Book Review of Into the West: Westward Yo!

 Tina Harker is a typical teenager. She loves hanging with her friends at the malls, shoes, and manicures. More than that, she loves horses. Life is everything she wants it to be, until her father packs their family up and drags them across the world to Arizona. Does he really think she’ll be happy living in a ghost town in the middle of the desert? It’s a million miles to the nearest shopping center, not even a real mall. Her only hope for survival is finding a new horse.

Tina is no quitter. She prepares herself for western saddles, rattlesnakes, the horrible desert heat, and limited shopping. However, nothing can prepare her for Wild West bandits, cattle thieves, and a really cute cowboy. Maybe things won’t be so bad—or will they?

Electric Shorts are written for readers between the ages of seven and seventeen with fast-paced and intense storylines. J. A. Campbell’s series, “Into the West,” is a modern paranormal western geared toward horse loving teens ages thirteen to seventeen.

When I first heard about Electric Shorts, I was thrilled with the concept in itself. Such a great way to encourage young people to read!  So off I went and purchased a copy of Ms. Campbell’s title Westward Yo! and sat down to enjoy reading my first book purchase on my new Kobo. A wonderful christening as it turns out. The characters and setting are well defined and the story itself had the ‘feel’ of a full-length novel. At one point in the story, I wondered ‘How is the author going to pull this off and make it believable?’ and she totally did. Overall it’s the perfect blend of fun and intrigue and I’m very much looking forward to Into the West #2 Range Feud (available April 8th) so that I can follow along with Tina and all her new experiences.

I give this here tale 4 pink horseshoes out of 5

If you want a heck of a lot of bang for your $0.99, then click a link below and enjoy! 🙂

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Tammys Tip of the Week

In a world where everyone watches CSI and thinks they really know how things are done (insert eye roll here), it’s getting harder and more challenging to make certain scenes in our novels feel real and believable. I recently completed a scene where I had to combat the publically believed fiction of television, with the fiction of my story, yet still mix enough reality in with it so that the working public of that particular field would buy into the outcome too. Yeesh eh?! It taught me something important though, it’s not enough to write for who you think will read your work, or even for what they know, you also have to consider what they believe.           🙂

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8 Responses to Book Review of Into the West: Westward Yo!

  1. Pony shoes!!! Love it. Thanks for the great review Tammy and I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂


  2. I also enjoyed WESTWARD YO! It was a wonderful story with a clever twist. Am so glad you reviewed it!

  3. Michelle Muto says:

    Great interview!

    And a great tip, too.

    Michelle Muto
    The Book of Lost Souls

  4. Great review and a great tip. I’ve been e-mailing and texting back and forth with my ex-stepdad (police officer of 20+ years) about the morgue and police procedures. It’s funny how complicated I was trying to make things when the reality is so much easier. However, it’s important to not only keep it real, but keep within what readers expect. Even if it is reality, if I make something too easy, the readers won’t buy into it.

    • CDNWMN says:

      I know exactly what you mean, the whole concept of having DNA tested in a matter of seconds is so ridiculous, it takes 2 weeks minimum on a rush, 4 normally. But thanks to CSI no one would believe the truth. lol!

  5. Great review! And I love the tips!

  6. Gareth says:

    A solid tip and one that many people seem to overlook. Police procedure and lab times take what feels like forever, with CSI its wrapped up in the space of a couple of hours. If in doubt always ask an expert. I’m currently waiting to hear from the Royal Armoury about 16/17th Century cannon fire.

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