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This book was written during a time of reflection. It takes the reader through my reflective journey of 35 days of practice and reflection.
The readers are invited read the reflections and then write their own reflection of the day.
The 35 day journey will help to shape your life by identifying the experiences and people that are important for you to live your authentic life.
Revenge I Will Have is a physiological thriller that is an entertaining and stimulating novel with intense drama, violence and action. The characters are vibrant, energetic and are the source of some surprising turn of events.
Jessica is a well developed character that I absolutely hated to love. I could never tell what she was doing until the last minute. She was an ambitious go-getter who always had a witty remark ready. She, however, had some ugly traits that made me loathe her in the best possible way. Jessica’s jealousy and mean spirited nature made her seem evil. She was the perfect antagonist.
Jake Logan was an ex-Navy SEAL turned Wall Street banker. He had previously been romantically involved with Jessica but the relationship had not worked. To say she didn’t take it well would be an understatement. Jessica ends up killing Jake’s lover. This tears Jake apart but he’s eventually called back to his former work station. The Navy SEAL has a new mission, to capture the terrorist enabler, Asyd Omar Batdadi. Through a serendipitous turn of events, the man Jake and team are hunting down has relations with Jessica. Jessica had been approached with a message for Asyd Omar Batdadi. A deranged ex, a Navy Seal, terrorists! This is a perfect setup to a thrilling novel that used outlandish turn of events to propel detailed characters into some nail biting situations.
Jessica’s was to deliver Wall Street to Batdadi and help him get other targets in the U.S. By doing this, she would achieve two things at once, satisfy Batdadi and get revenge on the journalists who ruined her life by giving her unkind reviews. This cat and mouse race with the SEAL’s, Batdadi and Jessica takes the reader to different locations around the world. Virtually traveling with the team was an exciting experience as the I had the impression of being in the action with the team. The author’s vivid description of Batdadi helped me paint a clear image of the man. I could visualize the face of the 6’3” fifty-year-old extreme Islamist who had undergone reconstructive surgery. Although he seemed typical of radical Islamist caricatures, I would have liked to have seen something different. Other characters like Natasha, Alex, Ambrose, and Clint Morris were perfectly portrayed and ingeniously developed.
Revenge and vengeance are major themes in the book and the crazy turn of events towards the end of the story leaves one questioning how far Jake will go for either. Marlene Morgan’s book is a fantastic read for drama, military action, and thriller enthusiasts.
Pages: 209 | ASIN: B07YGLJ1Q6
Sergeant James Alexander and his crew have cheated death. Where they landed when they abandoned their plane isn’t nearly as important as the century they landed in. Small things around them begin to add up very quickly as they try desperately to acclimate themselves to their surroundings only to find themselves left with more questions than answers. As they venture out, they begin to meet more and more people with weapons unlike their own who are not in any way fearful of the soldiers. One thing leads to another and Alexander’s crew begins to realize they have fallen into the past with no foreseeable escape.
The Last Mission of the Seventh Cavalry by Charley Brindley tells the tale of a group of soldiers bound for Afghanistan when fate intervenes with a plan none of them could have predicted. Brindley’s cast of characters is unique, and their banter, despite their extreme circumstances, is refreshing and engaging. The dynamic between characters feels true to life, and their exchanges mimic genuine relationships between coworkers.
There is no lack of action in Brindley’s work. From the first chapter, his characters are entrenched in a battle to understand their situation that moves quickly into a battle for their lives. Readers who appreciate well-drawn fight sequences and intricately described battle scenes, will appreciate Brindley’s work.
Cover to cover, the characters’ reactions to their surroundings and the people they encounter serve as a wonderful contrast to the time period in which they have found themselves. Brindley throws in the perfect number of references to modern technology in juxtaposition to the primitive weapons and lack of simple things we take for granted such as calendars and clocks. Consistency is key in books of this genre, and Brindley manages that with ease.
One of the most endearing aspects of Brindley’s cast of characters is the compassion shown by Alexander’s crew during a time of war. Characters one might expect to be brash and full of cold reactions in time of war are actually tenderhearted and loving. Their desire to tend to the injured and not only assist the wounded but provide genuine comfort is captivating. These traits add another layer to the already engaging characters.
History buffs will enjoy Brindley’s work. The author has gone to great lengths to include historically accurate information in his writing. Watching as the inhabitants of the past experience bits and pieces of the future is as fascinating as it is entertaining.
Rarely does one find a truly perfect blend of past and present, but Brindley has given just that to his readers. Memorable characters wrapped in a unique story line make for one fantastic read and lay the groundwork for what I hope are more books with Alexander’s crew.
Pages: 473 | ASIN: B07N6K1DRZ
The Turing Revolt is a thrilling space adventure novel following a star ship captain who gets blackmailed into helping Sentient Ships rebel against the Empire. What was your inspiration for the idea behind this novel?
There is a detailed history of the War Against Infinity Universe in existence. is our first entrée into the WAI Universe. It introduces Milo Sapphire at the beginning of a series of significant events for both Milo and the Universe. But it’s not the only set of significant events in Milo’s life. Once this series is completed; perhaps there will be opportunities to learn about those other significant events. He wasn’t always the First.
Captain Milo Sapphire is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some ideas you wanted to capture while developing his character?
Gallup published a book called, “First Break all the Rules”. Here’s a quote from the website “…great managers share one common trait: They don’t hesitate to break virtually every rule held sacred by conventional wisdom.” I also wanted to explore the concept of a leader emerging in a crisis. How would someone with those traits deal with virtual immortality? Finally, I love the tshirt slogan, “Remember, I’m old for a reason!”
Milo is based on those concepts. He’s the leader of any group he joins; generally, by acclimation. He commands the room just by entering it but he doesn’t do it overtly; it is a function of his personality. But he doesn’t look for the leadership position and he’s just as happy being by himself, chasing skirts and exploring unknown planets. But he also will never back down from a contest of wills. And no one, ever, screws with his people. So, if you come to him and convince him (or blackmail him) into accomplishing a task; get the hell out of the way… ‘Cause it’s gonna happen. No matter what it takes. But his actions are governed by his own code of ethics; his set of absolutes. So his solutions are usually unorthodox.
I enjoyed the rich backstory you created for this in depth novel. What were some themes you pursued while creating this world?
I started with a quote from Arthur C. Clarke, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” To that I added my own quote, “Life is about competition for scarce economic resources”. Finally, I added in “the two driving needs hardwired into any living thing are survival and procreation. Then I asked the question, what is the most efficient way to compete for those resources to achieve the goals of survival and procreation? Where/how does altruism, loyalty, ruthlessness play into that efficiency? When is it ethical to manipulate others into improving their efficiency at competing? Is that manipulation or leadership? Every character has needs and wants that drives their motivations and their actions; but at their core, they’re just competing for those resources.
What is the next novel that you are working on and when will it be available?
The next novel in the series is called, The Calla’cara Gambit. It’s planned to be available by August 2020.
I’m a humble, itinerant Star Ship Captain who got blackmailed into helping the Sentient Ships rebel against the Empire. Just because my personal AI might test off the Turing Scale. Now I’ve got the Empire, the Lotus Eaters Society and the Khan of a planet of intelligent dinosaurs all gunning for me! Old secrets are coming back, people and situations I walked away from… when I became a humble, itinerant Star Ship Captain. And I might be on a mission… from God!
I enjoyed the depth of character and unique arcs developed in this novel. What were some themes you wanted to capture in your characters?
I honestly think my major theme in all my novels is to be honest with yourself and with the world. People need to take off the mask and let people see the real you. I think that’s the hardest in high school, but you get older and realize that you’ll find a grand group of people to love you for who you are, and that’s the most beautiful thing in the world. It’s why I love Danielle and Calvins friendship. No matter what they do, they love each other.
High school is a highly stressful time and I think you capture that well. Did you bring any of your own experiences into this story?
Honestly, I had a great time in high school. People knew me, and I wasn’t really bullied. I think that I use more of my life now than back then. I used my past relationship with my ex for Aman and those conversations between Aman and Calvin were real.
This is book one in your High School Queens Trilogy. What can readers expect in book two, The Revenged Queen?
To be honest, Book one is my least favorite in the trilogy. I feel like the imaginary gloves come off in book two. It gets darker, sexier, and a whole lot bitchier. I dive more into everyone’s characters, and we get to see other people’s motives for some of the actions. Villains in the first novel soon become friends, I feel like. Book two is my favorite in the trilogy.
They all thought they did a masterful job of keeping their secrets close to their chest. These stupid fools thought they were the high court of this kingdom, but they had no clue who was really pulling the strings. You might wonder to yourself, who would be that heartless to make them backstab their friends, expose other’s secrets, and lose their morals? You don’t need to know who I am, but you better remember my name, The Marked Queen.
Danielle, Andrew, Delilah, Aman, and Jasmine all are now faced with a mysterious villain whose one goal is to ruin each of their lives. They must protect their secrets at all cost, or they’ll be the next victim on Marked Day. They know what’s at stake, and they’ll stop at nothing to continue being: the rich spoiled girl, the normal teenager, the girl who isn’t banging the principal, the straight vlogger, and the girl who isn’t her dad’s punching bag. What happens when The Marked Queen changes up the game just in time for prom? Will each of our favorite puppets survive? Or are they willing to backstab each other just to keep up their personas? The only thing lost at this prom wasn’t going to be their virginity.
Sex, Lies, and High School Queens explores the major theme of self-acceptance. Can they learn to accept all their flaws or pray victim to The Marked Queen? Each chapter continues to fill your sweet tooth until the climactic moment at the prom where you get to have that final bite of the bitch cake you’ve been dying to consume.
The Lord of Long Shadows: Knights of the Fallen Realm follows an orphan whos life is changed when a chance encounter transports her into the adventure of a lifetime. What was the inspiration for the setup to this thrilling story?
From the earliest concepts for the story, I had always envisioned Alex being transported into another world. I thought it would be really interesting to take a character out of our environment, and put her in a world like Aquillon, where she is constantly learning on the fly and having to adapt on the run.
Alex Winters is an interesting and uniquely developed character. What were some ideas that guided her character development?
I’ve always had a love of strong, confident female characters from books to television to movies. Growing up I was always inspired by characters like Kara Thrace on Battlestar Galactica, or Anabeth Chase of the Percy Jackson series, so I guess she takes a lot of notes from characters like that. Combine that with the fact that I’m married to a confident woman from Boston, and that should give you some idea of Alex’s origins.
I enjoyed the background of the story and the hierarchical system of the world. What were some themes you wanted to explore while creating this world?
I’ve always loved fantasy, but in a lot of fantasy worlds, humanity is either on top or vying for power. I’ve always thought it would be sort of interesting to flip that and have humanity on the bottom of the food chain. I guess it’s sort of my take on post-apocalyptic fantasy. In Aquillon, the world has already ended for humanity, so it’s up to Alex and her friends to figure out what to do about it.
This is book one in your Knights of the Fallen Realm series. Where will book two pickup and when will it be available?
The second book picks up right where this one leaves off, and that’s all I’ll say so as to avoid spoilers. I’m currently hard at work on the manuscript for the second book, and I anticipate it coming out sometimes in 2020, but that’s about as specific of a timeline as I have right now.
In The Lord of Long Shadows (Knights of the Fallen Realm, Book 1) Twenty-year-old orphan Alex Winters’ quiet life is shattered when a chance encounter transports her to a world beyond her imagination and into the adventure of a lifetime.After saving an old man on her way home from work, Alex Winters finds herself abruptly teleported to the world of Aquillon, where humanity suffers at the hands of the Court of Hours, a group of malevolent demons who have ruled for a thousand years. Given only a single clue to find her way home, Alex sets out on a journey to discover her place in a world she barely understands. Over the course of her adventure, Alex befriends brave allies and evades cunning and sinister enemies, all the while discovering more and more about a destiny she feels unprepared for, while facing challenges and dangers that will push her courage to the limit. Filled with action, adventure, and humor, The Lord of Long Shadows is a thrilling young-adult fantasy adventure perfect for middle and high school fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson novels, as well as fans of fast-paced adventure and fantasy of all ages. The Lord of Long Shadows is a page-turner that will leave readers laughing and excited to see what happens next as the adventure of Knights of the Fallen Realm unfolds.
Hotel Pennsylvania (The DreamCatchers Book One) by M.G. Pappas is a children’s fantasy fiction book about a group of young teenagers who go on a vacation with their families to a hotel in Pennsylvania. It seems like a normal trip until they are looking at pictures at the end of the weekend and notice an unknown boy in one of the images. Who is he? Why didn’t they see him when they were taking the picture? The group returns to the same hotel the next weekend to try to discover the boy’s identity. But the truth about Keanu is almost impossible to believe.
The book was a quick read, and it had an interesting premise. I enjoyed the supernatural element in the story with several of the kids having various abilities. The story didn’t go the way I was anticipating. After the mention of the hotel’s age and Nicole thinking that it might be haunted when they first arrived, I thought that Keanu would turn out to be a ghost. It was surprising to learn the truth, and I liked that the author took the story in an unexpected direction. I also liked how the kids worked together to solve the mystery of Keanu’s identity.
The crossword puzzle at the end of the book was fun to complete, with answers that were learned by reading the story.
I enjoyed this book immensely but I felt that there was room for improvement. There was a big focus on social media in the beginning, which was realistic, but not interesting to read about. The narrative sometimes jumped between past and present tense, the story felt rushed in places I would have like more detail, and the kids dialogue seemed a bit stilted at times.
This book is a good example of how interesting characters can really make a story. Put them in interesting situations and you have my undivided attention.
In Book One, Keanu can teleport to other places anywhere in the world, and this is different from the other books in the Dreamcatchers series. Book Two, Cruise to the Past, has the kids traveling back in time, and Book Three, A Chase Through Time, is a story featuring time travel to the future. I like that each book in the series has a unique element to it.
Pages: 118 | ASIN: B078MPTLQY
Ready to feel enlightened? In Shirin Ariff’s Keepsake, this short poetry book is filled with powerful uplifting words in each heartfelt poem.
The central theme in this poetry book is about the author being inspired and closer to God. In each poem, the author talks about nature and welcomed God into their life. Each poem highlights her spiritual journey to become connected and closer to Him. Whether you’re religious or not, this book would brighten your day.
In Keepsake, the poet speaks from her heart, and her heart and soul is clearly poured into every page. These poems are emotional journeys exploring nature and God’s paradise. I enjoyed the poems symmetry and easy flow. I think this is a perfect book for poetry enthusiasts, nature lovers, and the faithful.
Pages: 17 | ASIN: B07QPBMXRH
Climate change is affecting every country in the world. It is a global problem. Therefore it is the responsibility of every human being in the world to help with the crisis. Operation Sustainable Human outlines three significant truths about climate change. The first being that human beings have caused the adverse climate change being experienced right now. This book is a simple guide to human action. It takes a step away from complicated and inefficient actions and focuses on simpler more manageable ways to impact climate change and the fight to save the planet.
Chris Macdonald has made an important observation. You usually cannot make a meaningful contribution to save the planet unless you have lots of money to donate to the cause or lots of time to dedicate to the cause. The situation on the ground is different. Even people with full time jobs and can barely make ends meet will feel a need to save the planet. This guide is for such people. The author presents a unique point of view to a complex problem.
There is a simplicity to this book that one would not expect but is very well appreciated. The author addresses the problem in simple language. The reader gets to consume material in a way that lets them understand both the message and the intensity of it. The book is also quite short making it easier to revert back to from time to time. This is ideal for a guide. You can always revisit it to see where you are on the actions suggested. The material is very well researched and has a strong basis in science.
This list is supposed to be about doable things, but some of them don’t feel this way. A good example of this is action item number 4. Changing the system has been on the forefront of things for a long time and is something easier said than done. For this particular action item, I felt that there was a lack of explanation on how it can be achieved. How would a regular individual stand up to the system and come out unscathed?
This is definitely a conversation worth having. If the word is spread wide enough then maybe action number 4 will not seem so daunting. If enough people see how complex the problem is and what the impact could be, they will start to understand that only humans hold the solution to the problem. This is a powerful book that is relevant book and essential. The more people read this, the better.
Pages: 77 | ASIN: B07XWVGPDQ
You will always be told to keep a positive outlook on things. It is possible for a person to change the trajectory of their own life by sheer will and determination. A person’s consciousness plays a big role in determining their relationship with the universe. This phenomenon has been talked about for eons. Rarely do people venture into the root of it to try and discern how it could be so. Emmanuel Morfoboss has used philosophical insight and scientific elements to analyze the idea that reality can be reformed or formed by consciousness.
Choose a Reality… Any Reality takes a unique path and brings a whole new method of preaching. The author has done a good job of decreasing the amount of qualitative elements by including science in the book. Through the various insights of some of the greatest philosophers, the reader will be gradually convinced that they truly bend the universe to their will, so to speak. While some faith and affirmations are present in the book, they are not as prominent as the science and philosophy.
This book has a personal touch as the author has written it in the first person narrative. You get to understand his motivation for wanting to explore this phenomenon. You get to see the progression from mere curiosity to seeking answers to the various questions. From this the reader can relate to the story and the author thus makes understanding the material a little easier. There is evidence of extensive research in science and philosophy as well as other related disciplines.
Short paragraphs and simple language adorn the pages of this book. Despite the subject being so heavy and complex, the writing and language are light and presented in easily digested bits. The prose is clean and crisp. While the material is fairly clear and presented with unrelenting diligence I think that the book can benefit from a good line editor. This is a complex subject. It has many layers to it and requires a lot of concentration. Therefore the reader has to be attentive right from the beginning lest they risk getting lost in the intricate web.
This book provides understanding of the universe and the need for constant positivity as a means of directing forces in the universe. It is an engaging book that imparts knowledge and wisdom. This book does not direct your life, it simply talks about the relationship between a person’s thoughts and the forces that impact their life.
Pages: 68 | ASIN: B07VMN51NP