FREE book reviews for authors

If you have visited this site before, or if you check the archives, you will notice that I write a lot of book reviews. Normally, I write a review for every book I read.

I have decided to offer my services to indie authors and publishers. If you want a book reviewed, then I may be able to help. Naturally, I will not accept everything and anything. I have a life and I also love to write. But I will consider your book if it is something that interests me.

This service is free of charge. The only expectation I have is that you provide me with a review copy of your book. The free copy can be a paperback, epub or mobi version.

Please read my Book Review Policy for more details on what I will consider, what I will reject and what information I would like from you in order to decide if I’m interested in your book or not.

Why I Write

Everyone is different. Everyone finds peace and tranquility in different ways. Some like to go fishing, bush walking or jogging. Others like to surround themselves with friends and go to parties, picnics, or out clubbing. And then there are those who prefer to meditate, read, or sew. Me? I like to write.

I started writing to escape the real world. That’s why I started out writing fantasy stories. I could go somewhere nobody would ever find me. I could experience anything my imagination was brave enough to conjure. As a result, I wrote for me alone. No one, ever, was ever meant to discover my worlds and find me.

But then I no longer had to escape. The real world became a good place to be, so I no longer had the desire to “disappear”. As a result, I stopped writing.

Yet, once I had started, I found it difficult to give up. The necessity was gone, but the desire remained. And I also discovered that I wanted to share my worlds. The written word called to me. It was easy to respond and return to writing.

It wasn’t an easy journey. Writer’s block caught hold of me, or so I thought. In fact, difficult and sometimes horrible events in my life disguised themselves as writer’s block. The pain and grief I felt took me over, leaving me feeling exhausted and worthless. It took me a while to recognise the true “block” was of my own doing. And when I acknowledged that, and accepted it, I began writing once again.

Someone once asked me if I wrote to become rich and famous? Even now I laugh at that. Very few writers become rich and famous authors. Very few indeed.

I want neither fame nor fortune. You scoff at that, I know, but it is true. However, I do want people to read my books and enjoy them. It would be nice to earn enough money from my writing to live comfortably. But I am a reserved person, who enjoys not being “seen” and I honestly do not feel I would cope well with fame. The fortune would never go astray, of course. But you cannot have one without the other. And I enjoy being alone too much, so I do not want fame.

Why do I write? I write to share words, worlds, ideas and characters. I invite the reader into my worlds, hoping they find something they like. And although I no longer feel the need to escape this world, sometimes it is still fun to wander into other worlds and live a life that would never be possible here. Besides, as a reserved person, writing allows me to be braver, louder, and more outgoing than I would ever be in real life.

Why do you write?

Rant: Fallout 76

Image copyright to Bethesda.net

I have been into gaming since time began … or since gaming began, at least. I have all the PlayStation consoles (PS1 through to PS4) and I have over a thousand games. I’m not joking.

I love gaming. I’m a loyal PlayStation fan. However, this is my first rant in regards to gaming.

For Christmas, I received more games than books last year. I think my family wanted to buy something different, so each present (almost) was a new game. Honestly, I was in my glory.

This was especially so when I tore open a present and found a Fallout game. My family laughed and said my eyes lit up. Sounds a bit evil to me! 😊 Anyway, last year, I played Fallout 4 for several months. I became totally addicted. It was brilliant and I couldn’t get enough of it. But eventually all good things must come to an end and I was disappointed on the day I had to admit the game had run its course and I had to admit I had completed it. *sigh*

So when I opened Fallout 76 on Christmas Day, I was excited. I could return to a well known place and legitimately become engrossed in a new adventure, through a game I loved.

To savour the moment, I played the other games first!

Yesterday, I pulled Fallout 76 out and sat patiently for four hours while the system downloaded and updated the latest patch. When I finally gained control of the game and it was about to launch me into the world I’d eagerly waited for, I was over the moon.

I pressed any key as instructed … and that’s where my rant really begins. I could have, of course, started my rant at the stage where I had to wait four hours for the patch to download, but I was willing to let that go. So my rant starts here…

When I pressed any key to start the game, instead of being taken to the start of the game — as one would expect — I was taken to a subscription page. I scanned the page, decided I didn’t want a subscription (thanks for asking) and pressed the key to go on to the game. Instead I was returned to the main PlayStation start up page.

Right, now I’m confused, something must have gone wrong. I started again. I was offered the subscription, I rejected the subscription, and ended up back at the start up page.

Now I’m concerned, what’s wrong? Maybe I have to find the “No Thanks” option on the subscription page. I go through the steps again, search the subscription page to find no other options, except purchase options. Yes, I end back at the main start up page.

I head to the internet. What am I doing wrong? And naturally I found the answer pretty quickly.

Nothing.

That’s right, I was doing nothing wrong. You cannot play Fallout 76 without purchasing a subscription!

What a bloody cheek. A family member has purchased the game for me and it cannot be played unless I’m online and have a PlayStore+ subscription. The dirty, rotten mongrels.

Of course, I later discovered that it does say that on the front cover of the game. In tiny letters, that no one is going to read. In my opinion, this is important information and that wording should be large and bold and highlighted in every way. Look at me. Read here. Only buy this game if you like playing online and you have (or want) a subscription. If not, put me down now and don’t waste your money.

I feel I’ve been ripped off. Totally. No, I didn’t buy the game, but someone did in good faith. They threw money away. I will not be forced to purchase a subscription. And if this is the way of future gaming, I think I’m going to swap over to the anti-gaming campaign. All those gaming companies out there have to remember that not everyone has an internet connection, for one thing. Not everyone wants to play online with strangers. I’ve always been quite happy to go solo, and that’s the way I prefer it to stay. I should have the choice. Not everyone wants to, or can afford to, purchase the subscription.

Right now I’m disappointed in PlayStation and Bethesda. But mostly, I’m disappointed because I will NOT be playing Fallout 76. And now I’m angry too.

Free Ebooks Available – Limited Time

As you know, there are three books in The Land of Miu series. They are:

  • The Land of Miu
  • The King’s Riddle
  • The Lion Gods

All three books will be available for FREE download from Smashwords from 12.01am on 25 December 2018 until 11.59pm on 1 January 2019. That is US Pacific Time. As I live in Australia, I honestly don’t know what that means for the rest of the world. But I urge you to visit my profile and download them all, as soon as they become available.

For your convenience, here’s the link to my profile on Smashwords:
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/karenleefield

And if you do read and enjoy my books, please take a moment or two to write a review. It helps other readers find my work. Thank you.

Domino Effect: Paperback Version

I have been asked if a paperback version of Domino Effect will be available for purchase. The answer was always going to be no, but after careful consideration I have decided that I will release a paperback version.

In fact, I have already commenced preparations and can confidently advise that the paperback will hit the online bookstore shelves approximately three to five days after the release of the ebook. More details in relation to price, distribution, etc, to follow at a later date.

Meanwhile, please bookmark the Amazon page of the book–in the store of your choice. Just search for “Karen Lee Field”. And don’t forget to spread the word.

Reminiscing

As the years pass, we gather more and more things that we can’t bring ourselves to throw away or discard, just in case we discover a need for those items. Whatever they may be.

Today, I found myself rummaging through an old trunk and I found multiple backup disks. I decided that it was time to go through them, make decisions on the content and possibly lighten the load.

I found myself taking a walk down memory lane. Music I liked to listen to. Photos I haven’t seen for some time. Free software I had downloaded and believed I couldn’t live without, but haven’t used for over ten years. And then I opened a folder to discover my very first website.

On 6 April 2002, I uploaded The Writer’s Cave. This was before I discovered WordPress (or perhaps it hadn’t been invented then). The template was one of those old fashion ones that I had self coded and was extremely proud of. You know the ones I mean. They were colourful, had flashing icons and images that were nearly always slightly blurry. It was brilliant (at the time), but embarrassing to look at now. I had a good laugh over it.

I went through the folders and saw how I learned HTML and CSS, and how that helped my website to evolve. And then in 2004 I announced I was moving to a new location and that’s when (it appears) that I started using WordPress and my new website became The Desk of Karen Lee Field.

A lot has happened since then. In my life. On the internet. In the world. It’s hard to remember life without the internet, yet life shouldn’t revolve around the world wide web. Life should actually revolve around family and friends, finding love and happiness. Enjoying everything the world has to offer, not just the things we find on the web.

Website issues under investigation

It started out on the weekend (or that’s when I discovered the problem). At first, the checkout page refused to populate. Then, before I had time to work out why, some links stopped working.

Now it’s got to the stage that I’ve disabled the store and most of the plugins, yet the website is running slow and an odd “forbidden” notice turns up every so often.

The problem is beyond me, but I’m at the stage where I want to dump the database and start again. Extreme, but I won’t rule that option out just yet.

Until the issue is fixed, the store is closed. If you want to purchase one (or all) of my books :D, please go to your favourite online book store to make a purchase. Thank you.