Great Things Are Still Happening!

Thankfully, artists are still creating their art to help keep us sane in these trying times. Music, movies, tv shows, video games, funny/thought-provoking/inspirational memes entertain us for hours without end while we’re confined to our homes. And for book-lovers, new novels are being published every single day! Which brings me to the re-introduction of An Unconventional Family by Roberta Bombonato and the sequel An Unbreakable Family! Now available on Amazon! Both are part of The Family Tree series. Book 3 will be available in Spring 2021.

An Unconventional Family – Book 1

Originally published in 2009, the author wanted to edit and update the story and it was my pleasure to help!
The Family Tree series Book One

Marvin Costa, alias Azrael, has had vengeance on the brain for nearly two decades. Carmen Moreno has invested one of those decades in a relationship with him that often seems one sided. Keiko Akashimi joins the two when her family became victims of a mob hit in which she barely escaped with her life.

What do they all have in common? Fate has thrown them together against all odds and after an epic, action packed adventure filled with bloodshed and heartache they finally become: AN UNCONVENTIONAL FAMILY

You can more from Roberta at and facebook @RobertaBombonatorAuthor and Twitter @AuthorBombonato

An Unbreakable Family – Book 2

An Unbreakable Family by Roberta Bombonato

Marvin and Carmen’s marriage is fantastic. Giovanni, their son, is a lively boy who can hold his own against bullies. Akemi, their adopted daughter, is 18 and struggling to find herself. The past affects the present and the future in a big way.

How can she move forward without knowing the whole truth and trust the parents she has come to love? Digging for answers alerts the other side and forces Marvin to come out of retirement. 

Uniting against domestic terrorists might be better than therapy for: AN UNBREAKABLE FAMILY

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, farmers are still farming, food manufacturers are still manufacturing all of our favorite comfort foods, truckers are still trucking it to the stores, supermarkets are still stocking their shelves, and restaurants are still cooking and serving everything we love. Carpenters are still building, plumbers still plumbing, electricians still wiring, etc. But many people have been furloughed or laid off. In the midst of so much pain and sorrow, I have never seen so many loving, kind, generous human beings coming together to help each other get through this scourge.

If you need help, reach out! If you can be of help, reach out! God bless you and keep you all safe, healthy, and happy in this crazy world turned upside down.

Peace & love,


When a Book Shouldn’t Pass Muster

Kassia Krozser’s recent blog post on Booksquare titled  A Question of Value struck a deep chord with me.

“The publisher sold readers a book they knew was not very good. Yes, the publisher had to know. Someone on the editorial staff (presumably) read the book. Someone with (presumably) enough discernment to realize the book was crap. Someone who should have had the guts to say to the author that the book didn’t pass muster. You know, instead of foisting bad stuff on readers.”

Having just finished a book I complained about all the way through, I wanted to chuck it in the trash so as not to inflict it upon myself.  Unfortunately, I have no time machine to go back a week.

The historical romance I closed for the last time this morning irritated me the whole way through.  It was by a USA Today bestselling author.  I had never read her work before; sadly, for her and her publisher, I never will again.  This book was so easy to put down it took an entire week to slug my way through it.

You may wonder why I continued reading if I abhorred it so much and I constantly asked myself that very question every time I picked it up.  I guess I kept hoping it would get better.  Alas, it only grew worse.

Here are a few things NOT to do when writing a novel:

* Describe the h/h eyes on every single page–and use it as the only source of color throughout the entire story.

* Repeat the heroine’s reason for her behavior on every single page.

* Make the h/h’s actions and reactions implausible.  A reader can suspend disbelief for only so long.

* Insert a plethora of coincidences in an novel.  There wasn’t a single person in this story who happened upon the h/h and wasn’t coincidentally connected/related to them.

* Use 150 pages of filler to make the book longer.

* Last and most importantly, NEVER throw in an obvious plot device near the end of the story.

Now that I’ve voiced my irritation I can move on to the next novel in my TBR pile.


Surf Report, May 9, 2010

Writer Unboxed blog member, Barbara Samuel, on Layering Depth of Character:

“I’ll begin with a character bio, third person, interviewing her, but not in the usual ways. Alison Hart (Jennifer Greene) once posted a trick she uses, which is to look inside the purse or glove box of a character, or both. I do both. I also like to see the inside of the car—is it messy or tidy? My car usually looks like someone is moving—books and canvas grocery bags and change scattered all over the floors. My partner has tools and running clothes of various weights and dog clutter from his side business. Continue reading

Today’s Interviews with Valerie Bowman & Rita Henuber

Thank you so much, Ladies!  We appreciate your insightful answers to our questions.

Valerie and Rita will, of course, answer any questions that may straggle in–but only in their “free” time.  As agented authors, I can only imagine how carefully they’ll have to parcel out their time in the future.  🙂

Happy writing, all!  Thanks for stopping by!