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Thursday, 14 May 2009

Opal, Herby, and Squeaky by Jay Miller

Title: Opal, Herby, and Squeaky
Authors: Jay Miller
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 978-1-4389-1808-2

Review:

Opal the cat and Herby the dog team together in the attempt to out smart Squeaky the mouse and stop him from stealing their food. With some help from God, they learn about forgiveness and friendship.

Jay Miller’s wonderful tale is accompanied by delightful illustrations by Lee Qualis.

My 17 month old loves it when I read to him and especially likes Herby as he looks just like our pet Dog.

A good educational book. All young children will enjoy this book...many times over!

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Becoming Dead Right by Frances Shani Parker

Title: Becoming Dead Right
Authors: Frances Shani Parker
Publisher: Loving Healing Press
ISBN-978-1-932690-35-4
Cost: $ 19.95/ £9.95

Review:

Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is an informative and well written book filled with true stories about hospice patients and caregivers.

Whilst underlining the importance of improving and expanding hospice services, Frances Shani Parker uses her own personal experience as a hospice caregiver to show that everyone is entitled to a peaceful and pain-free death. The book includes touching stories of a variety of patients although there is a particular attention to African-American AIDS sufferers. Therefore this book would be especially helpful to people dealing with this.

Although written for the American population, in particular African-Americans, Becoming Dead Right could also be useful to anyone else dealing with death or interested in how hospice works. The book is divided into easy to read chapters, each ending with a short poem.

This insight into hospice care and the people that do it is inspiring and heart warming. Recommended reading for anyone interested in being involved in hospice care and for patients and their relatives and friends to help them understand how hospice works as well as to give them comfort in their time of need.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Faith Awakened by Grace Bridges

Title: Faith Awakened
Author: Grace Bridges
Publisher: Lulu.com
Pages: 168
Price: €7.56
ISBN: 978-1-4303-1111-9

Available for purchase from www.lulu.com

With her first novel, Faith Awakened, Grace Bridges takes us on a journey into a scary future where hope is lost and into the virtual world of faith. She cleverly mixes Christian and Science Fiction into a thought provoking tale.

Faith Awakened tells the story of two women, Mariah and Faith.
One lives in a world where an authoritarian Government rules and the Earths population has been all but killed off by a plague. Nobody can be of higher power than the government and The Awakened (believers in God) must practice in secret.
The other lives in a very different world where she enjoys the privileges of freedom. We are first introduced to her as a child and from here she starts her search for a special connection with God.
As the story unfolds we find that the two, although seemingly separate, are tied deeply with one another.

Although I don’t normally read this genre of book, I found it an interesting tale that left me wanting to know more about the characters. The plot twists along the way will keep you turning the pages. Although the biblical messages are a little heavy in some places the clever storyline and surprises along the way will keep any reader interested. Faith Awakened is a nice change from the ordinary. Grace Bridges shows she has what it takes with this great first novel.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Getting your Book Published for Dummies

Title: Getting your Book Published for Dummies
Authors: Sarah Parsons Zackheim with Adrian Zackheim
Publisher: Wiley Publising Inc.
ISBN– 0-7645-5257-0
Cost: £14.95


Review:

Getting your Book Published for Dummies is an easy to use reference that will guide you through the publishing industry, introducing you to the key roles and breaking down the various stages of a books development from idea to published product.

Sarah Parsons Zackheim worked in book publishing for nearly a decade before becoming a widely published freelance writer. Adrian Zackheim is Associate Publisher of the General Books Group at HarperCollins Publishers and has also worked as an editor of fiction and non fiction. Their combined experience makes them more than qualified to write this comprehensive guide.

The book is broken down into easy to digest chapters covering; getting started, knocking on the publishers door, preparing the package: Book proposals and query letters that sell, taking it public: A strategic approach to placing your book, Home at last! Negotiation and contract, After the deal is done and the part of tens.

Each section has a humorous cartoon illustrated by Rich Tennant.

Well written and easy to use, Getting your Book Published for Dummies is a reference guide all aspiring authors should have.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

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I will start posting weekly book reviews on this site starting in January. If you are interested in having your book reviewed, please send an email to: theweeklybookreview@ymail.com