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Ten things I Look for in a Good Novel by @gillianfx | Bad Uncle Book Tour and $20 Amazon GC #Giveaway | #Drama #Comedy #Romance

Bad Uncle (Family Portrait Book 5) by Gillian Felix is on virtual book tour. The drama, comedy, romance stops at Readeropolis with ...




Bad Uncle (Family Portrait Book 5) by Gillian Felix is on virtual book tour.

The drama, comedy, romance stops at Readeropolis with an author guest post.


Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $20 Amazon GC and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).




Ten things I look for in a good novel.

As a writer it’s almost like we are trained to read. I personally don’t have a favorite genre, I just read what appeals to me. I’ll even read spiritual and I own a couple of non-fictions. I find that reading outside the genre which I write helps spark my creativity. It might surprise you to know that I don’t own any books in my genre (except the ones that I’ve written). With that said, here are ten things that appeal to me when deciding to give something a read.

  1. A great synopsis. Whether it be funny, sad or dramatic, I usually read the first 4 lines of it and, if my mind don’t start wandering after that, and I make it through the whole thing, I download a sample of the book from Amazon.
  2. I don’t like too much details. I like enough for me to understand what is going on without the piece being to wordy or overly descriptive.
  3. I love strong female and devious male characters. They make the story so very interesting.
  4. I love stories with a strong plot. It shows me that the author put some thought into the work and took the time to develop the storylines and characters.
  5. I don’t like too much graphic sex in a book (unless the book is erotica). 
  6. I enjoy twists and turns in a book and also a bit of mystery. I used to love to read Nancy Drew as a child. I also loved Little House on the Prairie
  7. If it’s a non-fiction it’d better have information that is beneficial or I lose interest. I loved Losing My Virginity by Sir. Richard Branson. It is actually his bio and it was a great read, very motivational and inspirational.
  8. Dysfunctional relationships. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is my favorite novel in that genre. I loved that Heathcliff and Cathy were so in love with each other that their love destroyed them.
  9. I like horror novels, but not horror movies. My favorite novel in that genre is It by Stephen King. I read it as a child and as an adult and it had the same terrifying effect on me. The smell of the sewers still burns the back of my throat and I shudder at some of the scenes in the book. 
  10. I think books should take the reader out of their own world and into the world of the characters. That’s a good book for me. 

What do you look for in a good book? Let’s compare notes!



Bad Uncle 
Family Portrait Book 5 
by Gillian Felix 
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance 


Who needs enemies when you’ve got family.

The stars are aligned in Adriana’s favor, but secrets have a way of exposing themselves just when everything is perfect. As Adriana and Haze’s relationship heads south, Carys is ready to pounce. Will Adriana’s lies drive the man she loves into the arms of another?

Meanwhile Zax is finally with his dream girl, but why can’t he get his best friend’s girl out of his mind? When she turns to him for advice on how to be a better girlfriend, can he put his selfish desires aside, or will he follow his siblings and take what he wants despite the consequences?

When Kevin’s lifestyle puts innocent L’Wren in danger, his retaliation brings his ruthless uncle back to Los Angeles and into the lives of his family. In Bad Uncle you’ll get to know the man who has the power to change the legacy of the Banovic family forever.

For Readers 18+ 





The Family Portrait Series Box Set 
Books 1-5 


The Banovics and the DaCostas share a rich history and their futures are about to get complicated. Los Angeles serves as a backdrop to this fast paced dramatic series about first loves, family and friendships.

Changes
Ready, Set, Drama
In Changes you’ll meet Robin Banovic, financially challenged, dealing with the death of his father and his brother's disappearance. You'll meet Savannah DaCosta aka Savi, mother/manager; Savi enjoys the life her rock star daughter Leighann has provided. When Leighann makes a choice to end her career, Savi sees it as a personal attack. You'll meet college boy Haze Lyndon; New to Los Angeles, Haze soon realizes how quickly money changes hands in the City of Angels. Will he return to questionable ways to survive or go back to the safety of his family in Wisconsin?

Banovic Siblings
Blackmail is a gift that keeps on giving …
College boy Kevin Banovic’s casual affair with Savi DaCosta suited him perfectly. Things change when he finds out that Savi is his mom’s high school bestie. When Kevin tries to end their affair, Savi blackmails him. After Kevin rescues Savi’s stepdaughter, L’Wren, from her abusive boyfriend, he can’t stop thinking about her. He must find a way to handle Savi, protect L’Wren, and keep his sanity.

Bastard’s Brew
Everything we touch, we destroy
When L'Wren's ex-boyfriend Jeff suddenly disappears, she turns to Kevin to help her find him. With one phone call, Kevin makes sure that Jeff stays hidden and that L'Wren's heart is broken, leaving the door open for Kevin to pursue her. But Kevin is not as free as L'Wren thinks; she is in the dark about his affair with her stepmother, Savi.

Perfect Escape
One person's perfect escape, is another's perfect hell.
In this coming-of-age story, teen singing sensation Leighann DaCosta tries to find out who she is without her music career. A career that has been part of her life since before the age of ten. When Leighann’s estranged father enters her life, she is caught up in a tug-of-war between both parents. Does she trust the man who abandoned her as a baby, or a mother who is losing her mind?

Bad Uncle
Who needs enemies when you’ve got family
When Kevin’s lifestyle puts innocent L’Wren in danger, his retaliation brings his ruthless uncle back to Los Angeles and into the lives of his family. In Bad Uncle you’ll get to know the man who has the power to change the legacy of the Banovic family forever.

These novels are written like a television series and this box set is your binge watch. 






Gillian Felix was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad. She grew up watching night time soap operas by Aaron Spelling with her mother. That’s where her obsession with rich, powerful and devious characters were born. After repeatedly seeing Mr. Spelling’s name on the screen night after night, Gillian knew she wanted to be an Aaron Spelling, before she knew that Aaron Spelling was actually a person. 

Gillian pursued drama in high school although it was not taught as a “serious subject”. When asked what career she wanted to pursue after graduation, she told her guidance counselor that she wanted to be an actress and was told that acting is not a “real job”. 

When Gillian moved to the US in 1998, she landed an internship with Spotlight On Theater in New York City, where she learned stage managing, casting and the technical aspect of running a production. Later she branched out into film and fell in love with the behind the scenes action of production. 

When not writing, Gillian can be found hiking in the many mountains that surround New Mexico. Gillian can easily get lost in a parking lot and considers herself directionally challenged. She is always grateful for the people she hikes with because without them she’d be left roaming the trails like a lost mountain goat. 






Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway! 






33 comments

  1. Thanks for hosting. I appreciate you.

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  2. This sounds like a great read and I really like the cover!

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  3. All of your books sounds really good but I especially want to read Perfect Escape with the family issues it explores.

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  4. I like the blurb/excerpt and the cover is eye catching. I agree with you - I don't like super detailed stories. I can imagine the setting, etc if I read the gist of it. I also don't like super sexual books - unless I picked one up knowing full well ie Fifty Shades of Grey.

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  5. This series feels like a fun, contemporary read.

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  6. Do you go back to Trinidad to visit? Do you have an accent?

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  7. The book looks really interesting!
    Ashley c
    Addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

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  8. Love the cover very eye catching

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  9. I love the bright and vibrant covers! They really stand out!

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  10. The cover totally gets me! I will definitly check it out!

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  11. the cover really pops. will definitely check it out

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  12. I love the color purple and love reading books with drama , comedy and romance.

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  13. The book cover looks wonderful. very good job

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  14. I think the books sound great and would make great reads

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  15. My daughter would enjoy this book

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  16. I am really liking the purple on the book cover and the story sounds good.

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  17. The books and the covers look great

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  18. The books sound great. I love the cover.

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  19. The cover has me intrigued about the book.

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  20. The cover is eye catching and interesting.

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  21. Like the shadowed characters on the cover.

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  22. The covers are a little busy for me. I have no questions for the author.

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  23. I like the covers and small details looks inviting . I would ask author how many books have you published and guess how many more in future.

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