Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Deanie Humphrys-Dunne and Sacha Black

The first review today is for the newly released My Life at Sweetbriar: A Life Changed by Horses, the memoir by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne.

About My Life at Sweetbriar: A Life Changed by Horses

What if you grew up on a horse farm and your single passion was to become a champion horseback rider? The problem is, you were born with a disability. Doctors tell your parents you’ll never walk, let alone ride. What will happen next? What does her dad do that changes her life? Will a failed racehorse and a handicapped girl become a winning team? This is the author’s true story of her journey. Even if Deanie prevails, will she find exactly the right horse to help her win?

My Life at Sweetbrier is about a young girl diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The doctors told her parents she would never walk. Little did the doctors know about Deanie’s father’s determination, and he told the doctor where he could go with that opinion. I like that line in the book. My Life at Sweetbrier is filled with Love, Determination, Strength, and Perseverance. A loving family’s purpose of helping their baby to overcome her obstacles and reach for the stars. Which she did!!! She not only walked, but she learned to ride horses. And Deanie became a Champion!! I loved the sheer fortitude and “never give up attitude” of Deanie and her wonderful family.

The part about the fire in the barn and her father risking his life to save all the horses was quite heartfelt. I was saddened by the loss of two horses. Through many trials and problems with Deanie’s legs and walking, it never seemed to daunt her as she grew, it simply made her stronger.

I loved My Life at Sweetbrier!! And I highly recommend this sweet book!!

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Delighted to add Sacha Black to the bookstore last week and already her debut release, a guide to creating rounded and exciting evil characters, 13 Steps to Evil is receiving fantastic reviews. Here is the latest one by author Shelley Wilson.

About the book

Your hero is not the most important character in your book. Your villain is.

Are you fed up of drowning in two-dimensional villains? Frustrated with creating clichés? And failing to get your reader to root for your villain?

In 13 Steps to Evil, you’ll discover:

+ How to develop a villain’s mindset
+ A step-by-step guide to creating your villain from the ground up
+ Why getting to the core of a villain’s personality is essential to make them credible
+ What pitfalls and clichés to avoid as well as the tropes your story needs

Finally, there is a comprehensive writing guide to help you create superbad villains. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned writer, this book will help power up your bad guy and give them that extra edge.

These lessons will help you master and control your villainous minions, navigate and gain the perfect balance of good and evil, as well as strengthening your villain to give your story the tension and punch it needs.

If you like dark humour, learning through examples and want to create the best villains you can, then you’ll love Sacha Black’s guide to crafting superbad villains. Read 13 Steps to Evil today and start creating kick-ass villains.

Shelley’s review-

I’ve followed Sacha Black’s blog for quite some time and thoroughly enjoy reading her posts on every aspect of the writing profession. When I heard that she had produced the first book in her writers’ craft series I was excited to learn more.

13 Steps to Evil is a unique look at crafting the villain within your story. Novice writers may be thrown off course by the revelation that the bad guy is just as important as the hero, but Sacha explains why this is so in full detail. As with her online work, the author’s voice shines through, and I loved this about the book. Yes, there is a touch of bad language, but there is also that quirky and refreshing style that keeps you reading, and learning.
The book is packed with references from literature, film, and television to help you grasp the ideas that Sacha is analysing. For me, this is an ideal learning tool as I can immediately ‘see’ how to integrate the lesson into my writing. At one point in the book, I was tempted to recall all my published works and begin a re-write!

There is a useful appendix of fictional and movie villains that you can follow up and research at your leisure. Sacha has also included a handy further reading source list and tables of positive and negative traits.

From deciding on the perfect trait for your villain right through to the conflict and climax, Sacha has you covered. I believe that 13 Steps to Evil is the ideal companion for every novice writer.

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