Archive for December, 2010

Announcing the WINNERS of the Allbooks Reviews Editor’s Choice Award for 2011

Posted in Uncategorized on December 29, 2010 by Allbooks Review International

Shirley A. Roe, managing editor of Allbooks Reviews International is please to announce this year’s winners of the Allbooks Review Editor’s Choice Award. Congratulations to all of these talented authors. We encourage readers to pick up a copy of these fine books today.


Beyond Doubt John J. Murphy


Creating a Healthy Life and Marriage Judith Anne Desjardins


Sardinian Silver A. Colin Wright

Young Adult/Children

Wyndano’s Cloak A. R. Silverberry

Carnival of Lies Vernon L. Anley

The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee
Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall


Murderous Intellectuals Jonathan Maxwell

Visit the website today. Your book could be next year’s winner. Every book reviewed and promoted in 2011 (Nov. 2010 to Oct. 2011) will be automatically entered in our contest. (a $50 value)

The Fine Art of Story Telling from Allbooks Review

Posted in Uncategorized on December 28, 2010 by Allbooks Review International

Lately I have found myself contemplating the fine art of storytelling. Some people are wonderful at it and others just want to make you yawn. The idea of storytelling is the conveying of events in words, images, sounds and embellishments. It is a way to express the emotional power of information. Robert McKee, in his book, Story, says “Stories are equipment for living.” In fact, when a story is told well, the listener is transported on a journey to a new place.
According to John Gardner, “Like other kinds of intelligence, the storyteller is partly natural, partly trained. It is composed of several qualities, most of which, in normal people, are signs of either immaturity or incivility: wit (a tendency to make irreverent connections); obstinacy and a tendency toward churlishness (a refusal to believe what all sensible people know is true); childishness (an apparent lack of mental focus and serious life purpose, a fondness for daydreaming and telling pointless lies, a lack of proper respect, mischievousness, an unseemly propensity for crying over nothing); a marked tendency toward oral or anal fixation or both (the oral manifested by excessive eating, drinking, smoking, and chattering; the anal by nervous cleanliness and neatness coupled with a weird fascination with dirty jokes); remarkable powers of eidetic recall, or visual memory (a usual feature of early adolescence and mental retardation); a strange admixture of shameless playfulness and embarrassing earnestness, the latter often heightened by irrationally intense feelings for or against religion; patience like a cat’s; a criminal streak of cunning; psychological instability; recklessness, impulsiveness, and improvidence; and finally, an inexplicable and incurable addiction to stories, written or oral, bad or good. Not all writers have exactly these same virtues, of course. Occasionally one finds one who is not abnormally improvident.”
The holiday season is a good time to share stories amongst friends and family. Some people are better at verbal storytelling, while others, like myself, prefer to revert to the written word. Many of our preferences and comfort zones reflect back to the patterns of our childhoods. As an only child of working parents, I spent a lot of time reading and writing in my journal. My parents were first generation immigrants and worked very long hours to provide food for our table. Dinners were often rushed with a minimum amount of storytelling unless we had a visitor who probed us. As a result, I was raised with books and paper, but gravitated to friends who were good storytellers because my situation made me a good listener. Things haven’t changed. I am who I am.
Lately, I’ve become good friends with a few great storytellers and I have been captivated, mesmerized and curious about what it is that’s missing for me to tell a good story. I have also done some reading to improve my own verbal storytelling (my family often tells me, I neglect to build up the tension and/or I omit the punch line). Heading into my sixth decade, I plan to improve this. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
– Before telling your story, you need to know it well and/or memorize it
– Vary the pitch in your voice when telling a story
– Make sure your facial expressions coincide with the story’s mood
– Make sure the sequence of events is correct
– Build up to the story’s climax
– When finished do not go on to another story
– Practice storytelling in front of a mirror
One thing I also read was the importance of putting on a “story hat.” In other words, just before you are to tell a story, put on your story hat which gets you in the mood to tell your story. It is a way to take your mind off your audience, particularly if you are on the shy side.
If you are curious about some more tips in this area, I suggest you check out a great you-tube on the subject, called, “Storytelling: Theory and Practice.”

Diana Raab, author

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Posted in Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 by Allbooks Review International

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Boosting Your Creativity / Allbooks Review

Posted in Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 by Allbooks Review International

Whether you’re a writer, artist or businessperson, chances are creativity is vital to some part of your profession. Some of you may already have tricks on how to tap into your creativity, but what I suggest is to start with keeping a notebook or journal or daybook, whatever you choose to call it. These days many people, especially those in my son’s Generation X, take notes on a computer or iPhone—but what I’m suggesting is to use the old-fashioned method of a notebook.
There are many books with directive learning modalities and tools to hold your hand through the process, such as Julia Cameron’s, The Artist’s Way and Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones, which provide a more in depth immersion into the process—both excellent resources.
However, here’s, a free crash-course:
Buy a notebook or journal from a bookstore, pharmacy or grocery store. Choose your favorite pen. Put the date on top of the page. Do some longhand writing. Do some doodling or drawing. Whatever tickles your fancy. Stay in the moment. Write what is on your mind. You can start by writing, “Right now I am thinking about …” Let your words flow and if one thought leads to another or takes you in another direction, that’s fine too. There are no rules and spelling and grammar don’t matter.
It’s a good idea to make this a daily practice. You will see that your ritual will tap into your creativity. Writing is a great way to cultivate a constant flow of ideas. Feel free to include other people’s ideas in your writing. What you are doing is brainstorming on the page instead of in a conference room or sitting area.
Sometimes I journal in this way before beginning a new project thinking it might result in a new opening—but it often becomes what I call my ‘throat-clearing’ section which is typically discarded. It’s akin to piano scales, stretching before exercising or dashes before sports.
This free-writing gets rid of all the junk in your head—the neurosis, the deflating comments, the negativity. It’s difficult to be creative if this junk is kicking around your head creating all this unwanted noise. How can you create with noise, anyway?
Another bonus to writing is that it gives you some down time and quiets your mind—it can be meditative.
The page can also help you try out new ideas. It’s a place to write down the pros and cons. You can write, “What if …” to describe the various possible scenarios. If you are not happy, write about what would bring a smile to your face and see if you can make that happen.
Most successful writers have ritual/s before they start their creative work, whether it’s getting rid of all the junk, getting a cup of coffee or answering emails. It’s your prep time. It’s a time for your muse to be invited into the wide open green pasture which has been cleared of its weeds.
The other great thing about having a notebook is convenience. How many times have you had ideas at the most unexpected times—walking the dog, working out, driving or at a dinner party. That’s the muse visiting you and even if you think you will remember the message, chances are you won’t. If you don’t have a notebook available, that thought will be a fleeting one.
Some other creative exercises:
1) Write about your most creative challenge. 2) Write about where you want to be in five years.
3) If you could be doing one thing now, what would it be? 4) Write a letter to someone who passed away.
The most important tip is to do is to write for at least 20 minutes. After you invite this routine into your life, you will see that it becomes sort of like an addiction – a healthy one. Imagine that!
Diana M. Raab, author. WEBSITE —

Allbooks Review December 2010 Newsletter

Posted in Uncategorized on December 1, 2010 by Allbooks Review International

Greetings of the Season

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To our wonderful Allbooks Review authors, the best of the season and thank you for your continued support.
Congratulations and thank you to all of the publishers that we have worked with this year.

RealTime Publishing
Loving Healing Press
Dreamcatcher Pub.
Asteroid Publishing
Capital Crimes Publishing
Spirit House Publishing
The Ebook Sale
Tree Tunnel Press
Lily Ruth Publishing
Outskirts Booksurge Lulu St. Clair Publishing Taggart

These titles were chosen from hundreds of submissions during 2010. We congratulate the Finalists. Winners will be announced in January, 2011.

Beyond Doubt John J. Murphy
The Ultimate Enlightenment for 2012 Michele Doucette

Creating a Healthy Life and Marriage Judith Anne Desjardins
Please God Not Two Alberta Sequeira

Rebound Pamela Swyers
Sardinian Silver A. Colin Wright

Young Adult/Children
Wyndano’s Cloak A. R. Silverberry
Cloud Riders Don Hurst

Carnival of Lies Vernon L. Anley
Healey’s Cave Aaron Lazar

The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee
Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
Voices In the Rain, Meaning in Psychosis Marcia A. Murphy

The Great Pyramid Secret Margaret Morris
Murderous Intellectuals Jonathan Maxwell

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Regency Romance Wanted by Publisher
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devoted to Regency romance. Traditional Regency romances, as
exemplified by Georgette Heyer’s work, are first and foremost
historical fiction about a very specific (and short) era.

The Aurora Regency line is published by Aspen Mountain Press, a
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set-up or charge for editing your story once it has been accepted
for publication. Our contracts request rights to the contracted
work, including digital and print formats as we will provide some
of our titles in print later this year. Aurora is looking for
well-researched Regency romances between 35,000 and 70,000 words,
although we will bend on the upper word limit if the story merits
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Allbooks Reviews INTERVIEW:
Please state your name and location. (city and State or Province, Country)
Crystal Marcos
Silverdale, WA

Tell us the title and publisher of your book:
BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale
Cat Marcs Publishing

Tell us about yourself:
I have been a storyteller my entire life. Being the oldest of five children, I had a lot of entertaining to do. I am a member of SCBWI. I live on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with my husband and our daughter, Kaylee. BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale is my first book. To learn more about me and for fun writing activities visit my site

When was the book released?
June 15, 2010

Give us an overview of your book.
A lip-smacking, mouthwatering, absolutely delectable debut, BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale by Crystal Marcos is a literary feast. In the vein of Roald Dahl’s best-loved adventures, Marcos offers a mystical, character driven escapade that intertwines strands of reality with a larger-than-life fantasy world. When Peter Fischer sets out to help his grandfather at Papa’s Sweet Shop, he will quickly learn that sneaking sweets and covering up his sugar-dusted tracks will have major consequences. As Peter is transported to a mysteriously delicious, faraway land, a curious people known as the Candonites, some of whom have no time for a non-Candonite, will teach Peter a lesson on what it means to be different and what it means to forgive.

What inspired you to write this book?
My love for children’s books and children has inspired me to write BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale. I also thought about what books I really enjoyed and which ones stuck in my mind from childhood. Oddly enough, all those books featured food and treats. Yes, I have a sweet tooth. I thought about what I would want my children to read about someday and I wanted it to be something I felt comfortable with them reading. I wanted them to be transported into a place that was so fantastic that they would always remember it.

How is your book different from other books in this genre?
My book teaches life lessons with a giant dose of magical fun!

Where can people buy your book?
My book is available on,, and for other locations visit

Are you working on another book? If so when do you expect it to be published?
I am excited to announce I am working on the sequel to BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale due out next year.

If you self published, what advice can you give to fellow writers?
One big lesson I learned in publishing whether you are self published or traditionally published you have to market yourself and your book. No one will do it better than you. Online marketing a necessity in making people aware of what you do.

Can you share one of your marketing successes with us?
Book giveaways are an inexpensive successful marketing promotion.

How did you find Allbooks Reviews and what are you hoping for in your relationship with us?
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