August 25, 2020

I love that As The Stars Fall is told from the perspective of the dog. It really grabs you and gives the reader an idea of what may go through a dog's mind and what they encounter in their lives. As The Stars Fall by Steve N. Lee is a heart-warming, touching, and poignant novel about the love between a dog and a young girl. 

There were moments where I laughed...

June 20, 2020

Their Last Secret by Rick Mofina was a brilliant read. I didn't want this book to end. I also did not want the book to end the way it did, but life is not always wrapped up in a neat bow.

Their Last Secret kept me hooked from beginning to end and had a hard time putting it down. The characters were believable and interesting. They felt real, and their actions...

June 17, 2020

Please enjoy part 4 of The Blue Ribbon. Read part 1 here, part 2 here, and part 3 here.

Sylvie is nervous. It’s Friday late afternoon and her first “official” art project she is leading with the kids. All her supplies sparkle on the table, and she is going over her instructions.

Sylvie looks around the auditorium, which has various creative stations for the ch...

June 16, 2020

Please enjoy part 3 of The Blue Ribbon. Read part 1 here and part 2 here.

It’s Saturday, and Sylvie has no plans for the day other than to go to the craft store to buy supplies for her upcoming art project with a group of kids at the community center. She also wants to see about getting something special for Carl.

The parking lot is pretty empty for a Saturday...

June 15, 2020

Please enjoy part 2 of The Blue Ribbon. Read part 1 here.

It’s been three days since Sylvie had the talk with her parents. Her father has been distant and cold. His only communication is grunts if asked a direct question; otherwise, he retreats into the den and only comes out for dinner. Sylvie’s mom tells her to give it time, but Sylvie is still sad and wish...

June 14, 2020

I am trying something new today. I took a creative writing class through University of California Berkeley and wrote several pieces during the course. 

Today, I am putting up part 1 of a short story I wrote several years ago and polished while taking the Berkeley class. I will post the remaining four parts over the next few days. 

I hope you enjoy the sho...

June 8, 2020

I blog and write reviews when I get advance copies or belong to an author's beta reading group or just in reading a book in general, but I often struggle with how to format or structure the review.

I did struggle a bit at the beginning of How to Write a Simple Book Review when the author discusses reviews on Amazon and their rating system and book exposure on...

June 6, 2020

The AP Stylebook is a must-have resource for writers. The book outlines rules for punctuation, grammar, and journalistic style. The book guides writers and editors in areas such as social media, newsrooms, classrooms, and is the style guide for journalists.

This edition has more than 200 new and modified entries, some related to technology. Another new entry...

May 24, 2020

At first, I struggled with this book, but as the writer revealed more of her story, I got used to her writing style and found myself immersed in what her life was like, how her past secret influenced her present and future, and how she was finally able to find her true self and happiness.

Evelyne Michaut lays bear her trials in life and her struggles with rel...

May 19, 2020

The Babysitter is a solid mystery with good character development and subplots. A book with a good mystery has the reader second-guessing who they believe the killer is throughout the story, and this one had me guessing until the reveal.

I liked Emma's character, and the author portrayed her well in her mannerisms and cognitive capacity. Emma's small remembr...

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