Book Review & Giveaway: The House of Kane by Barbara Casey


Aislinn Marchánt, a writer and editorial consultant, is hired by the major New York publishing company, Kane Publishing House, to help determine why several submissions sent to them have mysteriously disappeared only to be published later by another publisher. Are the editors at Kane simply not being diligent enough with the in-coming material, or is there something more sinister going on? Working from her West Palm Beach home, Aislinn quickly becomes involved with the House of Kane as well as with Caldwell Kane, the man who hired her.

As Aislinn works toward uncovering the various layers of truth of her former husband, her elderly neighbor, and Kane Publishing House, she continues to research her own novel, the story of a love between two people that becomes fractured because of the misunderstandings created by two different cultures. Her research takes her to abotanica where a Santerian priest reveals the truth in her own life and a destiny that is joined to that of Caldwell Kane.

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

I have read several books by Barbara Casey and I like her writing style. The House of Kane is my favorite book by her so far.

The House of Kane is about the publishing industry and so much more. There are so many intriguing relationships and the main character, Aislinn, is involved in or affected by all of them.

I found several of the characters endearing. Aislinn’s dog, her next door neighbor, and Caldwell Kane are just a few of the  characters that were unusual in their own ways and all were fun to read about.

I liked how there were several stories within this book that all tied into each other by the end. The House of Kane is a mystery with a little romance and a touch of supernatural with a couple of surprises. I definitely recommend it but be ready because you won’t want to put it down.


About the Author

2016-08-14_19-45-32Barbara Casey is a partner in Strategic Media Books, and president of the Barbara Casey Agency, representing authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. She is also a manuscript consultant and the author of numerous articles, poems, and short stories.

Her award-winning novels have received national recognition, including the Independent Publishers Book Award. Her novel, The House of Kane, was considered for a Pulitzer nomination, and The Gospel According to Prissy, also a contemporary adult novel received several awards including the prestigious IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction. Her most recent young adult novel, The Cadence of Gypsies, received the Independent Publishers Living Now Award and was reviewed by the Smithsonian for its list of Best Books.

Ms. Casey makes her home on the top of a mountain in northwest Georgia with her husband and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix, Fitz, a miniature dachshund, and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.

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Book Review: The Author Training Manual by Nina Amir

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4-20-2014 7-00-54 PMTitle: The Author Training Manual
Author: Nina Amir
Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books
Pages: 256
Genre: Nonfiction
Format: Paperback/Kindle

About the Book:

Anyone can publish a book and become an “author,” but if you want to become a successful author with a profitable publishing career, you need a clear, step-by-step guide to help you develop book ideas that sell. In The Author Training Manual, expert editor and book coach Nina Amir reveals the exact process successful authors have used to create business plans and proposals for their books and teaches you how to view your ideas through the eyes of acquisition editors and literary agents.

 Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, plan to traditionally publish or self-publish, The Author Training Manual provides you with the tools you need to achieve your goals and become the author publishers and readers want. Inside you’ll find concrete steps, evaluations, sample business plans, in-depth training activities, editor and agent commentaries, and much more – all designed to help you stand out, from the slush pile to the shelf.


I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

This is a great book for authors who are serious about getting their book published whether it’s through a publishing company or being self published. One of the many topics is which one is best for you.

The first chapter and Step #1 of the Author Training Process are mostly motivational, helping the author to get the right attitude which can be so important. After each step of the Author Training Process, there are exercises at the back of the manual which the author states is “the real training.”

The Author Training Manual presents writing a book like starting a business. Before you start writing your book it states you should have a business plan/business proposal whether you plan on trying to go through a publisher or being self published. It includes a lot of resources and samples of proposals and business plans.

This is definitely a good resource for any writer who is serious about getting their book published.


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About the Author:

4-20-2014 7-00-03 PM Nina Amir, the Inspiration to Creation Coach and author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual, transforms writers into authors. She inspires people from all walks of life to create books that positively impact readers and to develop careers as authors, achieve their goals, and fulfill their potential. Nina is a sought-after nonfiction developmental editor, proposal consultant, and author, book, blog-to-book, blog, and results coach. Some of her clients have gone on to sell 300,000+ copies of their books and to land deals with major publishing houses. She writes four blogs, has self-published 12 books and is the founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, aka the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge.


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