Hey readers. It's been awhile, yeah? I gotta tell you - there's a reason for it.
As in... there's never enough of it. While I have been reading, (not nearly as much as I used to) I really have been focusing on my personal life, my life as a published writer and the fact that my day job takes up a lot of my time.
The truth is - I've been avoiding writing this blog post. Why? Because something happened when I started publishing books. The way I read books and thought about them afterward has changed dramatically since I started this blog.
I've always read and I've been writing my entire life but I didn't realize how intrinsically they intertwined until my own novels were out there in the world. As an author, I've realized that while I still read and have opinions on them - my views may not be on the same level as a general reader. What I now evaluate when I read is a world of difference between how I evaluated a book when I was a reader.
In my honest opinion, I no longer think that my in-depth reviews of books can be as objective as they used to be. I would go into a book with few - if any - expectations. Now, I'm riddled with expectations when I read the books I read. I also choose to read books based on very different criteria. I've learned that judging a book as a writer/author is much harder than as a blogger/reader. Some of the things I've criticized authors in my previous reviews are now things I'm actively conscious of when I write or even guilty of doing!
I've become friends with authors, writers and I feel like there are SO many bloggers and readers who are perfectly capable (more than I am) to direct followers to which books they feel someone should take a chance on.
I've entered this weird stage in my career where I want to encourage and support the authors of books I love and want to steer away from books I have a negative view of.
So, in short, when you look to this blog for reviews (there are some in the works!), please don't be surprised to see only positive reviews. There's enough negative reviews on the internet, via word of mouth and on Goodreads/Amazon. I want to be a source of positivity and pay-it-forward goodness.
Hope you all are willing to stick with me as Chasing Empty Pavements moves toward this evolution.
Friday, January 17, 2014
This is my first time participating this particular meme and the first time in a LONG time I've actually done a meme. But this one is fun!
This week's question: Who is your blogger BFF? Tell us a little bit about him or her? If not tell us why you need or don’t need a blogger BFF.
My book blogger BFF is someone who is kind of a real life BFF too. When I started my job, Terri from Second Run Reviews was one of the first people to embrace and connect with me. We are both readers and English Majors. We have similar tastes in Reality TV and make fun of two certain judges on The Voice. When she started her blog, I knew it was the PERFECT place for her to share her thoughts on the books she's been reading because she has great insights on the inner workings of a novel. I'm also interested in what she's reading and we either champion or lament about the books we love and hate. I highly recommend checking her out :)
Posted by Jade Eby at 9:40 AM
Picture Perfect by Elisabeth Grace
Publication date: March 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Cover Design: Mae I Design
Being the daughter of a big-city mayor, twenty-one year old Skye Summers has giant shoes to fill in her first real job out of college. With the public spotlight on her family, and her dad’s expectations running high, she jumps at the chance to work side-by-side on an important project with her sexy new boss.
Playboy entrepreneur Landon Steele has built a successful PR firm and broken more than a few hearts along the way. He’s counting on his enthusiastic new assistant to help him expand his business into LA… until he discovers she’s a pampered rich girl who’s in the public spotlight as much as his famous clients. Still, he agrees to give her a chance, and soon the two are heating up the bedroom as well as the boardroom.
But when Skye’s ex-boyfriend threatens to reveal a dangerous secret from her past, her job, relationship with Landon, and her father’s career are suddenly all on the line. Will she be forced to leave Landon? Or will she pursue her heart, regardless of the cost?
I have a soft spot for romance novels with happily ever afters and a hot spot for alpha males! I currently live outside Toronto, Canada with my hubby and two small children. Life is busy, but never to busy for a good story and to share my love of reading and writing with others.
My debut New Adult Contemporary Romance, Rumor Has It, releases December 6, 2013.
For more of the lowdown on me feel free to visit my author website at http://www.Elisabeth-Grace.
Posted by Jade Eby at 7:00 AM
Friday, January 10, 2014
Even though writing THE FINISH is kicking my ass, I'm in LOVE with the cover. IN LOVE.
Ari from Cover It! Designs captured Tawny so well with this picture and made it match Whiskey and a Gun perfectly. So without further ado:
Have you added it to Goodreads yet?! No?
While you're waiting for The Finish to come out (release date TBD) why don't you enter yourself in the Goodreads giveaway for a limited edition, signed paperback copy of Whiskey and a Gun?
Posted by Jade Eby at 4:20 PM