National Day on Writing


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In light of the significance of writing in our national life, to draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in, and to help writers from all walks of life recognize how important writing is to their lives, NCTE established October 20 as The National Day on Writing.

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Dustin Reviews: ‘Angel in a Fur Coat’ by Cynthia L. Enuton


imageIt’s true! Angels are trading their wings and halos for fur coats and bones to be born on earth as dogs but first they must learn what it means to be a dog so they go to school. They learn about various dog breeds and different dog jobs and when they graduate they get their fur coat and are born on earth to find the person they were made for. Explore the wonderful world of dogs through the eyes of one special little angel whose everlasting dream is to be a person’s best friend and the one who bares a special mark of the legend of the pink toe.
 

Angel in a Fur Coat was just what my inner-child needed. The concept, the story and the characters were adorable. Where were books like this when I was a child? Dog lovers, you’ll love this book, no matter your age.

imageAbout the author

Cynthia Enuton is the author of a fiction fantasy series about dogs.

Angel in a Fur Coat is the first book in the series. Legend of the Pink Toe is book two. Wayward Angels is book three and the final book in the series is titled Dolittleology which will soon be available.

Cynthia is also the author and illustrator of three picture books. Li Li The True Story of a Goober, The Do DO Blues, and Pugs.

All books are available in print and ebook from Amazon.com and through the author’s website: www.Gooberella.com

Angel in a Fur Coat is available at Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Fur-Coat-ebook/dp/B004L62JL2/
Kindle Edition: 274 pages
Paperback: 210 pages
Publication Date: February 1st 2009 by High-Pitched Hum Publishing (paperback)
February 11th 2009 (Kindle)
Language: English
ASIN: B004L62JL2
ISBN: 1934666335
ISBN13: 9781934666333

4 out of 5 stars

Per the USA Federal Trade Commission disclosure policy (http://ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm) governing endorsements and testimonials: the above mentioned book was purchased by this blogger for the sole purpose of ‘reading enjoyment’. This blogger was not paid and/or did not receive money, favor(s) or gift(s) by the book author, publisher, agent, or anyone promoting or receiving a profit from the above mentioned book. This review was done so voluntarily to share views of the book with other readers and potential readers. 

Dustin Reviews: ‘The Puppet Maker’s Bones’ by Alisa Tangredi


imageAn angel of Death in Los Angeles.

A sociopath kills a young boy, a quiet teen, and then an entire family before turning his attention upon Pavel Trusnik, an elderly shut-in from across the street.

Loneliness can drive a normal man to madness, and Pavel Trusnik is not a normal man. After committing a crime that leaves him shunned and isolated, Pavel has only the fading memories of his tragically flawed life, and his one great love. When the violent sociopath sets his murderous desires upon Pavel, only an ancient order that knows Pavel’s secrets can intervene. But for the isolated old man, the vicious intruder is the only company he has had in decades…

The Puppet Maker’s Bones, what can I say about this engrossing page turner? The story was unique and original. It was smoothly written with a consistent style. To be honest, I had not expected this novel to be such an interesting read.

imageAbout the author

Alisa Tangredi is a native Californian, currently residing in Van Nuys with her husband and their dog. She has written all her life, though most things went into hiding in a drawer. She studied theatre and music at San Francisco State University and worked as a stage actress for 30 years, with sporadic employment in commercials and television. She was also an active participant in several Los Angeles based theatre companies and continues to support live theatre throughout the L.A. area. She has written several stage plays in addition to her novels. For more information, please visit her website and blog at alisatangredi.com.

‘The Puppet Maker’s Bones’ is available at Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Puppet-Makers-Bones-Deaths-ebook/dp/B007REIMIO/
Kindle Edition: 274 pages
Publication Date: April 4th 2012 by Createspace (paperback) April 3rd 2012 by Viverridae Press (Kindle)
Language: English Series: Death’s Order, #1
ASIN: B007REIMIO
ISBN: 1475148690
ISBN13: 97814751486954 out of 5 stars

Per the USA Federal Trade Commission disclosure policy (http://ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm) governing endorsements and testimonials: the above mentioned book was purchased by this blogger for the sole purpose of ‘reading enjoyment’. This blogger was not paid and/or did not receive money, favor(s) or gift(s) by the book author, publisher, agent, or anyone promoting or receiving a profit from the above mentioned book. This review was done so voluntarily to share views of the book with other readers and potential readers. 

Dustin Reviews: ‘The Returns’ by M.K. Clinton


'The Returns'Get ready to laugh out loud while reading a book! Life was good for F.B.I. Agent #7 Bentley Clanton. He had the job of his dreams and partnered with his best friend, Aiden Davenport. Together, they had been working to arrest the infamous arms dealer, Maurice “Tombstone” Larson. Unfortunately, things went bad leaving Bentley shot.

Arriving in Heaven before his time, he is escorted to the Returns Department. He meets his Guardian Angel, Faith Fullilove. She promises that she’ll be on earth when he “returns.” She can’t tell him what form he will take. The last thing he thinks is that his new life will consist of him having two long ears, giant paws, four stubby legs, and a tail.

He is teamed with three other Returns, a fun loving Golden Retriever, a feisty Chihuahua, and a flamboyant West Highland Terrier. They sniff out the trail of his nemesis, Tombstone Larson, during Mardi Gras season. When their investigation draws the attention of his former partner, Aiden travels to uncover what is really going on in the Crescent City of New Orleans. What happens when they meet face to snout?? Join in their fun and laughter as you find out!.

The Returns was an awesome story with extraordinarily entertaining larger-than-life characters (the “returns”). Although at first I was a bit apprehensive about reading this story, afraid that it would be too juvenile. That was NOT the case here. The story-line never drags and the doggie antics keep the read light and interesting. Kudos to M.K. Clinton on her debut novel. This reader will be on the lookout for her next novel.

M.K. ClintonAbout the author

My husband and I have been happily married for 31 years. We have two grown children. We are both retired and love not having to wake up at the crack of dawn! We share our home with a Basset Hound, Bentley who was the inspiration for my book. He has a perfect number 7 on his side so my character was an FBI agent badge #7 that “returns” the body of a Basset Hound. I love laughing, writing, reading, gardening, LSU football, baseball and spending time with my family.

In her debut novel, The Returns, M.K. Clinton explores the brotherhood of unlikely friends Bentley, Tucker, Pierre & Bones as they sniff out crime in NOLA [New Orleans, Louisiana].

The Returns is available at:Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AFMVTBM

Genre: Fiction, Humor And Comedy
Kindle Length: 206 pages
Publication Date:
November 28th 2012 by M. K. Clinton
Language: English
ASI
N: B00AFMVTBM

4 out of 5 stars

Per the USA Federal Trade Commission disclosure policy (http://ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm) governing endorsements and testimonials: the above mentioned book was purchased by this blogger for the sole purpose of ‘reading enjoyment’. This blogger was not paid and/or did not receive money, favor(s) or gift(s) by the book author, publisher, agent, or anyone promoting or receiving a profit from the above mentioned book. This review was done so voluntarily to share views of the book with other readers and potential readers. 

Dustin Reviews: ‘Simon’s Choice’ by Charlotte Castle


'Simon's Choice' by Charlotte Castle“But Daddy, who will live with me in heaven?”

Doctor Simon Bailey has everything a man could ever want.

Then his beautiful daughter is diagnosed with Leukemia.

He can almost accept her impending death.

He can almost accept the fact that he will have to live without her

But he cannot stand the thought of his little girl having to face death alone.

He answers her innocent question in a moment of desperation, testing his marriage, his professional judgment and his sanity to the limit.

As cracks form in Simon’s previously perfect family, we wonder, as do his loved ones … will he really make the ultimate sacrifice?

Combining poignant moments of both humour and pain, ‘Simon’s Choice’ is a penetrating account of parenthood at the sharp-end.

Simon’s Choice, what can I say? The story was a roller coaster of emotions with characters (for the most part) were engaging and believable. Simon openly tells his story as he deals with a terminally ill daughter and how that plays into his changing life. Charlotte Castle has written a moving and touching story that anyone who has had to deal with the loss of a loved one can relate.

About the author

No available information

Simon’s Choice is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Simons-Choice-ebook/dp/B003VS0DWI/

Kindle Length: 302 pages
Publication Date:
July 13th 2010 by Taylor Street Publishing (first published July 10th 2010)
Language: English
ASI
N: B003VS0DWI

4 out of 5 stars

Per the USA Federal Trade Commission disclosure policy (http://ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm) governing endorsements and testimonials: the above mentioned book was purchased by this blogger for the sole purpose of ‘reading enjoyment’. This blogger was not paid and/or did not receive money, favor(s) or gift(s) by the book author, publisher, agent, or anyone promoting or receiving a profit from the above mentioned book. This review was done so voluntarily to share views of the book with other readers and potential readers. 

Dustin Reviews: ‘Rhubarb’ by M.H. Van Keuren


'Rhubarb' by M.H. Van KeurenMartin knows every desolate mile of Eastern Montana’s highways. As a traveling salesman, his only companion is talk radio, especially Beyond Insomnia with Lee Danvers. Its reports of the paranormal keep Martin entertained—and hopeful that there’s more to the universe than selling screws and nails to far-flung, small-town hardware stores.

A bright spot in Martin’s routine is the complimentary breakfast at a motel in Brixton, a junction town well past its sell-by date. But it’s not the watery coffee, day-old pastries, and pre-mixed waffle batter he loves. It’s Cheryl, the housekeeper who sets out the breakfast.

The townsfolk guard Cheryl jealously from the likes of Martin—who, to be fair, has more noble intentions than most. But Cheryl has room for only one man in her life, the ailing stepfather who raised her. As much as Martin dreams of rescuing Cheryl from her minuscule town life in the middle of nowhere, she steadfastly refuses to be in need of rescuing.

Martin’s chance comes when Cheryl’s car breaks down and he stops to give her a ride. To thank him, she bakes him a rhubarb pie, and he works up the courage to ask her out on a date. She agrees—but then she’s gone. Left town for a guy she met on the Internet, or so everyone says.

But Cheryl’s stepfather doesn’t buy it. He blames Martin for her disappearance, sending Martin on a search for the truth. What he uncovers about Cheryl’s family and Brixton’s history is far weirder than anything he’s ever heard on the radio. Especially if it’s true that Cheryl’s salvation lies in discovering a long-lost secret recipe for rhubarb pie—which might just be the best, and the most dangerous, pie in the galaxy.

Rhubarb was a delightfully cute read, a pleasing balance of drama and humor. There was just the right amount of humor to make it a light read, and not feel cartoon-ish. The characters were, well, let’s just say not always who they seemed to be, yet they were interesting and well developed. I have to admit, normally I’m not a big fan of science fiction, but the synopsis was intriguing and I just had to read this book. I’m certainly glad I did. (and I love rhubarb pie)

* the ominous theme music from the television program Twilight Zone
swells in the background *

M.H. Van Keuren's Goodreads Author Page

About the author

M.H. Van Keuren quit a perfectly good job to devote his life to writing science fiction. He’s a former convention center manager, and once upon a time graduated from film school. His first novel Rhubarb was released in April, 2012 .He lives in Billings, Montana, with his wife and two sons.

Find his blog at mhvankeuren.blogspot.com.

Like him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MHVanKeuren

Rhubarb is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007RELN76

Kindle Length: 360 pages
Publication Date: April 3rd 2012 (first published April 1st 2012)
Language: English
ASIN: B007RELN76

4 out of 5 stars

Per the USA Federal Trade Commission disclosure policy (http://ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm) governing endorsements and testimonials: the above mentioned book was purchased by this blogger for the sole purpose of reading enjoyment. This blogger was not paid or did not receive money, favors or gifts by the book author, publisher, agent, or anyone promoting or receiving a profit from the above mentioned book. This review was done so voluntarily to share views of the book with other readers and potential readers.

Dustin Reviews: ‘A Masque of Infamy’ by Kelly Dessaint


Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00030]A Masque of Infamy is a raucous story of teenage rebellion. But instead of “What d’ya got?” fifteen-year-old Louis Baudrey knows exactly what he’s fighting against

After moving from Los Angeles to small town Alabama in 1987 with his father, his younger brother and Rick, a friend of the family, Louis tries to fit in at the local high school, but the Bible-thumpers and the rednecks don’t take too kindly to his outlandish wardrobe and burgeoning punk attitude. At home, he defies the sadistic intentions of Rick, who rules the household with an iron fist. As Louis begins to lose all hope, he stumbles upon indisputable proof that will free him and his brother from Rick’s tyranny. But just when he thinks his troubles are over, he’s locked up in the adolescent ward of a mental hospital, where he must fight the red tape of the system to realize his dream of being a punk rocker.

A Masque of Infamy was not what I had expected, but in a very good way. The characters were well developed, the descriptions amazing and a story line that made me laugh and angry at the same time. I even got misty eyed a couple of times. My one (tiny) concern was that the story is told by Louis, a fifteen-year-old boy who at times (during his narrations) spoke in a college-level vocabulary. Other than that, many times it felt as if Louis was in my presence telling me his tale of woe.

Kelly Dessaint author of  'A Masque of Infamy'

About the author

Kelly Dessaint was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, the sculptor Irina Dessaint. Graduate of the welfare system and universities of Alabama, he has lived and traveled all over America since he left home at fifteen. A veteran of the small press, he currently publishes the zine Piltdownlad.

Author web site:http://www.kellydessaint.com

A Masque of Infamy is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/A-Masque-of-Infamy-ebook/dp/B00BQ4D0R4

Kindle Length: 320 pages
Publication Date: April 9th 2013 by Phony Lid Books
Language: English
ASIN: 1930935331
ISBN13: 9781930935334

4+ out of 5 stars