EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED
Written by Jillian Lauren and Reviewed by B. Lynn Goodwin
ISBN # 978-0142181638
The Courage To Get What She Wants
For Jillian Lauren it means adoption. She wants to be a mother. She wants to protect a child from the sadness of drug abuse and low self esteem that she experienced after she dropped out of college. No matter how hard she and her musician husband, Scott, try, they cannot conceive. She’s infertile. She wants a child by any means and Jillian Lauren takes us on her journey in Everything You Ever Wanted.
At an Adoption Options Seminar she learns about babies in Ethiopia and that leads them to Tariku. He has special needs in addition to parents and a good home. Jillian and Scott decide they are up to the task, and after long waits and issues with the government they are able to take him home.
AUNTY LEE’S CHILLED REVENGE
Written by Ovidia Yu and Reviewed By Ashley Hall
ISBN # 978-0062416490
William Morrow Paperbacks
Colorful Culture with a Side of Fanaticism
Ashley Hall is an avid reader and writing enthusiast. She currently resides in the Los Angeles area where, when not reviewing books or attending to her multimedia business, AH Media Arts, she enjoys tea, dancing, red lipstick and rock music.
ROCK WITH WINGS
Written by Anne Hillerman and Reviewed by B. Lynn Goodwin
ISBN # 9780062270511
A Different LensAnne Hillerman, daughter of Tony Hillerman, is continuing her father’s series with additional characters, new perspective and her own glorious interpretations of the landscape in the Navaho nation.
That makes perfect sense. Anne Hillerman sees these characters through a different lens. Her perspective gives new dimension. She is a strong author in her own right. I cannot imagine how difficult it is to continue someone else’s popular series, much less a parent’s work. I admire the fact that she is keeping these characters alive. Her gorgeous descriptions and unique cultural glimpses into Native Americans, which were an excellent part of the series, are certainly on a par with her father’s work. If you loved Tony Hillerman’s writing, you’ll want to read this and decide for yourself what gifts Ms. Hillerman brings to the series.
ONLINE MARKETING FOR BUSY AUTHORS: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
Written by Fauzia Burke and Reviewed by B. Lynn Goodwin
ISBN # 978-1-62656-785-6
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Plan, Prioritize, and Promote
Fauzia Burke’s Online Marketing for Busy Authors is an excellent resource. As the title suggests, she cuts to the heart of marketing, telling readers what they need to do to succeed. Unlike the short-cut to success programs where one size fits all, she gives readers a number of questions and invites them to draft their answers right in the book. In other words, she allows them to tailor her suggestions to their needs. She knows what she is doing and how to make her strategies work.
She divides a writer’s or publicist’s time into three phases: Getting Organized, Turning Your Thinking Into Action, and Staying the Course. Getting organized involves planning, prioritizing, and knowing your reader. Her suggestions for action are realistic and well reasoned. She talks about tracking what does and doesn’t work in her final suggestion. All of it is intended to help a writer push her work out into the world and leave her time to write her next book.
Author Fauzia Burke is the founder of FSB Associates, “one of the first firms to specialize in online publicity and marketing for publishers and authors.” She’s launched over 2000 publicity campaigns and many of the books she works with become bestsellers.
Burke presents her information in the most efficient style possible. She uses bullet points, bold print, and short clear sentences to make it easy for readers to take what is useful to them. Pulitzer finalist S.C. Gwynne has written the foreword, and Burke keeps her emphasis on marketing techniques rather than telling stories of her successe+++s as a less experienced person might do.
Get a copy for your current book and save this concise marketing guide for your next venture as well. Be your own best advocate with the help of Fauzia Burke’s advice.
DIMESTORE: A Writers Life
Written by Lee Smith and Reviewed by Ann McCauley
Published 2016 by Algonquin Press
Raised to Leave the Holler
Ann received a Master’s in Creative Writing from Wilkes University in 2014. She is the author of two novels; Runaway Grandma, (2007) and Mother Love, (2012). She’s also a contributor to the anthology, Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing, (2012), and Women Writing After Retirement, (2014). Ann also reviews books for WPSU, her local NPR radio station and Story Circle.org.