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Book Review: Sherlock Holmes A Study in Scarlet by: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A Study in Scarlet, a Sherlock Holmes Mystery

I just finished this book a few days ago. What a terrific read! First off, let me say this is NOT for young children. I’d recommend this for about thirteen or fourteen and up (and not easily creeped out). That said, it’s obvious why this, and all of Sherlock Holmes, is considered classic literature.

The story starts off with a murder. The victim looks like he died in agony. There is blood, a message written on the wall in German, meaning ‘revenge’. Sherlock Holmes investigates the scene, makes several deductions, and finds a small wedding ring, which he doesn’t tell the police about immediately. He places an add in the paper to lure the killer to his home, but is thwarted in his first attempt. The first part ends with the capture of the murderer, but not the mystery solved! Part two of the book takes you back in time telling, not only how the murder was committed, but why.

Part two takes place mostly in America, with a man and his young daughter found out in the wilderness and saved from starvation by a large group of Mormons on their original migration westward to Utah. The man and his daughter do very well, yet never really are a part of the ‘community’. By this time, the daughter has grown up and falls in love with a man who is refered to in this story as a ‘Gentile’. The community leaders frown on this, threatening retribution unless the girl marries one of their own. Finally, the story comes full circle, back to England, and all of our questions are answered most satisfactorily.

I didn’t want to say too much because the story is worth reading for yourself. As a writer, I appreciate taking the time to analyze how the author fed the reader clues, red herrings, and eventually delivered a satisfactory ending. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a masterful wordsmith, giving just enough clues to keep the reader interested, but leaving out important facts necessary to solve the mystery. Yet, the reader doesn’t feel ‘cheated’. If you want to write mystery stories, this is a good writer to study. If you just want a good mystery story, don’t miss this one.


Posted by on June 2, 2011 in Book Reviews


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Book Review: Where’s the Money? Ideas on Book Promotion by: Ruth Ann Nordin

Where’s the Money? Ideas on Book Promotion by: Ruth Ann Nordin

For those of us who have written a book, but aren’t sure how to let the world know about it, this book helps tremendously. Ms. Nordin is a stay-at-home mom who has written and published over 17 books. She is now able to make a living with her writing, selling thousands of her books every month. 

Her advice is straightforward and easy, not ‘salesy’ at all. Her first tips include getting to know social networking sites like FaceBook and Twitter. Then, she goes on to talk about probably the most important thing in promoting a book and that’s simply to write a great book! Then, you have to have a great cover. Like it or not, great covers sell books.

She also talks about starting an ‘Author Page’ on FaceBook and a ‘First Draft’ blog. The first draft blog serves two functions, it gives exposure to your book and you get to write. She talks about pricing and distribution as well.

One of the great things about this book is that it’s free! Get your copy here.

With today’s technology, it’s easier than ever before to become a published author. Unfortunately, that same technology can be somewhat daunting. Ms. Nordin gives some easy-to-follow steps to getting out there!

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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Book Reviews


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Book Review: What Kids Pray by: Nancy Watrud

What Kids Pray by: Nancy Watrud

This is a lovely book that goes beyond “Now I lay me down to sleep…” As a veteran Sunday School Teacher, Nancy has heard it all. In this book she talks about all of the cute things that children pray as well as some of the more distressing things that children face today. She gives ideas for helping children to pray out loud and in front of others. She also has suggestions on how to deal with everything from shyness to over-active imaginations.

I think this would be a nice addition to anyone’s home library, especially those who work with children. Nancy gives ideas for teaching in general, not just Sunday School. It’s a very short book, but very sweet.

Available in paperback and as an e-book (kindle, etc). 

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***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in Book Reviews


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Book Review: “An Evil Agenda” by: Charlotte Pound

An Evil Agenda by: Charlotte Pound

What a fantastic book! This is better than This Present Darkness, much better. Though this is a work of fiction, her characterization of both angels and demons is Biblical. She doesn’t give undue power to demons or lessen the power of God’s angels.

An Evil Agenda is about three families in different parts of the country, all targeted by Satan. Skylar is a young girl with an incredible voice. Author, Charlotte Pound, does a great job of taking the reader through her temptation and what eventually happens. Zachary and his entire family are targets of Satan. Again, the author does a great job of showing the slow descent into worldliness and the subtle walking away from the things of God. Lastly, Rachelle is the daughter of a pastor. She is incredibly beautiful and is tempted to walk away from all that she has been taught of what is right and wrong and go her own way.

I don’t want to ruin the book for you, so I won’t tell the ending. However, I will say it was a very satisfying, believable ending for all three threads of the story. The author geared it for young adults and I must say did a great job with that. My teen-age daughter took the book from me when I was right in the middle of it and wouldn’t give it back until she had finished it first!

I don’t think this book is only for the youth, however. I think adults will not only greatly enjoy this book, but also be encouraged as well as convicted by it. This one definitely gets five stars in my book! Get it! Read it! You won’t regret it!

Available on Charlotte’s website,, and Pentecostal Publishing House. Go to my bookstore page and get yourself a copy today! 

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Book Reviews


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Book Review: The King Will Make a Way by: Lee Giles

I just finished reading this book by Lee Giles. It’s set in the middle ages in a small village. It follows Gabe, a boy of ten years up until he is around seventeen. The bad guy is Vulpine, who circulates the rumor that the true King is dead. This is all done in order to become king, himself.

Gabe spends three years sneaking up the King’s hill and sitting at His feet, learning His law and His love. Meanwhile, Vulpine is slowly but surely gaining more and more control over the village. Soon, it becomes illegal to sing the King’s song or teach the King’s law. Eventually, Vulpine takes over the entire village and starts imprisoning people. However, Gabe starts telling others about the true King and more and more people start listening to him. Soon, the conflict between Vulpine and Gabe come to a head. The explosion is something to see!

The only thing I, personally, didn’t like was the fact that Gabe was the only one who saw, spoke to, and sat with the King. Yet, he was the only one who wanted to. (There’s a lesson in that all by itself!) Other than that, I liked the story. The main theme, ‘the King will make a way’ was beautiful throughout.

The story is very well written. When I find myself starting to care about the characters, the writer has done her job! This story makes you think. Other themes included ‘seeking the King’, ‘knowing His law’, and the fact that ‘He is coming back at any time’. I look forward to other works by this author.

The King Will Make a Way is available at in paperback and kindle versions.

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in Book Reviews


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Book Review: Seeds of Jochebed by Kim Haney

I’ve been using this book as a devotional with my children at the start of school every morning. She does an amazing job of making difficult concepts understandable, yet still challenging–even for adults. She encourages a deeper walk with the Lord from the earliest of ages.

One of her devotionals is about ‘ugly hands’ and tells the story of a mother whose hands were badly scared. She had put her baby girl down for a nap and gone outside for just a few moments. Somehow, a fire started in the house. When she tried to rush in to save her baby, a fireman held her back. Finally, using supernatural strength, she broke free from the fireman and ran into the house to rescue her baby. She did manage to get the child, but the mother’s hands were horribly burned and crippled. Her little child was just fine. One day, many years later, her daughter asked her why her hands were so ugly. She then told the story of the fire and her little one’s rescue. “Mommy, I think your hands are the most beautiful hands in the whole world!” the child exclaimed.

I cried as I read that story to the children. The author goes on to say that Jesus’ hands were also horribly scared for our sakes. To think that someone would love me that much. My own son asked if I would rush into a burning house for him. I told him, of course. Love doesn’t really think about the sacrifice. I love my child more than my hands. I might mourn their loss later on, but he is so much more precious. My Jesus loves me (and you too!) in just the same way. He still bears those scars as He rules and reigns to this day.

I highly recommend Seeds of Jochebed. There are many more great devotionals and stories in this book, enough to last from September through May if you wish to follow the school year calendar. They are also useful for teaching Sunday School lessons or a Wednesday evening children’s church.  

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Posted by on February 9, 2011 in Book Reviews


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