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Reader Comments

Reviews for Ryan's Secret Balloon Ride:

"What a beautiful and bright balloon ride! A childhood fever turns into an adventure across the world. I especially loved the overhead Taj Mahal visit and flying with a bald eagle!"
    - Shannon McCarthy, Artist

"I had both [ed. my] girls glued to our computer for your treat. What a nice story.”
    - Kathy Shiers, Photographer

"...you've got a little gem..."
    - Garth, Artist and Art Gallery Manager

""A charming blend of fact and fiction,
very engaging."
    - Nancy Cameron, Reviewer

"...not just a kids story but also one adults narrating at bedtime will relate to."
    - Brion, Structural Engineer

"...book looks amazing. I love the color and vibrancy...."
    - Kate Duffy, Artist & Teacher

"I enjoyed reading it. ...vibrant colors and great layout of the book."
    - Ryan B,  Software Engineer

“I am thrilled to tell you that the books have finally arrived.  They are really good and I am not just saying that.  I have been enjoying reading them.  I have started with the intimate one.”   “I never thought I would really enjoy reading poetry but as I have been reading your books I have become engrossed in them.  Your poems are so very beautiful.” 
        - Annalisa (Philippines)

“Your poems are beautiful and touching.” 
        - Paul

Congratulations!! How nice for you! That must give you a good buzz. I think you will be a known poet one day.  Some of your poems are just excellent and they all hold your own particular flavor. You will be remembered as a 21st century poet.”
        - Helene (Norway)

“I finished your book!  You really surprised me....I enjoyed (understood) most of [the poems].”
        - Ron (Connecticut, USA)

“...beautiful.  Very powerful.”
        - Lisa (Connecticut, USA)

"I'm in Wisconsin and read 'Ryan's Secret Balloon Ride' to my granddaughters last night, ages 7 and 4. They both enjoyed it, but I think the older one got more out of it. I liked the geography thread.... It is quite good. Congratulations!"
        - Conni, Grandmother

You, too, can share in the enjoyment that these people have found in my books! 
Just click on the book titles below to preview or order direct from the publisher!

Pining from the Heat    •    Three Crows Hunting

Thank you for buying my books and photos! 

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