Upcoming Book Blog!


I am starting a book blog (book reviews, cover reveals, author interviews, etc.) and I am actively seeking books to feature (plus any brilliant name ideas for the blog itself).

I have 1600+ followers on Twitter and 200+ followers on this blog, and I hope to build that following (and that of fellow authors) through this venture. I will only post positive (with possible constructive criticism) reviews. My genre preference is YA, NA, Music Fiction, Romance, and Dystopian. Fantasy and Sci-Fi may be accepted as well.

Blog name and dedicated email to come, but for now you can send your blurbs to hdespardauthor@outlook.com for consideration. Please allow at least one week for blog setup, and another 1-3 weeks for the review/cover/etc. to be posted.

Thank you for your interest!


BOOK REVIEW: Tales of the Zombie Apocalypse, Issue #1, by Michael Anthony (and Others)

CONTENT WARNING: Graphic violence. Intended for mature readers only. (book link: http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Zombie-Apocalypse-Issue-August-ebook/dp/B01409UMXQ/)


4.5 out of 5 stars. Letter Rating: A

I was riveted all the way to the end even though I’m not typically a fan of the genre. You find out enough about the various characters to be rooting for them, and then you’ll be deliciously horrified when the unthinkable happens. The descriptions of the zombies and dangerous situations were graphic and paint a grim, chilling picture of what life would be like for the everyday person if the zombie apocalypse happened tomorrow.

At the beginning of a couple of stories, I was a little confused because it didn’t seem like the beginning of a zombie story. However, as you read through it, you start connecting the dots and realizing how it ties in. Each one had a different premise, and some were very creative and out-of-the-box.

Kudos to all the writers involved! It takes a lot to keep my interest in one zombie story, much less ten!

BOOK REVIEW: How to Steal Like an Author by Dean R. Giles

Review as posted on Amazon: (book link: How to Steal Like an Author: Success in Writing Books Through Increased Creativity)

How to Steal Like an Author

Rating: 5/5 stars

This book is about how to use other people’s success and ideas to fuel your own creativity. The author walks you through every aspect of the writing, publishing, and marketing process, and he gives a ton of key information gems along the way. There are lots of pictures and figures, and also a TON of links to helpful websites for authors. I will be referencing this book throughout the rest of my writing career, and I wish I had read it before self-publishing my first book a month ago. There were a lot of mistakes I could have avoided!

Thank you for taking the time to write an excellent book that will help other authors. I really enjoyed your writing style and will be looking for more of your work.

Haley Despard (as part of review exchange)

Book Review: Finding Flynn by Alexandria Bishop

Review as posted on Amazon: (book link: Finding Flynn)

Finding Flynn

I enjoyed the band storyline a LOT and I’m really looking forward to reading the next book. Honestly, the next storyline (from what it sounds like) piques my interest even more than this one. However, there were points at which this book was a little difficult to read. There was a lot of talk about the deep feelings the main characters had for each other, but I would have liked to see more of them actually being together. It seems like they spent a lot of time apart, which isn’t really my expectation when picking up a romance story. The descriptions of heat and passion got pretty steamy at points, but then they were followed by a lot of rambling by the main female character (which I guess makes sense, but that space could have been taken up by something more interesting). Suggestions for the second book include not cutting time on editing (editing is very important! And I’m working on my own second book right now… believe me! It’s the same for every book!), focusing more on the time spent with the two main characters, and developing the hell out of that band storyline, because it is EPIC. Bravo, and I look forward to seeing more from you. Overall Grade: A-

Haley Despard

Book Review: Seventeen Shades of Love by Olga Toprover

Review as posted on Amazon: (book link – Seventeen Shades of Love)

Seventeen Shades of Love

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This book was not my personal cup of tea (no pun intended) but some of the stories were enjoyable and stuck with me. This is for people who like reading other people’s rambling thoughts. Personally, I prefer stories that are more action-based, but I did enjoy reading the perspectives of immigrants and people who were going through tough times and rose above them. I think the mechanics of the writing could use a little improvement, but overall it was well thought out and the descriptions were pretty magical at some points. Overall Grade: B

Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this book for free.

Haley Despard (as part of review exchange)