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Writers all begin as readers. Eventually the words they absorb from the books they read invade their thoughts, give them ideas and propel them into acting on these ideas. In other words, people who love reading, more often than not, eventually get into writing  because they have the desire to emulate the writers they love.

Every writing book I’ve ever read always tells me to “Write what you know.”   This doesn’t necessarily mean I should only write about my expertise. I was an English teacher once, does this mean I should only write about teaching high school english? Absolutely not. I’ve got stories to tell from my experiences as a high school English teacher,  but that doesn’t mean I should only write those stories.

I think the phrase “Write what you love” is a more apt advice.  I’ve always loved books – adventure and fantasy books, to be precise.  My summers flew by in the company of Nancy Drew, Huck Finn, and Christopher Pike’s characters. I never lacked for adventure, as long as I picked up a book. Obviously, I was mistaken when I thought I’d outgrow my love for these fantasy/sci fi novels.

The reality is, when you truly love something, you will never, ever outgrow it.

In this page, I share reviews of the books I’ve read in the hopes that other people might find them interesting reads as well.  More importantly,  I write these reviews in the hopes that other people (most particularly young kids) might be inspired to challenge their imagination by taking up one of these books and forgetting about their computer games for awhile.

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A NOTE TO AUTHORS:

I jump at any opportunity to read books. If you would like me to review yours, please feel free to contact me through this blog.

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5 Responses to “Book Reviews”

  1. Tara Maya says:

    I would love to send you a free copy (ebook form) of The Unfinished Song: Initiate my debut fantasy novel, in the hopes you might be interested in reviewing it.Of course, I understand there’s no guarentee you would read or review it, and that’s fine too. This is a wonderful blog, thank you.

    Tara Maya
    http://taramayastales2.blogspot.com/
    The Unfinished Song: Initiate

  2. Hi there! Love the blog, and your reviews. I really enjoyed the review you did for my friend Aura Imbarus, here book, Out of the Transalvania night is a fabulous read! Should you be looking for other books to read, I would love to send you a copy of On Toby’s Terms and Toby The Pet Therapy Dog and His Hospital Friends. Look forward to connecting! Thank you for all you do to support authors.

    charmaine

  3. jane ayres says:

    Hi there – great blog! I’m a UK writer and I have just republished some of my backlist onto Kindle to raise funds for Redwings Horse Sanctuary. (I’m donating all my royatlies to them for the 3 books). The books are aimed at children and teens.

    The link to my blog is here http://www.janeayres.blogspot.co.uk and the Matty Horse and Pony Adventures here
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_16?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=matty+horse+and+pony+adventures&sprefix=matty+horse+and+%2Caps%2C258

    I’d be really happy to do an interview for you and if you would like to review any of the books I can send you pdfs. Matty and the Problem Ponies will be FREE to download between 7-11 November.

    Would love to hear from you.

  4. I love your site. I have written many academic books but recently wrote an early chapter book for children entitled Adalyn’s Clare. The story is about a highly anxious 4th grader and her therapy dog, Clare. I would love to send you a copy for a possible review. Thanks.

  5. Hi Nutschell,

    I would like to offer you a review copy of my book on mythic character archetypes, but I don’t see a way to contact you here. Send me an email and I’ll hook you up.

    Tony

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