The following list does not include unpublished manuscripts I’ve read for writing friends.
I’m now reflecting on the year and how much I have accomplished and how much more I hope to have done. It’s been one of those learning curve years. Most of the books I’ve read have been for my own enjoyment, a couple because they were recommended to me and are in a genre to my usual choices. I’ve come a long way in 2016 and learned to protect my heart along the way. I’m enjoying re-editing Dual Visions to make it the book it always should have been. My mentor Robyn Burrows is a wonderful help.
Writing has always been my passion and I’m enjoying writing new stories for the next Ten Penners Anthology.
My New Years plan is:
1 To see the publication of The Ten Penners anthology
2 To re-release Dual Visions with it’s follow up book Vashla’s World
3 To work on Microworld the 2015 book I wrote during NaNoWriMo
4 To do NaNoWriMo in 2017
Now it’s in writing I have to fulfil these aims. (don’t I)
Whoops, almost forgot. My wonderful hubby and I are going overseas mid-year so there will be a travel journal too.
Another review for The Book Review Directory tab…
SOFT ON THE DEVIL
AUTHOR: Robert Lampros
Review by Jill Smith©Dec16
Ian Phillips is an ordinary kind of guy, at twenty-four he works in the local Earth Way grocery store. He is very keen on promoting the good quality merchandise. He works hard and gets a promotion. Things are looking up when he meets Amy and a relationship blooms.
All this is a backdrop to his deep faith, reading the bible daily, and trying to figure out what happened to Cindy Myran, a woman who lived in his apartment block who disappeared. Everyone thinks she’s was dead. Ian wasn’t so sure. She turns up at his place, afraid of being followed and asking for help to get to Bradson City. She was supposed to be dead already. Was this his hallucination? He had to find out more.
This is an unusual tale, all in the first person. I find it difficult to write in the first person. There is always something I want the reader to see that’s in the next person’s point of view. Robert Lampros has pulled this off admirably. I have to say I expected a different outcome but the ending was fitting.
Robert Lampros is an author of Christian poetry, essays, and fiction who lives in St. Louis. He earned a Bachelor’s in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. His books include Fits of Tranquility, Afternoon, Last Year’s Resolution, and Undivided Lines.
This little Christmas Elf wants to wish all those who’ve helped me on my writing journey through 2016 to have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year Season.
I’ve read and reviewed lots of great books. Discovered that writing groups are fun to be part of but not necessarily if you are on the committee. The Ten Penners are a very big part of this journey. Writing stories for children has been a delight, and our new anthology is coming together nicely for 2017 publication.
I’ve gained a mentor in the wonderful Robyn Burrows and new insight into my writing perspective.
My husband has been my strength and a rock to cling to when I’ve learned people like me have marshmallow hearts and they are easily squashed. So I have to be stronger and more resilient.
I love Christmas with the lights and goodwill messages and hope that the next year will bring joy and delight to all those I know and love.
The world has become a more frightening place in many ways, but, I truly believe the humanity of the world will overcome the evil and hostility that exists.
So to all my readers and followers I wish you heartfelt joy for Christmas and the New Year. May you enjoy your family and appreciate and love them always.
Title: One Christmas Eve
Author: Corinne Fenton
Illustrator: Marjorie Crosby-Fairall
This is a truly delightful book and one I will be giving my granddaughters this Christmas.
Award winning Corinne Fenton has skillfully written a charming story about a girl going to Luna Park with her Grandfather. The illustrations are magnificent and the thought that Bella had been given one silver coin for the ride she chooses is a bit magical. I simply love the joyful feeling the book evokes.
Corinne has again been awarded the accolade of having Myers Melbourne and Brisbane put her book in their window as their Christmas window display.
Corinne describes the book on her blog:
The story is of a 7-year-old girl called Bella who visits Luna Park with her Grandpa on Christmas Eve 1968. Grandpa gives her a silver coin to spend on whatever ride she chooses – then Bella sees the beautiful carousel – ‘Would it be enough for just one ride?’
The back story is that Bella is of Italian descent and while her parents are in Italy visiting relatives, Bella is staying with her grandparents who live near Luna Park.
The book celebrates Christmas, family, caring for one another and people settling in Australia and of course, the magic of Christmas.
The Ten Penners Christmas meeting will be at Marion’s pool side common area on the 3rd December. We are looking forward to sharing our joy of creating stories then along with delicious treats.
Marion has just seen her beautiful daughter Starla go to her school formal. She is now free to explore a graphic design course next year. And it seemed like yesterday she was in our little Fan-tas-tic-al Tales launch play at Gold Coast Writers meeting in 2009.
Reflecting that the children in our lives are growing up fast. My grand daughters are now six and seven and exploring the world in ways we could never have imagined in our childhood.
They have never known a world without colour tv’s, computers or iphones.
When Maria did a school assignment she asked me about my life growing up and one question was – did you have a horse and cart? I’m not quite that old, I replied. But my grandmother did.
So far our next anthology has a variety of stories from aliens visiting Earth and finding us too hostile. Some picture poetry, a follow up to a story in Fan-tas-tic-al Tales called Red Beard the Pirate, another about a shrinking boy, a novella about a flying boy, a little girl who has a best friend in her talking teddy bear who manages to get her into trouble and then saves her – twice. It’s all coming together and we hope to be on track to publish in the first half of next year.
I love reading and reviewing books, sometimes friends of mine ask me to read their manuscripts and give reviews. The latest of these called ‘That September’ by Terry Spring, which is a murder mystery. I loved it and will gladly recommend the book once it is published.
My friend Terry Spring is a very talented writer of numerous books including; ‘Rainbows End At Double Bay’ her first novel, ‘Transported – A Pioneer’s Story’. ‘Transported’ is the type of story that makes the reader want to research their own family history and ‘Twenty Two Truly Twisted Tales’ a compilation of short stories. She is also a ghost writer and Lucy Me is a good example.
To order any of Terry Spring’s books
by cheque or bank transfer email firstname.lastname@example.org or
phone: 0412 618 088
The Ten Penners are gathering new stories for the next anthology. It’s exciting and with Christmas not far away, the ideas are gathering momentum. I wrote another little story yesterday as a second adventure for Trinny. It’s all coming together!