Sunday, June 26, 2016

BOOK REVIEW # 2016-071 - TOVI THE PENQUIN GOES TRICK-OR-TREATING

As you know by now I basically read/review books which I’ve either won through the various giveaways I’m always entering or I’ve obtained myself. So when I’ve found an author I truly like, I’m always on the lookout for their next giveaway. I therefore feel fortunate to have won the giveaway for Ms. Rossiter’s latest addition to her Tovi the Penquin series.

Each of this author’s books are aimed for the youngest of readers so they can experience the joy of reading at an early age while at the same time educating them in some aspect of life. Tovi the Penquin goes Treat-of-treating introduces its young readers to Halloween, the holiday most children love besides Christmas. It teaches them that while on the outside things might seem scary, they’re actually meant as an opportunity for them to have fun.

The illustrations are perfectly keyed to the surrounding text, aiding in the visualization of it. This like all of the other two books I’ve already reviewed are guaranteed wanting to read over and over again; and in some incidents its young readers have been known to attempt reading them to their younger siblings, their pets or their toys.  So it should come as no surprise I’ve given this book 5 STARS.

NOTE: The author has used the British spelling of certain words.

 
UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1QTTYLKQ38H36

Saturday, June 25, 2016

STATUS REPORT # 81

Since my last Status Report there’s been improvement on several fronts; the most important of which is our picking up a walker with four wheels which will allow for an improved ability to ambulate; both in overall movement and speed.

My Amazon Reviewer Ranking has been under 5,000, and improving for the past three consecutive updates. I’ve now completed 327 reviews and my goal of 350 by the end of July should be quite attainable at this point.

As far as my WIPs are concerned; I’ve made 127 changes to my adult Contemporary romance, “His Darkest Secret,” resulting in an increase of 226 words. It’s amazing what over a year without looking at a manuscript can do; it’s like looking at it with a totally new set of eyes and the ability to clearly see what needs to be changed. If you’re constantly reading a manuscript over and over, you can become blind to necessary changes since you’re overly familiar with what you’re reading. With a goal of completing one chapter a month, I should be finished with this endeavor in just over three weeks. Then I can begin the process of finishing the writing of this WIP over the following four weeks.

This means I must seriously look for ways to create the funds I’ll need to pay for editing and the creation of a cover. I’d love to have this novel published by the end of October.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

BOOK REVIEW 2016-69/70 - MY WEIRD SCHOOL FAST FACTS: GEOGRAPHY / SPORTS

I received a ARC [Advance Reader’s Copy] for Fast Facts: Geography book through a Goodreads giveaway in return for my honest opinion. 
What made this ARC particularly interesting is that it was a FLIP ARC, meaning if you turned the book over you had a second ARC. The second ARC dealt with Sports.

Unless you’re truly interest in knowing facts concerning a specific topic, fact books can be extremely boring to read. This can be especially true when it comes to intended audience of readers, children between the ages of 6 – 10.

Taking two characters, A.J. and Andrea from his My Weird School Series of books Dan Gutman has written a skillfully crafted dialogue in which facts about Geography flow smoothly from one fact into another. The illustrations and photos add to the educational experience for its young readers for which I’ve given this book 5 STARS.

 
SPORTS:  https://www.amazon.com/review/R1F4LFA9YRIOLQ

Thursday, June 16, 2016

BOOK REVIEW # 2016-068 - METERNITY

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through a giveaway they held on GoodReads and the following is my honest opinion.

What is a single, harried woman who’s tired working for a sleek, high-end baby magazine to do when she’s toiled for an imaginable number of unappreciated hours merely covering for her co-workers, picking up the work because of their kids, or because fate has made them fortunate enough to give birth to a child, if not more? She’ll do what practically any woman, perhaps even yourself, would do. She’ll jumped at the first opportunity destiny would give her for a respite from her predicament.

Luckily one day, out of the blue, such an opportunity finally prevailed. Liz Buckley didn’t asked for, or planned for it just happened.

Usually no one, even her boss, ever noticed the work-related anxieties/stress she regularly suffered from. You know the kind I mean; the kind where everyone takes you for granted or never appreciates your efforts at work. I know how she felt because this has happened to me on a regular with my civil service job.

However, on this particular day, even though she never said a word, her boss mistakenly takes her usual stressed-out appearance for that of morning sickness, and the onset stages of motherhood. And if you’ve ever been fortunate enough to become pregnant, you know precisely how everyone’s perception of you changes at work. All of sudden they honestly care for you and suddenly everything you do. While your job title doesn’t change, your status at work does. A strange thing is at the beginning it doesn’t matter if you’re married or single with or without a regular male companion, the only thing which does is your newly found medical condition. But give it a little while and suddenly it becomes an item ripe for office gossip.

Liz got lucky in helping her carry out her charade with the aid of two great friends and co-workers Brie and Alexis. They help Liz to calculate a plausible LMP date and the vital EDC for any true pregnant, making sure she can answer any question throw at her regarding her condition, as if she’s actually pregnant; for any hesitation would bring a swift and embarrassing end to her pretense. They also with some additional aided Liz in making sure her physical appearance would match the progress of a real pregnancy.

From this stage forward, she had to live a double life, a pregnant “Mom” during the day and a swinging single woman at night. This existence becomes a real challenge when she meets a guy during one of her nighttime soiree who just might be her HEA, and can’t figure out to tell him so she won’t lose him.

What’s going to happen to Liz regarding her pretense at work and her co-workers as the proposed blessed day approaches and the baby showers begin? What’s going to happen regarding Liz’s family’s expectation for her? What’s going to happen to Liz when the gig is up and she must reveal the truth? I’m not going to reveal the answer; you’ll need to read the book to find out.

While this book is a Contemporary romance, it is more of a Romantic Comedy, which must be kept in mind as one reads it in order to better appreciate what the story has to offer. For having written her readers a fun reading experience regarding pregnancy and the work place I’ve given this book 5 STARS.

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

Monday, June 13, 2016

STATUS REPORT # 80

Since first coming home from first being hospitalized and going for rehab and coming home; and then being hospitalized for a broken hip/partial hip replacement followed by more rehab, this is the FIRST WEEKEND my dear OH and I have been able to be alone. The dear has improved so much we decided to discontinue the use of the 24/7 home attendants we’ve been using on the weekends. And I would love for us to stop using them totally before the end of next month.

To celebrate we went to our favorite Indian restaurant to partake to their all you can eat buffet, something we haven’t done in about 19 months.

Since I do my best writing before 9 AM and after 10 PM not having a home attendant during this weekend [Sat – Mon] has finally given me access to our second bedroom where they sleep, etc. during the times I’ve just mention.

Before I can move forward working on any of the three WIPs I current have, I first must re-read everything I’ve already written slowly to refresh my memory and to allow my “fresh” set of eyes I now have to pick any errors which exist or to make any changes.

Since I don’t really have any books on my TBReviewed pile for books I’ve won from the giveaways I usually enter; I’m now on the prowl for free KINDLE books on Amazon. Since I don’t post the reviews for these books you’ll need to check my Amazon profile from time to time read them. 

 


 

At the time I’m writing this, I’ve got 318 reviews on Amazon. I would love to have 350 reviews before the end of next month.

Friday, June 10, 2016

ROBIN LEIGH MORGAN'S MARKETING/PROMOTIONAL IDEA #10

Here’s a relatively simple idea, one which you probably totally forgot. I know I did until I received it in the mail since the last idea I posted here.

What is it?

Why, it’s the college alumni newsletter/magazine you get from time to time in the mail. If you didn’t go to college it might be your high school; that’s provided they had an alumni association and you’ve joined it.

Alumni associations love to hear about what you’ve been up to, especially if you’ve achieved doing something vital or interesting. Don’t you think having a book published would be considered to be one of these things?

Your fellow alumni might buy a copy of what you’ve written, simply because your one of them.

The best thing about this I idea is that the only cost involved is the time you’ll spend contacting them; and then working with them if they choose to write about you and your book[s].

And if by chance, you’re active in a union they would likewise be interested in what a brother/sister member is what to. If your union has a retiree association, join it and let them know.

This can also apply to anyone who works or had worked for a large company with an employee newsletter/magazine.

My union’s retirees association just had their annual luncheon this past week which I went to, sans my dear OH. There they announced if you’re doing anything interesting to let them know.

I’m definitely doing both of these items in the coming week.

So why don’t you consider doing them as well?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

BOOK REVIEW # 2016-067 - CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY GIRL

If there was any book a person like me could relate to this would be the book. But in order to tell for me to explain why I have to confess I suffer from a genetic deformity on my skin on several parts of my body including a very vital part - - my face.

So like Millie I never thought I would never married but one day I ran into my dear OH at work; my OH, I should point out is rather plain looking and could never win a beauty contest.

After a while our relationship ended. I can’t really remember why, but it. However, a few years later our paths crossed and the relationship started anew and happily we eventually married. We basically agreed not to have children out of fear of passing my condition along to any child we have had.

The only difference between me and Millie is that I knew I had a good heart. My dear OH had been the first individual to see pass my deformity and to the person I am inside. Sam has to be the first person in Millie’s life who also was able to look pass her so-called ugliness to the person she is inside. Now, for Millie to have her HEA, she must be “forced” to realize that she has far more to offer Sam than merely looking pretty.

Ms. Wasser’s poignant story can, could and should be read by both men and women; people who are allowing themselves to be their worst enemy by letting their outward appearance to run their lives.

For what could well be, I’ve got no knowledge if it is, someone’s memoir, I’m giving this book 5 STARS.