Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Secrets of My Inner Voice Lie


sitting here in this cramped up apartment,
no place to call my own,
except this broken wobbly table
that sits among all the noise,
but this place holds my inner voice,
of thoughts, dreams, desires & more,
I may pace the floor,
in search of the verse,
I may sit and read of words
of forgotten poets,
I may sit & fight the writer's block,
but this broken wobbly table is mine,
where the secrets of my inner voice lie.

Rivers of bluest eyes



Rivers of bluest eyes,
 reflects the magic moments of nature's best,
 the child of sweet notion,
 to run and gather the wildest dreams in the passing sky, 
only to remembrance the nature's wild beasts,
 to beckon and rip away the dreams before her angelic eyes. 
She knows no other than nature at its best, 
as she spreads her wings and flies

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Book Review: The New Irish Table by Leslie Conron Carola


Book Review - The New Irish Table by Leslie Conron Carola
Blurb:
Ten award-winning chefs dismantle the stereotype of Irish cuisine being a boil, a fry, or soda bread. Highlighting fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients from provinces across the Emerald Isle, this beautiful, photo-illustrated collection offers inspirational Irish recipes.
An Irish meal must nourish the soul as well as the body, teasing each of the senses. Home cooks are invited into each featured chef's restaurant and/ or home to experience recipes that utilize fresh fish, lamb, beef, pork, fruits, and vegetables, and of course, Ireland's renowned cheeses.
Celebrating the new Irish food culture, this compilation emphasizes local resources, simple fare, and the highest standards, proving that Ireland is a modern food destination.

My Review:
 All around enjoyed this book! I loved the beautiful pictures of Ireland and learning about the chefs was really interesting too! The recipes sounded amazing, I really enjoy learning from this book since my heritage is Irish! 

My Rating:
5 Stars

Friday, January 27, 2017

Book Book: Where Angels Walk (25th Anniversary Edition): True Stories of Heavenly Visitors Description:




Book - Where Angels Walk (25th Anniversary Edition): True Stories of Heavenly Visitors
Description:
 We don't hear much about angels nowadays. When we do, they have often been secularized or commercialized. Instead of ministering angels who reveal God’s love and mercy, we hear about “angel investors” or we gobble up foil-wrapped chocolate angels at Christmas. But Joan Wester Anderson trusts that angels still walk among us.

On mountain slopes, on desolate rural highways, in airplane cockpits—these are just a few of the many places where ordinary people have felt the very real presence and power of God’s angels at work in their lives. In this twenty-fifth anniversary edition of her New York Times best-selling book Where Angels Walk, Joan Wester Anderson (the “Angel Lady”) offers dozens of reasons—stories, actually—for us to reconsider our rather limited view of angels. In addition to the original collection of angelic encounters, several new stories have been included.

Anderson, who holds traditional Christian beliefs about angels, was careful to select only those stories that had a ring of truth to them. But are they true? Do heavenly visitors really walk among us? Open this book—along with your heart—before you decide.

My Review:
 This book is so good! The stories are inspirational and filled with heart-touching subjects filled with grace. I am a believer of angels and I truly enjoyed this book by Joan. I would recommend this book to anyone. 

My Rating
5 star rating 

OverDrive: Book Review Lying in Wait By Ann Rule

OverDrive
Book Review 
Lying in Wait 
By Ann Rule 

Book Blurb:
MOVING IN FOR THE KILL
In this all-new collection of investigative accounts from her private archives, “America’s best true-crime writer” (Kirkus Reviews) exposes the most frightening aspect of the murderous mind: the waiting game. Trusted family members or strangers, these cold-blooded killers select their unsuspecting prey, wait for the perfect moment to strike, then turn normality into homicidal mayhem in a matter of moments. Ann Rule will have you seeing the people and places around you with heightened caution as you read these shattering cases, including:

• New mothers murdered, their infants kidnapped, in an atrocious baby-selling scheme

• The man who kept his criminal past hidden from his wife—and his wife from his mistress—until he coldly disposed of one of them

• The beautiful daughter of a State Department official ran away from the privileged world she knew and hitched a ride with a man she didn’t . . . with fatal consequences

• For months, a vicious, rage-filled serial rapist eluded police and terrorized Seattle’s women—when would he strike next, and how far would his violence escalate?

• A criminal known for his Houdini-like escapes is serving time for murder in a botched robbery—now the convict is being served dinner in a civilian’s home, where he has one more trick up his sleeve

• A long-lost relative who came home to visit, leaving a bloody trail through Washington and Oregon; no one realized how dangerous he and his ladylove were—until it was far too late. . . .

With her ability to translate the most complex cases into storytelling “as dramatic and chilling as a bedroom window shattering at night” (The New York Times), Rule expertly analyzes the thoughts and deeds of the
sociopath, in this seventeenth essential Crime Files volume.
My Review: 
 I absolutely enjoyed Ann's book! I am a huge fan of her writing and she did a great job on portraying each aspect of each case and thoroughly covered each step from the crime scene to the trials. My favorite crime story was the "BabySeller". This crime  tore my heart out and was a real tearjerker. 
My Rating: 
5 Stars 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Connections of Today


We connect on a daily basis
As we sit with phones in our hands
And laptops in our laps,
We connect through small messages, tweets and other sorts,
We think we know the person, but do we?

We connect our hearts into unknown relationships,
Ones that makes us smile, cry, and laugh.
Pictures of loved ones, and silly quotes, but most of all by small messages, tweets and other sorts,
We believe we are safe, but are we?

We connect our souls, into groups,
Of our interests, in hope of support and love,
All these connection are clich├ęs, by small messages, tweets and other sorts.
We feel loved, but are we?

We connect our minds, over political and society issues
Hate, anger, and racism in our hearts
For we all see just black and white, by small messages, tweets and other sorts
We feel a war purging in our veins, but do we…Really connect?

The Generations


Sixties came and went,
As the seventies rolled in, 
I was born upon my mother’s breast,
Last of four kids, I was the baby of the family,

Seventies were filled of adventure, fun, and games,
Learning new faces and names,
I was soon off to school, to find my way,
Not knowing, what I know today,
That each connections would impact me,

The seventies left, I was so innocent
The eighties were here, and I was not prepared,
Crazy fashions, and ideas swarmed my head,
Music was the best, parties with friends, was my fate
AIDS hit close to my homes, as I buried many of my friends,
Drug wars hit my streets, as I watched fellows fall

Sixties, seventies, eighties,
The generations of it all…
As I watch, another one falls,
Brother, sister, friend…does it really matter?
Fore, I was born upon my mother breast,

Friday, January 20, 2017

NetGalley Review: Your 3 Best Superpowers by Sonia Choquette

NetGalley Review 

Your 3 Best Superpowers

Book Blurb
This little book will help readers use meditation and tap into their superpowers, allowing them to take charge of their mind, their creative powers, and their inner guidance system. While most meditation books focus on gaining clarity, focus, efficiency, and easing stress, Your 3 Best Superpowers offers a unique way to learn about intuition and the self, from an esteemed spiritual teacher and visionary guide.
Includes a series of guided meditations
My Review  
I found this little book to be very helpful and interesting in many ways. I am a mother and grandmother who meditates on a regular basis. With the help of Sonia's little book helped bring peace and content to many areas of my life. However, I did not use the guided meditations for I have my own I use, but with the small excerpts of stories was very enjoyable. 
My Rating
4 Stars 

Book Review: Time For Me by Ruth Fishel



Book Review- Time For Me by Ruth Fishel
Description:
How often have you read a book that was life changing?  You know that if you practice what it suggests your life will be better, yet somehow you forget. You forget to meditate in the morning. You forget that three breaths calm you down. You forget all the lessons you learned.

Time for Me is different because it contains wisdom that really works. We have the ability to rewire and create new neural circuits in our brains, and the more we practice something new, the more we can form new neural pathways with each repetition.  In time, these new pathways become deeper than the ones made by our old habits and they become automatic. That means, if we were to practice all this week thoughts such as 'I am happy' or 'I am calm', we would be more apt to return to them when we feel otherwise.

The seeds of all human characteristics are within us—good and bad—the ones that grow are the ones we nurture, and that is why the wisdom in Time for Me is designed to be practiced every day. 


My Review:
 Helpful and insightful little read by Ruth! I enjoyed the time I spent working slowly through this book and would recommend it for anyone to read that needs a moment for them myself to rebuild their character. Thank you for letting me read this book!

My Rating:
5 stars

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Quote to: Illusions of Love

Illusions of Love

Love is the mystery of the world. 
Nobody has the correct answers...
So stop searching for them



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Comment on "Illusions of Love"

Thank you Sean H. Sanchez Author for the comment on reading my book, "Illusions of love"and for the poem you wrote to me!

"I’ve finished reading ‘Illusions of Love’. I don’t know if I would envy you, or to sympathize with you. Your poetry surely showed that you’re invested and committed to love; it had enveloped your life, despite of the twist and discouraging tumbles. I myself don’t know for sure if I’d given-up regarding the subject of love, my desire for it can’t compete with my passion for creating stories; I become incredibly lazy when it comes to chasing love. I’m glad that you have the spirit to conquer it, if not in real life (just teasing), at least in magnificent poetry. Kudos!"


Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Review: After You're Dead A Jake Roberts Novel By Cary Allen Stone

Book Review:

After You're Dead

A Jake Roberts Novel

By

Cary Allen Stone 




Book Blurb: 
 Jake tries to find peace from losing Caitland and spends time with his dog “Katy” in his residence hidden in the picturesque mountains of Sedona. But trouble finds Jake again when an old friend knocks on his door. A powerful drug lord kidnapped Pablo’s wife, Alana, to force him to comply with the narcotrafficker’s demands. The man who will kill Alana is a depraved, psychopathic serial killer. He is also the father of Mackenzy who murdered Jake’s Caitland. Will Jake risk everything, including his life, to help Pablo get Alana back?

My Review:  
 Picking up this novel without reading the first four Jake Roberts stories left me wanting to go back and read them. I really enjoyed reading Cary's work. His writing was compelling and chair gripping leaving me wanting more.

My Rating:
5 Stars

My Gift from Cary Allen
Thank you Cary for the book and giving me the chance to meet you and Jake Roberts! 



Sunday, January 15, 2017

Featured Interview and Book Post in Double the Books

I was featured in the "Double the Books" Magazine with an interview by KayCee K. and a book spotlight!

Click here to read







-Editor Chief 
KayCee K. 

KayCee K. is the own of Double Decker Books blog and magazine. KayCee K is an avid reader and blogger. When she's not running DDB she's blogging on her personal blog, Wonder Struck. When not doing that she is writing stories she hopes to share with the world one day, her writing blog is KayCee K's Wordpress. She's enjoys being the oldest of five children and Twitter. On her down time, she loves watching T.V. Shows, drinking tea, and doing yoga. Fine me here: 
Twitter: @KayC3e_K
Instagram: kaycee_k7
Snapchat: kaycee_k
E-Mail: doubledeckerbooks@gmail.com 






-Vice Publisher
Natasha
Hi my name is Natasha! I’m an avid reader since 2006, love everything romance and has a great passion for good food. While I’m not buried six feet under my books, I’m caught stealing my mum’s cooking, learning how to communicate with my hamster and dreaming about my favorite book boyfriends. Despite all the procrastination, I am graduating with a Food Science with Nutrition degree and currently am pursuing a career in the food industry. I live by the motto “work hard, play hard”, so do what you love and love what you do! P.S. I’m an over enthusiastic person who uses way too many exclamation marks!
When I’m not in hibernation mode, you can find me at:
Blog: Dreamland Teenage Fantasy
Facebook: Dreamland Teenage Fantasy
Twitter: @natshane
Email: natshane94aa@gmail.com







BlogSwap: Being Interviw with Author & Blogger Jen Selinsky

A dear friend, author and blogger Jen Selinsky interviewed me the other day and I would like to take a moment and say thanks and share her link with you all. 


A little info on Jen and where you can find her:
"Jen Selinsky was born in Pittsburgh, PA.  In 2003, she earned her bachelor's degree in English from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  In 2004, she earned her master's degree in library science from the same school.  Jen has worked as a professional librarian for over eleven years.  She has published more than 160 books, many of which contain poetry.  Her work can be found on the following sites: Lulu, Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.  She has also been featured in publications such as: The Courier Journal, Explorer Magazine, Liphar Magazine, and Indiana Libraries.  Jen lives in Sellersburg, IN with her husband. Like Jen on Facebook at:"
(Author Bio from Amazon)

Kiss Me in the Rain Quote

Illusions of Love

Love is the mystery of the world. 
Nobody has the correct answers...
So stop searching for them




Saturday, January 14, 2017

Interview & Review with Author Joan Wester Anderson

NetGalley 

 It is my pleasure to welcome Author Joan Wester Anderson! 
I read her book Where Angels Walk from NetGalley and I have falling in love with her writing. 
Her writing is that one that when you read, you will need a box of Kleenex and a good cup of coffee, her writing is filled with grace, inspiration and the true stories will touch your life in this strange, but miracle way!


 My Interview with Joan: 

---Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I began writing when my youngest (of five) children was a baby.  I
tried to set aside an hour a day to focus on topics of interest to
moms like me---and eventually built up relationships with a few
magazine editors who started assigning work to me. My main "claim to
fame" today is my angel/miracle series, which has sold more than two
million copies.
~~
---Where do you get your ideas?
During the early years I followed the advice of professional writers
and wrote about what I knew--baby and kid-raising, spiritual topics,
family humor. Later I branched out to research pieces.
 ~~
---What is your writing process like?
When the children were all home, I attempted to stay with the routine
(daily hour).  I figured that I was an athlete in training, and there
would be days when I didn't accomplish much, but being consistent
would eventually pay off.  As the kids grew, I added more work--giving
speeches, writing books, a lot of traveling and media. I hadn't
anticipated any of this during my "early days" but looking back, I can
see that God was preparing me..
 ~~
---What advice do you have for writers?
Probably the hardest part of publishing remains the dreaded rejection slip.
New writers usually interpret them as a personal rejection, i.e. "this
is terrible etc" but actually they can be very helpful, especially if
a kind editor takes a minute to offer a suggestion. Always appreciate
an editor!
 ~~
---Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
My series on angels came about because readers kept asking for more,
so I followed their lead.
~~
---What are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?
Your favorite magazines are the most important, because you will
probably end up writing for them.
 ~~
---Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
 Writing is a major part of my life, not just a spiritual practice. My
Catholic faith has helped me to keep a sense of perspective through
both the successes and failures of life.  I am reminding every day
that God has me in the palm of His hand and there is no reason to
fear.
~~
---Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both!  I am always thrilled when a project is completed.  So
thrilled that I completely forget the exhaustion that accompanied it.
That feeling lasts until the next assignment, when the cycle starts
again!
~~



Book Blurb:
We don't hear much about angels nowadays. When we do, they have often been secularized or commercialized. Instead of ministering angels who reveal God’s love and mercy, we hear about “angel investors” or we gobble up foil-wrapped chocolate angels at Christmas. But Joan Wester Anderson trusts that angels still walk among us.

On mountain slopes, on desolate rural highways, in airplane cockpits—these are just a few of the many places where ordinary people have felt the very real presence and power of God’s angels at work in their lives. In this twenty-fifth anniversary edition of her New York Times best-selling book Where Angels Walk, Joan Wester Anderson (the “Angel Lady”) offers dozens of reasons—stories, actually—for us to reconsider our rather limited view of angels. In addition to the original collection of angelic encounters, several new stories have been included.

Anderson, who holds traditional Christian beliefs about angels, was careful to select only those stories that had a ring of truth to them. But are they true? Do heavenly visitors really walk among us? Open this book—along with your heart—before you decide.

My Review:

 This book is so good! The stories are inspirational and filled with heart-touching subjects filled with grace. I am a believer of angels and I truly enjoyed this book by Joan. I would recommend this book to anyone. 

My Rating:
5 Stars


OverDrive Book Review: The ABCs of Rock



OverDrive Book


My Review:

Short read about some of the greatest rock songs and album covers. I really enjoyed this short read for one I am a lover of rock music and they had some of my favorites in the book. It was interesting to hear the writer's side of what the album covers meant to them and what their favorite song was.
My Rating 
5 Stars

OverDrive: Book Review Impulse By Ellen Hopkins

OverDrive

Book Review
Impulse
By
Ellen Hopkins





Book Blurb: 
 Sometimes you don't wake up. But if you happen to, you know things will never be the same.
Three lives, three different paths to the same destination: Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital for those who have attempted the ultimate act -- suicide.

Vanessa is beautiful and smart, but her secrets keep her answering the call of the blade.

Tony, after suffering a painful childhood, can only find peace through pills.

And Conner, outwardly, has the perfect life. But dig a little deeper and find a boy who is in constant battle with his parents, his life, himself.

In one instant each of these young people decided enough was enough. They grabbed the blade, the bottle, the gun -- and tried to end it all. Now they have a second chance, and just maybe, with each other's help, they can find their way to a better life -- but only if they're strong and can fight the demons that brought them here in the first place.

My Review:

This book was heart-touching with heartbreaking moments of with each child and their stories of mental health and their battle to win. I became very interested in their battles and how each chose a different path to face their own mental issues. Vanessa dealing with cutting, Tony trying to overcome his childhood past and Conner, he is the one that showed me that even if you think someone may have the perfect life, it is can be unforeseen.  This was an audio book. 
My Rating:
4 Stars