Book Review: Cryptozoology for Beginners

Trish is a 13 year old girl with a secret…a very personal secret which has already destroyed her relationship with her best friend. But she is tough and has more than friendship problems on her mind. The Euclideans are on a mission to wipe out magic. To do this they are capturing and experimenting (aka torturing) magical creatures like Nessie, Sasquatch, Jackalopes, Kirin, and more.

Writing Advice: Write Only for Yourself

Ray Bradbury said "Write only for yourself" This is excellent advice! At times I've gotten stuck in my writing, and after thinking about the cause, I usually find that I'm attempting to write for the wrong reason. For the past couple years, I've been writing short stories in hopes of getting published in one of the SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association) recognized magazines so I can become a member of SFWA. Sometimes I catch myself trying to write not from my heart, but with an end goal in mind, publication. This means I'm on step 2, but thinking about step 12.

Book Review: A Hero Born

This one it is hard to evaluate the writing. Really I’m evaluating the translation. As a reader, I found this translation very difficult to follow. I teach ESL and I love learning about other cultures, so I was excited to immerse myself in a story originally written in Chinese. The words are translated to English, but there was so much in the way everything was phrased that I really could not follow this story very well. I kept having to look back and determine who this character was in relation to others.

Writing Advice: Write Every Day!

You hear this all the time. To be a successful writer, write every day! Some even go so far to say that if you don't, you aren't even a REAL writer. LIES!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBZk6JZwJCU Is there anything wrong with writing every day? Absolutely not. It is a good habit which will surely make you a better … Continue reading Writing Advice: Write Every Day!

Book Review: Virals

This summer I am putting some dents in the long time books on my TBR list! I wanted to read this book for two reasons, Kathy Reichs (writer of the Bones TV series), and I happen to like wolves or anything dog related. Virals by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs Tory, niece of Temperance Brennan, and her super smart friends get into a heap of trouble when they discovers one of the wild wolf-German Shepherd hybrid pups go missing from the island where their parents all work. They discover that one of the scientists on the island has been experimenting on him. Which also exposes her and her friends to something that is changing them.

Book Review: Grave Digger

It’s 1875. Cap Cooper is a 12 year old whose mother is pregnant with another child. She is weak and sick. Cap and his dad just want to be able to pay for her medicine, so they pick up a job of grave digging. Not to put bodies into, but to take them out. They are stealing the bodies to sell to medical facilities. It’s good money, for some rather unsavory people. Cap feels bad about it. Then one of the bodies comes back to life! Did he cause that? Does he have some paranormal power? Or was she buried alive?