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A Sense of Purpose

A Sense of Purpose by [Russell Plante ]

Everyone faces hardships in life. Even animals aren’t exempt from that, feral or domestic. Russell H. Plante brilliantly illustrates this aspect of life in his book A Sense of Purpose. In it, he introduces us to Chester, a cat that gets to experience many things, some good, some not so great, and helps us see the purpose that we all have in our lives, one way or another. We get to experience Chester’s adventure since he was just a little kitten. Without a mother, and having to figure things out by himself, he finds early on a girl that’s willing enough to give him a home and some companionship. From this very moment, he starts learning new things, things that will help him live through many difficult situations, lessons that he ultimately shares with others around him and with ourselves, the readers.

The story is told from Chester’s perspective. Despite being a cat, there’s so much that people can relate to with his life. What Chester goes through are things that we all go through and experience in our lives. Fear, uncertainty, loneliness, but also hope, friendship and love. Both the beauty and the harsh reality of life is presented in detail throughout the book. Chester meets multiple people, makes new friends and adapts to different environments repeatedly. Each situation gives Chester a new perspective through which to see life. It’s not all rainbows and sunshine, but it’s not all unavoidable darkness either. The storms that he lives through, both metaphorically and literally, help him gather new knowledge and become more resilient.

Author Russell Plante’s story gives visibility to a prominent issue in both human and animal life: the one of homelessness. Chester experiences this terrible reality early in his life. He loses his mom, gets lost and at one point decides to leave the safe home he already had in an heroic attempt to find and help a friend. The loneliness and helplessness that he gets exposed to because of this is heartbreaking. He makes friends with humans that are also homeless, and realizes that sometimes those who have less are precisely the ones that are ready to give more. The meaning of love, friendship and companionship gains a lot of importance in this story, and is the main thing that allows everything to move forward. Readers will immediately feel compassion for the characters introduced throughout the plot, and will be able to relate and empathize with their struggles.

There are so many things to like about this book. It is an overall sweet and beautiful story that will resonate with everyone that reads it. Love for those around us, humans and animals, are the main things that I leave with after finishing this book. We all have a sense of purpose, and this book will help you understand that more clearly.

Pages: 172 | ASIN: B08KSJWFXN

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Family Gathering: Book One in The Mark Magazinez Series – Book Trailer

Every family has drama. Mark never imagined the depth of his. As a child he watched, listened and learned. Mark knew there was more going on than he was being told. Now an adult, Mark is being pulled into a world he doesn’t understand. A world filled with hidden agendas and secrets that could ruin his life. His dreams become troubled but it is the haunting message of his great aunt that return to guide him. Family Gathering is a story of family and the lengths we go to keep the secrets of the ones we love.

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Sisters and the Plight With Boys

N. R. White
N.R. White Author Interview

Destiny Love Jones Vol 1 follows sisters through two different time periods that face similar challenges with society and dating. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Great question, thanks for asking. The story of Destiny Love Jones Vol.1 Sisters and the Plight with Boys actually derived from a novel I had previously written which was a romantic satire. Upon completing that original book, my thinking evolved as I began to understand that there were more to women’s lives than romance (not saying that romance isn’t important, because it is), but I wanted to explore additional facets of being a female. I also loved the main characters from that original book and knew that I wanted to explore these complex characters more. Thus leading to my latest novel Destiny Love Jones Vol.1 Sisters and the Plight with Boys. I wanted to dive into the characters’ history so readers can have a better understanding of cultural ideology, generational trauma, and the evolving and sometimes stagnant issues in society that girls and women of colour face throughout generations. I also wanted keep the essence of the original book so there are quirky and entertaining moments as well! I find that if readers can understand where a family and people are coming from, they can understand, empathize and even relate to their circumstance. I also felt that by comparing the past to the present in the story, readers can clearly see that although the times and society have changed, one can ironically question, have the times really changed or is it just systematically cloaked?

Your characters were enjoyable to follow and interesting. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I have a natural ability to empathize with people; it’s a natural trait I’ve always had since I was a small child. Being a fictional writer, it’s easy for me to thoroughly develop a character because I can walk in their shoes. I can see their point of view when no one else around them can fully see or understand. I can do this from the most lovable character to the most grotesque. I believe that by having empathy as a writer, I can develop strong, well throughout, believable characters that are uniquely themselves (even the times when they pretend not to be themselves)!

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

There were numerous themes I included in this narrative because they are all important to mention. But if I were to focus on a few critical ones, I would say the issues of friendship/sisterhood, race, patriarchy, classism, colorism, mental health, relationships (both romantic and platonic), and just being a teen in high school and all of it’s dramas. I believe that all (or most) of these issues intersect in our lives at one point or the other and bringing them to the forefront will hopefully promote healthy duologues and explore ways to address some of these issues in real life.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Happy to say that Destiny Love Jones Vol. Sisters and the Plight with Boys is part one of a seven-series novel collection. With this well throughout series, readers will be able to follow these main characters throughout their life’s journey, mainly into adulthood, and all the adventures, obstacles and twist that will come their way. Volume 2 is due out Spring of 2022 and will be available for pre-order this fall.

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Let the fascinating and thought-provoking world of Destiny Love Jones take you on an intricate journey where blissful fantasy collides with unfortunate reality, and fate and choice oddly intertwine. Uniquely Canadian, this profound coming-of-age narrative begins in the 1940s and ’50s in the rural, coastal town of Cliff Harbour, Nova Scotia.

Pearl, Augustine, and Holly are black teens forced to live in the reality of war, segregation, classism, and patriarchy; however, their faith in sisterhood and bond of friendship strengthens and unites them. As they expand their independence as young women, forging their own paths and finding intimate relationships, the predicaments with the men in their lives only seem to exacerbate their situation, and the strength of their friendship and all things they hold sacred is tested to the cusp of utter devastation.

With an impish twist of irony, forward forty years later in the late ’90s, and as fate had once aligned Pearl, Augustine, and Holly’s sisterly bond, so it does with Destiny and her friends Olivia and Tiffany. Although society has progressed since the ’50s, being a black teen girl in modern times continues to present its unique challenges. If the pressures of their fractured home lives and the politics of high school aren’t stressful enough, the trio’s troubles only heighten as they strive to discover themselves, find love, and gain acceptance by those who surround them. Boys of all kinds in the mix only seem to intensify matters as their delicate friendship is continuously challenged beyond their wildest imaginations. Will their sisterly bond be fortified among adversity, or will they be pulled apart like the women of two generations before them?

Outcast – Book Trailer

Tirrell Ellis has always felt like an outcast. His loving grandmother takes him in after the death of his parents and his very existence becomes the source of much conflict between him and his half-brother.

Feelings of being unwanted fester inside Tirrell and he eventually explodes in fits of anger. His unbridled temper gets him booted out of the military, and he violently unleashes his frustration on his girlfriend when he discovers a secret that she’s been harboring.

Tirrell believes things are finally turning around in his favor when he meets Alexandra Solomon. Blinded by the trappings of the lifestyle she offers him, he ignores the warnings of his grandmother to stay away from her.

By the time Tirrell finds out that Alex Solomon is not who she appears to be, it’s almost too late, as he puts his life and the lives of his family in danger.

With his world falling to ruin, will Tirrell be able to right the wrongs he’s done and prove that he’s not he pariah his family believes him to be?

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Discover Something New

Wynsome Peters Author Interview

Unlikely follows two friends who investigate mysterious activities in an abandoned house and uncover something unexpected. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The inspiration was to write a story about people who live in a smaller community. Where life goes at a slower pace. Where if everyone does not know each other, they know of the person. Where everything happens the same. So, when the two friends discover something unusual it gives one friend the opportunity to branch out and discover something new.

Nate and Zachary are intriguing characters. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I wanted personalities that were opposite but able to get along; to show how a sense of adventure versus a sense of logic complement each other. As the story progresses the roles of adventure and logic are sometimes swapped.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

You should be able to guess one if you have already read the book. Friendship, the other one is the pressure of pleasing your father.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

My next book is a YA called Watchers Eye and comes out the summer of 2021.

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lt’s not spectacular, it’s a run of the mill some would even call it Mayberry but that’s a good description. The city is enlarging and with it starts the beginning of the breaking apart of the everyone knows everyone harmony. This one small city has fought to remain the same

Slowly as the earth turns, this city is being swept away into living life in an unharmonious way. New buildings, mostly banks are being built for the homes where the newcomers are coming; although they are on the outskirts.

One new arrival is the new school system, no longer are they going to buck the system and have 6th grade remain elementary.

The kids go with the flow, while the parents can see a hint of the conformity and being puppeteered.

One norm that no one wants to discuss is one vacant solitary building that looks eyeless. It’s the only reminder and remainder of what used to be.

Two main characters Hiccup and Pontmus happen to be traveling past the “used to be” when movement catches one of their eyes.

It’s from that one shadow that the sleuthing begins. One boy is going to uncover whatever is going on; while the other rather have the police handle it.

Why he is so determined to find out can be unearthed by checking out his family. Being the middle child has neither the perks of being the leader or being the spoiled. The dad has a job that places a demand to find things out that once was thought impossible

This gene of discovering has lain dormant in him since where he lives is so tame but things are about to go from normal to un.

The personality that wins out causes more sleuthing which uncovers very little until happenstance collides with reality.

One of the new families to move in, breaching the solitude of the city has a child who is so oddly articulate, it’s cool.

He becomes an unknowing accomplice in whatever is going on.

Sleuth boy gets his chance to really find out what is happening when he takes over a temporary job offered. Right now, all he has is his assumptions and imagination.

He is not trying to get caught; in fact, he doesn’t believe he will. He is so caught up that he doesn’t see the signs that show that the table has been turned and he is no longer the only spy.

Capture is imminent, but not only does he get ensnared, his friend, who had a moment of bravery is also entrapped.

Now what can they do?

These people are adults, bigger, stronger smarter. Hiccup notices that the smart gene may have passed on them. While he tries to play on that notion, his friend fades into despair.

Still leading, Hiccup’s brain is swirling with ideas on escape. Each one does not produce the wanted effect.

Will they ever be found?

This author writes her debut novel under a sobriquet. Some facts are that her real name can be pronounced in every country. She writes with a passion of telling an Unlikely story with funny parts if you have the type of humor to appreciate it. Holding a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, writing has always held a torch. This book shows the light at the end.


Unlikely by [Wynsome Peters]

Every abandoned building holds a bit of mystery. At one time or another, all of us have had that moment when we imagine the life that used to inhabit the old homes and businesses in our communities–it’s just part of their charm. On the other hand, those same buildings can be homes to some truly sinister activities. When Nate and his friend, Zachary, notice something amiss with the abandoned building in their neighborhood, they make it their mission to discover the truth. What begins as an innocent exercise in eavesdropping quickly turns into an adventure neither of the boys will soon forget. 

Unlikely, by Wynsome Peters, is the realistic urban fiction story centered around two middle schoolers making their way into high school and finding adventure along the way. Nate and Zachary, curious and eager to prove themselves, begin their own investigation after seeing shadows and overhearing a disturbing conversation behind the walls of a dilapidated building. The young boys make it their mission to solve the mystery and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Peters has managed to create an engaging story which will appeal to adolescent readers who enjoy mystery plots with relatable characters. The move from middle school to high school is one that causes mixed emotions and a host of opportunities to meet new people. The author has given young readers two main characters who both feel and act like them and have their own unique families full of quirks. Readers will find themselves just as invested in Nate and Zachary as they are the mystery unfolding before them.

While I enjoyed this adventurous romp, I noticed a few grammatical errors which affect the flow of the story. With a bit of proofreading, and an editor to keep the story focused, this could easily be an exceptionally fun novel.

Unlikely is an intriguing middle school adventure story that builds up and unravels a mystery in entertaining fashion. The author’s choice of characters and storyline work well and provide a relatable and engaging story for younger readers. 

Pages: 137 | ASIN: B07MRF18HH

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The Monsters of Their Imaginations

Michael A. Greco
Michael A. Greco Author Interview

Hollyweird Needs is a wild SciFi story following a group of kids from a special needs school that discover a portal to the past in a new arcade game. How did this idea start and change as you wrote?

I started with my own fantasies about characters lost in space and time, and then played with all the possible twists involved with jumping through these dimensions. I should credit Steven King’s 11/23/63 for the following idea: What if these forces of space-time resisted change? I took this a step further with the characters ‘breaking’ the continuum, allowing all the fun stuff to happen, with the monsters of their imaginations pouring through.

There is a lot of interesting characters in this book. Who was your favorite character to write for?

I suppose my favorite character would be Chester. Even though there is no outstanding lead for this story, as it’s more of a buddy story, Chester is the one with the greatest understanding of how the time-jumping works, and she undergoes the most change, including how she rejects the moniker of Chester for her real Assyrian name as her self-actualization develops.

This seems like a very imaginative book. Was this an outlet for your natural creativity or was did it take some effort to put together?

I write within the genre of what I call comic fantasy, but my last couple of books (“Project Purple” and “Assunta”) wandered quite a bit from that category. You can say I got the HORROR out of my system. I probably should have published those under a different name, but I didn’t. And so now I’m back to doing what I enjoy the most—trying to be funny.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The next book is in the comic-fantasy realm, out this summer called “A Labyrinth for Loons”, about an American tourist stuck in Covid lockdown in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He’s given the body of a corpse for storage because the family of the deceased is not allowed to drive it home for burial during lockdown. The dead man begins to haunt the guy, and he slips into a psychosis, losing his sense of identity and taking on the characteristics of the corpse—when it was alive. This action takes place with the day-to-day life and culture of Kuala Lumpur in the background.

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In a time-worn shopping center near Hollywood, California, teens in a special needs school have discovered an extraordinary arcade claw-game that offers tickets for the lucky winners to visit the past.

But the adults, especially those in the nearby screenwriting workshop, catch wind of the teens’ exploits, and in their own clumsy attempts to leap back into the past, tear a hole in the dimensions of time and space.

That’s when the monsters come through.

The Butts Plaza shopping center falls under siege, what with giant man-eating worms, dragons from the under-world, brain-eating zombies, killer monkey-birds, a deadly, gargantuan bouncing head, and even the Terminator–on a mission to terminate.

It turns out that forays done willy-nilly through the time continuum have consequences–mainly that the monstrosities featured in the adults’ screenplays come to life. Now the little shopping center has turned into a mish-mash of horrific goings-on.

The teens, all on various stages of the autism spectrum, must rescue the adults in Butts Plaza (and maybe the whole wide world!) from the horrors pouring through that hole in the sky.

And all of this begs the question–Who are the ones with special needs, anyway?

One Way In, No Way Out

Mann is a self-proclaimed genius at dealing drugs and is, himself, a heavy user. Mann’s life is filled with making deals, and there’s not one profession that’s not familiar with this product. Mann has seen and done it all and continues to live every day of his life on the edge not knowing what lies around the next corner. From drug distribution to fighting for his life, Mann manages to escape one harrowing situation after another. There is no calm in Mann’s life; there is no down time. And Mann wouldn’t have it any other way.

One Way In, No Way Out is the gripping action adventure story by Malcolm Boyd that tells the story of Mann Walker and his overabundance of near-misses and close calls. Mann has spent the better part of his life finding his way into and out of one sticky situation after another. The difference between Mann and any other man is that he chooses this life, time and time again–he’s addicted to the thrill it brings.

Malcolm Boyd has the proverbial way with words. From the opening line by main character, Mann Walker, Boyd hooks readers and invests them in Mann’s sordid life. I am a huge fan of first-person narratives, and Boyd more than delivered with One Way In, No Way Out. Watching the events unfold through Mann’s eyes is a fascinating way to witness the plot of this story. His life is so involved, so complicated–the only way to truly understand and relate to his character is through the personal, first-person perspective.

It’s worth noting that some action/adventure fans might be put off a bit by the exchanges between characters. Given the intense subject matter, there is some profanity in Boyd’s work. Though somewhat rough, the dialogue is integral to the plot.

I recommend One Way In, No Way Out to any action and adventure fan looking for a more down-to-earth novel. Boyd’s characters are gritty, real, and, in their own way, endearing. Mann Walker’s tale is one not to be taken lightly. Boyd takes readers on a journey that both amaze and sadden them, pulling them into the rawness of his characters’ lives.

Pages: 379 | ASIN: B01N37P508

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