BOOKS I RECOMMEND
Are you looking for something to read? Here you will find some books that I recommend. Naturally, we will start with mine (you are on my blog, after all). From there, we will simply move to some of my favorites – the classics. Next month, we will look at some newer books and newer authors. Until then, happy reading!
1) Insanity Plea by Dm. L. Carter
2) The Hobbit Series by J. R. R. Tolkien (No, the movie doesn’t count)
3) Fifty Shades Trilogy by E. L. James
4) For Those I Loved by Martin Gray
5) The Ledger by Lloyd Holm
BLOG SITES I RECOMMEND
Do you have a book or blog site you would like to recommend? Let me know about it by filling out the form below!
Dm. L. Carter
Hi. I’m Dm. L. Carter, a new author with a new book called Insanity Plea, the first book in the Rae of Hope series. I was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, where I still reside today with my family. Like most other starving young artists, I do have a “real” job, as well, which I choose to keep private at this time. But sufficeth to say, I keep extremely busy. Does being published make you a writer? I don’t think it does. Someone once told me (I think it was my seventh grade English teacher), that if you love to write – anything – then, you’re a writer. I still believe this. I am starting out the New Author Spotlight with myself this month. But, hoping to spotlight someone else next month.
About My Book
Insanity Plea is meant to be fun. I tried to create characters who could be your next-door neighbors, and let’s face it - who doesn’t want to be Lucy Liu or James Bond every now and then? I threw in a little bit of erotica to spice things up. But, I don’t think there’s anything in here that would shock the ordinary housewife or househusband. It’s an easy read. So, take a few hours and become an Insanity Plea Fan.
Next Month’s New Author Spotlight
If you are a new author, whether you have recently published your book or not, we would love to hear from you. It’s very hard to get the word out about new books sometimes unless you’re already established or you’ve already signed a multi-million dollar movie deal. So, let us help you. Get started here at the Sparkin Arkie by completing the form below. Tell us about yourself and your latest work, and we will provide you with the feedback you need to be successful.
What exactly makes a book really good? Is it the writing? Is it the story or the subject matter itself? Maybe it’s the character development for some people? And, I’m sure there’s lots of folks who think it has to be all of these things combined in order for it to be a really good book. Personally, I don’t think it does. As long as it has at least one of these elements, it can be a really good book.
Stephen King is a phenomenal writer, but he’s also gifted when it comes to story-telling. And, he has an imagination that most of us can only dream about having (no pun intended). So, most of his books (at least his earlier works) aren’t just really good, they are exceptionally good. But, then you have authors like E. L. James and books like Fifty Shades of Grey. With probably some of the worst writing in the history of the New York Times list of best sellers, Fifty Shades has set female readers on fire – figuratively and literally. And, I have to say, I read all three books in the series, and I thought they were all really good in spite of the writing.
Why did I think all of the Fifty Shades books were really good? I think it was a combination of two things – 1) character development, and 2) subject matter. For me, I know I have read a really good book when I finish the last page, and I am sad or a little depressed that I’m finished with it. It’s like I’ve made new friends, and now they’re going away and I know I won’t see them again (for a while anyway). I felt that way when I turned the last page of Fifty Shades. As for the subject matter, being a housewife for the past twenty years, the thought of spicing up the old boudoir repertoire in that fashion was kind of thrilling. I did not rush out and pick myself up a pair of handcuffs or anything. But, I was inspired to explore my own creativity in a little more depth. So, I wrote a book of my own.
I would like to hear from you now. What do you think makes a good book really good? Have you read any really good books lately? What made them really good?