Month: January 2019

Spammers Gotta Spam

DANGER WILL ROBINSON, DANGER! It happens to us all, we get comments spam and weird people ‘Liking’ our posts with strange web and email addresses, driving us all crazy. It’s happened to me again, just this week. Thankfully, there are remedies to these kinds of people trying to infiltrate our blogs, some of them as simple as installing a plugin (if you use WordPress) called AKISMET, which, once activated, blocks 90% of comments spam. You can also “block” people’s IP / email / and web address by going to settings – discussions in your sidebar, and looking for the relevant section. Just enter either their email address, URL or IP address (if you have it) and they will no longer be able to comment. Getting rid of these people from the ‘LIKES’ section on individual posts, however, is more problematic. WordPress does not provide a way to erase these fake likes, nor block them. You can report their website, as I have done. Also, if they have a GRAVATAR account, you can lodge a complaint …

Book Reviewer’s Listing

Dear All, It occurs to me to put this question out there to you all, as I feel some of you would be interested. I regularly get any number of review requests each month that I cannot, for whatever reason—not my genre, or I’m swamped—say yes to reviewing. And that in turning down these authors, an opportunity is going amiss for others to do the review in my stead. Would YOU like to take on the challenge? I’m looking to compile a list of names, email, websites, and what genres reviewers are interested in. This list would then be made available to the authors who contact me, looking for a suitable reviewer for their work. Oh, and just so everyone knows, the list will not be published, anywhere, at anytime. You will only be contacted if the author thinks you would be a good fit for their work. Email me if you want your name on this list, at: alexwolfe [at] gmail DOT com

Book Review: SILENT SCREAM

DETAILS Title: SILENT SCREAM Author: Angela Marsons Publisher: Zaffre ISBN: 9781785770524 Genre: Crime Fiction BACK COVER BLURB Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood … Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country. But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades. As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late? WHAT I THOUGHT First of all, let me say that reading SILENT SCREAM so soon after reading Glass Houses by Louise Penny, might have been a mistake. …

Top 5 Reasons I Love To Read

Shanah, over at the Bionic Book Worm, has asked us to pick our Top 5 Reasons I Love To Read, for this week’s challenge. And really, when all is said and done, don’t we all just need one reason to read: because we love to. But, she’s asked for 5, so here goes, I’m listing my top five reasons: #1. Stories — Because of the stories, stories that transport us to other places, other times, even other dimensions. We can literally go anywhere in space and time. #2. Characters — All those crazy, quiet, mixed-up, funny, annoying characters, character we fall in love with, characters we hate. Characters we want to be when we grow up. #3. Books — Yes, it’s true, some of us love books because of the way they look, or how they smell, or, just because … we want them, we need them. We have to have them, even if we’re broke. We horde them like a dragon does their treasure. #4. Knowledge — Reading brings us knowledge, and knowledge is …

Book Review: GLASS HOUSES

DETAILS Title: GLASS HOUSES Author: Louise Penny Publisher: Minotaur Books ISBN: 9781250066190 Genre: Crime | Mystery BACK COVER BLURB When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized. But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied. Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montreal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache’s own …