Inspiring writing reminder

“I wonder how old we are when we stop thinking like kids?”  – This Kid Reviews Books  (Quote used with permission. Thanks, Erik!)

Inspiration for today

TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND LEAN NOT IN YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING. IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE [SUBMIT TO] HIM AND HE WILL DIRECT YOUR PATHS. – Proverbs 3: 5,6

 

 

The above Scripture is very encouraging and has helped in my life over the years. One of my daughters chose this as her verse for her baptism. Really think about the depth of those words; they’ll be coming up again on Tuesday.

Blessings on your day.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂 

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Book Review: Secrets & Lies – by Janet Sketchley

 

 

 

 

 

Book: Secret & Lies: a Redemption's Edge novel, book 2
Author: Janet Sketchley
Publisher: Janet Sketchley
Date: October 23, 2014
Genre: Christian suspense, fiction 
Pages: 320
Price: $13.99
My rating: a suspense-filled story of redemption and trust

 

Today being my birthday, I think a review of an adult book is a good idea, along with upcoming news for you. 🙂

This novel, Secrets & Lies, is book 2 in the Redemption’s Edge series by Canadian author Janet Sketchley.

I didn’t obtain the three books in order of publication so didn’t review them in order, but if you want to read my reviews in order you can find book 1, Heaven’s Prey HERE, and book 3, Without Proof HERE.

Even though Secrets & Lies is book 2 of the series, the author gives enough details so that if readers have not read book 1 they aren’t feeling adrift not knowing how the characters connect. Janet Sketchley did an excellent job of writing a novel that sits comfortably in the middle of the trio, and that can also stand alone.

After her teenage son dies from a drug overdose and her husband leaves, Carol and her other son move from Calgary in western Canada to start a new life farther east in Toronto. Her brother is in prison for murder and she wants to have nothing to do with him. Thinking she has found a safe place for herself and her son, Carol is shaken when a detective arrives at her apartment to give her a warning from her brother. When she receives a threatening phone call, someone who believes she knows where her brother hid stolen money, she turns to the friendship she has with a late night radio deejay.

There are drug lords, concerned neighbours, a break-in, a love interest, a friend with his own dark secret, her son’s Christian girlfriend, and more – all complicating Carol’s life. She is sure she can’t ask God for help.

Secrets & Lies is well plotted, planned and presented.  Janet Sketchley is a skilled author who weaves situations of drama, romance, and suspense into a believable story. Although it has a Christian thread running through it, it is not religiously heavy-handed at all.

Watch next week for my interview with Janet and your chance to win a copy of one of her Redemption’s Edge novels!

You can find Secrets & Lies: a Redemption’s Edge novelwritten by Janet Sketchley – on my BUY THE BOOK page. I also post my reviews on Goodreads, and when available on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and Chapters.Indigo.

Your comments are greatly appreciated by featured authors and illustrators, and this blogger.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

The Last Post played on violin; lest we forget

Thank you to my sister who sent me the following email she had received:

I had never heard The Last Post played on a solo Violin.

AWESOME!

Having had our ANZAC Day commemorations and memorials,

this Lady felt inspired to pay her own tribute to our brave ANZAC’s,

including both of her Great Grandfather’s.

Sadly, neither of them made it home.

To those who served then and to those who serve now, thank you.

 

Here is her rendition of The Last Post.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/NqHx1CDRQkc?rel=0

 

LEST WE FORGET

Any comments?

Thank you for watching, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

A champagne rejection

Hello my dear readers and friends!

Lately, I’ve been more absorbed in my own writing so haven’t been posting here on a regular basis. Gosh, it’s hard to do it all! I have an update for you today.

I’m still keeping up in the 12×12 challenge, having drafted a new story each month – January through October – a few of those drafts being very skimpy. A few months I’ve come up with more than one, and I have yet to write a new one for November.

Another part of 12×12 is revision. Each month we are to try to revise a manuscript as well, and they don’t have to be ones we’ve written during 12×12. As long as we are revising one of our stories it’s acceptable. I’ve not kept up in that department, although I have tackled a few.

An added bonus is that we receive badges when we write or revise, so I’ve kept up the monthly drafts for the fun of getting those.

Let me see … my count to date is 20 new drafts and 4 revisions! That’s better than what I did when I participated in 2012 and in 2016. When we reach the end of December we get a place on the winners’ wall if we’ve written 12 or more drafts over the twelve months, no matter in what month they were written. I’m so happy to know I’ll be on that wall this year. My thought right now is that I’ll join 12×12 in 2018 and spend much more time on the drafts I already have, working them into polished manuscripts ready for submitting.

 

 

Now, here’s the really exciting part. This week I sent my very first query to an agent I admire. Within two hours I heard back. You may be thinking I’m excited because the agent answered positively wanting to represent me, but no. The reply was full of good advice and suggestions for the story I’d included. That, my friends, is called a “champagne rejection” – and I’d received one on my first agent query ever! I am not discouraged. I’ll try again later after applying myself to the rewrite and looking over my other manuscripts, too. And, a writer friend suggested to keep an open mind because there may be other agents with whom I could have a good working relationship. Oh alright.  😉

I’m also keeping up on reading books when I can. To see my total thus far you can check my “Books I read in 2017.” After adding a book to my list I write a brief review of it in Goodreads where I have surpassed my reading challenge goal of 200 long ago, doubling it, with mostly picture books. Yep! I love to read.

Are you taking writing challenges? Or reading challenges?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂 

 

 

 

Book Review: Kindergarten ROCKS! – by Katie Davis

 

 

 

 


Title: Kindergarten ROCKS!
Author/Illustrator: Katie Davis
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Date: June 1, 2008
Genre: picture book; age 4-7; Preschool - 3
Pages: 32
Price: hardcover: $16-$23; paperback: $8 - $10.40
My rating: enjoyable, entertaining, encouraging for children

Kindergarten ROCKS! by Katie Davis addresses the fear of many children setting off on that first day of school – the anxiety, the worry, the imagined worst-case-scenarios. Dexter has them all.

Dexter is a little boy soon to start kindergarten. Dexter knows all about kindergarten because his older sister Jessica, who is going into grade 3, told him about it. Even so, he’s nervous about it, or rather … his toy blue dog Rufus is worried about it. Jessica encourages her brother not to worry because – kindergarten rocks! Dexter keeps trying to convince himself it’ll be fine, but he takes Rufus along for moral support.

The colourful illustrations – created by the author illustrator, Katie Davis – contribute to the humour of the story. Example: “When we finally got to school, I couldn’t wait to see my classroom.” The illustrations belie what Dexter is saying because in that scene Jessica is pulling Dexter who is strongly resisting.

Much to Dexter’s relief, he discovers he has a friend from pre-school in his class and he soon forgets to be anxious. There are so many fun things to do that Dexter even forgets where he left Rufus. Then he’s worried for a totally other reason and a search ensues.

Told mostly by Dexter himself, Kindergarten ROCKS! is a story young readers and pre-readers will really enjoy. The illustrations fit well with the words to add to the humour and show the child’s angst which is quickly resolved. The images are bright, bold, uncomplicated, and look as if they were created through the use of Crayola crayons which are depicted on one page. And who doesn’t love using Crayolas?

Kindergarten ROCKS! written and illustrated by Katie Davis is a must read book for young children and the adults who read to them. It’s fun, bright, and reassuring.

You can find Kindergarten ROCKS!written and illustrated by Katie Davison my BUY THE BOOK page. I also post my reviews on Goodreads, and when available on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and Chapters.Indigo.

Your comments are greatly appreciated by authors, illustrators, and this blogger.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂 

A funny Hallowe’en video

Had you seen any of LadBaby’s videos yet? One of my daughters introduced me to these and they are HILARIOUS! A young British couple have their own YouTube channel HERE, so you can go THERE and see their crazy antics.

Watch this Hallowe’en one first, though. I think they’re so funny and I hope you enjoy it.

Be safe if you are involved with any Hallowe’en activities at all. I’ll be at Dad’s and maybe we’ll have a little one visiting same as last year. One cute tiny little girl brought by her parents, besides our grandson later. 

What do you do for Hallowe’en? Do you get many trick-or-treaters?

Thanks for reading, and Creative Musings!  🙂

Book Review: Love, Triangle – by Marcie Colleen

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Love, Triangle
Author: Marcie Colleen
Illustrator: Bob Shea
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Date: October 3, 2017
Genre: children's picture book; age 4-8 
Pages: 32
Price: $21.99
My rating: delightfully fun & educational at the same time

Love, Triangle by Marcie Colleen makes geometry fun – and it’s not even a math book! Or is it – in disguise?

Marcie Colleen introduces geometry to young readers through her lively characters – Circle, Square, and Triangle. Circle and Square had been friends “ever since they were a dot and a speck.” (Isn’t that a great line?) They were practically inseparable, the best of friends, and appreciated one another for their differences.

Circle and Square’s friendship took on an uncomfortable dimension when Triangle came along. They both wanted Triangle as their own friend and soon their friendship is in danger of collapse. In fighting over Triangle they cause a new problem for Triangle when he attempts to find a way to patch up the friendship between Circle and Square – which is illustrated with humour and play on words.

Marcie Colleen‘s use of language in Love, Triangle is easy and clever. The illustrations by Bob Shea are “spot-on”, amusing and visual of the geometric situations created through the text. His illustrations show geometric shapes for children to discover, and, combined with the text, makes this a wonderful book for classrooms. In fact, because of the benefits (simple geometry, word play, friendship, cooperation, and more) found in this book, Marcie is offering a free cross-curricular guide for teachers HERE.

Children and students are sure to love Love, Triangle by Marcie Colleen.

You can find Love, Triangle – written by Marcie Colleen and illustrated by Bob Shea – on my BUY THE BOOK page. I also post my reviews on Goodreads, and when available on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and Chapters.Indigo.

Your comments are greatly appreciated by authors, illustrators, and this blogger.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂