Book Review: Stab Love with Flower Stalks by Amethyst Saw

Stab Love with Flower Stalks
Title: Stab Love with Flower Stalks
Author: Amethyst Saw
Publication: June 18th, 2019.
Genre: Erotica, LGBT+ & Adult Fiction

Blurb: Journey through time with a flower goddess as she grapples with love, how its delicate beauty holds her captivated and it’s stem filled with thorns so harsh, brings pain to who seeks to hold it forever.

Get lost with a soul, who has repeatedly travelled through time, listen to the scary confessions shared with a lover, be enamoured by the fluidness of her relationship with love as it’s vividly painted in the poems that comes from feeling the fiery passion that vibrates through her.

Stab Love with Flower Stalks is a collection of 13 flash stories and poems, which are mostly queer romance and erotica, narrating the delicate beauty and jarring pains of falling in love.

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Book Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

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Title – Circe

Author – Madeline Miller 

Publication – 10th, April 2018.

Publisher – Little, Brown and Company

Genre – Historical, Mythology Retelling & Fantasy Fiction

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe’s place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.

There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe’s independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

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Book Review: Emilio Sanchez by Besidone Adewunmi Edun

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Title – Emilio Sanchez

Author – Besidone Adewunmi Edun

Publication – 17th, May 2019.

Publisher – Parrésia Publishers Ltd.

Genre – Mystery, Young Adult Fiction

Emilio Sanchez, a young determined lad in Equatorial Guinea finds his life spiralling off-course after the death of his parents. Taking his life in his own hands, Emilio in the company of his friend Pedro leaves for the capital city with the blessing of his godfather, Padre Antonio.

In Malabo, the capital city, Emilio finds work and trouble. After a few months, he is arrested for theft, because his red handkerchief had been found at the scene of a crime.

Locked up behind bars, Emilio discovers the truth about friendship, loyalty and trust, and an unusual friendship forms behind bars.

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Literary Blogging 101: How to Properly Send a Book Review Request

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I am going to start with my disclaimer, I am not a pro at these and I get ignored/rejected more times than I get approvals, but it doesn’t mean one shouldn’t try at all, we wouldn’t get anywhere if we stopped pushing.

I am an international book blogger and I love reading. If I bought all the books I read, I wouldn’t be able to afford my basic amenities, because books for me are expensive wants. This is why Literary Blogging has been a huge lifesaver for me, I get to read books I want in exchange for my honest review, that’s an awesome win and you to can also have that.

Literary Bloggers are part of the promotion team of any book, by sharing our opinions we are giving the books we read and review a stage. Which is why many Publishers/Authors are very picky about sending out their books, although, in my opinion, it has more to do with restrictive laws, which less favours diversity.

There are tons more restrictions and regulations for international bloggers such as my self when it comes to receiving books in exchange for my honest review. Some publishers give you a number of subscribers threshold, some require you to make an impact on a specific social media platform, some can’t send to you or give you because of restrictive laws, that cover it only in the region it is being published etc.

I put in a lot of work than many other bloggers I see that are always receiving books from publishers, what they do is very mediocre or underwhelming but it is because they are within that region, so yes it sucks being an international blogger, but there is still hope for us, which is why I am sharing with you, how I request for review copies from publishers.

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How to Request for Book Review Copies

Many publishers have emails specifically for publicity and review requests, all you have to do is simply go through their sites unto you stumble upon it. I wouldn’t advise sending a request via Instagram or Twitter because most times than not it’s either they don’t see it because it gets buried or because the person handling the social media has no business with handling a review request. Emailing is key, yes some Indie publishers will get back to you, but the right way is to email because I believe requesting for a review copy is a formal event, where you sell yourself to publishers and indie authors on why they should give you a copy of their book for free.

Email Format I use

Email Address: publicity@naijabookbae.com

Subject: Book Review Inquiry

Body:

To whom it may concern,

My name is Lara Kareem. I’m a blogger, who writes book reviews at Naija Book Bae. Where I share literary reviews books with genres such as fantasy, thrillers, science-fiction and historical. I am writing to inquire about receiving ARCs/Books in exchange for my honest reviews.

Titles I am highly interested in are listed below:

1. Jane Doe by John Doe, 9781524738263. Publication date August 5th, 2018. Naija Book Bae Publishing

2. John Doe by Jane Doe, 9781556798263. Publication date August 7th, 2019. Naija Book Bae Publishing

As of 17th of March 2019, I currently have:

1000 Blog Subscribers, with a monthly engagement of 800+ visits.
1000 Twitter Followers
2000 Instagram (Bookstagram) Followers

This creates a total of 4000 subscribers.

Here is my mailing address is

Naija Book Bae.
Allen Avenue,
Ikeja, Lagos State.
Nigeria.
(Phone Number)

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind Regards,

This is a very good format, there are other ways, and you can tweak it to best suit your need, but I do hope this really helps!

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Things Not to Do

Asking the Authors

If an author is not independent, meaning the author did not self publish, the author has little control over who gets a review copy, so please stop messaging authors or plan on doing that if you haven’t to give you a review copy because it is not their decision but their publishing firms decision to make, so send an email to the author’s publisher, you know how to now.

Hounding Publishers

Do not hound a publisher, only send one email, yes it is tempting to send more as a reminder but no, they got the first one, be patient or move on if you don’t get a response that’s a message on its own, also don’t spam their social media, it can get you blocked and blacklisted.

Dillydallying 

Don’t waste their time, whatever you do just get straight to the point like I have shown in the email above, it’s the publishers decision to find out if you merit a copy of the book, so don’t waste time writing an epistle on why you’re the perfect person to receive a book, they’ll do their research on their own.

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Hope this post is as helpful as possible for those who need it! Check out the next post about How to Legally get Free Books!

Lara Kareem

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