Dixie Goode

Biography

I am a creative, wonderful, wacky woman; teacher, writer, Mom and wife and daughter. I love children, travel, camping and hiking and I am addicted to reading and writing. I am a storyteller and a friend. Many people in my family have been adopted and my youngest brother has down syndrome but isn't a victim of it :) I work with special needs children. I have written a couple of YA Fantasy Novels about Duffy Barkley. I love to look for the beauty in this world and help others see it too.

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Smashwords book reviews by Dixie Goode

  • Memoir of a Mermaid: When, At Last, He Found Me (Book #1) on March 21, 2012

    I may be prejudiced toward this book a little, although I do not know the author, she speaks directly to my fondest wishes as a child. When I was somewhere in the preschool, pre-pre-school years, growing up in land locked Wyoming, I grew irritated that my parents hadn't made me be a dolphin, and I refused to answer to any name but "Flipper." Once I was convinced this was an impossible dream, I turned my yearnings into a more "realistic direction" and agreed to settle for being a MERMAID. I was an adult when Disney introduced Ariel, but I took my students to he theater, for my own sake. Memoir of a Mermaid, therefore was a title that caught my attention. Still, I don't read books that don't hold my interest, or that are poorly edited or written. I do not give 5 stars to a book unless I honestly feel it is a good story, well written, original and worth my time and money. I feel very comfortable saying that Memoir of a Mermaid is a great book for those of us who enjoy YA/MG books, and especially those who love the sea. Seraphin Shedd is a delightful girl, with courage and this does not turn out to be another routine love story. Seraphin is alone, and graduating high school, but not as alone as she thinks, and not as right as she thinks about a lot of assumptions about her life. She hates being lied to, but she has been, a lot. She is afraid of water, she blacks out often, but hasn't been diagnosed with epilepsy or lost her driver's license. She is nervous about her new adulthood, but eager to begin, and once you have this book, you too will be eager to begin. I have only one real complaint, and that is that the second book is not available, because book one ends with a simple, throw away remark that shifts everything around and left me wanting more.
  • The Chronicles Of Jenson Quest - Chronicles 1-3 on Aug. 10, 2012

    I want to be up-front that I got this book as a gift from the author, but I did not promise him a good review. I had merely mentioned that, while I write young adult fantasy books, I love to read books like Ender's Game and Old Man's War and Timothy Zahn and The Star Wars extended Universe novels. I think that I have pretty demanding standards for what I expect from Sci. Fi writing and most especially when the book will consume a lot of my time. This Trilogy is a very long read, and I believe that every moment I was allowed to spend reading about Jensen Quest was a gift. I started reading and for the first several days I had a lot of free time and could not bring myself to stay away from my kindle. Then as the demands of my life kept coming up, I had to limit myself to a chapter at a time which only prolonged the pleasure. This story has heroes to cheer for, a villain who is fun to hate, and a lot of well crafted minor characters. The human race depends on a 17 year old boy to save them from an enemy they don't even know about, and as the Zyll swarm threatens, he must ally himself with a universe of protectors known as the Great Drak, while also looking for his lost father who he has only now learned was a hero of the Great Drak himself. This is a book I could recommend to my students without fear of the violence and profanity found in a lot of novels, but one with plenty of depth and adventure to recommend to my adult friends as well.
  • The Chronicles Of Jenson Quest - Chronicles 1-3 on Aug. 10, 2012

    I want to be up-front that I got this book as a gift from the author, but I did not promise him a good review. I had merely mentioned that, while I write young adult fantasy books, I love to read books like Ender's Game and Old Man's War and Timothy Zahn and The Star Wars extended Universe novels. I think that I have pretty demanding standards for what I expect from Sci. Fi writing and most especially when the book will consume a lot of my time. This Trilogy is a very long read, and I believe that every moment I was allowed to spend reading about Jensen Quest was a gift. I started reading and for the first several days I had a lot of free time and could not bring myself to stay away from my kindle. Then as the demands of my life kept coming up, I had to limit myself to a chapter at a time which only prolonged the pleasure. This story has heroes to cheer for, a villain who is fun to hate, and a lot of well crafted minor characters. The human race depends on a 17 year old boy to save them from an enemy they don't even know about, and as the Zyll swarm threatens, he must ally himself with a universe of protectors known as the Great Drak, while also looking for his lost father who he has only now learned was a hero of the Great Drak himself. This is a book I could recommend to my students without fear of the violence and profanity found in a lot of novels, but one with plenty of depth and adventure to recommend to my adult friends as well.