August Editions of Fleet Life and Elvetham Heath Directory

I am lucky enough to write book reviews for 2 local magazines, for which I receive no monetary compensation. Approximately 7000 paper editions go out locally and both magazine have on-line versions too.

The August Edition of Fleet Life can be found at http://www.fleetlife.org.uk. Click on the on-line directory, then find my reviews on page 6.

August Fleet Life

This month the following books have been reviewed;

A Woman’s Choice by Annie Thomas

Fallen For Rock, by Nicky Wells,

The Rubicon Effect by Roy Dimond,

Some People Prefer Hotels, Motorhome Novices Tour Cornwall by Nigel R Hicks

and Irish Inheritance by Paula Martin.

The Elvetham Heath Directory has the following books. Go to http://www.ehd.org.uk, click on the on-line directory and turn to page 6 as well.

August EHD

Suppose by Kathy Steinemann

Reborn by Cherie Reich

Gypsy by Cynthia Harrison

A Gunman’s Destiny by Randy Mixter

and A Change of Heart by Adrienne Vaughan.

Really fab to hear back from authors when my reviews get them sales, thanks Cherie.

Good Deeds Year 2, Week 8

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year.

New Good DeedsDuring my week I’ll also being updating you on My Kindness Challenge which I’m also doing. I read about a new challenge to make the world a better place to live in. “Speak Kind Words, Receive Kind Echoes” see the inspiration on  The Kindness blog . During my learning process I’m donating money to charity for my slip-ups to make me work harder to achieve results. I earn no money from any of my book reviews, so having little to spare should focus my mind.

This week I’ve been doing the following;

June 8th – Am reading an ARC of Ignoring Gravity by Sandra Danby. Downloaded and promoted The Silence of Juliet Mann by Joanne Phillips a 45 page novelette with all profits going to The British Stammering Association.

June 9th – My morning of volunteering at school ticks of my Good Deed today. My name’s down to provide the  cricket teas this evening too. It tried very hard to rain but the cricket played on, picked up litter and did extra tidying in the clubhouse kitchen while I did the teas.

June 10th – A work morning. Such a lovely sunny day that I spontaneously stopped off on the way home at a countryside site and walked to Odiham castle. It was from here that King John road to Runnymead to sign the famous Magna Carta. Now just a flint ruin it is preserved for those like me who wonder at what it’s seen in the 800 years it’s been standing there. Picked up litter on my walk, I circled round along the Basingstoke canal watching dragonflies dancing round the reeds and crossed the field to the river Whitewater where there is a ford across a small road.

For everyone still at a complete loss as to the rules and language of cricket I’ve found a site and a book written by Mums which explains it all. All about Boys have written a book called “Stumped By Cricket – A mother’s translation” available for Uk and overseas deliveries.

June 11th – Just small good deeds today. Helped out a fellow author with a bit of advice this morning, agreed to read and review another book and of course there was my book review post and all my social media sharing.

June 12th – Today I sponsored some friends who are running a Race for Life in aid of Breast Cancer. My friend survived her own battle with the disease and now runs in aid of others. Finished reading two books today Some People Prefer Hotels, Motorhome Novices Tour Cornwall by Nigel R. Hicks and The Silence of Juliet Mann by Joanne Phillips

Good deeds received; My friend dropped the oldest child home after the college bus broke down in town.

June 13th – A lovely ending to another glorious summer day. The village cricket green is awash with families all enjoying the sun while the lads play cricket. Shared my food and comfy cushion with friends but fell off the kindness wagon, so must donate to my charity pot. Drafted up my book reviews for the August editions of the magazine’s I write for as copy deadlines are near due to the upcoming summer holidays.

June 14th – Finished reading Dispassionate Lies by Eileen Schuh and began reading The Mystery Box by Eva Pohler. My book post today was for a lovely group of ladies who put together over 50 short stories, Flash Fiction and Drabbles, well worth a read, here is the link to “Suppose” http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5cw

Suppose: Drabbles, Flash Fiction and Short Stories by Kathy Steinemann

Suppose: Drabbles, Flash Fiction, and Short StoriesSuppose: Drabbles, Flash Fiction, and Short Stories by Kathy Steinemann

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Suppose is a compilation of short stories, Flash Fiction and Drabbles written by Kathy Steinemann and fellow authors Amber Hayward, A.L. Kaplin and Donna Milward. There are lots of different styles and genres found in more than 50 pieces of writing offering a little for everyone.

Some of my favourites were; The Artist, Marianne Heinrich had a very healing method of painting. Pablo’s Pain was delightful and I’m glad it ended well. The Guardian’s Angel left me warm and fuzzy, while Fly on the Wall saw bees saving the Human race.

I particularly liked the pieces with ghosts or aliens, Always gave us a ghost dog and The Martian needs no exclamation, it was fun to read. With Drabbles being just 100 words long, they are a skill amongst themselves for authors to fill with a story.

If you don’t have much time for reading or want to dip in and out of a book this is a lovely way to relax and wind down either with a coffee or before you turn the light off at night. My congratulations to the authors.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

View all my reviews on Goodreads

Here’s a bit more about all the authors of Suppose.

Donna Milward and Kathy started out as Facebook friends. They met over lunch in December of 2013, and shortly thereafter Donna wrote The Guardian’s Angel. Amber Hayward lives in the same community as Kathy. Kathy inquired whether one or more of her stories would be appropriate for a Suppose theme. Amber was happy to oblige. Amy is a regular contributor to the weekly contest at IndiesUnlimited.com. Kathy was impressed by her writing and asked her if she’d like to join the group.

The four writers collaborated via Facebook and e-mail for several months before Suppose was published.

Kathy says, “I think we all learned something through the process, and I wouldn’t hesitate to work with these talented authors again.”

Kathy Steinemann has loved writing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she scribbled poems and stories. During the progression of her love affair with words, she won public-speaking and writing awards, and she contributed to her school newspaper. Then every Monday, she walked home instead of taking the bus so that she could deliver her latest column to the community weekly. Her career has taken varying directions, including positions as editor of a small-town paper, computer-network administrator, and webmaster. She has also worked on projects in commercial art and cartooning. Her website: KathySteineman.com.

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Donna Milward is an author, wife to Dan, and cat mom to Spartacus Jones and Freya. She is the writer of Thoeba and Aphrodite’s War, as well as her weekly blog at EarthToThoeba.Blogspot.ca. She writes paranormal romance centered around her favorite subjects—angels, demons, reincarnation, and mythology, and is currently at work on her third novel, Chasing Monsters. Her hobbies are gardening, canning, and fishing. Despite these activities, she very much prefers city life.

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A. L. Kaplan’s love of books started at an early age and sparked a creative imagination. It wasn’t until late in high school that she began to write down the many stories in her head. She holds an MFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is the secretary of the Maryland Writers Association’s Howard County Chapter. When not writing or indulging in her fascination with wolves, she works as the props manager for a local dinner theatre. To keep up with A. L.’s writing, visit her blog at ALKaplan.Wordpress.com.

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Amber Hayward is the author of a trilogy of speculative fiction novels, the Children of the Panther series, released by Edge Press. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in Canadian and international periodicals. From May 1, 2011, she wrote a flash fiction piece each day for a year and posted them on her website, AmberHayward.ca. She is one of the owners of the Black Cat Guest Ranch near Jasper, Alberta, and teaches writing workshops there and in the nearby community of Hinton.

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Year 2, Good Deeds Week 4

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year.

New Good DeedsThis week I’ve been doing the following;

May 11th – Last week’s sick child has kindly passed me the germs, so I’m slumped on the sofa, but I can still read. Have finished A Change of Heart by Adrienne Vaughan and will write the review up tomorrow. Accepted another book for review, A Woman’s Choice by Annie Thomas. Posted my weekly Good Deed update with lots of links and plugs for various people, that’s really all I can manage today.

May 12th – Written my book review, delivered a birthday card and present and picked up litter. Social networking has lots of plus points when you can only croak at people and you look and feel like something the cat dragged in. No one can see me and I don’t have to verbally speak to anyone, hooray! Pass me another box of tissues will you? About to start reading Suppose by Kathy Steinemann

May 13th – Still struggling to get my voice back. Picked up litter today. Baby birds seem to have doubled in size, still can’t get a long enough glance to count them to make sure they all hatched, they are just a bundle of fluffy moving objects with big open mouths every-time a parent arrives, who then obscures the view from the camera, so frustrating! I bought some live meal worms to put out for all the parent birds who might be grateful of one easy to find meal. But then I found the larvae wriggling out of the container and descending into my garden, hope they don’t devour all my lovely plants! Checked on my Bumble bee box to see if it had any bees in residence, found snails, earwigs and a family of Mice! So the garden is definitely full of livestock.

May 14th – Going to be reading and reviewing The Lost Centurion by Monica La Porta due out at the end of May. Posted a letter and picked up more litter.

May 15th – Agreed to read and review “Fallen for Rock” Nicky Wells soon to be released latest book. Also said I’d review the next book from Randy Mixter called “A Gunman’s Destiny” due out at the end of May. Picked up some litter. Am reading “The Manila Strangler” by Steven Donahue Good Deeds received a fellow author bought a copy of my book today as a thank you for reading and reviewing her book, made my day!

May 16th – Picked up litter. Found a great post on The Kindness blog about speaking only kind words and turning your life around; Speak Kind Words, Receive Kind Echoes sounds a really good idea, every time you find yourself saying something mean and negative you have to pay out $1 or £1 depending where you live. The money will soon add up unless you make a positive change. Any one up for it? I’m going to start my own challenge and donate my money to charity. First I’m going to try 24hrs from 5pm UK time. It’s frightening we all pass on bad news and gossip much more readily than good news, but does gossip  and band mouthing others really make the world a better place?

This week the lovely Alison Williams has been having a look at my book in terms of editing. I’m the first to hold my hands up and say that the whole writing a book and self-publishing bit was absolutely brilliant and now I’ve learnt all about how I should have approached it. Stay with me folks, I need to pledge a commitment to sorting out the book and making it a lot more pleasant to read. Stop all the procrastinating and get on with it. So you heard it here on the blog, there will be a second edition, I’m going to look forward to making all the necessary revisions. (See, positive self talk, no dishing myself – can’t afford it!)

May 17th – Oh my goodness, it’s 7pm and I’ve just realised I’ve completed my first challenge, 24 hours saying only kind things. It’s not been all plain sailing, I had 2 wobbles and it nearly cost me money, but I changed my sentences ending on a positive note. I was quite quiet at one time when I chose not to join a conversation which was only negative. Now for another 24 hours! I’m reading A Woman’s Choice by Annie Thomas and today’s book review was for the first book in one of my favourite series The Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Delaney.