BOOK REVIEW # 2017-031 – LILLIE, A MOTHERLESS CHILD

Leave a comment

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

This underlining essence for true story of Lillie Fritsche tends to harken back to the traditional Negro spiritual “A Motherless Child.” The reason I’m saying this is that like the song being a clear representation of the agony and depression felt by the children of slaves who had been forcibly taken from their parents at an early age, Lillie had to deal with the reality of losing her mother when she was seven.

Lillie instead of feeling the prejudice which had been so prevalent towards blacks while she was growing up, she had to face a similar animosity because of her German ancestry and the unpleasantness of the nationalistic sentiment at that time.

In this book, Ms. Hobbs has given her readers an exceptionally poignant reading experience, regarding her mother, Lillie’s life. The author allows them to follow Lillie’s life as she grows up facing the hurdles which were continuously placed in front of her until becomes an inspirational example of how far faith can take a woman if she believes in herself; which is why it has gotten the 5 STARS I’ve given it.

US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2IZZ6HT0TWOU8

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1Z8GC9TJS5IOM

HAIKU HORIZON # 18 – SKY

Leave a comment

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

Today’s sky is blue
Not a single cloud be seen
Rain can’t ruin day

Flock of birds in sky
Hundreds flying over me
Hope no gifts are left

My love is true blue
Like the sky overhead of me
No heart be broken

Would love to get your feedback

BOOK REVIEW # 2017-030 – ONLY 60+ YOU GO GIRL

Leave a comment

If anyone looks up my bio you’ll find I’m not only a Blogger and a voracious Book Reviewer with 572 reviews already under my belt since I started this, my 2nd second career, three years ago this week, I’m also an author with two books under my belt; an anthology of 100 Flash Fictions and my debut MG/YA Paranormal romance novel [which I’m currently re-editing.]

I found that this book speaks to me. Having married in my early 40’s to my dear OH about 23 ¾ years ago, we wound up having no children [probably good since there’s a genetic condition one of us has]. After having a massive heart attack and a quadruple by-pass surgery around age 60, I decided to sit down and finally fulfill a dream I had when I had been a young child. The dream had been to become an author which I’d fulfilled about two years later, and now I’ve the two books already written as I mentioned above, I’ve also got two endeavors which I’m working slowly on’ an adult Contemporary romance and a MG/YA Urban Fantasy. Now I’m just awaiting to get enough sales so I can quickly finish them and get them self-published as well through CreateSpace.

I haven’t let my age stop me with what I love doing now, which is my writing. Not am I only writing the stuff I’ve mention, I’ve writing stuff which can best be described as erotic.

As you can probably tell from what I’ve written above I’m not letting my age stop me from writing what I do; nor is my age stopping me from other endeavors. I believe I’m epitomizing what this book is trying to offer all those who read it. And if you’re like me, you shouldn’t let anything stand in your way from doing what you want to do or fulfilling those dreams which have yet to be fulfilled.

As I tell any woman, to whom I’m connected to on FaceBook, on their birthdays:

Happy Birthday Girl !!!
And Many, many more
Remember… The older you get, the better you get !!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Given the above, it should come as no surprise that I’m giving this book the 5 STARS it so richly deserves. So, to use a US Army campaign, “Be All You Can Be,” and consider getting a copy of this book.

BTW – If you’re wondering about my age, I’M ONLY 66 ½ YEARS YOUNG !!!

US: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2AZF93ML7316T

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1FWPVK6WHJEOK

STATUS REPORT # 110

Leave a comment

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

Leave a comment

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

Leave a comment

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

Leave a comment

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

Older Entries