I finished this book a couple days ago and my review follows the author’s book blurb found on Amazon.
“Emma stuck her face to the window to watch the rain. Lightning in the background drew a fiery specter in the sky while her eyes traced the water droplets running down the pane like tears.”
Emma Willis is ten years old and has a secret. She not only inherited her grandmother’s power of sight, she can accomplish much more. Like most children without siblings growing up amongst adults, she is precocious yet at times lonely.
When a murderer is loose in Newark, a maniac with a thirst for killing little girls, she begins to understand why her Granny Dottie called her sight a curse. She will need all her powers to catch a killer and help the people in her life: Detective Hank Apple, her teacher Christina Tyler, and her little family of three. Only … the madman knows who she is!
I must say that this book was a unique read and highly entertaining and interesting. My husband stole my paperback copy I had been reading and so I bought the Kindle version and read it on my phone.
Landry had no problem in making her characters stand out from the start. I fell in love with 10 year old little Emma. Emma is highly intuitive – actually, a lot more than that, and as such she is presented with things no one should need to know as her tender age; especially when murders have taken place and she knows what the perpetrator looks like, his eyes, and she is scared. I would be as well.
Learning about inherited powers and trying to filter all the commotion on her own, due to her father’s bitterness toward said powers is enormous. Emma becomes Detective Hank’s main informant, the story becomes more complex with the characters, and the twists and turns in this wonderful mystery, romance and suspense filled book. I won’t give away anything from the story in my review, but I will say I highly recommend this book! 5 Stars!!
Is your writing pretentious. Do you write to impress others or is your writing real? I’ve written several blogs on pretentious writing, but I’ve never used those words to describe it.
So what is pretentious writing? It’s writing that uses those million dollar words. You know, the ones that leave the rest of us scratching our heads and wondering what we just read.
Pretentious writing is something you probably learned in college or high school. It may work great in technical or scientific magazines and would probably fly in government documents or procedural manuals, but please don’t try to pass it on in a fictional novel. Your attempts to make yourself sound sophisticated will actually backfire and make you appear unsophisticated.
Think of the novels you read. Do they use a lot of flowery prose and million dollar words? The answer is probably no. What the author has done is…
– Today, upon a bus, I saw a very beautiful woman, and I wished I were as beautiful as her. When suddenly, she rose to leave as her stop had come, I saw her hobble down the aisle. She had one leg and wore a crutch. But as she passed, she gave me such a broad smile. Oh! Dear God, forgive me when I whine. I have such beautiful two legs; the world is mine.
-I stopped to buy some candy at a store nearby. The lad who sold it had such charm and a wonderful expression. I talked with him and he seemed so glad to chat with me. It was so nice to be pleasant with people even though they are strangers. And as I left, he said to me, ‘I thank you, you have been so kind. It is so nice to talk with folks like you…
Have you ever wondered how to write a children’s book, and if you have what it takes to create one?
For me, it’s this smile. That’s my reason for writing children’s books.
Many aspiring (and even accomplished) authors dream of writing a children’s book.
Maybe you have an incredible idea that you can’t stop thinking about. Or maybe you want to put to paper your little one’s favorite bedtime story–the one you made up while snuggling together. Whatever the reason, now is the time to check this dream off your bucket list.
Writing and publishing your own children’s book is no longer difficult to do, nor is it financially unattainable. You could spend half a fortune just figuring out how to go about all the steps involved, but this article will save you tons of moola and loads of headaches.
Unless you’re a celebrity or have a large following already, self-publishing your children’s book is a great way to get your foot in the door, even if your ultimate goal is to get published the traditional way. If you present a well-performing book and an established author platform, your chances of landing a publishing deal are much higher than if you simply submit a query or manuscript.
The inspiration for this list was preparing myself to attend four book festivals this year. I was making a list of items that I needed, and it occurred to me that I should prepare some answers to obvious questions. One thing leads to another, and the list is born.
10 If you meet an author, do not ask the question, “Do you make a lot of money writing?” If you do, at best you might get a chuckle in reply. At worst, you might have to listen to a long diatribe about the meaning of art as opposed to monetary considerations. (Wow. You didn’t realize just how little the author made from his books did you, Dylan?)
9 If you meet an author, do not ask the question, “How does your spouse feel about your writing? If you do, at best you’ll get a two-word answer, “They’re Fine.” At worst, you may…
Monthly Festival : Turn your book into a movie and get it seen by 1000s of people. Or garner FULL FEEDBACK from publishers on your novel and help your next draft. Or get a transcript video of your novel performed by professional actors.