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Recent Reviews for Joyce McDonald Hoskins

The Mystery Blog, The end. (Short Story) - 1/2/2014 10:35:23 AM
Well written, indeed! I'm not much for whodunits (guess I said that before) but this one is quite a page turner, especially when it is someone of advanced age who is so involved in life and able to solve an old mystery. The device of using the daily blog is unique and nicely done. Yes, I believe would make a very fine e-book. It is rather short for a book, but could be considered a novella. I picked up three errors that I'd like to relay: first you used "eyes wants," second, you wrote "have a bottled sent," and finally, at one point when you have been putting quote marks around Grace's diary excerpts, there is a point where she quotes someone and the quote within the quote should use single quote marks (an apostrophe) instead of the normal quote marks. There was one other error that was minor and one sentence that was truncated and began again on the next paragraph. Ron

The Mystery Blog, The end. (Short Story) - 12/31/2013 3:16:28 AM
this is a very well written story budd

The Mystery Blog, The middle (Short Story) - 12/25/2013 10:20:48 AM
And, it's quite a story! I'm starting to get into this. Wish I had written earlier installments. Maybe I'll go back and read them. Ron

The Mystery Blog, The middle (Short Story) - 12/25/2013 9:34:09 AM
i enjoyed this quite a bit budd

The Mystery Blog, The Beginning. (Short Story) - 12/16/2013 7:33:01 AM
It is obvious that you have experience with writers' groups. At first I thought… Oh no, I don't want to read a mystery story. But after I got into it, I begin to understand what a great writer you are. In spite of the ins and outs of the daily blog, I was able to piece together all the relationships of all the members of the group quite well--something that I have not ever attempted to do because I don't think I could do it very well. Grace immediately made me think of Jeanie. Jeanie is a dancer I've known for 40 years but never married. Jeanie Is nothing like Grace. She has always been poor with six kids, some are still hanging around, living off mom. While she's a fantastic typist and fairly good editor, she's never written anything that I know of, always being a secretary and receptionist. Visited an assisted living home last night for a Christmas party and met the long time lay Catholic pastor who ministers to the home once again. He is in his 80s and lost his wife 18 years ago… Still lives alone. Remarkable man, reminds me of Charles Fitzpatrick. I've never written a diary or a blog, but I write about my life almost daily to someone. Just finished my autobiography after writing it for 21 years… It was time to finish… But I'm continuing it to be downloaded from my website or friends and family in the years to come as it grows and links are added (I can add colored pictures and links to the MS Word version that I can't do the black and white paperback). It's wonderful being somewhat computer literate and being able to build a website and pick and choose what technologies I will use or not. Wonderful to read your work… Please continue. Ron

Gratitude (Short Story) - 8/19/2010 7:10:17 AM
A very uplifting story well written. I enjoyed the read. Donna

Twenty-Four Hours (Short Story) - 1/10/2010 8:08:01 AM
Joyce, You are so talented...I love the story. You not only write awesome are able to pull together short stories too. That's amazing...Thanks for directing me here. HUGS, Lynn

Fried Bread for Lunch (Short Story) - 5/4/2009 4:35:03 PM
What a delightful story, Joyce, thanks so much for sharing your memories. You made me smile, and I have to admit, you made my mouth water for some of that fried bread :) Jean

Vegas, The King of Cats (Short Story) - 5/1/2009 3:33:45 PM
Joyce, I foster kittens for Hopalong Animal Rescue in the SF Bay Area. A *failed* foster I adopted two. One is a Maine Coon mix and every bit just like Vegas. Except as a female smaller. Very enjoyable read and excellent write. Cynthia

Vegas, The King of Cats (Short Story) - 4/30/2009 6:22:17 AM
Oh, this is precious, Joyce! I have had two Maine Coons myself, and they are the best cats! Wonderful story; very well penned! BRAVA! (((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D *purring*

Lingering Shadows (Short Story) - 2/3/2009 6:31:53 PM
I enjoyed this story, Joyce. Very uplifting.

Joy Trumps Grief (Article) - 5/2/2009 5:13:17 AM
A moving tribute, Mrs. Hoskins. You have proven, once again, the best stories are written from the heart and based on reality. Enyoy your present journey with Maggie ... you deserve it! Warm regards ... Reginald V. Johnson

Writing and Weight (Article) - 5/1/2009 3:37:58 PM
Joyce, You are a remarkable writer and I, too, gained weight with my novel. Just have to laugh through it and get up off our butts a bit. Cynthia

Working Hands (Article) - 4/20/2009 10:13:39 PM
Bravo, Joyce McDonald Hoskins! If you are seeking your father, I saw him! I discovered his smile, heard his voice, and felt his presence ... through the passionate memories you shared ... and your beautifully-written essay. Warmest regards ... Reginald V. Johnson

His (Poetry) - 12/3/2013 5:33:42 PM
I feel the pain, the"desperation and despair". You have done the very best thing, but I know how hard it can be. It is so hard. May God give you continued peace and trust in Him. I pray He will bring your wanderer into His fold. Sincerely, Connie

His (Poetry) - 12/2/2013 8:02:51 AM
It appears that "his" was no place in this world. This says tragedy all through it. Ron

His (Poetry) - 12/2/2013 3:35:10 AM
so sad budd

His (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 9:50:11 PM
A deep and horrific poetic message. Hope life is better now...

Time Stood Still (Poetry) - 4/5/2011 6:57:54 PM
I hold the spring morning in my heart and time stands still. This is so well said. Ah, Spring! rege

My Heart (Poetry) - 1/28/2011 9:12:48 PM
I admire your Faith. wish I had some! rege

My Heart (Poetry) - 11/24/2009 10:55:03 AM
Joyce, This is a perfect description of what I've learned to own daily 'Quiet Time.' Blessings...Frances

Sunshine after a Storm (Poetry) - 11/24/2009 10:53:00 AM
Joyce, This is quite a refreshing truth! Blessings...Frances

A city of Refuge (Poetry) - 10/27/2009 7:51:41 AM
Beautiful, peaceful write, had a very calming effect as I thought about my own personal city of refuge..thanks for sharing. Anna

Sunshine after a Storm (Poetry) - 8/26/2009 8:29:41 PM
I don't know how I got to you, but this poem was a breath of fresh air, it was well needed it did great things for me. Wonderfully written and such beautiful insights. Thank you Joyce God Bless you

Time Stood Still (Poetry) - 8/26/2009 8:24:29 PM
Beautiful, Only if moments like this could stand still. Loved it. Your invited to view my work .

My Heart (Poetry) - 8/12/2009 1:24:06 PM
He's always there for us. It's reassuring. I like the vulnerability in this poem. We all have it, but it's hard to show at times. Hugs, Sheila

Spring in the Sub-Tropics (Poetry) - 5/21/2009 5:09:00 AM
Thanks for the enlightment Joyce. I haven't been to Florida yet, but I plan to visit next year, instead of going to the Caribbean. It seems you have inspiration all around you all year long. Sometimes, in the dead of winter here in Canada, it's difficult to find inspiration. Hugs, Anna

My Heart (Poetry) - 5/4/2009 5:36:49 PM
Keeping the faith is most important of all.... Be always safe, Karen

My Heart (Poetry) - 5/3/2009 6:35:11 AM
lovely poem of faith and hope. Kathy

Spring in the Sub-Tropics (Poetry) - 4/30/2009 3:50:05 PM
Ah yes, the great outdoors and a wonderful depiction it is.... Be always safe, Karen

Time Stood Still (Poetry) - 4/24/2009 12:47:49 PM
What a wonderful day and filled with being observant to make it all that much better, nice writing... Be always safe, Karen

A city of Refuge (Poetry) - 4/23/2009 1:11:28 PM
Ahhhh, a safe haven of sorts, oh yes. A heavenly place where burdens are left behind, a place where the soul can heal.... Be always safe, Karen

God's High Water Marks (Poetry) - 4/22/2009 5:51:09 PM
You have the same "solo flight" experience that God in His wisdom did to me, and it has changed everything in my life. Thank you for making me look back, from April 14, 1994 to the present. Cynthia

A city of Refuge (Poetry) - 4/22/2009 5:49:06 PM
Thank you for this wonderful and truthful write, my city of refuge is "my Hiding Place" - God. He's the Rock of Ages, Alpha and Omega, my Jehovah Shalom! Cynthia

God's High Water Marks (Poetry) - 4/22/2009 12:37:04 PM
Through, with and along side we can never go wrong with God in our life.... Be always safe, Karen

The Wooing (Poetry) - 4/22/2009 5:16:51 AM
Delightful rendering of the yearnings of a writer's heart for that just-right combination that will make a lasting impact on all who read. Connie

God's High Water Marks (Poetry) - 4/22/2009 5:07:46 AM
This was a wonderful blessing to read, Joyce. Yes, I have certain people I can point to who helped to show me the way to salvation through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. But God's own personal touch was there as well, drawing me by His "coincidences" along my way until I found myself yielding to Him by faith. You tell of your childlike faith, too, and God's answer in healing your son. Yes, I have found Him a prayer-answering Father, too. And then the wandering one...I have certainly been there, and I encourage you to never give up. He loves our children more than we do, and he is working in their lives even as we weep and pray for them. Thanks for sharing...Connie

Sunshine after a Storm (Poetry) - 8/30/2008 11:27:07 AM
Beautiful write enjoyed this from beginning to ending...well done! Blessings, Joyce B.

Sunshine after a Storm (Poetry) - 8/26/2008 7:26:53 PM
How beautifully descriptive and flowing .... Be always safe, Karen

Sunshine after a Storm (Poetry) - 8/26/2008 6:18:03 PM
Joyce, I feel God lead me to your page tonight, for I'm in a raging storm right now. I'm eagerly awaiting the bright sunlight to cast away the shadows. Beautiful poetry, Joyce! Blessings, ~Linda

Sunshine after a Storm (Poetry) - 8/26/2008 4:12:03 PM
This is beautifully imaged and written. Reminds me of a song I heard last night by Casting Crowns, "I Will Praise Him in This Storm." Indeed. Well done! Welcome to Author's Den, you're among friends. (((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

Sunshine after a Storm (Poetry) - 8/26/2008 4:01:20 PM
You've set a lovely scene for us (In a couple of months, I'll be wishing I were in Florida, when the cold hits in PA) capped by the well-aimed thought at the end. Beautiful. Connie

The Wooing (Poetry) - 4/11/2008 8:01:47 PM
How artfully delicate and with such strong feelings.... Be always safe, Karen

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