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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Book Review #13: BOUND BY FATE (A NOVEL OF THE STRONG) by AMY KNICKERBOCKER


TITLE: BOUND BY FATE (A NOVEL OF THE STRONG)
Author: AMY KNICKERBOCKER
Publisher: DARK HOLLOWS PRESS
Publication Date: 17 NOVEMBER 2016
Genres: PARANORMAL ROMANCE/ FANTASY
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

An Erotic and Eventful Fantasy for Your Valentine’s Day

            Are you looking for a steamy read for these few days leading up to Valentine’s Day?  Or perhaps are you hungry for a book that fuses adult situations with fantasy and adventure?  Well, let me introduce you to newcomer author Amy Knickerbocker’s Bound by Fate which is a book from her forthcoming The Strong series.  In this sexy, lustful tale of witches, vampires, and supernatural beings called daemons, a future king (daemon) by the name of Toran is depressed by an ancient prophecy that prevents him from fulfilling his desires for a pure-blooded faine (a type of vampire) called Liv that he captures from our world’s Las Vegas.  Toran is supposed to marry his own kind, a female daemon, and only needs the faine for her special mothering skills to raise their sons when they are born.  He has a cousin by the name of Merus (another daemon) who is loyal and protective of him who has his own sights set on Liv’s best friend Mandy (a witch).  Toran and Merus are natives of Venn Dom, a realm exclusively for their kind (known as Vimora daemons) that is “parallel to our world’s Scottish Highlands.”  There are other characters and subplots in this book but the aforementioned are the mains. 

            I guess this book has something for everyone if male readers can stomach the hot, hot, hot love scenes…lol.  There is soft violence that ensues between Toran, Merus, and their fellow male characters.  Personally, I find the story is pretty much for the romance crowd, especially erotic/paranormal bookworms out there as there is no filter to the descriptions and the language used throughout.  In all honesty, this book is definitely “Unrated” and if you read it with Hershey’s kisses and wine over Enya’s music streamed on Spotify or Pandora, the experience will be a dreamy and romantic one at best.  This is why I suggest you read it alternately with your man, or woman, on Valentine’s Day night with the both of you as scantily dressed as possible making room for some passion later on…lol.

            So what are you waiting for?  Do you want to find out what will happen to Toran, will he bed the faine and dispose of his betrothed?  Will the faine stop the wedding and put up a catfight with Toran’s fiancée?  Will the witch and Merus eventually come together by the end?  Oh and will the prophecy be realized or ignored?   I guess you will have to buy the book to spice up your February 14 because Knickerbocker is one talented writer in her genre! 


Friday, February 3, 2017

Book Review #12: HOW TO NOT BE AN IDIOT WHEN YOU GET DIVORCED by JAESON D. RAU


TITLE:  HOW TO NOT BE AN IDIOT WHEN YOU GET DIVORCED
Author: JAESON D. RAU
Publisher:  AUTHORHOUSE
Publication Date:  27 JUNE 2014
Genre:  SELF-HELP
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

Interesting Take on How to Proceed After Getting a Divorce

Jaeson D. Rau is not some licensed or certified expert on the aftermath of a divorce and all that.  Nope.  He’s just a normal divorce’ who wants to tell his fellow divorce’s about the losses and pains a man goes through, as well as his children, when you the husband and father, divorces your wife.  Here’s a little breakdown of what this novella entails:

·         Health: yes, your health is important.  And that means watching what you eat and maintaining your weight…
·         Kids should be your #1 priority: Do keep in mind that your kids suffer the most during a divorce, not just you and/or your spouse.
·         Why now?  Please get over your dilemma about why you went through a divorce and blaming your spouse.  Stop that and move on!

There are many other informative chapters of this book but I won’t spoil the fun for you.  Just take it from Mr. Rau, you are the only key to your own happiness as well as your kids’ too.  You need to step up and stop a cycle that you may have started or that you are following from men and women before you.  Mr. Rau stresses the importance of a father figure in a child’s life and how when that is missing a whole lot of problems may occur like teen pregnancy, drugs, suicide, etc. 

So when you’re looking for help and or guidance after you’ve just gone through a divorce, don’t think twice about getting this book.  It is a sincere, short read written in a comprehensible way that will serve as your go-to companion in your separation dilemma.  As Mr. Rau’s words go: “I wrote this book because we need to start a conversation…and that conversation needs to be honest and open about how truly detrimental divorce is on our current society, future society, and the ecosystem,” he is absolutely correct.  We need to know how to treat divorce and its consequences because it’s been proven to cause a lot of damage to society and for generations to come. 



Thursday, February 2, 2017

Book Review #11: SECRETS REVEALED (BOOK TWO IN THE SECRETS SERIES) by T L HENRY


TITLE: SECRETS REVEALED (BOOK TWO IN THE SECRETS SERIES)
Author: T L HENRY
Publisher: CREATESPACE
Publication Date: 8 SEPTEMBER 2016 
Genres: ROMANCE/ SUSPENSE
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

Hilarious and Mysterious

            Laurel Mahone has it all: looks, a job, friends, her own apartment and car, and a loving family.  Her daily involves working as an office administrator for a welding company called Murphy’s Shipyard where her boss is a womanizing creep named Michael, and of course getting visits here and there from her loving but kitchen-challenged aunt Alish.  Beneath all this are Laurel’s bittersweet memories of her older brother Cathal who died years before when she was a teenager.  At night, Laurel encounters nightmares in her sleep where she seems to come across a mysterious man with dark hair.  Awake, she sees white cars everywhere she goes…
 
This book is the second part in a series known as the Secrets Series.  In its dedication section, its author T L Henry warns her readers that may their secrets never be revealed…spooky yeah?  Haha.  It is a mixture between a chick-lit and a mystery.  You will have moments where you laugh out loud while in the midst of reading it because it just is so funny especially when Laurel’s hairdresser is a flamboyant dude named Jamie and her two best friends Eva and Jade are airheaded and feisty as ever.  Laurel is a virgin and is waiting for the right man to come along and claim it.  Oh and by the way, this book is set in Belfast, Ireland so it was quite an interesting book to read finding out that over there, there is something called a flat (apartment) and cars are referred to as autos.  Awesome isn’t it? 

I guess if you are looking for something to squash your boredom and make you laugh all the way to the end, this is the book for that.  I read it in two days and could not put it down because it is fast-paced, very hilarious, and exciting all in one.  There are plenty of steamy scenes throughout, and there is one aspect that I linked to the author’s day job as an dental hygienist.  I will leave it up to you to find out so in the meantime, order it from on here, grab a box of tissues (to wipe your eyes from the laughs) and have a great winter!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Book Review #10: A CHICK IN THE COCKPIT: MY LIFE UP IN THE AIR by ERIKA ARMSTRONG


TITLE: A CHICK IN THE COCKPIT: MY LIFE UP IN THE AIR
Author: ERIKA ARMSTRONG
Publisher: BEHLER PUBLICATIONS
Publication Date:  19 OCTOBER 2015
Genres: BIOGRAPHY/ MEMOIR/ ROMANCE
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

A Life Worth Reading for Our Own Success and Recovery
                                    
A Chick in the Cockpit: My Life Up in the Air is a biographical book by a female pilot named Erika Armstrong who loved and enjoyed her career with a passion.  She writes it by using aviation jargon to describe her professional and personal experiences that are a combination of laughs, tears, and triumph by the end.  In this book, she reveals her struggles of being a woman pilot, her joys of meeting the man of her dreams, the pain of spousal abuse, and of course the light at the end of the tunnel.  Erika is a survivor and she was always the breadwinner in her and her husband’s household.  

What I liked about this book most of all was how Erika defied her unique position of being a female in an all-male occupation.  She tells of the time when she had to face sexual harassment from a male colleague to the unfairness of a female employer who she thought would take care of her since she was of her gender.  Erika mentions one incident while she was piloting a flight between Mexico and the USA where there was a false bomb threat and the commotion that came about because of it.  Erika also recalls 9/11 and what she was doing on that dreadful day.  Another aspect of the story is where Erika delineates how she met her husband and how she pursued him to eventually getting hitched

This is a wonderful how-to-recover-from-a-fall instructional book for the oppressed because it features someone who fell from grace but instead of crying and dwelling on the problem this someone did something about it and was able to climb back to the top.  It has a lesson for both men and women alike that if you don’t cry out for help, or if you don’t get out and do something about your problem situation, you will never get out of it alive.  Erika Armstrong was overridden with oppression from someone she thought was the love of her life but it was acquaintances and luck that came to her rescue.  You should read her story, it will help you get a positive perspective on life if you are stuck at the bottom and don’t know how to get out of it.   

Sunday, January 29, 2017

FOREVER



Written for POETS UNITED's POETRY PANTRY #338

Smile forever
healing ray
immortal
always

Ageless
ongoing
alive and well
everlasting

Fearless
nobility
non-stop
on repeat

Leap of faith
blazing Sun
almighty
#strong

Be forever
stay blessed
number 1
omnipresent





Thursday, January 26, 2017

Book Review #9: THE ZOMBIE ROOM by R.D. RONALD


TITLE: THE ZOMBIE ROOM
Author:  R.D. RONALD
Publisher: CREATESPACE
Genres:  CRIME/THRILLER/SUSPENSE
Publication Date:  10 APRIL 2016
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

Definitely Got Me Hooked Despite of My Convictions!

            Hey there bookworms!  How are you at the moment?  Good?  Great! I am going to talk about a book that I just finished reading earlier today that I misjudged to be boring and a slow read at that.  Yes.  This book is the one called, The Zombie Room, by author R.D. Ronald.  It started off dull for me but later became quite the crime thriller it promised to be.   Introductions to four diverse lead characters by the names of Mangle (Nicholas Garrette); Decker (Derek Rankin); Tazeem; and Tatiana opened up the book letting me in on their backgrounds and personal stories.  Mangle is a bathroom supplies salesman, Decker is a low-level drug dealer, Tazeem is a prayerful Muslim who “oversees redevelopment of rental properties” while Tatiana is a factory worker with dreams of traveling the world and doing “other things.”  Eventually, Mangle, Decker, and Tazeem cross each other’s paths and would go on to include Tatiana where they band together to fight a group of criminals in charge of luring and capturing girls for sex trafficking.  The novel is packed with surprises and plot twists that captured my attention all the way to the end.

            If you are looking for a book to keep you up all night or to take up your whole “free” weekend, then look no further than this one.  Like I said, in the beginning it started off kind of aimless, like the time when Mangle met a girl in a club and romanced with her to when Decker was living on drugs and stuff,  I maintained my patience and pushed on and got rewarded with lots of twists and surprises that satisfied my hunger for the unpredictable.  I also found out the horrific meaning behind the title that will have you cringing with shock and discomfort at the conditions victims of sex trafficking undergo if what this novel says is true and accurate.  It is a life a person would dare not venture into as it is inhumane and definitely sadistic to think about.  Got you curious?  Then order this book immediately!

            In my years of reading books, I liken this one to the author Sidney Sheldon’s works.  It is a book for not just lovers of crime thrillers but for romance bibliophiles too.  Be daring, be adventurous, and get on the R.D. Ronald wagon now!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Book Review #8: BIG FLIES by KEITH HIRSHLAND


TITLE:  BIG FLIES
Author:  KEITH HIRSHLAND
Publisher:  CREATESPACE
Genres:  MEMOIR/ FICTION
Publication Date:  9 AUGUST 2016
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

Touching, Fictional Memoir on One Father’s Secret, Criminal Life

            On the front cover of this book is the Honore de Balzac inscription:  “Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.”   It is a summary of what this book is all about.  It is a work of fiction but is inspired by actual events.  It is the stirring account of the secret life of a criminal mastermind by the name of Chester David, who left a sizable fortune to his only son, Leland. He had partners who assisted him in his crimes by the names of Emmett Lander, Evelyn Lander, and Donald “Snoshu” Richards.

The book starts off with a bored Leland who is trying to write a book on his Apple computer but lacks the inspiration to do so.  He is all alone, save for his pet dog Harriet Potter, in his inherited big house from his father.  The style of the book is written in the present then the past through alternating chapters labelled “These Days” (about the present with Leland) and “Those Days” (about the past with Chester David).  Of these, Chester’s story is the more adventurous and interesting because it is a biographical account from the time when he was a nerdy middle grade student to the time when he was an accomplished and elusive high-tech thief making millions from his loot. 

To me, this book glorifies the crime of thievery but is quite moving and saddening at the same time.  It does not portray Chester and Donald Richards in a negative way but describes them as considerate individuals where Chester is the loving and caring father figure to Leland and Donald the family friend who keeps a protective eye over Leland when Chester passes on.  I recommend this book to those readers who have a soft-spot for their fathers.  It is a poignant story that left me with feelings of sadness and sympathy for these fictional characters who never did anything dirty besides thievery.  I commend the author, Keith Hirshland, for keeping it light and PG-rated throughout.  It is a book I would read to celebrate Father’s Day or to gift to my nephews when they reach teen-hood.  Readers, take it from me, buy/order this for your rainy or snowy days.  Definitely worth your money!