Carnival of Storytelling – May 5, 2011

Welcome to the May 5, 2011 edition of Carnival of Storytelling.

I apologize for getting this carnival up late. (I’ve back-dated the post so it appears to have been put up on time, but it was late.) It’s been a crazy, crazy week, involving job interviews, sickness, and even the passing of an old friend’s loved one. (Seriously.)

Thanks to everyone who submitted a link at



Books etc.

Madoline Hatter presents The Fascinating Histories Behind Your Favorite Fairy Tales posted at

JHSEsq presents Book Review: Memoirs of a Widowed Mistress — Colloquium posted at Colloquium, saying, “It’s a controversial, but compelling story of a woman in an unhappy marriage who decided to engage in a brief fling with another man. But that fling developed into a five-year relationship that she describes as a real love affair with her soul mate. It only ended because her lover was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder and died shortly thereafter. Now author Megan van Eyck is determined to put a new face on infidelity because she says extramarital affairs can be true love affairs and, as in her case, manage to save a dying marriage. Through May 15, 2011, read the review and enter to win an autographed copy of the book.”

JHSEsq presents Book Review: Katie Up and Down the Hall posted at Colloquium, saying, “The cover photo is a bit deceiving because it could lead readers to believe that Katie Up and Down the Hall is just a story about a dog. It is so much more! It is the story of how the runt of the litter — a bow-legged, blonde little cocker spaniel who was never destined to be a show dog — won the hearts of a disparate group of New York City neighbors, herding them together and, ultimately, making them into a family. Dog lovers will relate. Readers who have never owned a dog may well find themselves at the local shelter looking to expand their family after reading Glenn Plaskin’s sweet, soulful memoir about the family of which he unexpectedly but grateful became a member.”

JHSEsq presents Book Review: Born Under a Lucky Moon posted at Colloquium, saying, “Born Under a Lucky Moon is the debut novel from a talented and very promising new author, Dana Precious. Based upon her own childhood spent in North Muskegon, Wisconsin, the story revolves around the wacky Thompson family, particularly daughter Jeannie. She wants to marry her handsome boyfriend, Aiden, but is afraid that introducing him to her family will scare him off. After all, that’s why she and her first husband, her hometown sweetheart Walker, broke up . . . isn’t it? Born Under a Lucky Moon is a hilarious, sweet, poignant story about loving home and the folks there no matter what because, after all, they are always going to love you right back.”

Art and Craft

Penny Zang presents 10 Tips for Writing a Book Review posted at Miss Good on Paper.

Joel Friedlander presents 7 Formats for Winning Blog Posts — The Book Designer posted at Joel Friedlander.

Writing Life

FLeonard presents The Top 10 Reasons Why I Took Six Years to Write My Book posted at A Fork in the Road.

Fiction and True Stories

Eric Cummings presents Private Detective Lance Spartan posted at Trivial Galaxy, saying, “Just a little short story, and not even the best one on the site.”

Publishing and Marketing


AND That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Carnival of Storytelling using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.


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