2018 Kindle Book Awards

Thank you to The Kindle Book Review for selecting Ocean Echoes as a semi-finalist in the Literary Fiction category.

Ocean Echoes is also up for the 2018 Reader’s Choice Award for Literary Fiction. There are more than 50 books in this category and the title with the most votes wins.

To vote, please click on the button below, scroll to the bottom of page, and enter Ocean Echoes by Sheila Hurst in the comments field (with both the title and author’s name in there for each vote). I’ll be forever grateful.

Votes are accepted until October 15, 2018 and the Reader’s Choice Award winner will be announced on November 1. After voting, make sure to enter the raffle to win a $120 gift basket that includes an 8-inch Kindle Fire, a $25 Amazon gift card, and a bookworm coffee mug.

Thank you to Christy Birmingham and Berthold Gambrel for the latest reviews of Ocean Echoes. I really appreciate it whenever anyone takes the time to add a review. Christy writes beautiful poetry – please check out her books and visit her at When Women Inspire if you’re not familiar with her already. Berthold’s science fiction novel, The Directorate, takes place in the Year 2223 when a conspiracy threatens to disrupt peace between Earth, Luna, and Mars. Please visit Berthold at A Ruined Chapel by Moonlight.

Thank you to everyone for voting and for your support through the years!

Books Across the Miles

My mom, my brother, and I have been in a book club for a few years now. We live miles apart, but we still meet whenever we can to share our love of books.

My brother lives in Michigan and my mom lives about an hour away so we share our thoughts on each book through email. We take turns suggesting the next read. The only rule is that it should be a book that none of us have read yet. Because of this book club, I’ve read some pretty strange stories that I probably never would have read under normal conditions. To give you an idea of the strangeness, here are a few recent ones:

Mort: A Novel of Discworld by Terry Pratchett

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman

Breakthrough by Michael Grumley

Anansi Brothers by Neil Gaiman

The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church

My brother loves science fiction and he’s introduced us to some great ones from that genre, but we might throw in a classic or historical fiction every once in a while.

We try to follow the same guidelines as a Goodreads book club by talking about each book as we’re reading it. To make sure there are no spoilers, the book title and the last chapter read are added to the email’s subject line. If the others haven’t gotten to that chapter yet, they don’t have to read that message until they do.

A bonus is that my mom and brother are funny. Here’s an example of a comment on one of the books we read:

“I struggled with it a bit at first. I think it was due to the excessive use of commas, with random thoughts interjected, which can make you wonder what the hell that sentence was about, like a stack of pancakes with butter dribbling down the side, or the way a stranger looks at you.”

With our electronic book club, we can meet and laugh at each other at any time. Then when we get to see each other in real life, we’ll talk some more about the books we’ve read together.

Happy World Book Day! The first person to figure out which book (from the list above) the quote is describing wins a copy of Ocean Echoes.

Are you in an electronic book club? Do you have any suggestions for our next book club read?