Category Archives: books

January 19

Author Spotlight: Victoria Ichizli-Bartels, author of Cheerleading for Writers

International Writers Inspiring Change (IWIC): Tell us about yourself … Victoria: My name is Victoria Ichizli-Bartels, and I am the founder of Optimist Writer, a writing, publishing and consulting business. I started my business in October 2015, and until then I specialized at various times of my life in business development, information technology, semiconductor physics, […]

January 18

Book review: Portrait of a Conspiracy: Da Vinci’s Disciples – Book One, by Donna Russo Morin

Portrait of a Conspiracy: Da Vinci’s Disciples – Book One, by Donna Russo Morin is an excellent historical fiction that takes place in Florence, Italy, during the time of Leonardo Da Vinci. Leonardo befriends a secret group of women who get together to learn to paint and use their artistic talents. Such behavior in women is […]

January 17

Book review: The Cruel Romance: A Novel of Love and War, by Marina Osipova

The Cruel Romance: A Novel of Love and War, by Marina Osipova, is an excellently written story that draws the reader through every page of this bitter love story, set in World War II and post-war Russia.  It is the dramatic and realistic rendering of one young girl’s journey, through German occupation, to post-war trauma […]

January 15

Book Review: What Haunts Me: Ghost Killer Book 1, by Margaret Millmore

What Haunts Me: Ghost Killer Book 1, by Margaret Millmore, differs from the usual book about the haunts of demons and ghosts victimizing people; this story is about a man who finds himself suddenly seeing apparitions, and moreover, discovering that he has the ability to make them disappear and save others from the hands of […]

January 15

Author Spotlight: Marina Osipova, author of The Cruel Romance

International Writers Inspiring Change (IWIC): Tell us about yourself … Marina: I was born in Germany and grew up in Russia where I graduated from The Moscow State Institute of History and Archives. I also have a diploma as a German language translator from the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Languages. I extensively traveled to […]

January 13

Author Spotlight: June V. Bourgo, author of The Georgia Series

International Writers Inspiring Change (IWIC): Tell us about yourself… June: My name is June V. Bourgo, I was born and educated in Montreal, Quebec. I live with my artist husband on beautiful Vancouver Island, off the western coast of British Columbia. My writing is influenced by the raw beauty of nature and the Salish Sea […]

January 07

Book Review: Winter’s Captive: The Georgia Series – Book 1, by June V. Bourgo

Winter’s Captive: The Georgia Series – Book 1, by June V. Bourgo, is the first in a series about a woman named Georgia, who is pregnant and who finds herself faced by a cheating husband. She decides to leave and stay with a friend in the Yukon. Bad goes to worse when she is kidnapped […]

January 05

Book Review: Changes – Buckland Gap 2, by Charles Wiltshire

Changes – Buckland Gap 2, by Charles Wiltshire, is the sequel to the book Buckland Gap.  Steven Harding, a former resident of Portsmouth, England, returns home after finishing a lengthy prison term. During his internment he has become a reformed man, with new values in life and the realization that he is also gay. Steven […]

December 31

Book Review: The Bucktown Babies by Janine R. Pestel

The Bucktown Babies – Father Gunter, Demon Hunter Book 1, by Janine R. Pestel, is a horror-genre read. Demonic forces have descended upon a small town and babies are dying in numbers which captures the attention of Johann Gunter, aka Father Gunter, a demon hunter who makes it his business to track down malignant spirits who […]

December 31

Author Spotlight: CS Wiltshire, author of Changes – Buckland Gap 2

  IWIC: Tell us about yourself … CS: My name is CS Wiltshire and I hail from Hampshire in England. My work experience is based around the IT industry but in my heart I have always wanted to be full time author. I love creating stories and building fictional worlds. My other loves in life […]