Archive | September 2017

Carlo the Mouse Book 2: Now We’re Talking! by Mrs. D

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Carlo the Mouse Book 2: Now We’re Talking! by Mrs. D

My review follows the book blurb found on Amazon.

“Listen to the news and keep your eyes open, because a curious little mouse has had his wish come true! Now We’re Talking! is the second in a series of books on Carlo’s adventures. This nosy little mouse leaves home for the first time to explore life inside the hospital. But Hospitalia is a strange place, and there’s no place for him to hide. Cold, sterile, and unfriendly, the hospital looks nothing like Carlo had imagined while sitting at home. Before he knows what’s up, the kitchen staff are on his tail. Will the hungry mouse manage to trick the hospital manager, cook, and exterminator without breaking the rules his parents taught him? You’ll find out in Mrs. D.’s next book on Carlo the Mouse, What’s Going On? If this clever mouse outwits you, don’t get discouraged. Keep reading and follow Carlo’s adventures!”

Review:

In book two of this series, we find that Carlo the Mouse finally gets to leave home through a tiny mouse hole in the basement wall in which he was born and lives with his parents. Carlo hates rules and he learned the kinds of trouble he could get into by not following rules. First he finds the hallways and they are bright white and huge, with nowhere to hide. The doctors’ shadows are huge and he scampers to hide. The patients are sad, sick, and confused. In trying to find the kitchen, he delves into a couple patient rooms and there ensues more adventure for this young mouse. When he finally finds the kitchen and the staff see him, they try to catch Carlo with brooms, saucepans, and all manner of kitchen things. Five stars for this lovely children’s picture book and illustrations. What happened to Carlo? Book three should tell us.

This entry was posted on September 21, 2017. 2 Comments

Carlo the Mouse Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse by Mrs. D

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Carlo the Mouse Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse by Mrs. D

My review follows the book blurb found on Amazon.

“Age 6-8 Grab your boots and hold on to your hat, because you are in for an exciting trip! The new series of Carlo the Mouse has been born. Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse is the first in a series of books on Carlo’s adventures. Each book will give readers an entertaining look into the life of a little mouse born inside a hospital’s walls. Clever, curious, and very impatient, Carlo the mouse dreams of the world outside the hospital. His parents teach him how to follow the rules and how to survive on his own, but Carlo’s insatiable desire for adventure constantly gets him in trouble. Will the little adventurer manage to survive when he leaves home? You’ll find out in Mrs. D.’s next books on Carlo the mouse. Let your imagination soar in this full series of Carlo’s adventures!”

Review:

I fell in love with Carlo from the beginning. Carlo was born in a basement wall next to the kitchen. He loved cheese and couldn’t get enough. His first word was “yummy” (as he loved cheese) and it was endearing to read this story. As Carlo grew up, he wanted to venture out into the hospital and especially find the chef in the kitchen because of the delicious scent of foods he could smell from inside the walls. Finally his parents gave Carlo rules he must obey if he wanted to see parts of the hospital remain safe. Children learn life lessons through Carlo, and his adventures. The illustrations are beautiful and I can see a large series around this curious mouse. Five stars!

This entry was posted on September 21, 2017. 4 Comments

Whisper Bay: Oliver & Chloe

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Whisper Bay: Oliver & Chloe by Sybil Shae

I read this novella and my review follows the author’s book blurb found on Amazon.

“Meet Chloe Tyson and Oliver Pettigrew from Whisper Bay, a small community where everyone knows everyone or at least they think they do. 

Oliver is a mysterious young man who has just returned home to Whisper Bay. No one really knows anything about him and really doesn’t seem to want to either. Except for Chloe, she needs to know all she can—her life as she knows it depends on it.
Can a socially awkward young man and a lonely young woman that has been deemed worthless by everyone who is supposed to love her, find hope—together?”

Review:

This novella is a truly nice clean read for those in high school and most all young adult readers. The characters of Chloe and Oliver are good, but the story lacks insight as to how Oliver grew up and became the person he is in this book. I was able to connect with Chloe and her abusive extended family as I could understand her feelings. I would have liked to know more about Chloe’s mother, though. A friend of Chloe’s, Aralia, per her parents, isn’t allowed to have Chloe as a friend, yet nothing is said as to why this is so. It is refreshing to read about what older teenagers feel and the things they endure in school and college. One’s first real love and finding what true love really is makes for a nice story. The pace is fast, and fairly well-written. A few line edits need to done, but other than that this fictional novella rates as four stars due to lack of more insight into Chloe’s mother, Oliver’s childhood, and why Aralia’s parents are against their friendship.

 

The Witness Trees of The American Civil War

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Across the United States there are hundreds and thousands of trees that have stood around for many centuries and bore witness to the history in that area. Some of these trees were present during key events in American history like the Civil War battles. Historians call these trees “witness trees”.

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How To Give Your Short Stories A Neat Ending

Rachel Poli

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Just like beginning a short story, the ending should have some sort of purpose as well. It doesn’t do well to just say, “The End.”

No, the ending should do much more than that. It should…

  • Be satisfying
  • Close all the doors, wrapping everything up neatly
  • Make the story as a whole make sense

How do you do that?

There are so many different ways you can end your short story, but we’ll just talk about a few.

THE TWIST OR SURPRISE

When it comes to short stories, sometimes you need a little kick in your ending to make it that much more interesting because it’s so short. If there’s room, allow for a surprise or some sort of twist. Let it click inside your readers’ heads and have them say, “Ohh! I get it now!”

Of course, you can’t just throw in any random twist. It needs to be…

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This entry was posted on September 20, 2017. 2 Comments

7 Tips to Writing Villain Friendships

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Team Rocket from Pokemon

Let’s be honest.  Bad guys can have friends too.  You don’t see it very often though.  We like to believe that villains are incapable of having a positive relationship.  They always have to backstab, betray, and connive against those that are close to them.  Is that really the way to succeed as a villain?  I beg to differ.  So, what are some things to consider when it comes to making two villains be genuine friends?

  1. Give the characters something in common besides being evil.  If that’s all you have to go on then it’s doomed to end in betrayal.  Sure, you can go that route for comedic effect, but that’s really about it.  Maybe the villains enjoy the same movie or the same food.  Perhaps they both have an interest in restoring stained glass windows.  The sky is the limit for what can spark a friendship.

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This entry was posted on September 20, 2017. 2 Comments

Writer Envy: Do’s and Don’ts

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K.M. Allan

While writer’s do have each others backs, after all, no one else knows better how much work goes into creating a book, there are occasions when along with the crippling self-doubt and frustrating writer’s block, you will be struck down with writer envy.

Writer envy usually rears its head when you see another writer post, boast or blog about scoring an agent, a book deal, selling the movie rights, publish selfies with their books in actual stores, or spam you with photos of their author signings where real-live people actually went out of their way to get a signed copy of a book that was published by a real-live publishing house.

It’s human for them to want to show off such great achievements (and we’d all be first in line to do the same if it was us), it’s also very human to feel envious of this so I’m not…

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Easy author hack for more book reviews

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One of my favorite marketing strategies is pretty simple: Study what successful people are doing and copy them.

Authors can do this with the best-selling or well-known authors in their genre or category, too.

That’s the approach behind today’s hack for getting more book reviews. This one focuses specifically on getting book reviews on blogs.

It will take you seconds — literally seconds — to find bloggers who review books just like yours.

Here’s a short, 2.5-minute video showing you how to do it.

read more: https://buildbookbuzz.com/easy-author-hack-for-more-book-reviews/

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This entry was posted on September 19, 2017. 2 Comments

Giving –The Word

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This is a post from when the blog was brand new. I added some pictures when I reposted it. I pray you enjoy it 🙂

Todays verses seem to be all about giving. Giving freely to those who need it, with no expectations of what this will gain me down the road.

We’ve all heard this right, its better to give than receive, what comes around goes around, and miraculously there it is right in the Bible.

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I don’t think I always knew how to give or what to give, I barely had enough to get through the day, how was I suppose to give? If I did give, it wasn’t freely, there was always the expectation that I’ll get something in return.

The reality is, we all have something to give.

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“But I don’t have money” so, give your attention, listen…

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This entry was posted on September 19, 2017. 1 Comment