Archive | November 2018

A Short Update.

The Writer Next Door | Vashti Q

Hello, everyone. I wanted to give a quick update. My surgery went well. The surgeon did run across some bowel adhesions that he had to repair. I don’t know how that happened. I guess he’ll explain how those could have formed in two weeks when I see him.

I have to be honest . . . I’ve never known pain like this before in my life. I got Percocet for the pain but it only seems to work when I’m reclining or lying perfectly still. Getting out of bed and standing/sitting is the worst. I was warned there would be pain but I had no idea it would be this bad. I guess the repairing of the bowel adhesions added to the the overall pain of having my uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and lymph nodes removed.

Despite the pain I’m happy that the surgery went well and that the surgeon…

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This entry was posted on November 30, 2018. 2 Comments

With Angel’s Wings


With Angel’s Wings by Stephanie A. Collins  

From the author as found on Amazon:

With Angel’s Wings is the true story of Laura, a young wife and mother of a three-year-old daughter. Her husband, Kevin, a marine, is deployed overseas, leaving Laura to give birth to their second daughter and handle the two young children on her own.

Thirteen days after the birth of her youngest, the pediatrician detects a heart murmur. That leads to just the first of multiple diagnoses for both of her daughters, sending Laura on an unexpected and emotional journey into the world of parenting medically-fragile, special needs children.

Right when Laura fears she will break under the incredible pressure, she encounters the beauty of true love, in a most unexpected and unconventional way.”

This was a truly heart wrenching story, and a painful read for me. As a registered nurse, and the mother of two children in haven and one on Earth who is special needs, I found that I could relate completely with Laura’s story. When your children are special needs children and you are trying to raise them alone, well, that is to be superhuman.

My Review:

The story is written from the mother’s point of view, and at times, there were so many introspective thoughts, I found myself skipping over them. In real life, you can’t have paragraphs of thoughts going a zillion miles an hour and answer a question from a doctor or whoever – not in real time. I suggest these areas be edited, and reduced for a much more impressive read.

I felt Laura’s pain, and I was psyching myself up to get to where one of the children passed away, but the girls lived. They lived and thrived, actually. I don’t want to give too much away…

Love overcomes all in the end… touch of mystery here for those who haven’t read this five star book!



This entry was posted on November 26, 2018. 4 Comments

7 Reminders About Editing

K.M. Allan

They say writing is re-writing, and until you’ve sat down to write a book and discovered this, you don’t realize how true it is.

Tangled up in all that writing and re-writing is editing: that lovely process where you read your MS so many times, the thing you love becomes something you hate.

Editing can feel never-ending and often leaves you questioning if you’re improving your words or making them worse. It’s an important part of the writing process, though. One that will test you, but also help you make your book the story you want it to be. If you’re stuck in editing hell, first, say “Hi”, I’ve been here since June, and then familiarise yourself with these reminders…

It’s Just Words

They’re important and they’re needed and you may think they’re getting the better of you, but it’s just words. You can master them, arrange them…

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The Inventing Tubes


The Inventing Tubes (A Pasta Kidz (TM) and Petz Adventure)

by Bryony Supper (Author), Julian Bray (Illustrator)

From the author as found on Amazon:

“‘The Pasta Kidz™ and Petz Adventures’ are humorous, zany, magical and chaotic stories that bring together the pasta-themed Kidz – including Sarah Spaghetti, Rikki Ravioli, Camilla Cannelloni (above) and their creative Petz – Mumbo the Macaroni Dog, Spud the Spaghetti Horse and Val the Vermicelli Snake (above) together in unusual circumstances, engaging with strange magical objects that have a life of their own. The songs, music and humour, told in specially invented pasta language, will engage 4-to-7 year olds in a fantasy world of friendship.

The plots and messages reinforce how the Kidz are unique, with different personalities and their own needs. Each tale shows how they help each other, usually with their own individual Petz, and throughout the series we see how their personalities and friendships develop especially when encountering new characters, like the evil and huge Pasta Beasties! 

In The Inventing Tubes, the first Pasta Kidz™ adventure in a series of up to forty books, Sarah and Marc Macaroni try their hand at inventing fun objects – and get a very grumpy PastaBall to play football with. But Sarah proves that the sport is not just for boys and she tries her hand at inventing her own ball! Every highly-branded Pasta Kidz™ and Petz story, illustrated in beautiful, full-colour detail, contains a moral message and will both inform and entertain young readers.”

My Review:

I received a copy of The Inventing Tubes by Bryony more than a month ago and just now actually read this delightful book for kids! There is a saying that goes “never judge a book by its cover” but this book has a stand out cover – caught my eye!  

At first I found wordage and the characters confusing, until I looked in the back and read what funny words meant, and met the pasta kids. The rhyming is incredible, the illustrations are superb, and I know this book will delight children and make them laugh. If a child doesn’t know pasta, by the end of this book they will know several types of pasta.  Along with the games and fun, kids receive a strong message regarding patience – an ability that takes time to acquire as a child. The next books in this series should be equally incredible.

Thanks Bryony Supper for sending me a copy of your book. This is a truly honest and unbiased opinion and review of your book.




Tips For Writing Non-Fiction

A Writer's Path

by Doug Lewars

I don’t write non-fiction but I know something about it if, for no other reason, than I’ve found it necessary over the years to read a goodly amount of it. Subjects can be highly arcane to mundane; but, the one thing that is critical is research. It is essential that an author be able to convey his or her material in a coherent fashion. Anyone can write a book on just about any topic but, in order to be successful and not fall to ridicule, an extensive knowledge of that subject is required.

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An Attitude of Gratitude

Wanda Luthman's Book Blog

Wooden table with fall leaves, candle, mug sitting on it and the words Happy Thanksgiving written on it

With Thanksgiving on its’ way this Thursday, we welcome our favorite School Psychologist, Dr. Valerie Allen, with words of wisdom for this holiday centered on gratefulness.

An Attitude with Gratitude


Dr. Valerie Allen

Even in difficult economic times, we live in a land of abundance. Most families exceed the basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter. Children have more than ample toys and clothes. Often, they have difficulty finding storage for the excess items in their bedrooms and play areas. In this land of plenty, it is difficult to teach children how to appreciate what they have. The joy of giving is often lost in the expectation of getting.

How do we teach children to be thankful for what they have? We need to engage them in the act of giving and doing for others. They will not only develop an appreciation for what they have, but will learn…

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Shirley Harris-Slaughter



Here is her works…

Poetry by D. L. Finn


The air is thick as you breathe it in

Filling your lungs with its silence.

It unnerves you when you’re alone

Because in the darkness there are shadows.

They are filled with the unknown

While the quiet is lurking with danger.

It’s unseen, watching while your heart is racing

And your skin drenched in sweat, you scan the night.

You see nothing and hear nothing

Yet, you know it’s there.

You hurry back into the light where it’s safe

Shut the door and lock it with a sigh of relief.

You quickly forget the darkness

But, what you don’t know is…

hasn’t forgotten you.

fly by the ranches…

TO FLY (Musings from the Back of a Harley)

goats, and horses.

golden-grass untroubled…

we rumble loudly past them.

ponds are…

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This entry was posted on November 19, 2018. 4 Comments

Is Your Social Media Account Suspended? What You Can Do – by Derek Haines…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Just Publishing Advice:

It can happen at any time. All of a sudden, for no logical reason, you find that one of your social network accounts has been blocked.

You feel upset, of course. You lose contact with your friends. But you also lose the means to promote your books or your blog on the suspended account.

What can you do?

The first thing to do is calm down and don’t panic. Take a deep breath and get ready to take steps to get your account suspension lifted.

However, be prepared for it to take a few days.

Let’s first look at why social media platforms suspend accounts and then what you can do to get the account suspension removed.

Continue reading HERE

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