Dare to Read

February 27, 2013

The Pope Who Quit

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The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation

A year ago I reviewed Jon M. Sweeney’s The Pope Who Quit, the story of how Peter Morrone, a humble and uncultivated Italian hermit, became Pope in 1294 at the ripe age of 84, taking the name of Pope Celestine V. Unable to cope with the demands of the papacy, he abdicated some months later.

In his book, Jon M. Sweeney tells us how Pope Benedict IX came to pray over the tomb of his Medieval predecessor and suggests he might have been asking him for advice as he considered his own resignation.

When the resignation of Pope Benedict IX was announced last week, I remembered Jon’s prophetic words with awe.

If the news surprised you or made you wonder why this was such a shock for the Catholic community, you may want to read this fascinating story of a time so different from ours when another Pope also resigned.

You can find my whole review at Myshelf.com

June 11, 2012

Lectura conjunta de Bécquer eterno / Bécquer eterno Blog Tour

Filed under: Becquer,Becquer Eternal,Books, Reviews,Event,Paranormal — carmenferreiroesteban @ 4:41 pm
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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban



Laky, en su blog Libros que hay que leer, ha organizado una lectura conjunta de mi novela Bécquer eterno.

Ni más ni menos que treinta y dos blogueras aceptaron el desafío de leer el libro y escribir una reseña del mismo en su blog correspondiente.

Podéis ver las bases aquí: http://librosquehayqueleer-laky.blogspot.com.es/2012/05/lectura-conjunta-becquer-eterno.html. Más abajo incluyo la lista de participantes y el orden en que aparecerán las reseñas.

Este miércoles, día 13 de junio Laky ( http://librosquehayqueleer-laky.blogspot.com.es/) será la primera en publicar la reseña. Las demás lo harán en el orden que aparece más abajo.

Mi más profundo agradecimiento a Laky por organizar la lectura.


Blog Tour Béquer Eterno

On Wednesday June 13, Laky at Libros que hay que leer (Books You Must Read) will publish her review of my paranormal romance Bécquer eterno. Thus starts the blog tour she has organized (thank you so much, Laky).

Every day until July 17, a different blogger will publish her review. I have included below a list of the blogs and the date the review will appear.

Please join us.





– Laky de libros que hay que leer: 13 de junio
.- Xula de Caminando entre libros: 14 de junio
.- Aprendiz de mucho de Aprendiz de mucho: 15 de junio
.- Meg de Cazando estrellas: 16 de junio
.- Pakiko de Las lecturas de Pakiko: 17 de junio
.- Aran de Espíritu libre: 18 de junio
.- Lupa de Acurrucada entre letras: 19 de junio
.- Tatty de El universo de los libros: 20 de junio
.- Isi de From Isi:  18 de junio
.- Kayla Morrison: publicará en Ciao: 22 de junio
.- MariLyn de Los libros de la bruja: 23 de junio
.- Marilú Cuenta libros de CuEnTaLiBrOs: 24 de junio
.- Sarah Degel de Yo soy bibliófila: 25 de junio
.- Pau de El mundo en libros: 26 de junio
.- Ro. de La vida entre páginas: 27 de junio
.- Margari de Mis lecturas y más cositas: 28 de junio
.- Armada invencible de La armada invencible: 29 de junio
.- Rachel Antúnez Cazorla de Contra los límites: 30 de junio
.- L de Tiempo entre lecturas: 1 de julio
.- Los libros de Eva de The reading coach: 2 de julio
.- Gem, que publicará en Ciao: 3 de julio
.- Carmina de De tinta en vena: 4 de julio
.- Patricia O. de Musas cuenteras: 5 de julio
.- Maga de Lioncourt de Una vida de novela: 6 de julio
.- Sandra M. de Reseñando que es gerundio: 7 de julio
.- Cotito de Leyendo entre letras: 10 de julio
.- Talisman dream del blog Talisman Dreams: 11 de julio
.- Lesincele de Leer es viajar: 8 de julio
.- InésM de Inés y sus libros: 9 de julio
.- Deigar de Espiral de letras: 10 de julio
.- Lourdes de Libros que voy leyendo: 11 de julio
.- Blair de Mis lecturas de cabecera: 12 de julio
.- Confergil que publicará en Ciao: 13 de julio
.- Cartafol de O meu Cartafol: 14 de julio
.- Udine de New life & blue sky: 15 de julio
.- Carmen de Carmen y amig@os: 16 de julio
.- Sasy de   : 17 de julio

November 1, 2011

Two positive Reviews of Two Moon Princess

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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

Today, my YA novel Two Moon Princess received not one, but two positive reviews.

Hannah at http://hannahmariska.blogspot.com/2011/10/review-two-moon-princess.html, says:

“Seamlessly blending historical and contemporary fiction, Two Moon Princess creates a superb and fast paced tale of a young girl trying to find her place in one world, only that discover that she might be destined for another.”

Namine at http://clutterboxread.blogspot.com/2011/10/two-mood-princess-by-carmen-ferreiro.html, writes a very personal and disconnected review that ends as follows: “I love the travel and it seems the more I like a book the worse sort of review I do… so read it, enjoy it and write a better review for me to link up to! 🙂 ”

Thank you so much Hannah and Namine. You made my day.

October 3, 2011

What Are You Reading?

Filed under: Books, Reviews,On Reading,The Enchanted Inkpot,YA — carmenferreiroesteban @ 8:16 am
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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban


Come share your current reading list as several members of the Enchanted Inkpot, including me, discuss their own picks at Enchanted Inkpot today: http://tinyurl.com/3vu7xxw

September 26, 2011

Review of Coronets and Steel by Sherwood Smith

Filed under: Books, Reviews,Fantasy,YA — carmenferreiroesteban @ 11:17 am
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Reviewed by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban



I read The Prisoner of Zenda when I was a teen and loved it, so when I got the chance to read and review for myshelf Coronets and Steel by Sherwood Smith, a feminist retale of same, I jumped at the chance. I’m glad I did for I enjoyed it as much.

You can read my full review at:


August 26, 2011

English Grammar for Your Eyes

Filed under: Books, Reviews,On Writing — carmenferreiroesteban @ 3:22 pm
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The Bugaboo Review: A Lighthearted Guide to Exterminating Confusion about Words, Spelling, and Grammar


Sue Sommer


Tired of checking your grammar questions against the dry texts of old?

Try the Bugaboo Review (http://www.amazon.com/Bugaboo-Review-Lighthearted-Exterminating-Confusion/dp/1608680266) high school English teacher Sue Sommer wrote for her students.

Click below to see some of the cartoons that make learning to avoid those common mistakes so much fun.



August 9, 2011

Active Princesses / Passive Princes, is This a New Trend?

Filed under: Books, Reviews,On Reading,On Writing — carmenferreiroesteban @ 11:13 am
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In his Princesses Novels, Jim C. Hines has rewritten the traditional Fairy Tales (Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Red Riding Hood) transforming the passive princesses into warriors. The result is an action packed story for grownups where the prince stays at home while the princess carries the adventure.

I am all for spunky heroines and equality among genres–Andrea, the protagonist of Two Moon Princess is not your traditional beautiful, stay at home princess–but while I read the fourth book in the series, The Snow Queen’s Shadow, I found myself wishing for a more active prince.

What about you? How do you like your heroes/heroines?

You can read a full review of The Snow Queen’s Shadow at http://www.myshelf.com/scifi_fantasy/11/snowqueensshadow.htm

Thanks so much to Realm Lovejoy for the beautiful cover shown above. She blogs at (http://realmlovejoy.blogspot.com/2011/03/author-interview-carmen-ferreiro.html).

August 7, 2011

On Books, Shoes and Reviews

Filed under: Books, Reviews,On Reading — carmenferreiroesteban @ 12:33 pm
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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban


Books are like shoes. You don’t know if they are the right fit until you try them on and walk with them for a mile/read the whole book.

Yet, to do so you need to purchase them first and that is, in both cases, a leap of faith.

You know you like them. You may have even fallen in love with their design/their cover. They are, basically, what you are looking for: sandals for the summer, a pair of high heels for the Christmas party, flip flops for the beach, boots for hiking, loafers for every day, sneakers to play tourist. The right genre if we talk books: a mystery for a winter day, a comedy for a summer read, a fantasy to escape to another world, a tragedy, a light romance when you are feeling blue.

But trying them on, or reading the blurb, the first page, a random sentence in the middle, does not guarantee they will fit your need or mood.

In the case of books, a review can help you make an informed decision. But not any review will do. Reviewers are people with their own likes and dislikes. So be careful to choose a reviewer that has a taste similar to yours. One that has given favorable reviews to books you have also liked and hates the ones you also hate. One that gives you information on the mood and scope of the book without revealing the plot, or even worse telling you the ending. And be open to try new genres, new authors. Who knows where your new love is waiting.

I have no similar advice regarding buying a pair of shoes. There, I’m afraid, you have to trust yourself. Or ask your feet.

August 2, 2011

Which Flavor is Your Ice Cream? or How to Stop Negative Reviews from Putting You Down

Filed under: Books, Reviews,On Writing,Query,Rejection — carmenferreiroesteban @ 11:24 pm

by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban



Being a writer is an ongoing exercise in humility.

Critique partners critique your work. That’s their job.

Agents and publishers randomly reject it. It’s mathematically impossible they accept all the books they receive, yet their rejection still hurts.

Even after your manuscript has been published and magically become a book, you will still sometimes get negative reviews.

The best way of dealing with negative reviews is, of course, not reading them.

Unfortunately that is an advice I seem incapable of following. I do read them and, sometimes, they bother me, even those that let me wondering if the reviewer really read my book.

But last Sunday I had an epiphany of sorts and I have finally found a way to stop the negative reviews from putting me down.

It happened as I was eating a rum and raisins, and tiramisu ice cream while discussing with two friends our favorite movies and directors. Although the three of us tend to like the same movies, I discovered some movies/directors I loved/hated while they hated/loved them. And, in most cases, we were pretty passionate about our particular tastes.

It was, then, the idea came to me that movies/books are like ice cream flavors. One person likes vanilla while other like strawberry and both of them may hate pistachio. That doesn’t mean pistachio is not a great flavor. For someone else.

And if my book flavor is pistachio and you do not like it, I can’t change your mind about it. It’s the way it is. But the fact that you don’t like it won’t bother me anymore because your taste is yours, and does not reflect on the quality of my book.

And many others will like the pistachio flavor of my book. As I do.

July 19, 2011

Little Known Fantasy Books We Love

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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

If you like Fantasy, and are looking for something new to read, you may want to check these less well-known fantasy stories the bloggers at  The Enchanted Inkpot recommend.


My recommendation is The Shamer’s Chronicles. You can read my review of the last volume on the series here: https://carmenferreiroesteban.wordpress.com/2008/04/06/book-reviews/

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