Archive for 2011

Chop, Chop by Leeann Cronk

Saturday, December 31st, 2011


This is a great book for teens and young adults alike. It portrays a coming of age saga for young men. Girls will enjoy getting into the minds of the opposite gender. It is a well-written book with not only insights to what motivates a boy, but also the pain of great loss and how our human mind works. (more…)

Whitechapel The Last Stand of Sherlock Holmes by Bernard J Schaffer

Saturday, December 24th, 2011


I love Sherlock Holmes mysteries and I looked forward to reading Whitechapel by Bernard J. Schaffer. However, I was very disappointed as I read his version of Holms in this book. (more…)

Ta Ta For Now by Bethany Lopez

Saturday, December 17th, 2011


This is a witty and entertaining book made up of entries in a diary. It is written by a fourteen-year-old girl named Melissa. It depicts her life after she is given a diary by her twelve-year-old sister, Megan, right before she starts her first year in High School. The writing is that of a fourteen-year-old, full of drama, sarcasm and sprinkled with great humor.

Melissa is happy that her body finally is looking like that of a teenage girl. (more…)

The Keya Quests The Battle for Shinenridge by Glenn Skinner

Saturday, December 10th, 2011


This is an interesting story. It is the second book in a series that starts as the protagonist(s) return from winning a war (or a battle.) It assumes that the reader knows what happens before, but throws in enough information here and there to make the book understandable by someone who has not read the previous one.

Keya is the real protagonist. She starts the story as a 20-year-old exceptional warrior who is accompanied by four or five of her fellow warriors that belong to her inner circle. (more…)

The Orphan of Awkward Falls by Keith Graves

Sunday, December 4th, 2011


This is one of the most charming books I have read for a while. It has a Halloween-y feel to it and kids from 7 years old on will love it. It is written in an easy English, lightly witty and flowingly well done. It will be a refreshing read for all boys and girls who don’t get scared of their shadows. It has the most intriguing cover, a perfect picture of what you will find inside the pages of this book. Released just in time for Halloween, I recommend it as a “must have,” for every English speaking home.

Josephine, a 12-year-old only child, has just moved one more time in her young life. She is crabby and doesn’t want to be happy in their new home. (more…)

The Other Elizabeth By Karleen Bradford

Sunday, November 27th, 2011


Here is another great story from Karleen Bradford. It is as good as the other two I have read from her, although I found this one a bit slower paced than the others. It took me a bit longer to get immersed in the pages.

Elizabeth, a thirteen-year-old girl, is on a school trip to a ghost town commemorating a big battle the British and Americans fought. She isn’t very keen on the facts of when and why this battle happened, a fact that she later greatly regrets. (more…)

How to interview and be interviewed.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
To be interviewed is quite easy and fun. You need to follow some rules and you’ll soon see yourself everywhere. (more…)

Time Power by Brian Tracy

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

A review.

A proven system for getting more done in less time than you ever thought possible or

The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success

This book is an enthusiastic way of showing how your time is power and how it extends from your office to create a satisfying and successful personal life. Just because you have more time doesn’t mean that you have the motivation to do that what is needed. In this book, Brian Tracy, a 20 plus years veteran motivational consultant, will help you to not only to succeed, (more…)

The Star Prophecy by Joan Sowards, Another view on the Christmas story .

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

What can you expect when you have a young man named Enoch who lives in a city called Zarahemla and has a dream of crossing the world to see the Messiah in person? (more…)

Your kids don’t love books…help them

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Usually it takes motivated parents to get a kid to read.

For example, Monica has four boys and she started reading to them when they were babies. (more…)

Three for Avadar by Steven R. Drennon

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Review for

The writing in Three for Avadar is simple and should be understood by anyone with basic English reading skills. The tale hasn’t been overused and the author did a good job with the theme. (more…)

A cover can make or break a book

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

If you are a well-known author your name will bring sales, but for most of us that isn’t the case. Here we’ll review some important points to make our books stand out from the rest.

  1. You need to use the right color scheme

If you use pastel colors, especially pink or lilac, you are sending the message that this book is a cute book. (more…)

The student from Zombie Island a readersFavorite review

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

My review:

This book talks about a boy who is afraid of the new kid that is coming to school. His called Bust them up Bill. With a name like that one can only assume that he is a menace to society. Thus the rumors start and all the students spend their time telling tales of his wickedness, (more…)

Positive Thinking in a writer’s life

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Mental Rehearsal:

At night before you got to sleep:

  • Imagine yourself doing the things you want to be good at. Fake it until you make it.
  • Internalize your ideas, think of how you would teach them to someone else. This will have more result than thinking about it for yourself. Soon these internal thoughts will become external.
  • After you learn this share it with others and become a mentor. The more you do it, (more…)

Twilight’s Ashes as Heaven Fades book one by Auler

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

This is a totally entertaining book for adults. I say adults because they should have the patience to go through it and love it. There is nothing against a young adult reading it, only that is written in a way to help you savor every detail and the youth of today want to skim through too quickly to really enjoy it.

As the story line begins we are introduced to one of the main characters, (more…)

Meet Robby the C-130 by Beth Mahoney Illustrated by Zachary Porter-review for

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

This is a delightful book, written for children with parents in the military, that will be loved by all children. It is an easy book that helps a child cope with his/her feelings resulting from the absence of one of the parents. It fits not only those in the military, but also those families that both parents can’t be in the same home. (more…)


Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
Today we have a post by  author Jan Fischer Wade from her blog August 23, 2011

Okay, first, sorry I haven’t posted in awhile – I was on a much needed vacation!  So I am back with my next topic – Book Launch Parties!!!

1) First, decide how BIG you want it.  A small gathering of close friends?  A big ‘ol party?  (I’d go for both!)

2) Once you have decided that, move on to WHERE to have it! Of course, a bookstore is an obvious place. But if you want something different, think about places where you don’t have to pay rent for.  Or, is there a place that fits the theme or genre of your book?  This could also help create a theme for your party… Here are some ideas: (more…)

The Eyes of Sandala by Cathy Benedetto review for

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

This is a very well told tale, in a made-up world quite different from those fantasy lovers have seen before. It has a well thought out plot with interesting characters, both human and otherwise. I find the writing fluid even when the author chose to make each scene a new chapter. Some readers may find it a touch disconcerting (more…)

How to promote your book, after you published it.

Sunday, August 7th, 2011
  1. Remember that the point of business cards and bookmarks is to draw people to your website for a sale.
  2. The purpose of your website is to sell your book. Have the book covers and back blurbs easily visible. Your author picture should be nice and professional looking. No beach shots, skimpy clothes, or camping pictures. A passport type with one color background works well.
  3. Your website should have new content at least once a week (more…)

Across Eternity by Aris Whittier, review for

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

This book has a brilliant theme and great reading. I was surprised by this romance and the way it was laid down on the pages. It is based on a theme of re-incarnation or the existence of more than just one life that hasn’t been overdone yet. This author picked a great theme, one that many adults wonder about and would love to read. (more…)