Charles Miske Author Blog

On this blog I share a few more random thoughts and ideas on social, marketing, memes and other miscellaneous things. It’s the one that feeds my Amazon Author Page.

  • 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. GilesMy rating: 3 of 5 starsIf 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... Read more »
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  • Magic of Thieves (Legends of Dimmingwood, 1) [#fantasy]
    Magic of Thieves by C. GreenwoodMy rating: 5 of 5 starsI 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... Read more »
  • Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook [#moneymanagement]
    Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook by Tony RobbinsMy rating: 5 of 5 starsThis is an extremely reserved 5 star. The book is spot on, totally amazing information that it would pay anyone who fits into any of the categories of person that is described in the text. The financial advice is worth way more than what the cost of the book is. Enough info is given to easily reverse engineer the processes described. The author... Read more »
  • Taste [book review - #vampire #dystopian #postapocalyptic]
    Taste by D.S. MurphyMy rating: 4 of 5 starsThe 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... Read more »
  • The Serial Killer's Daughter [#thriller]
    The Serial Killer's Daughter by Lesley WelshMy rating: 4 of 5 starsLike 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... Read more »
  • Creatures of Appetite [#thriller]
    Creatures of Appetite by Todd TravisMy rating: 4 of 5 starsI 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... Read more »
  • A Time To Kill (Elemental Rage Book 1) [#paranormal]
    A Time To Kill by Jeanette RaleighMy rating: 4 of 5 starsNot sure what just happened here. The snippet of chapters flitted back and forth between POV, sometimes in the middle of a fight scene or car crash or whatever. Mildly distracting to say the least. Like switching body-cams in an episode of COPS. A few were organic enough - flit to the POV of someone in an alternate dimension, a different city, yep, that's... Read more »
  • Crossing in Time (Between Two Evils, No. 1) [#timetravel #scifi #starcrossedlovers]
    Crossing in Time by D.L. OrtonMy rating: 3 of 5 starsI don't think the description accurately portrayed this book. I won't spoil that for you, by pointing out the misses, but be mildly forewarned. The various bogey men might or might not be themselves or others, and blowing up a city to attract the attention of the people who would blow up the city in an alternate reality while adding more lists of people to... Read more »
  • Revenge Of The Cat Woman: A Short Story Set in Old Japan [#short #horror]
    Revenge Of The Cat Woman: A Short Story Set in Old Japan by Yael Eylat-TanakaMy rating: 3 of 5 starsI'm not certain what happened here. It was pretty short, and not much happened aside from depressing cultural attitudes and events that were pretty much historically correct.No one here was particularly easy to empathize with. The "Cat Woman" was pretty passive. The Cat was pretty passive. The antagonist was stated to be aggressive. It ended in... Read more »