10-1-21 - Hi and welcome. Happy Autumn. Hard to believe October has arrived, but glad it's here.
I only have one book/author recommendation for you this month. For adults mostly, and maybe YA, 13+. Poison for Breakfast from the famed author of the A Series of Unfortunate Events novels, thirteen in the series, by Lemony Snicket. His new novel is quite different, but just as encompassing, fun, intelligent, and phenomenal. Lemony never disappoints. His imagination is far beyond many of us. Traveling along with him is never a dull ride as he takes us on a journey of clues to solve a mystery. Here's a summary from Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56769614-poison-for-breakfast?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=eksnZwNfoC&rank=1.
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Have a wonderful week and see you in November, on the first. Thanks for visiting and come again for new news and new writing prompts. A happy October to you.
9-1-21 - Hello to my visitors. I hope you are well and having a good summer.
The author/book recommendations for this month are: For YA, Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare - third novel in the Shadowhunters series The Dark Artifices. Great writing and storytelling. For a summary you may go here - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13541056-queen-of-air-and-darkness?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=qqsj9DMaI3&rank=1.
Also, here's one for middle grade, Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly. Here's the summary link - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41180656-lalani-of-the-distant-sea?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=RHcaFbuQ0D&rank=1. Hope you enjoy them as well as I did.
I've updated writing prompts again, as always each first of the month. You may wish to take a look. I recommend books also to my email followers and include free writings of mine. Should you wish to sign up, if you haven't already done so on my home page pop-up, you may go here to add your email for news and updates https://adept-musician-1119.ck.page/0116aa7e4e.
Thank you and please come back. Stay well.
8-1-21 - Hi to new visitors and those returning. Summer still here and I hope you are enjoying it whatever you're doing or planning. My author/book recommendations follow:
Kabungo by Rolli - a middle grade novel - very wonderfully imaginative for those who read, including those that can be read to. Here's a summary https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25986803-kabungo?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=XSXiNNg6Qg&rank=1. Next, for YA, there's Reiffen's Choice - Book One in The Stoneways Trilogy by S. C. Butler, a magical fantasy https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1132872.Reiffen_s_Choice?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=MzIhvcdXrb&rank=1.
Hope you find time to take many adventures through reading this summer. I've updated new writing prompts and hope you try some. There is over a year's worth of them here. Also, free writings of mine have been added. You can sign up and never miss a story, article, or poem via my Home Page box. If you've missed it, please go back to the Home page and wait for the pop-up. If you still have a problem, just let me know via my Contact Page and forward your email address and I will add you to my mailing list. You can always unsubscribe.
Stay tuned for more new news next month, always on the first of the month. Have a wonderful August and for those returning to school, be safe. Stay well.
7-1-21 - Hello and welcome again. Hope you're keeping safe and well. I have several book/author recommendations, one adult/YA and two middle grade novels. The first adult/YA is The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts by Lillian Jackson Braun, a fun story she weaved and a mystery https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43313803-the-cat-who-talked-to-ghosts?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=cgrvIvcQr2&rank=1.
For middle grade, there's Zombie Mombie Saves the Day by Kelly Lucero and Clarissa by Giulietta M. Spudich. Zombie Mombie is in poetic form and can be read to young ages and read by middle graders.
It's fun and has great illustrations https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57130062-zombie-mombie-saves-the-day?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=Gm8tARQe4w&rank=1.
Clarissa was such an imaginative story, a mystery to be solved, and some heartwarming spots. I loved the story. Here's a summary: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54884698-clarissa?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=naqSnW8rSv&rank=1.
Come back and visit again and have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend. Be safe.
6-1-21 - Welcome. As we move into summer, I hope you do much reading. Here are a few recommendations: In the adult fiction category, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51791252-the-vanishing-half?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=aBrFOnX8KI&rank=1, in non-fiction The Obesity Myth by Paul Campos. For YA fiction, The Subtle Knife, part of the Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41637836-the-subtle-knife?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=WeZ9jWyUYB&rank=1. Don't forget to check out my new writing prompts and free writings which are added to every first of the month. I wish you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Keep readng, keep writing.
5-1-21 - Hi and welcome! I hope you've been reading and writing, if you like to write. For reading, I have a new book/author recommendation, Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry, a Witch City Mystery. It's a very likeable mystery that takes place in Salem, Mass that involves a murder, a psychic, and a witch. The book is plotted out very well. I'm sure you'll enjoy it - for adults and YA. Here's Goodreads' link for a summary, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19083257-caught-dead-handed?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=ej05CJDYfU&rank=1.
I've added new writing prompts and update website every first of the month. Keep reading, keep writing.
4-1-21 - Hello and Happy Spring! Hoping you are staying well. I have one author/book recommendation for you in the adult category, Faye Faraway by Helen Fisher, a debut novel. It was wonderfully written. The main character time travels back into her past. Here's a summary link for this novel from Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54304108-faye-faraway?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=kmUYvM0FUS&rank=1.
A few new 2021 March book releases are: Janet Evanovich and Steve Hamilton in The Bounty; James Patterson in The Palm Beach Murders; and being released tomorrow is James Patterson's and David Ellis' novel titled The Red Book.
There are new writing prompts for you also. Keep reading, keep writing.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend and Spring.
3-1-21 - Hello and welcome. I have a new YA novel to recommend. Ghost Flower by Michele Jaffee is thrilling and keeps the mystery until the end - a psychological thriller and ghost story. You can read a summary for it at this link https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11782157-ghost-flower on Goodreads. Also, a middle grade mystery by James Patterson titled Ali Cross. Click here for a summary,
Other news - I'm close to finishing the middle grade fantasy novel I've been working on which I've mentioned before titled Stuck in the Middle of the Moon. If interested in my book updates and other writings, please sign up at the box on this page or forward your email via my contact page. Thank you for visiting and stay well.
2-1-21 - Hello visitors and welcome. Hope you are well and enjoying the site. I have one author/book recommendation for adults this time by Brit Bennett called The Mothers. It's excellent reading aend writing. This is Ms. Bennett's first novel and it is a NY Times bestseller and she has been awarded the same honor for the second novel she's written titled The Vanishing Half. For more of a summary on The Mothers, click here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28815371-the-mothers?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=6B3ITHwWLF&rank=1.
I've posted new writing prompts. Also, please leave your email with me to join my updates list here at my Contact page or when you see the box upon opening the News tab.
A reminder - my new book of poems is now available on Amazon. It's titled Heart Like a Wheel - https://www.amazon.com/gp/r.html?C=2EIU1YSKTC6SW&K=HL5XSQH8AUQ3&M=urn:rtn:msg:202012050926554fbf0c7b3f074ac781be8bc82840p0na&R=1V8FMAGYOID68&T=C&U=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fdp%2FB08PJN77PK%3Fref_%3Dpe_3052080_397514860&H=2WIOCWMARZ7UQS2TB8G0QRQQMTAA&ref_=pe_3052080_397514860.
Wishing you a wonderful February. Thank you for visiting.
1-1-21 - Hi and Welcome. Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy New Year. I'm so grateful for all that have visited my website this past year and supported me. Thank you much.
My new book Heart Like a Wheel, a poem collection, is now available in Kindle format also besides paperback available now on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/r.html?C=2EIU1YSKTC6SW&K=HL5XSQH8AUQ3&M=urn:rtn:msg:2020120915333662354771a7344729a6f8bfd993d0p0na&R=3K7YQDQ3WSRUY&T=C&U=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fdp%2FB08PJN77PK%3Fref_%3Dpe_3052080_397514860&H=HA27EMPQQAU8I34UESMKUWKGOQAA&ref_=pe_3052080_397514860. The purchasing link is also listed on my Home page and Works page.
For author/book recommendations, if you like paranormal fantasy fiction novels, When Darkness Comes by Alexandra Ivy is for you. It's the first book in the Guardians of Eternity series. For more about this exciting read, please look here on Goodreads:
Remember, I update my website every first of the month, and you can sign up to be part of my email list by forwarding your address on the Contact page here or when the box comes up under my News tab. If you missed it, please click to another tab, then come back to the News tab. A box will appear within five seconds. Thank you much. Have a great year.
12-5-20 - Welcome. The new news is my first book has been published - Heart Like a Wheel - a poetry collection now available on Amazon. It will be available soon in Kindle format, if that is your preference rather than book form. The purchase link is posted both on the Home page and the Works page. Thank you for visiting.
12-1-20 - Hello and welcome visitors. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are staying safe.
New book/author recommendations are one YA, and one for adults: YA - Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36896898-spinning-silver?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=O2eovnSqsi&rank=1.
For adults - Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45294613-dear-edward?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=irqn8zFUpe&rank=1.
I posted new writing prompts and do so every month. Take a look, writers, and those who want to write and not sure how to start. Maybe these will help you to begin.
My own poem chapbook is in the process of being published titled Heart Like a Wheel. I will keep you posted when it's completed. I hope you take a moment to sign up for my updates for publishings and new writings on the signup box that pops up in five seconds on the news page or you may send me your email via my Contact page; and check out some of my writings on Medium under the Free Writings tab where I've posted links for them. Have a wonderful December and merry holidays. Stay well and safe.
11-1-20 - sorry, this was replaced by December. I goofed when editing. So, adding a Happy Thanksgiving to you and thanks for your time and support.
10-1-20 - Hi from NJ. Hope you are enjoying your visit here. I'm back with new book/author recommendations, and new writing prompts. First book is a YA novel, but surely crosses the line to adult as many YA books do. It's titled Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson and is a NY Times bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of the Year, and a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. It is a wonderful adventure and classic fantasy *https://amzn.to/2GcPvbR. I am recommending this book again this month as I did last month. Second is Igniting Darkness by Robin LaFevers, the second in a duology and part of the Fair Assassins series books *https://amzn.to/30hPZnE, continuing the stories of the daughters of Death. Both fantasy novels are excellent reads and hard to put down. And for adults, some poetry by William Blake - The Essential Blake selected by Stanley Kunitz. In this collection, he notes The Poet's Motto: I must Create a System or be enslav'd by another Man's. I will not Reason & Compare: my business is to Create. Blake is definitely essential.
Hoping the season of Fall brings you good health and much reading.
*PS - as an Amazon Associate, I do receive a small commission for any books purchased from the links above or below. Thank you.
9-1-20 - Hello again. I'm a bit early updating my site which I do on the first of each month. I had some problems not having internet, so I thought since it's back on, I would update earlier than on the first just in case the problem returns.
I have a YA/adult novel to recommend titled Sorcery of Thorns by author Margaret Rogerson https://amzn.to/3lkJl9l. It's a NY Times bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of the Year, A Kirkus Best Book of the Year, a NY Public Library Top ten book for teens, though it definitely crossed over to adult, and a Bookpage Best Book of the Year. It also is an Indie next top ten pick. I totally agree and believe you will find this novel very enchanting, thrilling, and impressive. The story is magical and descriptively compelling. Here is a link to see a summary of the story https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42201395-sorcery-of-thorns?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=dmux8Fmwxm&rank=1. I hope you give it a try.
Keep reading and for those who love to write, keep writing, and check out the Writing Prompts tab here on my website. There is over a year's worth of writing prompts here for you. And on my Free Writings tab you will find that my blog continues there via Medium.com which has turned into many fiction short stories, poems, and some non-fiction too.
8-1-20 - Hi from NJ. I have one book/author recommendation for YA titled Charlotte Cuts It Out https://amzn.to/39BiC2G, authored by K. A. Barson. Charlotte is a junior in high school and part of the cosmetology arts program. While preparing for the big event, the Winter Style Showcase, everything does not turn out as Charlotte expected and wished for. Things start to change with her best friend Lydia too and what they dreamed doing together and accomplishing her plan which takes an unexpected turn and gets a wrench thrown into it. The story is full of life and keeps your attenton until the end.
I am currently reading a YA novel titled Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson, a NY Times bestseller. Will fill you in more next time. So far, it's an amazing fantasy adventure story filled with sorcery.
7-1-20 - Hello and welcome. My recommendation this month is a book entitled When Darkness Comes by Alexandra Ivy https://amzn.to/2VxORKj. It's for adults and YA. Amazing paranormal romance novel, the first in the Guardians of Eternity series. Here's a glimpse into the story:
She glared into his mocking expression. "We have nothing to discuss."
"Oh no," he drawled, "nothing beyond the fact that your employer was just barbequed to a crisp, the fact that I'm a vampire, and the fact that thanks to your stupidity, you now have every demon in the vicinity after your head. Nothing at all to discuss."
With a firm tug of his hands, he pressed her back against his chest, his chin resting on the top of her head.
"Destiny has nothing to do with where you came from or who your parents might be," he said fiercely. "Destiny comes from the heart, and the soul. You could never be anything less than extraordinary, Abby Barlow."
It's deliciously wicked, sexy, wildly charming. A fun romance between the main character Abby Barlow and the vampire Dante. The story, dialogue, and actions take you to exciting places and is filled with the likes of vampires, demons, witches and a human, all part of its uniqueness.
Enjoy the 4th. Happy Holiday! Stay safe and well.
6-1-20 - I hope you are well. It's been a difficult time for all, especially those who have been lost to COVID or infected. Let's look forward with hope and see a light at the end of the tunnel.
I have one YA recommendation from Cassandra Clare - Chain of Gold, The Last Hours trilogy, Book One,
https://amzn.to/2XMCsCC. It is a new series in the Shadowhunter World. If you know about Shadowhunters, you know that they have angelic powers to fight demons. Though they are human, other humans or mundanes cannot see them when fighting demons. It is a special world and the characters are unique. This first book offers an artist's drawing of the characters in color which is special. I highly recommend this novel and Ms. Clare's many other book series that are worldwide famous. Thanks for visiting. Wishing you a lovely summer and good health.
5-1-20 - Hello from Jersey. It's the first of the month again, and I'm hoping you're well and able. It's a hard time for the world right now, but we have many heroes working the front lines. My gratefulness goes out to them in this trying moment for us. For those who are able and visiting my website, my first book/author recommendation this month is for middle grade and titled, A Box of Bones by Marina Cohen. A mystery with a bit of spookiness. A very good and fun read https://amzn.to/3dF0c1S.
For those who love to write, Anne Lamott's bird by bird is excellent reading. It's very encouraging and supportive for writers https://amzn.to/2AqhVff. Confessions of a Wallflower (I may have mentioned this book before as a recommendation) by Juansen Dizon. His poetry, quotes, and personal journal about depression are so honest, healing, and beautiful. It's a good book to go back to from time to time https://amzn.to/2SYhCyA.
There are new writing prompts as always. My blog has turned into my writings and poems on Medium.com. You can view them using the links under my Free Writings tab. If you like my writings there, you can clap at the end of the writing and follow me and I always welcome comments.
I wish for everyone to be safe and to stay well. Thank you always for visiting.
4-1-20 - April is here. Hope you are all well and reading while home. Temperatures here in Jersey moving along in the 50's. Spring has not sprung yet, but we've had a few days when it felt almost like summer in March.
I have one middle grade recommendation for you and one YA. The novel for middle grade is titled, Race to the Sun, by Rebecca Roanhorse. It is full of Native American lore and a fun fantasy https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36353103-race-to-the-sun. My second recommendation is a YA fantasy titled Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42248816-scavenge-the-stars?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=OP7949GPIP&rank=1. It is Book 1 of a duo and a very terrific story that has dueling and a main character with much soul, worth, and fire. I recommend this book highly.
On another note, I want to let you know that my blog has been stagnant for a while, because it's turned into my writings on Medium.com. If you look under the tab here on my website called Free Writings, you will find all the links to my blog writings there, fiction stories, and poems that I've posted. You can read three free a month on Medium.
Thanks for visiting and please come back as often as you like and I welcome comments. You can leave your email address with me via my contact page if you are interested in receiving occasional notices of new updates and publishings. Stay well.
3-1-20 - Welcome to March. Here in Jersey, snow has stayed away this winter so far. No stormy weather school days off for kids, but I'm enjoying the cold, dry weather much. I have two new book/author recommendations for middle grade. The first is From the Desk of Zoe Washington, author Janae Marks https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45169415-from-the-desk-of-zoe-washington?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=xclspPfLhE&rank=1. Loved the persistence of this 12-year-old African American girl.
The second novel I recommend is entitled The Unteachables, author Gordon Korman https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38376037-the-unteachables?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=5yUUkxhPSJ&rank=1. A hilariously funny story and heartwarming.
New - I have left a new poem for you entitled Frog Eyes at my Poems tab. Enjoy.
New - new link added under my Free Writings tab for a Medium publishing entitled Mad Venture.
As always, come back for more on the first of each month and anytime to see if I've added anything new or any new links for publishings. And you may join my email list for updates and publishings by notifying me via my contact page. Thanks for visiting.
2-2-20 - updating a day late. Sorry fans. I had my days mixed up. Overworked this week. But there's wonderful book/author recommendations this month. For YA, try K. A. Barson's Charlotte Cuts It Out, humorous and relatable, and/or Casey Daniels' Tombs of Endearment. Previous books from Casey are Don of the Dead and The Chick and the Dead for mystery lovers. If you are a Cassandra Clare fan of her Shadowhunter novels, Chain of Gold, the first in The Last Hours trilogy, is due for release on March 3, 2020. For adults, there's Lisa Scottoline's Someone Knows, a stunning thriller. Hope your February is filled with lots of fun reading. My writing prompts are updated if you would like to take a look. There is a year's worth of writing prompts here which will stay until there's a need to condense. New on site is a new tab for free writings. There you will find links to articles and poems I've written and published on Medium.com. Enjoy and thanks for visiting.
1-1-20 - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were spectacular, fun, and heartwarmingly full of cheer. I've listed two book/author recommendations both in YA, Alice in the Know by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, and The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black which is third in the Folk of the Air trilogy. Ms. Naylor has written twenty-one books in the Alice series. This one is about Alice's summer between junior and senior year. She's sixteen. The book brings us more about Alice, her friends, and her family. The Queen of Nothing has deception, magic, and twists. It is dark and dangerous. Holly Black has drawn deep, deadly lines in the Faerie world she has created. Best to start from Bk 1 and then keep going.
Just a reminder that my writing prompts, news, and book/author recommendations are updated every first of the month. If you'd like to be notified of publishings and receive occasional updates on other writings and news, please leave your email address via my Contact Page. You can always unsubscribe. Thank you for visiting. Happy Holidays!