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I am pleased to have, D.L. Finn as my guest on this week's blog. She is an accomplished and talented author of educational, science fiction, and biographical books.
I want to thank Karen for the invitation to guest post on her blog!
I’ve actively pursued writing for the last three years, but have always written stories, poems, and ideas since I can remember. In the beginning of 2015, I searched the internet for information to promote myself as an indie author. Social media came up and I got to work opening accounts on: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. I focused on Twitter and started interacting with other indie authors. I read other indie books, left a rating, and let them know. My hope was someday one of those authors would do the same for me.
In May of 2016, I ran across a post encouraging me to check out a book club. I usually ignore posts that want something from me, but that particular day I was compelled to click on it. What I found was the Rave Reviews Book Club. Here was a group that was doing what I’d been poorly attempting on my own. Again, I did something out of character-- I joined!
What I found was a community of like-minded people who wrote amazing books. I learned how to write and leave a review-- not just a rating. Supporting other authors also included visiting their blogs, leaving comments, and following blog tours. I began participating in the many events the club hosted for its members. I’ve listened to fascinating "Rave Waves" Blog Talk Radio interviews and joined the Twitter support team.
My biggest surprise was reading many different genres that I normally wouldn’t, which has broadened not only my writing experience, but my human experience, too. I’m coming up on two years being a member and I feel like I’m just getting started helping those who have helped me since joining.
But, the best part of becoming a member was finding people I care about…. they quickly became my writing family. Karen is one of those amazing people I’ve met through this remarkable club. I want to share my review of her book since it’s a book that’s stuck with me and earned a strong five stars.
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Novy’s Son: The Selfish Genius
by Karen Ingalls
Although this book is fiction, it is based on Ms. Ingalls father. It is a book I will unlikely forget. The story starts off with Murray Clark’s childhood on an orange ranch, in Southern California in the 1920s. I enjoyed how detailed the history was through Murray’s eyes. I was completely involved in how Murray became the man he did. Murray’s actions (and his lack of responsibility for them) reminded me of men I grew up with. I saw the similar acting out in my own home as a child. It was amazing just how well Ms. Ingalls captured this in her book and the complex family relationships. Murray’s interaction with not only his parents, brothers, aunts, uncles, daughters and women, but most importantly—himself-- was riveting. I experienced many emotions reading this: both good and bad and sometimes uncomfortable, but only because I was so invested. I would agree Murray was a selfish-genius, yet part of me felt sorry for him and everyone around him. I wanted him to change– unfortunately, he always got in the way of that. This is a well written, fascinating read that I highly recommend.
Karen’s books Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir are both on my reading list. After reading Novy’s Son, I’m a fan.
Thank you for having me, Karen!
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