March 29 . Issue 166

The world is a book, and those who don’t travel read only a page.

– St. Augustine

Welcome to my monthly journal. This is where I share five points of interest—things that have been keeping me busy, interested, and happy. I also share my writing journey and let you know about my books and some special opportunities to get my books at discount prices.

1.  Authors value reviews. I recently received a review from a fan, Patricia W. Book Review, and I want to share it.

I also recently came across a very good guide to leaving a book review. The how-to of leaving a book review:

A. You do not have to have purchased a book on Amazon to leave a review there.

B. You do not have to have read the complete book to leave a review.

C. Reviews may be as simple as, “I loved this book so much, and I can’t wait for the next one.”

D. Authors need reviews on Amazon to get a better placement in the algorithms.

E. Please take 5 minutes and leave a review on Amazon today for an author you love. It really does make a difference.

Thank you to Sheila at “All Right So Far” for sharing.

2. My book Dojo in the Woods is part of a fantastic promotion coming up soon on Bargain Booksy. The promo starts April 1st and runs through April 8th. It’s an Amazon Kindle Countdown Deal, and the starting price is $2.99.  

3. For the last couple of months, I have been in Costa Rica. My home base has been San Rafael de Escazu. If you visit the San Jose area, you can find many things to take in. A highlight for me is the Mariposa Butterfly Sanctuary, a great experience checking out all types of butterflies. The Refugio Animal Costa Rica is a fantastic refuge for injured animals. And for entertainment, the best Flamenco show in Costa Rica is Tablao de Flamenco at Casa de Espana.

4. The manuscript for my new story, an early reader chapter book, is in the second round of editing. I have completed two meetings with my illustrator, Joshua Miller. His ideas are magnificent. Even reluctant readers should get a kick out of the illustrations.

5. My time in Costa Rica has come to an end, and I am back in Toronto, Ontario, for the moment. This Saturday, March 30th, I’ll be teaching for Tim sensei at Naka Ima Karate on Dufferin Street.  

I’ll be celebrating Easter with family and then, shortly after, back to my Sanctuary in the Blue Mountains of Ontario.

Thank you for reading; if you know of someone who may be interested in this Monthly Journal, please share. Also make sure you check out my newest books, a children’s picture book, Samba in Switzerland, and a middle-grade reader, Dojo in the Woods. All my books are readily available online through your favorite bookstores.

Be well, stay safe, and keep reading.

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