Sunrise at Normandy Paperback Review

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Title of Books: The Sea Before Us, The Sky Above Us, The Land Beneath US.

Book Series: Sunrise at Normandy 3 Book Series.

Author Of Books: Sarah Sundin.

Amazon Excerpt Of 3 Books

The Sea Before Us Book 1 Excerpt:

In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a “Wren” in the Women’s Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France–including those of her own family’s summer home–in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans….

The Sky Above Us Book 2 Excerpt:

Numbed by grief and harboring shameful secrets, Lt. Adler Paxton ships to England with the US 357th Fighter Group in 1943. Determined to become an ace pilot, Adler battles the German Luftwaffe in treacherous dogfights in the skies over France as the Allies struggle for control of the air before the D-day invasion….

The Land Beneath Us Book 3 Excerpt:

In 1943, Private Clay Paxton trais hard with the US Army Rangers at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, determined to do his best in the upcoming Allied invasion of France. With his future stolen by his brother’s betrayal, Clay has only one thing to live for–fulfilling the recurring dream of his death….

More on each book excerpt on Amazon. 

What I Thought Of The Sunrise At Normandy Series?

I just loved this series by author Sarah Sundin. This series is made up of a trio fictional stories based on actual events. I loved how Sarah Sundin pulled the series together. She based the events  of each book around each Paxton brother. For example,  Book 1 was based on Lt. Wyatt Paxton, Book 2 was based on Lt. Adler Paxton and Book 3 was based on Private Clay Paxton.

The series was very interesting, intriguing, action packed and showed how the women helped the men battle why they were serving. I loved this series so much I hated to put it down. I also noticed that when I read this series I found 2 recurring themes. The themes I found were: Love and Forgiveness. For those of you who like romance books this series even has romance.  The best part of this series is everyone can read it—YEAH!! I hope you all pick this series up and read it.

My Recommendation, Will I Read Again & More

My Recommendation is to go buy, read & review this book. Just go read this series, I know you’ll like it. Yes, I will read this series again and my Rating for each book is 5+ and for this series is 5+.

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Spawning Suspicion Paperback Review

Title Of Book: Spawning Suspicion

Format Of Book: Paperback

Book Series: A Seafood Capers Mystery

Book 2 of 2

Author Of Book: Maggie Toussaint

Amazon Excerpt Of Book

The death of island playboy Curtis Marlin doesn’t register on busy caterer River Holloway’s radar…that is, until her brother and his girlfriend are arrested for the former athlete’s murder. Certain of the pair’s innocence, the amateur sleuth sets out to investigate. Suspicion spreads like chocolate sauce when River questions the victim’s teammates. The suspects don’t appreciate her stirring up trouble, but she won’t let an election-hungry sheriff make her brother a sacrificial lamb.

But there’s more than murder on River’s to-do list. A missing groom, catered banquets, and River’s own wedding plans keep her hopping like a short order cook. And as the cherry on the sundae, she has a wild kitty to tame. Under mossy oaks and rustling palmettoes, fact and fiction blend in a mouthwatering romp of good eatin’ and yummy recipes. Spawning Suspicion is the second in Toussaint’sSeafood Capers Mystery Series.

My Honest Review Of The Book

Spawning Suspicion is a fun, intriguing, suspenseful, interesting, mysterious, action packed, page turner book with a touch of romance in it. Another thing I liked was the recipes in the book. I just loved this book. I know I know, I read book 2 first. So why did I do things this way? Probably because I won book 2 and now I have something to look forward to—to read book 1. I also loved how Maggie Toussaint worked the Cat in the story. How the Cat acts is well just like a typical Cat. I laughed and laughed as I read this book. I will say this too, how the book ended was tragic and thought there could be a third book in the series.

My Recommendation For The Book

My Recommendation for Spawning Suspicion is to go buy, read and review this clean book that everyone can read. I will read this book again and will hopefully get Book 1.

When Love & Murder Collide: A Prologue Reveal

Hi Everyone, I thought I would share with you the Prologue of my book When Love & Murder Collide. I would appreciate it if you could tell me what you you think of it too. Also, I sure hope you can read this post because ever since WordPress has changed to the Block Editor, I’ve been trying to relearn things. Ever since they changed, I haven’t been able to choose to write in Classic Editor. No it’s Classic Block and trust me it’s not the same thing. Right now this post was written in Post/Paragraph mode. Hope your able to read this post. Well without further adieu let’s proceed to the Prologue which is below. ENJOY!!

Prologue

It was 1981 and Diann and her two sisters Irene and Ilene had completed Elementary School in Stewart, Ireland and next semester Irene and Ilene would be starting seventh grade at the High School while she would be starting eighth grade. However, what happened next would change all their lives forever. Would it be for the better was yet to be determined. When Diann, Irene and Ilene’s Mom came into the room, she told her three Daughters that they would be changing schools next semester. After they got done moaning and wining, Diann said what her and her sisters were thinking. Mom, I think I speak for all us when I say we love our school and things are going fairly well. Irene and Ilene spoke up and said in unison, yes Mom we agree with Diann please do not make us change schools. Diann their Mother said, I am really sorry girls but it has been decided and your Father agrees. We are trying another school to see if the bullying against Diann lessens. Ilene said, when do we leave since you and Dad are so set on leaving? Well to answer your question about when do we leave? We leave in two months for Friendlyville. Your Father will stay behind as he will be starting his new duties. Diann said, new duties what are Dad’s new duties? Well your Father and I are happily and excited to say the crown will be passed down to your Father and his Coronation is in two weeks. Once your Father is crowned King, you three will become Princesses and we will become royalty. Diann, Irene, and Ilene’s Father’s Coronation Day finally came. They were all finally shown to the Throne Room. They all took their seats and waited for the time when their Father would be shown into the Throne Room to be crowned King. Thirty five minutes later with trumpets and horns blaring, they brought the new King in and and crowned him and put the royal purple robe on him. Then after they did that, they put special robes on Diann, Irene and Ilene and gave a special robe to their Mother too. After they all had been given their robes, they all knew their lives as regular children had just changed.

Two weeks before Diann and her two sisters were about to start High school, their Mother had a sit down emergency meeting with her three Daughters. They had a nice long talk about what they should do and finally decided they should hide the fact they are Princesses or have anything to do with royalty. Then because it was early in the Morning, their Mother took her three Daughters shopping for school clothes. When they had come home, it was around four in the Evening. They had so many shopping bags of school clothes and accessories it would be so hard to choose what to wear on the first day of High School. Finally it was time to eat Supper and sadly it would be their last Supper as a family for a while because the next Morning her two sisters, Mother and her would leave for some place called Friendlyville. That night Diann was really, really restless probably because she did not want to go to this place called Friendlyville. Mirium who was the royal food server brought the food up to everyone’s royal Bedroom so they were to be sure to have a good Breakfast before leaving for the Ireland Airport. After five and a half very long hours, they got to Friendlyville now for the hard part, finding some place to stay temporarily. Surprisingly, it only took them ten to fifteen minutes to find a place. The very next Morning Diann, Irene and Ilene’s Mother drove them over to the Friendlyville High School and went into the Reception Room where a man was sitting behind the desk doing some typing. Diann the Mother rang the bell on the desk and he finally came to help her. He said, How may I help you Maam? Well… I am here to register my three Daughters in this High School. The guy at the desk looked at her then said Maam, You do realize that the registration time is past? Diann the Mother said, That might be true but we are from Stewart, Ireland and so I ask you once again will you not register my three Daughters for this High School and if you will not then I will find someone who will. One moment Maam and I will get you a registration paper. Here you go. Write down everyone who you want to register, and what grades they will be going into and finally their birth dates of course. So Mrs. Royalty did just that and her three Daughters were registered for the Friendlyville High School just like that.

Despite all the bullying Diann had endured and Ilene tried to stop, the bullying continued and seemed to worsen each day. The main bully got really bold and decided to walk up to Diann one day at Dinner while in the High School Cafeteria and said something to the effect of Let us go fight after High School is out? With all the students that were eating with her and all the students surrounding her, they all waited with baited breath to see what her answer to the bully would be. Diann sat there a bit and finally said to her bully, I do not think so and the Bully walked away from her. It was 1986 and for the first time in a long time Diann had felt like she had done something good for her self and her self esteem seemed like it was so much better. She thought…. If I can just survive what bullying there is until Graduation Day, I might just make it. Two weeks later it was Graduation Day and many of the Seniors were home getting ready for their big day or at least that is what they were supposed to be doing. Diann said to her Mom, you know I will be so glad when I graduate tonight. OH Sweetheart, I am so proud of you despite everything that has happened to you. Thanks Mom. I hope things get better. Later that Night, Diann graduated from the Friendlyville High School and now was off to tackle finding the right college and then off and then off to find the right job in her field that she got her degrees in.

Book Update: When Love & Murder Collide

“Hey…the bird feeder’s empty! What did you do, oversleep or something?”

As most of you know I wrote my first 5 book box set just to see if I could do it. The result -I accomplished it. Afterward, I took a few months break from writing and also debating as I wasn’t sure that I  was going to write another book even though I wanted to. After talking with a my mentor and author I decided to write another book but not in a box set this time. I finally started my book a little bit before the first of year in 2021. I started my book with a different  title but didn’t really like it so I changed it to When Love & Murder Collide. The book is a Murder Mystery/Suspense/Clean Romance  book. I also have a lot plot twists and turns.

I have accomplished so much in the last few months. A lot more than what I thought I would have accomplished. Right now, I have completed the Prologue through the start of Chapter 8 which = 15,775 words. I have no idea how many chapters will be in this book but hope the book will be at least novel length or at least 40,000 words.

Writingaccomplishing writing a book is the best feeling. You feel like there actually may be a chance at getting this book published and that’s a great feeling. Who knows, maybe I’ll get lucky enough to be able to publish this book. Right now, I’m just concentrating on getting the book written.

Snowball’s Christmas: Book 1 Of 2 Of Snowball Series – A Paperback Book Review

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Title Of Book: Snowball’s Christmas

Author Of Book: Kristen McKanagh

Book SeriesSnowball

Book In Snowball Series: Book of 2

Pages274

Publisher: Kensington Books

Publication Date: September 29, 2020

Link To Snowball’s Christmas Paperback Book On Amazon: Snowball’s Christmas  

Link To The Snowball Series On AmazonSnowball Series In Paperback 

How I Came To Read This Book

came to read this book by chance actually. Let me explain. The author of this book Kristen McKanagh, the author of this book & series, I follow her newsletter. She was having this fun and zany random drawing of her book Snowball’s Christmas and guess what? I was one of her winners to get the book. I had to post a picture of my pets. The pictures I posted of my pet was of my Cat Snowball. The for the that post is: Snowball . Please check the post out. I was so happy and thrilled to find out I was one of the winners.

Amazon Excerpt Of Snowball’s Christmas

Snowballan aptly named bundle of feline fur fluff–is thankful to be spending her first Christmas in the comfort of Weber House, the Victorian B&B run by Miss Tilly. Emily Diemer, who cooks for the guests, dotes on Snowball, but she’s not thrilled about another new arrival at the B&B: Miss Tilly’s nephew, Lukas. Which is odd, because Snowball’s animal instincts tell her that Lukas and Emily should definitely be friends.

Everything Emily needs is in this quaint community–including, she hopes, the chance to open her own bakery one day. She doesn’t think much of Lukas for leaving his aging aunt to struggle while he jets around the world taking photographs. But now that he’s here, helping to spruce up the property and getting mixed up in Snowball’s antics, She begins to soften a little. Until she learns what he has planned.

BooklistStarred Review

Lukas is going to sell Weber House so that Miss Tilly can retire. But Snowball is certain that this B&B, and these people, are supposed to be her forever home. Somehow she has to get these stubborn humans to see things through the wisdom of a cat’s eye, and a kitten’s loyal, loving heart…

“Expertly craftedthe Perfect Christmas treat”

What Thought Of Snowball’s Christmas

thought this Snowball’s Christmas was an excellent book and very well written. I loved laughing along with Snowball’s antics and I also loved trying to tell a fictional character what to do. This is a book that tells how a white feline fur ball named Snowball got her furrever home. 

I’m so glad I got the opportunity to win this book because reading it made me laugh until I cried. Loved this book.

Will I Read Again & Recommendation

I will definitely read again and I definitely Highly recommend this book. Do me a favor and go buy this book and review it. Something tells me you’ll like this book. I know I did.

 

 

THE Light Catcher MURDERS: Paperback Review

Welcome:

Hi everyone, welcome to CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. As most of you know my our site is so much more than photos. However, for those who are visiting our site for the very first welcome and we hope you come back. Today, I’ll be reviewing a paperback book.

Title Of Book: THE Light Catcher MURDERS

Author: Jo Cassie McCrae

Type Of BookMystery/Suspense/Intrigue

Author’s Book Excerpt

NESTLED IN THE SCENIC TEXAS HILL COUNTRY, THE COZY TOWN OF WHEATON CREEK SEEMED AN IDYLLIC PLACE TO ESCAPE THE WORLD’S INCREASINGLY HARSH REALITIES. AT LEAST, THAT’S WHAT KATE ATHERTON THOUGHT.

HAVING ENJOYED LONG, SUCCESSFUL CAREER WITH A SPECIALIZED, HIGHLY SECRET FEDERAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, CRISES IN BOTH KATE ATHERTON’S PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE DROVE HER TO EARLY RETIREMENT AND, ULTIMATELY, TO WHEATON CREEK. THE SMALL TOWN WAS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR HER AND HER FORMER-MILITARY HUSBAND TO ESCAPE WHAT HAD COME TO FEEL LIKE A WORLD MADE UP OF WARS, HATRED, FEAR, AND ULTIMATELY DEATH. AND, AT FIRST, THE ESCAPE WAS ALL KATE HAD HOPED FOR. THEN MURDER CAME TO WHEATON CREEK-A CRIME THAT THE COUNTY SHERIFF SEEMS DETERMINED TO PIN ON KATE’S PHOTOGRAPHER FRIEND, LUCY CELEK.

LUCY’S WORK HAS BEEN CHOSEN TO APPEAR AT A PRESTIGIOUS PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL, A FESTIVAL THAT COULD TAKE HER FROM AMATEUR TO PROFESSIONAL STANDING. ALL GOES WELL UNTIL  THE GATHERING DISPLAYING HER WORK IS BROKEN INTO, AND ONE OF LUCY’S PHOTOGRAPHS IS VANDALIZED. A WEEK LATER, THE MAN LUCY SUSPECTED OF DESTROYING HER PHOTOGRAPH-A FELLOW PHOTOGRAPHER WHO WAS ANGRY THAT HIS OWN WORK WAS NOT CHOSEN BY THE FESTIVAL COMMITTEE-IS MURDERED. FACED WITH A SHERIFF WHO SHOWS LITTLE INTEREST IN EXPANDING HIS LIST OF SUSPECTS BEYOND LUCY, KATE FEELS SHE MUST DUST OFF HER PUZZLE-SOLVING SKILLS TO FIND THE REAL KILLER. MURDER IS JUST THE BEGINNING, THOUGH, AS KATE’S SLEUTHING BEGINS TO REVEAL A TANGLED WEB OF CRIMES THAT GO BEYOND ANYTHING SHE COULD HAVE IMAGINED.

What Thought:

Wow!This book is mysterious, suspenseful, very intriguing, a page turner, easy to read, lots of plot twists and turns, keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat. I actually hated to put this book down. I loved this book. This book was excellent and well written. Kudos to the author. I look forward to reading the rest of this author’s books in print format.

My Book Recommendation:

highly recommend this book and suggest you go out and buy this book, read it yourself and hopefully review it. I will definitely be reading this book again in the future.

A Friendly Suggestion:

Parents, Grandparents, Legal Guardians, if for some reason you question whether your kids or grandkids should read the book just by reading the book excerpt or by looking at the book cover then I suggest you read the book first yourself then make your decision. But I found nothing wrong with reading this book.

Disclaimer

reached out to the author to review her books. She provided me with a paperback copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. The above review is my honest review. I do not charge to do reviews.

 

 

 

Love’s Pure Light Paperback Review

Introduction

LOVE’S PURE LIGHT is a collection of 4 Christmas novellas by 4 different authors. The authors for these Christmas novellas are: Susanne Dietze, Shannon McNear, Deborah Raney and Janine Roche. 

Author Excerpts

Story #1 is called While Shepherds Watch Are Keeping by Susanne Dietze is set in Massachusetts, 1899 and the excerpt is:

This Christmas, Pastor Seth Shepherd has little to offer his flock of congregants in their time of need until Jessalyn Grant, a mysterious newcomer, comes to his aid.

Story #2 is called The Wise Guy and the Star by Shannon McNear is set in South Carolina to Missouri, 1919 and the excerpt is:

While journeying by train, Stella Shepherd befriends war veteran Nat Wise. She helps him find renewed faith in God, but could he also be the answer to the wanderings of her own heart?

Story #3 is called On Angel Wings by Janine Rosche is set in Kansas City, Missouri, 1945 and the excerpt is:

Elodie Wise plans a fundraising ball with the help of her friend Benjamin Gabriel. But can she look past the swanky Hollywood headliner to see the man who truly loves her?

Story #4 is called Making Room at the Inn by Deborah Raney is set in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Present Day and the excerpt is:

Benjie Gabriel thinks the chef’s position she’s taken at an award-winning bed and breakfast is temporary—just a steppingstone. The B &B’s owner, Trevor Keye, thinks the same. Will five months be long enough for them to figure out that what they’ve each been longing for, praying for, is right beneath their noses.

What I Thought Of Each Story?

What I thought of each story the short stories were incredible, intriguing, suspenseful, romantic, kept you on the edge of your seat and guessing what happened next and wondering how each short story ended. I loved each story so much that I hated to put the book down.

My Recommendation

My recommendation for all these short stories that make up the book Love’s Pure light is that I highly recommend it. I suggest you go out and buy, read and review this book. This book is clean so it’s a book everyone can read. I loved it and think you will too.

My Rating

My rating for the book Love’s Pure Light is off the charts. What I mean by that is I rate the book at 5+ stars. Yes, the book was that good.

 

BOOK 5 COMPLETED!!!!

I’m excited and thrilled to tell you my wonderful readers I Did It, I Finally Did It, I Really Did It. Can I get a WOOT WOOT!! Book 5 of The Royal Murder Mysteries Series is now completed. Although this 5 book series was written for fun and done just to see if I could do it, I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be able to write this 5 book series.

After I first got started writing this 5 book series, I found myself setting small goals for myself and also large goals. For example, my small goals consisted of finishing a chapter and an example of a large goal is I would give myself a year to finish one book. Which was met for all books I might add. Also In my first year I wrote three books, In my second year I wrote one book and my third and final year my 5th book. Meeting all these goals met the world to me and really kept encouraging me.

Although writing this 5 book series was fun to write, it was hard work a lot of hard work. I couldn’t have done it without the encouragement and mentoring from my friend Amorette Anderson who is also is an author and great writer. She encouraged me the whole way.

So if you’re thinking of being a writer but don’t think you have the talent or don’t think you can do it, think again. That dream of writing isn’t there by accident. If you’re going to dream Dream Big and nurture that writing dream. It won’t happen overnight but it will happen and let me tell you because I know from experience, those little goals in writing a book you complete and make you feel so good you should celebrate those too.

still remember when I first started writing. It was way back when I was in college many, many years ago when my one professor took the class to hear Maya Angelou speak. Hearing this woman speak was just mesmerizing and just incredible. I can still here her telling everyone to never give up. After that, I started writing poems and short stories and just a few years ago found out I could write books too. I also wrote a post on some things you need to do or try to do and you can find that by going to Coronations, A Surprise, Jailbreak & Capture: The Royal Murder Mysteries – Book 5 Update . I do hope you go to the above link.

Good Luck With Your Writing. By the way, if you’re a blogger then you’re a writer.

Clarity (A Print Book Review)

OUR CAMP NEAR THE WOODS IN 2017.

Welcome

Hi and welcome my wonderful readers. I’m so glad you’re here whether it be night or day where you’re at. I went out of comfort zone and read this book called Clarity by Ethan Stein.

About The Author

ETHAN STEIN WAS BORN IN BUFFALO, NY, where he developed a love for writing at an early age. While the beginnings were rather gory and incomplete, it was the start of something important. In college, Ethan developed a far greater love and understanding of writing. It was there that he also began to develop the world of Marahspand, which was the foundation of his Divine Potentials Series.  His wife and two kids have been very supportive in his quest to further flesh out his fantasy world and are eager to discover all he has to offer.

Author’s Book Excerpt

High Priestess Daena Vulatanne has spent more than a decade preparing to lead the Holy Order of the Water Goddess Anahita. The safety of the isolated community of women has always been paramount, but the arrival of a strange messenger forces her to question if their exposure is worth risking her role as the future leader.

Asha’s presence in the village threatens the secrecy the women have fought to maintain. While he carries a message for Daena’s people, he also holds the key to a rogue Order member’s lifelong ambition: revenge for the destruction of her brethren. 

The purity and innocence Daena thought she knew soon gives way to evil and corruption. In a tumultuous time of deception, magic, and adventure, she must sacrifice something dear to her: her ideals, her devotion, or her life.

What I Thought About The Book & Rating Of Book

When I started out reading the book, I had no idea what to expect. However, I’m happy to say I found the book interesting, intriguing, suspenseful, a page turner and hated to put the book down. I wanted to see what happened next. I rate this book 4 1/2 stars.

My Book Recommendation & Caution 

I do recommend the book. However I do caution Parents, Grandparents and Legal Guardians of children younger than 18+ to read the book first before letting your child/children read the book.

HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!!!

 

 

 

Coronations, A Surprise, Jailbreak & Capture: The Royal Murder Mysteries – Book 5 Update

OUR CAMP NEAR THE WOODS IN 2017.

Hi Everyone, hope all is going well with you. Me not to bad not that I can complain nor would it help to complain. Today I would like to update you on how my book is coming along.

As most of you know, I write poems, short stories and yes even books for fun. Lately, I’ve been working on Book 5 of The Royal Murder Mysteries. Writing a book is harder work than you think. There are many steps that go into the writing process? So what are some of those steps. Some of those steps are:

1. Never assume anything.

2. Always and I mean Always make a draft so you know which way your story plot(s) are going.

3. Take notes.

4. Make story bubbles and/or boards.

5. If you plan on writing your book/poem/short story from your ideas in your head, be sure to make brief notes so you don’t forget.

6. Make short goals for yourself. For example, finishing a chapter is something to be thrilled about and finishing the whole is really something to be thrilled about.

7. Once draft is finished, be sure to edit the draft for spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes, formatting mistakes.

8. If you’re lucky enough to be able to submit your draft don’t be to upset if you’re rejected. Take the criticism and make it helpful and useful as to when you submit your draft the second time around and hope for the best. 

9. Make a deadline for yourself even if you have no time limit. Trust me, you might just surprise yourself how soon you get your book draft.

10. Finally, never quit. It’s the worst thing you can do.

Now for  my book update. Book 5 of The Royal Murder Mysteries is coming along slowly but that’s OK because I’m happy and thrilled to say, I just accomplished another goal. What was that goal you ask? That goal was that I just finished Chapter 4 at 8,218 words. Am I thrilled and happy at what I accomplished so far? You bet. My goal is to have my draft of book 5 finished by December 31, 2020. If I don’t make my goal fine and if I do well great even better. So when do you become an author? Is when you get published? On the contrary. You become an author when you complete your first book/article draft.

I wish all you unpublished and published authors all the best.

 

BOOK 4 OF THE ROYAL MURDER MYSTERIES COMPLETED & BOOK 5 STARTED UPDATE!!!!

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Hi Everyone, I’m so happy and excited to tell you that Book 4 of The Royal Murder Mysteries is complete and Book 5 of The Royal Murder Mysteries is started. Last year when I made my New Year’s Goals not Resolutions I said I wanted to to finish Book of The Royal Murder Mysteries by the end of December 2020 and possibly have an Epilogue at least started. I chose to put an Epilogue at the end of Book 4 and because the book was getting well way to wordy in length, so I decided to stop at 42,238 words.

When I started Book 5 of The Royal Murder Mysteries, well it was a surprise mostly because I had planned to stop when Book 4 was completed and that would complete My first Box Set. Instead and due to length of Book 4, I decided to write a 5th book. How long will it be? That I’m not sure yet but what I can tell you is that I have a lot ideas to put in Book 5. Some of you might be asking yourselves, what are these ideas? How will the book end? The ending will be a surprise as will the other ideas at least for now. I hope you understand why I want to do things like this.

So how far have I got on Book 5? I’ve managed to get to a word count of 3,119 or 1 1/2 chapters. Book 5 is and will be the last book in my 1st Box Set I ever written. The fact that writing Book 1-5 came about as a fluke through trying to write a poem for a friend as a surprise which never came about I might add. Writing these books surprisingly have given me a new perspective, been fun and yes even relaxing. I guess you could say writing for fun at least for me has been very enjoying. I LOVE IT!! I’M STILL DREAMING OF BEING PUBLISHED SOMEDAY IF NOT WITH BOOK 1-5 MAYBE SOMETHING ELSE. WHO KNOWS??🤷🤷🤷🤷🤷🤷🤷

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Eron Books 1 & 2: A Review

I won a contest by submitting a short story about my Cat Tigger. My prize was she was put in a scene in the book in chapter 7 of Choices. My name was even put in the acknowledgements of Choices: Book 2. Reading the scene in chapter 7 brought tears to my eyes but they were happy tears more or less.

COMPLEX: BOOK 1

Complex was an interesting, action packed unpredictable read. I loved this book and will read it again. I’m so glad I decided to get this book too. I highly recommend reading this book and the best thing is the book is written well clean. If I could rate this book more than 5 stars I would. It was that good.


CHOICES: BOOK 2 

Choices is the book that my Tigger is in.  I really enjoyed reading this book too. Like Book 1, it’s  easy to read, action packed and it’s clean reading. I highly recommend reading this Book and like Book 1 if I could rate it more than 5 stars I would. I liked the book that much.

The Eron Outsiders Series by Rose Fresquez is an interracial book series and makes for interesting reading. While reading this book series, I noticed that both of the books brings so many messages that we all need to learn. What are the messages? Not going to mention all of them but Forgiveness, Kindness, Friendship and so much more. I look forward to the next book in the series.

A book series I love is a book series I will read again and this book series I will read again.

You can buy the book series by Rose Fresquez at Amazon by going to Eron Book Series: Kindle Edition @ Amazon . The buy link for the paperback version  can be viewed by going to Eron Outsiders Series: Paperback Version @Amazon .

Rose Fresquez can be followed at the links below.

BOOKBUB PROFILE LINK 

ROSE FRESQUEZ BOOKS: AMAZON

ROSE FRESQUEZ GOODREADS PROFILE

THE SPECIAL MOMENTS BLOG

TWITTER HANDLE/LINK

 

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THE HOUSE OF THE RED DUKE: A PHOENIX RISING – Book 1 By Vivienne Brereton

Welcome:

Welcome everyone to CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. As you know, this site is just not about photos but more. I always enjoy it when my readers and new visitors visit my site. 

Today, I would like to tell you about a book I read and give you my review of the book, My Book Rating and Why, My thoughts and so much more.

About The Book(Goodreads):

Thomas Howard Charismatic head of one of the most powerful Houses in Tudor England. An indomitable old man approaching eighty: soldier, courtier, politician, a ‘phoenix rising’ from the ashes. After a calamitous period of disgrace, the Howards, renowned for their good looks and charm, are once more riding high at the court of Henry VIII.

Set against the backdrop of the extraordinary 1520 ‘Field of Cloth of Gold’, it is a tale of ambition, love, and intrigue with Thomas at the centre of this intricate tapestry

Will Thomas’s bold vow be fulfilled? Danger stalks the corridors of the royal courts of Europe. Uneasy lies the head beneath a crown. Every other ruler – a fickle bedfellow…or sworn enemy.

The action takes place in England, Scotland, and France. On either side of the Narrow Sea, four young lives are interwoven, partly unaware of each other, and certainly oblivious to what Dame Fortune has in store for them.

“Nicolas de La Barre laid his lute to one side, hardly bothering to stifle a yawn of boredom. Nevertheless, he couldn’t escape the fact he’d agreed to take on a new wife…”

Explosive family secrets are concealed behind the ancient walls of castles in three lands. But… “There are no secrets that time does not reveal.”

About the Author(Goodreads):

 Born near historic Winchester in the UK, I have been passionate about the Tudors for as long as I can remember. This led to a degree in Medieval History at university and the growing desire to write a novel. However, life took over somewhat  and only after stays, short and long, in six countries I called home did I finally settle down to finish my novel. 

Words have always played an important part in my life, whether it’s been writing, editing, teaching English, or just picking up a good book. In preparation for my Tudor series, I did an enormous amount of research. 

Having three sons came in very handy when I had to write about squabbles between Nicolas and Tristan in my novel. Not so handy when I took them to Hampton Court and one of them got lost in the maze! I also used the men in my life as guinea pigs for my Tudor Cookery attempts (recipes included) with varying degrees of protest.

Seeing ‘A Phoenix Rising’, the first book in the series ‘The House of the Red Duke’ in print for the first time was a moment of great joy for me. I hope anyone reading it will enjoy the end result as much as I enjoyed writing it.

My Book Rating:

📕📕📕📕📕 (5 books = 5 stars)

What I Thought Of The Book:

When I first started reading this book, it was like I read it before. The names were so familiar to me. So I looked in front of the book and read what it was all about then read the back of the book. It was well so weird and strange because I felt like I was reading about some of my ancestors in the book. I did find out it was set in the 16th century. Those of you who have just moaned or are thinking about it well… I had probably had similar thoughts. But I assure you, despite being set in the 16th century the book was written in English 99.9% of the time so you don’t have much 16th century talk to deal with. I loved the book and look forward to the next one. The title of Book 2 is: The House Of The Red Duke: The Lizard Lurking In The Grass. Best of all in the back of the book, there is a 16th century words and phrases from A – Z translated to the English words and phrases.

Recommendation:

I highly recommend this book. I enjoyed reading this book a lot I did not want to put the book down. I hope you buy, read it and review it. Look forward to see what you all think of this book.

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Book 4 Update: Royal Murder Mysteries

Earlier in the year or Maybe late in December 2019, I told you all my goals for 2020. Well I’m happy to say Mom hasn’t got worse and is keeping her independence, as for me staying healthy that isn’t going well at this time. However, I am very happy to say I’m halfway done with my draft for Book 4. I’m at 18,116 words. That is at the start of Chapter 10. Woo Hoo!! My hope is to have Book 4 done in about 6 to 7 months if all goes well and after that, I hope to get the Epilogue started. 

I hope to get more words typed in the next few days.  Wish Me Luck.

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A TEXAS CHRISTMAS Mystery & Love at Christmas Book Reviews

Happy New Year everyone!! With 2019 behind us and 2020 just starting, what better way to start the new year off but by doing book reviews. This is my first post of 2020. ENJOY!!

Love at Christmas 

This paperback book is a compilation of Four Christmas Novellas by Anne Greene. Each book in this book is excellent and very well written. This book is Clean, no graphic sex, no cussing, no vulgarity, no use of the F word. Just good clean reading and inspirational. I highly recommend this book and would be a good book for a book club to read.

The books in this book can be bought separately too. If your interesting in reading my review on Bookbub the link for the review is: Love at Christmas Book Review .


A TEXAS CHRISTMAS Mystery

This paperback book is an inspirational, clean Christmas mystery. This book is excellent reading and well written. Many kudos to Anne Greene for writing her books inspirational and keeping them clean. Just goes to show you don’t need all that graphic sex, vulgarity and cussing and gore to sell a book. If a book is well written, action packed, has plots twists turns and keeps me interested, then the author has successfully done her/his job. Personally, if you put  graphic sex, cussing and vulgarity, use or overuse the use of the F word and put a lot of gore in your book then I can honestly say that is a complete turn off for me. However, I will read a book and find out while reading the F word is used then I usually do 1 of 2 things, I either put down and it becomes a DNF (Did Not Finish) or if I find out the F word is used, I decide is the book well written enough to finish the book. Most of the time though it turns out being DNF’s. Once again, Anne Greene writes another Fantastic book. 

I highly recommend both these books and hope you go buy and read them. I reviewed this book on Bookbub and to read the review you can go to: A TEXAS CHRISTMAS Mystery Review .

*full disclosure* I won A TEXAS CHRISTMAS Mystery in Anne Greene’s newsletter contest and she also sent me the book Love at Christmas to review. 

 

 

 

 

 

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So You Want To Be A Writer… Now What?

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Becoming A Writer:

So You Want To Be A Writer… Now What? Now if answered YES to that question, CONGRATULATIONS!! Now let me ask you another question, now you that you decided to be a writer are you ready to get down to business and work hard on your writing? If you are saying, I wanted to become a writer and/or because I thought it would be easy. I’m here to tell you becoming a writer isn’t easy. There’s a lot involved in becoming a writing. Let’s take a look what’s involved in becoming a writer.

Write Or Type Your Ideas:

The very first thing you’ll want to do is as soon as you decide to become a writer, you’ll want to start writing down all your ideas down on paper or type them on a separate piece of paper in no particular order. You can organize your ideas later. Your very first thing you should probably do is figure out what genre or genres you want to write in. As for your title of your book, you don’t have one yet not to worry because once your book starts coming together a title will come to you. Now you’ve started writing down ideas or typing them on a separate piece of paper, you’re ready to start your book — right? Not quite. You need get a few things first and also there’s something I suggest you do.

What You Need To Be A Writer:

What you need to be a writer is several things. They are listed below.

1.) Persistence.

2.) A whole lot of patience.

3.) A whole lot of prayer.

4.) An encourage network of friends and family.

6.) If possible, try to find a mentor in an author. You never know when they’ll ask for your help. Don’t be afraid to give help.

7.) You’ll need to have a whole lot of paper and notebooks. That’s why it might be easier to just type everything on a separate page.

8.) You’ll need plenty of time.

9. You’ll need a good imagination. Let your imagination run wild it’ll help.

What You Shouldn’t Do As A Writer:

1.) In my opinion, Don’t do Webinars or Tutorials. These can be to confusing and sometimes even to technical.

2.) Don’t get to many suggestions on what to do. To many suggestions could cause confusion. 

3.) Don’t hold a job and write a book at the same  time.

Challenge Yourself:

When I say challenge yourself, I mean it. So what do I mean exactly when I say challenge yourself? I mean first before you start writing your first book, you should write one for fun just to see if you can do it. When you’ve accomplished that, then decide for sure if you still want to be a writer. If so, then the real hard work begins with editors, publishers, Marketers or do do just self published.

When Was The Writing Gene Planted?:

In everyone who wants to be a writer whether it be a writer of a book, a journalist, a blogger or a columnist the question you should ask yourself is when was the writing seed or dream planted? I say ask yourself this question because you may be asked this question by friends, family or even strangers. When you have the answer, you’ll be able to answer others much better and they’ll see you are really serious about being a writer.

My Writing Story:

I guess if someone were to ask me when my writing seed or dream started wasn’t when I was child but was way back when I was in college. A class I had to have and might I add I didn’t care for class or the professor but on this particular day, she took the class to hear Maya Angelou speak. As it turned out, it was like a meet and greet after listening to her speak. One thing that always stuck with me was when she said Never Give Up!! After that, I started writing poems on and off here and there and then fast forward to this year at the beginning of 2019, I decided to try to write my  first book. After accomplishing writing  two books, I decided to challenge myself to write my first box set. Would I be able to do it? Well I’m happy to say that I’m well on my way to accomplishing that too. You see, I have written three books so far and I just started my fourth and final book in the box set. My goal is to have the box set finished by the end of December 2020.

Your Goals:

Make small goals for yourself. For example, since most chapters are 2000 words your goals will be completed every time you complete a chapter. Depending how long your book will be, you might want to make your goal a little bigger and make it every 5,000 words. Either way, these are accomplishments in their own right.

Do You Still Want To Be Writer?:

So after reading all this and all you have learned, Do You Still Want To Be A Writer? If you do, I say congratulations to you and wish you Good Luck. I also wish you good luck in writing many books. Don’t forget, don’t let anyone discourage you from writing or tell you that you can’t do it. If you want it bad enough, you’ll accomplish your goal or dream even if you have to do it in small steps.

 

 

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Box Set Update: The Royal Murder Mysteries Series

Hi everyone and welcome. It’s been a while since I updated you on my progress of my box set I challenged myself to do and I’m happy and excited to say that I just finished Book 3 the other night. So what does that mean? It means I have  3 books of a 4 book box set complete. YAY ME!!

BOOKS COMPLETED

1.) Turkey, Three Sweaters And Multiple Murders At Chris’s House: The Royal Murder Mysteries Series – Book 1 

2.) The Royal Verdict And The Royal Sentence: The Royal Murder Mysteries Series – Book 2

3.) Queen Crystal, Chris And Penney’s Mysteries: So Many Babies And The Baby Surprise – The Royal Murder Mysteries Series – Book 3

So what does this mean? My challenge is almost complete. Is my challenge worth it though? I think it is. When I started, I only thought I could write poems off and on then when I attempted this well I found out I could write books. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that was even possible.

So what have I learned through this experience and what can you learn from my experience? I’ve learned and hope you have too that if you really want to succeed at something, you will keep persisting and keep going until reach your goal or goals.

I wish you all success in reaching your goals you want to achieve. I know it’ll take a whole lot of hard work to attain them but trust me in the long run it’ll be worth it. GOOD LUCK!!

 

 

 

 

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The Complete Virtue and Valor Series

I just finished several books but one book that really stood out in my opinion was the paperback version of The Complete Virtue and Valor Series by Hallee Bridgeman. *Please Note* I won this book in a random survey drawing from the author’s newsletter and this review is of my honest opinions. 

Before I get to my rating of the book, you must understand how I rate books. I don’t just read a book but I study, analyze, ask myself is this a fun book to read or serious book. Does it live up to the kind of book it’s suppose to be? Could it happen in today’s world? Does it have vulgar language, is it to graphic, what type of audience can read it? There are more questions I ask myself too. Now you know how I go about rating a book. Does my rating on a book ever change? Sometimes but not very often.

My rating for The Complete Virtue and Valor Series book is 5+ stars. It’s an excellent book. It’s 8 books in 1. Very well done


Goodreads Excerpt 

Eight serialized novellas, each inspired by real people and actual events, reveal the incredible story of amazing heroes and heroines facing the ultimate of bravery. In 1941 Great Britain a special war department assembles an experimental and exclusively female cohort and combat operatives consisting of four willing spies, a wireless radio operator, an ingenious code… To read more of the excerpt in depth go to The Complete Virtue and Valor Series Goodreads Link . Hallee Bridgeman did a fantastic job on writing these novellas based on real life events and real people.

I hope enjoy this book review. I also hope you read this book because I recommend it very highly.

**Full Disclosure** I won this book in a random survey drawing. This is a prize I’ll cherish forever.

 

 

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Short Story Review: Euphoria in the Desert

I read the ARC for this short story called Euphoria in the Desert. This short story was not only fun and witty but it was also clean and I think you would like it. I found it easy to read and a page turner. It kept my attention and I didn’t want to put it down. I rate this short story 5 stars. 

Bookbub Book Excerpt 

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So if you KU (Kindle Unlimited), read it or you can buy the book at Amazon.com. Not sure what the price is internationally but in Amazon US it is $.99. How long that price will last well I really don’t know. I really enjoyed this short story. It’s unpredictable.

Site Links For Tina Swayzee McCright 

  1. Bookbub Authors Page

  2. Tina Swayzee McCright’s Website 

  3. Tina Swayzee McCright’s Amazon Author Page

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New England Blueberry Cake

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I follow Author Anne Greene via her newsletter by email. In her newsletter there are excerpts from her books, excerpts from other author’s books, recipes and book recommendations.  This recipe is from Anne Greene’s book Recipe For A Husband. I’m sharing this recipe of hers with permission and with her blessing. Below is the Recipe. Enjoy. Please let me know how things go and how it turned out if you make it.

NEW ENGLAND BLUEBERRY CAKE

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup shortening

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

2 cups sifted flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups fresh New England blueberries

 

Blend sugar and shortening on medium speed, add milk and eggs. Reduce speed to low. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to mixture. Mix only until all flour has been moistened. Fold in blueberries. Spread batter in greased and floured 9-inch square pan.

Crumb Topping

1/3 cup sifted flour

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup soft butter

Combine and blend until crumbly. Sprinkle crumb topping over batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Also makes 2 dozen muffins. 

Hint

Spread berries on wax paper and sprinkle a little flour over them. This keeps the berries from settling to the bottom of the cake.

 

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