The not so Useless Warrior Princess

A Princess convinces her father, the king, that she wants to become a warrior like her brothers and the other boys. There are several kingdoms and the Warrior kingdom is the one that seems to keep the others in check. The Princess isn’t able to learn the magic in training but she doesn’t understand why. 

This book is brief and exciting. While the Princess isn’t doing well as a warrior-in-training and has been teased by many, all hope seems to be lost when the fire king begins taking over the other kingdoms. There is that one sliver of hope with the Soul Eating Sword, but it requires a Warrior kingdom sacrifice. The Princess and her brothers travel far to find this Soul Eating Sword. But will this sacrifice be the answer to defeating the fire king?

Recently I received an email requesting a review for a children’s book, The Useless Warrior Princess by Segilola Salami. I feel like this is a great story for children, but there is just something missing. There is discussion about each kingdom, about the Princess having weaknesses and strengths. But there is no examples of what these are. As much as I thought this story was about overcoming weaknesses and using your strengths, there is nothing about what these might be for the Princess.

There is potential with this story. Provided complimentary for an honest review, Unfortunately, I was unable to open this book on my kindle app, so I was unable to see any colors that may be present on the story. I was able to read it in black and white on my kindle Paperwhite. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review this book.

A suspenseful and emotional Return to Christmas

Returning from combat deployment is no vacation and it sometimes leaves the soldier feeling like no one understands him except for his battle buddies. While life goes on, the readjustment is difficult for many. In Return to Christmas, post-deployment is difficult for Chet as he attempts to readjust to behind home with his family and having difficulty finding and keeping employed. It as not until he meets a quiet autistic child that he begins to open up.

The behaviors of Chet are familiar to me, as I work with wounded warriors full-time. I’m not a social worker, but sometimes I wonder if that’s the next chapter for myself. Regardless, this story of Chet and his family and their journey to Christmas is emotional, heart-breaking, hopeful, and enlightening. In my experience with working with the wounded, ill, and injured service members post-deployment, their conditions are not always physical, but rather behavior health with chronic issues with sleep, anger, depression, headaches, and more. 

Chet seemed to do his best when it came to caring for his child. This is one person who wouldn’t judge him nor does he feel judged. This is often the case with returning soldiers from combat-deployment. They seem to focus on their children. Maybe it’s because they have seen the value of life, or maybe it’s because they want a better life for their own child, whatever the case, their children seem to ground them, particularly if the child is young, like Chet’s.

This story lightly touches on the effects on the home life for many who return from combat-deployments. An easy and light read, yet heart-warming and touching storyline, Return to Christmas by Kathi Macias shows a fairly typical story of post-deployment soldiers. The support of family and friends is important, even though the soldier may not want it. The changes in behavior are typical for soldiers who have deployed to Operation Eduring Freedom and Opeartion Iraqi Freedom, resulting in isolation and difficulty to reintegrate into civilian life.

I am honored to have the opportunity to read and review this book that shows even a small glimpse of life with a wounded warrior. This book was provided complimentary for an honest review. I highly recommend this book to anyone who knows a recently deployed soldier or maybe just a military love story. 

The Bravest You leads us to an extraordinary life

Are you brave? Do you follow your passions, your heart, your intuition? Or do you live your life in fear, limiting your reality? ‘The Bravest You: Five Steps to Fight Your Biggest Fears, Find Your Passion, and Unlock Your Extraordinary Life” by Adam Kirk Smith is an amazing collection to guide readers towards overcoming those fears, finding and following your passion, and unlocking an extraordinary life.

As we grow up, we have dreams to become these great people, affecting the lives of others and we begin to work towards those dreams. Then, life happens. We create a monotonous life, a life of routine, and we stay in those limitations, yet we dream of bigger and better, but we just don’t have enough time to get there. Our dreams get pushed aside while we work on the here and now.

Let’s get past the obstacles life and thrown at us and work towards becoming a braver us! What are you passionate about? What passions make you thrive? What are you willing to do without expecting to get paid to do it? What can you do that will leave a lasting impact on your life?

“Passion is and always will be the force that pushes you forward to find success – nothing more, nothing less.” ~Adam Kirk Smith, The Bravest You

Once you find your passion, you will find your purpose. Don’t limit your reality if you haven’t found your purpose!

This author also describes having hope. Break out of mediocrity and do something grand.  Use your intuition and previous life experiences plus the knowledge obtained along the way to achieve your purpose.

Create new brave habits to achieve the success you desire. Momentum will come when your passion comes from within, not from external forces. You need that drive, that grit, to keep going beyond where you’ve ever gone before.

Personally, I have found the tips in this book to be very useful and enlightening. There are many quotes within this book that I have highlighted and shared with my friends on social media. In my field of work and in my business, this book has come in very handy.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who feels stuck, who wants to achieve those dreams, or who feels there’s just not enough time to work on anything else. This book was provided complimentary for an honest review on NetGalley.

Happiness for Beginners truly has a secret of positive thinking

They say you are who you hang out with. They also say that who you hang out with is a huge influence on your life. Maybe it’s just me, but I like to think I’m positive and encouraging. The title of this book, “Happiness for Beginners: The secret of positive thinking” by Ani Right stoo out to me as a must read! Happiness may not be a new concept or idea for anyone, but what truly is happiness?

I dug into this book and found it enlightening and engaging. There are several quotes within the book that I found important to share with my social media friends and many are on the lookout for this book! There is importance in maintaining the right attitude, in changing our personal perspective, even turning failure into success.

“People today prefer to learn about other people’s problems, rather than take action to solve them.” 

This quote holds true with the recent actions taken by the NFL with staying in the locker room or kneeling during the national anthem. They’re attempting to make a statement, whatever it might be. Everyone across the nation is talking about this. Everyone talking about it is more curious about how this is a problem rather than taking action to solve the problem that caused this all to happen. I’m not here to say if it’s right or wrong as it really does not matter in the grand scheme of things. I’m just saying this is an example of people today prefer to learn about other people’s problems instead of taking action to solve them.

“Fatigue, stress, mental inadequacies, and the inability to focus on the test at hand are effects of negativity.”

When we are fatigued, we stress out quicker and we are unable to focus as well. Our mental capabilities are less effective and often times we express more negativity. This all holds true! Have you ever seen a toddler throw a tantrum when they really just need a nap or to go bed? It doesn’t stop at 5 years old, friends! We carry this all through life and continue to throw our own adult sized tantrums when we are tired and stressed, all dishing out negativity on the regular!

“80% of people are willing to accept the distasteful truth of failure. They tell themselves that they will never be successful. They cultivate the thought that they need luck or talent to be successful.”

“15% of people are more determined and resilient. They will brush themselves off and try again, even after they fail.”

Entrepreneurs, managers, professors, authors, etc all face failure fairly often. The difference between the 15% successful and those 80% who quit is their grit. It’s if they fall under this 80% who tell themselves that they’d failed, even if they’ve barely started. The 15% often do not achieve the results they desire. Mainly this is because they did not change their behavior. But that does not equal 100% of people! 

“The remaining 5% of people are those who take success seriously.”

Where do you fall? This is super interesting to ponder and it can apply to anyone at any state of life. As an entrepreneur myself, I feel like I’m in the 15% wishing I was in the 5%. Now to take the steps of positivity to get to where I want to be!

This is an excellent book for anyone who seems to be struggling in life, working towards goals, or just feels stuck. The mindset shift encouraged in this book is enlightening and empowering. 

This book was provided complimentary in exchange for an honest review by reading deals.com. 

She just needed a Second Chance Grill

Destined to greatness, Dr. Mary Chance finds herself grieving after the lost of her best friend and fellow physician. Mary decides to take a sabbatical and learns she’s now the owner of a grill in small town Liberty, Ohio. 

Totally out of her comfort zone, Mary reluctantly learns the ropes of owning and running a grill. She has her second chance when the food is absolutely horrible her first go-around that everyone wants to avoid this little establishment. While she gets everything under control, she meets preteen, Blossom Perini, who’s father owns the autoshop across the street. 

Blossom has a spirit that anyone would grow to love. She also seems to want Mary and her single father to get to know each other better. Blossom is in remission for a short time while Mary keeps an eye on her new friend. 

Meanwhile, it seems Mary decides to sell the grill as Blossom heads to the hospital. Before the restaurant goes under, Mary decides to throw a property and estate sale to help with Blossom’s treatment as she’s quickly deteriorating. Blossom’s friends help with advertising and marketing the sale and get the media involved. But are Mary and Blossom’s friends too late? 

Second Chance Grill is a pretty quick read and an emotional story of laughs and tears, heart-swelling joy, romance, and giggles. The reader gets pulled into the characters of Liberty, Ohio with descriptive personalities and beautiful surroundings. Each individual quickly become the reader’s own family and friends.  

A sweet story written by Christine Nolfi in this lovely Liberty Series. Provided complimentary by the author herself for an honest review; I am honored to be blessed with such an amazing story to read! I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a love story between friends and community as well as two unlikely neighbors. 

Start each day with a Miracle Morning

Those days of wanting to accomplish more in a day but don’t have enough time is over!! When you start your day with a Miracle Morning, you start fresh every day and prepare for accomplishing more than ever!


No, it’s not just for giggles! Start your day an hour or two earlier than usual. Take some time for silence, affirmations, visualization, exercise, reading, and scribing. Author Hal Wlrod even suggests being able to donall this in just a few minutes when time is super tight. 

When you start your mornings in these areas, it balances you emotionally, gets your heart pumping, and creates a morning of reflection as well as helps you to focus on what you’re doing that day and journaling your emotional state. All of these put together make an extraordinary way to start the day! 

For those of us who have young children, it is important to get this done before they wake up. Have you ever tried to squeeze things in at the wnd of a day? Many times it’s impossible to squeeze anything in!

Hal Elrod had an amazing miraculous recovery from severe traumatic brain injury from a car accident. He has overcome much more than anyone should need to. He didn’t let his circumstances stop him from becoming more, nor should you. 

A friend of mine recommended this book as a great read. It sounded interesting enough that I took it upon myself to read it for myself. I was not disappointed and neither will you!

Misdirect is an understatement!

From the very start, this story pulls the reader in and never let’s go. It is highly likely you will feel like you’re right there with Eve every step of her journey. The emotions, atmosphere, people, everything is so very real! Don’t believe me? Read it for yourself!

This book by Beverly Nault is not my typical genre, but the title enticed me: Misdirect: A novel of spies, the Sahara, and Searching for God. How does someone go from being a spy to searching for God? This I had to read!!

Little did I know I would get pulled in so quickly and my every spare moment surrounded by this action-packed and thought-provoking storyline. Mysteries and action not being my typical read, I did not see the next step coming throughout this book. Wow!

And let me be brutally honest, the ending was nowhere what I was expecting!! In addition to a surprise around every turn, I found myself learning more about camels, sand storms, social norms, religious beliefs other than my own, and the secrecy that is required for those who work in the field to protect those of us here at home. 

A complimentary copy of Misdirect was provided for an honest review. If all Beverly Nault’s books are like this, I have a lot more reading to do! I highly encourage getting this amazing story in your hands! 

What is The Brand That Fits?

In the last year or so, I’ve been hearing a lot about how I should create and promote my “personal brand”. It’s been a year and I still have little to no idea what my personal brand is. It’s easy for me to pick it out for others, but in myself? I’m at a total loss!

A couple days ago, someone asked for a ladies to read a book in beta form. I wasn’t sure I could squeeze it into my schedule, but I did it! I put my other books aside for a couple days and focused specifically on this book, The Brand That Fits by Sabrina Evans. 

She goes over a lot of tips that I’ve heard before and have never done yet, such as a professionally photo for my profile and writing a blog using search engine optimization (SEO) words. There were also tips on things I have attempted before, like writing down who I am and creating my target market. Everything we do and post online is part of our personal brand. 

The book encourages readers to get out of the house and attend events outside the home. This helps us to show that we are willing to get out there and make new friends and have a variety of experiences. 

Personally, I find it sifficukt to attend events outside the home unless it is something that I can convince my husband and son to go to as well. Occasionally, I will go with my son and very rarely alone. My son loves to tag along with me. This shows that I care about my son and that I do things with my child. 

However, after reading this book, I am encouraged to find an event or two a week to get out there and make myself uncomfortable. Stretch to help create my personal brand. 

Another thing I’ve started that this book recommends is a blog. This helps to create a personal brand because of the writing that we do that showcases who we are and what we care about; what we are an authority in. 

As mentioned before, This book is in beta form and when published it will be an excellent read for anyone interested in creating their personal brand. 

Keep your Eyes Wide Open even when you cannot see clearly

What do you do when you think a branch jumped out to hit you? When you’re unintentionally walking into fire hydrants? What about when you’re doing a media blitz because you’re cast for a part in a television sequel and then the program doesn’t get beyond the first season? How do you react when you’re the only blind law clerk? Or you take over a construction company and learn its failing?

This and many more are circumstances that Isaac Lidsky encountered throughout his life. The main challenge he has had throughout all of it was slowly losing his sight due to an inherited disease in the eyes, retinitis pigmentosa. He has an impressive resume of high honors at Harvard University and Harvard Law School as well as editor of Harvard Law Review. Lidsky has spent his life learning to overcome the circumstances of losing his sight and never let that consume him, living life with his Eyes Wide Open.


In this book, Lidsky shares the struggles he’s gone through and how he overcame them. He shares about how life as we know it is more than just what we see in front of us. We need to be more observant of what’s behind what we think we see. How do you do that? It is important to notice if the words and facial expressions and tone all match up. It’s important to ask questions and get reasonings behind each response. 

Lidsky goes into detail about our plans versus God’s plan, acceptance versus surrender, how to measure your success, and having your ears and heart wide open as well. When you converse with others, there’s more than what you see in front of you. There’s a back story for responses and the why’s behind everyone’s answers or responses. It’s a lifestyle of digging deeper into the responses people give you about anything.

Although it took me a while to read this book, I do highly recommend it. I’m not the same person after reading the words in Eyes Wide Open. It’s not easy to have my eyes wide open in every situation, but it’s a good practice at least a few times a day. An electronic copy of Eyes Wide Open by Isaac Lidsky was provided complimentary in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to review, Net Galley and Tarcher Perigee.

Mediterranean Love Plan is inspiring and intimate

So many tips on intimacy can be found in the daily lives of those in Italy, France, Spain, Greece, and Israel. There are such great ideology that can be integrated into our hustled lives here in America. The ideas mentioned in Mediterranean Love Plan are spot on and suggest amazing tips and suggestions to creating more intimacy in your marriage. 

Although I have never been to Europe, I know many who have. They return with stories of the relaxing and love-filled atmosphere. It reminds me of scenes in a movie or in books that I read. Mediterranean Love Plan encourages readers to increase intimacy through interactions with one another. Some of these interactions can be planned and sometimes a surprise. A mixture of activities will benefit both husband and wife. It is important, though, for both partners to participate in order to increase intimacy.

When we create activities to do together, it becomes memories made, like when we first began dating our spouses and we did things intentionally to flirt and have fun. It’s what attracted you to each other when you were dating, so why did some of us stop after getting married? 

Personally, I hope to inspire some of the activities in this book, Mediterranean Love Plan by Stephen and Misty Arterburn. The eating healthier, exercise, and spending more time outdoors are at the top of my list before I even started reading the book and now I feel a stronger desire to get to it sooner rather than later! My husband and I recently went to a marriage conference, which was exciting for both of us to learn and grow together. As suggested in Mediterranean Love Plan, it helped us become more attuned with one another in an environment we talked about for weeks! 


There are 7 secretary’s to live-long passion in marriage, according to Mediterranean Love Plan:

  1. The secret of attunement
  2. The secret of playfulness
  3. The secret of savoring food
  4. The secret of enjoying beauty
  5. The secret of creativity
  6. The secret of health and longevity
  7. The secret of blending the sacred and sexual

Although it would be awesome to work on all secrets all at once to create a more passionate marriage, it would likely be easier to work on one thing at a time. Whether it’s to linger your hand on your spouse’s while driving or cooking a festive meal together, the idea is to do one thing this week and focus on that for starters. You know where you are in your relationship, so start there! 

When I first started reading this book, I posted a quote on my social media: 

“There really can’t be too many compliments from husband to wife, or wife to husband, in a marriage.” (Arterburn, p.41) There were several responses and one in particular that caught my eye. A friend said she saw this post and immediately complimented her husband on a text message. I hope that more compliments between spouses are thrown about whether electronically or face-to-face.

I was provided the opportunity to read a copy of Mediterranean Love Plan before it’s publication date of tomorrow, April 4, 2017, and be a part of a launch team. I am truly blessed to have read this amazing book and hope to get copies to couples in all lengths of marriage, from newlyweds to golden anniversaries or longer. 

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