About Shirley

Shirley Corder is an author who writes to inspire and encourage. She has a passion for helping other writers and cancer survivors.

Sea Glass Cottage (A Hope Harbor Novel Book #8) ~ by Irene Hannon

Sea Glass Cottage is the eighth in Irene Hannon’s Hope Harbor series. It looks as if there are more to come, which is good news for fans of Hope Harbor! You can read a review of the first book of the series, Hope Harbor, here.

It’s great to revisit Hope Harbor and meet up with familiar characters from previous books. I especially enjoyed one of my favourites, Charlie and his taco food truck is always there. I always feel hungry when I read about his special giveaways and wish I lived in the same village. read more

The Catch (US Marshals Book #3) ~ by Lisa Harris

In The Catch, the third and final book in Lisa Harris’s US Marshals series, the gripping action begins with a crisis in the courthouse.

As the result of a near kidnapping of a judge, Deputy US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn need to urgently find a missing woman and a child who is in danger.

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Sunrise by Susan May Warren



Sunrise is the first explosive volume in a new nail-biting series from USA Today bestselling author Susan May Warren. It is a classic second chance romance, with a thrilling adventure set amidst spectacular scenery.

Story of Sunrise

“Pilot Dodge Kingston has always been the heir to Sky King Ranch. But after a terrible family fight, he left to become a pararescue jumper. A decade later, he heads home to the destiny that awaits him.” read more

Life Flight by Lynette Eason

Life Flight


Life Flight is book 1 in the Extreme Measures series by Lynette Eason. So far there are only two books in the series, but hopefully, there will be more to follow.

Story of Life Flight

“EMS helicopter pilot Penny Carlton is used to high-stress situations, but being forced to land on a mountain in a raging storm with a critical patient—and a serial killer on the loose—tests her skills and her nerve to the limit. She survives with FBI Special Agent Holt Satterfield’s help. But she’s not out of the woods yet.” (Editorial review – Amazon.com) read more

How Can Writers Overcome Procrastination?

Overcoming Procrastination

According to a study by Darius Foroux, 88% of people in the workplace spend at least an hour a day in procrastination. These figures probably apply to writers as well, especially if they work from home. 

Just think! If that is true of you, that would mean if you overcome this habit you would gain an hour a day.  Read on and see how many of these apply to you, and how you can overcome procrastination. read more

9 Ways to Break Through Writers’ Block

Writing can be like trying to start the car on a cold morning. The engine cranks, but it won’t turn over.

Writing can be like trying to start a car on a cold wintery morning. The engine cranks, but it won’t turn over. 


writers' block Photo by Ivan Samkov from Pexels

Photo by Ivan Samkov from Pexels

If you find yourself wasting precious time staring at a blank page, you probably have the cursed writers’ block. Here are some suggestions to get you moving. read more

Sunrise to Sunset ~ by Deryn van der Tang

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Amazon Review of Sunrise to Sunset

As a citizen of this wonderful land of Africa, I loved this book by Deryn van der Tang. I revelled in the beautiful descriptive scenes of Africa, from sunrise to sunset.

Her words bring alive a myriad of pictures that resemble a never-ending, ever-changing slide show. They describe a show that displays the glory and majesty of God in all His splendour. Readers especially see God in the magnificent skies experienced over Africa from sunrise to sunset.

Thank you Ms van der Tang for sharing your gift of words with us in this lovely book of devotional readings


If you are looking for a short, devotional book that will tell you something about Africa and its amazing scenery, from sunrise to sunset, don’t skip this one. It truly reminds you that God is in His heavens and He loves and cares for each one of us.

If you would prefer a longer book, most of these devotions are found in the compilation by eleven authors, In All Things, available in paperback only. Read more about this volume here.

To learn more about the author, see Chatting to Deryn van der Tang here.

Purchase the Kindle book from Amazon.

Given Lives – A Novel by Anna Jensen


Not my Favourite Read

Historical Fiction is not my favourite read, but when the author gave me an ARC to read with a view to leaving a review, I could hardly refuse. And I’m so glad I didn’t.

Welcome to the village of Eyam

From the moment I started reading, I was drawn into the lives of Kitty and the residents of the small village of Eyam. As I got to know the fictitious but very believable young woman, Kitty, and the family she stayed with, I had to read more about their story. Would they get the plague? How would they relate to others who were ill?

As more and more of the residents fell ill with the deadly pestilence, I couldn’t put the book down. The village faced an epidemic, not unlike our current situation. Yet there were no antibiotics, no sanitisers or masks for sale, and certainly no thought of a vaccine.

Seeing how the residents faced this horrific scourge, and how they cared for one another while keeping their faith in God, makes for a fascinating read, all the more because of our own current pandemic. How amazing to know that the story is true – and it happened in the village of Elyam over 400 years ago.

How about you?

If you enjoy historical fiction OR nonfiction, this book will make an excellent read for you. But if you, like me, don’t normally enjoy historical fiction, at least give the book a try. You may be pleasantly surprised.

Although I received my copy with a view to writing a review, I was not asked for a positive review. My opinions are entirely my own.

For an interview with the author of this book, follow this link to read about Anna Jensen.

Purchase this book  at https://books2read.com/givenlives.
South Africans may buy the paperback direct here, or from Anna’s Facebook or Instagram author page.