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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Book Review #29: HEAVEN HELD by SUZANNE GENE COURTNEY


TITLE: HEAVEN HELD
Author: SUZANNE GENE COURTNEY
Publisher: STRATEGIC BOOK PUBLISHING & RIGHTS CO.
Date of Publication: 9 JANUARY 2017
Genres: RELIGIOUS & SPIRITUAL
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE.

The Beauty of Heaven As Told By Daniel

            The author of this book, Suzanne Gene Courtney, had a son named Daniel Robert Sayre, who died back in August 26, 1997 in Hawaii when he fell from a mountain ledge there.  Courtney tells in the preface of this book how she was heartbroken and how she and her remaining family went through a series of supernatural experiences where they felt his presence in dreams, how a photo of him would “continually fall off the wall at his grandmother’s house, and a shooting star on the night when he went missing.”  This book is an account of her communications with Daniel from beyond through a Christian medium she and her other family members talked to because of signs from Daniel from heaven where they (including the medium) believe he is at in his afterlife.

            Heaven Held’s entire body is made up of a dialogue between Courtney and Daniel where he tells her his experiences in heaven with the angels and the children that die and come there as their place for eternity.  He talks about how there is nothing but sweetness and glorious colors and happiness in heaven.  He reveals that the souls of children who have just made heaven their home go through a passage in order to achieve angelhood.  While reading about this, my heart sighs with wonder and awe thinking what it would feel like to become an angel in the kingdom of the Lord, basking and existing in the light of His aura and never experiencing any more struggle like it is here on Earth.  This book is very short but speaks volumes to how magnificent and blessed a soul (child or adult) will be when they are admitted to heaven and pass on to become beings known through history as all-good and all-loving.  It makes this book a must-read for everyone who has lost a loved one, especially a child.

            I recommend this book to anyone who believes in heaven, God, and angels.  I also recommend this book to those with a lost loved one questioning where and how his or her beloved is faring after death.  Just reading about the goodness of heaven and the angels in this book will assure you that the kingdom of God is one we ought to strive to achieve once we depart this world of ours.  Because when we are made aware of heaven and God and angels, we will not die unhappy but die happy knowing we will be in good hands after all.  Get this book today as it is Sunday and I know you are in need of positivity to get on with this temporary life we have down here on Earth.  God bless.  


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Review #28: PARALYSIS: BEATING THE ODDS by ADDISON D'MARKO


TITLE: PARALYSIS: BEATING THE ODDS
Author: ADDISON D'MARKO
Published Independently
Date of Publication: 28 MARCH 2017
Genres: HEALTH & FITNESS
Available from AMAZON.

A “Stay Strong” Account from a Hemiplegic Teenage Girl

            Addison D’Marko is a strong-spirited, diligent, and hemiplegic teenager who experienced a stroke at a very young age and therefore got paralyzed on her whole left side.  The book starts off with her in the hospital right after she went through brain surgery to stop her seizures that she had since she was three years old.  When she found out that her whole left side was paralyzed, she did not cry or feel bad about it.  Instead, she had a fit of laughter and that, to me, showed she was a positive go-getter.  That she took bad news and processed it into something humorous.  As much as it seemed sad, D’Marko did not let this fact slow her down from enjoying her life.  And that is why this book and account is a must read for anyone out there with a permanent/temporary disability to rise above it and make sure that he or she won’t surrender to its debilitating complications and so and so.

         This book is filled with what D’Marko did after she was paralyzed on her whole left side.  In it, she tells of the time she was in the hospital to the time she went back to finish her high school requirements to the time she was working at various places to the times when she was going through physical therapy to recover from her disability.  D’Marko’s storytelling skills are so easy to read and comprehend that it makes this book a quick read as I read it in just two days.  It can really provide encouragement for anyone who thinks that his or her disability is the endpoint of his or her life.  It makes one want to get up and do something in his or her life to succeed.  D’Marko’s spirit is very strong and she is a very independent individual as well.  Her employment that she tells about in this book, all part-time, heartens my heart that with the will and self-motivation, one will land a job no matter what one feels about a job.  All that matters is that you have a job and you are earning money and you are paying your bills.

         I recommend this book to everyone who is in a situation that has set him or her back from reaching a goal or realizing a dream.  With D’Marko’s independence and hard work, you will look at your hardship a whole different way.  The fact that she even wrote this book with the help of an editor, despite her paralysis, should tell you that you can do anything, you can be anything no matter your level of ability.  She proves in here that you are the key to your own success.  That you must not let your disability hinder you from getting on with your life.  If she can do it then we all can do it no matter our disabilities or shortcomings.  Get this book now for your own personal growth.  I really urge you to!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Book Review #27: THE UNIVERSES OF GOD 4 (THE FINAL ETERNITY) by TWE STEPHENS


TITLE: THE UNIVERSES OF GOD 4: THE FINAL ETERNITY
Author: TWE STEPHENS
Publisher: CREATESPACE
Publication Date: 25 OCTOBER 2016
Genre: CHRISTIAN FICTION
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE.

Brilliant Except for Bias

            The Universes of God 4: The Final Eternity here is so brilliant, you’d have to call the writer Stephens a genius for his Biblical knowledge and vast imagination.  I think for someone to write an entire book, let alone, a quadrilogy set for the most part in heaven is worthy of praise and respect.  As a Christian and a Holy Bible lover, I thought this book stood right up there with such masterpieces as Avatar and the whole Star Wars series.  I mean, this book resembles movies as those in that they are set entirely in a universe apart from our Earth here.  I laud Twe Stephens for his work here, very well done and thank you for this contribution to Christian literature.

            The book follows the events that are detailed in the Biblical book of Revelations with citations included.  It tells of the time when the holy and the blessed are celebrating the Son of God with all the angels and the heavenly creatures magnifying his name to the unfaithful and the unholy having to labor for their sins and disobedience of the laws of the Lord.  There is a slight change in the retelling as Stephens’ added his own flair to it by giving the apostles of the Lord different names, names that are earned through their having achieved the kingdom of God and for their righteousness.  There is Yeshamiel (Matthew); Ophaniel (Thomas); Morael (James the son of Zebedee); and others called Mariah (this one is male and is supposedly the new version of Judas); Raquel (Matthias); and Pesagniyah, Jazel, etc.  There are also names for those who were damned and followed satan such as Zillah, Freiel, Aarel, etc.  They are the ones who chose to stand with satan and his “synagogue.”

            Now there is a pet peeve about this book that ruined it for me.  This book puts the Jews and Catholics in a bad light and considers those people as allies of the devil.  I guess this is because Catholic practices include veneration of the saints and the Virgin Mary and the Jews were the ones who persecuted the Christ when He lived as a man during His days on earth.  I didn’t like that about this book because that’s “hate” right there and hate is a property of the evil one.  Also, when the Blessed were chastising the damned, they used swearing words like “stinking” for example which I personally felt was unnecessary since they are Blessed and the children of God so they should only speak beautiful, heavenly words instead of foul words like that that only should come out of the mouths of the wicked.  I don’t know, maybe it’s just me.

            All in all, I advise those who buy this book to read it wisely as this is biased and holds a dangerous view against groups of people that if taken too seriously could lead to some grave consequences.  But other than that, job well done Mr Stephens.  Your writing skills are amazing!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Book Review #26: AMERICAN ROCOCO: ESSAYS ON THE EDGE by ISHAM COOK


TITLE: AMERICAN ROCOCO: ESSAYS ON THE EDGE 
Author: ISHAM COOK
Publisher: MAGIC THEATER BOOKS
Publication Date: 17 MARCH 2017
Genre: ESSAYS
Available at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE.

Engaging Essay Collection You Have to Read!

            If there was a collection of essays as interesting as the Monalisa, this one is surely it!  It was assigned to me to be read and reviewed and just by the title itself, I knew I was in for a treat since I love all things art.  From the first essay about the hidden dangers of smartphones to the one about love that preaches: “hate between a man and his wife can help their marriage.”  Very interesting right?  That and many other views of his made me read this collection from cover to cover.  His thoughts and ideas can make you go “oh really?” to “wow, I didn’t think of that before.” 

            The title essay made me smile when he talked about the “variety” of customers that shop at Walmart and how the “obese” are praiseworthy for their carelessness about their appearances.  I rarely go to Walmart and when I do there’s always a shortage of shoppers or the “uniques” are absent but this is not the first source of this idea that I stumbled upon.  It tickled me that Cook brushes aside the negative side of it and lauds these people for their confidence in their bodies.  Heck, I would do so too since I am not perfect and whoever polices people on their shopping looks ought to be chastised for their shallowness.  Who gives right?  This is why I trust Cook and his essays the more.  (Also, he goes on to compare fatness with the rococo style…haha).

            I recommend this collection to everyone who wants to learn a new angle about certain topics.  I recommend it to those readers who love the arts too since there is a good ladle of essays about music and the visual arts in this gem.  I assure you the ideas and views of this author will force you to keep on reading to discover fresh points of views.  I guarantee you that you will not be wasting your money and that once the book is over you’ll smile, shake your head, and acknowledge Cook for his interesting views.  I did and it was a great feeling on this sunny day of June 2017!  

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Book Review #25: MATERBEAMPATER by HONEY R. ADEWOLE


TITLE: MATERBEAMPATER
Author: HONEY R. ADEWOLE
Publisher: OLYMPIA PUBLISHERS
Publication Date: 31 JANUARY 2017
Genres: CHILDREN'S LIT/ HUMOR
Available at AMAZON 

A Fun Children’s Book of Naughties, Gritties, and Notables…

            Do you like nursery rhymes?  Do you like to read about characters that are kids?  Are you looking for an entertaining book for your kid(s)?  Are you looking for a gift for your youngster this upcoming summer?  One with pictures and funny words that could make him or her and yourself smile?  Then this is the one you should get today.  It is made up of rhyming little poems divided into three sections about kid characters with special/hilarious traits.  Some of them are:

  • ·         Milly, the little girl who hates taking a bath so she runs away
  • ·         Willy, the little boy who sleeps so much he wets his bed
  • ·         Edward, a boy with hair that looks like sausages
  • ·         Linda, a girl who grew horns in her head and has a big pink nose


The book is short and features simple illustrations that depict each of the characters going through their dilemmas or struggles.  I can see any child coming to love it simply because the stories are facetious and creative and the words are spoken in a childlike way.  So go on, do yourself a favor and order this baby now for that deserving little boy or girl of yours who loves reading. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Book Review #24: ALTERNATIVES TO A FROZEN MOUSE by AJ MOUSE


TITLE: ALTERNATIVES TO A FROZEN MOUSE
Author: AJ MOUSE
Publisher: AJ MOUSE
Publication Date: 19 FEBRUARY 2017
Genres: PSYCHOLOGY/ BIOGRAPHY
Available at AMAZON

Interesting Glimpse into the Life of a DID Woman

                First of all, what is DID?  Well, this is the new term for the disorder that is most known as Multiple Personality Disorder.  DID stands for Dissociative Identity Disorder.  The sufferer or the gifted one is mainly Jade but she has nine other alternative personalities (alters) that stay with her and help her lead a normal, productive life.  Jade is married to Roger and has a son from another man by the name of Steven.  Steven has a romantic partner, Eli, who both make life beautiful for Jade and her alters.  The book is written interchangeably between Jade and a newborn alter by the name of Anne who acts as a psychiatrist who formulated the idea to write this book detailing their stories, their concerns, their feelings, and their experiences.  Jade is in love with her husband, Roger, but Anne regards him with distaste after he called her ugly and tries to make her lose weight.  Through all this, Anne, Jade, and the other alters all share a concern for the safety of Roger, Steven, and Eli because there is an ominous alter they term, the Monster, who they consider is a harm to their body and others.

            I found this book to be quite an interesting read.  It is interesting because I am amazed at how this condition, DID, fares.  I mean, to have all those different persons living within one body is something that sounds like it only should be the stuff of horror or thriller movies but it exists and there are individuals in this world who have it.  Now as I was reading through this book, I got the sense that people with DID are just like other people with other mental disorders.  They are not monsters, they are not criminals, but that they are just persons who are “cursed” or “blessed” as some others look at it, and need our love, care, and understanding.  I believe that this person(s) that wrote this book wrote it and chose to publish it to be read by all as a cry for support.  I can see that she wants the world to know where she is coming from and that she is to be respected and understood as do all mentally disabled persons.

            After reading this book, I urge you the reader who is reading this review of mine to make an effort to buy it for your reading list this year to support mental illness.  As with all mental illnesses, this lady (who has alters of both sexes) had a rough childhood.  The title character “Mouse” is their most beloved alter because she was hurt the most and was the victim of childhood abuse.  If you are curious and an advocate of the mentally ill, do consider buying this book.  I just got educated about DID because of it and I want to tell you it is not an easy or desirable condition.  This author and her alters go through constant changing in order to get by on a normal day.  They leave each other emails to help each other keep track of their daily activities.  Take it from me, buy this book because it makes you understand and have compassion for those who suffer from a disease that the media seems to bad-name in their portrayals of it, making these innocent people look like criminals and monsters but not actually helping them in their personal quests to live productive, normal, and independent lives.  The same can be said for all other sufferers of other mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar, etc.  Have a great day!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Book Review #23: TIME'S UP by R.A. JORDAN


TITLE: TIME'S UP
Author: R.A. JORDAN
Publisher: VANGUARD PRESS
Publication Date: 19 OCTOBER 2015
Genres: CRIME FICTION/ MYSTERY
Available at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

Starts Off with a Bang and Will Keep You Up All Night!

            I read this one in a week because I had some other things going on in my personal life like my gig with Odyssey and my book collection efforts.  But to be honest, this one really is a quickie.  Alright, let me get right down to my review for you.  It started off with a bang.  From the first few pages, an old (maybe about in their late fifties to early sixties) couple was just returning from a New Year’s Eve Party that they had attended with both of their daughters who decided to stay late with their friends when they nearly collided with a rushing black car coming in the opposite direction but still in their lane.  The couple brushed it off and arrived home at their farm that they just bought three years prior.  They saw that their dog, Purdy, was fast asleep in their utility room because she had been given a sedative to calm her nerves since she was afraid of the noise made by fireworks that went off when the New Year rang in moments ago.  The couple, named Peter and Ann Wall, went straight to bed.

            The next day, Peter the husband woke up early to do his usual routine of driving Jumbo, his 1955 Series Two Land Rover to a solitary oak tree that stood on top of a mound that allowed him to view the house and outbuildings.  Well, as he drove Jumbo, something happened that got his head cut off and leaving him dead for good on New Year’s Day.  It was just a few hours later that Ann his wife woke up and went looking for him that she found him beheaded and deceased and changed her and her daughters’ lives from then on.  Now the mystery in the death was whether Peter had some type of plan to end his life this way or was he killed by someone else.  This brought in a slew of characters and unfortunate events that made this book a page-turner during this cold May 2017 for me. 

            I loved this book.  It was the pace I needed for my own personal enjoyment.  It did not drag on like some books I read and reviewed.  Nope.  This book had me reading from beginning to end hungry to find out what could have caused the uncanny death of Peter Wall.  The man isn’t just anybody.  He’s the owner of a company that makes a lot of profit and he has a lot of money ready to be bequeathed to his wife and two daughters if in the event that he dies.  Insurance I mean.  I am glad that I read this novel because it is set in England and Ireland.  It is a great glimpse into that part of the world as there are some terms featured and mentioned in it that seem foreign and un-American.  There are some places’ names that are similar to ones here in the East Coast like Grosvenor and Cheshire.  Anyway, to make this review short and simple, I assure you that you will not waste your money on this one if you are looking for a quick read for this upcoming summer season.  I guarantee it!   

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Book Review #22: PUBLIC INFORMATION: COMING OF AGE DURING THE KOREAN WAR by ROLF MARGENAU


TITLE: PUBLIC INFORMATION: COMING OF AGE DURING THE KOREAN WAR
Author: ROLF MARGENAU
Publisher: FROGWORKS PUBLISHING; 2 EDITION
Publication Date: 18 DECEMBER 2016
Genres: HISTORICAL FICTION/ MILITARY
Available at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

The Adventures of an Infantryman/U.S. Army Combat Correspondent

            Twenty-year-old Wylie Cypher from Hope’s Crossing, New Jersey is a natural-born champion if you followed his life all the way from his childhood to the person he is by the end of this book.  He was a gifted and virtuous guy who kept it at first base with his girlfriend Judy during the early days of their courtship.  Of course there was touching and feeling but no contact between their privates.  It made this book remain true to the stereotypes of the time period it’s set in (though this book had just been released most recently).  From the beginning, Wylie goes off to college but discovered he has no sense of direction while there.  This led to his father planting the “military” idea into his brain to help give direction to his life to which he agreed to.  Wylie went through the basics: training, orientation, and foreign language education in order to grant him “valuable future benefits as well as a good stead and insulation from combat.”  The rest of the novel involves his time in South Korea, where he and his good friend Scott McIlvane battle the enemy alongside each other and mainly with Wylie and his special position as U.S. Army Combat Correspondent, a position that he earned because of his skills in the world of journalism and typing.

            If there was a military novel that was a page-turner, this would be it for me.  It’s got the elements of a comedy with action and romance.  I had initially felt that it would be hard to get through as there will probably be references to graphic violence since it was a military read but no it was a breeze to get through.  The way the author wrote it brings to mind a cross between the French novel Candide with that of the comedic 1970’s film, MASH.  Wylie goes and reports the goings-on of his military life and befriends a group of interesting people throughout the novel.  Public Information will make you laugh, cry, sigh, and open your eyes to the realities of war torn Korea post-World War II. 

            I advise you if you are not into military-themed novels to give this one a chance.  It is one that softens the military experience for you.  Don’t let its serious front cover scare you away because it did that for me at first but when I was into the fourth chapter, I was no silly-willy but was anxious to find out what happens next and so forth.  Take it from me, you will be entertained by this book.  If not, then I don’t know what is wrong with you.  Haha.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Book Review #21: LIBRARIAN (LENNA'S ARC, BOOK 1) by BRIAN FENCE


TITLE: LIBRARIAN (LENNA'S ARC, BOOK 1)
Author: BRIAN FENCE
Publisher: MOON RABBIT PUBLISHING, LLC, 1 EDITION
Publication Date: MAY 11, 2014
Genres: FANTASY/ YA FICTION
Available at AMAZON

The Librarian, the Mage, and the Gemstone

            Wow!  This book was a great read when magic became not just a talent but an impetus for greed, murder and ultimately power.  It started off slowly with Lenna Faircloth just leaving her clock-infested (her father is a clockmaker) home to get to work at the local library (she’s a librarian, hence the title of the novel) where her boss is this annoying, antagonizing individual who is an unimportant character in the book.  Long story short, Lenna is soon joined by a childhood friend and his lover who are both magicians that belong to the Blue Crescent Brotherhood, a society of wizards and sorcerers. They are on the run because they are traitors of that order.  This childhood friend stole something that all of the world covets that can summon worldwide warfare and can grant its possessor power and massive fortune.

            The story, to me, contains elements of the J.R.R. Tolkien Lord of the Rings trilogy and the J.K. Rowling Harry Potter series.  It is quite an adventure and can keep you up all night thirsting for that rush one gets when reading a great story.  I had initially thought that this book would wear me down with its too familiar characters but it eventually became a favorite when by the middle of the book, there was a death, there was feminist themes, and there were some original devices that Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter did not have.  I think this book will work well with high school bookworms as well as adults who are into YA fiction.  There is zero romance in this book but a scrumptious ladle of food references that could make you want to drown yourself in the book with the characters and feast on their soups and their wine as if their actual ingredients were not too exotic and out of the ordinary.

            I would recommend this book to fans of the aforementioned literary works and to budding teenagers looking for a read that isn’t too graphic or too gory for their tastes.  It is a “safe” book and is not that violent and all except for some references to corpses littered outside a city known as Junction that may make the queasy feel a bit uncomfortable.  The title of this review is my own C.S. Lewis summary of the entire plot as I feel those are the three main subjects of Fence’s first book of a fantasy series.  For my final thoughts, I will tell you that this is the type of book that is worth looking into for this upcoming summer.  I just completed my studies in college and this welcomed me with open arms after four years of reading, studying, and researching English language and literature terms and devices.  Haha. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Book Review #20: REVERSIONE: RESET THE FUTURE by CHRIS A. JONES


TITLE: REVERSIONE: RESET THE FUTURE
Author: CHRIS A. JONES
Publisher: GREEN IVY, 1 EDITION
Publication Date: MARCH 9, 2017
Genres: SCI-FI/ ROMANCE
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

A Sci-Fi Adventure Filled with Romantic Scenes

            Wouldn’t it be so fascinating if there was actually a time machine in our lives?  Well this book is all about time traveling and romance I tell you!  Reversione: Reset the Future by Chris A. Jones is one sensual and metaphysical read that you will enjoy if you like those themes.  It involves four characters from differing time periods who all meet to work on the construction and invention of the time machine to help stop a major mankind catastrophe from occurring in the year 2341.  You will meet Robert and Dolores who are a couple as well as the “crazy in love” pair Diane and William who are the main masterminds behind the time machine’s construction.  There are some tragedies throughout the novel and it is the time machine that helps “salve” them much to the reader’s delight. 

            If you enjoy sci-fi as well as passionate love scenes (although not detailed), you will come to love this book.  It is actually a romantic tale with scientific tones.  I, myself would also recommend it to those who would appreciate an adventurous read and those who are familiar with the science of quantum physics.  Haha.  Yeah, I know, a heavy subject isn’t it?  To be honest, I had a bit of a confusion with the terms being used because I am just not an expert in that field.  But hey, do not let me stray you from sinking your teeth in this one as it is not that difficult to grasp as you must know that everyone’s different.

            Go ahead, make your Easter Sunday and the week that follows it a science fiction ride sure to be memorable for Easter seasons to come!  .

Friday, April 7, 2017

Book Review #19: THE WIDOW SMALLS: AND OTHER STORIES by JAMIE LISA FORBES


TITLE: THE WIDOW SMALLS AND OTHER STORIES
Author: JAMIE LISA FORBES
Publisher: PRONGHORN PRESS
Publication Date:  OCTOBER 15, 2014
Genre: LITERARY FICTION/ WESTERN
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

A Short Collection of Ranch Life Hardships

            Jamie Lisa Forbes moved me with her WILLA Award winning novel Unbroken, now she has reached me again with this one, The Widow Smalls: And Other Stories.  I don’t know, maybe it is the heart-wrenching plots of the stories themselves or the endearing, hardworking characters themselves, but yes, they made me tear up as I closed the book itself and gathered my thoughts to write this review for it.  From her author’s biography at the end, Forbes was “raised on a family ranch in southeastern Wyoming” and rose to earn her degree from the University of Colorado in 1977.  Something tells me she was determined to get herself out of the ranch life just by reading her book here and who wouldn’t want to, right?  I can imagine the immense efforts to get by during the hard winters and to (as she would write), wean, birth, clean, hay, build, fix, etc. the animals and the land on a ranch.  All of the stories in this book are stuck in my mind because they either teach a lesson, feature a sad event, and/or remind me of my own struggles in life (I’m very good at comparing different situations that have similar levels of trauma and difficulty).

            Forbes’ book here should be read by all.  I say this because one can learn from these ranch life hardships.  Living off the land can be quite excruciating for someone who dreams a lot.  There are no automatic results, you have to work to get them.  Some desirable traits of the ranch life that made me smile through the tragedies are as follows: you can get your eggs from your chickens, your meat and milk from cows, and your exercise from the manual labor.  The negatives of the ranch life are: isolation from the rest of the world, the late and early hours of the work to be done, the expanse of the work to be done, and the weather patterns.  But aside from these, the stories include joining the military, attending annual celebrations, going off to college, befriending your boss’ pretty daughter, a President Lincoln look-alike, incest, and sleeping with your ranch hand.  These make the stories interesting, tragic, and adventurous, you know?

            I recommend this book to those who are looking for an old-fashioned read.  I also recommend it to those who love the simple life as well as the hardships of the simple life.  I really, really enjoyed this book as by now I have made it clear in my reviews that I love stories about families.  The intriguing occurrences, the strange and eye-opening goings-on among some of them, the romances and the plot-twists, the nods to Western/Country America (I always have a place for stories that remind me of the Little House on the Prairie books, the cowboy world, etc.).  Buy this book for yourself and read it during Holy Week.  As a dweller of a metropolitan area, it’s always heartwarming to visit the countryside and discover the struggles and realities that occur there.  Lastly, this book is free of spelling, punctuation, and grammatical, typographical, and structural errors.  That is always a masterpiece in my view.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Book Review #18: UNBROKEN by JAMIE LISA FORBES


TITLE: UNBROKEN
Author: JAMIE LISA FORBES
Publisher: PRONGHORN PRESS
Publication Date:  APRIL 26, 2011
Genres: DRAMA/ LITERARY FICTION
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

A Tale of Two Families and the Ranch Life

            Once upon a time, in the country state of Wyoming, where the snow is regarded with contempt and the people have to get by through manual labor and farming, there was the Swan family: diligent and striving for perfection.  Will Swan performed his husband and man-of-the-house duties quite perfectly while his female counterpart, his wife Gwen baked the perfect pies and devoted her free time to seeing their two children Rory and McKenna do good at their school.  While they were getting on with their lives, a woman and her son arrive and work for one of the Swans’ neighbors, Mr. Mather.  Her name was Meg Braeburn and her son, Jim.  Together these two families would come to know each other and work alongside each other quite nicely.  But just as with any two families collaborating, human imperfections have to interfere and this causes a major division between them by the middle of the book.

            I will not disclose a lot of details about the plot of this book but I have to say, all that I had learned while growing up between a man and his weaknesses are once again proven in this book.  I also came to discover that there are just some people who are unfortunate all their lives even though their families or their friends would try and try to better them through the course of time.  I felt like crying while reading this book because such perfection did not have to crumble in such a way.  I commend the author, Jamie Lisa Forbes for her storytelling skills.  The book was a masterpiece according to my standards.  The setting was just beautiful and intriguing for me who has never been to a ranch before.  The whole of the book was free of spelling and punctuation errors.  I could hug this book if I had to because of all that.

            If you are curious about the ranch life and want to delve in that world for a time, then this book is definitely what you are looking for.  If you have no experience with the ranch life and have doubts about this book, I assure you, you are in for a treat.  I had approached this book with reluctance when it was assigned to me but when I was done with the first chapter I was hooked!  It was fast-paced for me maybe it’s because I love familial, saga stories that include suspense, drama, romance, and a bit of Christianity in it.  Get it because it will keep you up all night hoping for the best outcome for such a dear set of characters.  This book gets a well-deserved 5 stars from me!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

FORTUNATE



Facebook, Social, Social Network, Social Media
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This was written for Poetry Pantry #345

Right now I'm fortunate
for a family of friends
I socialize with on the net
daily almost with no end

They be dropping in to say hi
with stickers, positive lines
Joking with each other 
day and night
Then say goodbye until next time

Right now I'm fortunate
to stay connected
with peeps in Australia, New Zealand
who I've never met

Right now I'm fortunate
to have peeps to talk with 
 a new normal, this way to chat
without it I'd be lonely, a hermit

And I'm thankful
though it's not November yet
I'm grateful for my Facebook family
I've been fortunate

And I'm thankful
so much it's magical 
that it's so accessible
How fortunate.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Book Review #17: BLACKBERRY TAILS: GRAM'S JOURNEY by C.W. SHUMATE


TITLE: BLACKBERRY TAILS: GRAM'S JOURNEY
Author: C.W. SHUMATE
Illustrator: L. CLARK UHL
Publisher: KENTUCKY ENTERPRISES
Year of Publication: 2016
Genre: CHLDREN'S LITERATURE
Available at AMAZON

A Little Adventure for the Kids

Oh my!  This hardcover book for young kids is everything to me!  Not only does it have beautiful, clean, colorful illustrations, it is quit an adventure!  It is the story of a puppy named Gram who is cute, adorable, and lovable.  I think it’s a great story to teach youngsters (Pre-K-to-Kindergarteners-to-1st graders) the positives of empathy, compassion, and friendships.  Written by Kentuckian author C.W. Shumate and illustrated by L.Clark Uhl, I guarantee that your kid(s) and/or student(s) will beg you to read this tale to them over and over and over again.  I’m going to send my copy now that I’m done reading it to my little nephew and niece for their Easter Sunday celebrations!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Book Review #16: BLUEPRINT TO WEALTH: FINANCIAL FREEDOM IN 15 MINUTES A WEEK by GARY STONE


TITLE: BLUEPRINT TO WEALTH: FINANCIAL FREEDOM IN 15 MINUTES A WEEK 
Author: GARY STONE
Publisher: SHARE WEALTH PUBLISHING
Publication Date: 19 SEPTEMBER 2016
Genres: SELF-HELP/ MONEY/ SUCCESS
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

For Those Who Want to Retire Satisfied and Secured

            Are you looking to retire comfortable and wealthy?  Are you clueless about what to do to save up on money in the long run?  And most importantly, are you interested in investing for your retirement at all?  Well, look no further than this book from Stock Market coach, researcher, and investor Gary Stone who has filled this baby up with all of his knowledge and experience on such matters from over the years.  He writes in an easy-to-understand style that every question and/or concern you have ever had about mutual funds, 401(k), Individual Investors and Professional Investors, and the like will simply be answered.  His simple purpose for this book is to “empower and skill everyday people (like you and me) to achieve a better life and retirement nest egg through simple stock market investing.”  I tell you that by the end of this book, you will have learned some strategies and methods on investing for retirement and should then be on your way to financial freedom.

            What I liked about this book was that Stone was very knowledgeable and thorough with his explanations.  He surely knows what he is talking about and is very simplistic and generous with what he’s learned.  I had looked at this book the first time it was singled out for me to read/review and thought to myself, “oh no, what if this book is filled with technical words that only those in the finance department knows?”  I was so fearful and reluctant that it took me two days to muster up the courage to read it through and thankfully I did.  Stone has a pseudo-friend who acts as his student in this book named Iain which makes his instructions and answers fun along the way.  There are also graphs and illustrations to help convey his research to us the readers and I greatly advise you if you want to really delve into these then you should get the paperback/hardback versions of this book as the ones in the eBook are too small for you to study.

            All in all, you will get your money’s worth when you order this book.  The price is fair because take it from me, this is a book that holds all the how-to’s of retiring rich and happy.  You need to grow your nest egg, worry less, and rest easy when you come to master the methods and ideas that this treasure teaches.  You will be so satisfied that you will not regret this purchase.  To put your doubts to rest, Gary Stone has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science so the man is a genius.  Finally, this book has appendices for everyday investors who wish to be more active and for Australian Readers.  It also contains a Bibliography for those who want to read more on investing for retirement and all that glitters and glows.  Order your copy now in either paperback, hardcover, or eBook format and you sleep well for the rest of your days!   

Sunday, March 5, 2017

EARLY 2017 HIGH

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This poem was written just now to describe my current state after completing my studies at Southern New Hampshire University online.  It was also written for Poets United's Poetry Pantry #342.  Thank you God for giving me mental energy and strength and endurance to complete that effort.  Here's to 2017 and the blessings as well as the tears that await me.  Please leave a positive (or negative) comment below after you're done reading this effort wishing me good luck, critiquing my work, and/or just to say hello.  Peace and goodwill.


My sorrow's passed for now it's the past
To the future I venture
My life's alive I thought you'd never ask
Gone are the wrongs and errors

It's here I stand in the light
I'm here to love and not to fight
Sincere I'm looking for some nice
Cheers to us and cheers to the night

And I live
Live for love
And I give
Give to God
And I breathe
Inside, outside
And I seek
A life of highs

I'm not suffering from studying
Those nights were nights ago
I'm writing, writing, writing
Poetry from my soul

My darkness is at rest
At home I begin my path
My hopefulness makes me feel pleasant
At home I am so confident

And I live
Live for love
And I give
Give to God
And I breathe
Inside, outside
And I seek
to do what's right

My sorrow's passed for now it's the past



Book Review #15: DARK MONEY by DAVID MEDANSKY


TITLE: DARK MONEY
Author: DAVID MEDANSKY
Publisher: HYBRID GLOBAL PUBLISHING
Publication Date: 7 FEBRUARY 2017
Genre: MYSTERY
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

Money Makes the World Go Round and Dark…

            Welcome to Las Vegas in the 1970’s, where gambling was operated by dangerous means and issues like marrying for wealth and looking for lucrative jobs after college graduation is nothing new!  Our leading man here is the shrewd Edwin Goldberg.  During the first chapters of the novel, he is presented as a recent college graduate with an MBA looking for an opportunity that will get him in the door to success.  However, he has a gold-digger of a girlfriend named Valerie who wants nothing but the good luxurious life any ambitious girl out of college would dream of.  Much to Edwin’s chagrin, his job search efforts become aimless and this causes Valerie to pick up her stuff and leave.  Edwin is heartbroken and becomes determined to make Valerie regret her decision someday vowing to work extra hard in landing a job to build himself up from a nobody to a somebody.  Luckily, he had a clipping of a job ad that caught his eye earlier that guaranteed a huge salary!  He contacted the person behind it, interviewed at that person’s office location, and was hired a few days later.  But he quickly discovers that this new job of his is linked to the Mob and from then on watches his actions making sure he does not get killed by them or jailed by the Police.

`           This novel opened with its author David Medansky’s words:

“You cannot worry about the past, what has been, you can only focus on the future, what will be.  If you dwell on what has been, you will miss what can be.  Sometimes good is found in the darkness of a soul.”

            I could interpret that last part as “good things occur when you are at the lowest point of your life.”  It could also mean “you can find goodness in a person who you’d never think would have it.”  I think this novel teaches us readers a valuable lesson that you must not dwell on what happened to you in the past but in order to lead a fruitful and successful life, you have to focus on what is ahead.  I could definitely relate to it because the more I plan ahead the more I find myself out of trouble, you know?  And that is why I greatly suggest this novel to you all!  You have to look under its contents to really learn the lessons about life there.  Edwin Goldberg was a “nobody” but he was always ambitious and looking towards the future that it made him live frugally and simplistically yet saving money in the long run.  The title of the novel is exactly what the money is in this tale of ambition, greed, and murder.  If you are looking for something that reminds you of the culture of gambling back in the 60’s and 70’s, then get this thriller immediately.  If you want a book that will capture your attention for a long period of time, this one’s waiting for you.  If you want a gift for that fresh out of college friend, son, or daughter of yours for their birthday, yes, this one’s screaming “order me now” at you!  I truly, greatly, enthusiastically advise you to go ahead and spend your money on this baby because you will thank me later for it!    

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Book Review #14: SWAP: THE BEST WAY TO MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE by DAVID FERRERS


TITLE: SWAP: THE BEST WAY TO MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE
Author: DAVID FERRERS
Publisher: COACH PUBLISHING
Publication Date: 27 JANUARY 2017
Genres: SELF-HELP/ MOTIVATIONAL/ SUCCESS
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

How to “SWAP” to Realize Your Dreams and Many More!

            Author David Ferrers has been a full time, professional Achievement Coach for 25+ years believing that “each individual is important, that he/she can do better and that he or she has his or her own special, equipped tendencies for advancing.”  In this book, he introduces his methods to us through easy-to-read instructions and tips.  He gives us his SWAP Process where you are to replace negative thoughts with positive ones which then will enable you to achieve your dreams without fail.  He also tells us to first examine our dreams and see if they will benefit not only us but others.  He gives us terms such as “Big Ideas”; “Action Lines”; and “Messenger” for us to easily follow along with what he’s saying. I will not tell you what these are because I do not want to ruin the surprises and the treasures this book has waiting for you!  Remember, if you are the person with big dreams and hopes, I advise you to order this ebook now to assist you in making them happen.  Ferrers warns how some people just sit and daydream all day instead of standing up and doing something to make their dreams become realities!

            When I was first tasked with reading and reviewing this book, I was so reluctant due to the possibility that this is just another quick-scheme for the author to make bucks of his own and that he is probably a nobody without experience in what he’s talking about.  But boy was I wrong!  Not only is Ferrers an expert in coaching people, he’s also been doing this for many successful, renowned “multi-national corporations like Dell, Xerox, Prudential, and Yves St. Laurent” to name a few!  How great is that?!  I was absolutely so impressed that I told myself to reread this book and put his ideas and strategies to use in order to fulfill my own dreams!

            Come on, take my word and order this self-help book now.  When I, myself followed his SWAP Process to see if I could eliminate some grueling, self-hating thoughts I’ve been harboring recently, I was amazed to find out that it actually worked!  He has another method he called, the “Anchor” where you do something small (like touching your right earlobe) and you mentally associate it with positive thoughts so that whenever you’re feeling low and dreary and about to give up, you just do that and it will automatically energize you to get right back on track on working to make your dreams come true.  I assure you, you will get more than what you will be paying for this gem!  Promise!