Writing and Life

So lately life has gotten in the way. I got busy with my family, especially with having a 5 month old. I fell out of reading and I even stopped writing. ūüėįūüėĪ

Back in February, the feeling of being stuck was growing heavy. To change that I decided to do something for me. So I joined Scentsy as an Independent Consultant and I have started writing again!!

I absolutely love Scentsy. Tomorrow will mark 70 days for me and the changes are already noticeable.

  1. I am so much happier!
  2. I discovered I love hosting parties!!
  3. I am more confident than I was before. (Live Facebook videos have taken some getting sued to but I love to share the love of what I do!)
  4. Financial freedom is still way off in the future, but I love that I have a goal I am working towards!
  5. This is money I am going to use to help aid my writing journey!

Not to mention it is easier to feed my addiction! Feel free to jump over and give my page a like! ‚̧‚̧ https://www.facebook.com/TrishaACepeda/

I will try to be on here more. I can’t make any promises though! This dead spot I’m going through with reading seems to be a long one!

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Fertility Symbols by Rayven Monique

61jdB2TD9wL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgTitle: Fertility Symbols by Rayven Monique

Genre: Adult Coloring

Rating: 4 out of 4 Stars

 

I love coloring books. I have a plethora of them along with tons of different coloring utensils. This particular coloring book offers the different fertility symbols to color (obviously the title is self explanatory)! I am done having children (I already have four!), but I saw this book up for review and just could not resist.

In this coloring book there is a page for each symbol offering little facts about them and small, but positive affirmations. Even when not trying to conceive those things do pack a punch especially when you are feeling down. I colored a few random pages throughout, and with each one I found relaxation. From pomegranates to fish, from cats to elephants. Each page offers clear lines, and easy to color designs.

Depending on what you use to color with, I would recommend placing a sheet of paper behind the page being colored. I like to color with¬†Staedtler triplus fineliner¬†¬†pens, and while they weren’t exactly bleeding through, they were close.

While I cannot speak to whether this will aid in getting pregnant, I did enjoy coloring through the pages and reading the little facts about each symbol. I was once told, back before I had my oldest child…”relax and just let it happen.” I had just miscarried and was pretty devastated.

If coloring helps you to relax then this is a book I would recommend. Yes, any coloring book adult or children’s would due the trick, but in light of what is inside, I’d have given this one a chance. With that said, I rate this wonderful coloring book a¬†4 out of 4 stars.¬†

The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids, Dragons and the Whole Kingdom by Diane Mae Robinson

The Dragon Grammar BookTitle: The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids, Dragons, an the Whole Kingdom by Diane Mae Robinson

Genre: Educational

Rating: 4 out of 4

 

I will be honest. I absolutely LOVE to write. Writing is a favorite past time of mine, and I do if frequently. However, grammar and all the rules that follow are not my favorite. I can pick out errors in anybody else’s work, but when it comes to my own…forget it.

With this book, I found the run through of definitions and the following examples to be easy to understand. The examples are simple and fun. Once the basics of grammar have been established, we move into sentence structures and proper usage of words. I found this the most refreshing. Each rule of Grammar is broken down into chapters with questions at the end to test your knowledge.

The Dragon Grammar book would be great for those just learning, as well as those that are more seasoned and just need to be reminded. This is a book that I will definitely use to fall back on when I need to. I will also use this book to help my children as they start learning about grammar.

Having said that I would rate this book a 4 out of 4 stars. The Dragon Grammar book is sure to help your young Dragons, Princesses, and the whole kingdom learn about Grammar and the correct usage with easy to understand examples for whatever rule they are becoming familiar with.

 

Twisted Threads by Kaylin McFarren

Twisted Threads book reviewTitle: Twisted Threads by Kaylin McFarren

Genre: Suspense/Thriller

Rating: 4 out of 4 stars

 

This is the fourth installment in the Threads series. I highly recommend reading the previous installments before reading this one.

Akira, a geisha turned assassin is given a way out if she only succeeds in one last mission. Find the killer of her boss’ sister, then she could start a new life. Only, she must do it on a cruise liner full of people and prying eyes.

On board the ship Akira must build relationships while trying to figure out who the killer is. The last thing she expects to find on this last mission is love, but love she finds. Devon, vacationing with his Aunt and Uncle, is recovering from his own broken past when he sees Akira.

Together, love blossoms as the mystery surrounding the ship grows. With neither’s future promised, they find themselves fighting against all odds to solve the mystery.¬† If Akira wants to have a future, she has to solve the murder and protect herself at all costs while still keeping up her guise, no matter how much it hurts her.

Mystery after mystery unfolds in this captivating story. Murder after murder as revenge is sought by more than one person. I enjoyed how not everything fell into place at the same time. Each mystery remained it’s own, the key to each being revealed slowly and methodically. It was fun to guess who each killer was, and seeing who it really was and how things played out as each came to a close.

 

From the very beginning, the reader is thrown head first into the action. Twisted Threads is a captivating read that grips it’s reader until the end. It had been a while since I have found myself glued to a book and I found it refreshing and exciting.

The flow was a steady fast pace. The characters were well developed and easily relate-able in their different struggles. Each character was unique and had many layers to them. The story over all was well written with very few grammatical errors found throughout. There were a few erotic scenes which were tastefully written.

Over all, this is a book I enjoyed immensely and would happily read again.  With that being said I give Twisted Threads by Kaylin McFarren a 4 out of 4 stars. I look forward to reading the previous works in this series.

 

 

Border Post 99: No Man’s Land by Kedar Patankar

Title: Border Post 99: No Man’s Land

Author: Kedar Patankar

Genre: Inspirational Fiction

Rating: 3 out of 4 stars

 

This is an OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day review.

An inspirational story of two rival soldiers, brought together over time through their schemes and pranks while guarding posts that were in No Man’s Land. Their one primary goal is not to shoot each other. But who says you can’t make use of your time by scheming and plotting. Unexpectedly they find a common ground based on the history of their families.

Border Post 99: No Man’s Land¬†is a short read. The synopsis drew me in to read this book. I expected to fly threw it but I found myself having a hard time getting into it. The characters are well thought out and the dialogue between the two is humorous. I found myself cracking a smile a few times at their hateful but playful banter. Through the narration of the story it was easy to imagine just what Sharma and Khan were up to.

While the story was fairly well written, and the characters were full of life, there were a couple things I did have a hard time with. Firstly, there is little to no indication of when the author switches between Sharma and Khan. In the beginning I found it confusing and had to move back and forth between pages. As the story moved on though it became easier to distinguish.  Also, I thought the ending was a bit abrupt. I felt like by the time I was feeling the humanity and connection between the two main characters the story had come to a stop and I would have loved to read more.

I would recommend this to other readers, though this is not a story I would read again. I struggled with what to rate this story, ¬†between a 2 and a 3 stars. If I could rate it a 2.5 stars I would. Instead I will rate Border Post 99: No Man’s Land by Kedar Patankar a 3 out of 4 stars. Overall, I did enjoy the novella despite the aspects I was not thrilled with.

You can check this book out at http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelves/book.php?id=31853

 

 

 

The Grand by Dennis. D Wilson

the-grand-book-review      Title: The Grand

Author: Dennis D. Wilson

Genre: Crime Thriller

Rating: 3 out of 4 stars

*NOTE: I received a copy from onlinebookclub.org in exchange for an honest review.

In The Grand, we are introduced to a number of characters whose lives intertwine even though they never actually cross paths.

Dean Wister is a Chicago cop, forced to take a vacation when he falls into a deep depression after his wife’s passing.

Mario, a Chicago Mobster, slipping through the fingers of those wishing to see him locked up.

Senator McGraw, presidency candidate with a very large secret.

Charles, transgender, also Senator McGraws best friend.

These are just to name a few of the many personalities we come across in this enthralling page turner.

When Dean finds himself travelling¬†back to where he met his deceased wife, the last thing he expects is to be roped back into work by investigating a murder. As the investigation progress’s, Dean discovers much more going on beneath the surface in the County of Teton than he could have guessed. From murderous plots to human trafficking, he takes it upon himself to blow the whole thing wide open, and bring justice down with the aid of his coworkers or without.¬†All the while, Dean continues to struggle with the loss of his wife, Sara. Consequently, through this, and the people he meets, he grows to accept that she is no longer with him, knowing she will always be with him in his heart.

The characters are well developed and believable. Their personalities so well defined it would seem that the reader actually knew them. Dean was my favorite, despite his heartbreak he looked out for the rest and in the end saved the lives of people that would become his friends. My least favorite being Boris because well who likes a human trafficker? In close running is a name I will not reveal because, well, it’s part of the climatic ending. I would be doing a disservice to anyone wishing to read this book.

The characters in particular made me love this book. But, the errors I found periodically detracted from truly falling in love. With that being said I am giving The Gran by Dennis D. Wilson  3 out of 4 stars.  Honestly, I really had trouble with this one, especially because of the climatic ending. My eyes were glued to my kindle as the last page drew nearer.  This is a  book full of twists and turns, never giving the reader a clue into what is going to happen next, or who is going to do something next. I definitely recommend picking up a copy and reading it.

 

You can view the book on the onlinebookclubs’ bookshelf here:¬†http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelves/book.php?id=84419