Monday, March 19, 2018

"Walk With Me" by Debra Schoenberger

Walk With Me
by Debra Schoenberger

Walk With Me by Debra Schoenberger

Walk With Me by Debra Schoenberger is currently on tour with iRead Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

For another book by this author, please check out my blog post on India.

Welcome to my book of weird; pairs of shoes waiting for their owners, a cat for sale in a shop window, and chairs on walls.
Street photography like you've never seen before - or have you?
Whenever I'm asked “which is the best camera?” I pretty much respond: “the one you have on you.” In fact, most of the images in this book were taken with my cell phone simply because I always have it with me.
This is not only a book about street photography but a visual diary, or collection of quirky, unusual, and sometimes just plain weird photos I've taken over the course of the last decade.
As a street photographer, I need to be an assiduous walker. My sneakers often take me to little known, hidden corners, seaweed strewn (and sometimes stinky) beaches, and really cool back alleys of my rather small island city of Victoria, BC.
I've also included images of curiosities I've seen throughout my travels.
Everyone sees the world differently, and this is my collection of the quirkiness that I call life.
~ Debra Schoenberger


View a free preview here.

Praise for the Book
“This is an amazing book for those who love to look at great photos, and for those starting out in photography, to teach them to see a unique photo in ANY moment!” ~ Bless Their Hearts Mom
“While there aren't any words to read, but there are beautiful and noteworthy photos that each tell their own story. […] If this book doesn't inspire you to break out your camera (even if it is on your cell phone) and take photos of things around you, I don't know what will!” ~ StoreyBook Reviews
“This would make a good coffee table book. It’s a book to pick up over and over to look at the photos again and again. It is a book for all ages to enjoy.” ~ Dawn
“Walk with Me is a welcome change of pace and diversion that is calming and doesn't have any expectations. Look at the pictures. Think about the pictures. Enjoy the pictures. There are no words, and overall, not really a single theme that readers will necessarily recognize – though some groupings are themed.” ~ Hall Ways
“This is a quick journey through several countries from the view of a street photographer. Debra Schoenberger has captured glimpses of moments, which range from curious to interesting, and combined them into a book which induces emotions and thoughts. The photographer offers a few short words, where she explains the general background behind the collection as well as a brief explanation of her style. But she is a photographer and lets the pictures speak for themselves.” ~ Tonja Drecker

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.

By Lynda Dickson
Walk With Me is a collection of around 300 photographs taken by the author in the streets of her hometown of Victoria, British Columbia, as well as during her overseas travels to places such as India and Italy. Most of the photos were taken with her cell phone, as this is the camera she always has with her. She seems to have a particular interest in dogs, cats, shoes, cars, trains, bicycles, doorways, shop windows, architectural details, children, and other people taking photographs. She also includes several self-portraits.
The photographer has the knack of framing the images just right. Through her eyes, we see familiar objects (such as milk crates) as works of art and ordinary people as anything but. Some images are in black and white, while others are in vivid color. Photographs are either featured individually or collected into groups of four, or even nine, photographs based on their theme, color, or shape, although some groupings appear quite random. Viewed on my iPad mini, some images are too small or close up to work out what they are. However, this book is only available commercially in paperback, dimensions 10 x 8 x 0.8 inches, so that shouldn't present any problems. Some of the images are duplicated in the book, while others have previously appeared in her earlier collection, India. I wish there were captions, especially for the photographs taken in other countries. I enjoyed the symmetry of the first and last images in the book (front and back covers).
This book would make a great gift for anybody who is interested in photography but doesn’t think they have anything worthwhile to photograph.

About the Author
Debra Schoenberger
Debra Schoenberger aka #girlwithcamera
My dad always carried a camera under the seat of his car and was constantly taking pictures. I think that his example, together with pouring over National Geographic magazines as a child fuelled my curiosity for the world around me.
I am a documentary photographer and street photography is my passion. Some of my images have been chosen by National Geographic as editor's favourites and are on display in the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC. I also have an off-kilter sense of humour, so I'm always looking for the unusual.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card or one of five ebook copies of Walk With Me by Debra Schoenberger (open internationally).


Saturday, March 17, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 17 March 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
17 March 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 17 March 2018

Here's a list of some great articles you may have missed this week. Enjoy!

The publisher of Sherman Alexie, who faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment, is postponing the paperback of his latest book.

Publisher Delays Paperback Of Latest Alexie Book by Hillel Italie for AP News

In writing, life finds a way to step in front of your progress, to slow you down, to throw you off course, to discourage you in whatever way it can. Find out how this writer overcame his obstacles.

Life Finds A Way - Overcoming Obstacles To Writing by John Wong for Mythic Scribes

Revision Is A Process by Catherine E. McLean for It’s Raining Books
This blog post features a guest post by Catherine E. McLean on “What Comes First, The Plot Or Characters?”.

Revision Is A Process by Catherine E. McLean for It’s Raining Books

When Stephen Hawking died on Wednesday at age 76, the scientific world lost one of its brightest and fiercest stars. He may be best known as a man of science, but these 11 stunning quotes from A Brief History of Time prove the physicist had a way with words, too.

11 Stephen Hawking Quotes From A Brief History Of Time That Prove His Writing Will Live On Forever by Sadie Trombetta for Bustle

The wait is over. Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief, has a new young adult novel, Bridge of Clay, coming out in October, to be Published by Random House.

The Author Of The Book Thief Has A New Y.A. Novel Coming This Fall by Peter Libbey for The New York Times

Friday morning saw good news on the diversity-in-publishing front as book nerds learned that all six of the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award winners are women.

The National Book Critics Circle Award Winners For 2017 Are All Women & You'll Want To Read All Their Books by Kristian Wilson for Bustle

Are authors particularly prone to mental health issues? Does writing make you sick? Or do you need to be “crazy” (in the broadest sense of the word) to write in the first place? Authors and mental health, let’s have a closer look.

Authors, Writing And Mental Health: Correlated? How? by Hans M. Hirschi

In this archive, you'll find primary texts and commentaries on Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Greek and Egyptian religions, indigenous faiths of all kinds, and Christianity.

70,000+ Religious Texts Digitized by Princeton Theological Seminary, Letting You Immerse Yourself In The Curious Works Of Great World Religions by Open Culture

Harper Lee’s Estate Sues Over Broadway Version Of Mockingbird by Alexandra Alter and Michael Paulson for The New Your Times
One of the year’s most anticipated Broadway plays faces a legal challenge from Harper Lee’s Estate, which is suing over Aaron Sorkin’s version of her novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

Harper Lee’s Estate Sues Over Broadway Version Of Mockingbird by Alexandra Alter and Michael Paulson for The New Your Times

Episode 81 – How Much Social Media Is Enough? [New Data] podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors
In this episode Chris breaks down the new data from Pew Internet Research in the 2018 Social Media Use Report and what that means for indie authors.

Episode 81 – How Much Social Media Is Enough? [New Data] podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors

Former White House Advisor Anthony Scaramucci Inks Book Deal by Andy Lewis for The Hollywood Reporter
Anthony Scaramucci, the hedge fund advisor turned White House Communications Director to President Donald Trump (for just 10 days in July), has signed a book deal for The Blue Collar President: How Trump Is Reinventing the Aspirational Working Class. to be published in September.

Former White House Advisor Anthony Scaramucci Inks Book Deal by Andy Lewis for The Hollywood Reporter

If you enjoyed this blog post, please visit the other This Week posts for links to more great articles.

Friday, March 16, 2018

"Whitcomb Springs Series"

Whitcomb Springs Series

Whitcomb Springs Series

Welcome to Whitcomb Springs! This is a collection of short stories, and the occasional novella, written by multiple authors. The series is filled with stories of adventure, danger, romance, and hope, and is set in the fictional town of Whitcomb Springs, Montana Territory. The stories span the years of 1865-1885. Although each story may be set during a different time, they are stand-alone and may be read in any order. While the first stories will publish on 15 March 2018, this is an on-going project, so new stories may be published at any time by one of the participating authors.
Today we feature Whitcomb Springs by M. K. McClintock and Healing Fire by Samantha St. Claire. For a complete listing of all currently available and upcoming Whitcomb Springs stories, visit the Whitcomb Springs website.
This book blast and giveaway for the Whitcomb Springs Series is brought to you by I Am A Reader.

Whitcomb Springs
by M. K. McClintock

In the spring of 1865, a letter arrives in Whitcomb Springs for Evelyn Whitcomb. The Civil War has ended and the whereabouts of her husband is unknown, but she doesn’t give up hope. With courage, the help of a friend, and the love of a people, Evelyn finds a way to face - and endure - the unexpected.
Whitcomb Springs is the introductory, stand-alone short story of the Whitcomb Springs Series set in post-Civil War Montana.

Whitcomb Springs, Montana Territory—April 25, 1865
The letter fluttered to the table. Evelyn stared at the sheet of paper but could no longer make out the words as they blurred together. Surrender. She prayed this day would come, they all had, and after four tortuous years, the war was finally over.
There would be more capitulation on the part of the South, and too many families who would never see their men again ... but it was over.
Separated, yet not untouched, from conflict, Evelyn Whitcomb lived in the same town her husband and their two friends founded one year before news of the Civil War reached them. By way of her sister, who lived in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania with their parents, they were kept informed as often as Abigail could get a letter through. Evelyn often wondered if she should have returned to Rose Valley to help with the war effort, much as her sister Abigail had done, yet she found the needs of Whitcomb Springs to be vast as the town continued to grow.
Many men and boys left, leaving their wives, mothers, and sisters behind to fight for a cause they didn’t fully understand, yet still felt it their duty to serve. Others remained behind to continue working in the mine and watch over those families with or without kin.
Evelyn read over Abigail’s letter once more, letting the words settle into her mind, for even now she struggled to believe it was over—that her husband might return home.
Dearest Evelyn,
For too many years now I have shared with you the horrors and travesties befallen many of the young men with whom we spent our childhood. News has reached us that on the ninth of April, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. Oh, sister, I dared not believe it was true when Papa brought home the news. He tells us not to become overly excited for there will surely be a few more battles waged until the news reaches both sides, but we can thank God that this war is officially over.
Your news of Daniel’s disappearance has weighed heavy on my mind these past months since we heard, and Papa has attempted to learn of his whereabouts, to no avail. We have not given up! There is much confusion right now on both sides and Papa said it could be weeks or months more before the men return home. Do not lose faith, sweet Evie.
Your most loving sister,

About the Author
M. K. McClintock
M. K. McClintock is an award-winning author of historical romance and westerns, who has written several books and short stories, including the popular Montana Gallagher Series, the Crooked Creek series, and the British Agent Novels. She continues the search for a time machine that can transport her to nineteenth-century Montana or Scotland - either works. M. K. enjoys a quiet life in the Rocky Mountains where she spins tales of romance, adventure, and mystery set in bygone times.


Healing Fire
by Samantha St. Claire

After the death of Nora Hewitt’s husband, the citizens of Whitcomb Springs didn’t see odds favoring the young widow for holding onto the ranch with only her ten-year-old son to assist. That changes when a gentle giant of a man offers a helping hand.
Motivated by compassion and his own grieving heart, the blacksmith becomes a mentor for the troubled boy and befriends the attractive widow, scandalizing the town gossips. Propriety is wielded like a weapon to separate them, but Providence makes its own plans through fire, loss, and redemption.

Whitcomb Springs, 1860
Sawdust floated into drifts beneath the workbench, swirling in the cold Montana morning air. His breath a thin fog, Dominik Andris sang to himself as he ran his palm down the length of the cedar plank. Deep and resonant, the Austrian’s voice might have suited his appearance had it not been for its soft timbre. Broad-shouldered, square-jawed, and generally solemn in bearing, most people avoided him except when his skills as a blacksmith or undertaker were required.
Today, someone had need of him as the latter. A rectangular box stood propped against the back wall. Nearly complete, the box lid before him was carved in designs more suitable for a cradle. Dominik picked up a carving knife, dwarfed in his hands, and bent to correct a curve on the delicate vine tracing its way from one end of the lid to the other. He ran his fingers along its length, testing for burrs in the grain. His humming ceased and a line formed between his brows, a frown not directed to his work but to the reason for it.
As he straightened, he rubbed at the back of his neck and a little groan escaped his lips. He took a sip of cold coffee before crossing the workshop to the back wall where he picked up the box in one hand. The weight of it or the absence of weight, struck a painful chord. Just four feet in length, it was enough. Enough to hold the body of the child, the woman’s child.

About the Author
Samantha St. Claire
Samantha St. Claire was born in 2016, the alter-ego and pen name of an author of historical fiction born a few decades earlier. She may have found her niche in western historical fiction, served up sweet. Never faint of heart, her signature protagonists face the hazards of the frontier with courage, wit, and a healthy pinch of humor.


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