Tuesday, February 7, 2017

TAKE A L@@K: Guest Post/Thinking in Sequels Over at the Rate Your Story Blog


A Review of SHOES ARE LIKE MEN by Kim Interdonato

TITLE: Shoes are like Men
PUBLISHER: MindStir Media
MARKET: Adult Fiction
DATE: November 16, 2016
ISBN-13: 978-0997978896
FORMAT: Print and eBook

I think one of the most important things in life is to find humor in it. If we can't laugh and learn from our past mistakes, what purpose did they serve? Truthfully, not very much. And, like Carrie Fisher said, "If my life wasn't funny, it would just be true, and that would be unacceptable."

Author Kim Interdonato puts this laugh and learn theory to work perfectly in her debut book, Shoes Are Like Men. I have only good things to say about this book -- it's honest, clever, believable, intimate, accessible and ultimately always funny. I really enjoy the way Kim looks at her past relationships and uses them to press forward toward a more positive future. Her use of different types of shoes as an analogy works perfectly and provides lots of food for thought for the reader. I found myself easily categorizing my own past relationships and the result was enlightening. I wish I had read this worthwhile book a long, long time ago! Honestly, the shoe fits!

If you are a woman (or even a man), who hasn't found a way to laugh and learn from your past mistakes, then pick up this book and laugh and learn through Kim's. Or just pick up a copy to just to laugh. After all, laughter is the best medicine!

L@@k for this book on Amazon

Monday, February 6, 2017

LUCY LOVES SHERMAN by Catherine Bailey -- Cover Reveal!

Catherine Bailey is a children’s author from sunny Florida. Her current books include MIND YOUR MONSTERS (Sterling Publishing, 2015), HYPNOSIS HARRY (Sky Pony Press, 2016), and LUCY LOVES SHERMAN (Sky Pony Press, 2017) – with more on the way! She has also written for popular children’s magazines such as Highlight’s Hello and Babybug. She is a frequent children’s speaker and has visited with hundreds (and hundreds, and hundreds!) of kids at schools, libraries, stores, and special events.

When Catherine is not writing, or editing, or swatting at mosquitoes, she looks after her husband and two children. All three of them are quite sticky, and none like bedtime, but she loves them anyway. Her prior job titles include Lawyer (interesting), Sailboat Deckhand (fun but occasionally sea-sicky), and Cartoon Network Intern (best job ever, besides writing). Her hobbies include reading, travel, and TJ MAXX. But mostly reading.

Learn more about Catherine and her work at www.catherinebaileybooks.com.
Meg's bio can be found on her website here: http://www.crazydogdesign.com/about.html

And the infamous Tara Lazar is hosting a Giveaway!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

*NEW* OPPORTUNITY: Mechanic Mondays with Lynne Marie

Welcome to....

Wanted -- Sections (of up to 50 words) from your picture book work-in- progress. It can be any snippet from your manuscript that you need help on, whether beginning, middle or end. 

On Monday of each week, I will post the snippets with my comments. 

Here's how to get your snippet chosen:

1. Share this post on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +). 

2. In the comment section of this post, please note where you shared and the name of your account. 

3. Next, email LiterallyLynneMarie@Gmail.com, and include author name, e-mail address, title, total word count and section in the body of the e-mail. 

4. Finally, be sure to join our Facebook group for My Word Playground post notifications at: 
My Word Playground @ LiterallyLynneMarie.com

Further Details: One snippet per week will be chosen randomly. Snippets will be saved, so if yours is not chosen one week, please check back in the future. All opinions stated in critique comments are subjective. Deadline for snippets is 12:00 AM Sunday night to be considered for the following day. 

Thanks for participating! I look forward to helping you drive you manuscripts to success, one paragraph at a time. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

PPBF: A Review of Eddie the Bully by Henry Cole


TITLE: Eddie the Bully
PUBLISHER: Little Bee Books
WEBSITE: LittleBeeBooks.com
DATE: 2016

SNIPPET: Eddie was a bully. A great big bully. He was mean any way he could be, any time he could be. "You're such a loser!" he clucked at Rose when she came in last.
"That was an easy one!" he said with a laugh when Tony had trouble with a math problem...

I have long been a fan of Henry Cole's bright, quirky and animated art, including but not limited to his pairings with Margie Palatini, Pamela Duncan Edwards and Jim Aylesworth to name a few. I'm also a fan of his solo projects, and am adding this book to my list of favorites.

From inside the cover with endpapers and continuing throughout, Henry's illustrations tell a loud and clear story with just a touch of humor! However, what stands about this well-written story is the incredibly timely message about the power of kindness. The story problem is universal. It's told in a way that is realistic, but not overdone. The resolution is appealing, satisfying, and most importantly, inspiring. It's nice to see a book with important take-away value. May it inspire kindness with each reading.

5 out of 5

Note: The views express within this interview are my own.