Do you have any Disney or book related family heirlooms? (That you may or may not keep under lock and key like I do.)
Leave a comment below with your priceless artifacts.
If you follow my blog or my book reviews, you may have noticed an article I posted a week or so ago on the "Do's and Don'ts" on book reviewing. I've been using some of that articles' advice in recent reviews, and I LOVE the outcome. So in the spirit of bettering myself, here's another article snippet on self/site improvement.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s dive into your blog and figure out why you’re not getting comments.
So let it be known I listen and can follow directions. :-)
What do you think of the article? Some of it doesn't pertain to me (business blog/bad comment system) just due to the nature of my blog and Weebly's main design, but I thought he had some good points.
Share what you think in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you.
Knit & Stitch is the first book I have read in the Last Chance series or by Hope Ramsay and truth be told it was an impulse buy due to the kitting theme. Thankfully the purchase was well worth it. The book was easy to read with heavy topics being written about in an easy to digest way with plenty of giggles along the way. See my review on goodreads.
Molly is a determined woman who keeps a day job at the local garage and a nightly passion for restoring cars with her best friend Les. When her mother decides to run away from her problems, Molly is left to clean them up.
Simon is an accomplished painter who left Last chance and never looked back, but with his father's death he returned to settle his affairs as quickly as possible. When he returns he is overwhelmed with repressed memories and feelings from his childhood.
When Molly and Simon find themselves thrown together in the chaos created by their families they are left with the choice of walking away from one another or defying their families and finally learning what true love is.
A few days ago I received a beautiful paperback with clean white paper and a glossy cover in the mail. The Tiger's Eye by Dianne Walter is a magical story of how one thirteen year old can change the future of worlds. Be sure to check out the link below to read the WHOLE book on goodreads and my review as well.
Anna's lives with her widowed mother on a small orchard in a small town, one of the ones where everyone knows everyone. Her best friend Alex and his older brother Peter live next door and are often inseparable and getting into trouble while playing outside and riding their bikes around the town. When one day Anna begin's hearing animals talking to her she confides in her best friends and they set off on a magic quests to save worlds.
Anna is a caring, giving youngster who fiercely protects her friends in any way she can. She shows courage to stand up to the evils in the world, empathy to those others call villains, and compassion to those who need it.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Anna's story. Each of the supporting characters had different personality types and helped to balance Anna's sugary sweetness. The adults in the story were far less important than any of the interactions with the children, but they were no less of fleshed out characters.
This would be a wonderful book to read before bed with a child, the magic in the worlds would provide wonderful dream fodder and the heavy sense of right and wrong would be a great conversation starter.
A few days ago I finished, Overwhelmed by Marita A. Hansen. It was sexy, heart-wrenching and full of action! I received this book as part of an ARC review from the author for honest review prior to the book's release date. The book is now out and available for purchase (links below). If you want to see my review on goodreads you can check that out too.
The erotic parts of this story were well written and well balanced by the drama scenes sprinkled throughout. However, the main drama revolving around the family felt a bit forced and out of place at times. I say this because the fulfilling nuggets of drama between Nicky (the daughter) and Kelly were so wonderfully written and I would have almost trades some of the crazy sex scenes for more family interactions, I just wanted more.
The best aspect of this book, all the POV chapters. Most were from Kelly, but some sections were from Tom, a few from Eric, and some were flashbacks reinforcing Tom/Kelly's relationship starting with day one. These small glimmers into the minds of all of the main characters helped me as the reader not pre-judge but really get to know the characters and want to read further.
Recommendation: Yes, read it. I enjoyed it and was thrilled to be able to participate in its review process.
For those of you who don't know, I am an avid reader and have recently started reviewing the books I have been reading. (You can check them out here). I am also a self-proclaimed learn-aholic. So in the spirit of always bettering yourself, here's a great article with tips and tricks on how to review books.
Ready for another 5 star read? Check out Trial by Fire by Margarita Gakis. I absolutely LOVED this book, it was reminiscent of the books I used to read a few years ago and I didn't realize how much I missed this genre. My original review can also be found on goodreads.
The characters we well written and deep enough to provide context, but not too deep as to bore with superfluous information. As the book progressed I became more and more invested in what was happening with them and found myself rooting for Jade when things got rough. She is a strong willed, go-her-own-way kind of gal and showed over and over again through her sass and disregard of title, life is about the choices you make. After a rough childhood she has built some pretty thick walls and it's easy to see her apprehension and aversion to other and the control they want to have over her, but as the story grows Jade learns to lean on others and I really enjoyed seeing her character develop.
Below is my review for "Is This All There Is?" by Patricia Mann. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review, you can see this review in context on goodreads.
Beth's character had a deep feeling of reality in how she was written and if this topic hits too close to home for someone, I could see where that could make reading it a chore. Dave was written in a way that felt like a typical college male with an old sole, one who is more interested in wooing a respectable woman than spending his time at frat parties. Rick's character was truly and utterly boring... until the last two chapters of the book, then he felt more like a human than a mindless drone. By far the best character in this book is Sam, the oldest son. He was the most interesting to read, had the best emotions and was written in a masterful way.
My biggest gripe with with this story is no matter how was it was paced, relateable or well written/edited, it just... ended. We struggled and screamed with Beth for nearly 160 pages and within the last 20 pages her life flipped around and everything was heading back in the "proper" direction. It was disappointing and I would have liked just a few more pages of clean up. How were the kids dealing, how was Dave handling the abrupt end, Did Beth's best friend forgive her? Too many open questions I would have liked to have had answered.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book, just make sure you hug your man (or woman) afterwards.
Here's another article I've been hoarding for a bit.
Underlying theme of this article:
Not everyone can be a fabulous author, but they can get better.
The only true measure of whether a piece of writing is any good is the impact it has on its intended audience.
Did it engage them? Did it move them? Did it change them?
I don’t believe that just anyone can become a good writer.
Who wants to be good at something that anyone can master?
And while I don’t believe anyone can become a good writer, I do passionately believe everyone can become a better writer.
"Before you get good, you need to get better."
The elusive qualities of good writing that can’t be taught:
"And you recognize that there will always be more to learn."
3 essential steps to better writing:
"Surprisingly, the habits that give you the best chance of becoming a good writer have little to do with writing."
The simple habits that give you a shot at greatness as a writer.: