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Boost It Tuesday! – September 29, 2015

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Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free ChanceCandace’s Book Blog, & If These Books Could Talk for  Boost It Tuesday!

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

Here are some tips for Boosting. A big thanks to Kate at If These Books Could Talk for the image!

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As an added bonus, Candace, Kate, and I will be hosting a giveaway each week just to say thanks for the boost!

 

For this week’s giveaway, head over to the If These Books Could Talk Facebook page and answer the question in the Boost It post!

 

Remember: Like, comment, and share!  Let’s all give each other a boost!


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The EFC Writer – Identifying Subjects

 

Welcome to the EFC Writer—a series of quick, easily digestible writing tips based on some stuff EFC Services editor Melissa Ruiz is seriously annoyed you’re still doing (or not doing, as the case may be).  

 

TODAY’S TOPIC: Identifying Subjects

Having a little trouble figuring out where the subject of your sentence might be? Here’s an easy, simple trick to get the job done:

Turn the sentence into a yes/no question—it’ll restructure things so the predicate comes first, leaving the subject hanging on at the end instead.

Check it:

“All Whovians are geeks.”  becomes  “Are all Whovians geeks?”

See how you’ve bumped the verb (“are”) to the front? Now you can easily identify “all Whovians” as the subject! Want to try it again?

“River Song is an awesome chick.”  becomes “Is River Song an awesome chick?”  Did you guess the subject?  Yup! It’s “River Song”!

 

REMEMBER: There can be lots of bits and pieces involved in just once sentence, so don’t let all those extra words distract you . . . you’ll learn their places eventually. For now, just remember that every sentence needs a two-part foundation: SUBJECT + PREDICATE, and do your best to work on identifying examples of each in your own writing.

 

FOR GRAMMAR GEEKS:

This rule doesn’t ALWAYS work . . . sometimes subjects and predicates aren’t right next to each other. All sorts of pesky things (like adverbs and prepositional phrases) can muddle your sentence order, and not only can the order be reversed in a question, but the subject can sometimes come smack dab in the middle of a complete predicate. Yeah. It gets tricky. Break things down as best you can, and remember: subjects always contain nouns and predicates always contain verbs. Your subjects and predicates will almost always have more than one word to them (that’s why we call them “subjects” and “predicates” instead of just using “noun” and “verb” again), but you should ultimately be able to split every sentence into its two basic parts.

 

Further Reading/Sources: Grammar & Style at Y our Fingertips by Lara M. Robbins

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Story Time with Sara: Where’s the Dragon? by Jason Hook

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Where's the Dragon?Where’s the Dragon?
written by Jason Hook
published by Sterling, 2003

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, AmazonBook Depository, Goodreads

Did I enjoy this book: This is a really wonderful book! My sons and I enjoyed this fanciful expedition to find dragons with little George and his grandfather! One of the things I love so much about this book is the wonderful illustrations—they literally pop out of the page. Each page has specific details of the art stamped so that they’re raised above the rest of the page and give a wonderful tactile addition to the story. Both of my children love running their fingers over the pages to “feel” the pictures!

The other little feature my sons and I really enjoy about this story (well, most of the time at least) is that we get to go on our own dragon hunt as we progress through the story. Each page has several dragons hidden in the trees, waterfalls, grassy hills, or the clouds, and part of the fun of this book is finding EVERY. SINGLE. ONE*. This is especially neat because upon further readings we were able to find dragons that we had completely missed at first glance, so it was like finding a hidden gem in an old favorite!

* Note: it takes significantly longer to find all the dragons when you read this as a bedtime story . . . a very interesting phenomenon . . .

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Would I recommend it: You should pick this one up for SURE! We loved the silly tale and kept coming back for more, and you should, too!

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About the book – from Goodreads: With its beautifully embossed pages, shiny spot laminations that really pop, and a fun invitation to a dragon hunt, this one-of-a-kind book feels like magic, and looks great under the Christmas tree too.

Look inside this amazing picture book and feel the embossed pages. Can you see and touch the dragon? Can you find lots and lots of dragons? They’re everywhere! That’s because Mr. Jones is simply mad about the creatures. He carves them out of wood and he tells thrilling stories about them. But he’s never seen a real dragon, so he and his grandson George have set sail in search of one. Come along and help, using your sharp sense of sight and sensitive fingers to navigate through the pictures. But remember: to discover a really, truly fire-breathing dragon, you have to hunt high and low and always, always believe hard enough. A story kids will joyously read over and over again.

 

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Blog Tour: Beautiful Affliction by Lene Fogelberg (Melissa’s review)

Beautiful Affliction: A Memoir

Beautiful Affliction
written by Lene Fogelberg
published by She Writes Press, 2015

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Book Depository, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I liked it, but it was just a bit too poetic for my taste. It’s possibly because I’ve got some serious postpartum hormone fluctuations, but I’m just not sure apple juice is all that awesome. Don’t get me wrong — I definitely enjoyed this book . . . it’s just a little too syrupy for me. I feel bad saying that about a memoir, but I still will; Anders may be an awesome husband, but he HAS to have done SOMETHING annoying, right?

Anyway. It’s a great story. My heart is happy that Lene found the answer to her riddle.

 

GOLDEN LINE

“. . . realization comes to me, all over my aching body, that the most painful moments can also be the most beautiful ones.”

 

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Would I recommend it: Absolutely . . . unless you’re feeling emotionally vulnerable.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Lene Fogelberg is dying—she is sure of it—but no doctor in Sweden, her home country, believes her. Love stories enfold her, with her husband, her two precious daughters, her enchanting surroundings, but the question she has carried in her heart since childhood—Will I die young?—is threatening all she holds dear, even her sanity. When her young family moves to the US, an answer, a diagnosis, is finally found: she is in the last stages of a fatal congenital heart disease. But is it too late?

Unflinchingly honest and often harrowing, Beautiful Affliction is an inspiring account of growing up and living on the verge of death—and of the beauty, harshness, loneliness, and, ultimately, unbending love that can be found there.

 

About the author: Lene Fogelberg is an award-winning poet and double open-heart surgery survivor. Born in Sweden, she has made it a priority to live abroad in places like Germany, France and the United States, studying French, English and German along the way. She currently lives with her family in Indonesia, where she is working on a novel that takes place in Jakarta.

Find Ms. Fogelberg here: web, Facebook, Twitter

 

 

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Melissa’s Review: Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

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Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1)
written by Josiah Bancroft
published by Createspace, 2013

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Smashwords,  Book Depository, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I loved it.

I’m impressed with Bancroft’s prose, and although there are a few typos, I can’t find much else to complain about grammatically. Also, just so you know, the story is fantastic. I’m not a fan of wimpy school teachers, so I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book (it’s hard to love a book without loving its protagonist). But friends, Senlin changes as he climbs the Tower, and I found myself growing more and more attached to him. I can’t wait to see what he’ll do in the sequel!

 

GOLDEN LINES

“My wife is not lost.”

“It is easier to accept who you’ve become than to recollect who you were.”

“The Tower is only as tall as the man that climbs it.”

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Would I recommend it: It’s too good to read quickly, so take your time as you follow Senlin up the Tower.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Senlin, a mild-mannered school teacher, is drawn to the Tower of Babel by the grandiose promises of a guidebook. The ancient and immense Tower seems the perfect destination for a honeymoon. But soon after arriving, Senlin loses his young wife, Marya, in the crowd.

Senlin’s search for Marya carries him through slums and theaters, prisons and ballrooms. He must survive betrayal, assassination, and the long guns of a flying fortress. But if he hopes to find Marya, Senlin will have to do more than survive. This quiet man of letters must become a man of action.

 

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Blog Tour: Taking the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux (Chrissy’s review, giveaway)

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tti-cover.inddTaking the Ice (Ice #3)
written by Jennifer Comeaux
published by Jennifer Comeaux, 2015

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I really enjoyed this Ice series installment. It was a great addition to a wonderful series.

Ms. Comeaux has a way of writing the skating scenes that has me as a spectator. As a coach. As a skater. I feel like I’m right there on the ice or at rink side. It’s a pretty cool feeling while reading a book. The story itself has romance, drama, heartache, glee. It’s fabulous. If you’ve been on the journey with Courtney and Josh, then you will definitely be rooting for them here. Their journey comes to an end in Taking the Ice, and it was fitting.

I really liked Stephanie in this book. She has grown up and changed quite a bit. There aren’t too many appearances or scenes with Em and Sergei, and that’s okay, it isn’t their story. (But they are still my favorite characters from Ms. Comeaux.) Mrs. Tucker is a real piece of work. And I love Liza. I really, really hope she gets her own book or series.

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Would I recommend it: Absolutely, especially if you are a fan of the Ice and Edge series.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Olympic rings and an engagement ring.

Courtney Carlton is ready for both.
 

She and her boyfriend Josh have skated together and dated for four years, and they’ve reached a critical point in their partnership both on and off the ice. With the Winter Games coming up and their career nearing an end, they are fighting to win a spot on the Olympic team, something Courtney has dreamed of since she was ten years old.

She also has another wish she hopes comes true soon. She’s waiting for a marriage proposal from Josh that she expected to happen by now. Will she realize either dream or will her heart be broken from disappointment?

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jenniferAbout the author: Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing.

Find Ms. Comeaux here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

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Boost It Tuesday! – September 22, 2015

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Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free ChanceCandace’s Book Blog, & If These Books Could Talk for  Boost It Tuesday!

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

Here are some tips for Boosting. A big thanks to Kate at If These Books Could Talk for the image!

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As an added bonus, Candace, Kate, and I will be hosting a giveaway each week just to say thanks for the boost!

 

For this week’s giveaway, head over to the Candace’s Book Blog Facebook page and answer the question in the Boost It post!

 

Remember: Like, comment, and share!  Let’s all give each other a boost!

 

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Book Club Recap: The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman

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My neighborhood book club read The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman last month, and everyone loved it. Each one of us related to Brett and her life list. We talked about bucket lists, goals and dreams from our youth, our current dreams, family, life, work . . . everything. The Life List had a bit of everything to talk about. It was wonderful. We shared memories, thoughts, ideas. Personally, I don’t remember ever making a “life list” as Brett did when I was a young girl. Some of our book club members didn’t either, but this book definitely made of think of things we would add to a “life list.”

Our hostess for the month contacted the author, and the fabulous Ms. Spielman sent us a few awesome items as well as a nice note. We were blown away by this! Thank you, Ms. Spielman, from all of us! We all loved your book.

 

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The Life ListThe Life List
written by Lori Nelson Spielman
published by Bantam, 2013

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble (Nook) (print), Amazon, iBooks, Book Depository, Goodreads

Check out  my 5-star review here.

About the book – from Goodreads: 
In this utterly charming debut — one woman sets out to complete her old list of childhood goals, and finds that her lifelong dreams lead her down a path she never expects.

1. Go to Paris
2. Perform live, on a super big stage
3. Have a baby, maybe two
4. Fall in love

Brett Bohlinger has forgotten all about the list of life goals she’d written as a naïve teenager. In fact, at thirty-four, Brett seems to have it all—a plum job at her family’s multimillion-dollar company and a spacious loft with her irresistibly handsome boyfriend. But when her beloved mother, Elizabeth, dies, Brett’s world is turned upside down. Rather than simply naming her daughter the new CEO of Bohlinger Cosmetics, Elizabeth’s will comes with one big stipulation: Brett must fulfill the list of childhood dreams she made so long ago.

Grief-stricken, Brett can barely make sense of her mother’s decision. Some of her old hopes seem impossible. How can she possibly have a relationship with a father who died seven years ago? Other dreams (Be an awesome teacher!) would require her to reinvent her entire future. For each goal attempted, her mother has left behind a bittersweet letter, offering words of wisdom, warmth, and—just when Brett needs it—tough love.

As Brett struggles to complete her abandoned life list, one thing becomes clear: Sometimes life’s sweetest gifts can be found in the most unexpected places.

 

 

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Gina’s Review: Return to the Beach House by Georgia Bockoven

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Return to the Beach House
written by Georgia Bockoven
published by William Morrow Paperbacks, 2013

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooksBook Depository, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I admit it. I am getting into Georgia Bockoven novels. The Beach House series is a perfect group of books to enjoy over the summer, and this book is no different when it comes to relating to the characters and their stories. I fell in love with the story of the photographer couple staying in the beach house in January. Their whole story just sucked me in and I wanted to know what happened to them. That emotional attachment is what makes a good book . . . and keeps me reading until the end.

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Would I recommend it: YES! You need to get this book for a beach vacation!

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About the book – from Goodreads: Alison arrives at the beach house in June to spend a month with her restless grandson before he leaves for his freshman year in college. Over a decade before, Alison lost her beloved husband, and has faced life alone ever since. Now she discovers a new life, and possible new love.

August brings together four college friends facing a milestone. Across summer’s final days, they share laughter, tears, and love—revealing long-held secrets and creating new and even more powerful bonds.

World-class wildlife photographer, Matthew, and award-winning war photographer, Lindsey, arrive at the beach house in January, each harboring the very real fear that it will mark the end of their decade-long love affair. Alone in the house’s warm peace, they will be forced to truly look at who they are and what they want, discovering surprising truths that will change their lives forever.

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The EFC Writer – Predicate Types

 

Welcome to the EFC Writer—a series of quick, easily digestible writing tips based on some stuff EFC Services editor Melissa Ruiz is seriously annoyed you’re still doing (or not doing, as the case may be).  

 

TODAY’S TOPIC: Predicate Types

How’ve you been doing with the different subject types? Feeling comfy slipping them into your prose? Great! Now, let’s add another layer of depth to the game: the different types of predicates!

Predicates, or the action bits of your sentences, also come in three varieties.

SIMPLE PREDICATE: a verb (and any helping verbs)

Examples: 

  • bounce
  • was drooling
  • could have driven

COMPLETE PREDICATE: a simple predicate and its modifiers

Examples:

  • bounce on the trampoline
  • was drooling uncontrollably
  • could have driven to the airport

COMPOUND PREDICATE: two or more predicates with the same subject

Examples:

  • (She) was bouncing on the trampoline and drinking a margarita.
  • (The hipster) drooled uncontrollably and fixed his bowtie.
  • (Your mom) could have driven or could have taken the metro.

FOR GRAMMAR GEEKS:

If you’re interested in the names of all those modifiers, take a peek at adverbs, complements, and prepositional phrases. Also, if you’re using a verb that ends in -ing, don’t forget that helping verb (“was bouncing”)!

Now go do some editing, friends!

MERRIAM-WEBSTER DEFINITION:

predicate

noun pred·i·cate \ˈpre-di-kət\

grammar : the part of a sentence that expresses what is said about the subject

Full Definition of PREDICATE

a :  something that is affirmed or denied of the subject in a proposition in logic
 b :  a term designating a property or relation
2:  the part of a sentence or clause that expresses what is said of the subject and that usually consists of a verb with or without objects, complements, or adverbial modifiers
pred·i·ca·tive \-kə-tiv, –ˌkā-\ adjective
pred·i·ca·tive·ly adverb

Examples of PREDICATE

  1. In the sentence The child threw the ball, the subject is the child and the predicate is threw the ball.

 

Further Reading/Sources: Grammar & Style at Your Fingertips by Lara M. Robbins

Have a suggestion or request for an EFC Writer topic? Want to complain about something? Want more info about EFC Services?

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