Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Amazon Reviews of Gadzooks!

The first reviews of Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book are up on Amazon

The review program offered by Amazon is great not only for consumers trying to make decisions about which products to buy, but also for the sellers who need honest feed back.

I've been very impressed with how easy it is to use Amazon Advantage to sell my products
If I had to try and sell my audio books on an international level, it would take a lifetime to find potential stores to carry them, not to mention all the headaches that would arise from trying to keep track of payments. With Amazon Advantage, I don't have to worry about a thing. Once my products are up on their site, Amazon does the rest.

I'm so grateful for today's technology. It truly does unite us as consumers, allowing us to purchase an astonishing amount of products which are quickly delivered right to our door steps. Thanks, Amazon, for your great service!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Gadzooks! Now Available on

WHEN ASSISTED SUICIDE AND COSMETICS COLLIDE . . . Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book by Adele Park

In the eyes of Nadine, a polygamist and serial bride, nudging her husbands into heaven is a testament to love. Even Nancy Neptune, a notorious shock jock, is gobsmacked by Nadine's so-called “Celestial Send-Offs.” Things go to hell in a hurry when Nadine offs the wrong guy and is charged with assisted suicide.

Meanwhile, Blue McKenna has problems of her own. A power outage has leveled Blue's medical marijuana dispensary. Scottie Sphincter, lead singer of a band called The Rectal Surgeons, is fingered as a suspect. Blue makes an unusual discovery as she works to unmask the inscrutable Sphincter.

Using witty narratives, a cast of nine actors transport listeners to Navel, Utah, a place where voyages to the afterlife are done with God Speed. Cosmic mirth and hilarity abound in Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book. You'll die laughing!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review of Lies in the Shadows by P.S. Winn

I'm honored to have P.S. Winn as a guest blogger today.  Ms. Winn lives in Cedar City, Utah, where she keeps busy with her 17 children and 18 grandchildren.  Winn says she's always wanted to be a writer, but didn't really begin her career in this field until 2012.  Amazingly, Winn has penned 18 books (composed in long hand) since that time.  Winn's 16th book is called "Lies in Shadows."  Read on about what Winn has to say about this intriguing work.

The book "Lies in Shadows" is a supernatural paranormal thriller.  I wanted to write a ghost story but not one that was just plain horror or like the TV series where people stand around looking afraid and doing nothing about it. In "Lies in Shadows" you meet Lucretia. She was protected as a child and even though in her thirties she lives with her mother. When Lucretia's mother dies Lucretia is conflicted. She misses her but at the same time she also feels a sense of freedom. When after her mama is buried and Lucretia sees her spirit things definitely change. Lucretia thinks mama may be mad at her, even though she didn't mean to help her mama find a quick way to the bottom of the basement stairs. Lucretia has one other problem, she has a memory block and can't remember a good portion of her childhood. I won't say any more about that as I don't want to spoil the story. "Lies in Shadows" is the story of a woman's struggle to not only find what lies in her past but hopefully what may lie in her future.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review of Mystery of the Witches' Bridge

I came across Mystery of the Witches' Bridge by accident. I had been searching for other books written by May Nickerson Wallace, author of The Ghost of Dibble Hollow. Anyone who uses Amazon is familiar with their “You might also like . . .” feature. In this case, I mistakenly thought Mystery of the Witches' Bridge had been penned by May Nickerson Wallace. As it turns out, the actual writer is Barbee Oliver Carleton

I can see why Amazon linked these two books. Both are about young boys who go to an unfamiliar place for the summer only to encounter a mystery involving family rivalries from long ago. I'm a sucker for these types of novels. I love the idea of solving a mystery over a summer and the search for lost treasure which which exonerates those who have been wrongly accused of misdeeds.

In the case of Mystery of the Witches' Bridge, the protagonist, Dan Pride, is not only faced with clearing the family name, but also with resolving the superstitions involving Prides Point, the family property. The townsfolk in this story have long been haunted by a phantom fiddler who plays an eerie tune when the fog rolls in near Witches' Bridge.

As a fan of YA, especially in the mystery genre, I was happy to discover the work of Barbee Oliver Carleton I gave Mystery of the Witches' Bridge 3 stars on my Goodreads Page

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Freaks and Geeks

I'll be the first to admit I'm often late in coming to the party as far as social trends are concerned. In the case of the TV show, Freaks and Geeks, I'm about 14 years behind schedule. Thanks to my recent decision to get Netflix on my TV, I finally discovered the comedy gem others have been gushing about for more than a decade

Freaks and Geeks isn't just another funny show about teenage angst. There are some important life lessons imparted here, especially as it relates to bullying and social pressure. As a writer, I'm impressed with how these issues are handled within the contexts of a sitcom.

Besides the brilliant plots, Freaks and Geeks has a laundry list of fabulous actors: James Franko, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel just to name a few. Linda Cardellini, the star of the show, really shows off her acting chops in this show. Cardellini has such a wonderful way of expressing her befuddlement at the situations her character is placed in

I'm puzzled as to why Freaks and Geeks had such a short run. My understanding is that there is only a total of 18 episodes – NBC evidently cancelled the program after airing only 12 of them. Later, a fan-led campaign prompted NBC to air three more shows, but it wasn't until Fox Family Channel put it into syndication that all of them were available to the public.

I've been a sporadic TV watcher at best. There have been times in my life when I didn't even own a TV, and other times when I had one but never turned it on. Historically, there are very few shows I have made a point to be available to watch. DVRs changed that for me, besides the added advantage of being able to skip all the commercials. Now, with Netflix, I have the joy of discovering programs that I have heard about, but never had the chance to see. I count Freaks and Geeks as one of the many joys I expect to receive as a customer of Netflix

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review of The Racketeer by John Grisham

I'm always happy when I discover one of my favorite writers has come out with a book in paperback. It's not that I'm opposed to paying full price for a hardbound book, it's just that they're heavy and hard to read in bed! Needless to say, I was thrilled when I came across John Grisham's novel, The Racketeer, in paperback
I've heard some literary types poo-pooing writers like Johh Grisham, though I often wonder why. For starters, anyone who can pump out as many best selling books as Grisham must be doing something right. More importantly, Grisham has a gift of sucking readers into the lives of his characters within the first pages of every book he's ever written

Writing is about communication, not flowery words. Grisham puts a fine point on this practice, creating novels that make readers yearn to find out what happens next. The Racketeer is no exception. From the get-go, this book draws readers into a plot involving a prisoner named Malcolm Bannister. Grisham expertly creates a plot which involves Bannister being released from prison in exchange for providing information about the murder of a federal judge.

Besides the interesting characters and intriguing plot line, what I liked about The Racketeer were all the unexpected twists and turns. By the end of the book, I had a completely different take on the action than when I started. And all this happened without a lot of confusion on my part. I gave The Racketeer 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads