Book Review: The Throne of the Five Wands

Two queens, two concubines, six princes. Innumerable secret agendas.A single hidden blade.
The imperial palace — full of ambitious royals, sly gossip, and unforeseen perils — is perhaps the most dangerous place in the Empire of Zhaon. Komor Yala, lady-in-waiting to the princess of the vanquished kingdom of Khir, has only her wits and her hidden blade to protect herself and her charge, who was sacrificed in marriage to the enemy as a hostage for her conquered people’s good behavior, to secure a tenuous peace.
But the Emperor is aging, and the Khir princess and her lady-in-waiting soon find themselves pawns in the six princes’ deadly schemes for the throne — and a single spark could ignite fresh rebellion in Khir.
Then, the Emperor falls ill — and a far bloodier game begins…

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Ultimate Guide to Blogging for Your Business

Plan • Engage • Grow

The ultimate guide to blogging for your business

One suggestion I always give new clients is to have a consistent and engaging blog that provides value by addressing their customers’ needs, entertains them, and uses smart SEO tactics to rank higher in search engines.

Yes, a blog can do each of these things for your business, and this post will show you how.

Why am I offering all of this free information on how to create a blog for your business if it’s a service I sell?

Well, for one, I want to see you succeed. For real. I strongly believe in the power of small businesses to contribute to local and larger economies, providing goods and services on a level where “customer service” is still a value.

But also, I get it. Not every business owner is at the place where she or he is looking to hire an…

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5 Defining Traits of a Well-Liked Blogger

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Whether or not people keep returning to your blog depends not just on your content, but also on your personality and how well you express it.

In my last post, I shared with you 23 “Bad” Blogging Habits. Following from that, I want to talk a bit about the traits I keep seeing in well-liked bloggers.

By well-liked, I mean a blogger who is followed, Liked, and shared, and whose posts always leave us feeling that we’ve gained something from them.

Nurturing these traits can make us all not just better bloggers, but better writers – an invaluable lifelong skill.

So, what traits am I talking about?

Authenticity

Authenticity means being you. It doesn’t mean being obnoxiously personal or narcissistic.

It means blogging in a voice that comes naturally to you. A voice that’s not made up, but which isn’t as rough as pure speech or pure thought either.

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12 Blog Post Ideas for Your Writing Blog

If you’re a blogger, it can be difficult to keep coming up with things to write about. So here are a few blog post ideas for those of you who run writing blogs like me. Maybe they’ll also spark some article ideas for other types of bloggers too!

1) Share your writing space

Do you have a study, or are you tucked away under the stairs? Maybe you’ve got a room in the garden or perhaps it’s the good old-fashioned kitchen table.

2) Tips to get over writer’s block

We’ve all been there and we all have different ways to get over the dreaded writer’s block, so why not share yours?

3) Your favourite writers

Choosing your favourite book is kind of like choosing your favourite child! Picking your top authors is somewhat easier and could inspire someone to try reading them.

4) Best writing blogs/websites

Share the…

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