Monday, October 5, 2015


I won an e-book edition of this book written by Amber Daulton through her giveaway on LibraryThing recently and the following in my honest opinion.

This story is an updated version of the old folk tale which practically very young girl has read as a child and since that day has dreamt of finding someone who would become her own Prince Charming. Have you ever have this dream?

In her book, Annalise Gallagher is Cinderella and Elijah Burleigh is her Prince Charming. But unlike her who was beautiful, but wore rags; Annalise had beautiful clothes looks quite ordinary.

One night Annalise and her three girlfriends find a magical locket and each make the same wish to look extremely beautiful and wake up the next morning, their wishes fulfilled. However, the magic will only last for 24 hours, midnight to midnight.

When she wakes up Annalise and see her wish has been granted, goes to him and is totally surprised when he invites her to be his guest at his friend’s wedding later that evening. When she meets him later she’s dressed in a haute couture gown straight from Paris, vowing to make the most of the time she has left to be with him.

But with no Fairy Grandmother around her appearance to the way her Prince had seen her the previously night, but what will happen Annalise awakes and Elijah sees her the way she normally looks like?  Will he demand to know what happened; or will she wake to find him waiting for her to wake and ask if he can do anything for her?  Until you read this book, you’ll just have to dream about what happens.

As I read this book the author’s writing has been such that at times I felt as if I’d been a shadow watching what’s transpiring in front of me, which is why I’m giving this book FIVE STARS.




I received a set of four books [PDF.file] from his author’s The Great Book of Animal Knowledge series centering on CATS through his giveaway on LibraryThing, and the following is my honest opinion for it.

Each of these four books

VOLUME 4 – CHEETAHS: The Fastest Cats on the Planet

VOLUME 5 – TIGERS: Deadly Predators of the Jungle

VOLUME 6 – LIONS: Powerful Kings of the Wild

VOLUME 9 – LEOPARDS: Stalkers of the Wild

while brief in length this book offers its young readers a clear and concise description for various aspects of this cat and its life, which is aided by each of the 20+ photographs above each description. And for this, I’m giving each of these books 4 STARS.


I obtained a copy of this book through a giveaway on GoodReads and the following is my honest opinion.

My dear OH and I, having no children, have been cat lovers for years, which is why I couldn’t resist trying to win a copy of this book.

Ms. Petrova has done a marvelous job with her book, beginning with the tragic death of her dear mother and how Zarathustra became her cat and had her come out the depression she found herself in. The author is quite fortunate to have bonded with her cat the way she has because of their independence and elusiveness. She is also fortunate to have had a mother who taught everything she knew, as well as curiosity and willingness to look at different fields, this ultimately led her to develop the artistic skills used in creating the art which is displayed in this book.

However, this book wouldn’t have been possible if it hadn’t been for her cat, who loved to be a show-off by posing in different positions on his own so he could be photographed by Ms. Petrova. The author then sought out the perfect masterpieces painted by all the famous artists in the world which she get high resolution images of, and then artistically and painstakingly photoshop the photos she had of her cat onto.

To add to the enjoyment of each of her finished pictures the author has combined the historical points about each one as well as having the cat presence in the now improved masterpiece explained.

I believe this book makes for a pleasant reading experience for all cat and art lovers. Given the pictures in this book and the quality of the paper being used, this price is quite reasonable when compared to other books out there. I’m therefore happy to give this book 5 STARS.


As promised, I hope to post some sort of writing tip each Monday starting today. I felt the best way to start is to handle the issue or problem regarding names for the characters in our books.

Every author in writing their book(s) has to face the dilemma of what to name our characters, luckily for us if our story takes place in the United States, we have a superb tool to help remedy the situation. When we name our characters, we want their names to be appropriate for the time period the story is taking place, and of course it would be wonderful if we can know what the most popular names were for our characters when they were born.

In my debut MG/YA Paranormal Romance novel, "I Kissed a Ghost", I wanted my characters to be around 13 years old which would mean they were born in 1997. And since my story has a time travel element to it, I would also need to know the most popular names in 1897.

There's a lot more fun stuff can LAO find out how popular your name has been since you were born. Here's the link to the site.


Things have finally begun to slow down in my life as my dear OH is improving every, and hopefully we’ll no longer need a 24/7 home attendant by the beginner of next year.

My status as a Book Reviewer is improving on a regular basis. As of today on Amazon my approval rating is 95% based on 184 reviews and my ranking is 6,408; but some reason there appears to be no change in anyone’s ranking for the past week.

On August 25th as you know I got accepted as a Book Reviewer on The Romance Reviews website and I now have 2 reviews posted there, both of which are already proving helpful for visitors to the site who are interested in these books. If anyone is interested in reading these reviews you’re welcome to visit me there, here’s my link:

I’ve already myself being interview on one site in November and I’m looking to do more. If anyone is interest in either interviewing me or have me do a guest post, please feel free to contact me.

Starting this week I’ll be posting a tip each Monday which I hope will help you in your writing endeavors.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-120 - VIPER

I received a copy of this book after requesting it from The Romance Review website, after downloading it I didn’t really want to wait reading so I read it as I ate my lunch.

I doubt if I would even want to fantasize about being in Scarlet’s shoes; getting kidnapped off the street to become a mere sex toy for a motorcycle gang and to live a life where I would constantly be brutalized, humiliated and raped.

And if I did fantasize, I would long for an Alpha Male like Viper to come along to rescue me and treat me like a woman should. For some reason after this guy fought so hard to claim me as a prize in a poker game, I would have thought I would get some sort of tender romance back in my life. Perhaps, he’s just stubborn regarding the possibilities which exist between us. For one thing I knew given what I’ve been through, I doubt if I could never return to the old wholesome me; but at the same time I wondered if I could become the “old lady” of the leader of another gang?

For allowing me to experience a sort of forbidden fantasy, and for creating scenes and dialogue which I felt have been quite vivid I’m giving Ms. Smith 5 STARS.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BOOK REVIEW # 2015 - 119 - BEGINNER READER: The Missing Melon

What family doesn’t enjoy a day in the park, playing games and having a picnic?  But what happens when the watermelon you wanted to enjoy goes missing?  This is what happened to Sarah and Sammy Swisher and their parents.

Once they discovered it was gone they decided to become detectives, just like The Two Alexes in an series of books written for somewhat older readers by this author, and to try to discover any clue they can to solve this mystery. When they find it, they knew the melon no longer could be eaten because of what had happened to it. They laughed because they’ve found it and had lots of fun doing it.

The illustrations are once again a wonderful addition in helping its young readers to visualize the story; which is why I’ve given this book 5 STARS. Since the author hasn’t stated who drew them, I have to assume she’s the illustrator for this book as well.