Interview about the review with Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Bobbing Around

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Carolyn, I have just published the next issue of my Bobbing Around, and suddenly realized that I haven’t received notification of your newsletter for a few months.

I hope this doesn’t mean something dire.

Please let me know how things are with you.

Carolyn

It means that I almost have the third book in my HowToDoItFrugally Series done! It’s been tough going. Would you like a copy to review? It’s How to Get Great Book Review Frugally and Ethically. And it’s a tome!

Thank you so much for caring.

Hugs,

Carolyn

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Can you get a book review expensively and unethically?

Carolyn

Yes, if you pay for it it’s too expensive. Especially when you can get lots of them free and especially when the ones you get free are more ethical from a journalistic standpoint. When you pay for a review it is by definition suspicious to much…

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Significant Songs (123)

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Joy And Pain

Sometime late in 1980, I heard a song on late night radio. As often used to happen, I was grabbed by the sound immediately, and set off to find out about the band performing it the next day. Luckily, I had heard the name Frankie Beverly, and my trusty record shop man was able to find me the album (vinyl) that it came from. The group was called ‘Maze’, and Frankie was the lead singer. I bought it, and soon became addicted to the soulful sounds and mellow vocals, as well as the funkier tracks.

More research led me to discover that there were two previous releases, and I ordered those soon after. Within weeks, I was listening to little else, and began an appreciation of the sound of Maze that lasted for more than ten years.

They started out as Raw Soul, and were soon noticed…

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Significant Songs (122)

Love this song too!

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I’ll Be Seeing You

I’m a sucker for certain sentimental songs. If I hear ‘We’ll Gather Lilacs’, I can feel a tightness in my chest. Play me Al Bowlly singing ‘The Very Thought Of You’, and you will see me drift off into a reverie. As I get older, I get worse, as I can now factor in nostalgia too.

When I was very young, the camp American pianist and flamboyant entertainer, Liberace, presented a successful television show. It was one of my Mum’s favourite shows on TV, and we watched it every week. He had adopted this song as his theme tune, so it soon became associated with him. My parents told me that it had been popular during the war, with its connotations about departures, returns, loyalty, and loss. They told me about the film of the same name starring Ginger Rogers, with the song sung by Bing…

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The British Film Institute: BFI Player

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Film and documentary fans out there may not be aware of it, but the British Film Institute has a fantastic free resource available. Their BFI film player is free to download, and contains a wealth of free to view films and documentaries, easily streamed to your PC or any compatible device.

They also have a vast catalogue of pay-to-view films, which can be watched for a reasonable fee over a set time period. These include many World Cinema offerings, as well as up to date cinema releases. Their archive is second to none, and the documentaries range from the earliest days of film, through to family-shot cine films covering most decades.

I have no connection with this organisation, but cannot recommend this highly enough. All you have to do is create an account, download the BFI player, and choose what to watch. No card details are required, as they can…

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… better than winning a contest!!

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

While contest judges may not have considered my novel worthy enough to make their shortlist, I’ve just received far-better validation from a friend who offered to read and write an advance review I can now use in pre-publication promotion.

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And what validation and praise it is, coming from an author who also intimately knows Bequia!

Thanks to Felicity Harley who I promoted previously on Reading Recommendations, and who sent me congratulations on Reading Recommendations‘ anniversary, and wrote a guest post about her two book clubs, and wrote a fabulous review on Amazon of Island in the Clouds … which is how we first “met” online, and since then in person this year while we were both on Bequia.

Here’s what Felicity has to say about One Woman’s Island:

Among its other virtues, One Woman’s Island beautifully captures the spirit of being on the island of Bequia…

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Thank you Susan Toy from Felicity Harley, fellow Bequian

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

787I haven’t actually “met” Felicity Harley in person yet, although we’ve shared the island of Bequia for many years now. I knew of Felicity locally through her philanthropy in conceiving of a couple of successful organizations that help the local people of the island help themselves. Then I discovered she was also a published author, so I invited her to promote her books on Reading Recommendations. And she has been a staunch supporter of me, of my writing, and the blog ever since! We try to keep in more regular contact now, especially whenever I’m on-island, so I can apprise her of all the local “news” … I’m happy to say we will finally have a chance to meet in person this winter when Felicity returns to Bequia for a visit. And we’re already discussing ideas of holding a writing retreat/readers’ con/some-such-gathering-involving-words on the island! More on that later…

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The Writer’s Pro Shop Series, Why You Need It – A Guest Post by Hubert O’Hearn

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

Hubert O’Hearn has previously been featured on Reading Recommendations. He is a Canadian-born playwright and journalist who now lives in Ireland. When he announced his newThe Writer’s Pro Shop Seriesrecently I asked if he’d like to write a guest blog post to help promote this service that’s intended for writers at all levels in their careers. So, here’s Hubert!

The Writer’s Pro Shop Series. Why You Need It.

Hubert profileThe Writer’s Pro Shop is a series of weekly writing exercises I am offering for free on the internet. Not only are these important skill development exercises on my own website (bythebookreviews.blogspot.com), I’m also allowing anyone with a personal website or blog to freely use this content just so long as it is properly attributed back to me. Everybody wins!

Why Did I Develop These Exercises?

Through my work as an independent book editor I have discovered that my…

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Felicity Harley Recommends Eliza Sherlock

Reading Recommendations

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by Eliza Sherlock

What genre is it? Women’ s literary fiction / short story collection

Quick description: This is a book of twelve short stories, each diverse and yet interconnected by themes of dislocation, loneliness, loss and discovery. A brain-injured young man rebels against his diminished life, a doorman at one of London’s exclusive hotels impersonates a deceased client, a retired banker tries to renew his importance by sculpting and erecting an enormous spire in his front yard, a young wife discovers the betrayal going on under her own roof, and in the concluding story railing against her daughter’s self-destructive life and wasted potential, the grieving mother longs to recapture the past. The loneliness, longing and emptiness that lead to the search for meaning and connection in the midst of tumultuous personal change are achieved in unusual ways. From diverse walks of life and settings, young and old, the…

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