My Camino Walk – a Goodreads Giveaway!

Reading Recommendations-promoted author, Timothy Phillips, is releasing his memoir/travel book in a print edition! There’s a Goodreads Giveaway going on for this at their site …

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Last year, IslandCatEditions published Timothy L. Phillips travel memoir, My Camino Walk, A Way to Healing in eBook format. Now it will soon be released in print format and, to celebrate, 3 copies will be available in a Goodreads Giveaway, open for entry to those members in Canada, the US and UK.

For more information about Tim’s book and all other books published by IslandCatEditions and IslandShorts please visit: IslandCatEditions

Goodreads Book Giveaway

My Camino Walk by Timothy L.  Phillips

My Camino Walk

by Timothy L. Phillips

Being released October 25 2017

Giveaway ends in 15 days (November 06, 2017)

3 copies available, 20 people requesting

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A one-day giveaway

A terrific offer from a great author who has been promoted numerous times on this blog! I’ve read everything Kevin Brennan has written and enjoyed every word. So get on over to Kevin’s blog, choose a title, then read and review it for him. It doesn’t get any easier than that!


Who wants a free book?

Today and today only I’ll give away copies of Fascination, Town Father, and In No Particular Order to anyone willing to write an honest review.

In other words, these would be ex post facto ARCs.

If you or someone you know wants to volunteer, comment on this post and indicate how I can contact you. I’ll then provide an ebook in whatever format you prefer.

One title per participant, and you must post your review on You can also post it in other venues, but Amazon’s where the rubber meets the road, and these books are in desperate need of reviews.

Spread the word and send your friends over to grab their copies. And don’t forget to alert them: if they fail to write a review, I will hunt them down and belittle their children and pets. This is a quid pro…

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A Literary A-Z : A

Here’s a new list of favourites from Beetleypete, and this time it’s all things literary! Since I already write this blog of recommendations, I won’t be playing along on a daily basis this time, but I do recommend to all readers of my blog that they check out Pete’s blog, subscribe to it, and follow his daily alphabetical choices. Make your own comments, too, and include your selections in the mix. Enjoy!


Thanks to a suggestion from Robbie, writer and cake-maker extraordinaire, I am embarking on a new A-Z. This time, it is about books and authors. You can use the title of any book, fiction or non-fiction, or the surname of any author, as long as it begins with ‘A’. For readers who do not have English as a first language, feel free to include foreign titles. Hopefully, we will all discover lots more about literature, and find many new books and authors to investigate. Before you play along, please check out Robbie’s excellent blog.

I am starting with one of the greatest anti-war books ever written. The powerful novel about the First World War by Eric Maria Remarque, ‘All Quiet On The Western Front’, published in 1929. This tells the story of excited young soldiers from their time at school, through to their harsh military training, and eventual involvement…

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Paul Butler – update on a new novel

Paul Butler was previously promoted on Reading Recommendations in Sept. 2014 and Jan. 2015. He’s back now to tell us about a new novel that’s been published.

The Widow’s Fire
by Paul F. Butler
Published by Inanna Publication

The Widow’s Fire explores the shadow side of Jane Austen’s final novel Persuasion, disrupting its happy ending and throwing moral certainties off balance. We join the action close to the moment when Austen draws away for the last time and discretely gives an overview of the oncoming marriage between heroine Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth. This, it transpires in The Widow’s Fire, is merely the beginning of a journey. Soon dark undercurrents disturb the order and symmetry of Austen’s world. The gothic flavor of the period, usually satirized by Austen, begins to assert itself. Characters far below the notice of Anne, a baronet’s daughter, have agendas of their own. Before long, we enter into the realm of scandal and blackmail. Anne Elliot must come to recognize the subversive power of those who have been hitherto invisible to her — servants, maids and attendants — before she can defend her fiancé from an accusation too dreadful to be named. Captain Wentworth himself must learn the skills of living on land; the code of honour and secrecy which has protected him on deck no longer applies on the streets of Bath.

Where to purchase copies:
Inanna Publications

Paul Butler HB Creativity

Paul Bailey will be launching his novel, The Widow’s Fire, in Toronto on May 24th as part of a group launch of new books from Inanna Publications!

David A. Poulsen – a new novel in his mystery series

David A. Poulsen has visited Reading Recommendations many times over the years, and I’m always happy to host him here again whenever he is publishing a new book.
(After all, I’ve known Dave for nearly 25 years, since I was a sales rep for his novel,
Don’t Fence Me In!)
He’s back now to tell us about the second novel in his Cullen and Cobb Mystery series.


Dead Air: A Cullen and Cobb Mystery
by David A. Poulsen
Published by Dundurn Press

There’s no such thing as bad press …

Ex-cop turned private detective Mike Cobb is hired as the personal bodyguard of right-wing radio celebrity Buckley-Rand Larmer, who has been receiving a string of vicious, graphic threats. Once again, Cobb recruits crime journalist Adam Cullen, this time to dig into Larmer’s past and find out who might have a grudge against him.

Soon it becomes evident that Cullen and Cobb have more to contend with than the not-so-veiled threats. When Larmer’s associate turns up dead, the broadcaster is charged with the killing, but Cullen believes the murder might be related to a series of suspicious deaths of right-wing media figures going back years. As layers of secrets and lies peel back, Cullen and Cobb have more than Larmer’s guilt or innocence to worry about. A vicious killer is out there somewhere, poised to strike again.

Where to purchase copies:
Dundurn Press

Book Reviewers Wanted!

From over at my main blog, here’s a request for everyone who reads and promotes on this blog, as well … I would like to add to this original request though by saying that, if you have marked a book on Goodreads as “to read” but have never updated that status, why not update it now? If you have since read the book, just a “read” and a star rating are dandy – and a brief review would be even better!! I’m guilty of this, as well … I mark a book as “to read” (usually when I enter a Goodreads Giveaway) and then never actually get around to reading the book, let alone updating and rating it. So I’m going to make a concentrated effort to go through the Goodreads listings I have compiled and update, at least, the authors’ books I have promoted on this blog. What about you, Readers? Would you be able to do that as well? (In the case of my own published books, I see that more than 1050 readers have them marked as “to-read”.)

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I’m hoping that readers of this blog will take my request seriously and consider reading to write reviews for the more than 150 Authors I’ve promoted on my blog, Reading Recommendations. I posted to that blog today and addressed all the authors there, Reading Recommendations … Spring Cleaning, telling them I’ve cleaned up the lists a bit. I immediately received messages from several of those authors, offering me reciprocal promotion for my own writing, and one also requesting titles he could review.

So I thought I would open this up to everyone, readers included – those who don’t happen to also be authors themselves. I ask that you look through the lists on that blog and consider writing a review of books you may have already read, or let me know if you have written a favourable review of any that I may then repost on the reading…

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April is Poetry Month!

From my main blog, a list of Poet’s promoted on this blog in celebration of Poetry Month!

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Since this is the month to celebrate poetry and poets, I thought I would provide you with a list of the poets I have previously featured on my other blog, Reading Recommendations. All links will take you to each poet’s promotion.

Kimmy Beach

Frank Beltrano

Jane Dougherty

Agnes Mae Graham

Blaine Greenwood

Felicity Harley

Bruce Hunter

Alice Major

Dave Margoshes

rob mclennan

Bruce Meyer

Peter Midgley

Kirk Miles

Ken Rivard

Hendrik Slegtenhorst

Ron Smith

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Betty Jane Hegerat recommends Dianne Harke

dianne-harkepic Book title and author: Incognito: The Astounding Life of Alexandra David-Neel by Dianne Harke

What genre is it? Fictional biography, with a foreword by the author explaining the rationale behind adding and imagining detail about both the subject and the time and place.

Quick description:
“This is the biography of Alexandra David-Neel (1868-1969), spiritual seeker, opera singer, feminist, journalist, intrepid explorer, Buddhist scholar and prolific author of over thirty books.” – from Sumeru Books

David-Neel travelled incognito all over Asia, spent several long periods in Tibet, and lived as a hermit in a cave in the Himalayas.


Why I recommend this book:
This is the beautifully rendered story of an extraordinary woman whose wanderlust and deep seeking spirituality took her across vast territories, sometimes under arduous conditions, and danger so extreme that she survived by travelling “incognito.” The author captures the voice with eloquence and provides astonishing detail that speaks to years of research.

Although the book is designated “Young Adult Fiction” and I believe there are young readers who would find this a fascinating life to explore, I feel even more strongly that there is a broad adult audience who will engage with every aspect of Alexandra David-Neel’s “journey.”

Betty Jane interviewed Dianne Harke on her blog, which is how I found out about the book. After reading An Interview with Dianne Harke, author of: Incognito, The Astounding Life of Alexandra David Neel. (Sumeru Books 2016) I asked Betty Jane to also recommend the book to you, the readers of my blog.

Links for people to buy it:
Available from Chapters/Indigo
Even better, check with your local indie bookstore to see if they can order for you.
And of course, it’s always a good idea to contact your local public and suggest a title you’d like them to order.

jan-2014-2 Guest reviewer’s latest title or project: My most recent book is a Young Adult novel, Odd One Out (Oolichan Books, 2016). Currently, I have returned to short fiction and have been rewriting, editing, and venturing into a new story.

Betty Jane Hegerat has been a frequent guest on Reading Recommendations, beginning in April 2014 and with updates in Jan. 2016 and May 2016, as well as news about being the 2015 Recipient of the WGA Golden Pen Award in April 2015. She is also listed among the All-Star Authors on this site.

No author is an island …

A reminder to all authors on how to receive promotion for themselves – promote other authors!

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I finished reading a book on marketing that, while good, worthwhile, and filled with lots of ideas and information (much of which I already use) to get your book out there and selling, it fell short, in my estimation.

Yes, it discussed the importance of building a fan base and giving fans what they want, and it also suggested one way of developing your career as being to call on others more experienced in your field and essentially “use” them and their influence to get ahead (something I didn’t particularly agree with).


But where the book fell short was in not once mentioning the importance of “promoting the writing and books of other authors” or in working with other authors to create a community in which all can thrive. Authors who read and follow the advice in this book will come out looking like lone wolves grasping after sales alone…

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Smorgasbord Christmas Party -Guest Susan M. Toy with Best Books Read 2016

I’m so pleased that Sally Cronin hosted me on her blog, Smorgasbord, to provide readers with a list of books by Indie Authors this year whose books I deemed to be the best I read in 2016! Note that many of these authors have already been recommended by me on this blog. Here are links to Part 2 and Part 3 of this series.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

word-cloud-11I am delighted to welcome another guest to the Christmas Party.. Susan M. Toy has been in the publishing business for a very long time and devotes her time to promoting authors of all genres on her blog and on social media. Susan’s Reading Recommendation posts and archive are a treasure trove of great writing, which is why I am even more honoured to have one of my books in such good company.

Susan is looking back at what has been a bumper year for Indie authors with the first part of her review. She will be looking at mainstream authors in part two on her own blog… so keep an eye open.  I will now hand you over to Susan M. Toy.                     

Best Books Read in 2016 – Part 1 by Susan M. Toy

For the past couple of years I posted lists to my blog of The…

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