When you look up the definition of beta readers online, you get a plethora of information, such as this one from Oxford Languages: “a person who reads a work of fiction before it is published in order to mark errors and suggest improvements, typically without receiving payment.” Or this one from Wikipedia: “A beta reader… Continue reading Beta Readers are Essential
Little Golden Book’s The Jolly Barnyard
It’s the farmer’s birthday! He is celebrating it with a cheerful mood and by feeding his livestock. The barnyard animals show their appreciation by giving him milk, wool, and anything else the farmer needs. The Jolly Barnyard was not one of my favorite books. It felt disconnected with no real purpose. I was expecting the… Continue reading Little Golden Book’s The Jolly Barnyard
Just Like Dad is Just Like Dad!
This is a true heart-felt story of a son following his dad around and wanting to be just like his dad. The kid recognizes that even his own father may have some faults, but comes up with a unique way of solving the problems without losing step in growing up just like his dad. Just… Continue reading Just Like Dad is Just Like Dad!
Stephen King’s Under the Dome
Chester’s Mill, a small town in Maine, is suddenly cut off from the outside world by an invisible barrier. It is a barrier that will crash planes, cut a woodchuck in half and explode pacemakers. To complicate the situation, a murderer is on the loose, and the townsfolk are running scared. Rusty Everette is a… Continue reading Stephen King’s Under the Dome
Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts
This book begins with Rachel, a Londoner who has lost her job, her boyfriend and her aunt, inheriting a home in Longhampton with rescue kennels and acres of land. Not only did Rachel inherit everything her aunt owned, but this non-dog person also inherits Gem; Aunt Dot’s beloved dog. As Rachel struggles to sort through… Continue reading Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts
A Painted House
As a suggested read from my mother, I gladly opened A Painted House and began my journey with the Chandler family amidst their picking season on a cotton farm in Arkansas. In a slow southern style, John Grisham walked me through the days of a seven-year old boy who had a fascination with Tally, one of the hill… Continue reading A Painted House
Dr. Julia Cates is a well-known Los Angeles psychiatrist whose profession has been in the media light for far too long. Ellen (Ellie) Barton is Julia’s sister and chief of police in a small Pacific Northwest town. Alice is a “wild child;” abandoned and mute...