Published Books


A good story well told with the exception of a description of intimacy between two characters that was described in terms of “he grabbed her butt” which seemed out of character for the story and time and rather lacking in romantic imagination. There was also a word in the text that was frequently in the wrong tense which was disconcerting and distracts from the flow of the story. Carol Kheder. Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2015.


Note from the author: I do appreciate even negative reviews, as long as they are legitimate, such as this one is, because an author can learn from it. That being said, when I wrote the love scene, which is difficult for even the most experienced authors, I was determined to keep it as clean as I could. You will notice that nowhere did I use the more vulgar terms in that segment. Had the reviewer understood that perhaps she would not have criticized the love scene. I simply wrote it for fun. As for whatever word she wrote about that was used in the wrong tense, I know she did not understand that this was only my second book. I really did not have any formal training in the art of writing, and I was still struggling to learn the art.


If you like romance AND historical fiction, this book is for you! Angela. Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2019.

2 Responses to Published Books

  1. Gene Eric Salecker says:

    Hello Mike: Your book is one of the best on the common soldier in the Civil War, covering enlistment, training, campaigning, battle, prison, and of course, the voyage on the Sultana. I was glad to be a small part of your writing experience. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the life of a Civil War soldier and the experiences of some of the men on the steamboat Sultana. Gene Salecker

    • mjoslin says:

      Hello Gene:
      Thank you for that, it means a lot to me.
      When I discovered a comment from you, it only showed about half of the first sentence because I had to give approval before they published it. I am still learning this website business so I had to figure out where to go in order to approve your comment.
      I sent emails to the Sultana Museum, to Jonathan Matthews at Cahaba, and to the Andersonville gift shop. I have yet to hear from the first two, but I did hear from Andersonville. The problem here is that the gift shop is apparently run by They have a bunch of forms that I would be required to fill out before they even give me approval. Frankly, I am a somewhat intelligent man but, a lot of what they ask I don’t understand at all. I think I may pass on that one.


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