2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
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Book Review Blurb: City of Windows by Robert Pobi

FABULOUS!! This was a fantastic first-in-series and I hope like mad that Pobi follows it up with more Lucas Page adventures in math and murder as soon as humanly possible…

Page is a marvelous character – bent, not broken, and working like a dervish to keep himself and his family in one piece. There are just enough nods to current events, political theories, and social commentary/debate to make this one scary and resonant on multiple levels. When those issues are presented with a deft talent at storytelling, they become even more so. Pobi has done an exceptional job creating a world that is believably bleak without feeling hopeless – and the latter bit is largely due to the phenomenal Page who shines like a beacon in the darkness, offering an almost mystical set of abilities that allow him to see through the pitch. It’s one hell of a story and I’m already chomping at the bit for more!

Book Review: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

I LOVED this one!! I am a huge fan of the world-within-the-world concept, and this book offered that to the nth degree. Add to it a fabulous and wholly engaging storytelling style, marvelous characters you can’t help but love and connect with, and a plot that carries you along a winding, twisting river of machinations, secrets, and misdirection, and you wind up with a perfectly marvelous story that I couldn’t put down!

The concept of doors – excuse me, Doors – is not a new one, but in Harrow’s skillful hands the construct plays out brilliantly. There is a mystery underpinning the mystery, and the author teases out the parallel plot lines masterfully. January is a wonderful protagonist, offering just the right blend of sass and smarts, and her escapades are, for good and ill, full of wonderment and magic and devastating consequences. Continue reading Book Review: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Guest Post: Create a Web Page by Hank Quense

Today I’m pleased to bring you author and author-helper Hank Quense’s thoughts on the importance of a web presence for authors – especially new authors. Hank has shared his words of wisdom on getting children writing and encouraging children’s storytelling in the past, and I’m delighted to be able to add his insights on internet marketing/presence as well. Enjoy!

Create a Web Page
by Hank Quense

Create a Web Page

Whether you like it or not, the way many published books are found and bought these days is via the internet. Therefore, you and your book need a web presence.

The simplest way to establish a web presence is to use a program like WordPress or Blogger or Weebly. Blogger can be found at https://www.blogger.com/about/?r=2. It is an app from Google and is fairly simple to use but is limited in its flexibility. WordPress is much more flexible. You can find Weebly at https://www.weebly.com. WordPress comes in two versions. One, wordpress.com, uses a WordPress server that is common to many, many bloggers and the second, wordpress.org, uses a server that you must provide. In this latter case, you have to decide on a host server and obtain a URL. More about these issues later on in this article. Continue reading Guest Post: Create a Web Page by Hank Quense

Book Review: A Predator and a Psychopath by Jay Kerk

As others have pointed out, this is not a book for the timid. The opening segment, in which we find Jason righteously indignant in a mental institution, was my favorite bit of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the way his tale was unfolding – or seemed to be. Then things got weird, and from there I struggled with the book.

I don’t mind back-and-forth narrators; they can be tricky to deliver in a way that feels organic in the swap and the way details are provided, but I appreciate that they are often necessary to give the appropriate depth to a story. The problem for me is that one of them – Jerry – is abhorrent and his sections of the book were very hard to read. Continue reading Book Review: A Predator and a Psychopath by Jay Kerk

Book Review: All the Better Part of Me by Molly Ringle

This was SO not what I was expecting after the Goblins of Bellwater… I don’t know why I expected magic again, or the lyric prose of GoB. I read the blurb, I knew what this one was about – and it was decidedly NOT the same type of story. Still, I loved the writing in Goblins so much that I would pretty much have agreed to read Ringle’s grocery list just to fall back into one of her lushly crafted, wholly original worlds.

This one is VERY different. Not in a bad way. Not in a good way. Just very different. This is a wholly realistic, utterly grounded-in-reality tale about realizing who you are and what you want out of life, and realizing that the labels that people (both you and others) want to put on those things don’t matter in the end – what matters is being who you are. Continue reading Book Review: All the Better Part of Me by Molly Ringle

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