Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Video book reviews: Cassie Mint, Jessa Kane, and SJ Tilly

TikTok book reviews

Greetings, friends! How are you? I should ask, shouldn't I? How are you liking these video book reviews? Do you want me to mix it up and throw in a few ye olde traditional text reviews too? Let me know. Can't promise anything. These are fun... for me. I hope they are fun for you too.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Going live on video for the first time and OMG! Here... watch the replays

TikTok live

I'm on this very steep learning curve with it comes to TikTok and marketing my author services, etc., while still trying to have fun. It's a trip, y'all. For the most part I've managed to now show my face in videos because I'm kinda shy like that. I don't even know why that's the case since I had a YouTube video for years and every video showed my face on it. But y'all, that's gone straight out the window because when I hit 1000 followers, I got the live feature unlocked and was able to do live videos. Then I proceeded to experiment and make a complete fool of myself on live TikTok.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

What Helen Read #71: April 2022

Surprisingly, things are rather calm right now. I'm grateful for it though yesterday was busy and well, the last month has been busy. I'm kinda glad I am feeling somewhat caught up, plus I've been rather diligently setting up a to-do list and checking it off daily. That has really helped. How was your April?

Here's what Helen read for the last month.

Wild Place by Christian White
Wild Place (Amazon AU)

The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson
The Little Wartime Library

A Caravan Like A Canary by Sasha Walsey
A Caravan Like A Canary (Amazon AU)

One Night With Her Forgotten Husband by Annie West
One Night With Her Forgotten Husband

Monday, May 9, 2022

Let's watch some fun bookish videos together #1

Watching fun TikTok videos

Y'all, things have been crazy with work. I've been so busy and trying to maintain all the social media platforms. Oof! I'mnot complaining though because I've started taking the whole author services part of my day job a lot more seriously. Not that I've not been serious before but I hadn't put much effort into marketing it and with Steve's encouragement, I've started doing that. That's been a bit of a learning curve but I'm enjoying it. Plus, new clients. Yay!

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Video book reviews: Maddie Wade, Layne Daniels, and Elena Dawne

TikTok book reviews

Well, what did you think of my video book reviews? Did you enjoy them? Be kind to me. I'm still new at this. Here are a few more for your viewing pleasure. I'm still having tons of fun making them. The music is my favorite part. Feel free to tell me how much you love the music too. 😛 😛 😛

Friday, May 6, 2022

TikTok video portfolio #2: Rivers End series by Phillipa Nefri Clark

TikTok video portfolio

As promised, I'm continuing to update my TikTok video portfolio. Of course, I've made lots of videos on TikTok of various styles and you can always hop over to TikTok to take a look. Do check out my TikTok account  there are lots of different videos there.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

What Deanna Read #75: April 2022

Dang! This month came around quickly. I've been super busy with work which is a good thing but it means I have not been able to read as much. I'm not sure how much I've read to be honest as I haven't checked. Doesn't feel like much though I haven't been sleeping well so I've stayed up late reading a fair bit too. So who knows??? We shall see...

Oh, in other news, I reached 1000 followers on TikTok. Go enter my celebration giveaway.

Also, not that it matters to you guys, but it makes my life easier. Amazon have done something with their images so I can use them in my posts again which halves the amount of work I need to do for them. Yay!!

Here's what I read for the month.

The Dragon's Bride by Katee Robert
The Dragon's Bride

Runaway Bride by Cassie Mint
Runaway Bride

A Chance Encounter by Nikki Ash
A Chance Encounter

Firefly by KB Everly

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

1000 TikTok followers giveaway

TikTok 1000 follower giveaway

Greetings! I'm here to celebrate a milestone of gaining 1000 followers on TikTok. In the TikTok world, this is both small potatoes and a big deal. Small potatoes because, let's face it, lots of bigger accounts with more followers out there. Big deal because I can finally post a link to my profile bio so people can find me. So this is me saying thank you to everyone who has supported me. And this is not limited to those who follow me on TikTok either.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Oops! So sorry....


Y'all, I'm so sorry for the test post. I didn't realise blogger was going to be so efficient and immediately send out the email newsletter with the post. I didn't intend for it to get distributed. I deleted it right away. Argh!

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

That black moment: Part 2

Storm clouds

I've mentioned in the past that I tend to not like it when the hero is forced to grovel a great deal in order to atone for some supposed wrongdoing or when the obligatory black moment takes place and everything goes to crap for the hero and heroine. I always find reading books that lead up to those moments extremely unpleasant to read because I feel this anxiety and tension while reading that leaves me very uncomfortable. I read to escape and be entertained and I do not enjoy intentional discomfort in my reading. That is not an outcome that I look for.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

TikTok video portfolio #1: Book trailers

TikTok video portfolio

This is a small sample of some of the videos created based on the video creation services I offer. I'll continue to share more (but I don't want to overwhelm you) as time progresses. If you're interested, you're also welcome to check out my TikTok account which has lots of examples of my work.

What Helen Read #70: March 2022

Trying to get back on schedule but work has been crazy. I got to about 5pm today and thought, heck, I need to prep for tomorrow's post, so here I am. Phew! I should have got this done a lot earlier but I was working on a client's video that was quite tricky. That kinda consumed me and then I had to feed Steve. And now I'm finally getting to this.

Here's what Helen read for the last month.

Reunited With The Millionaire by Rachel Armstrong
Reunited With The Millionaire

Since We Last Met by Bronwyn Sell
Since We Last Met

The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth
The Mother-In-Law

The Valkyrie Returns by Tanya Nellestein
The Valkyrie Returns

Monday, April 11, 2022

Getting the hang of TikTok and it's hella fun for bookish things

Deanna's World TikTok

The best thing about rejigging the bloggity schedule? Some breathing room and the ability to have time to throw in an extra post now and then without have to worry about deadlines and disappointing my readers. Plus it's now past midnight on Sunday "morning" and I can't sleep so I'm sitting in the dark in my office being nutty. Drives Steve bonkers.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

What Deanna Read #74: March 2022

Hello!!! So this month's What Deanna Read is a little late because I've switched things around a bit (you can read about that here) and then there was this whole thing about returning books and I wanted to address it. So this a "bonus" post for the week but in reality it's just me catching up on the usual stuff. Hang tight!

Here's what I read for the month.

A Baby For The Boss by Jessa Kane
A Baby For The Boss

Royally Claimed by Jupiter Belle
Royally Claimed

Mountain Man's Obsession by Sadie King
Mountain Man's Obsession

Hacker by Cassie Mint

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

The TikTok trend of returning books: Cause and effect

Returning books

Something a little different today because it's timely and I've been encouraged to post about it. I'll go back to my regular programming shortly. The next post will be my "What Deanna Read" post in case you're worried I'll skip it for this month.

Kick back and grab yourself a cup of tea or coffee. This is going to be a long one.

Monday, April 4, 2022

Changes to the bloggity: April 2022


Y'all, I hope this finds you well. I know today is meant to be my regular What Deanna Read post, but I'm hijacking that to let you know that there will be some changes to the bloggity. I hope this won't change much for you and you'll still visit, but I need to switch things around because of life stuff.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Asking for book recommendations #6

Book recommendations

Time for more zany or not so zany book recommendations. It's hard to say. The book recommendation requests from some of these book groups are really out there. I think I note them down for more entertainment value rather than actually intending to read the books. Although some of them do sound interesting occasionally and I have found some good books I've read. These might not be for everyone, but hey, you never know. You might find something you enjoy. Or you can be like me and shake your head and get a little giggle out of it. You can check out more about book recommendation posts here.

Monday, March 28, 2022

Observations on bookish things #2

Observations on bookish things

What do you think of my bookish observations after the first one? Do you think I'm being too opinionated? Do I need to dial it back a notch? Because you know, I'm rather feisty today. Hang tight.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Let's chat and what I'm reading now #7

Woman with coffee on phone

Hello! Remember how I said the last time when I did this post that I was being organized? Well, not this time. Work got stupid busy and I'm going away for a couple of days for my (belated) birthday so I need to get ahead. So technically, I'm ahead, but then I kinda am not. Before I get into the post, I'd like to drop a little reminder that if you'd like to get a newsletter with each post as they go up, you can sign up here.

Monday, March 21, 2022

The grumpy boss, the brooding hero, and the bad boy by JJ Sorel

Hot guy with scarf

The grumpy boss is a popular leading man in romance. He stomps around like a bear with a sore head and his PA spends her days dodging his temper tantrums. All the while, tolerating his barking orders so that she doesn’t get fired.

Monday, March 14, 2022

What Helen Read #69: February 2022

Well, it's been a heck of a couple of weeks. I've been crazy busy with work and learning a few new skills to help support the authors I work with. It's been a huge learning curve, long nights in the office, and long days too. I've even gotten up in the middle of the night at 2am or so and got back into the office to work for a few hours then tiring and going back to bed to sleep for a couple more hours before getting up for the day. The dangers of working from home. That said, it's work I enjoy and I'm enjoyed the challenge of learning something new. Still a long ways to go yet, but I'm getting there. As a result of that, my reading time has been quite limited, but I'm getting a bit of reading in.Oh, I should mention, if you want to stalk me everywhere, go here.

Here's what Helen read for the last month.

Dressed By Iris by Mary-Anne O'Connor
Dressed By Iris (Amazon AU)

Fancy Meeting You Here by Ali Berg and Michelle Klaus
Fancy Meeting You Here

Lily Harford's Last Request by Joanna Buckley
Lily Harford's Last Request

Deadly Wipeout by Beth Prentice
Deadly Wipeout