Archive | January 2021

A Lesson for Every Child by Sally Huss

From Amazon: Learning was everything to Mrs. Emerson. So when a new student was brought into her classroom, Mrs. Emerson was delighted because she discovered that this young man knew something that everyone needed to know. She told her class that Jack was just like everyone else, except for one thing – he had food allergies. “Would you like to explain that to us, Jack?” Jack proceeds to educate us all. This book is endorsed by Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT), MedicAlert® Foundation, Elijah Alavi Foundation, The Love for Giovanni Foundation, No Nut Traveler, and Food Allergy Zone. Book Link

My Review: The illustrations are cute and story about a child with food allergies is told in a way that all kids need to read and understand. Huss brought forth common questions that kids have about allergies and explained them in a way they understand.

Noel’s Hart #romance

Amazon Blurb:

Noel Kiss is a successful businessman, but adrift in his personal life. After he reconnects with his twin sister, Noel realizes he’s bored, lonely, and searching for a change. That change might be waiting for him in Snowberry, Minnesota.

Savannah Hart is known in Snowberry as ‘the smile maker’. She has poured blood, sweat, and tears into her flower emporium and loves spreading cheer throughout the community. She uses those colorful petals to hide her secrets from the people of Snowberry, but there’s one man who can see right through them.

On December twenty-fourth, life changes for both Noel and Savannah. He finds a reason for change, and she finds the answer to a prayer. Desperate for relief, Savannah accepts Noel’s crazy proposal, telling herself it will be easy to say goodbye when the time comes, but she’s fooling no one. Noel has until Valentine’s Day to convince Savannah his arms are the shelter she’s been yearning for. If he can’t, the only thing he’ll be holding on February 14th is a broken heart.

My review:

This book by Mettner is simply wonderful. Love is in abundance, as it should be in a romance, and there are many tender moments when painful past life issues keep a person distant from the one they love. A battered woman issue completes this novel and all the feels are included. My ex was just as abusive and so I can relate in many ways. Five stars. Get your copy here!

5 Questions to Turn a Character from Flat to Fabulous – by Janice Hardy… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

on Fiction University: Sometimes we just need a little help to create a memorable character. . Some writers develop incredibly detailed characters before they ever start a story. I am not one of those writers. I do the bare minimum necessary to create a character, then I throw them into my story and see what […]

5 Questions to Turn a Character from Flat to Fabulous – by Janice Hardy… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Agent Laurie McLean Gives 10 Publishing Predictions for 2021… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

on Anne R. Allen: Hold onto your pens, people…it’s going to be a wild ride. It’s that time of year again. I present to you Predictions in Publishing: the 2021 Edition! It’s hard to believe that last year at this time I was bemoaning the fact that the book publishing industry seemed to have stagnated […]

Agent Laurie McLean Gives 10 Publishing Predictions for 2021… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

How to Critique Other Writers’ Work – by Melissa Donovan… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

on Writing Forward: As a writer, it helps to be thick-skinned. Once you put your work out there, people will judge, review, and criticize it. But critiques are more helpful when they are received long before publication. In fact, critiques are one of the best ways to improve your writing. Many writers who want critiques […]

How to Critique Other Writers’ Work – by Melissa Donovan… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

5 Tell-Tale Signs of an Amateur Self-Published Book – by Anne R. Allen… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

When you’re confined to a hospital bed for several months the way I was last summer, you read a lot of books. During my 2+ months of medical incarceration, I read pretty much everything loaded onto my trusty old Kindle (over 200 titles.) Often I didn’t remember how the books got there. I’d just start […]

5 Tell-Tale Signs of an Amateur Self-Published Book – by Anne R. Allen… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog