Book Review – The Lake Lights by William Burt

Good Morning! Here is the Monday Morning Blog!

Networking and author connections brought this read to me. It is kind of fun to meet other authors this way. It opens my eyes to other books I may not have even known about. And it is a great way to get to know other authors who you can check in with and bounce ideas off of.

The Lake Lights is a young adult Christian Fantasy, a genre that has recently become more popular. The stories tend to have a fantasy or science fiction feel with references to the bible or religion put into it. I was a little leery to read these books at first wondering how much the bible would be referenced throughout the story. With the ones I have read, I found the authors have done a good job with the references and descriptions to keep a YA reader engaged. I hope YA readers keep an open mind to what they read, and don’t get scared off by the word Christian in the description. There are some really great reads out there for you.

The Lake Lights


Selma’s Book Review

Book Title

The Lake Lights


William Burt

Type of Book

Young Adult Fiction – Christian Fantasy/Sci-Fi


This is the first book in Burt’s The Creation Seekers Series published in June of 2017. He is also the author of the award-winning series, King of Trees, which won a silver medal in the 2014 Readers Favorite International Book Award Contest, Christian Fantasy category.

Summary of the story

Jonathan Oliver has recently become the man of the house when his father went missing in Afghanistan. His mom, his sister Jennica, and Grandpa are left to deal with some weird things going on under their house. Strange noises and smells have Jon and his Grandpa searching for answers. Through their investigation, they find out what has been living under their house. And through his dad’s disappearance, Jon finds out about a special project his dad has been working on and that his business partner desperately wants information about.

Reactions to the book

I really liked the story. It was engaging, and I had a hard time putting it down. I got to know the characters which made the story even more enjoyable. It was a fun read with some education about science thrown in.

The Lake Lights would be a great read for a YA reader who enjoys the fantasy/sci-fi genre.

If you interested in learning more about the author, you can find out information about him and the other books he has written at William Burt

If you are looking for a copy of the book, you can purchase on on his website or here is a link to it on The Lake Lights

And, if you are looking for another good teen read, be sure to check out my book, The Hard Way. To learn more about the story and find a link to get your own copy, be sure to check out books tab on my website.

Remembering my first blog post

Good Morning! Here is the Monday Morning Blog! Hope you had a great weekend.

UnbrokenI finished reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand yesterday. I was drawn to the book for two reasons. One, I love the author. I wrote a post about her. I was looking for significant events that happened on May 15th and found out it was her birthday. Here is a link to that post. May Holidays continued

She also wrote the book Seabiscuit, which I enjoyed. You know, the book set during the depression about an undersized race horse who beats the odds and wins? They made a movie out of it like they did for this one. I remember taking my Godson to see it at our local theater when he was ten. He is going to be twenty-five this year. What a great memory!

The second reason I was drawn to the book is for the story itself. Not only is it about aviation, but it is also putting World War II history in the context of someone’s life story. That of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner and a bombardier in Army Air Corp. His B-24 bomber crashes into the ocean, he is captured by the Japanese and becomes a POW. I enjoyed reading it.

Staying in that reminiscing frame of mind, I wondered about what my first blog post was about.  I scrolled through my one-hundred and eighty-six published posts and found the very one. It was posted on July 6, 2014. Here is a link.


It was a pretty basic post since I was just learning how to blog. The title was only a date and it didn’t have any pictures or tags. It is a reminder we all started someplace. Things have changed quite a bit since then.

Current projects from the Writing House-

Working on promoting my book, The Hard Way. There is a link to purchase it on my The Hard Way Thumbnailwebsite under the books tab.

I also the first edition of my quarterly newsletter coming out this month to share upcoming news and announcements. What will it contain? Some items about mareketing and little bits about The Bully’s Way, book two in The Way Series coming out in October 2019. Be sure to sign up under the subscribe tab to receive your copy.

Hope you all have a wonderful week.

Book Review – Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

According to Wikipedia, Chinese New Year is known as the Spring Festival in China and the Lunar New Year in Asia. New Years Day in a particular year falls on the day of the new moon between January 21st and February 20th. In 2018, it fell on February 16th, one of the days I was reading this book. I didn’t know their years started and ended on different dates than our traditional new year. Each year is assigned an animal as a zodiac sign. 2018 is the year of the dog.

Our neighborhood Chinese restaurant has placemats which list all of the signs for the Chinese zodiac. It is always fun to find out what sign we are, what traits are associated with that sign, and how well they match up. In Under a Painted Sky, Stacey Lee’s character, Samatha, makes references to Chinese Horoscopes when se does something. She would say, “he did that because he was born in the year of the rabbit.” I found it an interesting way to draw in some additional Chinese culture into her story.

Lee includes characters of different races and cultures in her story, which was and is still a part of American culture. I did the same thing with my book, The Hard Way.


Under A Painted Sky


Selma’s Book Review

Book Title

Under A Painted Sky


Stacey Lee

Type of Book

Young Adult Fiction – Adventure/Historical


The author, Stacey Lee, takes us back to Missouri in 1849. Time when people of many races and cultures were moving westward to find riches and the American dream. Published in 2015.

Summary of the story

Samantha was a Chinese American who had recently relocated to St. Joseph, Missouri from New York City. Her dream was to play her violin, which she called Lady Tin-Yin, in a conservatory where she would teach with her father and her father’s friend Mr. Trask. Her plans take a terrible turn when her father is killed in a fire and she winds up killing a man. She flees the city with a teenage slave named Annamae westward on the Oregon Trail in search of Mr. Trask and Annamae’s brother Issac. To hide their identities, they dress up as teenage boys and meet up with a group of them on the trail.

Reactions to the book

I really liked the story. It was engaging, and I had a hard time putting it down. I was drawn into the historical setting and I felt like I was really there. It was fun to watch how the girls keep their identity a secret from the boys in the group. I could feel the tension between the characters as their relationships developed, but there were no actual love type scenes until the end of the book.

This book would be a great YA read for someone into adventure type books. Themes of friendship and loyalty shine through. There is a little bit of a romance feel in it which didn’t overwhelm the story until the end. I think most readers would enjoy it. Since there isn’t any swearing or sexual scenes in the story, I believe this book would also be good for a late preteen reader.

If you interested in learning more about the author, you can check out her website, Stacey Lee, Author or follow her on Twitter @staceyleeauthor

If you are looking for a copy of her book, here is a link to it on Under A Painted Sky

If you are looking for another YA read, check out the books tab on my website for a link to my first book, The Hard Way. Avaiable in e-book and paperback.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Wednesday! Hope you are having a great week! 

Valentine’s Day is kind of a fun holiday. I know some people get bummed out about not having the romantic dinner or flowers. It is kind of the girl’s dream right? I have had those feelings at a time in my life.

When I was out shopping last weekend, I saw something that made me smile. Two brothers, both under the age of ten, were walking together each one had a shopping basket with a box of valentines in it. They each had a different kind. 

I have fond memories of sitting at our kitchen table when I was a kid, with the class list, writing one out to each of my classmates. And getting to school and dropping one in each of their handmade boxes.

How about the conversation hearts? I loved and still love those. I think I read everyone of them before eating it.

These are the things I think of for Valentine’s Day. Be sure to give little messages of appreciation to those around you today. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about a dinner and flowers. It is about sharing love with one another.

Picture from Unsplash by Laura Briedis.

Another author interview about me!

With 2018 being the year to market and promote my book, I have been keeping my eyes open for different ways to do just that. I met another blogger, Rosie Russell, through a Facebook group we are both members of. She offered to write and post an author interview about me! Here is the link to the interview on her site.

Selma P. Verde Author Interview

Please feel free to leave a comment on her site about the interview. And be sure to check out her page while you are there. She is a blogger, children’s book author and illustrator. I really enjoy her Kidlit Blog. Her most recent post about Sherman the shopping cart is a very creative way to approach the subject of picky eaters.

Author interviews and book reviews are great ways to publicize a book for an author. I have reviewed many books and it has been my way to feature them and their books on my site. 

While on my marketing journey this year, I have met many authors, bloggers and other people who are helping me get my name out there and sell books. I appreciate the time that Rosie took to feature me this month. It can be challenging to market products, but it is also fun and rewarding, especially when it is your own.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

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If you haven’t gotten a copy of The Hard Way yet, be sure to head over to the books tab on my page and purchase your copy today! Available in both e-book and paperback.



YA Book Review – Wolf and the Tesseract

When I find an author who is giving their book away for free, I am willing to download a copy and do a review. I appreciate all the hard work that goes into creating the book and feel it is the least I can do as a thank you for being given the opportunity to read it. That is how I came to read Wolf of the Tesseract by Christopher D. Schmitz.

I was also excited to read another YA book. This one is also in the fantasy genre, which along with dystopian is currently a popular one for many YA readers. One of my favorite fantasy genre series I read as a teenager was C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. Did you know The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe was published on October 16, 1950? And according to an article on, a destination for curious people, J.R.R Tolkien and Lewis were both in a writing club together called the Inklings. They were actually working on Lord of the Rings and Narnia at the same time. Check out the article for more Fun Facts about C.S. Lewis.

Wolf of the Tesseract

Selma’s Book Review

Book Title

Wolf of the Tesseract


Christopher D. Schmitz

Type of Book

Young Adult Fiction – Fantasy/Sci-Fi


The book was originally published in 2016. Schmitz works with teens for a living and wanted to write something that was “up their alley” as he put it when I talked to him about his book.

Summary of the story

Claire Jones is a happy young woman about to marry the love of her life. Little does she know, some of the people around her are not who she thinks they are. They are from another dimension and have plans to kidnap her and take her to another dimension so she can help them stop an evil power from creating the a new world order. With her best friend and new found companion, Rob, they tranport themselves through The Prime in search of an artifact to end the warlock’s reign of terror.

Reactions to the book

I really liked the story. It was engaging, and I had a hard time putting it down.  Much like other YA fantasy stories I have read, there are some terms for the characters and battles I as an adult had to google to get the meaning, which I don’t mind doing. It winds up helping me not only to understand the story but also the significance of the words they chose. For the YA audience he writes for, they probably know what those terms mean.

Wolf of the Tesseract would be a great read for a YA reader who enjoys the fantasy/sci-fi genre. The second book in the Wolves of the Tesseract series is due to be published later this year.

If you interested in learning more about the author, you can check out his website Christopher D. Schmitz. Sign up on his e-mail list and receive a free comic. Follow this link Free Comic

If you are looking for a copy of the book, here is a link to it on Wolf of the Tesseract

Book Review – The King by Lorilyn Roberts

Good Morning! Here is the Monday Morning Blog!

I’ll start with my exciting news. The blog is coming from a new location! Over this past weekend I made the move and created a new website, I am feeling good about the progress so far, but please bear with me as things are still coming together with the site.

After last week’s unplanned post about my first author interview, I am going to get back to my plan for the new year, book reviews. My main focus will be to review middle grade and young adult books. It is the audience I am writing for and I want to provide parents, teachers and librarians with some ideas of books I consider good reads for these age groups.

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My first author interview

Happy Monday Morning!

I wasn’t planning on writing a post today, but Kari Holloway put together this author interview and published it on her site. What fun it was to see it in the feed today. I wanted to share it! Here is the link to it.

Author Q&A by Kari Holloway
Hope you all have a good week. I am reading a young adult book for a review. It is The King, by Lorilyn Roberts. Be sure to check it out on next week’s blog post.