Archive for January, 2012

Friday’s Highlight: “Life, the Universe, & Everything” Symposium by Diana Ault

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Today we have Diana Ault for a visit on my blog. She will tell us all about LTUE

     Named after the clever sci-fi book by Douglas Adams, the Marion K. “Doc” Smith,  “Life, the Universe, & Everything” Science Fiction and Fantasy Symposium is in its 30th year, making it one of the largest and longest-running symposiums of its kind. (The whole title is probably the biggest mouthful too so let’s just call it LTUE.)

     What began as a small meeting of Brigham Young University speculative fiction enthusiasts in 1982, is now a full-on, three day, academic symposium for amateur and professional writers and artists.
Traditionally held on BYU campus, this year the symposium will be held at the Utah Valley UniversitySorensen Student Center Feb. 9 – 11, 2012.

For more information on the history of LTUE, please clickhere and here. (more…)

Stone in the Meadow By Karleen Bradford

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

This time travel story is one of the best I have seen for awhile. An exiting and well developed tale that will spellbind you from beginning to end. It is well written, with great descriptions and likable characters.

Jenifer is visiting her uncle for the first time at a hundred year old family home in England. While exploring the county side she found a tall, lone and dark stone (more…)

Bad Island by Doug Tennapel

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

For reviews

This book is done in the good old comic book fashion. It is full of pictures that tell the story more than the words do. It includes the Wow! Screech! Huff! and Wham! that are so fun and expected in this kind of book. The style of drawing is simple and effective, mostly black and white, with some color in it.

The story is that of a typical family with a teen boy named Reese who feels misunderstood by his parents. He has a much younger sister Janie. The sister is very fond of her pet snake; even after the pet is dead she continues carrying it around. (more…)

Shifted Perspective: Book One of The Tails of Change Series by J. Bridger

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

A review for

Shifted Perspective is a clean and entertaining tale that will take the reader to a place with shape shifters that are not of the normal kind and many ways to get in trouble. It is a good story, well thought-out, a must for readers of any age. This read is a paranormal story full of werewolves, witches and dogs. (more…)

Animaia by Lee Rogers

Saturday, January 7th, 2012


This book contains a very new concept for a story: certain people talk with animals by means of special telekinesis powers. This power sets them apart from the majority of the citizens who don’t have this power. As always, the different guy becomes the heart or the hero of the story and in this case so it is with Arno. (more…)

Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

A review for readers

Light & Darkness: The Awakening of the Mageknight, is a great tale that will entertain you from the first pages. I like the fun journey that this tale took me on. I found Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight a great clean story and an original tale that will keep you interested to the end.

Danny has started school and he is walking with his friend Alonso toward the front door. As he goes through, a new girl comes by and Danny is so mesmerized by her that she thinks he is holding the door open for her.

After a few days, he finally knows her name and where her locker is. One afternoon, a bully tries to get Danny to fight him. To his surprise, Danny discovers a white ghostly figure emerging from the bully that shows him the moves the bully will make before he does them. Thanks to that, Danny wins in front of many in the school including the new girl, Sabrina.

The problem arises as a teacher observed them fighting and Danny has to stay after school. After many pages of writing essays for the principal, Danny goes out to wait for his mom and the sure punishment that she will inflict. In the dark corridor he sees movements and decide to follow something shadowlike until he gets outside to the Playground. Then a big creature that shouldn’t even exist hears him, and he is in more trouble than with his mom.

This is a very nice read for kids. Though I did like the story, plot and magic it contains, the story needs editing to make it smooth. This will clean the story and cut some of the repetitions too. The page count is a bit high for kids. They don’t have that long attention span. Good story and plot, it just need polish.

Talons A Novel by W.G. Griffiths

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

A review for readers

This is a great suspenseful story with its own twists and mysteries. I found Talons a fresh kind of tale that will delight many lovers of birds of pray. It is an interesting and well-researched mystery tale with a touch of romance. Talons is a very creative and interesting novel that will keep you hooked to the end. This novel has all the ingredients for a great story. Dead people, murders, police, an insurance investigator, bad guys, and the cute girl are all there. (more…)

Marketing Your Book by Florence Osmund

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Unless you’re a celebrity, famous author or just an exceptional writer who caught some lucky breaks, you will have to make at least some effort marketing your own books. (more…)