Book Review, Musings

Book Review:- Ann, Not Annie by Sage Steadman

Ann, Not Annie is a well written YA (young adult) fictional novel by Sage Steadman. I read this book in a very short time and the actual story is 272 pages long. What I love most about this book is the style of writing the author implemented. I am a huge fan of the narrative style of telling stories and when done well its a joy to read and this was indeed a joy to read. The voice of the narrator took on the right tones and themes through out the book making for a very fluid read.
The story itself is of a teenage girl named Annie who prefers to be called Ann. She is still in high school and going through some major emotional and mental strain. She is dealing with grief, abandonment issues, loneliness and some teenage girl drama. The narrator follows her story of struggling in school with regular visits to detention and the school counsellor, less than an ideal living situation at home, taking care of her brother and dealing with a potential for falling in love and the glamour/seduction of being one of the popular kids.

Ann not Annie goes through a process that almost breaks her while reading Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden pond” (Which has definitely joined my reading list thanks to this book). Luckily for her, her small circle of friends whom she thought she had lost were still there for her when she was ready to let them in again.

I respect Authors who brave topics that we as a society are quick to skirt or push aside for political reasons or deem too heavy for a certain audience. Ann (not Annie but also Annie lol) is a teenager who through no choice of hers had to experience grief and loss (mostly alone)and if we think teenagers shouldn’t be exposed to these topics, then what happens to the “Ann’s” of this world who are unprepared and yet plunged into similar situations.

This book is a perfect gift for both young adults, parents, teachers, counsellors etc to help breach that gap and even open up an avenue for these conversations to be had.

It was a great read and I recommend it to everyone.

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Book Review, Musings

Book Review :- Elle Burton and the reflective Portals By Peggy M McAloon and Anneka Rogers.

I am always open to reading books of different genre but not always of the children’s book variety. Reading Elle’s story pronounced (Ellie) I quickly forgot that it was for children. The character is one we can all identify with through the various struggles and challenges she faces and later overcomes. It’s a book about Love, loss, hope, healing, kindness and a lot of things we sometimes forget to teach or remind our children to be. Though this tale is woven through fantasy, it can’t help be anything but real. Elle Burton reminds us to be brave,honest and even believe in the magic of people, friends and family. Be sure to join Elle in her adventures in this first installment.

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It’s here!                                    (Please take the time to read and comment. Thank you).

Hey Loves,

In my previous post, I introduced you guys to a phenomenal personality, Prof. Charles French. He is one of my earlier followers who actually takes the time to leave a word of encouragement on my posts and drop comments or likes.

He has really fascinating views and content on his blog charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com

He has remained true to his discipline as an educator I.e a college professor, meaning there is always something to learn in his post while he holds your attention. But most importantly he is someone who loves horror and is an expert on it!

From The King himself Stephen King to all the various aspects, he can hold his own.

And now ladies and gentlemen he has released his very first Book!

I give to you Prof. Charles French

Below is my interview with him.

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>-You, being a college professor, blogging and now a novel and how this has influenced your book.

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>I have taught at college for many years—over 25—and that has certainly had an impact on my novel. I have a Ph.D. in English Literature, and Gothic and horror is one of my areas on interest. Certainly many of the ideas and themes I have examined and taught in these fields: the nature of evil, impact of the past on the present, and good vs. evil, among them have found their way into my novel. 

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>I certainly enjoy blogging and the opportunity it gives to meet other people, especially those who love books and those who are writers. I am not sure that it influenced  my novel, but the blogging has allowed me to share my experiences with many other people.

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”> A brief flash back also on how it all began and why a novel?

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>I began writing this novel about 6 years ago. I had begun several books over the years, but I had never finished them. My wife turned to me one day and asked me why I didn’t commit to being a writer, and I did not have a good answer for her. So I did make that commitment, and after 13 drafts, I am finally releasing my book: Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book I. 

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>– Why now?

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>It is time to let go of the book now. I could keep revising it forever, but there comes a time to say that it is done and to move on to the next project. I am currently writing the first draft of the next book in this series and working on revisions of a young adult novel.

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>– Has this always been a dream, a bucket list or something that you walked into.

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>I have always thought about being a writer, but now I am a writer. The level of success I achieve with the books is not something I can control, but I can make sure that I continue to write—the rest of my life.

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>If you could introduce the book quickly, what would you say about it?

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke) 

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt Franklin attempts to make it through life day by day.  Roosevelt 

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>is a widower, who lost his beloved wife to cancer and a retired history professor, and he has not 

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>stopped grieving.  He and his two closest friends, also retired and who have also lost loved 

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>ones, form a paranormal investigation group.  They hope to find an answer to the 

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>question: is there life after death? 

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>When asked by a local teacher to investigate a possible haunting of her house, the group 

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>discovers an evil beyond anything they could have imagined.  This is no mere ghost. Maledicus, 

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>who was in life a pimp, torturer, and murderer during Caligula’s reign in Rome, in death has 

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>become a sociopathic demon that attacks the weak and the innocent.  Maledicus threatens a five 

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>year old child’s life and soul.  Terrified by what they have discovered, Roosevelt and his friends 

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>must choose to either walk away from this threat , or to do battle with this ancient creature at the 

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>potential loss of their sanities, their lives, and their souls.

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>Thank you so much, Prof. Charles French for your time,

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p style=”font-size:13.6px;”>Cheers.

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