Book Reviewer Fran Lewis Reviews,The Great Snowball Escapade

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Book Reviewer Fran Lewis Reviews,The Great Snowball Escapade

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The Great Snowball Escapade  9780981861425

 by J.D. Holiday

Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Growing up can be difficult enough for kids today but falling prey to a bully’s wiles makes it even harder as Wilhelmina Brooks finds out when her cousin, Bud comes to live with her. Bud’s amusement is at the expense of the others. Wilhelmina, who prefers begin called Wil, takes the brunt of his escapades as he insults her friends, takes ownership of her old sled and becomes the class terror in her second grade class. Even worse, he ruined her Christmas vacation by putting gum in her hair, taking her new sharpener and just being plain old MEAN! What can she do when her mother insists that she has to be nice to him, looks away from his pranks that are not funny and ignores the fact that he is angry at his present situation and more? Poor…

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Character Quotes from Something New by Dellani

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Something New second cover“Everyone wants you, kid. How does that make you feel?” God asked.

“Terrified. It’s like being the tenderest steak in the shop. Everyone wants to grill you and have a bite.”

“Couldn’t have put it better myself. We’ll get you ready, no fear. I hear you’re some sort of genius at memorizing.”

Austin didn’t bother to ask how he knew. God knew everything. “Yes, sir.”

“Gordon. Or God, your choice.” He winked. “You,” he pointed at Dwight. “Can you type?”

“Hundred words a minute.” He wiggled his fingers rapidly.

“Excellent. Sam-u-el!”

“You bellowed, God?” The older man appeared once more, hands folded in front of him.

“Have we anything to type upon?”

“Only a top of the line laptop in your office, sir. Shall I fetch it for you, dah-ling?”

“Bastard,” Gordon chuckled. “Please. And we could use your help, old thing.”

“Already on it,” the older man said. “One…

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Chaos in a Teacup – Part 5

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dellani photo dark redIdeas are like opinions. Everyone has one. Some are good, some aren’t. It’s really up to the individual to judge that for him/herself. With authors, this is reflected in our approaches to writing our stories.

How-to-Write authors frequently advocate only one style of writing – The Planner Style. To wit, authors must have a plot outline from start to finish. They must know beginning, middle, climax and ending before putting one word on paper.

If they’re really going to do it up right, they have their characters named, described and have backstories for them all. Their setting is fixed in stone, the timeline, story arc, et cetera….

These books will also espouse that this is THE ONLY WAY to write. (Laughably untrue, but we allow these folks to have this delusion) Since I have several author friends who adhere to this way of writing, I applaud it, but I’m here…

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Advice To Self-Published Authors

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In 2009, I decided to become an author, unfortunately, I had no idea what kind of journey I was signing up for.  As I threw my hat into the race, publishers were closing left and right due to the Great Recession.  Also, Amazon had just started challenging the U.S. publishing industry by creating the Kindle e-reader and their Kindle Direct Publishing company.  Now in 2018, the publishing industry has changed so much, today, many authors are choosing to go indie and major publishers are being even more selective about what they acquire.  So what would I say to an author just starting out today?  Well, I gathered some of the best advice I could and decided to publish it all here.  Hopefully, you too will pass it on to the next generation of newbie authors who don’t have a clue about how the publishing thing works.

  1. Educate…

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Happy New Year from Cereal Authors

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Reflections on a Year by Ruth Davis Hays

2017, what have you done to me?

I dreaded the coming of 2017. Long hours of painful work anticipated. Anxiety over payments owed or debts that would accumulate. Rollbacks of regulations and freedoms that were imagined to be permanent for our future collective good. But, nothing had braced me for the fears that did arise this last year.

In the past year, I have gone from devastation to thankful and grateful reprieve.

Let me preface this by saying that I am close to my mother. Very close. Early on in 2017, my mother was hospitalized with jaundice. That led to the discovery that she had a cancerous tumor blocking her pancreas.

Now, pancreatic cancer is one of the most pervasive and aggressive cancers. I know this because a dear friend of mine died just a few years ago after fighting pancreatic cancer…

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Excerpt from This Year’s NaNo Novel by Dellani

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sidetracked coverNovember is always National Novel Writing Month at my house. I’m usually done early, and this year was no exception. It was, however, one of the more difficult books I’ve written. I’d been challenged by Karen Vaughan to write a cozy mystery. It’s a mystery, all right, but not a cozy one. There’s nothing remotely comforting about this book, aside from a scene here and there. It started out light and fun, but turned dark on page 11, less than a paragraph into Chapter Two.

This excerpt is from Chapter One, when it’s still light and playful. Deidre Partridge, her three sons, and her husband, live in Florida. It’s late August, the start of a new school year.

“Mom! Where are my Vans?”

“Where did you leave them, Aiden?”

“If I could tell you that, I’d know. Oh, shit…. Never mind. Found ’em.”

“Honey, where are my car keys?”

“Check…

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Red River Radio Presents What’s Write for Me with M. Pepper Langlinais

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WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 27 from 4:00 to 5:30 Eastern on Blog Talk Radio

(3:00 Central, 2:00 Mountain, 1:00 Pacific)

It’s so hard to believe it’s the last show of 2017! Hanukkah and Christmas are over, we’re gearing up for the New Year, and everyone is anticipating New Year’s Eve – some happily, some not. We’re planning our New Year’s Resolutions, and reviewing how the old year went.

164de-m2bpepper2blanglinaisTo help us with that, we’ve invited M. Pepper Langlinais, author of The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller, Manifesting Destiny, The Mystery of the Last Line, Fairytales and Folklore Reimagined, The World Ends at Five, and more – including a new series of Sherlock Holmes stories. She’s been a busy lady since last we spoke.

Manda is one of our favorite people, so I’ve lost track of how many times she’s been on, but that’s okay, because we love having her back.

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