Category: Reviews for Books

Interview with Patty Wiseman

December 28, 2011

Before I begin my interview, I would like to talk a little about Patty Wiseman. I have had the privilege of meeting some wonderful people who are authors over the past year and a half and one of those people is Patty Wiseman. I met Patty on Goodreads and we chatted. Later, I had a book signing in Longview, Texas and much to my surprise Patty came to my signing. We hit it off right away. She is a pleasure to be around and likes to talk as much as I do. She interviewed me on her blog about my book and I told myself that when Patty became an author, I would interview her. It’s a little late coming, because Patty became a published author in August, and I do have to apologize to her. lol.

Welcome,  Patty. So glad I finally get to interview you. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Let me say a great big “Thank you” Karen for having me here today! I am very fortunate to call you ‘friend’, literally! I remember the time I met you and your wonderful family at that little coffee shop where you were having a book signing. We have become good friends!

A little about me? I grew up in Washington State, attended college in Bartlesville, Okla. My husband, Ron, and I have been married for almost nineteen years. Together, we have two grown sons, a step-daughter and a passel of wonderful grandchildren. I have worked as an administrative assistant to a financial adviser for the past twenty-four years and will retire in January 2012, finally! I am looking forward to devoting my time to what I love…writing.

I have many interests and hobbies, including gardening, reading, genealogy, bowling, and traveling. Writing is number one with me, though.

How did you get started writing and what inspires you to write?

Reading was a big passion of mine as a child. The thicker and more involved the book, the more I liked it. So writing was a natural next step for me. I enjoyed doing the essays in school, and I remember one project I had to do in literature class for poetry. The teacher gave us a list of poetry styles and we had to write an original poem for each style. I still have that notebook of poetry. Maybe I should take a second look at that! LOL!

My inspiration has been the stories I grew up hearing about my grandfather. He was killed when my dad was only ten months old, so dad never knew him. He searched for him while he was alive but never found out anything because my grandmother erased all evidence of him. A few years ago, I began the search myself and found a wealth of information on this forgotten man. My favorite books were historical romance when I was growing up, so the interest in my own family history wasn’t much of a leap.

Who is your favorite character and tell us why?

 My book, An Unlikely Arrangement is based on my grandparents arranged marriage in the 1920’s. My favorite character is based on him, Peter Kirby. I prefer to think of my grandfather as a good man. He died much too young and was forgotten, quickly. I fashioned this story as a tribute to him.

Did you have any authors that inspired you and what kind of books do you like to read for pleasure?

I really have to say my favorite author is Diana Gabaldon. I love her Outlander Series. She weaves so many things into her books. History, genealogy, time travel, romance, all of it. I love reading things like Gone With The Wind, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, you know, the classics. I love a good mystery, too. Cozy armchair mysteries and who dunnits, but give me a good historical romance any day.

What is your favorite time of day to write? Do you need quiet or music when you write?

 Early morning is the best time for me. My husband leaves for work at 5:30 a.m. I love to get up in the quiet part of the morning and let my imagination run, fresh and free. I think it depends on what I am writing as to whether I need music or quiet. If I am writing a lively scene, music helps, but if the piece is a bit more serious, I prefer the quiet.

Are you writing anymore books?

I’m tickled you asked that question. I am actually hosting a contest to help me choose a title for the sequel of An Unlikely Arrangement. I had so many people ask me when the sequel was coming out that I had to write it! I am loving this story even more than the first. I hope everyone will go to my website www.pattywiseman and check out the details of the contest. It is running until January 15th.

 I am also working on a different sort of novel, a contemporary romance based on another real life experience. It’s called ‘If It’s Thursday Night, My Name Must Be Lola’. This will be a comical look at a single woman’s survival skills.

I know the New Year  is around the corner, do you have any book signings coming up?

 I have been so busy with book signings and festivals that the Christmas break is a nice time to catch up on writing my two books. Come January, I will hit the ground running. I have a book signing scheduled in Marshall, Texas on Jan. 20th, and a grand opening TBD. I am scheduled for various festivals throughout the year and will post those on my website as they come up. I have spent a lot of time doing research on some new ideas. Hopefully, January will be the start of an exciting year! Stay tuned to my website for further details!  

Where can our readers find your wonderful book?

 You can buy my book directly on my website

It is also on Amazon


Barnes and Noble


Patty it was such a pleasure to have you on my blog. You are a very talented lady and I highly recommend to all of my readers to go out and buy a copy of An Unlikely Arrangement. You will not be sorry.


My Review for Hounded, by Kevin Hearne

May 10, 2011

I recently got the book Hounded by Kevin Hearne, mysteriously in the mail. There was no note or any paper work that came with the book. I stood there scratching my head wondering why Random House would send me a book that hadn’t even come out yet. I asked Kevin Hearne about it on Facebook, and he couldn’t tell me why. I called Random House and they didn’t even have me in their computers. A day later though, some girl saw that I posted on Kevin Hearne’s Facebook and told me that I must have entered to win for the advanced copy’s on Goodreads. I smacked my head. Oh yeah! I had forgot that I had done that. Crazy. I know! Anyway, I read the book and it was great. Except for the cussing. I am NOT a fan of cussing. I don’t understand an author’s need of putting cussing into a book. That aside, here is my 4 1/2 star review for Hounded.

“I thought this book was awesome! I gave this book 4 1/2 stars, because of the cussing. Like I stated earlier, I’m NOT a big fan of cussing. That was the only thing I found that I didn’t like about Hounded.
Atticus O’Sullivan is like the rock star of the Druid community. Goddesses love him, and gods want to be like him. He’s 21 centuries old in the body of a 21 yr. old. Atticus can draw power from the earth in order to kill someone or restore his body. The Celtic god Aenghus Og, wants the sword that Atticus carries.  A magical sword of immense power. Aenghus sends different gods and witches Atticus’s way, to take out Atticus and get the sword. But, Atticus is having none of it. With the help of a pack of werewolves, a crazy vampire and some beautiful goddesses, Atticus kicks a lot of tail in this fun story. There is lots of humor, especially from Atticus’s dog, Oberon, a huge Irish wolfhound. I recommend this story highly, it was a great read.

Read Hounded, you won’t be disappointed.

To all my readers, I hope you are having a wonderful week. Blessings.

Review for Beyond the Dead Forest by Steve Groll

May 5, 2011

Hey to everyone! Been very busy, so I haven’t been able to post for a while. I have been doing a lot of reading lately. Below is a review that I did for Steve Groll’s book, Beyond the Dead Forest.  Enjoy.

This was a VERY fun read, and a Great book.This book was not your usual fantasy. Steve used it as a tool to share that good over evil will win every time, which I think is wonderful. Also, there are many life lessons to learn. Too many books are written that show that evil is fun and good. The two main characters, Kat and Carter were very well developed. They find a forest that is not like any forest they had ever been in. They had tried taking pictures of it so they could show everyone, and the pictures didn’t turn out. They tried taking a parent into the forest, but couldn’t find it. It seems like the forest was made just for them. When they go back to the forest they encounter a crazy man who pursues them throughout their journey. They meet a guardian, who likes to be called, “Guard”. Guard helps the children make choices throughout the story that help them escape places like the, People Rule Inn. This is a great story for kids. I can see many parallels to different stories from the bible. I would recommend it for all ages. Read Beyond the Dead Forest. You won’t regret it!

To all my readers, have a great day!

Review for Wisp

April 21, 2011

Hey to everyone and Happy Passover. I recently received a book that I won on Facebook by Kevin Maze. It’s called Wisp. It might as well be called AWESOME, because it was.  I started reading it and couldn’t put it down. Read it in a day and a half. The book starts out with a perplexing murder, and three more take place throughout the book.  Sheriff Murphy and his nephew, a paranormal reporter by the name of Alex, have to find out who is killing people in the town of Ellerton, Alabama. There are hardly any clues to go on. Even when they find DNA, the person has a solid alibi. It had me guessing almost right up to the end who the killer was. I love stories that don’t reveal who the killer is until the end. The characters were well developed and the story was wonderful. I highly recommend this to everyone over the age of 14.

Last night, after finishing this book, I had to take Randi to my mom’s house, so that she could spend the night. When I was walking back out to my car, I saw a shadow and got really scared. I ran to my car, like an idiot and jumped in. lol. The book can be creepy, that is why I recommended it for 14 and up.

I love a good scare every now and then. Thank you Kevin for this. You should check out his wife’s books as well. I have blogged about Ellen C. Maze before. She writes the Rabbit Trilogy books.

Read Wisp. You’ll enjoy it!

To all my readers, may your Passover be wonderful. Also, read Wisp and get creeped out!