Carolyn Astfalk has a first Wednesday of the month book review linkup!
In the interests of being as efficient with my time as I possibly can, I’m killing two birds with one stone. In addition to reviewing books for #OpenBook, I’ve started a monthly event on Facebook Live over at my author page. It’s called Sabbath Rest Book Talk, and in it I’ll talk about a few of the books I’ve read in the past month in terms of how they, as fiction, help us grow in humanity.
For the August episode of SRBT, for the the thumbnaily-thing below to watch the video on YouTube:
And here are links to the books discussed in August’s episode, focusing on EMPATHY:
Don’t forget to link up YOUR #OpenBook reviews over at Carolyn’s!
It’s time for What We’re Reading Wednesday, occasionally hosted by Jessica over at Housewifespice. Even if she’s not hosting right now, go on over there and give her blog a cuddle.
This week it’s all about saying, “YES!”
In The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living, Lisa Hendey gives us a firm but gentle walk down a path out of the fear and selfishness that tends to be the natural human state into a way of living that is made larger and more free by all the ways we can give, and in giving see ourselves as the gifts we are. Each chapter includes a down-to-earth, pointed-to-heaven reflection from Lisa, a set of thought-provoking questions on the virtue being discussed, and prayer. Few writers have the gift of being able to give us a kick in the pants without it hurting like the dickens. Lisa Hendey is one of those who has this gift. If you’d like such a kick in the pants and have others getting kicked along with you (that sounds much worse than it sounded in my head), I also encourage you to participate in the CatholicMom.com Grace of Yes book club going on right now. Say “yes” to The Grace of Yes!
Hey, Tomato Pie Peeps! This is going to be a fly-by. Things to do, people to see, breakfasts to cook, etc.
- Cristina at Filling My Prayer Closet has one part of an interview with little ol’ me, not to mention a giveaway of an ebook (Kindle, I believe) of Don’t You Forget About Me. BTW, this part of the interview reveals how the story came together, how endometriosis of all things played a part, and… outtakes. Books have outtakes. Oh yes they do. Cristina is a hilarious, warm and full of fresh ideas, so go check out this fresh, young lay Dominican.
- Tiffany at Life of a Catholic Librarian has another part of that interview and is giving away a hard copy of DYFAM. This part of the interview tackles the value of a Best Good Friend, how to write a mystery if you don’t really read them, and the question everybody seems to want to ask but is afraid to: Is Cate really just Erin with a different name? If I have learned one thing from homeschooling, it is the value of a good librarian–her value is above rubies, above curriculum catalogs. Go visit Tiffany, a lay Dominican Middle Eastern dancer. Yes, you can be both.
- WOW! We are getting in some fabulous flashes for Wildcard Wednesday. In case you missed it, WCW is a monthly fiction improv, and this month’s is an audition for an upcoming short story anthology from Full Quiver Publishing. It’ll take 10 minutes to write, maybe 5 to post/link, and you could get discovered. Oh, and the linkup doesn’t even close until September 6 at 1am. Q: What’s to lose? A: NOTHING!
And now I’m leaving you with my tall glass of cold, bubbly coffee.
Last week’s free Kindle promotion of Don’t You Forget About Me was exhausting… but, I believe, productive!
It would have been even more exhausting and far less productive if I hadn’t received the generous help of many, many folks online. Here is a non-exhaustive list of those people.
- Dena Hunt, author of Treason: A Catholic Novel of Elizabethan England, was kind enough to post a quick review of DYFAM at the St. Austin Review (StAR). Her second (powerful, amazing) book, The Lion’s Heart, was just re-released by Full Quiver Publishing, and I’ll be sharing a rec for that within the coming days, I hope. Anyway, Dena was interviewed on the radio, and I want to listen when I get the chance, so here’s the link to that so I can remember it and we can all enjoy it. Thank you, Dena!
- Christina Weigand of the Twelve Pillars Series
- Amy Bennett of the Black Horse Campground Series
- Leslie Lynch of the Appalachian Foothills Series
- Jen Fitz of Classroom Management for Catechists as well as Patheos
- Margaret Rose Realy, who blogs at Patheos and gardens with God.
- Don Mulcare of both Wildcard Wednesday fame and Catholic Writers Guild book review renown
- Catherine at Catholic Mom Apologia
- M. R. Zapp at An Apostolate of the Pen
- Madeline at A Dash of Snark
- Emily at Books, Coffee & Babies
- I have to add a thank you to Jessica at Housewifespice for hosting What We’re Reading Wednesday in spite of being profoundly pregnant. Still. Hang in there, momma. We are praying for consolations and a healthy delivery–in 30 minutes or less?
- Laura at Green4God
- Barb at Franciscan Mom
- …and it goes without saying, thanks to Ellen Gable and Full Quiver Publishing
If I’ve forgotten you, comment below, remonstrating me for my rude ignorance and including the link to how you helped a writer out. I’ll gladly make amends.