Wednesday, April 19, 2017

BOOK NOOK REVIEW: James Markert

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Title: The Angels' Share
Author: James Markert
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Books
Ages: Adult



Synopsis: 
 
Now that Prohibition has ended, what the townspeople of Twisted Tree, Kentucky, need most is the revival of the Old Sam Bourbon distillery. But William McFee knows it'll take a miracle to convince his father, Barley, to once more fill his family's aging house with barrels of bourbon.


When a drifter recently buried near the distillery begins to draw crowds of pilgrims, the McFees are dubious. Yet miracles seem to come to those who once interacted with the deceased and to those now praying at his grave. As people descend on the town to visit the "Potter's Field Christ," William seeks to find the connection between the tragic death of his younger brother and the mysterious drifter.


But as news spreads about the miracles at the potter's field, the publicity threatens to bring the depth of Barley's secret past to light and put the entire McFee family in jeopardy.


Why You Should Consider It:

For admirers of historical fiction, THE ANGEL'S SHARE will certainly meet, if not exceed, their expectations.


The story begins just at the end of Prohibition when the McFee family had to close down the family bourbon distillery. They managed to survive, and even succeed, in living well while those around them struggled to deal with their changing financial situations.


In the middle of this social and economic chaos, a homeless person is found dead. The only logical place to bury him is in the local "Potter's Field" but soon miracles begin happening and the little town of Twisted Tree becomes a mecca for souls struggling to find meaning in a world turned upside down by the Great Depression.


Author James Markert weaves an captivating story around true historical places and events in Kentucky history like the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, Rose Island, and Lakeland Lunatic Asylum.


Anyone interested in learning more about the bourbon industry and exploring the possibility of true miracles will enjoy reading THE ANGELS' SHARE. Worth considering adding to any home library.





Like-O-Meter Rating: 4 out of 5...think about it.

 


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 2 out of 5...maybe not for you.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”) 

Monday, April 17, 2017

TAKING CHANCES & ROLLING THE DICE...




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To all my current and future #DCSPeeps (DECIDE, COMMIT, SUCCEED), welcome to my new series in my continuing effort to inspire, amuse, and entertain you! Each Monday I will select a new word to analyze how it might apply to our writing lives and also give you a peek into my childhood growing up in the swamps of southern Louisiana, so kick back, put your feet up, and check out my story about TODAY'S WORD:


CHANCES



When I was in high school, I won the coveted position of editor of my school paper. Coveted by me, but not so much anyone else in the school.

You see, I've always wanted to be a writer.

Started reading when I was four years old.

Started writing poetry when I was 8.

Won my first writing contest when I was 11 and the grand prize? You guessed it...a book!

I took CHANCES back then with my writing. Sometimes the words I wrote worked and sometimes they didn't, but I always respected the freedom I had to choose whatever words I wanted to use at the time.

Back to the high school newspaper thing...

Halfway through the school year I asked for poetry submissions for our latest edition. Poems flowed in and I selected which ones I wanted to take a CHANCE on. The teacher who overlooked the paper didn't like my choices and decided to REWRITE the poems to suit his personal taste.

I was shocked and angered at what he did. So I did the only thing I could do.

I walked out in protest.

I took a CHANCE my protest would get the result I wanted...the freedom to run the paper as I saw fit...and after three weeks the teacher caved and asked me to come back. He promised he wouldn't touch the poetry again so I returned as editor for the rest of the school year. 

As writers we take CHANCES all the time.

CHANCES we will finish our manuscripts.

CHANCES we will find just the right critique group, agent, publisher, etc. to help our stories come to life.

CHANCES we will find some level of success on this publishing path we travel.

And what are the CHANCES anything will come of our writing?

No one knows...but if you would have told me back in 2010 when I became a professional writer that in a few years time I would have two stories published, a blog read in over 20 countries, thousands of people reading what I write online, and tons of awesome writerly friends all over the world...I probably wouldn't have taken a CHANCE on believing any of it.

But today, I just sent out a full manuscript request of my YA fantasy romance novel, LUNADAR: HOMEWARD BOUND, to a publisher that just might take a CHANCE on me. So I say, lets roll the dice and take a CHANCE there's another publishing credit in my future!


 I hope you have an AWESOME day today cuz you deserve it!







Children's book author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a 'ninja' writer of children’s picture books, middle grade chapter books and young adult novels by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books. She is also a book reviewer for Harper Collins, and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Donna is a lover of dark chocolate, good stories, and an adoptive mom to 20-pound guard kitty in Knoxville, Tennesse




Wednesday, April 12, 2017

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Billy Graham

 

 
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Title: Hope For Each Day
Author: Billy Graham
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Books
Ages: 9-12



Synopsis: 

 
A daily devotional for kids ages 9-12 years old from Billy Graham, one of the world's most beloved preachers and motivational speakers. Each day's devotion corresponds with the theme and scripture of the adult version of this devotional, making it easy for families to share devotional time together.

Why I like this book: 
 
There are some great evangelists found throughout history and others not so great. Then there's Billy Graham.

For more than 60 years, Billy Graham has shared his love of the gospel with the world and this latest devotional shows his charismatic flair for bringing the scriptures to life in captivating, theme based stories young children will understand.

Tweens can work through the 365 daily devotional by themselves or choose to use each day's story to open a line of communication with other family members.  HOPE FOR EACH DAY is aptly named because anyone reading these stories will find hope and inspiration all within the pages of this well written devotional by one of the greatest evangelists of our times.

Definitely worth adding to your home library.


Like-O-Meter Rating: 5 out of 5...grab it!

 


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 3 out of 5...take it or leave it.
 2 out of 5...maybe not for you.
 1 out of 5...forget about it!
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

Monday, April 10, 2017

BEING ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOUR ACCOUNTABILITY





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To all my current and future #DCSPeeps (DECIDE, COMMIT, SUCCEED), welcome to my new series in my continuing effort to inspire, amuse, and entertain you! Each Monday I will select a new word to analyze how it might apply to our writing lives and also give you a peek into my childhood growing up in the swamps of southern Louisiana, so kick back, put your feet up, and check out my story about TODAY'S WORD:

ACCOUNTABILITY

The saying goes that kids will be kids, especially teenagers, no matter which generation of youngsters we might be talking about.

With my shy, unassuming nature, I was by no means a rebel back in my own teenager years, but there was one time I stepped outside the boundaries of convention, leaving me with a question still unanswered even today…

One of the first things I did, once I moved out of my parent’s house and into a boarding house room 50 miles away, was to find the nearest movie theater. I had just turned 18 and up to that point in my life I’d only been to one picture show.

I was lucky enough to find one on the bus line not far from where I lived and the 50 cent ticket price for a Saturday matinee was within this poor girl’s budget.

But the concessions were not.

Being the resourceful gal that I was, I decided to pack some fried chicken and a drink to take with me before heading out. It was Halloween and I wanted to watch a scary movie, but coming from a very secluded childhood, let’s just say it was a HUGE culture shock once the movie began...

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

It was an enlightening education both to my naïve young mind as well as some lessons learned on social interaction and audience participation.

I sat there in stunned silence by the exit door, mindlessly nibbling on the food I’d brought with me, as I watched the chaos between screen and movie goers unfold in front of me.
It wasn’t until I’d left the theater and was safely back on the bus for the trip home when I realized something.

I’d left my trash on the seat next to me.

My mother had always taught me to be ACCOUNTABLE for myself and I had rudely forgotten to clean up. But instead of castrating myself for bad manners, all I could was laugh.

Imagine the poor employee who uncovered what would appear to be some kind of ANIMAL SACRIFICE in the back row of a darkened movie theater.

I bet that was one Halloween they would never forget!

Remember, my #DCSPeeps, that we are ACCOUNTABLE for every decision we make in our writing careers. The characters we create, the worlds we build, even the submissions we send out. If we are at the beginning of our publishing paths, we'll probably make more mistakes than we'd care to admit. If we're established writers, we have an obligation to our readers, agents, publishers, etc. to provide the most polished work we can give them. So whenever you feel like there is no rhyme or reason to your writing day, just remember one thing...

Be ACCOUNTABLE.

PLAN your next move.

TRACK your journey.

SUCCEED by remembering all the victories, big and small, along the way.
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We can do this! YOU can do this!

I hope you have an AWESOME day today cuz you deserve it!







Children's book author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a 'ninja' writer of children’s picture books, middle grade chapter books and young adult novels by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books. She is also a book reviewer for Harper Collins, and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Donna is a lover of dark chocolate, good stories, and an adoptive mom to 20-pound guard kitty in Knoxville, Tennesse

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Adam Rubin

 
 
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Title: Those Darn Squirrels!
Author: Adam Rubin
Illustrator: Daniel Salmieri
Publisher: Clarion Book Publishers
Ages: 4-8



Synopsis:

Old Man Fookwire has a plan. He'll build some birdfeeders and fill them with yummy seeds and berries. That way, the wild birds he loves so much will stick around for the winter...instead of flying south. But there are other hungry creatures in the forest, and they have plans too. 

Those darn squirrels!
 
Why you should read it:


Author Adam Rubin has created a wonderful story about one old, grumpy man whose only pleasure out of life is painting pictures of the birds flocking to his backyard. But soon it's man against beast as the old man decides to entice the birds to stay for the winter with bird feeders, only to find himself in the middle of a squirrel war as the crafty creatures devise their own plan to steal all the bird food.

Daniel Salmieri's hilarious illustrations compliment this squirrely tale of food fights and bird feeder domination as readers are left wondering who will win this silly bird seed war?

A great addition to any home library!
 
Like-O-Meter Rating: 5 out of 5...grab it!

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Children's book author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a 'ninja' writer of children’s picture books, middle grade chapter books and young adult novels by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books. She is also a book reviewer for Harper Collins, and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Donna is a lover of dark chocolate, good stories, and an adoptive mom to 20-pound guard kitty in Knoxville, Tennessee


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Monday, April 3, 2017

SOARING TO NEW HEIGHTS...




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To all my current and future #DCSPeeps (DECIDE, COMMIT, SUCCEED), welcome to my new series in my continuing effort to inspire, amuse, and entertain you! Each Monday I will select a new word to analyze how it might apply to our writing lives and also give you a peek into my childhood growing up in the swamps of southern Louisiana, so kick back, put your feet up, and check out my story about TODAY'S WORD:

SOAR


When I was about eight years old, my sister and I received matching blue bicycles for Christmas. Sleek and shiny, we couldn’t wait to try them out, but my mother would only allow us to ride them under her supervision. 

That first day we were dutiful children, only riding up and down our driveway. The next day however was a different story.

My parents left us alone at the house while they ran some errands. We, being ordinary kids, decide this would be the perfect time to test our bicycle-riding wings and see if we couldn’t soar like eagles without our mother around.

Fat chance.

What DID happen was a major crash and burn as we both lost control of our bikes as we tried to circumvent a parked car from opposite sides which ended up damaging both bikes almost beyond repair.

We limped back home and tried to hide them in the garage, but of course my mother found out; promptly tanning our hides in the process for disobeying her!

My point to this whole story is not that I got into trouble, but the fact, even at a young age, I thought if I tried hard enough, I could soar toward an obtainable goal.

I feel the same way about this writing journey I'm on. It's a precarious balance between soaring toward my dreams of more published books and my dreams crashing or burning to the ground.

SOARING means I believe in my skills as a storyteller.

Crashing means there are days when I allow thoughts of self-doubt to cloud my artistic judgement.

SOARING means I send my polished manuscripts out into the world, knowing someone will publish them one day.

Crashing means accepting the fact rejection is part of the publishing process and not a reflection of my personal strength as a writer.

SOARING allows my spirit to be lifted by the dreams that carry me forever forward on my publishing quest.

Crashing sets up mental roadblocks to my becoming the best writer I can be.

SOARING or crashing?

Which would YOU rather focus on?

It really doesn’t matter  how many time you may stumble or even fall on this wonderful journey we are all on.

What counts is how many times we get back up, strap our wings back on, and try to soar again until we reach the clouds!

Have an awesome day my DCSPeeps because you deserve it! 






Children's book author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a 'ninja' writer of children’s picture books, middle grade chapter books and young adult novels by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books. She is also a book reviewer for Harper Collins, and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Donna is a lover of dark chocolate, good stories, and an adoptive mom to 20-pound guard kitty in Knoxville, Tennesse

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Coleen Salley

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Title:Epossumondas
Author: Coleen Salley
Illustrator: Janet Stevens
Publisher: Harcourt Books
Ages: 4-8



Synopsis:

Who's Epossumondas? Why, he's his mama's and his autie's sweet little patootie, that's who. He's also the silliest, most lovable , most muddleheaded possum south of the Mason-Dixon line.

Better choose your words wisely when he's around, 'cause otherwise you never know WHAT will happen!


Why you should read it:

Author Coleen Salley's cute tale of one little possum's adventures living in the swamps of southern Louisiana brought back memories of my own childhood growing up among the Spanish moss and murky bogs of Cajun country.

Epossumondas tries hard to do what his Momma asks him to do, but he takes her suggestions quite literally which leads him into all sorts of silly messes! From learning how to carry a cake to holding a puppy and even handling a loaf of bread, the harder Espossumondas tries to listen to Momma's advice, the harder it is for readers not to laugh at what happens next in this whimsical picture book, written in the old style of a noodlehead story.

You'll laugh and shake your head at what trouble poor Epossumondas will get into next! This remake of a classic tale is a great addition to any home library.


Like-O-Meter Rating: 5 out of 5...grab it!


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5 out of 5...grab it!
4 out of 5...think about it.
3 out of 5...take or leave it.
2 out of 5...maybe not for you.
1 out of 5...forget about it!











Children's book author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a 'ninja' writer of children’s picture books, middle grade chapter books and young adult novels by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books. She is also a book reviewer for Harper Collins, and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Donna is a lover of dark chocolate, good stories, and an adoptive mom to 20-pound guard kitty in Knoxville, Tennesse

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