STATUS REPORT # 110

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Well my dear followers I’ve FINALLY did it. I’ve completed the making the suggestions given to me by the marvelous line editor who I’d gotten from CreateSpace. This is a lesson I’m going to remember, from now on I’m going to use a line editor instead of a regular to review the manuscript for all my future romance endeavors. The only thing I’ll need to do going forwards is to increase my promotional endeavors to raise the necessary funds to pay for it; that is unless some rich relative dies and leaves me the funds [the problem is I’ve got no rich relatives] and only other way is for me to hit the lottery big enough to cover the expenses, even it’s only one endeavor at a time.

Yesterday, I submitted the parameters I’d like to have for the re-edited manuscript for what had been my debut romance novel, a MG/YA Paranormal entitled “I Kissed a Ghost.” Once the wonderful folks at CreateSpace tell me the parameters are okay, I’ve got to correct the line spacing on the manuscript the line editor had made her suggestions, as well as deleting the suggestions she’d made. With this done, it’s one more run through the manuscript to see if everything looks okay, rename the file again [want to keep a record of everything] before downloading the final manuscript file to CreateSpace. There are a few more steps before I’ll be able to release the revised edition of my novel.

With this off finally off my mind I can return to my two current WIPs, an adult Contemporary romance, with a paranormal element [no ghost] running through the storyline, entitled “His Darkest Secret.” My second WIP is a MG/YA Urban Fantasy novella entitled “The Secret of the Well”; which is a stand-alone sequel to my debut novel, where I need to slightly increase the romance aspect for the storyline.

Going forwards, hopefully I’ll be able to set up a regular schedule for the diverse types of posts I do each week. I would also like to start interviewing my fellow romance authors for my two blog sites. If you’re interested send me a DM through my Twitter account [ http://www.twitter.com/MyPenNameOnly ].

Please DON’T be shy, I’d love to read any feedback you might have regarding my posts. The weekend is almost here, so, have a GREAT WEEKEND with your families. !!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

O X O X O X

Robin Leigh

 

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-029 – SECOND MARRIAGE

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I read this book via an Amazon-US KINDLE unlimited download.

As a romance author who is also a voracious book reviewer, I read a wide variety of genres for all ages; so, naturally my favorite genre to review is romance. Romance has a multitude of subgenres, and of these, second chance romances is one of my favorites.

In reading a second chance romance the characters involved have gone through a traumatic experience such as a horrendous separation or even worse a divorce, which causes them to carry a lot of baggage around afterwards. When they finally do find someone they’re fearful about history repeating itself, and it doesn’t if it’s the guy or the woman, they both shared the same apprehensions about falling in love again; although the woman feels it more. They must overcome their trepidations if they’re ever going to have the HEA they desire.

In this book, the author, Sharilee Swaity, doesn’t deal with a fictional romance; she deals with real life situations and real people. And in doing this the author analyses the reasons from why married couples have disagreements in their relationships to why their marriages fall apart.

To accomplish this the author includes real life stories and studies in addition to her own personal second marriage experiences which also includes her husband’s. I loved reading the honest advice she gives to have a second marriage not have the pitfalls the marriage might have had. There is a definite need to in knowing how to overcome conflict before it gets out of control, and to resolve any disparities which might exist between either half of a marriage to the other.

Perhaps there’s some truth in Frank Sinatra’s song “The Second Time Around”:

Love is lovelier the second time around
Just as wonderful with both feet on the ground
It’s that second time you hear your love song sung
Makes you think perhaps that love, like youth, is wasted on the young
Love’s more comfortable the second time you fall
Like a friendly home the second time you call
Who can say what brought us to this miracle we’ve found?
There are those who’ll bet love comes but once, and yet
I’m oh, so glad we met the second time around
Who can say what brought us to this miracle we’ve found?
There are those who’ll bet love comes but once, and yet
I’m oh, so glad we met the second time around

For having given her readers palatable information for the possibility of a second marriage being successful, in an empathetic manner, how can I not give Ms. Swaity the 5 STARS she deserves.

US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R394BNRRDF78XI

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/RJOTBDVRA449D

CA: https://www.amazon.ca/review/R34DU9L14QGDQD

 

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-028 – THE SPOILED PRINCESS

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Sigal Adler has done a marvelous job in bring together all the elements her book, “The Spoiled Princess” contains.

To begin, being an author myself, I know how hard it is to write any story, especially when it’s being written for a young child; and to be able to write it in rhyme not only adds to the difficulty but it adds an attention-holding reading experience for the child.

When a book is written, where one of the premises for writing it deals with desiring the young reader to learn a specific lesson, there are two qualities that the authors must keep in mind for their endeavor to succeed. The first is that they do not hit over the child with the lesson being presented, the second is not talking down to child. If these concepts are not there the child will turn off to the lesson being presented. Ms. Adler’s writing succeeds in accomplishing these two concepts, and the young girls reading this book will learn the lesson the storyline has.

The illustrations are a wonderful addition which adds to the visualization of the story for its readers. Not only does the child reading this learn to be grateful for what they’ve got and not to be over demanding from their parents, some adults who happen to pick this book up and read it might learn to stop spoiling their children by giving them everything they want, instead of what they actually need which is the simply giving them the love they want.

For teaching a vital lesson to its young girl readers as well as some of their parents, I’m giving Ms. Adler 5 STARS for her endeavor here.

The only problem for books like these is their limited audience of only girls. I would love to see this author writing a similar story for the young boy readers out there, who need to be taught the same lesson.

US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1WLA783CH9Y0C

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1XYPIJKI7MPLA

 

HAIKU HORIZON #17 – STOP

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Here’s this week’s prompt from the Haiku Horizon site which is “STOP” and here are my three Haiku response endeavors:
[ https://haikuhorizons.wordpress.com ]

STOP eating, I must
So, my wedding gown will fit
Can’t disappoint groom

Stop in name of love
That is the way the song goes
But love is endless

Can’t stop driving car
In a rush to hospital
My wife’s giving birth

Would love to get your feedback

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-027 – IF MY NAME WAS AMANDA

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I’d received a PDF.file copy of this from the author through a giveaway he recently had on LibraryThing and the following is my honest opinion.

The author, Curtis Edmonds, has written a marvelous rhyming alphabetical listing of girl’s names that one girl imagines she might be instead of herself. Each time she images another name she’s in another state of the U.S. doing some sort of activity. Yet, her imagination is just that for she really enjoys being herself, doing the things she likes to do, but most of all she enjoys being with the family she. What adds to this book’s readers enjoying it is the fabulous illustrations done by Mat Sadler.

While each name appears to have a city and an activity haphazardly associated with it, there’s actually an educational reason behind it. An educational reason which parents can find at the end of the book, where a fact about the state and the activity each girl mention is mentioned is given. Parents can either copy each of these pages from the paperback edition, or copy/paste from the KINDLE and sit with their daughters the first time she reads the book. The inspiration for this book came from the author’s daughters, whose names are mentioned in the book.

For having given his young readers as well as their parents an enjoyable and educational reading experience there’s no way I can’t give its author and illustrator 5 STARS.

Now, that this author has given us a book written for parents and their daughters, I feel it’s no more than fitting that he writes one for parents and their sons.

US:  https://www.amazon.com/review/R1ZED733QNJXHC

UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R2TPDSVJ5GI1NW

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-026 – HOW TO TALK DIRTY

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I read this book via an Amazon-US KINDLE Unlimited download.

While this short book’s complete title: “HOW TO TALK DIRTY: 263 Best Dirty Talk Examples and Tips to Drive Your Partner Absolutely Wild” seems to indicate it’s a guide to wonderful increase the sexual relationship with your partner, it can also rekindle the one you’ve thought you’ve lost. Which I s something I’m going to use to surprise my dear OH with the first chance I get. To better understand this book’s intent, all you need to do is it read the book’s introduction.

Being a voracious Book Reviewer, I read a wide variety of genres, from children’s all the way to erotic BSDM romances. In reading those erotic novels I love to fantasize being in the shoes of the female protagonist, especially when I get to read the explicit erotic dialogue she hears and speaks, as I begin to get arouse with the language being used and the visual images I see in my mind. Even as I read the examples being given I could see how using “dirty talk” properly can increase the desired effect/image authors would like to project in their novels.

As an author who happens to write romance I can easily see this book being used as sort of a bible as how to handle and improve an erotic author’s writing. The book with its illustrative instructions and examples these can help erotic authors to better understand the “dirty talk” they would like to write.
For having given a wide potential audience of readers an insightful self-help book, I’m giving this book 5 STARS.
US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R73XM45USQJEJ
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1T1N7G9LRZFOF

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-025 – DEAR VIKING

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I’d been in the mood to read/review another tender Inspiration/Christian romance, so as I usually do I did a genre search and this book’s title caught my eye. Naturally, While I knew a little about Charlemagne and his “converting” pagans to Christianity by the sword, I didn’t know anything about the Vikings and their conversion.

Ms. Soard did a decent job in researching the historical aspects for her story, because as I found out in doing my own research. Not all Vikings fell into the image we’ve got in our minds of being fierce pillagers, some were traders. Viking traders noticed they could do better business as a Christian than they could a Viking, so they wore a cross while amongst Christians and Thor’s hammer when they weren’t, and could practice both religions if they weren’t baptized, which had been the practice for a few centuries.

And it’s this practice of embracing two cultures which brought conflict into Rok Erikson’s life and his mind. He must deal with going up against those who are intent to kill his father, yet this doing this would be a transgression of the new Christian faith he’s embrace.

When his eldest brother winds up killing the man who’s out to kill his father, and violates a frail daughter sexually; another daughter takes a dagger to slay him in revenge and out of fear she’d be next. She’s forced to leave her ravaged sister behind when she’s taken prisoner by Rok’s family to face a trial for her living up to her own family’s code of honor.

Kismet has a way of stepping in and complicating matters as Leani finds herself being increasingly attracted to Rok who doesn’t know who is she. Her mind is now in turmoil as she faces a dichotomy in her beliefs, Leani’s guilt-ridden with the murder she’s committed on one hand and desperate to find some non-existing compassion on the other.

Ultimately, she realizes how her new-found faith in G-d can be her salvation when she’d thought there could be none.

The author did a marvelous job in intertwining both the Viking and Christian belief systems and religions. This endeavor by Ms. Soard is sure to pull at your heartstrings even though you might believe you’ve got none, which is why I’ve given it the 5 STARS it richly deserves.

US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1O4OPLVRF20OJ

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1AW9WB3M6H0Q7

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