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A Hand of Magic

One Sentence: Can a Werewolf save a Healer on the run?

Blurb:

Madison Knowles had barely learned she was a Healer before she was kidnapped by Weresnakes, and forced to heal them during their battles. After years of torture, she kills one of the Snakes so she can escape. Now Madison finds herself doing what no Healer should ever have to do – running for her life! While in hiding, she heals a Werepuppy and is suddenly surrounded by grateful Werewolves. The sexy Alpha of this Hand promises she will be protected if she stays with them. Can she trust him?

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Review: White Wine and Medical Marijuana

Synopsis:

White Wine & Medical Marijuana is a book of poetry that explores themes such as femininity, sexuality, weakness, strength, addiction, power, and profanity. It analyzes these themes, while keeping the language casual, simple, and accessible to all readers. Enjoy the power struggle between self criticism and self love, the raw life observations, and the relentless scrutinization of everyday life.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

White Wine and Medical Marijuana is a collection of poetry that is easy to read. I got lost within the poet’s words. Words that had me turning the pages quickly. Each poem had a different take. Themes varied as I progressed through the book. Beautifully written and fascinating to follow. Julia Cirignano is a talented poet. Anyone who read this book will clearly see that. Enjoyable, deep, and bold. I recommend White Wine and Medical Marijuana to readers everywhere. 

Review: Beyond Our Degrees of Separation 






Synopsis:

A narrative weave of testimonial non-fiction by Judith Ravin and Muhammad Hassan Miraj, Beyond Our Degrees of Separation evokes points of intersection between the United States and Pakistan. Hailing from oxymoronic bureaucracies, the co-authors transcend their respective realms of diplomacy and the military to reaffirm commonalities beyond differences. The alternating narratives trace their real-life discovery of equivalent experiences within dissimilar worlds. From an off-hand discussion during a one-off encounter, they embark on a project to prove that words and culture have the power to transform. Themes include displacement, social justice, cross-border issues, terrorism, loss, and interfaith harmony. Beyond Our Degrees of Separation delights in the documentation of that journey, along with all journeys, and demonstrates how travel and fate obey their own logic, ever-populating with wonderment the imagination of the “geographically disturbed” – those who live in perpetual wanderlust.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Beyond Our Degrees of Separation by both Judith Ravin and Muhammad Hassan Miraj is an interesting book. Many powerful themes can be found within the pages. This non-fiction book,  show that similarities do exist even between two different cultures. A journey that a well traveled journalist and an army veteran took me upon was quite an eye opener. Felt like I traveled from my seat to the world in which they inhabited on the pages. Overall, this a book I recommended to readers everywhere. 

Review: The Night Trilogy





Synopsis:

Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. First published in 1958, it is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Elie Wiesel writes of their battle for survival and of his battle with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnesses each day. In the short novel Dawn (1960), a young man who has survived World War II and settled in Palestine joins a Jewish underground movement and is commanded to execute a British officer who has been taken hostage. In Day (previously titled The Accident, 1961), Wiesel questions the limits of conscience: Can Holocaust survivors forge a new life despite their memories? Wiesel’s trilogy offers insights on mankind’s attraction to violence and on the temptation of self-destruction.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Night Trilogy by Elle Wiesel is a gruesome account of the suffering he and his family faced during World War II. A time of Death, loss, and torment. This was one of history’s nightmarish memories that will never be forgotten. The Nazis were cruel dictators killing innocent human beings without a hesitation. The page in this book showed it all. 
Young Elle Wiesel experienced what no other teenage boy should have faced. He and his family were just one of countless numbers herded onto cattle cars. Usuhered to their death. The showers of death, the endless starvation, beatings, and cruelty killed so many humans. Humans who didn’t know what lied ahead. 
As I read this book, it brought me back to something I wish I never knew about. Something that should never have happened. But it did. A memory that no being can wash away. The smoke from the screaming dying corpses in the “shower rooms” and the endless fears were terrorfying to revisit. It survivors like the writer who show the world what happened and may happen again. 
The Night Trilogy is memoir that will always be remembered. Survival, loss, death, and much more. Terrible days that never end. Even with so much time having passed. It is a gripping and well-written book. I recommend this Holocaust story to readers worldwide. 

Review: No Getting Over a Cowboy




Synopsis:

The golden cowboy of Wrangler’s Creek returns home to Texas to discover some old flames never fizzle…

There are plenty of things Garrett Granger hadn’t counted on losing—his child to miscarriage, his wife to another man and the family business thanks to a crooked CFO. He also hadn’t counted on moving back to the family ranch, where he’s met by another surprise—former flame Nicky Marlow, who is renting his grandmother’s old house.

Nicky’s been rebuilding her shattered life since her husband’s death two years ago. But Garrett’s timely arrival in Wrangler’s Creek doesn’t automatically make him the missing piece of the puzzle. Even if he does seem to adore her two-year-old daughter… Even if seeing him again stirs up old feelings Nicky would gladly keep buried, forcing her to wonder if moving forward has to mean leaving everything behind… 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

No Getting Over a Cowboy by Delores Fossen is a hot read. I definitely recommend this book to be added to readers summer list. They’re sexy cowboys, determined women, matchmaking moms, and danger. I was hooked. Intrigued. Old lovers meet again under different circumstances. Women leased an old house on the Wrangler Creek Ranch to use for widows. Garrett Wrangler hasn’t been the same since he lost his daughter as a stillborn and the fact that his wife ran away. She cheated on him with a ranch hand. Then, there was her act blown up as a scandal everywhere. Business trouble for the Wrangler family. If that isn’t enough then, there’s the dead body found in the old house on the ranch. Plus, Garrett’s old love interest is being targeted for money…

Lust, love, death, and risks are on every page. No Getting Over a Cowboy is correct. Nicky Marlow can’t get over Garrett. In fact, he’s still attracted to her as well. Excitement, adventure, and heat. I loved it. The Wrangler family members were funny. They brought humor to the story. Sweet, sexy, and well-done. This tale was a page turner. Delores Fossen surely know how to keep a reader addicted to her books. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

Review: The Mist





Synopsis:

Things looked bad when Lizzie Rush finally found hard evidence that her boss, thrill-seeking billionaire Norman Estabrook, heads an international criminal network. But when he escapes police custody after a deadly Boston bombing, the worst is yet to come.

From nowhere arrives the mysterious Brit, Will Davenport. Lizzie isn’t sure which side he’s on, but his mercenary talents may help end the violence. Now, emerging from a year of secrets and lies as a double agent straddling two worlds, Lizzie has little choice but to trust a man answering to no one. When the mist clears—and the frightening truth is revealed—who knows which side she herself will end up on.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

The Mist by Carla Neggers is another thrilling adventure. One full of surprises. The female heroine is quite refreshing. She’s raised to be tough and to be practical. Yet her heart and mind want that dreamy tale in fairytales. Lizzie is a strong, clever, and kind woman. She has gone undercover to getting a dangerous man arrested. However, there are rumors he may be able to walk free. Danger, risks, and plenty of action. The sexy yet mysterious Brit, Will Davenport, adds to the story. Lizzie feels the attraction. But her life doesn’t call for it. Will is a puzzle that she’s still trying to solve. Mayhem and danger may bring them closer than either thought. The Mist is a great read. I enjoyed following the heroes as the plot unfolded. Overall, I recommend Carla Neggers’ latest book to all. 

Review: The Invisible Library 

Synopsis:

Collecting books can be a dangerous prospect in this fun, time-traveling, fantasy adventure from a spectacular debut author.

 

One thing any Librarian will tell you: the truth is much stranger than fiction…

 

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it’s already been stolen. 

 

London’s underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested—the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something—secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself.

 

Now Irene is caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option—because it isn’t just Irene’s reputation at stake, it’s the nature of reality itself…
FEATURING BONUS MATERIAL: including an interview with the author, a legend from the Library, and more! 

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman is a fascinating adventure. Every page brings forth tons of action, chaos, and danger. A secret mission for a library was interesting. The variety of characters only added to this entertaining book. The Invisible Library is full of magic, paranormal beings, and secrets. The two partners will have their hands full, trying to retrieve a particular book in another dimension. Takes place in London…Genevieve Cogman writes well. Her words pull me from my seat into her fictional world. A fantasy full of excitement. I enjoyed reading this tale. Overall, I recommend it to all book lovers. 

Review: Before I Fall

Synopsis:

With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today’s foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person’s life can affect so many others.
For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.
However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.
Named to numerous state reading lists, this novel was also recognized as a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, The Daily Beast, NPR, and Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by Fox 2000 Pictures.
Supports the Common Core State Standards.

Rating: 4-stars

Review

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver is a stunning YA novel. Inside, I was immediately sucked into the protagonist’s mind. Everything, she said, did, or felt….felt like I was doing it all. Creepy in a way. This book is packed high with emotions. Anger, loss, love, and sadness. Every page was engaging. Entertaining. The ending was epic. The pacing of this book felt a bit slow. It was mostly a steady pace all the way through it. Lauren Oliver does have a talent for writing. I opened up this title and got lost. Teenagers go through so many dramas and emotions that I felt like I was on a rollercoaster ride. Ups and downs…craziness everywhere. Strong, bold, and dramatic. The effect worked. I was hooked. Before I Fall, is a recommended read. Beware you may need a tissue box….

Review: How to Build Credit Fast

Synopsis:

Do you want to have stellar credit? Do you need to use credit in a few years? This Book has quick and proven, logical strategy on how to get great credit- FAST!

This manual provides insights from financial specialists and lawyers, along with sample letters and US federal laws.

This is a realistic, no fluff, step-by-step guide for frustrated students, novices, and newcomers to US law. Prevent the common pitfalls that most people face. I have decided to roll up my accumulated wisdom into one easy-to-navigate book.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

How to Build Credit Fast is a book that readers everywhere will be interested in…the topic alone is an eye catcher. The book itself proves to be very informative and easy to read. There are many of us still without any kind of credit. Having no credit is just a bad as having a negative credit. H. Christian provides ways to build it up and to do so quickly. 

Review: The 5 Hate Languages of Shade




Synopsis

Ever got a dirty look from a “friend”? Learn the hate languages of a jealous or envious person. Find out now- who is for you & who is secretly against you! Learn the obvious signs of a person with low self esteem and jealousy and envy, and AVOID THEM. I was born and raised with haters all around me, dont wait for them to attack you before you disconnect- like I did.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The 5 Hate Languages of Shade by Hope Angel Christian is another great book! This self-guide book details how to recognize the hate talk from people around you. Most times it’s hard to know which people to avoid. After reading The 5 Hate Languages of Shade, I was better able to distinguish which were avoidable. Some people will never change and it’s those negative people we don’t want in our lives. Their negativity can weigh us down…overall, this nonfiction book was helpful and interesting to read. I recommended it to others. 

Review: Despair to Deliverance 





Synopsis:

The story begins with a phone call from Robin. She and I had been working together in therapy for almost ten years. She usually didn’t call between sessions, partly because she was very aware of and careful about boundaries, but also because severe anxiety about making phone calls was one of her symptoms.
The story that follows this phone call is one of courage and determination. Despair to Deliverance is a memoir-one unique in its perspective from both client and psychotherapist-that uncovers the harrowing experience of recovering from mental illness.
Robin Personette’s descent into a severe mental health breakdown is not an experience she goes through alone. With her longtime psychotherapist, Sharon DeVinney, PhD, at her side, Robin must first learn to see the value in life before she can continue living.
With touching transparency and a courageous examination of what it means to fight for a stable and healthy life, both Robin and Sharon welcome readers to follow them on their unique journey together.
For anyone who has ever struggled with life’s challenges-or who has had a loved one dealing with mental illness-Despair to Deliverance is a comforting message of perseverance and hope. 

Rating: 5-stars

Review

Despair to Deliverance by Sharon DeVinney, Ph.D. & Ronin Personette is a memoir forall to read. The path of having a mental illness is not easy to navigate through alone. Here, Robin has her psychotherapist, Sharon, to help her. A dark journey of despair is slowly lifted through a woman’s search for help. A triump over severe mental illness. After reading other books by  mental illness patients, this was the first one I’ve read by both the doctor and the patient. It was exciting to read pages written by both women. It peaked my curiosity. Many suffering from mental illnesses also suffer from depression. I was glad to see the outcome of Robin’s journey turn to be a good one. Despair to Deliverance is a recommended read for all. 

Review: The Gay Preacher’s Wife





Synopsis:

The deeply personal memoir of Lydia Meredith, a woman who spent almost thirty years married to a preacher—only to have her husband leave her for a MAN —and how her life becomes a testimony of tolerance and a theology of love and acceptance.
After being married to Reverend Dennis A. Meredith for almost thirty years, Lydia Meredith discovers a shocking truth: the love of her life left her for a MAN. Now, Lydia opens up for the first time about how that revelation shattered her world—and strengthened her faith.
With her life turned upside down, Lydia struggled to put the pieces of her broken heart back together and that led her to pursue understanding through an accredited theological education. She wanted a way to put her family back together and she found Jesus’ ministry and teachings were “actually” about teaching tolerance and love for people who are labeled different.
Candid, honest, and incredibly touching, Lydia Meredith shows that faith and perseverance can get you through any challenge life throws your way.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

The Gay Preacher’s Wife by Lydia Meredith is a deep memoir. Inside, I followed her journey as an African American women. Just being in that category is hard enough. Then, to add to the fact her husband had lied to her for the past 30-years. Well, it was easy to sympathize with her. I can only imagine how hard that was to deal with after finding out. Having a man lineage his wife for an reason is hard on the soul and heart. Lydia Meredith’s husband left her for another man. Wow. I wouldn’t know how to handle that scenario myself, if placed in the same situation. Her journey was emotional and interesting. I believe the writer dealt with the situation in the best ways possible. I can’t judge her nor her husband. Life is complicated, messy, and hear shattering. Readers can easily connect with Lydia as her words engage them further into her life. Overall, this personal memoir took great faith and courage to share. I recommend it to others. 

Review: Why Am I Still Single?





Synopsis:

Have you been asking yourself the question, Why am I still single? Do you find yourself repeatedly dating the same types of men over and over again? Have you felt like giving up on love and happily ever after? Are you tired of settling for less than you what you truly want and deserve in your relationships? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you cant afford NOT to read Why Am I Still Single by author, life coach, speaker, and therapist, Giovanna Burgess Geathers. Discover what may be holding you back from finding the love you want and learn how to identify your unhealthy relationship patterns and how your past issues and experiences may be directing and determining your current behaviors and decisions. Written from a practical, spiritual and psychological perspective, it is a combination of the author’s experiences, theoretical knowledge and insight as she seeks to help women gain a deeper understanding of their relationships with men, with others, but most importantly, with themselves. 

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

Why Am I Still Single by Giovanna Burgess Geathers, LPC is a great self-help read. Inside, I found well-written book by a woman expert. Many relationships fail. Due to that people feel hopeless in finding love…and even go as far as to believe love doesn’t exist. Questions pop up when one is in this situation. Giovanna Burgess Geathers, LPC is experienced in giving mental, emotional, and behavioral health services. After reading her book, I can tell that she knows what she writes. This book helps guide readers like myself to better understanding ourselves and our relationships. There are many thought provoking questions that made me really think…as well as scenarios to look through and find insights as to what is happening. Exploring, understanding, and learning…can be done by following the writer through every page. I highly recommend Why I Am Still Single to readers everywhere.

Review: Acanemia 



Synopsis:

An irreverent appraisal of America’s higher education players–administrators, faculty, and students–offered by an emeritus professor at a university established in the 1960s.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Acanemia is a fascinating memoir. It took me on a journey to learning about higher education failures. I also got a sneak peak to a liberal instructor’s point of view on education. It was quite an informative read. Lawerence E. Hussman took me through his journey of learning in school while talking about the good and bads of higher education. He doesn’t blame a particular group or institution but explains it’s a group failure. This book discusses the numerous issues facing the American higher education system. I agree with the writer. As an American student, the higher education has many failures indeed. Lawerence E. Hussman goes on with suggestions to reforming the higher education system. One such problem is that school officials have a personal versus inclusive agendas. This a major effect upon education and those earning their education. I found this book to be quite educational. I enjoyed exploring the roles of education and the system itself. Acanemia is a must read whether one is getting their education or working in that field. It’s even beneficial to those looking to solve the issues happening everywhere. Lawerence E. Hussman gives a deeper meaning to the topic. Both drawing from his personal experiences and from what he does as an educator. Overall, I recommend it to all.

Review: Some Thoughts on God and Other Things 


Synopsis:

Our cities, states, countries, and seemingly the whole world, seem to be coming apart at the seams.

While many of us live in relative comfort, the wars, killing, economic strife, lack of morals, decency, and just common sense, take a heavy toll on our spirits and psyches.
But how do we as individuals overcome the enormity of hate, prejudice, selfishness, greed, corruption, and all the other bad things going on in our world?

It starts with getting our moral imperatives back and it is no coincidence that our slide into unprincipledness is accompanied by less interest in religion and belief in God in our world.

However, understand that this is not a book about religion or bringing you back to religion.

Religion, like our governments, corporations, organizations, schools, institutions and even our science, are corruptible, fallible, misguided, and possibly worse.

The fact is that us and everything in our world, our universe is imperfect, flawed, and finite.

This book is about trying to understand and accept that there is a different, perfect, infinite plain of existence, and that there is a perfect being that dwells there.

And that can lead us into becoming more moral people and change our world.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Some Thoughts on God and Other Things by Jerome Gleich is a great read for all. It’s not convincing readers to believe in anything but to address the real issues of life. It shows us what’s really happening and how fast our world has changed. We have gone from a world with the “trust in God” to dismissing God completely. Our behaviors as a moral group of people has dramatically declined. When we turned our backs on God as a whole, we all have become more violent, angry, and full of hatred. Flaws are everywhere including in each one of us. But by accepting that God is there…or that there is a God who is good…it changes how we behave as a person, as a group and as a nation. Jerome Gleich’s book is a must read. I was already a believer in God, but the fact that someone else has noticed that the more we turn against God, the more we have fallen…

Some Thoughts on God and Other Things is a deep, thought provoking read. It engages reader to read, listen, and re-read it again. Our world is changing. Yes, some change is good; however, not all change has made us better. Instead it led to where we are now…sad, but real.  I liked how Jerome Gleich doesn’t push readers into believing in God but at the same time, leaves them with enough to re-think about it. Overall, I think this writer’s points were well-written, and I would recommend this to readers everywhere. 

Review: Disinheritance (collection of poems)


Synopsis

A lyrical, philosophical, and tender exploration of the various voices of grief, including those of the broken, the healing, the son-become-father, and the dead, Disinheritance acknowledges loss while celebrating the uncertainty of a world in constant revision. From the concrete consequences of each human gesture to soulful interrogations into “this amalgam of real / and fabled light,” these poems inhabit an unsteady betweenness, where ghosts can be more real than the flesh and blood of one’s own hands.

Rating: 5-stars

Review

Disinheritance by John Sibley Williams is a stunning yet beautifully written collection of poems. Inside, readers will go on an emotional rollercoaster of every kind. His words sink deep into the souls of his readers. I felt the grief and loss absorb into me as I read each word. The depth in which each poem creates in brilliant. Realistic, heart wrenching, and phenomenal. Every page carries a unique poem. I found myself lost within the pages and the emotions they created inside of me. John Sibley Williams collected the essence of life and captured it within every piece. The reality of life and its rawness come alive within these pages. Disinheritance is indeed one magnificent collection of poetry that I highly recommend to all. Once readers open this book, there’s no going back. Hard to put down, and absolutely breathtaking. Overall, John Sibley Williams is a master of poetry. 

Review: Don’t Trust A Stranger

Synopsis:

Have you ever wanted to date someone online? Do you trust people easily? Sometimes that can be a deadly thing. Never be too careful. Never settle for less than what you deserve.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Don’t Trust A Stranger by Jacquelyn Wiles is a must read for all. Her memoir brings to life the issues many live with and are not aware of or may not have someone there to help them. It was quite frightening to read. I wanted to stop reading only because I thought it was going to get super worse with each page. Yes, the domestic violence upgraded; however, so did the help that the young woman received. I believe that without a supporting family behind her or the evidence and the timing of the police call, that things wouldn’t have ended as well as they did. I was then left with an ending that placed a relief within me for the writer but also a new fear emerged. What was going to happen next?

Don’t Trust A Stranger takes bravery to write and talk about it. I am happy that Jacquelyn Wiles has written this book. She has shared her experience with others who may be in that position right now…and need this to give them the help and motivation they seek. Inspiring and horrifying at the same. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers worldwide.

Review: Ayden’s Choice


Synopsis:

On the back seat a teenager sat nervously fumbling for his phone in the footwell. His fingertips brushed hard plastic and he strained to inch it closer, fixing his eyes on the driver as he did so that he could plead, “Turn back, please turn back… Sir… Please take me back…”

A terrible crime has been committed that only Ayden can solve with his cyber talents, two innocents without hope are in prison, and the people who should be helping them are blinded by racial prejudice. Will Ayden’s unknown saviours manage to fight the Wall of Blue with their digital powers? Can they prove the truth and give Ayden a new life to unfold his potential?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Ayden’s Choice by Sam Felix is a young adult novel that I truly enjoyed reading. Immediately, readers will sense the danger and fall for Ayden. He is left with choices throughout the novel.It contained a lot of real issues. Issues that are still being faced within our world, today. Racial issues seem to never end. However, it is with this new character and fascinating tale that readers will set foot in one of the greatest emotional rides ever. A teenage boy is beyond intelligent for his age. He uses that intelligence to help those who need it. In this case to innocent souls are being condemned. Yet no one is taking their time to really investigate their case nor believe them. Yet, it’s this innocent boy, Ayden, who believes and may hold the power to saving them. I was speechless as I read this book. Sam Felix has a way of producing a suspenseful and highly engaging read. I believe that this tale could be a new classic. It contains themes that everyone should be aware of but is set in an entertaining world of fiction. That doesn’t make the issues any less real but it surely shows or opens readers to the issues while setting them an an adventure. Fighting the legal system and saving lives despite what weighs against them. Baited, lured, and hooked. Interesting scenes that come to life. Characters like Ayden are the kind readers will want to meet. Intense plot with great dialogue. The action inside made this a quick read. I enjoyed reading this tale. For fans of technology and action, then this is definitely one I highly recommend. Overall, I recommend Ayden’s Choice to readers everywhere.

Review: Bealtaine;Tales of the Fae

Bealtaine; Tales of the Fae by [Strycharz, Nicole]

 

Synopsis:

Shea Brogan the Earl of Glenn Haven has finally found a countess to share his life with. Though Maura, his widowed sister-in-law is of common blood, she and her young son Torin, his nephew has stolen his heart and his devotion. As their wedding rapidly approaches on the heels of the Sumer Solstice so does trouble. Glenn Haven comes alive in late spring with the thinning of the veil and now fairy folk and all matter of woodland creatures are causing both mischief and delight. Meanwhile, little Torin is harboring a secret. He’s discovered the gift of magic that ran through his father’s veins and yet rages through his Uncle Shea. These new abilities and sights come with the need of caution that the lad fights to tackle on his own; while his lovely mother still struggles to see the beauty of the unseen world. Maura has always wrestled with belief but her blind eye could drive a wedge between her and her beloved Earl before the upcoming nuptials. Especially when one particular being took a very special liking, to her. Is their love strong enough to overcome the challenge?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Nicole Strycharz has once again swept readers, like myself, into her latest novel.  This writer definitely knows how to bait, hook, and lure her readers. Instantly was intrigued following the main characters that I love from a previous book as their journey progressed. I was deeply satisfied with the plot. Especially, with the ending. Nicole Strycharz currently has me hooked onto her brilliant writing style. There’s plenty of sass, sweetness, and a seduction that sends readers into a frenzy. Once, readers open this book, they better prepare with the wanting of more reads by Nicole Strycharz in the future. I have been lucky as this writer has kept publishing more dazzling reads to keep me lured. Entertaining Bealtaine; Tales of the Fae brings a world of fantasy and one of love together. It will leave readers questioning whether magic is truly real or just a figment of our imagination. Excellent characterization as expected. After reading this book, I would love to have met each character in real life. Their troubles are so similar to our own it’s hard to believe they’re just fictional pieces created by a mastermind. The novel also brought the theme of family, hope, forgiveness, and a future full of promises. But danger and challenges are ahead for the characters…can love, conquer all? Overall, I highly recommend this Christmas and romance tale to all.

Broken Roots by Michelle Diana Lowe

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Home Truths – Delving into the heart of Broken Roots
Broken Roots is a fast-paced and compelling coming-of-age novel about the extraordinary life of seventeen-year-old school girl, Teisha Cole. The story follows Teisha on a whirlwind journey of a lifetime, as her family unit breaks down before her very eyes, and she is forced to come to terms with some shocking home truths. This schoolgirl, uprooted, and moved from place to place, can trust and rely on no one. While she unravels her family’s myriad of lies and secrets that are on the verge of destroying her life, Teisha is put in grave danger. Her devious and calculating mother is at the centre of everything, and she will do anything in her power to stop Teisha from outing her dark, hidden life. As Teisha is put in further peril, escaping onto the streets, and into the foster care system, may be her only hope of survival.

With elements of tension, drama and bone-chilling suspense, this novel unearths some realities about what vulnerable children and young people can suffer behind closed doors. When Teisha meets her foster mother, Rachel Branfield, a rich yet lonely businessman from Mortlake, South West London, there is a chance that her life could change forever. But can Rachel be the mother she has always longed for?

In any one given year, there are 69,000 children in the UK who are in the foster care system. These children deserve to see, especially in literature, that their issues and experiences are considered relevant and important. These days, many young adult fiction books focus on other childhood related topics, such as relationships problems, body image, child obesity, family bereavement and youth crime. Whilst these topics are significant and noteworthy, it is essential to point out that child abuse and neglect have one of the biggest effects on children and young people’s mental health than any other childhood issue.

Teisha, although a fictional character, brings light to children’s suffering, whilst giving children and young people in care and other vulnerable children, a voice and hope for the future. Adults reading Teisha’s story will be able to improve their general understanding of issues surrounding children’s welfare and young mental health. This will help better protect young lives.

At the end of the novel there is a list of useful contacts that children and young people can contact, if they are worried about something or have an issue or difficulty they are struggling with. I have also included a few helplines and websites for adults and professionals who may be worried about a child they know. It is quite rare for fiction books to include these kind of contacts, however, I felt it necessary, as Broken Roots was written primarily to raise aware of issues concerning children’s welfare, and to encourage children to speak up about things that may be troubling them.

Broken Roots has been published Creativia Publishing and is out now on Amazon.

Links to book:

Amazon UK
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Broken-Roots-Lowe-Michelle-Diana-ebook/dp/B01LXBAGLO

Amazon US
https://www.amazon.com/Broken-Roots-Lowe-Michelle-Diana-ebook/dp/B01LXBAGLO

Michelle Diana Lowe

 

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Links:

My Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MichelleDianaLowe
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My website: http://www.michelledianalowe.com

Forever Fit and Flexible by Cheryl L. Ilov

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Synopsis:

Do you believe that getting older means losing health and vitality?

Here is your path to feeling youthful and vibrant.

“…IIov has an engaging style and much to offer….Forever Fit and Flexible is a well written, thorough guide to healthy living that will be enjoyed by a wide spectrum of readers looking for the same.” —Blue Ink Review

Forever Fit and Flexible: Feeling Fabulous at Fifty and Beyond offers you the possibility of living with a new sense of energy and vitality as you move into your fifties, sixties, seventies, and beyond. Once you get moving, you’ll want to keep moving!

Imagine starting each day with a spring in your step. Envision liking what you see in the full-length mirror before you get dressed. Now visualize that you can engage in any activity with strength, grace, and confidence.

In Forever Fit and Flexible, Cheryl Ilov provides a program that will help you create this and more. Her movement lessons provide the building blocks to better posture, core strength, flexibility, balance, and functional strength. As you develop a solid physical foundation, you will also:

eliminate chronic pain
improve injury-related mobility issues
experience increased energy
develop mindful self-awareness and a positive mindset
… and much more!

 

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Cheryl Ilov’s Bio
Cheryl Ilov has always been drawn to health and wellness, the biological sciences, and movement arts, including classical ballet. She began her professional life as a respiratory therapist, and after seventeen years of practice, she returned to school and earned her master’s degree in physical therapy in 1996.

Cheryl discovered The Pilates Method in 1983, and once she began working as a physical therapist, she made the connection that Pilates presented a wonderful tool to help people of all ages recover from injuries and illnesses. She immediately began applying the principles of Pilates to her patients to improve their quality of life and level of function. In 1999, she founded Ilov Integrated Arts, specializing in Pilates-based rehabilitation. Cheryl had her first experience with The Feldenkrais Method® in 2000.
She began the required four-year training program to become a Feldenkrais practitioner in February 2006 and graduated in November 2009. During Cheryl’s remarkable journey of learning, healing, and self-discovery, she also discovered a martial art called Ninpo Tai Jutsu. She fell in love with the art and the training as well as the powerful connection between Feldenkrais and martial arts and their incredible healing power.
Cheryl has dedicated her life to helping others achieve the best quality of life possible. Having personally experienced the anxiety of dealing with chronic pain, stress, and fatigue, she also understands the frustration of feeling out of control, gaining weight, and struggling to find a healthy, effective way to recover after devastating injuries. Cheryl has integrated her education, experience, and expertise to develop a program for people, regardless of their age or current level of function. It is her firm belief that anyone can be fit, flexible, healthy, vibrant, and energetic in their fifties, sixties, seventies, and beyond.

Why did you write “Forever Fit and Flexible?”

Necessity is the mother of invention, and so is adversity. It was through my own personal experience of struggling with my weight, fitness, injuries, and chronic pain syndromes that I found the path to health and vitality. I integrated my education as a physical therapist with my extensive training in Pilates, Feldenkrais, martial arts, and ballet to create a program for people age fifty and over to help them find their way to living with a new sense of energy and vitality as they move into their fifties, sixties, seventies, and beyond.

How is this book different from other fitness books?

That’s an excellent question. Traditional fitness books focus on building muscle strength based on the mantra of “just do it” or “no pain no gain.” Forever Fit and Flexible focuses on approaching movement with mindful awareness instead of pounding your body with mindless exercise. It is much healthier for your joints, muscles, and your well-being.
Also, this program gives you the tools to find your own path to health and fitness based on your individual needs and goals, rather than a one size fits all mentality. The focus is how you move and how you feel rather than how you look. However, when you move better and feel better, you look better as well. And, you want to keep moving.

Could men benefit from your program as well as women?

Certainly! I work with a lot of men in my practice, and they are just as interested in achieving their highest level of fitness and flexibility as women are. As a matter of fact, many of my movement lessons in the program were designed from identifying the issues that were plaguing women and men alike. We just have different ways of expressing our concerns.

If you are already healthy and in good shape, what is the benefit of doing your program?

That’s another great question. The fundamental principles of “Forever Fit and Flexible” can be applied to any and every exercise or fitness routine to enhance the benefits of what you are already doing. The program’s foundation provides the building blocks to better posture, core strength, flexibility, balance, and functional strength. As you develop this solid physical foundation, you’ll see more dramatic results from your current exercise program, no matter how fit you are.

If someone is terribly out of shape or has medical issues, is this a good program for them? How?

Yes, it is. However, I always, always recommend that people with medical issues check with their medical advisor before starting any kind of exercise program. I also suggest that they seek appropriate medical supervision while they begin the program if they are terribly out of shape or have any medical concerns.

The exercises in my book aren’t traditional exercises, they are movement lessons where you gently explore new patterns of moving to improve your posture, core strength, etc. The lessons are intended to be slow and gentle to allow for the changes to take place in your body and your brain as new patterns of healthy movement emerge.

In your book you talk about Feldenkrais. What is Feldenkrais?

Feldenkrais is a highly sophisticated form of neuromuscular re-education based on the scientific principle of neuroplasticity. This simply means that we are capable of learning new patterns of moving, thinking, sensing, and feeling during the course of our entire lifetime.

Feldenkrais uses this principle to help people improve the quality of their life as they recover from chronic pain, improve their physical fitness, and increase their level of function at any age. Feldenkrais is also applicable for every population from and every activity from helping people recover from a stroke to high level athletes looking to gain the competitive edge.

How is Feldenkrais different from traditional exercises?

Feldenkrais isn’t exercise. It is a form or movement therapy which brings your awareness and your attention to how you move. The result is that you move more easily without aches, pains, stress or strain.

Why should I do Feldenkrais instead of yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, etc?

Feldenkrais is not an either/or proposition. It is a method which helps improve your quality of movement that can be applied to your yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi practice as well as sports, dance, and all recreational activities.

What led you to learn it and teach it?

I took my first Feldenkrais class in 2000. After that first class I felt lighter, looser, happier, and was filled with an incredible sense of well-being. Even better, nothing hurt….all of my aches and pains magically disappeared. I knew I had to become a practitioner to share this method with my clients, even though it meant going through an extensive four year program to become a certified practitioner. I love being a practitioner!

Review: The Cat Factory & Other Stories

 

Synopsis:

From a 100,000-year-war, in space to the everyday horrors of loss and aging, the new collection by Tim Newton Anderson will spark your imagination and touch your heart as his characters meet horror with humanity.
You will meet:
 An artist who crafts miniature solar systems
 Three youngsters in a children’s home who turn their disabilities into advantages
 A group of unlikely friends who encounter angels at their bingo club
 The ugliest cat in the world who faces murder by an industrialist seeking the perfect pet
 An unscrupulous politician who finds an internet tool to control the population
 A ‘Pataphysical scientist who has accidentally split himself in two, in a rivalry to find the secrets of life and the ultimate joke
 A camera that not only photographs ghosts but captures them
 A man facing the demons of his childhood and another who is haunted by his younger self

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Cat Factory and Other Stories by Tim Newton Anderson is an interesting collection of tales that will instantly grab readers’attention. Once readers open up the book, they won’t be putting it down until they finished.  Well-written, intriguing, and different. Each story within touches readers’ hearts and minds. Thought provoking. This book, leads me to thinking…what if these things were to happen…what then? Curious plot lines and interesting characters. I found this collection unique and highly entertaining. Overall, I recommend The Cat Factory and Other Stories to readers everywhere.

Review: Adult Coloring Book (Butterfly Designs)

 

Synopsis:

Explore your artistic side with 32 beautiful butterfly designs. Each design is printed single-sided and vary in complexity for beginning and advanced colorists. The butterflies in this book include more stylized designs as well as a few realistic ones. It’s the perfect activity for unwinding and relaxing.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

This adult coloring book features the best butterfly images. The pages are full of time-consuming coloring that will sweep away any stress, anger, or other strong emotions. It also helps me as a busy student relax. There are so many intricate designs to fill in with an assortment of colors that it the images come to life as I am busy coloring them in…Anyone who loves nature, insects, flowers and most of all butterflies will love this new adult coloring book. I definitely liked the arrangement and variety that was offered within this book. Overall, I would highly recommend this to others everywhere. Fun, exciting, and completely relaxing. Definitely, a must have!

Review: Reckless Traveler

 

Synopsis:

Reckless Traveler: an autobiographical novel of adventuring in South America, sure to delight anyone with a passport.

Perú and beyond: Through the alchemy of travel, youthful folly may bring disaster or wisdom . . . and more.
The instructional travel guide for aspiring backpackers: learn how to bribe police, avoid malaria, and find employment abroad — and what to do (and not to do) when armed mercenaries detain your charter bus.
Awaken your inner explorer with Walter Rhein’s Reckless Traveler, expat tales from a decade of discovery.
Rating: 5 stars
Review:
The Reckless Traveler by Walter Rhein is definitely a must read. For those who want to travel far and experience another country…well, here’s the chance. Inside this brilliant well-written autobiography, Walter Rhein takes readers, into the world full of action, danger, and suspense. I didn’t know quite what to expect…well maybe things like trouble speaking a foreign language and surviving the hardships that pop up when one travels so far from home.  This nonfiction book was highly entertaining. Every page took on a different turn in Walter Rhein’s journey as he lives and travels within South America. The culture and language wrapped inside are amazing. Disasters seem to happen a lot but one can definitely learn lessons as they move through this title. Funny, well-done, and intriguing. Overall, I would highly recommend this adventure to readers everywhere.

Review: Eo

 

Synopsis:

“Eo” latin for “go, walk, ride, sail, pass, travel” is N.J native Jennifer Renson’s second book of published poetry. Leave your world behind and go on a journey through time and place.

In “Eo”, we return to post-apocalyptic Georgia where we follow a father and his thoughts about his son while an odd radio transmission is broadcasted. Friends follow a circus, as another returns home to the ideal cottage, and a spectator watches a world of creatures from a window in the clouds. Readers enter the minds of several characters in their own worlds while exploring others. Smell the ocean air, absorb the sun and spend some quality time with the moon.

As a special surprise, the readers get to add their personal touch to the book. Stuck in traffic? Play a little tic-tac-toe. Traveling to somewhere new? Write it down and paste the pictures. Draw the constellations you feel from the plane window. Turn your daydreams into a poem of your own or two.

Whether you travel by plane, train, bus, car, boat, horse, bicycle or foot, you can carry, inspirational and delightful poetry with you. Paperback and lightweight, this poetry book is ideal for all of your travels. Even if you are simply taking some time to yourself, be sure to take Jennifer with you.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Eo by Jennifer Renson is a brilliant collection of well-written poems that automatically lured me deep into her words. Stunning how tiny black words on a page pop off the pages and becomes scenes filled with action, adventure, and emotion. When reading this collection of poetry, I can sense the deep inspiration coming off the pages and being absorbed by me with every flick of a page. Endless beauty, inspiration, and raw talent shine within this book. As a reader, I felt, myself drawn into other places. Every word felt like it was my own…that openness and raw form of writing by a poet is one that can’t be ignored. It beckons and calls me deeper into its heart. Jennifer Renson can take me anywhere and make me feel anything all with the magic of her words.If readers look closely they will recognize Walking Dead themes within the wonderful book.  Eo is not just a book of poetry but packed with a lot of other surprises to keep readers like myself, busy reading. Overall, I highly recommend this title to readers everywhere.

 

Review: Caesar and Cato (The Road to Empire)

 

Synopsis:

This is a story, a true story which I always think are the best of stories. A Story of Ancient Rome. An Adventure Story, perhaps?

It is a story of two protagonists, Julius Caesar, and Marcus Cato. They represented two opposing philosophies, both dedicated to the same end, the recovery of the health of the Roman Republic which was in their day unwell. Both men were fighters, Caesar on the battlefield where he was arguably the greatest tactician ever and certainly of his times, and plucked many a victory from the jaws of defeat. Cato fought in the Senate. There he opposed Caesar and everything he stood for. This is their story.

The book takes the form of alternating chapters written by each of the two protagonists, the Chapter Headings, indicating, who is writing and the main subject matter of the chapter.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Caesar and Cato: Road to Empire by Brain Igoe is well-written. The book’s chapters are well-developed in a way that readers can easily dive right into this history moment and be taken back in time. A time that brings us to two important men in Ancient Rome. There’s the famous Caesar the man of many battles that everyone knows like the back of their hand and then there’s Marcus Cato who brings up the other side of the perspective. Two educated men who fight for what they believe in…

I love anything that deals with real life people and events. Brian Igoe’s brilliant writing has taken me back to Rome where a government very much like what we have today existed…it was the basis to other governments around the world. Ancient Rome was a vast empire reaching far and wider than readers can imagine. I was swallowed up whole from page one until the last page. The viewpoints from each man was another thing that hit home with me when reading this brilliant informative of Caesar and Cato as well as the empire the served to help succeed. Each man has his own way of being successful and brings a different approach, to life, and the causes they fight for…and as it happens each man believes in the opposite thing which brings me to the reality of the here and now. It’s funny how history comes alive not just in the words that pop off the pages but in how they have shaped the world we live in now…we can see bits and pieces of how it all fits like a puzzle. As a reader of all genres, I was immensely taken in with this nonfictional piece. It’s educational, entertaining, and informative. Unlike many of its kind, that is dull and boring…Caesar and Cato: Road to Empire is exciting. An easy read for anyone who loves history, important figures, and wants to learn more about what it was really like back in Ancient Rome for these two men and their people. Overall, I highly recommend this book to readers worldwide.

Review: The Reluctant Soldier

 

Synopsis:

The Reluctant Soldier spotlights the “forgotten war” – Korea, in hundreds of letters written by Neil Mellblom, an Army combat reporter with the Pacific Stars & Stripes and the Third Division’s Public Information Office, the United Nations sanctioned police action comes, to life. Neil received the Bronze Starr for “aggressive reporting” which made the division one of the best known of the Korean war. It may be the definitive book on a soldier’s life in wartime. Funny, yet deeply moving, it records Neil’s growth from a cocky Montanan to a seasoned adult.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Reluctant Soldier by Marnie Mellblom is a fascinating historical read for all. It’s a collection of letters written by one soldier’s letters of is wartime experience and reporting. I found the whole experience new and refreshing when reading something that’s a part of history. I was excited, pumped,  and thrilled to have read this nonfiction book. World War II is a war that will forever be marked on every soul. Whether one was born during that time period or not, we still feel the fear, danger, and emotions that come from having lost friends and family. All soldiers should be honored and respected. Going into war is not anything anyone dares to dream of…yet it’s the real truth of our world. There will always be a war of some kind or another happening and we must not forget the one before it nor the people it has affected. I enjoyed reading the brilliantly well-written and organized way of this book. Readers will be blown away by one soldier’s journey from point A to point B. The letters from father to daughter made this an interesting read. Readers will get to travel all over the world and to go back in time during the time of war and relive old memories. Marine Mellblom has wonderfully captured a beautiful time in history to share with readers everywhere. Overall, I would highly recommend The Reluctant Soldier to readers worldwide.

 

Review: When Pain Has Stained A Peaceful Heart

 

Synopsis:

Ann Henry had a close-knit family, a normal childhood, and a strong sense of identity. Although she had been healthy for most of her life, at the age of 27, she was stunned to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. And so began a fifteen-year journey regaining her mental health, despite the many pitfalls of our mental healthcare system. When Pain Has Stained a Peaceful Heart is based on the true story of Ann’s devastating loss—the loss of her sanity, her voice, and her dignity—and how she fought to regain control over her life with courage and faith. In poetic form, Ann shares the trauma of her experiences in the mental health system through the rhythm of her words and the depth of her emotion. This is an important book not only for those in the mental health profession but also for those who suffer from mental illness and their families by providing an insider’s view of the often chilling reality of treatment facilities. When Pain Has Stained a Peaceful Heart is honest, hard-hitting, and beautifully expressed. “Ann Henry leaves me questioning our mental health system and the further damage done to individuals in an attempt to ‘help’ them and their families.” —Cynthia Barrios-Woodward, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Ann Henry wrote When Pain Has Stained a Peaceful Heart in an effort to help shine some light on the realities of the mental health system. As an artist, writer, and now author and poet, Ann opens up and shares some of her deepest wounds in an effort to help educate the general public about atrocities within a system meant for care.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Ann Henry is indeed a talented writer and poet. Her words will capture readers’ attention from the first page. The words envelope around the readers and drag them through the journey that Ann Henry has brilliantly written. The emotional experiences, from reading When Pain Has Stained A Peaceful Heart, is phenomenal. Inside this beautiful read, readers will find one woman’s voice using poetry to tell her heartbreaking story. One that involves mistreatment within our mental health system.

This book is not a fictional piece but a real woman’s journey through a difficult time in her life. Ann Henry’s poetry flows in a way that lures readers further into her tale. Can you image having your normal life suddenly taken from you  at the age of 27? Well, Ann Henry did. Her mental health took a nose dive and the treatment she received only plunged her down further. Fifteen years of working on regaining her life again…is a sad, yet remarkable read. Ann Henry suffered but made her way through the hardships life dealt her. A strong independent woman who serves as a reminder and inspiration to readers everywhere. I can’t remember a time when a piece of poetry grabbed my attention the way this book has…When Pain Has Stained A Peaceful Heart is definitely a must read for all. I highly recommend reading this woman’s story.

Review: The Gay Detective

Synopsis:

The premier of Nick Scott’s TV talk show, The Gay Detective, appears to be a big hit until his first guest ends up murdered. Nick, also a gay detective with the Chicago Police Department, and his older, straight partner Detective Norm Malone hunt this heinous serial killer tagged The Reaper. This odd couple encounters both personal and professional conflict as this suspenseful noir thriller races to a surprise conclusion that leaves Nick and Norm battling for their lives.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

The Gay Detective by Kenneth D. Michaels is an intriguing and exciting novel. Kenneth D. Michaels has brought to readers a gay detective that works for the police force and who also, has recently started his own talk show. This world is so realistic with every detail that readers wouldn’t be able to tell fiction from reality. What I love about this mystery, is that readers are not just told but shown what’s happening. Almost as if we were actually there sitting with the detective as he’s interviewing famous gay people or talking to his partner at some resturant. There are both personal and professional conflicts inside this suspenessful tale that keep readers turning the pages. The why and who dunnit are strong and readers will love the ending. Can a gay detective and his straight partner find the killer before it’s too late? Readers will have to read on to find out. Overall, I highly recommend The Gay Detective to readers everywhere.

 

 

Review: Success Is Your Birthright

 

Synopsis:

Life resembles a roller coaster. It has suspense, intrigue, smooth moments, hairpin turns, sudden twists, plummets, loopty loops, near misses, excitement, and anticipation. Life consists of countless moments. Moments that make us smile, experience tingling sensations, laugh until we can hardly breathe, and leave us speechless with wonder and admiration. As beautiful as those moments are, our memoirs hone in and linger on the moments that leave us in tears, wincing, grinding our teeth, and asking for Divine Intervention. It is that part of life’s roller coaster that makes you want to get off, wonder why, and feel psychologically queasy. Questions like “What do I do? Where do I go from here? How will I bounce back or can I bounce back?” surface.

This book offers hope, love, and lessons to cope with those not so great moments and the people who instigate and perpetuate them, including ourselves, using the biblical Joseph Story as a platform. Why the Joseph Story? His story mirrors our own. He too experienced life’s roller coaster. Joseph’s story is not just a testament to resilience, but one of faith in and reliance on God.

Success Is Your Birthright: God’s Success:
• Offers a spiritual awakening
• Builds confidence
• Prods introspection and growth
• Encourages during difficult times
• Challenges misconceptions
• Opens a closed heart and hands
• Demonstrates love, hope, selflessness, and forgiveness

Success Is Your Birthright: God’s Success is a captivating appraisal, making it hard to put down. We discover life’s beauty and the confidence to bounce back from life’s unpredictable moments.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Success Is Your Birthright (God’s Success) by R. Stanton Tucker is the first book I have read by this amazing and most talented writer. He brings a book that is not just inspiring to read but one that will leave an imprint upon his readers forever. Success is a loose term that can be described by both indivduals and society in different ways. Yet, this beautifully told guide leads readers onto a journey in exploring what really matters and what they are doing now versus what they should be doing with their lives. Success is defined as not letting life’s many curves balls throw us off from achieving our dreams. That meaning we should try our very best to be the best we can be. If we can do that then no matter what, we will be successful and successful in God’s eyes too. This is not a bibical guide telling you to give up your sins and pray, but it does have some very wise sayings from the Bible throughout to lure reader’s into a long moment of wondering what they are doing and what they will do next. Each chapter is realistically well-written in a way that allows readers to follow a self-journey of hope, love, and a confidence that they would not normally find. R. Stanton Tucker’s book takes not only our minds but our hearts and very souls deep into this rollercoaster ride that will keep readers coming back from time to time. I have found this to be a great read, and I highly recommend it to all.

 

 

Review: Jump

 

Synopsis:

In this book, Orsi invites you on a journey where she says good-bye to her 9 to 5 job and Jumps into the unknown. All she knows is that she can’t fail. Not because she is a super woman, but because she realises that failing is never trying. She decides to get out of her comfort zone, and follow her heart.

Her project is to write a self-help book within just 90 days, while she simultaneously coaches 3 people with 3 very different obstacles they wish to overcome and shares their case studies with us using various coaching techniques. During this period, in the hope of finding Mr. Right, Orsi is back to dating and even after her various heartbreaks, she pulls herself together and doesn’t give up until she finally finds love. Orsi introduces a diet that has changed her whole life for the better and last but not least, she shares some excellent ideas and techniques on how to manage our finances and how to start moving towards achieving financial freedom with a little help from the “Law of Attraction”. With her book, Orsi encourages all of us to dare to Jump, be smart and believe that the Universe will help us along the way to achieve anything we want in just 3 months.

Don’t worry if you are not sure of what your first steps should be, Orsi will support you in reaching your full potential and be that amazing person who you always wanted to be.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Jump by Orsi Kovacs is a sensational hit from page one. Readers will automatically be drawn deeper into this exciting book. Readers can almost sense and feel what the author has masterfully penned. The writing is well-developed and creates an air of suspense. One that will keep readers turning the pages to find out what happens next.

Jump is a self-journey that readers will take and follow along as the writer shows her readers what happens. From working a job that no longer interested her to turning in her resignation and feeling the fear of what next is one that propels readers forward into the world of life’s changes. Some times we find that we are better suited for other things. Things we may not have noticed until we take that one daring leap like Orsi Kovacs did. This was definitely the most inspiring tale of a real woman and real life decisions that shaped her future. I have found this book as a guide that gently takes me through the process and steps f redefining me and my life’s purpose. The possibility of failing is a fear all face. But getting the courage to embrace the unknown is a defeat for the strong and successful. Overall, I highly recommend this well-written book to all.

Review: How to Rescue a Rake

Synopsis: 

Nathaniel Sherringham has returned to Hawcombe Prior a changed man. Gone is the reckless rake who went out on a limb to propose to Diana Makepiece three years ago. Now Nate’s mysterious new wealth has the town’s rumor mill spinning. To stir things up (and get Diana’s attention), Nate boldly announces his plans to marry “any suitable girl” under the age of 25.

Diana, now 27 and still single, is acutely aware of Nate’s return. When her mother suggests a trip to visit a cousin in Bath, Diana leaps at the chance to escape the heartbreak and regret she can’t help but feel in Nate’s presence…and avoid his irritating charade to find a bride.

But for Nate, Diana has always been the one. He might just have to follow her to Bath and once again lay his heart on the line to win her attention—and her heart.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

How to Rescue a Rake by Jayne Fresina is a wonderful romance for all. I enjoyed how Jayne Fresina protrayed a young woman in her late twenties. A love that happened that never got to fully take off. One determined man coming back to chase after the woman of his heart, if she’ll have him. Maybe isn’t good enough neither is the answer no. Nate wants Diana now and forever. He’s willing to do everything it takes to win his love back. But will it be enough or will his efforst be a lost cause? Sparks flying, a chase after the one you love, and the suspense of it all will lure readers deep into magnificent the plot. Jayne Fresina knows how to captivate her readers and give them everything they ever wanted in a historical romance. I loved reading this well-written story and its intriguing characters. The characters are easy to connect with especially Diana. Diana is a woman that inspires readers. Overall, I highly recommend this brilliant read to readers worldwide.

Review: Writing Flash Fiction

 

Synopsis: 

Writing Flash Fiction is a fun, easy way to break into print and quickly establish yourself as a professional author.

This book shows you everything you need to write great stories under 1,000 words, as well as how and where to get them published.

It concludes with tips for re-publishing those stories all together as a book.

Carly Berg’s stories and writing articles appear in dozens of anthologies, magazines, and websites. She is the author of Coffee House Lies: 100 Cups of Flash Fiction.

My Rating: 5 star

My Review:

Writing Flash Fiction by Carly Berg is a must have tool for all writers. A perfect book that acts as a guide and tutor for flash fiction writers. Carly Berg walks her fellow writers through the entire process of writing to selling their flash fiction. Exercises, prompts, and the organization of the entire book is set up in an easy format to follow along. The best of everything all in one perfect book by a writer who talent shines through her pages. I loved reading Writing Flash Fiction by Carly Berg and would highly recommend to readers worldwide. She definitely knows her subject well and demonstrates it in such a high professional way, that will lure readers constantly to her book. Overall, I rate it a five out of five stars.

Writing That Novel or Book!

Writing That Novel or Book!

  1. Create a timeline of your scenes and sequels.
  2. Who’s your targeted audience?
  3. Start writing.
  4. What flaws are there in your characters? Readers love these. It makes them connect with your characters.
  5. What kind of conflicts are there?
  6. Any twists to your story?
  7. What’s your climax point? The most exciting part in your story or book that excites readers.
  8. Any cliffhangers? Does your story come to a halt, but is not over yet? Let your audience wonder what happens next.
  9. Is there any dialogue? I think every book, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, is more exciting when there’s some kind of dialogue happening. Kind of speeds up the reading and makes it more enjoyable to read rather than just reading a bunch of text presented in the normal, boring layout.

Book Review: So..This is Awkward by Timothy Tuttlesmith

So..This is Awkward by Timothy Tuttlesmith is truly an outstanding memoir that leads readers on a journey of discovery. A path that Timothy Tuttlesmith engages his readers with turns out to be funny, hot, delightfully entertaining. Here the man moves to New York where he decides to take on online dating explores things such as his exploration of BDSM. Readers will love reading this story because it’s realistic, well written and lures them deep into the depth of the plot as it continues to unfold. I enjoyed reading this because the character’s personality and his relationship and discoveries made for a stunning read. A nerdy, decent, and a little bit wild kind of guy who searches for the girl of his dreams. So..This is Awkward explores a theme that will touch many readers’ hearts and keep them coming back to read his next masterpiece. Overall, I rate this a five out of five stars and recommend to everyone.

Meet Bruce Henderson

Meet Bruce Henderson

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Q: What inspired you to write Rescue at Los Baños?

BH: Many people are familiar with the brutal treatment of U.S. military POWs in the Pacific during WWII by the Japanese, thanks in large measure to the bestselling book and film, Unbroken. We hear less about the plight of American civilians who happened to be living and working in the Philippines when war broke out. Within weeks of their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese invaded the Philippines, and rounded up these innocents — men, women and children — and placed them in internment camps for the duration of the war. I wanted to tell this story because I thought it deserved to be told at last.

Q: Inside of this spectacular nonfiction story of the historical events that occurred during WWII of the Japanese War Camp where many were starved, beaten, and killed, you have captured the personal interviews, memoirs, and correspondence. What was it like going through each one of these and intertwining them into your book?

BH: I felt honored to be interviewing these members in good standing of the Greatest Generation, nearly all of them in their 90s. Many of them had gone through life without talking a lot about their wartime experiences, and doing so could be quite emotional for them. But to a person, they wanted their stories chronicled and not lost in history.

Q: As a best-selling and international best-selling author, what advice would give to other nonfiction writers waiting to achieve that dream of writing the best-selling book?

BH: Keep writing and keep dreaming. With a great story, a measure of talent developed through experience and exercise, and a ton of persistence and hard work, it can happen. That was my own path to success, and it’s the advice I’ve given many writing students over the years at USC School of Journalism and Stanford University.

 Q: What is like being an award winning journalist? Where are some places where you have published your work?

BH: I suggest you check out my website (BruceHendersonBooks.com) re my other published books. As for winning awards and having previous bestsellers, that’s all great. Everyone  likes kudos and success. But I am much more keenly interested in what I am working on today. In other words: What’s next? Any writer who rests on his or her laurels for more than a nanosecond won’t last long in this profession.

Q: For those young journalists out there what advice would you give them?

BH: See response to the above question.

Q: What inspires you to write books such as the Rescue at Los Baños, Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War?

BH: I am inspired by people who, in the face of danger and adversity and from a position of weakness, display great courage and self-sacrifice for the greater good. That happened on both “sides” of the story I tell in Rescue at Los Baños: from both the internees being held prisoner and the military personnel who risked their lives to try to rescue them.

Q: Did you always know that you wanted to become a journalist and author? 

BH: I worked for students newspapers in high school. After military service during Vietnam, I return to college on the G.I. Bill, taking lots of journalism and history courses. I became a newspaper reporter at age 22, and haven’t stopped reporting and writing since.

Q: Can you tell us readers a little bit about your number one best-seller, And the Sea Will Tell? “Grips you by the throat from beginning to end.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

BH: Alone with her new husband on a tiny Pacific atoll, a young woman, combing the beach, finds an odd aluminum container washed up out of the lagoon, and beside it on the sand something glitters: a gold tooth in a scorched human skull. The investigation that follows uncovers an extraordinarily complex and puzzling true-crime story. I co-authored this book with Vincent Bugliosi, who had recounted the successful prosecution of mass murderer Charles Manson in the bestseller Helter Skelter. We were able to draw together hundreds of conflicting details of the mystery, and reconstruct what really happened when four people found hell in a tropical paradise. And the Sea Will Tell reconstructed the events of this riveting true-murder mystery. And the Sea Will Tell was only my second hardcover book, and it went #1 on the New York Times bestseller list — a heady experience, indeed. It was also the basis of a highly-rated four-hour CBS miniseries starring Rachel Ward and Richard Crenna.

Q: What would say was the most powerful thing that you found out about the WWII Japanese War Camps while doing your research?

BH: In the Philippines, there was at least one mass execution of U.S. military POWs forced into a wooden bunker which was then saturated with gasoline and set ablaze. This was done when the Japanese thought the prisoners were about to be freed. At Los Baños, the situation involved the purposeful withholding of food, which caused more than 2,000 people to suffer mightily and unnecessarily, with many starving to death before they could be rescued. That — and other things that went on in and around the camp — were later judged to be war crimes.

Q: What’s like balancing both jobs as a journalist and author?

BH: I have been a full-time book author since the mid-1980s.

Q: What are your other hobbies beside writing?

BH: Travelling to first-world cities and countries, among them New York and London, France and Italy. I am an inveterate cocktailer and foodie, and am always on the lookout for dark bars and fabulous restaurants.

Q: Where can readers find you and your books online?

BH: My website is BruceHendersonBooks.com, which has a complete list of all my books, with additional information — including buying options — about each one. Also, photographs, maps, etc. My Facebook author page is BruceHendersonBooks.

Book Review: Hath No Fury by Hal Rappaport

Hath No Fury (The Lesson of Three Book 1)

Hath No Fury is unlike any other novel within its genre. A captivating paranormal romance that intrigues readers all the way to the end. Powerful, realistic, and exciting, Hal Rappaport has created a masterpiece that will always be remembered. His characters are unique they live in a world with those who practice magic and don’t discover their own powers until much later. But soon their world is tilted upside down and danger comes crashing ruining what was once a peaceful place fill with an evil that had been waiting.

Hath No Fury is set in the 1970’s that will grab readers’ attention and lure them deep into a paranormal world where magic does exist. Times are hard especially when there’s an evil source abiding its time until it’s ready to unleash it’s full force on the world. A story filled with mystery, suspense, and friendships. Mark and Amy go about on their own self-journey of discovery and what could lead their friendship to something more powerful than they thought. Just as Mark and Amy finally have things settled, and evil so unimaginable begins to tip their world upside down causing chaos and panic everywhere. Their world as they knew it will be changing faster than they would think.  Can Mark and Amy make it through everything intact especially their new relationship or will they lose each other? A highly fascinating piece that is brilliantly well written and will drag readers back to it plot every time. I loved reading Hal Rappaport’s masterpiece, because it’s different from any other novel within it’s genre. A must read. I would highly recommend this novel to all readers. I promise it will become your new favorite. Overall, I rate it a five out of five stars.

Easter & Its True Meaning

My latest nonfiction book is now live on Amazon for all to buy. To buy my latest book click on the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U4CW6NI

Easter & Its True Meaning

Thank you, everyone who helped believe in me and gave me the support and courage that I needed. I couldn’t be where I am today without any one of you! Thank you!

New Book Coming Out In March

Easter & It's True Meaning

This new eBook will be coming out in March. The book talks about the true meaning of Easter. Such as forgiveness, love, and faith. Times are hard and life throws the toughest obstacles our way. Sometimes it throws us off our path of being a good Christian. Being a good person towards others. Forgiveness is one of the hardest things for us humans to do and yet, we expect others to freely forgive us when we do wrong. Love, is one of the greatest gifts we can give to someone. Whether they are poor, ill, or an outcast. We must learn to love others as we love ourself. Faith, we must have faith in ourselves to do good even when we stray from our paths. We have to be determined to continue on, and our faith is what carries us forward. This book will make the perfect read for March and all through April as we continue on our journey’s path of finding forgiveness, love, and faith. A must read book for everyone no matter what your religious beliefs are.

Book Review: Absolute Motion by Rupesh Sharma

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This highly educational yet brilliantly well written book features, Absolute Motion. The power that relies within a physical object. Rupesh has done a magnificent job of putting together everything readers need to know that will answer all of their questions on this particular subject. Everything that will satisfy every reader’s curiosity. The informative book also talks about Inertia and the Matrix just to name a couple. I loved the layout and how detailed yet interesting this book was. So many things to learn and to discover. And there are topics that you may think you know very well until you read further on within this book.  Absolute Motion is indeed a number one book that should be in every readers hand. Motion plays an important role within our lives. Every force and reaction is so critical. I suggest reading this book to find out more about Absolute Motion by Rupesh Sharma. Overall, I give this book a five out of five stars.

Book Review: Dirty White Boy by Frank Peterson

Frank Peterson has written an unforgettable real life story that readers won’t want to put down. His book details his experiences in life as an addict and how he overcame it. This book is very inspiring especially for those who are struggling with the issue daily. He portrays a strong and clear voice on how to improve one’s life after going through an addiction. How everyone can become a better person. It’s not easy but, it can be done. A realistic and and informative read, Dirty White Boy is a book that all should pick up ad begin reading. His story will inspire you and change your perspectives on life and all that happens. Frank Peterson gives hope to readers. I would recommend this stunning but highly unique story to readers everywhere. Overall, I rate this nonfiction book a 5 out of 5 stars!

Book Review: Sneaky Math: A Graphic Primer with Projects

Sneaky Math: A graphic Primer with Projects is the best math book that I have ever read! It has everything I need to know for my college math courses. I was amazed at how easy the math was to do. The book demonstrates easy steps on how to solve the most difficult math problems. Before, I use to struggle with math and now I’m not! Now, I can do my math homework with ease. I strongly suggest others everywhere to pick up a copy of this stunning yet brilliant book that teaches you everything you need to know. Overall, I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

A New Book to Review

Dear Viewers,

Today, I recently received a hardback copy of a novel called, Forty Acres. In this novel, a story unlike any other takes place.  A story that leaves a chill running down your spine. The author wrote a story about a place where black men who are wealthy and have high positions in life created a world in which the white men are the slaves and the black men are called “masters”.  Slavery of any kind is a chilling and horrific thing to happen. This unique novel tells us what happens when the opposite races switch positions. Now the white men are suffering through what the black slaves suffered for so long.

A black high profile lawyer makes new friends. These new friends take him to a place where he is separated from those he loves and placed in a position to join the ranks of these “new friends” or to be killed. A place called Forty Acres.  I highly recommend all of you to pick up this thriller and read on what happens next. Will the lawyer choose to become a “master” or will he be chased for opposing his “new friends” in a world so completely different than the one we all know today.

Sincerely,

Universal Creativity Inc.

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