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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
image from Pixabay.com by geralt
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!

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!   


Friday, January 20, 2017

Book Review #7: AFTERMATH by JOE REYES


TITLE: AFTERMATH
Author: JOE REYES
Publisher: WASTELAND PRESS
Subjects: POST-APOCALYPSE/ HORROR/ THRILLER
Publication Date:  4 MAY 2016
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE.

A Shocking, Sadistic Savage of a Page-Turner!

            Aftermath here is a post-apocalyptic adventure not for the faint of heart.  It is the story of seven characters belonging to various survivor groups throughout what was once the United States who all become connected by the end of the novel as they fight to stay on the positive side and at the same time be wary of the evil schemes of their captors and leaders. 

            There is Ian, who started off the novel with him pondering on his current situation, being a survivor of the catastrophe that left the United States of America in ruins, where the survivors have to fight and work hard in order to live.  Where the good-natured are prey and the criminals are the leaders.  He had just gotten himself a pet dog to accompany him on his adventures.

            There is Ron, who is a gun-wielding, bulletproof, vigilant young man fighting random gunmen to survive in his own way.  He sometimes thinks about the day when he saw his parents’ murder and how he became a one-man-fighting regime.

            There is Sara, a slave of the Savages, who is a sexual plaything for them.  She does not follow the usual behavior of this group, she would rather starve than come to consume another human being.  She is friends with Penny, another slave who is one of the Savages’ meal-preparers.  I had to read her story with the composure of a stoic because this is where the timid reader would have to either stop reading or let go of his or her conscious in order to get through it.

            There is Eric, one of the soldiers of the Savages, who is a kind-hearted individual who frowns upon most of the Savages and their horrifying way of life.  He is also annoyed with Jamie, a female soldier of his kind who is rash and definitely a bad name to women person in the run to claim Eric for herself.

            There is Justin and his girlfriend Amy and they are by themselves in their quest to find a safe place from all the chaos around them.  They rely on a little amount of food to get by while having to fend themselves from ruthless characters that may kill them for food and such.

            There is Carmen who pretty much has the same story as Ian who is supposedly Ian’s object of affection.  She is a teacher for kids in her and Ian’s community.  She is also one of the meal-preparers of that group who gets kidnapped on the day when Ian is hunting with some of his fellowmen for supplies such as food, etc.

            And finally there’s Alice, the oldest of these characters who is out to avenge her husband’s death.  She is a vigilante and definitely not a proper-mannered lady who is skilled at handling weapons and bad people all the same.

            I found this book, minus the Savages and their culture, to be quite the page-turner.  It reminded me of the Cormac McCarthy novel, The Road (2007) and various Marvel Superheroes and Villains out there.  I recommend it to those readers who are looking for some shock and extreme reads with kickass and badass characters to enjoy and admire.  And I will repeat what I said at the beginning of this review, it is definitely not for the queasy and timid for it will gross them out completely.  Anyway, I’m going to enjoy some ice cream, cake, and cookies to soak away the images of blood and gore this novel has planted in my geeky mind!  Ha!