Okay, I think I resolved my issues with my Blog on my website. BUT … I've thought that before. And I honestly have to give a shout-out to Wix. That's what my website is built on. They actually do get back to you about your issues with clear, concise, step-by-step answers. It may take a few days, but they do help. So, moving on …
I'm going to post my blog on my website now (if it truly works and it seems to). I may also publish it on Goodreads. I am in the process of setting up my page with Goodreads and I really like it. It's pretty intuitive and fans can check and see what their favorite authors are reading – if that's what they want to do. Check me out when you have a minute. And leave a review of “I Spy,” if you have read it and have a chance.
One more bit of business: In the world of self-publishing and in a crowded marketplace of books, it's very important to get information about the books you enjoy – or don't enjoy – especially if you are self-published or with a small publisher, such as SynergEbooks. I can't say there aren't books I don't finish, but with careful attention to previous reviews and ratings, I've rarely been steered wrong in picking wonderful reads. It's important for readers to go out and review the books they read, big publishers or small, independent or self-published. It's a great way to thank those great authors and put up smart, helpful reviews for books where you feel the authors need improvement. Amazon publishes reviews on book pages and so does Goodreads. Join Goodreads if you haven't already. It costs nothing and I haven't found that I get Spam from doing so.
OK … here are a few reviews.
The first book is “The Eight” by Katherine Neville. This book was recommended to me by a bookstore staff a LONG time ago. I can't easily locate the publication date, but it was while we were still living in Minnesota, so that makes it 30+ years ago. If you like Indiana Jones and books centered around lost magical artifacts tied up with history, this book is definitely for you. The length may seem rather daunting, but it reads fast. I haven't recommended it yet to anyone who is a reader who hasn't loved it. Part history, part mystery, and a thriller to boot, it's a wonderful read. I hesitate to give any more information, not wanting to spoil anything for you. Check out the reviews on Amazon and/or Goodreads.
The second book is by an author that I feel honored to call a friend. I don't recommended this book because she's a friend, but because I love her writing, especially with this book. It is a fantasy book with very strong characters. Its world is very interesting, created well and fun. The reality of its world and its characters sucks you in and keeps you turning pages. I think I read it in something like three days. The only minus I can tell you is that when it ended, I wanted to so badly know where the characters went and what happened to them. No sequel is planned right now, but you never know ...
The next is by an author whose father most mystery fans are very familiar with. Her name is Anne Hillerman, daughter of Tony Hillerman. She is continuing her father's legacy in the Navajo Nation with books using his characters Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. Coming along for the ride and with a larger role is Bernadette Manuelito – I think I spelled it right! - I've read the first two and the third is due out sometime this month. They are well-plotted mysteries and contain much of the Navajo ways that fascinate me. I think my role of Indian growing up has stuck with me. But if you liked the first Hillerman's writing, check out his daughter. But that's not the only reason to recommend her: She was educated in journalism and has been a news writer, columnist and editor.
Lastly, this series also deals with a culture many may not know much about: The Amish. The series is by Karen Ann Hopkins. It features a sheriff whose territory is a small town and includes an Amish community. She struggles with crimes and how they intersect with that community and its beliefs. The people are VERY real, no real stereotypes here. The reader understands and can sympathize with her joys and frustrations in dealing with people very different from herself, especially as it affects the youth. The titles are, in order, “Lamb to the Slaughter,” “Whispers From the Dead” and “Secrets in the Grave.” They can be read out of order. Even though they will refer back to previous books, it'd not a necessity to have read them.