The “She” Stands Alone

A Chick-Lit-ish Romantic Comedy

The “She” Stands Alone
A Novelette
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The "She" Stands AloneShe can’t seem to catch any guy’s notice for anything. No, a pick-up pitch from a stranger gawking at her around Pump #2 at the gas station doesn’t count. And that attractive salesman at the one-stop-for-all-you-want store in town shouldn’t have been flirting with her in the first place, being ultra customer-friendly in an establishment notorious for its pathetic customer service.
Now, is this young woman’s dateless predicament unfixable? Not in the least. New plan: Sheridan Jones is going to date herself.
Ahh. The romance.

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Ebook Authors: Consider Print Books Too, For Readers’ Sakes

Physical and DigitalGood day, authors and everybody!

Now, this isn’t another physical vs. digital debate about preference, comfort, or convenience, but it’s about access.

While many authors, myself included, care about book sales, many of our concerns go beyond mere sales to actual readers: human beings who want and need to read books. While ebooks are fabulous and sales are important, we must also be mindful that e-readers, tablets, and anytime access to computers are luxuries that not everyone, or every reader, has–but it doesn’t mean they don’t want and need books just as much as people with Kindles and smartphones do.

Sue is a mom who loves to read, but her household only has one PC, and she can’t access her ebooks while her son Johnny is on the computer, doing his homework. Bill loves to read, but he’s currently serving time for some run-ins he’s had with the law. April would love to have her own e-reader one day, but her dad says it’s not something they can afford right now. Maybe next year.

Reaching more readers however we can is one of the joys of being authors, whether we’re selling to book buyers, hosting giveaways, or making book donations. I like donating print copies of books to libraries, and I plan on checking out other organizations that need books, like Seattle7Writers.org and Books to Prisoners (local to Seattle.)

I encourage authors to find out who around them needs access to books and to please consider donating print books as well, for readers who can definitely use them.

(Then, there are still so many readers, like me, who’d be far more likely to purchase a paperback than an ebook, but again, that’s a discussion for another time. ;-) )

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received an advance reading copy of this book from the publisher through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program for an honest review.

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Just MercyJust Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I was on edge a good deal of the time while reading Just Mercy, much as I would be while reading a legal thriller, only these were accounts of actual people, actual trials, actual tragedies. Victims of wrongful condemnation. Incarcerated women and children abused behind prison walls. Racism, classism, and other -isms that feed off of insecurity, ignorance, fear.

Oh, I was previously aware, on a modest level, of the kind of inequities that Bryan Stevenson’s book brings to light concerning the nation’s criminal justice system, so there wasn’t anything particularly shocking here for me. But my conviction around humanity’s ongoing need for empathy and compassion was strengthened while reading through this compelling, and many times heartbreaking, narrative. It reaffirmed my belief that we have to look deeper, to listen more intently, to not be so quick to think that we’ve got the next individual all summed up, that we know his/her whole story–since, again and again, when we’re quick to assume “we know it all” already, it hinders us from actually listening and learning something. And, oftentimes, that something we’re missing could save our lives.

Stevenson’s work makes it quite clear that there’s so much more to be done to advance justice and mercy, which we all need. Yet, even incremental victories bring us closer to something better, and this book’s power is in its carrying and conveying the hope that better is indeed possible when we believe and work for it.

This should prove to be a timely narrative for millions of people. (Due for release on October 21, 2014.)
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Note for my blog readers: not out of keeping with the nature of the subject matter, this book contains a minimal amount of profanity.

Somewhere to Fight For by Drew Lane

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a free copy of this book on Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

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SomewhereSomewhere To Fight For by Drew Lane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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She loved the way the side roads drifted off the main highway like dusty gold and brown snakes. They held hidden secrets from the past, with voices that whispered their stories. People from the city couldn’t hear the words that floated on the air…

But Kate could.

Here’s a quick, “feel good” read I enjoyed that would especially appeal to older children and young adults. I admired the pluck of the preteen heroine, Kate, who puts her mind to work in an effort to save the small town she calls home. The author, Drew Lane, paints a wonderful picture of Wickliffe’s natural environment while also including some moments of humor from the handful of this story’s characters. Yes, I laughed aloud. The third chapter’s title is my favorite: “God Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.”

The story’s dialogue is heavy on the exclamation points with some double punctuation (“?!”) that I think works better in text messages than in books, but a younger audience mightn’t be bothered by that. I found Mayor Parker to be a little over the top as a character, and I didn’t quite understand why Kate’s best friend would be so extremely angry with her, but the characters work in the story overall.

It’s more of a novella than a novel, word count-wise; again, Somewhere to Fight For is a quick read that packs in a great message of hope and spirit, a book worth taking a look at.
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Note to my blog readers: this book contains a minimal amount of language I wouldn’t condone for use by my children–if, of course, I had children. :-)