BOOK REVIEW # 2016-062 – THE FOURTEEN DAY SOUL DETOX

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When I had entered the LibraryThing giveaway which I eventually won I didn’t realize for some reason it is actually part of a six volume series of novellas. I had originally envisioned it would be a novel in which a woman would be getting rid of everything related to a previous relationship she had been in; much, much more than merely washing that man, and everything else out of her hair.

After reading this first volume I’ve come to realize it would be series I’d definitely would love to read more of, but being the kind of book reviewer I am, I unfortunately don’t have the time to read the rest of this series while also reading and reviewing the books on my TBReviewed list.

What is a woman to do who has found a hunk of a single dad at her special needs daughter’s school when her past includes having her husband killed by his mistress and where she happens to be sleeping with this mistress’ ex-husband? Well for Jamie it is to develop a fourteen plan in which she’ll be able to totally renew her body, mind and soul.

Having a timeline format for the story where her reader’s will know what is taking place each day of Jamie’s fourteen day plan, including the time of day it is; and will make them feel as if they’re there, watching the action taking place and listening to the dialogue between the book’s characters.

Having flashbacks interspersed throughout the story should help readers better understand what is happening to Jamie and her life today.

For allowing me the opportunity to glimpse into the protagonist’s life and her transformation I’m giving Ms. Stradling 5 STARS. The above has been my honest opinion.

US:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R2PCCH9OBX3888

UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1T6HM6I4045CA

MEMORIAL DAY – 2016

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It’s Memorial Day again, the time when remember those brave souls who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. I felt the need to share two of my Flash Fictions for all those reading this to reflect on.

SADNESS CAN BE CONTAGIOUS

Leslie sat in the den of her home crying.

The tears which came flowing over her cheeks weren’t ones of sadness. They were ones of the bittersweet remembrances she got as she read the letters which her then future husband had sent her during his first assignment in the Middle East.

Theresa, Leslie’s daughter, sat by her mother’s side trying to console her, but to no avail.

Reluctantly, Leslie allowed her daughter to read the letters herself.

Sadness became infectious because these letters allowed Theresa to get to know the father she barely knew, as she now fell victim to the beautiful words in the letters as well.

 

THE ULTIMATE ACT OF VALOR

The color purple covers the entire spectrum of life itself, from the richest of people of royal blood who flaunt it in their clothes they wear, to the lowly peasant who’s mourning the death of a loved one.

The color purple doesn’t make the person; it’s their acts which makes them the person. A person of royal blood who thinks himself better than those around him won’t receive the respect of those below his station, while a poor individual who regularly gives of himself will be treated in a manner normally reserved for a king.

The lack of selfishness must be maintained at all costs; and placed above everything else.

When it comes to war, an extremely small percentage of soldiers will wind up losing body parts or even making the ultimate sacrifice and place their lives above everyone else’s, an act of pure valor which can only be symbolized by a Purple Heart.

Although small in size, the Purple Heart is worth more than a hundred times its weight in gold, merely because of what it represents.

 

NOTE: The above two items, with a few revisions, come from my second book, “Micro Fiction – An Anthology,” which is a collection of 100 Flash Fictions, most of which got written as I wrote my first book and at time needed something to help me get through a case of writer’s block I had been experiencing.

This is NOT a request for anyone to buy a copy of my book.

BOOK REVIEW # 2016-061 – OFFICER TONY SAYS “BE CAREFUL”

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Growing up as a child in New York City we had always been taught that police officers were our friends, and if we ever needed help when our parents are not around we should go to them.

This book has done a wonderful job through its illustrations and easy to understand language for its extremely young readers in instilling the important message it has been created to convey.

For wanting our children to always be safe I’m giving the author and her book 5 STARS.

US:   http://www.amazon.com/review/REM68N64I80I4  

ROBIN LEIGH MORGAN’S MARKETING/PROMOTIONAL IDEA # 8

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One way of getting some exposure for yourself and your writing endeavors is to simply enter writing contests or do a submission for an anthology or magazine. I’ve done both.

I had entered the SFWG [Short Fiction Writer’s Guild] 2014 Flash Fiction Contest and won THIRD PLACE.

https://shortfictionwritersguild.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/sfwg-2014-flash-fiction-contest-results/

If you click on my name you’re directed to Amazon and the two books I’ve written.  I’m trying to a link so you can read my winning entry.

I also did a submission for the premiere issue of The Greenwich Village Literary Review and it got accepted for publication. You can read my submission here:

http://tinyurl.com/pvkxyu7

Scroll down to Page 61

While the first item I’ve listed above produced no results, I noticed a slight uptick in the sales of my MG/YA Paranormal romance “I Kissed a Ghost” shortly afterwards.

While neither one of these items had cost me any money or paid me any money, there are some that do. The choice of whether or not to pay any money is up to you. You’ll need to decide for yourself whether or not it be would worth the cost.

BOOK REVIEW # 2016-060 – LOVER BY CHANCE

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Imagine you found the happy ever after you’ve been searching for and married him. But soon afterwards you find in reality he’s actually an abusive cad you should have dropped like poison.

Now imagine if you will you’re the female protagonist in this book, Elena. What would you do if your new counterpart [Richard Laurent] loses you in a game of poker to a scheming Mississippi bastard of a riverboat gambler Jedidiah Nash. Naturally while you’ll be infuriated at the same time you’d be looking for some way to turn this situation around to your advantage.

Elena in her anger did precisely this, she allowed herself to lose her fidelity to her husband so she could finally experience some true lovemaking, something she never had gotten from Richard. What was supposed to have been merely a lark, turns out to be more serious as both Elena and Jed fall for each other that one night.

While I felt this story was quite enjoyable, I would love it to have been a bit longer so there could have been more character development in what is otherwise a sweet yet spicy hot romance; which is why I’m only giving it 4 STARS.

US:  https://www.amazon.com/review/R28IO92S1KCEJC

UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/RKTWGGR5BOM37

BOOK REVIEW # 2016-059 – MY MR SEXY #1

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While I’m the type of book reviewer who has read/reviewed numerous genres, from picture books to erotica, but for some reason I’m always shied away from steamy hot romances; perhaps it’s because I’m still basically an old-fashion individual who believes in no sex before marriage.

Having received a free download of this book from the author for having subscribed to her newsletter through an internet giveaway I felt somewhat obliged to reciprocate by reading/reviewing this book.

I love it when the female protagonist is torn between two lovers and has to make a decision which will have a profound on the rest of her life.

Like many readers I’m really fond of first person stories. However, this being, as I’ve already said, my first real experience in reading a story like this, I’m glad it was since it allowed me to step into Marissa’s shoes.

Marissa has a super hard choice to make as she can’t simply make a choice based on how hot Nick or Mitch is looks and in bed. She also must consider what happens when the passion has flown the coop.

While there’s an instant KISMET sort of attraction with Nick, Marissa knows she must place him in the back of her mind once she learns he’s off limits. When Milton enters the picture she now feels her love live has now been fulfilled; but will it be enough to make her forget about Nick.

The writing is quite vivid in making a clear image of Nick and Milton register in a reader’s mind. As I read this book I couldn’t help it, as Mirassa is becoming more and more torn between two lovers, but I began to hear Mary MacGregor’s song playing in my mind.

For giving me my first true hot, steamy reading experience I’m happy to give Ms. Cartwright 5 STARS.

US:  https://www.amazon.com/review/RZ8LZYIRNKHIT

UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R7X8GPWFPC77S  

BOOK REVIEW # 2016-058 – I’LL RUN TO YOU

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When I began reviewing books about 21 months I found novels with a character’s name for a chapter quite distracting, however I’ve come to realize the wisdom in doing it. Character named chapters give a definite idea of whose POV [point of view] you’re in, instead of trying to occasionally trying to figure it out for yourself.

There are quite a few women, impossibly yourself included, who, like Evelynn had been in what some may call a wonderful relationship with some guy for as long as you can remember. This was until she out he had made it with her sister, causing her to be become pregnant with a daughter.

But once out of college, employed in the field you’ve studied for, and free as a bird.; you’re glad that what’s this someone is no longer in your life. You love the life you’re living now and the relationships you’re in, but life as you’ve learned has a tendency to throw a curve.

If you allow yourself to step into Evelynn’s shoes what would you do if your previous love interest all of sudden turns back up in your life? Wouldn’t his appearance throw you for a loop as it has now upset everything you’ve got going for yourself, not forgetting you’re now taking care of your niece since your sister’s death?

While I hate stories in which the guy couldn’t find better to have an affair with than the protagonist’s sister, thereby causing a rift in the relationship have for each other. I love stories where there is reconciliation between two lovers who were made for each other; giving both a second chance for a happy forever after.

Does this happy ever after happen? You’ll have to read the book to find out both for now I’ve given this book 5 STARS.

US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R5VXMIMIZAYNL

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R3QKE5S7UBTGUH

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