Some Interesting Reads #OpenBookBlogHop #TuesdayTidbit

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Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is:  “What’s on your “TBR” (to be read) list?”

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Twelve books are listed in my iPhone’s reminders app. I won’t mention all of them, but I’ll talk about a few.

First of all, I’m currently reading The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. In Texas during the 1920’s, a rich girl, considered not marriage material because of her looks, ends up marrying a farm boy. Twelve years later, her family, after barely surviving four years of drought, plagued by lost crops and livestock, dust storms, and illness, is planning to leave Texas for California.

By the time you read this post, on Tuesday, October 12th, I will be farther along in the book. But as I write this, on Saturday, October 9th, that’s where things stand. It’s a depressing book, and I’ve been tempted to not finish it. But now, I need to know what happens to these characters and can only hope this book doesn’t end like John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

Next, I plan to read something I hope will be more positive. Lonnie Love is a black comedian whom I’d never heard of until I recently read an excerpt from her book, I Tried to Change So You Don’t Have To, in Reader’s Digest. One takeaway I got from this is the idea that you can’t let others’ stereotypes define who you are. This book ought to be interesting.

Last but not least, I found a novel, Clara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. It’s about  a female robot who is purchased to be a companion to a sick girl. I haven’t been into science fiction much these days, but this sounds intriguing.

How about you? What are you reading now? What do you plan to read in the future? You can sound off in the comment field below or click here to participate in this week’s hop and read what others have to say. Happy reading!

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Respecting One another’s Reading Preferences #OpenBookBlogHop #TuesdayTidbit

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Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “Have you experienced or witnessed genre shaming, where readers/authors degrade a genre? If so, how do you deal with it?

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When I was a teenager, my mother bought me a Harlequin romance novel. I made the mistake of mentioning it at the dinner table. My father said, “Why are you reading that trash?”

Mother stood up for me, but I don’t remember what she said. I do recall that I didn’t finish the book, not because of what Dad said but because I was taken aback by the myriad sex scenes. This might have been something Mother enjoyed when she was a teenager, but it wasn’t for me. However, I would never have called it trash.

I don’t particularly care for certain genres such as horror or erotica, but I would never begrudge someone else the pleasure of reading such material by degrading it. I’m not a religious person, but I believe in doing or not doing unto others what you would or would not have them do unto you. I wouldn’t want anyone to degrade the genres I write and read. So, I’m not about to degrade a genre I don’t like just because I don’t like it.

We all have different likes and dislikes and the right to express such likes and dislikes. Saying you don’t like a particular genre is okay, but making people feel bad because they read a particular genre isn’t cool. So, before you degrade a genre you don’t like, ask yourself if you would want someone to degrade a genre you enjoy reading.

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How about you? Have you ever experienced genre shaming? If so, how have you dealt with it? You can participate in this week’s hop and read what other bloggers have to say by clicking here. You can also learn more about genre shaming by reading this article from The Washington Independent Review of Books.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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To Twist or Not to Twist #OpenBookBlogHop

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Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “Plot twists…do you have a favorite you can talk about (yours or someone else’s?)”

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I had to ponder this. I can’t think of any favorite plot twists, either in my books or anyone else’s. After reading a couple of other bloggers’ responses, I realized that I don’t want to give away any plot twists. If someone is reading the book in question, she might not want to finish it if she knows about a particular plot twist. If she hasn’t started reading it, she may not bother opening it to the first page. If she hasn’t purchased the book yet…

I say let plot twists be a surprise. There’s nothing wrong with a synopsis that gives the reader a basic idea of the story, but don’t spoil it for readers by giving away plot twists. If you want to know about mine, I suggest you visit my website and check them out for yourself. Happy reading!

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If you’d like to participate in this week’s open Book Blog Hop, click here. Otherwise, please feel free to tell me what you think about plot twists in the comment field below.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

 

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Image contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Three Inventions for the Blind that Changed My Life #SocialMediaMonday

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Since May is National Inventor’s Month, on this last day of the month, I’m sharing a post in which this blogger reflects on three inventions that made a difference in her life. These have definitely changed my life as well.

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After I went blind some 20 years ago, I needed tools to adjust to my new life. I knew that as a blind person I wasn’t going to be very successful without some kind of accommodation or modification to the way I was living and moving in the world…

Read the rest on Empish Thomas’s blog.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

 

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Image contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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My Genre-Writing Preferences

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Growing up, I lost myself in Nancy Drew, The Bobbsey Twins, and The Hardy Boys mysteries plus The Wizard of Oz and C. S. Lewis’s Narnia books. In high school, I studied western literature and enjoyed such classics as The Virginian and The Grapes of Wrath. I also took a science fiction course, where I read Brave New World, 1984, and others. As a college student, I got into some horror, suspense, and paranormal fiction.

Now, with my sixtieth birthday less than six months away, my reading preferences have mellowed out. I prefer memoirs and novels that focus on families and relationships with some humor. I also like some historical fiction. I no longer care for books with violence or explicit descriptions of sex. Some strong language is fine, but I recently started a promising novel where every other sentence contains an F bomb. No, thanks! Science fiction somewhat interests me, but mysteries, horror, and paranormal fiction are out. Since I don’t care for these genres, I wouldn’t write them.

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Thanks to Stevie Turner’s Open Book Blog Hop for inspiring this. If you’d like to participate, click here.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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