Knowing me as a writer and author is like cracking an egg’s shell in the air and wondering how far the splatter will spread. Wait, that’s kind of like knowing me as a person. I’m like all over the board and always working on three to five projects at a time. I have no favorite spots to work and my view tends to be pointed at the keyboard. When an idea comes into my head I just flow with it. I haven’t been able to conform my writing to any specific pattern. I am more than often working on one story and the characters from another will just be dying to get my attention and I have to go into their world.
I tend to write in various genres from fiction to picture books. Using pen (same one for the past eleven years) and paper, laptop and as a newly favorite the word program on my cell phone. I have found I can write anywhere with that little contraption and my focus is intent. Has to be with those tiny keys, right? And then I just email to myself and copy past into my manuscript.
Before becoming a self-published author I followed the rules. Wrote outlines, character back stories, did the word counting, queries and everything. I even had an agent once. Unfortunately he was a horrible choice. Directed me away from Ballantine books (wish I would have known who they were then) who wanted The Perfect Solution and straight into the corrupt hands of Publish America. What a crock. After that fiasco I was so humiliated I couldn’t write. Fought and had my rights returned and now, I am back. I tried the querying again, but became frustrated when it seems the agents’ rules are so varied, too confusing for me. Not to mention the rejection letters can be soul crushing. I received a lot of positive reviews for The Perfect Solution when it was first published and yet when I began querying one agent informed me no one would like the book and yet it deals with negligence in the child care system. So, off I ran on my own. I have recently put three novels, three picture books and a creative non-fiction book into the Amazon and Smashwords systems. I think e-publishing is one of the greatest inventions God has given to the world. I would advise any author to go that route when they have something they feel strongly about.
I have worked in the childcare profession for over thirty years, and was bound to Sam. I us those experiences to write novels which have gained the attention of parents, parents-to-be, child care professionals and discerning readers.
I thinks of myself as a caged in frustrated author of thought provoking, mind bending ebooks, an occasional step-in parent, a fountain of knowledge, and ready to share.
As a writer I have had an essay in Essence magazine, several articles printed in the local paper and magazines.
Oh, and to let you know I do have a stable life….I am the (always single) mother of three daughters who are all grown now. I home schooled them on a string and a prayer. Though it may seem as if I am a bit scattered brained I was able to school them into college by the age of seventeen and sixteen. The two eldest have graduated, yeah! I am the drooling proud ‘Lovey’ of a baby boy named Jett Parker Ellington and that’s me and my writing life in a nutshell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for History buffs!, June 8, 2011
bookmom -This review is from: Beads On a String-America's Racially Intertwined Biographical History (Kindle Edition)
Beads on a String is an approachable, conversational, and interactive history of diversity in America. Instead of a melting pot, Ey Wade envisions the country as a piece of jewelry where the contributions of all of the people who have immigrated here from all over the world add to the beauty of our society. It honors all of the peoples that contributed to this country in a nicely balanced way. Designed as a resource for students it suits the classroom or homeschool classroom but also is an enjoyable read for armchair historians and fans of the History Channel. It's a must read for history lovers.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read In So Many Ways, June 2, 2011
Jonathan Ellis "This works." (New York, New York)
This review is from: Beads On a String-America's Racially Intertwined Biographical History (Kindle Edition)
I just finished Beads on A String and in all sincerity I have to say it is a work of subtle genius. Several years back I read one of the most unusual history books ever written, "The Peoples' History of the United States." Anyone who has read that revelation of history as events that really happened, as opposed to events as reported by those who were left holding the most power, will see a similar sort of understanding in this amazing work by Ey Wade. An alternative title for her work could well be, "A History of the People of the United States. I can give this work no higher compliment.
I was consistently fascinated by unexpected connections, accomplishments and contributions being added to the ongoing tapestry of our country by so many people from so many ethnic and cultural backgrounds, that I simply couldn't put the book down. If I could ask for anything more, it would literally be just that...more.
This is the story of the heroes of our collective past. What is incredibly moving is that so many of these heroes have gone unsung for so long.
I can gladly recommend this book to anyone interested in the historical journey of the land we live in. Beyond that, I can just as easily recommend it to anyone who just likes a great read.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Solution -Isn't!, February 8, 2011
Patricia Hardy "patticake 545" (New Orleans,LA USA)
This review is from: The Perfect Solution-A suspense of choices (Kindle Edition)
The story dealing with the abduction of a pre-K student from a day care center shows the necessity for more stringent safety measures to be applied to all day care centers. The characters are sympathetically protrayed and you do feel concern for their perdicament, but you just wanted to shake the people who ran the day care center and ask "What were you thinking"
I would recommend this to anyone who would enjoy a well-paced suspense story.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Read !!!!, May 2, 2011
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This review is from: THE FISHING TRIP-A TRIAL BY WATER, EXECUTION AND A DELIVERANCE OF RETRIBUTION (Kindle Edition)
Ms Wade, has shown the mastery that she truly has in the writing, construction, and execution of this book. It tells of how once you are something, no matter how well you try to mask yourself, the truth will ALWAYS rear its ugly head.
The jumping back and forth works perfectly, as does all of the situations Ms Wade has created.
I would highly recomend this book as a must read.
I was unable to put it down, and felt a part of the story imbedding itself into me.
100% perfect !!!!
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D.N.A. -Nothing Would Ever be the Same
Debney Nichole Armstrong thought she knew everything about her family. She knew her dad worked hard at everything, except building a relationship with his family. She knew her younger brothers were typical kids, and she knew her mother, for some unknown reason, disliked her first born and only daughter. What she hadn’t known… DNA could ruin your life.
Not a Sound. Not a Peep
Poor Mhia can't sleep at night. And neither can the rest of her family.
From the series In My Sister's World featuring three African-American sisters a they explore life and the world around them; Not a Sound, Not a Peep shows how the family in prose and illustrations handles the nightmares of Mhia, the youngest child in the family.
Between the Two of Them
Between the Two of Them, with colorful pictures and delightful prose, explores the advantages and disadvantages of being the middle child and shows how Gillean discovers she has a special uniqueness in the family.
Part of a picture book series titled In My Sister's World featuring 3 African-American little girls exploring the world around them.
Who Will Hug the Sun
Mhia is so upset about not being able to hug the sun her mom tells her the story of the antics the sun goes through to get a hug and she learns a little science in the end.
Who Will Hug the Sun is the second book in the series of picture books titled IN MY SISTER’S WORLD The series features young African-American sisters and their view of the world around them.
When One Door Closes
Heartstrings, soul-ties and wishful thinking. Four shorts and a long tale of fortitude through difficult relationships.
Beads on a String-America's Racially Intertwined Biographical History
History was written in more than Black and White.
With hyperlinks and videos Beads on a String-America’s Racially Intertwined Biographical History never stops celebrating our heritages and lauds loudly the accomplishments of all races that helped make America the great country it has become.
(Newest version 5/29/2012)
The Perfect Solution-A Suspense of Choices
Mona Boots wanted Brhin-Kristoffer Teddi as her child. She watched over him daily, as any mother would. In her delusion to finally do something right in her life, she enters The Perfect Solution Childcare Center and leaves with Brhin-Kristoffer Teddi in her arms. It’s a choice she is prepared to defend.THE PERFECT SOLUTION--
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- Another Eternity
on March 26, 2011
From the first page I was intrigued. Whoever said prologues were a no-no in books were obviously mistaken. It pulled me in and kept me reading throughout the night. The idea of faith and rebirth is touched on in a totally different light. This book is more than a page turner, its s soul usurper. Captivating.
- The Rot
on Aug. 12, 2011
Wow, short, to the point and disturbing. The Rot, scared me. Just the idea of such a thing happening doesn't seem far fetched in this haves and have not world. I suppose the poor would be seen as pests to be eliminated. Awesome story Kipp. Hope you never become leader of the world or a politician. Not kidding. lol
- Josie's Thorn
on Aug. 14, 2011
Due to a family tragedy Josie has to return to a place which meant nothing, but tragedy in her life, home. Beyond the guilt and fear for the one remaining member of her family, Josie now has to worry about the success of the ranch, saving her own life and protecting the secret she has kept hidden.
Lisa did a great job pulling me into this book. I love romance, especially when there is mystery and suspense intertwined.
- Spirit Song, Cape of the Red Jaguar
on Sep. 06, 2011
Christina, sold to a tribal chief to be used as a sacrifice is rescued by Raphael. United through the terrors of an exploding volcano, many other dangerous encounters all while the flame of romance builds for the main characters, Christina and Raphael. I was fantastically entertained by the well written storyline while learning things about Shamanism, energetic healing, and sorcery. I also like the fact the author added a glossary at the end of the book.I really enjoyed this book and recommend it.
- A Hint of Murder
on Dec. 07, 2011
A Hint of Murder is a collection of three mysteries written by Lia Fairchild. I enjoyed pitting my wits to the author in trying to figure out the murderers. Ahh, but she is sneakie. I have read other books by the Ms. Fairchild and I like her style of writing.Being an author myself I was tickled with the the plot of 'The Writer'. I like murder mysteries and wasn't disappointed with either of the stories in the anthology. They were well paced, not too gory, and very entertaining. Especially the strange the reasons people choose to kill someone. Loved them all.
- The Baby - a short story
on Dec. 31, 2011
Cloning is illegal, but it seems love trumps rules. The Baby is truly a short story, but one that will remain on your mind for a long time. It makes you wonder about the real motives of a person. Is it really a baby Ellie wants?
I found this book to be an interesting read.
- Escaping the Fire
on Dec. 31, 2011
I really enjoyed this story. Through a fantastic and precise flow of words Carolyn had me running along with Isobel as she escaped through the many trials she had to endure just to fulfill her lust to heal the infirmed. Some of the escapades had my own heart ready to stop.Because of the fear from those not used to 'natural' healings, all hell fell on the girl's life.
I learned a lot of history(one of my fav subjects) and was never bored. A great read.
- Second Chances
on Dec. 31, 2011
Second Chances is a very intense yet enjoyable story. Amazing how the lives of so many people can be destroyed by mere chance. Valerie is such a talented author, if you aren't careful you will find yourself so engrossed you will forget the story is fiction. The romance, suspense, and thrill of it all will have you flipping pages faster than you can read. I highly recommend Second Chances.
- Hope For The Holidays
on Dec. 31, 2011
Each of the three stories were fulfilling on its own and together they were outstanding. Each story is heart warming and goes beyond racial and social status to reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. I like Dana Taylor's way of writing and recommend Hope for the Holidays to everyone.
- India Was One
on Jan. 05, 2012
India Was One- is an engrossing story, very entertaining and shares a wealth of information. As a love story it breaks your heart to read of a married couple separated by country and culture. As a way to learn of another culture, India Was One wins hands down. As always it is a shame how we let small differences separate people. I really am glad I read this book and recommend it highly.
- Riders of the Wind
on Feb. 12, 2012
via the books description: "Riders of the Wind is a fascinating tale of romance and adventure in the pioneering world of aviation", I jumped to the book for the chance to read a good love story and received so much more. I was totally entertained with the adventures and love between Charlie and Doretta Cross, while being subtly educated about aviation and points in history. I loved this book and can't wait to read DeBurgh's next book in the series Winds of Fate.
- Into Thin Air
on March 04, 2012
If I weren't already a fan of Ms. Maarten, her novel Into Thin Air would have roped me in. This is a book of one of the hardest topics in the world to write about, human trafficking and yet Valerie brought the story to life without being gory and graphic. The use of your own imagination travels the story along. Even though there are many horrible points, you still get the urge to cheer for Maia. A great read.
- Roberts, Dana, 21.
on April 17, 2012
Life is hard when you lose your memory and can't remember the parts that are nagging at your conscious. Worse when the people around you are holding secrets that could possibly ease your fears. This is a very interesting story and Bienvenu did a very good job showing Dana's confusion and angst. A nice, quick read.
on July 17, 2012
Wow, so sad. I like the way the story is from the child's point of view. The author did a very good job drawing this reader into the child's frame of mind.
on July 17, 2012
If I could I would give 5stars but they aren't showing at the moment
- On Rathbone Road
on July 19, 2012
This is the second book by M.T. Mathieson I have read. I must say I was really hesitant to get into it because the first one TXT, frightened me so much. This is a well written,short but very engaging read. Stacy so busy hiding from her preconceived prejudices, almost makes the biggest mistake of her life.
M.T. has a serious control on the fear factor. There are no imagined monsters chasing the characters, just the monsters in the shadows that are so real it keeps you looking over your shoulder.
Mathieson is an author deserving attention to her writings.
- Just Beneath the Surface I
on Sep. 04, 2012
Just Beneath the surface is a study in abuse. You automatically know this will be a story about domestic abuse; you just have to wonder how it will be told. R.H. Ramsey does a terrific job in her telling. Like the peeling of an onion, just as one layer of abuse is revealed another is seen just beneath the surface. As I read the story I began to see the problem started in subtle ways. What seemed like a loving, fun filled family was really a group of people always ticking at each other. Name calling and teasing between brother and sister, snide, belittling remarks between the parents, and a woman who doesn’t have respect for the man she is with is a disaster waiting to happen.
Kendall harbors resentment and lack of respect for the easy going man she has been with from high school. Michael feeds her resentment by having excuses for not marrying her after 14 years of living together. The children dislike each other, jealous because of the obvious favoritism for one by the opposite parent. Just as I thought everything was about to blow up, the story took a totally different turn and the parents separated, revealing a level of an entirely different form of abuse.
In this deeper level, Ramsey decided to tell the story through the alternating voice of the women. Kendall finds and marries a new man and will do anything and accepts every thing in order to keep this man. Even to the point of ignoring her children and the ability to save her daughter from following in her footsteps.
This is definitely a book to read. Just when you expect one thing to happen, another layer is revealed and you are pulled deeper and further beneath the surface.
- 3 Heads & a Tail
on Nov. 13, 2012
Oh my gosh this is a funny book. I hate to harp on the topic of how the dog made the story, but I think he did. I know for sure I will forever look at my own dog and wonder what she is thinking.
PAWS FOR A DELIGHTFUL READ--Vickie did a terrific job transitioning between the romance concerning the humans and the love the dogs had for each other.
There was just the right amount of suspense between everyone/thing involved to keep you turning the pages and hoping all would work out well. I really enjoyed the story. It's such a feel good read and recommend it to all aged readers.
- Day of the Living Pizza
on Nov. 13, 2012
I couldn't help it, I found myself laughing aloud many times as I read this story. The idea of someone running down the street screaming while a giant pizza man chased her was both funny and scary. I struggled between wanting to eat a pizza and being laughingly grossed out.
Vickie wrote this story as contribution to an anthology for the Gage Project. A project to entertain a child going through surgery with the prospect of a lengthy recovery time. Proceeds from this book will go to charity. This book definitely does its job. Too funny.
I got this book off another site when it was free.
- The Whale Whisperers of Ensorclea
on Sep. 13, 2014
The Whale Whisperers of Ensorclea is a book of so many different genre's you are entertained from the first page. There's murder, intrigue, treason, fantasy,science, romance and best of all communication with animals. Ed did such a good job introducing and exposing the layers of each of the characters, I had to research to see if there really were indigenous people who believed they could talk to their ancestors, the fish. The story sneaks on you with quiet, fanciful beauty. Well written, gorgeous descriptions and before you know it you are ensnared into another world.
I became really embroiled in the chaos of the king's life, trying to figure out who killed his wife, excited with Lore trying to help her father move on and find a new love and totally entranced with the idea of listening to your surroundings and learning from everything. As the story clearly drew to an end, I reluctantly continued reading, totally wishing there would be more. If there is one thing I will remember from The Whale Whisperer of Ensorclea is the fact 'information is never lost'. A small thought with a huge wow and insightful concept.This is a tale deserving of a second part.
- Back From Chaos
on Oct. 30, 2014
I find it funny how so many of the reviewers stated "fantasy is not something I read, but" Well, I am one of those. I usually run from the genre not wanting to get lost in things so far out of my sense of reality. I felt connected to this novel because it basically shows how everything helps or hinders something or someone else. In my mind the title has many meanings and it shows in the lives of the characters.
The storyline is easy to follow, the complexity of the characters (though sometimes hard to accept) is beautifully written. The author has a good handle on expressing emotions and pulling them out of you. I was truly entertained while reading Back From Chaos and recommend it to others.