Just Another Update!

Hey everyone! I know it’s been a little while. I just want to let you know where I am with my writing.

1.) As many of you probably know, my first novel, Rest in Piece, is available for purchase on Amazon.com! I also have a Goodreads account and Instagram account!

2.) I am currently working on a short story collection! I have one more story to finish writing for it and then need to go over everything one last time. I will continue to keep you updated as my progress  continues!

3.) Thursday I will be reblogging an interview that I did with author, Diana Anderson-Tyler, who has been so kind as to help me get the word out about my book. I hope to share a review of my book today for you as well. Stay tuned!

Thanks again for all your support! If you have any questions about my writing, etc. , please don’t hesitate to ask!

Thanks,

B.W. Ginsburg

 

My First Published Book, Rest in Piece!

As many of you already know, I am officially a published author! My first book, Rest in Piece, is available on Amazon.com in two formats: e-book and paperback. I thought I would give you all some information on each format and why you may be interested in reading my novel!

WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT:

“Louise, though young, has never been one to believe in the supernatural, fantastical, or surreal. However, when she sees something unusual in a puzzle left by the previous residents of her new home, she begins to wonder if there really is something to the stories that only some have read about in books.

Louise soon realizes that she needs to save Catherine Adams, a girl who disappeared twenty years ago. With the help of angels and loved ones, Louise will be able to do something that she would have never imagined possible.” B.W. Ginsburg, author of Rest in Piece

Books I Highly Recommend

There are a lot of great books out there, but I thought I’d recommend a few of my favorites!

1.) Dead Lines by Greg Bear – This is the only book I’ve ever read by Bear and it’s fantastic. I’ve actually read it twice. Dead Lines is an outstandingly, well-written scary ghost story that really leaves you thinking. To read my full review, click here! Dead Lines is my favorite book.

2.) Stay Close by Harlan Coben – Stay Close is a book that really keeps you guessing. With tons of twists and turns, you’ll never want to put this book down! For full review, click here!

3.) Tell No One by Harlan Coben – Harlan Coben is my favorite author and this is yet another of his books that prove why. I’ve read this book twice and both times I’ve loved it. The characters are great and the storyline is fantastic. Full review here!

4.) The Green Mile by Stephen King – This is the first full length novel I’ve read by Stephen King and I LOVED it. King is a fantastic story teller, who not only writes exciting books, but also thoughtful books as well. I highly recommend this story to anyone who loves to read a great book. It is a little graphic though, so keep that in mind. Full Review here.

5.) Cradle and All by James Patterson – A story by my second favorite author that is well-written and a definite page turner. Patterson keeps you guessing! This is just a wonderful story – thoughtful and provoking! For more, click here!

6.) The Unwanted by John Saul – Just like Harlan Coben and James Patterson, John Saul has a lot of amazing novels. My favorite though, I’d have to say, is The Unwanted. I think it’s just a really good story full of interesting characters. For a full review, you can click here!

7.) Conversations Bordering On Torment by Jade Moore – Now usually I’m not a huge fan of poetry books, but my friend Jade wrote an amazing one and trust me, I am not just saying that because she’s a good friend of mine. The way she touches on the mental health issue of anxiety and how we are stronger than that which holds us back, is truly wonderful and inspirational. Jade manages to make an issue that is usually quite hard to describe, much clearer and easier to understand. If you want to read a great book of inspirational poetry, I definitely recommend Conversations Bordering On Torment. This book isn’t just good for anxiety sufferers, but for anyone who loves to read good work. You can see my full review of Jade’s book here!

**8.) Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King – So I can’t write a review yet on this book because I’m not even close to being done reading it, but it’s fantastic so far! I’m only on page 72 and I’m already lost in the story, questioning everything, and wondering what’s going to happen. Seriously! I’ve already come across great lines and can’t wait to read more!

To check out more of my book reviews, click here.

To check out my Goodreads page, click here.

 

 

Yet Another Review For Rest in Piece!

Getting Through Anxiety

Adrienne from The Shameful Narcissist Speaks was kind enough to write a review for my novel, Rest in Piece. Here is her review, which can be found on her blog and on Goodreads.

Rating: 3/5

This is a story published independently by fellow writer B. W. Ginsburg who has a blog dedicated to it here.

My initial take on Rest in Piece was as a motif similar to the one in The Lake House (a film I haven’t seen, but I know enough to recall that spin) where two characters are living yet communicating decades apart. Ms. Ginsburg’s novel is a bit more sinister than that as Catherine Adams is trapped in a type of purgatory by a mysterious puzzle. This is more of a Jumanji vibe, if Jumanji dealt with demon possession.

What the book gets right is the urgency of Louise’s quest and fascinating eeriness…

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Goodreads: A Great Place For Readers (And Writers!)

As I mentioned, I recently signed up for Goodreads. I must say, I’m really enjoying the site. Although I’m not a fan of making ‘reading goals’ like some people do on the site (I think reading should be a no pressure hobby), I do like a lot of the other features. I thought I would list some of the amazing features that can be found on Goodreads!

1.) The Author Program – For writers, the author program on Goodreads is awesome! The site allows you to establish yourself and gain a fan base.There are also advertising opportunities though I haven’t explored them.

2.) Book Lists – Goodreads allows you to make lists of books you’ve read, books you’re reading, and books you want to read. I think it’s pretty awesome to see some of the books I’ve read listed in front of me.

3.) Rating Books – It’s pretty fun rating books and showing others whether you liked reading something or not. Plus, if you happen to forget, you can look back on what you’ve read and see what you thought.

4.) Reviewing Books – Reviewing books is not only fun and helpful to other readers, but it also helps the reviewer learn how to write effectively. I have to admit that I’m really enjoying the reviewing process.

5.) Quizzes – Along with being an informational site, Goodreads is also fun! Goodreads has quizzes that you can take about your favorite books and authors! You can also create your own quizzes as well. In fact, I’ve already taken one and created two!

6.) Connecting with Friends – Just like through blogging, you can connect with friends on Goodreads. Connecting with friends allows you to see what your friends are reading and discuss books. Who knows, you might just find your next favorite novel through seeing what your friends have been reading!

There are so many great benefits of being a part of Goodreads. I can be found under B.W. Ginsburg and my author page can be found here! I highly recommend that you check out this site if you love reading and/or writing!

 

 

Learning From Reviews

So far, two amazing people have written reviews for my book. I am very grateful for these reviews and while both readers had amazing things to say about my book, they also had a few things to say that, honestly, kind of bummed me out.

I think it’s natural that as writers we want every rating to be 5/5 stars and every review to say that our book is the best book that the reader has ever read. However, let’s be honest, especially if we’re just starting out, chances are that our writing isn’t going to be like the writing of Stephen King or J.K. Rowling. There is going to be room for improvement and things that we need to work on – it’s only natural.

Two of the reviews that I’ve read for my book have said the same thing – I struggle with ‘telling’ instead of ‘showing’. I’m very aware of this. In fact, I’m slightly jealous of the amazing authors that are so good at imagery – it takes my breath away.

Instead of getting bummed out about not so perfect ratings, we need to grasp on to the positive things that our readers have to say about our work and learn from their critiques. The best types of reviews are the honest ones. Reviews are a wonderful tool because they allow us to understand what the readers want and need from our work  Reviews help show us what we as writers need to work on.

I am so grateful that two amazing bloggers and readers have reviewed my book for me. Not only does it help advertise my novel, but it helps me learn from certain writing issues. Also, by reading the reviews written about my work, I’ve felt hopeful. While my writing may not be perfect, it does seem like I’m on the right track.

So don’t worry if the reviews aren’t perfect. Embrace the positive comments and use the critiques to make your next piece of work even better than the one before it!

My book has received both a 4/5 and 3.5/5. If you’d like to read the reviews, click here

If anyone has suggestions for how to ‘show’ and not ‘tell’, I’m open for suggestions. I seriously don’t mean this sarcastically as I know it’s something I struggle with.

 

Rest in Piece: Description From A Reader

After checking out the results from the poll that I posted a few days ago, I’ve decided to give a better and longer description of what my book, Rest in Piece, is all about! For those of you who said a lower price would increase book sales, I’m taking your thoughts into consideration. However, with how the pricing works, I can’t promise a lower price. After all, I do want to make a profit from the sales. I don’t want you to think though that your opinion has gone unnoticed. So without further ado, here’s a more detailed description of Rest in Piece from one of the book’s readers, Ariel from Writing Radiation! Special thanks goes to Ariel for writing this description!

“The Erikson family love their new house.  Louise especially loves her new room.  She has privacy, space to call her own, & the hauntingly beautiful puzzle Mr. & Mrs. Adams gave to her when they moved out hanging on her wall.

Then, Catherine Adams – who grew up in what’s now Louise’s room – makes contact with someone 20 years after she mysteriously disappeared.  But, it’s not her parents to whom she reaches out – it’s 12-year-old Louise she begs for help.

Shouldering the burden alone, Louise finds herself in a bizarre world full of the sublime & the grotesque.  A world where one wrong choice could mean the difference between life & death.

Along the way, she finds out what it means to be a young adult.  She also discovers the true support & meaning of friendship, & that, sometimes, you have to lean on loved ones to disentangle life’s riddles.” – Ariel, Writing Radiation

For Ariel’s review on Rest in Piece, click here

For Ariel’s interview with the author, click here

For descriptions of Rest in Piece from me, the author, click here

If you’ve read Rest in Piece and would like to write a review or have an interview with the author, feel free to ask in the comment section or through the contact form below. If you would like to purchase Rest in Piece, you can do so here. Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who has supported my writing and continues to do so!