What are readers saying about The Twisted Road Ahead?

The reviews for my latest book, The Twist Road Ahead have begun to slowly roll in and the good news is, that most of the reviews have been fairly positive.

I thought I’d share these with you in the hope that (if you’ve read the book) perhaps you too will consider leaving a review at Amazon or Goodreads.

If you haven’t read the book, perhaps you’ll consider purchasing a copy. 🙂  It’s on sale for only $0.99 (for a limited time)

The Twisted Road Ahead on sale here:


A Book That Keeps on Giving!  (Amazon US)

The stories in The Twisted Road Ahead are super! You cannot put the book down! I love how there is always an unexpected twist that keeps your interest and wanting more! I really enjoyed these stories and I’m sure others will too! Enjoy!!!  – Maryanne

Good mix of Stories  (Amazon UK)

As a struggling author myself I like to buy books from relatively unknown writers. I enjoy short stories. This book was a good read. The stories are light and easy on the whole while not too sentimental. It is priced fairly. I would recommend it for anyone looking for an entertaining hour or so that is easy on the mind.  – Sharon

5 Stars   (Amazon CA)

Always a good read. – Laurie




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Literary Humor

In my dreams. 🙂



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The Florida Writer Magazine – Book Celebrations

Here is the news release for The Twisted Road Ahead as posted in The Florida Writer Magazine.

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‘The Twisted Road Ahead’ is on sale!

The eBook version of The Twisted Road Ahead is now on sale at Amazon.com for only $0.99 USD.  (reg. price $2.99)


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Book Reviews: The Why and the How?

Here’s a great link to an article by K.S Brooks from Indies Unlimited on why leaving book reviews on Amazon or Goodreads matter to all authors, but especially independent authors like me.

Why book reviews matter?

Everything she writes in this article is spot on, and I couldn’t have said it any better.

I’ve also included a link to a blog post from 2017 where I explain step by step how easy it is to leave a book review (or any review) on Amazon. I hope this will be helpful to folks out there who might be intimidated by the review process.

How to post a book review on Amazon?

I trust you’ll find these articles both informative and perhaps, inspirational. 🙂

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The Little Things

Every year around Christmas time, I like to give or send copies of my latest book to family, friends and co-workers who I think might enjoy a good read. I’ve done this for the last several years without any pre-conceived notions or expectations of ever hearing back from any of the recipients and that’s what usually happens.

Under those circumstances, I like to assume that they read the book, enjoyed it and didn’t feel the need to mention it, because the alternative would be that they didn’t enjoy it or even worse they didn’t bother reading it. Both of those options are not things I like to dwell on, but I have to admit that sometimes those thoughts creep into the back of my mind.

This year just before Christmas, I was pleasantly surprised when a co-worker told me they’d started reading, ‘The Twisted Road Ahead’ and couldn’t put down. They were so pleased with the book that they bought copies of the rest of my paperbacks.

After Christmas my supervisor stopped by my desk to tell me that he hadn’t had a chance to read ‘Twisted’, but his wife (an avid reader) had and she thought it was well written and the stories were wonderful.

Lastly, I received an email from an Aunt (I hadn’t heard from in awhile) to thank me for sending her a copy of my book. She wrote that once she started reading it she couldn’t put the darn thing down. That was so nice of her to say, but the thing that really got me was that she told me she was very proud of me. Sigh!

My Mom & Dad passed away before I published my first book and I’ve often wondered what they would have thought of my writing. I know it wasn’t my parents speaking, but I can’t begin to tell you how much my Aunt’s words of kindness meant to me.

So what’s my point? 

Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter. A thoughtful gesture, an unexpected expression of praise and considerate words of truth are all we really need as writers, and as human beings.

Thank you for reading my books.


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Literary Humor

Visions of every first draft I’ve ever written. 🙂


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A Banner Sales Year

Thank you for making 2018 my best book sales year thus far.

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Happy New Year

Thank you for reading my books, following this blog and for making 2018 my best book sales year ever.

I wish you and your loved ones a very happy and healthy New Year.

Let’s make 2019 a joyful and productive year.     JDO



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Always a Thrill

It’s always a thrill when I find one of my books being sold in faraway places.

I just discovered that my latest book The Twisted Road Ahead is being sold on the booktopia website.  booktopia is Australia’s #1 Online Bookstore.

How cool is that?


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