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The Lens and the Looker
The Bronze and the Brimstone
The Loved and the Lost


*******BOFFO! review from******* ****MIDWEST BOOK REVIEWS*****

I would like to share this humbling book review from Midwest Book Reviews.

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“The Verona Trilogy” is a superbly crafted, three volume time-travel saga featuring the hazardous adventures of Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln, three 24th Century teenagers who find themselves transported back to 14th Century Verona. Author Lory S. Kaufman has a particular skill in developing a complex story arc of unexpected twists and cliff-hanger turns that will keep his readers fully entertained and engaged from beginning to end. Highly recommended, especially for personal and community library Science Fiction collections

-James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief Midwest Book Review


Reading for pleasure is not only fun . . .

. . . it’s also the most inexpensive form of entertainment and . . .  it’s good for your health.

Let’s discuss the economic value first.

At an average reading speed, a one hundred thousand word book will take a reader between twenty to forty-five hours to read. A book costing $10 therefore only costs 10 to twenty cents an hour for your entertainment. And you can read it again and again, or turn a family member or friend onto it.

By the way, right now, The Lens and the Looker is being sold for 99 cents, so that’s a two to four pennies an hour.

As well as reading being economical, reading offers so much more. Here’s a quick list;

-where watching movies or television is a passive entertainment, reading necessitates the reader participate, so it engages your imagination.  This is very important, especially for children.

-reading strengthens the vocabulary, and improves spelling and grammar. We can all benefit from that.

-it’s a fact that people who read for pleasure know more about the world than people who just ingest visual media. (don’t get me wrong, I also go to the movies two and three times a month, but it’s a totally different art form.)

-apparently reading good literature develops a sharper ability to understand the people you encounter in your daily life. I think that’s because well-written, three dimensional characters, placed in believable life situations, even in fantasy or speculative fiction, shows readers the inner working of interesting characters’ minds.

-studies have shown that immersing yourself in a good book is the most effective way to overcome stress, better than listening to music, having a cup of tea or even taking a walk. (this doesn’t mean don’t exercise. I actually can’t be a productive writer unless I go to the gym five times a week.)

-reading before bed is a great way to forget the cares of the day, and it helps you sleep soundly.

So, keep healthy and read a good book.

Can you think of other benefits to reading?  Let me know.

By the way, (here comes the shameless self-promotion) there’s a whole new spate of reader reviews for The Lens and the Looker on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can check out by clicking on the link below.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Lens-Looker-Verona-Trilogy-ebook/product-reviews/B00EWRZT9O/ref=cm_cr_pr_btm_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/reviews/Lens-and-the-Looker%2FLory-S-Kaufman/1100486384?csrfToken=mTJ44Tz0KtWtu7AFK1QUI3BNDYq0wlIc&sort=2

Cheers and happy reading,

Lory