The Week Ahead (#5)

Last week saw my stats go down in general, but at least my comments have remained consistent.  Outside of blogging I’ve been contemplating a new blogging business venture to help pay for my book habit and I’m actually pretty excited about launching it in the fall.  I’ll announce my plan closer to the date, but I think you guys will like it better than my proposed donating option.  Anyway…what am I doing this week besides dropping cryptic clues to torture you?


  • An article called ‘Writing Pitfalls: Dialogue’.  This article is the first in a planned ten part series designed to help authors with their writing, whether they’re just starting out or already have a few books under their belts.


Keeper of the King's Secrets by Michelle Diener

  • A review of Keeper of the King’s Secrets by Michelle Diener.  This is the sequel to the first book, In a Treacherous Court and I’m very excited to see how Michelle Diener’s writing has improved.




Roma by Steven Saylor

  • A review of Roma by Steven Saylor.  I was rather reluctant to start reading Roma but I’m about halfway through it at the time of writing this and so far it’s pretty good.  Sometimes there’s more showing than telling but Steven Saylor is a good storyteller.




Evermore by Alyson Noel

  • A review of Evermore by Alyson Noel.  I’ve heard so much about this one and it’s been on my TBR pile for so long that I finally gave in and started reading it.  What have I got to lose?





  • Book Blast: 1066: What Fates Impose by G. K. Holloway
  • Book Blast: Destruction by Sharon Bayliss


  • Discussion: Beta Reading.  If you’re a book blogger or author have you ever been a beta reader?  If so, how was it?  If not, would you ever consider being a beta reader?



  1. Jemima Pett

    Sounds like it was one of those weeks, then. My A to Z Challenge group reported a drop in views as well.

  2. Thomas

    Looking forward to reading more of your posts! It’s fabulous that you’re able to plan all of this ahead of time – it’s the sign of a truly dedicated blogger. I’m also curious about your plan for the fall…

    • Carrie Slager

      Thanks Thomas! It’s nice to see you around after so long. 🙂

      As for planning, I’m kind of obsessive about planning and knowing what I’m going to do in the future on my blog so it comes naturally. My plan for the fall is certainly more profitable than Amazon’s Associates program.

  3. Rabindranauth

    Easiest ways to support a book habit are to borrow books from friends, swap books at secondhand stores that offer that service, and request ARCs, both from sites like NetGalley and Edelweiss, and directly from publishers. I mostly swap 😀 I keep the ones I really love, though, and trade out all the rest. It’s cheaper than buying new books, even secondhand ones.

    • Carrie Slager

      Yeah, but you’re forgetting I live in Nowheresville. I only have one bookish friend and she doesn’t really read what I like, the nearest second hand bookstore is 2 1/2 hours away and most publishers don’t ship to Canada. Therefore I need some more money to support my book habit. When I move to the city in a couple of years things will be easier but for now a bit of extra income is required. 🙂

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