Bringing in the New Year

Looking back on 2016, it has been a rough year for me. In just the last month I have been absent from my blog it was a roller coaster. My grandfather was in and out of the hospital with declining health before he passed away peacefully on December 16th 2016. I had wanted desperately to see him one last time but was never able to make the trip to Florida. The last time I spoke to him was while he was in the hospital, for about a minute I was able to talk to him before he became winded and the entire time it took everything in me not to cry on the phone. I hold the memories I have with my grandfather closer and I thank God that I and my siblings were fortunate enough to spend entire summers with him and my grandmother. It left me with many fond memories that I have been reflecting on daily.

While we were in Florida, all my girls fell ill. My older two with a stomach bug, my youngest spiked a 104.7 fever which landed her in the Er where we learned she had a bad double ear infection. Last night she found herself back in the Er because she had been vomiting bad and stopped eating and drinking. Everybody in my house is battling a bad cold. Needless to say these last two weeks have been brutal.

I gave up book reviewing. So much has been on my plate, and I devoted myself to my writing which I haven’t even been able to focus on the last couple months either. With 2017 just hours away and seeing friends and family making resolutions I have been contemplating how I would like my 2017 year to go.

For starters: it’ll be a hell of a lot better! It has to be!

I intend to get at least one book published (traditionally)!

I am going to strive to be healthier!

I also want to aim to read at least five philosophical books this year.

I hope every one of you has a fantastic New Years! Stay Safe and as always Happy Reading! 😀

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Guardian of Paradise by W.E. Lawrence

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RATING: 3 out of 4 stars

GENRE: Romance intertwined with mystery

*I received this book courtesy of the Onlinebookclub.org*

A jungle lady  determined to protect the land of the tribe that raised her. A doctor who only wants to make a difference in the medical world. Brought together can they put aside their differences and work to save the island and it’s inhabitants?

Kira’s integrity is tested when a merchant ship lands off the coast of the island, lavishing goods on the tribes people, winning them over. Knowing that something is off, Kira uses her close relationship with the Chief to make an attempt at raising awareness to the true intentions of the ships Captain. Failing miserably, she must take it upon herself to assure that no lasting damage comes to the island and the villagers that she sees herself the protector of.

Doctor Trevor is astounded when he steps foot on the land, from the people to the islands bountiful harvest. What most astounds him is his attraction to Kira. Contracting her as his guide throughout the island on his hunt for new herbs and roots, both of them find themselves fighting their desires.

But, when they get to close to the Captain and what he is really doing they end up fighting for much, much more. They must fight for their own lives, and the lives of the islanders and all that they live for.

THOUGHTS:

I was enthralled with this book from the moment I started reading.  From the fantastic character formation and development to the descriptions of the island and tribal people. The story was well written and felt as if I was there watching the whole thing happen. As far the characters, well, Kira is my favorite. Not a native to the island, but raised there after her parents are killed, takes it to her heart to ensure the people are not brought to harm in any way. She is courageous and witty, and just a well rounded character that any one would want to be friends with.

Now, I said the story was well written, and it is. The only thing I can mention is that it did contain a few errors, mostly just missing punctuation. While it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story, I felt they were errors that could be easily corrected.

Without further ado, I rate Guardian of Paradise by W.E. Lawrence3 out of 4 stars. Aside from the errors I found, I think this is a book any romance lover would love.

 

 

You can view the book on bookshelves here.

 

 

 

That time of the year again!

It is that time of the year again! National Novel Writing Month!

This is my second year doing it and I am very much excited about it! Due to this I will not be very active on here, however, I do have two book reviews that will be posted soon and I am sure there will be one or two towards the end of the month!

I am not going to get into what I am working on, because right now, I am standing on a precipice between loving it and hating it. I love it because I love romance, especially paranormal romance.  I am giving writing in the 3rd person a shot, when I really love writing in first person, so that is where the uncertainty lay.

Anyways, my project is about love lost and love found. I have a beginning an idea for a middle and no idea for an end. Well a very vague idea, but I will flesh it out when I get there. So for I have been a plantser, I started planning it and then when I started writing, Nov. 1st, it just kind of went where it did….complete chaos!

So with that being said, see you all when I emerge from my writing cave! Happy Reading and if you are working on a project, Happy Writing! 😀

SunBorn Rising: Beneath the Fall (BOOK 1) by Aaron Safronoff

sunborn-rising  Genre: Fantasy

Rating:  4 out of 4 stars

 

An imaginative world with spectacular creatures that promises to submerse the reader until the very end! t.

A Listlespur, Barra, discovers her late father’s journals which sparks the beginning of a long and frightful adventure into the Fallen. Watching her mother be spurned by the Elder Council, after her bup is attacked in the Middens,  Barra and her best friends take it upon themselves to bring light to the dire situation threatening to over take their home.

Barra, Tory, and Plicks are best friends willing to do anything to keep the others alive, from risking their own lives to pushing on on a journey that they feel can only end one way. The root of their home is slowly rotting away being consumed by a darkness that no one can escape. Together the three of them fight through the darkness into an ocean they had no idea existed, to get back home and find away to save their people. From the fighting, to the acceptance of their fate, to reuniting with their loved ones, the emotions were easily felt.

Cerulean is a well developed world that I had no problem imagining. From the foliage to the creatures that inhabited it, I was enveloped from the start. Of course it helped that the author included beautiful images of the characters so  that imagining them was all the easier and gave even more depth to an already believable world. As I stated in the paragraph above, the emotions were easily felt. The characters were believable and very much likable.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The pacing was smooth, albeit the few times it felt like the story was dragging. The Cerulean world and it’s inhabitant’s were very believable and enjoyable. I mean who wouldn’t want to live in a tree? LOL, personally I wouldn’t mind one bit.

So with all that being said, I would rate Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff  4 out of 4 stars. This is a book I would happily recommend to readers of all ages!

You can check it out on amazon here.

Big Weekend

This past week and a half has been full of recuperating from surgery ( I slept a LOT!) and just enjoying family time with my husband and kids. My blog has grown so much in the short couple of weeks since I became active again that I regret going inactive. I just had such a full plate that I started cutting things out and unfortunately my blog was one of them.

Well, I am ecstatic to say that I now have my own domain: bookloverwrites.com and I will do my best to be on here often, posting book reviews and maybe snippets of my own projects. Of course then there are always the posts where I have to brag on my family or just have a random thought that demands voicing.  😀 So with that being said, THANK YOU THANK YOU, Scott from the OnlineBookClub.org for making it possible for me! (Have I ever mentioned how awesome the book club is? It’s awesome.

We took my kids to Chucky Cheese for the first time EVER! They woke up this morning still talking about all the fun they had, and what they liked best. This weekend was big and it was full of surprises and very good things. It was a reminder of how very blessed I am.

 

I hope you all are having a fantastic weekend! Happy Reading! 😀

Stand Alone or Series?…

With all the books coming out now, stand alone novels seem to be taking a back seat to series. Some would say novella’s set in a series are more preferable to a full length novel.

I understand there may be financial benefits to writing as a series, however, as a reader, it had been my experience that things tend to get boring. Especially with a series with 5+ books in them. Things just tend to be on repeat and well, who wouldn’t get bored.

Since I have started writing, I have found myself debating a lot on whether I would want to do a series or make my project a standalone. My first project will be set in a series, and a historical romance I have been planning as a series, but each novel will hopefully be full length.

I am curious to know some of ya’lls preferences. Whether you are an author or just a reader, do you prefer stand alone books or series?

Let me know what you think in the comments below!