James Smith (James V. Smith Jr) , a former combat soldier, helicopter pilot, newspaper writer and editor, national award-winning columnist, and magazine editor has published more than a dozen military action-adventure novels, including the six-book series ‘Force Recon’. He wrote the ‘Delta Force’ series under the pen name John Harriman. He is also author of ‘You Can Write a Novel’, ‘The Writer’s Little Helper’, and ‘The Fiction Writer’s Barnstormer”. His latest best-selling novel is ‘Prison of the Soul’.

Here is his 5-star review, we found on Amazon…a thrilling moment for us…

Five-Star Magic, Indeed

By Author of Prison of the Soul

on February 22, 2017

At first, the lovely, vibrant artwork and clean design — so professional — will catch and hold your eye. But there is more magic to this book than just the artwork.

Some of the stories are downright magical, and I’ve selected just a handful to highlight. These are the ones that I found most magical in this” magic diary.”

Good Fortune Arrives Only Once by Carmen Esperanza Castaneda N. De Recalde from Columbia, South America, is a mother of five, editor and translator in four languages. A short story worthy of any literary magazine, triumphant of freedom and love with an ending you never saw coming, an ending you will reward with a smile.

Forever to One-Night — The Thin Line by José Rafael Nunez Collado of The Dominican Republic tells a story of almost-loving in an even tone, playing your emotions as the protagonist plays the emotional games we’ve seen played in storyies, until . . . until you realize you’ve stepped into the hole of your own preconceived notions. Well done, José.

Lila and the Bear by Lynda Cramer of Minnesota tells of meeting a bear in the woods, the bear forever imbueing her spirit even while ever so gently crushing her notions of hero worship.

A Studio in Paris by Lorinna Denise Hastings of Victoria, Australia, is a dark fantasy painted by the artist (and author) who narrates the creepy tale.

The Gathering by Jenny England of Sydney, Australia, is a simple story of immense complexity about first, the effect, then the secondary effect of a death in the neighborhood, very likely the neighborhood where you live.

I must say in all honesty that from story to story, the book is a bit uneven. That comes from the very nature work – again, a bit of magic, in that the authors of these stories come from all over the world in this first book of a trilogy of international writers. Some of them took the title literally, writing diary (journal) entries. Some have the feel of “What I did last summer.” Some stories are sci-fi, others fantasy, others truly short stories of high merit.

Even with those reservations, I can savor the magic of each of these writers, who come from remarkably diverse backgrounds from software engineers to teachers to inventors to marketers and sales professionals. They pour themselves into their work, every one of them, and I can see that. I can feel it, too. And that feeling is the most important effect that any writer can bestow.

If you have ambitions to write, you owe it to yourself to examine this book of writers taking their first steps into the unknowns publishing. I say this because my entire first years (decades) was rewarded with red ink from teachers and rejection slips from editors and publishers, not a word of encouragement. I went to university late in life, and crashed into a professor who mentored me without my asking. It was the turning point in my writing life, the gaining of confidence that at least one person in the world would encourage me. So . . .

Encourage these writers. Reward them with a kind review. Buy their magic diary, the proceeds of which all go to a worthy cause, the true proceeds of which is the feeling of hope that you can give these wonderful people from all over the world.

The fact that you can download a cookbook with recipes from all over the world, submitted by these very same writers, is just a bonus to your effort.


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