Review: Forever Friends by Amanda Kimberley

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Have you ever dreamed about finding your soul mate? Do you think you’d recognize him as, The One, the instant that you met?
Skye thought that Raine was her dream come true when she finally fell in love with him, but her dreams soon became nightmares when Alec, King of the Vlad Vampire Clan, wanted them and every other gypsy witch of Kersh decent, dead.
She had to find a way to stop Alec, end the war between clans, fight against the werewolves who turned her best friend Morgan, and keep Raine, her Forever Friend, by her side.

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Forever Friends is a paranormal/fantasy romance.
Skye met the man of her dreams literally. Raine has been with her for lifetimes but their love is always cut short. Raine recognizes who Skye is and tries to coax her into remembering. They are being hunted by the king of vampires, Alec. Alec lost…

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How to Find Readers on Riffle

I like GoodReads– don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I’d rather not leave a lengthy review of a book.  And sometimes it’s hard to rate one.  Do you put an automatic 5 if you like it?  Or should you use a 4 because no book is EVER perfect.  It’s just WAY too complicated sometimes. 

Riffle gives you one option, click the heart if you like the book.  I LOVE that!  It’s simple!  And I’ll be joining the site just because of that!

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Being a Lifelong Bookworm May Keep You Sharp in Old Age

My Mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about 10 or so years ago when she was in the middle stages.  She is in the late stages now at 70, and given what I know about the signs and symptoms, I think she may have been in her mid to late 50’s for the first stage.  Having said that, genetically speaking, I have a 50-50 chance of developing the disease at an early age too.

This research is very promising to me.  I want to hold onto it and embrace it as much as I can.  Reading has always been a part of my life.  You could always find me reading, whether my nose is stuck in a Notebook, Netbook, or the good old fashioned book, magazine, or newspaper, I’m constantly thirsting for knowledge and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this study holds the gusto I desperately want it to hold.

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Book Review of Stealing Buddha’s Dinner

I recently had to change my GoodReads account.  I forgot the password to the old account and had to sign up for a new one so I had lost a lot of the reviews I had done on previous books that I had read.

One in particular is called Stealing Buddah’s Dinner.  At first I was just going to rate it and leave it at that, but then I started to read some of the comments and I could tell that this book was CLEARLY misunderstood by many of the readers. 

I know many people today hate description because it’s too long and takes too much time to read.  But I for one, as a writer, happen to like it because it furthers along the theme and meaning of the book.  Here’s my take on the book:

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I wasn’t going to leave a review at first because I already had with a different account that’s closed. But after reading a few of the reviews here, I reconsidered because I feel the book’s meaning is seriously misunderstood by many.

I really liked this book. I know some people have commented on the fact that there was too much description about food, but honestly, I think that was the whole point of the book!

As an American, I know I’ve taken for granted the sensationalism of our society. I honestly can’t stand advertizements anymore. I try very hard to block all of them out because I get tired of people trying to sell me something that I know will either fall apart two minutes after I get it out of the store, or not live up to the promises of the seller in some way. In other words, and I admit it, I look for perfection in products.

An immigrant doesn’t see our society lacking luster, though. They are wide-eyed with excitement about everything we take for granted and I truly believe that Bich portrayed that wide-eyed excitement through her descriptions of food very well.

Bich gave me a fresh look on America and made me feel proud and honored to be here. Well written and beautifully done!

The Writer’s Tools: Book Review of Book in a Month

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I must admit that I was not very good at writing outlines for my novels prior to reading this book.  I always had a basic idea of how I wanted the story to go, i.e., I had a beginning and a good idea of the ending, but I was CLUELESS when it came to the middle of the book.  The middle is what has stopped me from continuing my fiction as of late.  I’d get stuck on characters, or worse, the plot was going nowhere and than I get frustrated and wind up abandoning the entire project.  My block had been getting so bad that I honestly thought I wasn’t cut out for full-length fiction.  I thought I would have to continue with shorts and poetry if I ever wanted to write something other than non-fiction. 

This past NaNo, everything changed, though.  I came across a book called, Book in a Month and it describes in detail exactly what you will need in an outline for each section of your book.  The book’s layout is great if you’d like to write your outline in it, but I’ve always been a book snob and I refuse to write in books.  Call it my inherited OCD, but I just can’t deface one– believe me– I’ve tried.  I did, however, make up Word documents for the outline and print out one for each book that I’m doing.  The best part is that I can see the end of my latest project in sight.  I only have about 2 weeks of work (if I write about 3,000 words a day) left and I now know how I’m going to end the novel!  I started this novel back in 2008, so finishing it will be a GREAT victory!

I highly recommend Book in a Month by Victoria Lynn Schmidt, Ph.D. if you struggle with outlines, can’t seem to figure out why you have writer’s block, or you just plain need to figure out how to re-focus on your writing.