Thought for the day:
~Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing~
Here are some links I think you will find valuable – three great ones this week.
For my wonderful giveaway, the winner is Barbara Watson! (Cue the spotlight!) Barbara is also a writer and a freelance editor who gives terrific feedback. I speak from experience. You can find out more about her and the services she offers by clicking HERE. Barbara, I will be sending you an ARC of Winter’sTide. Thanks for reading my blog. The book will be on its way soon. Enjoy! There will be another giveaway, so stay tuned and please leave comments to have a chance in the drawing.
I read the book I’ll be reviewing this week quite a while ago, but have been waiting to review it when it was due out. It’s a new book by Kathryn Fitzmaurice. I’ve reviewed her other two books on my blog and if you missed them, please check them out. You can read about The Year the Swallows Came Early by clicking HERE and click HERE to read about A Diamond in the Desert. Her new book, Destiny, Rewritten will have its official release on February 19, but I’ll bet you can preorder it now. And you should. It’s such a delightful book. What follows is the review I wrote for the Sacramento Book Review that appears in the February issue.
Emily had been named for Emily Dickinson. She had been told it’s her destiny to be a poet, but she doesn’t like writing poetry. Can destiny be changed? Emily’s mother, a poet and professor of English, believes in destiny. She had bought a first edition of The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson before Emily was born and had written Emily’s life story in the margins. She had even written the name of Emily’s father in those margins, although Emily never discovered it. Emily doesn’t find out that name is there until after something terrible happens. Emily sets the book on a box when she takes a phone call from her best friend, Wavy. The book is mistakenly donated to the local charity store when Emily’s cousin sticks the book into the box when it is picked up by the charity. When they discover the book is gone, Emily’s mother tells her that her father’s name is there, the father she has dreamed of and yearned for as long as she can remember. Her mother believes in destiny and feels that if Emily never found it, she isn’t ready to know yet.
“I stood on the platform watching the silver glint of the last car reflecting sunlight, how it curved around the track, then disappeared. I had no map, no backpack, and no plan.”