Review of Grace and Disgrace by The Page-Hungry Bookworm

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  Please go to the Book Review of Grace and Disgrace by the Page-Hungry Bookworm for the full review. Brief Preview: Review: “Grace and Disgrace” by Kayne Milhomme September 3, 2015 Genre: Historical Mystery Available at: http://amzn.to/1ikyb2N  My Verdict: ★★★★★ The Templar Diamond has gone missing. An invitation arrives by post challenging the recipients to begin a chase to find the Templar Diamond. A priest is murdered to demonstrate that participation in the chase can be fatal. However, Jack Tuohay, Eliza Wilding and John Elredge take on the challenge…. For the full review, please go to the Page-Hungry Bookworm: Book Review of Grace and Disgrace by the Page-Hungry Bookworm  

Book Review: Train to Nowhere, Gloria Piper

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4 Stars **** Train to Nowhere was an interesting and thought-provoking read. It has several strong components going for it, the most colorful of which is the setting (and how the setting is portrayed). The characters and plot are compelling, and the story is told in a fashion that is effective and crisp. Diving right into the world building—one initial observation regarding the setting is the explicit yet smoothly integrated particulars embedded in the character dialogue. This vocabulary (perhaps slang), which appears relative to the setting/scene/character, is a quick and colorful introductory mechanism into the world. In parallel, other aspects of the setting, such as behaviors, practices, and scenery, are revealed at a more measured pace—like honey from a spoon. This pace allows the reader to become engrossed in such a way that the intricacies of this unfamiliar place became familiar and almost comfortable (like a hot bath done right, i.e. not entered abruptly). The setting deserves an additional note due to its ingenious structure. There are three classes: Orphans, Landed, and Nomad; the classes […]

Book Review: Bridge Through Time, Scott Spotson

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4 Stars **** A Book About Discovery At its core, Bridge Through Time is a story about discovery. From the secrets of time travel and parallel universes to the hidden truths of one’s own origin, the enigmas of Bridge Through Time combine to create a perplexing and dangerous multi-reality within which the fate of humanity may hang in the balance. Max Thorning, a doctor and scientist, has a disturbing revelation as he watches the news—the arrival of an alien race (known as Darsians) is potentially a result of a time travel experiment that Max took part in. Max is bothered by this possibility because he believes that the Darsians are a threat to humanity. Intelligent and powerful beings, the Darsians gain acceptance and influence on earth by sharing new technology with humanity. One of the most notable gifts from the Darsians eliminates water shortages in third world countries and saves millions of lives. Thus, in the eyes of many, the aliens are a boon to earth. However, Max believes the Darsians are employing a ‘Trojan […]

Book Review: Avanaux by PJ McDermott

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4 STARS **** “Avanaux: A Hickory Lace Adventure” was an enjoyable read. The ‘world building’ was one of the most fascinating aspects of the novel, with the depth and breadth of the setting creating an immersive experience for the reader. Not only are the various races, planetary sceneries, and governing galactic organizations both interesting and well-formed, but the details of the technology employed throughout the novel is artistically defined without being overly complicated. Therefore the technology does not intrude on the story, but complements it. Within the colorful setting there are of course the characters and plot. The characters are compelling, especially the protagonist Hickory Lace, who is ornamented with imperfections and bears the burden of a broken relationship with her father. This theme ebbs and flows throughout the novel, yet is always looming like an approaching thunderstorm, ready to release its torrent. In this regard, the protagonist and her team—though they are high-performing professionals—bring their own shortcomings to the table that adds a compelling dynamic to their encounters and interactions. Additionally, there is a […]

Code-Switching at Work, in Writing, and as a Reader

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Intro Let’s take a quick glimpse at three statements that summarize the content this blog. This preview of the article’s purpose will give us an idea of the journey ahead. Code-switching is a subtle, reflexive change in the way we express ourselves based on our audience, and is practiced by each of us, regardless of our awareness of it. Code-switching is a vehicle that can be used to improve communication with individuals, usually in an informal manner that increases influence, even in formal and professional settings. Code-switching can be found in a variety of communication platforms, ranging from verbal communication, conversational written communication (such as texting, email), and declarative communication, such as journalism pieces and novels. Alright, I’ll bite…for now. So how do we get from here (the start) to there (the end)? I’ll briefly introduce some thoughts on how code-switching effects communication, particularly in the following: at work, in writing, and as a reader (as in: a reader communicating with the novels themselves). Through those examples, I’ll circle back to the statements above. Not […]

An Upcoming Interview on the IndieView for Grace and Disgrace (and a few other activities)

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“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” -W. Somerset Maugham Even if writing a novel does not have rules, I suppose marketing a novel must, right? If so, I was probably daydreaming (again) when the rules were handed out. Therefore, I’m just doing things my own way for now, which means awkwardly stumbling up a narrow, wind-bitten and rock-strewn footpath that narrowly climbs the infamous Mt. Marketing (meanwhile, I’m sure there’s a nice, cool tunnel somewhere below that leads directly through). And of course I’m relying on the fact that the novel itself (which has received a lot of positive feedback) will stand on its own two legs… and, you know, do most of the hard climbing for me. BTW, here’s a link to some of the reviews so far: http://www.amazon.com/Grace-Disgrace https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25598754-grace-and-disgrace All of that said, here’s a brief update on a few upcoming marketing activities: A Booksends marketing push on July 7th An interview on The IndieView on July 9th A Fussy Librarian marketing push on July 11th While you […]

How Parallel Thinking Helps Create the Perfect Plot — and Also with the Day Job

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Let’s start with the day job. I have spent the majority of my professional life working in corporate environments, and am familiar with the formulas these entities try to employ to achieve success in meetings. In general, the theoretical approach corporations utilize at a functional level to make both strategic and tactical decisions consists of discussion, deliberation, constructive disagreement, and negotiation based on timely, accurate, and data-driven information. Decisions are commonly consensus driven, but occasionally have full agreement or, on the other hand, require an authority to make a unilateral call.  In terms of deliverables, public and private alignment is a coveted outcome, as are clear objectives and expectations for effected parties, and how those objectives tie to the desired outcome(s). An expectation that the decisions made support the overall vision/mission of the corporation is a given. And tangible, measurable deliverables for stakeholders and customers are also valuable outputs. But note that the above said theoretical. Even with the best of intentions, many corporations struggle with the desired methods, and instead end up with a […]