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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Streets of Our Youth by Ron Stelle

Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite
"As corny as that may sound, it is as true today as it was to our parents during their time and their parents during theirs. Who we are when we arrive to the “other side” of growing up depends not only on our parents and family, but the friends we grew up with. We found strength in our friends when times were difficult." No truer words have ever been spoken and yet our youth insist that times are different and that the "older" generation could not possibly ever understand or relate to what it is like to grow up. In Richard Stelle's reflection of growing up in the 1960's, there is little difference to the children of today. Certainly technology has changed the way in which information is presented, but feelings and emotions are the same. Streets of Our Youth is fifteen chapters of daring adventures of a group of friends that begin with the assassination of President Kennedy; an event that was lost on Bill, Mike, Rob and Dave since the television coverage of this sad historical event in history erased their carefree morning cartoons and adventure shows. Instead they must search for alternative fun which leads them to daring experimentation and hysterical consequences.
I thoroughly enjoyed sharing the daring adventures and descriptions of times gone by and am renewed in my quest for entertaining ideas for my own children. Life used to be so simple. The imagination that we once depended on in creating fun times is sadly missed in reality, but gladly revisited in this moving memoir.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Operation Pandora's Box

Yesterday, June 14, my awesome former student and I met to work on edits for the third book in my Wow and Viola! series. Yes, that's right, the third one is finished. Thanks you, James!!!!!!!
Raspberry Beret (the second book) is in the final stages of completion. (Will you be ready to do some more editing, James?:)
I have learned that I will NEVER attempt to write two books at one time again, especially in reverse order. Confusing? You betcha!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Prodigy by A.L. Campbell

Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite
Miles never dreamed of being anything other than the obedient, well-mannered boy his mother expected him to be. Academically superior, his grades made enough of a hero of him, but when his athletic skills became obvious in high school, he was the boy who had it all. When he agreed to try his hand at playing football, it was only as a favor to the man who had become a father-figure to him. He was able to keep his extracurricular activity secret from his mother until his fame on the field gained notoriety. Promising never to keep such information from his mother again, Miles continued to excel in sports until his talent earned him full college scholarships and national attention. Everyone profited from his fame, but was it enough to keep him honest?
A.L. Campbell portrays the harsh reality of college sports in the novel The Prodigy. Sports fans are often not privy to the politics behind the making of a sports hero. It is a sad business that overlooks the true purpose of a college education in favor of the monetary rewards of building a successful sports program, but it is unfortunately the truth of today’s society thought process. The story of Miles Star is a heartwarming portrayal of one successful young man and the effects of his success on friends and family members. His struggle to keep a healthy perspective on life defines the moral dilemma of a large population America’s youth. When did fun get taken out of “playing”?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sharpie Messages: The Writing on the Wall

Chastity and Jullian had all the ingredients for a successful life together, if only Chastity could exorcise her past full of memories of her first love. When Xavier disappeared from her life, she felt rectified in pursuing happiness with the man who sincerely loved her and “ad her back”. Chastity met Xavier during a time in her life when she was in search of acceptance. His mysterious existence compounded the worth of his affection. When Xavier’s parents were tragically killed, he was left at the mercy of the state foster system. He refused to be a ward of the state and chose to go into hiding until his eighteenth birthday. Living in his abandoned family home, Xavier attempted to keep his exile private. Walking home in the midst of a snow storm, Chastity was forced into the neighborhood “haunted house” to avoid the weather. There she discovered random writings on the walls and was further intrigued with the author. Not one to concern herself with appearance and always the target of the school socialites, The Princesses, Chastity found herself falling in love with the “bad boy” that her friends warned her to avoid; but her insistence to date Xavier also earned her newfound respect at school and with her difficult, self-centered younger sister. What should she do? Thumb her nose ast the naysayers and stay loyal to the mysterious Xavier? See reason and agree to be Jullian’s girl? Or just forget it all and continue to be the victim of social power?
Melissa Wolff has embraced he essence of a young girl’s dilemma. The pressures of social attitude and sexual intimidation are so very prevalent in today’s world makes this an important work for young girls.

a bit of my third novel

...You were hanging there, your foot caught in the wrought iron railing of the balcony outside your bed room window. In my dream, there was a bloody river flowing on the street below and hummingbirds were feeding from it and they couldn’t fly away because their tiny feet were glued to the crimson pavement.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

First Friday

Well Yesterday was a wash... But the good news is we are getting ready for next month!!! We will be behind River City Grille on East Side July 6th from 4:30 till 9:00pm.... If you know any AUTHORS or VENDORS that would like to participate please have them send a message to us!!! Thanks for all of your support!!!

The Incredibly Awesome Adventures of Puggie Liddell

Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite
Puggie cannot escape the bullies at school, especially Sammie and her groupies. Puggie's sister Gigi does her best to protect her brother from those students who ridicule Puggie's weight and his super "nerd" status, but her efforts are not always effective. There is no escape...until the two fall into a swimming pool formerly owned by Thomas Edison. At the bottom of the pool, a vortex swirls around the pool's drain and pulls the siblings into the past and an adventure that includes a visit to the Chicago World's Fair. While there Thomas Edison and his nemesis Tesla compete over who will own the mysterious time machine located in Puggie's rebuilt Game-boy. As Puggie and Gigi endure a variety of comical captures, the siblings find themselves in a race against the Game-boy's battery life to find another vortex to return them to the 21st century.
Karen Mueller Bryson has created an interesting angle on time travel in a story that is rich in actual historical facts that keep the novel strangely realistic. Information about Thomas Edison, the World Fair, the Barnum and Bailey Circus, and even slave travel during the Civil War fills the pages of this engaging pre-teen tale. The characterization portrayed between Puggie and Gigi provides an accurate picture of a brother/sister relationship that many young people can appreciate. Their constant bickering is realistic and the fact that their underlying loyalty to one another is heartwarming. I raced to the conclusion only to discover an opportunity for more advcentures with Puggie and Gigi. A fun read!