Catrin Russell

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Book review: The Curse of Ash and Blood

The Curse of Ash and Blood by Lou Wilham

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars

This story was a little different compared to the first book (The Curse of the Black Cat). Not quite as sweet and whimsical, it focuses on the gruff and aloof dragon Blaze and the sweet and loving veterinarian Fable.

I have to admit, I was initially worried this book would be too similar to the first instalment of the series considering the premise and the M/M romance. However! I did not find it so. Instead, I was happy to see the resemblance was just the right amount to give this story its own depth and room for character building.

Speaking of characters, this is where I found myself stumped at times. Throughout the story, Blaze comes across as quite abusive, not in the least towards Fable, and I waited for some sort of turnaround in this. I would have wished for a slightly more softer side to come across for this story to be as sweet and toe-curling as its predecessor. Even Gwydion felt less whimsical than in the first instalment of the series, so although the story in itself is great, it does not quite reach my expectations.

However, all in all, I enjoyed the book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a short and sweet M/M romance story.

Book review: To Ride Hell’s Chasm

To Ride Hell’s Chasm by Janny Wurts

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars

Picked this book up due to a recommendation from a friend, and I loved it!

It is not for the faint of heart, or for one who is in for the quick read, for if you skim through this book, you will miss so much. Wurts’ writing is like a work of art in itself, let alone all the hidden meanings behind many of the actions and words. So despite the word count, there is plenty to read between the lines!

I loved the characters, obviously Mykkael, but also the princess, who ends up being not quite what I imagined, and then many of the side characters. I wish I had seen a little more of them in the second half of the book, but the story does not quite allow for it.

I adore the way the magic works in this book. It is fantastic and will undoubtedly inspire me as I work with my novels and books. I look forward to reading more books from Janny Wurts and would recommend them to others who are in for an epic adventure!

Using Buffer for Social Media

🖋️ Scheduling posts 🖋️

🖋️ We all know life as a writer, and an indie one at that, is more than busy enough without having to worry about social media presence. Added to this, I only recently had my third child and thus been busier than ever. So, I decided to try out Buffer! I have been using it for a while now, scheduling my social media posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and I really do like it!

🖋️ Pros:
– It saves me time by only having to sit down once in a while to schedule posts (for a couple of weeks at a time), instead of making individual ones every day.
– It has made my posting much more regular, and I don’t have to think about it on busy days.
– Features an easy to use app for the phone since it’s the device I use the most for my social media.

🖋️ Cons:
– Despite being one of the cheaper options, it does need a subscription. There is a free version, but it only allows for 10 scheduled posts at a time so not nearly enough if you run accounts on more than one platform.
– You can’t schedule posts with more than one picture for Instagram. So if I want more than one picture I need to post manually.

🖋️ So all in all, I really do like Buffer and scheduling posts. As the old saying goes: time is money. And this saves me time, even if it does cost money. So for now, I will continue to use it at least throughout the summer and see how I feel by the end

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