ghosts Speak by Mary Ann Winkowski (finished 11/18/2017)
Lenobia’s Vow by PC Cast & Kristin Cast (finished 11/30/2017)
Dragon’s Oath by PC Cast & Kristin Cast (finished 12/6/2017)
Mastering Amazon Ads by Brian Meeks (finished 12/20/2017)
5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter by Chris Fox (finished 1/11/2018)
How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis: A Step-by-Step System for Enticing New Reader… by Brian Cohen (finished 1/12/2018)
Loved (The House of Night Other World Series Book 1) by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast (Finished January 26, 2018)
Write to Market by Chris Fox (Finished February 3, 2018)
Help! My Facebook Ads Suck by Michael Cooper (Finished February 3, 2018)

Books to Read

Acts Beyond Redemption (Unintended Consequences Book 1) by Suzanne Burke (Beginning 3/20/2018)
I Kissed A Ghost by Robin Leigh Morgan
The Black Fox by Gordon Bickerstaff
Stealing Time (Book 1) by K.J. Waters
Abducted (Powell Book 2) by Bill Ward
The Glade by Harmony Kent
Passion & Struggle (The Genesis Saga Book 1) by John Fioravanti
Our Justice by John Howell
A Thousand Yesteryears (Point Pleasant) by Mae Clair
Flowers and Stone by Jan Sikes
The Gemstone Chronicles Book Two: The Amethyst by William Stuart
A Highland Ruby (Highland Treasures Book 2) by Brenda B. Taylor
Treachery & Triumph (The Genesis Saga Book 2) by John Fioravanti
Toxic Minds by Gordon Bickersaff
His Revenge by John W. Howell
Dog Bone Soup by Bette A. Stephens
Bound by the Summer Prince by Mistral Dawn
Deception (Powell Book 3) by Bill Ward
Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women  by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko


What Do I Really Think Of Amazon Marketing Service (AMS)?

Nicholas C. Rossis

Amazon | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image:

I was recently invited to participate in a survey by Amazon Marketing Services (AMS). I was writing up the part where it said, “do you have any suggestions to make?” when it occurred to me that my suggestions would also be useful as a summary of my experience using the service.

So, how has AMS worked out for me so far?

Let me be clear about something: I love AMS and the best part of my advertising buck goes there nowadays, as AMS offers me the best return on my investment (ROI) of any advertising medium I’ve tried out so far (and, trust me, I’ve tried them all). For every $100 I spend, I make almost $200. So yes, AMS is at the top of my marketing efforts.

AMS Reporting Blues

Book Report | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Reporting done right

However, AMS is still in dire need of better reporting. As I…

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What Fiction Classifications Can Tell You About Your Readers

A Writer's Path

by Andrea Lundgren

You can’t always tell who’s going to pick up your story and read it. Sometimes, readers are unpredictable. Those who don’t read your genre may stumble upon it and read it anyways, and what speaks to one person won’t to another.

But you can tell some things about your own story based on the fiction classification. This isn’t a genre-thing, but more a flavor of the story based on character, plot, and description, and it can tell you something about why someone would pick up your story. Not all readers read for the same reason, and sometimes, a reader who generally favors one kind of fiction may want another kind as a change of pace.

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How to write a good one-sentence pitch

Jean's Writing

Don’t you just love how-to writing instructions?

I know I do!

You must admit, DIY is a lot easier with a little help from friends.

That’s why I absolutely love an article from Karen Cioffi and Writers On The Move!

I admit, writing a one-sentence pitch is hard and something I’ve yet to completely agree. But I keep working on it. That’s why I was so excited to read this easy explanation of what does and does not work. And why!

When selecting a book to read, the first thing I read is the pitch. If that is too confusing or convoluted I pass. Why? Because that pitch is a good indicator the story inside will be more of the same.

Karen gives examples of how and how not to write a pitch/logline for your book. She explains why one is so important and even gives us a formula. I just…

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How People Judge a Book By Its Cover

A Writer's Path

by Richard Risemberg

If your work is to be produced by a trade publisher, the cover will be entirely out of your hands. This can be a good thing, and it can be a bad thing: good, because it is by no means easy to design and produce a good cover; bad, because you may get stuck with a bad one. In A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway notes how he felt that the original cover to Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was awful, looking like something designed for a cheap sci-fi potboiler–and later mentions Scott’s complaints that the book wasn’t selling well. Fitzgerald was a popular and successful author at the time.

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What is the best word for restaurant?

Jean's Writing

Do you use the best word to describe an eatery?

Like everything else in the world, one word doesn’t fit every location. And that includes where your characters choose to have a meal. I mean how many times can you write “they went to a restaurant?”

If you’ve followed my blog very long, you know I love lists.

I make lists for everything. Grocery lists, to-do lists, bills due, birthday lists, belated birthday lists, and then there are my writing lists. Like special words lists, descriptive words, adjectives, character lists, names to consider, see I love lists.

The problem is I often forget a list. Like arriving at the grocery store and leaving my must-have list on the fridge.

The good thing about writing is so many of errors can be fixed or changed during rewrite and edits. Thank God for rewrites! Or not. Wish I were a great writer that could spew prose like a whale…

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Show vs. Tell #RRBC #RWISA

Writing and Music

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything related to the craft of writing and this is a subject that we all can use a refresher on. So, if it’s redundant, I apologize. I still see this over and over again, especially with Indie writers. So, for what it’s worth, here we go.

Don't Tell me

If you wonder how can I show something, ask yourself; how do I notice she is quick, he is happy, it is big?

  • Don’t tell me the story…show me, using your words.
  • Place the reader INTO the story. This is especially important in first person POV—but also equally important in third.
  • Use the senses to bring the reader along for the ride. Sight, Sound, Touch, Taste, Smell.
  • Be specific and creative.

For example…One might describe a love interest this way. This is Telling:

  • I watched Jack walk into the room. He was hot; maybe the best looking…

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Army Logistics: Food Rations

Nicholas C. Rossis

Sara | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookI recently discovered Sara’s blog, Rough Diplomacy. Sara is a veteran of Active Duty Air Force and Navy Reserves, plus a Bioinformatics graduate, and her blog reflects her diverse interests. More than anything, however, it highlights how passionate she is about history—and military history in particular. With her permission, I am sharing here some of the wonderful material I have come across as part of my Fun Historical Facts series.

One of Sara’s posts, which is of special interest to authors, deals with the subject of US food rations from the War of Independence todate. As Napoleon famously observed, amateurs discuss tactics; professionals discuss logistics. A lesson all writers should heed in their tales!

“C’est la soupe qui fait le soldat” (The soup makes the soldier)

~ Napoleon

The American Revolutionary War

Armies can’t march on empty stomachs. This simple truth has defined warfare from Ancient Greece (when fighting had…

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How to Defeat Your Writer’s Block

A Writer's Path

by Ryan Lanz

For some, writer’s block is a very real and forbidding thing. I personally know authors who treat this as a superstition that no amount of garlic and rabbit feet will save them from.

There are countless blog posts on how to beat writer’s block–and yes, we’ll go over that too–although I want to also look at why a writer might encounter a writing block. Perhaps it’s not for the reasons you think, and it could be indicative of deeper issues. Let’s begin.

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How to Use Amazon Categories to Increase your Rankings (Update)

Nicholas C. Rossis

Back in 2016, I had written a post with information on How to Use Amazon Categories to Increase your Rankings. It included an estimate of how many copies a book needs to sell to reach a certain rank on Amazon US. This has now been updated as follows:

Amazon sales to reach #1 | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image found on KBoards

The rest of the information on my post, however, is still very much applicable–and all-important–today. I’m copying it here so you don’t have to go back-and-forth. As a reminder, the original post was based on a great post on the subject by Jen Bresnick.

What is my Category?

When you look up a listing for a book on Amazon, scroll down past the reviews to the section titled “Look for similar items by category”.  If you visit the page for Jen’s The Last Death of Tev Chrisini, for example, you’ll see this:

Amazon categories | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Image: Jen Bresnick

The book…

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