Wordy People


So, you like words . . .
This is the book for making your words jump. That’s right, it’s a verbalicious book on verb usage. I know. A verb is a verb right? No! A verb is the most exciting thing in a sentence. Everything else. . . Well is a person place or thing right? Maybe an article, or a descriptor? But the verb shows, moves, makes the sentence alive. It brings the noun to life for the reader. The book by Constance Hale – Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch Let Verbs Power Your Writing is an essential book for anyone who loves reading, writing, or who cares about the power of their words. I cannot believe this is not floating around every writers conference!


Shusterman o’ Shusterman

I’m in love with his words, style, and ideas. Neal Shusterman is the dude equivalent of Laurie Halse Anderson.

This past week I saw Unwholly on the shelf and picked it up. When I saw that this was book two, I decided let me get book one, right. Makes sense. Well book one had Bruiser reviews on it so I thought what the heck, might as well just take a look an see if we get along.

Well, I read bruiser first. Ouch! This book hit a few soft spots and then some. Poignant and powerful, and beautifully managed point of view switches.

Brewster is not a normal boy, he is a paranormal whipping boy absorbing the Bumps and scrapes of those for whom he cares. So, he tries not to care. Enter Tennyson and Bronte, twins. Bronte falls for the Bruiser and Tennyson as a brother decides this boy is bad news for his sister. Well everything falls into place and we see personal growth in all the characters, except the adults. Well maybe a little growth, but not much.

The idea I believe is that we should take our lumps in life and grow. Avoiding the hurt is just postponing the inevitable.

Well done Shusterman!

Then, there is unwind. I can’t even tell you how hard this book hits the main issue. No dancing around the campfire here guys, just step into it. It talks about the grey in all issues and how we like to paint things black or white, when we’re really just mucking up a canvas.

Just read it. You may become angry or say something like – unbelievable, but remember that historically people have done things and allowed unbelievable things to happen. Ex. Human sacrifice, cannibalism, crusades, nazi regime, communism. Oh yeah, societies were lead by and are still led by people who don’t always live perfect moral lives.

Yay Shusterman! I will be reading your long list of books.


I am thankful for healthy children. Not all parents spend thanksgiving gathered around a table. Some gather around a hospital bed and others a grave.

I am thankful for my husband and father of my children. Not all husbands and fathers are with their wives and children, either by choice or because of duty.

I am thankful that I grew up in poverty, as an adult money is never a hindrance to achievement. The difference between need and want are well defined, even to children who have never known need.

I am thankful to live in a country that allows me to gather and worship my God of choice. The whole world should know this freedom, but they don’t.

I am thankful for waking up today, alive and healthy that I may enjoy the life that I’ve been blessed with.

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

This is a best selling YA novel by a known hard hitter on young adult issues.
How can I say how much I loved this book without sounding like i’ll stalk the author. It is a book for young men and women, but mostly guys. So sharp and well written. I loved every character, every comment and especially the bad deed done before the start of the book. Hey, boy books don’t make people cry because they are written not to, but this book is a slap in the face to every supposed boy book out there. It is real and powerful.

Love love love Pitticus Lore

The Rise of Nine
By Pitticus Lore

How many of you have read this book?
So far it is my favorite of the series. Number nine is hot! And I feel the “nothing to lose” vibe flow through the book. It is narrated by the loriens and the multiple POV and locations drive the book forward in an action packed frenzy! Wow! As a writer, I wanna be as good as Pitticus Lore. But I guess you have to be an alien, huh? Tell me what you think. . .