Wednesday, November 30, 2016

24th Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards ... Book Review










Randi's Steps did not win the Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards,
BUT...
The judges wrote a wonderful review that I'm thrilled to share.


"Randi’s Steps is a beautiful, bittersweet story told by Francie, the little girl neighbor who befriends Randi when she moves in next door. Judge captures a wonderful narrative voice, real and warm and very human. Francie loves having a best friend like Randi, who is different in seemingly tiny ways, like being Jewish, but who loves enough of the same things that Francie loves to make her the best of best friends. I liked the description of Randi’s Tinker Bell laugh with the occasional snort (13). Right away, Randi is described as being subject to headaches, which of course adults will understand. I think Judge conveys a progress of Randi’s illness perfectly. For all that Francie loves Randi, Francie is healthy and in need of healthy friends. She reacts with joy to happy playtime and reluctance to having to endure hardship. When she is called upon to accompany Randi to the hospital, her deepest thoughts reveal she is not having a great time. Judge uses wry humor and perception, on her narrator’s part, to demonstrate the misery suffered by children with cancer. She also uses deft strokes to show that Francie, being healthy, needs to live, and is in many ways as doomed as Randi to experience weakness insofar as Randi’s illness is concerned. Francie tries to be the best of best friends and fails, just as Randi fails to survive. This is a brilliant story told by a talented author. The cover art is simple and fetching, revealing a sub title that doesn’t show up as much as it might. Red letters might have been better, as in the title itself!"


In their judging system, 1 = Needs improvement; 5 = Outstanding


Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5


Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5

Production Quality and Cover Design: 4

Plot and Story Appeal: 5

Character Appeal and Development: 5

Voice and Writing Style: 5


(Judge, 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.)


Monday, November 14, 2016

Book Review / ONE OF THE FEW










One of the Few by Jason B. Ladd
‘’A Marine fighter’s reconnaissance with the Christian Worldview”

One of the Few begins with the fascinating account of a Marine’s life. Jason Ladd takes us through his childhood as a Marine’s son to his adult years as a Marine fighter pilot in the war with Iraq. He describes the rigorous training he underwent in the Marine Corps to build the strength, endurance, and character needed to protect our freedom. He learned the discipline of accuracy and control needed to land a fighter plane on a carrier runway at night. Throughout his story, Ladd weaves the lessons he learned in searching for the truth. One of the Few gives fresh insight into the Christian life and overcoming the battles faced in this imperfect world.

This book can instruct new Christians and encourage steadfast believers to trust God with every aspect of life’s daily challenges. I was captivated by the fresh look at Bible truths and scripture that Ladd shares paralleling his experiences. His extensive research into other religions can enlighten those seeking answers to what matters most in this life. One of the Few is a book that stirs the heart, opens the mind, and enriches the soul with profound truths.

Buy your copy here:

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