Month: August 2013

Now you see me ….

I have been quite absent on the blog lately. I have been making great progress on my book and am now on draft 3. I apologize for my minimal posts. Watch for a book review next month!


The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz – Book Review

As expected, I finished this book in a matter of days. While The Siren was my favorite of the series so far (the first of a series typically is always my favorite), I really enjoyed this book. I’ll admit, there was not as many erotica scenes as I had hoped for, but it was still amazing. 

The thing I loved most about this book was the thriller aspect. It was suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my couch while I read. I have always enjoyed thrillers. The excitement and anticipation of those books just, well, thrills me.

Tiffany Reisz writes beautifully. She creates an experience so the reader truly feels as though he or she is living it. I loved all four books of this series, and while I usually do not read prequels, I want more of this author, so I very well may do so this time.

Pick up the full Original Sinners on Amazon, and start with The Siren. I honestly don’t feel you can be disappointed!

Mo Willems Is a Genius

Mo Willems is a tremendous storyteller. His books are fun and though very short, teach great lessons.

The Musings & Artful Blunders of Scott D. Southard

Mo WillemsLast week, I actually cried while reading my daughter’s bedtime story. Looking back, I think I was set up for this moment.

My family is big fans of the books of Mo Willems and, in my opinion, there is no more imaginative and witty author of children picture books out there today. To say he is this generation Dr. Seuss or Maurice Sendak is not to do his creativity justice. That is not to say he is better than Dr. Seuss; no, what I mean is he is on his own path.

He is incomparable, unique.

And I, honestly, wish his books were around when I was my little ones’ ages. I would have devoured his books like a box of Macaroni and Cheese…

…or like a pigeon with hot dogs.

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What R.L. Stine Taught Me …

I have always been a bookworm. I recall my favorite authors as a child, pre-teen, and teenager. The first author that always comes to mind is R.L. Stine. 

I was a Fear Street junkie.

I believe I may have read every Fear Street book until I was too old to think it was cool anymore to read them. Of course, now I probably would go back to read them all.

The Fear Street books were quick reads. I could devour one in a matter of hours. The thing I loved about R.L. Stine’s books, despite their predictability, was the pacing.

Every chapter of a Fear Street book ended with a sentence that hooked me. I had to keep reading. He often wrote short sentences. Often times, he would write a simple word. I always wanted more after each chapter.

I never felt that you got to know a character in one of his Fear Street books. At least you didn’t get to know him or her enough to really care what happened. But his pacing kept me hooked. I couldn’t put it down.

I learned the importance of ending a chapter on a note to leave the reader wanting more. I never felt I could just stop reading one of his books. He always left me wanting to see what was behind that door … the one we all know the main character never should have opened …