Review of Secrets of the Home Wood

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SECRETS OF THE HOME WOOD: THE SACRIFICE
BY JULIE WHITLEY
***** FIVE STARS
Review By E.D. Bird
KINDLE EDITION

I have to admit that it took me a little while to get into the book, but that’s probably because it’s not my preferred genre.  Having said that however, once I did get into it, I couldn’t put it down.  The pages just kept turning themselves…
Lewis Carroll would have been very proud of this fantasy tale, and I think it would make a Magic Movie.  The author has cleverly constructed an amazing story which contains all the mystery and suspense any reader wants to find in a novel.  From strange creatures at war to undying love – you’ll get it all in this fabulous family fable.
I highly recommend this book to people of all ages!

FIVE STARS *****
REVIEW BY E.D. BIRD
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Review for Fairly Safe

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FAIRLY SAFE
***** FIVE STARS
Review By E.D. Bird
BOOK TITLE: FAIRLY SAFE
AUTHOR: DEBORAH ANN DAVIS
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
PDF FORMAT

I was sent a PDF copy of this novel by the author with a request for a review, which I happily agreed to do.
While ‘Romance’ has never, and still does not form part of my ‘preferred genres’, I found this book to be most entertaining.  It wasn’t just a love story; it contained a great deal of mystery and intrigue which kept the pages turning.  In addition, it had a twist in the tail, an entirely unexpected ending.
I would recommend this novel to all who enjoy a good mystery, with romance and love thrown in for good measure.

FIVE STARS *****
REVIEW BY E.D. BIRD
www.edbirdbooks.com

XMAS GIFT IDEA

What is better for a Christmas gift than good reading matter?
Goldenviron and Bitter Sweet are a ‘must read’ thriller duology available in paperback and a variety of e-book formats.  You can find out more about these books, and get the links for ordering them at their individual pages http://www.edbirdbooks.com/goldenviron.html and http://www.edbirdbooks.com/bitter-sweet.html respectively.  Christmas is fast approaching, so don’t delay!
Bitter Sweet was originally written to be a stand-alone novel and then Goldenviron was published as its prequel, and provides all the background to the characters and events in that book.  Both of these novels can be read alone if one so desires, but are definitely better as a duology.
You can visit www.edbirdbooks.com for information about the author and the services offered.

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Crocodile Isle

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Crocodile Isle, a novella by E.D. Bird, is now available in print on Amazon at https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Crocodile+Isle+by+E.D.+Bird
It’s also available in various eBook formats at Kobo at https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/crocodile-isle Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/673187 and Nook at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1124887460?ean=2940156787968
All of these links will soon be uploaded to my website www.edbirdbooks.com where you can view my other three books, Digby’s Diary, Goldenviron and Bitter Sweet.

CROCODILE ISLE

A Novella
By E.D. bird
Crocodile Isle is almost ready for publication and I’m expecting to have it available before the end of November 2016.  This is not a WHODUNNIT, but is definitely a CROCDUNNIT.
I hadn’t intended this to be a novella, but the story came so quickly that before I knew it, it was done.  Consequently, it’s a fast-paced, action-packed adventure, but is not for the faint-hearted.  While there is no graphic detail about gruesome killings, if you, as the reader, have a vivid imagination, as I have, then the picture developed in your mind will indeed become explicit.
WATCH THIS SPACE!

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GOLDENVIRON, BITTER SWEET AND DIGBY’S DIARY

Goldenviron has been published at Amazon, Smashwords, Nook and Kobo.  They are live on all the sites, but we haven’t yet got the link for Kobo.  As soon as we have that you’ll be the first to know.
If you have read Bitter Sweet and enjoyed it, you’re going to love Goldenviron because it provides the backdrop, the history to Bitter Sweet; it could be termed the prequel.  If you haven’t yet read Bitter Sweet then be sure to order your copy at the same time as you get Goldenviron.
After doing some research, I decided that of the three suggested terms for a two book series, ‘duology’, ‘dilogy’ and ‘diptych’, I’m going to use duology.
I’m currently working on a new novel which I’ve titled ‘Crocodile Isle’ and while it’s still in its infancy, keep an eye open for it.  I’ll obviously let you all know when it’s been published.
Don’t forget about Digby’s Diary, a fast-paced, action-packed adventure suitable for the whole family to read.
You can find more information on the three currently available books at www.edbirdbooks.com

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GOLENVIRON

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Goldenviron is being published today at Amazon, Smashwords, Nook and Kobo, but obviously won’t be live and available for a few days.  When it is live you’ll be the first to know.
If you have read Bitter Sweet and enjoyed it, you’re going to love Goldenviron because it provides the backdrop, the history to Bitter Sweet; it could be termed the prequel.  If you haven’t yet read Bitter Sweet then be sure to order your copy at the same time as you get Goldenviron.
Having done some research, I discovered that the question has been asked many times about what a two book series should be called.  If three books are called a trilogy, what is the term used for a two book series?  The general consensus appears to be ‘duology’, ‘dilogy’ and ‘diptych’.  I prefer to use duology.
Something I didn’t know before my research is that the original ‘Star Wars’ movie was followed by its prequels, which provided the history.  This seems to be the same line I have unintentionally taken.

GUILT TRIP

Besides writing I also do editing/proofreading and book reviews. You can find out more about that at my website www.edbirdbooks.com
In the mean time here is my latest review about a ‘must read’ novel
GUILT TRIP
***** FIVE STARS
Review by E.D. Bird
TITLE: GUILT TRIP
AUTHOR: DONNA HUSTON MURRAY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
SIZE: 277 PAGES
WRITTEN IN – ENGLISH (UNITED STATES)
When asked to do review by the author I was provided with a PDF copy of the manuscript.
I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Guilt Trip’ and must admit that I had difficulty putting it down once I’d started reading it.
Lauren, an ex-police officer, takes on a herculean task in the form of a sleuth after learning about the demise of a family member. It is believed that the deceased, brother to Lauren’s sister-in-law, committed suicide, but members of his family don’t believe that is possible. The twists and turns of the tale leave the reader wondering how Lauren could possibly unravel the mystery and there is never a hint as to who the perpetrator actually is…
It is a fantastic plot that is well written and riddled with humour.
I would definitely recommend this novel to all who enjoy a good murder mystery. ‘Guilt Trip’ will grip you from the beginning and leave you wishing that there’s a sequel when you reach the end.
FIVE STARS *****
REVIEWED BY E.D. BIRD
www.edbirdbooks.com

A SUCCESS STORY

After completing editing work on ‘From History to Chance’ for one of my LinkedIn connections, Jamaluddin Jamali, I was asked to provide an ‘Editor’s Review’.  This I was more than happy to do and would like to share it with you.

FROM HISTORY TO CHANCE
**** FOUR STARS
By E.D. Bird (Editor)
TITLE: FROM HISTORY TO CHANCE
AUTHOR: JAMALUDDIN JAMALI
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
SIZE: 414 PAGES
WRITTEN IN – ENGLISH (UNITED KINGDOM)

As the editor of this book I am delighted to have been called upon to write a review and would seriously prefer to give it five stars, but feel that would be arrogant.

The setting is Pakistan and the book is rich in that country’s culture which delivers interesting insights.

This is a wonderful story about Ahsen and his complicated family as well as his problematical life. It also includes the lives of two young people, their love for each other and some events that leave them in awe of life.  However, it is not strictly a love story because it provides an account of Ahsen’s life from a youthful age.  Ahsen’s early life is fraught with bereavement and guilt. The guilt escalates as he grows older, but he maintains his silence which is probably the reason for his mounting sense of culpability; he believes he is responsible for the death of a family friend.

Jamaluddin has a unique writing style which can only be described as endearing and I, as the editor, have done my utmost to preserve it by not interfering.

I would highly recommend this novel to all who relish tense and thrilling love affairs and also those who enjoy a little violence and a great deal of suspense.  With a twist in the tail, this is a great read.

FOUR STARS ****
REVIEW BY E.D. BIRD
www.edbirdbooks.com

Immediately this review was published, Jamaluddin, whom I now consider a friend rather than a mere connection, produced a ‘review’ of his own regarding my services and this I would like to share with you too,

A writer-editor relationship…
In the development of a healthy relationship between a writer and an editor many things count, and what comes on the top is attitude.

E.D Bird is a rare, wonderful editor who has got a strong grip on English grammar, a calm and cool and humble attitude, always ready to edit or change any part of a book, accepting and incorporating into the manuscript all updates coming from a writer. During editing of my literary fiction novel, ‘From History to Chance,’ we worked like a team, sending email to each other almost daily, sharing ideas and changes, if any, confirming everything, clearing where any word or sentence appeared vague. This attitude comes from human nature; you can’t buy it from the market, and that is what made me a fan of E.D Bird.
A soft and flexible editing fee, a pro-writer approach while finalizing fee and sometimes saying, ‘okay, pay whatever you can’ is a thing that wins a writer’s heart.  More often than not, writers don’t have huge funds reserved in their banks to be spent on the editing of their books but they never want to compromise on the quality and if they get both in one package, they later praise their editors with deep gratitude as I am trying to do now.

I wrote and rewrote the pitch, blurbs, description and synopsis of my book, not just me all writers do change all these things until they are sure that the thing in hand is in a fine and finished shape, and E.D Bird read them all of them over and over again, making insightful, critical comments on quality the write-ups and giving me suggestion where required. Once I wanted to change the placement of a few chapters which in the market is usually said to be the job of a development editor, it too was done by my editor with a welcoming gesture.
And, if your editor is himself or herself a writer, it becomes a double blessing as with this arises the genuine realization of what a writer feels and expects from an editor during editing stage; and E.D Bird is a writer of two novels, and thus, has all the qualities on the basis of which I can recommend my editor to all those who need a competent, intelligent and reliable person to convert their fiction and non-fiction books in finished products, indented and formatted.

Jamaluddin Jamali
Journalist and writer
From History to Chance
Accessible Literary Fiction

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