Monday, December 4, 2017

In The Eye Of The Beholder





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:

CHANGE

Christmas time was always fun at my house growing up. After my father would take us out to the country to cut down our Christmas tree, Mother would go into high gear making our house very festive for the holidays.

She would also save back spare CHANGE all year long and then divide it amongst us four kids so we could do our Christmas shopping. Trying to buy for five other people when I only had a handful of CHANGE to begin with was challenging so I had to be really creative.  

I will never forget what I gave my mother one year. I liked the bowl of plastic vegetables which always sat on the dining room table, and the holiday dioramas my mother always created every Christmas, so I knew EXACTLY what to get her with my CHANGE.

My brother and sisters laughed when she opened her presents from me...one was a wax cucumber and the other one was a small velvet covered plastic reindeer...but Mother just acted like there were no better gifts to receive. She could have CHANGED them for something else but the cucumber was immediately placed on top of those plastic vegetables and that reindeer found its way into every Christmas diorama for many years to come.

Writers deal with CHANGE all the time.

Their ideas begin as a passing thought, sometimes CHANGING into a first draft, then CHANGING many more times into their latest revision, until finally CHANGING into the polished manuscript they send out into the world. If they are lucky, an agent or editor will ask them to CHANGE a story some more with the hope that one day a publisher will care enough for their submission to put a little CHANGE in their bank account...;~)







ARE YOU THE MISSING PIECE? is now available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, and other fine retailers. It was a #1 bestseller in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US earlier this month.

 




International best selling author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt Taekwondo Instructor by day and a 'ninja' writer of children’s picture books, chapter books and young adult novels by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host and book reviewer for Harper Collins, She is also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and Children's Book Insider. Donna is a lover of dark chocolate, time at the beach, and well written stories.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Book Nook Reviews: Jessi Colter



 
 
Title: An Outlaw and a Lady
Author: Jessi Colter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Ages: Adult 


Synopsis: 
 
Renowned songwriter, singer, and wife of Waylon Jennings writes an intimate, enormously entertaining memoir of American music, of life with Waylon and the Outlaws, and of faith lost and found.
 

What I Think About It:


Growing up with a mother who didn’t recognize ANY other genre of music other than Country, I was very familiar with the musical talents of both Jessi Colter and husband, Waylon Jennings. When I had the opportunity to read this tell all biography, I eagerly awaited the book’s arrival, which is why I was rather surprised how disappointed I was after reading Jessi’s story.

It wasn’t that the story wasn’t well written, because each chapter obviously was well thought out as it chronicled Jessi’s life from growing up as Miriam Johnson to her own success as a country music artist and her eventual, somewhat tumultuous, marriage to country music icon Waylon Jennings.

For me, there was something missing in the overall “voice” and “hook” of this story that had me struggling to turn the next page in each chapter. Fans of Jessi or Waylon may find the book the perfect read, but for the rest of us, you may want to think twice before adding this one to your home library…


Like-O-Meter Rating:   3 out of 5...take it or leave it.


**Rating scale**

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

Image result for book look blogger


(Disclaimer:
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, November 27, 2017

Killing My Little Darlings...


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:

KILL

Some people think the stories I tell about my childhood HAS to be made up. I swear they are all true and just goes to show how resiliant my mother was to raise four children on a poor man's salary. Mother supplemented all our meals with produce from a homegrown garden, and even an occasional roadKILL offering.

One Sunday after church, my siblings and I were making our way home when we had the fortunate opportunity (or misfortune as the case may be) to see a car hit and KILL an armadillo in front of us. This was before armadillos started carrying diseases that could KILL you, so the only thing we saw was our next meal being hand delivered to us. All we had to do is get it home.

The four of us took turns dragging the beast down main street and back alleys. Imagine my mother's surprise when I walked into the house tugging on the tail of that roadKILL like I was the founder of the feast!

Writers also have a warped sense of what needs killing. We spend countless hours, if not days, searching for just the right words to share the characters in our heads with the world...only to KILL off those little darlings if they don't serve the better purpose of our stories. And in the end, our words and our worlds are the stronger for it...




ARE YOU THE MISSING PIECE? is now available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, and other fine retailers. It was a #1 bestseller in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US earlier this month.

 




International best selling author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt Taekwondo Instructor by day and a 'ninja' writer of children’s picture books, chapter books and young adult novels by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host and book reviewer for Harper Collins, She is also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and Children's Book Insider. Donna is a lover of dark chocolate, time at the beach, and well written stories.

Monday, November 20, 2017

My Thanksgiving Wish...




For all my friends preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends this week, I thought I would share my Thanksgiving Doodle Day #10 along with a few turkey jokes and a heartfelt Thanksgiving wish...

JOKES

Why can't you take a turkey to church? 
They use FOWL language. 

What happened when the turkey got into a fight? 
He got the stuffing knocked out of him! 
 
What do you get when you cross a turkey with a banjo? 
A turkey that can pluck itself!   
 
What do you call an evil turkey? 
Poultry-Geist 
 
What sound does a space turkey make? 
Hubble, Hubble, Hubble! 
 
What did the turkey say to the computer? 
Google, google, google! 
 
What was the turkey looking for at ToysRus?  
Gobbleheads. 
 
If you call a large turkey a gobbler what do you call a small one? 
Goblet. 


MY THANKSGIVING WISH
by Donna L Martin

To loved ones near or far,
And those dear to my heart.
For family staying at home,
And friends living miles apart.
From my house to yours,
My heartfelt wish for you,
Is lots of love and laughter,
Now and the whole year through.
 

🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃





ARE YOU THE MISSING PIECE? is now available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, and other fine retailers. It became a #1 bestseller in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US.

 




International best selling author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt Taekwondo Instructor by day and a 'ninja' writer of children’s picture books, chapter books and young adult novels by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host and book reviewer for Harper Collins, She is also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and Children's Book Insider. Donna is a lover of dark chocolate, time at the beach, and well written stories.

Monday, November 13, 2017

TURKEY TAILS AND WRITERLY WISHES...








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:

WISHES 

My childhood stories revolve mainly around my mother who worked hard to take care of four growing children on a poor man's salary. My father was a chef on an offshore oil rig. His work took him away from home for weeks, sometimes months at a time, but he always managed to make it home for the holidays. 

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and with it come memories of two turkey traditions that happened every year while I was growing up. The first one involved the annual fight over who got the turkey tail. I know most people might think the end of the bird was best thrown out, but at our house my father and I would royally battle over  it and I usually won.

The second tradition involved the turkey's WISHbone. Sometimes I would pit my WISHbone pulling talents against my sister and sometimes my mother. I don't remember what I WISHED for every year, but it was more the excitement of the tug-a-war than the WISH itself.

When they're not working on their latest manuscripts, writers are adding to their own WISH lists...

1. A WISH to become a published author.
2. A WISH to find that perfect critique partner or group.
3. A WISH to receive an offer from an agent or publisher.
4. A WISH to win a prestigious award and make their mark on a writerly world.

While we're WISHING, I WISH for all my literary friends a holiday season full of writerly accomplishments and many a published manuscript...





ARE YOU THE MISSING PIECE? is now available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, and other fine retailers. It was a #1 bestseller in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US earlier this month.

 




International best selling author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt Taekwondo Instructor by day and a 'ninja' writer of children’s picture books, chapter books and young adult novels by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host and book reviewer for Harper Collins, She is also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and Children's Book Insider. Donna is a lover of dark chocolate, time at the beach, and well written stories.

Monday, November 6, 2017

A...A...A...ACHOO...

Allergy, Cold, Disease, Flu, Girl, Handkerchief, Ill 



I don't know if my computer gave me the bug it's been fighting for this past week, but now I'M not fully functional and fighting my own bug. I promise I will get back to posting on a regular schedule just as soon as I get rid of a few bugs...


Germ, Cartoon, Frown, Sick, Nasty 







ARE YOU THE MISSING PIECE? is now available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, and other fine retailers. It was a #1 bestseller in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US earlier this month.

 






International best selling author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt Taekwondo Instructor by day and a 'ninja' writer of children’s picture books, chapter books and young adult novels by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host and book reviewer for Harper Collins, She is also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and Children's Book Insider. Donna is a lover of dark chocolate, time at the beach, and well written stories.

 
 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Not Your Normal Zen Garden...






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:


HACK


One of the houses I lived in as a child had a rather large area at the back of the house filled with tall bamboo trees, giving it (at first glance) a rather Zen feel to that corner of yard. I could stand next to those trees towering over me and dream myself away to some far away land where anything was possible.


My mother, on the other hand, lived a very practical existence and all those trees meant to her was another back breaking chore to be done by HACKING the branches back into some resemblance of order instead of the wild array of branches they typically displayed.


The only problem with trimming those wild trees, is the fact we never knew of the multitudes of hornets who called those plants their home.


That is, until the day Mother decided to HACK into their nest and unleash their outraged fury on my poor head and shoulders. I remember there was a lot of screaming on my part and numerous lumps left all over my head on the part of the hornets. 


While the pain subsided eventually and the bumps finally healed, the memory of that horrible day is etched into my soul forever. Even to this day, if any winged creature ventures too close to my head, I will still do the dance of the deranged to try to escape another possible attack.


I don't think HACKING is such a good thing for a writer either. A few years ago my own computer was HACKED by a gentleman out of South Africa, posing as an author trying to be a part of my WRITERLY WISDOM series at the time. While I chose not to allow him to participate, he decided to HACK into my yahoo email account at the time, as well as my Facebook account, and delete two years of detailed research I had been doing for a project I was working on at the time.


My computer was very old and really didn't allow much back up capabilities. There was nothing I could do to recover from being HACKED.


Sometimes things happen to our writing that devastates us. The pain to our writerly spirit is as real as the pain caused by those hornets so long ago.


But we have to remember it's not the end of the world. Some of our work may no longer be around, but the spark that chose to take on a particular project is still there...deep within us...leading us to even bigger dreams than we might have first imagined. I know, because my latest book is a dream come true...





ARE YOU THE MISSING PIECE? is now available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, and other fine retailers. It was a #1 bestseller in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US earlier this month.

 






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, 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, time at the beach, and good stories.