Sex, Cons & Rock ‘N Roll

Dating can be hard. Online dating can be even harder. Between scammers, sleazeballs, and the all too rare sincere connection, it can be a pretty rough road. But if you never try, you may never have that chance to find love.

Gloria Moody has looked for love in all the wrong places, all the right places, and all the places in between. In her book Sex, Cons, & Rock ‘N Roll- A Tale of Love, Passion, and Betrayal! she gives an abbreviated glimpse into her journey to find a genuine connection, mostly through the use of online dating sites. Moody moves quickly through the stages of her life, giving a brief synopsis into each of her serious relationships, and even some of the less serious ones. She injects her stories with both humor and humanity. There’s a sincerity to Gloria Moodie’s book that is rare and I wanted to dive deeper into the stories she tells, but they were often too brief for being way too interesting.

Throughout the book, Moody focuses on the people who prey on others online, and the damage it does to those sincere in their search. Having been the target of scammers in the past, she makes an effort to educate others to prevent it from happening to them as well. She provides many useful tips and helpful resources that will assist you in furthering your research after you’ve finished this book.

Sex, Cons, and Rock ‘N Roll succinctly illustrates the pitfalls of putting yourself out there. Gloria Moodie’s anecdotes were engaging and funny and I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a light memoir that’s also informative.

Pages: 180 | ISBN-10: 1525575341

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A Visitor to Heaven’S Garden of Blessings

A Visitor to Heaven’S Garden of Blessings by [Joyce M. Englehardt]

Lil and Peter have a daughter, Amy. Debbie and David are the parents of a little girl themselves. The two families don’t know one another, but their daughters–both in comas–have managed to find one another. Lil and Peter, both believers in God’s Word, have never once given up or given in to their fears as they watch and wait for Amy to recover. Debbie and David, on the other hand, don’t find themselves as trusting in the Lord. They watch their daughter, Melisa, and hope for a miracle, but their actions don’t show their faith in it ever happening until, that is, they meet Lil.

A Visitor to Heaven’s Garden of Blessings, by Joyce M. Englehardt, is the touching story of how one couple is led to discover God’s Word through their daughter’s coma and hospital stay. The closeness they develop with another couple, Lil and Peter, opens up a whole new world of faith, hope, and promises of an eternal life. Lil’s vivid dreams of her daughter lead her to understand that Amy’s coma was no accident and actually served a purpose much bigger than any of them could ever have realized.

Englehardt’s entire work is a beautiful testimony of faith, hope, and love. From the beginning to the end, readers are treated to glimpses into Lil’s dreams and the amazing way in which her daughter, Amy, is able to communicate with her about, not only her own feelings, but about Melisa’s as well. The evidence of the miracle is clear each time Lil talks about her dreams. Amy’s ability to communicate with her parents through their dreams is quite amazing and leaves readers with a feeling of hope and renewed faith.

One of the most visually stunning aspects of Englehardt’s writing is her description of the garden itself. The image of blessings being bestowed through the children in the garden is quite breathtaking to behold. I don’t know that I have ever read anything described in such a tender and loving way.

Debbie and David’s curiosity and desire to feel more spiritually connected is obvious, and their questions are genuine. I was reminded of questions I used to ask my grandmother as we had Bible study when I was a little girl. There’s a different level of curiosity when it comes to spirituality, and the author demonstrates it well through Debbie and David.

I was moved by the plight of both families and appreciated the overwhelming focus on developing a relationship with the Lord. Readers who are struggling with their faith or have met with a situation that seems too heavy to bear will welcome Englehardt’s story with open arms.

Pages: 212 | ASIN: B07957BJMV

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Some Laneys Died: A Skipping Sideways Thriller

Some Laneys Died: A Skipping Sideways Thriller by [Brooke Skipstone]

Some Laneys Died by Brooke Skipstone is a truly wonderful science fiction thriller that explores alternate realities based on the choices Laney makes. The book follows Delaney West the books main protagonist as she delves into the world of quantum physics. Occurrences that happen across different realities leak into her own reality making her doubt her sanity. The story narrates Delaney West’s quest to understand these strange ordeals as best as she can. The book is sure to keep readers turning pages from the very beginning. The story is set in the town of Austin, Texas and is narrated from the point of view of a normal high school student facing not so normal problems.

The approach used by the author to make the books main protagonist a normal high school girl has proved key in making the book as riveting as it is. The author expertly uses vivid description in the narration of this story. This has aided greatly in giving the intended audience a general feel of the story and also in character development in general. Apart from this the author has also used direct speech to further develop the story and engage the audience as the story unfolds. These stylistic devices have proved effective in making the book the wonderful read that it is. In addition to this, the author seeks to speak on certain issues that affect the everyday human being. While this book is a sci-fi exploration of alternate universe theory, like all good science fiction Brooke Skipstone uses this as a vehicle to tell a human story that explores issues of family breakups and sexual assault.

Despite the many positive sides to this book, I felt that there was an excess of vivid description that slowed the story a bit. This story takes a deep dive into the minds of its characters, focusing on character development in a story that is character-centric. The author writing style is punctuated by witty and clever storytelling that ensured the story was continuously entertaining. Lovers of sci-fi thrillers will find this book hard to put down as it is quite an interesting read.

Pages: 306 | ASIN: B08BWLSD6F

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Trapped

August James, also known as AJ, is born to parents who are struggling to make ends meet. His educated mother is addicted to the white stuff and growing up in the projects doesn’t motivate AJ to care much about school. He is a bright and talented student whose good grades come easy. When the urge arises to help his family rise up and live a better life, AJ realizes that he must make sacrifices to make it happen. Is AJ ready to make them?

Trapped is a novel that I found to be surprisingly deep considering the gritty nature of the story. AJ is a character that continued to gain layers as the novel progressed. He’s a character that is representative of many struggling kids that grow up poor. Ted Bagley does a fantastic job of detailing the specific consequences of being poor, the lack of opportunity and education are just a few roadblocks, but the compelling aspects of this novel come in the subtle ways that Ted Bagley is able to combine desperation and resignation into the fabric of society around AJ.

AJ meets intriguing people along the way who each make an impact in his life. All the while themes such as family, friends, honesty and spirituality play a big part in shaping AJ and help him navigate the dangerous streets (in more ways then one) of Chicago. It’s an epic, yet tragic, life that is told with a bit of reverence and lots of charisma.

Trapped by Ted Bagley is a complex reflection of a crestfallen society and the tragic life of young men of color in that society. When their future is defined by where they were born and live, the choices they have are few, but pivotal. Ted Bagley is able to capture this nuance in an authentic way that had me reflecting on these ideas well after I put the novel down. Filled with wonderfully detailed observations, Trapped is entertaining and captivating. I want to leave you with a quote that I think sets the tone well for this novel, “Drugs did not originate in the slums of Chicago, but it definitely thrived there…”.

Pages: 124 | ISBN-10: 1648580610

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Blessed Beyond Measure

Blessed Beyond Measure: Getting back to the Basic of what we were called to be by [K. Denise McQueen]

There are many life lessons to be learned from the Holy Bible and messages readers and believers can apply to their most trying situations. From relationships to remaining faithful believers in Christianity, the Bible can sometimes be difficult to interpret, and some passages have as many interpretations as they have readers. Blessed Beyond Measure, by K. Denise McQueen, is one woman’s work based on scripture and life experience. From being virtuous to having a forgiving spirit, McQueen covers a vast array of life’s dilemmas head-on and with scripture in mind.

Blessed Beyond Measure, by K. Denise McQueen, is filled with quotes from the Bible as well as quotes from inspirational speakers like former President Barack Obama. In each of McQueen’s chapters, she tackles an ethical dilemma or an aspect of relationships based on scripture and adds her own opinions throughout. Though I don’t agree with some of her thoughts on making sure the man is the one making decisions in the household, she does make some valid points about self-worth and being humble.

I was expecting a book rooted in the Bible and focused on general life advice but found this to be more of a text designed to advise women in their relationships. Peppered throughout the book is valuable commentary on self-respect, how to treat others, and how to live a life with purpose. The bulk of the book is centered on the choices one must make in order to begin a romantic relationship and how to maintain a strong marriage.

With a few organizational and grammatical issues aside, I think that Blessed Beyond Measure has strong messages that come from the heart, each of them valuable in different ways and K. Denise McQueen’s passion for life and faith shines through every chapter. This is an inspirational book that motivates readers to live a God first life.

Pages: 90 | ASIN: B07C33V2Z4

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The Demolition of Democracy: Has America Lost Its Soul

The Demolition of Democracy: Has America Lost Its Soul by [Ted Bagley]

The Demolition of Democracy is a compelling analysis of the policies and the behavior of the Trump administration and how they are destroying the democratic foundation of the United States. Ted Bagley has written this book as an attempt to get people to realize that it does matter who we choose to lead our country. This book delivers a clear perspective on the current state of the U.S. government and Ted Bagley does not sugar coat his words. The author seeks to open the reader’s eyes to the realities we live in today, and open them he does.

Ted Bagley shines a light on all the issues the country and world are facing. He fearlessly reviews and examines the broken-down of our political and judicial system and the absence of democracy in the country. The Demolition of Democracy takes a good look at the people at the top and the general climate of the country they operate in. This book makes it clear that the United States of America has been going through a dark period with less than proper leadership. Issues like racism and prejudice have become staples of the administration. Ted Bagley states his stance clearly, unequivocally, and with reverence.

This book is not for people who are easily offended as it can be viewed as aggressive, but I choose to see it as passionate. The Demolition of Democracy is a hard hitting book that investigates and diagnosis the political problems facing Americans.

Pages: 262 | ASIN: B07W8MJ1P2

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Spider’s Web – Trailer

Over three years have passed since Maggie’s near fatal injury. She is restless running the team’s special ops missions from the safety of the Grid. No sooner does she re-enter the real world when her past finds her. In an instant, Maggie’s life is forever changed. Unsure who to trust, Maggie tries to navigate her new reality. Will she be able to choose her future, or will she remain trapped in the web of enemies she created?

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Crimson Enigma

Come aboard the new “Freedom III” Space Station for out of this world adventure! Once there you join up with the Agents of ISIS as they uncover the what and why of the problems that are plaguing the Station during its opening ceremonies and afterwards. By the time the first Agents arrive on the scene there has already been sabotage and mysterious murders. Help the members of the Space Station Investigations Bureau save the Freedom III Station, and the Earth!

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