A Request to Rate the Books You Read

I am borrowing this from author Paul Russell Parker as he said it so much better than I!

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Hello, readers and fans! Remember, you don’t have to purchase my books from Amazon to leave a rating or review. If you were gifted any one of my books, downloaded them for free, bought them, found them in a Little Library, found them at a rest area, at a mall, some other random place, etc… You can still leave a rating. I encourage and ask that you do so, regardless of how you received any copies. If you really enjoyed my books, let me know. My main concern is how well you liked my stories, not how much I can make.

Ratings and reviews really help. It helps other readers know that they are getting a good read, and it also helps me, the Author. When I see how much someone enjoyed one of my books, it reminds me why I’m doing this in the first place. I want you to have a new literary universe that you can lose yourself in after you had a long, frustrating, or busy day.

So, go ahead and leave a rating or review at AmazonGoodreadsBarnes & NobleBooks A Million, etc. You don’t have to post much more than two or three words if you don’t want to. Even just a star rating will do. After that, you can follow me on my many social media platforms.  Thanks, and I appreciate the time you spent reading my books and reading this post.


Two Lovely New Amazon Reviews for The Path of the Child


Today a new review was submitted to Amazon and Goodreads for The Path of the Child, and it meant so much for me to read it.  Thank you for the wonderful uplifting review. It touches my heart to hear that Melanie’s  life and actions were recognized in the spirit in which they were meant.

5.0 out of 5 stars What a nice surprise!, October 26, 2016
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This review is from: The Path of the Child (Kindle Edition)
I am so glad a friend encouraged me to read this. It’s not my normal genre, but this book appealed to me from the moment I was introduced to Melanie. The author does a great job in generating genuine compassion for her main character, something that is easier said than done.

Throughout the book, we see the things that make Melanie who she is, but more importantly – what she does about them. No spoilers here, but I hope others will enjoy this story of friendship, hope, and the power of the human spirit.

I am boistered by people that say kind and rewarding things about the words I use and the people I create.  That makes the journey worthwhile.  I can truly say I have learned something about myself with each review, and I appreciate every one of them.

September 10th another review was posted. I missed sharing this review.  What a rewarding review this was.  Thank you both for your reviews, you have my gratitude.

4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet uplifting story, September 10, 2016
This review is from: The Path of the Child (Paperback)
The path of a child was the first book I’ve read by Sojourner McConnel and I enjoyed this sweet story.

We read about the life of seventeen year old melanie and are pulled into her life and the struggles and fears of a hard childhood from a troubled home.

Not only do we see this story through Melanie’s eyes but we also get a look at all the people on her life. The unique writing brings a story from all perspectives giving us an emotional tale with a hopeful ending.

This is a wonderful uplifting YA story but certainly an adult read as well. Melanie and rob were sweet and adorable. A good friendship developing Into more.

Great read.

Reviews for Seven Short Stories by Eric Weir

I had heard talk of the movie called the Martian. For one thing it starred Matt Damon. Secondly it was about outer space. I had not really paid too much attention at the time so other than the two things I did know, I was clueless. That was until I found a link to a short story by the Eric Weir. The author of The Martian. After I found the link to one of his stories, I was hooked. I looked up six more of his short stories and read them one after the other. They were very short and very interesting. Each had a hook or a twist. With that in mind I wrote my own small review and included the link to each story. I hope you click the links and read the stories. They are totally worth the time.

The EggThe Egg by Andy Weir

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I stumbled onto this author through another person’s review on Goodreads and boy what a fortuitous event that was for me. I love his short stories. They are filled with ideas that really make you think. With twists and concepts that are totally different. You can read the Egg here. Thanks to Jenny for the review that led me to Andy Weir.

The Real DealThe Real Deal by Andy Weir

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a great little short story. I did not see the twist coming. It was a tender story that has a lot of heart. I am glad I read it. You can read it here

Annie's DayAnnie’s Day by Andy Weir

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That story was great. The end caught me off guard but sure made sense. Annie is a bit of a bad girl. This is my favorite Andy Weir story yet. I must keep reading. You can read Annie’s Day here


AccessAccess by Andy Weir

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This short story had me drawn in and once I knew all about her, I wanted this story to continue. This was too good to be a short story. Flesh it out after the reveal at the end. It is worth reading. You can read it here

The ChefThe Chef by Andy Weir

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another short story by Andy Weir that left me kind of cringing. I did re read it and realized that it was a totally different story the second time around. You can read it here Nicely executed with that final twist. I really like reading his stories. Now I need to pick up The Martian.

Meeting SarahMeeting Sarah by Andy Weir

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This short story cinched it, I love Andy Weir. He knows my mind. If you would like to read this story, and you should in my humble opinion, then read it here. To me this was the perfect read.

AntihypoxiantAntihypoxiant by Andy Weir

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

That was a quick study into a world I knew nothing about. I didn’t even know what that word meant. Lucky for me Andy Weir was there to explain it to me. I learned much about the word and then I learned that man sometimes outmaneuvered themselves. Another one that should be read,especially if you think you know more than everyone else. I tease! If you want to read it you can find it here.

Now that you have had your appetite whetted, you can be like me and set about to pick it up The Martian. If this is a sample of his skill at writing, it should be amazing.