Monday, May 20, 2013
12:25 pm edt
And Time Again.
I love it when an author is not afraid to let her sense of humor shine through the
pages of her novel. It's a rare treat when this happens and often makes for a more enjoyable read.
Such is the
case with The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway. In this, her first novel, Bee playfully romps with us through time as her characters leap from one century
to another; fight forces of evil that wish to control the past, present, and future; fall in love; and face the enigma of
(wo)man's quest for power, money, and ultimate control. If you're thinking this novel has the best of most, if not all
literary genres, you are right.
I read this historical, mystery, fantasy, sci-fi cum bodice-ripper novel
a week or so ago and wrote a review of it that is now posted at www.authorexposure.com. Please take the, um, time (pun intended) to follow the link to get a glimpse of what should be a future runaway best seller.
Friday, May 17, 2013
How Sweet It All Is
5:19 pm edt
A primary perk of reviewing books and, on occasion, editing them, is that I get to meet many different people
from, in my case, literally all over the world. I now correspond via email with a newly found cousin in Dublin; conduct phone
interviews with authors in Florida, New Jersey, and California; hob-nob with publishing publicists in both New York and Toronto;
and work with aspiring authors from not only the United States, but a few foreign countries. It is often quite exciting, especially
when an unexpected email arrives with yet another request to “please help me edit my book”. And, delightedly,
many of these folk whom I meet become friends.
One in particular is Damilare Olajuwon, whom I have come to know
fondly as "Daruzzy". This young man, a recent graduate of the Laos State University in Nigeria with a degree in
electronics and computer engineer, is carving out a name for himself in Africa and Europe as an actor, comedian, and author.
His first literary endeavor, Eleven Eleven , which I was honored to edit, has been recently published by One Dream Nigeria in both paperback and e-book format to be
enjoyed by, we hope, an appreciative international audience.
Daruzzy has subtitled his witty collection of poetry
and short tales " a Fusion of Fiction, Comedy, Poems, and Inspiration". But it is more than that. It is a creative
expression—a gestalt, if you will—of his philosophy and positive outlook on life. In the course of corresponding
with him via emails and two phone calls, I have come to know Daruzzy as a caring, sensitive, spiritual young man who, taking
"things as they come", views most people and situations with a hardy and heartening sense of humor, which shines
through the 181-pages of this enlightening little book.
Eleven Eleven combines fiction, fictionalized stories, and poignant perceptions into a truly remarkable expose of what it means to be a
young man in today's modern Nigerian society. This is not a book to read in one sitting, however, but one to savor slowly
in small, elegant sips, enabling your heart and soul to be touched and nourished by each thoughtful gem this talented author
presents. I also advise that once you read a poem silently, that you again read it out loud. Daruzzy's lyrical cadences appeal
to connoisseurs of poetry as well as those of literary rap and hip-hop alike. There were many times, as I struggled to preserve
his meaning while searching for the right nuance, that I found myself imaging his words set to music and sung by one of today's
more talented rock stars. A very uplifting experience.
And that is just the English portion of this collection.
Daruzzy also provides Pidgin English translations of his lyricisms, which are just as, if not more so, provocative and exotically
inspiring as their Queen's English counterparts.
If you are looking for a unique read, totally different from the everyday fare of novels, and wish a bit more spark and
motivation in your daily life, then I recommend you to consider this sweet, creative endeavor. Take a journey with Damilare
Olajuwon into his heart, mind, and soul. It will certainly warm and inspire yours. As it does mine.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
2:05 pm edt
I have always been enamored of lighthouses. When I was a child, when we vacationed at the Jersey
Shore, my father and I would drive down to Cape May Point where we climbed the spiraling staircase to the top of the lighthouse
to scan out across the vast Atlantic Ocean trying to spot ships far out at sea.
The lighthouse, by then, was no
longer in operation, but it and the small keeper's house next to was a maritime museum, as it still is today. But on the tippy-top
holding tight to my father's arm with one hand and the iron railing surrounding the large, unlit lamp with the other, feeling
the wind and salty spray against my cheeks, I could still feel a sense of adventure. And wonder.
Most of our nation's
lighthouses are unmanned today; their lights are electronic and automatically run by computers inland. But imagine a hundred
years or so ago when they were maintained by humans. What would the life of a lonely lighthouse keeper and, perhaps, his family
have been like? Often separated from civilization for months at a time by miles and miles of water and/or uninhabitable coastline,
how did they sustain themselves? What stories could be told about them? What mysteries may lay along the shoreline from
whose deadly shoals and rocks they warned ships away?
The aura, mystery, and mystique of keeping a lighthouse
is brought back to life in vivid color by Christina Schwarz whose fourth novel, The Edge of the Earth , was published last month. I was fortunate enough to be sent a copy of it by the publisher through the auspices of www.authorexposure.com and was thoroughly enchantingly mesmerized for day and a half reading it.
Follow the link above and read my review
of this stunningly refreshing historical novel. I warrant that you'll want to pick up a copy and read it this weekend.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
12:01 pm edt
Tell the Truth Lies,
deceit, deception, and betrayal are interwoven into the fabric of The Other Typist, an intriguing historical novel by literary newcomer Suzanne
Rindell. Set in New York City during the 1920s, this is a chilling, well-written first novel about friendship that will satisfy
any mature reader seeking a satisfying psychological thriller.
Please follow this link to www.authorexposure.com to read my review.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
12:46 pm edt
Way back in eighth grade, we read the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. The
assignment was supposed to enlighten our young minds with what it meant to be a colonial statesman and an American patriot.
It was full of his accomplishments as a politician, both here and abroad in the courts of England and France, and as a prolific
What it didn't portray—and, granted it was his
autobiography, so Franklin had every right to omit much of it—the details of his private life. For example, he was a
prolific womanizer. Deborah Read was his common-law wife who had been married before. He had a mistress at a very early adult
age, who bore him a bastard son that he and Deborah raised.
Sure, you can read all about him on Wikipedia, as
well as other sites on the internet, but the sometimes sordid facts and character analysis—what sort of man was Franklin,
really?—do not come through as true and as real-to-life as in the fictionalized version of his personal, ahem, affairs,
Benjamin Franklin's Bastard by Sally Cabot. This sure-to-be a best-seller, by the way, was just released today.
I had the privilege
of reading an advanced electronic copy of this enlightening historical novel last month and was amazed at the author's attention
to detail while relating up-to-now little known (at least to me) facts about one of the most famous founders of our country.
He did a whole lot more than fly a kite to learn about electricity and start our first library system!
my review on www.authorexposure.com, then take time to read the book. It is, indeed, an eye-opener.
J. McInerney is an author, poet, and librettist.
currenty published works include a book of spiritual inspirations, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of
children's musicals. Her titles include:
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her first novel.
June's books be purchased at amazon.com or through Barnes and Noble.
For information about her musicals, please contact June directly.