Jessica Jones Playing with Fire Audiobook

On May 28 Marvel’s Jessica Jones Playing with Fire launched on Serial Box in immersive e-book and audiobook formats.

jessica jones playing with fire
Cover art by Annie Wu

I’m a big fan of books, audio and JJ so it makes sense I’m looking forward to this serialized adventure.

Here’s a quick synopsis but I’ll leave the Big Description below the audio sample for your edification.

We join with our favourite private investigator just as she’s giving self-care a try. Jessica is trying to live a healthier lifestyle (as in, no drinking during business hours, trying not to punch things, etc.) and she’s even trying to take less intense cases to take care of herself.

But when her latest missing person’s case seems too neat and tidy, she can’t accept it or let it go. This sends her diving headlong into a search for answers.

This is a 16-episode series available to read or listen to, delivered in bite-sized chunks on Serial Box.

Sample audio OF JESSICA JONES PLAYING WITH FIRE

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Join Jessica Jones on an obsessive search for truth that leads her to an ancient and deadly magic

Her story isn’t over, thanks to this upcoming release on the premium reading and audio entertainment platform Serial Box. The next title in the original serialized fiction and audiobook series based on Marvel Comics brings a case to the superhuman detective leading to a supernaturally evil discovery.

On May 28 Marvel's Jessica Jones Playing with Fire launched on Serial Box in immersive e-book and audiobook formats.

In Playing with Fire, private investigator Jessica Jones is giving self-care a try. She's trying to live a healthier lifestyle (as in, no drinking during business hours, trying not to punch things, etc.) and she's even trying to take less exciting cases to take care of herself.

But when her latest missing person's case seems too neat and tidy, Jessica can't accept it or let it go. This sends her diving headlong into a search for answers.

WHO: The series is narrated by voice actress Fryda Wolff. The writing team is led by best-selling novelist Lauren Beukes, four-time Hugo Award-finalist Elsa Sjunneson, Zoe Quinn (Vertigo’s Goddess Mode), Vita Ayala (Marvel’s Nebula; Age of X), and television writer Sam Beckbessinger. 

WHEN: The first three episodes will launch on Thursday May 28, with new episodes releasing in weekly installments thereafter. The full season (16 episodes) will be available for $9.99.

WHERE: Exclusively on the Serial Box apps available on Google Play and the Apple App Store, and through the Serial Box website.

MORE: This is the third Marvel title to launch on Serial Box. Marvel’s Thor: Metal Gods and Marvel’s Black Widow: Bad Blood are currently available to listen to or read.

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The Author’s Checklist by Elizabeth Kracht

The Author’s Checklist is a literal A-Z checklist. An amazing, wonderful, helpful list.

The Author’s Checklist An Agent’s Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript

The Author’s Checklist: An Agent’s Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript

Agent, editor and author Elizabeth Kracht based her book on common issues she noticed in the thousands of manuscripts she has read over the years.

There is a significant gap between manuscripts that writers believe to be ready for publication and those that agents or other publishing professionals do.

Elizabeth K. Kracht

Kracht came to the publishing industry from the author side. Now on the agent side, she wants to bridge the gap between authors and agents. The Author’s Checklist helps authors identify weak points in their manuscript. The goal? Empowering writers to fix these common errors so they can get published.

Offering tips for authors at every stage of their writing journey, the A-Z headings contain short snippets of helpful advice and recommendations. While some sections are definitions explaining concepts and jargon, others act more like warnings. (For example, under “Word Count” the first sentence reads, “Word count matters.”) Other headings include “Proofreading,” “Collections,” and “Voice.”

Here’s an excerpt from one of the tips about how unsolicited queries go. This is found under “Agency Guidelines.” I found it especially enlightening.

At most agencies, unsolicited submissions are first read by an intern or reader rather than by an agent. Often these readers are highly educated English majors seeking to enter the publishing industry. Such readers can be less tolerant of mistakes such as typographical errors and failure to follow submission guidelines.

Elizabeth K. Kracht

Hmm.

I’m relating to this piece in particular because I’m reflecting on how much I’ve eased up with my stringent editing/gatekeeping as I’ve matured in my career. I was SO picky when I was a new writer/editor taking submissions. I wanted everything perfect. Just so. No, exactly so. Now? Decidedly more tolerant. Interesting. And a good nugget to keep in mind.

Anyway, the tips included in this book aren’t overbearing or too bossy. They’re handy for catching slippery errors and making them right. The tips are also excellent explanations for what to expect when you’re querying. And there’s some good advice for how to make your book better in general.

The simple solution? Don’t take shortcuts. No matter how much urgency you feel to get your book out there. Do it right. Think through every aspect of your writing and prepare to dive deep. You’ll get there, you just have to do the work.

The Author’s Checklist: An Agent’s Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript was published on February 4, 2020 by New World Library.

The Author’s Checklist: An Agent’s Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript is a literal A-Z checklist. An amazing, wonderful, totally helpful checklist.

The Author’s Checklist Synopsis

An Indispensable Guide for All Writers in All Genres

The bad news: even really good manuscripts have weak spots that are enough to garner rejections from agents and publishers. The good news: most of these problems are easy to fix—once the writer sees and understands them. After several years of evaluating manuscripts, literary agent Elizabeth Kracht noticed that many submissions had similar problems, so she began to make a list of the pitfalls. The Author’s Checklist offers her short, easy-to-implement bites of advice, illustrated by inspiring—and cautionary—real-world examples. Most aspiring authors yearn for a friend in book publishing. The Author’s Checklist is just that.

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Boekenweek | The Darkness that Divides Us

This March commemorates the 85th annual Boekenweek. It’s a festival celebrating Dutch and Flemish literature and this year’s theme is “rebels and dissenters.” How wonderful!

Boekenweek | The Darkness that Divides Us

Boekenweek | The Darkness that Divides Us

Thanks to World Editions, I’m participating in Boekenweek by reading and reviewing The Darkness that Divides Us by Renate Dorrestein, an important contemporary writer from the Netherlands.

This is a gripping tale of Lucy, a young Dutch child, whose life is changed forever when an incident on a stormy night sends her mother to prison for murder.

I found the story both chilling and captivating. And shrouded in mystery.

Broken into three parts, the first is told from the voice of observers, so the reader isn’t quite sure what happened to Lucy (then age 6) on that fateful night.

When the narrator switches to Lucy in the second part, the reader doesn’t learn much more. Turns out Lucy, now 12, is wilfully forgetting the past. Or perhaps repressing her memories.

It’s not until the final part when Lucy at age 18 finally confronts her past, her memories and her guilt. We all learn together what happened when she was an innocent six-year-old child. I cheered in hope that the truth would finally set her free so she could face the future with her former zeal.

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The Darkness that Divides us asks an important question about whether looking back or moving forward is the important thing. It also circles around the themes of how keeping secrets separates you from freedom and telling the truth, although horrible at the time perhaps, will save you from prison, real or imagined.

I found the literary devices Dorrestein chose intriguing (she writes the first section as a collective “we”—three six-year-olds!). Her writing challenges me to try new, more daring writing styles.

This is not something I would normally read but I’m glad I did, for many reasons.

The Darkness that Divides Us Synopsis

Beautiful, happy people? No.

Lucy is the most popular girl in the local elementary school of an idyllic Dutch housing estate. When a bizarre crime rocks her world and sends her mother to prison, Lucy is turned into an outcast and her childhood becomes an ordeal of constant, vicious bullying. After her mother’s release, Lucy’s family decides to escape and make a clean start on a rugged Scottish island. But even here, in this remote corner of the world, Lucy’s past holds a firm grip on her. Told in the alternating voices of the bullies and Lucy, this darkly atmospheric and emotionally gripping story is part family drama and part mystery.

About Boekenweek

In the Netherlands, Boekenweek (Book Week) is an annual celebration of literature, happening every Spring since 1935. Events are held across the country during Boekenweek, and include book signings, readings, and panel discussions. Every year, a well-known Dutch author is asked to write a novella specifically for Boekenweek that is given out for free in bookstores to each customer who purchases a book. These books then act as tickets for a free train ride anywhere in the country. In 2016, World Editions author Esther Gerritsen (RoxyCraving) wrote the Boekenweek gift of which 600,000 copies were handed out.

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I Still Believe [Movie Review]

Based on singer-songwriter Jeremy Camp’s life, I Still Believe is a touching, inspiring story about love, loss and facing disappointment with faith.

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I Still Believe

While I’m aware of Jeremy Camp and some of his songs (like I Still Believe, Walk By Faith and Right Here) I didn’t know much about his personal life. In 2013 he published a book about his early life, career and spiritual journey and it’s now becoming a movie.

It’s the story behind the song, the book and the movie and addresses some big questions we all ask at one time or another.

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Have you ever wondered…

  • What you’re supposed to do with your life?
  • Why do bad things happen to good people?
  • Is God really there in the midst of great disappointment or shattered dreams?

These are a few of the big questions this film wrestles with, all while unveling a beautiful love-at-first-sight story, which will sweep you off your feet.

It’s difficult to talk about the movie without revealing spoilers so I’ll just say this. The story in I Still Believe, for me, was unexpected. It’s emotional, lovely, exhausting, encouraging and asks important questions we should all wrestle with.

I Still Believe is a deep dive into one love couple’s story. It challenges us to live like there’s no tomorrow and to shine bright, because we don’t know who’s watching.

“Joy comes from having a relationship with the unchanging God and transcends any trial we can face on this earth.”

― Jeremy Camp, I Still Believe (book)

I Still Believe was released to theatres on March 13, 2020.

I Still Believe synopsis

From the creators of I Can Only Imagine comes an inspiring love story for the ages. Rediscover the wonder of love in I STILL BELIEVE, the real-life story of chart-topping singer Jeremy Camp. A hopeful reminder that faith tested is faith worth sharing, I STILL BELIEVE stars K.J. Apa, Britt Robertson, Nathan Parsons, Melissa Roxburgh, Shania Twain and Gary Sinise.

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Based on singer-songwriter Jeremy Camp's life, I Still Believe is a touching, inspiring story about love, loss and facing disappointment with faith.

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Thinking Like a Boss by Kate Crocco

If I learned anything from Thinking Like a Boss author Kate Crocco it’s this: the lies we tell ourselves hold us back more than anything else. This applies to our businesses, our relationships and spills into our entire lives.

Thinking Like a Boss: Uncover and Overcome the Lies Holding You Back from Success

Thinking Like a Boss: Uncover and Overcome the Lies Holding You Back from Success

When mindset coach and now author Kate Crocco first popped up in my radar I didn’t think much of it. While I believe things like setting healthy boundaries and managing decision making is important, I had trouble relating it to my business.

It’s funny, in a way, because now it’s all I see. My mindset directly impacts my emotions, my attitude and my work ethic. My mindset affects the way I go after what I want in life. Heck, my mindset either propells me towards thinking big or locks me into a negative victim mentality.

In her new book, Crocco addresses 12 common lies we tell ourselves and offers tips and strategies for overcoming them. She also shares personal anecdotes and lessons from her own life and business. Reading through I noticed I resonated with some lies more than others, which I think is normal. I used this as a signal for areas I should pay attention to and spend some time on.

Which lies? Making Money Is Greedy (Lie 5), I Need My Friends’ and Family’s Understanding in Order to Succeed (Lie 8) and I Am My Business (Lie 11) stick out in particular.

If you run your own business, or even if you’re thinking about starting your own or trying freelancing out one day, Thinking Like a Boss will allow you to move past your limiting beliefs and find the success you’re dreaming of. No guilt or shame allowed.

Today is the day! Thinking Like a Boss releases February 18, 2020 on Kindle, audiobook and hardcover.

We all want to be seen, heard, and understood by those around us. But when it comes right down to it, no one in your life will truly understand what your business requires except for you, and that’s okay.

Thinking Like a Boss, Lie #8

Thinking Like a Boss: Uncover and Overcome the Lies Holding You Back from Success synopsis

With over 11 million female-owned businesses in the US today, more women than ever are taking the reins to create their own success. Maybe you feel the pull to start a business but deep down you’re afraid that you don’t have what it takes. Maybe you have a great idea but wonder if you’re actually qualified to make it happen. Or maybe you want to expand your business, but you’re worried about how it will affect your family. If that’s you, it’s time to start thinking like a boss.

In this practical and encouraging book, Kate Crocco exposes the 12 limiting beliefs that are holding you back from your true potential, such as

  • I should have it all together and I don’t
  • I’m not ready or qualified to start
  • I don’t have enough time
  • It’s already been done before
  • and more

With plenty of inspiring true stories and actionable steps you can take—starting now—Thinking Like a Boss will help you turn your limiting beliefs into limitless opportunity.

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