Saturday, 31 March 2012

A Message by George Carlin

This came to me via an email. It's so true, I thought I should share it. Boy does it challenge and make you think!

  Isn't it amazing that George Carlin - comedian of the 70's and 80's - could write something so very eloquent...and so very appropriate.

  A Message by George Carlin

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbour. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete...

  George Carlin

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

A small section from 'A Puzzling Reflection.'

This is a small section from my next book, A Puzzling Reflection. I'm halfway through the editing process and I must admit I'm enjoying it. It's good to spend time with these characters again.

Far enough from the fog to be safe, a huge rat crouched under some bushes. His handsome white coat complemented his beautiful ruby eyes; they glowed with impatience as he waited for Zenith to arrive. His delicate pink ears twitched at every sound. He stared into the forest canopy searching for any sign of the eagle.

   Psalm attempted to calm him. “Stop worrying,” she cooed gently. “He’ll be here soon, and anyway you can’t do a thing until the fog has cleared.”

“I know that, but we need to hurry we don’t have much time!” His long tail writhed like a restless snake, conveying his anxiety and desperate desire to rescue Stagman and Irene. “I can’t be expected to work miracles you know.”

“Well, you do surprise me,” said Psalm with a chuckle.

Ezekiel huffed in response to her jibe. He was an impetuous rodent and to those who didn’t know him well, he came across as grumpy. However, in reality he was gentle and kind hearted.

To distract him Psalm suggested he have a wash, she knew how he liked to keep his fur in pristine condition. Secretly, she thought him a little vain. As she watched him, all of a sudden the branches above their heads swayed violently. Zenith had arrived.

“At last,” exclaimed Ezekiel. “He’s here.”

Sunday, 18 March 2012

A Blessing

I've just reviewed this lovely book on and UK.

I love this book. The author has shared so many profound insights on the needs and behaviour of horses. An animal I love. I’ve never owned a horse, but I have worked with horses and ridden a lot over the years.

The way she explained spiritual truths by using the training of horses, was quite profound. The book has been designed so that each chapter is a daily reading, which is lovely. And the occasional photographs are a treat.

Chapter Twenty Two really spoke to me.  I’ve prayed the beautifully simple Jabez prayer every morning for years now. Trusting God to protect me and enlarge my borders. And I can say in all honesty He has answered me in so many amazing ways.

If you are a Christian who love horses, you will enjoy and be blessed by this book.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

A Puzzling Reflection.

 This is a small section from my next book 'A Puzzling Reflection.' Hopefully it should be ready to publish within the next few months. I have to say I'm quite enjoying the editing process. I love spending time with these particular characters, especially Stagman. :)

The narrow tunnel appeared to have no end. Irene kept her head low to avoid contact with the roof.  In the thick darkness she could hardly see Stagman crawling ahead of her. The desire to panic was overwhelming. She hated heights, but closed in spaces truly terrified her.

The sharp stones and gravel on the tunnel floor bit into their hands and knees, making their progress tortuously slow.

Stagman groaned with frustration as he tried to secure the small torch between his teeth. The steel casing felt unpleasant in his mouth, putting his teeth on edge.  But without its fragile light, they would be in total darkness…not an option either of them would welcome.

“Are you okay?” Irene asked.

With a mouthful of torch, Stagman could only grunt a reply.

Irene crawled along behind him, desperately praying they would soon escape the claustrophobic darkness and emerge into the light. As she crawled behind Stagman her thoughts returned to the fateful day she finished the painting—the painting which had ushered her into this amazing but frightening world.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The Son of Perdition by Len duRandt

I really enjoyed this book and have given it a five stare review on Amazon. I hope there will be more from this author.

This is quite a read from beginning to end, packed with action and very well written, if a bit on the long side.

Nevertheless, as a Christian I loved it. I found it surprisingly challenging, it forced me to question the strength of my faith. It’s not a book I will easily forget, a complement to the author’s skill as a writer.

The characters are believable and I really cared what happened to them.

The book is incredibly descriptive and in places almost shocking. So much so, I pray I don’t get left behind when the rapture happens!

My only criticism is the books length, but it’s a great story and a book I am more than happy to recommend.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

A sweet review by Ruth Rhodes.

I read a charming book at the weekend. A Rat and a Ransom. Written by Y.I. Lee. Although it is written as a childrens book I found it to be a real page turner and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is available on Amazon and also on Kindle. Get your children a copy but make sure you read it yourself.

A Rat and A Ransom. Review.

A brill review by Sally Guillen, Infinite Dreams Blog.

This was such a lovely book even though it was about a rat. Yes I am not very fond of our rodent friends, but I have to say the rat in this book may have swayed me.

The main character is a little boy named, Tom, whose parents are of the working class. Because of this he is often alone at home so he desperately wants a pet. He finds an unlikely one hiding from a cat in the garden. Enter, Mask, our rodent friend who is smart and such a great character, well for a rat anyway. Tom and Mask are kidnapped and end up going on an adventure of sorts. In the end Tom is found and reunited with his parents and all is well. Or is it?

This book was fun to read and it really surprised me at the end. This would be a great book for any child to read as it it very entertaining and engaging. The pictures are just darling and do the characters justice.

Visit her on Facebook and tell her how excited you are to get a chance at winning her book! Yvonne Lee

You can buy her book on the kindle edition is only $3.50 while the paperback is $8.00. Such a small amount to pay for a wonderful book!

Good Review

I've had a lovely review for A Rat and A Ransom.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Book Reading Success!

Yesterday, the 8th. I did a public book reading from my first novel The Shadowed Valley. I was invited to have lunch first, with the reading to follow. As I enjoyed my meal and gazed around at those who would listen to me read, I began to feel my confidence ebb away. Most were rather elderly and I wondered how they would take to a fantasy story. I whispered as much to my husband, but he quickly reassured me.
"But the room's quite big and it's obvious some of the people here are a little deaf," I whispered. As I finished speaking the minister came into the room carrying a small radio mike.
"There you are," said hubby. "They'll hear you, stop worrying."
And he was right, we had a wonderful time. One or two of my listeners dozed off, nevertheless, the reading went well and I sold ten of the fifteen books I had taken with me.
My audience enjoyed it. And said how nice it was to have someone read to them. It reminded them of school days, when the teacher would read to the class. An experience I fondly remember myself.
It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon, and I look forward to repeating the experience again soon.