New Release: Psychological Thriller By Best Selling Author Tanisha Stewart

You guys know by now from my book reviews, that I’m a fan of this author’s work. She’s finally stepped into my favourite genre! A surprise new release from Tanisha, let’s take a look. I do think many of us may enjoy this.

About The Book:

Should Have Thought Twice

They say to always watch the quiet ones, because you never know when they might snap.

Shatina is a young woman with a troubled past and present. She lives in the shadows of her fraternal twin sister, who sucked up all the beauty genes, her best friend, whose seductive charm will sway any boy who listens, and her cousin, who is more than a knockout, but a force to be reckoned with.

Shatina feels like she has nothing going for her but her grades and her full scholarship to a four year institution of her choice… until someone comes along to threaten that.

Shatina has faced threats before, and little does anyone know, she has gained vindication over all of her enemies, one by one. Except this last one might be a bit more of a challenge than she bargained for.

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Reader’s Swag Giveaway 5 prizes! Closes 9th of May

🤩**READER’S SWAG GIVEAWAY TIME! 5 DIFFERENT PRIZES. CLOSES 9th of MAY.***
A book I wrote way back around 2015 (Not Just For Christmas) I’ve finally had placed in audio book! It’s on sale now, but I’m giving away audio copies plus, FOUR other genre books take a look🧐 pick your prize, then enter.
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Finding Your Purpose in Life: Where To Start?

I’ve really been slacking with my #90DayBlogChallenge that I set myself, but as I woke up this morning this dawned on me,‘finding one’s purpose in life and where to start?‘ As I progressed through the day the need to shed some light on this, that may help others became stronger. Especially with the pandemic and many people experiencing instability with work, or income. It’s an ideal time to really sit down and ask yourself have you found your purpose? And how would you even go about this?

But what is purpose?

Purpose/ˈpəːpəs

Noun

  1. The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.”The purpose of the meeting is to appoint a trustee.”
  2. A person’s sense of resolve or determination.”There was a new sense of purpose in her step as she set off.”

Verb

  1. Have as one’s intention or objective.”God has allowed suffering, even purposed it.”

According to the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition above, it’s a reason for something or could even be an action also. So think about this: purpose means reason, so what’s one’s reason for living, breathing, getting up. Secondly, what is one placed here to do, achieve,or be in this life?

How could/do you find your purpose?

I won’t lie I did find my own purpose a good while back, years back actually. That said, it took a while for me to accept it and move towards it. For me it kind of just landed in my lap following a change in direction. I’d say it ( my purpose) found me. This was probably on reflection a much harder way to find one’s purpose, why? Simply because I had to wait for it to find me, I had to have a change in direction, I had to remain in a state of what I like to call ‘no man’s’ land’ and not realise that the direction I was travelling in, while I enjoyed it, it was not really the divine path laid out for me. Finding my purpose could have made me happier and it did, once it landed in my lap. So for anyone who stumbles across this random blog post I’d say– seek it out now your own purpose. You could save some of the best years of your life being wasted.

Ask yourself?

What do I enjoy doing?

What am I good at/ what’s my talent?

What would I like to be good at?

What have I overcome/ survived/ been through/ or have experience in that could help others? Or even make me some money?

The first two questions will show you clearly where or how you could spend your time, and that activity might not feel like a drag. This is a major thing for finding one’s purpose, the purpose should ideally not feel like something that you’d only be in the mood to do less than 75 percent of the time. You really must enjoy the purpose whatever it is for your own sanity, and the likely-hood that you’d continue with it.

If you really hone in on your talent this is also an excellent opportunity to find your purpose. Think of soft skills also that we have as people. If you’re a good listener, good at giving advice, or supporting people these talents can lend themselves to professions/directions you may not have considered.

Sometimes, things we enjoy that could well be our purpose in life we need to up-skill a bit in, take writing for example. Even a writer can have a natural talent ( like myself), but there are things to learn along the way. For sure I didn’t know everything, or as much as I know now to be anywhere as good as I am now, even if I had a natural talent to start with. This does not mean that you’re no good at your purpose or initial talent, it could just need to be honed a bit more. This leads on to what would I like to be good at? See if you have a talent, interest, skills, something you identify that could be your purpose, it’s important to consider if you’d be prepared to do what it takes to be good at it, if you needed to work o it– what would you like to be good at in other words. Something that would not overwhelm you or bore you.

Lastly, in life we all go through the shit, the motions, the drama, and it’s often in these times that we have our greatest growth. Not only that these testing times can cause us to change direction, or gain some kind of experience from hindsight that could really help others. This is key, whatever you’ve overcome, experienced, survived, grown from can be your purpose in life that could be used to help others. Or even give you a new stream of income, and great pleasure. Also, the help, support, advice, service whatever it is that’s your one talent, if it does not feel like something you would only want to do less than 75 percent of the time, then you’re on to a winner also!

How can finding your purpose really benefit you though?

Well if it’s not obvious yet, I read a book called Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life it became so clear to me from the study the author carried out into the Japanese way of life that, those who had found a purpose in life not only lived longer, they were physically healthier and happier. These are clearly the main benefits. From my own experience of finding my purpose while I don’t know if I will live longer, until it happens LOL I do know that, I get up each day with a whole different vibe than I did before. No matter what is going on personally, or even globally as I tend to keep up with world events I feel good, very good generally personally. I am happier, I actually am healthier my habits for sure are! I wake up before or with the sunrise and that first hour is spent only on me alone, doing something I want to start my day well. Whether that be listening to a podcast with positive news, affirmations, listening to an audio or just a moment of appreciation. The latter is the other major thing I’ve found with finding my purpose– I am full of appreciation and gratitude even in times of hardship and sorrow. This kind of attitude in life can really help you get through each day. Especially in these times we’re all living in with the pandemic, and political heat in some parts of the world, that does impact on others watching the politics play out. So friend, if you have not really considered if you’re on the right track or your purpose in life, with all these benefits to your health and well-being, please do read over the points above, reflect, and reach towards your purpose don’t wait for it to find you!

New Romance Release + Paperback Giveaway! From Author Mel Walker

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⁠Trace Edwards⁠

They call me the billion-dollar box office kid and People Magazine’s most eligible bachelor, but everyone should know better. That carefully curated persona is a Hollywood fabrication.⁠⁠Thanks to Forever being a box office smash, I’m returning to Lake Hope to film the sequel. The paparazzi is working overtime speculating that my on-screen romance with my co-star Kimberly Conrad is evolving off-screen.⁠⁠On-screen I’ll continue to play the romantic lead but off-screen I’m a different person with a secret that would destroy the image so many have worked so hard to maintain.⁠⁠I don’t relationships. I don’t do romance.

.⁠⁠Jill Hanover

⁠I wrote the words that convinced America that Trace and Kimberly are the perfect couple. My script for the movie Forever propelled the beautiful ones to an on-screen HEA. Of course, the emotions of the movie felt real to so many because they are – they’re mine. I carry a stupid crush for the most unattainable man in Hollywood. I’m invisible to him and I’ve fed all my words of love to Kimberly, the one woman who actually has the ability to steal his heart.⁠⁠I can’t let this happen. It’s time to go off-script.⁠⁠You can’t make this stuff up. But I can.⁠⁠Watch me.⁠

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#1 Best-seller (4th time here) Thank you!

I just want to say thank you to anyone, and everyone who has pre-ordered my memoir and sent this to #1 in occult non-fiction. I have achieved this status four times, with four different books in my career to date. But I never once imagined I’d do it even once, let alone multiple times with different books. I really appreciate you! This is for my mum and I know she’s proud, I really hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it, even though it was very emotional.

Out now on pre-order! 9th May 2021 is the release date.

https://bit.ly/MemoirMyMumandMeMessagesFromBeyondTheGrave

About The Memoir

“Life after death is no longer a ‘possibility’ for me, it’s a reality. It was proven within seventy-two hours of Mum passing away.”

Is there such a thing as life after death?

If you’ve been looking for confirmation that the soul of a deceased person lives on, this memoir will provide all the proof you need. Experience a life changing story—a loss of a mother who was overseas at the time of her passing, and how she found her way back to her daughter within seventy-two hours of her being pronounced dead, then made her visit from the spirit realm unquestionably known to her daughter here on Earth, in time and space.

Memoir Writing and Healing: May’s 2nd New Release

I’ve not graced my blog personally since at least the end of February some time. The odd book promo for other authors, or book reviews I’ve done, but nothing personal. I have been in a deep state of grieving the death of my mum, who was just seventy and looked more like fifty! And was so fit, healthy, and strong.

During all this grief I was led, more like pushed by her ( I know it was her) ,to share my story and confirmation of life after death in a memoir. Without spoiling it for anyone who may wish to dive in and read, if you’ve ever doubted or even thought there’s a possibility of life after death I’m here to add to the huge book market of real life accounts in the esoteric genre, and raise my had to say, ‘yep there really is such thing as life after death.’ This is probably the most important thing I’ve ever written. Detailed, well documented, and from the heart. Never again will I doubt if Mum’s guiding me, watching over me, or what happens when we die.

On pre-order now release date the 9th May 2021.

https://bit.ly/MemoirMyMumandMeMessagesFromBeyondTheGrave

About The Memoir:

“Life after death is no longer a ‘possibility’ for me, it’s a reality. It was proven within seventy-two hours of Mum passing away.”

Is there such a thing as life after death?

If you’ve been looking for confirmation that the soul of a deceased person lives on, this memoir will provide all the proof you need. Experience a life changing story—a loss of a mother who was overseas at the time of her passing, and how she found her way back to her daughter within seventy-two hours of her being pronounced dead, then made her visit from the spirit realm unquestionably known to her daughter here on Earth, in time and space.

What made me write this?

Well, as I mentioned in the book I never once imagined that I ever would write a memoir in my life. But, it was what happened within seventy-two hours of her passing. If I tell you, it will spoil it! But all I can say is that it has been a deeply rewarding, personal, and healing experience for me that I will never forgot. Each time I’ve read over it the experience of contact with the dead, without the use of spiritual mediums initially was really so profound, and special to me. Not only that, I feel that for anyone one who has an interest in life after death, wonders if it’s real, or who is grieving themselves now due to the loss of a loved one during the pandemic, this could really help give them some reassurance, that their loved one is always near.

I do hope that you’re all well, and safe during these challenging times we all continue to face.

Book Review: Why We Should All Be Feminists 4 stars. (Non-fiction/Sociology/Essay)

Book #23 of my #100BooksChallenge, now I genuinely love everything this author writes, she is by far one of my most favourite writers. It has taken me a few years to read this short essay, and after reading it I agree with some points but not all. Reason being because in a bigger context I’m not sure if it would help or hinder people of outside of Nigeria, where she’s from.

About The Book:

A personal and powerful essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun.

‘I would like to ask that we begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: we must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently…’

What does “feminism” mean today?

In this personal, eloquently argued essay – adapted from her much-admired Tedx talk of the same name – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now – an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

Should we all be feminists? Yes most definitely in the sense that this author is advocating for. She has a good, solid, grip on what feminism is. Rather than this modern day feminism largely based on sexual freedom many younger women are buying into. Also, the author sticks to what feminism is– equality for sexes! So I totally agree. It was women like my mum with her fist in the air fighting for the rights I have today as a woman. I really enjoyed how the author was able to show how lack of feminism in her community in the part of the world she is from, is really damaging. The examples from her own experience were strong.

However what the author suggests that children should be raised pretty much gender-less, it is a good idea in principal. So based on ‘ability’ eg., ability to pay the bills, ability to pay for dinner rather than an expectation that it should always be men. I agree with this, however when I thought about the world at large, and in particular how this could work outside of Nigeria where the author is from, and where she based all of her experience, I wondered if it would help or hinder certain demographics of women. Mainly as we seem to have a problem with women of colour being the backbone of their community, and I feel this needs to change. If children are raised gender-less, what hope does this give to change the fact that at present women of colour are the backbone. How can this change? This is the reality outside of where the author lives and has based her experience. So even though I think the concept is great, based on the ‘problem’ women of colour are facing outside of Nigeria, I feel that it would hinder them, and not much incentive be given for men either. Just my thoughts on it when I applied the theory to what seems to be happening outside of Nigeria. I do understand where the author is coming from with her views though, within the African community generally. It is very different in how women and men operate, that I could understand and appreciate.

Overall, do I agree? Yes, we should all be feminists in the true form, and this should be gender-less men and women aim for equality great points made. Should we raise kids gender-less? I’m 50/50 when I look at what’s going on for women of colour outside of the African community. But I loved reading it! Four stars from me! I would recommend it to anyone who is not clear on feminism, as it’s clear from looking at the ‘movement’ today, there’s a new wave of feminism and I’m not sure it aligns with what it really is. Overall I liked it, good read.

THE SCOTTISH LORD of SOUTH CAROLINA & THE GREAT LADY (Abridged Romantic Short Story)

Check out this short story

THE SMOKING GLASS LITERARY BAR & WRITERS PEN

(INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF J. Z. LUCIANO)

(RATED “M” for Mature Content)

Based on Actual Events

ON THE LAKE

🥀🥰It was late evening as the Lord/Laird and Lady made their way slowly up the lake–in their large Pontoon boat.  The three-quarter moon shun brightly, that evening. He rested upon the ripples of the lake the likes of mischievous adultescent, waiting to sneak out the house. The warm breaths of the night breeze appeared to whisper sweet nothings in the couples ears. Yet, they were no less impactive. Especially, where the Laird’s lady was concerned. Her goosebumps were dancing all over the beauty’s body. It wasn’t nerves…no. It was anticipation. The Lady knew her Lord and Laird, it would only be a matter of timing and coves of the lake. Before the gentleman would make his move, of course.

She sat beside him quietly enjoying the simple pleasure of his arms around…

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Book Tour : ‘A Pale Faced Lie’ (True Crime Memoir) @SJonasBooks @author_crow @lovebooksgroup

Memoir – True Crime 

ABOUT THE PALE-FACED LIE

125,000,000 copies sold! 

A violent ex-con forces his son to commit crimes in this riveting memoir about family and survival

Growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation, David Crow and his siblings idolized their dad. Tall, strong, smart, and brave, the self-taught Cherokee regaled his family with stories of his World War II feats. But as time passed, David discovered the other side of Thurston Crow, the ex-con with his own code of ethics that justified cruelty, violence, lies—even murder.

A shrewd con artist with a genius IQ, Thurston intimidated David with beatings to coerce him into doing his criminal bidding. David’s mom, too mentally ill to care for her children, couldn’t protect him. One day, making good on his threat to “get rid of their crazy mother,” Thurston packed up the house and took the kids, leaving her nothing. Soon he remarried, and David learned that his stepmother was just as vicious and abusive as his father.

Through sheer determination, and with the help of a few angels along the way, David managed to get into college and achieve professional success. When he finally found the courage to stop helping his father with his criminal activities, he unwittingly triggered a plot of revenge that would force him into a showdown with Thurston Crow.

With lives at stake, including his own, David would have only twenty-four hours to outsmart his father—the brilliant, psychotic man who bragged that the three years he spent in the notorious San Quentin State Prison had been the easiest time of his life.

The Pale-Faced Lie is a searing, raw, palpable memoir that reminds us what an important role our parents play in our lives. Most of all, it’s an inspirational story about the power of forgiveness and the ability of the human spirit to rise above adversity, no matter the cost.


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David Crow

David Crow spent his early years on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona and New Mexico. Through grit, resilience, and a thirst for learning, he managed to escape his abusive childhood, graduate from college, and build a successful lobbying firm in Washington, DC.

Today, David is a sought-after speaker, giving talks to various businesses and trade organizations around the world. Throughout the years, he has mentored over 200 college interns, performed pro bono service for the charitable organization Save the Children, and participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. An advocate for women, he will donate a percentage of his royalties from The Pale-Faced Lie to Barrett House, a homeless shelter for women in Albuquerque. David and his wife, Patty, live in the suburbs of DC.

Book Review: The Game of Life, and How to Play it (NonFiction/Metaphysical) 5+ Outstanding Stars!

The Game of Life and How to Play It by [Florence Shinn, Sarah Shockley]

Book #22 of my #100BooksChallenge and WOW, WOW, WOW. I bought all this author’s books from this one read. Originally published in 1925, this is not the original cover but I love it and she died in 1940. Florence Scovel Shinn is such an inspiration. I read the audio book with a fantastic narrator then had to add the books to my shelf. 5 outstanding stars! Another spot on recommendation via YouTube for me to listen to, so glad I did.

About The Book:

The classic self-help guide, full of timeless wisdom

Florence Scovel Shinn’s The Game of Life and How to Play It first appeared in bookstores in 1925 and is now considered a classic in the self-help genre. The author’s insights into achieving meaning, happiness and success are just as relevant and effective today as they were nearly a century ago, hence its reissue as part of the exciting Capstone Classics line.

This collectible, hard-back edition of The Game of Life and How to Play It includes an insightful introduction by series editor and self-help expert Tom Butler-Bowdon. Tom is an authority on classic self-help texts and adroitly connects the content of this book with the concerns of modern readers.

  • Enjoy the colourful anecdotes of 1920s New York that have made Scovel Shinn’s book a cult classic
  • Discover the original “life hacks” for advancing in every area of your life, from health to wealth to love
  • Succeed by attuning yourself with the unchanging principles that govern the universe

With the release of this Capstone Classics edition, we finally have an authoritative, collectible version of The Game of Life and How to Play It. Find out why The Game of Life and How to Play It is one of the defining self-help guides of the 20th century.

Five plus stars from me, I found this to be engaging from the very first chapter. Keeping in mind that I read the original, not adapted version from Florence’s original wording and old style formal use of English. I still found it easy to digest, comforting, and so inspirational. The book covers some short ‘universal truths or laws’ that are helpful to help one manifest the life they wish, reduce what they don’t want, and be happy. Florence refers to life as 1. perfect health 2. perfect wealth 3. perfect expression 4. connection to the higher self. Like a square you could say to help one feel complete. I found as I read if you take the guidance or her thoughts and apply it to today’s context it could serve you really well! I was so inspired and felt so good after I read The Game of Life and How to Play it. In addition I found it so inspirational that she was the first female metaphysical, new-age, ‘woo woo’, spirituality whatever you want call it writer , I liked that. Overall I recommend this as a read to everyone male or female– you’ll gain so much from it, if you allow yourself to open up to the possibility of what the author proposes. Five plus outstanding stars from me!