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At 12:12pm on January 20, 2014, Joel Savage said…

Thank you Dr. Marina, glad to know you.

At 2:43pm on January 20, 2014, Alastair Henry said…

"Persuasive Writing" - I like that expression, Marina. Although I didn't set out to specifically persuade anyone with my memoir, "Awakening in the Northwest Territories," readers have commented that it is thought provoking and caused them to seriously consider their stance on certain issues. I can see why and how they had that reaction and for that I am pleased. Thanks for the expression.

At 5:07pm on January 20, 2014, Maurice D. Sassoon said…

Thank you. I heartily reciprocate your friendship and be glad to connect with you as and when the occasion arises.  I am a novelist and poet, having written three novels, titled, THE LION AND THE SUN, BETTER LATER THAN NEVER and ALL ABOUT BRIAN, the last of which, published recently.  You may want to read anyone of the three. You may review it and let me know your opinion in writing. Thanks again and HAPPY NEW YEAR.

At 5:33pm on January 20, 2014, Christian Clason said…


At 6:33pm on January 20, 2014, D. C. Claymore said…

Nice to meet you, my dear.  I wish you great success and favor in your endeavors.

At 11:08pm on January 20, 2014, Lori Barnes said…

Hi Dr. Kostina,

It's nice to have a friend. :)

At 6:35am on January 21, 2014, E. Michael Helms said…

Hi, Dr. Kostina (Marina):

Thanks for inviting me to be your friend on I'm flattered to be asked, and of course I heartily accept! I can't believe your favorite author is Erich Maria Remarque! He is also my favorite! I have all of his novels (mostly old books collected through used book stores, including "All Quiet..." in the original German and the first English version. That book influenced my memoir of the Vietnam War, "The Proud Bastards." I served with the Marines in combat during 1967-68 (18 & 19 yrs. old at the time). My favorite book besides "All Quiet" is probably "The Road Back," his second novel about the German vets of WWI returning home from the war and the challenges they faced.

I'm a writer, and have published in the genres of memoir, historical fiction, and am now involved in a mystery series -- "Deadly Catch: A Mac McClellan Mystery" is the first in the series. You can see more about my books at my website:, or at, or my author page (just type-in E. Michael Helms).

Thanks again, and I look forward to hearing from you.


At 11:01am on January 21, 2014, peter john said…

thanks for your request, please tell me why you invited me. Have two books on under action and adventure. By Peter John. Not a writer first attempt

At 1:21pm on January 21, 2014, B. James Wilson said…

Thanks for adding me to you list of friends. I look forward to our association. I'm not familiar with your favorite author. I'll have to look that one up.

At 4:54pm on January 21, 2014, Sherman Smith said…

Okay, I must ask, what is Persuasive Writing? I think I get the concept but would like to hear it from you.

E. Michael Hems, if you are still out there, I think you might like my novel "Two Blind men And A Fool. It is placed at a Veteran's Hospital in 1946 in San Francisco where most of the patients were wounded in the war against Japan. The music of the error is used as a healing element. Prejudice is confronted when a new orderly arrives who was a Neisei medic and war hero himself. It is also a most unusual love story.

At 6:52pm on January 21, 2014, Dr. Marina Kostina said…

Sherman, Persuasive writing utilizes logic and reason to show that one idea is more legitimate than another idea. Pretty much, it is concerned with the choice of vocabulary, syntax and logic to persuade a reader to adopt a certain point of view or to take a particular action. The arguments include sound reasoning by stating facts,  reasons,  examples, quotes, and research.  Since I am a business woman too, I am very interested in this type of writing (besides writing for pleasure).

I will check out your novel. It sounds very intriguing!

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At 4:22pm on July 16, 2014, Pauline said…

Forgive me for not responding to you earlier.

At 6:27pm on March 22, 2015, Kevin W. Banker said…

I actually forgot I had this.. Sorry so such a long time to accept

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