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Monthly Archives: December 2012

This has been an amazing year–full of ups and downs and full of learning about the craft of writing. I’ve met some great people both online and in real life, and I appreciate each and every one of you. Looking forward to more great times in 2013. I leave you with this quote by Deepak Chopra which I will be keeping in the forefront of my mind as 2013 begins.

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.”


Until next time, be real!


License to Lie, a suspense novel by Terry Ambrose, was an exciting read with many twists and turns. Each chapter was told from the point of view of one of the two protagonists, Roxy Tanner and Skip Cosgrove. I found this to be confusing to start with until I figured out that the author had given clues as to whose point of view was contained in each chapter by the quote of a sentence from the chapter underneath the chapter heading. After that, the chapters seemed to fly by as I was driven to keep reading to find out what happened next. It was interesting to see that the other characters in the book could see the beginnings of what could be termed a mutual attraction or relationship, but the main characters could not. This was not the main focus of the novel though except in how it influenced the two of them in solving the case. I liked how the action moved quickly, but the characters were still well-developed.  I would recommend this wholeheartedly to anyone who enjoys a good suspense or mystery novel.

Disclosure: An Advance Reader Copy of this novel was provided by the publisher.

It’s relatively easy to find something if it’s a physical object–that is, if you can remember where you saw it last. I know people who put down their keys or  their wallets, and it’s a great challenge to find them again because they can’t remember where they put them.

On the other hand, the passions of your youth can be almost impossible to find again unless you make an effort to go back and find them. I’ve been thinking about this recently because I found some things that had been put into storage. When I took a look, I realized it was writing notebooks from when I was in junior high and high school. There were also notebooks of writing from different family members that I had been gifted with when they had passed away. It was interesting to note that relatives on both sides of my family felt it important to write down their stories–to preserve the memories of what had happened to them for future generations. I also noted the things I had found important to write down when I was in school–the stories and the things about my life. Why did I let go of those for so long? Was it because life got in the way? I think so. Once we are adults, it somehow becomes less important to follow our passions and more important to make a living. I’m glad I have found my passion again. It took looking deep inside myself and deciding what legacy I wanted to leave and what was it that truly made me happy. The answer to all those questions is writing. May you find the passions of your youth in the upcoming year and make them your passions again.

Until next time, be real!

It took me awhile to read this because my 16 yo son decided he wanted to read it first which means the intended market for the book, young adult, is right on the mark. Once he was done reading it, he asked me when the second book was coming out. When he asks that, it’s a sure bet he enjoyed it.

But, on to the review. Two years previously, a disaster, which has since become known as Doomsday, was believed to have made London uninhabitable and a toxic wasteland. Jack, his sister, and their friends know differently and have been gathering evidence to prove it.  When they discover that Jack’s mother is alive, the five of them travel into London at great risk. They find things they had not expected to find–things that were exciting, but were dangerous too.

I thought the book did a good job of maintaining the focus on the teens and what they did to solve the problems they encountered. Even when they needed the help of an adult, it was brought to our attention that said adult was not entirely trustworthy. The changes that the inhabitants of London had gone through were brought into the story naturally and not in a contrived fashion. I also liked the relationship between Jack and his sister. I’m looking forward to upcoming books in this series and believe it would be interesting to adults as well as young adults.

This book is the fourth in a series by Stephanie Osborn and is the conclusion to The Rendlesham Incident which came out last summer.  What can I say–I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of her books. The character interaction between Sherlock Holmes and his wife, Dr. Skye Chadwick-Holmes was superb, and we even get treated to a double dose as she also shows the interactions between their counterparts in the other continuum who slowly come to their own relationship themselves.  I also liked how the science is portrayed in this book. Whenever I have read any of her books, I have always learned something new, but it’s never put in a manner that’s preachy or all-knowing, just a natural outgrowth of the characters and the situation they’re dealing with. My older son also enjoys these books for many of the same reasons.  Any new books in this series will always be at the top of my list.

With the ending of our homeschool before the Christmas holidays yesterday, I am in the midst of planning what I need and what I would like to get accomplished while we are not doing school. There are the usual things–housework and homeschool record keeping. There is also the necessity of making sure everything is ready for us to celebrate the holidays. But, the most important things are the things I’m going to read and write while we are on break. Holidays and vacations are always a time for renewal for me, and this holiday will be no exception. It will also be a time when I can plan on what I want to work on during the new year. Two weeks from today will be New Year’s Day 2013–a whole new beginning, a whole new slate of days full of potential. My goal is to realize the potential in each new day.

But, first, it’s time for a celebration. Today is my older son’s 16th birthday. It’s always been a special point in the year because it’s so close to Christmas, but I have always taken pains to make sure Christmas doesn’t overshadow it. He’s grown into an amazing young man who I am very proud of and who I love dearly. He does well in school, is kind to others, takes care of himself, bowls, and plays baseball. Baseball is his favorite sport and is the only sport he likes to watch on television. I’ve never seen anyone learn so fast and display such commitment to learning everything they could about a sport. It makes me look forward to the springtime when both he and his brother will be playing.

Before I go to celebrate with my family, I leave you with these words. Treasure the people around you, and make sure they know how much you treasure them.

Until next time, be real!

What I appreciated most about Brenda Cooper’s book The Creative Fire was the many layers of her writing. As I read each chapter, it seemed like a new secret came out, something that revealed the world of Ruby Martin and her shipmates just a little more, but not enough to reveal what the story ending was going to be. I also liked that Ruby was a multi-faceted heroine. To me, it seems that feminine characters nowadays only show one part of their psyche. Either they’re only defined by being with a man or they only want to see how they can impact the world, and there is no attention paid to any other relationships they have. I didn’t see that with this character which is why I appreciated her so much.

I also liked the complexity of the plot. At first, it was frustrating not knowing everything that was going on, but then I realized that accurately portraying everything on the ship would make the book very large and would take a lot of the suspense out of the storyline. And there would also not be very much of a story for the upcoming books in the saga which I am looking forward to.

If you are interested in science fiction, relationships, and reading a book that keeps you guessing until the very end, I can wholeheartedly recommend The Creative Fire.


Until next time, be real!