Saturday, January 12, 2019

Reel Roy Reviews (Keepin' It Real Book 1)


Reel Roy Reviews, Vol. 1: Keepin' It Real is a compilation of essays composed in tribute to (and sometimes frustration with) the art-form known as "cinema" —with a few theatre, music, and concert analyses thrown in for good measure. As a populist at heart, Sexton's sensibility is grounded in a desire to see good stories, well told.

For Sexton, film is an encapsulated medium. Whether 90 minutes or three hours, a movie tells one story—beginning, middle, and end—introducing you to new friends, enemies, and locales in an efficiently designed delivery mechanism. With a good film, Sexton feels you get the experience of reading a novel (whether or not the film is in fact based on any work of literature) in a highly compressed fashion.

In the best movie-going experience, your brain leaves your body for a bit, you take a mini-vacation to places you might not otherwise ever see, and you return to your regularly scheduled life a bit changed, perhaps enlightened, 
and hopefully re-energized.

Sexton notes, "I try to respect that (for the most part) these are show business professionals putting (ideally) their best feet forward and that they are human beings with hearts and souls and feelings. I hope I never seem cruel. I don’t mean to be. These writings are off-the-cuff and journal-style and come from as positive a place as I can muster....Approach everything and everyone honestly and with positive intent and offer candid feedback with an open heart and as much kindness as possible.”

Some interesting reviews:

Frequently hilarious, always thoughtful, these reviews were entertaining even when I disagreed with them. (Note to author: "Skyfall" was NOT a good Bond movie.) I don't know how Roy Sexton makes the time to see as many movies as he does, but I'm glad he shares his opinions of them with the world, via this book. He includes a host of movies released over the past few years and even revisits some classics. Very well written. Highly recommended for movie lovers.
---Maureen Paraventi

I love Roy's Reel Reviews! He tells it like we Wish we could. He expresses himself so cleverly and knowledgeably. I don't always agree with him, but I Always enjoy and delight in his Reviews.
--Mary Shaull

I've been a fan of Roy's movie reviews for some time. Armed with a sharp tongue, a quick wit, and an absolute love of movies and theater, Roy brings a passionate and independent voice to movie reviews.

Whether you love-em-or-hate-em, Roy's reviews are never dull. I'm just an average guy, but when I see a new movie, I often check out Roy's review to get a sense of whether they are worth spending my hard-earned money and scarce time to see them.

Grab the popcorn, a giant soda, and a pair of 3D glasses, and get ready to enjoy this book!
--Mike Lesich

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Qwerty Thoughts Author Interview With Omoruyi Uwuigiaren

Q. How would you describe yourself? 
I am hard working, easy going and fun to be with.
Q. Tell us something about the books that you have written and the story behind them. 
I have published several books which include "The City Heroes and other stories from the heart of Africa", and "The Adventures of Nihu". The City Heroes is a collection of short stories and suitable for middle grade readers. The stories within the collection contain messages about forgiveness, charity, redemption and loyalty.
Q. What place does writing hold in your life, how has been your writing journey so far? 
Special place. I enjoy writing and the journey so far has been wonderful. I am so fortunate to meet some good publishers like the Open Books. They've been wonderful. Irrespective of my flaws, they stood by me.
Q. What is your writing process, a typical writing day routine? 
Terrific! Once I get down to write, I hardly do other things. I am easily lost in my world as a writer.
Q. What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you? 
Meeting people on Facebook and having good relationship with them. I have also benefited from Twitter. Facebook stands out.
Q. What do you think makes a book sell, or makes a reader buy it? 
It takes a lot to sell a book. You need to have a good cover, blurb and most importantly positive reviews. People buy books when they feel the author can be trusted. Your chance of making it as a writer is high if you have nice reviews about your book on Amazon or anywhere that your book is sold.
Q. What's the most moving or affecting thing a reader has said to you? 
My book was terrific!
Q. What are your favourite three books, and why? 
My favourite books are David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, The Trail of Brother Jero by Wole Soyinka and The Famous Five by Enid Blyton. These book stand out.
Q. Who are your favourite three authors and what do you like the most about them? 
Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, and Enid Blyton. They are very descriptive in their writing. It is easy relate with their characters. A writer is considered great if only he can leave the reader with positive experience.
Q. Tell us about the books that you are currently writing and their progress. 
I am currently working on two books. One is a fantasy novel and I have gone over 60,000 words and the other one is a romance. I hope they see the light of the day.
Q. What challenges do you think are faced by writers, what's the worst thing about the book industry according to you? 
Writing a book and getting it published are no longer the challenges that writers face. We have so many platforms like Amazon Kindle, Create Space that are willing to publish your books for free. The problem now is getting people to read and buy the books. So for me, the worst challenge now is marketing.
Q. Apart from writing, what goals do you want to achieve in life? 
Life is short. I want to enjoy, win awards, and retire rich!
Q. What message do you want to share with budding writers? 
Don't give up. It is normal for any publisher to reject your manuscript, but it is not normal if you decide to quit because a publisher rejected you. Always find out why your book or manuscript was rejected before moving to the next publisher. Polish your work and move on. From experience, there is a publisher for every writer. You can take to self publishing if you are not patient. Stay happy and keep winning.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Book Review: Short Stories of Africa


THE CITY HEROES by Omoruyi Uwuigiaren is a series of short stories introducing the reader to the lives of different characters in Africa, from animals to humans. Lovely artwork throughout the book adds a nice touch, giving the reader a glimpse of what is to follow in that particular story. We meet cats as they discuss their problems in life. One story introduces the reader to a priest and his wife. Then there are the jungle ants and their struggles to survive. And so much more. 

Each story has a message, such as “fighting doesn’t solve anything” and “learn from one another and work hard,” to name a couple. The stories also gave me a glimpse into the lives of a different culture, that of Africa. This is a delightful group of short stories to make a person thankful for his or her blessings. The author gives the reader a good look at another world, that in some ways is much the same as my world yet also different. 

Middle grade readers and even young teens should enjoy reading about the adventures of the cats, rats, and ants, while also learning about the people of another country, Africa. This 

would make a nice addition to school libraries, public libraries, and your own private library. 

Reviewed by: 

Beverly Stowe McClure

Most of the time you'll find Beverly in front of the computer, writing stories young voices whisper in her ear. Other times she's snapping pictures of wildlife, clouds, and flowers. She has fifteen books published for children and teens, some of them award winners, like the Children's Literary Classics, Sharp Writ Awards, and Next Generation Indie Awards, as well as others. 

Monday, December 31, 2018

Get This Book If You Enjoy Adventure Stories

This novel is a classic legend of a young hero’s magical journey through a fantasy world

 where he is tested with incredible challenges that can only stem from the soul of the 

author’s genuine African culture and vivid imagination. Being falsely accused of a crime,

 Nihu, a tribal African boy, is banished to the Lonely Forest. In order to regain his freedom, 

he must find a way to defeat the unbeatable and confront challenges that draw analogies to 

our own realities. Like The Lord of the Rings, this epic high fantasy novel carries the reader 

to another time and place. Nihu gets sucked into a world inside of a stone, visits a powerful 

ruler in an underwater city, and befriends a group of refugees. The Adventures of Nihu will 

not only allow an audience of all ages to escape their own realities, but draw them into a 

world of high hopes, powers, and unimaginable desires.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Portia's Incredible Journey by Emma L. Price


Portia's Incredible Journey is a page-turning novel about surmounting adversity, family

 separation, and coming of age for eight-to twelve-year-old. Boys and girls will cheer Portia 

on as she confronts this year of challenges. One day at school, Liz, the fourth grade bully,

 shook her chubby fist so close to Portia's face that she could smell the sweat on it. Tell 

anyone I was in Nurse Bryant's office and you'll be sorry, Liz threatened. I'll give you a black 

eye. Later, Mom and Dad sat Portia down at the kitchen table and told her she has to learn

 to give herself insulin. She is desperately afraid of needles. But every day, eleven year-old 

Portia must deal with type 1 diabetes. As if this wasn't enough, Portia's heart sinks when

 Mom tells her...we decided that a separation would be the best thing for right now. It'll give

 us time to sort things... How could life be so unfair?

About the Author: Emma L. Price is a retired elementary and middle school teacher, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Formerly of North Carolina, she now lives in Southern California. Mrs. Price has published several professional articles in journals and newspapers. Portia's Incredible Journey is her first published children's book.

Publisher: ELP BOOKS

Some interesting reviews:

Portia is a very likeable character! I found Portia's Incredible Journey well-written with good pacing and an important message. I liked the way Portia and her cousin help each other get used to what it's like to be diabetic, and again, when Portia reaches out to help Liz at camp. The friendships and extended generations of family make it a very loving story with good strong connections, and as the girls learned, the support of family and friends will help you through even the toughest of times. It definitely held my attention and I read it through without stopping. Once you start, it's hard to put down. Highly recommended for middle grade youth, especially those coming to terms with juvenile diabetes or problems between parents.
--Sherri Hansen

I LOVED this book about Portia and all the challenges she faced. From Diabetes, to friends, to family issues this little girl gives you a real life glimpse into her world and her feelings. The diary entries really make you feel a part of Portia’s life. I look forward to many more stories from this author!
--L and A

I fell in love with the main character. Eleven-year-old Portia, in just one year, learns how to give herself insulin shots, befriends the bully from school who attends her summer camp, and then comes home to her parents separating without telling her why. The author paints her character with warmth, tenderness and sensitivity. I rooted for Portia all the way to the end, and was a little upset when I didn't get to find out how her trip to California turned out.
--Mary Ann Wilson

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Short stories with many themes!


The City Heroes, the first short story in this book depicts the 

life of cats! Author Uwuigiaren had brought the lives of street 

cats together is this heroic story. 

One menace, Flinz, killed so many cats and caused 

heartaches for cats who wanted peace and to get alone with 

fellow cats and humans. How can one cat be so vicious? 

Uwuigiaren has many themes running through these six 

stories: Courage, survival, friendship, destiny, hard work, 

forgiveness, death, strange coincidences are just a few. The 

title was somewhat misleading to me.

Book: The City Heroes and other stories from the heart of Africa

Reviewer: Emma Price.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

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Two 5 Star reviews of my book, The City Heroes" on Amazon!

Very Different Kind of Book! Really Enjoyed it!

What a great book of short stories! The stories are very different and unexpected and very enjoyable. There are a lot of challenging lessons included in the stories as well as a lot of surprises. Great book! Thanks for the great read!
---Shawn Robinson.

Excellent Choice for Middle School aged Children

These wonderful stories are captivating and will leave readers yearning to learn more about the characters. The story line in each story is filled with lessons, regret, choices and consequences. The book is most definitely geared towards middle school aged children and up. Some scenes are somewhat violent in nature and are best suited for older children. Exceptionally written!
---Cindy Shirley (under the name Lazann)


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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Book Review: The Adventures of Fill Up Phillip, ReduceAnn and Friends by Gregory Hetherington and Colleen Bartlett.


This book is a good learning tool for children. 

"Hi Rocky racoon. Thanks for coming so fast. I know you should be asleep, but this is an emergency. He needs the garbage in his mouth, but the humans don't care and just throw it at him." Etc.

Rich in atmosphere and the illustrations are beautiful. It's a must read. Gregory Hetherington and Colleen Bartlett prove they have talent in writing books for children.

Reviewer: Omoruyi Uwuigiaren.