The Legend of the Stinky Sock by author Laura Riley

Book: The Legend of the Stinky Sock

Author: Laura Riley

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Language: English

Rating: 5/5

“The Legend of the Stinky Sock” is a Children’s Book written by the author Laura Riley. Story features a little boy Conner who has a Little League Baseball team, the Rockets. Conner’s team is on a losing streak. His father told him about “The Legend of the Stinky Sock”. Through the stinky, dirty sock, one will get the magical baseball powers. Grab a copy of this book and read it yourself to know will Conner be successful in making the Stinky Sock appear.

I enjoyed reading this beautiful story. I read it to my nephew and clapped happily after listening to the story. Plot of the story is beautiful. Cover photo is eye-catching. Title of the book couldn’t have been better than this. Beautiful illustrations will catch kids’ attention right away. Parents should give this wonderful story book to their little readers.

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Lost Winds by author Rashaan Riggans

Book: Lost Winds

Author: Rashaan Riggans

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Language: English

Rating: 4/5

Lost Winds penned by the author Rashaan Riggans is the final book in the Storm series. Main character of the story is Zenrachi. Zenrachi reached the peak of
Kenzai Mountain with his friends Rahku and Hisashi. A gigantic bird avatar Horiau made of an unearthly blue aura spreaded its colossal wings in the sky and merged back into Zenrachi.

Zenrachi, Rahku and Hisashi observed the engravings carved into the walls. The etchings on each wall revealed various
illustrations of the two deities of Arashi
Tochi. Zen has a dark shadow over him that needs to be lifted. His elder brothers’ death has changed him. Grab a copy of this book and find out what happens next. I enjoyed this story. Language used in the book is medium.

This is the first book penned by the author Rashaan that I have read. Cover photo is nice and world building is awesome. I enjoyed every bit of this story. Ending of the story is what I loved the most. Author’s writing style is nice and I like to strongly recommend this novel to my fellow readers.

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Tactile Therapy by author Durell Arrington

Book: Tactile Therapy

Author: Durell Arrington

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Language: English

Rating: 5/5

Tactile Therapy written by the author Durell Arrington is an action packed Science fiction. Plot revolves around the two aliens that arrived on Earth after the destruction of the asteroid. Minutia came to Earth to find a rare artifact that fell to Earth. She took help from a 11 years old boy Calvin Sonder who has abilities that are beyond human.

Calvin snips the tape from Minutia’s wrist. Minutia’s entire past of where she’s from and how she got on Apophis all start flying into Calvin’s head. He was astonished that she is an alien. Calvin found Minutia more amazing than The Man in the Dirty Robes who rescued the Star-Child. Grab a copy of this novel and find out what happens next in the story.

Length of the novel is 420 pages so it will take some time to finish but the story is worth reading. I appreciate the author’s vivid imagination in creating this interesting world. Language used in the book is lucid and I was easily able to follow the story. Story is full of action all the time so you won’t get a chance to be bored while reading. Science fiction fans couldn’t afford to miss reading this book.

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Virtual Insanity by author Lara McKenzie

Book: Virtual Insanity

Author: Lara McKenzie

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Language: English

Rating: 4/5

Virtual Insanity is the debut book of the author Lara McKenzie. It is a memoir that describes Lara’s life journey along with her descent into mental illness and her dedication to recovery.

This is Lara’s story who was born in Australia in 1975. At the age of six, she had an astral projection. Lara was very close to her maternal and paternal grandparents. She was hurt after she lost them. At the age of eleven, she was sexually abused and the flashback of it came to her at the age of nineteen. She started experiencing depression at 11 and it stayed with her through her teen years. At boarding school, a master has taken benefit of many girls and later he did suicide.

At the age of twelve, Lara learnt how fragile relationships are. She has also mentioned about how her mental health deteriorated and she was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

This book is an insightful read. I like to recommend this book to my fellow readers who suffer from mental ill-health or want to understand mental illness. This book is a collection of so many experiences of Lara’s life. I am glad that I got my hands on this book. Written in simple language, this book has so much to offer to the readers. I like to strongly recommend it to everyone.

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Interview with author Lara McKenzie

Book: Virtual Insanity

Q1. Hello Maám, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

I’m Lara, and I am a former management consultant who works full-time and writes part-time. I am from Australia, but live in the UK. I have two children, who are adults now although I have a painful story of losing custody of them many years ago. My inspiration for writing came out of a childhood dream of wanting to be a writer. I have written four books: Virtual Insanity, a memoir published in 2020, two children’s books, Lest We Forget and Wizard Company published in 2021 and a sequel memoir being published in early 2022. I have recently submitted a manuscript to my publisher called My Dream, The Republic of Australia, Our History, Our Hurt, Our Country for release in 2022. I am also working on my debut fiction novel.
I live with my partner in Hampshire, UK. I have a passion for writing.
And a little secret I hold is that my daughter inspires me to write, and I write my books for her too.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Virtual Insanity’ book?

Virtual Insanity was my first book, and is a memoir of my life and descent into mental illness. I wrote whilst I was unwell in psychosis so that I could illustrate the challenges of mental illness. Writing my memoir was hard because I revealed so much about my life; very personal details which I felt ashamed about at the time. But after it was published I felt a lot of healing and peace. No longer was I silent about my life, my illness and the things that had happened to me.
In Virtual Insanity, I described how I felt under surveillance by intelligence agencies and terrorised by a drug cartel. There is a part of me that still believes my story is true and that these things were occurring. However, I have found peace and joy in my life again.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Elyn Saks, an American, who is Associate Dean Professor of Law, Psychology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Gould Law School was my greatest inspiration for writing my books. Elyn Saks lives with schizophrenia and wrote a book about her experience with the illness in her award-winning best-selling autobiography, The Center Cannot Hold.
I am diagnosed with schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder and I read Elyn Saks autobiography in 2018 and it gave me the inspiration and courage to tell my story.
My other favourite author is Jane Austin whose works I find romantic and divine. She has inspired me to write my first fiction novel that I am currently working on.

Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

I am from Australia and my favourite spot in Australia is the Gold Coast. White sandy beaches and the aqua ocean always give me a sense of calm. It’s a beautiful spot and brings back my childhood memories of playing in the sand and diving into the surf.
As I live in the UK now, my favorite spot to visit is in Cornwall. We go camping there, visit the old ruins of castles and go to the beaches and rock pools. I find delightful beauty in the UK countryside and love hiking through woods and visiting historical places.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?

I always plan the book out before writing. As a former project manager and cannot help but planning it out! Often my books require research and brainstorming sessions to develop the plot and characters and I will spend quite a bit of time doing this. I also like to read other books with the same genre which inspire me in my own writing.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Wizard Company’ and ‘Lest We Forget’ books?

Wizard Company and Lest We Forget are children’s books for 5-10 year olds. Lest We Forget is an educational book teaching children about Remembrance Day and all those past and present who have served in our Armed Forces and given us our freedom.
Wizard Company is about four children who find a magical book and are transported to a magical land where they have to overcome dark forces and solve a riddle to return home. It’s a fantasy story but teaches children to have courage.
Both books took me six weeks to write.
Virtual Insanity, my first memoir, to me one year to write.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find your books to buy?

Virtual Insanity is available on Amazon in eBook, Audiobook, Paperback and Hardback. All my other books are available in Paperback and eBook.

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the cover and the title of your books?

Titles I find difficult to come up with. The title of Virtual Insanity I chose because I wanted to reflect the brink of insanity I experienced with my mental illness. That is, I virtually became insane. I have recovered now though.
The titles for Wizard Company and Lest We Forget are titles that I chose because they reflect the themes of the book.
All My Stars, my sequel memoir being released in early 2022, was a title I was wary of choosing but I came up with it because it reflected the spiritual experiences I have had which I have outlined in the book.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

When I’m writing I take breaks – sometimes long breaks. During these breaks I do other activities and go on long walks. This gives me time to reflect on my writing and allows me the ability to change the plot, characters, storyline or find a twist that I need to add. I also sometimes create vision boards (a board with pictures from magazines) which I use to inspire me with my writing.

Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

I guess one little secret I can divulge which I share in my sequel memoir, All My Stars, is that I found love again. In Virtual Insanity, my first memoir, I end with being alone. But my life changed so much since then and I reunited with my former partner which I ended with in All My Stars.
I guess the message is, that no matter what, no matter what you go through, no matter what happens to you, you can recover and love can be found again. Love reigns supreme. I recreated the gorgeous life that I live now.

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Interview with author Charde Vera

Book: She Is

Q1. Hello Ma’am, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

My name is Charde Vera. I am from New York but have lived and travelled many places because I was in the military. I am a wife and a stay-at-home mom to an incredibly talented daughter named Nayomi, who also co-illustrated my first children’s book “She Is.” My passion, dream and purpose have always been for writing. I have been journaling since I was five years old and still have them all to this day! I am an advocate for mental health and self-love and want to use my writing to guide woman and children into believing, trusting and loving themselves fully.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘She Is’ book?

The most challenging part of writing this book was the discipline to keep going when things got hard, confusing and overwhelming. As well as finding and readjusting balance while writing this book, being a stay-at-home mom and wife and other responsibilities. Once I got in a good flow it was great because putting out this book is my dream.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Joyce Meyer has really influenced my writing because of her own story and all the amazing books she has written have helped me through the process of writing my own book. Books such as “Never give up” or “The Confident Woman.” She even has amazing children’s books.

Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

New York City is my favorite place to visit. What makes it so special to me is the diversity of the people, the sightseeing, the activities and places to visit. There is so much to do there, it’s beautiful. It also happens to be my home city.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?

Yes, there are so many things to know. However, I believe if someone wants to write a book they should just start writing. Make an outline and write all ideas about what the book will be about. Have a plan for your purpose in writing this book, why are you writing, what do you want to share or do with this book? During that process you can research and reach out to other authors to help with everything that goes into the writing, publishing, and marketing part of it, especially a self-published author.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘She Is’ book?

Once I started writing the book it took me about 4 months for everything, including the illustrations. However, this book has been in my heart for 5 years before that. So, once I started, I was ready for the world to see it and worked hard to complete it.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘She Is’ book to buy?

On my website http://www.chardevera.com as well as amazon for right now. I plan to have my book in many stores including Barnes and Noble and Walmart to name a few.

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘She Is’?

The title “She Is” came to me when I began putting all the affirmations together for my book. It is a positive affirmation book for girls reminding them that they are each of them, e.g. Beautiful, Strong, Valuable. That’s when the name came to me because whomever she may be, She is Beautiful and She is Valuable. The cover of the book came to me because my daughter was my inspiration. She also co illustrated the book and it is her on the cover. She is surrounded by the flowers which represent each girl and the affirmation assigned.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Research, and that can mean searching online, talking to different people, putting ideas together and taking time to create and learn what people enjoy and what they need.

Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

The book is very diverse. I wanted to represent many different girls and, although each girl on every page has an affirmation on that page, every girl in the book, and in life, are all those things and more.

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Betrayal of Justice by author Mark M Bello

Book: Betrayal of Justice

Author: Mark M Bello

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Language: English

Rating: 5/5

Betrayal of Justice written by the author Mark M Bello is the second installment in A Zachary Blake Legal Thriller series. After reading the first book in the series, I was really curious to read the second one.

Ronald John is the new President of the United States. In his acceptance speech, he announced about making America Pure again. To show support to a new leader, a bigot firebombed the largest mosque in the USA. Arya Khan thinks that behind all the recent three crimes, it was the same man. Unfortunately, she was accused of murdering the white nationalist who firebombed the mosque. Arya was doubtful that the police were not investigating properly so she hired Zachary. Will Zachary be successful in proving Arya’s innocence?

If you love to read political-legal action thrillers then go ahead with this book. Cover photo of the book is nice with a suitable title. Writing style of the author is nice. Please be advised that this book contains discussion about sensitive topics such as religion, race, etc. Plot of the story is well written and it’s a book worth reading.

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When The Princess Found A Dragon by author G. R. Chambers

Book: When the Princess Found A Dragon

Author: G. R. Chambers

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Language: English

Rating: 5/5

“When the Princess Found A Dragon” is an interesting Children’s Book written by the author G. R. Chambers and illustrated by Wina Witaria. One day a princess told the king that she was going to find a dragon. King replied that she won’t find a dragon here. But the princess is determined to find a dragon so she goes out the door. On her way, everyone she meets keeps on telling her that she won’t find a dragon here. Grab a copy of this book and read it yourself to know will Princess be successful in finding a dragon?

It is an adventurous story and kids will be delighted to read it. Language used in the book is easy. Illustrations are so pretty that this story totally hooked my attention. There is a beautiful lesson at the end of the story for little readers. Cover photo is nice and the title couldn’t have been more suitable. I really enjoyed every bit of this story and strongly recommend it for little readers.

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Peanut, The Guinea Pig by author Shawnda Walker

Book: Peanut, The Guinea Pig

Author: Shawnda Walker

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Language: English

Rating: 5/5

“Peanut, the Guinea Pig” is an interesting Children’s Book written by the author Shawnda Walker.

Story features Peanut who was a very spoiled little guinea pig. Everyday she was fed with her favourite food i.e. cucumbers and carrots as her owner is her best friend. Peanut had her own little wooden house inside her cage which she absolutely loved.

Grab a copy of this book and find out for yourself what happens when Peanut’s owner decides to give her real guinea pig food instead of cucumbers? Will Peanut be upset because of this? Storyline of the book is very interesting. Kids will definitely love this story.

Author has written this book well and I am glad to get my hands on this adorable book. It’s a story worth reading. Highly recommended!!! This story deserves 5/5 stars. It’s super awesome.

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Back Again by author Jamie Stoudt

Book: Back Again

Author: Jamie Stoudt

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Language: English

Rating: 5/5

Back Again is the debut novel of the author Jamie Stoudt. The story is unique and captivating. Once I started reading this novel, I couldn’t keep it aside. Main characters of the story is a couple Michael Halstad and his wife Wendy Halstad. Wendy was fifty years old, five foot two when she died of a heart stroke. She didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to her loved ones.

Michael and Wendy were a great couple. People always used to take their name together. They are a parents of two kids Andie and Andy. Three years later one day, when Michael was to return home, he saw a woman leaning on his car and asking him “Hey sailor, can a girl get a ride home without getting molested?”. This was Wendy’s line when she was alive. She had used it many times on Michael. Michael couldn’t believe Wendy is here. He couldn’t understand how is it possible but he decided to take the things as they are coming. They drove to home and spent some time together.

Then Wendy told Michael that she wanted to visit Pastor Conlin at the church so she could suggest him how to make better use of church facilities. Even though Conlin was surprised to see Wendy but he calm down and discussed ideas with Wendy. Grab a copy of this novel to know what happens next.

This is an intriguing story. Cover photo is nice with a suitable title. Language used in the book is simple and I was easily able to follow the story. Pace of the novel is fast and I didn’t feel bored anytime while reading it. Jamie has done fantastic work in this novel and I am excited to read new book by him.

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