Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’d Love a New Book From



Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  

Welcome back to Tuesday! It's been a bit since I participated in this meme. Glad to be back this week. 

Today, we are talking about favorite authors who we would love a new book from. No matter the reason, they haven't published a new book in a while... or at least not books we are looking for. This week's meme celebrates these talented authors and lets them know we haven't forgotten them.


Hazel Statham was a Regency romance author whose work some compared to that of Georgette Heyer. I met her when I worked in online book promotion, and she and I became friends. I had the pleasure of reading all but one of her books. Sadly, Hazel passed away in 2015. How lovely it would be if she could share more stories with the world. 


In the early days of my writing career, before social media became the behemoth that it is, I belonged to this little writers forum of friends. Speck, Sassy, Madhatter, Snow, Elf, Gwanny, and I shared our stories, gave feedback, and offered support to each other. There were many others along the way. Some are still writing. Others are no longer with us. 

I only knew Rhett DeVane as Madhatter on our forum, until I learned about her series of stories set in Chattahoochee, Florida. I fell in love with her characters and began reading. She has published seven books in this series and other books as well, but nothing new since 2017. Would love a new book of hers to read.


The Case of the Bouncing Grandma by Alice K. Arenz is a Christian cozy mystery novel. First published by Sheaf House Publishers, the author has recently recorded audio books of this and the second book in her Bouncing Grandma series. I simply wish there were more Bouncing Grandma stories because I loved the first one.


When Charlotte Hubbard sent me her latest book, she mentioned this would be the last. I wish her well in her retirement, and I will miss reading her books. 


My dear friend, Marilyn Meredith, a/k/a F. M. Meredith, ended her Tempe Crabtree and Rocky Bluff series. I will miss these characters, and wish someone would write new stories for them one day. Luckily, Marilyn's memoir is in my TBR pile. 


For a while, it seemed like every time I turned around, Michaela MacColl had a new book release. Her latest book came out in 2021. Readers are overdue for a new one. 


Tristi Pinkston and I met during those years I worked in online book promotion. I loved the first book in her Secret Sisters series, which included four others that I haven't read yet. Most recently, she has been writing resource books for authors. I hope she returns to her mystery books one day. 


Stacy Gooch Anderson is the author of one of my all-time favorite Christmas reads. The Santa Letters is a heartwarming novel that I treasure. She also wrote another book, which I read. Nothing new, however, since 2009. I miss her writing. 


As Little House on the Prairie cast members entered the world of publishing, Melissa Francis wrote two books: her memoir, Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter, and this biography. Though I still need to read her memoir, I feel like someone with such an interesting career has more to say in the years that have passed since this book came out. 


Vannetta Chapman remains a prolific author in the world of Amish fiction. I've enjoyed several of her books. The Amish Bishop Mysteries series is one of her shorter series and one that I loved. I wish the series continued beyond three books. 

Have you read any of these books? Who would you like to hear from again in the world of publishing?

Monday, May 20, 2024

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - May 20

Welcome to It's Monday! What Are You Reading?



It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.   

Welcome back to Monday! Hope you all had a wonderful week. We had lots of good news around here. The Lil' Diva is getting married! She released her Save the Date postcards last week, and we are going dress shopping on Thursday. So hard to believe this little girl is old enough to get married. 


The Lil' Princess learned this week that she made the Spring 2024 Dean's List at UNCW. She worked so hard and ended up with all A's! 


It was also a week of snuggling with and snapping photos of our zoo.


Boots


Giggles


Travis


Dwight


An unhappy Theo


We dog sat Tyno this weekend


Sunday evening walk

In my reading world, I reviewed this one at The Children's and Teen's Book Connection. Funniest book ever! Read my review here.


My review of this one appeared on May 16th. You can read it here


You can read my review of this book here


I started this one for a May 31st review. 


I also need to read these three. 





I didn't finish this one in time for book club, but I will read the last few chapters this week. 


These will come on vacation with me in July. 




Upcoming virtual book tours:
  • I Will Ruin You: The Twisted Truth Behind the Kit Martin Murder Trial by Emilio Corsetti III - May 31 (Review)
  • Royally Arranged by Amber Malloy - June 4 (First Chapter Review)
  • Rock, Crush, and Roll by Hunter Snow - June 12 (First Chapter Review)
  • Is Truth Stranger Than Fiction? You Decide... by JB Miller - July 3 (Review)
  • The Righteous Arrows by Brian J. Morra - July (Review)
Shared a Christmas in the News post at the Christmas Year Round blog. You can check that out here.

Feels weird not sharing a Mailbox Monday post, but alas that meme has run its course. Maybe it will return one day. 

That's it from me. Looking forward to visiting your blogs today. 

Friday, May 17, 2024

Book Review: Mastering Your Scenes by J.A. Cox

 


Looking for tips on crafting scenes, then check out Mastering Your Scenes: Your Blueprint for Success by J. A. Cox. 

In this helpful and engaging resource, Cox discusses the elements of a scene from sketching to objective and beyond. Breaking down each element in detail, the author shares the whens, the whys, the hows, and their practical application, providing you the tools to craft scenes.

Mastering Your Scenes is a helpful resource for writers. In less than a 100 pages, the author guides you along. Its brevity is what attracted me to it. I've bought other writing craft books that explore too much territory and go unread. That Cox focused on this aspect and delivers a succinct product makes it a resource to keep handy to refer back to later with ease. An additional edit and run through with a book designer to fix typographical, grammar, and formatting issues would perfect the overall product. 

If you seek insight into understanding scene creation and their objectives, Mastering Your Scenes can help. 

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ J.A. COX UNITED STATES (August 28, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 77 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 098957735X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0989577359

I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

 

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Book Review: How to be Resilient in Your Career by Dr. Helen Ofosu

 


How to be Resilient in Your Career: Facing Up to Barriers at Work by Dr. Helen Ofosu draws upon the author's decades worth of experience in talent acquisition and coaching professionals through challenging career choices. Ofosu discusses numerous workplace issues, such as:

  • Underemployment,
  • Being overqualified,
  • Harassment,
  • Bullying,
  • Toxic workplaces,
  • Discrimination,
and more. Using her unique approach that blends her background in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with career advice, she helps her clients navigate today's workplace issues. 

From the coworker that overshares to imposter syndrome, from big egos to being passed over for a promotion, how college degrees compare to work experience in today's workplace, and how to deal with harassment or bullying, are all crucial topics in our daily work lives. With Dr. Ofosu's help, you can learn more about how to navigate these pitfalls.

I feel this is such a complex and multifaceted topic, that it can be difficult to translate in a book. However, Dr. Ofosu has done a fine job in How to be Resilient in Your Career. While it isn't a book one can simply read through, because it requires thought on how it might apply to your particular situation, the author's style of narration on the Audible version lent itself to being able to consume the information easily. 

For those looking for advice on how to face up to barriers at work, or for those interested in the challenges facing those in today's workplace, How to be Resilient in Your Career is a good choice.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Routledge; 1st edition (February 23, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 206 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1032358173
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1032358178

I received an audio version of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Mailbox Monday - May 13

Welcome to It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Mailbox Monday.   

 


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.   

Welcome back! Posting this early since my Monday morning will be a bit crazy. Hope all you mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and motherly figures had a nice Mother's Day. Thinking of all of you readers who, like me, are missing their moms. Holidays such as these can bring mixed feelings.

The kids and my husband took me out to lunch at an Italian restaurant in a neighboring town and then for an ice cream treat at a nearby farm. Then they lavished me with flowers, a new tea mug, and vegetable and herb plants for the garden. These deck planters should make it easier for me to maintain the garden... if the critters don't grab them first. 



On Saturday, we celebrated my husband's birthday late, since he was flying out to North Carolina on his birthday to drive the Lil' Princess home for the summer. This small batch vanilla buttercream frosting was perfect. 


Travis was looking so sweet, that I had to grab this shot of him. We also celebrated gotcha day for Travis and Dwight last week.


With two editing jobs in process and three upcoming listings, I didn't read as much as I would like but made some progress.

My review of this one appeared on Sunday. You can read it here.


I made progress on this one, but not sure it will be done for Wednesday night's book club.


I read this one and will review it at my kid's book blog soon.


Look for my review of this one on May 17th. 


This one is on my Kindle now, so I will start it this week. 


I also need to read these three. 





These will come on vacation with me in July. 




Upcoming virtual book tours:
  • Mastering Your Scenes by J. A. Cox - May 17 (review)
  • I Will Ruin You: The Twisted Truth Behind the Kit Martin Murder Trial by Emilio Corsetti III - May 31 (Review)
  • Royally Arranged by Amber Malloy - June 4 (First Chapter Review)
  • Rock, Crush, and Roll by Hunter Snow - June 12 (First Chapter Review)
  • Is Truth Stranger Than Fiction? You Decide... by JB Miller - July 3 (Review)
  • The Righteous Arrows by Brian J. Morra - July (Review)
At the Christmas Year Round blog we are chatting about tasks to tackle in May to prepare for Christmas. You can find that post here



 
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Imagine my surprise when I went to the Mailbox Monday blog to find the end has come. With two of the three bloggers stepping down, it simply was too much to continue for one person. Thanks to all who kept it going for so long. You will be missed.

That's it for me this week. Looking forward to seeing what you're reading.