Tuesday, 15 April 2014

#437 ~ Forever

Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mercy Falls Series Book #3

This follows on nicely from my last review, as it was Book 3 in the Mercy Falls Series.

Still busy at work, I opted to listen to this rather than be slower and read a copy, so I borrowed my copy from the local library.

In point of fact, this follow on book had less teenage angst that Shiver. There was enough to make the plot interesting and move on though. A whole star's worth improvement between the two books, and for me much more enjoyable.

Product Details

It's available HERE in all formats.

Errors/Bugs Bears


#436 Linger

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mercy Falls Series #Book 2

I will admit that I didn't read the first book in the series, but actually it probably would not have changed my opinion on this one.

As it was a busy time at work, I decided that I would be able to listen to this rather than be slower and read a copy, so I borrowed my copy from the local library. Was the difference between listening and reading any different?

Not really. In point of fact the narration was very good, and it didn't detract from the reading experience.

Towards the end I did find that the teenage angst in the plot began to grate a little, however it was a reasonable offering of Young Adult fiction.

I also should comment on the weird German quote at the beginning - I couldn't see the point of it, and didn't feel it added to the tone of the book at all.

I will give the third book in the Mercy Falls series a go, just to see how it all pans out.

Product Details

I borrowed it from the local library as an audio book, and listened to it on Baby (my Kindle Fire HD), but it's available HERE in all formats.

369 Pages
Fiction, Contemporary, Young Adult, Werewolves
Scholastic Fiction (Aug 2011)

Errors/Bug Bears

As mentioned above, I wasn't a fan of the German quote at the beginning.

Happy reading.



#435 ~ Caroline

Caroline (Beauvisage, #1)Caroline by Cynthia Wright

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Books #1 Beauvisage Series

This was a featured DSOA pick on my blog in April 2013.

Having read a previous Cynthia Wright Novel, Silver Storm, I felt that this book left me wanting.

The characterisation was a little one dimensional, and it went from ponders at some points, and plain boring in others. Not what I would expect from the reputation and calibre of this particular author.

All in all it was disappointing, but I won't let me put it off, as balancing the two novels the author still bears promise.

Product Details

It's currently still available for free HERE.

336 pages
Fiction, Historical, Romance
Boxwood Manor Books (Nov 2013)

Errors/Bug Bears

Loc 1783:  lovely garden in back - I have to admit that I find the phrasing 'in back' to be unattractive in the setting on an historical novel.

Loc 2167: I'll go deliver - uck, go and deliver.

Loc 2250: I'd should like to tell her good-bye - what would be wrong with I would like to say good bye?

Loc 2764 & 2813:  gotten

Happy reading.



Sunday, 6 April 2014

#434 ~ The Viscount who Loved Me

Viscount Who Loved Me: The Epilogue IIViscount Who Loved Me: The Epilogue II by Julia Quinn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I bought an audio file copy from audible.com to get me through a borrowing bit of admin at work.

It's always a joy to read, or in this case listen to, Julia Quinn.

She has such a unique and funny writing voice, and it really shone through with the narration by Kevan Brighting.

One of the things I love about Julia is that she visits her characters again, and it was lovely to see that Anthony and Kate were no different.

Product Details

I bought myself the Audible Book copy HERE, which was £1.00 and listened on Baby (Kindle Fire HD) via the Overdrive App.

If you're interested in getting the Kindle file, then it's HERE at £3.59 or the paperback HERE for £6.79.

Errors/Bug Bears

Not applicable.

Happy reading, or listening.



#433 ~ How to Write Short Stories in 6 Easy Steps

How to Write Short Stories in 6 Easy StepsHow to Write Short Stories in 6 Easy Steps by KS Tan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A step-by-step guide with some practical element to it. It wont take you long to read it, as it's only about 25 or so pages long, but if you are interested in structuring good short stories then it's a good book to have.

My only slight criticism is that it could have done deeper, and thus been a bit longer.

Product Details

28 Pages
Indie Writer (Self-Published)
Non-Fiction, Essential Reading, Self Help, Writing

Errors/Bug Bears

None noted

Happy reading.



Friday, 4 April 2014

#432 ~ A Hidden Fire

A Hidden Fire (Elemental Mysteries, #1)A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book #1:  Elemental Mysteries Series

Nice slow burn romance, with an unusual twist on the fantasy creature side of things.

Some nice snappy writing, and decent dialogue.

I thoroughly enjoyed this, and would happily read more by Ms Hunter. She will be added to my WTR list.

This was a DSOA on my Blog in April 2014, thus it was free at the time. I would be more than happy to pay for this one though.

Product Details

A DSOA pick back in April 2013 - do not adjust your screen, I am a year behind with my reading.

It was free at the time, and is still showing at this point in time HERE as a free Kindle Download.  The paperback is listed at £6.66.

274 pages
Fiction, Magic & Mystery, Romance
Indie Writer (Self-published)

Errors/Bug Bears:

A few, but nothing major (just annoying in the main)... I'm not too sure of the page numbers with the first few, but they are before page 16 I think.

Page ?:  exactly go wander around - go and wander.

Page ?:  Unless you want to finish up early - finish early.

Page 16:  After completing her duties in back - it's just not an attractive sentence.

Page 25:  Giovanni could even feel his posture relax they walked - as they walked.

Page 31:  ...then come join us - come and join us.

Page 63:  He could stop the laughter that burst out - could not stop.

Page 95/96:  ...but she knew Carwyn could her her because he his shoulders began shaking with silent laughter.

Page 206:  Lorenzo would come visit her - [insert sigh here].

Page 208:  Maybe I would have gotten married.  Gotten a cat ... - uck.

Page 208: ... come save you - uck.

Page 210:  ...growing taller and elevating them just under edge of the cliff - just under the edge of the cliff.

Page 218: ... go wash some of this dust off - it drives me batty.

Page 228:  Go get dressed - again!

Page 234:  He stopped writing Giuliana - it's only one extra word, I am beginning to think I'm unreasonable to expect conjunctions.  If I see too many in any one piece it puts me off, and it gets marked down.

Happy reading.



Wednesday, 2 April 2014

#431 ~ Binding Spell

Binding Spell (Tales of the Latter Kingdoms #3)Binding Spell by Christine Pope

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book #3 in the Tales of the Latter Kingdoms Series

This is Book #3 in the Tales of the Latter Kingdoms Series, but the first book that I've read by Christine Pope.

I featured it as a DSOA pick on my Blog in April 2013, which meant that at that time it was available as a free Kindle download.

Although this is Book #3 in the series, it's capable of standing alone.

Actually, it's a fairly decent fantasy/magic/romantic novel that I really quite enjoyed.

I love the cover too, which I think first attracted me to the work.

This was enjoyable enough that I will be going back and putting the first two books of the series on my WTR list.

Product Details

As mentioned above, this was a DSOA pick.  It's available now as a Kindle Download for £1.99 HERE (which is a reasonable enough price) and £9.26 for the paperback (which is a heft price tag).

342 pages
Fiction, Magic & Mystery, Romance
Dark Valentine Press 2013

Error/Bug Bear

Page 41:  gotten - say no more!

Page 46:  would be to write them both and ask - write to them both.

Page 60:  But my father taught me as best he could, showing me the simple spells most all users of magic could use, even as he told me that every mage-born sould had his own particular talent - particularly scrappy sentence that needs to be restructured.

Page 117:  I'm sure if we go meet them - uck!

Page 216:  And while the air was colder than what I would consider comfortable - than I would.

Page 281:  for there are not so many places as what you describe ... - as many places as you describe.

Page 282:  But there are still some houses such as what I've described - such as I've described.

Page 282:  as new people take up residence there at a greater rate than what you might find in the older districts of the city - than you might find in the older.

Page 283:  well, more people than what Maldis would want about - more people than Maldis would want.

Page 299:  gotten - I'm going to start a campaign against this word.

Page 331:  gotten - arghhhh!

Happy reading



Tuesday, 1 April 2014

#430 ~ Married by Midnight

Married By Midnight (Pembroke Palace, #4)Married By Midnight by Julianne MacLean

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book #3 in the Pembroke Palace Series

I featured this about a year ago as a DSOA on my blog.

It turned out to be a fairly standard historical romance that was enjoyable. It didn't set my world alight, but then it made a nice change from other genres I've been reading lately.

If you want boy meets girl, with conflict and resolution, then a heavy dose of love and a suggestion of sex added in, then this is for you.

I liked it enough to add the other books in the series to my WTR list.

Product Details

It was featured as a free Kindle Download file in my DSOA around this time last year, but at the moment it is available at £2.49 HERE.  All in all that's not overly expensive.

180 pages
Indie Writer (Self-published)
Fiction, Historical, Romance

Errors/Bug Bears:

None noted - that doesn't necessarily mean there weren't any, but I didn't feel the need to hit my highlight button.

Happy reading.



#429 ~ The Keeping

The Keeping (Law of the Lycans, #2)The Keeping by Nicky Charles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book #2: Law of the Lycans Series

So far I've thoroughly loved this series; good solid story-telling like old fashioned school dinners. By that I mean, nourishing and rib sticking with no fancy trimmings. The girl knows her at around a comma splice too!

The plot moved along quite well; a nice twist developed half way through. Actually, I think that this author has the ability to take risks, and I'd love to see her really go to town in the way of twists, turns and double dealing.

I'm amazed that Nicky is writing this series for no recompense: she is thoroughly worth paying to read!

Product Details:

A DSOA pick from April 2013 (as mentioned above the series is free).  Hurry up and download your copy from HERE, before she changes her mind.

372 pages
Indie Writer (Self-published)

Errors/Bug Bears:

I can't lie, there is some non-standard English in her work, but the level was low enough not to be too annoying to me.

I made more notes in total than the first book.

I had forgotten to make a note of the locations, but they range from the beginning to Loc 2321:

We found her on the propriety - property.

And then it was the weirdest thing, just liked you'd see in a cartoon - like.

Why don't you two go see - go and see.

With a disappointed sigh, she fell back asleep - this is me being fussy, but back to sleep just sounds better.

She stood outsideThe Broken Antler - outside The Broken Antler.

Loc 2321:  Her car was, in fat, parked just a block down the road fromThe Broken Antler - from The Broken Antler.

Loc 2334:  ...he felt her moving her hands move up to clap his shoulders.

Loc 2455:  ...Ruth's Diner andThe Broken Antler - and The Broken Antler.

Loc 2594: Sneaking a peak at his face - peek

Loc 2765:  Because it's pouring rain - pouring with rain.

Loc 3340:  ...and leaving me in a lurch - in the lurch.

Loc 3437:  ...go get those cameras - uck!

Loc 3557: ...up toThe Broken Antler - up to The Broken Antler.

Loc 4230:  ...approachedThe Broken Antler - approached The Broken Antler.

Loc 4394:  His wolf relished the erotica pain - erotic pain.

Loc 5596:  ...inThe Broken Antler - in The Broken Antler.

Loc 7812:  Shifting so he was on top her - on top of her.

Happy reading.



#428 ~ The Mating

The Mating (Law of the Lycans, #1)The Mating by Nicky Charles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book #1 Law of the Lycans Series

Nicely written follow up book in the Law of the Lycans Series.

Although a couple of phrasing issues this work is definitely of a higher quality than some I read, and anyway I can't complain as it was a free Kindle download. It's not uncommon for an author to issue 1 free book in the series, but more than one is generous - especially as the writing is for a good enough quality to be paid for.

I like the slightly different spin she's put on the usual werewolf story.

Product Details

This was a DSOA pick on my Blog in April 2014 - and yes, it has taken me a year to get around to reading this one.

It's available on Amazon HERE, and still listed free.

266 pages
Indie Writer (Self-published)

Errors/Bug Bears

Loc 2369:  Elise tried to logic the situation - that's an untidy sentence.

Loc 3170:  ...visit with Julia - it's the American way, but I hate it.

Loc 6570:  ...jogging down the lane way - better phrasing would have been nice.

Loc 6614:  Still and all ... - it's the American way, I just don't need to be happy about it.

Happy reading.



#427 ~ The Pocket Book of Proofreading

The Pocket Book of Proofreading: A guide to freelance proofreading & copy-editing: A Guide to Freelance Proofreading and Copy-editingThe Pocket Book of Proofreading: A guide to freelance proofreading & copy-editing: A Guide to Freelance Proofreading and Copy-editing by William Critchley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Useful guide for anybody interested in proof reading.

Personally, I purchased a copy to help in editing my n work in the future as well as doing some work for others.

I keep it to hand on my desk for easy reference.

Product Details

Available HERE as a Kindle Download (£5.51) the paperback version is £12.20. 

262 pages
First English Books (2013)
Non-fiction, Essential Reading, Reference, Writing

Errors/Bug Bears

None noted

Happy reading



Saturday, 29 March 2014

#426 ~ Bonded

Bonded (Law of the Lycans, #0.5)Bonded by Nicky Charles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Prequel book in Law of the Lycans Series

There was nothing not to like about this one.

Fairly well written, and with a little tweak in the werewolf description and telling.

I featured on my Blog in April 2013 as a DSOA, and at the time of writing this it's still available free as a Kindle download.

If you like vamps and werewolf fiction then give it a go.

Product Details:

Featured on the Blog back in April 2013 this is still available HERE as a free Kindle Download.

416 pages
Indie Writer (Self-published)
Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Werewolves


Loc 979:  There was a hint of panic her voice - panic in her voice.

Loc 2146:  Then go do your job and I'll do mine - not particularly attractive use of language and punctuation, but that's me being fussy.

Loc 2559:  The way he was fixated on the two of them - I just think "fixated" is a horrible word.

Loc 5615:  Go check - there it is again, a partial sentence.

Loc 6351:  gotten - uck!!!

Happy reading



#425 ~ Monsters of Templeton

The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I took advantage of being able to listen to music etc. at work, and so decided to go for another audio book. My thinking behind this was that I might not be able to actually read something whilst garnering some pennies to spend, but I could at least indulge my appetite for literature.

I happened across this one, which was borrowed from the local library, and what serendipity it was.

The world of Willie Upton was perfectly shown to me ... note, the "shown" not told. It's an endlessly perfect piece of literature that weaves a magic around the story of both Willie and her ancestors.

Having listened to it, I now want to get an actual copy of the book, so that I don't loose any of the nuances that Lauren Groff puts into her work.  This is all really impressive, as apparently this is Lauren's debut novel. 

Highly recommended, and 5 stars from me, for this, in places, laugh out loud, piece of finely-meshed writing with such depth of texture and structure.  Truly magical writing.

Product Details:

As mentioned above, I picked this up from the local library as an audio book, which I played on my Kindle Fire HD using OverDrive App (click HERE to go to the post on getting it to work for UK Libraries).  Obviously, as it was borrowed from the Library, it was free.

However, it's available on Amazon HERE as Kindle (£5.99), Hardback (£11.52); Paperback (£4.01) or Audiobook (£19.61).

480 pages
Cornerstone (2012)
Fiction, Family Saga, Hybrid (mix of contemporary and historical content)

Errors/Bug Bears:

Not applicable.

Happy reading.



Saturday, 22 March 2014

#434 ~ Short Story: From First Draft to Final Product

Short Story: From First Draft to Final ProductShort Story: From First Draft to Final Product by Michael Milton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It started off with the bare, and potentially beautiful, bones of The Bathhouse story, which helped to win Michael Milton a place on a Masters Creative Writing Degree Programme.

It then went on to show the various line by line edits, and helpful tips from other authors with a second draft.

Then a few words of wisdom from the man himself.

BAM then we're hit with the the final draft of The Bathhouse, which is truly beautiful by the way.

For anybody looking to improve their creative writing this is a must have book, no wonder it was an Amazon Best seller.

I can see this as being an essential go to book, for a top up on the creative process, or simply to lift my spirits.

Product Details:

I purchased this recently HERE.  It's listed at £2.99 - a phenomenal value for money product.

111 pages
Indie Writer (Self-published)

Errors/Bug Bears:

Loc 1555:  Ultimately, you should stick to stick to your gut feelings and ...

Happy reading.


Friday, 21 March 2014

#433 ~ The Kingdom of Tamarack

The Kingdom of TamarackThe Kingdom of Tamarack by Ross Turner

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Please bear in mind if you read the following, the fact that I have marked this as 1 star and DNF (Did Not Finish) should not be a damming indictment of this particular authors ability.

I gave it a go, but quickly decided that it just wan't going to ding my dong. I couldn't get a clear sense of the author's voice, and it was a little confusing. Most definitely an example of telling, not showing.

I can't even say that there were huge mistakes in grammar. It wasn't riddled with typos, there didn't even seem to be many punctuation errors (except Loc 31 and the incorrect use of a comma splice) - it just wasn't for me.

I have a whole mountain of books, in Kindle and of the old-fashioned book variety, to keep me going for well over a year; more are joining the book-lift queue to join that mountain, so I just thought "thank you, but I will give this a miss".

Please give the thing a try, you might love it - what is one reader's turn off is sure to be just the thing for a.n.other.

Product Details

One of my DSOA picks from April 2013.  Please download a copy and give it a go, prove me wrong.  It's available HERE.  Listed at £1.99 for the Kindle file and £5.37.

Errors/Bug Bears

Loc 31:  incorrect comma splice

#432 ~ The XXX Files: Episode 1

The XXX Files Episode 1 (A Paranormal Erotic Serial)The XXX Files Episode 1 by Lexi Maxxwell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I downloaded this Kindle file, as Lexi Maxxwell was mentioned in the book I was reading (Write, Publish, Repeat).

Yes, it's certainly smut, but it was smut for the intelligent woman.

Usually, any erotica I read is full to the stocking tops with poor grammar, typos and the thinnest of plots.

Lexi's work is different. There was a decent plot, it seemed well planned and executed. The writing was of a decent standard. Nice little bits of humour in there too - tongue in cheek!

If you like erotica, then give this girl a go.

Product Details

Downloaded on Amazon in March 2014 HERE, and it's free too.

55 pages
Indie Published

Errors/Bug Bears:

Given the content, not a one.  Fabulous, this is so rare in that particular genre.



#005 ~ Write Pracetice ~ Weasel

Today’s prompt is weasel words. These are words that you will use frequently in a piece of writing. They are quite often not needed.

The practice is to set the timer for the usual 15 minutes, using a weasels as the prompt - the actual furry, bitty kind, not the weasel words - and then identify what are your particular words. The consider how to re-construct your writing without using them.

Here goes:

Something caught Freya’s eye at the edge of the paddock. It, what or whomever it was, seemed to be behaving in a furtive manner.

As if they sensed they were being observed, the figure slunk along the tree line for a little way, and then dashed back into the tree cover, emerging a some way further along and then scurrying down the edge of the paddock, and weaving in and out of the shadows. It struck Freya that the not too small figure was just like a weasel.

Freya’s maid, Maria was slumped atop the mounting block, innocently chewing a small piece of straw, and trying to give off not only the air of patiently waiting, but being patently innocent. No doubt the cheeky minx had been taking the opportunity to talk to Damien the stable hand whilst they had been riding.

Gathering the skirt of her green riding habit in one hand, and shooing Maria along before, her she made for home. Tea time was approaching, and she needed to change.

Glancing back, Freya couldn't see the figure any more. Maria started to chatter about the ball next week, and so the curious incident was put to the back of her mind.

* * *

Sometime later, Freya joined her aunt in the blue drawing room for tea.

As she entered, a stranger was standing by the window with her cousin.

“Ah, Freya my dear,” Geoffrey said as he turned towards her “let me introduce you. This is Lord Rickardson.”

“Neil, my cousin, Lady Freya. She attended Miss Bloomestone’s Academy with your affianced.”

Coming forward from the light of the window, Freya was struck by the man. He wasn't too tall, had sandy hair and a moustache. Smallish eyes, that were so dark, and had a tendency to dart around, rather than fixing a direct gaze on you. He moved with a quick daring gait. The thing that struck Freya most of all, when he smiled as he spoke “So delighted to meet you Lady Freya. Elizabeth charged me with sending you her best wishes,” was that he had small, and somewhat pointed incisors. In all he reminded her of, a weasel.

I ran my text through Wordle, and it created a cool word map

and it's plain to see that I used 'Freya' a lot, so in this particular piece of writing I need to change that. 

From just generally writing, I know that the following a definitely weasel words for me:

  • although
  • however
  • anything
  • somewhat
  • indeed
  • safe
  • fairly certain

I am fairly certain, that I have fairly standard phrase weasels too.

10,000 words targets - 15 minutes off and 434 words = 9,998 and 3/4 hour left

Happy reading.



#431 ~ Write, Publish, Repeat

Write. Publish. Repeat. (The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success)Write. Publish. Repeat. by Sean Platt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Really helpful, and I suspect a "go to" book many times in the future, informational book for those hoping to self-publish for the first time, or looking to do it quicker, better and with more results in the future.

It's got the same voice as the Self Publishing Podcasts, which are brought to us by the tremendous trio of Sean, Johhny and Dave.

There are also additional, and very helpful input, from people like Joanna Penn and Lexi Maxxwell.

For motivation alone you should read this book.

Product Details

I am a new listener to the Self-Publishing Podcast, and Sean is one of the broadcasters, so this seemed like a good idea to accompany them.

I picked it us as a Kindle download HERE for £3.49 - in my opinion that's fair value for money for the information and motivation.

Errors/Bug Bears:

If one looks hard enough, errors can be found, and I'm pretty sure they will fix them.

Loc 2332:  Any question a to exactly what that one's about?

Loc 4265:  She said we could we could include that language here:

Thursday, 20 March 2014

#004 ~ Write Practice ~ End Game Prompt

My Write Practice today is working to the Prompt What's your End Game?

So, here's my 15 minutes of mind and finger vomit ... no words were harmed by editing in the following piece, although some grammar was bludgeoned to death:

My End Game

1.  What’s your purpose that your writing will serve?

I don't dream about being a hugely successful author, like Amanda Hocking, but I do dream that I will eventually publish something that isn't totally crap, that people will laugh at, and point to me in the street.   I also hope that when I do, and that day is not too far off now, I won't fall into the trap of leaving a trail of poor grammar, punctuation and typos in my wake, for the collective reviewing hoard to jump up and down on me.  After all, that would be stupidity beyond belief wouldn't it?  Haven't I just spent the last couple of years criticising others for doing that.  I want to be out there, but not just out there in a quiet way, oh no, out there and proud of my endeavours.

If I'm honest, and I do try to be most of the time ... I want a tribe.  A tribe, that will like what I do, recognise my voice and want to buy into it.  I don't specifically want to be genre specific.  The reasoning behind that is, pure and simple, I'm a Sagittarius (the butterflies of the cosmic world); I get bored easily.

I want to hone what I've learnt, and do it well.  Get better at it - thus why I'm totalling buying into the 10,000 hours to strengthen my writing muscles.

2. Who do you want to talk to?

I could totally stand in front of a group, back the Sagittarius thing, we like an audience, but I would much rather be something that is picked up on an ebook and read, and then the next thing I write is read because of merit.  My tribe, not necessarily all the same as me, would like variety and also a bit of spice.

I naturally gravitate to romance, it's what I love.  I am an incurable romantic.  I am proud of that fact.  I would love to try a bit on monster porn, or fantasy world building too.  Unlike my men, I like non-exclusivity in writing, and reading, habits.

I don't really do children (not even my own *boom tish!*), so I can't imagine ever writing a kids story.  Never say never though.

3. What about the money part?

Money buys shoes and handbags, and Marks & Spencer's Blackcurrant Sundaes.  I would be a fibber if I denied it wasn't important.  You can only buy lots of M&S cakes with lots of money (would I then be a big fab fibber?), so I would like to make money.

I would like money to help my dreams come true.  One day I would love a small, but successful ebook publishing company, that will take money, money, and even more money.  I would love a trip to New Zealand, that will take lots of pennies too.

I am not the next Amanda Hocking, but I am going to be an Indie Writer this year.  For the moment, that will be good enough for me.

I'm doing well towards the whole 10,000 hours thing - 4 x 15 minutes = 1 hour.  I have 9,999 hours to go.

© Kay Bolton

Happy reading, writing, or whatever floats your boat.