Sunday, May 24, 2015

Featured Book: Adventures in Raceland by A.J. Loft


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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Author Interview: Timm Knight author of God's Will But My Choice

Timm Knight, author of God's Will But My Choice, stopped by for an interview.



Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I consider myself a continual work in progress always looking to express myself creatively.I enjoy writing whether its music, poetry or now books I strive to put forth my best efforts.


What do you do when you're not writing?

When I'm not writing I'm spending time with my 3 children. Being a single dad is job in itself so I do my best to find the balance and still pursue my professional pursuits.


When did you first start writing?

I first starting writing for fun about 9 years old. I wrote a sitcom episode and then I wrote a movie script. I did't really imagine doing anything with it though at that time.


Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

From time to time I used to read books by authors like Nathan Mccall, Donald Goines and other writers in what's considered street literature. Their unique style and voice in their writing gave me the liberty to paint my stories however I saw it in my mind.


What inspired you to write this particular book?

I was initially inspired to write this book after sitting with my pastor who simply asked if I have ever considered writing a book. At first I didn't think much about it but days later I revisited the thought and simply asked myself. "Well, what would you write about?" And a year a 3 months later we have "God's Will But MY Choice"


What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

One of my favorite chapters in the book is "The Plan" because it shows how even when you have the best of intentions things don't always go according to plan.


What is best writing advice you can give?

Write what you believe and believe in what you write!


Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about the book?

I'm just excited to share this coming of age story with the world!



About the book:

God’s Will But My Choice by Timm Knight is an emotional urban drama about a 14-year-old boy named Tim Stewart on the cusp of adulthood trying to find his true self. Although Tim is good in academics, he feels the pressure of his run down Clarksville neighborhood to keep his thug like appearance up. He is constantly getting into trouble fighting in the streets but now wants to start a non-violent gang with his best friends.

However, is there any such thing as a non-violent gang?

Tim’s life is further complicated by his manipulative, and self-serving stepmother Sunny who’s goal seems to be to drive him and his father apart. While hanging out in the park one day, Tim and his friends confront Darius a extremely jealous school rival. Moreover, this encounter lets him know that danger is on the way. Tim has dreams of becoming a young, legit businessman, but with his foe getting in the way will his dreams ever come true?

Feeling overwhelmed and hopeless, Tim decides to make a change and takes off for the big city looking to start his life a new.

What he doesn’t see coming is that you can’t always leave the past behind. And his sudden acts of defiance will hurt those he loves the most. No matter how far Tim tries to run or what trouble he gets into God’s will is always stronger than his choices or is it?

God’s Will But My Choice is a gritty yet touching coming of age story about how the urban streets are changing the lives of young black boys soon to be young black men. In a story that’s both relatable and entertaining, readers will not soon forget this honest portrayal of the streets.



About the author:

Timm Knight was born in one of the most creative hubs in America Detroit, Michigan. Almost immediately, he fell in love with the arts. He started out playing piano by ear, then followed up with learning to play the violin in elementary school. His love for creativity naturally drove him to writing and producing songs of his own. During high school, he followed an entrepreneurial path formulating an entertainment company producing talent showcases, seminars and composing original music for singers, rappers and poets. Continuing his creative journey he now adds the title of an author on his list of achievements. Admittedly he never set out to write a fictional book; he was more interested in nonfiction. However, after a conversation with his pastor who asked him if he ever thought about writing a book. He sat down on his laptop and asked himself “Well, what would I write about? “ A year and three months later he debuts the first installment of a three-part series entitled “Gods Will But My Choice”.




Featured Book: The Adventures of Loriel the Wood Fairy by C.J. Walery


About the book:
Loriel is worried by the lack of communication from her Grandfairy Cyce and makes a journey to her cottage in the Forest of Echoes, to find it empty. Upon arrival she finds Grandfairy Cyce has been kidnapped by a goblin. This part of the story tells how Loriel, Padra (the house mouse) and Anya (the pet hummingbird) all help to save Grandfairy Cyce. Loriel is frantic with worry because she knows that goblins must be dangerous (not to mention smelly) and she will need to make a plan that does not endanger Grandfairy Cyce.









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Friday, May 22, 2015

Review: Lost in Paris by Cindy Callaghan

Ooh la la! Gwen ends up on a Parisian scavenger hunt—with a cute French ami—in this M!X novel from the author of Lost in London. 

Gwen Russell is thrilled to hear she will be heading to Paris with her family. Even though the main reason for the trip is to see her three older brothers play lacrosse, Gwen and her Mom have plans to tour the city when they can. 

As soon as they land, Gwen is swept up in the city she has always wanted to see, and even meets a très cute boy named Henri. If that wasn't enough excitement, Gwen finds out that her all-time favorite band is playing a one-night only concert in Paris—and there are tickets available to the sold-old show for three lucky people. The catch? Fans who want a golden ticket have to work for it via a scavenger hunt around the City of Light. 

Through cryptic clues blasted out every day through a special website, Gwen and her new friends find themselves in a race against time—and against other die-hard fans—as they scramble to landmarks throughout Paris. And it turns out the concert tickets might not even be the biggest prize...

Received for review.

I recently read, and thoroughly enjoyed the author's previous book Lost in London, so I knew this would be just as fun and sweet and I was certainly not disappointed.

The whole idea of a treasure hunt around a beautiful city with a pet caretaker and hotel worker sounds a bit bizarre but it totally works.  Everyone has their own nice role to play in the hunt and it's fun to city Paris from their viewpoints.

This was a lovely, fast, fun read that readers young and old are sure to enjoy and I certainly recommend it.  I am eagerly awaiting the author's next release in the series, Lost in Rome.


★★★★ = Really Liked It




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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Guest Post: Lisa Barnett author of The Infinite Wisdom of the Akashic Records

Lisa Barnett, author of The Infinite Wisdom of the Akashic Records, stopped by to share with us a piece she wrote.






About the book:

The Infinite Wisdom of the Akashic Records is an extraordinary book filled with unparalleled tools for transformation. Accessing the Akashic Records is one of the most powerful paths to self-awareness and personal change currently available. Lisa carefully and lovingly guides you through the Akashic Knowing Wisdom Prayer System, a five-step system with three vibrational keys to directly and easily access your Akashic Record. You will also become skilled at:
  • The art of formulating questions to receive life-enhancing answers.
  • Releasing karma, soul contracts, and vows that bind you to negative life patterns.
  • Gaining clarity about personal situations by practicing exercises.
  • Learning new healing tools from the Akashic Lords to assist you in further releasing old issues and aligning with your life purpose.
Author Lisa Barnett has gathered all her most successful techniques, strategies, shortcuts, and wisdom into this one book so you can do it yourself--anytime, anywhere.



About the author:

Lisa Barnett is the Founder of Akashic Knowing School of
Wisdom and an internationally recognized teacher with
more than twenty years of experience in the spiritual healing
forum. Through her school, Lisa has created resources to
share this ancient yet accessible Akashic Field. She accesses
the healing guidance of the Akasha for her clients using sacred prayers and healing tools, providing her students with the knowledge to enter their own personal soul record.

Lisa specializes in empowering individuals to find greater fulfillment, happiness, abundance, health, and ease by aligning with their Soul Path, realizing Soul Contracts, and completing Karma and Vows. This is all possible by incorporating information from their Akashic Record into daily life. The tools and prayers of the Akasha help her clients and students at a soul level to create the life their hearts and souls desire.

Lisa has developed an amazing program that helps ordinary people experience lasting transformation, and her special healing technique called “Pain Body Release” energetically helps to release accumulated emotional pain from this or past lifetimes. She has written five course manuals, produced dozens of audios, and currently leads frequent webinars to teach people around the world how to access their Akashic Record.



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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Featured Book: Bawb's Raven Feathers by Robert Chomany


About the book:
BawB's Raven Feathers is pure and simple. It kickstarts moments of self-reflection and inner peace, drawing on nostalgia while pushing the reader to live in the present and dream of tomorrow. Alternating brief chapters of prose with perfectly rhythmic, adult rhymes, this book holds appeal for the masses.












About the author:
Robert (BawB) Chomany is the author of the BawB's Raven Feathers series, pure and simple inspirational books. He was born in Calgary, Alberta, with a clear view of the mountains to the west. These mountains eventually drew Bob in, and he spent many years living in the company of nature, exploring his spiritual side. Bob pursues his many interests with passion. You are just as likely to find him twisting a wrench or riding his motorcycle, as you are to find him holding a pen, writing. Bob still lives in Calgary, where he finds happiness by simply living with a smile and sharing his words of wisdom with others.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: Auditory Viewpoint by Lillian R. Melendez

Gloria Rank has lived her entire life in the dark. Blind since birth, she has made a name for herself as a respected talk radio show host in New Jersey. When her younger sister, Anna, has her identity stolen and a man is murdered outside her apartment, Anna becomes the prime suspect in an FBI investigation. But when bodies begin piling up around her, the FBI has to admit that she is being stalked by a murderer. 

ith the FBI focused in the wrong direction, it is up to Gloria to teach Anna to use her other senses--hearing, touch, taste, and smell--which she never really had to completely rely on before to help uncover a ring of identity thieves and stop the killer from taking her life, and perhaps Gloria's as well! 

Their only hope for survival is an experiment in perception that will unearth heartbreaking secrets and catapult Gloria into a darkness of the heart beyond any that she has ever known.



Received for review.

This had potential but the rather poor writing took away any sort of interest and enjoyment.  English is the author's second language and, sadly, it shows.  The writing is so stiff and boring that I just couldn't bring myself to slog through it.  It actually would have been better had the author written it in her native language and had it translated. There are just so many little errors in syntax and such that it's truly unbearable for any length of time.

Overall, if you can get past the poor writing this may be a good story but I really cannot recommend it.

★★☆☆☆ = Just Okay




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Monday, May 18, 2015

Author Interview: Eli Summers author of The Winter Experience

Eli Summers, author of The Winter Experience, stopped by for an interview.



Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I've always loved reading, my first ever book I read was called "The Beasties" by William Sleator, that really started my love of reading. What prompted me to start actually writing stories was when I read a book by David Levithan called "Boy meets Boy" which centred around a gay male character. Struggling with my own sexuality, it was an outlet to let myself be free. Eventually, when I came out, it just became natural to write about being gay and having gay characters.


What do you do when you're not writing?

On my downtime, which I don't have very much of; I find myself watching Netflix or sleeping. Exciting life, I know. Work takes over most of my time but I do like to go out with friends for a few drinks, go to a movie or just spend some time playing video games. I live a pretty calm life.


When did you first start writing?

I started writing when I was thirteen, making poems for school or just for fun. I started writing actual stories when I was sixteen. Short stories about romance and finding love or being accepted. As time progressed, I started getting ideas for all different types of stories. I finished my first novel in 2010 called "Abaddon: The Chosen Five". Overall, I've probably written about 300 poems, 150 short stories and about 7 novels.


Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

"Boy meets Boy" by David Levithan was honestly the first book that really touched on topics that dealt with what was happening in my life. At the time, I was started to question my sexuality and my life and realized I may not be like all the other boys in my school. It really opened my eyes to a new way of thinking and one day, I hope in my lifetime, the story found in that book will be what real life is like. Where you can be gay and not judged or the Star Quarterback can not only be a boy, but be a drag queen as well.


What inspired you to write this particular book?

I've always wanted to find that "perfect one". I've been having a lot of trouble, so I wrote out a story about what I wanted love to be like. Mattie is in most parts exactly who I am and Morgan, he's the perfect boy for me.


What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

My favourite part to write had to be the scene after the first time Mattie and Morgan made love. It's such a sweet scene with such a romantic overtone I just loved writing it. Somehow, and I don't really know how, I made waking up in a car a romantic scene.


What is best writing advice you can give?

As Dory would say, "Just keep swimming". You just need to do what you love, don't worry about profit margins or sales or what people want to read. Write for yourself and eventually, people will see the passion you have and come to you.


Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about the book?

It's fluffy with lots of romance and cute love. I want people to see that the love a man shares with another man can be just as adorable, romantic and normal as that a man shares with a woman.



About the book:

In this heartfelt romance, Mattie Hawkins, a coy, quiet fifteen-year-old, leaves his old homophobic classmates behind when he moves to the town of Saskatoon. Mattie is late for his first day at his intimidatingly large new school, but he isn’t the only one. When Mattie and seventeen-year-old Morgan Winters both reach for the door, their hands touch and electricity erupts through their bodies, and both boys know they have found the one. Mattie is coy, quiet, and easily flustered when he sets his eyes on the cool and collected Morgan. From his constant bedhead hair and carefree laugh to the way he always had a camera attached to his shoulders, Mattie was drawn to the crazy carefree charming and lovable mess that was Morgan Winters.

These two boys navigate friendship, acceptance, growth and love with their two best friends: Jenny, the lovable spitfire, and Julian, the teddy bear jock. Along the way, Mattie and Morgan discover a love so strong, so deeply intertwined in each other’s hearts that nothing can come between them, or can it? A faraway college looms over their heads and an unforeseeable circumstance threatens to break their seemingly impossible bond. Join these two on their journey to see if Mattie and Morgan’s love will prove strong enough to beat the odds or if the love they’re building will come crashing down around them. [Book #1 of the Seasons Experience Collection]



About the author:

Eli Summers was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on May 30, 1990. An avid reader, even from an early age, writing seemed to be a calling to him. He started writing poems when he was thirteen and progressed into writing short stories and then novels in his late teens. As a member of the GLBT community, Eli has written numerous essays and stories based upon characters who are from the same community. Right now, he is working on a collection of romance novels called the "Seasons Experience Collection" as well as some other stand alone novels.

http://www.elisummers.com/




Review: Textastrophe by Matt Andrews

Once upon a time, prank phone calls were the best way to procrastinate, but in 2015, they’re so passé. Instead, Matt Andrews has mastered the art of prank texting. What happens when you offer to barter two sub-sandwiches for a used motorcycle? Who do you call when you want to build a mysterious man cave in your basement? What do you do if you need a knight in shining armor to deliver you to your high school reunion? If you've ever left a "contact me" pull-tab at your local grocery or posted an ad on Craigslist and received insane and unbelievable text messages in response, Andrews is very likely to blame. We'd be mad at him if we could stop laughing long enough to hit "send" on the exceptionally witty come back we thought of...too bad he's already moved on to his next target and deleted us from his phone, now only to be remembered in these pages of his laugh-out-loud funny book.

Received for review.

From the description I thought this was going to be quite funny and be a fun way to spend an hour or so reading.  It wasn't.  It was mildly amusing at best.  The pranks were tasteless and on par with something a twelve year old boy would come up with.  Not a single "joke" inspired a laugh, let alone a smile.

Overall, if you enjoy childish pranks worthy of Bart Simpson then this is the perfect book for you, otherwise give it a pass.


★★☆☆☆ = Just Okay




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