BOOK REVIEW: ANGELINA’S SECRET

 

BOOK REVIEW: ANGELINA’S SECRET

 

AUTHOR: DIANE MERRILL WIGGINTON

 

BOOK REVIEWER: MARK DAVIS MD

 

REVIEW WRITTEN: MARCH 22, 2017

 

 

 

Intense passion and adventure define Diane Wigginton’s Victorian era novel Angelina’s Secret. This well written romantic epic revolves around protagonist Angelina Stewart who is less than conventional in behavior and attitude for 18th century aristocracy. Gifted with beauty, grace and a sharp intellect Angelina’s voluptuous frame attracts the worst and best in a society bounded by lust and genteel sophistication.  She is indifferent to expectations of women in her societal class. Angelina uses her physical attributes to defy pirates, rogue agents and a host of other characters as she moves through her travels. As the novel unfurls Angelina’s passions become directed at one man whose own adventures make this book well worth reading. Jude Deveraux finds his equal in the arms of our heroine always returning to her nest no matter what situation draws him away. Author Diane Wigginton enables the reader to enter the Victorian age with intricate descriptions of characters, their surroundings and a story replete with sexual escapades. As a romantic epic all the elements of a great novel intertwine to make this book an excellent read.

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LIFE AFTER DEATH POWERFUL EVIDENCE YOU WILL NEVER DIE

 

Extraordinary findings in Stephen Martin’s newest book Life After Death, Powerful Evidence You Will Never Die, will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they burn through this well written book’s pages. Death, dying and the paranormal are brought into the scientific realm by an array of studies that validate the continuance of life once physical death occurs. The conscious mind has greater flexibility and resource than once thought. No longer studied on the periphery of science the author presents concrete proof that activities once called paranormal are a spectrum of events that actually have substance. Scientists have taken a second look at out of body experiences, near death occurrences and post death encounters utilizing hard science. The commonality of these events, throughout the World’s many cultures and beliefs, provides a foundation their existence is more than neurochemistry can explain. In this second and expanded edition the question what happens after death is explained with a convincing clarity leaving little doubt what happens next. This is one book which should be on your reading list for the near future. Mark Davis     platomd@gmail.com  

 

SPEX TEST BOOK REVIEWS PURGED BY AMAZON

 

SPEX TEST BOOK REVIEWS PURGED BY AMAZON

 

 

 

Amazon has removed my reviews of SPEX test and USMLE part 3 books. These books were either owned by me and or I have familiarity with. The reviews removed informed potential readers of the negatives and positives embodied in each of these books. Many were out date or their contents were far removed from that of the current test. Perhaps this is the reason for the high failure rate. As a result of purging my reviews many phony reviews are present giving them 5 star ratings. In the event you are preparing for the Special Purpose Exam (SPEX) there is very little guidance given by these books or other sources. As a SPEX tutor I was attempting to help potential test takers which direction they should take for their studies. I have had contact with an array of people who have taken this exam over the years which has allowed me to accumulate a significant fund of knowledge concerning the SPEX.

 

Please contact this SPEX tutor who can put you in the right direction to achieve a passing grade the first time around. Contact Mark Davis MD, platomd@gmail.com or 410-515-7858. My fees are low and my experience very high.

 

SPEX TEST STUDY WITH A PRO

 

SPEX TEST STUDY WITH A PRO

 

Failure rates for the Special Purpose Exam (SPEX) are extremely high. Federation of State Medical Boards provides vague literature concerning this exam. There are topics on this test not apparent when reading Federation literature. State medical boards, who require this exam, provide minimal to no information about the contents of this difficult exam. As a SPEX test tutor I provide content which has been seen on recent exams. Those tutored are directed to certain topic materials which have shown up in the last few years. In addition I discuss various pieces of literature which could move the physician in the direction of a passing grade. Contact Mark Davis MD at platomd@gmail.com or 410-515-7858 to make a tutorial appointment. Fees are reasonable and worth the cost.

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What do you believe are appropriate charges to proofread articles, books, resumes, etc. ? No doubt there is a great variance in charges for proofreading. My quest here is to out what authors believe they should pay to have their work proofread only. Researching charges by an array of companies and people who proofread for a living I found an estraordinary spread of costs. These costs range from 1 cent per word to 10 cents. Some charged by the project. When the project cost was broken into a word count the charge was similar to the 1 to 10 cent range. Authors must take into account the difficulty of the subject matter and the lengths of their works, which unfortunately they generally do not. Please let us know what range of costs you believe a proofreader should charge. Thank you, Mark Davis, platomd@gmail.com Best Editing, Proofreading and Book Reviews

SHOULD I PAY FOR A BOOK REVIEW

 

SHOULD I PAY FOR A BOOK REVIEW

 

 

 

     Debate rages on whether a paid book review can benefit an author. Opinions go both ways. More experienced writers shy away from paid reviews because they attract sufficient publicity when they release a work. Another mindset which encompassed a majority of people I canvassed on this subject believed paid reviews are beneficial for them. The latter reference is supported by a vast array of people advertising themselves and or their companies which perform reviews on a fee for service basis. Kirkus is one of the best know companies performing book reviews in nearly every genre, whether fiction or nonfiction. The need appears more expansive than large companies can handle. Enter the multitudes who now review for a fraction of the costs requested by their big brothers. One or more good reviews can ignite sales especially on a platform like Amazon which leans heavily on these written advertisements. With these facts in mind unpaid reviewers still perform a majority of the work.

 

 

 

     Book clubs and groups on social media sites offer free reviews with a caveat.  I will review your work if you review mine. More frequently authors will give a free book in return for a review. Novel Blog Community requires reviewers to purchase a book in the hope more paid work will be generated from the author. The latter model is risky and not utilized by many people. The question arises: What is the quality of the unpaid review? There is no difficulty ferreting out the professional reviews from the rest. Amazon’s open book forums display commentary after each book they have for sale. Superficial nondescript reviews entice no one to purchase a book. While paid reviews generally are introspective, descriptive and usually more extensive than their counterparts and literally jump off the page. Who should obtain paid reviews?

 

 

 

     Named authors are not likely to benefit from a paid review. Their fame generates sales. In this category there is a small contingent of people. For the larger group, including this writer, a well-designed and introspective review or reviews can generate sales and place the author on the literary map. For those who just put a pen to paper for the first time good publicity in the form of a paid review may help distinguish his or her work from the hundreds of thousands who publish yearly.

 

 

 

Digital electronics has opened up new means of reading books and other literature. With the introduction of the Kindle, Nook and other devices larger audiences have access to your works. Discerning which books to read may be enhanced by a summary utilized by Amazon or other sellers. This service is accomplished by a paid reviewer who discusses the gist of the book on sale and hopefully places it in the best light. My argument is there is a wide spectrum of uses for commercial paid reviews which are available from very competent people. Before purchasing a paid reviewer’s service review some of his or her work. Excellent reviews stand out flat reviews fail to attract readers. Careful selection of a reviewer will go a long way to promote your book.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Davis, MD

 

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Manager of Best Book Reviews and Editing Services

 

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