Day: April 14, 2015

Introducing Author Wendy Nystrom

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Wendy Nystrom

Author Bio:

 Wendy Nystrom, a wife, and a mother of three wonderful children. Wendy grew up in St. Paul, MN, and has lived at different points in her life in Minnesota, Texas, Idaho, Colorado, West Virginia, and Iceland. She currently resides in Michigan (USA). Wendy is an avid reader of many different genres; she enjoys adventures; and held many different titles and jobs, she devotes some of her time to being active in schools, the local library, and other community projects. She earned a BA in Geography with a concentration Urban Planning at Texas State University. Wendy began writing children’s stories in 2005 while living in the wonderful country of Iceland. Her writing style can de described by imaging yourself sitting around a campfire deep in the mountains with a huge moon above while the mountain is outlined all around with a story teller weaving a tale of adventure and a splash of fun as a pebble skips across the water.

EVER WONDER WHAT COULD BE HIDDEN IN THE CLOUDS?

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ADVENTURE OF COURSE!

Book Blurb:

James and Syvok 4th adventure has a new mystery floating about. James is curious to explore the iridescent cloud. All the colors of a rainbow glow, surely there are adventures to sow. Come along and meet new friends! Dragons, cats, troll, and more, lots of fun is in store. Join the adventures up in the sky and help the wizard find her magical key. Come and see what the iridescent cloud hides!

Readers Favorite 5 Star Revie:

Reviewed by Dinorah Blackman for Readers’ Favorite

Growing up, we all had imaginary friends, but James’s pals are so awesome that one can easily believe they are real. It all begins with a beautiful and unusual cloud that seemed to be stuck in place. As James daydreams about its mysterious beauty, he is launched on an unexpected adventure in the company of his imaginary friends. As they try to discover the meaning of the cloud, they end up becoming key players in a battle in which rivals fight to take control. From flying on a blue dragon’s back to their eager search for a lost key that opens a spell book, James and his friends have a day packed with suspense and drama. However, they still manage to get him home by dinnertime so he can tell his family all about it. Amongst the Clouds by Wendy Nystrom is an awesome book that young and old will enjoy.

In Amongst the Clouds, author Wendy Nystrom does a brilliant job of describing how high a child’s imagination can actually fly. The main protagonist dozes off and ends up in the middle of a lucid dream that teaches him a number of valuable lessons about the importance of loyalty. The story is well written and contains a lot of characters with which kids can easily identify. At the same time, Wendy Nystrom shares a little bit of Icelandic culture with the reader, enabling him or her to easily grasp the context of the adventure. The language is vibrant and appropriate for children, and the book includes many illustrations that add to the mental image so aptly formed by her words.

Illustrated Adventure Chapter Books for ages 7-12 but many have enjoyed Amongst the Clouds Adventure 4 in the James and Syvok Adventures.

Purchase Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Amongst-Clouds-James-Syvok-Adventure-ebook/dp/B00LV3Y8CQ/ref=la_B0064V1T0O_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421600681&sr=1-4

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/amongst-the-clouds-wendy-nystrom/1119966112?ean=9780692256480

Connect with Wendy at:

Website: www.authorwbnystrom.com

Blog: www.wendysbookcase.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WendysBookcase

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wbnystrom

Tumblr: http://wendysbookcase.tumblr.com/

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/wendysbookcase

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22924131-amongst-the-clouds?from_search=true

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+WendyNystrom/posts

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Review of ‘Grumpy Old Menopause’

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Sometimes the best way to deal with a serious issue is to make light of it. That’s exactly what Carol E. Wyer has done in Grump Old Menopause.

What happens when everything from puberty to menopause is late? Why, you make a joke of it. Wyer covers the bane of a woman’s existence – menopause – from A to Z (with detours away from O, Q, and U) with her signature brand of humor. This book has puns aplenty, and jokes about the stress associated with the ‘change.’ At the same time she offers a few nuggets of advice that I, as a man, can only assume are valid.

You don’t have to be a woman to appreciate this book. In fact, if you’re a married man, it could be considered a survival manual. However you approach it, it’s a thoroughly entertaining read – as are all of Wyer’s books. Easiest five stars this month!

There’s Nothing Wrong with Three-star Reviews

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I read and review a lot of books. Most of them I love, some I like — and some, well, I don’t like so much.  I try always to give them as objective a review as possible. As an author, I know the importance of reviews to the visibility—and ultimately sales—of an author’s work.

Different people have different views of reviewing. I know some reviewers, for instance, who will not publish a review unless they can give it four or five stars. Others seem to delight in giving one and two-star reviews. Personally, if I can’t give a book at least three stars I will usually not review it. Some people view a three-star review as negative. I think that’s a mistaken view. It’s not over the moon, sure, but a three star review is saying that a book is acceptable, but it contains a few issues (typos, grammar, formatting, etc.) that detract from the reading experience.

As a writer I know how it feels to get a bad review, but I don’t think of the three-star reviews I get as negative. I take them as teaching moments. They’re telling me that I’ve written a so-so book that could have been better. If a book is on the verge of being great, but has two or three typos or grammatical errors, I’ll give it four stars. Five stars only go to books that wow me and have no issues. That’s the criteria used by Awesome Indies Readers and Reviewers which I apply not only to my reviews, but that I use when I’m doing the re-read and edit of my own work.

So, a piece of advice to young writers—especially those putting out their first book—that will help in the process of maturing as a writer: don’t let a three-star review send you into a fit of depression. Read it carefully and see what you can learn from it. Even after you’ve gained some experience as a writer, don’t expect to get all four and five-star reviews. Not everything you write will appeal to everyone. No problem. Just keep writing. Resolve to do better with each book, and let the stars fall where they may.