Friday, July 27, 2012

What's In A Name - Part 3

Names, names, names...I've had names on the brain lately as I rework the names of the key characters in my recent work-in-progress. I got some great feedback recently that the name of my antagonist, Belial, was too widely known as "the devil" and if I didn't mean the character to actually be the devil I should choose something else, something more fitting and unique. So I've been on the hunt for a new name, and will probably rename most of the supporting characters so that they all mesh.

So, I thought I'd revisit my recurring post about unique real names: real people with unique names. So here are some additions:
Teenie Hutchinson
Winky Wong Ding
Kyle Heiny
Gary Terry
...and how about this for a unique company name:
Hang Lung Administration

If you're curious about some of the other names I've found in the past, you can wander over to my previous list at: What's In A Name - part 2. And my first post about names, can be found here: What's In A Name

And if you happen to have a unique name, or come across one that you think should be hightlighted on this list, let me know about it in the comment section, or send me an email: mtr(at)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

BOOK REVIEW - Silver Girl

My thoughts on Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

I love discovering new writers. Let me rephrase that by saying, 'new writers to me', because often they are not new to the writing game, I have just never read any of their books previously. That is the case with my latest read, Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand.

Silver Girl
Silver Girl looks like a typical "beach read" from the cover with a slim blonde gazing out over the ocean, but delve into the pages and you'll find more than just a book about romance, or lust, or summer flings. Silver Girl is one of those stories that grabs hold of you and moves you forward. It's an engaging story of a wife, Meredith Martin Delinn, entrenched in her husband's ponzi-scheme outing to the public, reminiscent of the Bernie Madoff scandal. She finds her rich lifestyle gone, friends gone, and the FBI targeting her as being involved in the scandal. So she must escape, and escape she does, to Nantucket and a friendship that had been torn apart by the ponzi-scheme long before its illegal nature was revealed to the world. I found myself escaping as well, to this world every opportunity I got, and being thankful that I was not Meredith when I put the book down. 

I highly recommend this Adult Fiction, summer beach read! And thanks to the friend who recommended it to me, and let me borrow her copy. :)

Thursday, July 05, 2012


HACKENSACK, New Jersey – July 5, 2012 – Do You?, a collection of original poems and photographs, has been selected by judges as a finalist in the poetry category of the 2012 Global Ebook Awards. The winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony at the University Club in Santa Barbara, California on August 18th.

Do you laugh, cry, love, and hurt? Author Michelle Reynoso challenges readers to relate to everyday emotions through poetic and photographic eyes in her book Do You? This collection of original poems and photographs has garnered previous praise as a finalist in both the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Books Awards and the New York Book Festival, and is now a finalist in the Global Ebook Awards.

Michelle Reynoso, writer of young adult novels, poetry, and books for young readers, is also an avid photographer and nature lover. She has been crafting stories since she was six years old. Between then and now, her work has been published in several magazines & literary journals. Michelle is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She lives in New Jersey with her husband and son and is currently at work on a young adult sci-fi novel.

The e-book version of Do You? is available from For more information about Michelle Reynoso, or Do You?, visit Michelle’s website at

Wednesday, July 04, 2012