Calling All Readers! My gift to you …

Susan M. Toy, author of the humorous and intriguing mystery novel Island in the Clouds, offers here a collection of six short stories for your enjoyment, gratis. Why? Because, as she quotes Seth Godin in this blog post, “There’s always a gift intent on the part of the artist.” (See source in Susan’s post.)

Susan makes every word count, every action meaningful. She’s one of my favourite authors, so I hope you’ll take the opportunity to read these stories and, if you like them, consider buying and reading Island in the Clouds. (Don’t forget to write a review!)

Finally, because I offered to “gift” a Kindle edition of her novel to my first Facebook friend to express a desire to read it after sampling her short stories, Susan has also offered to give a free copy of Island in the Clouds to one lucky reader of her stories in any of the following editions: mobi, ePub or PDF. (Thanks, Susan!)

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

I’ve been reading another brilliant book written by the very insightful, Seth Godin. I can’t get enough of this guy and his ideas on how we can work and create and live a life that’s meaningful. This one is titled, Linchpin: Are You Indispensible? and it was published in 2010. I wish I had read it a couple of years ago, but that’s water under the bridge.

I’ll quote from it now, however, to give you an idea as to why I’m writing this blog post at this moment.

“Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.” p. 70

“The last element that makes it art is that it’s a gift. You cannot create a piece of art merely for money. Doing it as part of commerce so denudes art of wonder that it ceases to be art. There’s always a…

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August 1st–August 15th: Get “Finding Pluck”–a Connie’s Pick– for just $2.99 USD*

Smaller cover image of Finding PluckFinding Pluck, winner of the 2014 William Faulkner Literary Award, is a powerful novel by author Peter Difatta. I reviewed this novel and made it a “Connie’s Pick” when I discovered it. (Read my review here.)

Recently, it was reviewed by James Doig Anderson, Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Science at Rutgers University, for the American Library Association. His summation: “This lively story of growing up, with its mixture of struggle and sadness but also a happy ending, is clearly written and entertaining.” (Read the rest of his review here.)

An excellent summary was also provided by reviewer Amos Lassen, who said, Finding Pluck is part mystery and part social commentary as well as a fascinating read.” (Read the rest of his review here)

Author Peter Difatta has recently submitted Finding Pluck for the 2015 Rainbow Award Competition.

More reviews and a preview of this novel can be found at, where its current rating is 4.7/5 stars. It has a similar rating of 4.71/5 stars on Goodreads.

Copies available for sale price at:

If you read just one more novel this summer, I’d highly recommend Finding Pluck.


*Please note that the $2.99 price is in USD, but that Finding Pluck is available on your country’s website at a comparable sale price.

New #BookReview–“Finding Pluck,” Award-Winning Novel

Smaller cover image of Finding PluckCongratulations to author Peter Difatta on Winning the 2014 William Faulkner Literary Award.

Finding Pluck is an amazing coming-of-age novel that transcends genres. Whether you enjoy literature, history, humour, serious themes, romance, mystery, or the supernatural, Finding Pluck will appeal. Yet, it’s so much more than any of these. Finding Pluck will make you laugh, get angry, cry, and ask questions. What it won’t do is leave you indifferent.

Please take the time to read my full review and find out why I gave it five stars and made it a Connie’s Pick.

Read a preview or more reviews of Finding Pluck at or on the author’s Website.

Finding Pluck addresses global issues of discriTwitterLogo_#55aceemination, integrity, and how genuine empathy promotes prosocial behavior