Wednesday, July 6, 2022

IWSG Wednesday



The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. We post our thoughts, talk about our doubts and the fears we have conquered, and our struggles and triumphs. Hopefully we offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling.

The awesome co-hosts for the July 6 posting of the IWSG are J Lenni Dorner, Janet Alcorn, PJ Colando, Jenni Enzor, and Diane Burton!   Thank you, co-hosts!

July 6 question - If you could live in any book world, which one would you choose?

What a great question. I’m going with a newly released Indie: A VOICE IN THE SILENCE by D. L. Finn. Why? This book is a thriller with animals that have escaped from a lab and can talk. Who wouldn’t love to be able to talk with their pets? Though, Callie is so vocal now, I can’t imagine what it would be like if she could speak English instead of Cat-onese.πŸ˜€ For a review of this book, see below.




June/July Reviews in no particular order.

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





Two half-born Skaa thieves become the saviors of their people. Keisler, scarred, brilliant and a natural leader.  And Vin, an abused frightened girl, unaware of the power she possesses.

As far as trad’s go, Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors. The other being Robert Galbraith.  The Mistborn series is a YA Fantasy that completely sucked me, especially the first, Mistborn, which is over six hundred pages. The HH and I both read it and had trouble putting it down. The second is well done and grabs hold but not quite as intensely as the first. The third, I have to admit, I didn’t care for the ending.




TRENT’S MELODY: Book 4 in the Harrell Family Chronicles by Sherri Hollister

Book four is centered around good-looking, guitar-playing Trent Harrell. Unlike his overachieving sibs, nothing comes easy to him, especially scholastics. He stutters under stress and has zero self-esteem. He and Melodie Henries have loved each other since grade school but don’t get together till Trent, and his band, take part in a reality show. When trouble occurs he takes off, leaving Melodie to deal with an unpleasant situation alone.

Years later they meet, once again at a reality show. This time even more is at stake, including a second chance at happiness. The only thing standing in their way: a killer.

This book has it all: suspense, humor, great character interaction and steam.

I loved that the author held a contest among her fans to name the show, and to write the lyrics for Trent’s Melody (written by author KB Davenport). Like the rest of the chronicles, TRENT’S MELODY is a page turner. Fans of the Harrell Family Chronicles won’t be disappointed in Book Four.

Available at Amazon.



SLICES OF SOUL by Harmony Kent

This is the first time I’ve read Ms. Kent and I thoroughly enjoyed her contemporary verse. Each word counts and each poem paints a picture. Some melancholy and etched in pain.  Some soar with joy.  

What I love about poetry is that it gives insights into the author. Their verse shares pieces of themself with the reader. This book is no exception.

SLICES is a quick, lovely read.

Available at Amazon.








Eliana has lost everyone she cares about. Her parents and her prince. Anger fuels rage. And rage fuels her magic. But not all is as it seems and her magical world is clouded by smoke and mirrors. Standing between those she loves and her beloved home Placata Montis is the Darkness. Now she must fight evil to drive the Darkness from Placata Montis and protect those she loves. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to face the fight alone.

This was a fascinating romantic fantasy. I’ll be on the lookout for more books by this author. 

Available at Amazon.





It’s a family affair. They’re a family of five. Four of them are time travelers. All are trying to save the world. Some go forward in time, some backward, but it’s not till they work together that they get it right.

The time travel concept and how the authors presented it was fascinating. They know their science😊

I would categorize it more of a-teens-of-all-ages read than a YA.

Available at Amazon.





Drea is a widow trying to come to grips with the loss of her husband Rob, the love of her life. Time is moving inexorably on but she’s not. Then three amazing animals enter her world and everything changes.

Not all of the changes are for the better as she finds herself stalked by a serial killer. Adam, her former husband’s best friend, is a policeman whose wife has also passed and wants nothing more than to protect Drea.

Now with the animals she has secrets to keep and with Adam decisions to make. Does she live in the past or let go of Rob and move on?

This was one of my favorite reads.  It held my attention from first page to last and had a very satisfying ending. Definitely recommended for animal lovers. If you don’t like animals this may not be the book for you. If you do, and enjoy a little paranormal and sci-fi thrown in with your adventures, you’re in for a fun, twists- and-turns read. I enjoyed it very much. 

Available at Amazon.





Elephant's Child said...

I would very much like to visit the Ents. And look for the Entwives.
Thanks (and only a bit sarcastically) for inciting my bookie lust again.

J Lenni Dorner said...

I absolutely love the image you have for the IWSG bookclub!
Ronel's Magic at Midnight is a great read.
I can see why you'd want to live in a book where animals can speak.
What a cute cat! I want to rub that belly. I know it wouldn't go well, but it looks so soft and fluffy.
For the IWSG July prompt asking which book world I would live in, I narrowed it down to three choices.
One is a short-story I published. One is from a popular series. And one is better known from television, but there are books. It's all on my blog.
Today's Google Doodle This is a tribute to Charlie Hill of the Oneida Nation, the first Native American stand-up comedian to be on a nationally broadcast television show.
Over at Operation Awesome, our Pass or Pages query contest is open this week with July's family saga genre. Know any writers who might want to enter?

J Lenni Dorner (he/him πŸ‘¨πŸ½ or πŸ§‘πŸ½ they/them) ~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I love the idea of talking animals, which is why I selected Narnia as my world.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That book's world must've really enthralled you!

Janet Alcorn said...

Thanks for the book reviews--now I have more titles to add to my overgrown TBR list :-)

Christine said...

Good answer!

Jacqui Murray said...

A Voice in the Silence is a great choice. Sentient animal companions--it doesn't get any better.

D.L. Finn said...

Thank you, Sandra :) We could hang out in that world, do some writing on the pond,I know our animals would be best friends! Great reviews and thank you for including mine. I loved Harmony's poetry and the Darkness of Placta Montis while I had to add the time travel book to my TBR list :) Huge hugs

Jan Sikes said...

What wonderful reviews, Sandra! Out of all of these, I've only read A Voice In The Silence and Life & Soul. The others are intriguing!! Thank you for sharing and congrats to the authors!

Harmony Kent said...

Thanks so much for your wonderful review of Slices of Soul, Sandra! I’m doing my happy dance πŸ’ƒ! 😁 Congrats to all the authors on these fab recommendations! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Hugs πŸ’•πŸ™‚

B. Weeks said...

Fantastic reviews, Sandra. I have a couple of these titles on my Kindle. Congratulations to these authors.

Sandra Cox said...

EC, Sounds like a fun place to visit to me. Perhaps, I'll tag along;)
Hi J, Wish I could take credit for the graphic, but that's Alex's. Thanks for stopping by!
Diana, Good pic.
Alex, It did for sure.
Janet, Always happy to help overgrown TBRs:) Thanks for stopping by.

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, Christine;)
It sure doesn't, Jacqui.
Denise, Works for me. See ya there;)
Jan, Both great reads:)
My pleasure, Harmony. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thanks, Beem. And thanks for stopping by.

Fundy Blue said...

I would have loved to be able to talk with pets I've had over the years. "A Voice in the Silence" sounds like a great read. I enjoyed the reviews you shared, Sandra. "The Time Traveler's Children" is speaking to me.

Virgilante said...

Wonderful selection of reviews. Congrats to all the authors.

Birgit said...

If I old speak to my animals I would ask my Harley why he wS stupid early this morning and had to have a Skunk! Yup, he got skunked and hubby brought him into our home. I have it pn my purse and my sweater. Ughh.
I would love to read that last book. I would like I the fairy world of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Despite Sauron,'s just magical to me

Damyanti Biswas said...

An interesting set of worlds you have here.I'm intrigued :D

Sandra Cox said...

Wouldn't it have been great to chat with our pets, Louise?
I'm sure Judy and Keith are thrilled that the Traveler's Children are whispering in your ear;)
Thanks, Virgilante:)
Birgit, Bad Harley. Bad.

Beth Camp said...

Your cat, Callie, looks like she talks very well with her eyes alone! Your book reviews are enchanting, as is your comment about talking with our pets. Wish I had a cat!

Sandra Cox said...

Hi Beth,
Callie's a mess:)
Thanks so much for stopping by.