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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. 

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! 

We can all agree: Don’t Sell Me, Tell Me

They used to come knocking on the door and we’re called a traveling salesman. Most often, they were men while the women stayed home with thee children. Then the sales industry picked up on new technology called the telephone and became a nuisance at dinner time. More recently, with social media where most people spend much of the day, sales has taken over the social media platform. I may have missed a few steps in between, but this is just the main idea.

Now, there has always been a “salesy” language and ways to cold call or hard close and whatnot. But do those even work these days? I think many of us prefer to buy from people we trust. Usually, the people we trust are those who are learning more about us and using what hey learn to focus conversations. It’s all about really listening!


In the book “Don’t Sell Me, Tell Me”, Greg Koorhan shares how people in the sales industry don’t want a lecture. Don’t tell me what your product or service does and it’s benefits. He says to ask questions, learn more about me, and use those answers to better direct the conversation. Basically, if someone says they are looking for a desk that has all these functions to be better organized, don’t sell him a table that does none of what he’s looking for! 

Asking questions is quite important and active listening. So many people out there are so busy thinking about what they’ll say next that they don’t even hear what is being said. Stop being preoccupied during conversations! How can you build any trust with anyone who really isn’t listening? 

Koorhan suggests that in the sales industry, after learning more about the buyer, there should be story telling. See stories should be relatable to the buyers needs and wants. Real examples are always great! The author goes on to describe how to build your stories and use  it to your advantage in telling, not selling!

I enjoyed this book as I am in direct sales myself. This book confirmed much of the training I’ve received from my leaders and has provided me with more concrete process to get the story developed. If I learned anything in the past year, it is that connecting with others often comes with story telling. When you create emotions in someone’s heart, they tend to remember you and the emotion that was created within their heart.

Provided complimentary for an honest review through Reading Deals, I am thankful for the opportunity to not only read this book, but also to build myself better stories. For anyone who is trying to connect with anyone, sell anything, this is an amazing book to read. 

God Made You Just Right: Adorably written and beautifully illustrated

As a matter of fact, God DID make you just right! How fitting of a title to a board book full of rhymes and beautiful illustrations!


Each moment in the life of a toddler is significant and absolutely amazing. God Made You Just Right focuses on many of these activities that toddlers go through. The rhymes are super cute and flows so angelically from page to page, one idea to the next. 

The images portrayed are also not short of spectacular! I love how the story shows these children of both genders and many ethnicities through activities both inside and outside. Most importantly, the focus of how something as simple as their fingers or toes is useful in its own special way!

It’s lovely to see a children’s book guiding toddlers to be themselves and not try to be like everyone else. God made each of us differently, but His creation is perfect so we are all perfect in His eyes. That’s all that should really matter!

I would have loved reading this to my son when he was younger! Now he can read it to me! Even adults enjoy being read to! 

God Made You Just Right by Jill Roman Lord and illustrated by Amy Wummer was provided complimentary for an honest review for Worthy Publishing.

3 lessons learned from growing up and self-discovery before acknowledging Scout’s Honor

Impulsive decisions. Decisions on the fly without a moments thought of how it will affect my future or those around me. Self-discovery. It was my life growing up into a young adult. Similarly, Scout seems to make similar self-discovery choices encouraged by emotion and flattery from older men. 


Although this book isn’t about me and my life growing up, it reminds me of how  I was and the emotional decisions I made in my own self-discovery that affected the course of my life. A very easy to read young adult novel, I think Scout’s Honor is an excellent book with three main lessons to be learned about self-discovery. 

Lesson 1: Choose thoughtfully 

Even at the young age of 14, a young teenager needs to be aware of her surroundings and understand right from wrong. Scout didn’t give her consequences a second thought for the serious action she was taking when approached by a man she knew for years and had her trust. It is very important that decisions be made after careful consideration and as little emotional ties as possible. Emotional self-discovery often occurs in a rush, without a second moment of thought on what may happen next. 

For example, there’s a super cute outfit you absolutely adore at a nearby retailer. It’s the perfect color on you and the fabric is so soft! You really can’t wait to wear it for the next ladies night and hope you get loads of compliments. Without hesitation you go to the cash register and charge it. 

Lesson 2: Consider others

Whenever we make decisions, it affects others around anyone involved. When Scout made the choice to be intimate with these older men, she did not consider how her actions may affect the wives and families of these men. She never considered if the wives may retaliate, be angry, or honorably be understanding and she didn’t think about how it would affect the relationships between herself and the men after their affair was revealed. Slowly, through life experience, she learns to take a step back and consider other people who are in her life. 

In the shopping example, the outfit has already been purchased. But you never gave thought to how you would pay for the bill when it comes or how that money could have been used more wisely, like for groceries to fill your nearly empty pantry. How will not having food affect your family?

Lesson 3: Contemplate the consequences

Throughout her life, young Scout seems to make decisions before thinking through the options and doesn’t stop to contemplate the consequences. At 14 and at 19, Scout doesn’t take even a moment to really consider what the consequences may be for the decisions she would make. Both ocassions encompassed Scout involved with a married man, and a father at that! Yet, she never considered what could happen should the relationships be revealed and how it might affect the family of these men.

In my shopping example, you never considered how payment would be made on that credit card. Finances are already super tight and living off what’s left over after paying bills has been very skimpy, often resulting in many meals of PB&J or cheap ramen noodles. Adding this one purchase actually makes things worse financially. In hindsight, that one purchase was not such a wise choice!

Scout’s Honor

Scout may have taken a while, but she went from naïveté teenager to gullible young adult. And eventually she learned to cope with her past and understand herself better. She gradually figured out how to be honorable to God and herself. Finally, she was able to be truthful to herself about her past, which makes her stronger as an adult. 

Scout’s Honor is a young adult fiction novel that brought me through many emotions, from smitten to worried, concerned to compassionate, angry to shocked. A complimentary eBook was provided for an honest review through BooksGoSocial.com

It’s “Not by Happenstance”

Being born and raised in the state of Hawaii is what first pulled me to read “Not by Happenstance”. It takes place in Hāna, Maui, a place that takes a long curvy, not-so-motion-sickness friendly, yet gorgeous path to get to. I’ve been to Hāna, so reading a book placed there was intriguing as I’ve never read a fiction story about my home state before.There is a lot of what we call pidgin in this book, something mentioned in the book called Hawaiian Creole. It is used by the locals a whole lot more than my friends and family ever do. But, I live in a more urban area and it is likely that pidgin could still be popularly spoken by those in the Hāna area. It’s been a long time since I’ve been anywhere near there.

I also sensed slight animosity between the locals and visitors, even though this story is set at a bed and breakfast and the main character is not a local, but actually from California. This may be true in some areas, but I like how the story warms up to the visitors when they show they really care. 

The main character is Lokelani (Lani to her friends), she helps her grandmother (who’s real name is Cora, but Lani calls her Puna) take care of the bed and breakfast. Other characters include the interesting Pearl, who is a Chinese visitor who shares the right wisdom at all the right moments; Ahe, Lani’s local friend who doesn’t quite care for haoles (visitors); the college students who wrecked their place; a few others not mentioned much, and most importantly the mysterious, handsome, and flirtatious haole, Easton Allard, who is staying at the bed and breakfast for three whole months. 

Constantly attempting to do things and be close to Lani, Easton talks his way into doing things with her with the encouragement of Puna and Pearl. Frustrated, Lani goes anyway and Easton happily tags along, even though Lani made it clear that she is engaged to Derek. But, Easton makes it clear that Lani isn’t wearing an engagement ring, so technically she’s not engaged to anyone. 

Their adventures go from a potluck at Ahe’s with Lani’s local friends to fishing, hiking, and cleaning the place the college students trashed. Easton is always there to create memories with Lani, which she doesn’t like at first. It’s always sad when an engagement is broken, but when the love isn’t the same for both people, can it really work? Will being single be an open door for Easton or more frustration for Lani?

It is not often that I stay up all night to finish a book, but this is one of them. Enjoyable and adventurous, flirtatious and cautious, “Not by Happenstance” by Rachel Anderson is a book that will make you go through smiles, tears, blushes, and anger all in its 252 pages.