Friday, June 24, 2016

Catching UP!

Books Went to Press this week:
CREST OF LIGHT: A Collection of Poetry by Bobbi Sinha-Morey
   This new collection is the very best of Bobbi Sinha-Morey. It delves deep into the stuff of life as she explores what goes in the lives of others as well as herself, expanding her waters. She writes a bit about birds again, dives into the beauty of life, often touching upon deep inner joy and pleasant idyllic scenes of how she sees the world through her eyes. This time, through her own experiences and research, she writes about Utah where she and her husband pent a total of three weeks. From all her rock hounding and sight-seeing she digs up the beauty of Utah, and the ways of the Native Indians who once lived there. At times she does nature poetry in her delicate hand, and she'll still do her haunting poetry, and diving deep down to what she fears the most.


SCATTERED BRAIN by K. A. Wyant
   Trying to find your place in high school can be a challenging time in a young girl’s life, even more if you have a brain disorder. Being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, Chloe deals with the difficulties of trying to fit in with the right friends. Wanting to please them she gets into some situations leading to many disappointments. Chloe doesn’t see the destructive path she has made for herself or care about the consequences. With the end of the school year coming to a close can Chloe change things in time to graduate high school with her classmates or has she 
destroyed any chance of getting her diploma on time?

Galleys that went out, or went  out again, this week:
WANTED: ROYAL PRINCESS SHOCK AND AWE, Royal Hearts of Mondoverde Series, Vol. 4., by Anna Dynowski
   Prince Maximillian, the playboy prince, is having way too much fun with the ladies, young and old and everything in between, to keep his name clean. Incorrigible, he’s been synonymous with scandalous headlines since he turned sixteen. While his laughing eyes, smooth talk, and charming manner make him the darling of Mondoverde, or at least, with the female population, the Graziano royal family despairs of him ever settling down. But can he find a woman who will rein in his wild streak and fix his princely image?
HAIL MARY by C.M. Albrecht.
    When retired cop Harry "Bulldog" Drummond dies, his free-spirited widow Mary, suddenly freed from the Bulldog's strait-laced ideas, recruits a couple of gals from her colorful past and the girls go on a tear. Meaning they create mayhem wherever they show up, much to the consternation of Mary's son, Creighton. Poor Cray just lost his job, he has a wife, two kids, two mortgages, a lazy dog and an old Chevy he was planning to replace with a new Jaguar. But the big raise he expected has vanished and so has his mother…along with his aging Chevy. To make matters worse, she doesn't even have a driver's license!


Work began or Continued on the Following:
MINISTER'S CORPORATE ESCAPADES:The Rev. Castle series, Vol. 2, by Celine Rose Mariotti.
   Rev. Castle is back, with another mysterious adventure.
NIBBLES by Elanvita Mufti
   A story of high school students facing a complicated future.

A HEART DIVIDED, I Live in Two Worlds Series, Vol. 2. by D J Swykert
    Maggie is torn between her powerful love for Tommie Stetter, and her deep and affectionate love for the abiding Jeremy Paull. Maggie is faced with a difficult decision, and against her own ideals, the teachings of the church and community, makes an unusual choice.


WENDELL & TYLER:END OF THE ROAD, Open Road Series, Vol. 3, by James R. Kincaid
   The Journey Continues: This all originated with my mom, who had this idea that I should launch a voyage of discovery (my cool way of putting it) and spend the entire summer exploring the world outside me and the world within (whatever that means) by driving a luxury camper from Los Angeles to my Uncle Marshall’s in Atlanta. I am supposed to “court the unpredictable,” she says, “travel into the uncharted, the mysterious, even the frightening.”
SECOND GROWTH, by Joan L. Cannon
   Second Growth is about overcoming the past, about learning how to accept as well as how to offer help. A brilliant physician must find a way to heal himself — in spite of himself.
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THE LIMITEDS, A Geocaching Mystery, Vol. 2. by Jennifer Kirsch
   Fourteen-year-old, Luke, dreams of spending July at Camp Unlimited, where campers explore cave networks, set off fireworks in pyrotech workshops, and sleep in tree house hammocks. But to get into the camp, Luke needs to demonstrate excellence in a sport, the arts, or school. More likely, he’ll end up at SURF, his town’s rec camp, where athlete’s foot, mildew, and warts plague the gym, bedbugs and lice infest the couches, and clumps of hair make frequent appearances in the burgers. When weird blobs start popping up on Luke’s computer, he’s too busy trying to complete his Unlimited application to notice. But when the blobs start looking like a secret, uncharted geocache, he and his friend Gabe follow their trail, only to find themselves battling superbug viruses and navigating labyrinths while on a quest to save lives.
 
 Cover Subject to Change 
BLEEDING HEARTS: Killian Kendall Mystery Series, Vol. 1
 Winner of the Stonewall Society's 2002 Pride in the Arts Literary Award in the Whodunit Category! 

 REAP THE WHIRLWIND: Killian Kendall Mystery Series, Vol. 2,  by Josh Aterovis. 
    Suicide, or murder? That's the question in the second Killian Kendall mystery. Will Smith suspects murder when an old childhood pal drowns, and asks his friend Killian for help in solving the mystery.

TRUTH OF YESTERDAY,  by Josh Aterovis

ALL LOST THINGS, by Josh Aterovis

CHANGE  OF WORLDS, by Josh Aterovis

Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat, 
and Gossip Columnist.
Hi Everyone,

Heard the Writers Bloc meeting went well. Everyone was congratuating Ann Foley on her minutes. They will be meeting again next month, on the third Sturday at one p.m. in the Wicomico County Public Library in Meeting Room 3, or thereabouts. Any writer on the Eastern Shore is welcome.  They are working hard on their new collection, too. This time it will feature Noir stories.
Aside from that, Spunky recovered, but she's still no fun. Sleeps a lot. Okay, I do read a lot, and I sing when Roger's playing his guitar. But my Real Job, a Bookstore Cat is to let everyone know what our author's are up to!
SO, Please be sure to send me ALL YOUR NEWS next week.  
Just send an e-mail to arline@mail.com with 
 "News for Jack" 

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I'll make sure it shows up right here
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Common Writing Mistakes



Hollis Ball and Sam Westcott Series, Vol. 2

by Helen Chappell

Hollis Ball is back, this time covering the Decoy Jamboree, still smoldering over the light sentence Judge Fish gave a wife-murderer. Then someone bashes Fish on the head with an antique decoy. Hollis is pretty sure it's not suspect #1, so naturally she decides to solve the murder herself, with the help of her dead ex-husband, of course, the charming ghostly Sam.

Common Writing Mistakes

We all have little things that trip us up, even when we usually know better if we stop to think about it. With me, it's "its and it's". Here are a few of the most common mistakes we see:

1. It’s vs. Its

This is a common mistake. It’s also easily avoided by thinking through what you’re trying to say.
“It’s” is a contraction of “it is” or “it has.” “Its” is a possessive pronoun, (easy to mistake, as most possessives DO get apostrophes -- just not this one. Here’s an easy rule of thumb—repeat your sentence out loud saying “it is” instead. If that sounds goofy, “its” is likely the correct choice.

2. Your vs. You’re

This one drives me nuts, and it’s become extremely common, even among writers with good skills othewise.
“Your” is a possessive pronoun, as in “your car," "your computer” or “your book.” “You’re” is a contraction for “you are,” as in “you’re screwing up your writing by using your when you really mean you are.”

3. There vs. Their vs. They're

Thiese seems to trip up everyone occasionally, often as a pure typo. Make sure to watch for it when you proofread.
“There” is used many ways, including as a reference to a place (“let’s go there”) or as a pronoun (“there is no hope”).

“Their” is a plural possessive pronoun used when something belongs to more than one someone, as in “their bags” or “their opinions.” Always do the “that’s ours!” test—are you talking about more than one person and something that they possess? If so, “their” will get you there.

They're is a contraction for "they are."

4. Affect vs. Effect

To this day I have to pause and mentally sort this one out in order to get it right. As with any of the other common mistakes people make when writing, it’s taking that moment to get it right that makes the difference.
“Affect” is a verb, as in “Your ability to communicate clearly will affect your income immensely.” “Effect” is a noun, as in “The effect of a parent’s low income on a child’s future is well documented.” By thinking in terms of “the cause producing the effect,” you can usually sort out which is which, because you can’t stick a “the” in front of a verb. While some people do use “effect” as a verb (“a strategy to effect a settlement”), they are usually lawyers, and you should therefore ignore them if you want to write like a human.

5. The Dangling Participle

Now I can dangle a participle with the best of them and once had a woman "lying in a barn with a broken hip." My dear hubby (who was proofing for me) saw that, laughed and said, "Must've been the roof!" Cearly it's dangling because the way it's stated the barn has the broken hip.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Nat. Certified Nursing Assistant Week



FREE All Month
by Mary Roberts Rinehart
(Find it on the WriteWordsInc.com web site, order as usual, You Will NOT be charged.)

   Nurse stories from the pen of one of America's most popular writers of all time. This volume tells of all kinds of love—from that of a daughter for a father, to mother for her child, to affairs of the heart.

ISBN 1-59431- 582-5 Young Adult / Romance/ Nurse Stories


NO BAKE NURSING HOME 
OATMEAL PUDDING COOKIES
Pudding No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies Recipe - My grandmother had made no-bake cookies so much, she was never seen looking at the recipe. This recipe was obtained from a local nursing home and is so easy my 9 year old makes them and the flavor is changeable to your taste. I generally make 2 batches so that we don't have to store half a can of evaporated milk. Our favorite flavors are made with chocolate fudge or butterscotch pudding.

Ingredients

30 m24 servings184 cals



Directions

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  1. In 3 quart microwaveable bowl, combine the sugar, butter and evaporated milk. Cook on high power for 2 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture comes to a rapid boil. Allow the mixture to boil undisturbed for 20 to 30 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in the instant pudding and oatmeal. Spoon onto waxed paper lined cookie sheets. Allow to sit at least 15 minutes or until firm.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Mysterious Mystery!




by C.M. Albrecht

When Corky Middleton thinks she may have found her birth mother, she hires Foster & Hall to investigate. Wow, does she open a can of worms!

Instead of finding Corky's mother, the shamuses trip over a corpse, and that's just the humble beginning of an escalating case that climbs to the top of society in this twisted tale.

Can Foster & Hall Investigations go back eighteen years to unravel this tangled web of deception and bring a murderer to justice?


Who Doesn't Love a Mystery?Guest Blog by Sandra Gardner


When Marabella Vinegar finds her psychotherapist's bloody corpse, she becomes the NYPD's perp of choice. Her recently deceased mother - the bane of her existence in life - comes back to help get her out of trouble and find the real killer. Things get even worse when, thanks to Marabella and her mother's sleuthing, someone tries to kill her. Then another body is found and Marabella is thrown in jail, awaiting trial for two murders. Can she and her mother-the-ghost-detective find the killer before Marabella becomes corpse number three?



WHY DO WE LOVE A MYSTERY?
By Sandra Gardner 
Author of” MOTHER, MURDER AND ME,” winner of Swyers Publishing’s First New Author (fiction) Contest 2011, published by Swyers in 2012.  Available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com and from the publisher. 

Who doesn’t love a mystery? Whether it’s a James Bond, Hercule Poirot, Inspector Morse, Stephanie Plum, Rizzoli and Isles -- we’ll gladly join the chase and follow along to find out whodunit. 
            Why?  Besides the fact that we’re curious and like answers to puzzles, a big reason is vicarious excitement. We can drop in and out of a mystery novel without putting our lives on hold. But most of us can’t drop our daily lives and follow a trail, sniff out clues, interview suspects, trap them in their own words and deeds. And would most of us want to put their life and maybe that of their loved ones -- in danger? Carry a lethal weapon or hone a deadly skill?  Maybe be at odds with the cops even to being pursued by them as well as a killer?   
             Then there’s our satisfaction at seeing good triumph over evil. Would we find the ending of a mystery as gratifying if the villain got to kill off the investigator and get away? We want our hero, our investigator, our main character, to fight the good fight and be rewarded in the end.
            This is where characterization comes in. If Stephanie Plum weren’t loveably comic, Hercule weren’t eccentrically brilliant, Rizzoli and Isles intrepid, Inspector Morse dogged, or James Bond suave, would we want to tag along in their latest adventure? 
            We want our investigator to be charismatic, intelligent, relentless, resourceful, wily and powerful, in his or her own way. We expect the same for the villain our investigator is pursuing -- along with being menacing.
            We want the chase to be fast-paced, to run into twists and turns along the road, to drop a red herring or two, and even though it’s fiction, to feel real enough for us to suspend belief and hang on for the ride.  Above all, we want to be surprised – by a discovery of an identity, the outcome of the chase, the unraveling of the mystery. In many cases, the surprise is whodunit. In some cases, for example, TV’s Lt. Columbo mysteries, we know who did it from the start.  It’s the lieutenant’s solving of the puzzle that provides the excitement and suspense.
            We want the suspense to start to build from the beginning and keep building.  It might work this way: there’s a murder, someone’s missing, something – such as money or jewels – is missing, there’s a plot against the government.
There’s another murder (or two or more). The missing person is found alive, dead, or not found till the end.  Or another person (or two or more) goes missing.  The plot against the government has a timeline, an assassination is planned, a bomb is set to go off, -- think “The Man Who Knew Too Much” or “The Manchurian Candidate.”    
            Whether it’s a courtroom, small gossipy village, CIA, MI5, big-city police department, coroner’s office, or Hercule Poirot summoning up his little gray cells, we get to be part of the action, enjoy the thrill of the chase, and find the solution. Where else, other than in the pages of a well-written mystery, could we experience all that – and more?
           

Friday, June 17, 2016

Catching UP!

Books Went to Press this week


CEMETERY WALK: A Hannah Griswold Mystery, Vol. 3, by Robert Kanehl
   Walking in a cemetery can be peaceful and reflective, as long as you don’t hear voices. Hannah Griswold, however, does hear voices. Why are they calling to her? Why can’t she have a normal teenage life?





Galleys that went out, or went out again, this week
SECOND GROWTH, by Joan L. Cannon

   Second Growth is about overcoming the past, about learning how to accept as well as how to offer help. A brilliant physician must find a way to heal himself — in spite of himself.
HAIL MARY by C.M. Albrecht.
    When retired cop Harry "Bulldog" Drummond dies, his free-spirited widow Mary, suddenly freed from the Bulldog's strait-laced ideas, recruits a couple of gals from her colorful past and the girls go on a tear. Meaning they create mayhem wherever they show up, much to the consternation of Mary's son, Creighton. Poor Cray just lost his job, he has a wife, two kids, two mortgages, a lazy dog and an old Chevy he was planning to replace with a new Jaguar. But the big raise he expected has vanished and so has his mother…along with his aging Chevy. To make matters worse, she doesn't even have a driver's license! 
CREST OF LIGHT: A Collection of Poetry by Bobbi Sinha-Morey
   This new collection is the very best of Bobbi Sinha-Morey. It delves deep into the stuff of life as she explores what goes in the lives of others as well as herself, expanding her waters. She writes a bit about birds again, dives into the beauty of life, often touching upon deep inner joy and pleasant idyllic scenes of how she sees the world through her eyes. This time, through her own experiences and research, she writes about Utah where she and her husband pent a total of three weeks. From all her rock hounding and sight-seeing she digs up the beauty of Utah, and the ways of the Native Indians who once lived there. At times she does nature poetry in her delicate hand, and she'll still do her haunting poetry, and diving deep down to what she fears the most.



WENDELL & TYLER:END OF THE ROAD, Open Road Series, Vol. 3, by James R. Kincaid
   The Journey Continues: This all originated with my mom, who had this idea that I should launch a voyage of discovery (my cool way of putting it) and spend the entire summer exploring the world outside me and the world within (whatever that means) by driving a luxury camper from Los Angeles to my Uncle Marshall’s in Atlanta. I am supposed to “court the unpredictable,” she says, “travel into the uncharted, the mysterious, even the frightening.”























Work began or Continued on the following:
A HEART DIVIDED: I Live in Two Worlds Series, Vol. 2, by DJ Swykert
    Maggie is torn between her powerful love for Tommie Stetter, and her deep and affectionate love for the abiding Jeremy Paull. Maggie is faced with a difficult decision, and against her own ideals, the teachings of the church and community, makes an unusual choice.

SCATTERED BRAIN by K. A. Wyant
   Trying to find your place in high school can be a challenging time in a young girl’s life, even more if you have a brain disorder. Being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, Chloe deals with the difficulties of trying to fit in with the right friends. Wanting to please them she gets into some situations leading to many disappointments. Chloe doesn’t see the destructive path she has made for herself or care about the consequences. With the end of the school year coming to a close can Chloe change things in time to graduate high school with her classmates or has she destroyed any chance of getting her diploma on time?


















WANTED: ROYAL PRINCESS SHOCK AND AWE, Royal Hearts of Mondoverde Series, Vol. 4., by Anna Dynowski
   Prince Maximillian, the playboy prince, is having way too much fun with the ladies, young and old and everything in between, to keep his name clean. Incorrigible, he’s been synonymous with scandalous headlines since he turned sixteen. While his laughing eyes, smooth talk, and charming manner make him the darling of Mondoverde, or at least, with the female population, the Graziano royal family despairs of him ever settling down. But can he find a woman who will rein in his wild streak and fix his princely image?

CREST OF LIGHT: A Collection of Poetry by Bobbi Sinha-Morey
   This new collection is the very best of Bobbi Sinha-Morey. It delves deep into the stuff of life as she explores what goes in the lives of others as well as herself, expanding her waters. She writes a bit about birds again, dives into the beauty of life, often touching upon deep inner joy and pleasant idyllic scenes of how she sees the world through her eyes. This time, through her own experiences and research, she writes about Utah where she and her husband pent a total of three weeks. From all her rock hounding and sight-seeing she digs up the beauty of Utah, and the ways of the Native Indians who once lived there. At times she does nature poetry in her delicate hand, and she'll still do her haunting poetry, and diving deep down to what she fears the most.




MINISTER'S CORPORATE ESCAPADES:The Rev. Castle series, Vol. 2, by Celine Rose Mariotti.
   Rev. Castle is back, with another mysterious adventure.

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NIBBLES by Elanvita Mufti
   A story of high school students facing a complicated future in Djakarta, Indonesia.

 
 Cover Subject to Change 
BLEEDING HEARTS: Killian Kendall Mystery Series, Vol. 1
 Winner of the Stonewall Society's 2002 Pride in the Arts Literary Award in the Whodunit Category! 

 REAP THE WHIRLWIND: Killian Kendall Mystery Series, Vol. 2,  by Josh Aterovis. 
    Suicide, or murder? That's the question in the second Killian Kendall mystery. Will Smith suspects murder when an old childhood pal drowns, and asks his friend Killian for help in solving the mystery.

TRUTH OF YESTERDAY,  by Josh Aterovis

ALL LOST THINGS, by Josh Aterovis

CHANGE  OF WORLDS, by Josh Aterovis

Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat, 
and Gossip Columnist.
Hi Everyone,

Heard from the Writers Bloc. They will be meeting again tomorrow, at one p.m. in the Wicomico County Public Library in Meeting Room 3, or thereabouts. Any writer on the Eastern Shore is welcome.  They are working hard on their new collection, too. This time it will feature Noir stories.

Spunky was a bad girl again this week. I swear, I can't teach her anything. Of course she's still a baby, but you'd think she'd know better by now... She snuck out Tuesday night when Roger went out to lock up his workshop. And she was out All Night!

Oh I tried to tell them. I paced. I howled. I must have gone to the door a hundred times, but they were catching up on Game of Thrones.  (It's not bad, but they could use a nice cat on there. Arya used to chase them, and Tommen had a kitten he named Sir Pounce, but it disappeared after he married Marjorie... Why can't Tyrion have a nice feline companion -- perhaps one that would ride his shoulder...?)

Where was I?  Oh, they didn't even miss her at treat time so she got locked out All Night. Lord only knows what she was up to.  She probably caught and ate one of those poor little mice! Anyway, she must have eaten something nasty, because she's been sick ever since...

Between cleaning up her little messes, Roger and Arline worried about her day and night. Not me! I think it served her right. Even when she felt better and wanted to play, I just smacked her. Both of them have told us time and again that there is nothing outside that isn't bad for us.

Please be sure to send me all your news next week.  
Just send an e-mail to arline@mail.com with 
 "News for Jack" 

in the subject line, and
I'll make sure it shows up right here
for all the world to see!