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February 10, 2013 / diannegray

The lovely Marsha has reviewed The Eleventh Question. Go take a look! πŸ˜‰

Marsha Ingrao - Always Write

In her riveting book,Β The Eleventh QuestionΒ Dianne Gray takes a visionary slant to take care of an invasive social problem that has received much publicity in the last 10 years. The problem of bullying is one of the chief causes of teen suicide as well as incidents of school violence that shock entire communities to their core.

Wikipedia tells casual researchers like me thatΒ  β€œBullying consists of three basic types of abuse – emotional, verbal, and physical. …Social aggression or indirect bullying is characterized by attempting to socially isolate the victim. …Often bullying takes place in the presence of a large group of relatively uninvolved bystanders. In many cases, it is the bully’s ability to create the illusion that he or she has the support of the majority present that instills the fear of β€œspeaking out” in protestation of the bullying activities being observed by the…

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  1. tchistorygal / Feb 10 2013 4:29 pm

    What a great review!!! hahaha Great book. Everyone should own a copy of this book!!! πŸ™‚


    • diannegray / Feb 10 2013 4:34 pm

      Marsha is fantastic! hehehe πŸ˜‰


      • tchistorygal / Feb 10 2013 4:47 pm

        Wow, this is just like a chat with a real author!!! Did you read my comment from Darla? In fact I think I should have an order blank on my blog so people can just click and order it right from my blog!!! Instant delivery to their Kindle. We should put one on Sharechair’s site too, so when they are reading articles about getting a new iPad or Kindle Fire, they have an idea of what book to load on their new device first!


      • diannegray / Feb 11 2013 7:02 am

        I read your comment to Darla – thank you so much for passing that on πŸ™‚ An order blank sound like a great idea (even though I’m not sure what it means it) πŸ˜‰ Let me know how you go, I’m intrigued now…


      • tchistorygal / Feb 11 2013 7:43 am

        I’m kidding – sort of. When we have our sites for organizations, they can use pay pal and order materials right on the website. If, and this is only a bizarre brainstorm of mine, they could read a review on someone’s website, for example, and then click a buy it now button on that site, and use pay pal.

        Actually I was not being serious. But I have gotten some really great feedback about the book. The main reason for that is that the review is not done for profit. As soon as a person starts writing reviews for profit, and I mean direct profit from the book they review, then of course, they are going to say whatever it takes to get someone to buy the book. Because I get NO profit from the book, I am a trustworthy reviewer. And because I was a consultant for Common Core Standards, I have knowledge of what is expected, and therefore increase my credibility another notch. If I DID have that buy it button on my site, I would immediately lose any credibility I had! So … don’t get excited Dianne. Just keep writing the great books, and I’ll keep reading them. πŸ™‚ Besides that, the book is so inexpensive to purchase, you are only talking about pennies per purchase by the time you divide money between, pay pal, the author, the place that ships the books, etc. etc.

        I’m still in this as a vanity site, and I plan to stay that way. I really like being vain!!! πŸ™‚


      • diannegray / Feb 11 2013 8:13 am

        LOL! I’m so naive sometimes and because I’m so tech-illiterate, I wasn’t sure what was going on πŸ˜€

        You’re a fabulous reviewer! I’m so glad you’re getting great feedback. Thanks again for you honest and wonderful review! πŸ˜€


      • tchistorygal / Feb 11 2013 8:29 am

        It’s fun! You are always welcome. Just keep those books coming!


  2. the eternal traveller / Feb 10 2013 4:36 pm

    The mutual admiration society isn’t bad either! Dianne, I’m going to read it.


    • diannegray / Feb 10 2013 4:37 pm

      LOL!!! I can’t believe she did that πŸ˜‰


    • diannegray / Feb 10 2013 4:39 pm

      …and thank you for wanting to read it. I really hope you enjoy it! πŸ˜€


      • the eternal traveller / Feb 10 2013 4:41 pm

        I’ll let you know. And if she’s going to put a photo of you wearing a towel hat on the review, you know she’s capable of anything. I think we should convince her to come here to visit and we could all meet up.


      • diannegray / Feb 11 2013 6:52 am

        What a brilliant idea! We’ll all wear our best hats and get photos of our antics πŸ˜‰


      • the eternal traveller / Feb 11 2013 7:34 am

        That could be a worry!


  3. justinwriter / Feb 10 2013 4:47 pm

    It’s good to see your book makes readers think. What more could an author want? Well done, Dianne. πŸ™‚


    • diannegray / Feb 11 2013 7:04 am

      Thank you so much, Justin. I couldn’t have said it better myself – that is want I want πŸ˜€


  4. ramblingsfromamum / Feb 10 2013 6:50 pm

    Well done my friend πŸ˜‰ well done, you know I gloat to people that I know a ‘real-life author’ don’t you πŸ™‚ xxx


  5. grumpytyke / Feb 10 2013 9:44 pm

    I left this comment on Marsha’s blog by mistake. So here is a copy:

    I rarely read book reviews but the β€œbullying” in the first few words of this one kept me locked in to the end. I thought I’d download the book from Amazon as my next Kindle read. However, when I went to Amazon this is what was said:

    β€œThe Eleventh Question is a magical story of want and desire. A witch’s young apprentice yearns for the answers to life and a lonely girl asks the questions that may set him free. Their intertwined stories touch the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts and following the path of our dreams”.

    So, my question is: β€œIs this the same book?”. The reblogged review made me go straight to Amazon to buy. Then the Amazon stuff turned me off completely.


    • diannegray / Feb 11 2013 7:09 am

      I’m not sure where these words came from, but I’m going to get over to Amazon to try and check it out and see if I can change them. It’s great to get feedback like this because I need to know if anyone is turned off by those blurbs. Thanks so much for taking the time to write this all up πŸ˜‰


  6. 4amWriter / Feb 10 2013 11:15 pm

    Great interview. Still can’t wait to read this book. What I need to do is to clone myself 4 times over, so that I can get through my reading list faster! πŸ™‚


    • diannegray / Feb 11 2013 7:11 am

      Once you learn how to do that, can you pass the secret onto me? πŸ˜€


  7. bulldog / Feb 10 2013 11:29 pm

    The review is riveting to say the least… a definite buy for me in the future… well done Dianne, she certainly likes you.. and as for the photo… tells me a lot about you…
    Interesting comment from grumpytyke….


    • diannegray / Feb 11 2013 7:14 am

      I thought it was an interesting comment as well. I guess different reviewers see different things and I’m not sure where the word ‘witch’ came from, but I guess there’s a lot going on in the story and different people pick up in different things.

      I’m glad you liked the photo (I had no idea she was going to use that!) 😯


  8. nrhatch / Feb 11 2013 12:10 am

    For some reason (egocentricity, perhaps?), I felt that bullying in the schools was primarily a problem HERE (in the U.S.) and not β€œTHERE.”

    Sounds like it’s a more global phenomenon than I’d previously considered.


    • diannegray / Feb 11 2013 7:18 am

      It sure is a global problem, Nancy. I guess kids are the same no matter where we go (it’s just so hard to get away from it these days)


  9. Peter / Feb 11 2013 12:18 am

    What a great review! πŸ™‚

    I have been hearing so much about bullying lately. It’s got me to wondering.

    I don’t deny that kids today are experiencing it but I have to say I have absolutely no recollection of such things when I was in school. I was the fat kid back then, my momma dressed me in my father’s army fatigue jacket (by 9th grade I was already wearing things that fit him) so I was hardly the most fashionable kid in the class.

    To be honest, I have been known to be socially obtuse — so I might have been bullied and just didn’t pay it any attention.

    I just wonder when this started. I can’t recall our daughter having those problems — but then she went to a school of the arts and all the kids attending that school WANTED to be there and NO ONE dressed in fashion: they had girls dressing like boys, boys to whom the girls would loan their skirts, and all manner of things I never even dreamt of in the 50’s and 60’s when I was going to school.

    Oh well…. maybe better if I DONT remember such goings on…..

    Cheers on the new book and the reivew.



    • diannegray / Feb 11 2013 7:20 am

      Thank you, Peter πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you haven’t been affected by this awful thing. It does seem to happen a lot these days and I don’t have the answer as to why, but I think if we are aware of it, that’s the first step in trying to stamp it out.


  10. Sheila Morris / Feb 11 2013 1:06 am

    Beautiful review…and the picture priceless!! πŸ™‚


    • diannegray / Feb 11 2013 7:23 am

      I wish I’d known she was going to use that picture…. LOL πŸ˜€


  11. T. W. Dittmer / Feb 11 2013 1:22 am

    Great review, Dianne. Well-earned recognition.


  12. Lisaman / Feb 11 2013 7:04 am

    Such an interesting topic in light of that teen suicide recently who posted her hole story on you tube.. so sad!!


    • Lisaman / Feb 11 2013 7:05 am



      • diannegray / Feb 11 2013 7:30 am

        LOL! I actually didn’t notice ‘hole’ πŸ˜‰


    • diannegray / Feb 11 2013 7:30 am

      Very sad indeed, Lisa. Bullying is such an awful thing and recognising the signs before it’s to late is something we all need to learn how to do 😦


  13. Rick Mallery / Feb 11 2013 7:25 am

    Way to go, Dianne! Keep up the good work. πŸ™‚


  14. ocdreader / Feb 11 2013 11:10 am

    Awesome review – I love how she included the towel pic πŸ™‚


    • diannegray / Feb 11 2013 1:21 pm

      LOL! Just another of my many embarrassing moments! πŸ˜€


  15. Maddie Cochere / Feb 11 2013 2:34 pm

    Very nice review, Dianne, and I enjoyed all the comments. I love that towel picture! πŸ™‚


    • diannegray / Feb 11 2013 2:57 pm

      Thank you so much, Maddie πŸ˜‰

      I’m really glad you read the review and then stopped in to say hello – YAY! πŸ˜€


  16. Spider42 / Feb 11 2013 9:23 pm

    Wow! Lovely review and definitely sounds like an intriguingly constructed book.
    Kudos on a job well done Dianne, I wish you all possible success for it.


  17. Darla Welchel / Feb 11 2013 10:41 pm

    Diane, Marsha told me that you could send me a copy of The Eleventh Question to do a review for the publications for which I write. If you contact me at, I can send you my physical address. I am a huge advocate of this particular issue and look forward to reading your book!


    • diannegray / Feb 12 2013 6:32 am

      Fantastic, Darla! I’ll contact you πŸ˜‰


  18. mcwoman / Feb 12 2013 12:14 am

    One line says it all, “You can always count on Diane to dig deeper in her writing.” I agree, this is a wonderful book that keeps the pages turning. Congrats, my friend.


    • diannegray / Feb 12 2013 6:38 am

      Thank you so much! I’m very flattered πŸ˜‰


  19. rohan7things / Feb 12 2013 2:05 am

    Wonderful review! Congrats on the release of your book, that’s so cool πŸ™‚



    • diannegray / Feb 12 2013 6:39 am

      Thank you so much, Rohan. I love getting nice reviews! πŸ˜‰


      • rohan7things / Feb 12 2013 10:19 pm

        Me too, it’s always wonderful to have your work appreciated by the people who really get it πŸ™‚



  20. eof737 / Feb 19 2013 7:26 am

    Marsha did a superb job reviewing your book. I enjoyed it every much… and yes, you are one of the nicest published authors I know. TY! πŸ™‚


    • diannegray / Feb 19 2013 8:28 am

      Awww – thank you so much, Eliz. That means so much to me and you’ve just made my day!!! πŸ˜€


  21. C. R. / Feb 20 2013 12:59 pm

    Excellent review, excellent topic and probably and excellent book I need to read!


    • diannegray / Feb 20 2013 3:56 pm

      Let me know if you ever do, Cheri and I’ll send you a free code for it on Smashwords πŸ˜€


      • C. R. / Feb 20 2013 4:03 pm

        send please! πŸ™‚


      • diannegray / Feb 20 2013 4:51 pm

        I’ll send it to your yahoo address – enjoy! πŸ˜€


      • C. R. / Feb 20 2013 5:01 pm

        Thank you very much! πŸ™‚


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