First, the title of this book may lead you to believe that this book is for young adults, not so. I believe the term "young writer" refers to a beginnFirst, the title of this book may lead you to believe that this book is for young adults, not so. I believe the term "young writer" refers to a beginning writer, but this book could be read at any age and any stage in your writing journey. In fact, in one chapter he writes, "how old is the young writer? Seventeen, sixty, forty-six - who cares?" So be a brave writing soul and pick up this book, no matter what your age.
This is an excellent book that includes a lot of humor, as well as an abundance of encouragement and hints at what it takes to be a great writer. One of the funniest was the chapter titled: don't be a dick. He addresses the snooty attitude laden writer. The chapter goes deeper and funnier. I laughed out loud when I started the next chapter title: Then again don't be too nice (in your fiction anyway). I haven't written in a long time, but this book did jump start me right back again. Sometimes you need a book like this to give you a good kick in the pants (and encourage and instruct you as well)....more
Paige Padgett is a makeup artist in Hollywood and has done the makeup of celebrities. Over time, she began usiThis was an amazingly eye opening book.
Paige Padgett is a makeup artist in Hollywood and has done the makeup of celebrities. Over time, she began using all natural, cruelty free products on her clients, and in her personal life. She also did a tremendous amount of research on ingredients, which she shares in this book. I had so many pages bookmarked (I read the ebook), that I realized that I should take out pen and paper and start writing some of the things she shares down. I had a couple pages filled by the the time I finished this book.
This book is broken down into sections and chapters that delve into different aspects of green, clean beauty that include some personal reflections, the science, the ingredients to watch out for, developing your own green beauty kit, beauty secrets, and a section I particularly enjoyed at the end that included multiple makeup looks and how to achieve them (she is a makeup artist). By the last page, I was thinking about what was lurking in my own makeup and toiletries. Fortunately she does not suggest throwing everything out, but does talk about transitioning over to clean, green, but that it's okay to keep some of your absolute favorites. This book has encouraged me to look a little more closely at what I'm buying and using, making some small changes, and eventually transitioning to green beauty as items I own run out. This is a life-changing book....more
I've read and enjoyed so many of Thomas Perry's Jane Whitefield series, so I finally got my hands on this first book in the series. The book does contI've read and enjoyed so many of Thomas Perry's Jane Whitefield series, so I finally got my hands on this first book in the series. The book does contain a history of the character, a Native American Seneca - I was particularly interested in this because I have Seneca in my family tree. So I was very interested in the history aspect of the book, but some readers may not be as interested in this background information, which you can easily skip past, but I don't recommend that. It does help explain what makes Jane the way she is.
This is an intriguing story about Jane Whitefield working with people who need to disappear because someone wants them dead. The focus character who comes to Jane is John Felker, a retired police officer with a bag full of money. The story follows the pair on the journey to anonymity. There are twists and turns that keep you reading to the very last page
Having read quite a few books in the series, you don't really need to read them in order. Even though this book builds her history, there are nuggets of that history sprinkled throughout the series. I do recommend this series very highly, but don't wait to read other titles until you've read this first book. Read whatever part of the series you can get your hands on - excellent and total worth your time....more
I almost stopped reading this book half a dozen times. It was such a total downer, but I kept hoping for a reprieve, but didn't get one. Still I keptI almost stopped reading this book half a dozen times. It was such a total downer, but I kept hoping for a reprieve, but didn't get one. Still I kept reading, and hoping...
Elanor is a misfit and an outcast. Always dancing on the edge of a depression that wants to swallow her up. On the car ride to a new home her parents were moving her to, there is a bone crushing accident that threatens to swallow up both Elanor and her parents. Still, Elanor moves to the new home after a long coma and dance along the edge of a near death experience, she encounters a spirit in the new home. The spirit of a girl who threatens to swallow Elanor alive.
To tell more would give away too much of the story. This is well written and the author has crafted a well written story. But it dwells so much in the depths of depression that I could barely finish it. There were too few subplots to keep the story interesting beyond the soul crushing depression of the main character. I had such mixed feelings about this book. Bottom line is that I could have lived without this one....more
This book is the fourth and final installment in the Nikki and Michael series. Keri Arthur never missed a beat or made a misstep with these charactersThis book is the fourth and final installment in the Nikki and Michael series. Keri Arthur never missed a beat or made a misstep with these characters (easy to do when you're such a prolific author). In this final installment of this series, Nikki and Michael end up in a town in an old historic town, sealed in and unable to use any of their skills. They need to outsmart an evil that holds all the cards. Arthur manages to keep the tension high. Given that this was the final book anything could happen. I don't want to say more, as I don't want to spoil this book for anyone. Totally fabulous book, now I'm off to read the circle books. Can't get enough Keri Arthur....more