a non-stop read


What makes a book a non-stop read?

In the case of my book, Making Room for George, my readers tell me it’s that they can’t wait to find out what happens next.

This book is not a thriller and the only crimes committed are those of the heart, but there is plenty of suspense in what’s happening between the characters nevertheless.



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For example, the time the protagonist, Bet, gets a call from her father-in-law’s neighbor saying, “George is in the dumpster!”



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Or the time Bet and Steve first meet on a double-date and steal a kiss plus a whole lot more in the yard between the houses while their dates sit drinking wine in the living room.


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Or the time, many, many years later when Bet moves out of the closet she’s always shared with Steve and into a room of her own across the house from him.


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And most suspenseful of all:  what Bet does when she can’t take her life the way it is anymore!

Making Room for George is FREE to Kindle Unlimited users, 0.99 for Kindle & $9.99 in softcover.






If you like to read a book in one or two sittings…


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Making Room for George is the book for you.

 As I’ve explained in a previous post, I created a new edition of Making Room for George this year and I will soon be taking the first edition out of print.  Here I’m continuing with the capture of my 5 star reviews from Amazon so they’ll all be in one convenient place for readers since Amazon is unable to do this for me.

If you’re curious about why I moved my novel from it’s original publisher to the new one, you can read some of that story here.

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If you like finding love in unexpected places, look no further.

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If you have ever cared for an aging loved one, you’ll understand all the conflicting emotions of this strong, female protagonist.

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If you are a #formidableWoman with heart giving your all for your family, KUDOS!   You will really get this book (and muchisimos halos in heaven)!

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Free for kindle unlimited users; $.99 for kindle; $9.99 softcover



book reveiw submission guidelines

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  • First, let me say, that if you have written a book, you have really done something.  I honor your effort and persistence. Reviewing a book is my way of honoring quality writing that moves me.
  • I review books by independent and traditionally published authors pre or post publication on this blog at no charge and with no obligation to the author.
  • I read non-fiction, memoir, women’s fiction, spirituality, poetry, self-help, and literary or general fiction with an empowered or courageous female protagonist.  Think To Kill a MockingbirdThe Secret Life of Bees, and Care of the Soul (non-fiction).   I will consider non-violent psychological thrillers and paranormal.  I do not read vampire stories, crime drama, romance, erotica or any other writing that denigrates women or promotes violence against them.  I like books that make me think, that make me feel good or cry for happy.  I enjoy strong characterization and vivid detail.  I love books that are not in a hurry.  (Those are rare.)  I love to be taken away, back in time or to foreign lands, especially those that exist outside of physical reality.  I read only a few books a year, so I am very particular about what I choose to read.
  • Send me a link to your book with a “look inside” if it’s published or, if not, send me a  short synopsis via email to dellisphelps@gmail.com requesting a review.  If your book interests me, I’ll let you know within a few days, requesting the entire manuscript.  Feel free to prompt me once after a week or so.  We all get too busy or check out sometimes.
  • Once I have requested your book and if you have an electronic version of your book, you can gift a copy to me via Amazon.  If you have only hard copies of your book, you can send me a copy via snail mail.  I will provide an address when I contact you.
  • Once I have read your book, I will not review it if I cannot give it a four or five star rating and I will notify you if this is true, otherwise, I will send you a link to your review when I have posted it.
  • Click below to read two examples of my reviews:
  • Corvus Rising
  • Just Because You’re Dead Doesn’t Mean You’re Gone

I also provide editorial services for writers for a fee.  Should you require these services, contact me via email and I will send you my list of services.

book review: Texas native and #indieauthor, Sandy Foster Morrison

Just Because You're Dead Doesn't Mean You're GoneJust Because You’re Dead Doesn’t Mean You’re Gone by Sandy Foster Morrison

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you’re not “from here,” then you might think you know something about East Texas from having watched the recent movie “Bernie.” Frankly, the movie is spot on at revealing the snippy, elitist, prejudiced thinking prevalent there (and the horrific twang of speech!).

But this author: grew up there. Her memoir of that experience will make you cringe and groan if you are from here and it will make you exclaim in disbelief if you’re not. But I can tell you from my own Piney Woods roots that her account of “how it was (is)” is all true.

Ms. Foster-Morrison has a breezy tone that sets the reader at ease right away. She is fiercely honest, a laudable act of courage, given her ancestry. I commend her for this.

Her story, a black comedy with tragic moments, is the story of “every-woman”: how marriage, child-rearing, society and family influence and rule our becoming and if we are tenacious to a fault, as this author, having the will to become who she herself determines to be in spite of overwhelming odds against her, how we survive.

Personally, I deeply identified with the main premise: that those who have left their fleshly bodies have not “died,” but in fact carry on communicating with us from beyond, especially when our relationships on this plane have unfinished business.

If you are looking to fantasize and be carried away, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a meaty story, full of unexpected turns and raw emotion, one that will make you laugh and cry, and leave you deep in thought, read this book.

I dare you.

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#RRBC Book Review: Corvus Rising Book One The Patua’ Heresy by #Indie Author Mary C. Simmons

Corvus Rising Book Cover

This is a book of dreams: tree-houses; talking birds, the lost feminine, found.
Wilder Island, a mysterious, mythical island that symbolizes (in my mind) the earth herself, is inhabited by the Corvus (crows or ravens), keepers of an ancient, almost lost language. Almost lost, that is, to humans.
Fortunately, there are humans known as Patua’ who can communicate with the Corvus in this language. Alfredo Manzi, the lone Jesuit priest and professor of ornithology who comes to Wilder Island with the intention of turning it into a bird sanctuary, is one of them.
As the story begins, we witness Jade’s nightmare: crows, shattering glass, a precious medallion given to her by her unknown mother (we think) who disappeared when Jade was very young. Jade’s husband Russ, an academic peer of Manzi, comforts her, tries to convince her that her dream is merely an echo of the previous day’s events and conversation.

But Jade, an artist and believer in beauty, knows her dream means much more.

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As a student of dreams, a lover of earth and believer in beauty, I am often one who speaks a language almost lost. I often find myself at odds with what is: too much noise, too many things, too much doing, so I deeply identified with one character in particular, Charlotte, she having been institutionalized her entire adult life and unable to communicate with most humans in language they could understand.
What happens in this eco-fantasy happens in reality: women stand up for their sanity and autonomy (with help or without it); money changers pollute and plunder the earth; people, acting alone or banding together, go to war over pieces of this planet (who owns it or how to treat it), all the while trying to understand or completely ignoring the language of the other.

Enter: the hero.

ravens at the tower 2000 Stephen B Whatley

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The author of this layered allegory, Mary C. Simmons, has successfully given the role of hero to her crow characters. They are funny and wise, silly and sly and believable. These savvy creature-beings indeed point the way.

I don’t know about you, but I have to believe that together we can make the kind of relationship between animals (human and creature-beings) and between animals and earth happen that this author postulates can happen.

I loved this book.  -&-having never dreamed of crows before, and after reading the first few chapters of it, I did dream of them and then wrote the following verse:

for Mary C. Simmons


fallen oak

trunk of peace
do not

they rise


a thing

i have
not seen

but dream


of trees
& crows





(i wonder)

what if

are crystal

what if







// men //
are stone



& after?

Look for an interview with Mary C. Simmons coming soon on this blog!

D. Ellis Phelps is the author of Making Room for George, Balboa Press, 2013.

Coming Soon: an interview with #indieauthor, Mary C. Simmons

Corvus Rising Book Cover

Here’s a bit about Mary, author of Corvus Rising.  I loved this book, by the way, and I will be including my review along with her interview.  Say tuned.

In the meantime, you can read more from Mary here.

Book Review: Percolate, Let Your Best Self Filter Through by Elizabeth Hamilton Guarino

Percolate: Let Your Best Self Filter ThroughPercolate: Let Your Best Self Filter Through by Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you need a cheer-leader in your clan, this author is the one for you!

If you think you have endured life circumstances that entitle you to an eternal pity-party, this author will talk you out of that nonsense lickety-split.

If you suffer from self-doubt this author’s authenticity and experiences will give you confidence.

If you are at the intersection of down and out and have no idea which way is up, this author’s nine point plan will give you a leg up.

This book is not fast food, it is instead a serving of slow-cooked pot-roast with hearty vegetables that will continue to nourish you well long after you’ve left the table.

Get a blank journal. Find a comfy chair. Get ready to consider some tough questions and viable suggestions for becoming the “Best Brew of You.”

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