Pre-sale Alert: 12th February Release !

the art of - self editing for writers - Kim Knight

One blessing from this pandemic is this baby! Book #3 of my Savvy Writers series has a new addition. Out now on pre-sale on Amazon https://bit.ly/TheArtOfSelfEditingForWriters for 4.99. Release date 12th February 2021.

About the book:

Are you a new writer ready to publish your work? Are you a seasoned writer? Are you about to submit your work to competitions or publishers? This concise book will help you create a polished and professional manuscript, that’s ready for public viewing, no matter your genre. From the award-winning and number #1 best-selling author of 365 Days of Writing Prompts for Romance Writers and The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing, Kim Knight shares her tips and tricks gained as writer who has been published by traditional publishing houses and worked with editors, with high standards! Also from her role as an editor.

This book is not designed to tell you how to write, or give you a grammar and punctuation lesson.  It is designed to help you intuitively edit your story’s content, and edit with confidence. The Art of Self- Editing for Writers covers a variety of topics outside the use of English to polish your work.  Structure and storytelling, developmental editing,  formatting, dialogue punctuation, and character’s point of view are just a few areas covered. The little things matter, they will keep your readers engaged. This guide is suitable for fiction writers of all genres, and nonfiction writers who wish to edit with confidence themselves, before they submit their work for public viewing.

Check out Amazon here: https://bit.ly/TheArtOfSelfEditingForWriters

Coming Soon: Cover Reveals- Oh Wow!

I hope everyone is well? During these (continued) tough times that we all face. My only real distraction right now from the news, and reality, are reading and writing. I’ve just finished reading a wonderful book of poetry, I’m now about to work on the next one of my babies and write a few words.

Before I get cracking, I’d love to sharing with you, and the world, the first three of my Unsolved Mysteries series! I did a over share on FB a few weeks back, here’s the blurbs with them. Yeah! Each one is a stand-alone story. ‘The Note’, ‘The Red Light Girls’ and ‘Till Death Do Us part’.

They should go up on pre-sale pretty soon, some time after Sacrifices my historical romantic suspense, which will be released on the 30th September. I’m waiting for the world from my publisher about the mysteries. Me, I’m just happy to have knocked out a few more projects, and be inspired during this pandemic.

Book #1 The Note:

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The Note is book one of the Unsolved Mysteries series of stand-alone, novella length, mystery, and psychological thriller stories. Set in different locations around the world.

Tony Patel, one of London’s wealthy entrepreneurs was diagnosed with cancer, and became estranged from his wife of thirty years Manisha. During their separation, his mistress Chelsea Jackson, became Tony’s carer while his cancer progressed. Unexpectedly Tony’s mutilated  body is found dumped in a park. Detective Dunne and his partner McDonald investigated his murder. Everyone had a motive especially when money was on the table, and his wife Manisha, and their adult children were cut out of his will then replaced by his mistress Chelsea. Was this an act of kindness from Tony, toward his carer and mistress? Or was there foul play and pressure to change his will by Chelsea? What about his murderer? The case was left unsolved, with lack of evidence.

Tony’s unsolved murder file is reopened when Detective Dunne receives a mystery note, three months later. For the second time once more mystery notes are sent by an anonymous tip off, Detective Dunne and McDonald re-investigate and piece together the mystery that surrounded the entrepreneur’s death, and what led him to change his Last Will in Testament.  

The note is a fast paced crime thriller, with a touch of mystery novella story. Dunne and McDonald have only one more chance to close this case and find Tony’s murderer, with the help of the mystery notes.

Book #2 The Red Light Girls

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The Red Light Girls is book two of the Unsolved Mysteries series of stand-alone, novella length, mystery, and psychological thriller stories. Set in different locations around the world.

Amsterdam a fun and exciting city is set on edge, when women linked to the Red Light District turn up dead  on Amsterdamse Bose woodland area, or reported missing. Madeline Sloane a ballsy journalist for one of London’s tabloid papers is bored with her job and surroundings, she finds herself in Amsterdam working for the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. Her new job becomes her obsession and determination to help Detective Janssen close in on the person responsible for fates of the Red Light Girls. She reports on the city’s events, and forms a plan of action of her own once her intuition guides her to a suspect. There’s only one person standing in her way of finding Amsterdam’s serial killer, not everything is as it seems in Madeline’s world.

The Red Light girls is a novella length mystery, with a strong headed female on a mission to cover areas that the local police have failed to, and close an unsolved mystery.

Book #3 Till Death Do Us Part

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What happens when a convicted murderer confesses to a crime committed, and unsolved mystery from almost thirty years ago, but something seems ‘off’ about him, the crime, and the confession? Would you believe them? ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ is book #3 of the Unsolved Mysteries Series!

I’m currently working up my final draft with my publisher for blurb for this one, so I won’t say too much LOL. But the paragraph above that’s what’s in store!

Stay tuned for more details on books #4-#6. Three will be released at a time! These three towards the end of 2020.

Book Review: ‘Autumn in Connecticut’ by E.S McMillan ( Romance) 4.5 Heart-Felt Stars #100BooksChallenge

Book #7 for my #100BooksChallenge, I’ve had this title on my Kindle since last summer, really glad I read it. I just love these bite sized novellas that you can read in a few hours, if that. I’ve never read anything by this author, when I finished I felt that this was a really good introduction to her style of romance writing.

About The Book:

Autumn
I thought I had more time. I thought I was going to be different from my mother and her mother before her. I did everything right and still, all I have is six months left.
After receiving the news that my short life was almost over, I made the decision to stop what I was doing and open up my notebook to the page of things that I wanted to do and see before I closed my eyes forever.

Jax
I stepped up! I signed my name on the dotted line and bravely served my country. I did and saw things that no man ever should. When my time was up and it was time to go home, it hit me. I was not the same bright-eyed and bushy-tailed boy who left home. All I wanted to be some peace and quiet. I found it at Arrington Farms & Orchards with Old Gus and his apple trees.
When these two broken souls cross paths will they be able to let go of the anger that consumes them and let in the love they both thought they would never have?

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4.5 heart-felt and touching stars

I enjoyed the novella. It was such a heart-felt, touching, and very unexpected story. The latter I mean in terms of the actual story-line and journey Jax and Autumn go on. It was a smooth read, very easy to get into, and the characters stood out well. It was easy to place myself in the shoes of each character. Without giving too many spoilers Autumn has the world at her feet, she’s a young lady in her twenties living with her best friend. She finds out some life changing news, and decides to live her best life! She takes a trip away from her home town, based on the news she receives. (It’s not great by the way). There she meets Jax, and a whole new direction follows for them both.

This bite sized novella intertwined many aspects where the characters in the present day, are linked via the past. It almost felt like a ‘fated’ romance for her and ‘second chance romance’ for him. Overall it was nice reading, and very refreshing to read a story where bad news is delivered but it sets the characters on their true path, before fate really does take over. An interesting romance in many ways due to this unique spin. Life is not a bed of roses. I really liked it! My only wish list is, I would have loved to know more about Autumn’s mother and her relationship with her dad– the family dynamic here, why she fled away. 4.5 stars from me, I would read more from the author. I recommend this novella if you like contemporary romance, interracial romance, romance with a difference give E.S McMillan a try. Free on Kindle Unlimited too at the time of this review.

Romance Writing: Is There Ever Too Much Sex? Erotica vs Romance- The Difference? #90DaysBlogChallenge #amwriting #blogchallenge

Well, in response to the #90DaysBlogChallenge in my personal view point, is there ever too much sex in romance stories? I feel that how it’s written can make it seem ‘too much.’ Rather than how much is written. Also, I feel if that (hot sex) is the main driver in a story that’s meant to be, or marketed as a romance, then it can come across as too much. I feel the latter as yes, I agree that there’s a massive difference between romance and erotica, in terms of genre, and the purpose they serve to myself as a reader and others. If the main driver is ‘hot sex’ as a selling point of the story, it really should be an erotica story. So, let me break this down.

Seriously, is it ever too much?

In romance sex may play a big part in the story, after all this is about people and their relationships. So sex will be normal, naturally for characters as it is for real people. It’s a way relationships develop you could say, so generally it’s to be expected in romance stories. Unless it’s a ‘sweet and clean’ type of story. Generally speaking for me as a big romance reader, and writer, I think that if romance writers think very carefully about where they place their sex scenes, what purpose it serves, and why their characters must get it on at that point in the story– this helps with reducing that cringe-worthy read feeling. Or the feeling a reader may have (myself included) of, ‘this is too much, shit I’m not gonna finish this book.’ This is what I mean by how sex is written rather than how much of it. Also, in addition to this if there’s pages and pages of it, that’s overly detailed, and leaves little to the imagination, and nothing else going on really in the story –yes as a reader I’ve felt it’s ‘too much.’ Again, that boils down to how it’s written. The main elements of what makes a romance a romance may also be missing, if sex is all that’s driving the plot. Which brings me back to the point I made earlier– maybe that’s an erotica story if that’s the case.

So what’s the difference between erotica and romance in your view, Kim?

I know that’s what you’re thinking, well what’s the difference? In all honesty for me erotica is sex driven not emotionally or even plot driven. To me the genre from what I have read of it, and clearly I know of it as a writer the main purpose it serves is more: the sexual tension, the sexy acts the characters get into themselves (BDSM, threesomes, carrying out fantasies etc). The plot is not always as dynamic as romance as the sexy acts can be such a big part of the story, and reason why the characters are together in the first place. This seems to be (from reading) what the main emphasis is on, in a lot of what I’ve read. It’s about the thrill of the chase yes but–sexually. Maybe you disagree, but this has just been my experience. I’d also generally say this as a writer too, I (and I’d guess most romance writers regardless of their sub-genre), write stories that are emotionally and plot driven. The emotional build up, tension (not always sexual think of romantic suspense as a sub-genre), and the growth and development characters often experience are a big factor of a story. The latter should be a feature if the writer has done a good job! Readers can feel and see it. Generally speaking also, the latter is not always something that is a heavy focus in erotica stories. It’s the power that’s in the sex scenes, rather than the power in emotionally tugging at a reader.

What about ‘steamy romance’?

Yes, let’s not forget this. I am a ‘steamy romance writer’ to the core. I find it very hard to write stories where characters just hold hands and walk in the park LOL. Those that pen wonderful romance and keep it clean, I commend them. It’s something I can’t really do– or maybe I just don’t wanna! Deep down. Steamy romance in my opinion is again different from erotica. I’d go as far as say I believe that ‘steamy romance’ is romance–emotionally and plot driven with growth for characters, a clear bond for characters over and above sexual attraction, even if sexual attraction is a feature in a story. To me it’s a label you can give romance stories that have all the features of a traditional romance but, it’s not ‘sweet and clean’, sex may feature a few times, and yes it may well be written in detail but not over the top. It’s different as again the main driver is not how ‘hot’ the sex is like erotica. The hot sex, adds to all the other romantic elements focused on.

So in a nutshell for me, nope there’s never too much sex in a romance as long as it’s well written, and not just thrown in for the sake of it. A lazy writer who can’t develop a romance, or romantically charged plot well, or feels that’s what’s needed to engage a reader (heaps of sex only), might fall back on this technique and call it ‘romance.’ To me it’s really not. Yes, there’s a massive difference between erotica and romance. No matter how steamy that romance is. The plot will always be over and above: ‘getting it on,’ having ‘hot sex scenes,’ or the thrill of the chase for characters is based on knowing what a sexual experience with another character might be like.

What do you think? Do you read either romance or erotica genres– is there a difference for you? Which one do you prefer?

Cover Reveal! ‘ Beast so Beautiful’ by Carlyle Labuschagne @AuthorCarlyle and @Shalini_G26

darkness falls over the land when the Queen of Rurith dies.

Consumed with grief, King Ivar blames their son, Prince Leif, for her demise, and locks him away in the forgotten tower of the castle.

The Prince is left in total despair, until a girl, with hair the colour of a red sunset and green eyes shows him mercy.

For six years she visits him in secret, giving him hope where none existed before.

But Ruith hides many treacherous things that threaten to bring the Kingdom to its knees.

Until the Prince and his beastly curse are released. 

Amazon USA

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Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56677295-a-beast-so-beautiful

AUTHOR BIO

Carlyle is a USA Today Bestselling, international bestselling and international award winning South African author – with a flair and passion for mixing genres, adding loads of drama to every story she creates. Carlyle has traveled the world with her books in hopes of connecting with all kinds of book loving people, to learn as much as she can from other book cultures with the hopes of bringing the knowledge back to her home country.

Her goal as an author is to touch people’s lives, and help others love their differences and one another by delivering strong messages of faith, love and hope within every outrageous world she writes about.
Carlyle uses writing as a healing tool, and that is why she has started her very own writers support event – SAIR Book Festival.


Founder of SAIR Book Festival
Co-Founder of Fire Quill Publishing.
Founder of Help build a library in South Africa.

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Website

http://www.carlylelabuschagne.com/

Twitter

@AuthorCarlyle

Hot New Pre-sale: ‘Color Theory’ Romance Anthology by 17 Best-Selling Authors!

I’m so happy to be supporting these authors, this is a wonderful co-authored project. I have pre-ordered my copy, and would encourage you to also. From what I understand the proceeds of the sales, go to a very good cause. Check it out.

A BOOK A DAY PRESENTS: COLOR THEORY 

edited by Renita McKinney

17 Exclusive ALL-NEW romance stories by bestselling authors about couples who defy convention and follow their hearts. These stories are all brand new and only available in this box set!

RELEASING FEBRUARY 4, 2020

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Love is blind, but it’s never easy. A Book a Day Presents: Color Theory is a collection of stories about love that is determined not by the color of one’s skin, but by the connection of two hearts. They face challenges, but together they not only overcome—but soar. These couples know the color of one’s skin can’t determine who a person loves. Love is so much more.

This amazing anthology will only be available for a short time, and all the proceeds will go to the education of Black students.

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Book Review: ‘ Oh What a Night’, By Nika P (AA Romance Novella) 4 Unique Stars! #100BooksChallenge

What a really unique story, and in some ways thought provoking. Book #6 of my #100BooksChallenge. I stumbled across the book via another review posted on Facebook. The review sold it to me. I really enjoyed the ‘difference’ in this love story. It’s also free to read on Kindle Unlimited.

About The Book:

Ari has had it with relationships. One loser after another in her quest to get over the “great one”. What Ari doesn’t realize is when you’re not looking is usually when the right one shows up….
Lennox is tired of women with high standards and no substance. He wants someone real but he has responsibilities that keep him from venturing too far…
What happens when an unlikely match is placed in a circumstance that they need to depend on each other for survival? What happens when one night leads to so much more?

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4 unique and thought provoking stars!

I’m not even going to lie, I got into this author’s writing style so quick! From page one the main character Ari really kicks off. I read very quickly and I woke up one morning at 10.a.m. rather than 6.a.m., because I was reading this look. I found the character’s very interesting, I found the story-line very interesting, then there was a really unexpected turn. This made the story even more so interesting, and very unique. I was so happy to experience this and to see how things would play out. This novella is a quick read, but really does hold a ‘moral of the story’ vibe to it, if you allow yourself to be opened up to it. Ari and an unexpected male cross paths, he’s struggling with a sense of who he is, and is in an interracial relationship. Ari is pretty heart broken with a story of her own.

At the same time, this is where I would have LOVED the author to deep dive into this. Both Ari and the main male character she becomes involved with (via the plot twist), experience a deep shift in their personality, thought process, and who they are as people. This was clear to see from their chapter POV’s, the author did a wonderful job at showing this. I felt as a reader I could feel the change in Ari and her main man as individual people. However I felt that it was skimmed over just slightly, especially the male! I would have loved to be shown his ‘change of heart, maturity, and new outlook’ he had following when his path crossed with Ari’s. For example the inner struggles he may have faced, as his change of view was deep! So deep it was like he was a brand new man, no longer who he was. I would have loved that. That said, I still enjoyed this and loved the message, characters, and how the author so uniquely penned this story. It really was rather touching to read. As a first time reader I would for sure read more of her romance. 4 unique and touching stars from me! I’m glad I read it. It’s so unique and has a strong message I could never not read anoher book!

Book Review: ‘ His True Protectors’ ( Menage Romance/Mystery) 4 ‘Spicy’ stars! + $10.00 Giveaway. #100BooksChallenege

 
 
His True Protectors
True Detective Series Book 2
by Lynn Chantale
Genre: Mystery Ménage Romance
 
 
 
Revenge is his game, and Black Hemlock is willing to do anything to settle the score.
For years, Black Hemlock has been biding his time, sulking that bragging rights to a long ago cyber heist was snatched from him. Throw in betrayal and a broken heart, and he has the perfect motive for murder.
Once more True Detective Agency is called in to assist in finding the perpetrator, this time using Carson as bait. Fearless and capable, Carson has no problem going head-to-head with a killer with a penchant for poison.
As the trio delves into the lives and deaths of the victims, a buried secret could destroy them all.
 
**Contains Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence and strong language. Also contains strong BDSM themes**
 
 
 
His True Love
True Detective Series Book 1
 
 
In a small town, in a popular bar, beautiful women disappear. This could just be a coincidence, but private investigators, Carson, Matt and Nathalie don’t believe in them. So they go undercover.
However, when one of the missing women turns up dead, the trio is disturbed to learn the woman bore a striking resemblance to Nathalie; they increase their efforts. When Nathalie disappears from the same bar, Carson and Matt will do anything to find her.
 
*Contains explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and descriptions of violence.*
 
 
 
 
Lynn Chantale resides in Southwest Florida and she is determined to enjoy all that life has to offer. She has a mad affinity for milk chocolate, preferably Dove chocolate truffles or the caramel-filled squares (Godiva is acceptable), and plays the bass guitar when the Muse begs for a bit of distraction.
She’s a multi-published author in ebooks and has recently stepped into the self-publishing world. So far both experiences have been rewarding.
 
 
 
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4 Spicy Stars!

Thank you to Sliver Dagger Book Tours for my review copy, all opinions are my own. My gosh, I read the first book when this book was on tour last year my review is here. It was a very interesting and engaging read. Book two for me give me the same ‘wow’ experience as I read. This is one spicy writer! I love the way she adds some spice and erotica to her stories. It’s so different to anything I’ve read, and at the same time this was the main great reading experience for me. Not only are we following three detectives, they are detectives that are involved mentally, physically, emotionally, and sexually. They handle some dangerous cases and need to close them. So if you like your ‘who dun it’ or detective stories with a touch of romance, with a difference and don’t mind same-sex action give this a try. Without giving too many spoilers the story starts out in where I’d say is a BDSM or ‘swingers’ club. But the detectives are undercover and are there working on a case. The location, setting, story-line for me held me attention it’s just so out of this word ! I recommend this series to open minded readers, seeking diverse characters, but a thrill ride of a traditional detective story. 4 spicy stars for book two from me.

Book Review: ‘A Quirky Guide to Positive Thinking’ by Tonglea White ( Memoir) 5 Touching Stars. #100BooksChallenge

#100BooksChallenge #4. This is a super quick read that I noticed on Facebook. I am a fan of memoirs and literary fiction work. It’s free to read on Kindle Unlimited and it called me to read it. I found this to be touching, but wanted more!

About The Book

Self love came to me late but I wanted to drop some gems off to let you know how I made it. Maybe this will help you and get you on the road to healing. I know you’re going to laugh, cry and look at me in a different light, whether it’s positive or negative, I’m here for it. Enjoy!

5 touching stars

This was about less than an hour’s read, but every one of the pages really did show how the author has conquered all adversity, that life handed to her.
I found this short read to be highly inspirational, hearing the author’s story left me with a feeling of, ‘no matter what you’ll pull through.’ Which is the message contained within these pages. My only wish list is, I would have loved to know more! About the author’s story as I read it with great interest. There’s also some nuggets of wisdom, and the author does tell her story with humour in places. Which was nice to see that she can smile, following all the pain. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read the memoir genre, and has an appreciation for hearing stories of strength, rawness, reality, no matter who concise they are. I hope that this author considers a full autobiography, I would be interested to read it. 5 touching stars.

Book Review: ‘Devil in a Blue Dress’ by Walter Mosley ( Noir Thriller/Mystery) 5 WOW stars #100BooksChallenge

Book #3 of my #100BooksChallenge to read for 2021. After reading this author’s work for the first time, I am gutted that I never dived in earlier! I’ve heard of him, and know how popular his work is, but it wasn’t until a YouTube clip of him popped up as a suggestion that I dived in. I was overwhelmed with choice over where to start with his books, a blog post recommended starting with his ‘Easy Rawlins’ detective series so I did. Being a massive fan of the era this novel is set in, I fell in love hard! Book one has turned me into a fan! I bought the next book. This was a wonderful experience to read, not just a great book.

About The Book:

The first novel by “master of mystery” (The New York Times) Walter Mosley, featuring Easy Rawlins, the most iconic African American detective in all of fiction. Named one of the “best 100 mystery novels of all time” by the Mystery Writers of America, this special thirtieth anniversary edition features an all new introduction from the author.

The year is 1948, the town is Los Angeles.

Easy Rawlins, a black war veteran, has just been fired from his job at a defense factory plant. Drinking in his friend’s bar, he’s wondering how he’ll manage to make ends meet, when a white man in a linen suit approaches him and offers him good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a missing blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.

Easy has no idea that by taking this job, his life is about to change forever.

“More than simply a detective novel…[Mosley is] a talented author with something vital to say about the distance between the black and white worlds, and with a dramatic way to say it” (The New York Times).

5 wow stars!

The author’s writing style is so slick it’s unreal, Easy Rawlins is a great character to follow and so authentic too. I had no trouble believing him, or being drawn into his story, as he got himself unexpectedly ‘caught up’ in all the madness over this ‘Devil in a Blue Dress.’ I loved the fact that the author writes his character with ebonic style language ( where relevant), to keep them very real too. I found that the story moved quickly, and there was a lot of mystery over who done what, when, and why. This really kept me interested and I read it quickly. The characters for me were all really engaging, like-able, even if some of them are ‘bad guys.’ I appreciated that this author touches on many of the hardships and reality for black and brown people , and the relationships and POV’s of both black and white people during this era. It added to the richness of the story. Not in a sense that it’s sad, it just made it (for me personally) very raw, realistic, and engaging writing.

Overall, I found this novel to be well written, fun, fast moving, with a great character line up and plot. Just from reading this one book, it’s made me want to read the rest in the series, and other work by the author. I recommend this book to anyone who likes hard-boiled, private investigator genre books. However, has an appreciation for the setting, era, and rawness of Easy Rawlings and his friends. 5 wow stars I really loved it.

Audiobook: Booker. T. Washington: Up From Slavery( autobiography/non-fiction) 5 Stars

#100BooksChallenge for 2021, this was book two. Now all I can say is this is book I have bought in paperback. Something special I’d love my son to read (when he can actually read well enough lol). And a book I’d love to read again. I’ve not read a slave, or indigenous person’s narrative for a while. Again, it was suggested to me as a book to listen to on YouTube and I found it so inspiring, beautiful, and uplifting even with the sadness behind it. The one time reality of what people of colour had to go through. And fight to be educated in schools. Following the ‘freedom of coloured people’ in the USA, Booker. T. Washington tells us his uplifting story.

About The Book

Up from Slavery is the 1901 autobiography of American educator Booker T. Washington (1856–1915). The book describes his personal experience of having to work to rise up from the position of a slave child during the Civil War, to the difficulties and obstacles he overcame to get an education at the new Hampton Institute, to his work establishing vocational schools—most notably the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama—to help black people and other disadvantaged minorities learn useful, marketable skills and work to pull themselves, as a race, up by the bootstraps.

He reflects on the generosity of both teachers and philanthropists who helped in educating blacks and Native Americans. He describes his efforts to instill manners, breeding, health and a feeling of dignity to students. His educational philosophy stresses combining academic subjects with learning a trade. 

In 1998, the Modern Library listed the book at No. 3 on its list of the 100 best nonfiction books of the 20th century, and in 1999 it was also listed by the conservative Intercollegiate Review as one of the “50 Best Books of the Twentieth Century”.

An American Classic that Belongs on Every Bookshelf!

blendedfamilies - my review

5 Wonderful Stars!

What made me read this after the recommendation as a book, was  what the world has been through in 2020, and I wanted to just hear a story about how life once was, and in some ways you could argue still is! For people of any kind of minority. I found the autobiography to be deeply touching, educational, insightful, and for sure worth while a read for everyone. Booker.T.Washington’s story is a tale of survival, determination, justice for himself, and one that should not be forgotten. It’s really hard for me to say anything more than, I really enjoyed this book and it has made me want to read more narratives of this kind. From inspirational people all over the world.  I do agree with the blurb for the book, ‘it’s a classic.’

Audiobook Review: ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho ( Inspirational, Spirituality, Folklore Fiction) 5 Stars

#100BooksChallenge for 2021, this was book one for me. What a book this gem can really take you places literally in your mind, and with your visions of life, if you allow it!It was actually suggested to me while I was on YouTube as a video, I found the audiobook version to listen to for free. God bless whoever put it there! I have heard wonderful things about this book over the years, but never got around to reading it even though it’s a genre I deeply love. It was a wonderful way to spend New years ‘locked down’ by the pandemic.

About the Book:

A global phenomenon, The Alchemist has been read and loved by over 62 million readers, topping bestseller lists in 74 countries worldwide. Now this magical fable is beautifully repackaged in an edition that lovers of Paulo Coelho will want to treasure forever.

Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. This is such a book – a beautiful parable about learning to listen to your heart, read the omens strewn along life’s path and, above all, follow your dreams.

Santiago, a young shepherd living in the hills of Andalucia, feels that there is more to life than his humble home and his flock. One day he finds the courage to follow his dreams into distant lands, each step galvanised by the knowledge that he is following the right path: his own. The people he meets along the way, the things he sees and the wisdom he learns are life-changing.

With Paulo Coelho’s visionary blend of spirituality, magical realism and folklore, The Alchemist is a story with the power to inspire nations and change people’s lives.

blendedfamilies - my review

5 inspirational stars!

In all honesty, if you have heard about this  book I recommend that you just read or listen to it. It really is beautiful. We follow the tale of a young boy trying to find his ‘treasure,’ or in a modern day context ‘his way in life.’ He encounters challenges that we all could relate to, learns some valuable lessons that we all could apply to life, and learns how to read the ‘omens’ or ‘signs’ life gives him. As well as how to connect to the Universe and be spiritually happy. It’s such an uplifting tale, and what makes it even more worth while a read are the golden  nuggets of  motivation, self-development, and reflection points that are spread throughout the book. Like I said, if you allow yourself to really listen or absorb the messages and experiences of the main character who is referred to as ‘boy’, you can easily see how they can relate to your own life. Following reading this book I felt really good, I also felt like there is absolutely no reason why anyone on this planet, no matter their age, race, status, or wealth status, etc. should not follow their true heart’s desires. I recommend this book as a must read as we throw out the energy of 2020 ( which was  pretty harsh) and welcome the new vibes of 2021. This book just may help to make life feel, seem, and appear to be so much more better than it is, right now for us all! It did that for me. 5 inspirational stars.