Thursday, January 2, 2020

Stories of the Young by Theodore J. Cohen and Alyssa Devine

Book 8 in Theodore J. Cohen's Flash Fiction Anthology series:

George Bernard Shaw once said: “Youth is wasted on the young.” Hopefully, you didn’t waste yours! Growing up as six-year-old child working in the coal mines of England in the 19th century, for example, precluded anything even close to what today would be considered a “normal childhood,” much less giving you a good chance of living past 30. Your chances of surviving to old age were somewhat better if you were born during the Great Depression, though then, many children often went to bed hungry. Compare their lives to those of children born after World War II. This anthology comprises 73 stories related to childhood selected from the 438 stories found in Books 1 through 6, incl., of the <i>Creative Ink, Flashy Fiction</i> anthologies. The stories, each 250 words or fewer in length, are best compared to a handful of peanuts or M&M’s.  Which is to say, they’re tiny, bite-sized morsels that won’t let you stop with one!

Theodore J. Cohen writes from the heart. His latest book of Flash Fiction is called Stories of the Young but could easily be called Stories from the Heart.  Seventy-three individual stories tug both the humor and heartstrings, making for an engaging read that is unputdownable. Cohen takes photos and writes tight, concise stories to match the action. His prose is fluid as it is graceful, eloquent as it is crisp. In a few short paragraphs, he is able to take you from the streets of Paris to the dustbowl without missing a beat. Cohen and his alter-ego Alissya Devine dive with ease into different cultures, ages, and dialects of children from all over the world in various time periods. Some of the stories are filled with pathos, others uproariously funny. One thing remains constant- out of the mouths of babes!

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Monday, September 30, 2019

*KIRKUS REVIEW* RISEN The Battle for Darracia (Book III) by Michael Phillip Cash

The concluding volume of Cash’s (Collision, 2014, etc.) Battle for Darracia trilogy is a fitting end to an action-packed series that seamlessly blends elements of science fiction and fantasy.
The story is set on a breathtakingly beautiful planet that’s literally being destroyed by war, including a conflict between the planet’s two indigenous species, the Darracians and the Quyroos. Three interconnected storylines follow key characters: V’sair, a young Darracian king of mixed blood who’s determined to unite the races and save the planet; Zayden, his warrior brother; and Tulani, a Quyroos high priestess who’s also V’sair’s love interest. As the novel begins, all three heroes are in desperate straits: V’sair, jettisoned from a floating city, has fallen into the Hixom Sea. Zayden, a once proud Darracian prince, has been blinded and struggles to understand his significance in the world. Tulani, meanwhile, finds herself imprisoned and incapable of helping her people—and her planet—from being summarily wiped out by ignorant Darracians. Separately, they must all undergo painful journeys of self-discovery in order to end the bloodshed. This novel (and the trilogy) has numerous noteworthy aspects, including exceptional world building, impressive character development, nonstop action, jaw-dropping plot twists, and some powerful, profound themes (including “equality for all”). The criticisms are minor ones; the ultimate conclusion, for example, is a bit too predictable and one main character, Bobbien, speaks so much like Yoda (“Throw him in prison, they will”) that it becomes grating by the novel’s end. That said, the story’s blend of science fiction and fantasy is highly palatable, as is the old-school adventure fantasy undertone—comparable to classics such as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars saga and Jack L. Chalker’s Well of Souls series.
Readers of this well-crafted sci-fi epic will be left suitably satisfied, and hungry for more of the same.

Pub Date: June 25th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1499242676
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: CreateSpace
Program: Kirkus Indie
Review Posted Online: Aug. 12th, 2014

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

*Author Spotlight* Esther Rabbit

This is Esther, I'm a content creator for writers and Paranormal Romance author myself. Following the Swag Bag post I'm extending an invitation for an interview feature on my blog. When I'm not wearing the writer cape, I'm a Digital Marketing specialist and at your service if you have any questions about author branding or back-end SEO.

I've actually been lucky enough to find many authors to collaborate with through mutual interviews, book reviews and overall support, so if you'd like to join me on my quest, hop in! I'm actively looking for professionals who want to collaborate on multiple projects for common benefits. I am happy to swap books, leave a fab Goodreads review & interview you.

My interview project is called 7 Questions (copyrighted), all you have to do is take your pick (see document attached below) and email your answers in a Word Document including links to your website, social media and anything you might consider relevant to attract the people you need to your platforms. Please make your answers extensive. You can also include a picture of yourself (it’s always nice when readers see a face).  The picture has to respect 1000W x 700H or close standards to fit the featured image on the website.

Please respect the interview format, 3rd person intro, etc. otherwise it will be difficult to publish.

I aim to educate upcoming writers in the tricks of the craft, from writing the first draft to learning from professionals like you, so I'm a writer with a mission.

I would absolutely love to be featured on your feed if you like Paranormal Romance, my novel Lost in Amber was just released in January and it needs some reviews. 

Last but not least I am continuously overwhelmed by the quality of the people I've met online and I'm hoping to discover more of you through your interview.  

Find & follow me on my social media below :)

All my best, 
Esther Rabbit | From Words To Spellbinding Novels

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Summertime…and the Indie Reading is Easy (Presented by BookWorks Team)

Summertime…and the Indie Reading is Easy

Yay! June is here and we’re more than ready for a little R & R (reading and recreation). It’s been a while since we last published a recommended reading list. Summertime brings opportunities for leisure, so it’s only fitting to offer some easy reading from among the titles in our member BookShop. These are the… 
Yay! June is here and we're more than ready for a little R & R (reading and recreation). It's been a while since we last published a recommended reading list. Summertime brings opportunities for leisure, so it's only fitting to offer some easy reading from among the titles in our member BookShop.
These are the kind of books you'll devour in short order, so kick back...mystery, suspense, thrills, chills, and romance await you.

Enjoy These Easy Reading Titles

The Renaissance ClubSummertime indie easy reading book list by by Rachel Dacus - A young art historian and fan of Renaissance sculptor, Bernini, dreams her way back to the 17th century in this magical realism romance and time travel adventure.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
Murder & Menace (Cryptic Cove Cozy Mystery Series Book 2) by KP Stafford - Volume 2 of a 3-part series for cozy mystery fans, with quirky but compelling characters and plenty of small-town politics and mischief, readers rate this a fun, quick read.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
Blackmail, Sex and Lies (A Victorian True Crime Murder Mystery) by Kathryn McMaster - Fans of true crime and historical fiction will relish this creative nonfiction telling of an ill-fated love triangle that resulted in all the crimes of passion...scandal, deception, and vengeance.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
Not Forgotten by Donna M. Zadunajsky - A secret from the past unexpectedly resurfaces and throws Deanna's life into chaos and jeopardy in this thriller with plenty of unexpected plot twists and turns that will keep you guessing right up to the end.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
The Wedding Crasher (A Sam Tate Mystery)by Nikki Stern - Sam Tate is a wounded, complicated, modern woman reinventing herself as a small town sheriff in this intriguing and suspenseful murder mystery.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
Blood Virus: A Pandemic by Design by L.A. Hollis - With frighteningly real plausibility, this medical thriller has believable science, well-wrought players, and all the ripped-from-the-headlines suspense to make for a riveting read.Summertime indie easy reading book list by

More Easy Reading to Choose From...

The Flip (A Haunting on Long Island Series Book 2)Summertime indie easy reading book list by by Michael Phillip Cash - This paranormal thriller about husband and wife house flippers will appeal to readers who love a good ghost story with a dash of historical romance alongside the chills.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
Web of Destruction by Gippy Adams Henry - A violent psychopath stalks and torments a woman whose carefully woven web of secrets and lies is about to unspool, sending her shocking past crashing into the present in this edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
The Sheriff Meets His Match (A Wounded Hearts Novella # 4) by Jacquie Biggar - Sparks fly when a laid back alpha male who just wants a simple life meets a strong modern newcomer whose life is anything but, for readers who like their romance with a dash of spice, a bit of chaos, and a happy ending.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
Playback Effect by Karen A. Wyle - Other people's vivid dreams are for sale via a virtual playback helmet, with dire unexpected consequences, in this hybrid science fiction techno + legal/crime thriller.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
Mission to Morocco (A WW II Spy Novel) by J.R. Rogers -  Fans of WWII historical fiction and espionage thrillers will find themselves engrossed in this thoroughly researched and masterfully written spy novel.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
The Edge of Darkness (Alpha Core Trilogy Volume 1) by Vikki Romano - Fast-paced science fiction for cyberpunks and those who both love and fear the biotech revolution. Product of a failed cyber-soldier program, special agent Calder McKenna must confront how to destroy the monster without becoming one himself.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
Living with Markus by Florence Osmund - Thirty-one-year-old Marc must choose between saving his messed up relatives or saving himself, in this relatable novel about the ties that bind and the ties that strangle in dysfunctional family dynamics.

Which One Will You Read?

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Choose a title to suit your taste and take some time to relax and enjoy an easy reading escape. We'll be back soon with more great recommendations from our indie authors. Share your feedback and/or review when you do. We're happy to consider your suggestions for future reading lists so send them our way.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Beyond Breathing and Counting - Ideas for Handling Our Emotions BY: CAROL P. ROMAN, J. ROBIN ALBERTSON-WREN

Beyond Breathing and Counting - Ideas for Handling Our Emotions

Whether we are at home, school, or spending time with friends, there are times when our emotions are going to shift to the not-so-fun side of the chart: anger or frustration; embarrassment; anxiety, fear or overwhelmed-ness; sadness; or even emotions we can't name. Using everyday scenarios (pesky siblings, spats with friends, accidental damage, lost items) peer guides acknowledge the emotions, help label them, and offer ways to take control of them so they can make healthier and more thoughtful decisions. 

Parent Perspective:
Readers in the target audience will most definitely have experienced many of the scenarios described. The book's structure is such that the advice for overcoming the negative emotions of a situation seems to come from a peer. I particularly like that the five guides treat the emotion(s) as a 'normal' part of life and walk the talk about understanding the emotion without judging. That may not seem like a big deal, but I would imagine that some kids can easily get emotionally invested in the story they just read and begin to 'project' those feelings themselves.
Although I can see how Mindfulness for Kidscould be beneficial for first graders (6), adults will need to participate not just in sharing the stories but in modeling the strategies. Which leads me to my bottom line: this is a book for families to share. One is never too young or too old to be more attuned to their emotions, reactions, and choices. Highly recommended.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:
Readers of all ages will recognize themselves in these 15 stories about emotional challenges. They will also be able to think of a situation from their own life that matches the emotions that are expertly described. The book provides exceptional opportunities to open discussion with a parent reader or other family members, and also experiment with different strategies to see which one(s) work for them. 
Content Awareness Factors:
The audience is described as 6 to 10, but the reading level is beyond that age group. Phonetic parentheticals for words like amygdala would have been helpful. The subtitle is a misnomer, as these are not isolated "activities" but ideas/strategies for building mindfulness skills.

Type of Book:
This is a "case study" style book to engage kids in thinking about and providing strategies for their emotions, stress, and reactions to situations.
Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
6 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. Especially if you are going to read this together.

Mindfulness for Kids: 30 Fun Activities to Stay Calm, Happy, and In Control
Carol P. Roman, J. Robin Albertson-Wren
Althea Press © 2018

Friday, May 17, 2019

State Of Publishing

Carole P. Roman and R.L. Jackson discuss publishing, magazine news and other topics dealing with the indie publishing industry.