Monday, February 28, 2011

More Great Reads

Quote of the week: Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can  make the whole trip that way. E. L. Doctorow

I've been reading. Can't help myself. Reading is a lot more fun than vacuuming or washing clothes or all those other boring activities. Reading inspires me to write. How can it not when the stories speak to me, draw me into the lives of the characters in the books? I want my characters to come to life, to be remembered by the readers. No reviews today. They take too much time and I must work on my WIP. Here's just a little about my two latest reads.

once was lost
Sara Zarr, National Book Award Finalist
Little, Brown and Company
Oct. 2009
ISBN: 978-0-316-03604-7

From the back cover:

"Samara Taylor used to believe in miracles.
She used to believe in a lot of things.
But where there was once faith ... there are now only questions."

jumping off swings
Jo Knowles
Candlewick Press
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3949-5

From the jacket flap:

Elie has hooked up with more than a few boys. Each time, she is certain there will be more to the encounter than just sex...

Told alternately from each character's point of view, this deeply insightful novel explores the aftershocks of the biggest decision of one fragile girl's life, and the realities of leaving innocence behind.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Read an E-Book Week, March 6-12th

The following is from the Read an E-Book Week site.

E-BOOKS TURN 40! That's right - it's been forty years since Michael S. Hart created the first "e-book". With the advent of e-books, e-book libraries were needed. Enter Mr. Hart, once again, with Project Gutenberg.

"... in just the six days from Chrismas to a little before New Year's Eve Project Gutenberg gave away ONE MILLION eBooks in less than 140 hours. . .from just one site, and there were hundreds, if not thousands, of sites handing out Gutenberg's eBooks ..."

Many publishers will be offering free give-aways of their books so check out the Read an E-Book site for more information. Twilight Times Books is offering free books at Twilight Times. Now's your chance to stock up on some great reads. Among them are:

Behold the Eyes of Light - Geoff Geauterre
Darrell Bain's World of Books - Darrell Bain
How I Wrote My First Book: the story behind the story - Anne K. Edwards and Lida E. Quillen, Editors (My story is here.)
Jerome and the Seraph - Robina Williams
Literary Sampler - Mayra Calvani, Aaron Paul Lazar and Anne K. Edwards
No Place for Gods - Gerald Mills
Striking Back from Down Under - Dr. Bob Rich
The Last to Fall - Anne K. Edwards
Tremolo: cry of the loon - Aaron Paul Lazar
Who is Margaret?  What is She? and Other Stories - Celia A. Leaman.

Several of Twilight Times titles will also be available at a 50 % discount from OmniLit during the week of March 6-12. All of TT books are available at a 20 % discount from Barnes & Noble. So the week of March 6 to 12 is a good time to add some great E-Books to your list. I just haven't decided which ones I want the most. Working on it.

Have a nice weekend. Happy reading and writing.

Monday, February 21, 2011


Quote of the week: Only write from your own passion, your own truth. That's the only thing you really know about, and anything else leads you away from the pulse. Marianne Williamson

Today I'm reviewing the third book I've read for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge. If my former teachers could see me now, reading, they'd never believe it. I find it amusing too. And I'm enjoying every minute and every book.


Courtney Allison Moulton

Harper Collins

384 Pages


Imagine discovering that you’re not really who you think you are. Imagine discovering that you have a past and that past includes the handsome, mysterious boy you just met. Angels, Guardians, reapers, immortals, good, evil, forbidden love, and characters that are not always what they seem come to life in ANGELFIRE, by Courtney Allison Moulton.

In the author’s debut novel, Elizabeth (Ellie) Monroe lives the life of a normal, wealthy, teenage girl. She wants a car for her 17th birthday, a party to remember, her parents to stop arguing, and to go to movies with her friends. She gets the car, an Audi. Her party is one she’ll never forget, but she has to make sure the guests will. Her parents, well, her mother is kind and loving; her father is the opposite. Soon real life adventures replace Ellie’s nights at the movies. She’s the Preliator, warrior, a few thousand years old. Will, the new guy in her life, is 600 years old and her Guardian, dedicated to keeping her alive. Ellie, a mortal, has died and been reborn many times. Now, together Ellie and Will must defeat the reapers who are preparing for Apocalyptic War. They also must fight the growing romance between them, for it’s not allowed.

Stories about angels are some of my favorites. I like Ellie. She has spunk. She’s not perfect, which makes her a more interesting character. She’s torn between two worlds, wanting on the one hand to be human and on the other to fulfill her destiny. A delicious revelation comes at the end of the story, along with a bit of sadness, at least to me. I’m glad there will be a second book about Ellie and Will, because their story cannot end this way. I recommend this book for angel lovers and for all readers who enjoy a little romance with their action. Ms. Moulton has done a nice job of creating characters the reader cares about. And oh what happens to the Audi. I’m not telling. There’s never a dull moment in ANGELFIRE. I think you’ll agree.

ARC Review Copy Courtesy of Harper Collins and Net Galley

See more at Amazon.

Friday, February 18, 2011


It appears E-Readers are taking over the world. I'm loving my iPad. It's so much easier on my eyes. The light background makes the print stand out, and I can adjust the size, which is great for my tired old eyes. Years ago, like in 2006, when my YA mystery came out, I bought an RCA eBook. It was great, and it still works. It is so out of date, though, like the manual typewriter I learned to type on in school is compared to a computer that I use today.

The major problem I have with my iPad is being afraid I'll drop it and break the thing. Or else the cat will decide it's her scratching post and leave her claw marks all over the screen. I'm going to extend my warrenty, cause you never know what acts of nature or of man will occur, and when.

Anyhow, I'm happy to announce that three of my books are now on e-readers.

Just Breeze is available on the Kindle Reader.

"And I wondered what planet Cam came from, for no earthling boys I knew were so polite."

Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines, my YA historical fiction, is now on the Nook Book. (Say that 10 times without stopping) It's also on the Kindle.

"And he drew. His nightmares ... his anger ... his heartache. It was more terrifying than I had imagined."

My YA mystery, Secrets I Have Kept, is also on the Kindle.

"In the small garden, tucked in a secluded spot betweeen the hospital and street, Casey found his leather jacket, lying on the ground under the redwood bench. When he stooped to pick it up, he saw the wilted bluebonnet. She was here, and I don't think she left willingly."

So, what do you think about E-Readers?

Happy reading.

Monday, February 14, 2011


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Doing anything special today?

I'm not, just a regular day. Maybe DH and I will watch a movie this afternoon. We're such exciting people. :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

HAVEN Review

Quote for the week: Read, read, read. Read everything-trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the most. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window. William Faulkner

The second book I've read for the 2011 Debut Author's Challenge is Haven by Kristi Cook


Have you ever started a new school where the students were just a bit different? What if your new friends and classmates all have a secret, a secret they cannot tell to the outside world? When Violet McKenna enrolls at Winterhaven, she discovers that the school is not exactly what it appears to be. And she fits in just perfectly.

Author Kristi Cook’s debut novel, HAVEN, follows sixteen-year-old Violet as she meets other teens, who, like herself, each have a special gift. Violet sees visions. And they always come true. Now this is intriguing enough to keep you reading. Then throw in a gorgeous guy named Aidan, who is a trifle pale, and who can read Violet’s mind, and you have a story you’ll stay up into the early hours of the morning to read, wondering how Violet and Aiden will solve the problems they face when her visions are of Aidan and reveal that something terrible will happen to him. Violet is the only one who can save him.

 Ms. Cook has written a novel with characters that stay with you long after you put the book down. The plot flows smoothly, taking the reader from one scene to the next. She’s added danger, teen angst, and a tender romance that could be deadly for Violet as well as for Aidan. A great story that I recommend for every reader who enjoys a good book. This one is it.

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 416 pages

Publisher: Simon Pulse (February 22, 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1442407603

ISBN-13: 978-1442407602

Happy reading.

Friday, February 4, 2011


A while back I interviewed Kai Strand, lovely lady, fabulous author, and a super critique partner. Today, I want to share her debut novel, The Weaver, with you.

Here is my review. Enjoy.


by Kai Strand.

At one time or another, most of us have made a wish for something we truly wanted. Sometimes that wish came true, the way we hoped. Other times it turned out quite differently than we expected, surprising us.

In author Kai Strand’s debut novel, THE WEAVER, for middle grade and tween readers, Mary Wordsmith lives in The Tales, a village where the people weave stories. Mary wants to weave tales as beautiful as those of her mother, Abigail. Mary’s tales, however, are boring. When she starts to tell one, the other kids at school roll their eyes and yawn and groan. Then one day on her way home from the dairy Mary meets Unwanted, a little blue gnome-elf, who grants her a wish. What happens next makes for a fantasy story that will delight young readers and old. I know the tale fascinated me. I could envision Mary, trying so hard to tell her stories, but not having the special touch that the rest of the villagers seemed to have. Even her name, Wordsmith, hints at what she is, so why do her stories turn out all wrong?

Ms. Strand has woven a beautiful tale of her own that young readers will want to read over and over. The vivid descriptions of the town and the people allow readers to “see” the quaint village and to be there, with Mary and her family. THE WEAVER would make a perfect addition to grades 3 - 5 classrooms. After reading the book, the students could then weave their own tales and illustrate them as well. What a fun way to develop students’ creative writing skills. I wish I’d had this book when I was teaching 3rd and 5th grades. And the cover art by K. C. Snider is just perfect for the little village of The Tale.

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Paperback: 94 pages

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (December 10, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1616331224

ISBN-13: 978-1616331221

The Weaver is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble and Guardian Angel Publishing.
Have a safe weekend.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Thank You, Thank You

Thanks to all you dear friends, Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines came in fourth in the Young Adult division of Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll. I couldn't have done it without you. Lizzie and Nat say "Thank You" too. Here are the Top Ten results:

1. I Listened, Momma, Darlene Franklin Campbell, Moon Gypsy Press

2. Fallon O'Reilly and the Ice Queen's Lair, Debra K. Dunlap, MuseItUp Publishing,

3. Struck by Conscience, C.K. Green, Whimsical Publications, 

4. Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines, Beverly Stowe McClure, Twilight Times Books

5. What Scotland Taught Me, Molly Ringle, ireadiwrite Publishing

6. High School Heroes, James Mascia, L&L Dreamspell

7. Balefire and Moonstone, Cynthia, Gypsy Shadow Publishing

8. Rain, Kieryn Nicolas, Echelon Press

8. Freaksville, Kitty Keswick, Leap Books

9. The Lost Witch, David Tysdale, Uncial Press

9. Crossed Out, Kim Baccellia, Lachesis Publishing

10. Dogsled Dreams, Terry Lynn Johnson, 4RV Publishing

10. Awakened, Ednah Walters, Pill Hill Press

10. The Halloween Dino Trip, Lea Schizas, MuseItUp Publishing

Congratulations to everyone who entered. You're all winners in my book.