The Three Rs: Reading, wRiting, and Roaming

April 23, 2018

Book three in the Irish Troubles series -- Irish Republican Army fictionHappy Release day to author Rex Owens and the final book in the Irish Troubles series--Dead Reckoning!Rex Owens - author of the Irish Troubles Series

This is Owens' best book yet! (And that is a huge compliment because books one and two in this series are excellent reads!) If you have an interest in the past few decades of political turmoil in Ireland, you'll appreciate this... Continue Reading

April 19, 2018

Wow, it’s hard to believe that spring is here with all the snow we’ve been getting. UGH—I’m so ready for warmer weather! (Kudos to whomever coined the new word "sprinter" to describe this horribly snowy spring.)

I’m in the thick of writing conference season, which means I wouldn’t be outside much anyway, but at least I’m indoors with some lovely company in the form of other writers.

The best writing conferences in the Midwest

 

 

 

 

This past weekend, I was at the Writers’ Institute in Madison. This is the 9th time I’ve been at this conference and... Continue Reading

April 10, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

As April is the month of my birthday, it seemed natural to compose a blog post about gifts for writers. In fact, as I researched this post, it became clear that this will be an annual event; I will collect ideas during the year and present them in the month of sunshine, flowers, warmer weather—ah, never mind. Spring surely will come, right? I mean, saying it’s “Christmas in April” has a whole new meaning this year.

Few things have cheered... Continue Reading

April 3, 2018

With more than 20 titles checked off the list in February and March, I have more than a few stand-out favorites to share with you.

In the past few weeks I’ve given five-star reviews to the following children's books and featured the titles along with interviews of the authors. 

“The Field” by Baptiste Paul

“Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School” by ... Continue Reading

April 3, 2018

Review of Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School -- must read, we need diverse booksMidnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School by Janet Halfmann is an incredible treasure of a story, bringing readers into the life of this little-known and exceptionally brave teacher who ignored the law of the mid-1800s, which made it illegal to teach enslaved people to read and write. As a lover of history, I have to say a huge thank you to Halfmann for the fine details she brings to this book. I can feel the... Continue Reading

March 27, 2018

March 2018 Writers' Forum - the indie publishing news you need to knowThe second year of the Writers' Forum continues! Each month there is no shortage of important publishing news and helpful writing information to share with other authors, particularly those independently publishing their books. This is a compilation of the news you need to know along with a preview of the upcoming book events in southern Wisconsin. I am incredibly thankful for the assistance and advice given to me from writing and publishing professionals and am happy pay that forward. On a professional level, I also use my publicity and editorial skills to aid other authors... Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

  Bookstores are part of Main Street’s revival

 

 

 

 

William Shakespeare claims that the earth has music for those who listen. I assert that bookstores offer symphonies — plus plenty of lively community engagement — for those who read.

Books & Company, Oconomowoc

Books & Company sets the standard... Continue Reading

March 5, 2018

The Field by Baptiste Paul with illustration by Jacqueline Alcántara is a beautiful work of art, merging love for the game of soccer with a beautiful Caribbean island and the sheer joy of childhood. You will love this book! Paul’s engaging story includes Creole words that are immediately understood by their placement. (There’s a handy pronunciation guide at the end of the book.)  Alcántara skillfully brings the unique setting to life and makes us feel the high-energy action of the book’s characters as they shoo cows off their field to start their game and continue playing during an unexpected downpour. Parents and teachers will love the diversity of this book, but I suspect kids (and kids at heart) will just love this book because it speaks especially to them!

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March 1, 2018

In just a few short days (March 6 to be precise) a wonderful middle-grade novel hits the shelves with the release of The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes. It was a treat to read this book in advance. It’s a fast-paced adventure about kids who have a love for science, a fascination for all things spy related, and are just realizing that they have inherited some special talents. Smartly written, not only with the inclusion of science, the book also delights with a diverse cast of characters and well-placed references to civil rights’ history and more. This could be an excellent jumping off point for some nonfiction reading about Harriet Tubman, the Tuskegee Airmen, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ruby Bridges. I highly recommend this read... Continue Reading

February 27, 2018

February 2018 Writers' Forum - the indie publishing news you need to knowThe second year of the Writers' Forum continues! Each month there is no shortage of important publishing news and helpful writing information to share with other authors, particularly those independently publishing their books. This is a compilation of the news you need to know along with a preview of the upcoming book events in southern Wisconsin. I am incredibly thankful for the assistance and advice given to me from writing and publishing professionals and am happy pay that forward. On a professional level, I also use my publicity and editorial skills to aid other authors... Continue Reading

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