Writing an easy-peasy review

Readers tell me how much they love my books but have doubts about writing a review. And I get it! Composing something coherent when the swirl of plot and characters forms a confusing amalgam in your head is daunting. It's like getting an essay assignment in literature class. Ugh! Let's make it simple. Think about who's going to read your review--another potential reader. Then, remember that you don't have to reproduce the basic plot. That's been done on the back of the book (normally posted on Amazon and other review sites). Choose one or two things you liked about the story. Let's say I read Pride and Prejudice. "I loved the setting. But most of all, I loved the character of Elizabeth Benne

Happy Columbus Day!

Yes, I dare say it. I know he's white and male and dead. It kinda begs the question of why we celebrate certain days and people and events. I was thinking . . . why Columbus and not someone else born in the fifteenth century? He wasn't the first to sail to America. First there were the Native Americans, then a number of others, most famously the Vikings. There are stone inscriptions all over the place with symbols also found in the Old World. Weird, like some of those History Channel programs. Obviously, people weren't dumb before Columbus. They could build boats and write. And even build pyramids, come to think of it. But there's something about 1492 that's special, even epochal. A turning

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