My Book Rating System

My book rating system is based on 5 stars. The book must be rated at least 3 stars for a review.

3 Stars: Good story, good plot, good writing.

4 Stars: I was wowed, but something about the story fell short of perfection.

5 Stars: I was either drooling, on the edge of my seat, or falling in love.

If you would like me to review your book, please contact me at

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Whatcha Readin'?

So, whatcha readin' right now?

I'm currently reading a book by CD Hussey, called La Luxure. A nice, steamy vampire romance...and I mean frizz your hair kind of steamy. It's quite addicting! I'd recommend it.

I just finished reading d'Ark, by M. Phillips. The story was good, a nice twist to the old vampire theme with a quite clever Joan of Arc tie-in, but I found the kind of disjointed writing style a little hard to get through...I like a smoother writing style, but that's really just a personal preference on my part.

I have a number of books waiting to be read...wherever shall I find the time?
>>The Precipice, Johnathan Scott
>>Solitary, Alexander Gordon Smith
>>The Passage, Justin Cronin (have you seen the size of that book? I may need a month to read that one alone!)
>>Haunted, Joy Preble
>>Entice, Carrie Jones

I may be "booked" (hah hah, no pun intended) for the next month or so, but will soon be on the hunt for new reads. I'd love to hear suggestions!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Welcome to Dale's Place!

Welcome to Dale's Place! I'm an indie writer, and an avid reader. I must say, though, as I toggle through other sites and see what other people are reading, there are a LOT of books out there I haven't read yet. There doesn't seem to be enough hours in a day!

Typical Dale Day?

5:45: Alarm!!!!
5:55: Get the rump out of bed and go straight for coffee
6:10: Threaten kid #1 who isn't out of bed yet
6:20: Make sure kid #1 is prepared for the day (mostly, this means money)
6:25: Shoo the kid #1 out of the house for the bus
6:30: Get into the shower
7:00: Rouse kid #2 out of bed
7:05: Get dressed for work
7:15: Remind kid #2 she's supposed to be up and dressing.
7:20: Pack kid #2's lunch
7:25: Finish getting ready for work
7:35: Shoo kid #2 out of the house for the bus
7:40: Speed to make my own bus for work
8:10: Spend next hour on bus writing
9:00: Arrive at work
10:00: Work
11:00 Work
12:00, etc etc: work work work
5:40: Catch bus home where I spend the next hour writing
6:45: Home!
7:00: Make dinner for the fam-damily
8:00: Clean
8:30: Read
10:00: Bed

Not much time in there for reading OR writing!

So, what's your day like? How do you squeeze in that prescious reading or writing time??