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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…

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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…

Varolo Village

Hello friends,

I would love for you to join me on Varolo Village. Watch the short video and then sign up, it's free. You have a good chance of making some money with me. Check it out and see what you think.

Have a great day,

Linda Barnett-Johnson
Editor/Virtual Assistant

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.

I will send you an email asking - "I would like to interview you."

Thank you all.

Linda Barnett-Johnson
Editor/Virtual Assistant

PS I will probably link that to my own website too.
I will also ping it and get the word out about the interview. Hopefully it will draw others here to read about your writing and book(s).


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I have been delving into joining some affiliates that would help me and you to receive an income. I have found a couple you can check out right now.

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I will share more with you as I go about my research. I am also looking for social networks to join. I'll share those at a later date.

Have a great day.


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Kids love The Wild Soccer Bunch - Yours will, too!

Dear Friends,

I found a wonderful children's book with some real time lessons for our kids. With so many kids and parents involved in soccer these days, I thought some of you might love this book. It's The Wild Soccer Bunch, a brand new, fun and exciting kids' adventure book starring the only girl on a boys' soccer team. It has been endorsed by the great Landon Donovan, star starof the LA Galaxy and US Soccer MVP in the World Cup. This book has already sold 9 million copies world-wide, and we want you to be apart of this best-selling phenomenon.

Kids around the world love The Wild Soccer Bunch! The book motivates kids to get involved in team sports and supports values such as diversity, sportsmanship, teamwork, leadership and self-acceptance. The book exudes passionate storytelling and an equal passion for the game kids love: soccer. Kids who love The Wild Soccer Bunch will be inspired to play the game. You can find the book at and …

Seven Tips To Grandparents

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 o…
Your kids are in school, now it's your turn. Long Story Short School of Writing. (online classes)

Great Opportunity for Children's Book Writers

Hello friends,

My friend, Denise Cassino, Editor of Long Story Short Ezine ( has a book launch for any writers of children's books. I've been involved with these from the beginning, and they are legitimate. Here's a great opportunity to help someone and yourself at the same time. Check it out and send an email to Denise today.


Her message -

Hi Friends,

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 …
Christmas gifts for young girls - tweens. The Truth and Secrets by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein.

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!
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!

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 …


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 minu…


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 discover…


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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 ac…
Ten hours per month is all I need to get you and your book recognized. Editor/Virtual Assistant
Join (free), fiction and poetry forums. (In subject line put: Writing Forums) Private since 2001.
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THE ADVENTURES OF FLOSSIE, ROBBIE, AND JUNEY During the Great Depression by Floriana Hall,
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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.
Do you have a story you want published? Check out Long Story Short ezine @ We've helped lots of new writers get published.
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Mark Your Calendar for Rick D. Banks Book Launch: Friendly Divorce, June 8th. Keep watch for more information.