Tuesday, August 4, 2015

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-090 - ON DEMOCRACY'S DOORSTEP

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

In high school history had always been my best subject with about a 93 average, from the 10th to the 12th grade. The depth and breadth of the information author, J. Douglas Smith, has covered in his book is extraordinary when compared to what I’d been taught.

One would think given the democracy we reportedly live in; one person one, one vote has always been the way part of the democratic process. “On Democracy’s Doorstep” proves the contrary had actually existed prior to the Supreme Court decisions which corrected this situation.

The politics used by both parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, to maintain the levels of apportionment they’ve enjoyed for decades; as well as the gerrymandering of districts even within the same party to keep a particular individual in office would be deemed by those unfamiliar to the “Game of Politics” to be unbelievable.

To read about the details described by the author concerning the shenanigans pulled by both parties to keep their status quo is a real eye-opener to the uninitiated common citizen of the United States.

I’m therefore giving Mr. Smith my thanks and 5 STARS for opening the door and removing the “veil of secrecy” to the issue of “one person, one vote” for all those who read his book.




Monday, August 3, 2015

STATUS REPORT # 58

I hit bottom on Friday, my dear OH, being antsy, decided to get out of the wheelchair without anyone watching now needs to get hip surgery, which is scheduled to be done today.

I’m trying to get on mind on something else; and with my finally being able to return to working on my WIPs now out the question, I’m going to concentrate all my efforts on reviewing books. And to have a supply of books to read, I’ve decided to start entering giveaways for e-books; which is something I’ve avoided, just call me old-fashioned, doing since I rather have a real book in my hands that I can snuggle up with in a reclining chair.

Unfortunately, because of what’s being happening these past several months, I can’t bring myself promote either of my two books; which is something I definitely must do before the end of this month.

THANKS for allowing me to rant here, as I need all the support I can get.

Love

Robin Leigh Morgan



Friday, July 31, 2015

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-089 - IT ONLY HURTS WHEN I CAN'T RUN

I received a copy of this book from a Publisher’s giveaway on LibraryThing.com and the following is my honest opinion for the book.

Although it’s not directly stated reading this book I got the sense the storyline is actually a poignant fictionalized memoir of the author herself as there too many key points which both Binta, the girl in the story, and the author share. While a purist might say this book needs to be edited to some degree, I feel the writing as is adds to the authenticity of the story being from the girl’s POV.

Many other girls in the same position as Binta would have succumb to what the fates had in store for her, however the speck of faith she had in her heart and soul persevered and she survived. And having survived she herself, and like Lazarus rising from the dead, her life became one of commitment in helping young girls with some of the same issues she had to deal with, especially those which involve self-esteem and identity issues since she had already walked a mile in their shoes.

The title of this book truly defines what Binta had been going through, for any time she couldn’t run off to find some sort of sanctuary, the pain of the reality she had to endure took over and the hurting began.

For the message of hope written throughout the pages of this book, I’m giving Ms. Parker the 5 STARS it richly deserves.





Sunday, July 26, 2015

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-088 - THE CAT'S MAW

I received a mobi.file [KINDLE] version of this book through a giveaway on LibraryThing in return for an honest review.

My OH and I have no children but have enjoyed our “fur babies” since being married for the past 21 ½ years and know how wonderful they can be in making us feel better when we need it the most. Being a cat lover I enter any giveaway that is offering a book where a cat is one of the main characters, which is why I’m grateful I won a copy of this book.

Billy is a sweet kid who’s been dealt a bad existence which no kid should ever be put through. To begin with he’s the adoptive child of a pair of parents who don’t seem to know how to deal with him. He’s constantly being bullied by his classmates, made by victim of pranks, and naturally because of this has no one to call a friend. To make matters worse at the beginning of summer he gets hit by a car; breaking a leg.

Anyone who’s ever adoptive a cat knows you don’t adopt a cat, the cat adopts you. Once attached cats usually can sense when you need them as they show up purring, nuzzling against your hand or another body part. Such is the case when a black cat comes into Billy’s life and he starts to feel better about himself and things in general.

The cat’s presence starts Billy off on an adventure, which take the form of a series of dreams into a fantasy world in which all the creatures are able to speak. This realm is one of pure fantasy where the Watchers, the Shadows, and the Enemy That Awakens take a part in the quest Billy must follow and complete in order to find a key which will release the voices he hears. There are important lessons which must Billy must learn along the way, and if he’s successful in this quest, will Billy also be released from his current predicament.

The storyline is fast-spaced which aids in making this book a true page-turner which segues from one scene to the next, and the writing is quite vivid all leading up to the reason I’m giving this book 5 STARS.    


         
UK:   http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00OU6O27W

Friday, July 24, 2015

STATUS REPORT # 57 -

I can’t believe it’s been 16 days since I last posted a status report. With all that’s been happening since I had a nurse and a social worker coming to our home to discuss the care for my OH I’ve been involved with a multitude of tasks connected to it.

I finally got around to organizing all the paperwork and bills surrounding the supplies and care. The finances we’ve worked out seem to holding their own as we’re in no dire need of funds to pay any of the care related or regular household expenses. THANK GOODNESS the job I had required me to work with spreadsheets, so using the several I’ve created allows us to visually see where we stand on an almost daily basis, especially since I updating everything the moment there’s a change. The home care department of the hospital we’re affiliated with, thanks to our regular physician, has provided us with what we really needed for my dear’s care.

We finally got a Physical Therapist to come to do an evaluation regarding treatment and we’re waiting now for the authorization for treatment to come through.  A specialist came and has set up a new regiment of medication in order for my OH to get weaned off the medicine which had created the situation we’re in now, and which will hopefully lead us onto the road of a full recovery.

I haven’t realized the toll all this has taken on me until this past week. For the past week I’m falling asleep in the middle of each day for about two hours; and even more recently a stomach virus has taken over me greatly reducing my ability to eat any regular food as well.  A good chicken soup with noodles does indeed work wonders.

The rhythm of being able to do any of my regular daily online tasks/routine has been decimated, particularly my doing book reviews, which since becoming a Book Reviewer last year almost become a real passion with me. This is probably due to my current inability to focus on things. In fact, today [7/24] is the first day I’ve felt somewhat like my usual self.

I’m glad my Amazon Reviewer Ranking hasn’t really suffered account of this, and I’m grateful the timing of this has come at a time where I’ve got no real backlog of books to review [due to the lack of my luck in] winning any giveaways on the internet I usually enter. While receiving a YES for a review I’ve written on Amazon is nice for my ranking there, I do wish I would receive a comment now and then concerning my book reviews as I’d love to know how I’m actually doing in writing them.


The weekend is now upon us and I’d love for everyone to have a GREAT WEEKEND with your families. !!!  :-) :-) :-)

Friday, July 17, 2015

BOOK REVIEW 2015-087 - WHEN WE LOVE

“When We Love” is story particularly any woman can relate to as it’s what they truly want in a relationship.  Young women are suspicious about guys as they believe all they basically want is to get them in bed for, as you might suspect, for sex. And as for guys their suspicion is that all women are only interested in how much money they’ve got.

Once both believe they’ve at long last found their soulmates things on occasion change drastically, and their so-called one-time wondrous relationships has hit rock-bottom, and if it ends they’ve got a tendency to become “shell-shocked” about entering into any new relationships since neither wants to be hurt again. Such is the case with Lauren and Hank.

Both of these characters need to fill the void in their lives, and when they first meet they sense something about each which might make their lives once again complete. For Hank, Lauren’s a refreshing change from all the other women as she’s apparently only interested in the man he is, and nothing else. However, he’s slow in accepting her love due to all the negatives he’d experience from his ex and the other women he’s seen. And then there’s the possible threat from his ex, who’s still lurking around in the background trying to insure he can’t find the happiness he seeks.

For Lauren, she got over her past sooner than Hank and began to open up to him, but he need more time to do the same so he can accept Lauren for the wonderful, caring person she is.

Lauren’s “well-meaning” actions create problems she didn’t need or wanted. In the end she learns a life changing lesson regarding relationships and this thing we call love; which is why I loved the very appropriate title she has given her novella and why I’m giving this endeavor 5 STARS.



Monday, July 13, 2015

A MILESTONE HAS BEEN REACHED and THANKS

With the posting of my last book review I’ve hit a milestone in my 2nd second career as a Book Reviewer which I began only 10 months ago. I’ve now 150 reviews listed on Amazon, with 96% of my reviews being deemed helpful; and a Ranking of 7,756.

I wish my other second career as an author, could be just as successful.  The first novel I wrote is a sweet MG/YA Paranormal Romance novel entitled, "I Kissed a Ghost" which currently has currently has a decent average of 4.1 STARS based on 22 Reviews 


My second book is a collection of 100 Flash Fictions I’ve written, with the vast majority of them consisting of only five sentences. The book is entitled “Micro Fiction – An Anthology” and it has so far received two wonderful 5 STAR reviews.


I currently have two WIPs in the process of being written, with both of them about 85% - 90% completed.

The first is an adult Contemporary Romance with a paranormal element running through parts of the storyline which is entitled,
“His Darkest Secret.”  The second is a MG/YA Urban Fantasy novella entitled “The Secret of the Well” and is a stand-alone sequel to my first novel which has a romance has a backstory.

I’m also in the process of compiling a second volume for my Micro Fiction Anthology. I wouldn’t have these two careers in addition to being a blogger, etc. since my retirement, if not for you my followers. So THANKS for being here.

Love and Hugs


Robin Leigh Morgan