Cover Reveal for What Does Mr. Person Fear?”

“What Does Mr. Person Fear?”

A haunted house children’s book in Shakespearean Metre.
To be released next Friday!

Master Axel, a sturdy, steadfast rabbit, finds a terrified person named “Person” living in a house full of hideous horrors. Master Axel wonders which of the many monsters is the reason Mr. Person is so terrified, but it turns out to be more of a mystery than the exploratory rabbit expected…

Mr. Lauser also created the cover. Here is how he says he did it:

Everything on the cover is hand-drawn, including the text and the gradient around the edges (done with sponges). It’s just cleaned and arranged on the computer (to get the texture, the title is in fact zoomed in on tiny writing).

Patrick Lauser will be releasing his book trailer for this book tomorrow and I will either share it or a link to it here. I’m sure you won’t want to miss it.

Rubrum by Keith Eldred

RUBRUM: A novel retelling of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by [Keith Eldred]

Many authors have written what are deemed “retellings” of fairy tales. Instead, Keith Eldred chose to write a “retelling” of a well-known classic Christmas story, A Christmas Carol. Mr. Eldred has created a more modern setting.

Evan Easter is a loner with an abusive past. He is a loner who receives a visitor who hasn’t walked the earth in years, as well as a couple other visitors from beyond the grave. He also receives a summons that causes him to fear for a child he has never met.

Keith Eldred writes in the style of the classic authors, and in Rubrum, he moves the reader back and forth from present to past and back again, and occasionally hops from one character’s head to another’s without warning. Evan Easter is a very likeable character who gains the reader’s sympathy from the start. Mr. Eldred gives a very clear picture of Evan’s life, both past and present, which, at times, seems draw the story out. Evan’s life is filled with hurt, misery, and loneliness, but he has chosen the loneliness.

Despite his tragic, lonely life, Evan has a very caring heart, so when he is summoned and told of a situation in the life of a child he has never met, he fears for the child. Evan is a man of great and deep thought. He thinks long and hard about everything before he chooses whether or not to act.

Rubrum is the story of a likeable character, and though the ending isn’t really sad, readers who want happy endings may be disappointed. But whether you want a happy ending or can be satisfied with an ending that isn’t really sad, Rubrum is worth reading just to get to know Evan Easter because he’s a remarkable character that everyone can relate to in one way or another, and he has a message for all of us.

Rubrum is different from any other book I have ever read, and Evan Easter will live long in my memory. Rubrum’s genre is listed as Psychological Literary Fiction. And though it’s very different from A Christmas Carol, I believe Evan and Scrooge may have some things in common. However, I believe Keith Eldred gives us a much deeper psychological look at Evan Easter than Charles Dickens offered of Scrooge.

If you are a reader who likes unique characters and stories that will give you things to think about long after you turn the last page and close the book, I suggest you read Rubrum by Keith Eldred.

I give Rubrum by Keith Eldred 4 stars.

Spies Never Quit by M. Taylor Christensen

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As a Book Reviewer, I received a free ebook copy of Spies Never Quit by M. Taylor Christensen and this is my honest review. I was not required to write a positive nor any review.

Spies Never Quit by M. Taylor Christensen is the first book in the “Banana Girls” series. Mari Sandoval’s mother is kidnapped and the kidnappers tell Mari she must break into her mother’s research lab and get them some information from her mother’s most recent research. However, when Mari attempts to follow the kidnapper’s demands, she is thwarted by some sorority girls.

Mari ends up moving in with the sorority girls for her protection and for their help. It turns out the sorority girls are none other than the “Banana Girls”–spies! Mari wants to help free her mother, so the Banana Girls help her get a job inside the company they suspect is connected to the kidnapper.

In addition to working under cover, Mari must flirt with a couple of the men in the company in order to gain information that could lead her to her mother.

Spies Never Quit is a fun read full of adventure, danger, fight scenes, and romance. I found the first chapter or two a bit slow-paced, but after that, I couldn’t stop turning pages. The Banana Girls are a unique group of girls who are making their way through college life, while working as spies on the side. In addition to all of their yellow Banana vehicles, they all have rhyming names, and they each bring a special skill to the group that helps them with their missions.

M. Taylor Christensen has created interesting characters the reader enjoys following through adventures while rooting for them to crack the case and save Mari’s mom from the kidnappers. M. Taylor Christensen also created a fun romantic interest in the middle of Mari’s struggle to release her mom, in the form of a sweet character named Trey who works in the company. He flirts with Mari and lets her know he’s interested, and when Mari decides to take a chance and trust him, he helps her find time within her workday to explore the entire building complex of the company.

Between heart pounding suspense, action-packed fight scenes, some humorous dialogue lines, and the sweet romance, you won’t want to put the book down.

The suspense, danger, and fight scenes are not explicitly violent nor graphic, and the romance is clean.

If you enjoy fun clean reads, you will enjoy Spies Never Quite by M. Taylor Christensen.

Exciting New Magazine for Book Lovers

Clean Fiction Magazine is a brand new magazine that is filled with Book Reviews of Clean Fiction stories you can find on Amazon and other places Clean Fiction books are sold. Amy Lynn McConahy of Sunset Valley Creations came up with the idea of creating Clean Fiction Magazine to help indie authors of Clean Fiction stories get the word out twice a year–the biggest book buying times of year, December and March–about their great Clean Fiction stories.

When I found out about it, I contacted Amy Lynn and asked if she needed reviewers to help with the project. She said, “Yes. Send five of your reviews to me and I will choose three to include in the magazine.”

Well, I sent her five reviews, and she decided to include all five! So, above is a picture of me with my print copy of the very first, newly released copy of Clean Fiction Magazine’s Winter 2021 Edition, as well as a picture of me with the magazine open to two of my reviews.

If you want a copy of Clean Fiction Magazine, you can get it for Free on Kindle Unlimited, or get an ebook copy for $2.99 — soon to be free for 5 days! You can also order a paperback copy for $14.99. Just go to this link: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B09L8LTLWN

In addition to Book Reviews, the magazine includes full color pictures, book blurbs, information about each author, book related advertisements, a few puzzles, a couple poems, and a few devotions.

I’m very excited to be a part of Clean Fiction Magazine and look forward to writing even more reviews for the next issue. Ms. McConahy has asked me to be the Clean Romance Reviewer for the upcoming issues of this publication and I was honored to accept that position.

Tomorrow I will post the information for the upcoming free ebook issue of Clean Fiction Magazine. If you’re a Clean Fiction reader, you won’t want to miss it!

Muck World by C. G. Lewis

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As a Book Reviewer, I received a free ebook copy of Muck World by C. G. Lewis and this is my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor any review.

Muck World by C. G. Lewis is a Dystopian Fiction book and the first book in the Ever Rain series. A global superstorm has destroyed civilization and survivors have fled to higher ground. Jessie and her parents are among those living in old bunkers and doing their best to survive.

Now another threat, the Citadel, made up of the rich and powerful and their army, are tracking those who have survived the storm and taking them prisoners for slave labor. Jessie’s parents and Calvin’s father have been captured and Jessie and Calvin have a plan. But they will need to convince the nearest town to join forces with them in an attempt to free their parents and defeat the Citadel.

Just before beginning the arduous journey, Jessie finds her mom’s diary and as she reads it, she discovers shocking secrets that could change her life forever.

C. G. Lewis did a great job creating a post apocalyptic world and interesting characters. He also created multiple interconnected story lines and weaves a complicated story without losing the reader along the way. I was engaged by the story line and could feel the cold rain and slippery mud that is a major part of this world. The characters all had definite individual personalities and voices.

Jessie came through as a strong leader despite the internal conflict she’s dealing with in response to the secrets she found in her mom’s diary.

I was definitely invested in Muck World and look forward to reading the next book in the Ever Rain series.

I recommend Muck World to any YA through Adult readers who enjoy Dystopian Fiction and stories that include adventure.

I give Muck World by C. G. Lewis 5 stars.

Henry–The Goose Who Loved by Amadeus Vultznick

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As a Book Reviewer, I received a free ebook copy of Henry — The Goose Who Loved by Amadeus Vultznick and this is my honest review. I was not required to write a review nor any review.

Henry–The Goose Who Loved is a unique sweet story of a goose living in a neglected park across the street from an apartment building in a city. Henry does not look like all the other geese. He has a deformed wing and is missing some feathers. The other geese and the few people who visit the park want nothing to do with Henry. Then one day, a boy living in the apartment building wanders over to the park during school break, and he hugs Henry and takes him across the street and plays with him. This continues until one day the boy takes Henry on an adventure. Through interactions with the boy, Henry experiences what it is like to be loved and he is happier than he’s ever been. When the summer comes to an end, Henry experiences another big change in his life.

Henry–The Goose Who Loved by Amadeus Vultznick is a delightful story of what it feels like to be an outcast, to be noticed, to be loved, and more. It is told in first person. However, it is told as though from a narrator’s viewpoint and it could use some edits. The pace of the story is slow and the only conflict is Henry’s internal conflict. Even so, Henry is an endearing character and anyone who has ever felt like an outsider or as though they were alone in the world will be able to relate to Henry in his loneliness and desire to have someone care about him.

Though this book lacks fast action and external conflict, Henry’s struggle, especially in the last third of the book, is very true to life for many people. I expect everyone who reads Henry–The Goose Who Loved by Amadeus Vultznick will be able to relate to Henry due to one situation or another in their own personal life.

Henry–The Goose Who Loved by Amadeus Vultznick is a very touching story, and I encourage anyone looking for an encouraging read to pick it up and read it. Though you may be tempted it to put it down because of the slow pacing, I promise you won’t regret reading through to the end. The end is so rich in emotions and character, it is worth hanging on to the very last page. It is a clean read and is appropriate for all ages, though I suggest it as a read aloud for Pre-K and Kindergarten levels. It would also be a great read aloud for families and could generate some great discussions and an opportunity for parents to teach their children about emotional struggles and feeling left out.

I give Henry–The Goose Who Loved by Amadeus Vultznick 5 stars solely based on the story line and plot.

Beth: Legacy of Love by Jeffrey Young

As a Book Reviewer, I received a free copy of Beth: Legacy of Love by Jeffrey Young and this is my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor any review.

Beth: Legacy of Love is a unique story as it is the novelization of the true story of two teenage girls who lived in Florida in the 1970s. Beth Davis and Marjorie Williams are the main characters. They are best friends who take different paths and their friendship becomes very strained. There are quite a few other characters, and even a couple other plot lines, but everything connects.

The story tells of the struggles of teenagers, not just in the 70s, but even now, as they face the struggles of dealing with peer pressure, troubles within families, the temptations of sex and drugs, drinking alcohol, and physical abuse.

There is also an element of spirituality and Christianity in the book. It is not preachy or overbearing. As a matter of fact, I was actually disappointed in the way it was presented, as I found the character of Beth, as a Christian, to be misleading. The other characters saw her as a “goody two shoes”, yet she judged people by their appearances and joked with her friends about some of their sinful behaviors. I’m well aware that Christians aren’t perfect and I don’t expect story characters to be perfect either. I do, however, expect story characters to be consistent with the story line, and Beth’s friends opinion of her being “so good” wasn’t really shown in the story through her character.

Beth: Legacy of Love certainly had some good lessons in its pages, but it lacked depth in the characters and I was never fully engaged with the story or the characters because the story was told by a narrator. I never had the opportunity to really get inside any of the character’s heads.

I continued reading because I wanted to see how all of the different plots ended and mostly because I wanted to see if there were any real growth and changes in any of the characters from the beginning to the end. I was pleasantly surprised to see the growth and change in two of the adult characters in the story. This was unexpected.

I also continued reading because I was a teenager in the 70s. However, I didn’t live in Florida and so I never really connected with a lot of what was happening in this story because my environment was very different and my parents were quite different than any of the parents in this story.

I do encourage teenagers who are struggling with being teenagers and the awkwardness and frustrations of life as a teen to read Beth: Legacy of Love by Jeffrey Young. I believe you can find examples of what you are dealing with as well as see some possible solutions to your struggles within this story. There are also some clear examples of choices you don’t want to make. I also encourage parents of teens to read Beth: Legacy of Love by Jeffrey Young as it may enable you to help your teenager to successfully navigate the waters of their teenage years.

I give Beth: A Legacy of Love 3 stars.

How Does One Write Well – Part 2

Hope, Hearts, & Heroes

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In the first part of this article, previously posted here, I mostly addressed why a Christian writer should write well, though I also touched on some ways we can do that. In this article, I will address more ways in which we actually can write well.

In the first article, I mentioned learning. What do we need to learn? Every writer should have a fairly good knowledge of the basics of writing: spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and how to know when to begin and end a paragraph. Every writer should also know how to properly write dialogue. These are the mechanics of writing, and if you find any of these items difficult, you can still be a good writer. How? You will need to hire an editor. I will address editors more in depth later in this article.

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