English Author Packs a Magic Touch

Have you ever…

Enjoyed a book so much that you wrote to the author?

George Mahood

I had just finished Free Country, a wild romp about two Englishmen who wore only boxer shorts as they began their journey at Land’s End, the southernmost part of England, determined to bicycle to John O’Groats, at the northern tip of Scotland.

The young men had no money–just a notebook, pen, and hearts filled with trust. Author George Mahood bet that the good will of their fellow countrymen would provide them with bicycles, food, lodging, clothing, and much more. After reading his true story, I was ready to accompany him to Las Vegas and depend on his good fortune.

But my e-mail led to more than a winning bet. It changed my life.

George wrote back and suggested I make the leap from travel blogger to book author through Amazon’s KDP program. About a year and a half later, I published my first book, Camino Sunrise, and am now working on my second.

So a big shout out to George Mahood on the release of his latest, How Not to Get Married: Confessions of a Wedding Photographer. I can hardly wait until the paperback arrives via Amazon. (Yep, it’s in ebook format too.)

I am so confident that it will be another of his humorous, insightful looks at his eventful life that I know I will be writing him another note when I finish reading.

This time, I will be writing as a fellow author, brimming with respect for George’s hard work, talent and kindness.

If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura ★★★★★ #BookReview

This review teased my curiosity, as did the book cover and title. If you read the book, let me know what you think. It is already on my must-read list.

KayCKay Book Reviews

if catsPrimary Genre: Contemporary Fiction
First published: 30 Aug 2012 in Japan
Page count: 176
Memorable Factor: High
Cover: Poignant
Pacing: Good
Ending: Also poignant, sentimental
Would I recommend it: Yes!
Commission Link: https://amzn.to/2WXakuz
My rating: ★★★★★

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Tiny Book Holds Message of Hope

Do you have a favorite book that you read again and again?

The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz, is a tiny book that packs a powerful message. Like walking a long-distance trek, it reminds me what is important and helps chase anxiety away.

My mantra mirrors Ruiz’ words of wisdom. This is what I repeat:

“Speak impeccably. Don’t take things personally. Never assume. Always do your best.”

In a nut shell, those are the four agreements. I have just read the book again, reading some passages over and over as I go. As usual, I have found peace in Ruiz’ message.

I would love to hear how the book affects you. Also, please share if there is a book you read again and again.

Favorite Books From Your Year

A favorite 2018 photo (by Sue Spittle) from the Oregon coast.

What were your favorite books last year?

These are two I enjoyed:

Nonfiction: Way Out There, by J. Robert Harris…backpacking adventures, mostly solo, that boggled my mind.

Fiction: Ready Player One, by Ernest Kline…scifi at its best.

I want to add a special mention of a book that resonated with me: Fighting the Inside Dragons, by Bogdan Ignat.

Let me know your favorites; I am always shopping for my bookshelf.

Thank you,

Reg