New Year’s Resolution: Read… less?
Latest Posts / December 31, 2013

Yes, my New Year’s Resolution is to read less. Let me explain. I have had my blog for several years and enjoyed it very much, but what I found recently is that I no longer read for pleasure, but for the sheer volume. That is not my goal. I found that books I bought took a backseat to tours, indie authors, or other commitments. All are worthy and I can say that I enjoyed 95% of the books I read, but I would like to start reading for pleasure with all the pressure that I put myself under to finish a book by a certain date. I’m not stopping, simply cutting back a bit  and being a lot more selective about what I read while enjoying my hobby more. Zohar – Man of la Book

Book Review: The Witch Doctor’s Wife by Tamar Myers
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / December 26, 2013

Amanda Brown, a young missionary from South Carolina, travels to the Belgian Congo in 1958 in order to oversee a missionary guest house in the town of Belle Vue. Belle Vue is a diamond mining town in which the race by the Belgian occupiers to get as many riches as they can before the forces of independence takes over is a major concern.

Guest Post: How ‘Kill Daddy’ Became a Book
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / December 21, 2013

People write books for a zillion reasons and that is what makes the written word so incredibly interesting and unpredictable. The reasons and the possibilities are infinite making each story unique, not only in origin, but in its direction, too. Kill Daddy was written for an accumulation of reasons and is intended to speak to all who would like to listen. Primarily, Kill Daddy was brought to life in answer to a question I was repeatedly asked at various functions upon my return to Portugal: What was Africa like? Each response I gave was inadequate, or required too much time to explain. Feeling as though I were doing a disservice to all the wonderful people I had just spent 2 years living with, I decided that I had to write down the full answer, which would inevitably be a book. The next surprise was all the memories that came tumbling down when I was only a couple of chapters into writing about my experiences. An epiphany, a realisation that if I was to do the story justice, I would have to go the whole way: Why did I go to Kenya in the first place? Because I was a lost…

Fun Facts Friday: Ross MacDonald
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / December 13, 2013

Ross MacDonald (13 December, 1915 – 11 July, 1983) is an American-Canadian writer which specializes in crime fiction. Most notably Mr. Macdonald is remembered for his hardboiled novels featuring PI Lew Archer. Books by Ross MacDonald Ross MacDonald is a pseudonym, the author’s real name is Kenneth Millar. Macdonald is considered to be on par with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler for his hardboiled detective novels. The young Millar lived with many Canadian relatives during his most formidable years. This was due to the separation and health of his parents. In his writings, Millar stated he lived in 50 rooms by the time he was 16. A recurring theme in the author’s novels is an absent parent. Millar earned a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Michigan. In 1938 Millar toured Europe and visited Nazi Germany. The person that inspired Millar to start writing was award winner mystery and suspense author Margaret Millar – his wife! During World War II, Millar served in the US Navy as a communications officer in the Pacific aboard an escort carrier. Millar had sever pen names, first it was John Macdonald, then John Ross and finally Ross Macdonald (John D. MacDonald was another…

Book Review: Seven Mothers by Yochi Brandes
5 Stars , Latest Posts / December 11, 2013

Seven Mothers by Yochi Brandes is a fascinating book which turns some of the Jewish bible stories on their head by infusing new thinking from a modern woman into the stories which are much beloved. Mrs. Brandes writes about Moab’s mother, Tamar, Miriam the Prophets (Moses’ sister),the Pharaoh’s daughter, Ruth, Michal and Queen Ester.

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