Review – AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG by Micki Peluso

One of my best book reviews for . . .And the Whippoorwill Sang

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December was a busy month for many of us.  It started with our Rave Reviews Book Club’s first Virtual Book Conference, which gave me a wonderful opportunity to get to know many of the RRBC authors and their work better.  Had it not been for the extension which our President, Nonnie Jules and her team gave, I would not have managed to visit all the Author Booths. For me personally, the Conference could have  continued for at least another week – just to be able to listen to all the discourses and have time to chat more than once to fellow club members. But there’s always next year!

Later during the month, I also read a few books on my ever-growing TBRList.  The first one was Micki Peluso’s poignant and truly memorable memoir called, AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG.  She gives an honest look into her life, beginning as a young bride until…

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Are you Book Club ready?

Wonderful info source

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your book selected by a book club?

Well, yeah.

The main thing that makes a book “book club ready” is the presence of questions that invite discussion. For each of my books, I have 10 questions that I compiled specifically around the themes, characters, and reader experience of the book.

Book club questions (also called Discussion Guides) are common in many academic books and are often located at the ends of chapters or in the back matter. When it comes to general fiction, placing your book club questions in the back matter is the best way to get them noticed, but not the only way. You can also direct readers to your website where a separate page or pretty pdf is linked to your book’s info.

At the end of this post is a list of potential book club questions that you can customize…

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Wherever you lay your hat…

I love hats too

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Despite the best of intentions, of course, I’m falling behind time with blogging activity already! On Sunday I came back from visiting Mum to discover, on sitting down to the keyboard, that it was National Hat Day. In the USA anyway. That’s a great idea for a blog, thought I – and promptly went off to play Patience (Solitaire across the pond).

writehat But it stayed at the back of my mind because I have two hats in my new study that carry deep meaning for me. So, without further ado, meet my writing hat!
Now I won’t kid you – this is me being a huge fan-girl! 😀 The late, great Terry Pratchett, as some of you regulars may know is a big literary hero of mine – to the point of my now being a regular attendant at Discworld conventions in the UK and Eire. He had a thing for…

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2017 WRITING CONTEST: Tales2Inspire Celebrates Sixth Year

Great place to see your stories shine!

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

Get ready to share your story


“So much more than a contest

Lois W. Stern announces the opening of Tales2Inspire’s sixth yearwith a great little contest for those with an inspiring story to share. But it is so much more than a contest, as winning authors get tons of publicity to help them on their paths to discovery. Free to enter—NO FEES involved.

Stories must be true, with one or more relevant photos submitted to enhance the impact of the story. All details posted at:, so please refer to this link before you begin.

And since a picture is worth 10,000 words, while you’re there, grab a F*R*E*E e-book sampler of inspiring stories written by previous winners, and now published in one of the six Tales2Inspire® collections

~ Lois W. Stern
Creator of Tales2Inspire ‘Authors Helping Authors’ Project/Contest

Get the NEW Tales2Inspire

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The Lost Bow Blog Tour | Welcome to Harmony Kent Online

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Archer’s Aim Note: I enjoyed my blog tour in August, 2016. This is the first stop where I was hosted by Harmony Kent, a fellow contributor on Story Empire.

Harmony Kent and 4Wills Publishing bring you author PH Solomon and his fantasy fiction, The Bow of Destiny.

Source: The Lost Bow Blog Tour | Welcome to Harmony Kent Online



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About the Author

IMG_4154-EditP. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array…

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COMPASSION a poem by Bette A. Stevens

This is one of your best poems. It says so much in so few words, lovely words. Thank you for sharing it.

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

compassion-poem-bas-2017Compassion is…

Compassion in life is a beautiful thing. But exactly what is compassion? I’ve always thought of compassion as love in action. After writing the poem COMPASSION, I searched Google to find a definition. The synonyms fit perfectly into my preconceived notion for the poem because they not only included love and mercy, each synonym requires action (stirring) on our part to metamorphose the ideaof compassion into the realty of compassion.

May compassion reign in our hearts and hands.

~ Bette A. Stevens

Google Search:


noun: compassion; plural noun: compassions

sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.

“the victims should be treated with compassion”

synonyms:pity, sympathy, empathy, fellow feeling, care, concern, solicitude, sensitivity, warmth, love, tenderness, mercy, leniency, tolerance, kindness, humanity, charity

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