15 November 2015

The Time Chamber - Get Lost in a Magical World (A Coloring Book)

A glimpse of my coloring technique!
I feel like adult coloring books are the latest obsessions hitting us this year. Have you heard of this trend lately? I didn't fully understand it at first. As a child, I wasn't a huge fan of coloring anyways (shocking I know, but I liked drawing my own pictures and writing stories and coloring books just seemed finished to me). As an adult, I've sort of likened to the idea of coloring as a way to relax but that usually isn't my first go to.

So I was really excited to review this coloring book to see if I could fully embrace the new coloring book trend. Here's a bit about The Time Chamber by Daria Song -

Korean artist Daria Song’s sequel to The Time Garden takes readers on a visual journey into a magical nighttime world seen through the eyes of a fairy.

This second book in the bestselling Time coloring series features the voyage of a fairy who, when the cuckoo clock chimes midnight, enters the human world. To the tiny fairy, everything seems enormous and magical, from the curtains to the chandelier to a mystical rowboat that takes her further into an inky adventure. With her she packs her favorite items, which colorers can find throughout the book’s pages: an owl-feathered pen, a star-scented spray, a time tape measure…even the key to the time chamber itself!

Filled with the imaginative, intricately detailed illustrations Song’s readers have come to love, The Time Chamber presents a view of our world made new—and ready for coloring.

The Time Chamber features extra-thick craft paper, ideal for non bleed-through coloring, and the jacketed cover with flaps is removable and colorable. Special gold-foil stamping on the cover and spine and a To/From page make it perfect for gifting to adults and kids alike.


What I thought?

Coloring aside, the story is charming and the pictures are intricate and beautiful. For the coloring part of things, it made me want to run out and buy a bunch of fancy markers, pens and colored pencils. I had a collection that I used to color in some of the pages and I can see why people find this relaxing. If you're feeling anxious or nervous or stressed, start coloring in one of these pages and it will captivate your attention and set your mind at ease.

Some of the drawings to color in were a bit tiny and I clumsily scraped my colored pencil across the pages. I felt a bit disappointed in myself that I couldn't at least color in the lines (I know there is a metaphor there, but I wanted my coloring to be as neat and beautiful as the drawing and to me that means coloring inside the lines!).

As the holiday season approaches and you are trying to think of gifts to purchase for family members, friends, coworkers, neighbors, mailmen, and delivery people, you may want to consider adding this book to your gift list. It's a beautiful book and process of coloring the pictures in was truly relaxing to me. Add onto the gift of this book though, the gift of colored pens, colored markers, or colored pencils. I think a good majority of us may still have some somewhere but to give the gift of a coloring book without something to color with is a little like giving coffee to someone who doesn't own a coffeepot.

Find out more information Daria Song by following this link. Best of all, download some of your own coloring pages by following this link here! Purchase your own copy by visiting the link.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

10 November 2015

Chat with Author James DiBenedetto and Win Prizes! #DreamSeries

I have another Twitter party coming up that I want to share with you guys! We will be chatting with James DiBenedetto, author of the very popular books the "Dream Series." Just wait until you read what his newest book is about, I KNOW you will want to join in -

We'll be chatting with James about his book "Dream Student," which is the first book in the Dream Series. Here's what it's about -

College junior Sara Barnes thought her life was totally under control.  All she had to worry about was her final exams, Christmas shopping, applying to medical school – and what to do about the cute freshman in the next dorm with a crush on her.  Everything was going according to plan, until the night she started seeing other people’s dreams.

It’s bad enough that Sara is learning more than she ever needed to know about her friends and classmates, watching their most secret fantasies whether she wants to or not.  Much worse are the other dreams, the ones she sees nearly every night, featuring a strange, terrifying man who commits unspeakable crimes.  Now Sara wonders if she’s the only witness to a serial killer – and the only one who knows when and where he’s going to strike next.

Here's what you'll have the chance to win -

3 eBooks (or audiobooks) from the Dream Series
5 eBooks (or audiobooks) from the Dream Series
$10 Amazon gift card
USB Flash Drive with all author's book preloaded
Signed paperback of any book, winner's choice

Also, one random participant will win a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

This Twitter Party will happen on Sunday, November 22nd at 2pm Pacific Time. All you need to do is make sure you are following me @BeingTheWriter on Twitter as well as the author @jjdibenedetto. Make sure you use the hashtag #DreamSeries to check in and let me know if you are joining. RSVP below in order to win prizes by leaving a link to your Twitter Account and leaving your username in the "Title" section like I have below -

I hope to see everyone there! Make sure you visit the author's page on Amazon to see what amazing books he has to offer by clicking here or check out his website! Again, our hashtag for the party is #DreamSeries and it will happen November 22nd at 2pm PST! Click to tweet to let me know you are joining in!

Click to Tweet: "Join @BeingTheWriter and author @jjdibenedetto on 11/22 at 2pm PST to chat about his #DreamSeries books & RSVP to win http://ctt.ec/q1OmR+"

Here's some disclaimers -

Winners to be announced throughout the Twitter Party. I am not responsible for shipping the prizes to the winner. Selections of winners are random and based on whether or not the participant has participated in Twitter party and include hashtag # in their tweets in response to questions asked of participants throughout the party. Prize winners will be announced throughout the Twitter Party and must follow necessary directions to claim prize.

Please only RSVP once. Multiple RSVPs will not increase chances to win prizes. I have been compensated to host this Twitter party. I am not eligible for prizes.

28 October 2015

5 Scary Movies That Deserve a Sequel

I am an admitted scary movie fan - even the campy ridiculous horror movies tickle my fancy on occasion. And although you have some movies like Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street that can't get ENOUGH of sequels, there are others horror movies that have so much potential for another chapter. So I thought I'd write up a post about five horror movies that I think deserve a sequel...especially since Halloween is just around the corner.

1) Sixth Sense (IMDB page)


I think most of us have either seen this movie or heard of it, but it's basically about a little kid who has the ability to see dead people. Well, with that plot summary out of the way, I've been thinking about this sequel possibility for a long time. Even though Haley Joel Osmond is no longer a kid, but I feel like he could easily pull off being maybe a professor at a college and he gets involved with helping a ghost OR maybe he finds out that there is a kid out there just like him who has the ability to see ghosts.

This is just one of my favorite horror movies that I feel like could play out another story.

2) It Follows (IMDB page)

So this was recently released last year, so I guess it isn't fair to demand a sequel already, but there is a lot of sequel potential in this movie. It's about a teenage girl who has these creepy invisible zombie-like things that only she can see's that attack her - if they can get to her. It starts out when a guy she's slept with passes along this curse to her that she can only pass along if she sleeps with someone else. The creatures walk freakishly slow - slow enough for someone to run - but they look scary and are relentless to get to you.

I think this has potential to carry forward, mostly because I don't think this movie explored enough of these creatures. How did this even start and does it really stop? So, I'd like to see this quietly scary horror movie continue again. Maybe with a brand new set of characters, I imagine and a background of how these horrifying creatures even came to be.

3) Stir of Echoes

Okay, I know there was already a second movie made, but let's be honest, that second movie was awful. It was just terrible. I know I'm giving myself away here, but can you tell that I like movie's based around people that see things others don't? I love it. But this movie - based on  man who starts seeing images of a woman who has been killed in his house (and his creepy little boy who does too) - could have a similar sequel as the Sixth Sense idea that I had. The son was young enough in the movie that they could find an older actor who could play an older version of him. The new version could also carry forward another frightening ghost that has a need for their murder to be solved and needing someone out there to solve it.

4) The Strangers

The Strangers poster

Kind of a cop out considering this movie already has plans of a sequel to come out, but this movie is based on a couple who go off to a cabin in the middle of the night, only to find there's someone knocking at their door that won't go away. Obviously, it gets much worse from there. It's a frightening movie to watch at night and I've always enjoyed it. It's a little gory though, especially towards the end but I can imagine this same trio who attack the couple to find themselves again at yet another house in the middle of the woods to attack a new batch. Or instead of playing out the same plot line, maybe Liv Taylor's character hunts that trio down after hearing of a series of break-ins and home invasions with a similar theme as the one she survived. Oops, Spoiler alert.

Or even better the trio that attacked Liv Tyler start to stalk her again. Or maybe a different setting entirely, like a school, maybe? Like a teacher is staying late on night and thus the terrifying situation begins.

5) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (IMDB 1978)

If you haven't seen this classic movie theme, I highly suggest that you do. I recommend the one from 1978 with Donald Sutherland. But the thing is you always learn about the DISCOVERY of the alien invaders. You never really get to find out what has happened ten years down the road. Although there have been about two remakes since the 1953 original - the 1978 included - I would love to see an actual sequel take place where we find out what people do that ARE normal and haven't been invaded yet. Do we live underground? Do we attempt to blend in like what happened towards the end of the 1978 Invasion? Is it possible to take them down long after they've already come in? I'd love to see. It's a theme that's been done a lot but I want to see more and I think there's potential.

So what about you? Are there any horror movies or scary movies that cry out for a remake?

19 October 2015

Twitter Party with Romance Author Kimberly Dean - Chat and Win Prizes!

On Sunday, November 1st at 2 pm (Pacific Time), I am so excited to announce that I will be chatting with romance author Kimberly Dean!  I KNOW this will be a good one! We will be talking about her new book Courting Danger and I invite you to join in on the fun to get to know the writer and win some prizes.

Here's a bit about the book we're talking about -

Rielle Sands ventured too close to the fire once and got burned. Now when it comes to men, she’s vowed to play it safe. But then a dashing, mysterious man shows up at Luxxor Limited after hours, the agency she manages, needing an escort.

Darien Scott isn’t what he appears to be. Beneath the sexy smile and wicked charm, he’s hiding secrets. Yet the sizzling chemistry between him and Rielle is real. He tries to stay away, but his attraction to her keeps pulling him back. When he discovers that he’s not the only one haunted by danger, he changes tactics. To protect Rielle, he may need to stay close. Super close. Exclusive Luxxor contract close.

The reward is more than worth the risk.


I am so excited about this! Aren't you? Again the party is on November 1st at 2pm PST and not only will you be able to chat with the author, you can also win some amazing prizes.

You will have the chance to win an eBook copy of Kimberly Dean's book Everlasting. One winner will receive the eBook Roxie by Kimberly Dean. Another winner will receive a copy of the book Dream Man by Kimberly Dean. Two winners will receive front and back multi-color LED Bike-Wheel Lights. And one winner will receive a set of twelve multi-color LED battery operated tea lights. Plus there will be a Halloween Gift Bag to one lucky door prize winner!

If you have joined me for Twitter parties before, you know about the RSVP form right? Well, I'll make it a BIT easier on everyone. All I need for you to do is add your Twitter user name to the list below -

AND you must follow me on Twitter @BeingTheWriter and also follow Kimberly Dean on Twitter at  @KDean_Writer. Also to let me know you are joining in, click this link to send out a tweet -

Tweet: I'm joining with @BeingTheWriter on 11/1 at 2PM PST to chat w/author @KDean_Writer about her new book & win prizes! #CourtingDanger

And now for some disclaimers:

Winners to be announced throughout the Twitter Party. I am not responsible for shipping the prizes to the winner. Selections of winners are random and based on whether or not the participant has participated in Twitter party and include hashtag # in their tweets in response to questions asked of participants throughout the party. Prize winners will be announced throughout the Twitter Party and must follow necessary directions to claim prize.

Please only RSVP once. Multiple RSVPs will not increase chances to win prizes. I have been compensated to host this Twitter party. I am not eligible for prizes.

16 September 2015

The Little Paris Bookshop - Book Review #AmReading

I wanted to like this book a lot. I mean when I saw the words "Paris" and "Bookshop" and then I read what the book was about, I really REALLY wanted to like it.

Before we delve into things, here's what the book was about -

Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart. But can he fix his own?
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.

Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives.

First I could tell this was a translation and it made me wonder if I could appreciate the original text better.

Although I liked the idea of Monsieur Perdu's bookshop boat where he cures what ails those who come aboard, I didn't like the character. I'm not too keen on the fact that this character kind of wallows a bit in self-pity. It's a tad annoying. He barely can stand touch from others, and will not let anyone in. I can understand that, of course. But still, the emotion he expresses throughout the book - up until the point I had to stop - didn't draw me closer to him. He pushed away those around him as well as the reader it seems.

Of all the characters I did enjoy, I actually preferred the annoying blocked writer who joins Jean Perdu's trip - much to Perdu's dismay - named Max Jordan. He was the comic relief this book needed and I enjoyed all the scenes he was in.

But tragically the plot didn't captivate me, and about a quarter of the way through the book I couldn't imagine continuing on. I really didn't understand the purpose of Perdu's journey either. I didn't know what he was looking for in his trip on his bookshop boat!

There were a few perks to reading though. Throughout the book were actual references to pieces of literature (through the recommendations that Monsieur Perdu gives his customers) and I kept track of them throughout my time reading the book. I didn't get them all, but I caught some that I listed onto my GoodReads to-read list.

But unfortunately the Little Paris Bookshop fell short with me. I wasn't interested and not really all that connected to the characters or their journey. I have to admit though, it was an adorable idea, and it did get some great reviews. So try it! Maybe you will enjoy it!

For fun, visit this link and try out the little tool that recommends books based on your mood. Find out more details about the author by visiting her website here. Purchase your copy of The Little Paris Bookshop by visiting this link.

 I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

07 September 2015

Twitter Party Announcement - Chat With Children's Author Fiona Ingram

I am so excited to announce another upcoming Twitter party! This will be with children's author Fiona Ingram and we'll be discussing her latest book, "The Search for the Stone of Excalibur."  Join me on September 26th at 12pm PST to chat with the author and win prizes.

The Search for the Stone at Excalibur 2Continuing the adventure that began in Egypt a few months prior in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair are hot on the trail of the second Stone of Power, one of seven ancient stones lost centuries ago. This stone might be embedded in the hilt of a newly discovered sword that archaeologists believe belonged to King Arthur: Excalibur. However, their long-standing enemy, Dr. Khalid, is following them as they travel to Scotland to investigate an old castle. Little do they know there is another deadly force, the Eaters of Poison, who have their own mission to complete. Time is running out as the confluence of the planets draws closer. Can Justin and Adam find the second Stone of Power and survive? And why did Aunt Isabel send a girl with them?
Join Justin and Adam as they search not only for the second Stone of Power, but also for the Scroll of the Ancients, a mysterious document that holds important clues to the Seven Stones of Power. As their adventure unfolds, they learn many things and face dangers that make even their perils in Egypt look tame. And how annoying for them that their tag-along companion, Kim, seems to have such good ideas when they are stumped. Book extras include some historical background on King Arthur, the Dark Ages, warfare and weaponry during Arthur’s time, and details on Excalibur. A fascinating peek into the life and times of the real King Arthur, perfect for young time travelers and budding archaeologists.

I am so excited to talk about this book with Fiona! Do you want to join in the fun? Well, here's the details you need:

When: September 26th, at 12pm PST
Where? Twitter with hashtag #StoneofExcalibur
What? We'll be chatting with the author about her new book, her adventures and travels, and you can join in too! You'll have the chance to ask Fiona Ingram questions as well as win prizes along the way.

Here's what you can win:

A copy of eBooks Secret of the Scarab and Search for the Stone of Excalibur
$10 Amazon Gift Card
A print copy of Book 2: Search for the Stone of Excalibur
Plus there is a $15 Amazon Gift Card Door Prize for a random participant.

All you need to do to make sure you join in on the fun, is register via the RSVP form below (or via the link here).

Read more about Fiona Ingram and her books by visiting her website and her GoodReads page.

I have been compensated to host this party. I am not eligible for prizes.

01 September 2015

Imagery and the Staying True to My Meaning

I've been working on a poem lately and I notice sometimes with my poetry that it's really easy to get lost in the imagery that I'm using to explain my poem's meaning and it's so easy to lose track of the imagery. Somehow that imagery for ocean contorts and becomes as realistic as a scene out of Inception.

But like grabbing balloons out of the air that I never meant to let go, I try not to forget that the bottle of wine, cups of coffee, and driving in a car that I'm talking about in my latest creation are meant to represent something very specific. As I write, I remind myself, "You know what you're saying with this right?"

Well I just wanted to take a break from the clouds and check in with everyone. What are you working on these days? Anything you want to share? I would love to know. Aside from my latest poem, I'm still working hard on my short story that has been revised many times over but I'm feeling really good about the direction it's headed. Hopefully you're feeling pretty good about the direction your heading these days!

25 August 2015

Twitter Party Announcement - Saying Goodbye Book Launch (with @JenniferLOtt)

I am happy to announce that I will celebrating the Jennifer Ott's popular romantic series, "Saying Goodbye," as written under her pen name Mahima Martel. I am so excited to talk to her about this book and I hope you join with me September 5th at 2pm PST!

The Details:

When: September 5th at 2pm PST
Where: Join us to chat with author Jennifer Ott on Twitter using hashtag #SayingGoodbye. Make sure you follow me @BeingTheWriter and Jennifer Ott @JenniferLOtt so you don't miss out!
What: We'll be discussing her popular two part book series called, "Saying Goodbye." Check out the book blurb below -

As a social storm brewed across the Atlantic in 1964, vivacious and rebellious Hollywood starlet Frankie Robinson had no expectations when she met dark and introspective Alex Rowley, guitarist for one of the hottest English bands – The Dark Knights. 

For an eager young couple, neither Frankie nor Alex anticipates the scandal their public relationship will cause—reputations must be protected and images need to be maintained. As Frankie and Alex dream of a life together, agents and managers worry of the monies lost and the dangers to their perspective clients. Frankie and Alex are to be kept apart no matter what tragic cost. Behind the closed curtains of celebrity life, Frank and Alex find a way to keep their private love alive despite all obstacles. 

After a tragic event in which agents and parents keep them apart, Frankie and Alex maintain a long distance love affair throughout the turbulent Sixties, Separated, their love breeds strength to overcome obstacles that once held them down. Individually, they blossom creatively and their talents soar to new heights. Within the secrecy of their relationship, they learn greater lessons of love, lessons not defined by society, but by the heart and the soul.

Read more on Jennifer Ott's website. 

Why?: Aside from the fact that Jennifer Ott is really interesting and fun to chat with, you can also win prizes by joining in the fun! Here's what you can win:

$5.00 Amazon Gift Card
$5.00 Starbucks Gift Card
One of two coffee mugs.
A copy of the ebook "A Soul to Shine."

Make sure you RSVP below (you only need to do so once) and share the party details with your Twitter peeps! If you can't wait for the party to get started on this incredible series, purchase your copy of the book "Saying Goodbye" on Amazon.com today. 

If you are having trouble seeing the form below, RSVP here.

I have been compensated to host this party. I am not elligible for prizes.

22 July 2015

Twitter Party Announcement - #SoaringHigh - August 8th at 2 PM

I am happy to announce we have another book launch to celebrate! This time it will be with Jennifer Ott and we'll be discussing her newest book Time of Useful Consciousness. We'll be celebrating on August 8th at 2 pm with hashtag #SoaringHigh. I got inspired to select the hashtag for this Twitter Party #SoaringHigh based on the description of the novel. Read about it below -

Louisa Unger, a young German woman in Post-War World II Germany kills a man in cold blood. Despite her crime, her fate is up to her - give up her  countrymen for her freedom. She decides to play the loyalty card and remain in prison.

During the interrogations, Louisa weaves her tale of the events by evading any real information. She relives reuniting with her estranged brother Freddy, falling in love with Kris, a former reconnaissance pilot and learning to fly to a plane. She recounts in fairy tale fashion of monsters cloaked in shadows and lessons learned by incorrigible children.

Seduced into the bliss of romance and flying, Louisa fails to recognize any threat. She grows immersed in the life of a smuggler, a pilot and a lover. It is hard to come back down to earth, when soaring so high.

I think this sounds like an amazing, thrilling book! I can't wait to talk to the author about it. We'll be having a Q&A session with the author (I'll be asking some questions, but you can too!). Also, participants will have the chance to win prizes throughout the party. And actually, I am pretty stoked about these prizes. They sound amazing!

You will have the chance to win the following:

    1. An ebook copy of “A Soul to Shine." (Read about this book here).

2. Starbucks $5.00 Gift Card.

3. Amazon $5.00 Gift Card

4. Coffee Mug (pictured above)

5. Wooden Book Marker (pictured above)

6. Journal (pictured above)

All I need you to do to win one of these awesome prizes is enter your information below or if the form isn't showing up for you, just follow this link. Also, one random participant will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card door prize. So again, join us August 8th at 2pm! 

Make sure to check out Jennifer Ott's webpage for more details about this book and others as well as where you can purchase a copy.

Disclaimer: Winners to be announced throughout the Twitter Party, including the winner of the door prize. I am not responsible for shipping the prizes to the winner. Selections of winners are random and based on whether or not the participant has participated in Twitter party and include hashtag #SoaringHigh in their tweets in response to questions asked of participants throughout the party. Prize winners will be announced throughout the Twitter Party and must follow necessary directions to claim prize. Door prize is awarded to a random participant attending the Twitter party. You must have a valid Twitter username and email in order to be contacted for door prize. Prize winners has 24 hours to claim prize. Please only RSVP once. Multiple RSVPs will not increase chances to win prizes.

I have been compensated to host this Twitter Party. I am not eligible for prizes.

16 June 2015

Twitter Party Announcement - Angels #AngelsEverywhere by Michelle Beber #AmReading

If you have you a child in your life, you will want to gift them this charming book called, "Angels, Angels, Everywhere" by Michelle Beber. Here's what it's about (obtained from author website): 

"Angels, Angels, Everywhere is a non-denominational, multiracial book written in delightful rhythm and rhyme and accompanied by charming illustrations done by Susan Shorter. The themes are constant support and unconditional love. This book teaches children how angels can help them in their everyday lives and empowers them with faith." obtained from http://www.michellebeber.com/angels-angels-everywhere.php

And I get to take part in the celebration of the launch of this book, because we will be having a Twitter party on July 11th! This will be a lot of fun and you and I will have the chance to talk to the author about her new book. 

PLUS, you will have the chance to win prizes. What will you win if you participate?

One of three $10 Amazon Gift Cards.
One of three Angel car charms (pictured below)

And there will be one door prize awarded to a random participant. The door prize is an Angel figurine called, "The Angel of Love."

Angel of Love Door Prize

Angel Rearview Mirror Charm

Aren't they pretty?? Well I'm excited for you to join me with Michelle and I can't wait to hear her talk about her book and her experience creating it. Again, the #AngelsEverywhere Twitter Party will be happening on Saturday, July 11th at 2 pm Pacific Time.

In order to win prizes, please fill out the RSVP form I have linked here (and also it's embedded below, but click this link if you don't see it). This is what I use to award prizes (and check to see who is participating). You only need to RSVP once. And please tell your friends, the more people who join, the better! By the way, as you promote and talk about the upcoming party, use the hashtag #AngelsEverywhere

Make sure you take a look at Michelle Beber's website to find out more about her book. Also you must follow Michelle @bebermichelle and myself @BeingTheWriter. Also, make sure you check out Amazon to find out how you can purchase your own copy of the book Angels, Angels, Everywhere.

I have been compensated to host this Twitter party. I am not eligible for prizes.

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