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.


BOOK REVIEW # 2015 - 118 - BEGINNER READER: The Fisher Family Floats Away

This is the second book in Barb Asselin’s “Read-With-Me” beginner reader’s series of books; it’s also the fifth book in collection of books I’d won through the giveaways this author had on LibraryThing. The following is my honest opinion.

This is a very enjoyable for its intended young audience of beginner readers. It shows how an enjoyable fun day can turn almost disastrous and then just as quickly turn back to being fun. The illustrations are a wonderful addition in helping its young readers to visualize the story; and for this I’ve given this book 5 STARS.

NOTE: If the spelling smells odd or a word seems out of place it’s because the author has used the Canadian/British spelling or usage of the word. This doesn’t affect book’s overall enjoyment. Since the author hasn’t stated who drew them, I have to assume she’s the illustrator for this book as well.


BOOK REVIEW # 2015-117 - BEGINNER READER: Katie and the Roller Skates

This is the first book in the author’s first book in her beginner readers “Read-With-Me” series of books; it’s also the fourth book in collection of books I obtained through the giveaways Ms. Asselin had on LibraryThing. The following is my honest opinion.

Ms. Asselin has once again shown her knack in writing stories for her young readers which both entertain and educate them regarding important life lessons they need to learn, and doing it without hitting over the head talking down to them with these lessons.

In this book while Katie enjoys being with her grandmother, Nanny, but she doesn’t have any friends or other children her own age to play with.  One day Nany and her go to the park where she see other children all around enjoying themselves in small groups doing different activities. Katie sees a girl who reminds her of Carley, a friend she has at home who skating on only one skate. Katie wished she could skate as well.

After hearing an ice cream truck and getting their ice cream Katie asks Nanny if could get some for the little girl she saw skating alone on one skate. Her grandmother agrees and she goes back to the park to give this girl the ice cream.

Katie, after eating their ice cream, talking a little, and telling her how she didn’t know how to skate and would love to learn how. Gina, who was visiting her grandmother as well, got asked if they want like to be friends, they agreed.  With only one pair of skates Gina hold Katie to put on the second skate had so she could teach her how to twirl on only one skate.

By the end of the day, these two girls now had a friend and knew it would be their best summer ever.

The illustrations in the book are a delightful addition to help its young readers to visualize this story.  Since the author hasn’t stated who drew them, I have to assume she’s the illustrator for this book as well. 

Making friends and sharing is an important lesson children need to learn and the younger they are, the better; which is why I’ve given Ms. Asselin 5 STARS for her endeavor here.

NOTE: If the spelling smells odd or a word seems out of place it’s because the author has used the Canadian/British spelling or usage of the word. This doesn’t afect book’s enjoyment.



This review is for the second book in The Alex Mysteries series of book and the third book from the collection of books I’d won through a giveaway on LibraryThing written by Barb Asselin; and the following is my honest opinion.

In The Case of the Summer Swiper the two sleuthing Alexes are once again on the trial of a culprit, sorting out any and all clues they happen to find along the way until the mystery is solved. These stories remind me of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries those who are my age read as a child.

With school over and their summer vacations just beginning Alex and Lexi, the Two Alexes, were eagerly waiting for some sort of mystery to come up for them to solve in their usual manner.

However when they discovered who the culprit is this time, they get an important life lesson regarding old people and why they do the things they sometimes do without realizing it. It’s a lesson which some adults need to learn themselves.

For giving its young readers an entertaining mystery as well as an important life lesson, I’m giving Ms. Asselin 5 STARS.

NOTE: If the spelling smells odd or a word seems out of place it’s because the author has used the Canadian/British spelling or usage of the word. This doesn’t affect book’s enjoyment.



This review is for The Case of the Soggy Vandal, the first real book in The Alex Mysteries of books by the author, Barb Asselin. It’s also the second in the collection of six books written by this author which I’d won through a giveaway on LibraryThing. The following is my honest opinion.

Being a child of the 1950’s this series of books reminds me of the Nancy Drew Mysteries written for girls and The Hardy Boys written for boys, buy for much younger audience.

This story starts at the end of the school year Alexi [Lexi] and Alexander had first met; but now they’ve become the Best of Friends and those who know these two are now calling them The Alexes because of the sleuthing activities together they’ve been involved in as a team.

For an unexplained reason some vandals had apparently targeted Lexi’s home and had destroyed some property in her backyard. At first things seemed to point to one individual, which proved to be wrong as their investigation continued. Towards the end Alex figured out who the real culprit had been, the culprit had been the one no one would have ever suspected.

This story is bound to holds its young reader’s interest as they follow the Two Alexes in search for the answer to who did the damage in Lexi’s backyard, which is why I’ve given this book 5 STARS.

NOTE: If the spelling smells odd or a word seems out of place it’s because the author has used the Canadian/British spelling or usage of the word. This doesn’t affect book’s enjoyment.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

BOOK REVIEW # 2015-114 - THE CASE of the NEW KID on the BLCOK

I recently won a collection of 6 children’s books by Ms. Asselin. This review is for The Case of the New Kid on the Block which is the prequel for The Alex Mysteries series of books by this author. The following is my honest opinion.

Being a child of the 1950’s this series of books reminds me of the Nancy Drew Mysteries written for girls and The Hardy Boys written for boys, buy for much younger audience.

In this prequel we learn Alexis, or Lexi as she’s known to her friends, all of sudden discovers a note saying “LOSER” taped to her locker, but who did it? The only suspect is the new kid in school, Alexander. But why would he single out her? We know one thing. Since this the prequel for a series, we know these two Alexes will eventually join forces to solve mysteries together.

In this story we follow Lexi as she becomes a very young Sherlock Holmes to deduce who the note culprit is and what she does to find out. The writing is one which grabs its young reader’s interest and attention to read the entire book in one sitting. Could it be Alexander is too shy to approach Lexi to become his friend so he decides on using this ploy. We all know how awkward it can be for boys and girls to interact at this age, and this book attempts to teach them how they can work together and become friends.

For entertaining and teaching its young readers about the above, I’m giving this prequel volume 5 STARS.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015


I know I haven’t posted an update in almost 2 ½ weeks but I been under the weather somewhat. Perhaps it’s due to what I’ve had to endure regarding my dear OH, which is why I’ve been dozing off several times during the course of each day, unable to read/review as many books as I usually do.

Anyway, I feel almost like my old self before all this started to happen and I’m glad my dear has really started to improve. Hopefully we’ll be able to stop needing the home attendants we’re currently using and start going out again like we usually did.

My anthology of 100 Flash Fictions entitled “Micro Fiction – An Anthology” is up for nominations for “TRR Readers’ Choice Awards – Winter 2015”.  Here is the direct link to help nominate it so it can proceed to the voting round:

If anyone is looking for the next book to read, either for themselves or their child, you’re always invited to visit my Amazon profile to check out the 176 reviews I’ve written there and hopefully one of them will prove to be helpful in your decision making.

With things really getting back to normal, I’m looking at getting interviewed again for other people’s website, writing Flash Fiction, doing my own interviews of other authors.  But most of all, I looking at FINALLY getting back to my writing the current W.I.Ps I’ve got, which I haven’t done since the beginning of this year. This will entail going back and reading everything I’ve already written, which is great since I’ll be reading it with a “new” set of eyes and I’ll be able to find errors which I couldn’t previously.

I wish to thank all those who’ve sent me their supportive messages during this trying time in my life, and I want to give you wonderful “guys” my best wishes for you and your families.


Robin Leigh Morgan

Sunday, September 20, 2015


I received a free mobi.file [KINDLE] copy of this book for having subscribed to this author’s newsletter and the following is my honest opinion for it.

As a Book Reviewer, who doesn’t accept any requests to do reviews the bad thing about having gotten a book like this is that it’s not only the fourth book in this series, it’s my inability to return to read this entire intriguing family saga.

Any woman who’s got a man like Jed knows she’s now completely reliant on him to take care of her every need, from financial support to satisfying her in bed. And if he’s stubborn about not accepting assistance from the other male members in his family who are rich, her admiration towards him increases proportionally, especially if she’s given up her career as a lawyer to become a stay-at-home mom.

All is fine until misfortune raises its evil head, causing Diana’s and Jed’s relationship to be severely tested as secret after secret keep popping up, almost like trying to plug holes in a dam without enough equipment, after he gets injured falling off the barn. How can their relationship survive the gauntlet it’s being forced to endure?

This author has done a marvelous job in creating the full range of emotions she wants her readers to get, as well as getting them to be sucked into this page turning novella, so they wind up reading it in one sitting, which I basically what I wound up doing. For this reason I’m giving Ms. Eckhart 5 STARS.

Thursday, September 17, 2015


I received an e-book copy of this book in connection with previous books I’ve won from this author and the following is my honest opinion.

As I read more and more about the murders in this book I couldn’t help but hear lines from “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” by Peter, Paul, and Mary. There was no:

Where have all the flowers gone? Or
Where have all the young girls gone? And neither was it,
Where have all the young men gone?

Here the question running through the minds of the residents of the area in Houston, Texas known as The Heights had been “Where have our young boys gone? And just like the song the question raised another question it raised the question of “Why are the police merely placating everyone by telling them they’re just runaways?”

I’m a child of the 1950’s and by the time these murders took place, the 1970’s, I was already in my 20’s. Looking back in retrospect I can see why the police thought this way as many teenagers did precisely that. It had been the so-call hippie generation and countless youth ran away from home to join in and to look for the freedom from their parents they’ve heard so much about. Luckily, the many returned home eventually after discovering things weren’t as they’d imagined.

Unfortunately there was a degenerate individual at this time, by the name of Dean Corll, running amok enticing teenage boys with the aid of two young accomplices, who had been threatened with bodily harm if they didn’t assist him. Once they and their victims were alone the trio then killed all the boys they’d lured. In the beginning Croll’s two young accomplices reluctantly did as they’d been told, but as time passed the same depravity had infected them as they began to more or less enjoy the thrill of the kill. Eventually one of these accomplices, Wayne Henley, shot and killed Corll in what he said had been self-defense.

Jack Rosewood has once again written a cohesive and quite readable story detailing all the facts involving the case of this serial murderer without leaving out any of the horrid details. We’re also told about Corll’s history of growing up and what might have cause him to act in this manner of depraved indifference.

For educating those who read this book regarding this “king” of the serial killers, I’m giving Mr. Rosewood and his book 5 STARS.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015


What young girl hasn’t kept a diary or at least wanted to where she could write the “secrets” of her daily exploits away from the prying eyes of her friends, parents and especially a possible brother.  While some used an old-fashioned school notebook, others had a real one with which locked. In Fern Mabel Burns’ case it had been a sequined one she got from her grandmother for her 12th birthday. It began became a true, loyal confident who would always be there to help her recall any event in the past.

Ms. Omata allows her readers to gain access to this wonderful journey of a middle-aged woman who has just discovered the worst sign of aging any she could have possibly gotten - - that first gray hair. For Fern it couldn’t have happen on any other day, but on her 42nd birthday, the day she begins every year to start writing a new diary. And in this one she’s begins by reminiscing her younger days as well as introducing herself.

I found this book to be a comedic contemporary romance novel of a woman experiencing all facets of life: love, dating, a guy never seeming to have time for her when she wants/needs it, secrets being kept, etc.

As you read this book you must remember it’s not the kind of storyline you’ve become used in reading; it’s a diary. And like a diary it’s not just about the actual events Fern has experienced, but also how she actually felt about them, including her dreams, fears and ideas at various stages of my life.

At times as I read a dated entry I, as you will, remember have shared the same experience sometime in my life; which is why I giving this book 5 STARS.

NOTE: I requested/then received a free download of this book from the author through The Romance Reviews website in return for my honest opinion and have already posted this review there.


Friday, September 11, 2015


If you’re a lover of romance novels regardless of the genre then this the site you should go to. They always have giveaways where you can win copies of romance novels, almost of them are e-books. Get news about up-coming releases. And even post messages to your favorite romance author.

My anthology of 100 Flash Fictions entitled “Micro Fiction – An Anthology” is up for nominations for “TRR Readers’ Choice Awards – Winter 2015” and I’d love your assistance in having it nominated. Please scroll down to the second category mark ANTHOLOGY and vote for my book.

THANKS for your kind support and have a GREAT WEEKEND with your families !!!  :-) :-) :-)


Robin Leigh

Thursday, September 10, 2015


I received a hardcopy of this book from the publisher through an Early Reviewer giveaway on LibraryThing, and the following is my honest opinion.

Unlike most biographies I feel this one had been written by an author, Joseph P. Eckhardt, who had a real compassion for the subject matter being written about, instead of merely writing one because it’s one of a famous individual. However, in this case the biographies of these two women grew out of the author’s love for the Toonerville Trolley silent film comedies of the early 1920’s.

Wilna Hervey had landed the part of Powerful Katrina in these comedies because she was the real life personification of the comic strip character which had started years earlier. This led to her meeting the daughter of her co-star, Nan Mason, which in turn led to the beginning of a beautiful relationship which lasted almost 60 years.

Naturally this sort of relationship between two women was essentially kept behind closed doors during this time, or in artist communities where a bohemian type of lifestyle was the norm. They ultimately settled in the town of Woodstock in New York, which has been an active artist community since The Arts and Crafts Movement came there in 1902.

It is a love story based on a shared love of the arts more than one of a sexual nature. And their love people led them to become star citizens of this free-spirited town.

For opening the eyes of everyone reading this book about these two “large” women, I’m happy to give it 5 STARS !!!


Sunday, September 6, 2015


I received a copy of “A Slade Overload: An Erotica Romance Novella” through a giveaway on LibraryThing and the following is my honest opinion.

Ms. Knight wasted no time in getting to her first erotic scene as it’s in the first paragraph of this story.

Slade is the kind of guy every woman fantasizes of having to fulfill her sexual desires to the nth degree, and Lexi is the woman who’s lucky to have him as her partner. Even though she has come to expect how satisfying her next encounter will be, Slade is full of surprises when it comes to giving his hot partner a new sexual experience, as can be seen in this first paragraph.

Besides the sexual scenes this story is loaded with emotions. While Ms. Knight is apparently a New York girl, this story is sprinkled with some British terminology, which doesn’t have any impact on the storyline itself.

For allowing me fantasize being Lexis, I giving the author’s endeavor here 5 STARS.


Saturday, September 5, 2015


Besides being ECSTATIC from being accepted as a Book Reviewer for The Romance Reviews website on August 25, 2015, I became ECSTATIC again on Wednesday because my OH had finally come home from hip surgery and REHAB; so perhaps now I can get some decent sleep. The only difference now will be getting used to sleeping on opposite sides of the bed due to the side of the body the surgery had been performed on.

My Amazon Ranking is slowly increasing to my goal of 5,000 by the end of this month, September; and right now it’s at 6,606 with 171 reviews.

As my ranking improves, I’m now once again starting to get requests to review books. Perhaps these authors feel I might be able to help them regarding their books. Not to be inundated with books I’ve got no interest in reading, I’m still only reviewing those books I’ve won through the giveaways I enter regularly and those I have a personal desire to read.

With the kids back to school, some of my readers will have some more time to relax and perhaps start reading books again. If this is you, you’re always invited to check out my reviews:

, and perhaps one of my reviews will prove to be useful in your decision making process of which book to read.

And with my dear OH home, perhaps I can have some normalcy return to my life and I can hopefully return to my current writing endeavors something I’ve really not done this entire year, and to increase my internet activities like being interviewed or doing interviews myself again.


I received a KINDLE Edition of this book through a giveaway on LibraryThing and the following is my honest opinion.

Introverts tend to live in a world of their own, while looking at those around them continuously interacting with each other. They wish they could interact along with them, but feeling secure in the way they are, they can’t.

The thing is, I feel comfortable being an introvert which why I love to write book reviews and have people love reading them. And when they contact me, I allow the extrovert in me to take over and to interact freely with them.

If you follow the book chapter by chapter, and answer all the exercises honestly, by the book’s end you should be able to begin to embrace the richness of you are actually are, and perhaps start cracking the eggshell which has encapsulated you all of these years. I know I’m now slowly beginning to allow this to happen.

After reading this book I not only feel it will benefit introverts, it should be read by the extroverts so they might be able to better understand their introverted friends.

So allowing my introverted self to write this review, I eagerly giving this book 5 STARS for all the possibilities it might create.


Friday, September 4, 2015


My OH and I have been cat lovers ever since we got married, which is why I can’t resist entering any book giveaway which is offering a book about cats, and how I came to receive this hardcover book through a GoodReads giveaway. The following is my honest opinion for it.

Ms.   Preston-Gannon has done wonderful in teaching her young readers what might happen when a new cat enters a home where an older cat already lives. I know this to be the case since we’ve gone through this three times, once when we adopted a second cat and twice to replace a cat which had died. And just like in the book, we’ve experienced how the older cat accepted its new companion but only until a certain point.

While the illustrations here help its reader in visualized what’s happening, the only drawback for the book is the black background the author/illustrator has decided to use for the illustrations; which is why I giving this book only 4 STARS.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


I received a mobi.fle [KINDLE] copy of this book through a giveaway on LibraryThing and the following is my honest opinion for the book.

Ms. Bielawski had done a marvelous with this book which is part of a series entitled “Mummy Nature Series – Nurturing Children’s Curiosity.”

As soon as children are able to talk their inquisitive minds start asking questions regarding everything they see, and this book is there to help fill this void. The language is appropriate for their young minds to understand with the rhyming making it more appealing to their ears. The illustrations [also done by the author] on each page compliments the words which go along with it allowing for the child to better visualize what they’re reading.

After reading this book a child’s mind will have a slew of other questions regarding the topic the book has been written about which might ultimately drift off to other topics, so be prepared.

For enriching a child’s education about the world around it, I’m happy to give this book 5 STARS.