Over the summer I will be updating author’s details in the Cafe and Bookstore and also sharing their bios, books and recent reviews with you in this series…
Meet Lorinda J. Taylor
A former catalogue librarian with two graduate degrees, Lorinda J. Taylor was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and worked in several different academic libraries before returning to the place of her birth, where she now lives. She has written fantasy and science fiction for years but began to self-publish only in 2011. To this point, she has published seventeen science fiction/fantasy novels, including seven volumes of a series retelling myths in terms of her intelligent termite civilization. Her writings combine many aspects of science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, future history, off-world adventure, psychological fiction, and even a love story. She always strives to engage readers emotionally and give them something to think about at the end of each book.
A small selection of other books by Lorinda J. Taylor
One of the recent reviews for The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Eight: Rare Birds:
After the dire situation in which the crew of the Ariana find themselves at the end of Part Seven, the main focus of this book is communication. Communication between humans and three species of intelligent Birds who are their only hope for survival and a return to Earth.
The author is a conlang enthusiast, and this is evident on nearly every page. Most scenes necessarily involve urgent efforts to find common understandings between humans and Birds on technological matters as well as everyday language. Fortunately, vivid personalities in both groups provide a good deal of humour, even several laugh-out-loud scenes featuring misunderstandings and personality differences.
In addition to the communication issue, several technological challenges provide tension and drive the plot into a momentous opportunity for both groups of life forms. Capt. Robbie also has to deal with a couple of personnel crises that began in previous books.
All these elements combine to provide a rewarding reading experience for readers who have followed the Captain’s career throughout the series. For readers new to it, I heartily recommend Book Seven, Fifth Island in the River and this one as a thrilling and engaging adventure of space exploration.
Meet Pete Springer
I’m a retired elementary teacher (31 years) who will always be a strong advocate for children, education, and teachers. My favorite thing to do as a teacher was to read to my students, and now I’m following my heart and writing children’s books for middle grades.
A recent review for the book
Jacqui Murray Teachers are friend, advisor, mentor, mom, and so much more Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2021
Pete Springer’s memoir about his first years teaching is a delightful story for new teachers and will have experienced educators nodding along with him. His early experiences remind all of us of the joy inherent in teaching:
“This job required about as much brainpower as my tree planting experience.”
“This is the story of how I fell in love with teaching and the joys and challenges that this noble profession provided to me over the course of thirty-one years.”
He breaks the book into chapters every teacher will understand:
How did i get here
Setting up your classroom
Working with students
Working with colleagues
Working with your boss
…and more. Aside from grading, parents, lunch duty, conferences, and yard duty, these are the biggest issues we teachers face. I’m a veteran teacher of thirty years and still I couldn’t wait to read Pete’s take on these timeless issues.
“Instead of saying, “Do everything my way, and you can become a successful teacher,” she was giving me her permission to find my way.”
“…storytelling was one of the most successful methods to get my students to pay attention.”
“…when we lose our calm, we are teaching them that it is okay to behave in this manner when something is not going right.”
Every new teacher will benefit from Pete’s daily experiences of what in the end results in a journey well traveled with more importance than most of us would car eto admit. Educational philosophies change. Favorite tools like iPads and Chromebooks change. What never changes is the fundamentals that Pete covers in this book:
“…tell the kids when I made similar mistakes growing up.”
“I do think that it is possible for parents or schools to provide too many rewards for kids.”
Overall an excellent book. If you’re a new teacher, I’d call this an essential read prior to your first day.
Meet J. E. (Janice) Spina
Janice Spina is multi-award-winning author with 16 children’s books, and five for adults. (Her children’s books now have 9 book awards for a total of 26 awards overall.) She is also an editor, blogger, book reviewer and supporter of fellow authors. Her husband John is a talented illustrator for all her award winning books.
Janice’s short stories have been published in others’ anthologies and in The Writer’s Newsletter, Her logo is Jemsbooks – books for all ages! Her motto is – Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Come soar with Jemsbooks! Happy reading! To find out more about Janice and her work head over to her About Page
A small selections of books for children by Janice Spina
Books by J. E Spina for adults
One of the recent reviews for Lubelia Alycea
J. E. Spina’s historical fiction story, inspired by her grandmother, tells the American dream through the eyes of one family. It Covers six generations, three continents, includes multiple love stories and the joys and adventures of almost 100 years.
It is an honest, candid, sincere, and comprehensive chronicle of life! It made me think of my grandparents and wish I had learned more of their stories. If you have that opportunity, do so!
Some believe the American dream is no longer alive, but I would disagree. Reading Lubelia Alycea, you will be encouraged to live your American dream because of their example of overcoming the vagaries of life to realize their dream. Five stars!
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.