Showing posts from March, 2014

School psychologist writes sinister thriller

I'm delighted to welcome author and school psychologist S. B. Redstone to my blog today with a guest post and sample  from his new book, A Sinister Obsession. The author is offering a generous giveaway, so don't forget to read to the end of the post and visit the rafflecopter and other exciting Sinister Obsession tour stops. And don't forget to look at the book cover too. One glance has me haunted and wanting to know more, especially given the author's background, so... Please tell us, Mr. Redstone... How has being a school psychologist  played into being a thriller writer?             It’s not just being a school psychologist that endeared me to being a thriller writer. I began my career as a caseworker in Child Protective Services, where I investigated the abuse and neglect of children. After attaining master’ s degrees in social work and school psychology, and receiving post-graduate training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, you can see tha

Spinning tales on the wheel of fiction

If you've followed my blog you'll know I love to read and write. So I was delighted to be offered a free ecopy of Authorpreneur in Pajamas, by Geraldine Solon, for review. Not that I sit at my computer in pajamas. Getting dressed, like cleaning teeth, is an essential part of waking up for me, coming second, and third, only to drinking coffee. But, as an aspiring author, I'd love to be successful, so learning how to be an authorpreneur--in jeans and nice warm sweater--sounds great to me. So here's my review: Authorpreneur in Pajamas, by Geraldine Solon blends friendly advice,useful lists of links, personal experience, and shared dreams to make a short, eminently readable, and pleasingly encouraging book for anyone like me. Enjoy with some bright easy-drinking 2-star coffee, and start using it. The rest of today's reviews come from curious worlds and the spinning of curious tales, starting with, appropriately, The Tale Spinner, by David Donagh e, a cool genre, ti

When summers (and other things) aren't quite what they seem

Last week it seemed like summer was on its way. Taking time from weeding words from manuscripts, I crouched in old jeans to tackle the dandelions instead. The flowerbeds, those I got to anyway, have never looked so ready for summer sun. And then it rained. The sound of birdsong's gone again in the endless dripping haze. Squirrels have wisely gone back to sleep. And roads are tangled with branches fallen from trees--wouldn't you think they'd run out of loose limbs to drop on us eventually? The back yard's pretty tangled too. I'll be regretting filling the wheely bin with weeds when the sun comes back. Still, at least the rain gives me more time to read, even if neither flowerbeds nor Galilee's Gift are fully weeded yet. So grab a coffee and choose yourself a book. Or choose the book first, so I can recommend the perfect coffee for the tale. My first is set in a very real world where everyday assumptions show there's more than meets the eye, even to rather d

If only they could talk... The Guide's Voice

If you've followed my blog, you've probably learned that I love reading, writing, coffee, chocolate, and dogs. When a dog looks sad or hurt or scared, I always ponder, "If only they could talk." But author Susan E. Davis does more than wonder. She knows  the voice of a wounded pet, how to listen , how to hear and how to guide the pet and owner too.Today I'm delighted to welcome her to my blog, with a post about real animals, real owners, real healing, and that "Guide's Voice ." The Guide’s Voice, by Susan E. Davis, PT “…..but they (the animals) can’t tell you where it hurts, how can you help them?”                                    “I’ll be able to tell, they will let me know”.    My hands glide palpating gently, carefully along the rabbit’s body.   A slight rotation of a lop ear, a quiver below the skin. Here it is. A hip, inflamed and out of alignment. An easy fix. *** A Great Pyrenees stands rigid, staring straight

The haunting attraction of a cover image

Would you choose a book by its cover? Do scenes or people attract you more in cover images, making you pick the book from the shelf and turn it to read the blurb? But what if the image is simply a face--what part of that face will grab you and draw you in? Is it ethnicity, expression, beauty, convention, or more? I'm delighted to welcome author annamaria bazzi to my blog today, revealing the wonderful (and haunting) cover for her new book Incantation Paradox, and introducing a truly intriguing protagonist, Dolores. I think it's the eyes that grab me in this cover. I wish I could say what the expression means, but to me, it's haunting, and makes me want to know more. So read on; enjoy the blurb. Over to you annamaria. Book: Incantation Paradox Author: annamaria bazzi Cover Designer: Natasha Brown Release Date: Undetermined Blurb: A car accident cuts Dolores Reynard’s life short, leaving her with a long list of unfulfilled dreams. When she awakens in a s

Opening gates and closing doors with Christian Gothic fiction

I'm delighted to welcome Christian author Molly Noble Bull to my blog   today. I know her as an author of Christian historical fiction, but her latest book, Gatehaven, is classified as Christian Gothic suspense. I asked Molly what led her to write Christian paranormal fiction, and here's her answer, offering a deeper meaning than might at first be seen. So, over to you Molly, and thank you so much for visiting my blog. Readers, don't miss your chance to win a free print copy at the end of this post. Why I Wrote a Christian Gothic Historical by Molly Noble Bull Like many people of all ages today, I liked scary books and movies when I was a teenager and after that. I could explain how to get a vampire to back off and also tell how to kill a were-wolf in one long sentence. I also read books on the New Age Movement and began to believe some of the things I learned in the books.      I didn’t know that these practices were evil back then, and the mainline c