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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Book Review: "The Fiction Writers Handbook"

Book Review: "The Fiction Writer's Handbook"
by Shelly Lowenkopf

This Book Review post is part of the Premier Virtual Author Book Tours on behalf of this book. Click on the Tour image, above, to visit the other stops on the rest of this Tour.

Description of the Fiction Writers Handbook:
Publisher: White Whisker Books, November 16, 2012
Category: Non-Fiction, Writing, Publishing
Tour Dates: Feb 18-March 15, 2013
Available in: Print, Kindle, & Nook  336 pages

Promotional Description:
The Fiction Writer's Handbook is the definitive volume to explain the words and phrases that writers and editors use when they talk about a work. In the highly competitive publishing world, today's writers need to stay ahead of the competition and make every sentence count. This book will help new writers who need an understanding of the writing process, and for seasoned writers, it is a powerful tool.

Dr. Bill says:

The Fiction Writer's Handbook by Shelly Lowenkopf is a reference that will be useful to every writer of whatever genre. As as a writer, editor, and educator, Lowenkopf knows what we need as writers and had provided it is one handy volume. Open it up to any section and you will will get inspiration, a useful tip or a needed 'kick in the pants.' 

With the publishing world changing every day, it is great to have this distinctive volume of timeless advise at my fingertips. Thank you.

Promotional Information About Shelly Lowenkopf:

Shelly Lowenkopf taught in the University of Southern California's Master of Professional Writing Program for 34 years, has taught at the annual Santa Barbara Writer's Conference since 1980, and has been guest lecturer in many schools and conferences. He is currently Visiting Professor at the College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, with classes in noir fiction, the modern short story, genre fiction, and developing a literary voice. Lowenkopf has served as editorial director for literary, general trade, mass market, and scholarly book publishers, seeing over 500 books through the editorial and production process. His own short fiction has appeared widely in the literary press.

The Fiction Writers Handbook  Web Tour Schedule
So Many Precious Books  Feb 19  Spotlight & Giveaway
Angler's Rest Feb 20 Review &             Giveaway
Dizzy C's Chick Book Feb 21 Review                                   
Dizzy C's Chick Book Feb 22  Guest Post & Giveaway
Cozy Little Book Journal            Feb 26            Review                       
Cozy Little Book Journal            Feb 28 Interview & Giveaway
Bloggin Bout Books Feb 27 Review & Giveaway
Dr. Bill's Book Bazaar Feb 28 Review                                   
Alive on the Shelves Mar 1 Guest Post           
Angela Shelton            Mar 4 Review & Giveaway
Teena in Toronto Mar 5            Review                       
Book Lover's Library  Mar 6 Review                                   
Book Lover's Library Mar 7 Guest Post
Reviewing Shelf                  Mar  11 Review                                                     
Every Free Chance Mar 11 Guest Post
Broken Teepee             Mar 12 Review                                                     
Frugal Experiments Mar 13 Review & Giveaway
Joy Story Mar 14 Review & Giveaway            

Happy Reading,
Dr. Bill  ;-)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Book Review: "the Eighth Wonder" by Kimberly Young

Book Review: "the Eighth Wonder" by Kimberly Young

This Book Review post is part of the Premier Virtual Author Book Tours on behalf of Kimberly Young's book. Click on the Tour image, above, to visit the other stops on the rest of this Tour.

Publisher: Author House, January 31, 2012
Category: Literary Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Tour Dates: February/March, 2013
Available in: Print, Kindle,  & Nook, 208 pages

About the book, from the promotional material:
A modern Bridges of Madison County, Nicole Benson, 35, is an ambitious college professor with dreams of teaching at an Ivy-League school until she meets Tom Ryan, 44, married 23 years and shattered after his daughter’s death from leukemia. A first-generation in her family to go to college,  Nicole is a self-made woman. She put herself through school, sacrificing marriage and children for her career. In the summer of 1997, she finally graduates with a Ph.D. from NYU, but her life is thrust into chaos when her father is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Abandoned by her mother as a girl, her father is all she has.
After fifteen years in New York City, Nicole leaves everything and everyone she knows to teach for a year in rural Bradford, Pennsylvania to be close to him in nearby Buffalo. Now, trapped in tiny Bradford, she has never felt more alone in her life…until she meets Tom Ryan.
At 44, Tom represents what Nicole longs to be: settled, secure, and clear about his purpose and direction in life. Emotionally scarred, he and his wife are empty nesters with an older son away at college and struggle to grieve together after the death of their daughter. Tom and Nicole’s story begins as a journey of self-discovery for both of them but turns to bittersweet romance when their friendship becomes love. Nicole risks offering what she has never given before, her heart; and Tom has never felt happier or more conflicted when he falls in love for the second time in his life.

If you haven't read her promotional literature:
Kimberly Young is a licensed psychologist, an author, and an internationally-known speaker on Internet addiction. In 1995, she founded the Center for Internet Addiction and since then she has written numerous articles on the topic including four books, Caught in the Net, Tangled in the Web, Breaking Free of the Web, and Internet Addiction: A Handbook for Evaluation and Treatment.
She is a professor at St. Bonaventure University and her work has appeared in hundreds of media outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, Time, and Newsweek, and she has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNBC, CNN, and ABC World News Tonight. She has written creatively on and off since she was eight-years-old, mainly working on poems and short stories. While recovering from retina re-attachment eye surgery, she was homebound for several months and decided to pursue her creative writing more seriously. The Eighth Wonder is her first novel.
Author Website:

Dr Bill says:

Great stories with a sense of place and home draw me in quickly. The Eighth Wonder did just that. The May-November relationship between Nicole Benson and Tom Ryan was a bonus, in my view. This is a wonderful human story in a distinctive setting. What more could one ask - a story you won't soon forget!

Did you notice what remains of the bridge, in the photo of Kimberly, above?

If you have not checked out the story of the Kinzua Bridge in north-central Pennsylvania, itself, just click on the link for another fascinating story of its own.

Happy Reading,
Dr. Bill  ;-)

Monday, February 18, 2013

It's Monday, What are You Reading? Almost President

It's Monday, What are You Reading?
Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation by Scott Farris

This is the forty-seventh entry for this meme suggested by Sheila@ One Persons Journey Through A World of Books. [Entries 22-25 in the series were posted at  the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories]

We got this book on Kindle… I've been reading on it off and on… now about half-way, reading Goldwater and McGovern.

Book Description on Amazon:

Publication Date: December 6, 2011
As the 2012 presidential campaign begins: Profiles of twelve men who have run for the presidency and lost, but who, even in defeat, have had a greater impact on American history than many of those who have served as president—from Henry Clay to Stephen Douglas, William Jennings Bryan to Al Gore—Plus, mini-profiles on 22 "honorable mentions."

From the Inside Flap
“I would rather be right than be president.”
—Henry Clay, 1824, 1832, 1844 presidential runner-up

Henry Clay is one of a dozen men profiled in the chapters of Almost President, men who have run for the American presidency and lost but who—even in defeat—have had a greater impact on our history than many of those who have served in the Oval Office. Veteran political journalist Scott Farris tells the stories of these legendary figures, from Clay to Stephen Douglas, from William Jennings Bryan to Thomas Dewey, and from Adlai Stevenson to Al Gore. He also includes concise profiles of every major candidate nominated for president who never reached the White House but who helped promote the success of American democracy.

Farris explains how Barry Goldwater achieved the party realignment that had eluded FDR, how George McGovern paved the way for Barack Obama, and how Ross Perot changed the way all presidential candidates campaign. There is Al Smith, the first Catholic nominee for president; and Adlai Stevenson, the candidate of the “eggheads” who remains the beau ideal of a liberal statesman. And Farris explores the potential legacies of recent runners-up John Kerry and John McCain. The book also includes compact and evocative portraits of such men as John C. Fremont, the first Republican Party presidential candidate; and General Winfield Scott, whose loss helped guarantee the Union victory in the Civil War.

Almost President reveals that losers often show more foresight than winners, that being ahead of their time is one cause of their defeat, and that losing, like the demolition of a house, can be an opportunity for reconstruction of a political party and the nation. Losing presidential campaigns have created new political alignments and broken down barriers to participation for a wide variety of groups, from Catholics to women. And losing presidential candidates, by conceding victory graciously—an uncommon occurrence in many other nations—ensure that our American democracy works.

 Happy Reading!

Dr. Bill  ;-)

Monday, February 4, 2013

It's Monday, What are You Reading? John Quincy Adams

It's Monday, What are You Reading? John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams by Harlow Giles Unger

This is the forty-sixth entry for this meme suggested by Sheila@ One Persons Journey Through A World of Books. [Entries 22-25 in the series were posted at  the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories]

One of my Christmas book gifts… neat  ;-) And, one of my favorite figures in American history!  ;-)

Book Description of John Quincy Adams on Amazon:

He fought for Washington, served with Lincoln, witnessed Bunker Hill, and sounded the clarion against slavery on the eve of the Civil War. He negotiated an end to the War of 1812, engineered the annexation of Florida, and won the Supreme Court decision that freed the African captives of The Amistad. He served his nation as minister to six countries, secretary of state, senator, congressman, and president.

John Quincy Adams was all of these things and more. In this masterful biography, award winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals Quincy Adams as a towering figure in the nation’s formative years and one of the most courageous figures in American history, which is why he ranked first in John F. Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Profiles in Courage.

A magisterial biography and a sweeping panorama of American history from the Washington to Lincoln eras, Unger’s John Quincy Adams follows one of America’s most important yet least-known figures.

Happy Reading!

Dr. Bill  ;-)