Monday, December 6, 2010

Interview with Brandi Heather, Book Reviewer

1) Please tell us a little about yourself. Share any websites or blogs you have. Also, how did you get into book reviewing?

My name is Brandi, and I'm a twenty something girl just living the dream. I'm an avid reader with a desk job, however I wish I could read for a living! Currently I live in Atlanta, GA with my amazing boyfriend of 7 years, and our sweet mini poodle, Molly. My family is my rock -- they are down in Florida, which saddens me, but it is truly only a hop, skip and jump away. I have always been obsessed with reading, as my mom read books to me every night as a child. My favorites were Mickey and the Beanstalk, Goodnight Moon and Mouse Soup. Recently, my mom was telling me about all the books on tape I used to have. She said that I would listen to them over and over again while I had the book in front of me. I guess this was how I taught myself to read, or at least this helped in my love of reading.

I started my blog, A Writer's Review back in January 2010. I wanted to use it as an outlet to keep track of the books that I read. I challenged myself to read 100 books this year, and thought a blog would be a good place to document it all. I had no idea that there was a whole cyber-world of book bloggers out there, but when I discovered this in September I couldn't get enough. I've been blogging and following people ever since. I've definitely found my niche!

2) I'm curious to know if you've ever written a story? If so, what kind of stories do you like to write?

I really love writing, hence the name of my blog, "A Writer's Review". I find that it is a great way to get out feelings and to create an alternate world that my daily troubles have no part in. I've started many, many stories, but never gotten around to completing any of them because halfway through I start to think that they might be boring and not something that others would really like to read. As I said before, I'm new to the world of blogging, and I found out a little late in the game about NaNoWriMo, which I definitely want to participate in next year. Maybe that will motivate me to actually finish writing a book. Most of what I've started are mysteries. I've been working on a sort of autobiography that is mostly fictitious, however extremely intense. It is very personal and loosely based on my life. I really think that it has brought up a lot of emotions that I had hidden away. Hopefully one day I will get around to finishing that and get it published!

3) As a reader and writer, I enjoy Christian author writers. Is there a particular genre you enjoy over another?

My very favorite novels are murder mystery novels. I've always secretly wanted to be in the FBI or the CIA and be some mastermind secret agent. Reading murder mysteries is the closest I think I will really get to it, but it suits me just fine! I love the adventure and enjoy trying to solve the mystery before the book ends. I'm also a lush for chick-lit. I love a happy ending, and swoon over all the wonderful, non-existent male characters.

4) Can you tell us a little about the book(s) you are reading for review right now, and who the author(s) are?

I just finished reading Hope Burned by Brent LaPorte and will be posting my review sometime later tonight. This is the synopsis from
A father sits down to write a letter to his son explaining why his hands are covered in blood. He journeys back through his childhood on the farm, through the captivity, torture, and brutality that he suffered from the men he just killed—his father and his grandfather. A reflection on a solitary landscape, this bleak yet moving family tragedy details three generations of abuse, where the birth of a newborn forces the question, Is it better to live or die?

This was a fantastic book that read like a memoir, even though it was fiction. This was Brent LaPorte's first novel and I'm quite eager to see what else he has in store for us. I received this book from where I receive most of my ARC copies of books.

5) How do you rate a book review? What is good? What is bad?

I think that I am pretty hard on books. I really expect for a book to grab me from the beginning and hold me until the very last page. On my blog I use a five star rating system, with 1 star being a book that just didn't really peak my interest and 5 stars being a book that just blew me away. I really enjoy reading and reviewing books, but I find it so hard to rate a book using such a small scale of 1 - 5. I think that some books deserve a lot more, while others deserve less, but each book on its own can be something special too. I don't really believe that there can be a good review or a bad review, just an honest review. I think that books touch every person a little bit differently, so a book that really relates to me could be something completely meaningless to someone else.

6) What is your typical reading day like? Do you have a particular place you like to read?

If I am lucky and have a whole day to myself, I can spend the whole day reading in my big comfy lounge chair. I love to get snuggled up tight underneath a blanket with my puppy on one side and a hot cup of coffee on the other.

7) You said you wanted to reach a goal of reading 100 books. Have you reached that goal?

I am getting closer and closer to the goal every day! So far I've read 76, I know I've only got a few weeks left, but I am participating in a few holiday readathons on my blog so hopefully setting aside specific time just for reading will be helpful to reaching the goal. I've actually decided that for next year I want to read 10 more books than I read this year, so if I only end up with 85 books I will set my 2011 goal to be 95 books. We will see, life is hectic and always finds some way to get in the way.

8) What was your favorite book you’ve read for review, and who is the author?

I don't have a favorite but I've reviewed some really fun, great books. I really enjoyed reading Francis, Not the Saint by Floriana Hall because it was the first book I'd been sent from a fellow blogger that was to be reviewed for the author. All of the other books I've read and reviewed were books that I picked out myself. It was a great experience, and I really enjoyed the book! I just finished reading and reviewing the ARC copy of Delirium by Lauren Oliver and I thought that was a great read as well.

9) Is there a book that stands out in your mind that you’d like to share with our readers?

My favorite book of all times is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I think this is a great coming of age book that everyone should read at least once. It has probably been over 5 years since I've read the book last but there are still scenes and quotes from the book that I think about all the time.

10) What advice would you give to anyone wanting to be a book reviewer?

I would definitely encourage all readers to review the books they read! I think this is a great way for other readers to find books that they would enjoy reading. I was a little nervous about it at first because I wasn't sure about how to get my name out there. I've found that using sites like Facebook and Twitter have really helped me to spread the word about my blog. I am still new to it all and am having a ball trying to figure out the ins and outs of blogging, but I think that I've found a great community of bloggers that are willing to help. I encourage others to always follow their dreams because you never know when your big break will happen.

11) Any last thoughts or comments?

I'm really enjoying all of the blogging that I am doing, and I hope in the future that I am able to get more and more books from authors to build up my already exploding TBR shelf. My dream is to read for a that possible? I sure hope so!

I would like to thank Brandi for this interview. If anyone is interested in sending her your book for an honest reading, please visit her website and let her know. You can reach her here: A WRITER'S REVIEW I believe she has a great future ahead of her.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Book Review - Francis, Not The Saint

If you want to find out more about the memoir, Francis, Not the Saint by Floriana Hall, please read the new review by Brandi Heather

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Interview With Author Floriana Hall

Q. Please tell us a little about yourself, your background and any important accomplishments. (If you have a website, book(s), etc., please list them and tell us about them.)

I was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. to a saintly mother and a father who I remember as loving the first seven years of my life. When I was five years old, he was hit by a streetcar and told us he had a tumor on the brain. There were other circumstances involved but he changed after that accident. Of course, the Great Depression had something to do with us moving eleven times to different cities and changing schools. We were all happy children regardless of the lack of food and the necessities of life when our father was gone for weeks at a time. Our mother baked homemade bread and even though there was not much else to eat, we never starved. She gave us her share of food when needed.
Throughout the years, she was our rock who taught us manners, morals, character and cleanliness. She taught us to forgive. And there were many things to forgive our father for, such as his lies about our Christmas gifts, his lies about his life and about us - the complex life of trying to juggle three families at the same time which he could not do. His letters of remorse to me in later years are very touching, but were they true? Or more lies? Only God knows!
One of my earlier accomplishments was that I was almost always the head of my classes and I always had many friends wherever we moved. I graduated from high school at the age of 17 and was ranked 11th in a class of 167 in June 1945. As a senior, I wrote articles for the high school newspaper. In later years, I was honored as a Distinguished Alumna of Cuyahoga Falls High School. I am recognized by several WHO'S WHO.

My family of five children, nine grandchildren and two great-granddaughters are my most important accomplishment. My husband and I have been married for 61 years.

I founded and coordinate THE POET'S NOOK each month at Cuyahoga Falls Library. I have edited and published four books for my nonprofit group of 23 talented poets. We hold a Children's Poetry Contest each April and have a donor for the monetary prizes which will help continue the art of poetry in the future.

God, family, friends and service are very important to me. You might call me a philanthropist. Because I did not have much, I want others to have more and I love to help people, sometimes anonymously.

Here are the books I have written:
THE SANDS OF RHYME - Inspirational Poetry, out of print
SMALL CHANGE - True story of my life as a child during THE GREAT DEPRESSION, out of print
DADDY WAS A BAD BOY - My Memoir (to be bought from me)
OUT OF THE ORDINARY SHORT STORIES - Inspirational stories about Angels and God-Incidences. I had an out of body experience as a child or seven.
HEARTS ON THE MEND - 12 different stories about heart disease and the aftermath.
FRANCIS, NOT THE SAINT - Memoir with a surprise ending,,,
FRANCISO, NO EL SANTO - Spanish translation of FRANCIS, NOT THE SAINT, CCB Publishing, Canada,
GATHERING GRACES - Winning poetry -
SELECT SANDS OF RHYME AND REASON, Poetry and Short Stories -
SIMPLE PLEASURES - a young children's book -

Websites: under YOU, ME, AND POETRY

Q. How long have you been writing? What made you put those first words down on paper?

I have been writing since I was a child of seven, but the poems were lost in our many moves during The Great Depression. I always loved nursery rhymes as a child and tried to write my own.

Q. Do you write in a particular genre? If so, what genre is it?

Mostly family and poetry

Q. Have you been published?

Yes, all twelve books, and in many magazines and poetry books. Special is my story THE ROCKING CHAIR in CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL - Living Catholic Faith.

Q. How long did it take to write and publish?

Each book took about a year to write.

Q. What was the process?

When my daughter, Cindy, who teaches fifth grade in another state, asked me to write SMALL CHANGE, my life flashed before me like a TV screen. I wrote it down, typed it and edited the true story, found a printer, and typed it myself on the printing machine. The printer passed away a long time ago and that is why I published THE ADVENTURES OF FLOSSIE, ROBBIE, AND JUNEY During The Great Depression.

Q. Who’s your favorite author and why?

One of my favorite authors is Maeve Binchy because she writes in a wholesome manner, which I always try to do.

Q. How did you deal with rejection letters, if you received any?

Actually, I have never had a rejection letter except some poetry websites have not accepted my rhyming poetry because I presume they like free verse. I also write free verse but prefer rhyme.

Q. What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

In my opinion, writing in an easy to understand manner is important because the 75% of people who do read do not comprehend beyond the eighth grade level.

Q. How do you develop your plots/characters, ideas/concepts ? Do you use any set formula?

It seems that most of what I write has happened. Of course, I change names and add some fiction to the nonfiction. However, I have found that truth is stranger than fiction.

Q. What do you do to unwind and relax?

I do water exercise at the local Natatorium at least three times every week. I sit in the sun and meditate. I love to attend church and find it spiritually inspiring.

Q. What do you like to read?

Mostly, I like to read the Bible, the newspapers and biographies.

Q. What does your family feel about your writing? Are they supportive?

Some of them are very supportive, and a few do not read books.

Q. What inspires you? Who inspires you?
I have been inspired in church and at five AM some mornings. Poetry literally pops into my head upon waking. I have to type it up on the computer immediately just so I do not forget it. It is sometimes said that angels come at five AM. Credit for my poetry belongs to God.

Q. Are you working on any projects right now?

Yes, I am starting to write a sequel to my small children's book, a SIMPLE PLEASURES 2.

Q. How do you handle Writer’s Block?

Take it with a grain of salt because it does not last long. I am so busy trying to fulfill my mission of making a difference in the world with my stories and poetry that I never dwell on negatives. I have been that way since my childhood. It is a waste of time to dwell on anything in the past or to worry about anything, especially writer's block. Today is what counts.

Q. What is most frustrating about writing? Most rewarding?

The most frustrating thing about writing is when my computer freezes or acts up. The most rewarding thing about writing is when I receive letters from fifth grade students telling me they learned to appreciate what they have after they or their teachers read my book THE ADVENTURES OF FLOSSIE, ROBBIE, AND JUNEY During The Great Depression. I love speaking at schools and answering the student's questions.

Q. Do you have any kind of writing schedule?

I tend to write in the morning before I go to water exercise. I spend about one and one half hours a day on the computer.

Q. What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given as a writer? What’s the worst?

Best advice - to write with feeling and use some metaphor, but not too much.
Worst advice - to change one of my winning poems into free verse.

Q. If I were sitting down to write my very first story, what would your advice be?

Perhaps the best way is to make a draft and/or outline and decide which tense works best for the particular book. Start with an eye catching first sentence.

Q. What is your best advice for getting published?

For a first book, my personal opinion is to self publish and get your name out there. If you are young, perhaps it is a good idea to send out manuscripts. At my age, time is an important element.

Q. What has been the single most important part of your success?

If I am successful, it has been at living my life in the best way possible, to be of service to others, smile and always be kind. My motto is 'The secret of life is not to take it personally.'


Success can mean so many things,
Diplomas high school or college bring.
A job obtained, a job well done
Means satisfaction for everyone.
A chance meeting, the person of your dreams
A happy ending to any schemes,
A perfect party without any glitches,
A singing voice without stray pitches.
Putting puzzles together with all the pieces,
Solving a problem, war that ceases,
Listening to others with empathy,
Saying right words of sympathy,
Smiles as warm as the sun above,
Hugs and kisses to show true love.
A pleasant greeting, a pleasant time
Though there are many mountains to climb.
Success is meeting opportunity half way,
Doing your best, with dues to pay.
A prayer answered, return to health,
Making ends meet, spiritual wealth.
Success is coping despite adversity,
Making the most of diversity.
Success can come to everyone
Like sleep refreshes when day is done.

Floriana Hall – June 18, 2006
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Author and Writer Interviews


I will be doing author and writer interviews on this blog page. Anyone that joins, will be asked to be interviewed. Of course, you can decline. But it's a place where you can share with your friends and link to your websites.

You will be asked individually and the interviews will stay in the archives for at least, one year, if not more. I will make that decision.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

OFF THE SHELF INTERVIEW on Floriana Hall, author of Francis, Not the Saint:
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Monday, September 13, 2010

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

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Seven tips to Grandparents, who are critical to the health and safety of Granchildren by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

Grandparents can sometimes believe they are dispensable. This is a false assumption. Grandparents leave a remarkable imprint on a grandchild's life and have an important role to play. Grandparents give a sense of love and adoration for the grandchild that few parents have the energy or interest to sustain. Often Grandparents offer a special gift or the money for a science camp, a trip to Disneyland or some other experience in life that the parents simply can't or don't feel obliged to offer. Lastly, grandparents are simply interesting by virtue of the fact that they lived though a past for which grandchildren feel a sense of curiosity.

Grandparents have influence that can be critical. Grandparents have that extra pair of eyes that parents have often sacrificed in the line of daily duty and through the necessity of maintaining the upkeep of the children. They often provide a 'fresh set of eyes' and can perhaps tell when something is off. Parents can miss these subtleties.

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1. Stay in touch with your grandchildren so you have a good baseline on their personalities and development. If you live apart then rely on all the modern world has to offer: e-mailing, phoning and faxing, Skpe, home video's, photographs, shared family blogs and of course snail mail. Not only will you be ready to help if there is something 'up' with a grandchild, but you will have such fun communicating and being part of their world.

2. Help each child feel special. For example you could create scrapbooks of special moments for each child on special occasions, such as a milestone birthday. The scrapbook can contain your thoughts and wishes for the child as well as photo's, special souvenirs saved from times spent together, and even family history. Each scrapbook can be very different, reflecting the needs and interests of a particular child.

3. Whether you see your grand kids every week or every three years, make sure you spend some alone time with each child. It is amazing how differently kids share themselves and even their hopes, dreams and secrets when the other siblings, or parents are not around. If you can't do much, even a slow walk around the block will lead to good fun and a better knowledge of your grandchild.

4. Now that you have the relationship going well, it is time to become very observant. Do you see any strange or unusual habits developing? Or do you see some social changes? These could include everything from an eye twitch to excessive crying, bullying of a sibling, spending too much alone time in her room, a change in friends that gives you some concerns, or maybe too few friends. It could also include such things as becoming a very picky eater or suddenly putting on a lot of weight.

5. If there are changes as noted above, don't react with drama or accusations. That is sure to set your own child off, and perhaps close the door to your visits and also, perhaps, perpetuate a bad situation so it will become worse. Rather, talk gently and with care and in private to your child. Let your own grown child have some time to respond. She may appear indifferent or she may open up and share her own concerns. Your granddaughter will be best served if follow your own daughter's lead and see where it goes. It may be painful, as you wish to change everything at once for your granddaughter. Sometimes we can only plant the seed and long after your visit you will find out that your granddaughter is indeed in counseling or working with the school guidance counselor in a peer group for social issues.

6. If you see a real crisis, then you have every right as family to be persistent and direct. For example, if you hear your granddaughter throwing up in the bathroom after meals, you should speak with authority (again in private) to your daughter, that she must take your granddaughter in for a medical exam. Eating disorders are real and potentially even fatal. You have a responsibility to react strongly.

Likewise, if you see one of your grand kids bullying and or physically punching, pushing hard, etc. on a younger sibling again and again, talk to your own child seriously. First of all, it is dangerous. Your older grandchild could hurt the younger one both physically and emotionally. Secondly, he could have his own emotion problems that need attention. Lastly, he could be a bully in the making and will also intimidate and hurt other children in the school yard, on the street, in the school hallways, etc.

7. Lastly, remember to share yourself with your grand kids. Just because everyone today has a cell phone, doesn't mean the kids aren't fascinated by the fact that your had one phone in your house when you grew up, or that the family of six drivers shared one beat up car or that you got up at 6:00 am for your paper route through town. Maybe you even had a doctor that still made house calls when someone was suddenly ill! It is the richness of your history along with your wisdom and willingness to push for the health and happiness of your grand kids that make you a great grandparent. Don't give up your assignment! The kids need you!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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I am launching a children's book about an all boys' soccer team except one - a girl who takes the team by storm. The Wild Soccer Bunch books in 29 languages worldwide! It all started in a small neighborhood outside Chicago... Meet The Wild Soccer Bunch -- eleven boys and a girl, bonded by their passion and love for the game of soccer. Twelve kids, twelve extraordinary personalities, one wild team. The Wild Soccer Bunch plays their beloved game according to five unbreakable rules. This is a great book for empowering girls in sports, teaching the value of team work and more! Everybody knows somebody with kids!

Here's how it works: you simply offer a bonus gift if someone buys the book on the day of the launch. In order to get your bonus they must opt in to your mailing list - you can give a short story, an ebook, anything downloadable and remember: it's the parents buying the book, so your gift doesn't have to be for children. I'd love to have your help, but the launch is on Sept 9 so you must get your bonus in quickly! All you have to do is promote the book to your mailing list and social networks on launch day and we provide the copy! It's easy and you get loads of great exposure. Sign up here.

Additional Bonus:
We are offering a major prize for one purchaser, which will be offered to your database. This prize will be a MONEY CAN'T BUY experience, where we will fly the winners to meet Landon Donovan and more. More details for this prize will be coming soon.

I look forward to hearing from you. Please contact me with any questions. If you want to see what a campaign looks like, here's one from last fall:

Feel free to contact me at or by phone/skype.

Denise Cassino
Campaign Coordinator
303 838 3399
Skype: denise.cassino

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Truth is #2 for tweens on
#1 for tween girls.
Secrets is a must get - The second in her series for young girls.
Christmas gifts for young girls - tweens. The Truth and Secrets by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Did you ever wonder if you and that lost love could make it again? Harry & Elizabeth renewed their passion!

by Marcus Dino

DIARY OF A MAD GEN Y ER is a journal that relates the hilarious adventures of 21st century actress/heroine Fifi Larouche: her silly poems, her crazy stories, her nutty blogs during her days working as a waitress while pursuing her dreams of Hollywood fame. Fifi's the All American midwestern girl from Des Moines, Iowa who has come to Hollywood to seek fame and fortune. She considers herself a 'bohemian' and doing things like singing the French national anthem makes her feel good. She is currently a struggling waitress but is determined to be the greatest actress Hollywood has ever seen...

Tracy Riva, Book Reviewer, says: "DIARY OF A MAD GEN Y ER is one of the most delightful reads I’ve had in a long time. It is a bit hard to classify as it could be intended for Young Adults, but would probably be a good read for anyone from the middle grades through adult age ranges. - buy it today and win a stay in sunny California!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Moms do your young tween/teen girls a favor and buy: Secrets,
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by Harry & Elizabeth Lawrence

Divorced and estranged for nearly two decades, Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence accidentally met again and rediscovered their lost love. In It Had To Be Us, Harry and Elizabeth share their feelings about the poignant events that brought them back together. Filled with humor, emotion, suspense, and a surprising Las Vegas encounter, this heartfelt romantic memoir proves genuine love can survive any of life’s problems. An amusing new honeymoon revelation and a section devoted to some of Elizabeth’s favorite romantic movies are also included in this 2010 expanded version of Harry and Elizabeth’s award-winning E-book. - buy it today and get bonuses, too!
Could a single meeting rekindle lost love after 20 years - it did in this true story -- buy the book & get bonuses, 2!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Can lost love be rekindled? Can passion return after 20 years? Find out in the thrilling ebook!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Join this blog for writing information as well as author book information:
Get the young girl in your life, a gift she will treasure forever: Secrets, You tell me yours, and I’ll tell you mine…Maybe!

Books for Tweens and Teen Girls

Secrets: You Tell Me Yours and I'll Tell You Mine Maybe - Only $8.95. Top 50 Reviews of love the book. You can read their reviews here:

Product Description:

Following on the heels of the best-selling book The Truth, SECRETS is the continuing diary of a girl moving into her teen-age years. The Girl has plenty to fill her journal. The pages reveal a new school, a new baby in the family, new friends, a new guy and a new set of issues to face. Share the secret world of an almost-teen as she learns which secrets to share and which to keep to herself.

About the Author:

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist, is the creator of The Enchanted Self,(r) a systematic way of helping to bring more joy, meaning and purpose into our lives. Dr. Holstein has been a school psychologist for more than twenty five years. She has taught elementary school children and was an assistant professor of education at Boston University. She has been in private practice as a psychologist with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein, in Long Branch, New Jersey, for over twenty five years.

THE TRUTH (I'm a girl, I'm smart, and I know everything) is first of the series of books for tween/teen girls.

THE TRUTH is a delightful, humorous secret diary, written by a girl who is 11-12 years of age. She is wise and yet innocent. Her words acknowledge those priceless truths that we all knew as kids. She makes us cry and laugh and see ourselves. Everybody loves reading her thoughts, secrets, adventures and solutions to difficult problems. Girls are naturally curious and this book gives them a real opportunity to see how a girl like themselves in so many ways handles her toughest problems and most personal thoughts. Mom can read the book along with her daughter and not only be brought back to herself as a youngster, but find on every page relevant topics for discussion with her daughter. How do you handle a bully? How do you handle a crush on a boy? What about teasing? How do you find time to listen to your daughter? Do we have enough fun together? What really matters? There is space right within the book for the girl and or mom to make notes or her own diary entries. The book ends with discussion ideas that can also open up whole new areas of topics for mom and daughter or the young reader and other members of her family, friends, or teachers. Behind this very easy read, written by a positive psychologist with over 25 years of clinical experience, is the psychological message to the girls reading THE TRUTH that they can and must keep the fire and passion of their girlhoods as they grow up and have the courage to carry the most precious parts of themselves into adulthood.. For parents the book is a way back to what made them feel most special at 10, 11 or 12. Once parents are back in the place where their kids live, then listening, trust and real sharing can begin. Every girl and ever parent wants this kind of TRUTH!

Why not buy both today for your young woman of tomorrow. Before you know it, they are all grown up.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


What are your writing goals? Do you have any? If you intend to write, you have to make commitments to yourself. Yes, to yourself. You need to set goals that are reachable and maybe a bit challenging. If you are a writer, you know that writing itself is a challenge. There isn’t a day that passes that you shouldn’t write.

Have you been published? No? Well, that’s your fault.

Time? Do you have problems with that four-letter word too? Everyone does. It’s one of those words that creep up on your whether you want it or not. You have to make the time. You are responsible for your time. You can sneak in five or ten minutes at lunch time, bedtime, early morning. Do you drive to work? Get a little handheld recorder. You don’t have to hold it to your mouth in order for it to work. This may be a great time to do some description of settings, people and your surroundings.

Here’s a simple plan:

1) Goal: I will write five minutes per day, no matter what!
2) Write: I will write anything, for five minutes per day.
3) Submit: I will submit something by the end of this year, 2010.
4) Read: I will read about writing before the end of this year, 2010.
5) Class: I will take an online writing class before the end of 2010.

These are simple goals. Once you commit to them, you will find out that it’s easier to write. Stick with it and make your goals a reality.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


From the book - Writing Life Stories by Bill Roorbach

Writing About Scene – Rent two or three movies you’ve liked a lot and watch them, thinking about scene. How does the director manage scene? What exactly is the starting point of a given scene? Where does it end? Are there interruptions of any kind? If you were to convert the scene to writing, what would be necessary to provide a similar mood? What information comes from the actors? What from the cinematographer? What from the director? Try blocking out a favorite scene from a film on paper, then try writing a section of it in prose.
Now turn back to your own writing. How would a director (and her huge staff) film your scene? What directions would you have to give to have it come out just the way you see it? Try turning your scene into a film script, including not just dialogue but camera directions, advice to actors, and set notes. What’s needed? What’s extra?
Last-back to memoir mode-revise your scene to reflect what you’ve discovered.

Have a great writing day,
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Recent reports have noting that movie theaters are losing money as the result of being forced to change the seats in the cinemas from 19 inches wide to 21 inches wide gave me a momentary chuckle but then left me thinking about weight issues that kids, and especially tweens and young teens have to deal with. All of these issues, including eating disorder syndromes, are magnified for tweens and young teens, as they develop emotionally and physically, while confronting social, academic and peer pressures.
Here is a list of seven ways to help our kids from the time they are very young to feel comfortable in their own bodies by the time they are tweens and teens. Let me know what you think of the list!

1. Praise your children for their positive actions, behaviors and words. Make it clear that their response to life as a good citizen and a loving family member is much more important than their looks or body type.

2. Don't compare or judge people's looks or bodies. Rather point out a person's fine character trait or a good deed that a person has done. Your children are always listening to you and what you say, even if you think they are blocking you out! Your attitude very much influences how they will perceive others and themselves.

3. Show your children by your own eating habits, that you recognize the need for eating healthy foods. If you are out of control around certain foods and habits, what message is that sending to your kids?

4. Consider planting a small garden or learning more about the foods we eat with your children. This can be a fun activity like visiting a potato chip factory, or something more serious, like learning about the differences between organic farming and non-organic farming.

5. Cook up delicious meals, at least on occasion, and let the kids help. It can be fun to find recipes together and shop for the ingredients as a family outing. Praise them for their help and don't get caught up in the milk that spills or the egg that fell and cracked on the floor.

6. Enjoy exercising as a family. Going to the gym or doing a sport together can be wonderful. But simply putting on music and dancing around the house or in the kitchen can burn lots of calories and led to laughs, hugs and feeling connected as a family.

7. And of course, if you child is suddenly gaining or losing weight or showing any form of eating disorder, talk to his or her doctor immediately.
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

writingfriend: I will edit short stories and flash fiction under 1000 words for $5
Ten hours per month is all I need to get you and your book recognized. Editor/Virtual Assistant
Do you need a gift for a young girl entering her teens? Get the set of The Truth books by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Need to brush up on your writing? Long Story Short School of Writing - (Reasonable)
Have a flash fiction or poetry to submit? Long Story Short ezine -
Editing and Virtual Assistance for authors:

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Join (free), fiction and poetry forums. (In subject line put: Writing Forums) Private since 2001.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Let's exchange blog links. What's your blog?
I am a Virtual Assistant for Authors. Are you interested?
Need an editor for your book(s) or short stories? I am available. Check me out.
Visit Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein at AuthorsDen

Monday, July 12, 2010

Two Great reviews by Amazon top 500 reviewers on Secrets by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein -
LADY D BOOK TOUR on SECRETS by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein -
PRESS RELEASE - Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein Offers Tips To Ease The Anguish For Teen Victims of Cyberbullying -
Get the second book in The Truth series for tween/teen girls. Secrets, You Tell Me Yours and I'll Tell You Mine Maybe!
Great gift for young girls.
The Truth by Barbara Becker Holstein is #2 on Amazon for tween books:
Teen books for Girls #1 -

Friday, July 9, 2010

Looking for new author clients. Are you ready to get the word out about your book(s)?
Beautiful trailer on Secrets, You Tell Me Yours and I'll Tell You Mine...Maybe! by Barbara Becker Holstein

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Are you looking for help with your book? Editing or Virtual Assistant? Check me out:
Dig All The Way to China by Barbara Becker Holstein
Tween book, Secrets by Barbara Becker Holstein, is moving up Amazon to number 11. What are you waiting for?
Lady D Books gives great review on Secrets by Barbara Becker Holstein Check it out today. Tween book.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Francisco, No El Santo by Floriana Hall:
Floriana Hall on radio show: THE NADIA SAHARI SHOW
Sands of Rhyme and Reason by Floriana Hall
THE ADVENTURES OF FLOSSIE, ROBBIE, AND JUNEY During the Great Depression by Floriana Hall,
Books of Excellence: Author Floriana Hall Francis, Not the Saint - Memoir
Down Under Views gives book review on Secrets, You Tell Me Yours and I’ll Tell You Mine… Maybe by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein -
Book Tour with Barbara Becker Holstein Books for Moms website. Secrets is a book for tweens and moms. Check it out today.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Need someone to network, market, edit, proofread, get interviews? Contact Linda at

Friday, June 18, 2010

Careers From the Kitchen - host Raven Blair Davis -Barbara Becker Holstein is interviewed

Monday, June 14, 2010

Careers From The Kitchen Table, talk radio host, Raven Blair Davis with Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
Floriana Hall is author of Francis, Not The Saint a memoir -
On The Plot: Barbara Becker Holstein shares her new tween book: Secrets -

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Art of Rejection: How to Turn Him Down Without Being a B****. by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
Great News! The Truth is #2 on the Tween product and book list on Amazon. Secrets is catching up! 15 on the list. Barbara Becker Holstein is author.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Watch the lovely book trailer for Secrets by Barbara Becker Holstein. Pick up a copy for your young daughter.
Secrets: I'll Tell You Mine, If You Tell Me Yours...Maybe! by Barbara Becker Holstein
Great book to read: Francis, Not the Saint by Floriana Hall - (English) (Spanish)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Join my blog: I'll keep you up on the latest for authors and writers.
Do you have a story you want published? Check out Long Story Short ezine @ We've helped lots of new writers get published.
Need radio interviews for your book? Let me help you. Virtual assistant Linda will help you.
Need networking done on your book(s)? I will do the legwork, while you write. Check me out.
Need editing done on your book or short stories? will do a good job for you. Contact me for more information.
Need a writing class? We can help -

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Watch the lovely book trailer for Secrets by Barbara Becker Holstein. Pick up a copy for your young daughter.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Francis, Not the Saint by Floriana Hall is a true story about a families triumph over adversity.
Mark Your Calendar for Rick D. Banks Book Launch: Friendly Divorce, June 8th. Keep watch for more information.
Mark Your Calendars: Rick Banks, author of Friendly Divorce, will be interviewed June 3rd at Jon Hansen's BTR, 8 PM EST.

Monday, May 17, 2010 - Teen books for girls: The Truth is #1 on Amazon.
For young tween girls - Secrets, You tell me yours, and I'll tell you mine...Maybe! by Dr. Barbara Holstein -
Blubrry Holistic Children's Radio with host Cathi Curen as she interviews Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010

Suspense/intrigue/twists/turns, Right Hand Up To God, No More Will Die -
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Long Story Short ezine -
New stories/poems/ articles.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

New trailer, Secrets by Dr. Barbara Holstein -
SUSPENSE/THRILLER Alone in the Everglades, Lori promises her dying mother she will care for her newborn brother, Michael. Over the months and years that follow she will strive to keep her promise.
To my Spanish friends. Memoir book: Francisco, No El Santo:

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Monday, May 3, 2010

Would you take a moment and vote for us again this year? Long Story Short ezine - to
Join Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, author of the tween and teen fiction book, Secrets: You Tell Me Yours and I’ll Tell You Mine…maybe!
Announcing Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein’s “Secrets” Virtual Book Tour, June 2010
Secrets, You Tell Me Yours, and I'll tell You Mind...Maybe by Barbara Holstein -
The Authors Show had Barbara Becker Holstein for her book, The Truth. Scroll to program.
If you want to make your links (url) shorter, try
Great book. Read about it on press release:

Friday, April 30, 2010

The Secret is out! To purchase Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein's second book in The Truth Series, entitled Secrets: I'll Tell You Mine if You Tell Me Yours: maybe
Join M.J. Croan's Fan Page on his book, Right Hand Up To God, No More Will Die -
Right Hand Up To God, No More Will Die by M.J. Croan, is a suspenseful/thriller that will hold you until the end.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Please sign up for my blog. I'll keep you in the light of what my author clients are doing and what I can do for you!
What are my authors doing lately? Check it out here -
Virtual Assistant and Editor for Authors - Linda Barnett-Johnson -
Announcing Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein's “Secrets” Virtual Book. June 1 - 25 on
Mark Your Calendars.
Rick D. Banks to be interviewed Wednesday, April 28th at 6:15 pm Pacific time on his book: Friendly Divorce.

Upcoming Virtual Book Tour with Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

Announcing Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein's “Secrets” Virtual Book ...
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Join Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, author of the tween and teen fiction book, Secrets: You Tell Me Yours and I'll Tell You Mine…maybe! (The Enchanted Self Press), as she virtually tours the blogosphere in June on her fourth virtual book tour ... Dr. Holstein's SECRETS VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR '10 will officially begin on June 1st and end on June 25th. You can visit Dr. Holstein's blog stops at during the month of June to find out more about this ...
Coolweather -

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Coming to Amazon any day now, is the second in series of tween books by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein - SECRETS: You tell me yours, I'll tell you mine...maybe!
Friendly Divorce: Listen to this radio program with Rick Banks -
You can create life balance & avoid caregiver burnout with this amazing book.
An amazing new book that will touch the lives of so many you know . . .Buy the book on April 22
and gets loads of bonus gifts!
Are you seeking peace in the face of death and grieving. This book will help.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

This is a fantastic video to see and hear called: Only the Black Notes:
If you missed the interview with Barbara Becker Holstein by Toni Quest of PIVTR, listen here:

Monday, April 19, 2010

Tonight at PIVTRadio - Barbara Becker Holstein 8:30-9PM EST Will be Fantastic!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

To purchase Francisco, No El Santo go to:
My Spanish friends - I have a book for you: Francisco, No El Santo by Floriana Hall -
Check out Positive Psychology for Women Pt. 1, with Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein -
The Enchanted Self: Truth for Mothers & Daughters with Barbara Becker Holstein.
May 15, 2010 9:00 am PT

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Are you an author in need of a virtual assistant? Look no further. Your goals are my goals.
Mark your calendars:The Enchanted Self: Truth for Mothers & Daughters with Barbara Becker Holstein.
May 15, 2010 9:00 am PT

Friday, April 9, 2010

MARTHA TROWBRIDGE RADIO, LLC - Women's Internet Radio with Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein -
Positive Psychology for Women, Part 1 by Dr. Barbara Holstein - On Hope Springs Eternal

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Malcolm J. Croan, author of Right Hand Up To God, No More Will Die is a good read. Interesting characters and storyline.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

What's New with my Authors

Hello friends,

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, has book two of her "The Truth" series books for preteens and teens. It's called: Secrets: You tell me yours, and I'll tell you mine...maybe. Let me tell you a bit about Dr. Holstein:

She's been a school psychologist for over twenty-five years. She's taught elementery school kids and has been a professor of education at Boston University. She's been in practice with her husband for over twenty-five years. I'd say she knows a bit about kids, wouldn't you? Secrets should be out next week on If you know of a girl tween, please think about purchasing the book. I think it will help with those raw emotions she carries around with her for years. Remember those years? Phew! I wouldn't ever want to go through them again.

I have a new author client:

Malcolm Croan, author of Right Hand Up To God, No More Will Die on
Lori is only ten years old when she and her heavily pregnant mother flee an abusive husband and father. Alone in the Everglades, Lori promises her dying mother she will care for her newborn brother, Michael. Over the months and years that follow she will strive to keep her promise. Not even being unwittingly caught up in a drug smuggling ring between Cuba and London, or the love of two men at the same time, will distract her from the promise she gave to her mother alongside a steaming Fakahatchee swamp… (suspense/thriller)

I'll have more information later with some of my other authors.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

We've been waiting for this. Necessary Heartbreak by Michael Sullivan is to be released March 30th.
The book is finally out - NECESSARY HEARTBREAK by Michael Sullivan. Read this review:

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Book signing of THE ADVOCATE by Teresa Burrell at Barnes & Noble, Long Beach, CA
7651 Carson Blvd., Long Beach, CA 3/26 - 28.
Come and meet her.

Monday, March 15, 2010

What are your five favorite radio links for/and about Authors? Send to
What Are Your Five Most Favorite Blog Links for/and about Authors? Send to

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tonight: Interview with Rick Banks, author of Friendly Divorce with Denny Griffin of BTR -

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Participate in book launches...Read my blog about it:


If you are interested in joining any of these launches, please contact Denise Cassino at You should have a good list of followers and something to offer a potential client. You can also sign up on the individual pages for the launches.

1. The DNA of Success Program, Jack Zufelt - 3/10 Affiliate only - no bonus (in fact if you've already joined this, I think they are not going to offer the bonuses on the page)

2. Awakening the Divine Soul, Finding Your Life's Purpose, Rosanna Ienco (we did this one last year, this will not be an amazon launch, just book sales) 3/16, - some of you that were on it may have new people on your lists and we would like to have you join us again. If not, just say not this time.

3. Friendly Divorce by Rick Banks - 3/30 -
The easy, painless, cost-effective way to manage a civilized divorce without the need for courts, judges or a long, drawn out, expensive process.

4. Intensive Care for the Nurturer's Soul by Hueina Su - 4/20
Too often we sacrifice our own well-being and happiness because nobody ever showed us how to manage it all. With amazing insights into all aspects of what it truly means to be both caretaker and nurturer, Hueina Su presents practical tools and tips that are universal in their application.

I hope you'll join me in promoting these fine authors.


Linda Barnett-Johnson
Editor/Virtual Assistant

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Check out the Chaklet Coffee Books interview on Teresa Burrell of The Advocate.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Top 15 Blogs in: tweens - Barbara Becker Holstein, author of The Truth (tweens)
Teresa Burrell, author of The Advocate, Tuesday 2/23 at 3:00 p.m. EST on WJSJ-FM 105.3 in Jacksonville, FL, website address is with Andy Johnson. It will also be podcast.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Advocate Across America, Teresa Burrell, author of The Advocate - See where she is.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Today on Lisa Haselton's blog, author Rick D. Banks, author of Friendly Divorce -
Chaklet Coffee BTR on Saturday, 2/20/10 at 11:00 EST. Guest is Teresa Burrell, author of The Advocate. Call in.

Monday, February 15, 2010

A step-by-step guide to a friendly divorce by my friend, Rick Banks, Friendly Divorce -

Monday, February 8, 2010

Teresa Burrell, author of The Advocate, has a radio interview Sunday morning 2/14/10 at 6:00 a.m. EST on WOGL-FM 98.1 in Philadelphia with Brad Segall.
Barbara Becker Holstein's book, The Truth, #1 on Amazon under Smart Reading for Teenage and Preteen Girls -

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Want a place to publish your flash fiction? Long Story Short ezine - We take poetry and non fiction too. We'd like "About Writing" articles.
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I assist authors in marketing their book(s). I network, get radio interviews/blog interviews, etc.