#Bookreview – The Thorn Birds

I have this book in my shelves. I bought it at a bookstore long ago. Still haven’t finished.

Roberta Writes

Book reviews

What Amazon says

“Beautiful….Compelling entertainment.”
New York Times

“A heart-rending epic…truly marvelous.”
Chicago Tribune
One of the most beloved novels of all time, The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough’s sweeping family saga of dreams, titanic struggles, dark passions, and forbidden love in the Australian Outback, returns to enthrall a new generation.

My review

The Thorn Birds is a book from my past, a sweeping story about the frailty of human lives and relationships. Set on the fictional sheep farm of Drogheda, in the Australian Outback, it features the loves of three generations of the Cleary family and covers the period from 1915 to 1969.

Meghann “Meggie” Cleary is the only daughter of Paddy, a poor sheep shearer living in New Zealand, and Fee, from an aristocratic and wealthy background. When we are introduced to Meggie, her parent’s already have five other children, all boys, and her overworked mother has…

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT A New Year’s Cosy #Mystery DEATH ON THE DANUBE by @JSAauthor

Take a look at this cosy-mystery!

Rosie Amber

Today’s team review is from Robbie, she blogs here https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

#RBRT Review Team

Robbie has been reading Death On The Danube by Jennifer S. Alderson.

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I am a great fan of Jennifer S. Alderson’s Adventures of Zelda Richardson books as I really enjoy the fast pace and wonderfully exotic locations that feature in this series. When this first book in Ms Alderson’s new cozy mystery series became available, I quickly snatched it up to see what this versatile author can do in this slightly different genre. I have recently visited Budapest, so I was also keen to see how this amazing city is featured in this book.

I was not disappointed, either with regards to the genre or the setting of Death on the Danube. As a cozy mystery, this book is shorter than the Zelda books and, as a result, the characters are not as fleshed out. this was not a…

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The Delta Pearl 20 — Slash

Another installment in the Delta Pearl saga.

Teagan's Books

Saturday, January 1x, 2020

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Welcome back to the #steampunk riverboat, my chuckaboos!  There have been several interruptions in the voyage of The Delta Pearl during the past few months.  I appreciate you for steadfastly coming back to the riverboat dock. With that in mind, here are links from the most recent chapters.  The Delta Pearl 19 — Flirt.   The Delta Pearl 18 — Bump.   The Delta pearl 17 –Jump.  

Call for things!

This chapter’s random things from readers are cosmetics from Mary J Melange.  Also even though it was part of a comment, Kirt Tisdale mentioned help, which I thought would be a great thing

Speaking of random reader things, I could use more.  If you want to leave a random thing — that existed in the Victorian or Steam Era, please do so…

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Smorgasbord Book Review by Sally Cronin- #Fantasy – The Hat by C.S. Boyack

Catch a review for C.S. Boyack’s story, “The Hat!”

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

One of the books that I enjoyed over the holidays was the novella The Hat from C.S. Boyack… and here is my review.

About the book

Lizzie St. Laurent is dealing with many of the struggles of young life. She lost her grandmother, and her living arrangements. Her new roommate abandoned her, and she’s working multiple jobs just to keep her head above water.

She inherits an old hat from her grandmother’s estate, but it belonged to her grandfather. This is no ordinary hat, but a being from an alternate dimension. One with special powers.

Lizzie and the hat don’t exactly hit it off right away, but when her best friend’s newborn is kidnapped by a ring of baby traffickers, Lizzie turns to the hat for help. This leads her deep into her family history and a world she’s never known.

Lizzie gives up everything to rescue the babies…

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Week In Review

Great links!

Joan Hall

Wow! It’s already Friday again. Not that I’m complaining, especially since I have a three-day weekend coming up. But time is flying and we’re already over halfway through January. Not to mention I waited until Thursday night to write Friday’s post.

Our weather has been a little crazy of late (nothing new for Texas). Not much cold but we had storms last Friday night that ushered in a cold front. Saturday was one of those days when it was best to stay indoors. The weather cleared late in the afternoon. We had a heavy frost overnight, but fog and clouds moved in just before sunrise. The result was this:

Okay, not the best photo in the world, but I was standing on my front porch in shirt sleeves and wearing slippers!

So now, enough about me. Here are this week’s links:

On this site:

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Three Links Loleta Abi

Image by Brandon Roberts from Pixabay

Three Links 1/17/2020

Loleta Abi


1. https://annerallen.com/2020/01/bookbub-reviews-alternative-to-goodreads/ “They started out with the daily bargain newsletter. And it’s still going strong. BookBub has become the most successful of all the bargain newsletters in the US and UK. As a reader, I adore BookBub. I probably do 50% of my book buying through them.

But for most authors, it can be out of reach. Getting into that newsletter is seriously pricey. For a one-day listing, fees range from $93 for a free Middle Grade novel to $3000 for a $3.99 Crime Novel.

And even if you have the money, having your book accepted as a “Featured Deal” is ultra-competitive. The privilege of getting a spot in the newsletter is awarded to only a select few. BookBub chooses their titles using a complex process that predicts what their subscribers most want to read.” Sounds like a lottery to me.

2. https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/find-writing-inspiration/ “Writing inspiration—so easy to take for granted when we have it, so hard to rekindle once we’ve let the flame go out.

When I was young, I never questioned the fact that my imagination was a vivid and constant companion. It was a river flooding through my life and in whose waters I could baptize myself whenever I wished—and I wished often. I was a dreamer of dreams and a viewer of visions. As a child, I would stare out the window on long trips and watch as horses and bandits and cowboys and wild outlaw lovers raced through the rolling countryside beside the car. I never washed dishes or pulled weeds or rode my horses or jumped on the trampoline without my creativity adding something to the seen in ways unseen to others but deeply vivid and meaningful to myself.

I took my ever-present ima” I can’t imagine anything more scary than losing my creativity. I’ve experience such during the dark years and at times of illness. As I age, I do get slower for sure, but there’s still the thrill of discovery.

3. https://www.livewritethrive.com/2020/01/13/the-crucial-first-page-of-your-novel/My latest craft book in The Writer’s Toolbox series just released. Here is a preview excerpt from First Pages of Best Sellers: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why:

Most authors know that the first pages of a novel are the most crucial and carry the weightiest burden in their entire book. The opening scene must convey so many things that often the author will have to rewrite it numerous times to get it right.

But the first page is especially crucial to get right.” The best way I think to start the journey is in the middle of the first scene. Not a just got out of bed, mirror moment either. Skip the boring parts. Lean in and whisper that all important clue as to what the character wants or knows. Pretend she’s your best friend and she’s about to tell you the juicy gossip. Find your beginning there.

Research & Fun Bits:

1. https://shirley-mclain.net/2020/01/13/do-you-enjoy-revision/ “Now on to the main point of this blog. You were asked if you enjoyed the revision of the books that you wrote or are writing. I can’t say I enjoy it much. I would never make a good editor in my mind. When I’m writing I depend heavily on my writing group at FanStory.com. I can read over a page and I do not see any of the mistakes they find for me. My mind put it down on the paper and it doesn’t let me see everything it should.

There is a article in this months The Writer magazine on Revision. The author, Bernard Malamud believes “Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing”. He also pointed out specific steps to take to help you get through the revision process. Here are his tips, but if you get the chance do read the entire article. It gives you lots of information.” I enjoy revision to a point. I love straightening everything out and getting it in the flow but I hate the nitpicks. This verb. That subject. That’s why I rely on others to help me with the mechanics as well as the rest of the things needing fixing.

2. https://www.septembercfawkes.com/2020/01/context-text-subtext-understand-how.html “Hi everyone! Today I’m returning to some topics I’ve visited off and on during the last few years, mainly because I wanted one place that compares and contrasts all of them quickly, with links to the other articles for those ready to go more in depth.

Guys. We do not talk about context vs. text vs. subtext enough in the industry!

And this creates some problems! (which I’ll touch on).

So here is a “quick sheet” on these three things.

In writing tips, we talk about text a lot. But I feel like we don’t talk enough about context and subtext in this industry. Both are vital to good storytelling and often misunderstood or even mixed up. So today I wanted to go over and define the differences between context, text, and subtext, and explain when and how to use them.” Some very important things to study!

3. https://stevelaube.com/056-how-to-find-your-hustle/

Some Things More Serious:

1. https://stevelaube.com/public-domain-in-2020/ “According to the 1998 Copyright Term Extension Act, works published between 1923 and 1977 were given an extension to their copyright from 75 years to 95 years. Works published after 1978 are under copyright for the life of the author plus 70 years.

This means that works published in 1924 are now in the public domain. They can be reproduced, revised, performed, etc., without having to pay any royalties to the estate. Every year for the next 50+ years, there will a new batch of properties that will become public domain on January 1.

This year’s group includes some well-known works, including:

Books” After reading Charles Yallowitz’s blog (Legends of Windmere.com) on Disney copyright and how they are making it harder and harder for authors to get their rights back to a work as Disney keeps increasing the copyright for works, it’s something I think all authors should keep in mind as they peruse their contracts.

2. https://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/2020/01/14/story-as-metaphor-talking-to-ann-napolitano-author-of-dear-edward/ “As you might know, I’m fond of novels that are bold metaphorical concepts and haunting stories. A few months ago I came across an advance copy of Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, the story of a 12-year-old boy who is the only survivor of a plane crash. He struggles to find a way to live, having lost everything, including his brother, mother and father. The narrative of his present life is intercut with the hours of the flight, the people whose last hours he shared, who will stay with him for ever. It’s a spellbinding read and I’m thrilled to be able to talk to Ann, keyboard to keyboard, today.”

3. https://stevelaube.com/how-to-write-plenty-in-2020/ “We’re a couple weeks in, and it’s still hard to believe: It’s 2020! I’m still writing 2010 on the checks I hope no one cashes.

I hope last year held many blessings for you, and I hope the coming year will be even better. Maybe you met your writing goals, hopes, and dreams in 2019. But even if you didn’t, you can still make this coming year a great one. And one way to help that happen will be to write—and to write plenty. How? Here are a few suggestions:”

Teaser Fiction & Poetry:

1. http://pratibhawrites.com/2020/01/stars/

2. https://colleenchesebro.com/2020/01/17/memories-locked-in-stone-a-nonet-writephoto/

3. https://charmedchaos.com/2020/01/16/treat/

Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:

1. https://colleenchesebro.com/2020/01/15/colleens-2020-book-reviews-the-shadow-reigns-the-shadow-falls-by-author-k-s-marsden-ksmarsden/ “Please find my review of book 1, “The Shadow Rises,” HERE. Below, I review the last two books in the Shadow Witch Trilogy.

Reviewing books in trilogies at the same time is difficult because I don’t want to give away too much. I must share that I received the second and third books as a gift from the author.”

2. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2020/01/16/viral-blues-the-hat-2-by-c-s-boyack-bookreview-superheroes-paranormal/Someone knows about the hat. The creature from another dimension that helps Lizzie fight against the creatures of darkness.”

3. https://awriterofhistory.com/2020/01/16/the-challenge-of-going-way-back-in-time/ “On its surface, the writing of historical fiction seems straightforward: pick a theme, premise, or concept from at least 50 years ago (the official minimum), spend some time researching locations, conducting interviews, studying photographs or artwork, reading documents, letters, memoirs, articles, etc. And then write your book.

Beyond the obvious challenges of having the time/resources to do it, having or not having a publisher to accept it (not a problem for an Indie author like myself), and all the other challenges that novel writing presents, the path to creating a work of historical fiction seems fairly direct, albeit sometimes—many times!—daunting.

But here’s another complication I encountered in publishing my recent time-slip novel, NEANDER: A Time Travel Adventure: a lack of most of the resources listed above. Why? Because my time frame drops back to 40,000 years ago!”

The Challenge of Going Way Back in Time

I had some trouble with one of my YA WIPs that is set during the biblical age.

A Writer of History

Harald Johnson has entertained us before with a perspective on transporting readers in time and place for his novel New York 1609. Today he tells us of going wayyyyyyyy back in time as he’s done in his latest novel Neander: A Time Travel Adventure. Yes, that’s Neander as in Neanderthal.


On its surface, the writing of historical fiction seems straightforward: pick a theme, premise, or concept from at least 50 years ago (the official minimum), spend some time researching locations, conducting interviews, studying photographs or artwork, reading documents, letters, memoirs, articles, etc. And then write your book.

Beyond the obvious challenges of having the time/resources to do it, having or not having a publisher to accept it (not a problem for an Indie author like myself), and all the other challenges that novel writing presents, the path to creating a work of historical fiction seems fairly direct…

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