|Posted by pnaessensshow on March 17, 2013 at 1:30 AM||comments (3)|
I’m a firm believer that you can tell a lot about a writer’s ability by how well they are able to write a short story and author Lyn Fairchild Hawks collection of short stories The Flat and Weightless Tang-Filled Future is a very good indication that this lady is headed places in the literary world.
I can’t say that any one story stood out; each short story, in the limited time space, was extremely well written with amazing character development. The stories were well laid out and the various characters made sense to me as a reader. I believed these people and could see each story actually happening in real life which is remarkably rare in this age of easy publishing.
The various stories within The Flat and Weightless Tang-Filled Future also contained issues that we all deal with each and every day; racism, sexism, abuse and the like were all handled by Fairchild Hawks in a manner that was straightforward yet not offensive. This is also a very good indicator that this writer has lived a bit before claiming to be a writer.
I give this collection 4 stars and highly recommend The Flat and Weightless Tang-Filled Future.
Mrs. Fairchild Hawks was a guest on The Writers Showcase Podcast and you can learn more about her as well as The Flat and Weightless Tang-Filled Future here.
You can purchase The Flat and Weightless Tang-Filled Future here.
Lyn Fairchild Hawks website is here
Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Flat and Weightless Tang-Filled Future by the author for review purposes only. Never was I asked to give a favorable review nor was this considered as payment for an appearance on any Phil Naessens Media program.
|Posted by pnaessensshow on March 10, 2013 at 1:10 AM||comments (2)|
Like I say nearly every single day on my show, I’m in my fifth decade of watching NBA basketball. I’ve seen so many great players ply their craft either in person or on TV and sometimes it’s hard to remember everything about them.
Author Robert Cohen’s newest release Pro Basketball’s All-Time All Stars: Across the Eras took care of that little problem for me.
Pro Basketball’s All-Time All Stars: Across the Eras is a well written comprehensive look at every NBA All Star who ever played the game and is like a pleasant walk down memory lane after a bad day. From the time the reader opens up Pro Basketball’s All-Time All Stars: Across the Eras until they close it the reader will be reminded of the great ones they saw play and if you dear reader are a fan like me each individual profile, set up in the era the player played in, will have you stop and pause and mostly smile.
Each era (Cohen identifies 5, most authors only 2) and every single All Star is highlighted and judged according to a criteria Cohen clearly defines at the beginning of the book. He then selects an all era all star team and closes the book with his all time NBA All Star team. The reader can argue all they like with Cohen’s formula but what they can’t say is that he doesn’t apply it throughout the book in a consistent manner because he does.
I enjoyed Pro Basketball’s All-Time All Stars: Across the Eras so much that I invited Mr. Cohen to join me on a Internet Radio/podcast I host named The Writers Showcase Podcast. You can listen to that program here.
You can purchase Pro Basketball’s All-Time All Stars: Across the Eras here.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the manuscript Pro Basketball’s All-Time All Stars: Across the Eras from the author for review purposes. Never was I asked to write a favorable review nor was this considered payment for an appearance on any Phil Naessens Media program.
|Posted by pnaessensshow on March 2, 2013 at 11:35 PM||comments (3)|
I’m a big fan of mystery suspense novels. Always have been and always will be. My problem is that I don’t have very much time to devote to reading the that way I’d like to so when I do have the opportunity to read a book with great characters and a story line that makes a book difficult to put down I’m in pure heaven.
PHOTO FINISH by author Terry Ambrose is just such a book.
Set in Hawaii, PHOTO FINISH is an action packed suspense/mystery novel with believable characters, great dialogue and most importantly a flowing believable tale that will keep you interested, entertained and mostly in suspense dear reader.
How can you not enjoy a book that begins with a body being thrown out of a plane?
The main character, Wilson McKenna makes the book in my opinion. He’s witty, clever, self deprecating and most importantly brutally honest about who he is and more importantly who he isn’t. He likes to check out the young girls and he likes his wine. He also has a soft spot for a hot chick with an interesting story and Harris Galvin fits that bill to a tee.
This page turning novel gets 5 stars from me.
I enjoyed PHOTO FINISH so much that I invited author Terry Ambrose to join me on The Writers Showcase Podcast. You can listen to that program here.
You can purchase PHOTO FINISH here.
Disclaimer; I received a complimentary copy of PHOTO FINISH from the author for review purposes only. Never was I asked to give a favorable review nor was it considered as payment for an appearance on any Phil Naessens Media programs.
|Posted by pnaessensshow on February 10, 2013 at 3:40 AM||comments (3)|
Have you guys ever been in a situation where every woman in your life was giving you the blues? Mark Berman’s novel Brilliant Disguise follows takes the reader through this very journey through the entirely believable situation main character Bill Press has found himself into.
Berman did a very clever job of creating this story. The characters are believable and nearly every guy I know, including me, has found himself in just the same situation. The reader will be absolutely captivated watching Press navigate through his personal crises and if said reader is a New York Mets fan the journey with Press will be that much more enjoyable.
Great dialogue, great character development and a flowing story make this book a winner. I highly suggest you pick up a copy of Brilliant Disguise today.
Mark Berman was also a guest on Thw Writers Showcase Podcast. You can listen to that program here
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy because the author is a colleague of mine. It was my decision to review this book and my decision to bring him on The Phil Naessens Show.
|Posted by pnaessensshow on February 3, 2013 at 3:05 AM||comments (1)|
8 year old Artie Royal loved his blue bicycle. It gave him freedom and allowed him to temporarily escape the reality of a difficult home life. Given to him by his great-grandfather Merle the bike belonged to his mother. The bike plays a prominent role in author Bob Mustin's novella The Blue Bicycle and I must say I enjoyed this book very much.
Bob Mustin has written a most enjoyable tale of the importance of family heirlooms....he tells the story of Artie Royal through the eyes of four different people which allows us to witness an 8 year old boy grow up to be a man.....and how much a simple present as a bike can make all the difference in the world to a boy who's world was shattered.
As always, Mustin's dialogue is impeccable and believable. Mustin's great storytelling ability allows the reader to feel as though they are actually witnessing the events of Royal's life. The length of the book (150 pages) is perfect and you will want to re-read this timeless treasure again and again.
This one gets 4 stars my friends.
I enjoyed this book so much that I invited Mustin to appear on my syndicated radio program and you can listen to that interview here. You can purchase The Blue Bicycle here. Bob Mustin also joined me on The Writers Showcase Podcast and you are invited to listen to that program here.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of The Blue Bicycle by the author for review purposes and never was I asked to write a positive review nor was this book payment for an appearance on The Phil Naessens Show.
|Posted by pnaessensshow on January 27, 2013 at 3:35 AM||comments (0)|
What started out as a weekly blog post called “TGIF” has turned into a brand new book, Make Your Own Application Volume 1. In a world where authors tend to force ideas upon their readers Pastor and Author Michael R. Newnham actually wants his readers to make their own application.
A writer who wants his readers to think for themselves?
Yep, that’s right sports fans. Newnham wants you to read each of his real life experiences and then make your own application. And that’s just what makes this book so appealing.
Newnham easily and fluidly takes the reader through his daily grind on a search to see if God still speaks to his people and you’ll find his stories about skateboard parks and cats as well as his online encounters both enlightening as well as refreshing.
There’s plenty more I could add to this review but rather then read my high praise I invite you to listen to an interview I conducted with Mr. Newnham that aired on my secular sports radio show. You can access that interview https://phillipnaessens.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/the-phil-naessens-show-january-16-2013-the-best-of-the-phil-naessens-show/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here
Make Your Own Application can be purchased here.
Disclaimer: Michael R. Newnham gave me this book for free for review purposes and in no way was that free gift given in order to get a favorable review.
|Posted by pnaessensshow on January 20, 2013 at 2:25 AM||comments (1)|
We've all seen the following scenario before. The TV preacher leans into the microphone and with both eyes on the camera tells the viewer that unless he's wealthy and healthy than he can't be a blessing to others nor can he serve the God they worship.
Matthew B. Redmond's latest offering The God of the Mundane dispels this idea and in its remarkable brevity and honesty informs the reader that their everyday lives and interactions are exactly what the God they serve is looking for.
With each well written brief essay Mr. Redmond easily walks the reader through the daily occurrences of life and how the simplest thing as a smile can be exactly what someone else needs to make their day brighter. Redmond explains that it isn't who you are that's important but what you do in the place that you are that can, and usually does, make all the difference in the world, and what Christianity is really all about, a far cry from what we usually hear these days from the lips of the faces of Christianity today.
Matt Redmond joined me on The Writers Showcase Podcast and you can listen to this program here
To say I enjoyed reading The God of the Mundane would be an understatement. In fact I enjoyed this book so much that I invited Mr. Redmond to discuss this book on my nationally syndicated sports show. You can listen to the interview here, Mr. Redmond's website is here and you can purchase The God of the Mundane here. You won't be sorry you did!
Disclaimer: Doulos Press sent me a free copy of The God of the Mundane for review purposes. Never was I asked by either Doulos Press or Mr. Redmond to write a positive review nor was it either parties intention to provide this free copy as payment for an appearance on The Phil Naessens Show.
|Posted by pnaessensshow on January 12, 2013 at 10:20 PM||comments (1)|
I really enjoy reading fantasy novels and I also enjoy reading books about sports. For this hockey starved fan D.W. Frauenfelder's Skater in a Strange Land was like a dream come true!
Skater in a Strange Land , apart from the talking bears, foxes, phase shifts and the like could actually be written about any average athlete with dreams of playing in the big time……Sherm leaving home to travel to Borschland in order to further his career is a journey many of us has taken and I felt a certain kinship with him.
Skater in a Strange Land is a well written exciting literary journey through the fantasy world of Borschland. It has drama, espionage, romance and most of all a realistic portrayal of a average American hockey player becoming a hero in a world many didn’t even know existed. Frauenfelder was spot on with the vernacular of a pro hockey player and his description of the hockey games in Borschland made me feel like I was actually watching the game in real life.
While I’ve decided to give the NHL a pass this season I found an amazing replacement and I can’t wait for the sequel!
I highly recommend Skater in a Strange Land!!
D.W. Fraunfelder also joined me on my syndicated sports program and you can listen to that interview here
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Skater in a Strange Land for review purposes only. Never was I asked to write a favorable review nor was this book compensation to appear on The Writers Showcase Podcast or The Phil Naessens Show.
|Posted by pnaessensshow on January 6, 2013 at 4:35 AM||comments (8)|
Like any normal healthy happy10 Year Old, Emily Shane was riding her bike home from a dance recital when she was killed by a hit and run driver. What followed next is a masterpiece of a suspense novel that only author Bob Mustin could write!
A Reason To Tremble might possibly be Mustin’s best work to date. His novel about how a small town communities search for justice collides with big town politics is well written with amazing dialogue and most importantly believable characters.
A Reason To Tremble has it all dear reader. If you are looking for a book that contains intrigue, suspense, dirty politics, political cover-ups and some romance than I suggest you pick up this book.
Bob Mustin also joined me on my daily syndicated radio program and you can listen to that interview here
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of A Reason To Tremble from the author for review purposes only. I was not asked to give a favorable review nor was this book payment for an appearance on The Writers Showcase Podcast or on The Phil Naessens Show.