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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. 

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. 

Reviewing IA: Initiate by John Darryl Winston

Occasionally I am requested to review a book via Twitter and I am so blessed to be asked to read a book! It’s my lifetime goal to be paid to read and review books, among other things. Thank you, John Darryl Winston for the opportunity!

Before starting this book, IA: Initiate, I did not read any summaries of what this story would be about and I had no clue what genre or any background about the book. Heading straight into reading, I was pleasantly surprised.

Little did I know that I would love the characters and the adventures they went through. The story starts off on the first day of school and the anxieties that go with it, along with some unexpected circumstances. The main character, 13-year old Naz, shares his protection over his younger sister as they approach various situations from going to school to helping out in the community.

Naz is resourceful and shows signs of supernatural abilities when helping the small business community in hopes to prevent people from switching to the big businesses as well as other parts of the story. This turns out to be a way for Naz to earn money and sometimes food for himself and his sister.

While going through emotional issues and discussing these with his psychologist, Naz and his sister have a long talk about their past. Soon Naz starts realizing that they both remember things from years ago but don’t know where those situations happened.

It’s amazing how the story left me hopeful and nervous, anxious and scared. So many emotions in one book and it leaves me eager to read the next in the series. There is a next, right, Mr Winston?

According to Winston’s website, there is an IA Series. Y’all should check it out: http://www.johndarrylwinston.com/

Reviewing The Branches of Time by Luca Rossi

A few weeks ago while at work, I happened to be checking my emails for the usual junk that I immediately delete. However, I came across an email from a Luca Rossi, who also happens to be someone I follow on Twitter. This email politely asked for me to review a book, The Branches of Time on Amazon and Goodreads. The book was attached as well.

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Hmmm, interesting. This is my first email request to review a book, $2.99 on Amazon. At initial glance, there are many chapters and I worried that it would take me a while to complete it. But I also knew that things at work would start slowing down a bit and I was heading in a little weekend trip with the family. So, I started reading.

The genre is not my usual choice, but I kept reading anyway. It begins with some details that plagued the surviving people the story is about and it slowly draws the reader in. There are several main characters from various parts of the storyline and unless you’re reading carefully, the characters become confusing, especially with the unusual names.

There are shifts in time and space throughout the story from chapter to chapter that I often enjoy reading. However, one time period of two thousand years ago, while I understand its importance, did not really end well. It is potentially a lead into the next book and I can see that part tying in at some point.

There are three people, Bashinoir, his wife Lil, and Priestess Miril, left on the island of Turios, after black magic from the kingdom of Isk and its wizards, Aldin, Obolil, and Ilis under the orders of their insatiable King Beanor.
The Branches of Time is a cross between fantasy, science fiction, and erotica mixed in one. It is easy to read draws the reader in to enticement for what comes next.

Personally, I am unhappy with its ending, but I’m happy with the words that were already written. Taking me out of my usual genre of reading, The Branches of Time is an excellent title to go with the storyline and how Lil seems to be fading in her physical presence.

Reviewing “Shademaker” by A.S. Washington

Normally, I do not read this type of genre, but after being requested on Twitter to review these two stories by A.S. Washington , I was eager to do my best. I am also a slow reader, but was able to read each short story in just under an hour each. Each paragraph is so engaging that it is hard to put down!

While “An Insurrection” took place on a battlefield between the army of Garvin Desh and that of Thurstan the Mighty King, Volume 2 “Shademaker” takes place in the battlefield aftermath and focuses on Morn Shademaker and a few men in Desh’s army. “Shademaker” is a short story, like “An Insurrection”; a quick read and full of descriptive words to place you right next to Morn.

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Once said to Desh after the death of Thurstan, Morn repeated a phrase to young Ismare Morcanse:

“The first lesson that the ambitious warrior must learn is that wisdom is far more precious than pride.”

This phrase would be the theme of “Shademaker” as Morn shows wisdom while Ismare is extremely prideful. As a result, Morn teaches Ismare a lesson on pride with his supernatural speed and strength.

Without spoiling the storyline, I’d like to simply include that “Shademaker” is even more engaging than “An Insurrection” in my reading experience. It also leaves me, the reader, even more enticed to read about what comes next. I cannot wait to get my hands on–okay, loaded into my Kindle–Volume 3!

Reviewing “An Insurrection” by A.S. Washington

A couple days ago, I received my first tweet to review a writer’s work. I felt honored and quickly downloaded his work into my Kindle. There were two short stories by A.S. Washington that were attached to this tweet, both that I downloaded for free at the time (regular price is $0.99 on Kindle eReader).

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The first is called “An Insurrection: A Sword and Shield Short Book Volume 1″. In a nutshell, it’s a short story taking place on a battlefield. The main character, Garvin Desh, is a man leading an army of men who have nothing to lose. With brief moments of empathy, Desh and his men have a goal to overtake Thurstan the Mighty King.

The work is full of gory details and it places me, the reader, in the middle of the battlefield with the characters and the casualties. Although there is not much description about their individual backgrounds prior to this event on the battlefield, I do not believe it is necessary to finish this battle. And after all, it is a short story.

The ending of this story did surprise me and leaves me eager to read Volume 2, “Shademaker”, which I will review as well, once I read it.