Category Archives: Children’s books

Childhood Characters Whom I Like More NOW

Than I did when I was a kid By Jeff Salter Before I launch into my review of this particular title – The House on the Cliff… volume 2 of the venerable Hardy Boys ORIGINAL series – let me say … Continue reading

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‘Eager’ to Read

“Have you revisited an old favorite book/movie? How did it change for you as you got older?” As I have often mentioned here, we are watching more movies than ever and many are old favorites. Some are one that I … Continue reading

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Revisiting Old Favorites

Books I Still Enjoy Today By Jeff Salter Before I launch into this week’s topic, allow me to puff out my chest briefly — since this is my 500th post on this group blog. Launched in February 2011, Four Foxes … Continue reading

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No Rhyme or Reason

We’ve spoken and spoken here of the writing, (and sometimes, reading), doldrums which is a result of the world situation right now. We not only have a pandemic, which should certainly be bad enough, but the repercussions of it and … Continue reading

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If the Boot Fits…

This week we have been re-imagining fairy tales. Most of the fairy-tale known widely in America are originally German, because of the Grimm Brothers, who traveled throughout their part of Europe collecting, and then publishing, folk stories. There are many … Continue reading

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Slices of Life

Question: Have you ever used real-life experiences in your writing? Answer: Often. I have a very good imagination. I can write about experiences which have never crossed my path. I’ve had them published and I have received awards, but… with … Continue reading

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Good vs Bad; Story or Style?

I had the idea that around this time of year, I’d review A Christmas Carol, but our Tuesday Fox beat me to it. I had considered tucking the idea away until next year, but she got on it. Good job, … Continue reading

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“Isn’t It a Wonder?”

“Free Week” again here and with it having been Christmas week, this year is anything  but free for me. Family members are spreading, and I feel the need to make Christmas happy as long as I can for all of … Continue reading

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Watching the Milestones Fly By

“Looking five years down the road — to the middle of 2024 — tell us where you WISH your writing career would be. And then (if you’re able) tell us where you actually EXPECT it to be… unless those are … Continue reading

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Author! Author?

Question of the week: “When did you first think of yourself as an author?” There are many avenues in writing. I can talk about when I first believed that I could write, when others thought that I could write and … Continue reading

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