You will enjoy the memories of growing up in the fifties! Linda Colvin Funk has written down 40 years of stories about Topeka, Kansas and farming near Nortonville, Kansas into one book. Some of her work has been published in Washburn’s “Inscape,” The “Kansas City Star Magazine,” and Reminisce and “Reminisce Extra.” Inside, among other photos, you’ll see their personal photos of Topeka and farming, Clay Street, the ’51 flood, and selling vegetables on the curb. The names and subjects of interest are: the Santa Fe railroad strike, Hayden High School, Holy Name Catholic Church, Mrs. Konrade, Mr. Walker and Jimmy and Tammy Miller of Charleston, South Carolina. I enjoyed my own memories of childhood for the few years I lived in Topeka as I read her book. It is bound well for many generations to understand Topeka in the fifties from the eyes of a child now grown. I bought one and will keep it for a long time! Five stars for the writing and the memories!
Books we wrote and books we’ve read
Meet Mark Bouton ~ Thursday, October 16th from 3pm to 6pm, at Creative Corners Gallery, Books & Gifts in Topeka, KS
I read Mark Bouton’s book, “How to Spot Lies like the FBI.”
Mark does a great job, discussing not only the tells that have been on countless TV shows and interviews, but reveals tips from his own experiences as an FBI agent. He explains the situations that got him out of trouble and the situations others have used to reveal the truth.
Mark’s book is a great read for writers wishing to expand their descriptive ability when it comes to fleshing out a character. He describes nuanced physical reactions that may indicate someone’s not telling the whole truth.
I’ve decided to buy a copy of this book for the Jim Overturf Writers’ Reference Library to be opened with our Writers Workshop Space in Creative Corners Gallery, Books & Gifts at 115 SE 6th Avenue, Topeka, Kansas. It is worth every penny for those who wish to improve their observational skills.
I had the opportunity to read about Tex this morning! Newly available on Amazon.com, Tex the Turkey’s Jiggly, Jaggly, Wiggly, Waggly Thing Is a fun little story that gets to the heart of what it’s like when one feels like a statement is a criticism, but turns out to be the truth. Graciousness becomes the norm for Tex the Turkey. Read this to the children, and enjoy the beautiful Illustrations! Author Sheila Dalrymple and Illustrator Jennifer Perrin are stars in their own right, and I look forward to more stories from these two!
We are proud to announce our newest book, Dead Man Talking, has been awarded an Honorable Mention at the 2014 Great Northwest Book Festival!
I gave this book four stars, as I found George McVey to be a wonderfully gifted storyteller in this enjoyable series of three books. Each one was a portion of a story about a pastor who traveled west to become a circuit rider. Having been taught by his very world-wise grandfather, he finds himself being immediately challenged by various outlaws, and because he finds himself in a position to protect others each time, he picks up guns, which his grandfather taught him to use.
McVey describes the very difficult positions people must sometimes face in life, sometimes picking up responsibilities that fly in the face of biblical wisdom. The Preacher, as Nathan Ryder is called, becomes a man with a reputation he does not ask for, and continually tries to avoid.
We are allowed to “look over” Nathan’s shoulder as he reads the bible and understand things he learns on his travels to his new position in Redemption, New Mexico. The most satisfying to those of us who love God is the changed lives.
It helped a bit that these books were westerns and especially helped that these stories were told by someone who has an innate sense of great storytelling. There were errors in each that may be difficult for readers with sensitive English skills to handle. I was able to rationalize the story as something possibly written by a western pioneer untrained in such things. I continued to read, and I did write the author about the difficulty with the editing. He assured me by return note that a new edition is in the works and will soon be available. Karen
“Becoming the Chateran” is a fabulous fantasy world written by S.J. Aisling. Her central character,
Princess Rheulea, will serve young women well as a role model. Not content to just be pretty, prim and proper, Princess Rheulea takes on a role that is ingrained in her by previous royal women, valuing sword and adventure.
I found the writing beautifully done, however, I did wish for a shorter book as I could envision the general turn of events by the end of the seventh chapter. For younger readers, though, I believe this book has as much power to engage the young reader as do “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.”
With youthful impetuousness borne of being spoiled as a princess, reading about various escapades, and learning as she seeks counsel, the young princess finds herself in situations that most women today, strong as they are, would probably shun. I would be more than proud to have my teenage daughter, if I had one, read this book. The wisdom of creating a worthy reputation and conscientiously following the path of the truth gives this book its value.
S.J. Aisling is a skillful artist as well, having done all the illustrations in her book. This artwork is stunning, and I can imagine her work gracing the walls of many a mansion.
This work will satisfy your thirst for good art and good literature.
I was provided a PDF copy of this book by the publisher for my opinion.
Dead Man Talking
|Book Review -Reviewed by Eileen Johnson for Readers’ Favorite|
In the prologue to Dead Man Talking: An Alisa Sharpe Mystery by Jim Overturf, we first meet James Monroe Taeggardt, the millionaire owner of multiple tire stores. J.M., or “Big Jim” as he is known to some, is preparing to record cassettes twelve and thirteen of a confession. It is obvious that Big Jim is feeling remorse for something he has done and wants to wipe the slate clean by telling the truth and naming his accomplices. As the prologue ends, we hear the beginning of the confession as J.M. begins talking. In the first chapter, we meet private eye Alisa Sharpe as she is closing one case. Alisa is an ex-cop turned private eye when she was required to leave the police force due to injury. Alisa is approached by her boss to look into the death of Big Jim. His death has been ruled a suicide, but Taeggardt’s sister, Hedda, is convinced that J.M. was murdered. Alisa takes the case and the wild ride begins!Dead Man Talking is a wonderful mystery with references to great literature, the Bible, and secret codes. As the reader, we know that the tapes exist. The mystery for us is not whether or not J.M. was murdered since we know early in the book that he could not have committed suicide. Instead, the fun in this mystery is the twists and turns that the book takes as Alisa and a great cast of characters unravel the mystery and learn the truth behind Big Jim’s death. There are lots of unexpected surprises and very well developed characters in this mystery. Dead Man Talking is highly recommended!
Tessa – From Fear to Faith is a compelling and well written novel about a teenager’s journey through her fear of her father, finding God, seeing changes about her life, and dealing with hard feelings in spite of her need to forgive.
The story of Tessa’s life of abuse and being forced to work in her father’s meth lab was difficult to read about, however, it is descriptive of a situation that is very true to the lives of more than a few children. In spite of having to deal with the “fear” portion of Tessa’s life, I found I could not put this book down until the story was complete.
Tessa also deals with normal teenage pressures of needing to spread wings, wanting to distance oneself from parents, and choosing appropriate friends. Those pressures are compounded by the thoughtless attitudes of others at school who think getting nice things for Christmas is a normal part of life. Unfortunately, not every parent recognizes the need for humility when they give their children things. I felt Melissa Wiltrout described the warmth and freedom of accepting Jesus’ promises accurately, because it is exactly the same way I knew I was His when I turned to Jesus 42 years ago. Melissa Wiltrout also, wisely, gives readers who can identify with abusive situations options for help at the end of the book. This story is not all fiction. God changes lives like this every day. I received this novel in a PDF from the publisher for my honest opinion. Karen
“It’s a God Thing” is a knowledgeable book about social ministry as a means to evangelism. One of the more powerful messages is a very logical bit of reasoning from an atheist about our faith, and why it is so ineffective at reaching others for Christ.
First of all, the reader is introduced to Pastor Roesel’s success in a church that met the needs of the community it served. Then Pastor Roesel discusses, step by step, the assessment of the community’s need as well as the need of people to be an integral part of the giving arm of the church.
It is more than clear from the bible references Pastor Roesel uses that not even Jesus worked through his ministry without witnessing their whole selves. The people of the congregation are to be taught well, not only to use the skills that God has provided them, but how to look for the opportunities through their service to witness to the power of God and His ability to make a difference in the lives of the people hearing the good news for the first time in their lives. Karen
If you desire to see real changes happening in your church and your community, Pastor Roesel makes a convincing argument for changing the way you see your part in it.
I received “It’s a God Thing” as a review PDF. It was worth buying. Karen