Monday, May 26, 2014


Title: The Art of War for Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics, and Exercises
Author: James Scott Bell
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Original edition (December 9, 2009)
Pages: 272
I had heard others mention THE ART OF WAR FOR WRITERS: FICTION WRITING STRATEGIE, TACTICS, AND EXERCISES by JAMES SCOTT BELL, and to be honest, I resisted purchasing it. I don’t always believe all the hype. That is until I spotted this tiny book at a writing conference a few years back. I finally relented and made the decision to purchase it. Still, it sat on my shelf of books to be read. Now, years later, I finally read it.

Wow! I do believe that God gives you what you need, just when you need it. If ever the saying “Tiny, but mighty” was true, it would be in reference to this book. I just LOVED the extremely short chapters. They are quick, precise, yet packed with core information. All the basics you need to write a great book, without all the fancy words and sentences to jumble your brain, threatening to lose the point. There was not one single chapter - of 77 - that I did not gain knowledge from.

THE ART OF WAR FOR WRITERS will be a book forever near as I continue my writing journey. Even if you have been writing for some time, it’s a quick reminder of the dos and don’t that you are sure to find helpful.


Thursday, May 22, 2014


Title: Her Unlikely Cowboy (Love Inspired\Cowboys of Sunrise Ranch)
Author: Debra Clopton
Publisher: Love Inspired (April 15, 2014)
Pages: 224

To know me, is to know I’m a huge lover of books, and have my favorite authors. One of them being DEBRA CLOPTON. HER UNLIKELY COWBOY is well written – no surprise there. The characters are easy to connect with, and will come to life. I have always loved MS CLOPTONS feisty characters, though the hero and heroine in HER UNLIKELY COWBOY seem to be a bit more tame then her typical style.

That last thing Suzie Kent wants to do is turn to Tucker McDermott for help. When she finds herself at the end of the rope with her teenage son, that’s exactly what she does.

Tucker McDermott jumps at the chance to make up for the lost of his brother by helping out his widow and son. It’s the least he can do after what this brother did for Tucker.

Love the McDermott’s. MS CLOPTON delivered some amazing lines, with a plot that will have you settling right into the story as if you were there. Can’t wait for her next.

Thursday, May 8, 2014



Title: Imogen’s Chance
Author: Paula Vince
Publisher: Even Before Publishing (April 1, 2014)
Pages: 228
I was both intrigued by the title, and that IMOGEN’S CHANCE was written by an author from Australia, PAULA VINCE.  IMGONE’S CHANCE is a unique story about regretful pasts that affect not just the life of one person, but of several.
Imogen Browne is haunted by a past she needs to right. Even if that means confronting it head on.
Asher Dorazio is faced with a crisis he never imagined he’d be faced with. One that sets him on a life-changing path.
Can Imogen and Asher come clean about their past, and have a future?
In reading IMOGEN’S CHANCE, I was both surprise and intrigued by the choices of words by an Australian author, something I’m not accustomed too. Having never heard of the name Imogen before coming across IMOGEN’S CHANCE, I researched it, and was further intrigued by the history behind the name. PAULA VINCE created a unique story, with witty lines, surprises and twists.