3 Suggestions on a Saturday Night

September 29, 2018
This week sure flew by! I thought I'd share the quote from HealthyPlace.com since it's been a tough week for a lot of people. I have been seeing a lot of women share their own #MeToo moments lately and that is incredibly brave.

So hopefully this Saturday night you can relax with loved ones and enjoy one of my suggestions!

1) My Saturday Night Reading Suggestion: I just finished book four Diamond of Darkhold from the Book of Ember series. What an incredible series this was and I'm so sad to see this end! So my suggestion tonight is to read City of Ember. It's a middle-grade series, but I'm a kid at heart and would recommend this for any adult or middle-grade reader. What a rewarding, heart-warming story that is filled with adventure, excitement and profound lessons along the way.

2) My Saturday Night Movie Suggestion: The movie I recommend this week is Frequency. It's with Dennis Quaid and he's so great in this movie. It's a mix of drama, time travel, and a mystery. As you can probably tell from the types of books I really enjoy reading, I'm into the time travel theme, so if you love that theme like me, you ought to watch this movie. Check it out on IMDB!

3) My Saturday Night Music Suggestion: Instead of one song, I thought I'd share with you the playlist I love to use when I'm writing. The songs don't have words, which allow me really to get lost in my thoughts. I hope you enjoy it!

I'd love to know your movie, book and music suggestions for tonight!
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Wrongful Death by R.D. Meyer [A Review]

September 24, 2018
I love when a blogger I follow has a book published and I get the chance to review it! I've been following R.D. Meyer for years and I recently got the chance to review his book Wrongful Death. One thing is for sure, he is a powerful writer. Each time I've read his work, whether or not it was my taste of fiction, his writing is recognizably excellent. Here's a bit about the book Wrongful Death.

About the Book (Courtesy of the Author):

Things were going great for high school senior Christian Gettis. He’d been accepted to his college of choice(The University of North Carolina), had a girlfriend that adored him(even if she wasn’t as, um, affectionate as he might have wished), and he had a circle of friends that helped him get into the trouble teenagers seem to get into(like supergluing the seats at graduation to await unsuspecting spectators). His parents could be a pain, but he handled them with a mix of teenage snark and feigned indifference. All in all, life couldn’t have been much better.
Then death got in the way.
Run off the road by a reckless driver, Christian finds himself alone, his plans for life torn apart by someone who didn’t even bother to stop to see if he was alright. His sole friend is now a mysterious guide calling himself Alexander and telling Christian that the only way to move past the veil and properly into the afterlife is to avenge himself on the person who killed him. Christian accepts this with all the grace most teenagers in his position would, which is to say that he hates it.
With Alexander’s help, he quickly locates the woman he believes to be at the heart of his accident and starts exploring his new abilities. Over time, he learns how to affect the physical world, albeit in limited ways, and gradually makes the woman’s life hell. He knocks over items in the kitchen, makes facial impressions on the windows, and gets inside her head to create nightmares. However, as Christian does the things ghosts are famous for doing, he gets trickles of new information that make him question if he’s doing the right thing, or even if he’s haunting the right person…
What I Thought:

This was a unique experience for a ghost story. Usually with a ghost story, you experience the person being haunted, not following along through the ghost doing the haunting. Yet, Christian doesn't read like a standard ghost. He's very much who he is when he was alive, yet very angry and confused with everything that happened to him. It's a chilling read in a different way, because I tend to feel bad for the woman he's troubling. It was fascinating though to see Christian taunt her and then when everything falls apart, that's when the story really captivated me. This is an excellent book for someone looking for a different kind of ghost story. This took me by total surprise and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Like I said when I first started this book too, the writing is excellent. R.D. Meyer does a great job in describing settings and scenes and the elements surrounding each of the characters (both dead and alive).

Purchase your copy on Amazon today! 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This post contains affiliate links for which I will receive small compensation if you purchase through my link.
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3 Suggestions on a Saturday Night

September 22, 2018

The last time I did this type of post seemed to be a great hit for me! How are you doing this fine Saturday night in September? I love this time of year as the seasons change and the weather grows colder. Fantastic for sleeping in and enjoy warm drinks. The fall leaves are coming in and cloudy days are becoming the norm. Anyways, my latest update to life is that I recently lost my job. So, I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things and gather together a routine. What's new in your life?

So, here we have today three suggestions on a Saturday night. Last time I did this, I did a movie, a book and a song. Maybe I'll do the same again!

1)  My Saturday Night Reading Suggestion: Is it cheating to have more than one suggestion? So, I'll suggest a book I was asked to review along with a book I'm reading on my own. The first is The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain (just reviewed last week!. You will LOVE it if you love anything related to time travel. The other one is a favorite of mine called And Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. That one is about a marketing company going under and it's hilarious and touching all at the same time.

2) My Saturday Night Movie Suggestion: If you are open to something a little weird tonight, try out the show part of the TV series Hammer House of Mystery called, "Child's Play." I won't give anything away but it's weird and entertaining. And you can even watch it on YouTube:

3) My Saturday Night Music Suggestion: "Bring on the Rain" by Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw. I feel like that's appropriate lately. My faith in God has helped me in this very difficult time I've been in and songs like these just convey the peace I have in my heart.

I'd love to know any of your book, movie or music suggestions. Let me know in the comments!

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The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain [A Book Review]

September 21, 2018
I couldn't wait to tell you the book The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamblerain. The unfortunate thing is it's almost impossible to tell you about without giving something away. So, how do I describe this book?

Set in the 60s, we first meet Caroline Sears in a physical rehab facility taking on her very first patient, Hunter. He's a little unusual to say the least, and him knowing the lyrics to a brand new Beatles song no one ever heard before is only the beginning. We skip ahead a bit and now Hunter is married to Caroline's sister, Patty. Caroline is lives with them following the loss of her husband, who died in the Vietnam war. She's pregnant and what makes it all worse is that she finds out her baby has heart problems that could be fatal. She could lose her child. What can she do? Well, Hunter proposes a solution. One that Caroline can't even wrap her head around. For the sake of her own child though, she's willing to try anything.

This book was an unbelievable experience. I thought at first it would be something kind of light hearted and maybe a bit sad and maybe a great summer read. Oh, how I was wrong. This book grips you and doesn't let you go. I loved Caroline's determination to help her child and her bravery. The depiction of how Caroline manages to help her child was so well done and believable. The whole time I'm wondering to myself, "Wow, will she help her child? Will this work??" I confess that I stayed up until 2 am on Saturday reading this book! THAT is how much of a gripping read this is!

As for the setting, I loved the setting of the 60s and the beach layout of where Caroline lives with her sister and brother-in-law. I also loved New York too and all the people that surround Caroline in her journey to help her child.

If you loved the Time Traveler's Wife (and even saying THAT is giving too much away) than you should read this book. Be sure to find out where you can purchase this book for yourself by visiting this link here.

I received the copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

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The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe by Mary Maurice [A Review]

September 18, 2018
I love this time of year. It's the time when seasons change, the air gets a bit cooler, and the fall leaves start to come in. It's a bit different for me this year because I was let go of my job last Monday. One week later and I'm still surprised I'm not venturing out the door. Luckily, I was able to read a great book over the weekend and I can't wait to tell you about it. It's called The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe by Mary Maurice.

Here's a bit about the book:
Susan Jordan awakens at her Santa Fe apartment, cloudy and disoriented. Her clothing is unfamiliar. Where has she been? Her nose crinkles as she smells his scent. Jack's back! Rubber filled legs brace against the stone cold tile floor as she reaches for the pile of mail haplessly setting on the table. Dozens of letters! Jack Monroe never stops. Susan wishes he would just leave, take his advice and go back to Detroit. He's gaining to much control! He's taking over!

What I Thought: 

The book is written in the form of letters being written back and forth between Jack Monroe and Susan Jordan. Jack provides descriptive details of his journey to the Santa Fe area as well sticking with his mission to help Susan. This book is an incredible journey into the human mind and tormented psyche. I thought this book was incredibly written and a fascinating experience as well. I'm very much into books written in the form of letters and what's revealed ever so slowly in the book makes it an even richer and more intriguing experience.

This was an incredibly satisfying and interesting read. I highly recommend if you are looking for something a bit different to add to your reading list. It really gives you an inside look into the struggles of mental illness. It's a subject close to my heart too.

Be sure to purchase your own copy of The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe by visiting this link. 

Visit the WOW! Women on Writing launch day post to follow along the rest of the tour. Let me know if you'd like to be added to the tour as a late participant as well! If you want to join in other WOW! Blog Tours, send me an email to nicole[at]wow-womenonwriting.com.

About the Author: 

Mary Maurice wrote her first poem when she was in the ninth grade, and hasn't stopped writing since. Catching the fire at an early age, she continues to dedicate her time to the craft.Ms. Maurice has completed several novels of fiction and poetry, and has performed readings in distinct cities around the country. She presently resides in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Connect with Mary online:

Website: www.marymaurice.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marymauriceauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MMauriceAuthor

I received a copy of the book in exchange of my honest review. This post contains an affiliate link for which I receive small compensation if you purchase through my link.
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An Excellent Book if You (or Your Kids) Love Adventures!

September 14, 2018
I am so excited to be part of this incredible book tour with author Fiona Ingram. The book I'll be chatting about today is called The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper. Here's a bit about the book:

A plane crash! Lost in the jungle! Hunted by their old enemy, will Adam, Justin, and Kim survive long enough to find the Third Stone of Power? With only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, the kids make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the lost city of stone gods, where the Stone of Power might be located. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task. Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice. Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?

The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper is now available to purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.\

What I Thought:

This is a middle grade fiction book, but I can tell you right now how much I enjoyed this book. It's book three of a series, but it didn't hold me back from enjoying it at all. Along the way, the characters help out in referencing events of the past to give you some background (without overdoing it, of course). So, I wasn't lost at all.

The setting of the book was incredibly vivid. You can just sense the thick jungle that surrounded the three adventurers - Adam, Justin, and Kim. I was so excited - yet scared - every step of the way! It's like I couldn't read this book fast enough. I was so eager to find out what happened next. 

As far as the characterization, each character was unique and vivid to me. They each had such unique personalities. I felt so bonded to them and their journey along the way.

Most of all, the writing on this was so well done. Fiona is a fantastic writer and has an excellent way of weaving you into the story and not letting you go. I can't wait to read the next book and highly recommend it!

Want to read books like this one and be part of WOW! Blog Tours? Be sure to send me an email to nicole[at]wow-womenonwriting[dot]com.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 
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Now Seeking Book Bloggers: Upcoming Women on Writing Blog Tours

September 5, 2018
Hi everyone!

As some of you may know, I'm part of the WOW! Women on Writing team and I'm putting together a couple of new blog tours! I'd love for you to participate so, let me know if any of these below catch your eye by leaving a comment with your email so I can reach out to you OR best of all, send ME an email expressing your interest at nicole [at] wow-womenonwriting [dot] com.

Book: Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend, Book Two

Perfect For: Middle Grade Readers (and anyone young at heart); People who are a fan of Arthurian legends; adventure readers!

Tour Starts: October 15th and runs through November 19th

Seeking: Reviews, Guest Posts, Interviews

About the Book: When their adventure turns deadly & dangerous, Guinevere & Cedwyn find themselves embroiled in a life-or-death struggle.

Not only are they in danger, but so are the kids of Cadbury Castle.

Renegades – foiled in their attempt to kidnap the princess – steal the children of Cadbury Castle to sell as slaves. Guinevere and Cedwyn vow to rescue the children, but a miscalculation puts them all in more danger.

As the plan quickly unravels, Cedwyn chooses to turn his dream of becoming a knight into reality.

Will their courage be strong enough to survive, or will one make the ultimate sacrifice?

Check out this incredible review of the book on Readers' Favorite and read a preview on Amazon.

Book: My MacArthur

Perfect for: people who love history, and non traditional romances (without the happily ever ending); Historical/Biographical book readers.

Tour Starts: November 5th and runs through December 3rd

Seeking: Reviews, Guest Posts, Interviews

About the Book: 

The year is 1930. The place: Manila. Douglas MacArthur is the most powerful man in the Philippines, a United States colony. He’s fifty years old, divorced, and he falls in love at first sight with a ravishing young Filipino woman. He writes her a love note on the spot. Her name is Isabel Rosario Cooper, an aspiring movie actress. One glance at his note and she thinks of him as "my MacArthur."

MacArthur pursues his romantic obsession even though he’s breaking numerous taboos. She reciprocates his affection because he could open doors for her financially struggling family. When MacArthur is appointed the U.S. Army chief of staff, he becomes the youngest four-star general and one of America’s most powerful men.

Out of hubris, he takes Isabel with him to America without marrying her. Amid the backdrop of the Great Depression, their relationship lasts until 1934. After four years of relationship, MacArthur leaves Isabel for fear of a political scandal. The general goes on to become the iconic hero of World War II, liberating the Philippines and rebuilding Japan, while Isabel drifts in Los Angeles unable to muster the courage to return to Manila.

Read more about the book here on the author's website.

Remember, if any of these catch your eye, the best way to let me know you are interested is to leave a comment with your email OR send me an email to nicole [at] wow-womenonwriting.com. 
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