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July 2016

Sherry R. reads… #carolinareads

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What’s the first book you remember reading?
I really don’t know. I was read to and I read everything in sight. I had Golden Books coming out my ears. But two of my favorites were Briar Rabbit and The Little Red Hen. When I started dancing (at 7) it was Lee Wyndham’s “Susie” series, beginning with A Dance for Susie.What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
I just finished Naomi Novik’s League of Dragons and right now I’m reading Keri Arthur’s Flameout.Why did you choose that book?
Flameout is third in the Souls of Fire series and the protagonist is a phoenix. And because Keri Arthur wrote a fabulous other series called The Dark Angels and I love her style.If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
Rhett Butler. Tall, dark, swarthy, a real man’s man. capable, worldly. enterprising and a romantic.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
Gone With The Wind, The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Norton Anthology of English Literature, The Vampire Lestat, Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook (10th Ed)

I love to read, walk in the moonlight, dress up for Halloween, make Christmas last for two months, write gothic urban fantasy, watch old black and white movies, drink fine wine and eat chocolate. I’m a wife, sister, retired USAF veteran, too sensitive (don’t tell) and I can’t tell a joke to save my life!
www.sherryrentschler.com
Twitter: @poetphoenix
Facebook: AuthorSherryRentschler


Join the movement!

I want to promote reading. I know there are so many out there who have read a book and thought, this is something others need to know about. Reading encourages a lifelong passion for learning. #carolinareads is a movement that will give readers a chance to share what they are reading. There is a five question interview (see below). I will share it on my website and give you a chance to not only promote your love of reading but also to promote yourself as you can include a website in your two sentence biography. Don’t live in the Carolinas? Well, do you know someone who does (hint: the person who created this form) you can still participate. Submit the form and I’ll let you know the date of your spotlight. Spread the word! Join the movement. Please email a picture if you would like it to be included.

Robbie C. reads… #carolinareads

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What is the first book you remember reading?
The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
What’s the most recent book you have read or are reading right now?
I just finished the third book in the Wicked Witches of the Midwest series by Amanda M. Lee, Witching You Were Here and am now reading the fourth,Witching on a Star.

Why did you choose this book?
The characters are quirky and the book has plenty of humor.

If you could meet one author or book character who would it be and why?
Terry Brooks, because he is the reason I started writing.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
That’s a tough question. Sword of Shannara, of course. The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (I know, I cheated), Old Man and the Sea, Oliver Twist, and the Bible (it has a million stories in it.)

I love the adventures that can be found when writing and do my best to live like that in life. I love to explore the world of relationships in whatever direction that takes me and people can read about some of those exploits at

robbiecox.net.


Join the movement!

I want to promote reading. I know there are so many out there who have read a book and thought, this is something others need to know about. Reading encourages a lifelong passion for learning. #carolinareads is a movement that will give readers a chance to share what they are reading. There is a five question interview (see below). I will share it on my website and give you a chance to not only promote your love of reading but also to promote yourself as you can include a website in your two sentence biography. Don’t live in the Carolinas? Well, do you know someone who does (hint: the person who created this form) you can still participate. Submit the form and I’ll let you know the date of your spotlight. Spread the word! Join the movement. Please email a picture if you would like it to be included.

Mrs. Poe by Lynne Cullen

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Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen was an interesting book. I didn’t really know what I expected. I enjoy historical fiction, but I have no opinion in regards to Poe. I studied his writing in college and then taught a few of his pieces when I taught high school English, but I never really enjoyed his works. I also had no idea about Frances Osgood. A friend recommended this book, so I read it.

For me, the first sign of a good book is one that I think about when I am not reading it. Then I want a book that is hard to put down. It makes it easy to drown out the rest of the world. This book delivered on all three accounts. From the very beginning, I was pulled into the story. The author creates vivid descriptions making it easy to be a part of this story. It is obvious the author researched the events and people in the story, but she doesn’t bog the reader down in backstory or in “telling” us everything she learned. She “shows” us the passion and complexities of this time and these two people who struggled with forbidden love. I enjoyed the story and didn’t focus too much on the history.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys Victorian Romance and or historical fiction.

Monique S. reads… #carolinareads

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What’s the first book you remember reading? It was Helen Keller (I know I read smaller books in my younger years but this was one I distinctly remember because it had a story that impacted me)
What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now? Terry McMillan’s book Mama
Why did you choose that book? I normally read motivational books or books about real life stories. I decided one day to just branch out and read a book with a story that was not real. However interestingly enough it had all the components of real life so it was very touching.
If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be? I would love to have met Maya Angelou
You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they? I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou), Who Moved My Cheese (Spencer Johnson), Let Average Go (Joseph Washington), Life Defining Moments (James Emery White), Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff (Richard Carlson)Monique Stubbs-Hall is a native of Nassau, Bahamas and currently resides in Charlotte, NC and is a Business Consultant, Entrepreneur Coach, Speaker, Author & Poet. She enjoys both the written and spoken words and believes that we must keep the Art of Communication alive. www.MoniqueStubbsHall.com


Join the movement

I want to promote reading. I know there are so many out there who have read a book and thought, this is something others need to know about. Reading encourages a lifelong passion for learning. #carolinareads is a movement that will give readers a chance to share what they are reading. There is a five question interview (see below). I will share it on my website and give you a chance to not only promote your love of reading, but also to promote yourself as you can include a website in your two sentence biography. Don’t live in the Carolinas? Well, do you know someone who does (hint: the person who created this form) you can still participate. Submit the form and I’ll let you know the date of your spotlight. Spread the word! Join the movement. Please email a picture if you would like it to be included.

Writing with Friends is Way More Fun

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In September 2014, my husband and I enjoyed a small piece of quiet between dinner and bedtime. This doesn’t happen often, but we’ve had the best talks during these stolen moments of time. During this one, I lamented, again, to my husband how much I hated my job. I worked as an assistant manager for a popular convenience store. I fantasized about poking my own eyes out so I wouldn’t have to go. I took this job out of necessity but really didn’t need it anymore. I was good and there were pretty big hints about letting me manage my own store. I enjoyed the idea of being in control, but really hated the work that went with it. So my husband asked me, “Well, what do you really want to do?” I told him I wanted to write a book more than anything. He encouraged me to do what I needed to do and so I quit the next month. I discovered this little thing called NaNoWriMo and I’ve never looked back.

That first NaNo showed me just how hard it was to actually write a book, but it also introduced me to a group of local people who met two times a month to learn about writing. The group had been meeting for awhile before I joined. I was scared the first time I went. I just about had a heart attack when the moderator asked me to read something that first day. I went back the next time and since then I’ve only missed once.

Joining Prolific Pens, has been one of the best things I’ve done in my writing career. I love going and move heaven and earth to make sure I get there. Some writing groups are more critic groups. Each participant writes, shares, and critiques. The group I belong to does that and more. That is what every writer needs. We spend as much time, if not more on learning the craft of writing and how to apply it to what we are writing.

Each of the main branch libraries here host some kind of writing group and there are several run through “Meet-Up”. If you do not live close to a group, find one the Internet. Internet groups are a little harder to break into because so much is left open for interpretation. What is meant as helpful genuine critique can be seen as mean and flipped when reading on the Internet. It is important to give more than you want to get, if you join an Internet group. Connections make writing groups more successful.

Writing in isolation is equivalent to playing chess by yourself. It is possible, but doesn’t seem to be much fun or challenging. Learning to give and receive criticism has helped me a lot. Overcoming fear of reading aloud has made me a bolder writer. Collaborating is exhilarating. For me, it is a type of group therapy.

My advice to any writer out there is FIND A TRIBE; BUILD A SUPPORT GROUP. These people will become your friends, your mentors, and sometimes will be the first people in line to buy your book.