Cover Reveal: The Daily Prompt 2017: October Workbook

The Daily Prompt 2017: October Workbook is coming soon!  With thirty-one brand new prompts, October 2017 is packed full of story seeds.  This monthly collection is scheduled to arrive in the Amazon storefront on September 28th.

New Release: The Daily Prompt 2017: July – September Workbook

The Daily Prompt 2017: July – September Workbook is now available on Amazon.  This paperback edition contains ninety-two writing prompts with four lined pages per prompt to write your responses.  Each prompt is meant to inspire ideas and help you commit words to the page.

Grab this quarterly edition of my Workbook series for less than the cost of purchasing each of the months individually.

Buy your copy now!

For more prompt collections, visit J. C. Cauthon’s Author Page.

Book Review: The Island

The Island by Jen Minkman

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I’m sitting on the fence with this novella. I did not love it (as in “I put it down last night and I can’t stop thinking about it”), nor did I hate it. I knew pretty quickly that “The Book” was one of the Star Wars trilogy, and it was most likely the first one. It did not turn me off from the story, but the knowledge of it did not mislead me.

For me, the story was there, and it was entertaining, but there could have been more. Events seemed to come to a head much too quickly, Saul’s character needed much more fleshing out, and the ending fell flat.

Saul killed a man (a Fool), tortured and manipulated children from the settlement, and threatened to kill on of their own people (Andy). What did he get for punishment? They laid out a bunch of excuses as to why he was that way and they let him live with the village elder. Saul was 21. He knew what he was doing. Just like the “parents” in the settlement should have removed Saul from power at the Manor a long, long time ago.

There are many issues like that within the novella that detracted from the story for me. It felt as though things were “conveniently” that way so that the story could be told. The “Parents” behaved more like children than the children did.

All in all, it was an okay story. It passed a couple of hours of my day for me, but I don’t think I will be purchasing the next novella in the series.

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Cover Reveal: The Daily Prompt 2017: September Workbook

Here it is!  The brand-spanking new cover for The Daily Prompt 2017: September Workbook.
This month’s edition provides you with thirty more creative writing prompts, and each prompt has two pages, lined on the front and back, for you to write your response to the prompt or for you to scribble down your notes for the prompt.

It’s up to you how you use those lined pages.

This paperback is scheduled for release on August 29th, and it will only be available through Amazon.com.

For other workbooks I have available, check out J. C. Cauthon’s Author Page.

Book Review: Ebola K

Ebola K: A Terrorism Thriller: Book 1 by Bobby Adair

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This book was a suggestion from one my writing friends that loves Dystopian novels. Books such as this are not usually my cup of tea, but I did enjoy this one. It took a virus that people have always feared, made it more dangerous, then added in outside elements to make it lethal.

I did not give this novel five stars for two reasons. One, it just ended. When I read a book that is part of a series, I expect the novel to have a small problem and one “big picture” problem. This one had both, but neither set of stories was “solved” at the end of the book. It just ended.

The other reason was that there was too much head-hopping. Each section did a good job staying in the head of the current character telling the story, but there were too many points of view to keep track of. We had Austin’s POV, Salim’s POV, Paul’s POV, Olivia’s POV, and Mitch’s POV, just to name a few. I think there were one or two other POVs in there as well. It was extremely confusing. I could have handled up to three, easily, but once the fourth and fifth were added in, it was hard to figure out what was going on in a chapter until I knew exactly who was telling the story.

Otherwise, it was a good story, and I think if I read all of the books in the series, I would be able to give it 5-stars, but a book should be able to stand on it’s own merit.

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