Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Announcing the Winners for the Allbooks Review Editor's Choice Award for 2011

Shirley A. Roe, managing editor of Allbooks Reviews International is please to announce this year’s winners of the Allbooks Review Editor’s Choice Award. Congratulations to all of these talented authors. We encourage readers to pick up a copy of these fine books today.

Beyond Doubt John J. Murphy

Creating a Healthy Life and Marriage Judith Anne Desjardins

Sardinian Silver A. Colin Wright

Young Adult/Children
Wyndano’s Cloak A. R. Silverberry

Carnival of Lies Vernon L. Anley

The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee
Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall


Murderous Intellectuals Jonathan Maxwell

Visit the website today. Your book could be next year’s winner. Every book reviewed and promoted in 2011 (Nov. 2010 to Oct. 2011) will be automatically entered in our contest. (a $50 value)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Fine Art of Story Telling from Allbooks Review

Lately I have found myself contemplating the fine art of storytelling. Some people are wonderful at it and others just want to make you yawn. The idea of storytelling is the conveying of events in words, images, sounds and embellishments. It is a way to express the emotional power of information. Robert McKee, in his book, Story, says “Stories are equipment for living.” In fact, when a story is told well, the listener is transported on a journey to a new place.According to John Gardner, "Like other kinds of intelligence, the storyteller is partly natural, partly trained. It is composed of several qualities, most of which, in normal people, are signs of either immaturity or incivility: wit (a tendency to make irreverent connections); obstinacy and a tendency toward churlishness (a refusal to believe what all sensible people know is true); childishness (an apparent lack of mental focus and serious life purpose, a fondness for daydreaming and telling pointless lies, a lack of proper respect, mischievousness, an unseemly propensity for crying over nothing); a marked tendency toward oral or anal fixation or both (the oral manifested by excessive eating, drinking, smoking, and chattering; the anal by nervous cleanliness and neatness coupled with a weird fascination with dirty jokes); remarkable powers of eidetic recall, or visual memory (a usual feature of early adolescence and mental retardation); a strange admixture of shameless playfulness and embarrassing earnestness, the latter often heightened by irrationally intense feelings for or against religion; patience like a cat’s; a criminal streak of cunning; psychological instability; recklessness, impulsiveness, and improvidence; and finally, an inexplicable and incurable addiction to stories, written or oral, bad or good. Not all writers have exactly these same virtues, of course. Occasionally one finds one who is not abnormally improvident."The holiday season is a good time to share stories amongst friends and family. Some people are better at verbal storytelling, while others, like myself, prefer to revert to the written word. Many of our preferences and comfort zones reflect back to the patterns of our childhoods. As an only child of working parents, I spent a lot of time reading and writing in my journal. My parents were first generation immigrants and worked very long hours to provide food for our table. Dinners were often rushed with a minimum amount of storytelling unless we had a visitor who probed us. As a result, I was raised with books and paper, but gravitated to friends who were good storytellers because my situation made me a good listener. Things haven’t changed. I am who I am.Lately, I've become good friends with a few great storytellers and I have been captivated, mesmerized and curious about what it is that’s missing for me to tell a good story. I have also done some reading to improve my own verbal storytelling (my family often tells me, I neglect to build up the tension and/or I omit the punch line). Heading into my sixth decade, I plan to improve this. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:- Before telling your story, you need to know it well and/or memorize it- Vary the pitch in your voice when telling a story- Make sure your facial expressions coincide with the story’s mood- Make sure the sequence of events is correct- Build up to the story’s climax- When finished do not go on to another story- Practice storytelling in front of a mirrorOne thing I also read was the importance of putting on a “story hat.” In other words, just before you are to tell a story, put on your story hat which gets you in the mood to tell your story. It is a way to take your mind off your audience, particularly if you are on the shy side.If you are curious about some more tips in this area, I suggest you check out a great you-tube on the subject, called, “Storytelling: Theory and Practice.”
Diana Raab, author

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Secrets fo Happy Couples/Review

Genre: Self-help
Title: Secrets of Happy Couples
Author: Kim Olver

Secrets of Happy Couples by, ‘Kim Oliver’ gives an enlightening look into the many challenges and obstacles that couples face everyday. The author gives down to earth advice on how to approach such challenges with new and fresh ideas. This book reminds us that as a couple in a relationship we want our bonds to last indefinitely. However, nothing lasts forever. Relationships lost due to divorce – death, or for whatever the reason may be, have a profound effect on our psyche. When you read ‘Secrets of Happy Couples’, you will delve into this delicate subject and many more.

The book begins by describing the relationship cycles – ‘The Alone Stage’ – ‘The Getting Together Stage’ – The Compatibility Stage’ and ‘The Maintenance Stage.’ As a reader, I found this to be quite informative and motivating. I know that I will use this book as a guide when it comes to my own relationships. Surveying over a hundred couples that have been together at least ten years and are both happy and fulfilled in their relationship, Kim Olver has discovered their secrets and happily shares her findings. As an expert in the field of human relationships, Kim Olver, shares her vast research with the reader in ‘Secrets of Happy Couples.’ It is the second in the ‘Inside Out Empowerment Series.’
I recommend this innovating and empowering book to all! Reviewer: Barbara Watkins, Allbooks Review

Publisher: Inside Out Press (1st edition)
ISBN# 978-0982754900
Pages: 248
Price: $19.95
Reviewed: September 19, 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Allbooks Review December 2010 Newsletter

Greetings of the Season

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To our wonderful Allbooks Review authors, the best of the season and thank you for your continued support.

Congratulations and thank you to all of the publishers that we have worked with this year.
RealTime Publishing
Loving Healing Press
Dreamcatcher Pub.
Asteroid Publishing
Capital Crimes Publishing
Spirit House Publishing
The Ebook Sale
Tree Tunnel Press
Lily Ruth Publishing
Outskirts Booksurge Lulu St. Clair Publishing Taggart

These titles were chosen from hundreds of submissions during 2010. We congratulate the Finalists. Winners will be announced in January, 2011.

Beyond Doubt John J. Murphy
The Ultimate Enlightenment for 2012 Michele Doucette

Creating a Healthy Life and Marriage Judith Anne Desjardins
Please God Not Two Alberta Sequeira

Rebound Pamela Swyers Silver Sardinian A. Colin Wright

Young Adult/Children
Wyndano’s Cloak A. R. Silverberry
Cloud Riders Don Hurst
MysteryCarnival of Lies Vernon L. Anley
Healey’s Cave Aaron Lazar

The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee
Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
Voices In the Rain, Meaning in Psychosis Marcia A. Murphy

The Great Pyramid Secret Margaret Morris
Murderous Intellectuals Jonathan Maxwell


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Allbooks Reviews INTERVIEW:

Please state your name and location. (city and State or Province, Country)
Crystal Marcos
Silverdale, WA

Tell us the title and publisher of your book:
BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale
Cat Marcs Publishing

Tell us about yourself:
I have been a storyteller my entire life. Being the oldest of five children, I had a lot of entertaining to do. I am a member of SCBWI. I live on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with my husband and our daughter, Kaylee. BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale is my first book. To learn more about me and for fun writing activities visit my site

When was the book released?
June 15, 2010

Give us an overview of your book.
A lip-smacking, mouthwatering, absolutely delectable debut, BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale by Crystal Marcos is a literary feast. In the vein of Roald Dahl’s best-loved adventures, Marcos offers a mystical, character driven escapade that intertwines strands of reality with a larger-than-life fantasy world. When Peter Fischer sets out to help his grandfather at Papa’s Sweet Shop, he will quickly learn that sneaking sweets and covering up his sugar-dusted tracks will have major consequences. As Peter is transported to a mysteriously delicious, faraway land, a curious people known as the Candonites, some of whom have no time for a non-Candonite, will teach Peter a lesson on what it means to be different and what it means to forgive.

What inspired you to write this book?
My love for children’s books and children has inspired me to write BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale. I also thought about what books I really enjoyed and which ones stuck in my mind from childhood. Oddly enough, all those books featured food and treats. Yes, I have a sweet tooth. I thought about what I would want my children to read about someday and I wanted it to be something I felt comfortable with them reading. I wanted them to be transported into a place that was so fantastic that they would always remember it.

How is your book different from other books in this genre?
My book teaches life lessons with a giant dose of magical fun!

Where can people buy your book?
My book is available on,, and for other locations visit

Are you working on another book? If so when do you expect it to be published?
I am excited to announce I am working on the sequel to BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale due out next year.

If you self published, what advice can you give to fellow writers?
One big lesson I learned in publishing whether you are self published or traditionally published you have to market yourself and your book. No one will do it better than you. Online marketing a necessity in making people aware of what you do.

Can you share one of your marketing successes with us?
Book giveaways are an inexpensive successful marketing promotion.

How did you find Allbooks Reviews and what are you hoping for in your relationship with us?
I found Allbooks Reviews from another reputable reviewing site that listed trusted reviewers.

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