Book Reviews

Saturday Suggestion: The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Straus

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(Click Book Cover to Purchase)

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is a concise, entertaining workbook and guide to English grammar, punctuation, and usage. This user-friendly resource includes simple explanations of grammar, punctuation, and usage; scores of helpful examples; dozens of reproducible worksheets; and pre- and post-tests to help teach grammar to students of all ages. Appropriate for virtually any age range, this authoritative guide makes learning English grammar and usage simple and fun. This updated Eleventh Edition reflects the latest updates to English usage and grammar and features a fully revised two-color design and lay-flat binding for easy photocopying.

  • Clear and concise, easy-to-follow, offering “just the facts”
  • Fully updated to reflect the latest rules in grammar and usage along with new quizzes
  • Ideal for students from seventh grade through adulthood in the US and abroad

For anyone who wants to understand the major rules and subtle guidelines of English grammar and usage, The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation offers comprehensive, straightforward instruction.

Why We Suggest: The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is a workbook that can help writers learn simple grammar and punctuation errors and how to correct them. This book is a great tool for writers just starting to work on their craft. It is also good to use before submitting your rough draft to a professional editor. A&RBC is happy to have it on our shelf. To purchase click on the book cover.

Book Reviews

Book Review: My Steps Are Ordered by Michelle Lindo-Rice


My Steps Are Ordered

Michelle Lindo-Rice

Publication Date: August 1, 2014

5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

Gina, Michael and Keith Ward are back in My Steps Are Ordered by Michelle Lindo-Rice. Gina has everything she needs but her wants have been placed on hold. What should a woman do when she wants her brother-in-law instead of her husband? My Steps Are Ordered is here to answer that question. Gina is a wonderful mother and caring wife but has kept her feelings secret to stand by her husband. When her son Trey becomes ill the secret Gina has been holding comes to the forefront. She has no choice but to own up to her part but her husband, Michael believes there is a better punishment.

Michael Ward has a loving and supportive family that he believes can do no wrong.  Michael is put to the test when his son becomes ill and he learns how little he knows about his wife. Michael cannot deny his flesh and decides to make someone pay for the pain he is feeling. Will revenge make Michael feel better?

Keith Ward has tried for the longest to deny his feelings for his sister-in-law. When he finds out his nephew is sick, Keith rushes to be with his family but especially Gina. Keith’s visit ignites past desires and he soon finds himself back in a place he tried so hard to stay away from. When secrets are revealed and Keith finds himself in the middle of the storm, will he run or stand strong like the God-fearing man he has become?

Michelle Lindo-Rice does not disappointment in the second book in the On The Right Path series. The characters share a little more about themselves in this installment and I found myself feeling sorry for Gina and Keith but disliking Michael. This was an exciting, emotional yet suspenseful book that I could not put down. The author does a wonderful job expressing issues in marriage, how secrets affect a family and how God can turn any situation around. I love this author’s writing style and look forward to her next installment.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley

Book Reviews

Book Review: Worth The Risk by Stacy Deanne


Worth The Risk

Stacy Deanne

Publication Date: August 30, 2014

4 Stars=Great Page Turner

Alvin Zak is a journalist with a love for music in Worth The Risk by Stacy Deanne. Alvin attends a program where a violinist plays and realizes he must interview her. Madeline Deever doesn’t do interviews even though she sees that Alvin is interested. Unbeknownst to Madeline, Alvin doesn’t like to take no for an answer.

Alvin’s continuous pursuit of Madeline breaks her down until she gives into a date. Madeline is cautious because of good reasons and for fear if Alvin finds out her secret he will dismiss her. The music Madeline plays through her violin brings them together but in one night everything changes. When Madeline’s secret is revealed, what will Alvin do?

Worth The Risk was an exciting book with minimal drama, some suspense and anticipation of Alvin’s decision. This is a love story full of possibilities which kept me reading.  The character’s were well-developed and brought life to the story and I loved the back and forth with the main characters. I recommend Worth The Risk to others.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley

Book Features

Stuck On Pause with Tanya Robinson

Stuck on Pause

Ray is the ultimate man; Trina thinks she’s the perfect woman. A chance meeting puts Trina face to face with Ray when the power goes out in her building. The chase was on; they began a whirlwind love affair. Commitment issues usually sent previous suitors away. What could possibly go wrong? Just cause it’s good to doesn’t mean it good for you, or is it.

Trina didn’t want or need the distraction of a man in her life; she was focused on her career.

Her friends tell her you can’t run from Love when that GPS is locked on you. Ray’s declaration of truth makes Trina question their relationship. There’s nothing like a little Pride, Love, Lies, and Betrayal to stir up the pot. Trina heads to the west coast for a job opportunity and meets Mr. Taller than me, a basketball player for the Lakers. A sequence of events sets in motion the ultimate betrayal.  Will both of their egos keep them apart, can she forgive or will she look in tall handsome basketball players’ direction.

About The Author

Tanya Robinson was born in raised in that small famous tiny little town in Westchester County, NY. She is a seasoned Industry Consultant and Manager. She has worked to foster projects, recruit and motivate production teams, and maintain relationships with investors, press, and external source resource partners. After penning her first script, “Hearts of Fire” she wasted no time before penning “Stuck On Pause.” She is currently working on her second novel entitled Frenemies and is co-writing Erotica Tales with Clay Thomas Williams and guest authors. She started UpNext Media Group, a publishing, film, casting, and consulting company. UpNext Media is currently in pre-production for one Reality TV show, an animated show, and is pitching a comedy sitcom to the networks. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA