Tag Archive: Book

“Get your girl, Son!” Father’s Day Snippet from “CHARMEINE” in “The Light-Bearer Series” THANK YOU for 7 AWARDS!.

Percival and Carly are wonderful together…


Lately I’ve noticed a lot of negative articles online about certain independent authors which many take to include ALL independent authors. I really don’t understand that thinking. There are so many more good independent authors out there than there are bad. Just because 1 indie author is throwing a hissy fit doesn’t make all indie authors bad. It really bothers me that people get grouped together under the same hat simply because they all share the title indie author.




One of the first Indie books I read was

Elemental Magic (Elemental Magic, #1)

Elemental Magic (Elemental Magic #1)  by Angela Wallace




This was an awesome indie book. Well written with and interesting paranormal storyline (see my review)




Chain Gang Elementary, by Jonathan Grant


And I just read a pretty gross (and I mean that in a totally good way) horror, supernatural, mystery, paranormal novel. I will have the review up later today as I just moments ago finished reading it.

The Red Church (Sheriff Frank Littlefield, #1)

The Red Church (Sheriff Frank Littlefield #1)  by Scott Nicholson




I think Indie Authors are terrific! Take a chance on an indie novel, I think you will be very pleasantly surprised as was I!



There are several independent author lists out on the internet. You can also look on GoodReads, Amazon and Smashwords to name a few.

I am so excited!  Tomorrow I will be holding my first guest blog.  Graham Parke, author of several novels including




No Hope for Gomez!

No Hope for Gomez!  by  Graham Parke

Winner of the Forewords Book of the Year Awards, nominated for the International Book Awards and the USA Book News Best Book Awards, featured in the Kirkus Best Indie 2011 list.

It’s the age-old tale:
Boy meets girl.
Boy stalks girl.
Girl already has a stalker.
Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.




and Random Acts of Senseless Kindness  will be be leaving a guest post about the launch of his newest novel




Unspent Time

Unspent Time by Graham Parke




Along with the quest post, Graham Parke will be offering the chance to receive free books and a chance to win either a Kindle Fire of a Kindle Touch.

My husband had to go to 3 different conferences/classes on Executive Leadership. Part of the study work he had to do prior to the actual conferences was to read 3 books. The first book was (and I do love this title)




Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable...about Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business

Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable…about Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business by Patrick Lencioni




Now my husband is a smart man. Part of his job is being on the computer for most of the day, and I do believe he duct tapes his phone to his head as it is ringing non stop from 4 or 5 in the morning sometimes all the way to 11 at night. And that doesn’t include all the paperwork. Thankfully he has tremendous work help. Quite frankly when he comes home the last thing he wants to do is read. His eyes are already tired from work. I suggested that he get the audio version of the book. He could listen to the book, write notes when he needed to but this way he didn’t have to read. It worked like a charm. He aced his first conference/class, he was only 1 of a few that actually finished the book.




The next book of the three he had to read was




Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap   by Jim Collins

He went straight to audiobook for it. It worked just as well as the first book and again he did well in his conference/class. There was a third audiobook that he had bought for the conference/classes but he has lent it out and I am not sure of its name.
Since he had actually enjoyed the audiobooks, I decided to give one when I took a little road trip to Victoria. I chose as my first audiobook.
I am so happy to have discovered the joys of audiobooks! There are so many to choose from. Handy to have when you want to leave your hands free. And the storytelling reminds me of some of the happiest times I remember from a child. I would go to our public library, all of the kids there would sit on the floor, in  a circle for reading time. Our librarian was an amazing storyteller. She brought to life the books she read to us.
I would really recommend that you try out at least one audiobook. I’m sure glad I did!

I buy a lot of my books at second-hand stores and charity fund-raisers and am also given many through friends and family. Every now and then my husband will buy a book or magazine, usually something to do with computers (he’s an Apple nut) or CB radios. Recently he got a very well-preserved 1978 hardcover catalog from  Radio Shack. It’s rare as the hardcovers were for use in stores only.







It’s in great shape, has great pictures, and the colors inside are still crisp. There are no tears or rips.




There is however a problem. It smells. Bad. Really Bad!




I’ve come across several smelly books before. Some are just smelly but some (like this one) is damp as well.  A few years ago I found a few different things that worked for me for eliminating smells and or dampness.




This is for damp, smelly books:  Get 2 plastic containers (1 large, the other small enough to fit inside the large one with at least 1 inch of air between the 2), the smaller container need to be big enough to hold the book with a little air around the edges of the book. You don’t need a lid for the smaller container. The second container needs to be bigger and have an airtight lid. Place a thin layer (one to 2 inches) of kitty litter on the bottom of the larger container. Place the book inside the smaller container, and then place them on top of the kitty litter. Put the air tight lid on the big container and leave for at least a week. The kitty litter will remove the moisture and it will also absorb the smell. I’m told rice works as well, but doesn’t do as well with the odor. You can sprinkle baking soda on the pages and leave it sitting in the sun, this will eliminate dampness and does help with the smell as well.




If the pages aren’t damp there are several ways you can remove odors. Use unscented dryer sheets, cut into strips, and place strips every 20 pages or so, put into a plastic bin or bag and let sit for 3 days minimum. No dryer sheets? You can use a thin layer of cornstarch lightly brushed on each separate page, let sit for 24 hours and brush it off. It works really well, but is very time-consuming.




If the odor is particularly bad you can use a product called Book Deodorizer, it’s used the same as kitty litter, can be used up to 6 months (depending on how many books you need to deodorize, and then can be composted as its biodegradable.




No matter what we do to protect our books, things sometimes happen anyway.  If you have solution for eliminating dampness or odors in books please share.

I belong to GoodReads and LibraryThing and a few other sites like these. At GoodReads I belong to with a group of reviewers. We discuss reviews, and books, and authors but usually its discussions about reviews.  Lately there have been a rash of *false* reviews on Amazon and other sites as well. When I first heard about it I was really surprised you know, thinking why would you fake a review? Of course, once I thought about it I understood why. But still, writing fake review.




False or faked reviews affect everyone. From the reader straight on through to the author and the publisher. Readers, myself included, when I am just undecided which book to read, I will look at reviews just to see what people say about it. Many times its been through reviews why I have picked up a book I previously ignored and have ending up loving it. So now when I look, I know myself enough to know that I’m always going to be looking at them with the thought in the back of my head, ‘is this a real review’. Thankfully through Goodreads I have found a number of honest reviewers who I trust. Something to think about when you are deciding on a book, if there is not a single bad review, something’s wrong because not everyone is going to like the same thing. Its like this book


Against All Enemies Against All Enemies  by Tom Clancy, Peter Telep




I didn’t like this book at all. But a friend of mine loved it. We’ve had several discussions about it, no name calling lol, but we both really like all Tom Clancy’s other work especially this one

Patriot Games Patriot Games by Tom Clancy



I write reviews because I like to share how I feel about the books I read. Some I love, some are okay, some I hate. I write reviews to help others decided if they want to read a book, and I try to not give away to much of the story, but I do like putting in puns, little jokes which if you read the book you’ll understand. Things like that.




I also know that many, many books are sent out to reviewers whom are never heard from again. That really bothers me. To me writing reviews is a part-time job, and I set aside a little time everyday, so that when I’m finished reading the book, I have all the notes I need. As well, I request books in exchange for my review, so I review it. I think some people just see it as free books and nothing else. I see it as getting a chance to read new authors, new books and help other people decide if the book is the right fit for them. If you’re not going to review the book, don’t ask for one.




I recently read and then wrote a review for this book. I couldn’t believe all these positive, glowing reviews, I finally found 2 others that didn’t like it and the reviews didn’t sound at all like the story the 3 of us read. Turns out the reviews were all faked  and now the book has been removed from amazon. And I think that its great that amazon is doing that. I’m not mentioning names as I am not sure of what the outcome will be.




So here are a couple of tips if you’re worried about reading reviews.

Find a reviewer or reviewers you trust, stick with them

Check multiple sites like GoodReads, LibraryThing, Shelfari, Amazon

On indie books, read a few pages (you can do that on many of the above sites) to see if you like the writing style



I am not much of a movie watcher (although I will admit to having a weakness for those really, really bad B-movies from the late 40’s into the early 70’s, especially if they have creatures or aliens…you get the picture) I do however love episodic books.


Explosive Eighteen is the 18th (actually if you include the 4 between-the-numbers books its 22) Stephanie Plum novel. It follows the exploits of a well intentioned, though fairly inept female bounty hunter in Trenton, New Jersey.




Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, #18) View a preview of this book online

Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum #18) by Janet Evanovich




As she tries to bring in skips (people who make bail using her cousin’s bail bond service and then fail to appear at the scheduled court date) there are some amusing situations that can and do arise. With Lulu, her coworker, usually by her side (or on their backsides as the case may be) they cruise around Trenton dating, fighting, shopping and trace skipping. Who are the jokers who show up at her door? Are they for real or is this someone’s idea of a practical joke? Vinnie’s a weasel, Joyce is a bitch but who are the rats? And oh, what, oh what, is Stephanie going to do about Ranger and Morelli?


Now here is my dilemma. As a book in the Stephanie Plum series, I was disappointed. It was at times romantic, humorous, mysterious and yet so, so just a repeat of previous books. There was no real character development over previous books, no new action scenes that hadn’t previously been used (though with other names or species), and no real new romantic developments either. As a book in the series, I rate it a 3.


Now if I take away the ‘book in a series’ aspect, I liked it quite a bit more. The characters are crazy and funny, the situations are sometimes tense, sometimes romantic and again sometimes puzzling, but again it reads better if you take away the series aspect. If I were to rate it as a stand alone book, discarding the previous novels in the series, I would rate it a 4.


So overall if you’re looking for a light, romance with some slapstick comedy and action scenes this would be a good book to read. I do know that this an unusual way to review a book but those are my thoghts. I have enjoyed the Stephanie Plum books just a little less each time. I would have loved some, heck any, growth by the characters. I do adore Lula. I don’t care that she was once a whore as they say , she is a great comedic relief. I just wish her character would develop more as well.

The Colors of Malent

Debut authors Tim Adams and Sam Inzerillo, have finished book 1 in their new Young Adult fantasy novel The Color of Malent series. They are working now on books 2 and 3.



I met Tim Adams at an online site. I offered to review his upcoming novel, The Color of Malent, and asked if I could also do an interview with both he and Sam Inzerillo.  I was thrilled when they agreed and also offered a copy of their YA fantasy novel for a giveaway.  I will have the pleasure of interviewing  both men later this month or early next month as a blog interview and will be offering a giveaway of their YA fantasy novel The Color of Malent as well.




For as long as she can remember, Alara Martin has had strange dreams about a beautiful, faraway world. They increase with intensity as she approaches her fifteenth birthday, and Alara has a hard time distinguishing them from reality. She thinks about them constantly—and wonders why no one else in her family experiences them.

After suffering from a particularly traumatic and vivid nightmare, Alara learns an astonishing truth from her parents: she is not their real daughter! Alara is devastated by the news and riddled with more questions than answers. Who are her real parents? Where does she belong? And why do these strange dreams plague her every night?

Alara’s daily routine is interrupted by extraordinary landscapes, unbelievable creatures, and strange waking visions. Her search for answers will thrust her into the middle of a conflict for which she is completely unprepared. Can Alara’s destiny really lie in the world of Malent? And how can Alara leave all that she loves in her current world for her true heritage? Desperate for help from anyone who will listen, Alara fights to uncover her real identity—before it’s too late.



This will be my first interview and giveaway on my blog!  I am super excited but of course a little nervous as well. I am really looking forward to learning about Tim Adams and Sam Inzerillo and finding out more about how they got together to write, why they decided on Young Adult fantasy to write, and more about their new book, and the series. If you have any suggestions or comments, please let me know.




I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award

Special thank you goes out Emily Guido, author of thelightbearernovelist for nominating me.

Seven Things About Myself

1.)  I am married to a wonderful man and together we have 5 terrific children ranging in age from 29 to 16. My family is so incredibly important to me.

2.)  I read everyday. I always have a book, usually 2 or 3, at a time. I love to do reviews on the books and share my reviews with others.

3.)  I am a dog lover!  I have had a dog in my life since I was 5. My dog Simon is a mini dachshund and is my husband’s first experience with being a dog owner. Simon is quite the character, and is almost as stubborn as I.

4.) I love to read debut authors to get a sense of their style and skills.

5.)  When I review books, if I think the book is terrible, I will not bash everything about it. I will write down what I dislike, but always try to counter with something positive.  I always remember that the authors put so much effort and love into what they write, and even if I don’t care for a book, the next person may love it, and I wouldn’t want someone to pass up on a book simply on my say so.

6.)  I love to write and my blog is my way of doing so.

7.)  I don’t belong to any reading groups as I like to read what I want, when I want. I’ve tried over the years but as soon as I’m told what book to read, I no longer want to read it.  I just really don’t like to be told what to read.

I am nominating these 15 bloggers

1.)  Leighiandra Kasheen, she blogs and writes about children’s books. A great site to help you decide on books for your children.

Book Wormish

2.)  Meira Penterman, author/blogger with several helpful services on her site


3.) Lady Romp, a blogger for the Empowerment of Women. Great site with very positive, helpful links and comments.


4.) Matthew D. Ryan, writer, philosopher, blogger. Interesting views on world events, with additional information about his books and short stories.


5.)  Trevor Nagler blogs about movies. Great site with his view on movies you should see before you die.


6.) This is a group of six who blog about books, events and their reviews. Great site with lots of information

Reflections of a Book Addict

7.) Poppy Lantern blogs about her thoughts, her feelings and about books she will read and has read.


8.) Cory, 25 years old, blogs about books, life and his writings

Ancient’s Writing Portfolio

9.)  A humorous blog about everything!


10.)  Angela Wallace is a writer and sign language interpreter. Her blog is about her work and books she recommends for reading.

Angela Wallace ~ Elemental Magic

11.)  Stacy Mantle, her blog is an interesting mix of books and experiences

Life as a writer…

12.) Karen Payze, wife, mom, writer, artist, blogger. Her blog is a mix of everything she holds dear.

Drawing Room Days

13.) Laura blogs about books. Books she has read, books she has reviewed and books she would like to read.


14.) Dr. Anthony shares stories, thoughts and ideas on his blog. He is well-traveled and includes many photos


15.) H.N. Sieverding is an author. She blogs about her writings and others.

Inside the mind of a fantasy writer

Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

VBA Rules

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award.

  •  Include a link to their blog.

  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.

  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award

  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Ahhh Friday…

Ahh..Friday. I’ve always loved Fridays. the end of the workweek, the start of the weekend, usually a chance to relax, get caught up with friends and family. For me its the day I get my next week’s to-do list. Now my list doesn’t have the usual things like paint the living room, was the car, make cupcakes for my daughter, because thankfully, for once, she actually gave me the school request 2 days before they’re due instead of the day of and other honey do lists items.  No, my list includes what new books will become available the next week, what books I want to read, what books I want to read and review and my list usually takes up a whole sheet of paper, and is covered with writing and arrows and smiley faces.  Then I proceed to ignore the list and read what strikes my fancy! I make those lists every week and every week I ignore them.

This leads me into book clubs. Yes, it really does. The way I make my lists and then ignore them, is exactly what happens when I  join a book group and then I’m told what I have to read.  That just doesn’t sit well with me. I like to read what I want to read when I want to read it and not be told what I have to read.  Don’t get me wrong, book clubs are great, they’re just not for me.

Yesterday I received a hard copy of the novel The Trouble with Half a Moon  by Danette Vigilante, her debut novel.  It’s a middle grade, teen book, but it was very powerful. What a tremendous book! I picked it up to look through the first chapter around 10 last night. I didn’t put it down til it was finished at 230 this morning. I will be posting my review soon.

Time to make my weekend list.

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