Suzy Has A Secret #FREE #RRBC


We wanted to let all of you know that our children’s book, Suzy Has A Secret, will be #FREE on #Kindle August 13th – 17th! 

Reviewed by Tiffany Davis for Readers’ Favorite

Suzy Has a Secret by S. Jackson with A. Raymond is a children’s story about educating them on self awareness and inappropriate behavior. The story is simple and easy to read to children. It’s important to allow children the opportunity to learn what should and should not be done to them by family members. Suzy did not like the game of tickling that Uncle Bob played with her when her parents weren’t around. Suzy did not want to keep the secret from her parents, but Uncle Bob made her feel that she couldn’t tell anyone about the way he touched her. Although the story is short, it has a powerful message because all children should know the importance of not allowing anyone, young or old, to touch their bodies. 

Children have a right to be happy and understand what should not be happening when Mommy and Daddy aren’t around. The portion of the story designed for Parents and Educators was a good read because it reaffirmed that children have the right to know that their private areas are off limits, and that when playing no one should ever touch those areas. When dealing with children, it’s important to ensure they understand at an early age that they can talk to their parents about anything and not be scared. Abusers use manipulation when abusing children to keep them from telling their parents, that’s why parents need to have a strong bond with their children to make them feel comfortable. One thing I learned is that you should not ask a lot of questions if you suspect abuse, but rather ask simple questions for the best and most reliable answers.”


The Long and Short Stories of Life

Hi Guys!

You’ve heard me talk about Rave Reviews Book Club (#RRBC) before. It’s the book club where members truly support each other and where all you have to do to remain a member is read four member books each year. It’s the book club that’s like a family, though very few of us have ever actually seen each other.

Well, this October, Rave Reviews will hold our 2nd Annual Writer’s Conference and Book Expo! If you’re a Rave Reviews Book Club member, you can exhibit your book(s) to other members, their followers, and readers-at-large for an extremely reasonable fee (when you look at all the other fees that are out there). You still have time to become a member.

In addition to a booth for displaying your book(s), you can hawk your skills in our vendor’s fair, and/or sign up for sizzling writing and marketing workshops while you’re at…

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McGrath House Poem Anthology


Surprise in the email today! My poem titled, I’M NOT THE WOMAN I ONCE WAS, was chosen to be included in an anthology book of poems by McGrath Huose. Always a humbling moment.

This entry was posted on August 10, 2017. 8 Comments

Literary Agents: Look Before You Leap!

Writing your first novel-Things you should know

Get-The-Inside-Scoop-On-A-Literary-Agent-FEATUREDI’ve spent the last few days finalizing the list of agents I have chosen to submit my work to. If you are looking for an agent, I would recommend checking out the Association of Author’s Representatives(AAR). It’s a free database on line that provides a list of literary agents, the genres they represent, and if they are open for submission.

Once you’ve identified agents you would like to pursue, the work begins. I had a list of 12 agents that met my criteria. Well I didn’t want to send my work out to all 12 at one time, so I began the process of elimination.

Remember you are interviewing the agents and determining if they are a fit for your work, just as they are reviewing you work to determine if you are a fit for them. Don’t waste your time, or the agents, by sending them work in a genre they…

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Rosco the Rascal at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade


Rosco the Rascal at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade by Shana Gorian

I finished reading this book three days ago and my review follows Gorian’s book blurb found on Amazon.

“This time it’s not Rosco who’s been making mischief – it’s the leprechauns! Rosco and Sparks are marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade accompanied by Rosco’s owners, brother and sister, James and Mandy. But Mandy thinks the leprechauns have jinxed her with bad luck, so when Sparks goes missing, what will it take for Rosco and the kids to find him? And will Mandy be able to restore her good luck, or will the leprechauns ruin her St. Patrick’s Day? Find out in this heartwarming, family adventure, complete with charming illustrations within the chapters. It’s the latest in the Rosco the Rascal series and the perfect addition to your child’s March reading list.”

I found Rosco to be an engaging character right from the start! Rosco the Rascal at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade had me hooked by the gorgeous cover art, and then by the magical story of the St Patrick Day Parade. Whether Irish or not, leprechauns are wonderful for children of all ages to read about. Old Irish folklore is harder for younger children to understand, but this allows for older children, parents, etcetera to get involved with their child and reading with them. Will Sparks be found? Can one be jinxed by a leprechaun? I highly recommend this fantastic children’s book and must rate this book as five stars!

This entry was posted on August 9, 2017. 4 Comments

Formatting tips and tricks for the newbie #WritingWednesday #AmWriting

D.E. Haggerty

If you’ve already written and published a few books, move on. No need for you to be here. When I say newbie, I mean exactly that – someone brand-spanking new to publishing. Over on my Readsalot blog, I promote self-published authors like myself. I actively encourage self-published authors to contact me for reviews and spotlights. Unfortunately, I’ve noticed quite a few formatting issues occurring on a regular basis.

So, let’s dive right in, shall we?

Double space is D-E-A-D. I know you learned this back in school. I did, too! But using two spaces after each sentence is no longer the standard. And it’s really disruptive to readers. Who needs all that space, anyway?

formatting 2 Copyright Phreelance Writers 

Line spacing is dying a slow death. Line spacing is the space between lines within a paragraph. In hardcovers and paperbacks, you won’t see them. In fact, sometimes I think editors…

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This entry was posted on August 9, 2017. 2 Comments