Writing Prompt- Plot of Earth…?

Prompt-  ‘You’re given a plot of land and have the financial resources to do what you please, what’s the plan?’

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what a wonderful idea! This really got me thinking, what would I do with unlimited resources and land? Many may say ‘build a house’ or do something for themselves, personally if I were ever luck enough to be in this situation, in all honesty I think I would…

Build a food kitchen, in the most poorest areas in third world countries.

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It breaks my heart to think that there are people out there with not enough to eat! Especially children. I think I would have to start in Africa and set up a place in different areas, where nutritious food is prepared and served daily. If there are  people in remote villages near by, who are unable to get to it, part of the service would be to bring the food the the village.

Build a few schools and invest in education….

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Education is so important to me, as an ex-high school teacher of ten years service I love to see people achieve! I think, I’d select some states across the USA with really low records of student achievement. Here, I would provide the resources needed to help increase students achievement.  Or even just build better and newer schools. In particular I would focus on marginalised students, who have learning difficulties.

In the UK we are pretty good with educational achievement, but one thing I do think the system lacks, sometimes, is enough classroom assistants to help support learners with learning needs. I’d invest in this, in the UK. Increasing the number of schools for those with special learning needs, that are very extreme it holds them back from mainstream school. In mainstream schools, I’d increase the money put into employing special needs assistants in mainstream schools. 1. to support the students in class 2. to help reduce some classroom stress and worry for teachers. Who often worry if their teaching is effective when there are learners with learning needs.

In other third world countries, I’d just build brand new schools! And focus on  increasing the level of students who are able to learn and have access to education.

If I had unlimited money, and land that’s what I’d do focus on feeding people, and increasing education.

 

New Release! From Angelina Kerner ( Romance) @KernerAngelina @RRBookTours1

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Happy release day to author Angelina Kerner, and happy Valentine’s Day!

Today we are celebrating the release of her novelette, In Plane Sight!

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In Plane Sight

Publication Date: February 14th, 2020 (Today 🎉🎉🎉)

Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Romcom/ Novelette

Do not get tipsy and talk to strangers on a plane because they might just end up being your new boss. One you kinda hooked up with to run away from your talkative neighbor… and the one who still has your hickey on his neck as he introduces the project and recognizes you. Yeah, my new job just went from zero to ‘oh my stars’ in seconds. I may just want to take flight…

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About the Author

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ANGELINA KERNER is an author of paranormal and lighthearted romance. She’s the wife of a photographer/physicist, and the mother of a cute little toddler, but she’s also been a dancer, a psychologist, an anthropologist, a geographer, a dreamer, and an adventurer. She does her best writing while being bothered by her cats, taking care of her son, in dressing rooms while waiting for family to try on clothing, and at home in sunny California. Angelina loves to play goddess-dragon matchmaker, transporting readers to a place where young goddesses have lovable flaws, the Fates plan to dethrone, the universe is endless and untamed, and dragons roam free! She also loves to write carefree romance where one can finish reading with a smile.

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Writing Prompt- Cupid’s Arrow Has A Crazy Aim!

So it’s Valentine’s Day (and happy birthday to me too), today’s prompt in my book is ‘write an ode to something or someone you love’, so here goes…

What Do I think about love?

Really good question, personally I do love it but it can be a crazy, scary, and dangerous thing. At the age of thirty-seven I have learned you can’t control who, when, or how you fall in love. That said you should be careful who you give your heart to! Trust me, I know that part well.

Cupid’s Arrow Has A Crazy Aim…

 

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These days, I feel really good about love as yes, I’m in love again. After a painful break-up I never thought I’d say that again. But I’m  well over that!!  Cupid’s aim is crazy, and feel like maybe this could be my happy ever after.

So how do I feel about love? I now know what real love is, before this I thought I was in  love with someone who I spent a number of years with, but compared to how I feel now that was NOT love. I now know that when it’s real you will know, when you have found your soul mate  or twin flame you will recognise each other, even if there’s an obstacle such as distance in between.

‘write an ode to something or someone you love’

Dear Mr. X

Happy Valentine’s Day, while we can’t celebrate it together this year due to the distance, just know that I’m thinking of you, you mean a lot to me. I find it so strange, cool and exciting this whole ‘situation’ we have! But I’m committed to it just like you, and really excited. And yes, this meeting is fated like you said,  we’ve known each other for years and so glad we’ve admitted how we feel, and said the ‘L word’. I’m so glad that I’ve found you. Next year rather than a blog post I hope to be by your side!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love Kimmy

xoxo

Book Review- Gorillaz in The Bay #1, by De’Kari. 4 ‘King of Street Lit’ Stars!

GITBYo this one surprised me! I don’t really read street lit, and I’m not a massive fan. Mainly due to the way men are sometimes portrayed, and women sometimes degraded. It breaks my heart.The ‘street life’ is not really for me, and y’all know I like my book boyfriends in a suit and successful!  But I respect the authors, publishers and readers who live for it. I downloaded this novel  on Kindle Unlimitedas I crossed paths with the author on Facebook. I was really interested in his work from speaking to him, it was him himself, his level of maturity and being so gentleman like that pulled me in and really struck me. So one night, I secretly downloaded his work and started to read, I could not put it down from the opening chapters. I’m glad I read it, I did enjoy it and he did surprise me…. let’s get into this review!

 

Blurb

Back on the streets after serving a three-year prison bid, T-RIDA is faced with mad drama and huge obstacles, including a baby mama whose troubles become an added weight on his back.

The future doesn’t look promising until he takes to the streets to do what he does best, lay suckaz down! But at what price will his criminal prosperity come?

When a man chooses to dance with the Devil, he must pay for his sins. Can T-Rida escape the inevitable downfall as he and his crew climb to the top in the game and prove that they are the real GORILLAZ IN THE BAY? Or will he meet a fatal demise?

T-Rida’s homies, TOMMY GUNZ and VOORHEEZE, are about that gunsmoke too, as they clique up to form the Neva Die Dragon Gang, the Bay area’s most feared and respected organization. But on the road to riches, a man can become his own worst enemy. When that happens, the heavens will cry blood and the game will become downright unscrupulous.

Kim’s Review- 4 ‘King of Street Lit’ Stars

Oh gosh where do I even start, first of all the opening chapters and prologue pulled me in. The story starts off so strongly right in the middle of the action, the action is actually the ending. Yes! Author De’kari  penned this novel in a style I love, and have recently done myself ‘back to front’. If you think of the movie Pulp Fiction, how it starts at the end. So naturally in all the middle of the madness I kept reading. Here’s in all honestly what I enjoyed.

Storytelling- Author De’Kari is an excellent story teller, his style is kinda like writing in ‘beats’, he brought the story to different climaxes and peaks. I loved this. There were tense moments. I didn’t have the usual problem I have had with some books in the urban genre where there’s  a hella-lot of violence, cursing, and no real plot. There is one, in a nutshell we follow the very bitter-sweet rise and fall of one of California’s notorious drug lords T’rida, as he becomes caught up in a very real life situation that plagues many people. This causes him to consider his self worth as a man. (No spoilers). I found the story line to be realistic, sad at times, and I started to really care about what happened to this bad boy, with clearly a big heart from some of his actions.

Characters- the male line up is fierce y’all I won’t lie. We have a male line up  who literally started from the bottom, and made their way to the top.  They become business men and bosses of an organised network. This I loved and respected, even though it was mainly via the drug trade, these men had hard work and hustle in them, and gave back to the community. They were not fully stereotypical little boys running around killing people, and not much aim in life. I found the male line up to be a little more mature, but deadly!  I mentioned this in another novel I read by a mature male urban writer, I think when the authors are a little more mature, the characters become more mature too and realistic too.  I found this with author De’Kari also. Now, while we’re talking about men ( and I laugh as I type this), about fifty percent of the way through one of the men -T’ride changed persona. I loved it. The author put him in an Armani suit and wearing my favourite  smelling aftershave. (  I kinda crossed my legs, licked my lips and  tried hard not to sniff my Kindle LOLZ).  I really enjoyed experiencing T’Rida’s  growth,  maturity, and sex appeal!  As he became a ‘boss’, even his appearance started to match it, and he himself realised that he had to look that part, to be a boss. Overall, I enjoyed the characters.

Overall I found this to be a true to form ‘street lit’ novel and a tale that many from the urban areas of the West Coast, in California, will resonate with. Even if you’re not from this part of the world, like me, if you have any understanding of inner city life at all then you’ll resonate with the characters and story line.  For me as a first time reader of this author’s work, as it’s so bang on the money with what readers of this genre would want, I would say this author, if he keeps going will easily earn himself  a ‘King of Street Lit’ title.  This is a series from what I understand and books two-four are out, with great reviews also. He also has a number of other works published. From me as a first time reader,  and non street lit reader four enjoyable starts for a really well delivered, engaging, entertaining, bitter sweet, tense story, that even has some romance and love and loss involved. I understand that the author wishes to write some romance and other genres too, and I would for sure read his romance.

I recommend Gorillaz in The Bay to anyone who likes traditional street lit, urban tales, mafia tales, organised crime and drug lord tales…that are believable .

I hope the author will agree to an interview, as like I said I’ve spoken to him one on one and he’s personality and vibe as a person seems so different. I’m interested to find out his inspiration, and motivation for penning Gorillaz in The Bay! So stay tuned, let’s see if I can get him to agree to to an interview!

Grab your copy on Amazon, it’s also free to read on Kindle Unlimited   and still on five stars with thirty- nine reviews! At the time of this review. Well done Author De’Kari.

Book Review- Behind The Red Door, by Alexandra Christian (Paranormal Romance) 3.5 Stars

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Thank you to  Mocha Memoirs Press Publisher for an ARC for an honest review. Let’s get into the review

Blurb

Welcome to The Oubliette.

Cali Barrows has had it with love. After wasting three years with the man she thought was the love of her life, she finds out that he’s been sleeping with his boss. Broken-hearted and bored, Cali’s life had become a string of TV dinners and tawdry romance novels. She wondered where her life was going until she followed the mysterious stranger through the red door and enters a world that few would ever know existed.

The Oubliette is a safe haven for all those creatures that go bump in the night. They cater to a very particular clientele and only those who seek it out may find the red door leading into a dark paradise of otherworldly delights. Together with her vampire hosts, André and Leo, Cali becomes a matchmaker for the undead and unwittingly gets herself into all sorts of mischief, all the while slipping into a decadent world where every sensual desire is fulfilled.

Kim’s Review 3.5 Stars

I do love paranormal romance, it’s a genre that I respect a lot especially the writers.  It takes a lot to build an  out-of -this- world, world,  that’s realistic, and also tell a believable story in the ‘make believe’ world. I was drawn to this story due to the cover, and the blurb. It felt almost mysterious to me and drew me in. It’s a  well written story, and  was an enjoyable story to read.  I did like the characters and found them engaging. In all honestly for me while it was enjoyable to read, and the make believe was believable and great, I found that the steam  level and sex  was a little over written and a bit too long. I love steamy stories and  I am a big erotica fan, this is the first time I have felt as a reader it was too much for me, or overdone.  I had to skip over some of it and continue the story.

That said, I feel it’s worth a read if you like paranormal stories, you don’t have a problem with homosexual sex,  high amounts of steam and  erotica, and don’t mind if a steamy scene is very over written and detailed, a good few pages long to read! Overall, I recommend it for true vampire story lovers who also are fans of  high heat level erotica. 3.5 stars from me.

Book Review- ‘Right For The Job’ by Laura Westbrook (Billionaire Romance) 4 Yummy Stars. Mmmm He’s Yummy!

Right For The JobThank you to this author for an ARC in exchange for an honest review, it’s been a minute since I’ve read a good Billionaire romance, featuring a yummy rich man! The cover pulled me in, I do like a man in a suit. I really enjoyed this novella, the main guy reminded me of  E.L James’ Christen Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey… let’s get into this review…

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She knows she’s right for the job. The only person standing in her way is Shane Bennett.

Amanda works hard. At twenty-three, she has her life planned out and her career is on the rise. This interview is her big chance. She’s prepared and ready to nail it. But she isn’t expecting Shane Bennett to walk through that door.

Shane’s only visiting Amanda’s branch. It’s a courtesy. He doesn’t expect to meet the love of his life. But now that he has, he’ll do everything in his power to keep her.

If you enjoy steamy romance stories with alpha men, guilty pleasures, happily ever afters, no cliffhangers, no cheating, and a touch over-the-top, then you’ll love Right For the Job. Get your fix with a story that hits the spot and doesn’t take all year to read.

Kim’s Review- 4 Yummy Stars!

I do love rich and successful men in my romance, but I prefer them when they’re not too arrogant in how they treat females, due to their riches. The whole control factor I’m not a big fan of. This novella features a great male lead I liked Shane from the get go, right off the bat his coolness, the dry sarcastic personality at times, and of course he’s successful  business. What I really enjoyed about this novella is the characters themselves. I was drawn to Shane’s vibe, and his way of ‘getting what he wanted’ his girl! The female lead she too is like-able, but has a very innocent way about her.

The story flowed well, there’s a great steamy moment between these two. And I found the author did a good job too! The story to me ended in an unexpected way,  which I liked and enjoyed. While I guessed something right ( no spoilers), I did not expect Shane to allow Amanda to be a ‘career woman’. I half expected the author to follow the pack and turn her into a rich man’s wife! Kudos to Laura Westbrook for breaking the norm.

Overall, this is a quick moving novella, and yes there is insta-love, so if you’re not a fan of this keep this in mind. But what I will say is  the insta-love is realistic, I have read some  ‘insta-love’ that just make me shake my head in disappointment, and cringe. Given the way these two meet and the work environment, and how it ties in with the story for me it was believable and realistic. And  let’s face it sometimes we meet people and ‘just know’ we want them, as our hero Shane did. Four yummy stars from me for a yummy male lead, well written story, good flow and a happy ever after that was unexpected. I would recommend this author to all those who like contemporary romance, rich men ,  billionaire romances, and of course don’t mind  insta-love.  I would read more from this author. Connect with her here https://laurawestbrookauthor.com/my-books/

And it’s free on Kindle Unlimited to read also at the time of this review, check out Right For The Job here on Amazon.