Friday, September 30, 2016

STATUS REPORT # 91

To begin with I finally did decide to enter the 2017 Emily Contest sponsored by the WHRWA [West Houston Romance Writers of America].

Before this month I only had entered a short story writing contest in which the Flash Fiction I’d submitted came in third place. Now this past month I’ve entered two major contests from two different chapters of the RWA; even if I’m only deemed to be a finalist, I will consider it to be a true acknowledgement of my ability to write something decent for the romance genre. If I do wind up as a finalist, and I hope it will, I might wind up with a contract from a traditional publisher; a dream every author hopes will happen to them.

With the beginning of my erotic novella having been submitted to one of these contests, I’m doing a push to have it completed before the end of the year when the finalists should be named. And as it stands now I’ve written a total of 11 chapters, with 59 pages and about 13,800 words. When I write a WIP, I format the manuscript so it looks like an actual book [6” x 9”]. And according to someone I know who reads erotic romances, my first 4 chapters were good, so I hope the judges will have the same opinion.

I’m pushing forwards with my career as a Book Reviewer with a total of 412 books having been reviewed on Amazon, but for some reason Amazon-US hasn’t updated its Amazon Reviewer Ranking in over nine weeks.

Does anyone here participate in the 2016 Reading Challenge on GoodReads? Well I am. As of today I’m just 17 books short of meeting the goal I’d set for myself at the beginning of this year of 200 books; and according to GoodReads I’m 34 books ahead of schedule in meeting my goal.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

BOOK REVIEW # 2016-099 - THE CARESS OF A COMMANDER


Who has never heard of Mark Twain’s story of The Prince and the Pauper, or hasn’t seen the 1937 movie starring Errol Flynn, twins Bill and Bobby Mauch with Claude Rains, or some other version of the film. The story deals with what happened when a pauper and the prince of England meet by chance, saw they looked exactly the same and decided to swamp places.

The author            , Linda Rae Sande, has taken the basic premise of the storyline, made the two male protagonists actual brothers, and the sons of a Marquess.  While Will and Stephen Slater might be brothers, Stephen is the one who’s the bastard son.

Will is finally returning to London after eight years in the British Navy, along with his brother, who served on his ship. Will is eager to find the woman, Lady Barbara, who had pledged her love to him before he left to serve his country, but now has gone missing.

Unbeknownst to Will, Lady Barbara got thrown out of her father’s home seven for becoming an unwed mother to his son. Stephen has a wonderful time as a toast of the town because all the women think he’s Will.  When Will decides to go searching for Barbara, who is now poverty stricken, he asks Stephen to pretend he’s Will.

Like any woman, Lady Barbara feels that since she’s not received any letters from her true love, that he’s now a lost cause and that she should forget about any possibility he will come to rescue her from the deplorable conditions she forced to live in.  Just as you might feel if the guy you love, who’s serving in the armed forces and still alive, has suddenly stopped writing his weekly letters; you’ll probably feel he’s lost interest in you; as both of you will declare you’re no longer in love with him.  But what will happen and how would you will if he returns as your knight in shining armor and rescues you from your plight?

At the same time, Stephen is in his glory with all the women believing he’s Will.  But how will he explain his charade when he finds a woman he truly loves.

There’s two storylines in this book, one follows Will and other follows Stephen. But in both the same questions exists: Will love overcome the barriers which exist in both their lives? Will each of the brothers find the HEA they’re searching for with the women they love?

I’ve read the book, know the answers, but I’m not saying another word. For having given her readers about love possibly conquering all, I’m happy to give Ms. Sande and her book 5 STARS.



 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

BOOK REVIEW # 2016-098 - THE BIG BOOK OF AMERICAN FACTS


Five days a week throughout this great country, former immigrants are becoming citizens, but before they can actually take the oath to have their dreams of officially being part of our nation they must pass a test consisting of several important general questions about the United States.

But how many of us know those little tidbits of interesting facts and trivia of our great country. Bill O’Neill in this book provides his readers 1,000 of these well-research facts covering such areas such as: Presidents, History, Religion, the Constitution, Interesting Laws on the Books, Military, and of course there’s also Weird and Random Facts.

All in all, this book will prove to be quite interesting and information to anyone who wants to learn more about the United States of American; and for informing his readers in such an entertaining fashion I’ve given this book 5 STARS.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

BOOK REVIEW # 2016-097 - KISSES & MEMORIES


Muffy Wilson has an apparent inane ability to handle this genre easily as can be seen in the variety of the three short stories contained in this book. In each of these stories, the author’s writing invites readers to fantasize being in the shoes of the female protagonist, which is what had happened to me.
Without a name for the female protagonist in “The Storm” you it’s easy for you to step into her shoes and imagine you’ve just buried husband and for the first time since you’ve been married you feel abandoned and alone in the world. Could you have become distraught enough that you would decide to end your life by walking headstrong into the ocean? And if a knight on a white horse, in the guise of guy with white hair and a beard comes and rescues you from the fate you had intended for yourself, how grateful would you be towards him. Could and would it give you a reason to start a new sensual relationship with someone new?

In story number two, “The Park”, with the endearing term a hot hunk might give his woman of Lovie, Ms. Wilson makes it easy to once again step into the shoes of the female protagonist as you imagine meeting up with an old childhood friend.

Being a child of the 1950’s the playground was the place our mothers took us to have fun playing and running around with all of our young friends. The playground equipment became other things in our vivid imaginations, like the monkey bars becoming a castle with the center lower square box becoming a dungeon from which the princess needed to be rescued from, the uppermost box became a lookout tower, and the rest of the bars forming a battlefield on which your prince charming and to fight so he can rescue you from the evil knight.

But times change and the playground and park I used to love going to, like the one in the story, is no longer in use by children; having been taken over things such as video games to turn on their imagination.

With the need for the town to save money it sells off the playground to make way for a high-tech waterpark so the children there could once again have fun. The nostalgia for this place when the dedication is supposed to take place creates an opportunity for adults to meet, reminisce of the fun they once had there, and perchance meet an old friend.

This happens when Travis meets his Lovie, and with both of them presently unattached, their remembrances of when they were young and more so in their teens come gushing forth. The love interest they once had for each other as teens which had no real passion, have now matured and their long forgotten unrealized desires have blossomed into a hot passion to be in each other’s arms. Ms. Wilson no stone unturned when these two finally get into bed with each other, leaving her readers only to imagine how much heat there is and they can endure as they read this short story.

In “The Story of Us” Ms. Wilson relates to her readers how much times have changed, especially in the last twelve years. In this story Ms. Wilson gives us two individuals, Mick and Taya, who like myself are children of the 1950’s.

Back then if you were a wallflower, you still might have had a love interest which could be best described as puppy love. A puppy love in which an individual couldn’t express, due to their shyness, how they felt truly towards a person of the opposite sex. And even if you weren’t shy, and went to a park to neck, you were afraid of being discovered and report to your parents.

But since January 4, 2004 when FaceBook first came on the scene, suddenly a door has opened up a space to reveal your hidden feelings and passion towards someone else, solely because you’re not in their presence. This is what happens between these two teenage sweethearts who are now in their sixties. The two are now willing to share the true desires they once had for each other. They discover that love is indeed endless, and their desire to be with each other in their birthday suits is stronger than ever. They have no qualms about having eaten the forbidden, as they exhibit no limitations as to how far they’re willing to go to achieve ecstasy. Their age didn’t matter because they were still young at heart.

For having given her readers three short stories which show how enduring true love for another person can be, and which can be rekindled at any moment, I’m happy to this collection of three erotic short stories 5 STARS.

 

I’ve received a PDF.file for this book through the internet and the above has been my honest opinion.

 



 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

BOOK REVIEW 2016-096 - Coming In Hot Paranormal & Contemporary Medical Romance Boxed Set

When I received the email inviting me to check out this giveaway I didn’t hesitate to jump at the opportunity for a chance to win this marvelous KINDLE collection of over 20 hot steamy Medical Romance stories written by NYTimes, USA Today, International, Award Winning, Best Selling authors through an Amazon giveaway. Needless to say I won and the following is my honest opinion.

When I began reading this collection of a romance genre I hadn’t read yet I didn’t actually know what do expect other than each story would be involving characters of the medical profession. Needless to say when I finished reading it’s a romance genre I definitely would like reading more of, especially when you consider I’d worked in a hospital environment in a non-medical position for over 33 years.

This collection is a marvelous opportunity to be introduced to the writing styles of authors you might have never read before and who you might be interested in reading more of now, and a new story from an author you’ve read before.

The stories themselves range from the enticing bedside behavior of doctors and nurses to sizzling romantic relationships involving them. There’s a wide variety of characters, ranging from mere medical professional to those who are shapeshifters, werewolves, vampires, and more; sure please readers of other romance genres as well.

When I consider everything this collection has to offer and a KINDLE download price of only $ 0.99 [99 cents] you can’t go wrong; which is why I’m happy to give it 5 STARS.



 

Monday, September 19, 2016

BOOK REVIEW # 2016-095 - STAR CROSSED HURRICANE

The worst thing any guy could possible face is to begin to fall in love with an ex-girlfriend who once belonged to one of his best friends. The angry frustrations which can be hurled at this guy by his friend for attempting this can easily decimate the friendship they’ve shared for years.

This is the quandary which Sawyer has to face in regards to Savannah each time he sees her. Yet there’s a visible chemistry between these two each time they’re near each, a chemistry which their emotional feelings are basically being block because of the “public” environment they’re in.

But as usual when there’s a true love between two individuals is afoot, Kismet has a way of stepping in and creating the prefect opportunity where their relationship can explode to its fullest potential.

The opportunity for these two lovers to finally begin the relationship they deserve came in the guise of a hurricane, during which Savannah finds herself trapped in dilapidated, spooky house and Sawyer goes looking for her, in order to save Savannah from the predicament she’s found herself in. Will this encounter between these two lovers mark the beginning of the HEA both are seeking?

While this book’s intended audience falls under the NA [New Adult] category, I believe some Young Adults as well as those adults who are still young at heart will have Wendy Knight’s “Star Cross Hurricane” an enjoyable reading experience, which is why I’ve decided to give this book 5 STARS.
 
US:  https://www.amazon.com/review/R22COW3CPWBWN8

Sunday, September 18, 2016

ROBIN LEIGH MORGAN'S MARKETING/PROMOTIONAL IDEA # 14


You can post entries from your blog posts or other items on Reddit.com.

Reddit is one of those sites you could get a lot of traffic from. However, in order for this to occur you need to keep two things in mind.

1 – Make sure you’re posting your entry for Reddit into the appropriate group, or what is called on their site a “SubReddit.”

2 – Never over-promote an item otherwise or you will hear it from other users of the Reddit community in quite negative terms.