Author Interview: Linda Harley

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Dr. Linda Harley

Through a series of fortunate events for me (thanks to EBW), I am indirectly getting some exposure for Girl of 1000 Wonders and getting some new books. Linda Harley, author of the 99¢ novella series Nuelda, and the first book in her second series, Destiny’s Flower, contacted us through the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages. I got an email, read the synopsis and snagged her book right up to review.

And then, another fortunate thing happened: she offered to give an interview to go along with my review of her book! At first I wasn’t sure if I’d taker her up on it, but then I remembered this post I made on the G1000W Facebook page back in April, so it was time for me to buck up and put on my serious book blogger face and come up with some questions….which is where I faltered for a while. What do you ask an author? What would people want to know? So I dug around some on Linda’s website, Rosebuz, for a jumping off point.

Rosebuz is not an ordinary author/book promotional website. In fact, it’s totally not that at all. It’s Linda’s own personal commitment to the arts and book world, with her own reviews and a host of several guest reviewers. It’s also a testament to her field of work – all things technology for physical rehabilitation – linking to her many publications and articles. It’s a place where she’s bringing science and the arts together in unison – and it is working amazingly! (Go, go check out her site – and she’s always looking for additional book reviewers.)

Without further adieu, here is my interview with Linda. My questions are in maroon and Linda’s responses are in teal.

You have a very interesting background. You were born in Durban, South Africa and received a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, in 2002 and 2004, and received your PhD in Applied Physiology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011. What did your growing up years look like? Where do you call home? 

I lived 20 minutes from the beach growing up in Durban, South Africa.  Most weekends were spent at the beach hanging out with friends and family.  From my high school classroom windows we actually looked out over the harbour and the ocean, and it was always a comfort. Durban has a very tropical climate, in that we only had a dry season and a rainy season.  It was green year round, and I never really knew that there were different seasons until I moved to the US at the age of 19. Although I have family back in South Africa, I do call Atlanta, Georgia my home as some of my family is here as well.

You graduated with science degrees, and have published numerous articles and papers, as well as being a contributor to a few books. How do you find time to continue your work revolving around complex bilateral tasks and new technologies for rehabilitation AND pursuing fictional writing?

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Awakening (Nuelda Book 1)

Typically when I get home at night, I spend some time with my family, watch TV and play online games. But every night before I go to bed, the last thing I do is take about 30 minutes to an hour to work on my latest story.  My goal is to usually write at least 1 page a night, whether its good writing or not. I write with pen and paper, simply because if I wrote on the computer I would be to tempted to surf the internet, check Facebook and email and get easily distracted. When the draft is completed by my nightly endeavors, I usually take a long weekend (3-4 days) to sit and do nothing but edit the story. This beta version is sent out to beta readers, and then it’s a process of refinement and fine tuning. Making sure I tie everything together and that the pace and story line is appropriate.

How did RoseBuz, your blog/website, come about? It’s quite impressive, mixing science with book reviews. You have guest writers and get thousands of hits in just days. How do you make it work?

RoseBuz came into existence because I wanted a chance to share my stories with the world and have a place where people could come to learn about how science and the arts really can work in unison and don’t have to be in opposition. I love reading books, and typically read at least 40 books a year and listen to about 40 books on my iPad a year.

Being a new author, I learned that it is great to have folks review your book, and so thought that I would give back to the community by blogging about my thoughts on books. I do it all free of charge, but this means my to be read pile currently stretches into 2015.

When I first started this blog, I never imagined that it would be such a huge success.  I get approximately 30 requests for review per week, and there’s no way that I could read all these wonderful stories.  

So, a little plug here, if anyone is interested in reviewing books, but don’t know where to start, feel free to drop me a line at rosebuzlrh@gmail.com.  (See the question below regarding the reviewer process.) I’m currently looking for reviewers to blog on Rosebuz.  Since I’m pretty organized, I update the site about once a week, and this is typically what I do on Saturday mornings. 

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Destiny’s Flower (Saldiora Book 1)

Actually it’s not hard to write two series at the same time. Saldiora (Destiny’s Flower) is my main focus and so I spend the majority of my time working on it. However, every now and then I need to take a mental break from Saldiora, and so I focus on Nuelda. This usually occurs after the Saldiora Beta version is sent out to beta readers, and I have time to devote to Nuelda. Nuelda is intended to be a free short novella set of stories, that will be posted on my website for anyone in the world to enjoy. Although not apparent yet, (wink) they actually play of in the same universe just decades apart.

How long has Rosebuz been going?

I started to create the site in July 2011, but it took a few months to set it up and get it exactly the way I wanted.  I did not start to actively use it or post to it until January 2012.  So I’d say it’s been going actively for about 1.5 years.

How did Rosebuz evolve from your personal reviews to what it’s grown into today, with two site reviewers and multiple guest reviewers? Do you attribute the massive numbers of page hits to this evolution? 

I’m a researcher by heart, and therefore I typically don’t do anything in life without investigating time up front to understand what I’m getting myself into. The same can be said about the website. I spent a few months reading books on successfully marketing and creating your own personal brand. I learned that having a clear brand goes a long way towards marketing and getting people interested in what you do.

The resource that helped me most was Dollars & Sense: The Definitive Guide to Self-Publishing. It guided me and helped me to define what I wanted my personal brand to be. I love science, and I want to encourage young people to become scientists and engineers and doctors.  Because of my passion, I decided that the best brand for me would be to combine my love of science fiction/fantasy writing with my love of real science and engineering. Once I had this defined, it was relatively easy to create the site, since the brand dictated what information would and would not be on the site. I found that I was reading a lot of novels and wanted to keep track of all these excellent books, and so I incorporated that book review aspect and listed myself on the IndieReview and the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages. Since then I’ve had many authors drop me notes, requesting to participate in the website, and it took off from there. 

The only two criteria I have when someone requests to do a blog is: 

  1. The guest blog must contain some science in it
  2. Rosebuz must be the only place where it is published. 

I hope to continue to grow Rosebuz.

Could you explain the process for potential reviewers?

Sure! Right now the process is pretty easy.  All they need to do is send me an email at rosebuzlrh@gmail.com with an example of a book that they have reviewed.  They should probably read the review policy on Rosebuz.com first, in order to understand how we operate. I have a zero tolerance for erotica or foul language, and thus will not have reviewers who review those type of books. Rosebuz is a family-friendly site and I want it to remain that way. Once I’ve reviewed their sample, and I think their a good fit they will be invited to join. After that, it’s a matter of getting their info up on the site, and get them going.

How many books do you expect to be in the Saldiora book series (Destiny’s Flower)?

I have planned three books of the Saldiora book series, with Lynn Davis as the main character.  Eventually there may be some off-shoots from that as some of the other characters are screaming at me, telling me they want their stories to be told as well, and they don’t like me playing favorites with Lynn.  (sigh) They’re so demanding. Currently I’ve appeased them by weaving their stories into Lynn’s where appropriate.

How did you become interested in fictional writing? It seems so different from the professional writing seen in your publications.

I’ve always loved stories. When I was a kid (still to this today) I would tell myself silly stories when I had to go to bed.  My mom is often fond of telling the story of when she would put me down for my afternoon naps and I would wake up and not disturb her, but just sit in my bed playing with my fingers telling myself marvelous stories and entertaining myself. I love to tell stories and read them, and I love science and fantasy. So I think it’s a great combination!

Do you have upcoming plans for any other books, outside of the two series you’ve already started?

I have so many ideas for non-fiction and fiction books. If it was up to me, I’d spend my entire days doing nothing but writing. Unfortunately though, I’m still a novice I can’t afford to quit my day job. But it’s a dream of mine to be able to tell all the stories I have floating around in my head.

When can we expect Book 2 of Saldiora? And Nuelda?

The plan right now is to have Saldiora Book 2 come out around Christmas, with Nuelda Book 2 coming out in the spring of 2014.

What suggestions do you have for authors-in-the-making? How can they get started with an indie publication, such as Smashwords? 

First and foremost, make sure that you have a solid manuscript. If you’ve never written a novel before, consider attending a workshop to at least learn the basics. Trust me – it will save you a lot of headache if you do.

The teacher of the workshop I attended was Michael A Stackpole. His training material is available for purchase online.  It is worth going through those exercises. The funniest thing though is that Michael kept saying that you ever only need to do one workshop, because after that you just have to learn by doing.  I can attest to that.

My first draft of Saldiora had violated so many basic rules, that I had to redo the entire draft. The second book in the Saldiora series is going much smoother, since I’ve learned a ton of what not to do and what to do. In my opinion, too many new indie authors rely on only publishing their work in eBook format. Yes that is the cheapest way to publish, but in the end you’re only reaching about 30% of your potential customers.

I would strongly recommend you spend some time considering whether or not to publish in print. I spent about 6 months investigating and considering my options with regards to publishing. Whether to go with a traditional publisher or self-publish. I read all the contracts and tried to make sense of it. I even hired a lawyer to help me understand all the legal terms. In the end, it came down to personal preference, in that what was I willing to sign away.

Most traditional publishers want you to sign away all of your rights, do your own publicizing, and they sit back and reap the benefits of your hard work simply because they’re printing the book.  I did not want that to be me, and so settled on self-publishing. I had a few good offers from publishing companies, but in the end decided it was not for me.  If you’re considering what route to go with self-publishing, I really recommend you read The Fine Print of Self-Publishing by Mark Levine.  He’s already done all the leg work for us, and you can easily find a self-publishing company that fits your needs and your budget.

An Invitation!

hotpriceI am happy to announce that I have been invited to participate in a blog tour!

When I got the email I was skeptical of what I’d have to do, but after a few emails I found that it’s right up my ally – and easy!

I was contacted by the Marketing & Publicity Manager for Diversion Books to participate in the blog tour for a contemporary women’s fiction title for summer, Pieces of Tracy by J. Daniel Parra.

Get the book now – it’s cheap! Just $2.99, and look for the upcoming book review in July, as well as a possible author interview and author guest posting.

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Book Review: Gabe’s Plan

Gabe’s Plan by Andrew Stock (Createspace, 2012)

Genre: fiction, suspense, criminal justice

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A little bio about Andrew, per his Goodreads profile:

Andrew Stock is the co-screenwriter of The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (Paramount, 2009). He has Ph.D. in Political Theory from the University of Colorado and a law degree from the University of Texas. He currently works as an attorney for a non-profit organization in North Platte, Nebraska, where he lives. Gabe’s Plan is his first novel.

*Let me preempt by saying I entered the Goodreads book give-away for Andrew’s book. He contacted me via Goodreads and offered to send me a free copy of the book if I’d be willing to write a review, which is no problem for me. I was pleasantly surprised and quite excited that an author sought me out since I’ve just embarked on this book blogging journey. However, Andrew’s kindness has no affect on the content or opinions of this review. Enjoy!

When I first saw the cover art, I was expecting a quant, heartwarming story of some fool man scheming up a romantic plan to win back his heartbroken woman…until I read the book synopsis. Holy Hera! I knew it would be a good read, with repressed lovers, mental health issues and vengeance at the core. I did feel the synopsis said a little too much, but I had a feeling Stock has some unsuspected twists up his sleeve.

Reading the first chapter, I wasn’t expecting quite the content it contained. Fair warning: this is most definitely NOT a “teen” (young adult) book. Expect derogatory, homophobic and sexual commentary like “pulling down panties and spreading”, “new swinging dick,” “fuck his drunk brains out” and blowing a wad. I feel like this is my somewhat douche-y brother talking. So if you are surprised or shocked by that type of language, you can take it in style or take offense – but I encourage you to keep reading.

“…on this painted sky morning, Gabe was certain the American people would wake up ready to send Bush back to Texas, where everything is bigger, including the size of the dipshit in its politics.”

Although the book starts off with Gabe casting his presidential election vote at his elementary school and knowing from the synopsis that he is the DA, I didn’t think there would be much of a political influence. I have to ask myself, Is this a little of the author’s barbing opinion coming out? I wasn’t sure, but I am a Texan born and bred, after all. In all seriousness, I often don’t agree with politics or politicians – no matter the party or the person. I believe in doing what is right, and what makes sense. And I have a sense of humor, and that’s how I read this part. So I’d advise taking this book with a little grain of salt if politics are not your cup of tea. Mmmm, salty tea…not so delish. Let’s make it sugar?

In all seriousness, after the flagrant political and douche bag comments, I was ready to chuck the book, but I pressed on. And then I was ready to give a very critical review of the political nature underlying the book. But…it grew on me. If you are ready to toss this book like I was, keep reading. You are indeed in for a treat.

The Main Players:

  • Gabe, an intelligent Iraqi war veteran with a limp (and the story spread all across his small hometown of Pine Springs, Colorado) is no newcomer to politics. Although he is the District Attorney, his father was the mayor of Pine Springs, and his brother is now the sheriff. Gabe has moved back into his childhood home with Mom after his father’s recent death. Unlike his sheriff brother, Gabe is pro-Kerry and hates Bush – who cost him his leg – with a passion. He often wishes his thoughts weren’t so trivial and normal, but more of Einstein quality.
  • Chad, arrogant, spoiled, 5-time big screen (and womanizing) movie star fresh to Pine Springs for some “R and R” at a whopping $15mil estate he bought (why not rent?) has his eye on local  Kaila, who just happens to be carrying the torch for someone else. Quite a challenge, Chaddie. Gabe sure has set Chad off in a fit – all because of Kaila. Let me say this: Chad is an egotistical jackass of a bully. I mean, the man greets his agent, “Hey fag.”
  • Kaila, 23-year-old movie-loving rasta barista, doesn’t want any of Chad because she’s on a mission: finally win over her childhood crush, Gabe, who dropped unmentioned (probably drug-related) charges against her – and she has a plan to get him.
  • Fred, Gabe’s sheriff brother, is pro-Bush and so naive. He’s not a good people-reader. Poor guy. But he is gung-hoe about his job – and seizes opportunities, albeit a little illegally.

Despite his womanizing ways, Chad is a “devout Republican and a big-time believer in the institution of monogamous heterosexual marriage.” He has no care for how his overt sexcapades can end up hurting his Hollywood image (or is that his image?) let alone a ton of women, but he cares for the sanctity of marriage. Seriously? What a contradiction! Chad’s “moral grounding” doesn’t hold much water.

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My oldest brother, then 18, graduating basic training. Ft. Benning, GA | Oct. 2011.

Stock has set up a good foil here: Chad and Gabe are opposites. Gabe is an intelligent war veteran-turned-attorney. He is respectable (both in part from his war tour and his current DA job) and due to his position, beyond moral reproach. Chad on the other hand, is a glutton bully with ravishing sexual habits. He’s the kind of douche who will hog the sidewalk and make a gimp war veteran step off the path and into a puddle. This strikes a special cord in me, as the men in my family have all given up of their bodies and abilities to serve our country in almost every branch. Needless to say, I don’t see much growth for Chad. And Gabe’s the kind of guy who will say his peace, yet again be shoehorned because he’ll be late for his DA appointments. But one too many times and… just keep on smirking asshole.

Chad is most definitely threatened by Gabe – he uses multisyllabic words! With Chad and Gabe’s feud over Kaila, Chad may have more monetary influence, but Gabe has more power and the upper hand. I’m not sure that he loves, let alone likes Kaila overmuch, but he’s placing her in the hot seat to pursue his vengeance of Chad the Bully. I’m sure I’ve seen that episode of Cold Case Files; cop frames ex-lover’s paramour and takes him down – and despite my propriety for right and justice…in that sick and twisted way that is human nature, I get it. I really do. It’s relatable – no matter the situation. Someone consistently abuses their powers (whether supposed like Chad’s, or real like Gabe’s) at the expense of others, and karma’s a bitch of a payback.

Unfortunately, unbeknownst to him, Gabe is caught in a love triangle…or square without one side – and it may just blow his case, which he claims is the “biggest criminal case of the 21st century,” and not just because his assistant wants to be “on Gabe faster than a coyote on a sack of cheeseburgers” to “fuck his drunk brains out.” Now, that made me laugh! But that quickly changed – and just as I predicted, Stock delivers a quite shocking twist, and then another when Gabe creates an imaginary friend, who just might ruin everything…

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Archangel Gabriel, c. 13th century, Anonymous

Despite what the book synopsis says, I was surprised because it’s not so much Gabe pushing for this revenge as it is Kaila…and although Gabe is dealing with some, er, personal issues, he has visits from his hero, past president Abe Lincoln, and a very unlikely series of conversations ensue. I couldn’t help but notice Gabe’s hero of choice, Abe, is juxtaposed next to Gabe’s name after a particularly pivotal point in the book…and makes me think Gabe means Guilty Abe. I also found it interesting that Stock used the name Gabriel for the main character. We all know Gabriel served as a messenger between God and humans in Biblical times. Is this another manifestation of Gabe’s ego?

The time setting of the book is finally revealed in Chapter 9, when Gabe starts recording information about the trial for his next book at his book agent’s request. Although it’s not made clear how much time has passed, it doesn’t seem more than a short few months. His first entry is dated September 2005 after the preliminary hearing, yet at the beginning of the book Bush had just been re-elected, which would have been November 2004. The timing isn’t fully revealed, but it does take a while to get a case to trial.

I think Stock’s personal sense of humor can be found through Gabe’s writing: he juxtaposes Gabe’s free-writing of a college English class and bad grammar with an incredibly long and somewhat comical run-on sentence, like the awkward boy-next-door type. As an English minor, I can see irony, humor and reality of it.

And the humor continues…

And just as it is always darkest before the dawn, it is always quietest in a courtroom before a witness answers a question about where his penis had been. 

Actually, he probably loved his kids more than Gabe, but they were four and six-years-old and didn’t seem like real people yet – more like talking pets. 

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Norton and Pitt in Fight Club

As I read further into the last few chapters through the thick and heavy, I had an epiphany. Gabe and his imaginary friend remind me starkly of Edward Norton’s role as The Narrator and Brad Pitt’s role as Tyler Durden in Fight Club. I did an extensive writing project on this movie for my freshman English class, so I’m very familiar with the movie. If you’re not, I encourage you to watch it – a few times – after you’ve read Gabe’s Plan to see the connection. I don’t want to give it away and ruin the movie, or the book, for readers, but the closing photo is a hint.

There’s no neat way to wrap up this novel at the time immediately after the trial, so it surprised me that there was an epilogue. After Fred revealed some of his knowledge to brother Gabe earlier in the book, I was sure the closing arguments of the trial would be the ending of the book – clear cut, yet ambiguous.  (I know, what a paradox.) The epilogue is set right at Obama’s win over McCain in 2008, and Gabe has indeed become a great man. However, you’ll be surprised who he meets…and the outcome of a murder.

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Book review? Where do I start?

After writing my first few book review posts herehere and here, I realized I didn’t know exactly what I was doing. I started this book blog for a few reasons: to bring myself back to reading, to kick-start my dormant writing, and to keep a link with education by promoting lesson plan ideas for various texts.

So…what the heck am I doing? Well, aside from the educational components, I don’t really know. So I needed to go looking for some help. In college I had to write some analysis of different works – books, movies, poems, plays. After reading some good articles about Book Review Guidelines and a How To, I got some great insight and ideas as to what I’m doing. Or trying to do, at least.

First, I realized my book reviews may be too long. That’s always been my problem as a writer – too much. I really gotta work on being more concise, because in not doing so I feel as if I’m mysteriously giving away parts of the book. I also feel like I’m glazing over the style, characters and affects. See what I mean below.

What exactly is a book review?

“A book review is a description, critical analysis, and an evaluation on the quality, meaning, and significance of a book. It is a reaction paper in which strengths and weaknesses of the material are analyzed. It should include a statement of what the author has tried to do, evaluates how well (in the opinion of the reviewer) the author has succeeded, and presents evidence to support this evaluation.”

Here are some general tips about writing reviews I gleaned from these two sources. Think of it as your handy dandy cheat sheet.

  • Be cautious about submitting reviews of popular books which have been reviewed extensively in mainstream media.
  • Take notes on the book you’re dissecting, and decide how you want to approach your review.
  • For any book, make a point of explaining why you’re reviewing it, your background in the topic or genre, and where else people might want to look if they are interested in the basic area the book addresses.
  • Write conversationally but seriously, as you might in a topical letter to an acquaintance who’s asked you to send your impressions of a book.
  • Remember: the whole point of a review is to offer insight on a book’s worth, not just whether it has a chapter on XYZ.
  • Compare it to other books, explain whether this one met your expectations, criticize, parse.
  • But don’t feel obligated to defend a poor book for its faultless page numbering and clean, unobstructed margins, or stretch to play up faults in a book you think is excellent in order to appear objective.
  • Write in complete sentences, and use logically connected paragraphs.
  • Check with a style guide, such as Jack Lynch’s Guide to Grammar and Style.
  • Try not to sound like a marketing campaign: avoid cliches, go easy on the exclamation marks,  be cautious in general about superlatives and strong adjectives (provide concrete examples from the text that demonstrate qualities), avoid using too many adjectives in each sentence.
  • Try to find further information about the author – reputation, qualifications, influences, biographical, etc. – any information that is relevant to the book being reviewed and that would help to establish the author’s authority.

Some questions to ask yourself to include (or not) in your review:

  • Did someone recommend the book to you?
  • What’s the author’s purpose?
  • Where and when does the story take place? (Does it cover an alternative universe, the present day, a span of thousands of years, a single day?)
  • Is this book part of a series or otherwise tied to an existing fictional universe?
  • Did you like previous works from the same author, publisher, or series?
  • Is there an identifiable central conflict, or a complex set of conflicts?
  • What is the tone and style of the narrative? (Is it frightening? Clinical? Amusing? Scattered?)
  • Can you identify the theme?
  • Do you like the characters? (What about them makes them believable or phoney, dynamic or static? Does character development occur?)
  • From whose viewpoint is the story told, and how does that affect the narrative?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Is the pace satisfying? (Did you have to slog through any portion of the story?)
  • Do any twists particularly inspire? Are there major gaps in the plot or storyline? How satisfying is the ending? (Don’t give away too much!)Does the book remind you (or remind you too much) of others by the same other, or within the same genre?
  • How did the book affect you? (Were any previous ideas you had on the subject changed, abandoned, or reinforced due to this book? What personal experiences you’ve had relate to the subject?)
  • How well has the book (and author) achieved its goal?
  • Would you recommend this book to others? Why?

*For a more complete understanding of things to think about and include in your review, look further at the How To‘s for more in-depth information for fiction books, questions for biographies, poetry and other genres.

My Foray into Book Blogging…and other things

I’ve always been a reader, and a writer, but never really a blogger. I started with the teeny-bopper Myspace blogs, that have long since been deleted. Then, I decided to get back to writing to get used to the habit so I could finish a novel I started several years ago.

So I once again started a blog, Murmur. It was intended to be a place to share my writings and poems, but it also turned into sharing elements of my personal life. I suppose you could call it a brainstorming blog. But then life happened – advanced education, literature and geography courses, projects and papers, swarms of assigned readings, friends, jobs, student organizations, responsibilities – and the blog fell off my radar. Plus, I didn’t really know what I was doing, and didn’t have the time to figure it out.

With the ringing in of the new 2013 year, I went back and made a re-commitment to my Murmur blog. I did a little investigating and changed things up a bit. I gave it a friendlier, easy look and added some cool widgets to the sidebar. It doesn’t look too bad, but I’m still struggling with how to get the subscription to work through Feedburner. If you know how, by all means help! I revisited my Goodreads account and set a goal for 2013 – to read 150 books!! I plan on being active with my Murmur blog and on Goodreads, catching up with the groups I’ve joined, adding ratings and reviews to all the books I’ve read. This may mean going back and re-reading all the books I’ve read…which wouldn’t really be a pain. 🙂

And then, something great happened. A friend, who is an avid reader, began publicizing her book blog, The Electic Bookworm, on Facebook, with it’s own Facebook page. I saw it and went perusing since I wasn’t quite sure what it was. And I discovered her book blog! I asked if I could write guest book reviews every once in a while, and she immediately added me to her blog account here with WordPress, and also manager access to the Facebook page for the blog. WOW!

So I got started activating my access to the WordPress blog, but I had to create my own WordPress account…and I thought to myself, Why not create my own blog dedicated to reading, literature and photography? These are all things that I love, arts that I view as interconnected. Whereas The Eclectic Bookworm is adult reading across all genres, I have very different tastes. Although I think Mommabel has gotten me on a track with reading more history and biography, my readings will focus more on the mainstream adult fiction as well as young adult novels and children’s novels to use in classroom teaching, since my background is in education. I’m not as broad or eager to cross genres as Mommabel is; I particularly stay away from sci-fi and horror. BUT I do live by the Reader’s Rule: Finish the first three chapters before deciding to continue or discard your reading selection. Some of the genres I delve into include young adult, children’s, fiction, romance, historical romance, classic and suspense. Expect to see representations of these genres, educational uses and implementations of these genres and books, as well as showcases of amazing or interesting photography of my own and other’s.