how to write a book review for Amazon

How to write a book review for Amazon.com

A book review for Amazon.com may not make or break a product, but it can damn sure influence a potential new customer who’s on the fence.

In the self-publishing game, we live or die by reviews. Like Beyonce says, “If you like it you should put a review on it.” (Paraphrasing, I know. But you get the idea.)

I’m assuming you already know how to buy a book from Amazon. Once you’ve enjoyed the book, here’s how you can let the world know and become an influencer. Continue Reading →

Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis is Jupiter Ascending

Who reviews movie reviewers? pt 2

In Part One of this post, we discussed how, when it comes to movie reviews, two factors make movie reviewers largely unreliable: the highly subjective notion of a “good” or “bad” movie and the personal bias of the reviewer.

If we really can’t trust a review on the whole, then what can we get from a review? And who should we listen to for an honest review?

I posit that we should listen to those educated in the art in which we seek the review, taking into consideration their personal bias.

I also rail against those not educated in their medium, those Monday morning quarterbacks who say how they would have called the plays in the Super Bowl. Continue Reading →

Batman v Superman splatted at Rotten Tomatoes

Who reviews the movie reviewers? pt. 1

Movie reviewers have a thankless job. As “Batman v Superman” showed us, these reviewers can say what they want. They can even be right.

That won’t stop audiences from seeing the art the reviewer calls “bad.” Nor will it stop that audience from possibly even — gasp! — loving “bad” art.

The opposite is also true. I remember sitting in film class watching “Citizen Kane.” Director Orson Welles mesmerized me with his revolutionary technique.

Others in the class slept.

Sometimes you can show someone high art and they won’t recognize it. Continue Reading →

Spoof on "Law & Order" featuring Batman/

A funny for “Law & Order” and Batman fans

Here’s a quick funny featuring “Law & Order” and Batman. You all remember the opening of the show, as well as the ending of the title sequence where the cops and the lawyers walk down the hallway. It’s pretty much the James Bond barrel walk of TV.

Now add to that Batman and a side of snark, you get this image.

In case you don’t remember the “L&O” reference, here’s a video of the title sequence. Fair warning, this is a pretty cool collection of all the intros from all the “Law & Order” seasons and franchises for the past twenty-plus years, so you may want to do some skipping about.

Author Mark Wooden with vampire assassins Sabrina Cline (l) and Danielle Miller (r)

Shooting an urban fantasy ebook cover

A few weekends back I did a photo shoot for my urban fantasy ebook cover. I had my photographer shoot plenty of images so I’d have not only what I needed for the covers, but for promotional materials and future covers.

Mad shout out to Harry Wilkins Photography for capturing the images.

vampire assassin pose

Danielle Miller and Harry Wilkins at work

Above you’ll see me in a vampire assassin sandwich.

Actress and model Danielle Miller (right) took on the role of Adriana Dupre, vampire assassin and main character in the “Shadowdance” saga. She’s also an avid cosplayer, with a portfolio on her Danielle DC Facebook page.

Sabrina Cline (left) portrayed Adriana’s sister Dominique. She’s been at the modeling game for nine years in both runway and promotional. See her portfolio over at Model Mayhem.

Jeptha Lee at Trinity MU Designs provided the hair and make up for both ladies, enhancing their already great looks without losing sight of the menacing vampires lurking underneath. He also helped us with some weapon handling technique. Check out more of his work on Instagram.

Special thanks to Urban Pixel Studios for the use of their space.

All in, it was a four-hour day of nothing but fun as we captured the visual feel of the “Shadowdance” action/ urban fantasy saga, jamming out to the YouTube “Songs that Inspire the Shadowdance” playlist.

More images will slowly appear on the character pages on this site (linked above) and throughout Twitter and Facebook. Stay tuned for more info on when you’ll see the new urban fantasy ebook cover and other content continuing the “Shadowdance” saga.

Again, many thanks to all involved.

logo for "X-Men: Apocalypse"

New “X-Men: Apocalypse” trailer teases the Four Horsemen

As if you needed a reason to go see “X-Men: Apocalypse” after the stunningly good “X-Men: First Class” and the almost equally as impressive “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” here’s another trailer. This one gives some very brief insight into and highlights Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen.

Psylocke, Angel, Storm and Magneto from "X-Men: Apocalypse" (C) 20th Century Fox

Psylocke, Angel, Storm and Magneto (C) 20th Century Fox

Michael Fassbender returns as Magneto, throwing his lot in with Apocalypse. Younger versions of Storm and Angel fall in line.

Newcomer Psylocke rounds out the quartet, with mad props to fanboy favorite Olivia Munn for looking dead on for the part of he Asian assassin version of the character.

James McAvoy returns as Professor X, and promises he’ll get bald this time (no dirty joke intended). Jennifer Lawrence returns in what she threatens to be her last go as the shape shifting Mystique.

And yes, there will be another (hopefully) mind-blowing sequence with the speedster Quicksilver. (In the Fox X-Men universe, he didn’t get killed off like a punk bitch a la Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”)

Younger versions of Marvel Girl/ Jean Grey and Cyclops will join the X-Men, as well Jubilee.

No sign of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, but one never knows with these movies.

And did I mention Oscar Isaac, who killed it in “Ex Machina” and held his own in the mass character drama that was “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as rebel fighter pilot Poe Dameron, is Apocalypse?

I’m psyched. Almost don’t want to see any more so there are no spoilers.

If you don’t want to see more footage, don’t click the video below.

“X-Men: Apocalypse” hits theaters May 27th this year.