Archive | April 2016

Bad Review(er)

I have been a very bad book reviewer – I just can’t seem to get back into writing reviews. And this post will be no different – I will given them a star rating (based on five stars) and that’s it (except for a couple of standouts). This is March’s and April’s books. You can leave a comment with a question about a specific book and I will answer.

Breakdown by Jonathan Kellerman – 5 stars

The Third Girl by Nell Goddin – 5 stars

The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen – 3 stars

Descent by Kristina Stanley – 2 stars

Storm Clouds Rolling In by Ginny Dye – 4 stars

The Steel Kiss by Jeffrey Deaver – 5 stars

The Nest by Cynthia Sweeney – 5 stars

I would give The Nest more stars if I could – I loved this book (you can read the blurb yourself). It is a great read about family dynamics and brought a smile to my face often. I highly recommend everyone read this book.

Hinterland Veil by Sarah Cradit – 5 stars

The next book in the House of Crimson and Clover series takes us deeper into the lives of Finn, Ana, and all the others. Ms. Cradit knows how to weave a tale and keep us interested. There are so many parts of the history that keep unfolding. I really recommend reading these books in order, but definitely read them!

Resolution by Andrew Joyce – 5 stars

Huck Finn and Molly Lee depart on an adventure in the Yukon. I was captivated by every twist and turn and couldn’t read fast enough to find out what was going to happen next. This is the third book about Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer and Molly Lee. They can certainly be read independently of each other, but I always think you should start at the beginning. Huck and Molly make new friends, dog sled, brave the frigid temperatures and race against the elements. I highly recommend all of these books, but this one kept me on the edge of my seat.

1929 by M. L. Gardner – 5 stars

Elizabeth’s Heart by M. L. Gardner – 4 stars

1930 by M. L. Gardner – 4 stars

These three books are the first three books in a six book series. 1929, as the name would imply is set in 1929 from the stock market crash forward and chronicles the lives of three couples as they navigate life after they have literally lost everything. Elizabeth’s Heart continued the saga from a totally different angle, yet it brought it back together. 1930 continued with the 1929 story. I was so engaged by the story that I read these books back to back (and I never do that). However, I was quite disappointed with 1930 and the lack of proofreading – it was full of typos and errors and it detracted from my reading enjoyment. I decided I needed a break before continuing with books 4-6.

The Rejected Writer’s Book Club by Suzanne Kelman – 4 stars



Updates on Book Projects

One of my favorite children’s authors has some exciting things in the works.

Clyde and Friends

It’s been a while since I provided an update to you about my children’s book projects so this post will be longer than most.

A new project I hadn’t mentioned yet because I only came up with the idea two days ago is a children’s book based on the true story of a harrowing time in the lives of my family. Its working title is The Beach That Love Built. It’s about a young girl who has been hospitalized for a long, long, time who dreams of having a birthday party on the beach with her family, her friends, and her little dog. The night before the big event the venue is effectively closed to private parties and no alternative site works. The girl is heart-broken, but friends save the day in a very special way. I’ve finished the rough draft and sent it to my editor.

Another story under development…

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Free Books and Kindle Countdowns

I loved Echoes of Narcissus. Great time to pick this up and read it yourself

Jo Robinson

After so many months of zero book promotion I decided that it’s time to give my scribbles a tiny party. As always, life always finds it amusing to toss me a curve ball just when I’m getting ready to rock something. This time though, it’s tossed me something really interesting as well, and quite cool to know. I won’t bore anyone with the details of this particular life trip wire, suffice it to say that I stomped it nicely so it’s out of the way. The thing with the promotion is what’s interesting. I discovered too late that with PayPal in this country you can’t just spend what’s deposited in your account. No. You have to first transfer PayPal earnings to your South African bank account, and then you have to transfer whatever you want to spend back to PayPal from your South African bank account. Lovely way to make…

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Boo hoo — BookBub turned me down!

I’ve read and reviewed this – great book. Have you read it? Then review it. If you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for? It’s a good read


Sad Tears

Yes, I half-expected it. I’ve heard how selective they are over there. So many naked-male-torso books to promote. So little space.

But I was hoping that, because I have a decent backlist and some really nice covers, the Bubs of Books would give Town Father a leg up here. No such luck.

One thing the book is lacking, though, is a lot of reviews. Six months in, and I’ve attracted only ten reviews. And, while I hate to admit it, the lion’s share of those are by people who know me through the blog and social media. Still, I’ll take what I can get!

I’d like to appeal to newcomers to the blog, though, and ask you to post a review of Town Father on Amazon, if you’ve read it. And if you haven’t read it, you can pick it up for a modest $3.99 here.

One lucky reader…

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12 signs you have a book addiction and why it matters #mondayblogs

This is an addiction that is okay to have.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

There is a strange urge to turn into that scruffy looking shop… a calling that drags at your gut until you succumb.Dust and grime covers everything; there is nothing in there that you would touch without a hazmet suit and yet… there in the corner is a rusting metal basket full of foxed and battered paper. You spot a title you have been searching for since your youth. Suddenly the world is a beautiful place.

You may have a problem…and there are other signs…

  1. Waiting in queues becomes quality time with your mobile phone. The Kindle app is a godsend…
  2. You hope the appointments are running at least two chapters late.
  3. Flu is welcomed as a six-book-a-day event.
  4. Decluttering means throwing out the TV to add another bookshelf.
  5. Getting an early night means a few extra hours reading and even less sleep. (Well, you only had another couple of chapters…

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Smorgasbord Health – Heart Attack warning signs and symptoms men vs. women.

Inform yourself. It could save your life, or that of a loved one.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

smorgasbord health

The problem with diagnosing a heart attack is that there are a number of conditions that can present with symptoms in the chest area that are not related to the heart. Also, women can have a variation of the accepted symptoms of a heart attack that are not typically experienced by men.

Not all heart attacks present the same way for every individual and it is likely that a person will only have one or two of the symptoms depending on the severity and cause of the attack.

What is vital; is noting any sudden changes to the way your body functions and if those changes do not revert to normal within a couple of days you need to see a doctor. Sometimes we get run down, have an infection or are going through a particularly stressful period at work or in a relationship, but it may also indicate that…

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