Tag Archives: Reading

Mom’s Favorite Reads

Along with fellow authors Ronesa Aveela and Denise McCabe, I’m delighted to be a founder of Mom’s Favorite Reads. Mom’s Favorite Reads is an international community of readers, writers, teachers, librarians and book lovers established to encourage reading amongst adults and children. We believe that reading offers great joy to people. Furthermore, it is a cornerstone of education and education is a cornerstone of a civilised society.

There are many strands to Mom’s Favorite Reads, including our monthly magazines. Inside our magazines you will discover

• Parenting Tips
• Short Stories
• Recipes
• Activities for Children
• Exploring New Worlds
• Wellness and Well-being
• New Authors
• And so much more

If you are a reader, you can read our October edition here

If you are a writer, you are welcome to join our community via our Facebook group. Mom’s Favorite Reads promotes the authors within our group and in December we will publish the first of our quarterly book catalogues, an impressive publication showcasing over 300 books. Furthermore, you can submit articles and reach new readers through our magazines, which are distributed through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Issuu, Kobo and Smashwords and to our subscribers.

If you would like to join us, details of our Facebook group can be found here


Indies United

The first Indies United newsletter is now available for free download or through email. Each month we will feature authors and books by our member community. Our Newsletter will include competitions, giveaways, interviews and other great features. So don’t delay, claim your copy today and take advantage of free and special offers!



A New Service For Readers

With millions of books on Amazon alone to choose from, where do you start? You could accept the titles that Amazon promotes – books published by ‘major publishers’, or through Amazon themselves. Or you could wade through the thousands of new books released each week. In terms of finding a good read, all of the above might not be that appealing. However, now there is a third way. Read on.


A group of authors known collectively as The Writers’ Cooperative have created A Reader Recommends as a Facebook page and website. The page came about from a general discussion between authors. With millions of books to choose from, where should readers go to make their selection? They thought it would be a nice idea to assist readers in the selection process by highlighting their favourite books and by showcasing books from talented up-and-coming authors.

The authors in  The Writers’ Cooperative nominate their favourite books and these books are allocated a place in the schedule. They also accept nominations from authors not associated with the Cooperative and they have a weekly slot for these books. Their aim is to present the reader with a wide variety of quality books, all genres, styles and subjects are considered. The one thing they have in common is the q-word, quality.

There are no restrictions for inclusion on A Reader Recommends, although spammers are frowned upon and their posts will be removed. Everyone else is welcome. The aim is to connect readers with authors, introduce readers to new and classic books, and enrich the reading experience for all who love books.

A Reader Recommends is an exciting new venture for writers and readers. Books posted on the Facebook page can reach over 1,000 readers. Some services charge hundreds of dollars for that sort of coverage, but A Reader Recommends is free. Click this link, like the Facebook page and discover a new author and a great book today.


A short questionnaire I answered for goodreads.com

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Hannah Howe: My stories develop from the characters, which I create in depth before writing. So I never (touch wood!) get writer’s block.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Hannah Howe: The freedom to explore issues and subjects that matter to you. And the thought that people enjoy your stories and connect with your characters.

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Hannah Howe: Deal with subjects that matter to you. Be true to yourself.

What are you currently working on?

Hannah Howe: I am currently writing Ripper, book four in the Sam Smith Mystery Series, and researching material for book five.

How do you get inspired to write?

Hannah Howe: I write books that I like to read. So I ask myself, “what would I like to read next?” Then sit down to write that book.

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Hannah Howe: My ideas always come from the characters. Basically, I take the point Sam is at in her life and add the hirer who walks into her office. On this occasion, The Big Chill, that person entered Sam’s office to shoot her, and the story unfolds from there.



Kurt Vonnegut on Storytelling

A five minute film featuring Kurt Vonnegut where he explains the essence of storytelling. Within the humour of the film is a basic truth, which Kurt Vonnegut used to great effect in his novels. And here is one of many quotable quotes from the great author.

“If you want to really hurt your parents, go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

My Oldest Reader

Special greetings to my oldest (?) reader, a ninety-two-year-old lady who always requests a copy of the latest Sam book before it’s published. It’s great to see that a love of books can indeed last you a lifetime.


Also in this update, just to let you know that I have joined Goodreads. If you are a member of that community, please send me a friend request so that we can connect there and share our interest in books. 😃 󾌰 https://www.goodreads.com/hannah-howe