Book Review – House Rules by Jodi Picoult

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Good Morning! Here’s the Monday Morning Blog!

How was your week last week? Get a chance to check in with that teen in your life? Our Young Adults were on Spring Break. They had a couple of friends stop by and visit and did a lot of sleeping in.

Hope you had a wonderful Easter. We had a family Easter dinner yesterday. While we were waiting for the side dishes to get ready, our oldest son was working with Jim on guitar chords. It was so nice to see Jim as the teacher and our son anxious to learn.

April is National Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month. What is Autism? Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a serious developmental disorder of the nervous system that impairs the ability to communicate or interact. It causes a person to have restricted or repetitive behavior.  I’ll be focusing the posts this month towards Autism to raise awareness about what Autism is and what we can do to accept those who have this disorder.

Since 2011, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) has been referring to April as Autism Acceptance Month in an effort to gain acceptance of those who have autism. Acceptance is one of the biggest barriers to finding and building a strong support system for autistic individuals.

To kick off our theme of Autism this month, the book I picked to review is novel about a high functioning autistic individual who thought he was doing a good thing, but it wound up being not so good. He was only following the rules.

Selma’s Book Review

Book Title

House Rules


Jodi Picoult

Type of Book

Mystery, Thriller

Author Background

Jodi Picoult is an American writer who has published twenty-six novels. House Rules is the eighteenth one. Her style is one of a storyteller. And this novel is no exception. She has done her research but has also experienced autism through her cousin, who was profoundly autistic.

Summary of the book

House Rules is the story about Jacob Hunt, who has a form of autism called Asperger Syndrome. He is very intelligent and has a deep knowledge of crime scenes and criminal investigations. He starts working with a private tutor, Jess Ogilvy, who he starts to have feelings for, in his own way. One day, while meeting her for a session, he finds her at the house she is staying at dead. The rest of the story is the investigation and how Jacob becomes involved in it.

Reaction to the book

I really liked the book. She did a great job of portraying the character Jacob and how he dealt with Aspbergers and how the people around him had to deal with him. Reading about Autism through the use of an engaging novel helps to not only learn about the disorder, but it makes the situation more relatable for the reader.

If you want to learn more about Joi Picoult, here is a link to her website Jodi Picoult

If you want to purchase House Rules, here is a link to Amazon – House Rules. Or you can pick it up from your local bookstore or shop and have the purchase credited to them.

Happy Birthday picture for The Hard Way
Photo by Morgan Lane on Unsplash

Happy Birthday to The Hard Way

This month is a big month for me too! On April 12th, we will be celebrating four years since The Hard Way was first published.

Cover design of my first book

It is a coming of age novel focusing on the teen challenges of peer pressure and the importance of choosing the right friends. Be sure to take a look at the books tab of my website to find out more about The Hard Way. Here is a link The Hard Way.

Have a great week!

Happy Birthday to The Hard Way!


Three years ago, today, I published my first book, The Hard Way. April 12, 2017 was the day I became a published author.

If you are looking to purchase a copy, here is a link to the books tab on my website which will take you over to Amazon.

The Hard Way by Selma P. Verde

If you subscrible to Kindle Unlimited, you are able to read the book for free that way.

How did this book come to be? The idea for this book had been bouncing around in my head for a while, but when I think back to the day I first started writing it, I remember being on a week long staycation from work. The day was April 15, 2013, the day of the Boston Marathon Bombing. I was working on some notes for this book and remember watching the constant news updates while the event was unfolding. In those updates, a piece of inspiration came to me and I started writing what became The Hard Way.

In April of 2016, I hired my editor, Michelle Morgan and my book cover designer, Jennifer Givner of Acapella Book Cover Design. We worked together and pulled all the pieces together and created a young adult novel, the one I had been dreaming about publishing since I was a preteen. This same team is working together to bring book two in The Way Series to you.

After some revisions and rewrites, in April of 2017, I took a deep breath and hit the publish button and on April 12th, I got the message back saying your book has been published. I became an author and a book seller all in the same day.

To celebrate this milestone, I will be doing a reading of chapter two of The Hard Way on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 11:00 AM Central on Facebook Live. Be sure to check into to my Facebook page. Why not read chapter one? Well, if you sign up for my email list, you can receive a free copy of chpater one.

If you aren’t a follower of mine on Facebook, check it out on Selma P. Verde and be sure to like or follow the page. Here is a link to my Easter Post which will take you right to the page. Happy Easter from Selma Hope to see you there!

Happy Easter!!

Happy Birthday!

Welcome to April!

On April 12th, my first book, The Hard Way, will be celebrating two years of publication! To celebrate, I will be doing a free ebook giveaway on

April 11-14, 2019


Be sure to stop back to my website,The Hard Way Thumbnail

Follow the link on the books tab

And get your free ebook copy of The Hard Way during the giveaway!



And watch this summer for the publication of the sequel to The Hard Way!


Shawn’s Way