The Second Thursday of Every Month


Be sure to tune into your favorite Ape the second Thursday of every month starting next month for my articles. Coming Up: “Enjoy the Journey”, Thursday, February 9, 2017 @ 01:100a London, UK Time.

Sometimes we need to slow down and capture the moment for what it is. Step outside of ourselves and see things play out as if we are not there. Then we can see our actions in their most genuine form, identify our mistakes and most especially, acknowledge those things we have accomplished. We spend a lot of time on what need to be done or should be done in order to reach that level of (place your career goals here) that we envision is representative of success that we do not take the time to appreciate the success we already have. Sometimes you don’t need to do anything. Just be still. Take the time to truly love what it is that you do. Enjoy the journey.

Friday Roundup – 13 January

Stevie’s weekly roundups are great. Be sure to check in each week and see what goodies are there ☺.

Stevie Turner

1. Chuck Sambuchino gives 38 query letter tips:

38 Query Letter Tips from Literary Agents

2.  Writer’s Digest tells us of 2 literary agents seeking submissions:

New Literary Agent Alert: Rick Pascocello of Glass Literary

3.  Are you writing a thriller?  Publisher Bloodhound Books are looking for submissions:

Bloodhound Books open for submissions!

4.  Colin Dunbar asks ‘Is it possible to publish a book for free?’

5. Gordon Long at Indies Unlimited says ‘Design your book to sell’:

6. Written Word Media gives us the top 10 trends in publishing that every author needs to know:

7.  Blonde Write More gives us 10 things her creative friends have taught her about blogging (I especially like the one that begins ‘If you aren’t in the arena…’):

10 Things My Creative Friends Have Taught Me #Monday Blogs #BloggingGals #AmWriting

8.  Andrew Joyce introduces Sunrise Editing Services via Chris, the Story Reading…

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Yecheilyah’s Book Reviews – The House on Candlewick Lane by Amy M. Reade

Title: The House on Candlewick Lane

Author: Amy M. Reade

Print Length: 263 pages

Publisher: Lyrical Underground (February 7, 2017)

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services

Language: English


*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

When Dr. Greer Dobbins receives a call from her daughter’s school to confirm that her little girl was out of school, she is taken by surprise. Ellie should have been in school.

Ellie is missing and Greer could experience no greater agony. Having been abducted by her ex-husband Neil, Ellie has been taken by her own father. A marriage that fell apart over Neil’s gambling addiction there’s no telling where he’s taken, Ellie. Distraught, Dr. Dobbins is at her wit’s end as she and the police try to piece together the details of the disappearance.

Together they discover Neil has taken Ellie from school and, even more, a man is spotted on an airport security video in Albany New York holding the hand of a little boy. The man’s face is concealed but the little boy turns around and faces the camera. The little boy is Ellie. Greer is taken aback. Neil has cut their daughter’s hair and dressed her in boys clothes.

Unfortunately for this professor things do not get better. Having already sugar coated the details of the divorce to the police (irreconcilable differences), Greer has also neglected to inform the police that neither she or Neil are from the United States. It is in providing information about Neil’s parents and siblings that she reveals that both she and Neil are both from Scotland. At this point, after discovering that both she and her daughter’s passports are missing, it is clear that Neil is headed home.

After a frantic attempt at boarding a plane without a passport and going through several airport personnel to rectify the situation, Greer heads to Edinburgh Scotland in search for her daughter. On the plane, she meets James and a casual conversation sparks the beginning of a relationship and a long search ahead. We learn more about Neil and Greer’s relationship, her strained relationship with her former parents-in-law, and other secrets the city holds.

This is my second read from Amy and I didn’t know how to feel about Greer. She’s alright, I guess. The book opened and I was interested in the story but things started to slow as Greer and the police tried to figure out what happened to Ellie. This time wasn’t suspenseful for me and instead I found it a bit slow.

Then there was Greer who seemed to have some airhead moments, asking questions whose answers to me seemed obvious. Like, how is it she was so surprised that Neil may have taken Ellie to Scotland? Or that he cut her hair. Seriously lady? Why do you think he cut her hair after kidnapping her and being on the run? Like, duh. Maybe she was just distraught because of her daughter being missing and couldn’t think straight but to be a Professor of Art and History she had some clueless moments.

However, my gripe is with Greer not Amy (lol) so despite getting into my feelings the story itself is OK and the writing is good.

Once Greer left the U.S. things got better for me. Things got real interesting once she revealed the abuse she suffered at the hands of Greer’s parents. When she took us back in time to show some of what she went through on the third floor of the house on Candlewick Lane, Amy had my full attention and I was interested to see how everything would unfold. Looking back, I wished she’d left the U.S. sooner so we could get to the juicy details.

I enjoyed how the author didn’t allow the book to end until all the questions were answered. This is something I love in a good novel (that’s not part of a series). That is, everything is resolved before the book ends. Amy won cool points from me on that. Good writing.

Plot Movement / Strength: 3/5

Entertainment Factor: 3/5

Characterization: 4/5

Authenticity / Believable: 4/5

Thought Provoking: 3/5

Overall Rating: 3 / 5 stars

The House on Candlewick Lane is Coming Soon

and is available now on Amazon for Pre-Order


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Due to my TBR (to be read pile) I am accepting no more books for review until further notice. I will let you know when I get low and am ready to accept more submissions. To check back to see when I am open you can always try registering your book HERE. (It’s closed to submissions at the moment but check back in a few months I should be open again).

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