A boy named Sam, orphaned by a tragic loss, and an Uncle forced into an unwilling parenthood. Two boys, Joey, and Roger bring friendship and some stability into Sam’s life, and Carmela, the nurturer, who in many ways is the surrogate mother, that keeps caring and loving alive in Sam’s heart.
Sign Of The Green Dragon tells the story of a boy who wants to help his team win the district baseball championship. Torn between with his desire to help his team, and his Uncle’s wish to send him to boarding school, the center stage is set. C. Lee McKenzie does an excellent job of weaving this into a multicultural tale.
Think C.S. Lewis and the world of Narnia,
See kids separated from their parents,
Imagine the magical closet,
And you will find yourself sinking into C. Lee McKenzie’s world.
Like Lewis, McKenzie bids us to walk with Sam, Joey, and Roger. We feel the suspense as he and his two friends, find the large wooden chest and our hearts beat quickly when they discover the Sign of the Green Dragon.
I like the way McKenzie grabs our attention with her opening line.
So, what did I do wrong this time?
It is Sam thinking aloud, twisted in his feelings toward his uncle as he sits opposite him.
A fan of Nancy Drew, a character created by Edward Stratemeyer, I enjoy young adult mysteries, and Sign of the Green Dragon is indeed an excellently well-crafted mystery that will keep you turning the pages. It presents the character, maturation, strength, and courage wrapped around one boy’s desire to help.
Book Tip: This week only, Sign of the Green Dragon can be purchased at Amazon for 99 cents. So get your copy now. I have just purchased mine.
Denise Covey at dencovey.blogspot.com, a romance writer fuelled by coffee, dreams and Paris, has nominated me for the Liebster Award.
What is a Liebster Award?
Well, it is an exciting opportunity to develop relationships with our fellow bloggers from different domains. This is a peer nominated award, which acts as a chain blog post. And it is mainly intended to connect with new bloggers while building your email list.
So, thank you so much, Denise.
Who is Denise Covey?
That is a good question to start with. I met Denise by accident while searching through the web. I came upon W.E.P and wondered what in the world does that mean. W.E.P (Write, Edit, Publish) is actually a partnered blog by Denise Covey and Yolanda Renee to showcase writers through a blog hop and it is an excellent way to meet some fantastic writers from all over the world.
If you do not know Denise I’ve posted her link here: Denise Covey
And if you are interested in joining the next publication of Write, Edit, Publish, I’ve also posted the link. Write, Edit, Publish
The next edition starts August first.
So now to the questions that Denise has chosen for me to answer:
- What is your burning motivation in life?
To share what I have learned and to give to others. I love paying it forward.
2. If you are published, quickly outline your journey for us.
I am on of the journey to be published, stuck somewhere on the path and cannot say how far I am away from my goal, so I will have to wait to give you an answer on this one. I have to get there first.
3. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Why?
Italy. That where I plan to live out the rest of my life.
4. What writing ‘secret’ can you share with us?
I love bitter chocolate and with a glass of extremely dry red wine, preferably Italian Chianti and a bitter chocolate bar, I can write until the late morning hours when I am in my flow.
5, What author inspires you more than any other? Why?
Catherine Marshall. When I moved to Europe, I was alone. I was a scared woman searching for who I am, and I came across Catherine Marshall’s book, A Man Called Peter. I had seen the movie on television when I was a child. I bought it and began to read it, and by the next morning, I had finished it. She had so influenced me that I checked to see if she had other books and I have read them all, at least twelve times or more. Her books gave me courage and strengthened my resolve that I could overcome any difficulty while living in Europe, and especially in countries where I had to learn to speak the language in order to communicate. Thus, I am permanently learning new languages and that is exhilarating. I also wrote Catherine Marshall and she was kind enough to send me a personal letter that encouraged me in my writing. I still have that letter. It is framed and on my desk.
6. What/Who means the most to you?
To be true to myself. I try my very best not to be a people pleaser. To walk the uncomfortable or difficult way of standing up for what I believe and loving those people whom others consider as challenging and undesirable. It means a lot to me to be able to say NO and not feel guilty. I believe people become overburdened and stressed out because they are seeking the approval of others and are afraid to say NO. One of the worst killers on earth is not being true to yourself.
7. What is your favorite season? Describe something about that season to appeal to our senses.
Summer. I was born and raised in Georgia. The summers in my part of Georgia were brutally hot but I loved it. Especially, the evenings as the sun went down. The adults sat on their porches, we children played in the streets and the sound of music could be heard everywhere, because people sang.
8. What do you like to write? Novels, novellas, short stories, flash fiction, poetry, memoir –if you write more than one, tell us.
I write all of them, novels, novellas, short stories, flash fiction, poetry and memoir.
9. Share with us a sentence or a paragraph from a current piece of your writing.
Here are three paragraphs from my WIP that I am revising:
Her frayed nerves pulsated in rhythm with her
heartbeat; the noise was demolishing her calmness; her
head began to throb. When the stage lamp crashed to the wooden stage
floor, she sprang and through her hands up in the air
‘‘Please, help me. They’re driving me mad.’’ And she
reached into her jeans to remove the two small pieces of cotton, she had brought and placed them in her ears.
10. What blogger has inspired you the most?
The IWSG, Insecure Writer’s Support, started by Alex Cavanaugh. I know it is not a blogger but as a group they are one blogger, and I have grown through them. It is one of the best decisions I’ve made concerning my writing, and I have met fantastic bloggers. We are one.
11. Do you think social media is important in the life of a writer? Why/Why not?
It is extremely important. In fact, I think it is critical. No writer who wants to touch hearts can do it by living a solitary life. The writers that I know want to make a difference and making a difference means exposing ourselves and that mean interacting on social media.
The Liebster Blog Award rules are:
- Write a blog post about your nomination, displaying an image of the award.
- Thank the person who nominated you that includes a link to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions the person who nominated you asked you in his/her blog post.
- Nominate 5-11 other starting bloggers who you think deserve this award and come up with 11 questions of your own for them to answer.
- List these rules in your blog post.
I have nominated eleven people for the Liebster Award:
My eleven questions to answer on your blog if you accept the award.
- What does writing mean to you?
- Where do you get your inspiration?
- Do you write fiction or non-fiction or both?
- Do you blog and if so, how often?
- Where is your favorite place or room to write?
- Do you have a regular routine, like writing in the morning or evenings? Or do you write whenever it hits you?
- Who is your favourite author? What kind of influence have they had upon your writing or upon you personally?
- Do current events in the world have an effect upon what you write?
- How often do you read? Do you read books in different genres?
- Please share a paragraph or two of what you are currently working on.
- Where and what do you see yourself as within the next ten years? Will you have relocated? Will you have become the writer person that you have dreamed of being?
Goodreads does have its advantages. Until two weeks ago, I had never heard of the Berger & Mitry Series by David Handler. As I was scrounging through my Goodreads mailbox, a comment posted in the interracial section about Berger & Mitry awakened my curiosity, and I downloaded Book One –The Cold Blue Blood at Amazon Germany.
The prologue sucked me in, and chapter one convinced me. Like a drowning reader needing air, I floated upward into the world of Berger and Mitry and did not put the book down until I had read it in its entirety.
If you love Miss Marple and Mr. Stringer, Adam Dalgliesh and Kate, Peter Wimsey and his ladylove Harriet Vane, William Monk and Hester, or Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, then you will fall in love with Mitch Berger and Desiree Mitry.
The series has a touch of expectancy that keeps you reading; it entangles you in a world of multiculturalism. A graduate of WestPoint, Desiree Mitry served her country well and is now with the Major Crime Squad in Connecticut. Her daddy, called The Deacon, is the second in command of the Connecticut State Police, and Mitry, a woman of color, sports a Rasta look, and Handler does not shy away from describing the most important part of her amply well-endowed anatomy.
Mitch Berger is a renowned movie critic recovering from the death of his beloved young wife, Maisie. Forced to take a time out in the small wealthy village of Dorset, Berger discovers a crime, which brings him and Mitry together.
For the next eleven weeks, I’ll present each book of the Berger & Mitry Series on my book review blog.
Here is a Kindle Countdown Deal on Atto Run, a SciFi Cinderella comedy-romance that pokes fun at the craziness of life on Earth, & Possible elsewhere.
Buy it while you can at this great price.
The agony of the feet.
Hey! I have to do this once in a while, and it’s only 88 words.
Starting January 26, I’m enrolled in a
Kindle Countdown Deal
Atto Run is 99 cents the first day and will be back to $4.44 by January 31.
Yes, for only 1 day, Atto Run will cost as much as a
But digital fun last a lot longer.
Not sure you want to let go of almost a dollar? Click this link to read the first 4 chapters of Atto Run for free.
To all of you writers who write in the Romance genres, Romantic Shorts, an online publication is now accepting submissions.
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I have just finished reading a beautiful tale by Frances Gow that I’m sure you will enjoy.
“Time to earn your place at the dance this year,” Mother said, shooing Pepper out of the door into the bitter frost of a late Hampstead afternoon. “While you’re about it, tell that fir tree that it’s wanted inside. And don’t forget to shake the ice out of its branches – the last thing I need is puddles in the living room.”
Pepper sighed and stomped up the garden path, thankful at least for her thick leggings and Doc Marten boots. The air smelt of stagnant defrosted droplets and woody conifers. Would this be the year she managed to entice Mr Keats to the dance? Hmmph. Unlikely. However much Mother hoped so.
“You’re wanted inside,” she said to the fir tree on her way past. There was a gentle rumble of earth beneath the snow white blanket as the tree uprooted itself and shuffled towards the back door. Pepper turned…
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Good Moring Everyone,
A QUICK READ, a compilation of short stories by C.A. Simonson has been released. Within this compilation is a short story by a wonderful writer whom I have the pleasure of knowing, Patricia Salamone.
Congratulations, Patricia, and I look forward to reading more of your short stories.
For those of you who are still looking for a Christmas present for family and friends, you may buy it on Amazon.
This book has over 50 short stories. I am honored to have my story “Getting Old” included along with all the wonderful offerings from talented authors. The book was compiled by C.A. Simonson. I am humbled to be among the chosen authors. It can be purchased at amazon.com. I thoroughly enjoyed reading every story. Each story takes less than 2 to 3 minutes and all are excellent. The book was well put together with much care. Happy reading, and thank you.
There is a Halloween-Poem Contest taking place on Writer’s Treasure Chest for all those poets and would be poets who would like to share their poetic gift. Three winners will be chosen by a panel of judges who are poetry lovers and experts. So think about submitting. Now is the time up until October 31,2015 and good luck.
All the best.
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It is a great pleasure for me to announce the
1st Halloween-Poem Contest
on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’.
Every author and poet are invited to participate and deliver a “Halloween-Poem” to my email address: email@example.com, together with their picture.
There are a few rules to follow:
- Your poem needs a Halloween theme.
- Your poem needs a minimum of 99 words.
- Your poem has to be delivered to my email address until Halloween, October 31, 2015, 9 pm Eastern Time.
- Please avoid violence, bad language, and sexual content within the poems. It would be disqualified.
Every poem that meets the rules and is delivered within the deadline will be published here on “Writer’s Treasure Chest” together with the provided picture.
I am honored to announce that the following authors have agreed to participate as judges in the jury who will decide on the winners of the contest:
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Good Afternoon Everyone,
Here is a poem by A.J. Alexander that paints a beautiful picture of Fall, the third season of the year that is coming upon us. The words she uses to rhyme and paint images in our minds is awesome.
A time to start and a time to end
A time to break and a time to mend.
There’s so much that’s old and less is new
there’s still some warmth but cold it’s too.
Fall is time for plans and range
it’s time to prepare and time to change.
Switch the summer for the winter
that’s the season of the ‘tinter’.
Watch how nature does its share
new colors, new smiles and new clothes to wear!
Instead of pink and blue and green
we’ve got yellow, burgundy and ‘coffee-bean’.
Orange, brown and terracotta red,
leaves are falling, trees will shed.
Pumpkin season is ready to come,
We drink eggnog, warm chocolate and tea with rum.
Flames are dancing in the fireplace,
cold wind is leaving red spots in our face.
Fog is covering the brownish ground
Sharp wind around the house is normal sound.
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At first, I thought the author, Chabin, was taking me back to World War II event and the time of the Nazi’s. That flashed before my mind due to Dasan’s (the protagonist) description of his supervisor as the sunny little Nazi, Eastich. However, that image soon changed as I read deeper into a highly complex story that dealt with a man who was suffering from a terminal illness––the end station being death.
Dasan, a man who was stationed in Iraq, ended his commitment with the United States Army and found that his marriage was also over. He went back to college but the changes as he said between ‘Philosophy and Chemistry,’ were too remarkable for him. He quit during the second semester and became a security guard. On the way to work he encountered a woman and the book sounded like an ordinary story of man meets woman on a subway or train or bus, but it is not. The complexity begins and becomes real as we are allowed to look into Dasan’s mind.
Chabin shows us that something is wrong with Dasan and takes us within his brain and his thought life to show us his struggles. The story was realistically told and kept me wondering what was wrong with Dasan.
THINGS MYSTERIOUS, by Matthew Chabin, held my interest. It is indeed a book worth reading.