Book Review: The Kept by James Scott
4 Stars , Fiction , Historical Fiction , Latest Posts / January 22, 2014

Midwife Elspeth Howell returns to her home after spending a few months away working. Elspeth can’t wait to get back; she has gifts for each of her five children and her husband.

What Elspeth finds, however, is a bloodbath. Her husband and children are murdered and one son, 12 year old Caleb, is missing. But Caleb is hiding and is so startled that he shoots his mother.

Fun Facts Friday: Benjamin Franklin: Printer & Bibliophile
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / January 17, 2014

January 17 is the birthday of one of the most famous man in American History, Benjamin Franklin ( 17 January, 1706 – 17 April, 1790). I read Benjamin Franklin’s Biography by Walter Isaacson a few years ago and it is, to this day, a favorite of mine. Many people know that Mr. Franklin was a printer, but here are a few interesting facts about his printing career and love of books & libraries.

Giveaway (Over): I Will Never Forget: A Daughter’s Story of Her Mother’s Arduous and Humorous Journey Through Dementia by Elaine C. Pereira
Latest Posts / January 15, 2014

The One Book on Dementia that No One Else Could Ever Write!                                                    2013 Winner!  National Indie Excellence Book Awards, Aging Category          Bronze Winner! Global EBook Awards, Aging Category          Honorable Mention Reader’s Favorite Contest, Memoirs          LuckyCinda Finalist Book Publishing Contest 2012 Finalist USA Book Awards, Best New Non-Fiction           Hollywood Book Festival, Honorable Mention Non-Fiction The author is giv­ing away one copy of this book — to enter fill out the Raf­fle­copt­ter form at the end of the post. I Will Never Forget is the incredible true story of the author’s talented mother’s poignant and often humorous journey through the mystifying haze of Dementia. Through entertaining anecdotes of the author Elaine’s childhood, from her controversial name, tales of smoking’ dragons, the feisty teenage years and a near paralyzing accident her mother, Betty’s wonderful character is revealed. Over time as their relationship evolves and a new paradigm is formed, Betty begins to exhibit goofy actions, uncharacteristic verbal assaults and bizarre thinking.  Although clearly mystified by her mother’s irrational behaviors, Elaine does not appreciate the extent of her…

Guest Post: Writing an Award Winning Book after Retiring from My “Day Job”
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / January 15, 2014

I started drafting I Will Never Forget sitting in Mom’s eerily quiet room. What most likely began as a cathartic tribute to a remarkable woman gradually took form as a memoir of love. The rough draft was half completed when she died in July 2011. Already retired from my “day job” I literally cocooned for days recording in black and white the colorful stories of my life, thanks to my mom.

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