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October Author Newsletter – Catch “Writers Under Glass” at NaNoWriMo

October 19, 2018 Leave a comment

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Book Review: Mavericks of the Sky

September 14, 2018 Leave a comment

“Mavericks of the Bureacracy” might be a fair alternate title for this book. While plenty of ink and/or pixels are devoted to pilots and planes, budget battles in Congress; political infighting between the Postmaster General and the U.S. Army for control of the air mail program; technological competition between planes, trains & automobiles; and postal officials butting heads with their own pilots over schedules versus safety form the back story of the government’s efforts to establish mail delivery by air. The events here predate Charles Lindbergh and Juan Trippe, so Rosenberg offers a unique perspective on the subject. I’m amazed he resisted the obvious comparison to the Pony Express—brave men relaying the mail across the county. (4 of 5 Stars)

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Book Review: The Memory Box

September 7, 2018 Leave a comment

The premise sounded intriguing in a Memento kind of way, so I willingly suspended my disbelief and dug in. But as the story moved on, eye rolls became winces, winces became groans, and groans became slaps to the forehead until I had no choice but end my disbelief’s undeserved timeout. I have a general rule not to read novels with writers as the main character. Alas, I shouldn’t have broken it for this one. (2 of 5 Stars)

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Five For Friday: Hilarious book dedications

September 5, 2018 1 comment

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Hello SErs! Harmony here. Happy Friday! To round off our week here on Story Empire, I thought I’d finish on a happy note. Have you ever read a book dedication along the lines of ‘To Emma’ and wondered ‘who the hell is Emma?’ … It’s a bit boring, right? How about giving the general reader a little more? … ‘To Emma, my wife, who wouldn’t let me stop writing’. Much better! In writing this post, I’ve learned something, and my future dedications will be a bit different than thus far, lols 🙂

This post was born because, being a random kind of a gal (at times), I found something totally random on the web for you: Five Funny book dedications (in no particular order) …

Taken from An Introduction to Algebraic Topology By Joseph Rotman:

Taken from No Way Back By Matthew Klein:

Taken from This Boy’s Life 

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Book Review: Noir

August 31, 2018 Leave a comment

About halfway through Noir, sweat started pouring out of me like beer at a Delta House toga party and my gut wrenched hard as if a Mike Tyson body shot found home.  I was afraid. I’d been here before. Like yesterday’s déjà vu redux.

I didn’t want to believe a book could be so cruel, like a dame, leading you on and leading you on, then leaving footprints on your stomach as she walks out of your heart.  Heels. Always in heels.

I was having a good time. What if it ended with a hard fall just like that? I shook it off and read on into the night. I had to…

As I closed my Kindle app and the glow of my iPad faded off into the foggy night, I took a long last look back…It was done. And it was good. Very good.

“You. Yeah, you. Author Guy. We’ll meet again, we will.  Soon.”

(5 of 5 Stars)

Link to Noir on Amazon

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Nick Lowe, Bruce Springsteen, Lucinda Williams : (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?

August 29, 2018 Leave a comment

The Immortal Jukebox

A true message always gets through.

Sometimes it just takes a while.

Over 40 years a Song can, starting out as an unremarked track on a little regarded album from a little known Band, become a veritable anthem recorded hundreds of times and exalted in concert by the great and the good from The Boss to Bill Murray to Mavis Staples.

My own relationship with today’s featured Song began many decades ago in my teenage gig going years.

Loyal readers of The Jukebox will know that I have made a series of House moves in the last few years before settling happily here in our South Downs hideaway.

One of the ‘finds’ of the moving process was a notebook with the title, ‘Gig Diary 1970 – 1975’ emblazoned in red ink on the cover.

Leafing through this historically important artefact I see that in that period I saw Nick Lowe…

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