For Banned Books Week- A WKAR Review of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Current StateFor Banned Books Week, I decided to do something special for my book review on WKAR’s Current State. This time I am taking on the classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, one of the most banned works of fiction out there. I’m really proud of this review, I hope you will check it out.

You can listen to my review online here: http://wkar.org/post/book-review-banned-book-week-mark-twains-adventures-huckleberry-finn-wkar

You can also read my book review below.

This is the second time I have been on WKAR around Banned Books Week. You can listen to my previous commentary here. If you would be interested in hearing/reading more of my NPR book reviews, you can do so via links on this page.

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New WKAR Book Review: Francine Prose’s Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

Current StateI am back on WKAR’s Current State with a new book review, this time reviewing Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine Prose.

You can listen to my book review here: http://wkar.org/post/book-review-francine-proses-lovers-chameleon-club-paris-1932-wkar

You can also read my book review below.

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 can be found on Amazon here. If you would be interested in hearing/reading more of my NPR book reviews, you can do so via links on this page.

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New WKAR Book Review: The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore

Current StateI am back on WKAR’s Current State with a new book review! This time I am looking at the new Shakespearean satire by Christopher Moore, The Serpent of Venice.

You can listen to my review here: http://wkar.org/post/book-review-christopher-moores-serpent-venice

You can also read my book review below.

The Serpent of Venice can be found on Amazon here. If you would be interested in hearing/reading more of my NPR book reviews, you can do so via links on this page.

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New WKAR Book Review: Kurt Vonnegut’s Novels 1976-1985

Current StateI got to do something really fun today on WKAR’s Current State. Well, fun for me. I got to talk about one of my all time favorite writers!

The Library of America has been re-issuing Kurt Vonnegut’s library and in this installment I am talking about the new Volume 3, Novels 1976-1985.  You can listen to my review here: http://wkar.org/post/book-review-kurt-vonnegut-novels-1976-1985

You can also read my review below.

If you want to pick up this book, you can find it on amazon.com here. If you would be interested in hearing/reading more of my NPR book reviews, you can do so via links on this page.

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New WKAR Book Review: The Way North edited by Ron Riekki

Current StateI am back on WKAR’s Current State with a new book review! This time I am reviewing a new collection of Michigan Upper Peninsula writers called The Way North. It was edited by Ron Riekki (who also contributes to it as well).

You can listen to my review here: http://wkar.org/post/book-review-way-north-edited-ron-riekki

You can also read my book review below.

The Way North can be found on Amazon here. If you would be interested in hearing/reading more of my NPR book reviews, you can do so via links on this page.

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“…an imaginative and entertaining escape” Historical-Fiction.com reviews A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM!

persuasion_chapter6Recently, A Jane Austen Daydream was reviewed by Historical-Fiction.com! You can read it here. (You know you want to! Click away!) This is my favorite line from the review:

This marks the 35th Jane Austen variation I’ve read, and it stands out as one of the more well-written and thought provoking.

Here is a bigger excerpt from the review:

This novel, full of anecdotes, does not come across as a transparent retelling, but rather an emotional journey that fits in perfectly with the known facts of Jane Austen’s life. The inclusion of a completely fictional character, an American at that, ensures a uniqueness and the smart, humorous prose resonates the authors’ own beloved style. Jane’s experiences and thoughts are cleverly laced with phrases fans will recognize from her books, while character traits are obviously drawn from family and acquaintances unfortunate enough to make an impression on the young writer.

You can read the rest of the review on the site here. I hope you will check it out.

A Jane Austen DaydreamPublished by Madison Street Publishing, A Jane Austen Daydream can be purchased in print ($13.46) or as an eBook for the outrageously low price of $3.99 for Kindle. You can find it on Amazon here (http://amzn.com/B00CH3HQUU).

 

 

New WKAR Book Review: The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

Current StateI am back on WKAR’s Current State with a new book review! This time I am reviewing the new novel by Matthew Quick, The Good Luck of Right Now.

You can listen to my review here: http://wkar.org/post/book-review-matthew-quicks-good-luck-right-now

You can also read my book review below.

The Good Luck of Right Now can be found on Amazon here. If you would be interested in hearing/reading more of my NPR book reviews, you can do so via links on this page.

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“…lingering with a smile.” A new review for A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM

Sense and SensibilityBook blogger Irene Sauman recently reviewed my novel A Jane Austen Daydream on her site.

Here is an excerpt from this very cool review:

A Jane Austen Daydream by Scott D. Southard is a story Jane could have written herself, about some other character. It captures the period and the style perfectly. Southard is clearly very familiar with Jane Austen’s novels as  little phrases and characters from them pop up, and the characters of Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother fit the Bennet profile…

This is a lovely read, well written, with intelligence and humour, holding you from beginning to end, and lingering with a smile and a feeling of satisfaction at the happy ending for one of our favourite authors. How much nicer to think of Jane Austen living on for us like the characters she so cleverly created.

You can read the entire review on her site here. I hope you will check it out. Spoiler Warning! If you have not read A Jane Austen Daydream yet she does give away the plot as well as some of the big twists in it. Consider yourself warned!

A Jane Austen DaydreamPublished by Madison Street Publishing, A Jane Austen Daydream can be purchased in print ($13.46) or as an eBook for the outrageously low price of $3.99 for Kindle. You can find it on Amazon here (http://amzn.com/B00CH3HQUU).

New WKAR Book Review: Jim Harrison’s Brown Dog

Current StateI am back on WKAR’s Current State with a new book review!  This time I am taking on Michigan author Jim Harrison and his collection of novellas entitled Brown Dog.

You can listen to my book review here: http://wkar.org/post/book-review-jim-harrisons-brown-dog-novellas

If you would rather read my review, you can do so below.

Brown Dog can be found on Amazon.com here. You can check out my other book reviews for WKAR’s Current State via this page on their site and the links on my page here.

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Something romantic for Valentine’s Day? A Jane Austen Daydream is a FREE eBook for a limited time!

A Jane Austen Daydream

“Scott Southard’s Jane is a delightful creature.” -Austenprose.com

This February 14th and 15th A Jane Austen Daydream is available as a FREE eBook! You can find it on amazon.com here (http://amzn.com/B00CH3HQUU). Grab your copy now!

“…quick paced novel unlike any you can ever have read, which injects new ideas and possibilities into the world of Jane Austen.” -The Jane Austen Centre

All her heroines find love in the end–but is there love waiting for Jane?

Jane Austen spends her days writing and matchmaking in the small countryside village of Steventon, until a ball at Godmersham Park propels her into a new world where she yearns for a romance of her own. But whether her heart will settle on a young lawyer, a clever Reverend, a wealthy childhood friend, or a mysterious stranger is anyone’s guess.

Written in the style of Jane herself, this novel ponders the question faced by many devoted readers over the years–did she ever find love? Weaving fact with fiction, it re-imagines her life, using her own stories to fill in the gaps left by history and showing that all of us–to a greater or lesser degree–are head over heels for Jane.

A Jane Austen Daydream is published by Madison Street Publishing. You can learn more about the work, read reviews, and read excerpts via this page for the book.

“…Lovely, thought-provoking novel. Fans of Austen will adore this book.” – Lori Nelson Spielman, author of The Life List