Wednesday, August 4, 2021

IWSG Wednesday

 


The first Wednesday of every month is officially IWSG day. IWSG was formed by Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.

This month’s co-hosts: 

Cathrina Constantine http://cathrinaconstantine.blogspot.com

PK Hrezo  http://www.pkhrezo.com/blog 

PJ Colando  http://www.pjcolando.com/    

Kim Lajevardi  http://kimlajevardi.com/ 

Sandra Cox  http://sandracox.blogspot.com/ 

 

August 4 question

What is your favorite writing craft book? Think of a book that every time you read it you learn something or you are inspired to write or try the new technique. And why? 

 

Mary Buckham’s WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS (Books 1 and 2) and WRITING ACTIVE SETTINGS (Books 1,2 and 3) 

HOOKS available at Amazon

SETTINGS available at Amazon

 

 

I found these books to be extremely helpful and feel they really bumped up my writing game. In her active settings Buckham talks about description, conflict, emotion, backstory and anchoring the setting. In her hooks she talks about dialogue, foreshadowing and where to use hooks.  I highly recommend these series and now that I think about it, I’m going to have to go back and reread them. I’ll be interested to see everyone else’s recommendations.

 

July and August reviews in no particular order.

* Disclaimer. If I run into an occasional typo, I ignore them and don't factor them into my review.


TALES FROM THE GARDEN by Sally Cronin

More charming shorts from author Sally Cronin.

These stories take place in a mysterious garden where fairies rule and stone statues come to life. Two of several delightful stories are about a pregnant doe in danger and a boy running away from abusive parents who saves a goose from certain demise. Both the doe, and the boy and his goose, find sanctuary in the enchanted garden.  These are among the magical stories the author shares with us.  The captivating tales will appeal to young and old alike. So, grab your iced tea and find a comfortable seat in your own magical garden and settle in to read these wonderful stories.

Available at Amazon

 

 


TITANIUM BLUE by Sherri Lupton Hollister

This is the third in the Leeward Files. The story of Jenna and Tar, and their journey to restore their marriage while protecting their young son from the evils that lurk in Leeward. The story has plenty of steam, drama, and characters that draw the reader in. Friendships rule in this well told tale.

Available at Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DOG WALK OF THE APOCALYPSE, a short story by Alexander Pain

Alexander Pain has built a small insulated world called Chattahoochee Run that is fighting the zombie apocalypse. This short is another story of an inhabitant of the complex and he and his dog’s encounter with a zombie. I’m not a zombie fan, but I love everything I’ve read by this author. He has a wry sense of humor that shines through his stories. It’s not so much about the genre as it is about a well told tale and Pain delivers.

Available at Amazon

 

 

 

 

 


LAWS OF NATURE by Jacqui Murray

Once again Jacqui Murray creates an epic prehistoric adventure.

Murray’s novels are always filled with a plethora of facts about prehistoric man. What they ate. How they hunted. How they communicated. And how they survived. I can’t begin to fathom the amount of time that goes into researching the worlds she creates. What strikes me the most about her stories is how people—and animals—from different cultures learn to live together. Come together. And form a pack. It’s a wonderful lesson in today’s tempestuous times.  

This particular series is about Lucy. A Homo habilis female who takes her place among the men to step up and lead her pack. She does so with both strength and gentleness and earns the respect and loyalty from everyone that follows her.

If you happen to be looking for a book that reaches into the past, has a strong, fearless female, this series is for you. So grab your coffee, put your feet up and prepare to enjoy.

Available at Amazon

 

Read any good books lately? Got a favorite writing craft book?

 

 

 

 

129 comments:

  1. Thank you for the reviews and for the books which inspire you.

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  2. Thanks for the good book reviews, the first and last books today are my faves. I always have at least 2 books on the go, one fiction and one non-fiction. Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Both good choices.
      I do the same, Val:) I'm trying to get through bios on the Presidents. I'm on Jefferson. Ha ha. Yes I have a long way to go.
      And the first and last are great pics;)

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    2. Thanks Valerie.. delighted you enjoyed the cover.. I enjoyed writing the stories..

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  3. Hi Sandra - great ideas ... lots of reading improves the learning process, let alone educating us about the world. I'm now reading about Greenland in the 1800-1900s ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hey, Hils. You can't read too much, can you?
      I'll look forward to learning about Greenland on one of your future blog posts.
      Cheers,

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  4. I find these ideas fascinating and think I may need to learn more if I ever decide to write a book. I know about a hook in music, but never considered it in storytelling. Fascinating read.

    LOVE Jacqui's book!!!!

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    1. Happy dance going on over here. Woot!

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    2. I'd forgotten about music hooks:)
      Jacqui's book is wonderful isn't it?

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  5. That's great that you found an author who wrote a series of craft books that have helped you. I'm glad you enjoyed Jacqui's book so much.

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    1. Do you hear me applauding you? It's pretty loud.

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    2. Jacqui's writing never disappoints. She's definitely found her niche.

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  6. All these books sounds great, especially Jacqui's. Happy IWSG Day.

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    1. Yay! On this otherwise difficult Wednesday, you are a bright light, Erika!

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    2. Jacqui's book is a great read, isn't it, Erika. And yes. All of these stories are wonderful:)

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  7. Buckman's books are going on my list.
    Thanks for co-hosting today!

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    1. I found them extremely helpful. Hope you do too;)
      Hosting is entirely my pleasure. Thanks for the opportunity and for all you do for the rest of us.

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  8. Buckman's books sound good. I am a big fan of Jacqui's books.

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  9. Thank you for hosting today and the recommendations too.

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    1. My pleasure. Thanks for stopping by, Sonia;)

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  10. Thanks for the recommendations!

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  11. Thanks for the recommendations, Sandra. I loved Jacqui’s book!

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  12. Thanks for that book recommendation it sounds like very practical advice for the writer.

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    1. Well 5 books really sounds like something to add to my collection. Not that I write much.

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    2. Hey Christine,
      I found both series very helpful. Hope you do too:)

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  13. You'll probably find a bunch more tidbits when you reread those books.

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  14. Hi, Sandra
    Thanks for sharing your reviews. I have a few of these on my TBR list!

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    1. Hey Mae, How are you? How's Raven?
      You've got some great reads to look forward to:)

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  15. First of all, thanks for hosting this month! I will have to check out those writing books, thanks for sharing!

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  16. Thanks for co-hosting, Sandra. And for the list of books I can check out. Happy IWSG Wednesday.

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  17. Excellent recommendations! I've added them to my TBR.

    Ronel visiting for IWSG day Being Busy vs Being Productive

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    1. Hey Ronel, Thanks for stopping by. Those TBR lists get longer and longer don't they?

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  18. Thanks for co-hosting this month and for the book recommendation. I also enjoyed your book reviews. Will be adding to my TBR!

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    1. My pleasure, Toi.
      Always glad to add to the TBR pile:)
      Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  19. I am in such good company, Sandra! You are a star. "Dog Walk of the Apocalypse"? Who could not read that books.

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    1. Why thank you, Jacqui:) But you, Sally, Alex and Sherri are the stars:)

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  20. I really must read Tales from the Garden - it is right up my street :)

    Thanks for co-hosting today!

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    1. I hope you enjoy Jemima.. I had fun writing it..

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    2. Enjoy, Jemima. There's lots of good stories in it.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  21. Hi,
    I have not read any of her books but have just purchased two of them from Amazon. Thanks for recommending her Craft books, and thank you for co-hostimg.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. My pleasure, Pat. Hope you find them helpful. Thanks for stopping by.

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  22. I haven't heard of Mary Buckham's books before. I'll have to check them out. Thanks for co-hosting!

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  23. Great choice of go-to writing books, Sandra. Thanks for co-hosting today and for sharing that line-up of book recommendations!

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    1. Entirely my pleasure, Lee. Thanks for stopping by.

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  24. What a great way to showcase writers from your circle. I really like the garden one which appeals to me. I have always been influenced when I reread the Diary of Anne Frank and To Kill a Mockingbird. I love the bios from Barry Paris on Greta Garbo and Louise Brooks. He has investigated everything thoroughly and keeps you captivated.

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    1. Glad the Tales from the Garden appealed Birgit.. one of my favourites.

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    2. Thanks for sharing the bios, Birgit.
      Glad Garden piqued your interest.

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  25. Interesting! I'll have to check out those books. @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

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  26. Thank you for co-hosting the IWSG bloghop today!
    I've never heard of WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS. They sound intriguing.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Michelle.
      If you try the series, I hope you find it helpful;)

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  27. Both of those writing craft books are new to me. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  28. Thanks for co-hosting - isn't it great duty!

    Thanks for reminding everyone of Lisa Cron's book - the best!

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  29. Thanks for the craft book recommendations, Sandra. Happy co-hosting today!

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  30. Your book reviews are inspiring. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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    1. Thanks so much, Olga. I appreciate that.
      AND thanks for stopping by:)

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  31. Lovely reviews, Sandra. I loved TAles from the Garden and have Jacqui's book on my TBR.

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    1. Thanks, Robbie. Both books are excellent:) Wishing you good reading. Thanks for stopping by:)

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  32. Had not heard of these before. Will definitely have to check them out. Thanks!

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    1. Hope you find them helpful. Thanks for stopping by.

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  33. I don't know those craft ones. Thanks for the tip!

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  34. I'm knee deep in three books, right now! But Discovery of Witches is the one that I'm most enthusiastic to recommend.

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    1. I've been intrigued by that one. It's on my TBR list.
      Thanks for stopping by, Karen.

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  35. I read the Man Who Moved a Mountain by Richard C. Davids. That is an excellent book about a preacher who tamed a lot of mountain men.

    Thanks for sharing your writing craft books.

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    1. I'll have to look for the Man Who Moved a Mountain. The thought of taming mountain men makes me giggle!

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    2. Good to know. Thanks for sharing, Sherry:)

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  36. I'll have to check those books out. My favorite is How I Write - The Secret Lives of Authors, edited by Dan Crowe. Thank you for co-hosting!

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    1. Thanks for that suggestion, Adrienne, AND for stopping by.

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  37. Think the book cover with the dog on it is my fave 🧡

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  38. Thanks for cohosting this month and thanks for sharing your craft books.

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  39. Great reviews! I have Sally's book on my TBR list. I will have to bump it up. I loved Laws of Nature and found I had to add the Dog/Zombie book to my list. I also added Hooks and Settings. Thanks for all the great suggestions. xo

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    1. Thanks Denise.. lovely review from Sandra..x

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    2. You bet:)
      Jacqui's book was great wasn't it? And you're in for a treat with Sally's and Alex's.
      xoxoxo

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  40. Thanks for the book recommendations! I've heard good things about these. I wish you happy writing in August.

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    1. Thanks Sadira, I'll take all the happy writing wishes I can get:)
      Glad the word is getting out about these great stories.

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  41. Thanks very much Sandra for sharing your review for Tales from the Garden here too... so pleased you enjoyed.. hugs

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    1. My pleasure, Sally. Like all your stories, it was wonderfully written.

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  42. Thanks for the recommendation. Mary Buckman is new to me.

    Looking forward to Jacqui's new book! Thanks for co-hosting today!

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    1. Thanks, Lee! There are killings in the book but my folks didn't understand the meaning of 'murder'. That does arrive in the next trilogy, though.

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  43. Oh these are all new to me! Awesome. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  44. I didn’t know about those writing books— adding them to the list :)

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    1. Hi Rebecca. Hope you find them as helpful as I did:)

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  45. Books on the craft of writing -- I know I've read some. I have no idea way back when!

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  46. I thought I had a lot of craft books. Now I'm seeing there are way more out there I have never heard of.
    Thanks for co-hosting.

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    1. There's a plethora of them for sure;)
      My pleasure. Thanks for stopping by, Melissa.

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  47. Fun! I love quick reviews. And thank you for co-hosting this month!

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  48. Suerte con los libros y aunque leer libros sobre escribir ayuda. También lo hace escribir uno debe seguir siempre escribiendo. Te mando un beso

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  49. TALES FROM THE GARDEN has a really cool cover! Great post. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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    1. It is a great cover isn't it?
      You're most welcome. Thanks for stopping by:)

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  50. Hi Sandra thought I would look up friends today, I'm still having problems with Blogger....... I can't write a new post myself.
    Hope you are well and happy, Take care and keep safe.
    Yvonne.

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    1. We've missed you, Yvonne.
      The light is always on:)

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  51. Thank you for introducing me to Hooks and Settings. They sound like excellent craft writing books.
    Thank you for co-hosting our August IWSG blog hop.

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    1. I hope they're as helpful for you as they were for me, Lynn.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  52. Thanks for co-hosting this month, Sandra, and for the book suggestions. Always on the hunt for that next great read!

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    1. There's definitely some good ones, Nancy. Thanks for stopping by.

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  53. I have some of Mary's books, but not all of them. Maybe I'll go back and get the rest. Thanks for co-hosting this month!

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    1. Isn't she great?
      You're most welcome. Thanks for stopping by, Ken.

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  54. Thanks for the recommendations. We can never have too many useful resources ;-) I enjoyed the reviews, nice way to showcase.
    Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. Innit the truth about useful resources:)
      Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by, Diedre.

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  55. I'll need to check out Mary's book, Sandra. The reviews are great. I'll have to check out these titles, too. Thanks for co-hosting this month's question. All best to you!

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  56. Hi Sandra - your books look fascinating. I want to read Tales from the Garden first.
    Thanks for the recommendation of Writing Active Hooks - should be useful.
    Thank you also for co-hosting the IWSG this month.

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  57. I enjoy reading your reviews here, Sandra, and always recognize a couple of names. I'm so glad you liked Jacqui's book - she is an amazing author and human being with fascinating stories to tell. I can't wait to dig in one of these months. I wish I had more time to read, though, and envy your book collection and commitment. :-)

    Not sure the cover of DOG WALK OF THE APOCALYPSE fits its genre...

    Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for co-hosting this month!

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  58. Hi, Liesbet:)
    I'm glad you enjoyed the reviews, Liesbet. So many great stories. So little time.
    Jacqui is an amazing author, isn't she?
    Thanks so much for stopping by. Take special care.

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  59. I’ve not heard of Mary Buckham’s books - thank you for the recommendation! And for co-hosting! :)

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  60. Thank you for co-hosting this month. I'm developing an amazing list of books on craft. Just added your recommendations!

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