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Monday, July 9, 2018

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson | Book Review

This book was fantastic. There were some parts where I was a little bored thus 4 instead of 5 stars, but in general it was amazing. Great characters that I fell in love with in the last book I got to know and love even more. The story was awesome. I also really liked the city the story takes place in and getting to fly through it on adventures with the Wax the protagonist. Again Wayne was as charming as ever. A scoundrel you can't help but love. Without giving anything away I'll just say that the antagonist not only seems impossible to beat (not saying he/she is beat) but also turns out to have a huge twist on who they are that I didn't see coming. It was a well crafted story. 

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Friday, June 29, 2018

I was gone & I was on The Writing Crusade podcast again!



I've been away from home for almost 2 weeks, but while I was gone something for you to listen to was published! Episode 12 of The Writing Crusade with Indiana Jim! I'm his co-host now and we talked about:

In this episode, I tell Dan all about The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. Almost all of us commit acts of self-sabotage when we experience new levels of success, love, joy or creativity. How do we overcome our limiting beliefs and spend our time where we are truly unique and gifted? The lessons from the book are especially relevant to writers. Most of all I want to inspire you to make the big leap in your life and writing career.

Go have a listen, it was a fun time as always talking about writing with Jim. In other news, where was I for the last 2 weeks? At a kids church summer camp with my whole family, and then we went to Glacier Montana with two other families. It's been a super fun very exhausting couple of weeks! Pics below:

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 72
The Chimera Sequence by Elliott Garber


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In this 72nd episode, I review The Chimera Sequence by Elliott Garber. This book was rich in action, cosmopolitan characters, science and medicine, and touching scenes. It's about a group who risk their lives to fight off evil men while trying to save a special group of gorillas. The audiobook was amazing. The narrator nailed every accent and his narration was spot on. 

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Friday, June 1, 2018

My Novel is on Sale to Celebrate Summer Reading!



Summer reading is upon us! In celebration I'm marking down my debut novel "Haunted House Flipper" to $2.99 in eBook the month of June! Happy reading!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor | Book Review

This charming children's novel was such a good read. It's in first person, and the main character, Marty Preston, is an eleven year old boy you can't help but sympathize with. He gets into quite a predicament. I loved the way the story just effortlessly unfolded. It was a delightful read and the voice of the eleven year old protagonist the author was able to pull off came across as beautifully authentic. It's a simple story with rich complicated emotions. 

I read this book because after reading the third one in the series my 10 year old son said he liked these books as much as Harry Potter. I didn't think I'd ever hear those words come from his mouth. It's pretty cool that a simple little story that pulls on your heart strings can affect a young reader, and an old one in me, to the same degree as a well crafted mystery fantasy novel like Harry Potter with a huge story world to build and all kinds of layers going on. I look forward to reading the next one in the series and talking about these books with my boy. They raise a lot of great ethics questions on what's right and wrong.

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Shiloh (The Shiloh Quartet)