Thursday, July 28, 2016

HAS ANYONE TAKEN A LOOK AT MY SECOND BOOK

Many of you who have followed by blog know that I've written a MG/YA Paranormal romance as my debut novel entitled "I Kissed a Ghost."

The thing is I've also self-published a second book entitled "Micro Fiction - An Anthology" which contains 100 Flash Fictions, the vast majority of which are only 5 sentences, with the longest having about 390 words. This book is quite different than the ones you usually read.

Well recently this book had received another 5 STAR review which I'd like for everyone to check out on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/review/R2CUNFAW8BE869

Monday, July 25, 2016

BOOK REVIEW # 2016-083 - WHO I AM: POETRY

From time to time as a Book Reviewer I love to read something other than the genres I normally would read, from children’s books to steamy erotic stories; and I’ve found reading poetry fills that desire quite well.

Poetry is able to communicate things such as feeling in a manner like no other form of literature can. Poetry comes from deep down inside its writer’s inner being which can’t really be done any other way. Poetry usually paints a certain imagery which is different to each individual reading it. So while no matter what an individual gets from reading a poem is correct as far as that individual is concerned; the question that arise here is whether or not this is what the writer of the poem wanted their readers to have after reading it.

Everyone who has ever read a poem and enjoyed it has wondered what had been going on in the poet’s mind when they wrote it. Haven’t you?

Unfortunately this tidbit of information has always remained a mystery as far as I know; which is why I loved reading this book of poems by Paul Travis.

In his book of poems Paul Travis has not only lifted the veil of mystery behind the writing of each poem, he has allowed his readers into his intimate and personal life. So in return for so aptly sharing his life with those who read this book, I’m giving it 5 STARS.

 

I read this book via a KINDLE unlimited download on Amazon-US.

 


 
UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/RZ6ZG3TQ908OU

Sunday, July 24, 2016

STATUS REPORT # 84

Since my last Status Report I can safely say that all of the pieces of the life I share with my dear OH have begun to finally fall back in place to the way it was before the onset of the calamity both of us have had to face in our daily faces. Yesterday, after about 15 months, we when to one of our favorite malls to do some much needed shopping for clothes and ate at one of our favorite dining spots in the Food Court, the place which sells the Chicken Teriyaki with the rice/noodles and vegetables. We know we’ll have to make at least two more trips before we’re finished. Can you imagine how it feels to get outside from our apartment again and finally do the things we used to do as a loving couple?  

I will be continuing not posting all of my book reviews here since I don’t want to overwhelm, you, my dear readers, with them. The book reviews which will continue to be posted here are those I’ve won through the various giveaways you know I enter on an on-going basis. I will also post some for those books I’m gotten myself which is not to say there’s anything wrong with those I don’t post here, so you’ll need to check my Amazon profile periodically or follow me there:


I’ve devised a schedule which I hope I can keep for working on my WIPs which now number 4, concentrating on my adult Contemporary romance, followed by my MG/YA Urban Fantasy, followed by about 5 pages a week for my two erotic romance novelettes.

I still would like to start posting interviews and guest blogs here on my blog to interest the variety of items here. So if anyone interested please feel free to contact me.
 

Friday, July 22, 2016

BOOK REVIEW # 2016-082 - WINTER WEDDING BELLS

One of the programs I loved to watch on my television in my younger days, single and still unattached was “The Love Boat.” Each weekly episode contained three interconnected vignettes, in which each of couple in the vignettes took the cruise in the hopes of finding romance for the first time, rekindled the one they once had so they could get a second chance in having a HEA, or even looking at whether or not they’ve made the right decision in marrying the guy who had proposed to her.

“Winter Wedding Bells” gives its readers three authors: Kristine Rolofson, Karen Rock and Jennifer Snow who have gotten together to write three individual novelettes [vignettes], with each one taking place at the Mirror Lake Ski Lodge in Lake Placid, NY.

In “The Kiss” by Karen Rock, what would you do if right before you were to say the “I Dos” you encounter your first love and with a little prodding by your mother, a mother who probably knows you better than yourself; would you proceed with your wedding plans or stop and reconsider your options? This is the predicament Julie has found herself in with regards to her relationship with her first true love, Austin. Don’t forget a second chance of a HEA can only happen once.

In “The Wish” by Kristine Rolofson, what you do if you’re an events planner and you’ve in a professional working relationship with a sexy, Italian chef, who’s the heartthrob of countless of beautiful women; but have been ignoring any and all of his advances simply because you don’t believe you’re good enough for the likes of him? What will it take for you to see the light of that his hunk can actually be yours? What will it take for your mind to finally listen to your heart? This is score of the relationship that Grace and Nico are facing to have a HEA happen.

In “The Promise” by Jennifer Snow, what would you do if you’re the maid of honor at your friend’s now cancelled wedding and you see her cousin, a guy you once had a decent relationship until it had turned sour. Back then you were your old self and he had been a conceited football player. Today you’re a professional woman with a successful career as lawyer who some consider to be uptight.  You know you’ve changed, but as far as you’re concerned this guy’s the same; and you’d love to avoid having anything do you with him. What does this guy have to do to change your mind so you’ll be willing to become his, a desire he’s desperately wants to become true? This is the second chance decision Alexis has to make regarding Liam, so there could be a HEA for both of them.

As you can see having the HEA all three of these women are looking for is not as easy it might appear. There are a lot of decisions which must be made, some easy, some hard.

While you always knew at the end of each week’s episode of “The Love Boat” that all of the couples in the various vignettes would find the happiness they’ve sought, the endings here is not as clear cut. How many of these three stories end in a HEA, with two being a much sought after second chance? Will it be three, will it be two or will it be none?

As a Book Reviewer I know the answer since I’ve read the, but for everyone else, the answers can be found when you read these three stories, each wonderfully written in the style of their individual authors.

Granted this is not the winter season, but with a collection of stories like these in doesn’t matter; so how can I not give this book 5 STARS.

UK:   https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R2O893AXCDNJSM

Sunday, July 17, 2016

BOOK REVIEW # 2016-081 - UNDER AN ADIRONDACK SKY

I won a signed paperback copy of this from the author on a giveaway she had on her FaceBook page and the following is my honest opinion.

Have you ever been or have known someone who has had no time in their lives for anything else but taking care of those who are near and dear to them, and putting all of their dreams especially those of  romance on the back burner?

If you do, then you can totally relate to Adam Walsh, a guy fate seems to like teasing. Why did I say teasing? What else would you call having his father die, followed by his mother coming down with Alzheimer’s and losing the memory of her family, and leaving the family business in hands? What else would call when these things causes his younger brother to become so problematic that he faces being thrown out of school if doesn’t change back to the way he was before? What else would you call it if the only solution to Adam’s problem with his brother is the school’s psychologist, Rebecca Day; the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen, who happens to drop by his bar one night? And to this add Rebecca’s job being on the line, by seeing if she’s able to rehabilitate Connor and the rest of the teens under her watch, succeeding here will be her only salvation.

Karen Rock has taken these somewhat ominous fate cards and has crafted a wonderful romance story with just the right potpourri of sweetness and heat; and a bit of jealously/anger when Connor see his brother in a tender embrace with Rebecca causing him to sink to taking drugs and drinking alcohol, without regards to what it might do to her career and everything should her superiors find out.

I loved the manner in which the author describes where the areas in which the story takes place, not because it’s the area where she lives; but because it’s the area that for years my dear OH and I loved going to on vacation twice a year, too bad due to various family matters we haven’t been able to visit for the past 5/6 years. 

Will the issues Aiden has regarding his brother be resolved? But more important, will Rebecca and Aiden get the HEA they’ve always wanted?  Read this heartwarming story to find out.

For writing this endearing story and for making me somewhat homesick to visit this area again, I’m giving it 5 STARS.


 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

BOOK REVIEW # 2016-080 - 52 LIKES

I received a KINDLE copy of this book from the author through a giveaway she had on LibraryThing and the following is my honest opinion.

What is THE MOST TERRIFYING experience any woman should ever have to face? Now image how this individual would feel if she had only been a teenager looking for an evening of fun at a party in an abandoned or vacant home and had gone to the wrong address, only to be viciously raped and nearly killed. You can image the intense impact this would have on the protagonist of this book, Valerie; can’t you. I know you can.

Being constantly bullied by her classmates had always plagued Valerie, but now, in addition, she not only had to face being taunted with nasty rumors of that fateful night; she also had no idea as to who her masked rapist was. Imagine looking at every guy passing by you and wondering if he had been the guilty culprit who had raped you.

While you would probably want to put this horrific incident of your life and the rest of the negative experiences of your life; Valerie definitely wants to.  What she didn’t know when she began her quest to return her life to a sense of normalcy, had been the psychological and metaphysical hurdles she’ll have to face. The most baffling of these had been why all of the eerie photos of the past victims of her rapist/murderer had 52 LIKES under their photos, something which had to be more than mere coincidence.

The author has done a wonderful in writing about Valerie’s real life experience and feelings connecting with spirits of the culprit’s victims, especially the angst she experiences before, during and after her rape; feelings her readers should feel as well as they read this book. But when all is said and done, at the end of the day, will Valerie ultimately become an unfortunate victim of her horrific ordeal, scarred for life; or will she triumph and become a survivor. You’ll have to read the book to find out.  As for me, I’m happy to give Ms. Sharif the 5 STARS it deserves.


Friday, July 15, 2016

ROBIN LEIGH MORGAN'S MARKETING/PROMOTIONAL IDEA # 11


Book clubs and similar entities can help you to sell several books a time. You can try using Meetup.com and other sites to find the book clubs in your area; once you do, I first would contact the group’s organizer so you can introduce yourself and naturally your book[s].