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Friday, March 27, 2015

Woman of La Mancha Great Companion to Man of La Mancha

Title: The Woman of La Mancha
Paperback: 354 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Fleur-de-Lis Press (May 5, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0965252043
ISBN-13: 978-0965252041
 Author's Web site. http://www.karenmannwrites.com
Buy the book at Amazon
 
 
 
 
Review by Renee Roberson for WOW Blog Tours
 
The Woman of La Mancha is an epic historical adventure that spans ten years and follows the lives of Don Christopher, a noble knight of Spain’s King Philip, and the girl from a local wealthy family he is betrothed to from the moment she is born, Luscinda. Christopher is six years older than Luscinda, but they share a very special friendship as children and always knew they were destined to marry. Unfortunately, this plan goes awry when Luscinda mysteriously goes missing when she is 11 years old.
 
The story is told from the viewpoints of the two main characters—Christopher, and that of a young girl who wakes up in the back of a cart in 1583 with absolutely no memory of who she is. Christopher is heartbroken and spends more than a year searching the nearby towns and countryside for his beloved Luscinda, while the young girl with no memory is adopted by a peasant family and begins a new way of life, with the name Aldonza.
 
You will want to read this book for many reasons. The amount of research into this time period that went into into writing this is almost astounding. Details of how peasants and nobility lived, dressed, ate, hunted, spent their pastimes, etc. are all included in the novel. The reader also gets a firsthand look into the seedy underbelly of wants and desires of those who lived in 15th-century Spain, as the mysterious girl ends up living and working in a high-end brothel as part of her journey.
 
Over the course of the book both Christopher and Luscinda (who also takes on the names of Aldonza and Dulcinea at different times) are faced with many challenges and must look deep within their hearts and their faith to overcome them. They learn what they must do to survive, and are assisted by a cast of colorful characters and villains. I can honestly say that I was surprised by the mystery behind what caused Luscinda to disappear in the first place, and I could not put the book down because I wanted to know if Christopher and Luscinda would eventually find their way back to each other.
 
The book was written as a companion book to Don Quixote, as it tells the story of a woman named Dulcinea whom Don Quixote loved from afar, but readers do not need to be familiar with it to enjoy this book.
About Karen Mann:
 
Karen Mann is the Administrative Director of the brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at Spalding University in Louisville (spalding.edu/mfa) of which she is also the co-founder. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various anthologies. Her second book, The Saved Man: The First Century, is available as an ebook on Amazon. After having lived in Indiana most of her life, she now lives in California. Connect with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/karenmannwrites 

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The New Book Review is blogged by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers. It is a free service offered to those who want to encourage the reading of books they love. That includes authors who want to share their favorite reviews, reviewers who'd like to see their reviews get more exposure, and readers who want to shout out praise of books they've read. Please see submission guidelines on the left of this page. Reviews and essays are indexed by genre, reviewer names, and review sites. Writers will find the search engine handy for gleaning the names of small publishers. Find other writer-related blogs at Sharing with Writers and The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Dr. Bernie Siegel Recommends Tales2Inspire

Tales2Inspire ~ The Emerald Collection (Beyond Coincidence stories)
Author: Lois W. Stern
ISBN: 1492321397
Quoted from Amazon review
Book's Web site:  www.tales2inspire.com
Published by CreateSpace
ISBN: 1492321397
Genre: Inspirational, motivational



Quote from noted physician, healer, author, and humanist, Dr. Bernie Siegel, (A Book of Miracles, the Art of Healing, 365 Prescriptions for the Soul) took note of the Tales2Inspire ™ series, with the words:

"These are books with a heart - filled with stories which reveal what happens when we choose to live in a way that is life enhancing for all God's creatures. Our potential is miraculous when we choose to inspire the vapor of love. The people in these stories have always been my teachers. Read and learn the lessons of life.”

 
 
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The New Book Review is blogged by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers. It is a free service offered to those who want to encourage the reading of books they love. That includes authors who want to share their favorite reviews, reviewers who'd like to see their reviews get more exposure, and readers who want to shout out praise of books they've read. Please see submission guidelines on the left of this page. Reviews and essays are indexed by genre, reviewer names, and review sites. Writers will find the search engine handy for gleaning the names of small publishers. Find other writer-related blogs at Sharing with Writers and The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor.

Friday, March 6, 2015

SharingwithWriters Tip on Getting Reviews

Thought readers and subscribers of this blog (peeps who are often writers and reviewers) would like to see this tip from my last #SharingwithWriters newsletter:

Tip from Midwest Reviews: Beth Cox, editor of the Beth Cox Report newsletter, says, “I'd like to start by reminding every author, publisher, and publicist out there that the post-Christmas months are the "off season" for the Midwest Book Review. That means if you submit your book for review consideration now, then you'll have substantially less competition than usual! By far the number one reason that we have to pass on any submitted book is "too many books, not enough reviewers."
To subscribe to SharingwithWriters go to http://howtodoitfrugally.com/newsletter_copies.htm and use the subscribe window at the top right corner of the page.
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The New Book Review is blogged by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers. It is a free service offered to those who want to encourage the reading of books they love. That includes authors who want to share their favorite reviews, reviewers who'd like to see their reviews get more exposure, and readers who want to shout out praise of books they've read. Please see submission guidelines on the left of this page. Reviews and essays are indexed by genre, reviewer names, and review sites. Writers will find the search engine handy for gleaning the names of small publishers. Find other writer-related blogs at Sharing with Writers and The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Truth-About-Books Reviewer Loves Wacky Book

Title: Leeram in Fordlandia
Author: Buell Hollister
Author’s Website: buellhollister.com
Genre: Humor
ISBN: 978-1-939166-59-3
Reviewer’s name: J.B. Maynard
Reviewer’s Rating: 4 out of 5
Amazon Link to Book
Leeram in Fordlandia is published through Merrimack Media.

Reviewed by J.B. Maynard originally for Truth About Books

Gilbert Greenbush acquires a shrunken head in an estate cleanout. That’s when his life really begins. Leeram, the shrunken head in question, is ancient tribesman who can communicate with his newfound trustee from beyond the grave through the use of this creepy object. What seems like a good-luck charm and companion at first, turns into a spirit guide and trusted friend that sweeps Gilbert up in an adventure to the Amazon and beyond! Do you know what PETA means? Do you know what an Atlatl is and how to use one? After you’ve cracked open this wacked out tale, you’ll never be able to say “no” again.

Leeram in Forlandia is a rare gem by Buell Hollister. It’s uncommon to get ahold of such a wacky, romantic comedy with this much real historical influence. I found myself laughing my @#! off at the witty banter between Gilbert and Leeram on a regular basis.

Ever new character was funnier and more interesting than the last. People Like: Suxie Redbone, A larger-than-life amazon in charge of the river cleanup operation; or Lisa LePage, an ex PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) member and a very supportive and likeable love interest throughout the story; or even Pericles Xerxes Pangloss… um need I say more?

Leeram in Fordlandia is packed with comedy and historical facts like Henry Ford’s involvement in the automotive industry and the creation of the fictitious Fordlandia, and how to use an Atlatl. Let me explain: an  Atlatl is a primitive propulsion device for a spear. You hold the shorter stick with a cupped end in your hand along with the spear. The back end of the spear goes into the cup so that when you throw the spear or javelin the Atlatl acts as an extension of your arm. Anyways, I immediately YouTubed it and you should too… looks like fun.

Now back to the review. Once the Greenbush was on the water, Buell showed an aptitude for boating and nautical terminology that made the ride feel realistic and gut wrenching, but I knew I was in good hands! On another side note:  I actually would love to see this book in graphic novel form someday. It lends itself well to illustration.

Eventually, Buell takes into the spirit world. This book takes a very unique look at the afterlife by suggesting that wormholes are the gateways between life and death, and by detailing certain objects that spirits can communicate through; such as a shrunken head, radio, or a dolphin.  

This book jumps through scenes at a fevered pace. While this allowed Buell’s tale to cover more ground, it felt nauseating at times and it detracted from the value of certain scenes. On the other hand, some scenes were completely unnecessary and felt shoe-horned in just to fit in more background than was needed. These fumbles took a little away from the entertainment value at times, but they didn’t stop me from devouring this book.

I do hope this book becomes a movie or series someday. I feel that Leeram in Fordlandia is definitely set up that way. I can’t tell you who this book is mainly geared towards because I think that nearly anyone would get a kick out of it; not only that, but I think they’d learn something in the process. Thank you, Buell, for a read that felt a lot like a vacation.  

 J.B.Maynard
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The author, Buell Hollister, is a University of Virginia graduate with a BA in English, and subsequent training in biology.
He has been a newspaper journalist, contributing writer for several boating and general interest periodicals, free-lance editor, short story writer, and sometimes poet. He is a former Boston Correspondent for the National Fisherman. He spent fifteen years with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, first in their underutilized species promotion program, then helping to develop commercial fishing gear that reduced bycatch (juvenile fish and untargeted species). He created the Massachusetts Clean Vessel Act program to improve coastal water quality. His plan was used by other states and is now the national standard. He is the past President of the St. Botolph Club in Boston, a club centered around the arts.
 
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The New Book Review is blogged by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers. It is a free service offered to those who want to encourage the reading of books they love. That includes authors who want to share their favorite reviews, reviewers who'd like to see their reviews get more exposure, and readers who want to shout out praise of books they've read. Please see submission guidelines on the left of this page. Reviews and essays are indexed by genre, reviewer names, and review sites. Writers will find the search engine handy for gleaning the names of small publishers. Find other writer-related blogs at Sharing with Writers and The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Suzanne Lummis Endorses "Old Woman" Book of Poetry

 
Title: Persons of Interest
Author: Lorine Parks
Genre: poetry
Publisher: Los Nietos Press, 2015, 95 pages
ISBN: 9780692307007
It's available on Amazon for $13.50.

Blurb from Suzanne Lummis, poet and instructor in poetry for UCLA Extension Writers' Program
 
“Among these charming and inventive poems we get, as part of the bargain, the wonderful "Old Woman" series. Women of all ages will emphasize. Women writers of all ages will be jealous they hadn't thought of it first. I know I am.” SUZANNE LUMMIS
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The New Book Review is blogged by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers. It is a free service offered to those who want to encourage the reading of books they love. That includes authors who want to share their favorite reviews, reviewers who'd like to see their reviews get more exposure, and readers who want to shout out praise of books they've read. Please see submission guidelines on the left of this page. Reviews and essays are indexed by genre, reviewer names, and review sites. Writers will find the search engine handy for gleaning the names of small publishers. Find other writer-related blogs at Sharing with Writers and The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Five-Star Book Kicks Retirement Blahs

Energize Your Retirement: Stories of Passionate Pursuits
Christine Sparacino http://www.christinesparacino.com/book/
Subject: Retirement
ISBN: 978-0-9905669-2-2
Available on Amazon.
Five Stars

Reviewed by Doug Nordman originally for Goodreads

I've read literally dozens of retirement books, and this is the most constructive one yet! One of the "problems" with retirement books is that many of the authors are not retired. They pontificate about the psychology or the health issues or the lifestyle without truly experiencing the challenges of a retired life. They quote studies or surveys that have already been thoroughly debunked by real retirees on Internet forums. I've been retired for over 12 years and I can quickly spot an "advisor" who lacks personal retirement experience.

Christine Sparacino neatly resolves this issue by interviewing over two dozen happy, healthy, fulfilled, successful retirees. Their ages range from their 50s to their 70s. Each person (or couple) has a passion that they retired for, and they've become experts at their new lifestyle. Some of them are coping with medical issues or old age, and they've adapted to make the best of their activity. Most of them spend very little money to enjoy their interests, and several of them generate enough revenue from their creativity to more than pay for their materials and equipment.

Ms. Sparacino adds information from websites, reference books, and other resources to help you decide whether to pursue these interests. You'll also find your inspiration for other lifestyles and hobbies that are mentioned in passing. The stories are not all rainbows and unicorns. Some retirees tried several different activities to find the ones they love. Others are limited by health or endurance and had to find ways to change or cut back. One woman did extensive research on non-profit bards before she found a match for her interests. Yet they've all found something that they enjoy, and they know exactly what they want.

My readers worry about retirement and the question "But... what will I do all day?!" Now they have plenty of answers to research

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The New Book Review is blogged by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers. It is a free service offered to those who want to encourage the reading of books they love. That includes authors who want to share their favorite reviews, reviewers who'd like to see their reviews get more exposure, and readers who want to shout out praise of books they've read. Please see submission guidelines on the left of this page. Reviews and essays are indexed by genre, reviewer names, and review sites. Writers will find the search engine handy for gleaning the names of small publishers. Find other writer-related blogs at Sharing with Writers and The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

WOW Blog Tour Review Love My Friend Nina Amir's New Book for Authors

Title: Authorpreneur: How to Build a Business Around Your

Book


Author: Nina Amir


Web site: www.ninaamir.com

Genre: Writing Craft

Publisher: Pure Spirit Creations

Publication Date: October 22, 2014

E-Book: 85 pages

AISN: B00OT67PPO

Buy the book at Amazon 

Or at Smashwords 

 

BOOK REVIEW: AUTHORPRENEUR


Reviewed by Jodi Webb originally for The Muffin
I am good with words. I am not good with numbers, money, business plans. I suspect in that way I am similar to many writers. Nina Amir's book Authorpreneur: How to Build a Business Around Your Book addresses that shortcoming in many writers by providing a step by step map to transforming a book into a business that provides an author many opportunities to earn.

When I say "step by step" I am not exaggerating. Amir will provide an idea such as webinar. From there she will provide you with the names of several platforms you can use to set up webinars along with the positives and negatives of each platform. Then she provides both creative and technical directions on how to produce a webinar: how to transform your book/knowledge into a webinar and tips on technical issues such as when to hold a webinar, producing online registration pages, etc. I was amazed by just how much information was in this 85 page ebook! Even if you just adopt one of the ideas Amir provides you will be getting your money's worth. But don't think this book is all about online opportunities. Amir provides the same detailed attention to things just as speaking engagements and creating mini-books.

On the surface, this book lends itself more to nonfiction writing but with some adaption fiction or memoir writers will find information they can use. It will definitely have you evaluating your book in a new way. I recommend that all writers read Authorpreneur: How to Build a Business Around Your Book and see where Amir's ideas will lead them.

 
More about the Author: 

Nina Amir, the bestselling author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual, is a speaker, a blogger, and an author, book, and blog-to-book coach. Known as the Inspiration to Creation Coach, she helps creative people combine their passion and purpose so they move from idea to inspired action and positively and meaningfully impact the world as writers, bloggers, authorpreneurs, and blogpreneurs. Some of Nina's clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses and created thriving businesses around their books. She is the founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, aka the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge, and the Nonfiction Writers' University.

More about WOW Mini-Review Blog Tours:
 
WOW-Women on Writing organizes WOW Blog Tours of all lengths and types: everything from blog tours featuring interviews, guest posts, review and giveaways to social media reviews to tweet tours. We're also always open to new creations if you have something special in mind to promote your book. Nina is on one of our latest offerings, the WOW Mini Review Tour. The WOW Mini Review Tour launches with a review and giveaway on WOW's blog The Muffin http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/2015/02/authorpreneur-how-to-build-business.html then moves on to at least six other blogs that feature a review as well as reposts of the review on spots such as Amazon, Goodreads, Pinterest, B&N and Powell's. To learn more about WOW Blog Tours contact us at blogtour@wow-womenonwriting.com.


 
 
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The New Book Review is blogged by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers. It is a free service offered to those who want to encourage the reading of books they love. That includes authors who want to share their favorite reviews, reviewers who'd like to see their reviews get more exposure, and readers who want to shout out praise of books they've read. Please see submission guidelines on the left of this page. Reviews and essays are indexed by genre, reviewer names, and review sites. Writers will find the search engine handy for gleaning the names of small publishers. Find other writer-related blogs at Sharing with Writers and The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor.