Sheila Deeth's Blog, page 17

February 16, 2016

I learned that the cover for Rachelle J. Christensen's latest Wedding Planner novel has just been revealed. Isn't it cool! Not just a great cover picture, but a cool, fun plot, and a giveaway. But you'll have to read to the end of this post to find the details. Meanwhile, thinking of covers got me pondering...


Proposals and Poison


...what's in a cover? My Old Testament Bible Stories have just appeared in print with their gorgeous new covers, provided by the publisher. Which one do you think is new? And what makes...
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Published on February 16, 2016 18:16 • 7 views

February 10, 2016

Every once in a while I get to review a short book. It gives me a break from the long ones, refreshes the parts other books can't reach, to paraphrase an old English beer commercial, and lets me feel good about getting a few more book reviews off the waiting list. Of course, reviewing a short book takes just the same amount of time as reviewing a long one. But reading it's faster.

Oddly enough, writing a short book isn't necessarily that much faster. It's faster than writing a novel, simply be...
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Published on February 10, 2016 18:12 • 9 views

February 8, 2016

My novels have mathematical titles - I even call them "mathemafiction" when I'm feeling whimsical. The titles have the advantage that there aren't many other novels sharing them, but that doesn't help people find theem on Amazon. You type one title, and Amazon helpfully guesses you really meant another. So my novel (Divide by Zero - the only one published yet) languishes behind Continental Divides and the Zeros of Dangerous Ideas - and then only if you specify you're looking for a book.

Divide...
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Published on February 08, 2016 03:15 • 13 views

February 6, 2016

Once upon a time I wrote a novel in which two timelines intertwined. In one, the protagonist was middle-aged, trying to resolve the issues she still had after childhood abuse. In the other, the abuse was yet to take place, and readers followed along with the child while innocence headed to betrayal. I was told the novel would never sell - it never did - and that writing multiple timelines was a strict no-no, especially for relative unknowns.

The novel truly never sold, but it's been rewritten...
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Published on February 06, 2016 15:00 • 15 views

January 25, 2016

Some books include facts so naturally you wonder afterward where you learned these things. Experiencing life like a different character, we learn, perhaps, where snow falls deepest or how to soothe the savage beast. But other books offer their lessons more directly, like children's picture books with a moral to tell. Of course, if the book happens to be a children's picture book, the lesson's expected. But how much information is too much information in a novel? Or, at the other end of the sc...
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Published on January 25, 2016 17:08 • 9 views

January 23, 2016

Some books haunt you with thought-provoking questions and characters. Some relax you with the familiar. Some annoy. Some... well, maybe books are like friends and inspire the whole gamut of emotions. But today's reviews are of books by "old favorite" authors - which is not to the say the authors are old - just that their books are well-read. I know before I open the pages that I'm in for a pleasant ride, that I'll meet a wealth of pleasing characters, that I won't be taken too far from the co...
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Published on January 23, 2016 16:40 • 9 views

January 21, 2016

Did you get any books for Christmas? Print books? Ebooks? Real books? Or are all books real?

I've just been offered the chance to review the next book in a series  I love. The author asked if I wanted print or kindle, and I just knew I'd love to have a print copy. But that wouldn't be fair would it? I write enough to know it's free, or almost free, to share a kindle copy. But print and postage involve the payment of cash. So is that what makes writing real - the hard cash behind it? Or pe...
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Published on January 21, 2016 15:56 • 12 views

January 20, 2016

Today I'm delighted to welcome Dean Economos, author of A North Shore Story, to my blog. It's an intriguing, fairly short YA novel, set among the high-schoolers of Chicago, where... well, you'll have to read on to find out...

Welcome Dean, and over to you.

Sex. Greed. Drug-abuse, by Dean EconomosNow that I have your attention...
Everyone has a hidden vice. We hate to admit it to others; sometimes worse, we hate to admit it to ourselves. We’re attracted to the allure of it, kind of like how you k...
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Published on January 20, 2016 02:11 • 10 views

December 16, 2015

If eyes are the windows to the soul, what are bionic eyes, or cataract-free eyes with replacement lenses - hey, they even gave me the guarantee card that goes with it when they fixed my eye earlier this week.

My soul feels lighter, I must admit; it's easier to see. I can type. I can drink coffee while I type (is that good for the keyboard?). I can read and I can write. So maybe my eyes are smiling brighter now. Who knows? Meanwhile the windows to my home are cleaner, brighter and warmer too -...
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Published on December 16, 2015 16:11 • 22 views

December 13, 2015

I have some slightly darker book reviews for today - appropriately I guess, since the weather is dark and gray.I'm hoping for brighter days, so I can travel around with Mum. But for now, just being home or damply driving out for everyday shopping is really quite a treat, since we get so little time to spend together.

Anyway, as I take a few minutes off from sharing news with family from England, here are some book reviews (and coffee recommendations) to share with readers everywhere.

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Published on December 13, 2015 00:04 • 10 views