Book Review: Write Well

Title: Write Well
Written By: Rachelle Rea Cobb
Genre: Writing Helps/Non-fiction
Recommended Ages: Any ages

Introduction:

If you are a writer who has problems with grammar, this is the perfect book for you. Rachelle has lots of great tips given in a funny way that entertains as well as teaches. Continue reading

Boys of Summer Giveaway!

You all like reading, right? Well, I’ve teamed up with 19 other authors to be part of a 20 eBook giveaway! The funnest thing about it? They all have a man on the cover.

I signed up not knowing who else had signed up and when I got the information, I was surprised to find out that I’m among some pretty famous Indie published authors! K.M. Weiland and Shanna Hatfield to name a couple. I’m honored to be in their company.

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Blog Tour: Go West

About the Book

After duty as an ambulance driver in World War I, Ellie Morgan returns to Chicago to take up her share of the work in her grandparents’ department store. Ellie doesn’t want to alienate her family or disappoint them, but despite a six year effort to settle in, she feels increasingly trapped in store routine. Meanwhile, her grandmother urges her to marry a local politician and help him succeed in his chosen field. Ellie’s grandfather, however, wants to see her happy and independent. “Go West, young woman, go west,” he advises paraphrasing a popular quotation of the day. So with Granddad’s help, Ellie secures a job on a ranch in Colorado and sets out to prove that she has the necessary character to succeed at a third vocation.

When Aldon Leitzinger meets Ellie’s train in Clifton Colorado, he introduces himself as the foreman of the ranch. But the more people Ellie meets in the community, the more apparent it becomes that she is in demand to fill a number of roles for which she is not prepared. Desperate to prove herself, she settles in to please everyone, a task that puts her at risk of failure in every attempt at finding a new and happier life. Continue reading

July Goals (and an exciting announcement!)

Monthly Goals

Can you believe another month is here? I know I can’t! It seems like just yesterday I wrote up my goals for June. A lot has happened, and I’m not just saying that tritely. A LOT has happened. In fact, it was something life-changing. Continue reading

Book Review: Risen

Title: Risen
Written By: Angela Elwell Hunt
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Recommended Ages: 13 & up for sexual references (not blatant, just implied) and violence

Introduction:

I don’t read much Biblical Fiction because I often find the authors take too much liberty with what is in the Scriptures. I should also mention that I have not seen the movie this book is based on. After reading the author’s note, I am curious to see the movie just to find out how different it is. Continue reading

Book Review: A Question of Honor

Title: A Question of Honor
Written By: Jesseca Wheaton
Genre: Historical Fiction-WWII
Recommended Ages: 13 & up for some violence

Introduction:

All the emotions. All the joy, horror, everything. Joyanna, David, Erich, Nadetta, the creepy Sergeant who’s name is escaping me, everyone. I felt like I was right there with each of them.

Characters: 1/1

When it comes to real life, words are easy to say and hard to put into practice. A couple characters in this book learn that in intense ways. Then there’s Erich. The contradiction. He wants to do what’s right for the SS and Germany. But he has these conflicting thoughts that make it hard to follow orders. Ms. Wheaton does a great job creating and describing both of those things.

Dialogue: .75/1

The dialogue was at times witty and uplifting. Other times it was sad and depressing. Each time it did exactly what the story needed it to.

Plot/storyline: 1/1

Even after reading the description, I didn’t really know what I was in for with this book. The plot was well done, unpredictable, funny, sad, and historically accurate. I loved learning more about the Battle of Britain, Royal Air Force pilots, and the Americans that went to help England before the US joined the war.

Overall writing quality: .75/1

Even with sad books, I don’t often cry. This time I did. I won’t say why because it’s a spoiler, but if you’ve read the book, you can probably guess. I felt for the characters, especially during that time. My only complaint is that the ending with Erich and Joyanna felt a bit too rushed.

Un-put-down-ability: 1/1

I started the book, set it aside, picked it up again, set it aside, and then finished the last 2/3rds in one fell swoop. I never set it aside because it was boring. I set it aside because life got too busy. Make sure you set a good chunk of time aside when you read this book.

Conclusion: 4.5/5

I’ve read a few Christian WWII novels over the years, but I think I can honestly say this is one of the best I have read. I can’t wait to read the next book!

When the Writing Gets Tough…

…the tough get writing.

That’s the way the saying goes, isn’t it? Okay, maybe not, but it still applies in my mind. Some people think writers have the easiest job in the world. They get to do something they love with little to no effort and just publish books and make some money.

*insert annoying wrong buzzer from random game show*

Nothing could be further from the truth. Well, maybe I shouldn’t go that far, but a career in writing, or even a side job in writing, isn’t a bed of roses. Unless those roses still have the thorns on them. Continue reading