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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Poem: BOOK REVIEWER

This was written for Poets United's
Poetry Pantry #371

There's just something about books
that make me feel good.

Their artworks
Their summaries
Their smell
Their weight
and their contents 
just make me feel pleasant

From an early age
I embraced
their sentences, their pages
and would get amazed
over how some survive
for decades.

And I am feeling blessed
that I am involved with a project
that pays me money
to read and review stories
written by authors that are indie.

Simply,
I'm a book reviewer
I read and review,
tweet and promote
books by authors
from the US and abroad.

And this book reviewing project 
I'm involved with
has wonderfully
and fascinatingly
raised my self-esteem.

Thank you Jesus...





Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Poem: THE PREDICAMENT

This was written for:
Poets United's Midweek Motif:

I am nervous about it
It’s been years
And I haven’t been fortunate
That’s why I’m in fear:
Will I be scorned?
Or adored?
Who knows?

I might go to it
But I’m ashamed
I have a secret
So I can’t attend…
Will I be missed?
Or disgraced?
Who knows?

But I am hopeful though
That you will understand
For it’s hard to control
This predicament

On the bright side
I see you on a daily basis
And I will try
To send you a message:

That I am well.

Book Review #41: IS GOAT BEEF? by JEFFERY M. CAMP


TITLE: IS GOAT BEEF?
Author: JEFFERY M. CAMP
Publisher: PARTRIDGE SINGAPORE
Release Date: 15 DECEMBER 2016
Genres: COOKBOOKS/ ESSAYS
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE

Military Tales and Salivating Meals

            This is quite an interesting, riveting read for one reason.  Or make that two.  The military tales are the usual stuff of a fresh, basic trainee during holidays spent in Honduras to seeing goats for the first time in Afghanistan, to a realization about the US government and gay porn, lol.  Anyway, in its first few pages, there is an introduction from a celebrity friend of the author’s: the Wonder Years (remember that show?) actor Jason Hervey talking about Jeffery M. Camp and how he came to know him and his endearing involvement with the charity: Paws for Purple Hearts (where dogs and puppies are trained to provide therapy and assistance to wounded veterans of the US military.)  And after that intro, I got to read in Jeff’s own words his reasons for writing this book: love for cooking, humor, and life and it just makes him likable and sweet.  Just to let you know, buying this book will help Paws for Purple Hearts (PPH) out because a dollar from every copy sold will be donated to PPH.  So think about that when you are making a decision in buying this baby or not. 

            The recipes themselves call for ingredients that make me salivate just thinking about them.  If you love bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, avocados, ground sausage, scallions, baby potatoes, veal, and the list goes on, then this book is for you.  Simply put, if you are a foodie or the cook in your household, who supports anything having to do with the US military, this book will be your treasure I guarantee you.  I am going to recommend it to my Aunty in Washington state whose husband, my Uncle Sefo is a veteran of the US army.  She loves to cook and maybe she will appreciate these mouth-watering recipes…

            The final verdict?  Love this book to the core.  It’s a great item to own because I am a foodie.  I urge you to save up to order it prior to the holidays of Thanksgiving and/or Christmas so you will have something “new” and “delicious” for your husbands and/or kids to savor.  Have fun cooking and have a beautiful, and happy early holiday season of 2017! 

Monday, September 11, 2017

JAMZ TALKS: UPDATE -- SEPTEMBER 2017

                                                                                   
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Hello followers of this blog!
I am here to say I am so sorry for neglecting you for a long time.  I am sure that you don't really read my reviews as there are no comments on them at all, haha.  I have been busy with my internship with Odyssey and with reading and reviewing books that I post here from time to time.  My poetic drive has been kind of empty hence is why you don't see me posting poems anymore.  Well, much of my creative juices have gone to my poems that I write for Odyssey.  You can visit my content creator page over there by simply clicking here.  I just got my Bachelor's degree from a university based in New Hampshire in English Language and Literature.  It was not a breeze as I had to read books and ebooks to write essays and term papers based on them for each of the classes I took for my degree's program.

Right now I am so happy that I have a Bachelor's degree.  It's because it will possibly/hopefully/prospectively enable me to get a paid opportunity in the future.  I plan on working from home due to personal reasons and having this degree will increase my chances of finding something worthy of my time that is remote.  Yes, I have this book reviewing project going on at the moment and I always thank its moderator and the Lord above for giving it to me so that I can earn a little (yes, a little) money on the side.  I have been reviewing products also for a company that contacted me through Twitter and it's not a lot of money but it's something to order a quick bite from McDonald's almost every week.

Am I going to post poems on here again?  We shall see.  Like I said before, my poetic drive is not that high right now and it's being spent on poetry for Odyssey.  I landed that internship with Odyssey because a classmate of mine for an online course at SNHU recruited me for it.  So I applied and I got in.  To me, it's great exposure and exercise once again for my writing abilities.  I hope also that I can get letters of recommendation after my involvement with them for future opportunities/gigs/projects that I may be interested in.  I have made some good friends from it and we are pals on Facebook.  Haha.  

Another way for you to connect with me is through my Facebook Author page.  You can support me and follow that page by clicking here.  I am more active on there than on here so I am sorry.  With that said, I wish you a great Autumn season and hopefully I post poems or other writings such as this on here for you to read if you are interested.  My book reviewing project is still ongoing and I may post a new book review later this week.  Be safe my friends and take good care of yourselves as I will do the same.

God bless us all and much alofas (loves),

Jamztoma


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Book Review #40: THE PERENNIAL WANDERER: AN AMERICAN IN THE WORLD by STEVEN D. ORR


TITLE: THE PERENNIAL WANDERER: AN AMERICAN IN THE WORLD
Author: STEVEN D. ORR
Publisher: PUBLISHAMERICA
Release Date: 10 JUNE 2010
Genres: MEMOIRS/BIOGRAPHIES
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE

Be Inspired by This Man’s Life to Live Your Own Adventures!

            I thought this memoir was like a work of fiction with all the dangerous turns and adventures that this author went through in his life.  Mr. Orr had started out in the military and then became part of the Peace Corps traveling across states in the USA and on to South America and Asia.  He talks about being almost to the point of death to times when he would go to a brothel with his American colleagues to the time when he and friends/volunteers had to run across a field while in the line of fire, yup, that had me going whoa!  I mean, this guy if all that he says in this book of his is true then he sure should be recognized and honored for it all by either a movie about him or something.
 
            I thought this memoir was filled with events that you would love to read on to find out more adrenaline-rushing moments like the ones I have mentioned above.  I think it would take you three to two days to finish it or shorter if you’re a fast reader.  I read this in a week because I had a brief encounter with the flu so that’s why.  Anyway, this book had me thinking about the Peace Corps society and its benefits in the long run.  Mr. Orr started out small as a volunteer with a stipend but he eventually grew to become a regional director with lots of perks like traveling across the world and meeting with important people as well as a decent salary to live off of.  He met his wife Maureen while he was stationed in Hawaii so isn’t that romantic?  The Peace Corps had given him a great life and so did the military.

            I recommend this book to all those high school graduates as well as college graduates with no sense of direction to why not consider the Peace Corps as a starting point?  Now that it’s fall 2017 maybe you need to go see the world and risk all the dangers of those countries just to experience the life outside of America yeah?  I could say the same thing about myself haha.  I guarantee you that you will not be able to put this book down because this man’s life has all the elements of a bestselling novel:  drama, romance, war, sorrow, etc.  Get it today and be inspired to live a life of adventures that you if you make it to your 70s will pat yourself on the back and say: hey, I lived it all!  I did not back down but I went forth and experienced life with all its dangers, loves, and rewards!  Enjoy!  

Monday, August 28, 2017

Book Review #39: THE LAURAS by SARA TAYLOR (For "Blogging For Books")


TITLE: THE LAURAS
Author: SARA TAYLOR
Publisher: HOGARTH PRESS
Release Date: 1 August 2017
Genres: COMING OF AGE/ LITERARY FICTION

A Cross-Country Trip to Escape Marriage, Revisit Old Friends, and To Experience Life

          This was a coming-of-age story about the remarkable and meaningful cross country trip that the gender-ambiguous Alex and her mother, whom she calls Ma, took to escape marriage life to revisit Ma’s past and to experience independence and discover themselves along the way.  It starts off with Alex’s parents having a fight in the middle of the night at their home in Virginia (it is mentioned in the book that they had been fighting for quite some time up to the moment when Ma comes for Alex’s bedroom and steal her away in the early hours of the morning to go on their three-year cross-country journey from the East Coast to the West).  Alex herself is just thirteen and she is described as lean and young still without a bra, who is the narrator of this first person point of view tale.  They make frequent stops during their trip either to eat, to shower and change clothes, or for Ma to look for employment to finance their odyssey and for Alex to get the education she needs by enrolling at local schools located near their motels they would spend their time at.
           
            The story is steady and it shows life on the road where these two characters struggle to survive while they revisit friends or people related to friends of Ma’s.  There is also the concept of all of Ma’s significant friends all named Laura because according to Ma, her first ever best friend was a Laura and she made a huge impact in her life that for the rest of her life she was drawn to girls and women who coincidentally had that name.  That is the main theme of this book and why it is called The Lauras.  But in actuality, Ma’s friends are not all called Laura though.  This book explores Ma’s past life as a foster kid, a rowdy teenager, and a college student.  That is the impetus for the stops she makes along the trip where she discovers that an old guy friend had died and that his girlfriend/wife who had been a friend of Ma’s also killed herself because of her own troubles with motherhood.  And Ma had to do something for these friends of hers because she promised them to do it at a point in her life.  There are other friends and places and secrets Ma shows Alex during their journey but there are also Alex’s stories of her own that this book explores.

            Alex is a teenager who is just beginning to feel changes in her body and sexual arousal from looking at older teenagers and through magazines and reference books she reads that are a part of her homeschooling education.  Alex also has her own identity issues that make this book a transgender-themed read.  She is bullied and gets into fights at school because of this and her mother stands up for her which I found very admirable because some parents just would automatically disown their transgendered or gay children and chase them out to be on their own.  That and other reasons are what I like about Ma.  Even though she is the type of woman that sleeps around and takes up employment at bars and other questioning places, she never fails to instill in Alex healthy habits and a good raising.  Even though Ma herself had a tumultuous childhood and yeah, a promiscuous life, she does not want the same for Alex as she stresses the importance of finishing school and cleanliness upon Alex.  Ma is also protective of Alex and would shield her from dangerous situations she herself would get into.

            The book is very much satisfying over its course and although there was an incident that caused me to raise my eyebrows and shake my head in disapproval, I know it is life and it happens and if I was in the same situation I would do it as well in order to survive because life in America is hard and cruel.  The good thing about Alex also is that she makes an effort, yes, a huge effort to always keep in touch with her father that she and Ma left behind.  I recommend this book to all those bookworms who are looking for a solid, eventful, and adolescent read to delve into.  It’s got hardships, it’s got guts, it’s got drama, it’s got triumph, and it’s got lessons and issues to ponder on.  This is a tale of survival and struggle that everyone who loves challenges would devour.  I had a great time reading it and am positive that you will feel the same.  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book Review #38: A LOVE STORY...HOW GOD PURSUED ME AND FOUND ME...AN IMPOSSIBLY TRUE STORY by SAMANTHA CHANDLER


TITLE: A LOVE STORY...HOW GOD PURSUED ME AND FOUND ME: AN IMPOSSIBLY TRUE STORY
Author: SAMANTHA CHANDLER
SELF-PUBLISHED
Release Date: 26 NOVEMBER 2015
Genres: MEMOIR/ SPIRITUAL & RELIGIOUS
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE

One Woman’s Ultimate Friendship with God

This memoir was so moving and so spiritual that it warmed my heart while I was reading it for this review.  Samantha Chandler was the daughter of a “former altar-boy-in-the-Catholic-religion father and a pagan mother whom she referred to as wicked and abusive.  Samantha claims she has been visited by three angels throughout her years on earth and has looked satan in the eye.  She writes her story with passages from the Holy Bible, quoting them and providing explanations on how they relate to the events that occurred in her life.  She has dined with U.S. presidents and has gotten married to rich men as well.  Samantha’s walk with God officially began when she was twenty-one years old.  She surrendered her life to Christ in a small Methodist church where a pastor asked random people of his congregation to come forward and make a public confession of their sins and fully give their lives to the Lord.  And years later when she was on a trip to the Holy Land, she got baptized by a church friend in the River Jordan where Jesus was baptized by his cousin John the Baptist.  Samantha would also mention that she is a cofounder of a children’s ministry formerly called Children’s Cross Connection which is now called Childspring International dedicated to bringing extraordinarily sick or devastatingly disfigured children from around the world to the USA for donated surgeries.

While reading this book, I could not help but relate to it in my own way.  I, too have a special relationship with the Lord where I always keep Him on the forefront because I believe in His leading and compassionate ways.  Samantha has that vibe and I felt at peace with her story here which is a story of triumph and victory.  She makes me feel proud of her and her devotedness to the Lord because her story is a positive one and should be shared across the world.  I do find courage and renewed faith in her words and wish her all the best with wherever she is at at this moment.  This book gives me inspiration to write the same on my own experiences in my own journey in life at some point later when I am fully experienced and knowledgeable of the decisions I have made and the wins and losses I have felt with making them.

I recommend this book to all who have a special relationship with the Lord or to those who are looking for something comforting for their own troubled lives in that there is help and faith and love when you have the Lord God in your life.  That He listens and never abandons those who seek refuge in His arms.  That God, through his Son Jesus Christ, is always merciful and attentive to us and that He is the only one to defeat the wicked snares of the devil.  I tell you, when I finished this book last night, I sighed softly to myself and blessed Ms. Chandler in my heart for lending her experiences with the Lord for us to get inspired by.  What a blessed story this was.  I urge you to buy it for your kindle’s ebook collection because it’s a great victorious book to keep in case you go through trials and tribulations and you need advice and inspiration on how to defeat them.  All in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.