Monthly Archives: October 2014

Review and Giveaway: A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

I received an Advanced Review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.  I invite you to read my review, watch the book trailer and win your own SIGNED hardcopy of the book (US/Canada).

My Review:

A Sudden LightThe first thing that struck me about A SUDDEN LIGHT is the rich and flowing prose that immediately sweeps the reader into the story.  It begins on a very philosophical note that reminds me of a common theme in Greek mythology: a curse.  When something of beauty is destroyed, the ancestors of the destroyer are cursed and pass on this curse until someone, somewhere along the family line is able to make amends.  The universe must be paid back in order for the curse to be broken.

Trevor is a 14 year old boy who had a happy and normal life with his parents growing up in Connecticut.  But any contentment he has experienced in his life is broken when his parents decide to separate.  Due to his dad’s poor financial planning, his family has also gone bankrupt and they have lost their house in Connecticut.  Trevor’s mother takes off for England to stay with her parents and Trevor travels with his father to visit his father’s family in Seattle.  It is strange and alarming that Trevor has never met his paternal grandfather or his Aunt Selena. Continue reading


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Recitatio: Social Media, Ancient Style

Today I am very excited to be writing a guest post for author Harry Patz on his website The Naive Guys.  As many of you know, my day job is a Latin teacher.  My two passions, reading and teaching the Classics, have collided in this essay.  I explain how Roman authors went about selling their books and I compare it to how authors, especially Indie authors, sell their publications in the 21st century.  Read my post here..

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Review and Giveaway: The Gods of Second Chances by Dan Berne

I received an Advanced Copy of this book from the author for an honest review.  I invite you to read my review, learn a bit about the author and enter to win your own copy (US/Canada).

My Review:

DanBerne+TGOSC+coverRay Bancroft is a widowed fisherman in Alaska trying to raise his 11 year old granddaughter by himself.  He has had a tough life and nothing comes easy to him. He surrounds himself with statues of gods from different religions in order to gain some good karma and extra luck from the universe when he is carrying out his daily tasks.

The Alaskan setting in this book is captivating.  Ray and his partner Felix are out on their boat in bone-chilling weather for 12 or more hours a day trying to catch crabs and shrimp.  The descriptions of the sea, the Alaskan landscape and Yatki Island make you feel like you are shivering on the boat right beside them.

At times it seems like the whole universe is against Ray.  His job is dangerous, a tourist that he took out on his boat for a fishing trip has filed a frivolous lawsuit against him and he is always struggling to make ends meet.  The one bright spot in his world is his teenage granddaughter Sitka, but even his relationship with her is threatened when his drug addicted daughter suddenly comes back to town. Continue reading


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Guest Post: The Anatomy of a Book Review

Today I am so excited to have a guest post on author Suanne Laqueur’s website.  I talk about my approach to writing a book review.  Also, Suanne’s book, which I highly recommend is on sale on Amazon all this week.

Here is the link to my post:

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Review and Author Interview: Crazy Is Normal by Lloyd Lofthouse

I am very excited today to welcome Virtual Author Book Tours to the blog today with a non-fiction memoir entitled Crazy Is Normal.  I invite you to read my review, learn a little about the author, Lloyd Lofthouse, look at my interview with the author and visit the other stops on the tour.

My Review:

Crazy is Normal a classroom exposeIn his book Crazy is Normal, Lloyd Lofthouse gives the reader a nitty gritty, down and dirty, not so pretty glimpse into the daily life of a high school English teacher.  Lloyd kept a daily journal that recorded his year of teaching 9th grade English and journalism at Nogales High School in La Puente, California. He begins the book on a very personal level by describing his struggles in the classroom during his own childhood and takes us through the process in which he decides to step into a classroom.

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