Archive | April 2021

The Key to a Successful Novel Lies in Genre – by C.S. Lakin… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

on Live Write Thrive: If you asked me what is the most important thing an author needs to know to ensure they will have the best chance of success with their novel, I could sum it up in one word: genre. You have to know what genre you are writing in. And, on top of […]

The Key to a Successful Novel Lies in Genre – by C.S. Lakin… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

In the Land of Boxes

Found of Amazon: In the Land of Boxes is the story of a young boy who is discovering what it means to be himself. His world is filled with the most incredible boxes! Some are tall; some are tiny. Some have colours brighter than you could ever imagine, and some have patterns that will make your eyes cross! And these are the boxes he lives in. But as he gets older, people try to put in him different boxes . . . some with no colour at all! In the Land of Boxes aims to teach children to be themselves and honour the unique aspects of who they are as they grow up. So, close your eyes and squeeze tight! Can you see it? Can you see all of the marvelous things that make you shine? The best possible you is where they combine!…

My Review: Simply wonderful! I loved this book because it let’s kids know that it’s fine to be unique and to be themselves. Kids learn that they can venture into other boxes, or aspects of life, to see how they fit in or how they like or don’t like any particular environment. Kids can be adventurous and at the same time, they can remain true to themselves. Five stars.

How to Become an Editor, Plus Where to Look for Editing Jobs – Dana Sitar… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

on The Write Life: Despite some similarities, writing and editing are not the same job. Yet editing is often a natural progression for writers within an organization, and it’s a way for freelancers to broaden their work prospects. In this post, I’ll share everything I know about how to become an editor, based on my experience […]

How to Become an Editor, Plus Where to Look for Editing Jobs – Dana Sitar… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

3 important things writing poetry teaches us about writing novels — Uninspired Writers

April is national poetry month, so it seemed appropriate to write a post about poems. In line with the general theme of my blog, I’m focusing on what writing poetry can teach us about writing novels. Having studied poetry as part of my university course, these are the three important things I found: Creative metaphor […]

3 important things writing poetry teaches us about writing novels — Uninspired Writers
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Billy Knows A Secret

From Amazon:

Suitable for boys and girls aged 7 to 9-years-old.

Keeping secrets safe can be a burden for a child. Children need to be able to confide in a responsible adult. Help your child understand the impact that keeping secrets can have on all those involved.

Billy Field and Ant Turner are asked to keep a secret from Max Turner, Ant’s sister, about her upcoming birthday present. What starts off as innocent fun, ends up being nasty when Ant uses the secret to ‘get his own back’. When Billy accidently damages his dad’s new car he makes a pact with Ant about keeping it a secret. This puts a burden on them both, and nearly gets Eddy Jost into a lot of trouble.

Does Max find out what her surprise birthday present is? Did Eddy get into more trouble? Will Billy own up? How does Ant cope with keeping secrets?

Billy Knows A Secret is the eighth title in the Billy Growing Up series. Each book addresses a unique topic–bullying, arrogant pride, jealousy, lying, stealing, lack of self-belief, understanding money, and secrets. Written to help parents, guardians and teachers deal with the issues that challenge pre-teen children; each topic is presented in a gentle way through storytelling. Setting the issues in a meaningful context helps children to understand the challenges, and to see things from a different perspective. The books act as icebreakers allowing for discussions of difficult subjects. Additionally, each title is supported by a free activity book to reinforce the learning, while having fun.

Buying this book today will guide your child in dealing with this destructive behaviour.

My Review: Secrets – the good and the bad. Secrets can be good or bad. If a child knows about a special birthday present for another child, keeping that a secret is a good thing. If a child steals a toy, tells a big lie, damages something that doesn’t belong to him, etcetera then it’s best to own up to that secret right away. The lesson here is that a bad secret can grow to become so big with others involved and potentially hurt. Children need to learn to difference.

Costume Party #1 @MarylSchmidt #ASMSG #SCBWI

“Shadow and Friends Costume Party” hit number one on Amazon early this morning! Michael and I are both deeply humbled that our book was such a hit around the world. Literacy is truly everything and to have so many children love reading our books, as we have seen on social media, is awesome. Mike loved one little girl’s accent down in Trinidad as he listened. We both wore smiles in knowing that we are helping with free books to help with literacy around the world.

Beneath the Poison Tree

From Amazon: Dawn, a woman unfulfilled and living her life vicariously through her sister, has found a way to come to terms with her lot, investing all her energy into maintaining the close family ties – strong bonds that are complex and not how they appear to others. When faced with the shock of betrayal, threatening to derail all she holds precious, Dawn commits an unspeakable act – one that goes undetected but, later, comes back to haunt her. A tragic accident brings an unexpected turn in her life and, in its aftermath, an opportunity for Dawn to realise her dreams. But fate has other things in store and she is unprepared for the arrival of a stranger, whose untimely intrusion wreaks havoc with her plans. Can Dawn dispose of the problem as she’s done in the past, or are the obstacles too great? A family drama, steeped in suspense, that delves into the mind of a woman obsessed and the lengths she will go to when her life starts to unravel.

My Review: Beneath the Poison Tree was not what I expected. Wow. Just wow. This book is tightly woven with drama and suspense aplenty. The author definitely got into the sick psychology of the antagonist in this five star read! Dawn, the antagonist, is truly obsessed, and the more I read, the more I wondered about life and realized this novel has the makings for a great movie!