#ShareAReviewDay – A Boy Named Rabbit by Marcia Meara

Today, I’d like to welcome ME to The Write Stuff.  😀 I’ve run out of reviews from others to schedule this week, so I’m sharing one of my own that I’m especially proud of. Hope you’ll indulge me. (And if you have a new or favorite review you’d like me to share here, please feel free to email me. All instructions are in the link in the Menu Bar at the top of the page.)

But for now, I hope you’ll enjoy this review of A Boy Named Rabbit, and will share far and wide. THANKS!

REVIEW:

5.0 out of 5 stars
Rabbit Stole My Heart
By writester on May 15, 2018

Every now and then, an author manages to write a character so distinctive and impactful, he becomes difficult to forget. Sometimes it’s someone inherently evil; other times the character is a beacon of good. But seldom does such a character elevate himself past memorable — to do so is to vault over a rather high bar.

Marcia Meara’s Rabbit is one such character.

I can tell you she’s written another lovely book with a solid plot. I can tell you her settings are vivid and her villain chilling. All of that is true. Yet none of it matters.

I recommend this story because of a little boy named Rabbit who climbed down off a mountain and strode right into my heart.

This is a heart-warming tale of love and family, one that’s sure to tug at any reader’s heartstrings. It’s also a story you don’t want to miss. It’s a must-read.

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“Evil’s comin’, boy…comin’ fast. Look for the man with eyes like winter skies, and hair like a crow’s wing. He’s the one you gotta find.”

The remote mountain wilderness of North Carolina swallowed up the ten-year-old boy as he made his way down from the primitive camp where his grandparents had kept him hidden all his life. His dying grandmother, gifted with The Sight, set him on a quest to find the Good People, and though he is filled with fear and wary of civilization, Rabbit is determined to keep his promise to her. When he crosses paths with Sarah and MacKenzie Cole, neither their lives, nor his, are ever the same again.

The extraordinary little boy called Rabbit has the power to change the world for everyone he meets, but can he save himself from the one person his grandparents had hoped would never find him? His dangerous and bittersweet journey will touch you in unexpected ways, and once you’ve let Rabbit into your heart, you’ll never forget him.


Author Marcia Meara

Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years, four big cats, and two small dachshunds. When not writing or blogging, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard. At the age of five, Marcia declared she wanted to be an author, and is ecstatic that at age 69, she finally began pursuing that dream. Her belief in the redemptive power of love is a unifying factor in both of her popular series and her poetry. Today, she’s still going strong, and plans to keep on writing until she falls face down on the keyboard, which she figures would be a pretty good way to go!

BUY A Boy Named Rabbit HERE

Marcia has published six novels, one novella, and one book of poetry to date, all of which are available on Amazon: 

Wake-Robin Ridge
A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2
Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3

Swamp Ghosts: A Riverbend Novel
Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2
That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book 3 

The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff Novella 

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love 

Marcia’s Amazon Author Page

You can reach Marcia via email at marciameara16@gmail.com or on the following social media sites:
The Write Stuff: https://marciamearawrites.com/
Twitter: @marciameara
Facebook: www.facebook.com/marcia.meara.writer
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/marciameara/

A Heaven For Toasters is Live

Nicholas Rossis has a brand new book out, folks! Sci-fi with humor and romance? What could be better? And ya gotta love both the title and the gorgeous cover. Check it out! (And be sure to help spread the word.)

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A Heaven for Toasters post banner | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

My latest book is now officially live! For anyone who has missed the news, it’s called A Heaven For Toasters, and kicks off what will hopefully turn into a fun new series.

I also have the first reader review, by the amazing Linda McDougal:

I just finished A Heaven For Toasters. What a fantastic story. Please tell me you’ll be continuing Mika & Leo’s story. I finished this book in one sitting (minus a bathroom break and making dinner for my family). I found myself immersed in the adventure and hoping it would turn out right. Thank you for allowing me to escape for a few hours and share your futuristic world.

Linda McDougal

A science fiction crime adventure with plenty of humor and romance, set in the near future

A Heaven for Toasters cover | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksA souvlaki and some sun. That is all Detective Mika Pensive wanted from her fun weekend away on the…

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#NotesFromTheRiver – Herons & Egrets Overview

Still trying desperately to catch up around here, and wondering when it was, exactly, that I lost control so completely? Eeep. However, I did manage to post this week’s #NotesFromTheRiver. I tried something different this time, and shared portions of one of my Central Florida’s Fabulous Wildlife presentations. I wanted to give folks a preview of a few things they can expect to learn at one of these events, though there are many, many more beautiful photos, and lot more info as well in the actual program. This may be a bit cut and dried for some, but it was the best I could do with the very limited amount of time I had today.  Hope some of you will check it out and pass it along. THANKS!

#NotesFromTheRiver – Herons & Egrets Overview

Affirmations, Anyone?

 I am a sucker for words that inspire, as some of you may have guessed. All my life, I’ve stuck up affirmations and quotes on various surfaces, in places I’m sure to see often. The secret, though is to change them regularly, so they don’t become part of the background scenery. Today, I printed out 2 of my favorites from yesterday’s #MondayMeme post, and added another I jotted down a few weeks back. They are now residing under the transparent covering on my desktop, where I will see them every time I sit down at the computer. (Oh, and the little tin container is one of my custom tea blend samples I give away at events. It is currently housing thumbtacks, and reminds me again–just in case I need it–that I’m a writer now! 😀 )

I’m already feeling good when I look at these. See? It works! 😀

What about you guys? Do you use affirmations? If so, how? Where? Inquiring minds wanna know. 😀

#ShareAReviewDay — To Kill A Labrador by Kassandra Lamb

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Marcia has given me permission to kick off today’s Share A Review Day with a review for one of my books, To Kill A Labrador, A Marcia Banks and Buddy Mystery.

First, let me point out that the Labrador does NOT die. If you look at the titles of the books that follow this one in the series—Arsenic and Young Lacy, The Call of the Woof and my latest release, Patches in the Rye—the title makes more sense. 😉

For us writers, our books are like our children, and we shouldn’t have favorites, right? But I must confess that this book and its four-legged protagonist Buddy are particularly dear to me. Below is one of my favorite reviews.

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5 out of 5 stars ~ by Diane, Excellent Mystery
March 4, 2018

This story kept me turning the pages from beginning to end. Marcia trains service dogs for veterans with PTSD. I was fascinated by the training. Buddy (a Labrador Retriever) and Jimmy were her first match. She was so proud of them, but then Jimmy is accused of killing his wife. The sheriff sends for Marcia to retrieve Buddy. She’s convinced that Jimmy couldn’t have murdered anyone.

While Marcia investigates, she riles up the townsfolk and intrigues the sheriff. A budding (no pun intended) romance between them confuses her, and she’s not sure she’s ready after her divorce. Engaging characters, a plot with many twists, and plenty of tension make this a memorable book. I’ll be reading more by this author.

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Marcia (pronounced Mar-see-a, not Marsha) likes to think of herself as a normal person, even though she has a rather abnormal vocation. She trains service dogs for combat veterans with PTSD. Then the former Marine owner of her first trainee is accused of murdering his wife, and Marcia gets sucked into an even more abnormal avocation–amateur sleuth.

Called in to dog-sit the Labrador service dog, Buddy, she’s outraged that his veteran owner is being presumed guilty until proven innocent. With Buddy’s help, she tries to uncover the real killer. Even after the hunky local sheriff politely tells her to butt out, Marcia keeps poking around. Until the killer finally pokes back.

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Kassandra Lamb is a retired psychotherapist turned mystery writer who now spends most of her time in an alternate universe with her characters. The portal to that universe (i.e., her computer) is located in northern Florida where her husband and dog catch occasional glimpses of her.

She’s the author of the Kate Huntington mysteries, the Kate on Vacation novellas and the Marcia Banks and Buddy cozy mysteries. She has also written a short guidebook for new authors, Someday Is Here! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing and Publishing Your First Book.

Connect with her at http://kassandralamb.com or on Facebook. She also blogs at  http://misteriopress.com.

 

#ShareAReviewDay – Nine Lives by Jaye Marie

This afternoon, it is my great pleasure to welcome Jaye Marie to The Write Stuff to share a review of her novel, Nine Lives. As always, I know you’ll enjoy reading this one and will pass it along on your favorite social media sites. Thanks so much!

REVIEW:
4.0 out of 5 stars An addictive and rollercoaster of a read
4 March 2015
Verified Purchase

If you like the thriller genre that keeps up the momentum then this would be a good read for you. The pace never falters, building up the plot and characters with timely intervention. The author cleverly keeps the story centred around the main character, with the other players coming into the story and yet there are no plot holes or false timings.

Not once did I get bored reading it or find the story faltering at all – definitely one of those where ‘you need to know what happens next’ but I think the author’s gift when writing this is to keep the protagonist centre whilst keeping the reader constantly hooked. The antagonist is typically a nasty character, one whom the reader takes an instant dislike to and the edge he adds to the story is almost palpable.

Other characters are kept to a minimum but play pivotal roles in the story; the good thing here is you never know quite how they will turn out. Will your fears be unfounded? Or did you correctly guess the next step? The ending is not what you would expect (another good talent to have when writing) but you’ll have to read the book!

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Death has been visiting Kate all of her life, leading her to imagine she has nine lives, like a cat.

With nothing to live for, no family, just a brother she hates, she waits for death to take her away when her lives run out.

Death continues to speak to her, teasing her, yet will not come for her. When people around her begin to die at the hands of a serial killer, she hopes to be next.

Has she finally run out of lives? Will she find a reason to live after all, before it is too late?

Author Jaye Marie

My name is Jaye Marie, the genius ‘oily rag’ and one-half of the establishment http://jenanita01.com. I usually prefer to stay in the background, but that is beginning change.

Since we decided to publish our books ourselves, most of my other interests have had to take a back seat. I am an avid Bonsai collector and my tiny trees demand a lot of my attention in the growing season, or they will die. (it is just like having children)

I prefer to be busy, although I did think that now I am over 70 I might be able to relax a bit more, I don’t think I can for I am far too nosey. I love exploring all the wonderful writing possibilities and trying something new. I make all these plans in my head, knowing I will probably forget most of them, but I can’t help it.

For someone who loathes computers with a passion, and I suspect this is mutual, I have managed to master the beast to some extent, but there is still so much I don’t know. As long as there is life in this old body, I will keep trying, and you never know, our books might just make the bestseller list one day!

It won’t be for the lack of trying, believe me!

Buy Nine Lives Here : http://myBook.to/NewNineLives

Reach Jaye (and Anita) On Social Media Here:
Anita’s email:       jenanita01@btinternet.com
Jaye’s email:        
jayemarie01@btinternet.com
Website/blog:     https://jenanita01.com

Facebook :            https://anita.dawes.37
Twitter :                 https://twitter.com/jaydawes2
Goodreads:          https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8638857.Jaye_Marie
Goodreads:          https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6586480.Anita_Dawes
Author Page:      https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jaye-Marie/e/B00O2ZUFOK/
Author Page:      https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anita-Dawes/e/B0034NUE10/
Pinterest:             https://www.pinterest.com/anitajaydawes
Bloglovin:            https://www.bloglovin.com/v2/own_profile

#ShareAReviewDay – Someone Close to Home by Alex Craigie

This morning, it is my pleasure to welcome Alex Craigie to The Write Stuff. Alex is sharing a recent review of her novel Someone Close to Home, and I know you are going to enjoy reading this one. Hope you’ll pass this along far and wide, as we always do with these reviews. Thank you! 🙂

REVIEW:
Goodreads:
Jun 25, 2018 Judith Barrow rated it 5 Stars 

It’s been quite a while since I read a book in one go but I couldn’t put this one down. Someone Close to Home sent me through a whole range of emotions; delight, sadness, anger, joy, frustration. And this is a debut novel! The writing style of Alex Craigie is sophisticated, emotive and empathetic.

The start of the story grabbed me straightaway: the image of the protagonist, Megan, watching “each minuscule judder of the hand (of the clock)”, her immobility and her thoughts on her childhood, especially of her selfish and destructive mother who Megan loathed – still loathes, is compulsive reading. There is one sentence that foreshadows all that happens as the story continues: ‘This is all down to my mother… she’s been dead for over thirty years now and still she’s poisoning my life.”

This is a story of two halves: the time that Megan is in the badly-run care home, which lasts around six months and is told in present tense, mainly through the internal dialogue of the protagonist, and the whole of her childhood and younger life.told in past tense as flashbacks. The latter leads the reader inexorably to the point where Megan is lying helpless after suffering a stroke. She is at the mercy of mostly inattentive carers, poorly paid and resentful. Their actions, the way they carry out their tasks on Megan is described simply by her; they are tasks done to her, sometimes carefully, sometimes without heed. And then there is the carer, Annie… I’ll say no more.

The description of the protagonist’s days evoke the dreariness. The word, “waiting” is repeated so many times that I, as the reader, also waited with Megan, knowing, with some dread, that something awful will happen.

The main characters: Gideon (childhood friend and later the man she loves. Claire, her true friend in later life, Jordan, Megan’s husband, egotistical actor and a cruel man, Theo and Camilla, her greedy and selfish children), are many layered and well portrayed; their dialogue identifies them immediately. And, although there are many flat characters, in the guise of the carers and the owner of the care home, the author also gives them distinguishable voices.

The descriptions of the settings give a good sense of place. The room Megan is lying in is told in meticulous but confined detail. We see the limited view she has, and only that. (it did give me a sense of claustrophobia, I must admit.). There is “the sturdy chest of drawers topped with shapes that will become a television and some framed photographs”as “the heavy grey light” “pushes into the room” after a long sleepless night”. We hear “the rattle of trolleys” that she knows is “laden with clean and soiled bedding”, the “insistent buzzing” of room bells, the “moans, shouts and cussing from room nearby punctuated by the chivying of staff”. We feel her pain through the roughness of the care, the threat of bed sores. And the details of the places in her childhood, the houses she lived in, countries she visited as a professional pianist, are full of evocative imagery.

It’s a plot that moves at an even pace but, ultimately, it’s also one that took me by surprise. Even closely following the actions of the characters in the story still didn’t prepare me for the ending.

Someone Close to Home by Alex Craigie is a book I thoroughly recommend to any reader.

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“The book is brilliant. It reads like a memoir and grips like great fiction should – beautiful characterization”
   Viga Boland – Author – No Tears For My Father

Talented pianist Megan Youngblood has it all – fame, fortune and Gideon.

But Gideon isn’t good enough for Megan’s ambitious, manipulative mother, whose meddling has devastating repercussions for Megan and for those close to her.

Now, trapped inside her own body, she is unable to communicate her needs or fears as she faces institutional neglect in an inadequate care home.

And she faces Annie. Sadistic Annie who has reason to hate her. Damaged Annie who shouldn’t work with vulnerable people.

Just how far will Annie go?


Author Alex Craigie
(Pen Name of Trish Power)

Born in Sunderland, in the north of England, Alex Craigie (the pen name of author Trish Power) has drifted southwards finally coming to rest over thirty years ago in a peaceful village between Pembroke and Tenby in south west Wales.

She lives in an old, draughty house with stone walls 2’ thick and knows she’s really lucky to have all her children and grandchildren living close by. It’s often chaotic and noisy but these are her most treasured moments and she savours them – even if she’s reduced to an immovable heap after they’ve gone.

When not writing, reading or simply enjoying the rural life, she’s in the garden waging a war of attrition against the brambles that are encouraged in the hedges for birds to nest in, vicious nettles that support a variety of butterflies, and bindweed that looks lovely but doesn’t share nicely with the other plants.

She hasn’t inherited the ‘pleasure in housework’ gene.

She looks forward to any contact from fellow lovers of books and any honest feedback is very welcome.

Buy Someone Close to Home US HERE
Buy Someone Close to Home UK HERE

Reach Alex on Social Media Here:
Email: alex@alexcraigie.co uk
Amazon Author Page US 
Amazon Author Page UK
Goodreads

 

Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

I love weekly round-ups, especially when I can’t sit down at the computer for longer than ten minutes, and I’m way behind on Life in general. Staci Troilo always has a great one. Check it out for inspiration, and lots of good links to things you’ll enjoy. 🙂

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Ciao, everybody. How was your week? I had one of those “why’d I get out of bed” days—every day. Seemed like everything at work hit the fan and my personal life had more than a few distractions.

In short, it could have been more productive.

I’d sit down to write and realize I had to feed the dogs. I’d start to edit only to stop to answer a pressing message. A book release was pushed back, a completed manuscript required an unexpected revision. I’m telling you, if it wasn’t one thing, it was another. (That’s a stupid saying. What else would something be if not one thing or another? Maybe you shouldn’t take this post too seriously, as clearly, my mind is mush.)

If I had a dollar for every time I got distracted—Oooh! Chocolate!

Not. My son works at a chocolate shop and I can’t even get a…

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