READING, WRITING, AND REVIEWING…OH MY! By NATALIE-NICOLE BATES
Being a voracious reader since I was a child, reviewing seemed like the natural choice for me.
My first taste of book reviewing came while I was still in school. I was assigned to read three books each term and write a few paragraphs about them. While my peers were reading and raving about Judy Blume, I was reading and reviewing Harold Robbins and Sidney Sheldon. My teacher came to me and said, You really should be reading the classics.
To me, Sheldon and Robbins were the Masters. Their works were classics.
Book reviewing is an art that requires a special skill set. Book reviewing sites are professionally run, and most require interested applicants to audition. Book reviewers know how a book is put together, they understand the elements of plot, setting, scene, and point of view. They look for flow, for consistency, and most of all, they know how to remain neutral.
So if a book reviewer understands the mechanics of how a good book is put together, can they become writers themselves? Maybe.
About a year ago, I decided to make the transition into writing. I didn’t want to stop reviewing, but I stopped reviewing contemporary and paranormal romance (the genres I was interested in). I did this by my own choice. I now review mostly mystery and inspirational romance.
I already had my idea for a contemporary romance, and I signed up for an intensive six month course in the art of novel writing. This past summer, I sold my first novel, Change of Address, which is now available at Secret Cravings Publishing. Within a few weeks of my sale, I was offered a contract for my short paranormal, Antique Charming, which is now available at Books To Go Now.
I have made successful leaps from avid reader, to reviewer, to finally, writer. But everyone’s journey is individual. Not all reviewers have a book in them, not all writers choose to review. When people ask me, how did you know you wanted to review? How did you know you wanted to write? I tell them my truth. For me, it was a burn inside of me that would not let up until I started reviewing, until I started writing. Each reader, reviewer, and writer must follow her own path to personal satisfaction.
THE BOOK : CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 18, 2012
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Author Website: NatalieNicoleBates.com
Saved from a traumatic past and successful in her present as a home care nurse, Josselyn Adler’s dream of home ownership in the idyllic town of Unity are dashed to pieces when Dr Ben Parnell, a cancer specialist, shows up on her doorstep claiming to be the rightful owner of the house—and Ben has a will to prove it! To Josselyn, the house represents a new start in her life. With a stable home, hopefully a much wanted family wouldn’t be far behind.
After a near career-ending allegation is made, Ben has returned home to lick his wounds. But now he must prove Josselyn’s claim to be a fake, that she used her position as a live-in nurse to his sick father to ingratiate herself into his good graces. But as he gets to know her, he can tell by her shy, often standoffish behavior, that Josselyn is a woman who has been deeply hurt in her past. Although he is attracted to the dark haired beauty that has invaded his life, he is still suspicious of her true motives and her past involvement with his father.
*Warnings: The story is sensual, but has NO graphic sex or violence, and only mild coarse language and adult themes.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Natalie Nicole-Bates is a book reviewer and author.
Her short paranormal romance, Antique Charming, was published by Books To Go Now Publishing in October 2011 and her contemporary romance, Change of Address, is scheduled to be published by Secret Cravings in January 2012.
Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian and Edwardian era photography. Natalie contributes her uncharacteristic love of hockey to being born in Russia.
She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.
Visit Natalie online at http://natalienicolebates.blogspot.com/
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