Holiday Deals For Kindle

Striving With God

This is the last day to get my books at these prices. Both of my books are available for Kindle at only $0.99 and paperbacks are also available at a super low price!

testimonyAbout three years ago I self published a book entitled “Testimony” loosely based on my own personal testimony. I’ll be the first to acknowledge that the writing in the book is far from wonderful. By the grace of God, I’ve grown in both my abilities as a writer, as well as in my knowledge of the faith. Because some of the writing is so raw, I was hesitant to make the book available in the kindle format, as well as do much to publicize it. The more I thought about it though, I decided to put it out there. It does much to show where I was as I began seeking, and it shows the grace of…

View original post 139 more words


Another Indie Bookstore bites the dust

Rati Mehrotra

steven-templeSteven Temple Books, the last holdout of Booksellers’ Row in Queen West, Toronto, is shutting down after nearly 40 years in business. Another victim of the combination of higher rents and lower sales: a result of the changing landscape in books and publishing. So sad. It’s a lovely, musty store, on the second floor of an old building on Queen Street West. I popped over there yesterday to take advantage of the sale, and could barely drag myself away. Think piles of tottering books. Rare, out-of-print versions. Smell of old paper, the look of full-color illustrations, the feel of cloth-bound books – red, mauve, green. Signed copies of your old favorites. I picked up a lovely hard-cover copy of The Compass Rose – a 1982 collection of short stories by Ursula K. Le Guin.

View original post 319 more words

Thanks for Reading and Writing



There is much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Of course, we must give thanks to family, friends, neighbors, loved ones, health, and well-being.

I’d also like to express my thanks for reading and writing:

  • All those struggling writers from times before who left behind a classic for me to enjoy.
  • And the struggling writers from today who provide more good books to read.
  • Teachers who gave me the gifts of reading and writing.
  • Authors of children’s books for inspiring reading at a young age.
  • The amazing community here at WordPress.
  • Readers who discovered and read my blog or any of my books (I wouldn’t be a writer without you).
  • The invention of the computer because the typewriter lacks a critical backspace key (in my case, the whole page would be smeared with white-out).
  • The invention of the alphabet (just imagine writing abstract ideas with hieroglyphics).

Wishing you a wonderful…

View original post 54 more words

The Saga of Lucy McGregor

Friends of Atticus

What makes a person extraordinary? What constitutes an extraordinary life? In photo 1some cases I guess, just doing interesting things. Bungee jumping. Traveling to remote places, like the South American jungle. Playing the calliope. Learning an obscure language – such as Tolkien’s Elvish Quenya – just for the heck of it. Those things can be extraordinary in that they are simply not ordinary. But beyond just doing fascinating things, a person can be extraordinary by exhibiting courage and endurance. The person who is truly extraordinary is one who is resolute and does what is right, one who is selfless. She is unwavering when faced with struggle and uncertainty. The genuinely extraordinary person might lack opportunities to travel or climb mountains or learn languages of fictional characters; but she will always do the best she can with what she has, and she’ll never stop trying to improve her own life and that…

View original post 699 more words

Excerpt from “Horrible Sin,” one story from Twisted Love anthology due out 2014

Release Parties @ TRS


It would have been a nice day in California except for two things: the vicious and bizarre murders of two Asian women and the whereabouts of the killer.
According to veteran Detective Marcus Brown, when he and partner Jonas Nutter, entered the mansion-like home, they discovered what looked to be a robbery gone wrong.
Det. Nutter described each room inside the home as having been ransacked as if the killer or killers were searching for something. However, nothing at the time seemed to be missing.
The home contained expensive furnishings and electronics, as was money and jewelry lying around. The detectives’ believed that if a robbery had occurred, the missing items must have much more value than material objects.
According to Det. Nutter, in one rear bedroom, officers discovered several cages containing snakes, and birds, of different species and sizes. The officers found it baffling that one family…

View original post 396 more words

Cynthia Kadohata wins National Book Award



Congratulations to Cynthia Kadohata, who won the prestigious National Book Award in the category of young people’s literature for her novel The Thing About Luck.

The annual awards, presented by the National Book Foundation, honor American authors for works published in the past year in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature.

The Thing About Luck is the story of 12-year-old Summer Miyamoto, who must make her own luck to save her intergenerational Japanese American family:

Summer knows that kouun means “good luck” in Japanese, and this year her family has none of it. Just when she thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan—right before harvest season. Summer and her little brother, Jaz, are left in the care of their grandparents, who come out of retirement in order to harvest wheat and help pay the bills.


View original post 162 more words