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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT Alternative #history The Usurper King by Zeb Haradon

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Today’s team review is from Judith, she blogs here http://judithbarrowblog.com/

#RBRT Review Team

Judith has been reading The Usurper King by Zeb Haradon

The Usurper King

For once I’m stuck on how to review a book. Not only because I’m not sure how to describe the genre; The Usurper King crosses fantasy, humour and political thriller; all mixed up together with some humour that more than borders on satire. The author has a quirky writing style that I admired and there are some brilliant observations on the human condition. Yet parts of the story did make me cringe and skip small sections; those parts were the descriptions on extispicy: (the practice of predicting the future or reading omens by reading the entrails and liver of animals.) And yes, it did exist; I looked it up. And yes, I do know I’m a wimp.

But here I’m reviewing the book itself so I’ll break it down. As…

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Ebook Vs. Physical: Which Side Are You On? [Reading]

Rachel Poli

We all know physical books came first. Then the ebook was born… in 1971.

No, for real. I tried to look up when ebooks started and Google told me a man named Michael Hart invented the ebook. Yet, Amazon’s Kindle wasn’t a thing until 2007. I tried to dig deeper, but it was pretty confusing, so…

There’s your intro for this post.

Ebooks Vs Physical Books | Pros and Cons of Physical Books | Pros and Cons of Ebooks | Reading | Books | RachelPoli.com

Ever since e-readers became more popular, there has been an ongoing debate about whether ebooks are better than physical books.

Or, not that one is better than the other, but it’s about what people prefer and which team you’re on.



  • Ebooks are cheaper.
  • Ebooks are instant downloads so you don’t have to leave your house and talk to people.
  • They’re portable.
  • You can carry many books at once.
  • You can read in the dark.


  • You need to buy an e-reader, which can be expensive.
  • You…

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What do readers say?

The Red Cliffs Chronicles

Photo by Anete Lūsiņa on Unsplash

If you wondered if I’d abandoned my website–I haven’t. I have a valid excuse for my absence. I had a complicated eye surgery, couldn’t read or use the computer for several weeks. That sucked, more than my bloodshot eye.

In the meantime, Once Upon a Night flew the nest. Back in April, I offered it for free through Voracious Readers Only. Since then, I’ve received more than 200 requests for downloads.

It’s been the first time I’ve exposed any of my books to the general public. A strange, uncomfortable feeling, not unlike, for example, my private nightmare called public speaking.

It took some time for my book to gain momentum. Now I have many ratings and quite a few reviews, mostly on Goodreads, but some on Amazon as well. The overall response has been great. The most common complaint is that the stories are…

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Food For Thought (a.k.a. A Writely Kick in The Rear)

Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR

If you are afraid your mother will read your manuscript, you will write in such a way that she enjoys it and no one else does.

Agree or disagree?

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Are Free Promotions Still Worth It? – by Frances Caballo…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on The Book Designer:

The controversy over whether it’s worthwhile to give books away for free continues.

You work hard when you write a book. There are the costs associated with writing workshops, writers’ conferences, book coaches, editors, and book designers.

When you’re ready to publish, it’s difficult to think that despite all of your investments of time and money that you need to give your book – your baby – away for free.

I know. I’ve been there.

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Bad by Chloé Esposito #BookReview @ChloeJEsposito @MichaelJBooks


About this book…

She stole the life she wanted. Now someone wants to steal it back . . . 

Alvie Knightly may be waking up in the Ritz, but her life is no bed of roses.

Firstly, she has the mother of all hangovers.

Secondly, her beautiful, spoiled twin sister Beth has just been found dead in Sicily – and the police want Alvie for questioning.

And thirdly, Alvie’s hot new boyfriend has vanished with every penny of the millions they stole from Beth.

But he picked the wrong girl to mess with.

Alvie will pursue her ex to Rome in a game of cat and mouse that only one of them can survive.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned . . .
But can Alvie get revenge before her crimes catch up with her?

My review…


Having read and absolutely LOVED the first book in this trilogy…

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The Dawnstone Tale — a fantasy novel, Chapter 1 continued…

Cereal Authors

by R.L.Davis Hays

Ruth Davis Hays Book Cover Collage 1Chapter 1 continues:


The Drunken Faery Tavern was nearly empty; the few lamps that burned gave a secretive light to the place. The stale smell of ale filled Lylith’s mind with images of dark deeds and careless laughter. It was the kind of tavern she imagined would appear in the tales she read; the sort of stories that always initiated some unknown youth into the dark paths of crime, only to have him save his ladylove at the end.

Alone, she would have never stepped foot into this little pub, yet with Lord Dharromar Weiss on her arm, she felt untouchable. Her new acquaintance bore an intensity that made most harm-doers back down without a second thought. The worn, leather scabbard and intricately carved hilt of his blade, resting with ease on his hip, made those that did give them a second thought turn away as…

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