Writing and Book Reviews

Hello dear reader,

how are things in your corner of the world? How many books have you read lately? It struck me recently, being an author, that so often you will hear people say, “I love reading/I am an avid reader.” How often do you hear people say, “I love giving book reviews?” My guess is never. In the almost 1,000 downloads I have had of my first e-book, The Harpy Chronicles – The Namari Book I, I have a total of 7 reviews. Yes, just 7…  Sad face.

I put my heart and soul into a writing project, I agonise over the plot, I literally dream about the storyline, I envision, I create, I lovingly sculpt the details and it’s a joy to me to share my vision with the world, with you… So sad that so few do not leave even a single line in response. Give a thought to the eager author next time you read a book and you’ve no idea the delight he/she will feel when you leave a few words about their work.

Don’t be daunted by having to put fingers to keyboard with the excuse that you don’t know what to say… say what you really thought! Here are A Few Tips For Writing Book Reviews.  Share the love if you loved it, and be gentle if you did not… authors have feelings too and can be sensitive about their work, imagine if it was your work?

Those are just my thoughts for today. I trust you’re being true to your muse and giving your creativity a run for it’s money.

‘Til next time, thank you as always for visiting my blog.


Back on the Blog :D

Hello dear reader,

I was quite shocked to sign into my blog and see the date of my last post. Where has the time gone? Since 2013 I have seen a lot of changes in the life of Aneza. Gosh, everything from deep personal loss to the ending of a business partnership. I did some much needed weeding of unsavoury characters whom I once counted as friends from my mind space. I also launched into a new career field.

I was on something of a writing hiatus and I’m not ashamed to admit it. My rusty creative spark recently seems to have glimmered back to life though. Yay! I finally published an e-book version of The Harpy Chronicles – The Namari Book II and a prose poetry anthology, Musings of a Bard . I can’t tell you how good it felt! I have yet to announce these titles formally though, as I am still setting up for paperback, so watch this space!

I’m currently working on a new project, a survival guide to dating disasters, which I’m having so much fun writing! This is a work in progress, so it will be a while yet. I am also putting together ideas for The Harpy Chronicles – People of the Crow – Book III.

I hope you have been well since last one of my blog posts made it into your inbox. I hope you’ve been writing and being creative and enjoying every second of it.

Wishing you well ’til next time,


The Importance of Linking to Your Book Online

Originally posted on Fireblade Publishers:

Commonly known as backlinks, inbound links or incoming links, amongst others, links to your book purchase pages and author website are more important than most authors realise.

Sure, the majority of us know that the more places potential readers can find our links, the more likely it is we’ll gain new fans. However, did you know that it can increase your author website and book purchase page ranking in Google and other search engines?

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To write a series or not?

Originally posted on Layna Pimentel:

I personally love writing three book series. Where I begin to hesitate, is when it presses beyond three, and here’s my reason why.

Some of my favorite authors have written some long-winded series. Some have managed to capture my attention, and kept the action going, while others seemed to taper off into the abyss. For example, I’m reading a book right now that released a few months ago. Normally, a paperback takes me 24-48 hours of straight reading–I’m at week two with this one.

There’s another series that I absolutely adore, and the final book is about to release. Problem is, the last two installments were boring. What assurance do I have this last one will go out with a bang. There’s no guarantee unfortunately, it’s a risk that all of us readers take.

However, as a writer bursting with a gazillion and one ideas for my Mistress of Forsaken…

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All Hallows Eve

Originally posted on Fireblade Publishers:


It is a common misconception amongst South Africans that Halloween, in the Southern Hemisphere, should occur on 31 October each year. A Gaelic festival celebrating the end of the harvest season, it falls between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice and is commonly referred to as Samhain, pronounced ‘sow-in’. It is a time to reap the harvest and to prepare for the long winter ahead.

In many homes, places are set for departed family members, as it is believed that the veil between the worlds thins and that fey creatures may walk the night. Here in sunny South Africa, we would be correct in making the date for Halloween 30 April each year. Of course, it has become a tradition to throw parties on the last day of October for so long now, that I doubt it will change.

It is known as the Pagan New Year, but regardless…

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The Darker Side of Blogging: A Spooky Roundup, Part One

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

All Hallow’s Eve, Halloween, Samhain, and the Day of the Dead are nearly upon us. What better time to take a look at the darker side of WordPress.com?

Our bloggers cover the spooky spectrum, from horror film reviewers to Wiccans to Halloween crafters to bioarchaeologists (they study bones!). This weekend we’re bringing you a double dose of the heebie-jeebies, with Halloween and witchcraft bloggers today, and other offbeat spooky topics tomorrow.

If you’re a fan of fright or just want to explore something new, get ready for the creepiest holiday season with these eerie entries:

Halloween Howlers

Are costumes and crafts more your speed than monsters and mayhem? There’s no shortage of inspiration on WordPress.com, with tons of bloggers dedicated to getting you and your little ones ready for an epic night of trick or treating.

DIY Halloween

The bloggers behind D.I.Y. Halloween take October 31st very seriously:

Every year…

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The Pearl and the Sage

Originally posted on Fireblade Publishers:

All authors know that stress and melodrama stifle creativity. Read on if you want to increase your creative output and live a happier life.

Once upon a time, a sage shared with me pearls of great wisdom. The sage, as you might wonder, was my mother. The pearl of wisdom is a simple phrase that puts every event in your life into perspective in one neat question.

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Best-selling fantasy author TC Southwell’s latest offering

Originally posted on Fireblade Publishers:

Today we’re pleased to bring you the latest from best-selling fantasy author, TC Southwell, including extracts from her latest book that have never been seen before. Enjoy!


The archangel Majelin has been imprisoned and tortured in the underworld of Sherinias’ domain for five centuries. Eventually, his light will die and he will fall to the darkness. Whispers of a tar’merin travelling with Kayos have reached Airedene, the Sacred City of Angels, giving Sarmalin hope that her husband might be saved, and she goes to plead with the Demon Lord.

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Dos and Don’ts for Indie Authors

Aneza Lee:

Another FREE Guide!

Originally posted on Fireblade Publishers:

You may be aware of the fact that Fireblade Publishers intends to publish a growing range of DIY guides for indie authors and we’re pleased to remind you that many of them will be free. So, without further ado, we’d like to announce our latest DIY guide, Dos and Don’ts for Indie Authors, which we’ve recently published on Smashwords.

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