Archive | June 2017

10 Tips For Proof-Reading and Editing!

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Proof-Reading and Editing Tips

These are very informative, yet simple and easy to do. Melissa writes that “I spend most of my work hours editing other people’s work and self-editing my own writing. In fact, I spend more time on self-editing than I do on writing. So, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite tips for self-editing.”  This is a revisited post from months ago, however, I am editing my recently completed manuscript and I think it is worth reading again!  I hope yo think so too!

– Melissa Donavan,

1.Accept Favor Requests for Editing

When a friend, family member, or co-worker asks you to look at a draft, do it. Even if you’re busy, even if you don’t feel like it or have your own projects to write and edit, take it on. The more editing you do, the better you get at it, and that…

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My Review: June the Prune and Lady Bird


June the Prune and Lady Bird: Cancer Stinks! Kids and Pets Cracking the Power Code by Gracie Bradford

First the author’s blurb found on Amazon, and then my review.

“Have you wondered what goes through the mind of a patient in isolation for nine months? What keeps them going?
June is a 10 year old girl who goes on vacation with her brother and grandmother to Europe and has the time of her life. Six months after their return from vacation, a mysterious “THING” referred to as “Noma” attacks one of the travelers spiraling them out of control. June tells her story of being in a crazy and scary environment revealing unexpected powers that help in coping with loneliness. June finds unusual friends during the darkest days. Lady Bird, the dog, ole folks, Alex and G-Mom play a pivotal role during the journey through a tunnel of darkness.”

This book’s concept is absolutely wonderful and I give Gracie a high five for that! Living in dysfunctional family home environments is tough to write about, and I come from such an environment. Many times I found myself smiling when June, Alex and their grandma, G-Mom, traveled Europe. 

Then I was assailed with tears while reading about June falling victim to cancer at age ten years. My own son fought cancer and died at age five. I feel that writing about cancer from a child’s point of view is a great topic to tackle, and having a dog named Lady Bird was healing for child as she lay in the hospital.

This story went from present tense to past tense often; and has numerous errors. In the event that Ms. Bradford should have this galley professionally edited, I will adjust my star rating accordingly.

The Reality of Judging a Book by Its Cover

A Writer's Path

by Katie McCoach

I think it’s time we talk about book covers.

We all know the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but let’s be honest, this usually applies to people, and not actually a book. If we are really keeping it honest here, then readers and authors alike understand that books really are judged by the cover. A book cover is the very first thing a reader sees whether that is on a shelf at the bookstore or library, or online.

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Salina, KS, First Ever Comicon 18 JUNE 2017


So the story goes that hubby took both of us to the first ever comicon in Salina, KS. My amusement started off fast when hubby said he couldn’t drop me off at the box office due to police vehicle not allowing anyone through. Quite funny as he then realized that a “Zombie Response Team” with lights flashing wasn’t what he thought it was, and yes, he was rather embarrassed. 


Then we walked inside and the first booth caught my attention right away as a wonderful artist had been found. Anyone who knows me certainly knows I love art!


Had we a granddaughter in tow (or a granddaughter at all for that matter), the Little Mermaid would have enraptured her completely. Yes she is standing among some of the artworks done by the aforementioned man, of whom I should have found out what his name was, and his contact information. I could have asked for that information from this mermaid, but sadly I spaced off that they were married, as I turned around and saw a HAT!


I have to hand it to this young lady below. She designed her hat in TEN minutes! Now, I want a hat that fancy! I don’t have use for the ears, though, and the ears aren’t attached to the hat. She refused to sell it to me. 


Red Wagon comics will be arriving soon in Hays, KS. 


Lastly, and since I can’t post all the pictures and things going on at this comicon, I shall end with one of my favorite movie lines, “May the Force be with You!”


My Review: Back To Bienville


Back To Bienville, A Journey Into Wellness by Melinda Matthews is an inspiring read, no doubt about that. My review follows Matthews’s book blurb found on Amazon.

“Diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Melinda was shocked but still felt that she would be one of the few she’d heard about that would recover within a few years by learning to manage the symptoms and the stress in her life — and through a positive, hopeful outlook. As she watched with joy the national news broadcast the celebrations of the long-awaited demise of the Berlin Wall, she determined that she would not be walled in by illness. She was strong and courageous and just could not see herself with a debilitating chronic illness no matter what “they” said. She enjoyed life too much and there were things to do she still hadn’t done! She knew this type of thing happened to other people, but not to her! She would not be a victim of disease!

But in spite of her optimistic attitude and everything that sounded helpful that she tried, her physical condition continued to grow worse. Instead of being able to rally to the challenge before her and conquer it as she believed she would, she watched the years pass by as even more mysterious health issues surfaced, until the fierce hope she’d held onto so tightly turned into deep, dark despair. There seemed to be nothing else to try that might offer any real relief or restore any sort of quality of life to her existence. Worst of all, perhaps, there was no one who understood, no one who really seemed to care, and nowhere to turn — or so it seemed. When she finally hit bottom, there was nowhere to look but up. For a moment, mind and body put aside, she cried out from deep within her spirit, and a door to the supernatural opened.

Follow her miraculous journey from hopelessness to wholeness. Step by step she travels a road that leads, not just to answers, but to the genuine truth behind the matter — and not just to recovery, but to complete health. In the end, she learns that a lack of knowledge is by far the deadliest condition of them all…”

First off, this book is extremely Christian and bible quotes are used throughout (I am a Christian), yet no mention was made of what bible version was used for reference. I admired Matthews’ perseverance over the years with her various illnesses, and struggle towards a wellness state. I understand homeopathic medicine and its benefits. I believe in traditional medicine, and natural or homeopathic medicine. I am a Registered Nurse and not only that, but I am a Lyme Literate Registered Nurse. As such I could write pages about this book, and the authors’ disorders.

Early on, I knew the author had Lyme disease, although the author used the term Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), it is to be noted that CFS is a sub condition brought on by Lyme disease (and its co-infections), and not the other way around. I felt sadness, but I mostly felt inspiration, and that alone makes this book a great read. Doctors and science can be a soothing balm or a deadly arrow, and I highly recommend anyone with any of the diseases or disorders that Matthews’ suffered from seek a second, or a third opinion right from the beginning.

Matthews’ says that “said that all sickness and disease is spiritual”.  I don’t believe that for one second! Honestly, God does heal, but he doesn’t heal everyone. That is plain to see day in and day out, and in the bible. Certainly Jesus healed, yet many died when Jesus walked on Earth. Those who have died are certainly in a place of pure love and light.

Her story is readable, yet it was difficult for me due to the poor grammar and editing. Honestly, one cannot find a “micro valve prolapse” in the human body as it is a “mitral valve prolapse”, or “severally dehydrated” should be “severely dehydrated”, etc. Repeat-repeat words are found on most pages and in many paragraphs. I rate this book as three stars, and if editing is done, I will change my rating at that time.

Meet Maretha Botha #RRBCPIF

Dawn Delivers

Time has come once again for the members of Rave Reviews Book Club to take a moment and “pay it forward” by spending a day supporting another member, who in turn will support another member, who in turn will… well you get the idea 🙂

I am lucky to have been assigned the talented children’s author Maretha Botha, who has created the wonderful world of Fauna Park.

Who is Maretha?

MarethaAuthor/Illustrator Maretha Botha admits to being addicted to espresso and chocolate, and hiking occasionally on the moors, as well as being a seasonal gardener. In addition, she has written a series of children’s books – Fauna Park Tales. Books 1-3 are available in Kindle as well as black and white paperbacks. To enhance reading pleasure for better readers in her target market, 9-13, she has added some illustrations.

Additionally, she has combined books one and two in a 174-page Colour…

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#RRBC Pay It Forward with author, Mary Schmidt @MaryLSchmidt #RRBCPIF

Kim's Musings

This is Rave Reviews Book Club’s Pay It Forward Day. Welcome fellow author and RRBC Member, Mary Schmidt.


Mary Schmidt, aka S. Jackson, grew up in a small Kansas (USA) town, and she lived in other states since then. At this time, she and her husband split their time between Kansas and Colorado (they loved the mountains and off road 4-wheeling). Traveling is one of their favorite things to do, and she always has a book or even three books that she reads, in the same week. Books were really her thing.

It seemed like every time she turned around she was obtaining a new library card due to the current one being stamped complete. Diving into a good book made any day perfect and you would be surprised at the number of books she read over and over. She drew paper dolls and clothes for…

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