Friday, April 21, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Small Great Things is the latest book from author Jodi Picoult. In her latest book she covers the topic of racism and how it affects different groups of people. I debated with myself on whether I wanted to cover this book on Writer’s Corner.
Ruth Jefferson an African American has been a nurse for over twenty years. She has worked in the Labor and Delivery ward in a small hospital in New York. She has one sister Adisa who is lives in the ghetto and gets by on benefits and minimum wage jobs. Her answer to everything is to turn to her prejudices for solutions to her problems. One day while Ruth is at work she is assigned to a couple with a baby. The father asks her to not touch their baby and has her removed from the case. The father Turk is a white supremacist and does not want anything to do with African Americans. When his baby dies he wants to blame someone for his death. So Ruth is promptly arrested and charged with the crime. Is she really guilty? Enter Kennedy McQuarry public defender who takes on Ruth’s case. Does she really understand what this case is about?
I feel that this book is well written. It is a powerful and moving story! Ms. Picoult does a great job of covering all the different viewpoints, in this hot topic. I remember seeing her in Atlanta while she was on tour discussing this book. She interviewed a skinhead to get an idea for how to write the character of Turk. The story is set in New York.
I have always operated from the perspective that everything is not always obvious to everyone. This often annoys my family. Would it be accurate to say that when taught to hate via circumstances; our views are colored by what we see? The past cannot be changed but the future can. Do two wrongs make a right? I will leave with this parting thought. “16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16 (Bible gateway)
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Debbie Viggiano is stopping by Writer’s Corner to share her next book. The Corner Shop of Whispers a great read for this spring or summer at the beach. She takes a neighborhood with some interesting characters and speculates what would happen if a scandal occurred?
Romantic Florrie, scatty Daisy and snobby Alison are neighbours, living their married lives in the tiny English village of Lower Amblegate where everyone knows everybody. Together the three friends share laughter, tears, and things they wouldn’t want anybody else knowing. But unbeknownst to them, a scandal is brewing. As rumours circulate, the gossips go into overdrive, rocking marriages and revealing the women have much more in common than just neighbourly bonds…
Purchase your copy of The Corner Shop of Whispers here.
About the Author:
Prior to turning her attention to writing, Debbie Viggiano was, for more years than she cares to remember, a legal secretary. She lives with her Italian husband, a rescued puppy from Crete, and a very disgruntled cat. Occasionally her children return home from uni bringing her much joy...apart from their gifts of dirty laundry. Follow her blog, Tweet @DebbieViggiano or look her up on Facebook!
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Where Do I Go is the first book in Yadayada House of Hope series by Neta Jackson. What happens when life takes a different direction? How do you move forward? These are hard questions for our main character Gabby Fairbanks to answer. Let’s look at her journey.
Gabby has moved to Chicago with her husband Phillip. He is building a new business with his partner Harry Fenchel. The first item on the list is to get settled in this penthouse. Gabby does not care for the penthouse. One day while looking out of one of their windows, she sees a bike path. She decides to check it out and while exploring Gabby runs into a homeless lady Lucy. Gabby cut her foot and Lucy offers to help. She wants to return the favor for Lucy but has forgotten the dinner party taking place at home. The welcome by her husband Phillip is anything but warm. So Gabby finds a solution and sends her to a homeless shelter. The next morning Gabby decides to check on Lucy. Once she finds out which homeless she went to from the concierge. He gives her the information and Gabby starts to learn about Manna House and its services. A door opens to a possible job opportunity. Will this job help or hurt her relationship with her husband? Will God lead her down a different path?
I enjoyed this story. Readers will find Gabby’s story consuming as they turn the pages. I loved how the author focused on how God’s path is never easy. Or what happens when life takes a different turn. How do you navigate alone? Loved how Philip is written so well as the antagonist of the story.
The author also focused on the classic concept of the haves and the have nots. Does having money make one happy? Or does the loss of it mean no opportunities? How do you trust in God at a time like this? When I have experienced less funds than currently needed. God has opened doors for activities that I might now have time for such as Writer’s Corner.
Please visitNeta Jackson as she continues to explore Gabby’s story in the House of Hope series.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Please welcome Deanna Martinez-Bey to Writer’s Corner. She is here to share her new book When Life Gives You Lemons, Drink Coffee! I am excited to share her work. I feel that readers will really find this book great for the beach!
About the Book:
Janine is a smart and sassy southern girl from Triple Creek, North Carolina, who knows what she wants and fearlessly goes after it. Janine's goal of making a life for herself and marrying the man of her dreams finally became a reality. She was a newlywed, married to a successful business man named Tom Whitfield and owned her own bakery. Their life seemed perfect and all was well in Janine's world until her faith is rocked through a course of events that would challenge her own beliefs and change her fate forever.
Tom is unexpectedly promoted
to a new job that requires change for both he and Janine. Leaving her life in Triple
Creek to support her husband's career took a leap of faith for Janine and was a
risk so early in the marriage. But the bigger threat comes when Janine
discovers some of Tom's darkest secrets and learns valuable lessons while she
Janine makes new friends in
New York, but she still misses her family and friends in North Carolina. She
discovers that love is not always predictable when faced with new challenges.
Can love truly conquer all? Or are some things best left behind? After seeing things
that shock her, Janine feels betrayed by people who she thought she could
This is the second
installment written by author, Deanna Martinez-Bey, and focuses on Janine, a
character we met in her first book, Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Star. Told from
the perspective of Janine and her funny southern humor, this story will move
you while you share in this journey of discovery, love, betrayal, and the
realization that you can make anything you like out of what life gives you.
About the Author:
Deanna Martinez-Bey was born in New Jersey and currently resides in North Carolina. She has been writing stories and poems since she was a young girl. Deanna enjoys writing, running and cooking. She spends her spare time boxing, weight training and drinking coffee!
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Mary Kubica is the new darling of suspense. I had the honor of meeting her last spring at Fox Tale Book Shoppe. She shared her current title Don’t You Cry. At the time I was intrigued by Ms. Kubica's work because of hearing so much about it. Is she the new master of suspense?
This story has two different points of view. Quinn is the roommate of Esther. When Quinn realizes that Esther is missing, she starts to investigate. She turns her roommate’s bedroom upside down hunting for clues about what has happened to her. She even enlists the aid of a friend from work Ben. As she progresses in her investigation she starts to wonder who her roommate is. And wonders if she might be in danger as well?
The other point of view is Alex’s story. He is the son of the town drunk. His mother left him when a little child. He does odd jobs around town for neighbors and those sympathetic to his cause. Alex sacrificed a full ride scholarship to stay home and take care of his father. One day a mysterious woman comes into town. Alex is drawn to her and even goes as far to meet her. He also shares the story of Genèvieve with her discussing her ghost. What was she like as a person? Are these two connected? What will the consequences be to Alex’s for involving himself?
This story is very interesting! If I had read the book; as opposed to listening to it I might have enjoyed the story more. The narration was done well. The author has a way of bringing that creepiness factor into the story line. As the story progresses the circumstances seem to get more sinister with each step. I knew when the book started that the two storylines between Quinn and Alex are somehow related. I didn’t know how. Once the action sped up in the story I found it more interesting to find out how it would end.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Welcome Barrie Knee to Writer’s Corner today. We are sharing her new book Plain Jane. It is the story of a forty something wife and mother who has kept a secret from her family for almost seven years.
Jane has forever considered herself to be plain. Her BFF Gaby is the exact opposite. Following a night of countless margaritas, Jane and Gaby make a secret pact because thats what friends are for. Now Jane has less than a week to tell her family what she has done. The secret is revealed over a four and a half hour time period while Jane is running a marathon. Each chapter begins with a song that Jane is listening to while running. The lyrics tie into the secret and many other stories that Jane tells about Gaby, her family and mostly herself. “Keep moving Jane! You can do this!” This is Jane’s running mantra throughout the book. The physical and emotional journey of running a marathon is continuously felt. Plain Jane keeps the pace of a marathon with each song. Jane’s sixty-four songs playlist is at the end of the book. It is a great playlist for those that run a ten minute mile like Jane.
About the Author:
Like Jane, Barrie also a wife and mother who enjoys running, yoga and mostly listening to classic rock music. Professionally, she spent fifteen years working in online media. She also designed and manufactured decorative covers for children’s bedrails called Kover-Ups. This product earned an iParenting Media award.