Contest Reminder!

flatline-no-growth.jpg-1170x824-700x492All that stuff and a bag too! I warned you that I might keep adding to the giveaway, right? Well, here’s the latest. It’s a one of a kind book bag. It’s made of denim with a yellow and pink fringe at the bottom and hot pink webbing straps at the top. It’s just the right size for a couple of hardback books or a book and a bottle of water and your wallet.

Here’s a closeup of the fringe: fringe

How’s that for exciting? Pretty dang cool.

And just a reminder, it also includes the following books:

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan

Land on Fire: The New Reality of Wildfire in the West by Gary Ferguson

City Mouse by Stacey Lender

Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick

TO ENTER: like this post AND follow my blog.


  1. follow me on twitter @cindy_bohn
  2. share this contest on your blog and link to it
  3. mention it on social media.

Just send me a link on Twitter or here to verify. Good luck!

DEADLINE: 6/27/17


20 Days to Enter!

20170527_153836Want to win free books? Dumb question, of course you do. My giveaway is dying for lack of interest, so let me remind you. You must like the ORIGINAL POST and follow my blog to win. You can like this post too, if you want, but that doesn’t count as an extra entry.

If you want extra entries, follow me on Twitter, mention the giveaway on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, and then send me a link that you did so. That’s up to 3 extra entries.

4820And these are all good books, but just in case that’s not enough, I’m going to throw in this. Here’s my review. So that FOUR free books that you could win. And hey, if you don’t pay enough attention to me, I may add more books!!! Heaven knows there’s plenty around here to choose from. 🙂

So please, spread the word. I’d really like to see my blog grow so I can reach more readers. Thanks! You’re all great!

Review: Mayflower


Title: Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

Author: Nathaniel Philbrick

Published: 2006

Themes: immigration, race, war, religion, geography

Format: physical book

Source: favorite author

I remember doing the little Thanksgiving sketch in grade school, the one with Pilgrims and Indians all sharing a nice dinner of turkey and cranberries and shaking hands to be friends. Turns out that wasn’t particularly accurate. For one thing, they probably didn’t have cranberries. For another, that wasn’t the start of a peaceful new era with everyone living Happily Ever After. War was looming over them.

In Philbrick’s book, he talks about how the Pilgrim Fathers and the Native Americans, mainly Massosoit’s tribe, got off to a bit of a rocky start. But they were each committed to peace and were able to work things out. If the story ended there, America would look very different today. But it didn’t. Fifty years later, their children and grandchildren had forgotten what they each owed the other and focused only on what they wanted. What happened next was tragic.

I really liked this book, but it took me a while to read it because I knew how it all ended – with a war. And not a war like the American Revolution, which Philbrick has also written about, one that ended with a new nation and us sending King George’s soldiers packing and rejoicing all around. But one that ended with a virtual genocide.

Parts of this book were really hard to read. There were atrocities on both sides. The amount of racial hatred – on both sides, but especially among the English – was pretty disgusting. But it did help me understand the American character and the military traditions that eventually emerged from this conflict. If you are a history fan, I would recommend this one. It was a solid, if sobering read. Be sure to read it in a physical format at the maps are essential to understanding the story.


Spring Reading

I’ve been reading several books but haven’t finished any in a couple of days. I’m listening to Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, which is a reread.  The recording is a full cast production, and I’m enjoying it. That makes it a little more fun, I think.  I’m also reading Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. I took it to the doctor’s with me today and got quite a bit read, but I’m still only about halfway through. If you haven’t tried this author, I recommend him. I’ve also read his book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, which is a movie now starring Chris Hemsworth. I’ve added the movie to my Watch List, but I haven’t seen it yet.

I’m also trying to get back into writing. I worked on my short story and submitted it to another contest, so wish me luck there. If I don’t hear anything back there, I’ll post it here so you can all read it. What I really need to do is get back to my book, but I can’t seem to make myself get started.

My writer’s group invited YA author Jennifer A. Nielsen to speak. She wrote the False Prince trilogy and A Night Divided, which is getting a lot of buzz lately. (It’s also only $2.99 right now for Kindle.) Anyway, she did a Q&A afterward. I asked her about rewriting, if she had any tips to make it easier, since that’s where I’m stuck right now. Her advice was that most writers neglect this step and quit revising before they should. She said her trick for making it less painful was to look for one specific thing on each rewrite, like dialogue, or description, or POV. That way it doesn’t get overwhelming and take forever. I liked that so much that I’m going to try it with my thriller.

Hope you are all enjoying spring (or autumn, as the case may be). We’re still very sad over Spooky’s loss over here, but we know we did the right thing. Take care and happy reading!