Day 10 of #DecTheShelves

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My 10th book is another horror. I can’t get enough haha, and with only 48 pages, it will definitely be a fast read. My motivation for buying They Came With the Snow–I have to know what the monsters are!

When a mysterious blast goes off in a small college town, triggering a blizzard, the few survivors must decide whether to stay or leave and face the monsters who came with the snow.

What are you reading? If you love horror, what’s your favorite type of monster?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

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Day 9 of #DecTheShelves

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On day 9, I wanted to buy a thriller, so that’s exactly what I did with Vile City 🙂

A brilliant new crime thriller series

DI Duncan Waddell has big problems. He’s borderline diabetic. The paperwork is piling up faster than the underwear at a porn shoot.

Now his best pal DC Stevie Campbell, who’s in a coma after being attacked by a suspect, has started to talk to him. Trouble is, only Waddell can hear him.

The last thing he needs is the country’s biggest case to land on his lap.

Three women have gone missing in the city he used to love, but is fast coming to despise, victims of the GLASGOW GRABBER, as their assailant has been dubbed by local hack and all round thorn in Waddell’s backside, Catriona Hastie.

Shelley Craig is the latest victim, snatched as she and her boyfriend took a shortcut through Glasgow city centre.

And she’ll do anything to make it home.

What are you guys reading?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 8 of #DecTheShelves

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I’m excited to read my new paranormal horror novel! It had me at a former host of a ghost-hunting reality show having regrets. I like behind-the-scenes production stuff, so I’m hoping to see aspects of filming. Plus, I really have to find out what happened to poor little Chelsea!

 

Ford Atticus Ford, former host of the hit ghost-hunting reality show Graveyard: Classified, has more than a few regrets–especially after young Chelsea Hopper was attacked by a demon. Assisting police departments by conducting paranormal investigations and uncovering buried clues now provides Ford with an ounce of redemption, but it will never be enough.

What occurred on that long-ago Halloween night was unforgivable, and Ford, chasing ratings and stardom, let it happen.

With Graveyard cancelled and his reputation destroyed, Ford sets out to avenge little Chelsea, and to save his own soul–if he can.

What are you guys reading?

For authors, it’s not to late to send your book links to #DecTheShelves on Twitter. There’s like 12 or 15 of us buying a book every day from the list. To add your stuff, you don’t have to participate in the reading challenge.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 7 of #DecTheShelves

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The premise of a dad doing anything to save his daughter from Leukemia touched my heart. My curiosity took over too–what exactly is the dad going to do violent-wise? This is my first medical thriller, and I can’t wait to read it.

Hanna Smith was diagnosed with Leukemia at age six and was in and out of remission four times by age thirteen. Her father, Dr. Jason Smith, an underachieving insurance company medical director who is plagued with severe panic attacks, learns about a new medication that has a high remission rate in adults with the same diagnosis. But the medication is not FDA approved for children.

Jason’s desires to find a cure for his daughter’s illness takes him on an unexpected, violent criminal path that tests the boundaries of his career and marriage, and jeopardizes his sanity. But will he finally be successful in saving his daughter, and at what cost?

From debut Author Wendy Weiss, comes a disturbing, psychological thriller about a desperate man, that takes you on an intense journey up and down the Southwest Florida coastline.

What are you guys reading?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 6 of #DecTheShelves

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I’m all for books that can make me cry, make me feel an emotional connection, make me escape my boring reality. I had to buy this book after reading the blurb. It sounds amazing.

When Kyle French’s father and clairvoyant mother dies in a car crash that he alone survives, the question haunts him. Through his grief and survivor’s guilt, Kyle looks for answers and tries to heal with his remaining family.

A story about the choice of either running away from your problems or making the right decisions to carry on, Pamela Harju’s debut novel is an emotional journey about coming of age and moving on even as your world collapses around you.

If you like strong characters, a distinctly Irish setting and a hint of the supernatural, buy THE TRUTH ABOUT TOMORROW and follow Kyle on his quest to find answers and happiness.

What are you reading?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

#IWSG Blog Hop–My Regrets for 2017

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It’s that time again. IWSG hosts a blog hop the first Wednesday of every month. Writers get to discuss their doubts and fears they’ve conquered, their struggles and triumphs. Even though writing is a lonely activity, it doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with people who understand what you’re going through.

Showing vulnerability makes you strong. If you’d like to read more from bloggers who shared their personal experiences, then please click here.

December’s question–As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

If I could backtrack in 2017, then the first time one of my books only had 1 KENP read on Amazon, I would’ve contacted KDP select help support. I let it go, and that dropped my rankings significantly on some of my books. Researching, it looks like many authors were having the same problem as me during those few months. Something about a glitch in the ‘page flip’ feature on kindle. My silence resulted in lost income, and a decent ranking on Amazon. Bad ranking=no visibility for readers to find your books.

I also would’ve never given up contacting bloggers for interviews and reviews for my books, especially Twisted Obsession. After a handful of no’s and non-responses, I got frustrated and quit. No promotion online=no visibility for readers to find your books. Trust me when I say I learned my lesson and am being proactive contacting bloggers for my new release Six Plus One.

If I could backtrack, then I wouldn’t have quit my Duotrope subscription. For the past year, my writing buddy and I have followed Ray Bradbury’s advice of write 1 short story every week for 52 weeks straight. We only have 4 stories left!!! I’m proud of us. If I was smart, I would’ve kept my Duotrope in order to search for online journals and magazines to submit to. I could’ve had a presence in the short story market…plus, I’d love to be in more anthologies. It seems like I’m always late to the party when it comes to finding out deadlines. Duotrope would keep me in the loop.

Those are my biggest regrets for 2017. Instead of viewing them as something to be upset about, I’ve grown and can admit I’ll do things differently in 2018. Lesson learned.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 5 of #DecTheShelves

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The line ‘And you thought the stepsisters were wicked…’ really captured my interest. I had to buy this dark fantasy book to see all the bad things Cinderella does. I’m intrigued!

And you thought the stepsisters were wicked…

I’m not who they think I am. A docile girl who meekly obeys her stepmother and stepsisters. Some kind of sick angel who cheerfully bears their mistreatment. That’s what I WANT them to think. Because then they won’t suspect what I’m really up to.

The ball, the prince–it’s all part of my plan to come out on top. Stepmother and her demented daughters will pay for every floor I have scoured, every sneer I have borne. They don’t know about the white magic, how I use it to enhance myself. They can’t see that my heart is black as midnight, rotten as a poisoned apple.

What are you guys reading?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby