Showing posts from 2018

Review: Cottage by the Sea

Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber My rating: 4 of 5 stars Debbie Macomber writes a tale of shock, loss, and personal morphing. It is a lesson in going beyond ones’ comfort zone to find peace, harmony, and balance. A comforting read. View all my reviews

Review: Before I Go

Before I Go by Colleen Oakley My rating: 0 of 5 stars This is a great book to ride on a train or plane. Colleen Oakley's well written novel contains lessons about a subject we don't talk about-dying. The closest of couples find challenges when faced with health issues. I don't want to give out too much information. It is a short, but good read. View all my reviews

Review: A Measure of Darkness

A Measure of Darkness by Jonathan Kellerman My rating: 4 of 5 stars A great weekend read in front of your fireplace sipping the liquid you prefer to warm you innards. This contemporary story takes off in a neighbor experiencing a renaissance. It is takes the reader down a few rabbit holes and leads you through a few dark allies, but it isn't boring. Deputy Corner Clay Edison doesn't just work the crime scene and the lab. This ex-cop follows his instincts and joins forces with Detective Nwado. Together, they follow the evidence. Enjoy a good read. View all my reviews

Review: Crystal Queen

Crystal Queen by John M. Olsen My rating: 4 of 5 stars An interesting take on days of old and arranged marriages. It is the sequel to Olsen's Crystal King. This book is a mix of powerful creatures and humans. If you enjoy crushing timelines and a political betrothals, this fantasy kingdom gives you this and so much more. An avalanche, bandits, and political adversary threaten to halt a marriage and the chance for a peaceful united kingdom. It is a fast read. The reading audience includes young adults. View all my reviews

Review: See Me

See Me by Nicholas Sparks My rating: 4 of 5 stars Nicholas Sparks created a thriller with two people who meet, fall in love, split, and reunite to solve a murder. It is a fun read read. The reason why I didn't give one of my favorite authors a five star review is there were parts of the novel that the pacing drag just a bit, but enough to make me notice. It is a great book to read. The characters are real and relatable. The antagonist is hidden among the clues. So read very carefully. Thanks Mr. Sparks for another 'good read.' View all my reviews

Review: The Language of Secrets

The Language of Secrets by Ausma Zehanat Khan My rating: 5 of 5 stars A fictional insight into the world of Canadian jihadist. The story explains to the reader the nuances and subtleties of Arabic language and poetry. Offers insight the tug of war between Canadian Muslims and their religion. It is a fascinating story and a great read. View all my reviews

Review: Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales

Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales by P.D. James My rating: 4 of 5 stars This small collection of short stories is unique. They are about murders. Each story is different presented in a different point of view. I have read many of PD James novels and this collection was satisfying to me as a reader and writer. It is written in the British style of writing. It is a quick read and it is entertaining. View all my reviews

Subject: Mothers' Day

Celebrating Mother's Day Daily   Richard                        Andrew                                              Rachel The three accomplished young adults in this picture are the reason why Mother's Day's is celebrated in our family. You see. these three individuals don't choose one day of the year to give gifts, or go out to a fancy dinner to celebrate the woman who birth them. They celebrate Mother's Day every day. How?  Their daily actions reflect cherished values. They are good citizens of the world.  They care about the future.  They believe in a higher power. They love their 'people' deeply. Yes, I'm prejudice, but their day to day behavior in the world is the best gift a mother can expect from her children.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be your mother. .   

Writer's $ense: Is My Book Ready?

Yesterday, I used the WORD's handy feature to listen to my book. This great tool helped me finesse the final (hopefully) edit of my first novel. It allowed me to pick 'the lint and sticky stuff' out of my book. Many writers praise the exercise of reading your work aloud. This practice doesn't work for me. I substitute missing words and read words that don't exist. WORD reads the story as written and it is written. This editing drill helps on multiple levels. I find sequencing errors, conversation gaps, missing words, verb incongruities, just to name a few. After reading articles, collecting checklists, eliciting beta readers, hiring an editor, and listening to my critique group input, my novel reach its final stage. Yes, there is a cover to finalize, acknowledgements to write, a synopsis to polish, a summary to hone, but this book no longer needs my full attention. My novel may be ready, but there is still much to do. My marketing plan needs tweaking not to me

2017 Writing Goal Met

My proofreader met with me notes in hand  and a two inch thick manuscript with yellow highlighted words and a questions written in the margin. She validated my locations. She felt one of my characters needed  to reveal her fierceness sooner. Add to this my biggest supporter and critic, my husband, summed up the main character's frustrations in two sentences. His observation stunned me.  His summation needed to be revealed by the character herself and in the right place in my story. So, it was  back to the key board. Three days of intense editing and some long thoughts about my main character. I finished, two days before Thanksgiving. It took three and a half weeks of reading, planning, and a very long conversations with the KDP representation before my book met the Kindle Direct Publishing requirements.  Take a browse through my newly published book  C hanging Habits.