Book Review; ‘When Love Matters’ ( Non-Fiction), by Jessica Minasian – 3.5 stars

This was a super quick read a few hours if that. Thank you to NetGallery for a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I found this an interesting approach to love and relationships,  but unbalanced for the average reader. Let’s get into the review.

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Kim’s Review 3.5 Interesting Stars

Well, after browsing the non fiction section the cover and title caught my eye for sure. The blurb also pulled me in, as well as the advance praise for the book. With my own interest in universal laws and esoteric subjects, I was so intrigued at how this could be connected to relationships, love and even the concept of ‘soul mates’.

Here’s what  I loved

  • The logic.
  • The alternative way of looking at relationships,  love and connecting with others.
  • The idea of a ‘practical’ informative book, using science.
  • This book is for everyone no matter your relationships status.

I  enjoyed the scientific aspect of this book to start with as I read, as it touches on astronomy, how the universe, planets and solar system work. Areas I naturally enjoy this made it very easy for me to follow the direction of the book. However, while it helped hold my interest personally,  it also hindered the book’s overall purpose and main direction – to help others and inspire them when it comes to love and relationships, regardless of  being married, single or looking for love. I felt the heavy delivery of science took the book in a different direction, almost a pure academic direction. Given the genre, I  feel more balance between science and ‘self-help’ ‘inspiration’ is needed.

I would imagine an average reader who does not have GREAT interest or even knowledge in astronomy, astrology or the science of the universe and its function might become turned off quickly.  In addition even if you love these things like me, this probably is not what you may expect, or even hope to read mostly about, based on the book’s blurb and gene.  Too much science  took away the beauty of ‘self help’ and ‘inspiration’ when it comes to the subject matter of relationships, love and soulmates. This was the main downfall for me as a reader.  Too much science, less practical every day language and content.

Overall, it is a very interesting read ( if you like science), and the concept is intriguing, but the approach to delivering the  message  could be better balanced, for general readers and just generally.  Sadly, the book does need a bit more formatting and editing for readability too. But if you love the subject matter of the universe and it’s function, how it impacts on life here on earth this could be for you.  Note that the ‘ inspiration’ or practical ‘self help’ may not be fully gained, due to the balance of the content. 3.5 stars from me. More balance could have easily increased my enjoyment and overall star rating!

Book Review; ‘The Crystal Alchemist’ (Non Fiction), by Karen Frazier- 5 Very Informative Stars!

Thank you to NetGallery for my free copy, in exchange for an honest review. This book was so good to look through, I pre-ordered a hard copy for my bookshelf. I’ve always loved crystals, gems and precious stones, I keep them around the home, car and my desk. What a great book! Let’s get into it

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Kim’s Review- 5 Very Informative Stars

What I loved about this book was the level of detail, from both a scientific and  spiritual  view point. The book covers what makes a stone a stone, a gem a gem and a crystal a crystal scientifically. Something I was not fully clear on. In addition, it then goes into detail about the kind of stones, crystals and gems that can be used  for certain things, and gives a lot of clarity. It also takes into consideration different cultural view points on things like colours of stones, their energies.

The book also is very detailed on things like the history of gems and crystals, how to use them, why you should use them etc.  I would sum it up as an encyclopedia of some sort,  ideal for someone with no knowledge, as well as those more advanced from their previous reading, or understanding.

Not everything in the book will be relevant, this is more like a resource book, you can dip in seek out what you need clarity on, or to learn about and dip out. The book also has a very detailed section on how to assess what kind of stones may benefit you, and how to select stones.

Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who has a fascination with crystals and stones, collects them or would like to learn a bit more about their benefits and uses. From a flick through, I found a few chapters I’d like to explore in detail, and would prefer a hard copy so I can use my highlighter! I can’t wait until it arrives in January. A cool book to have on the bookshelf. Five stars from me due to the level of detail and versatile use, scientific and spiritual view point on gems, stones and crystals to help benefit reader’s understanding on the subject matters.

Book Review; ‘Stone De La Bru’ by Peter Mack (Crime Fiction) 5 ‘need more’stars!

Oh I just love crime fiction and thriller! Well, what do we have here? This is a short novella as an introduction to the full novel S’Murda At Sweetwater Manor. I found this book in a Facebook group, free on Kindle Unlimited, I very much enjoyed it and downloaded the full novel. Let’s get into it!

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Stone Sweetwater plans to marry the last virgin in Los Angeles and adopt his murdered friend’s daughter. When a tenant of an apartment unit he owns is murdered, the investigation threatens to expose his secrets. He offers a reward to the tenants of Sweetwater Manor to find the killer before an eager detective.

 

 

 

 

Kim’s Review- 5 ‘Need To Read More’ Stars

I have never read this author’s work, and like you all know I love this genre, the cover and blurb pulled me in. There’s a murder? We don’t know who done it? Okay I’m interested! Let’s get to the bottom of the mystery.  This is a seventy-two page beauty of an introduction, I instantly connected to the story. The blurb does not give much away, but here’s what I loved.

Story line- it seems like this may be one of those past paced, yet complex ‘who dun-it’ crime mystery/thrillers. From the seventy- two pages I read I was drawn in, it held my attention. The plot itself surrounds Stone, his new affiliation with Bru Familia and rise in the ranks, and also real life- he’s  about to get married and not sure if he should, he also now has the new responsibility of raising the small child of  his murdered friend. Overall, a very good taste of what could be in the full novel.

While all this is going on and we follow his investigations and new affiliation, another body shows up *face palm*.  Stone was close to this murdered female also. They are dropping like flies. But what’s the connection? Is how I felt as I read I need more!

Characters- I immediately liked Stone, because he came across as a very street smart young man,  with a lot of money, respect, powerful and on a mission. But not your typical mean ‘thug in the streets’ and stereotypical ‘gangster’ at all. He seemed level headed, and not someone who is after the wrong things in life with his status, he was humble. I like him. He also seems extremely respectful towards women. For me as a reader I’m not keen on  reading a man in crime, street lit, urban fiction etc who thinks all women are, are ‘bitches and hoes.’ it turns me off, I never got that from him.

The secondary characters  like Stone’s mother, sister and the other female characters all have their own ‘sass’, and were like-able to read and meet. The wife to be though, I’m not sure about her and her game.  I am interested to see how she develops in the full novel.

Overall, from just the seventy-two page novella I read in one sitting, it left me wanting to read the full novel. I found the story engaging, one that could potentially deliver more than expected and rather gripping. I do love a good ‘who dun-it-‘ and really look forward to more. I would recommend this book to all crime/thriller lovers, those who enjoy mafia involvement, links over seas with other nationalities involving organised crime, like the experience of the crime underworld, and want something different other than petty low level drug dealing and street crime in a crime fiction read! Great attention grabber five stars from me.

Book Review; ‘A Heart Not Easily Broken’ 5 WOW Stars, By M.J Kane (NA/Women’s Fiction) #amreading

Every now and then you come across a book which shows you the meaning of, ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ and I would like to add, ‘just the blurb’ too. This novel from the first in the butterfly series for me is one of those. It delivered SO MUCH more than expected, and for a debut book it was wonderful!  I came across the book on Facebook in a group, and it’s free on Kindle Unlimited. I am so glad I found this series, I downloaded every one! Let’s get into it.

 

MJ KaneEbony Campbell is a smart, sexy career-oriented black woman who wants nothing more than a summer fling with a man who challenges her mind and body. What she doesn’t expect is Brian Young, a blond-haired, blue-eyed bass player to step up to the challenge.

Despite negative reactions, their fling develops into a deep relationship, and Ebony discovers juggling love, family, and career are nothing compared to the ultimate betrayal she endures.

Now her dreams spiral into lies and secrets that threaten her future and the trust of those she loves.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I loved how the characters got to really know each other despite the ethnic differences… M.j. Kane has just found another fan.” — VINE VOICE

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A Wonderful Story of Love and Triumph.” — Hopeless Romantic, Amazon Reviewer

 

Kim’s Review- 5 heart warming and unexpected stars!

I’ve never read this author’s work, and I have never really been drawn to the New Adult genre I do to be honest, prefer my heroines a little closer to my age. Due to the realism of this story line, and relate-able characters I completely fell in love with everything about it. It’s well written, engaging and has an unforgettable story line, that touched me in so many ways, and it was not because it’s a romance!  There is a real unexpected twist. Here’s what I loved.

Story line- I have to start here, like I said this book’s actual  plot delivers over and beyond what is shown in the blurb.  I have a feeling the whole series will. We follow Ebony on her journey as she tries to carve out her life as a young woman, only to fall in love with a guy her family, and her herself would never really go for. That’s not all. There is a unexpected twist about fifty percent through, that had me turning pages quicker than I have in a long time. I read this book in two sittings and it’s a 300 plus page book! The story line moves down a very realistic, gripping and tear jerker path. Not the  typical ‘forbidden love’, something happens to Ebony involving a third character which I did not see coming, I don’t want to give spoilers!

Experiencing her POV and life as she navigates this path is something every woman could relate to, and trust  me it is not what you think!! It’s unexpected change. At times I did grow frustrated with how she handled the situation, but I could understand, I think being a little older than her I would have took things down a different route. But, I could understand her choices 100 percent. Bottom line, the unexpected plot twist is a very engaging one.

Characters- Oh God, let’s talk about Brian for a moment. This author has carved out the ideal ‘book boyfriend’, in my humble view. Even though he is younger than me, I liked him a lot. Just like Ebony as a woman who has never dated outside her race ( not because I disagree, the chance has just never presented itself), I would have the same reservations or nervous feelings she had, and just like her I would have fell for Brian still. He is yummy!! His character, confidence, approach to love, dating and sex, even him during the sex scenes  really resonated with me. I felt while reading he was really authentic in his POV, and his approach to dating a woman outside his race.

Ebony, is relate-able, like-able and never came across as a naive younger heroine. I appreciated that. Her girlfriends for me were a laugh a minute, especially Kaitlin from Texas LOL.

Then, there’s Javan, I hated him the moment he made an appearance. My guess is the author carved him out this way intentionally, due to the role he plays in the overall story. I don’t want to give spoilers. But let’s just say he was well written, given his role.

Writing style- Engaging! It’s written in first person POV, via chapters of each character. I really enjoyed this, it brought be closer to the feelings and experiences. Overall this book’s pace was perfect to me.

The heat– Now, this is not a ‘steamy romance’ at all, but I have to praise this author’s ability to show the heat, sexual tension, and love building between Brian and Ebony.  The author did not show it all via sex at all, for  me as I whipped though the pages  it was how Brian went after Ebony to claim her love and attention, and Ebony’s change of heart. It really made me smile watching the characters develop and grow towards each other.

Overall, I am giving A Heart Not Easily Broken five wonderful and heart felt stars for its strong plot that’s realistic, wonderful ending to the tale, great character line up, yummy main man, and well it’s just an unforgettable story in my experience. I found there is a story here that is very contemporary and will be relevant now, five years from now and even beyond. For a debut novel, it’s a great read!  Five stars from me, and I’m a new fan of this author and maybe even  the New Adult genre??

Free on Kindle Unlimited too!

Book Review: ‘The Penalty of Indulgence’ – Dark Romance 4.5 Enjoyable Stars! (By LaShasha Flame) #amreading

Well, let me just say straight up I have never read a dark romance, and I have never read any of this author’s work. I picked up this book via Facebook, which is fast becoming my go to place for new reads. It’s free on Kindle Unlimited, I thought why not experience something new today. I had such a unique reading experience with this genre and author, let’s get into it!

Lasasha FlameOne Forbidden Encounter That Changes Everything!

This is a dark short series of a submissive’s first time attending a luxurious BDSM ball. Caroline is under strict orders not to play with anyone other than her Master, but when she notices a smoldering hot Derrick the attraction is instant and all-consuming. Can she make it through the night obedient to her Master or will she forever be changed from one forbidden encounter?

This Special Edition includes Chapters from Derricks Point of View that You Can’t Get anywhere else! Plus Bonus Content of Deleted Scenes and an Alt Endings

40k not including bonus content

 

Kim’s Review 4.5 Eye Opening and Enjoyable Stars!

 

Like I said, this is a new genre and author to me. I never really have known what to expect with the dark romance sub genre. I got introduced to a brand new world, take on romance, and what the BDSM world could potentially be like. This was a very interesting view point for me as a typical romance reader to experience.  Overall I was intrigued, I wanted to know how things would pan out. Here’s what  I liked

Characters> There are some nasty ones, some super freaky (sexually) ones, and some loveable ones. The author’s main man, I did swoon over in a ‘typical’ romance reader way. I loved who he is deep down, even though he is a dominate  in this crazy world of submissive and dominate relationships. I found the author was able to really show his POV well, and how he differs from the norm. The main female, I also felt rather sorry for, given her back story.  These two were really what really kept me reading. I just had to know what would become of them. The other characters also did surprise me, in a good way too.

Story line> Was very interesting  (to me as a reader), it had twists, turns, unexpected events even a murder! Whoooo, I must admit as soon as I opened it I was drawn in very quickly, and found it hard stop reading. The story line to me was rather unique on its take on romance. On one hand, I experienced a ‘forbidden love’ story, but this was all wrapped up in a very erotic,  and in some places twisted underworld too. Also, the story line of romance fell between two people who have a very non traditional relationship, a dom and sub.

Writing Style- I will always fall for a well written first person written story. I found that the story told in first person brought me closer to the feelings, what was happening and really helped me to want to keep going.

The Ending- was totally not what I expected,  I imagined with dark romance that  a HEA may not be something to expect possibly. I  liked how it ended.

Overall, I recommend this book to those who wish to experience a different take on the romance genre, or current dark romance lovers.  Those who are new to or love the more higher heat levels of romance, classified a ‘erotic’, over and above steamy. Note that if you are easily offended, some kind of prude, can’t take a little sexual liberation or same sex  sex scenes  skip it, and skip your one star review as well.  I felt very refreshed from this read. I enjoyed the different take on the romance genre and the fact that even though the story is set in a ‘sexual world’  and yes, there’s lots of it it was not ALL of it, or all this author showed readers. There is an underline soft love.  I would read dark romance again, and I would read this author’s work again I do feel intrigued by this sub genre, and the world the author showed me. Yeah… an enjoyable and eye opening 4.5 stars.

Free on Kindle Unlimited, go  grab a copy!

 

Over 40 Giveaways and Free Books All Genres- Oct/Nov #amreading

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I come with gifts for you I am participating with around forty or so other authors, in all genres, offering free books, giveaways and goodies.  The authors have their free downloads etc on offer until the 2nd November.

Check out the groups’ books and blurbs here.

 

Also check out these releases and offers below

Romance

fORBIDDEN.jpgWhen Luc stumbles on Anastasia at a nightclub, it shatters everything he thought he knew about her. Their chance meeting sparks an alliance between them, and before he realizes it, he finds himself keeping her secrets. Before long a relationship blossoms between them, and Luc finds himself in an impossible spot—Anastasia is his friend’s little sister, and keeping their relationship a secret means risking the only family he has ever known. It doesn’t help that he and his friends run the South’s most notorious drug cartel. Forbidden is the tale of Anastasia and Luc’s tumultuous relationship, a story riddled with forbidden love, drugs, guns and all the twists and turns you’d expect from an Iris Vu novella. Buckle up, you’re in for a wild ride! If you’ve already read Spiked, Forbidden sheds light on the tenuous relationship between Aaron and Luc. If you haven’t read Spiked, Forbidden is a prequel to the Pink Diamond series. (Read the first chapter of Spiked FREE at the back of this book.)

Click Here For Iris’ Book Offer

Romantic Suspense

Angel VIn a haven for artists on a small island in the Caribbean, Ella Sapphire has finally found a place where she belongs. But as her art flourishes, her funds flounder. Desperate to remain in paradise, she accepts a job that is too good to be true, plunging her into the dangerous world of an island cartel. On his 25th birthday, Beaujean Ali meets a beautiful artist who makes him yearn for a life less complicated than his own. When the stranger sets him up to be attacked, he must find out which of his friends is really a foe, while protecting the artist who has stolen his heart. If you like heart-pounding action, tropical settings, and star-crossed lovers, then you’ll love Angel Vane’s The Hidden Threat

 

Click here for Angel’s Book Offer

African American Romance- Recent release on Amazon

JBAn African American woman gets pulled into the world of submission and domination by her Dominican employer but is she cut out for it?

When Jada Simmons goes for an interview to be the personal assistant of mystery writer Javier Rodriguez, she encounters a man who is sexy and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Southern girl is startled to realize she’s craving for her alpha male boss by the minute and, despite his secret ways, finds herself possessed to find out more about him.

Unable to resist Jada’s curves and personality, Javier begins desiring for his personal assistant, too—but it can only be done on his own terms requiring submission.

Shocked yet mystified by Javier’s erotic tastes, the girl from Atlanta hesitates and Javier has no time to waste.

For all the trappings of success—his writings, his wealth, his getaways—he’s a man tormented by his own sexual fetishes and consumed by the need to dominate. Yet, his darkest secret has yet to be unlocked.

If Jada agrees on a daring, passionately erotic physical affair, she’ll discover Javier’s secrets while exploring her own.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, A Papi Got Me by Just Bae is an erotic fantasy that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

Click here for Just Bae’s offer

 

Steamy Romance

SadieThe future ruler of the Realm of Yewforia, Princess Katrinetta, has just embarked on her Exploration, a period of three years when she will get to know what she enjoys most in the bedroom before her Choosing begins at the age of twenty-one. Then, a Representative from each province in the queendom will be sent to Castle Wrenbrook to have his opportunity to prove to the princess he’s worthy of sharing her chambers–and her heart. The task of choosing just one man to be with is daunting to Kit already, even though she has years before she’ll be called upon to make that choice. Even now, when three of her guardsman share her bed (one at a time) she can’t imagine having to name just one to spend the rest of her life with. How will she ever do so when it’s her time to Choose? The idea that she won’t be able to choose begins to percolate in Kit’s mind. Will she be able to come up with a way to keep all of the men she cares about and still sit on the throne? Explored by the Princess is a taste of Realm of the Chosen, a steamy reverse harem series where Princess Katrinetta risks everything to keep her men and still claim her position of ruler of the Realm of Yewforia, a queendom threatened by the heavy hand of Kit’s own mother, Queen Rona. Told in three complete novels, this series is intended for mature readers over the age of 18. Explored by the Princess is a 15000 word novella that takes place after chapter 8 of Chosen by the Princess but does not need to be read before starting the series.

Click  here for Sadie’s Offer

 

RECENT RELEASE ON AMAZON- Romance

fREYAA handsome stranger with a secret? Check.
An attraction you can’t ignore? Check.
The hotter night of their lives? Check. Check. Check. 

Autumn Becker was ditched shortly before her wedding day. Now all she wants is to be left alone. When her ex-fiancé shows up in that bar, Autumn needs to prove herself and him that she still can have fun without him. And what better way to do that, than with the handsome stranger that’s been watching her all night?

Marcus Varson has big responsibilities over him. Spending some time away from his problems was exactly what he needed. As he watches Autumn dancing, the desire to know more about her grows, and when he finally has a chance with her, his reality catches up with Marcus.

Will Marcus chose a night with Autumn over his life responsibilities?

THE FIRST NIGHT is a short story in the Royal Wedding hot contemporary romance series. If you enjoy a good scandal, sexy characters and hard to resist situations, you’ll love the new series by Freya Lawson. 

Pick up THE FIRST NIGHT now to start reading this new exciting series!

Click here for Freya’s Book

New Release on Amazon -Romance

WinterHere’s a ‘character’ intro from this author….
Nibbles on her lip. I’m Erin and I’ve made the long grueling trip to the Tundra to show everyone that bear shifters still live away from civilization. I want to tell their story but after my team leaves me for dead, I worried I was destined to die in the snow. When the bear stumbled into the cave I found sanctuary in, and to my disbelief he’s willing to let me interview his pack.

After I get back to his cave, my heart starts to cling to him. I crave his body and love how he carries himself. If you want to know what happens grab Winter Wishes Box Set for only 99 cents. You will be able to fill your device with all kinds of romance stories with this set. Hope to see you there. Waves. 

Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WHSPBKV/

Nook-  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/winter-wishes-nicole-morgan/1133016761

Kobo- https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/winter-wishes-10

iBooks- https://books.apple.com/us/book/winter-wishes/id1476989912

 

 

Help Me With A book Title?

 

 

Morning all,

So I am making real steady progress  on the Romance In Paradise next mini novella, before I go back to the romantic  crime thriller for National Novel Writing Month. That said, I dunno how I feel about the book’s title for this one.

What name grabs you the most? This is for a steamy, suspenseful romance in an exotic location story, I have decided to head to Puerto Rico with this one. Both characters are Spanish if you know me you’ll know the kinda book boyfriends I like (smiles)>>>>> men with purpose in life! So, he is of Afro-Puerto Rican descent, an entrepreneur think of him as someone who will belong in a ‘billionaire’s club’ I’ve not drummed up a swoon worthy man of such wealth yet and I feel like it for the next novella, he is not wealthy when they meet but he will be by the time I am done with him. She is Spanish and from Barcelona in Spain and also a career woman herself. The two will ultimately meet on the island.  Pick from either one, from four options. There’s a Facebook poll and one on the blog, I’ll see what option wins. Please vote! Or Send me back to the drawing board. Thanks!
 
1. From Puerto Rico With Love
2. The Spanish Encounter
3. Island Love
4. None of these titles Kim get back to the drawing board- quickly!