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. 😰😱

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!


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.


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




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! 😀

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! 😀