Monthly Archives: August 2012

Final Saga in Time Travel to Rome


by Francine Rivers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the third and final book in the “Mark of the Lion” triolgy. This book was very good, but not my favorite of the series. I really enjoyed the first two in the series about the romance between wealthy Roman, Marcus, and his sister’s slave, Hadassah. This book focuses on Atretes, a gladiator, who was trained to be angry and trained to kill. This book is entertaining, yet powerful in its message about the destruction of anger and the power of forgiveness.

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“The big question is whe…

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.”
-Joseph Campbell (A 2nd Healping of Chicken Soup for the Soul)

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YOU can write for Kindle!

Did you know you can write a book for Kindle?

If you think this seems too far-fetched and you don’t believe in yourself, let me be your encourager. Start by answering these simple questions:

Have you written an essay or term paper in high school or college?
Do you know to research on the internet or in the library?
Have you written a poem?
Have you written a letter to a loved one?
Have you written a sentiment on a birthday card?
Have you sent e-mails, or texts, or tweets?
Do you regularly post on Facebook?

If you answer YES to any of these, then you can write a book.

This will be the first in a series of posts that will give you your own ideas for your very own book that you can begin to craft for Amazon Kindle–and share with the world.

It does not have to be a huge book. You can publish short stories (fiction or non-fiction) from 15-30 pages to start. Remember, you can always do a small test book just to get the hang of what it involves. It doesn’t have to be a best seller right out of the gate. Sometimes it is easier to start with a non-fiction book.

Start brainstorming. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • What are your PASSIONS (think: hobbies or ANY life experiences)

Do you sew? Write computer code? Bike? Play Warcraft? Raise children? Raise goats? Live on a farm? Grow flowers? Collect toy trains? Cook? Bake? Entertain? Belong to a book club? Retired? Professional? You get the picture.

Start making a list. Get a notebook just for this pursuit.

I’ve got a spiral bound, 5-subject notebook that has 5 colored dividers. In the first section goes all the brainstorms of all the ideas I have for writing. Start your Kindle journey by brainstorming everything you like or know something about. You don’t even have to be an expert at it. Make a list. It doesn’t matter if you think it is stupid, or that you think nobody would want to read what you write about. Just write it down. This is just for you. The list might look like this:

  1. Mother (or father) to two children
  2. Speak a foreign language
  3. Grow flowers from seed
  4. Run my own farm
  5. Race dirtbikes
  6. Love motorcycles
  7. Grow my own organic vegetables
  8. Exercise daily (biking, running, soccer, basketball, football)
  9. Great organizer
  10. Know how to budget
  11. Spiritual
  12. Love to travel to new places
  13. Have a dog (or cat)
  14. Married (or single)
  15. Love to sing
  16. Play Piano (guitar, sitar, ukelele, banjo)
  17. Great at cutting hair
  18. Woman of a certain age
  19. Man of a certain age
  20. Divorced and dating

If you have more, keep adding to the list. See how many you can come up with. This is going to be your springboard for your first small book. In the next post, we’ll go into narrowing down the list to #1, and how to expand the material into a book. Have fun!

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Write About your World

One of the first Kindle books I actually bought and paid for was “Rumors of Water–Thoughts on Creativity and Writing” by L.L. Barket. The title does not hint at the valuable nuggets inside this book. This is a book about writing–writing about your world. The lessons are woven right into the stories. The author writes about her experiences in her every day world, which consists of teaching her two daughters at home. Lest you think this would be scarce material to write about, she surprises us. The stories spring from their lives, and the language beautiful. Did you know you can weave a wonderful story around tea and flowers and picking colorful vegetables? It is true.

Each of the book’s seven headings tells part of the story:

Momentum
Voice
Habits
Structure
Publishing
Glitches
Time

The one big take away from this book, is that all of us have a story. Our stories–yours and mine–are stories that need telling, and there are people that need to hear them.

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Roman Time Travel – Second in the Trilogy


by Francine Rivers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Take a stroll through the “peristyle” and into the “triclinium”. Bathe in the “tepidarium” and take a sip of some “posca”. You will be swept away into the world of Marcus, Phoebe, Julia, and Hadassah. You will experience as the wealthy Romans did, a time of headiness and opulence–or a world of pain and fear–as experienced by the Jewish slaves and catamites. In many ways, their world was like ours today, and in other ways, very different. Francine Rivers weaves a tale that not only entertains but enlightens–as you read and absorb the ancient language of Latin. These historical fiction accounts of ancient Rome are hard to put down, and I found myself reading deep into the night.

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Time Travel to Ancient Rome


by Francine Rivers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I am not big on historical fiction, but when I began reading Francine Rivers’ epic novel of love in ancient Rome between a weathy Roman and his sister’s slave–I was hooked! This is the first part of a three part triology. Rivers’ thorough research of this time in history will have you right there in the dingy underbelly of the coliseum alongside the slaves and the lions, and you will experience their fear as they are led to their slaughter. She then transports you into the inner sanctums “larariums” or “bibliothecas” of the wealthy Romans. You will taste the disgustingly rich foods (pig’s teats) that the Romans gorge themselves on. You will be transported back to a time that we have only read about in history books, but in these books you will live it, and you will learn the actual Latin words that they spoke. You will find yourself touched in your soul as you close the last page.

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John Grisham and Baseball?


by John Grisham

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a new and different twist of a book by John Grisham. It is totally out of the realm of his usual legal thrillers. It took quite a few pages of reading for me to get into the groove of it. The reason for this is that I’m not a big baseball fan, so talk of stats and baseball greats were not something I usually enjoy. However, the further I delved into the book, the more I enjoyed the fully-developed characters and the intertwining of seemingly unrelated relationships. I recommend anything that John Grisham writes. He is one of my favorites.

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She’s a Natural Woman


by Carole King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Carole King is a part of my childhood of the 70’s. Every time I think of her, I hear “I feel the earth move under my feet”….singing it in my head, of course! She is a musician first, and author second, so keep that in mind as you read the book. I enjoyed reading about the progression of how she started out playing the piano as a very young girl, then progressing to being a songwriter for others, but not believing she could be the singer. It was only after James Taylor pushed her to sing her “own” written song, that she came unto her own. The woman really is a master of both lyrics and music.

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American Gothic in Heartland of America

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is from a new author right here in Florida, so I knew I had to grab it. This is her first novel, and well worth the read. The layered plot keeps you guessing right up to the surprise ending. There are secrets aplenty and tragedy is always right around the corner. The shining debut of this new author will keep me watching for more of her upcoming books.

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