Review: Simply math

Title: Simply Math
Author: Ron Berry

Reviewed by Jo Linsdell.

Can maths be fun? Ron Berry aims to prove it can be done whilst taking you through the skills needed to solve mathematical problems and show what and how various operations work.
He starts by giving some history of maths and answers questions like “Why do we even have numbers?” and “What the heck do we need algebra for?”
He goes on to cover everything from basic addition and subtraction to algebra and geometry.
Examples used throughout are simple and clear, making each operation easy to understand.
Complete with appendixes, glossary and index for quick and simple reference, Simple Maths may not have you jumping for the joys of arithmetic but it does break things down and make them easier to understand and use.
A useful tool for older children who may be overwhelmed and confused by what they are being taught in school but also a nice refresher for those of us who did what was needed to pass our exams and them promptly left the most part behind us when we entered the ‘real’ or ‘grown-up’ world.
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Site of interest- Ask the Cybrarian

Ask the Cybrarian is a nice site that posts book reviews for young children through to young adult. Reviews are well written and there is a good selection of books.

Meet the Cybrarian

I am Millicent Prendergild, the resident Cybrarian at Greenbrier Academy. I oversee the archives and work closely with the ghost writing staff particularly in fact checking the inter-realm histories. I am happy to have this site to share some of my thoughts on your realm’s books, classics to newly released and answer any questions you may have for me.

If there is a particular book you would like for me to review (young children through young adult), please email your request with a brief description of your book to
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Interview with Cat Connor

Tell us a bit about your latest book.
I’m the author of killerbyte and terrorbyte, the first two books in a series about FBI Special Agent Ellie Conway. Both books were released in 2009, I think it’s best if I tell you a bit about them both. After struggling with the best way to do that I’ve settled on using excerpts from Bookwenches reviews.
Killerbyte was launched on April 10th 2009 and is now a finalist in the 2010 EPIC awards mystery and/or suspense category.
“FBI Agent Gabrielle Conway is no stranger to death threats. She seems to get them daily and from a poetry chat room of all places. Although she thinks it strange how people will get so worked up online that they would resort to such actions, she never really took any of the threats seriously. That is, until someone from her chat room showed up on her doorstep with murder on his mind. The police manage to chase him away, and Ellie believes that the incident is over until a dismembered body shows up in her trunk accompanied by a cryptic and poorly-written poem.
A series of emails and yet another gift of an incomplete corpse convince both Ellie and the FBI that she is being stalked by a madman. Now she is under the protection of both her own agency and her boyfriend Mac as they work to discover exactly who the killer is and to apprehend him. As the killer plays a twisted game of cat-and-mouse with Ellie and Mac, the body count grows. People Ellie knows from her chat room as well as agents she works with are beginning to show up dead, and the FBI is completely unable to track the murderer down. To make matters worse, evidence is beginning to point at someone she cares very much about. Mac and Ellie both know that if they don’t nab this killer soon, the deaths will begin to include family…as well as themselves.” – Bookwenches (an excerpt from the killerbyte review June 2009)
killerbyte: When a poetic psychopath starts hunting and killing patrons in Special Agent Ellie Conway’s chat room, Ellie finds herself embroiled in an invisible killer’s twisted plan and battling to keep her sanity.
On November 10th 2009, my publisher, Rebel e Publishers, launched Terrorbyte – the second Conway book.
“After over a year of hard work, FBI Special Agent Ellie Conway and her husband, Special Agent Mac Connelly, have finally opened the Butterfly Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting the children of mentally ill and bipolar parents. The high they are riding comes to a crashing end, however, when Ellie is called to a murder scene the very night of the dedication. Ellie’s no stranger to death and the evil of others, but the scene that greets her takes her breath away. Not only is the murder victim staged, but the killer has written lines from one of Ellie’s own poems on the walls and has left her a personal message on an innocuous blue post-it note. The poetry and the notes are eerily reminiscent of a case Ellie solved a year ago.
It is summer in Virginia, and hurricane season is right on top of them. As the weather turns nasty and water pours from the skies, the murders continue. Ellie, promoted to Supervising Special Agent for this case, realizes with horror that the victims are linked by one factor: they are all involved with the Butterfly Foundation. Somehow the killer is using her beloved project to locate and target his victims, making a mockery of the sense of safety and support that the foundation was created to foster. Complicating issues is the fact that Ellie is suffering side effects from an old head injury. She is assaulted by dizziness and migraines, and strange fragments of songs and television series that dance through her mind, leading her to conclusions on the case that are almost bizarrely accurate.
As Ellie, Mac, and their team work to identify and stop the killer, it becomes evident that he is watching them and is leading them on a complex trail designed to distract and obfuscate. But what is he trying to distract them from? Their investigation will uncover a truth that is not only bigger than Ellie could have ever imagined, but it is also her worst nightmare.” – Bookwenches (an excerpt from the terrorbyte review Jan 2009)

Terrorbyte: Ellie Conway is back: wisecracking, kicking ass and using her psycho-prophetic talents to grapple with a murderer with ulterior motives, secreted behind a series of grotesque crimes.

What are your marketing strategies?
That’s actually quite a difficult question. Being eBooks (print is coming but I don’t have a date yet!), marketing is entirely internet based. I do interviews, guest blogs, seek out my target audience wherever they may be lurking and hope I can engage them enough to buy my books.
I’ve received some fabulous advice from other writers at Backspace ( ) as a result I have made available PDF versions of the first chapters of both books via my website. So you can try before you buy. I also offer free short stories involving my main characters, I wrote one for Christmas and one for New Years and no doubt will have a Valentines story ready for Feb 14th.
Some days it feels like I am everywhere on the internet. Even my main character has a MySpace page, and she is an occasional twitterer.

What other writing interests do you have?
I do occasionally write short stories. I have had a number of them published over the last few years. I used to write poetry but haven’t done that in a while.
All up, I have written ten novels, five of them are Ellie Conway books. I even have a New Zealand set spy novel sitting here waiting for me to get back to it. I’m hoping that the inclination to revise and polish that will overtake me sometime this year.
And outside interests include tie-dying, reading, music, and long walks on the beach. All right not the last one, we live near a park – so it’s more playing on the swings than long walks.

What advice do you have for new writers?

You can’t learn to write without writing. You will make mistakes. There will be moments of intense self-doubt and you will want to quit. Push on! Start again if you have to. There is no shame in tossing a manuscript in the bottom draw and starting again – it’s called learning. Put in the time, believe in yourself, listen to those you trust to tell you the truth and be honest with yourself about your shortcomings and strengths. It doesn’t matter how many books you read about writing if you’re not going to actually sit down and write you will get nowhere.
Very few people get it right the first time.
Grow a thick skin. Seriously, it helps, and you’ll find out why soon enough.
It can’t hurt to get some writing credits under your belt either, before you start shopping your novel. If you’re writing fiction – try writing some short stories and get those placed in magazines or ezines. (Always cool to be able to put a publishing history in your query letter to an agent or publisher.)
Don’t isolate yourself! Constructive feedback is essential, so seek out writing groups, online, in life… whatever works for you.
Writing is something you shouldn’t do if you don’t love it. The publishing world is hard. The business can be heartbreaking and demoralizing then turn on a dime and throw out rainbows and fluffy bunnies.
I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

What is your all time favourite book and why?
Just one? I don’t know that I can pick one. How about this, as a young teenager my favorite book was The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I had the biggest crush on Ponyboy. I must’ve read that book at least six times.
Currently my favorite book is – well, that’s pretty hard to answer actually, pick a book written by Jeffrey Deaver, anyone will do. I think so far I have loved them all – he makes me think.
I am also a big fan of Janet Evanovich’s Plum series. I’ve read them all several times each and they still make me laugh.

Where can people find out more about you and your work?
You can pop by my website, which is
There is a lot to browse through over there, including downloadable short stories and sample chapters of killerbyte and terrorbyte. Oh and if anyone fancies a wee look at some fun book trailers, I have those there too. (I will supply the blood recipe if requested)
My publisher’s website, where you will find a bio and information on both novels.
There is a Facebook fan page.
I blog several times a week about all manner of things, not just writing.
Anyone twitter? Addictive isn’t it? You can reach me by twittering @catconnor.
It’s getting so if you turn around twice and poke out your finger – you’ll hit me on the ‘net!

Anything else you'd like to add?
Thank you for having me over, I’m really glad I managed to visit without snorting coffee or otherwise embarrassing myself.
I enjoyed your questions, Jo. Here’s hoping y’all have a wonderful 2010.
What are we calling this year, twenty ten or two thousand ten? Well whatever you decide to call it, I hope it’s all you wished for.
Cat x
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Upcoming Redwood Writer Events

Redwood Branch of the California Writers Club

They are one of eighteen branches of the California Writers Club, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to educating both members and the public in the craft of writing and in the marketing of their work, through public meetings, workshops and conferences.

Upcoming Redwood Writer Events
For a full listing of Redwood Writers' events, please see
Reserve January 23, January 30 and February 6, 2010 for the Redwood Writers Editing Workshops!

Saturday, January 23, 2010 - Write Tight(ly)
10-10:50 Overview: What is tight writing? Why is it important? How can we achieve this? Examples.
Presenter: Jeanne Miller
11:10-12:30 Write Tight(ly) workshop - Brief review of tight writing and how to achieve it.
Workshop/exercises. Presenter: Jean Hegland

Saturday, January 30, 2010 Create Tension
10:00-10:50 Overview: Examples of tension. Why is it important? How can we achieve tension?
Presenter: Ransom Stephens
11:10-12:30 Create tension workshop Brief review of tension and how to create.
Workshop/exercises on creating tension.
Presenter: Stefanie Freele

Saturday, February 6, 2010 End it Right
10:00-10:50 Overview: What is the right place to end? Not too soon or too late. Why is this important? Examples of of endings.
Presenter: Ana Manwaring
11:10-12:30 End it Right workshop - Brief review of right places/ways to end
Workshop/exercises on ending a story.
Presenter: Becca Lawton

Sign up for these workshops via PayPal! for full details
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Review: The Frugal Editor

Title: The Frugal Editor
Author: Carolyn Howard Johnson
Publisher: Red Engine Press

Reviewed by Jo Linsdell.

Given the general worldwide economic crisis of the past few years, a book explaining ‘How to do it frugally’ has never been so useful.
Carolyn Howard Johnson has compiled the ultimate guide that explains both why editing is important and how to go about it correctly whilst keeping your expenses to a minimum.
Published by Red Engine press, this practical guide to editing your work will help you demonstrate professionalism.
Carolyn starts by explaining what gremlins are and how to spot them. She then takes you through the step by steps of editing and gives a peek into the minds and query boxes of literary agents. She goes on to offer extremely useful tips and information about using words tools whilst reminding you never to trust your computer completely.
She then takes you through Adverbs, Gerunds, Participles etc…, deals with dialogue and shows you how to go about galley edits.
She even supplies appendixes complete with a sample cover letter and sample query letters plus other writers aids.
The Frugal Editor is packed with great tips to make the editing process simple and effective. A must have book for any writer who wants to put their best foot forward but also an indispensible tool for editors and publishers.
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Site of interest- Pub Rants

Pub Rants is written by 'Agent Kristen' a literary agent from Denver (USA) who induluges in polite rants about queries, writers and the publishing industry.

About the blogger:

A nice Midwesterner breaks free of her genteel upbringing and says what's on her mind--politely of course--some habits are really hard to break. And one last thing, Pub Rants is shorthand for Publishing Rants. No Irish Pub involved--unless you want one to be!

About the site:

This site gives a nice insight into what literary agents look for and what they really think of the queries they receive. The style is relaxed and friendly and the way she breaks down query letters explaining the good and bad points is really useful.

Well worth a visit!
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Free Catholic Writers Conference Online

Karina Fabian Ann Margaret Lewis
E-mail: e-mail:

For Immediate Release

Registration for Free Catholic Writers Conference Online Ends Feb 15

World Wide Web—Are you a Catholic writer? Looking for an opportunity to learn more about writing and marketing, a chance to meet like-minded authors, and get an opportunity to pitch your work? Want it all for free—and without leaving your home? The Catholic Writers' Conference Online, which will be held February 26-March 5, 2010, is for you. Hurry, though—registration ends Feb 15.

The conference is held via chats and forums at Sponsored by the Catholic Writer's Guild, the online conference is free of charge and open to writers of all levels who register before February 15, 2010.

"Each year, we have about 300 writers and around 50 presenters participate, " said organizer Karina Fabian. "This year, we're thrilled to have added small-group critique sessions with well-established authors and editors, plus more pitch sessions than ever before!"

Publishers hearing pitches include well known Catholic publishers like Pauline Books and Media, large Christian publishers like Thomas Nelson, and small secular presses like White Rose. Thus far, eleven pitch sessions are scheduled, running the gamut from Christian romance to Catholic theology.

In a new program, dozens of attendees will have the opportunity to have pieces of their work critiqued by successful editors and writers. In addition, there will be forum-based workshops and chat room presentations covering topics from dialogue to freelancing to how Catholic fiction differs from Christian fiction.

"Even in good economic times, it's hard for writers to attend live conferences, " said Fabian, "but this year, we think it's even more important to help careers by utilizing an online format. We're so grateful that our presenters are willing to share their time and talent."

Although the conference is offered free of charge, donations are accepted; proceeds will go toward future conferences. For a $10 donation, one receives a copy of the conference e-book containing chat transcripts, forum workshop posts, handouts or informational materials from the conference. Non-Catholics may attend, as long as they respect Catholic beliefs and the conference's Catholic focus.

To register or for more information, go to
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Graphics, interviews and further information available upon request
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Interview with Holli Castillo

When did you first feel like a writer?

The first time I felt like a writer was when I finished writing my novel and started querying agents and publishers. The first time I felt like I could legitimately tell people I was a writer was when I signed my contract with my publisher. The first time I truly believed it was when I actually held my book in my hand. It was like holding one of my kids at their birth, but much cleaner and a lot less noisy. And I had on underwear. Big difference I guess, but the feeling was the same.

Tell us a bit about your latest book?

GUMBO JUSTICE is a mystery/thriller set in New Orleans, my hometown. It features a female assistant district attorney, Ryan Murphy, who is an aggressive, competetive prosecutor but somewhat dysfunctional in her personal life. Her daddy is a police captain, her brothers are all cops, and her romantic interests tend to center around the boys in blue. When the D.A. assigns his prosecutors, including Ryan, to visit crime scenes, a whole series of murders begin that are somehow related to Ryan.

Ryan is vying for a promotion, and her only concern initially is how the murders will affect her running for the elite Strike Force posiiton. But Ryan has secrets and mysteries of her own, as well as a habit of drowning her sorrows in tequila. When the murderer begins to focus his attention on her, she finally realizes her job is not the only thing she has to worry about, and her actions have consequences she could never have anticipated.

Where did you get your inspiration from for this book?

Although this is fiction, the book was inspired by my prior job as an assistant district attorney in New Orleans, as well as my current position as an appellate public defender. The cases in the novel are fiction, but the setting, such as the courthouse, the projects, the D.A.'s Office, and most of the places in the book, are all based on the real places such as they were before Katrina.

Who is your publisher and why did you choose them?

Oak Tree Press is my publisher, owned by Billie Johnson. I went with Billie because she doesn't mind taking a chance on new writers, and she gets what I write. I had a lot of rejections from agents with comments that it was too dark for them, or too dark for them to sell. Billie loves New Orleans, and appreciates the seamier underbelly I write about.

Do you have any tips for other writers wanting to enter this genre?

My biggest tip to a new writer would be to have a good story in your head before you write, but don't fall in love with it. My original draft ended up so different from the final draft, that I seriously doubt I would have been able to get the first draft published. Also, if you're just starting out, join writing groups, whether in person or online, because they can help you avoid some of the pitfalls of writing, publishing and promoting.

How have you gone about marketing this book? Which method has been most effective so far?

I have done a lot of online marketing, joining author and reader websites. I also try to get reviews from various people on different sites to expand the audience. I keep two websites, and am on Facebook, Myspace, and a member of Sisters In Crime among other groups. It's important to network with people who like to read mysteries. I also try to attend writer's conferences and meet new people in the industry. Every contact could result in multiple book sales, so I try to be nice to everyone.

As far as real life promotion, I have to be selective, because in June, 2008, I was hit head-on by a drunk driver and am still not fully recovered. I broke my left femur, my right tibia, fibula and metatarsal, shattered my left elbow and fractured some lower lumbar vertebrae. I started walking again after six months of immobility, but am full of hardware and can't walk for long before everything hurts and I need to rest. I am constantly improving, but personal appearances are still difficult. Because of that, I am picky about where I try to go. I am also not driving yet again, so for me to get out in public everyone around my house has to rearrange their schedules.

What takes you longer to do, writing the first draft or editing?

Editing definitely takes longer. The first draft flew from the keyboard. Then I took about three years to edit, deciding what to cut, how to improve it. My first round of queries were all standard rejections, so I took a workshop online and the first thing I was told was that my word count was obscenely high for a first time writer looking for representation. So I took a break, edited, cut down, sent it out again, and started getting interest until I found a publisher.

Where can people find out more about you and your books?

I have two websites,, where you can find out more about me and the novel, as well as order signed copies of the book. My other website,, also has information on other things I am working on.

You can also follow me on Facebook,
or Myspace at

Anything else you'd like to add?

Gumbo Justice is the first in the Crescent City Mystery Series. The second in the series should be out summer, 2010, called Jamabalya Justice, and will pick up where Gumbo Justice left off. So if you've read Gumbo Justice already, don't worry, your questions will be answered by the second novel.
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Video- John Irving on the Writer's Craft

Best-selling author John Irving discusses the craft of writing novels. His latest novel, "Until I Find You," is published by Random House of Canada.

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Review: The Gruffalo

Title: The Gruffalo
Authors: Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Publisher: MacMillan Childrens Books
ISBN: 978-0-33-71093-7

Reviewed by Jo Linsdell

Winner of the Smarties Book Prize Gold Award, The Gruffalo is a wonderful children's book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

The rhyming prose tells the story of a little mouse who takes a walk in a deep dark wood and comes face to face with a fox, an owl, a snake and a Gruffalo. His quick-thinking gets him out of trouble.

Young children will love both the tale and the colour illustrations. The Gruffalo has become a regular reading request for my two year old and I’m sure will have the same effect on other youngsters.

There is also a ‘The Gruffalo Colouring book’ and ‘The Gruffalo Activity book’ in the series for children to continue the fun, and the website for more Gruffalo activities and games.
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Site of interest- A book inside

A Book Inside - How to Write and Publish a Book was created by author Carol Denbow and offers some great tips and expert advice on; How to Write a Fiction, Non-Fiction Book, or Novel, find a Publisher or Publishing Option, and Market Your books for free.

Carol hosts interviews with other experts fromt he industry to give insight into how things work and to share from their experiences. She also explains in easy to follow short articles the more technical aspects of writing and marketing a book. If you've ever wondered how to lay out a copyright page or how to set the retail price of your new book, then this is a site you definitely want to visit.

About the Blog Editor (taken from the website):
In 2004, I sat down and wrote the introduction to my first book. Two years later, "Are You Ready to Be Your Own Boss?" was in print fulfilling the need for new business owners to achieve success. I am a retired business owner, mom of two awesome kid’s, and since 2006 have authored or co-authored seven additional non-fiction books including, “A Book Inside, Writing, Publishing, and Selling your Story” (2008), and “Stress Relief for the Working Stiff, How to Reverse the Embalming Effect” (2008). Recently I published two e-books, How to Organize a Virtual Book Tour and 100 Ways to Market Your Book For Free (or really cheap). Both are available exclusively through my Website at
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Interview with David Murdoch

Tell us a bit about your latest book?

Ana Markovic, in a nutshell, is a short fictional novel about a homeless woman in Toronto who is at the point of death due to her own abusive behaviour, but who is visited by the archangel Michael before she dies who explains to her that she needs to change or else she is going to go to hell. The archangel tries to explain to her how precious she is God's sight, but she greatly resists accepting this message. A long discussion took place between the two, which was joined at times by demons, the Lord Jesus Christ and all of the saints. Through the discussion and arguments over the life of this seemingly insignificant homeless woman, there is revealed the indescribable meaning of every person, the struggle for salvation, and the redemption God's love offers every human being. It includes a number of insights into the faith, our society, and other issues that their discussion touches upon.

Who is your favourite character and why?

I don't choose favourite characters normally, although I suppose I could pick St Michael or 'Mick' (as he is called by Ana), partly due to his strong and noble sense of justice alongside his deep sense of compassion over this particular sinner's plight. He argues with Ana, and he is always right because he is speaking on God's behalf, which greatly frustrates her sometimes, but also like God, he steadfastly tries to save her even when she gives up on herself. He continues to do everything he can to help her out of her fate even if she curses him. God loves us more than we love ourselves and desires us to go heaven more than we wish to go there, which is perhaps the quality in St Michael that I find admirable in this context.

Where do you get your inspiration to write?

I wrote it in 2008 at the end of time as an undergraduate at Queen's University in Kingston and I decided to write it after I had a conversation with a catholic missionary which convinced me that I needed I reach out to more people with the gifts had God had given me. I decided to try to write a christian novel as a means of sharing with others the beautiful and wondrous things that I knew existed in our faith. I had never written professionally before that, but I simply prayed to the Holy Spirit for help in writing this and after a little while, I came up with this. I hope I can say that my inspiration comes from God who has implanted a need in me to share what He has given me with other people and not to keep it just to myself.

What are your writing resolutions for 2010?
I'm not sure if this is a writing resolution, or if it's a resolution just associated with writing, but I hope to improve my marketing skills so that I can find greater success with this endeavour. There's a number of short stories relating to atheism and belief in God, which I've written and hope to add to in the coming year, although I don't know if I will try to publish any of them eventurally or not.

As always I trust and pray to the Lord to guide me whatever He wants me to do.

Do you use social networks? Which have worked best for promoting your book?

I have very little experience with social networks. Learning more about them may be part of my 2010 resolution elaborated about.

Where can people find out more about you and your work?

I don't have a webpage, although there is additional information and reviews that can be seen about this book on the amazon webpage (

Anything else you'd like to add?

I also published a theological book that has a somewhat complex treatment of sin and judgment, entitled 'The Knowledge of Good and Evil'.
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Fiction Reading Opportunity

Lillian Cauldwell and Carolyn Howard-Johnson Partner To Offer Fiction Reading Opportunity

Lillian Cauldwell and Carolyn Howard-Johnson invite authors to participate in a frugal and fabulous reading and cross-promotion adventure

Starting March, 2010.
Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio will feature authors of published books of fiction to join in the first-ever serial weekly literary festival where authors read brief excerpts from their books over PIVTR’s radio network.

(Nonfiction and Poetry Weeks will come later in 2010.)

Authors may book a reading on what may be a first-of-its-kind event:
It is only $10 for 10 minutes. Authors may contact before January 15, 2010.
The special will air March 21 thru March 28, 10 to 11 p.m. (New York time) except Wednesday evening when the show starts 10:30 and ends at 11:30 p.m.

Text Lillian at 734-277-2733 Or E-mail: for details!

The planned program also includes:

§ Authors book reviews will be posted on Carolyn's The New Book Review blog: That blog was recently named to Online Universities 101 Best Blogs for Readers list.

§ A special authors' page will be created on Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio ( Web page.

§ Lillian will make MP3 streams (html codes) of participating authors' presentations available for $3 each plus shipping. Proceeds from the MP3 streams will go to Mission Socorro and Capuchin Soup Kitchen to help the homeless, migrant workers and recently released prisoners get back on their feet.

Passionate Voices Radio is based on three principles: to market and promote published mid-list and unknown authors to the media; to provide a conduit for voices not otherwise heard in this noisy world; and to provide quality educational and informative content to listeners so they can use it immediately in their spiritual, personal and business lives.

Lillian Cauldwell is an author of one award-winning nonfiction book, "Teenagers! A Bewildered Parent's Guide." She writes multi-cultural paranormal mysteries for mid teens (9 to 14 years) and mentors junior and senior high school students to write their first books. and

Carolyn Howard-Johnson is an award-winning novelist and poet. She is also the author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers.

The pair plans future reading festivals for poets and writers of nonfiction.
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Site of interest- Robin Falls Magazine

Robin Falls Magazine is an online magazine for writers and artists, published every two months. The first issue came out on 1st December 2009 and proved to be a huge success with thousands of visitors to the site.

It was created and organised by April Robins, who is also the brains behind the Facebook group Red River Writers and the Robin Falls internet radio shows. The aim being to give another channel for writers and artists to share their talents.

A new feature has also been added at the Blog Talk Radio shows and they are looking for people to be Robin Falls Chatroom Representatives, for short Chat Reps. They will ask questions in the chatroom during shows. If interested please email

A message from April Robins, CEO Robin Falls, LLC

The Editors at Robin Falls Magazine are April Robins, Jo Linsdell- Feliciani, Leslie Graham, and F. Jay Robins. The Art Department is ran by Kim Reale Johnson with her are Wendy Whittingham and Mj Gillot.

We would like to invite you to visit our new Robin Falls Magazine. The magazine is a seasonal online display of work by international Writers and Artists. Most are members of FaceBook group Red River Writers.

It is divided into four sections: Red River Writers, Robin Falls Kids, Radio Shows, and the Book & Art Shop. Within the pages of the sections are 5 interactive, recurring posts where you can ask related questions and get answers from experts.

Red River Writers section contains: Articles, Poetry & Lyrics, Short Stories, Writing & Promoting, Book Reviews, Videos, Excerpts from books, and Art Displays.

Robin Falls Kids section contains: Articles, Stories, Poems, Music, Art, Kids Activities, Book Reviews, Writing & Promoting Tips, Coloring Pages, and Book Trailers.

Radio Shows section relates to Red River Writers Live and Robin Falls Kids Blog Talk Radio Shows. There you will find profiles of Shows, Hosts, Guests, and Assistants. The shows motto is “To Entertain and Education.” Currently Robin Falls produces 15 different styled radio shows, representing all genres. There pages will definitely entertain.

Book and Art Shop at Robin Falls Magazine features work of friends of Robin Falls from all genres. Direct links to learn more about each item with ability to purchase are provided.

As if that was not enough, the magazine is stuffed with links and flashing buttons that will lead you directly to one of our more than 500 merchant affiliate stores. Special effort was made to give you an exciting online shopping experience. There is variety galore and discounts to boot.

So, please enter and relax by our beautiful falls while you view the magazine's magnificent scenery at
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Review: Sal and Sally

Title: Sal & Sally
Author: Jay Miller
Publisher: Gather Community Press
ISBN: 978-1-935028-13-0


In Sal & Sally, number 2 in the ‘All God’s Critters’ series, Jay Miller takes us to the ocean.

Two small sea bass, called Sal and Sally, discover a new game blowing bubbles. They soon teach Nellie the Octopus how to blow them too but she blows one so big that they get trapped inside it. Then along comes Nasty Nick a Long nosed Shark who tries to eat them. As they are protected by the bubble, Nasty nick soon gives up and they all end up blowing bubbles together and singing songs. Not long after all the other critters learn how to blow bubbles too.

A wonderful tale about friendship, complete with songs that will delight small children.

With colourful illustrations by Jessica L. Ball, Sal & Sally is sure to become a regular reading request amongst small children.
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Interviews 2010

Would you like to be interviewed for this site? If so send your answers to the following questions in the body of an email to


o What genre do you write and why?
o Tell us a bit about your latest book.
o What inspired you to write this book?
o What are your marketing strategies?
o Do you have any tips for new writers wanting to enter this writing genre?
o What is the best and worst thing about being a writer?
o Where can people find out more about you and your work?
o Anything else you’d like to add?

Publishers/ Editors:

o Tell us a bit about your company/ publication
o What is your website url?
o What genres are you interested in?
o Where can writers find guidelines for submitting work?
o When do you accept submissions/ queries?
o What advice do you have for writers wanting to work with you?
o Anything else you’d like to add?

Services/ Assistance:

o Tell us a bit about your company
o What is your website url?
o What services do you offer?
o Why should a writer choose to use your company?
o Do you work with international clients or are you limited to only certain countries?
o Do you have pricing for different budgets?
o Anything else you’d like to add?

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Welcome back!

Firstly I’d like to wish you all a very happy and successful New Year. Let’s make 2010 the best one yet!

For those of you organising virtual tours or just looking for a way to spread the word and promote your writing, books, publishing company, magazine etc… I’d like to invite you to be interviewed for this site. All interviews will be posted on this site on Tuesday each week. Spaces are assigned by the order in which they are applied for, so first come first served! If you are planning a virtual tour for a specific period of the year please contact well in advance to assure posting at that time.
If you are interested in being interviewed please send an email to including some information about yourself/company, your web link and why you would like to be interviewed e.g. to promote latest book. All genres are accepted however interview questions and answers will be clean and suitable reading for all.

I’d also like to invite you all to send in your book reviews for posting to this site. It can be a good review you received and want to share or one you’ve written for another author. Please remember that the idea is to promote good books and not to put down authors. I’m not saying negative comments can’t be included (constructive criticism helps writers grow and let’s face it not everyone likes everything about the books they read) but I ask that the positives out weigh the negatives.
Reviews should be sent in the body of an email to Please include a by-line for the reviewer and ISBN for the book where possible.

Other features on the site include; video’s for authors, sites of interest and short articles related to the writing industry. If you would like to submit content for any of these categories please use the email (for video’s use embed code).

Please feel free to let others know about these opportunities so they can take advantage too.

Just one last note. Recently lots of people have been leaving SPAM in the comments section on the posts on this site. I now have a big job of cleaning it all up again. SPAM will not be tolerated. All comments should be in English language and related to the content of the site.
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Interview with Lewis Gross

What made you decide to become a writer? 
I have been writing about Holistic dentistry for almost 30 years in professional publications and mostly to the public to expose the world to alternative dental theories. For about 20 years I have been developing a medical thriller, "The Amalgamist," which I hope to have published this coming summer. It is presently in final re-edit. I write fiction and memoirs about subjects that are close to heart, as a means of self-expression, and to expose falsehoods and injustice. Sometimes I write from love and sometimes from anger, but if the feelings are genuine, then it will be of interest to my readers. Sometimes, what I consider love, others may internalize as anger.
Tell us a bit about your book Montauk Tango: From the Ashes of 9/11 to the Frying Pan of a Hampton's Restaurant. 
"Montauk Tango" is a fictionalized memoir about my family escaping NYC after 9/11, moving to Montauk and opening a restaurant. The story was fictionalized because I accuse some of the locals of being unwelcome of newcomers and change. The story is also about weekend marriage - I commute weekly from NYC - and parenting. Writing this story allowed me to find a safe place while the wife and three coming of age sons created their own business.
What was the hardest part of writing the book? 
The most frustrating part of the process was the inability to get a contract by a regular publisher. Many agents read the first chapter and liked the story, but they claimed a restaurant book would only sell if you were a celebrity chef, or better, a famous chef involved in a scandal.
Who is your publisher and what made you choose them? 
Although I attended many conferences and writers workshops and pitched the story to many agents, I was unable to land a contract and so self-published with iUniverse, which mimics the work of traditional houses. My experience with self-publishing was mixed, there are industrial prejudices against self-publishers, although certainly there are new windows on the internet for anyone self-promoting. The final book was nicely printed, but iUniverse was very corporate and lacked creativity.
Who designed the cover art? 
I designed the cover and my friend did the photo. The hard part was finding a woman with a great pair of legs who was willing to pose with a fish.
Do you have any tips for other writers? 
My advice to other new writers is to spend time in the sun thickening their skin, persevere, and show up every day for work, even when nursing a hangover. I am also working on a future project, "What would I do without you?", which is about the reaction of the community to my publishing Montauk Tango.
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?  
I’d like to invite them to my next signing, which will be on December 4th from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. at the East Hampton Library, 159 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 631-324-0222 or for general information, they can visit
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