3 Quotes – Ruth Glick

Ruth Glick, American novelist (romance, mystery, suspense, young adult, children), cookbook writer
(born:  Ruth Day Burtnick)
Pen names*:
Ruth Glick, Rebecca York, Amanda Lee, Samantha Chase, Alexis Hill (Jordan)

April 27, 1942 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA

known for (among others):
Dollhouse Books, Charisma Inc. Series, Cookbooks, The Peregrine Connection Series

Website:  http://rebeccayork.com/


After my husband spell-checks one of my manuscripts, my editor says, ‘It’s been Normanized.’
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I have the power to write these books where I invent characters that I really like, and it gets to come out the way they want it to come out, and I get to make it happen.
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Of course, to publish something, you have to write it, polish it, then hire out the line editing, copy editing and cover design. After which, you pick your way through the minefield of conforming to the differing requirements of Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords, or hire someone to do it for you.


Which is your favourite quote by Ruth Glick?  🙂

* I cannot guarantee completeness



10 Statements – Lisa Manterfield


Lisa Manterfield is the award-winning author of A Strange Companion and I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood. Her work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Los Angeles Times, and Psychology Today. Originally from northern England, she now lives in Southern California with her husband and over-indulged cat. Learn more at LisaManterfield.com.



Find me…

Website:  http://lisamanterfield.com/

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4475622.Lisa_Manterfield

Instagram:  @lmanterfield

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLisaManterfield/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/lisamanterfield

Amazon:  Lisa Manterfield


My personal motto:

“Leap and the net will appear. If it doesn’t, flap your arms like crazy.”


10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… Coffee…before anything else. I try to exercise in the morning, too, but some days I just want to get to my writing. I actually like writing in bed. With my coffee, of course.
  2. I lose track of time when I’m in a scene with my characters and I really understand what they want and why it matters so much for them to get it. When that happens, it takes a while to readjust back to the real world.
  3. I have always… been curious. My mum says I never slept as a baby in case I missed something. I’m interested in lots of different things. I’m definitely a jack of all trades.
  4. I have never… had a speeding ticket. I hope I didn’t just jinx myself.
  5. Home means to me… wherever I lay my cat, that’s my home. I’ve always been “geographically flexible” and I’ve moved around a lot. As long as I can cozy up with my husband, cat, and a good book, I’m home.
  6. I am inspired by… nature. Being outdoors changes my whole demeanor and fires up my creativity. I especially love visiting my family in the UK and getting back out into the hills near where I grew up.
  7. I would like to meet… Sir David Attenborough. He has such a respect for the natural world and such a gentle, but inquisitive way of teaching. In another life, I might have followed in his footsteps.
  8. My worst character trait… time optimism. I’m a chronic over-scheduler. All these years and I still can’t seem to get a grasp on how long things take.
  9. My best character trait… tenacity. I am very determined about whatever I set my mind to. All sorts of talent deficits can be overcome by sticking with something for long enough.
  10. The best advice I was given… Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Just be yourself and forge your own path.

A Strange Companion

Kat Richardson isn’t running away from grief; she’s just hiding out in a gloomy Welsh university town until she’s sure it’s gone. Now, one year, nine months, and 27 days after the climbing death of her first love, Gabe, she thinks she’s ready to venture out into the relationship world again. And Owen—a cake-baking, Super Ball-making chemistry student—appears to be a kind, funny, and very attractive option.

But the arrival of Kat’s newly adopted niece, Mai, forces her home to northern England, where she runs head first into all the memories of Gabe she’s tried to leave behind—and discovers that Mai stirs up an unnerving feeling of déjà vu. Before long, Kat’s logical, scientific beliefs about life after death are in battle with what she feels to be true—that reincarnation is real and Gabe has come back to her through Mai. The question now, is why?

Taking on the topics of love, loss, and how we deal with grief, A Strange Companion is a twisted love triangle among the living, the dead, and the reincarnated.

Print length:  342 pages

Published:  2017-04-04

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The Heart to Kill by Dorothy M. Place


The author sent me an ARC of this book (pdf format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

Savvy law student Sarah Wasser returns to her apartment to find two telephone messages:  She has not been chosen for a coveted summer internship, and her best friend from high school has just murdered her two children.  Unwilling to admit the internship failure to family and friends, the quick thinking Sarah secures a position on JoBeth’s defense team and returns to her sleepy hometown in South Carolina.

But Sarah is not well-prepared for working in a community rife with duplicity and betrayal, and her efforts are met with the benevolent amusement of the senior law partner, the resentment of the trial attorney, the rush to judgement by the folks of Eight Mile Junction, and discovery of her father’s role in the degradation of JoBeth.

Genre(s): Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Suspense
Books > Literature & Fiction
Series: n.a.
Length: 200 pages
Release date: 2016-11-30



“I was hired as a legal assistant by JoBeth’s defense team.” She made up the title, hoping it impressed her father.

“Williams hired you? He must be really desperate.”

Ellen’s breath caught, but she said nothing. A thread of rebellion stitched itself to the edge of Sarah’s tongue, but she was unable to gather it into a flip response. A fever rose to her cheeks and a faint ache pulsed behind her eyes.

My Opinion

This book introduces you to law student Sarah Wasser, returning home to join her high school friend’s defense team.

With The Heart to Kill, her début novel, Dorothy M. Place has created a memorable suspense story. It is a compelling read, drawing you close to Sarah, her life, feelings, and to the case. Dorothy M. Place knows how to keep you glued to the story, you want to find the truth and/or reasons why as much as Sarah. Sarah is highly believable, tenderly introduced by the author; in brief: I liked Sarah a lot. The story develops in a calm way, thus underlining its intensity; it comprises authentic characters, interesting turns, and has a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like suspense stories with believable characters and psychological aspects, and if you appreciate subtle suspense.


In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content 😳


About the author

Dorothy Place lives and works in Davis, California. Since submitting her first short story for publication in 2008, she has had nine stories accepted for publication, one of which won first prize in the Mendocino Coast Writers Short Story Contest and the prestigious Estelle Frank Fellowship (2010). Her début novel, The Heart to Kill, inspired by Euripides play, Medea, as well as the many newspaper accounts of women who have taken the lives of her children, searches for the underlying causes of these horrendous crimes. When not writing, she works on her bonsai collection, travels, and hikes.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Heart to Kill?  Or – if you did not yet read The Heart to Kill – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂







10 Statements – Brent Jones

From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his freelance career as a social media manager to pursue creative writing full-time. The Fifteenth of June is his debut novel.

Jones is working on his sophomore release from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, (mostly) vegetarian, the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex, and a devoted “Instagram husband.” Subscribe to his newsletter or follow him on Twitter.

Find me…

Website:  http://authorbrentjones.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBrentJ/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/authorbrentj/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AuthorBrentJ

My personal motto:

“You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.”  (Wayne Gretzky)

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… A bike ride, a cup of coffee, and a bowl of sugary kiddy cereal. I tend to be most alert and creative in the morning, but for some reason, I often don’t get to writing until the afternoon. I need to change that.
  2. I lose track of time When I’m revising my own work. I’ll finish my first draft of a chapter, then lose track of the rest of the day going over it again and again, making small changes in word choice that no one but me will ever notice.
  3. I have always… Enjoyed playing the guitar, even if I only know like four songs, three chords, two scales, and have no sense of rhythm.
  4. I have never… Had any desire to jump out of an airplane, no matter how much fun my friends tell me skydiving is. I don’t like zip lines, either, for that matter. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure I’m just scared of heights.
  5. Home means to me… Funny, the concept of ‘home’ is a central theme in my second novel, which I hope to have published by August. Home, to me, is the place where we are set free.
  6. I am inspired by… Fantastic works of fiction. There are times when I will read a story and say to myself, “Wow. If I ever create something half as good as this, I’ll feel so accomplished.” That last happened to me reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I imagine the larger-than-life titles we hope to emulate vary from one author to the next, but it’s those humbling experiences that keep me writing. We never know how good our work might be until we put the proverbial pen to paper.
  7. I would like to meet… If we’re talking about authors, I’d love to have a chat with Stephen King. I would find it hard to believe that he’d ever be short on stories to tell in person—we’d have an interesting conversation, I’m sure. But if we’re talking about the general population, I think I might choose Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She’s an author, too, I guess, but I tend to think of her more as an outspoken activist and overall badass. Her story is incredibly inspiring.
  8. My worst character trait… I mean, I’m a bit of an arrogant know-it-all sometimes. I tune people out when they’re talking, although not on purpose. My mind wanders constantly and I’m a bit self-deprecating. And I have a bad habit of chewing my fingernails. Do I have to choose just one?
  9. My best character trait… I’m pretty driven. When I set my mind to do something, I keep working at it until I get it done, no matter how many times I fall down along the way.
  10. The best advice I was given… When I was growing up, my father often told me that “nothing is forever.” On the surface, it sounds a bit negative, right? But the thing is, I’ve come to understand what he meant—that life is full of opportunities to try something new, and that’s exactly what I’ve spent most of my adult life doing. Trying new things, turning new corners, and figuring this whole life thing out as I go.

The Fifteenth of June

Can we lose a loved one without losing ourselves?

Twenty-eight-year-old Drew Thomson is haunted by a troubled past. After struggling for years with alcoholism and antisocial behavior, he ends a stable relationship with his girlfriend and finds himself without a home, job, or purpose.

Just as he learns that his father is terminally ill, he meets a stranger who offers him a flicker of hope for a better future. But is he ready to bury the past?

Rich with dark humor and a keen insight into the human condition, this debut fictional release from author Brent Jones delves into life’s most pressing trials—destructive relationships, love, loss, and pursuing happiness.

Print length:  224 pages

Published:  2017-02-21

Buy links:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WVSFZHM/