Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BOOK REVIEW #12 - NEW YORK IN FOUR SEASONS

Being a quintessential New Yorker I can safely say who wouldn’t enjoy a reading a book which captures the essence of the Big Apple month by month, through each season of the year?

New York in Four Season by Michael Storrings does precisely that. Starting with fall and the month September we’re taken through the year stopping at each of the main holiday or event for each season. Mr. Storrings’ wonderful full color illustrations definitely adds to the flavor of each of his descriptions which encapsulates the items he’s chosen to write about; albeit I’d hoped they would have been slightly longer.

This book is definitely something all New Yorkers who love their city should read at least once; this includes all those who’ve moved away and miss the wondrous sights, smells and sounds of the New York City through the year. It is also a book which would be enjoyed by all those of really love New York, but unfortunately don’t live here.

This review has been for an ARC [Advanced Reader’s Copy] for the actual finished book which I’ve received through a GiveAway on GoodReads; and is my honest opinion for the book for which I’m happy to give it my 5 STARS.

 


This book is scheduled to be released on October 21, 2014

BOOK REVIEW #11 - LIGHTNING OVER BENNETT RANCH

Lighting Over Bennett Ranch by Amber Daulton is the first cowboy romance I’ve read, and I found it quite an enjoyable read. The lightning in this story takes on several meanings in my opinion, with the first being, the name of Melody’s horse.

Lightning, in the form of love, is also what had first come into Melody’s life at the of seventeen when she fell in love with Max[imilian] Fortaine, a drifter ranch her father had hired one summer. They had decided to run off together, however her father her naked with him under some hay in one of the paddocks on his ranch. Max disappeared without a word to Melody.

Now, eleven years later, Melody is alone. With Max’s memory still in her mind, she’s set her standards high before she’ll allow another man to enter her life. The only man who succeeded had been Harvey Clausen, but with her catching him with another woman caused Melody to eliminate him as a possibility due to his being unfaithful.

Unbeknownst to Melody, Max has returned. Will the lightning strike again? Will Melody be able to rekindle the relationship she once had with him? Will Max still love her as he did before? And what will her father say this time, should she and Max get together again? The answers to these questions are in the book.

The shortest of this story, consisting of 51 pages, doesn’t diminish amount of the emotions being generated. Gone are all the fluff and other nonessential items contained in almost every other story dealing with similar situations; which is why I’m giving it 5 STARS. 

 


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BOOK REVIEW # 10 - CRYSTAL, FIRE AND WATER

I’d obtained this item some time ago as a FREE download when the title caught my eye on the internet. With a length of a mere 21 pages, it’s a real quick read of less than half-an-hour for almost anyone who reads it, which is one of the reasons I decided to finally read it today.

This item reads more like an easy to read monograph than anything else and gives us the basic facts of the phobia here in question, aquaphobia; and simplistic ways of treating and possibly curing it. There is a lot more to any psychological condition, in this case a fear or medically known as a phobia, than what has been presented here. I’m therefore giving this item 3 STARS since it is still informative and well suited to the interested layman for this condition.
 


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BOOK REVIEW # 9 - THE FEAR OF WATER CURE

I’d obtained this item some time ago as a FREE download when the title caught my eye on the internet. With a length of a mere 21 pages, it’s a real quick read of less than half-an-hour for almost anyone who reads it, which is one of the reasons I decided to finally read it today.

This item reads more like an easy to read monograph than anything else and gives us the basic facts of the phobia here in question, aquaphobia; and simplistic ways of treating and possibly curing it. There is a lot more to any psychological condition, in this case a fear or medically known as a phobia, than what has been presented here. I’m therefore giving this item 3 STARS since it is still informative and well suited to the interested layman for this condition.
 


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BOOK REVIEW # 8 - COSBY - HIS LIFE AND TIMES

Both fiction and non-fiction have their own set of “rules” which needs to be followed in order to make the final product successful.
 
While fiction can be anything/everything an author creates through the use of mere words; non-fiction can be not only rather dull to write, it can be quite boring to read; just recall the textbooks you needed to read in high school and college, containing one boring fact after another. And of all the various non-fiction subject matters an author can write about, biographies tend be the most daunting, especially if you want to do it well and not lose your audience’s interest in the process.
 
A person’s life is merely a collection of minutia of personal data; and this is where almost all biographers, in my opinion, fail in presenting this data to their readers in a manner which is not only informative but also entertaining.
 
Mark Whitaker, on the other, has succeeded in presenting an extensively researched biography of one of America’s best beloved entertainers, Bill Cosby. Mr. Whitaker, it becomes quite apparent as one reads this biography, uses his years of experience of being a reporter and editor at Newsweek, as well that of being the managing editor at CNN to create the work he has produced here.
 
The episodic approach used in writing this biography makes it read more like a novel than a biography, as each chapter of this book takes us through another phase in the life of Bill Cosby.
 
Mark Whitaker’s use of the reminiscences of Mr. Cosby and his friends and family, coupled with countless hours of research, followed by the apparent arduous task of gleaning all the information he’s collected into this book, makes each chapter come alive. Each chapter could have been viewed as an item on CNN.
 
In reviewing this book I feel it is more notable to concentrate on the attributes of the book itself rather than to dwell on any particular portion of the extraordinary life of Bill Crosby.
 
COSBY – His Life and Times by Mark Whitaker is a definite MUST READ for all those who have admired and appreciated any of the work Mr. Crosby has done, as not only as an entertainer or author, but as a humanitarian as well.
 
I’m therefore not hesitating in giving this book the 5 STARS it so richly deserves.
 
Please note I had received an early release copy of the final hardcover book through a giveaway drawing on GoodReads; and that the above has been my honest opinion of the book.
 
Robin Leigh Morgan is the self-published author of “I Kissed a Ghost,” a MG/YA Paranormal romance novel.
 
 
 

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WEEKLY STATUS REPORT # 27

I’ve been quite busy since my last weekly status report trying to catch up with all the real physical books I’ve won from the giveaways on GoodReads. While I’ve posted all of my reviews on GoodReads.com, LibraryThing.com and Shelfari.com, I still can’t post two of them on Amazon.com because they’re ARCs [Advanced Reader’s Copies] and I have to wait until they become available to the public. One of them I’d received around August 21st, with a scheduled release date of October 9th; the book is now due to be released on November 1st. This is the reason for my posting so many of my reviews today.

 
I’ve finished formatting the pages of my anthology of Flash Fictions which I’ve entitled Micro Fiction – An Anthology. I’d originally planned to call it Five Sentence Fiction – An Anthology. However, to do editing some of the ones I’ve written are now longer than five sentences. I also have to double check the number of items I’ve included in this endeavor since my intention is to have a hundred of them; which means either I’ll have to write one or two additional ones or delete the excess. The excess will be going into my next Flash Fiction anthology.

 
In regards to my two other endeavors; my YA Urban Fantasy novella, The Secret of the Well, and my adult Contemporary His Darkest Secret, I’ll be doing a quick re-read to refresh my memory of what I’ve already written so I can continue my writing them. I’ll be concentrating my efforts to hopefully finish writing The Secret of the Well, by the end of this month; if not, my target date for completion is November 15th.

 
This is not to say, I’m going to ignore my other endeavor His Darkest Secret. I do want to make some progress here as well; and if I can write a minimum of a page a day, I’ll be happy.

 
Hopefully, in all goes as planned, I’ll be returning to a regular routine for all my writing endeavors; as well as for my presence on the internet.
 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

ABOUT.me

ABOUT.me is not about me. It is ABOUT YOU.

This is a wonderful site where you've 2,500 characters/spaces to tell others all about yourself.

How many times have you received a new follower, but when you go to this individual's Twitter page you don't really know anything about them?  How many times have you followed someone and get blocked, primarily due to the fact they don't really know anything about besides the items you get to write below your name on Twitter?

I've found this site can be helpful to getting more return followers. To better understand what I'm talking about, everyone is invited to check out my Twitter account. Once  you get to my homepage look at the left and you'll find a link to my about.me page.

I'd like to read your comments regarding the above.  And if you're an author, I'd like to have you follow me, especially if your genre is MG/YA or Romance.

Here's the link to my Twitter account:  http://www.twitter.com/mypennameonly
[When you're giving someone a link to your twitter account, you MUST give them the complete link.  The @______ ONLY WORKS within Twitter itself.]