A Simplified Map Of The Real World Giveaway

To thank everyone who has contributed comments to my recent book review of A Simplified Map of the Real World, editor and publisher Laura Stanfill will give away a free copy of the book to a random commenter on the original post.

If you haven’t already commented and would like to be entered for the giveaway, please leave a comment (as short or long as you’d like) on the original post by 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on Friday, 7 February 2014. I’ll then select a random number based on the final number of distinct commenters (excluding myself and Laura, of course) and announce the winner in my post of 11 February 2014. Those of you who have already commented are already entered.

This is a great opportunity to win a free copy of a wonderful book. I hope to see you in those comments!

Book Review — A Simplified Map Of The Real World

A Simplified Map of the Real World by Stevan Allred is the first work of fiction published by a new Oregon-based small press, Forest Avenue Press. I received a pre-publication copy of the book from the press’s founder, fellow blogger Laura Stanfill, as an unexpected “thank you” for my support of her blog and writing and publishing journey. There was no request for a review by Laura, the press, or the author in return. The book is too good, however, not to share with readers of this blog. Continue reading

Book Review — The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

This is my fourth review as a member of NetGalley, a digital review service where professional readers (such as librarians, bloggers, booksellers, educators, and those in the media) can obtain free advance copies of forthcoming books from publishers for review. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches was written by Alan Bradley and is the 6th book featuring preadolesecent protagonist Flavia de Luce. The publisher, Random House, categorizes the book as Fiction-Thrillers, Fiction-Historical, and Fiction and tags it as Mystery. Continue reading

Odds And Ends To Begin The Year

I hope everyone is off to a good start with the new year. Here in Maryland, it’s been cold and snowy, although I know many of you have seen far worse weather this winter. For me, it’s time to buckle down on the writing and make some serious progress on at least one WIP. And I need to get back into the blogging swing. To ease back in, I thought I’d start with some sundries. Continue reading