Great Books written by my fellow bloggers and Face Book friends

There are many bloggers and those on Facebook who are talented writers . Since I became a member of the blogging community about a year and a half ago, I have read a number of their books, Many are self published, like my own book “Why Me? -A Memoir “ and can be purchased  online or directly from the author.

Some noteworthy books are as follows:

FINDING LUCAS by Samantha Stroh Bailey.

Samantha and I connected through a friend of mine who also was a friend of her family. Coincidentally Samantha and my daughter were former schoolmates. Samantha advised and guided me on issues regarding writing and publishing. In some ways this young lady was my mentor. FINDING LUCAS is a delightful story .Samantha classifies it as a “Chic Flick” In my opinion it is so much more. Her outrageous characters are memorable. The book is racy and funny –oh so very funny. When I  think about it it still brings a smile to my lips.

ROOM 732 by Merle Saferstein.

I met Merle in Florida in 2013. She just had  had her book published at about the same time mine was. Someone gave me her business card and I gave her a call.We met for lunch and became friends. Merle is a bright articulate woman and an educator who writes and lectures. ROOM 732 is a collection of short stories that takes place in room 732 of the Hollywood Beach Hotel in Hollywood Florida. Each story represents an era in the history of  the hotel and of the Hollywood Beach area. My only criticism is I wish some  of the short stories could have gone on forever! I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the people I met in room 732.


Jt Weaver wrote this book for his children. UPHIL BOTH WAYS is a collection of short stories in the authors own words “about the events that helped to shape your  father into the person that you know.” Life was not always easy for JT. He wrote with honesty and humour and he is leaving a great legacy for his family, and a book that we can all enjoy and relate to on some level.

LIZZIE AND THE BOYS CLUB by Elizabeth Melton Parsons

Elizabeth Melton Parsons is one of my favourite blogging friends  and Facebook friend. She is multi talented – an artist, decorator photographer and author. She is a compassionate human being and a dedicated wife and mother. I recently purchased LIZZY AND THE BOYS CLUB  for my granddaughter. I read it also . We both enjoyed this funny delightful book about a loveable  mischievous tomboy growing up in the Florida Everglades.I am sure Lizzie’s antics are based on  young Elizabeths adventures and misadventures. Elizabeth has written other books and my intention is to read them in the future.

A PLACE IN THE WORLD by Cinda Crabbe MacKinnon.

The author grew up in Latin America .Her novel “A PLACE IN THE WORLD “ is a poignant and well written  love story that takes place in Columbia. Although it is a work of fiction, this book informs and teaches as well. it depicts and explores the history of Columbia, its  coffee industry geology, its fora and fauna and most important we meet the colourful people and get an incite into their rich culture. I recommend you read this book .You won’t be sorry.

A GOOD HOME  by Cynthia Reyes

Cynthia Reyes was featured  in Elizabeth Melton Parson’s blog. I have not read A GOOD HOME , as yet. but I certainly intend to. Cynthia Reyes is a fellow Canadian-a former journalist and executive producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Company, She has written for the Globe and Mail and Toronto Life and has won national and international awards for film and written works.  A few years ago her life changed after a disabling car accident. A GOOD HOME describes the many residences she lived in over the years the people she met and relationships that she formed.


About epsnider

E.P SNIDER is the pen name that I used to publish "WHY ME- a memoir". I used a pen name so as not to embarrass my spouse, my offspring, their offspring, my grand dogs and my friends. A dream came true when I had my first book published at the age of sixty-nine. "WHY ME? "is a collection of memoirs recounted from various stages of my life and the lives of those that I love or like at least some of the time. Most of the incidences are humorous-some are not. I am a senior but I feel more like a junior except for the aches and pains. When I look in the mirror I often see my mother or some other aging lady with wrinkles and sun spots. The amount and depth of wrinkling depends on which mirror I am looking into, the degree of lighting and how well my skin absorbed the moisturizing cream that day. Although I am mature in years, maturity is definitely not one of my virtues. If something strikes me as funny I get the giggles. Most of my family and many of our friends have a rather warped sense of humour-so I giggle a lot. Laughter plays an important role in our lives. My friends were a significant inspiration for me to begin my writing career. For the past number of years hubby and I have been spending part of the winter season in Florida to escape the sometimes bitter cold climate in Toronto Canada. Every year I send emails to those left behind. To my delight they find my emails to be hysterical and a cure for their winter doldrums. They compare my style of writing to that of the late Erma Bombeck. For those of you not familiar with the author-- she was a beloved American humorist in the 1970's and 1980's. I have loved literature and creative writing from an early age. I spent some of my growing up years in Alberta and won a prize for a best poem commemorating Alberta's bicentennial year. My grade seven teacher was a large and forceful woman, with white hair and course bristly white chin hairs to match. We were all intimidated by her and thus listened intently as she drilled us about parsing sentences and adverbs and adjectives. She provided me with a good basis of the English language. In addition to "Why Me" I have had a short essay published in a book of assorted memoirs by Canadian woman. I currently write for our Toronto Condominium newspaper. I hope to do more writing, although I am not sure if my family can cope with any more of my meltdowns when blocks of written material mysteriously disappear off of my computor. I admit I am computor and electronically challenged, but I will persevere. - - - - - - - - - - - Writing has been a passion of mine through out my life. Ever since I took a step forward and entered into the world of computers, a new world of opened up for me. I found myself engrossed in writing emails with lengthy updates about my life's recent highlights. To my delight, people found me...funny! I then offered to write for my condo newsletter, and I recently had a short memoir published. For the last several years I became glued to my computer, transferring my hand-written life adventure notes to an actual story of my life's defining moments. Finally, at the age of 69, I was done... I wrote a book! AND it's actually published. People are reading it. People are enjoying it. I am thrilled! Plus, it's one of the greatest gifts I could ever give my family. Talk about a dream come true. My advice to you: Think positive, keep your eye on the prize, and you too can enjoy as your dreams and desires come to fruition.
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8 Responses to Great Books written by my fellow bloggers and Face Book friends

  1. wnso says:

    cool! thx for sharing!


  2. Oh, I am so touched and surprised to be mentioned here. It has been a joy getting to know you and your talent, and I am so glad we have connected. Thank you so much!


  3. mycatgrady says:

    Elaine….thanks so much for sending this along..I will certainly follow up and look forward to exploring some new writers mentioned in your email..honestly delighted…keep me in your loop…

    best, pearlD.


  4. Elaine, you are such a sweetheart. Thank you. I am very interested in ROOM 723. That sounds like something I’d love. And of course A GOOD HOME is already on my wish list. Thanks for this list. 🙂


  5. I’m delighted to be included on your list! Will be checking out your others too. Isn’t the blogging community great?

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