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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wednesday's Writer Shout Out - Author P J Sharon's Top #Review

It's not surprising that author P J Sharon's heart was touched by this excellent five star review for her young-adult novel, Pieces of Love that appeared on Amazon last month. The reader/reviewer, Kirstin Harnedy, called it "An engrossing, heartfelt novel that offers readers a perfect vacation." 

This amazing story captivated me from the first page and I couldn't put it down. Genuine and heartfelt, it's an amazing journey that's the perfect blend of growth, love and humor set against the incredible backdrops encountered on Lexi's Mediterranean cruise. With authentic characters from Lexi with her struggles to overcome the loss of her sister and find her path to her delightful grandma who frequently reminds her never to call her grandma, PJ Sharon delivers an engaging novel that delights and inspires while brilliantly tackling the toughest of emotions with true depth. It's a novel sure live on in the reader's mind long after finishing the last page.

It certainly intrigues me and if it makes you want to know more about Pieces of Love, here's the blurb:

Sixteen year-old Alexis Hartman wants nothing more than to play her guitar and get high, hoping to escape the pain of losing her sister. But when her second arrest for pot possession leads to her mother’s breakdown, Lexi is sent to stay with her grandmother for the summer. While embarking on a Mediterranean cruise hardly sounds like punishment, being forced to face her demons and falling for a guy she may never see again gives Lexi a chance to discover what it means to love someone—even when you have to let them go

About author P J Sharon

Award winning author of young adult books, Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, and Yogi, PJ Sharon has been called “a powerhouse of positivity and productivity.” Her mantra is “find balance in all things, and live every day to the fullest.” A black belt in the art of Shaolin Kempo Karate, avid kayaker, and singer of Italian art songs, PJ has two grown sons and lives with her brilliant engineer husband in the Berkshire Hills of Western MA where she writes YA…because every teen deserves a hopefully ever after.

You can find out more about P J Sharon and her award-winning stories by clicking on the link to her website.

Happy reading.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wednesday's Writer - Shout Out - It could be You!

Every author loves to come across a great review of one of his/her titles.  We spend so much time lovingly crafting a story in the hope that someone will really enjoy it and there can be no better way than for readers to show their enjoyment by taking the time to write a review expressing this and recommending the book to others.

We all receive plenty of good reviews but that never dilutes the pleasure of reading a new one.  It makes us want to shout about it from the rooftops because it validates all our hard work.  It means we've communicated with a reader in exactly the way we set out to achieve.

I had the great pleasure of experiencing that pinnacle of pleasure in a review I came across following a Google Alert last week on Romancing the Book  and that gave me the idea of doing something a little new with this blog.

I frequently post reviews of books I've read on this blog, but now I plan to open my Wednesday's Writer feature to any author who has received a great review that has afforded them real pleasure.  It doesn't have to be a recent release.  All I need from authors is an email with:

 a copy of the review, with its link, so we can acknowledge it correctly
the blurb and buy link 
a brief author bio and 
jpegs of the author and the cover of the title in question.

I hope it will be a great opportunity to spread the word about good books that bring readers pleasure and for us all to share that moment of happiness you felt when you first read that special review.

Please send your email to