book reviews

The Seaside Trilogy by Sandra W. Burch: book review

Do you remember my “Meet the author” post featuring Sandra W. Burch? Well, today I am here to review her Seaside Trilogy Seaside Haven, Away from the Sun, and Remember me.

Seaside haven started out a bit slow, as all novels and novelettes do, but once it picked up the pace, I was pulled along like a magnet to the end. In this first book, Phenix is recovering from injuries caused by a car accident. Sierra The general manager of the resort, which Phenix owns, is the one person who can teach him not to give up on life, no matter what his prognosis is. I won’t say how, but they do fall in love.

Now, I will say thatAway from the Sun was captivating. If you thought that Phenix and Sierra’s marriage would slow things down a bit, as far as the story is concerned? You are dead wrong! Let’s just say that things get real dicy in this book. First of all, Phenix goes to his former lover’s funeral. When he flies to Monica’s home town, he meets up with her best friend Sue, who is holding a baby that she claims is his.

After the funeral, she flies back to Seaside Haven, with Preston, and stays with him for nearly a month to supposedly get settled in. The way Phenix and Sue seem to be attracted to each other, you’d think that Phenix and Sierra’s marriage will crumble, but that’s not the case. I won’t tell you how this book ends, but be prepared to be riveted until the end.

Remember me is a bit different, in the since that it takes place in New England This book is about a guy named nick who has had a serious spouts accident. Elizabeth stays by his side while he’s in the hospital, but when he gets home, he can’t remember the past. Although they end up getting a divorce, they rekindle the love they once had for each other and create new memories together, and some with their daughter Julia.

I give these three books three stars, and you can purchase them as one book, or as three separate novellas. All I can say is be prepared to enjoy three short Christian romances, and hang onto your hats, because this series is a wild ride in itself.

Sandra Burch, You have outdone yourself with these books.

Until next time, Blessings and happy reading.

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Writing children’s stories isn’t as hard as you might think

Good Friday afternoon everyone, I have a special post for you today. I have embarked on writing a children’s chapter book.

The first time I wrote this story, it was just a little cute story that I thought about publishing anywhere, but when I posted it to the Electric Eclectic books program, the story was too short. I would like to take this time to thank Paul White, for not only editing it to make more readable, but for giving me the inspiration to write more and turn Maggie’s gravy train into a chapter book. Although I have more to write, I am loving the direction this book is taking.

When writing children’s stories, my first suggestion is to read children’s books, and hang out with kids in your family or in your neighborhood. Sometimes you can be at your most creative when writing a children’s book. You can create a story with characters that are out of the ordinary, but make the story for kids of all ages. Add a little magic, adventure, and. Mystery to your story, and you’ve got the perfect adventure for children and adults alike.

Have you ever heard of a gravy train with biscuits for wheels? Train staff made up of ferries, elves, a gingerbread conductor, and a chocolate chip cookie clad waiter? What about a gingerbread track? this is what childrens books are made of, and a whole lot more. As long as you make your story believeable, a children’s book is loads of fun to write!

Until next time, happy writing, and have fun with your creative storytelling.

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Promoting your book is work, but it can also be fun, if you fine the right outlet

Hello everybody,

I’m here today to talk about a fun and hopefully rewarding marketing experience for my book called A Journey of Faith. First, let me ask you a question. Have you ever thought about finding author groups on Facebook to advertise your books in? If not, I pray that my own experience will inspire you.

I recently joined a facebook group called Author Train Depot. Not knowing what this group actually does, I just read that they help authors promote their books. Boy was I in for a pleasant surprise. I joined the virtual train ride today, and I posted the first poster link where all our books were listed and left my book ad and cover photo in the comments of this post. Then I posted the link on my timeline and commented with my book ad and cover. We post our book ads and cover photos on each other’s timelines, in the comments section, and watch the salesroll in.

Once I got the hang of the train ride, it was a fun experience for me on Facebook. I’m not saying that you should use Facebook, or any other social media outlet for that matter, as your only marketing outlet, but you can find a way to utilize the tools you have for marketing your books, and have fun while doing it. If you do’t enjoy the work you do, then what’s the point of doing the work, right?

You don’t have to answer that last question, but here’s a question I would like you to answer. What marketing outlets have you used that are fun and rewarding all at the same time. I’d love to read your story in the comments below. You may have a few tricks up your sleeve that I’m not aware of. Let’s help each other as writers, to get our work into the hands of readers.

Until next time, happy reading, writing, and blessings to you and yours.

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Your daily writing routine, or lack thereof

Hey everyone,

While sitting at the hospital with my husband, who just had surgery a few days ago, I started listening to a few podcasts on my iPad, and there is one in particular called The Writers Routine, which inspired this little post. Before I go into my thought for the day, Let me tell you a little about this podcast.

The Writers Routine, is a podcast where Dan Simpson talks to the UK’s finest and most well known authors about their writing routines. In this podcast, the three episodes I’ve listened to so far, I have learned that a writer’s routine may be very structured, or not structured at all. One author in particular, has no “routine” as it were. Writing is his life, and he even considers something as mundane as walking the dog, as part of his work. With that being said, let me explain my writing “routine”, or “life” as it were.

My writing routine, isn’t really a routine at all. sometimes I am up writing in the middle of the night, like I am now, and there are days where I won’t get much writing done at all, unless I am working for a professional client. Inspiration often comes from singing a made up song, while washing dishes, folding clothes, or from something I watched on TV, that I haven’t watched in years. When I take my husband’s dog out for a bathroom break, sometimes I mull over ideas in my head to work on once I get done with what cleaning up needs doing around the apartment. There are even times when a thought gets stuck in my head, and I can’t stop thinking about it until I either solve the problem, find the answer to an interesting question, or write it down. I can sometimes see imaginative scenes playing out in my head, and in those scenes, I am writing something down. When I think about writing, that’s when writing just happens for me.

Now that I’ve shared with you my lack of a writing routine, what is your routine? Do you even have a routine, and how do you utilize it to the fullest extent as a writer?

Happy writing, and have a blessed night.