A selection of post that I have enjoyed over the last few days… I hope you will head over to enjoy them in full… thanks Sally.
The first post is from D.L. Finn writing for Story Empire on quotes that have inspired her and a little test on your knowledge of famous authors and their words of wisdom..
Hi SERers! Denise here. Today I’m going to talk about something I appreciate, quotes.
Growing up, I heard many quotes that would make me think. There were a few my great-grandmother would repeat to me, and I would nod with no understanding. Later her wisdom would replay itself to me, and when the youthful veil lifted, I understood her words.
Some words affected me so deeply I passed them on to my children.
A favorite of mine was, “Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.” Words my great-grandmother may have borrowed from Edgar Allan Poe’s line, “Believe nothing you hear and only one half that you see.” It’s even truer today with social media.
As an adult, I not only appreciate quotes but read them any chance I get. When I’m overwhelmed with writing projects or I draw a blank, it’s nice to connect with another author’s wisdom. It assures me I’m not alone, and we’re all dealing with the same issues.
Head over to find out which quotes have inspired Denise and see if you can match famous quotes to their authors: Quotes and Writing by D.L. Finn – Story Empire
The next post is from author Pete Springer who is celebrating two years of blogging and the editing of his first children’s book…
One of the great things about keeping a journal or recording our thoughts in some way is that we can look back and remember. It’s the same reason people take photographs. The once trusty memory bank is no longer the well-oiled machine it used to be. I don’t know if this happens to others, but sometimes I stare at a photograph or read something I wrote in college and realize that memory is either foggy or completely gone. I have the visual proof right in front of my eyes, yet I may not recall being there. What a weird feeling!
My mom used to keep notebooks of her life. At the end of each day, she would write down what happened to her in the last twenty-four hours. Many of these activities were mundane. Walks with friends, lunch at the park, birding with pals, trips to the dentist—she recorded it all. At the time, I thought it was a curious thing to do. I never fully understood why she did it until I got older.
Head over to enjoy Pete’s reflections on writing down our thoughts in journals and posts:Pete Springer – Second Blogging Anniversary
And last but not least.. your opportunity to pick up Eternal Road: The Final Stop by John Howell. at a great price from today for three days until March 24th at midnight US time. There are some great recent reviews but since I can highly recommend the book I am sharing my review for the book from 2020.
About the book
James Wainwright picks up a hitchhiker and discovers two things 1. The woman he picks up is his childhood sweetheart, only Seventeen years older. 2. He is no longer of this world.
James began a road trip alone in his 1956 Oldsmobile. He stops for a hitchhiker only to discover she is his childhood sweetheart, Sam, who disappeared seventeen years before. James learns from Sam falling asleep miles back caused him to perish in a one-car accident. He also comes to understand that Sam was taken and murdered all those years ago, and now she has come back to help him find his eternal home.
The pair visit a number of times and places and are witness to a number of historical events. The rules dictate that they do no harm to the time continuum. Trying to be careful, they inadvertently come to the attention of Lucifer who would love to have their souls as his subjects. They also find a threat to human survival and desperately need to put in place the fix necessary to save mankind.
The question becomes, will James find his eternal home in grace or lose the battle with Satan for his immortal soul and the future of human life with it? If you like time-travel, adventure, mystery, justice, and the supernatural, this story is for you.
My review for the book 29th September 2020
I am a fan of John Howell’s books and as always was looking forward to his latest. The story of this road trip undertaken by the delightful characters James and Sam does not disappoint, as it crosses timelines and genres with ease and entertaining as well as thought provoking results.
It is an accepted truth that at some point we will die, but the question has always been about our destination after that defining moment. Religions have for millennium offered their own versions of heaven and hell, with various incentives for one and warnings about the other.
John Howell creates a middle world between death and your final destination that offers infinite possibilities, and tantalizes with the thought that perhaps some of our worldly emotional and physical pleasures might be still be enjoyed. And, perhaps an opportunity, particularly following an unexpected departure, to tidy up some loose ends.
The devil of course is in the detail, and in this case the charismatic Lucifer is recruiting likely prospects for one of his key employment openings, and will stop at nothing to get his way. Thankfully Sam who is guiding James through this confusing limbo he finds himself in, has a few tricks up her sleeve and a back up team.
During this interim period, the two travellers get to visit times in man’s recent history that could use some fine tuning, provided it does not compromise the time continuum. However, sometimes it might just be devilish meddling. There is adventure, mystery, humour, romance and some just desserts served up across the last 200 years, and it makes for a lively read with plenty of action.
As an alternative to what is currently on offer from the established authorities on the matter, I would happily take advantage of John Howell’s interim world. To have extra time to get used to the idea of passing on and to revisit events and people in my life to tidy up some loose ends. Temptingly, whilst you are not allowed to influence the events that have taken place already in history, the author hints that there might be a way to prevent a catastrophe in the far distant future.
I recommend that you suspend accepted belief for a few hours and try this world on for size.
Other books by John Howell
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read the posts in full and take advantage of John Howell’s book offer..thanks Sally.