Book Review for The Fat Girls Club

“You cannot open a book without learning something.”-Confucius



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Alive and Well in the Pacific Northwest (2) Book Club Fun

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me”-C. S. Lewis

¬† ¬† ¬†Tacoma and Oregon 031¬† ¬† ¬†As any writer knows, it’s not enough to just write a book. You must be willing to market yourself as well as your work. It’s a hard thing to do; putting your baby(book) out their for all sorts of criticism whether it’s good or bad. I took a deep breath and let it out and after I introduced myself, I began each sentence with, Do you read romance novels?

     On July 25th, I had the pleasure of being the guest author at the Ladies in White book club. These are nurses, in varied fields of medicine, that come together once a month to relax and enjoy each others company. They take turns hosting the club in their homes, to eat, drink and share opinions regarding their chosen tomes.

¬† ¬†There is no friend as loyal as a book”-Ernest Hemingway¬†

¬† ¬† ¬†This particular evening turned out to be a lesson of interest for me. To hear the women express their opinion regarding certain chapters, paragraphs or moments in You Need Love Like I Do, the story seemed to come alive. I also learned to work on tempo, description and what does and doesn’t work for a reader. All of these things of course are opinions not to hurt but to help regarding my future books.

¬† ¬† ¬†To move forward, you must not be afraid of people’s opinions. These, like everything else in life, if taken for what they are worth, will help the author to become stronger and better at his craft of writing.

     Many thanks to the ladies-Kim Edmunds, Christal Delong, Jennifer Lambert and Jodi Lalla. It was a pleasure!

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must write it.”-Toni Morrison¬†

Because of You

Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly”-Toni Robbins

Maui evenings

Maui evenings

To move forward in Life, sometimes you have to humble yourself and take the helping hand of another.

     My cousin, Stewart Johnson, offered a chance for me to promote my book, You Need Love Like I Do, on his every other Thursday radio show. Talk time with Stew is part of Blog Talk Radio ( the largest online talk radio and podcast hosting platform.
     The thirty minute interview was fun and a chance to shine in a different way. The broadcast offered a different avenue to reach listeners who may be readers about my work. This new way of advertising would not have been possible without his help.
So here is my shout-out to my cousin Stewart. Many thanks to you for using your radio platform to help me move forward in my writing goals.
The link to the broadcast is-

Interview with Ms. Lila Johnson – Author of “You Need Love Like I Do”

Right On Time

Listen in on Talk Time with Stew to hear interview with Ms. Lila Johnson author of “You Need Love Like I Do” and a new upcoming book that you’ll have to listen in to hear about.

We’ll see you at 10:00PM – Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Cozy Corner Book Review

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or long enough to suit me.”-C.S. Lewis

Characters to care about.
Characters to care about.

To be a writer, you must read a lot. As a result, I’ve decided to host a few books that I find wonderful, fascinating or just down right good, on my website. To the authors of these books, I thank¬†you for expanding my writer’s mind. To those who are readers, I welcome any thoughts or suggestions for other titles that you have enjoyed.

There is something magical about attending a book signing. The ability to meet the person who spent countless hours developing a story that pulls you into a different place and time is unforgettable.

That’s the feeling I had when I attended¬†a book signing held at Rainy Day Books, an independent bookstore at 2706 W. 53rd St, Fairway, KS. I met Tim O’Mara July 17th,¬†as he¬†read from¬†his¬†book,¬†discussed¬†character development, and¬†his path to¬†publication. Although it took him twenty years¬†to write and publish¬†Sacrifice Fly,¬†the wait¬†was ¬†well¬†worth it.

His character, Raymond Donne, is¬†a former NYC police officer¬†in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. An on the job¬†accident changes Raymond from cop to schoolteacher. There’s an emotional¬†thunderstorm he struggles to resolve.

A baseball phenom by the name of Frankie Rivas, a student of Raymond’s,¬†is about to graduate¬†and head to a private school on a¬†scholarship. When he¬†stops showing up at school,¬†Raymond seeks Frankie out. The stakes are pushed¬†higher when¬†¬†Frankie’s father¬†is murdered. Now the student and his sister are on the run.

You’ll also meet my favorite character,¬†EMO, Edgar Martinez O’Brien. A bit of a¬†pain in the butt¬†that¬† later¬†proves himself to be the kind of friend that you can’t do without.

Thumbs up, Tim O’Mara for producing¬†a captivating¬†mystery that¬†was¬†hard to put down.