Thursday, August 30, 2012

Guest Blogger on Patricia Stolety Blogspot


Today I am a guest blogger on Pat Stoltey's blog on Blogspot. She shares her thoughts about writing, Colorado authors, social networking and getting published.I shared a piece about becoming a writer and how our experiences shape our writing. Please check it out and place a comment.

Pat Stoltey Blogspot


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Review: Artemis Fowl


Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



A twelve-year-old criminal mastermind who captures a fairy to trade her for a ransom of fairy gold. An excellent blend of realism and fairy tales mixed with fantastical creatures.



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Review: The Amulet of Samarkand


The Amulet of Samarkand
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I enjoyed this first book of the trilogy. I like how Jonathan Stround alternated viewpoints from Nathaniel to Bartimaeus in the chapters it adds a unique perspective to the book. I like how he introduces the magical realm to the real world and how magical users control the world behind the scenes. When Nathaniel conjurs the Djinn Bartimaeus to get revenge, his world spins out of control. A must read.



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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Review: Midnight for Charlie Bone


Midnight for Charlie Bone
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Book one of the 'Children of the Red King' series. Charlie one finds out he has a gifted talent. H can hear voices in photographs. His Aunt sends him to Bloor's Academy where he meets friends with other talents and discovers mystery and adventure around every corner. Much different from the Harry Potter series. Very enjoyable.



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Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 0 of 5 stars



Great installation to an amazing series. The first book sets up the fantastical world where Wizardry secretly exists along modern society. Great first book of the series! J.K. Rowling delivers in this epic tale.



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Review: Sudden Prey


Sudden Prey
Sudden Prey by John Sandford

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Wow. I can't believe he did it again. Another thrilling story to the very end.



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Review: Mind Prey


Mind Prey
Mind Prey by John Sandford

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Each Prey novel gets better. I don't know how he does it.



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Review: Night Prey


Night Prey
Night Prey by John Sandford

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Aother brilliant addition to an already trhilling crime series!



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Review: The Magical Adventures of the Wishing Chair


The Magical Adventures of the Wishing Chair
The Magical Adventures of the Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Great imagination. The kids in the story get whisked away by a chair that grows wings and takes them to strange, fun places. I enjoyed reading these stories to my girls.



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Review: Silent Prey


Silent Prey
Silent Prey by John Sandford

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I was amazed when I read the fourth book. John Sandford keeps it coming. Lucas Davenport is a great character. This book is brilliant.



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Review: Winter Prey


Winter Prey
Winter Prey by John Sandford

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Just when I though it couldn't get any better it did! This series is the best crime series ever. John Sandford is a master. Great settings, great character development, vivid storytelling!



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Review: The Faraway Tree Stories


The Faraway Tree Stories
The Faraway Tree Stories by Enid Blyton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Enid Blyton is extremely creative. I enjoyed reading these unique adventures to my girls at bedtime. Very fun to read.



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Review: Silent Prey


Silent Prey
Silent Prey by John Sandford

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I was amazed when I read the fourth book. John Sandford keeps it coming. Lucas Davenport is a great character. This book is brilliant.



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Review: Think and Grow Rich


Think and Grow Rich
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



First motivational novel I read in my life. I still apply many of the ideas in my sales career. Very good read for those who want to prosper.



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Review: Eyes Of Prey


Eyes Of Prey
Eyes Of Prey by John Sandford

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Each book gets better. This time Lieutenant Lucas Davenport is pitted against two killers. John Sandford keeps the series alive and going. A must read!



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Review: The Celestine Prophecy


The Celestine Prophecy
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Although the storyline was a little unbelievable the message overall was good. We can all add certain principles to our lives to make it better. I enjoy how the author weaves his message in and out of the story vs. preaching at me.



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Review: Shadow Prey


Shadow Prey
Shadow Prey by John Sandford

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



A great second novel in the Prey series. John Sandford does it again and picks up where he left off with Lucas Davenport. Excellent character, I wonder why these have not been made into movies?



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Review: Who Moved My Cheese?


Who Moved My Cheese?
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Great book about change.



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Review: Rules Of Prey


Rules Of Prey
Rules Of Prey by John Sandford

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Amazing crime novel. John Sanford brilliantly crafted the character Lucas Davenport. He weaves such a great tale as this detective tacks down killers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Excellent read, keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole way.



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Review: Gung Ho!


Gung Ho!
Gung Ho! by Kenneth H. Blanchard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I enjoyed the story of Peggy Sinclair who is tasked to turn around a failing plant. There she meets a man, Andy Longclaw, who runs a team in an obscure corner of the plant that is highly productive. Andy Longclaw shares the secrets of his success with the woman. I enjoyed how Ken Blanchard used animals and their characteristics through the teachings and allows you to apply those traits in your life.



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Review: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Very good book about how to bring change to your life. Classic.



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Review: Finnikin of the Rock


Finnikin of the Rock
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I enjoyed the world that Melina Marchetta created. The storyline was intriguing and kept me engaged. I love the way she weaves the different aspects of this tale together.



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Review: The Child Thief


The Child Thief
The Child Thief by Brom

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This is my most favorite book ever! Brom is brilliant at taking the Peter Pan story and twisting into this dark tale that gives a whole other reason why the child thief takes children. Experience the tale in this whole different light. Masterly crafted, and keeps you on your toes the whole way!



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