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Vampyrie by Tina Frisco

I was pleasantly surprised to read Cathleen Townsend‘s lovely review of my latest novel, Vampyrie. I very much enjoyed my interview with her in May. Cathleen is the author of five novels and gives generously of her time to fellow authors.

The Beauty of Words

VCVampyrie contains all the classic vampire lore–the fangs, silent movement, brutal attacks, and human senses that are outmatched by their unearthly antagonists. In addition to this, it also holds some unique world-building, everything from the biochemical roots of vampires to their origins. As someone who’s written seven novels retelling fairy tales, I can appreciate this. A fresh blend of old and new can be an absorbing approach.

The book opens with Phoebe, the novel’s protagonist, being abducted, and unwittingly involved in the ongoing fight between the two branches of vampires. Fortunately for her, a league exists to fight the evil, degraded vampires, although she certainly wasn’t expecting her new knowledge to involve her own family history. Nor was she prepared to find her friends were also at risk.

If you’re a fan of paranormal reads with a scientific twist, Vampyrie is a read that should appeal to you. Click here…

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#Book Review ~ The Little Soul and the Sun

The Little Soul and the Sun

Written by Neale Donald Walsch 
Illustrated by Frank Riccio

The Little Soul and the Sun by Neale Donald Walsch

My 5-star Review
Why Do We Do the Things We Do?

This book made me rethink my attitude toward those who commit acts of cruelty and injustice. The Little Soul and the Sun, written by Neale Donald Walsch and illustrated by Frank Riccio, tells the story of a little disincarnate soul who wants to experience the act of forgiving when she incarnates. But since everything the Creator made is perfect, there would be no one to forgive. So another little disincarnate soul offers to incarnate with her and do something really terrible, in order for her friend to experience forgiving. When asked why she would be willing to behave despicably, the friend replies, “I would do it because I love you.”
I’ve owned this book since its publication in 1998 and have reread it many times over the years. The recent chaos and unrest in the United States and around the world has moved me to read it once again. And my heart soared. There are many ways to respond to heartless injustice and despicable acts of cruelty. We can react in anger, close and fill our hearts with hatred, and forget who we truly are. Or we can keep our hearts open, move into gratitude, rise above the chaos, and engage in meaningful nonviolent action in an attempt to right the wrong.
If in fact we do make contracts with the Creator and other souls before we incarnate, everything that plays out here on Mother Earth is a lesson we chose to learn and an experience we wished to have. Both the act of cruelty and the remedial action are opportunities for growth. If the contract involves two-way action, then the remedial action must be carried out, lest the contract become null and void.
This book touches me deeply every time I read it. I think it no accident that it’s beautifully illustrated and designed as a children’s book; for in order to change attitudes and behavior cultivated over a lifetime, we must speak to the child within. I am grateful to Mr. Walsch and Mr. Riccio for the enlightening pearl of wisdom they have given us ❤

#Book Review – #Better Blogging with Photography by Terri Webster Schrandt

Terri Webster SchrandtAlthough I don’t own a smart phone or digital camera (yet!), I’m very interested in photography for many reasons, not the least of which is to generate my own photos for use on my blog. I’m so impressed by Terri Webster Schrandt‘s book, Better Blogging with Photography, that a digital camera has just moved to the top of my Absolutely Have to Purchase bucket list! Read on and learn why… 

Purchase Better Blogging with Photography  HERE 

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My 5-Star Review  

Better Blogging with Photography by Terri Webster Schrandt

A Gem of a Little Guidebook 

If you’re considering using photos on your blog to generate readership/sales, or simply to make your website more attractive and appealing, reading this book will ignite your enthusiasm and give you the tools needed to begin. 

Terri Webster Schrandt has condensed her knowledge of photography and blogging into a terrific little resource guide. Better Blogging with Photography  outlines how to upload print copies of photos, take and curate photos using a mobile phone or digital camera, and acquire photos from contacts or garner them from the Internet. Included are websites that offer free images, and the author wisely cautions to always check the rights and restrictions for each image. She also describes how to edit your photos and suggests downloadable software that’s either free or at minimal cost. An added perk is the chapter on links and resources. 

Schrandt has managed to encapsulate the basics of her subject matter into a 50-page comprehensive guidebook. Whether you’re new to blogging or well-seasoned, Better Blogging with Photography  will set you on the right track to enhancing the appearance of your website and increasing your readership. I highly recommend this book. 

Terri Webster Schrandt’s Links:  Website/Blog   Amazon   Facebook   Twitter   LinkedIn   Google+

#Book Review – #Meno-What? by D.G. Kaye

D.G. Kaye WriterAs I read  D.G. Kaye‘s memoir, Meno-What?  my mind flooded with images of the hilariously popular Carol Burnett Show. I saw Carol Burnett and Vickie Lawrence spoofing all the physical and emotional changes a woman can expect upon reaching menopause. Candor, humor, and helpful hints abound. I found this book incredibly valuable.

Purchase Meno-What?  HERE

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My 5-Star Review 

Meno-What? by D.G. Kaye

Navigating Menopause with Poise and Humor 

I wish I’d had this book when I was going through menopause! It would have validated all I was feeling and given me some inventive ways of coping with the inevitable changes looming on the threshold of female maturity. 

In her memoir, Meno-What?  D.G. Kaye speaks frankly about the hormonal changes that launch a war against our physical, emotional, and behavioral stability. She humorously refers to them as the “meno dragons,” a term that will be appreciated by any woman who has reached this stage in life. 

Kaye outlines, chapter by chapter, the various changes that challenge our bodies as well as our sanity and self-image. With candor and humor, she tells us how each change affected her body, threatened her vanity, and braced her determination to face each one with an eye toward melioration. 

She coins some pretty hilarious terms in describing these changes. “Circumference expansion” and “meno muffin” refer to our broadening midsections. “Fatback” and “muffin tops” describe the love handles bestowed to our bra lines. “Bottoms down” laments the loss of firmness in our posteriors. “Fred Flintstone feet” bemoans the abhorrent increase in shoe size. And “the Sahara effect” aptly portrays those dreaded, uncomfortable hot flashes. 

Avowing “That isn’t going to happen to me” did not preclude menopausal changes for the author, but it did firm her resolve to deal with them naturally and creatively. When all is said and done, Kaye states, “. . . we should always just be grateful that we are still on the right side of the green.” 

Being an R.N., I knew quite well what lay ahead in my life. What I didn’t know was how menopause would affect me personally. Chock-full of helpful hints, this book serves as both an eye-opener and a lifesaver. It is compact, easily read within an hour or two, and I couldn’t recommend it more highly.  

D.G. Kaye’s Links:  Website/Blog   Amazon   Facebook   Twitter    LinkedIn   Google+

New #Review for #Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire

Luna Saint ClaireThis is my second thrill of the day! Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire received another 5-star review. Luna Saint Claire, author of the thrilling novel, The Sleeping Serpent, has posted her review to Goodreads and Amazon.  Luna is a costume designer and author who loves Indie music, has an eclectic bohemian style, and studied ballet in her youth.  Read my interview with Luna here.

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Luna’s review for Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire

Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire

I Couldn’t Put it Down!
I have always had a fondness for Vampire stories. It began with Dracula. Twilight was mesmerizing. Vampire Diaries captivated me from the start, and The Originals, my favorite, enthralled me. Vampyrie is a complex, contemporary page-turner that I couldn’t put down! Phoebe, the protagonist is a strong, intelligent, compassionate and fearless character and her passion and perseverance make her a compelling character. What makes this story especially fascinating is the in-depth science, woven in with such elegance that it never detracts from the thrilling suspense. I can totally see this book becoming the next off-the-chart TV series. Well done Tina Frisco

If you aren’t already connected to Luna, please visit her sites, like and share. Thank you for stopping by ♥
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New #Review for #Gabby and the Quads

D.G. Kaye WriterIt was such a thrill to receive another 5-star review for Gabby and the Quads, this time from my lovely friend and fellow author, Debby Gies aka D.G. Kaye. Debby consistently supports and features authors on her blog. She also regularly dons her FBI hat and goes about sleuthing the Internet and blogging world for articles she knows will be of interest to her fellow authors, and then posts these as well. Read my interview with Debby here.

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Debby’s review for Gabby and the Quads

Gabby and the Quads

This book is an absolutely wonderful story book for parents and
little children alike. The author takes us on a little life lesson journey of a little child about to become the big sister to quadruplets. Frisco manages to incorporate important lessons for parents while demonstrating with her words and illustrations by subtly instilling messages about safety, sharing and compassion within the storyline. Her method of showing how the parents ready Gabby for the babies’ arrival, asking her how she would feel about being a big sister and a helper, encouraging the child to love her new siblings, easing her into her new role without being left to feel she is no longer ‘the only child’, but a necessary component to being a helper, a very important role as big sister.

If you have little ones, or about to become parents for a second time, I highly recommend this book as a guide to parents and an enjoyable and entertaining read with educational meaning and reference that is easily understood by young children.

You can also read Debby’s review on Goodreads and Amazon 
If you aren’t already connected to Debby, please visit her sites, like and share. Thank you for stopping by ♥
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Objectivity in book reviews: can you be honest AND objective?

This is a brilliant post by Lynne LeGrow at Fictionophile on book reviews and blogger bashing. A poignant question raised is: Can you write a book review that’s totally devoid of personal preference? I don’t think anyone can write a completely objective book review that doesn’t sound as if they’re dissecting the author’s writing skills. If you’re incensed by blogger bashing, this is a must-read.

Fictionophile

book-review-objectivityThese past few weeks I have read some rather unpleasant comments about book reviewers. Blogger ‘bashing’ seems popular just now.


An example of this blogger bashing:

https://prettymessreading.wordpress.com/…/dear-book-blogge…/

When someone – anyone – calls me or my fellow book bloggers dishonest – then steam starts to come out of my ears.13420806205_766b819771When I give a book 5 stars it is because I love it. I’ve recently given a book 2 stars because it wasn’t to my taste. Everyone’s taste is different. I get most of my books from NetGalley, Edelweiss or directly from publishers. They do not cost me anything, yet I still rate them ALL as according to my enjoyment of them. Why would anyone post anything this hurtful. I do not lie when reviewing books! I do try to be kind, as I know authors invest a lot of emotion, time, and hard work writing. Just because I don’t care for it, there…

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For the Love of Reading–Book Review: Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire

I’m so pleased to share Terri Webster Schrandt‘s 5-star review of my latest novel, Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire …

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Read my book reviews on For the Love of Reading

Now that I am a self-published indie author, I very much appreciate book reviews! In the world of blogging, I am honored to know a growing number of indie authors who are self-publishing books. My goal on this blog is to review at least one book per month. You will find the reviews on my page, For the Love of Reading.

Today, I introduce Author Tina Frisco’s newest book Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire. 

Author Tina FriscoFrom the Author

I always have been fascinated by the myth of the vampire and often have wondered if the phenomenon actually could exist. My background in medicine led me to speculate about how this might have a basis in reality. If rooted in science, how might this myth come to life? The most likely answer would be as a physical disorder or disease.

One day during my morning walk, the word Valkyrie came…

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#BOOK REVIEW ~ #Conflicted Hearts by #D.G. Kaye

Conflicted Hearts

Debby Gies‘ aka author D.G. Kaye‘s book, Conflicted Hearts, moved me in ways I can barely explain. Below is my 5-star review, which I also posted to Amazon. If you aren’t already familiar with Debby and would like to learn more about her, please visit her sites:

Website/Blog   Amazon   Facebook   Twitter   Google+   LinkedIn   

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Conflicted Hearts by D.G. Kaye reads like a personal conversation between two best friends. The level of intimacy shared by the author is second to none of any self-help book I’ve read to date; and I’ve read many.

D.G. Kaye Author

I refer to Kaye’s memoir as a self-help book because it reflects timeless struggles we all share and reveals the author’s many attempts at dealing with them – some successful, some not.

Kaye draws us into a world of deep and conflicting emotions, where she struggles to find balance and a semblance of inner peace. Her mother – demanding and narcissistic – thought only of herself and disregarded the needs of her family, especially those of her children and husband. This propelled the author, the eldest of her three siblings, to step up to the plate and act the parent. In so doing – coupled with also attempting to meet the needs of her mother and father – she forfeited her childhood. As an adult, it took many years for her to reconcile her own needs with those of her mother.

The candor and intimacy shared by the author often brought me to tears, as I reflected on the similarities in my own life. I had read a few chapters when I had to put the book down due to illness. When I picked it up again a few weeks later, I became so engrossed that I read straight through to the end.

For me, the mark of a good book is one that pulls us out of our rote way of life and immerses us in another world, broadens our imagination, heightens our level of awareness, or deepens our life experience. A book that does two or more of these is exceptional. Conflicted Hearts is one such book. It left me emotionally stirred in a very positive way.

Any book that moves me to reflection is a book I will always carry in my heart. Thank you, D.G. Kaye, for this timeless gift …

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Other books by D.G. Kaye:  

P.S. I Forgive You

Have Bags, Will TravelWords We Carry

Meno-What?

Glimpses Book Review and Author Round-Up | Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

Terri Webster Schrandt with a terrific 5-star review of Hugh W. Roberts‘ first book, Glimpses. Congratulations to Hugh on becoming a published author! We look forward to what the future holds for you. And thank you for the mention, Terri; much appreciated …

Glimpses Book Review and Author RoundUp
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Source: Glimpses Book Review and Author Round-Up | Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

If we were having coffee today, I would share with you my review of a fabulous new book from one of my favorite bloggers!

To me there is nothing like enjoying a few moments with a hot beverage while reading a good book.

Let me introduce you to Hugh Roberts, blogger at Hugh’s Views and News.

Roberts says that he chose the title Glimpses because “that is what you are about to get—glimpses into the everyday lives of people who are about to be led up a path they were not expecting.”

Not only is he a brand-new author, fellow bloggers tell me he is possibly the nicest gentleman you will ever meet in person or in the blogosphere!

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