Thursday, August 25, 2016

BOOK REVIEW #2016-091 - ON A DARK STORMY NIGHT


Being a child of the 1950’s I can remember in the fourth grade when we were asked to write a 500 [or whatever] word composition about _________.  We weren’t allowed to deviate from that topic. However the fourth grade students, whose short stories are contained in this book, led by their teach Ms. Greer and NY Times Best Selling Author K. Bromberg were simply asked to something, without a word limitation, that began with the words “ONE DARK, STORMY NIGHT.”  



This collection of 23 short stories, written by these students, shows the diversity of their creativity. Of course a purist would say these stories need to be edited. However we must remember who’s writing these stories; and the worst errors I found is that of being passive in their writing with their frequent use of the word “was.” Because of the opportunity given to these students, it might serve as the catalyst which might interest them in becoming real authors.



Too bad is kind of opportunity hadn’t been given to me in the fourth grade, as I might have become an author at a much earlier age. The parents of these students must of proud of their children for getting something they’ve written to be actually published in a book. Parents, I feel should get a copy of this apparently permanent free KINDLE book for their child and then ask them to write something around the same topic idea as the students in this book. or even something else. And in support of these young writers I’m more than happy to give this book 5 STARS.


 

 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

BOOK REVIEW # 2016-090 - ANIMAL TALES


Being a cat lover along with my dear OH [we can’t really have dogs where we live except for service ones] I couldn’t resist downloading this book via KINDLE Unlimited.



If you’re an animal lover, and even if you’re not, this wonderful collection of poems and short stories by Kevin Cooper has to make you smile, lift your spirits or warm your heart. As you read his short stories you quickly forget that some of the characters in it are not human, they’re a cat, a dog, or even a mouse, etc.; because in reality sometimes they are since they somehow know when we need their company, or are not feeling well.



Since we don’t have any children, we’ve adopted cats, and like children they love to keep each other company, play and occasionally create mischief. When one died because of illness, we had it cremated and had it buried in a beautiful pet cemetery; and it felt like we’d lost a real person. This is one of the emotions the author communicates within the pages of his book.



For giving his readers a delightful reading experience and for his willingness to donate the proceeds of this book to the RSPCA [ASPCA in the UK] I’ve got to give this endeavor by the author 5 STARS. 



 

BOOK REVIEW # 2016-089 - CARPE DIEM


Remember those days when you were in school and had to read Macbeth by the bard, William Shakespeare; you must be able to remember, at least in part, this famous soliloquy:

 

There would have been a time for such a word.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

 

If you can, then you can totally relate to what Katy Huth Jones is saying within the poetry she’s included in this book. Life is too brief to keep worrying to what has been, because there’s nothing we can do about changing what has already happened. And we can’t worry about the future either. Instead, we must look forward to each day has it comes and live it to its fullest.

 

It’s nice looking back to the decisions we’ve made and wonder what would have been if I had only done this instead of that, I know because I’ve done it myself; and the chances are you’ve done it as well.

 

Furthermore, as I’ve already mentioned; try as we might love to do, we can’t do anything about the future even it might be only an hour, or better yet, the next minute; because some crazed idiot might decide to drive by and shoot you as you walk down the road. And to go even further, you can’t tell me what you’re thinking about RIGHT NOW because that now has already passed. 

 

Instead you must do what the quote the author uses on the very first page of her book:

 

"Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero." From Horace's Odes

 

And seize each day, each minute and each second as they come.

 

For telling the truth about what we need to do to live life to its fullest, I’m happy to give Ms. Hunt and her book, 5 STARS.

 

I read this book via a KINDLE Unlimited download.

 


 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

ROBIN LEIGH MORGAN'S MARKETING/PROMOTIONAL IDEA # 13


Depending on your genre try giving book readings/book talks at schools, libraries, companies and local organizations, etc where individuals might benefit from what your book has to offer. Naturally, be sure to have copies of your book with you.

 

STATUS REPORT # 88


I can’t believe it. In five days, on August 26, 2016, I’ll be marking the second anniversary of my decision to start my 2nd second career, that of a Book Reviewer. Between January 22, 2014 and August 11, 2014 I had only read/reviewed 9 books, but today that total has already reached 373 books. I would now love to reach a total of 500 reviews before the end of the coming year.

 

Since my last Status Report I’ve read/reviewed a total of 9 books, but as you’ll noticed I’ve only posted 3 reviews here on my blog. The reason I’ve decided to do this, as I might have already said is that I wanted to increase the variety of the entries I post; which is why I’m looking to interview individuals, do a spotlight on an author’s book, or have them do a guest post here, so far no one seems to be interested in accepting my invitations.

 

I just reminded by one of my various followers on the internet that I’ve had a Short Story published in “More Than Best Friends – An Anthology in support of Guide Dogs for the Blind” Compiled by Kevin Morris  http://www.epubbud.com/book.php?g=4JFJ4VK4  The Short Story entitled “Mary Finally Gets Her Dog” is actually an excerpted scene from my debut MG/YA Paranormal romance novel, “I Kissed a Ghost” modified so I could use it has a short story. If I remember correctly the anthology got published in the beginning of 2015 about the same has the upheaval, in dear OH’s, and that of my mine daily lives, began.

For the past several days I decided to shift gears a little so I could concentrate my efforts on reading/reviewing books and get reinvigorated in my writing endeavors. I’m now looking at completing my writing of “His Darkest Secret” by the end of September, followed closely by my Erotic/Shape Shifting/GLBT novelette, “The Transformation.” The reason for my moving this novelette up to the second spot on my WIP listing is that there’s a contest I might decide to enter and would like to have it completed just in case I happen to win.  

 

I’ve got tired looking at my Gmail mail boxes overloaded with old and obsolete items that I made a concerted effort to clean them up and at 6 PM – New York time I finished and from now on I’m going to make sure I’ve got less than 10 items at any one things. During this massive cleanup I added a few more personal boxes which will assist me in moving forwards with everything I’m doing these days.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

BOOK REVIEW # 2016-088 - IT'S HARD TO GO HOME


As we look back to when we were twelve, the same age as Millie Jackson, the protagonist in Ms. Soard’s book, how many of us can remember the difficulties we had coming of age. But I wonder how many of us had to endure the kind of family environment she had to face on any given day, a strict mother who rule the roost without a single item getting under her radar.

 

Luckily Millie has two best friends, her two cousins Aaron and Josh, as her company. To away from her daily miserable environment, Millie loves to wander into the wooded mountainous area around her home. The only thing she really needs to keep mindful of is not running into creepy old man Taylor who frightens her slightly each time she sees him on one of his daily hikes to his wife’s grave.

 

Everything is essentially fine with Millie until the day a tragedy hits her like a brick when the car Aaron’s driving gets involved in a horrific accident and kills Josh. Just like when we hear that one of our loved ones has been suddenly taken away us, we’re in a state of total disbelief; she wants it to be a horrific mistake or merely a bad dream as well.

 

While Millie is too young to do what we as adults sometimes resort in doing, like getting drunk to make us feel better, she is getting tempted by Renee, who she’s getting increasing involved with, into using drugs to get the same result. The question is which path will Millie ultimately decide to take.


I loved the author’s true to life approach to this story, an approach which didn’t appear to be overly self-righteous. The fact that Millie was able to rise above the adversities she had to face and to honor the memory of her cousin Josh’s life is something which should pull at the heartstrings of the adults reading this book, like me. This book can also be used to show readers in the target audience for this book that they need to put any event like the one Millie had to face behind them, so they can move on with their lives unabated, which is why I’ve decided to give Ms. Soard 5 STARS for this endeavor.

 


 
UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R3JTBHBUW84ZK

Thursday, August 18, 2016

BOOK REVIEW # 2016-087 - DANA'S DUO


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

 

While Dana had a fixation on the owner of the company ever since she started working there, Drew Fischer; she also had an eye for the Head of Security there, Lex Bradshaw. By a twist of fate Lex came to her assistance when she was being harassed by Mr. Harding from the Human Resources Dept. From the moment Lex brings her to Drew’s office the sexually interaction between Dana, Drew and Lex begins to quickly develop into an extremely hot ménage-à-trois; something which she could never have imagined happening.

 

Ms. Lynch’s overly descriptive narratives, as well as her highly descriptive tag attachments; both of which are usually frowned upon in any good work of fiction; merely add to the hot nature and what she’s written here and making them sizzle.

 

It could be hard for practically anyone who reads this novella, and who begins to fantasize they’re actually in Dana’s shoes, to avoid having some kind of emotional and physical feelings, similar to the ones Dana experiences in this book’s storyline.

 

As I read some of the sizzling scenes this author has created in her novella, I couldn’t help hearing the party song “Hot Hot Hot” by Buster Poindexter playing in the back of my mind. And for taking me out of the doldrums of reading the non-erotic books I’ve been reading/reviewing, which I loved doing; I’m giving Ms. Lynch and her endeavor here 5 STARS.

 


 
UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R39TQJRJH6UJXP