Tainted Luck by Cynthia Austin – A Book Review

The author had emailed me about this book and asked if I’d be interested in reviewing it. The plot certainly intrigued me a lot and since it wasn’t a huge book I knew that I’d be able to squeeze this in to read it. I don’t have a lot of authors approaching me to review but most of the time they are great reads and I’m very happy to have been contacted. Thank you to Cynthia for the email!

I was not disappointed at all with this book. Despite the size, only 129 pages, this was a fantastic story. So let’s jump into my non-spoiler review!

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Finding the Balance

One of the hardest parts to starting a blog, of any kind, is finding the balance when it is not the only thing that you do. I do not do this blog as a career though wouldn’t that be nice. I work full-time and I have a family that wants me around. So how can I do that and be able to post fairly regularly?

I have no idea but I thought I would talk about some of the things that I try to do and some of the things that I think I should be doing to have a better balance at all this. Blogging is a lot more rewarding than I ever expected it to be so I’d like to be around for a bit.

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Preferred POV and Tense – My Ity Opinion

We all have a perspective that we like better when it comes to reading a book. Some books are first person or third person. There are variations of course, but those are the two that I remember reading myself. They can really change how a book is read, at least to me, because either you can feel like you are seeing a bigger picture with the third person perspective or you feel like you are connecting with the main character with first person.

This is one of those wonderful things that are always going to be different person to person in terms of preferences. I’m sure that a lot of people may not agree with me and that is wonderful but having differing opinions is one of those great things about being human.

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Currently Reading Tag

One of the best parts about having a book blog is reading books! I wish I had more time to read more than I do. This is my first tag post so thank you to Novel Lives for tagging me in her post! I think this is a fun idea and I’m hoping to be able to participate in more! I’m going to jump right in and hopefully I did this correctly!

Fingers crossed..here we go!

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Writing Wednesday – 5/8/19

Cover by Me. Picture taken by me

As most of my followers may be aware, I’m in the process of working on a horror novel. I’ve posted a little bit about it here, but today I thought that I would share the first chapter. I completed the first draft a bit ago and I was super excited that it was finally done, at least in some sense, but it wasn’t over. The process is never easy and it takes a lot of time. I don’t always get to write or even have the desire to so this WIP will take probably another few years at this rate.

However after starting my blog and posting about it I’ve felt more confident in working on it. I’ve gotten closer to a finish product than I ever have before. I’m so proud of myself for getting this far. I’ve been working on drafts, my first draft was not large enough, trying to get it up to a better word count. Ideas were flowing, I was reading more which was helping me figure out how to write better for my novel.

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Your Life Is Mine by Nathan Ripley – An ARC Review

I received this ARC in exchange for a honest review.

The first ARC I read, not the first review I posted though, which in and of itself is very exciting! I got the Kindle of this book from Netgalley, my interest really came first from the cover and second from the description. The cover is perfection, it pulls you in, and gives off the vibe that this book holds.

This book is 304 pages long, but it was an easy read and didn’t feel like it was too long. It’s due out on June 4th and I’ll have the pre-order link at the bottom of the post for anyone interested.

So I’m going to not give a review with spoilers of the book, I’ll post some quotes as I always do, and the description of the book but outside of that this review will be on the Characters, the writing, my overall feeling and impression of this book. So thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for allowing me to get this wonderful book. Here we go..

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Trigger Warnings in Books – My Ity Opinion

Trigger Warnings?

This is a sensitive topic but I felt that it was something that I wanted to put on my blog. I grew up in a time when Trigger Warnings were never a thing, you’d be lucky that you’d get that viewer advisory before a show or something gross on TV. It was just a different time, so the idea of Triggers and Trigger Warnings never really made much sense to me as I got older and heard more and more about them. I can honestly say that for a long time I just thought that they were unnecessary. For me they really aren’t, but I’m not so self-absorbed to think that someone else couldn’t benefit from them either. I like to think that we could live in a world that they weren’t needed but that isn’t realistic is it?

Everyone has experienced different things, no one’s life is exactly the same as someone else’s. The choices that we make, the events that happen to us, they shape us. For better or worse. And no one’s experiences should be discounted. I don’t think it’s ever fair to make someone feel bad for something that happened to them, especially when it was out of their control. Having an open mind and being able to see something from all sides is so important even with this topic.

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April Wrap-Up

May is upon us and as much as I’m looking forward to May, April was a great month too. Aside from the fact that spring has been on hold and it hasn’t been very warm outside. It is month two of my blog! I started doing book tours which has been fun and something that I didn’t think I’d be able to be a part of so soon into the blog.

For this month I feel like things went pretty well considering. I did not hit my follower goal for this month but honestly that’s okay. I think I’ve made some pretty crazy progress for a blog that hasn’t been around very long. I did however exceed my twitter goals for April which still boggles my mind.

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The Onyx Crown by Alan Hurst – Blog Tour

The Onyx Crown #1

Publication Date: January 27th, 2019

Genre: Fantasy/ Adventure

The Onyx Crown is an exciting foray into the world of African fantasy. From the searing heat of the desert to the vastness of the savanna, it tells the story of three children–Sania, Gesi, and Jorann who grow up in a pre-medieval era of wars and successions, not fifteen years after the greatest king in the history of the continent has been deposed and assassinated. They must overcome the traumatic circumstances of their birth as well as many dangerous trials to fulfill the destiny bestowed upon them as infants. Can mere children use their courage, wits, and uncanny abilities to defeat legendary warriors, entire tribes, provinces, and kingdoms–allowing them to lead the worthy to the greatest prize of all, the Onyx Crown?

Find it on Goodreads!

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