Digital Journal: my interview with Malka Marom, author of “Joni Mitchell”

Read my interview with Malka Marom about her books "Sulha" and "Joni Mitchell - In Her Own Words" Malka Marom's latest book "Joni Mitchell - In Her Own Words" details the intimate interviews she had with Canadian painter/songwriter and artist Joni Mitchell over the decades. Joni Mitchell, known to stay away from the media spotlight, talks freely and openly about herself in Marom's … [Read more...]

Digital Journal interview: Latina teen escapes Shining Path in thriller novel Lethal Dispatch by Max Tomlinson

Digital Journal Interview with Max Tomlinson about his novel Lethal Dispatch Max Tomlinson, author of "Sendero" (awarded by Kirkus Reviews as the Best of 2012) is back with a new action thriller novel "Lethal Dispatch". Although listed in the Young Adult category, "Lethal Dispatch" will entertain adult readers who enjoy international mystery thrillers. The story not only … [Read more...]

Web Design & HTML Tips for Newbs

A basic guide to help you apply good design principles to your web site design. The guide was written specifically for course authors designing online courses but the principles can be used for any web design. Purchase the guide at Smashwords.com: Buy now Subscribe to this site to get it for free. Subscribe now. … [Read more...]

A Toss of a Lemon, by Padma Viswanathan – my review

The Toss of a Lemon is a book that you need a quiet place to read. The story takes place over decades from 1896 to 1958 and is centered around Sivakami a Brahmin girl who married at 10 years old to an astrologer who predicted his own short life. She is only 18 when she becomes a widow with two children to raise. Padma Viswantathan describes the caste and customs that Brahmin women must follow … [Read more...]

Useful Word Press Social Media Plug Ins for Authors

For authors who use WordPress for their websites, have you wanted to know what the best Search Engine Optimization (SEO) or Social App plugins are out there? Tools to help increase the exposure of your website so that readers can find you and buy your books are essential. Today I was searching for a Wordpress plug-in that will help me easily share web pages right into Word-Press. I still have … [Read more...]

Almost a Turkish Soap Opera – web series

You can watch the web series as you read along with the book. The web series and feature film are an adaptation of the first draft of the book so you will see some differences in the storyline and/or characters. I hope sharing different types of media will be a cool way to watch and read. Feel free to leave me a comment. Almost a Turkish Soap Opera book is only available on Amazon. If you … [Read more...]

Review of Climbing Mountains by Osman Gulum

Climbing Mountains by Osman Gulum My rating: 5 of 5 stars Climbing Mountains is a story about the real life experiences of Osman Gulum, a successful entrepreneur, inventor and loving father. From the days as a child, growing up in a very small Turkish village, Osman had an inherent determination to not only survive his impoverished existence, but to surpass the challenges that confronted him … [Read more...]

Authors spending time on social media

Are authors spending too much time on social media instead of writing? The following article, by Melinda on the Writer's Sherpa's Blog, explains in detail how to schedule your time around social media so as not to become distracted from your writing. http://writerssherpablog.com/book-marketing/how-to-avoid-wasting-precious-writing-time-on-social-media-marketing/ Here is a small excerpt of … [Read more...]

Reading: Climbing Mountains by Osman Gulum

It's a long weekend for us Canadians. It is sunny and warm and I have a few hours to myself. I'm going to continue reading a lovely novel by Osman Gulum called Climbing Mountains. The story is about Osman's life journey from a very small village in Turkey to the cosmopolitan Istanbul and finally to the UK.  The story reminds me a bit of my own novel Almost a Turkish Soap Opera, where the main … [Read more...]

Good read: Tendrils of Life by Owen Choi

I read Tendrils of Life by Owen Choi and was very touched by the story. Tendrils of Life takes you through the turmoil of war in Korea at the end of World War II and the Pacific War with the surrender of the Empire of Japan. Choi writes a detailed narrative of the plight of the Korean people during the time-frame when their beloved country is torn in two by outside forces. He weaves the historical … [Read more...]

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