Saturday, August 13, 2016

Book Review #23: Lo! Jacaranda by Harry Freiermuth

Hey ya'll,
So I had the pleasure of reading Lo! Jacaranda by Harry Freiermuth and it changed my perspective on life.

Lo! Jacaranda is a Gypsy/Spanish tale that discusses the life of a girl named Jacaranda who is thought to be the daughter of a wealthy ranchero owner and his deceased wife, but as life would have it she is really the product of an affair between her wealthy father and his gypsy lover, Safira. And gypsy's in this story are viewed to be considered second class citizens.

What I really loved about this tale is how realistic and original this storyline is! I felt that Freiermuth did an excellent job conveying both the destructive and hopefulness of freedom and what freedom entails. I don't want to spoil everything, but it was nice to see a character that is in a scenario that has likely happened. I feel that because of how realistic the storyline was it made this book touch the heart of readers a lot more.

A character that I enjoyed was the overall villain of this story which is Jacaranda's half brother Christabo. I never rooted for him and his devious acts to succeed, but it was nice to see the dynamics of this character. Not only was he very mean to the people who have a gypsy heritage that worked on his father's ranch, but he was one of the main factors that led to his sister's marriage falling apart. Christabo is definitely one of the top 10 villains that I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

Another character that I thought was essential to this story was Grast who is the "boyfriend" of Safira. Grast seemed like a flat character at the beginning of this story and I felt that he began to come into his own near the end. I liked how Grast became this indirect father-figure for Jacaranda. Most would assume that he did look after Jacaranda to please Safira, but I felt that he did all that he did for Jacaranda due to him being an incredibly kind person. It really is Grast that helps Jacaranda find safety along with a few others from the Spanish Inquisition once she is discovered to share a gypsy heritage with her mother and is made out to be a traitor by her brother Christabo.

Jacaranda has to prove her strength of mind and heart as she fights for her freedom and evades slavery.

When I got my hands on this book I could not stop reading it! I love these characters and how they have grown. And I would definitely read this book again....and again.

Until Next Time ;*

Rating: *****

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sanford Bundle Review!

Hey ya'll,
So I received some awesome writing products from #Sanford carried by online retailer #Shoplet. As a writer I prefer to have mechanical pencils by my side over the average wooden pencils and when I received #Papermate mechanical pencils with college right around the corner it was as if my prayers were being answered. I don't know if most writers are like I am, but when I receive new writing utensils I have the urge to use them as soon as they are in my hand.


I have to say that I am in love with the new style of #Papermate mechanical pencils. I love the fact that these mechanical pencils are made out of 1.3 mm lead which is carried by most stores so that purchasers of this product can easily find refills if their pencil runs out. Also, because of this product having 1.3 mm lead there is a less chance of a breakage occurring which provides relief to those who are used to using pencils that either require to be sharpened a lot or don't have a thick enough lead that won't break as often. The #Papermate mechanical pencil is the perfect writing tool for any and every standardized test that students may need to take. In addition, it has this new style that mimics old-school pencils, but with better efficiency.


On top of receiving the #Papermate mechanical pencils I also received their pens as well. A few highlights to the #Papermate pens that I appreciated was the fact that they have red caps on each pen so that the pen itself doesn't run out so that each consumer gets a fresh product. And I loved how thick the ink is! When I was writing with this product everything showed up clearly and I did not have to scribble on the page to test the pen. And I have to also commend the fact that there were no ink smudges made on my fingers either. It was nice to go ink free for once.

The next products I received were the #Sharpie and the #Papermate correction tape. I feel that #Sharpies are nice to have because they allow students and writers to highlight important things. While the #Papermate correction tape allowed me the opportunity to correct mistakes. A lot of the time I find myself meaning to write one thing and instead I write down another thought that I didn't mean to. So the #Papermate correction tape has been very essential for me so that I don't have to start my writing all over or reprint something just so I an get rid of minor mistakes.

I implore everyone to get these products now from the #Sanford brand which can be found on the online e-tailer  #Shoplet website! With school around the corner and adults heading back to work after a much needed vacation this is the perfect writing tools to have by your side. And if you don't need writing utensils at the moment just know that #Shoplet also sales an assortment of Office, Cleaning, and Medical supplies along with Office furniture.


Rating: *****


Monday, May 2, 2016

Shoplet Product Review!!!

Hey ya'll,
I was given the amazing opportunity from Shoplet to review the #Energel liquid ink pen and the 0.7mm mechanical pencil by Pentel which has changed my life forever!!!!!


I am just like any other young adult out there. I go to college and before I know it final exams are right around the corner and that's when my life gets very crazy. And with all the tests that I have to take and all of the essays that I have to write the #Energel liquid ink pen and the 0.7 mm mechanical pencil by Pentel comes in handy.  First off, I used the #Energel liquid ink pen for five different essays I had to write. In addition, I had to rewrite three of those essays twice. I was very impressed by how the ink in the pen did not let up at all. I am a very heavy handed person and a lot of times I have found that the pen I'm writing with will stop working mid sentence and then I have missing letters everywhere. Also, I loved how the Pentel #Energel liquid ink pen isn't messy. Not once did I receive any ink residue on my hands even my paper did not smudge with ink! This pen is thick, but feels as light as a feather. It is cool and stylish which puts other pens to shame. This pen causes no headaches.


In addition, to the #Energel ink pen I also received the Pentel 0.7 mm mechanical pencil. I loved how unlike other new pencils the lead on this pencil didn't break. I was able to write for long periods of time without having to extend the lead as often because of how strong Pentel products are. And when taking my college final exam this pencil didn't leave nasty lead smudges and instead left my test clean with all the answers perfectly filled in. And there were no erase marks by the way.  Overall, I was very happy with both the #Energel liquid ink pen and the 0.7 mm mechanical pencil by Pentel.


Both of these products were given to me for free by Shoplet which is the #1 e-tailer of business and office supplies. Shoplet carries a variety of office supplies, cleaning supplies, medical supplies, office furniture and everything in between.
Shoplet is the perfect place to get what you need at an affordable price with great quality. Shoplet cares about its customers and values providing products that satisfy your needs.

Until next Time ;*

Rate:*****


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

3 Hot Reads That Are Dropping Today?!

Hey ya'll,
So like most of you I am always looking for a good book to read. And sometimes I find the perfect books, but other times I can't. That's why this post is for those of you that need that perfect read to pass the time away! Enjoy....




Synopsis

FROM #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR SYLVIA DAY The final chapter in the global blockbuster Crossfire quintet Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably. Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.




Synopsis

There is nothing more wonderful than a mother’s love. There is also nothing more annoying. Who else can proudly insist that you’re perfect while simultaneously making you question every career, fashion, and relationship decision you have ever made?

No one understands the delicate mother-daughter dynamic better than Kate Siegel—her own mother drove her so crazy that she decided to broadcast their hilarious conversations on Instagram. Soon, hundreds of thousands of people were following their daily text exchanges, eager to see what outrageous thing Kate’s mom would do next. Now, in Mother, Can You NOT?, Kate pays tribute to the woman who invented the concept of drone parenting.

From embarrassing moments (like crashing Kate's gynecological exams) to outrageous stories (like the time she made Kate steal a cat from the pound) to hilarious celebrations (including but not limited to parties for Kate's menstrual cycles), Mother, Can you NOT? lovingly lampoons the lengths to which our mothers will go to better our lives (even if it feels like they’re ruining them in the process).




Synopsis

HER PERFECT LIFE IS A PERFECT LIE.

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancĂ©, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that's bigger than it first appears.

The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?

Hurry up and download/purchase these amazing reads! These novels are all so awesome. You have love, drama, and mystery with each novel. Your day is sure to be a whirlwind.
Until Next Time ;*

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Iconic Banned Books?!

Hey ya'll,
Before March is over with I have to bring to light some iconic books that have been banned or counted out because of certain individuals believing that these books are a threat to a child's mind and therefore should be banned for all children or be labeled so that parents are discouraged from purchasing them. In my opinion these books are amazing and I was so shocked when I had discovered these iconic books are even on such a list.

#1.  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FC0PDA/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1

Quote

"I hope she'll be a fool—that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool,"
says Daisy.


#2. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JHYRMW/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1

Quote

"Jewel's mother is a horse," Darl said.

#3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

http://www.amazon.com/Kill-Mockingbird-2-Book/dp/B011P5GW5K/ref=sr_1_1_ha?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1458788238&sr=1-1&keywords=to+kill+a+mockingbird

Quote

"Remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird," Atticus stated.


#4. Animal Farm by George Orwell

http://www.amazon.com/Animal-Farm-George-Orwell-ebook/dp/B018TVAAG0/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1458788185&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=anima+farm

Quote

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

#5. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

http://www.amazon.com/Separate-Peace-John-Knowles-ebook/dp/B00JN7BNR0/ref=sr_1_1_ha?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1458788282&sr=1-1&keywords=a+separate+peace

Quote

"I never killed anybody and I never developed an intense level of hatred for the enemy," says Gene.

#6. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien

http://www.amazon.com/Fellowship-Ring-Being-First-Rings-ebook/dp/B007978NPG/ref=sr_1_sc_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1458788577&sr=1-3-spell&keywords=lord+of+the+rings+by+j+r+r+tolkein

Quote

Sam: "I made a promise, Mr. Frodo. A promise."

#7. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

http://www.amazon.com/Color-Purple-Alice-Walker-ebook/dp/B005NY4QGM/ref=sr_1_1_ha?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1458790810&sr=1-1&keywords=the+color+purple

Quote

"Us sleep like sisters, me and Shug."

#8. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OCXIRG/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1

Quote

"There isn't anyone to help you. Only me," -The Lord of the Flies


I have read each of these books and they all taught me valuable lessons about history and human morale. I feel that instead of challenging these books we should try to incorporate them into education today for students in higher grades.
I love these books and they have been ranked under no order.

If you are a parent or a lover of books then these are reads you do not want to miss out on!

Until Next Time ;)

For more Information go to: Banned & Challenged Books





Thursday, March 17, 2016

Book Review #22: Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth

Hey ya'll,
So I was given the opportunity to read Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth and it was everything that I had hoped it to be.

For those of you unfamiliar with Elizabeth's work I want to inform you that she is known for creating these captivating steampunk based novels! I have read two books from Elizabeth's Treasure Series which really set the bar high for my expectations in regards to reading Cogling.



Honestly, I was very skeptical about how Elizabeth was going to incorporate steampunk into Cogling. I thought that she couldn't possibly create another amazing novel that is truly unique and different in every way. And I was so wrong! Elizabeth kept me highly entertained and I was left begging for more once finishing Cogling.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with this story I will let you know that it involves a young girl named Edna and her search for her brother Harrison along with a "friend" as she realizes that Harrison has been replaced by a Cogling, which are mechanical machines that are dressed to look like humans.

I loved this urban world Elizabeth created that is set in this steampunk city overrun with corrupt cops that agree with whoever pays the most. And the struggling city nature that shows how the poor only get poorer and that opportunities are slim to none.

My favorite character would have to be Edna! I admired how she stuck to her faith and had such bravery when deciding to venture off with an unknown Ike all to save her brother Harrison from a terrible future. In addition, I really saw Edna take on this "motherly" role for her brother Harrison as her mother worked as a showgirl for what would appear to be a brothel.  Also, Edna really sees the good in everyone which I proclaim to not only be a good quality in her, but it can make her become prey to those who may take advantage of her kindness which is shown when she is tricked into slavery by a seemingly helping hand.

Ike who decides to willingly help Edna was the most surprising and secretive character of all. I enjoyed being able to read about his connections to the people that are thought to be behind the creation of Coglings and how Ike has such perseverance just so he can settle a vendetta he has with some powerful people.

However, the incorporation of dragons was the most interesting part of this story. It wasn't clear if they were mechanical or not, but when dealing with steampunk I assumed they were hybrids of both dragon and machine which worked well for my imagination when incorporating all the details Elizabeth had given me about what purpose dragons had in this novel.

Overall, this book was incredible and I felt as if I was watching a movie with each chapter becoming more suspenseful than the next....

Rating: *****

I loved this book and I recommend it to readers of all ages!!!!!

Have you read this book? Do you agree or disagree with what I had to say?
Tell me, I want to her your thoughts!
Until Next Time ;*

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P.S. I never like to spoil the endings of a book. If you truly want to hear a few spoilers then look out for my YouTube show KMJ Reveals which is debuting this April on my channel!


Monday, March 14, 2016

Novels Get Better with Time?!

Hey ya'll,
So like most of you around the world I am suffering from the affects of Daylight Savings time. I'm tired, cranky, and most of all off on my timing with my work. And I thought to myself  'what can I do to show others how affected I am by Daylights Saving?'. That's when it hits me to showcase to you some time bending novels that will leave you dazed and confused about reality itself. Check these books out!



Synopsis

If you had the chance to go back and relive the last 25 years of your life, retaining all the knowledge and memories you have now; what would you do?

Three very different people from different locations, die at the same moment in time and re-awaken at that moment, only it is 25 years earlier. Two men and one woman are reborn in their young and healthy bodies, but their minds retain the memories of their previous lifetime.

Will the abused wife choose a different path?
Will the stockbroker choose a different wife?
Will the serial killer continue on his spree of murder?

My Opinion

I can never say this enough! I love books that are unique and stand out from the status quo that books have seemed to garner over the years. First off, have you read this synopsis?! This book is screaming best-seller to me. If you don't have this book then be sure to get it now.
I have my #Kindle copy!
What captivates me about this story is that these characters are different, but have so many parallels in making big decisions because of what has happened to them.




Synopsis

Robert Tracy is spirited away from his own execution. A top-secret government project makes him an offer he can't refuse: work for us or disappear permanently. With no choice, he embarks on a mission to undo a terrorist attack that has already occurred, by being sent back in time 36 hours.

But all is not as it seems. Soon, a conspiracy at the highest level of government to seize total power over the country threatens the second chance at life he has been given. Not knowing whom he can trust, he must fight to survive and save himself, as well as a woman in the past who was drawn into the battle for the very survival of the country.

Spanning both time, and the width of America, 36 is a unique thrill ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

My Opinion

I love conspiracy theory novels! I plan on majoring in political science and this book is right up my alley as far as government goes. I cannot wait to see what becomes of this novel as Robert Tracy bravely races against the clock.




Synopsis

Following her death in a plane crash, Celine discovers that neither heaven nor hell is an option for her. Miraculously, she's transformed into the antagonist of the book she'd read prior to her demise. Now she must navigate this strange new immortal life, knowing that the antagonist's journey won't end well. Between covering up her devil ancestry in an immortal school and trying to understand her feelings for a senior apprentice, can Celine circumvent her impending doomsday to create a favorable plot twist?

My Opinion



Synopsis

When HANNAH KRAEGER saves a family injured in a car accident, she has no idea she has changed events in the past. Waking the next morning, Hannah discovers her yesterday was really five years ago.

Each trip Hannah takes through time changes the timeline and her own life. With help from DR. SETH MCALLISTER, Hannah must unravel the mystery of why she time travels and who she actually is before the strange ability costs her future, the man she loves, and even her life.

My Opinion

This novel is so amazing to me because it allows for readers to be put into the shoes of the main character Hannah Kraeger. I love feeling as if I am right there with Hannah as she is discovering who she is and how to overcome this disruptive time cycle she has been put in.
Very interesting novel!




Synopsis

The clock tower is the center of the town of Time. It counts down the hours, minutes and seconds of every passing day. But unbeknownst to the local inhabitants, it is at the center of a great deal more than that. It is the center of the universe and controls time itself. But it is old and beginning to break, sending the world’s inhabitants skipping forward and back through time.

Seventeen-year-old Jera Wythnos, betrothed to marry a powerful lord, runs to escape her responsibilities and pursue her dream of traveling the world. Hot on her heels is her betrothed, moving heaven and earth to find her before the wedding day.

Elian Stump is an outlaw on the run from a bungled heist, but he carries with him a dangerous secret that threatens to either free or ensnare the world.

They confront sinister forces at every turn, hell bent on preventing them from achieving their goal, and taking control of the clock tower for themselves.

The universe has chosen this unlikely pair to collect all three replacement clock pieces scattered across the world before the clock tower, and time, breaks for good. On their journey they make friends and enemies, encounter strange and wonderful mythical creatures, and face their own internal demons.

My Opinion

As I always say 'Love triangles make the world go round!' and this novel has one going on at the heart of it's story. This book is perfect for teens and has a very Divergent-like theme to it. There's a girl who is forced to become someone she isn't. A king who believes that the "system" is always right. The handsome/mysterious man who can't stay away. And the awful truth that fate has in store.




Synopsis

What if you were studying for your Ph.D. in archaeology and decided to take a break from your crummy life by working on an archaeological dig in Israel?

What if you met a great guy in Jerusalem who happened to be a world-famous theoretical physicist working on a crazy idea to build a wormhole that might make time-travel possible … someday?

What if he had a nutball colleague who turned the theory into reality — and then decided to use YOU as a guinea pig to make sure it was safe?

What if the nutball had a gun and went on a crazy, impossible mission to hunt down and kill the apostle Paul?

It’s A.D. 57 when Rivka Meyers walks out of the wormhole into a world she’s only studied in books. Ancient Jerusalem is awesome! Rivka can’t believe her friend Ari Kazan’s theory actually worked. But when she runs into Ari’s whacko colleague, Damien West, in the Temple, Rivka starts to smell a rat.

When Ari discovers that Damien and Rivka have gone through a wormhole that’s on the edge of collapse, he has to make a horrible choice: Follow them and risk never coming back — or lose the woman of his dreams forever.

My Opinion

I am a big reader when it comes to diverse books. And I love that this novel is taking place somewhere that mimics the Middle East. I can definitely see this becoming a future film someday. And I hope you all give this beautiful story a chance and join Rivka, Ari, and Damien as they "tamper" with time.


These novels are all amazing and have no "special" reason for being ranked. Have you read these novels? What did you think? Tell me, I want to hear what you have to say!
Until Next Time ;*











Thursday, March 10, 2016

Book Circles Are a Terrible Idea?!

Hey ya'll,
I am so sorry for not posting lately, but school, life, and an event I'm doing next week has kept me away. However, I am back with new blog posts that are sure to be beneficial for authors and aspiring writers.


So as I continue my writing journey something I noticed is that authors partake in book circles. And for those of you that are unfamiliar with book circles here is a brief description of what they are:

Book Circles

-A process in which authors agree mutually to review another authors book in exchange that they read their book. Whether it is free or not is to be determined by the authors participating in the book swap.

I personally, do not believe that book circles are effective and profit building at all. I feel that in order to build a profit you must gain money that out weighs what you are spending. If another author decides to be in a book circle with you and you are both buying each others book, but the other authors book costs way more than yours then it causes you to lose out on money instead of gaining it.

Also, I feel that book circles can be deceiving to readers. When I see a review for something I'm interested in buying I like the fact that individuals bought a book because they are genuinely interested in it and not because they may feel pressured to write a good review for the sake of "helping" another author out.

I know that some may say that book circles increase reviews and therefore increases the awareness of their books, but does it really? Is the cost of having to buy someone else's novel worth it to get someone to buy yours even if your book may cost way less?

All in all I just believe that book circles are a bad idea. And I would say that this is a juvenile mistake that happens only with new emerging authors, but I'm finding that book circles are being used by those who have been publishing for years.

If the author you are doing your book exchange with has sold close to a million copies of their book and is doing you a favor by reading your novel and reviewing it then it is beneficial. However, if the person who is engaging in this book circle with you barely has any activity on social media and is unsuccessful with selling their own novel then how can they help "sell" your book to others.

It is the year 2016 and I believe that it is time that authors put stipulations on book circles to give themselves and those they are networking with a better advantage when reviewing one another's book.

Do you agree or disagree with me? Go ahead and sound off in the comments! Tell me how you feel.

Until Next Time! ;*



Monday, February 22, 2016

Advice #1: How to write a novel?! Pt.2


Hey ya'll,
So a few days ago I gave you the first three steps all aspiring writers should take before writing their novel. If you haven't read my last blog post then you can click here to read it. However, if you have read my last posting then check out these awesome steps to follow up with what I told you last time.

Step 4: Point of View

Another important part to carefully consider is which character are you going to allow to tell your story. Will it be the heroic main character? Or will the antagonist rule your novels direction?
How about the charming background character who sees everything? No matter what decision you make just know that the dynamics of your story can be different with each character you may choose to take your readers on an adventure. So don't make this choice lightly! Choose the character you want to lead based on the emotion you want your readers to experience.


Step 5: Themes

The best part about a novel is the unique plot. I personally love stories that are different from all the other themes written. I want something unexpected. I want a book that makes me never want to put it down! So my advice for you is to never be afraid of where your creative mind takes you, but be aware that someone else's novel may be similar to yours.

Step 6: What goes where?

A new trend I have seen in novels is that authors will either place part of the ending at the beginning or they will start off with a certain characters thoughts before introducing the full layout of the book to its readers. My advice is that you should be unexpected, but stay true to what your novel is about. I have read my fair share of books and one thing that always gets me is how entertaining and different every author is when cleverly beginning their novels. So always trust yourself and know that simple is sometimes better and that you shouldn't be afraid to push the envelope.



Thank you for checking out part 2 of my tips on how to write a novel! If you know someone who could benefit from my advice then share the link to this post. Also, tell me in the comment section below what are your special techniques? Are they similar to mine?

Also, I would like to notify you all that I am speaking from my own experience with successfully writing my own novels and that the experience that you and others may have will vary depending on a number of factors like your choice of genre, plot, and characterization.

If you haven't read my last post on How to write a novel then be sure to check it out!




Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Advice #1: How to write a novel?! Pt.1



Hey ya'll,
So a question I am always asked at events or even in public by those who spot me is 'How did you manage to write a 300 page novel?'. The answer is really simple, but there are numerous steps that I take when organizing my thoughts on books I may be preparing to write.

Check out these steps that are sure to help out any aspiring author in need!

Step 1: Choose a genre

This is the step that most people bypass, but I actually feel like this is the step that is crucial for everything else to fall into place. When choosing a genre you have to choose something that will not only make you excited, but others as well. When deciding your genre you have to look at who your target audience may be and how many people are in the same field as you are. When choosing a genre make sure that it's something that can be universally entertaining to at least a few different age groups.

And remember that there is no wrong choice to choosing a genre. When J.K.Rowling wrote the Harry Potter Series it was viewed as being a member of the fantasy genre. Although at the time fantasy was not a popular genre when the Harry Potter Series was published it still rose against the odds and is
now one of the best novels of the 21st century.


So sometimes going against the norms of typical book genres like young-adult and children are very beneficial to authors who may be amongst a few in certain areas pertaining to literary genres.

Step 2: Develop a realistic setting

I know what you're thinking! What if my story is fictional then how can I make the setting realistic? Well, when I state to develop a "realistic" setting I use that term very loosely. When you orchestrate your novel make sure that if you do create this incredibly breathtaking new world that you give readers the information they need to either visualize or know how this world came about.

Some suggest the Earth was created during a big bang. How was your world created? Is your world being enslaved by an alien race? If yes, tell me how did this happen?

Readers are clueless when they pick up a book. All readers know is what you tell them and you have to make sure that what you tell them is exactly how you have been imagining your story.

Don't include information that doesn't belong!


Step 3: Choose the names of your characters

The names of your characters are crucial to whether or not your readers are going to remember your story. When choosing your characters names make sure that it is not off of the lst of the hottest baby names of (insert year here)! Readers want originality and once we find that in an author we are faithful fans.

A characters name should match their personality. If you create an upbeat and preppy character I expect her to have a fun name. Or if you decide to make a bad boy character that is withdrawn then I'd expect a common mysterious name to meet the expectations of who he is in your story.

A characters name is a defining point in the total sales of your novel. For example, who would have ever came up with the name Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games). This is a name that is simple, but screams special. You will know that you have chosen the right name when it echos in your soul that the character you have is unique.


Thank you for checking out part 1 of my tips on how to write a novel! If you know someone who could benefit from my advice then share the link to this post. Also, tell me in the comment section below what are your special techniques? Are they similar to mine?


Check out my latest blog post: Book Review #21: Swab by Heather Choate


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Book Review #21: Swab by Heather Choate

Hey ya'll,
So I just finished reading the novel Swab by Heather Choate and it was amazing!


First off, Choate is truly a gifted writer! I loved every moment of Swab and being part of Cat's world as she tries to find a lost love and navigate through an earthly world overwhelmed by Scarb.

The highlight of this novel besides Choate's clever plot would have to be Derrick. I felt like he was the underdog of this story. Though Choate introduced him in the beginning briefly, when he first appeared in the novel speaking with Cat, I feel his presence throughout the novel was essential to allowing the readers to see a different side of Cat.

I enjoyed the action and suspense as well. There were so many battles fought throughout this novel and they were all written so beautifully that I felt like I wasn't reading, but rather imagining everything as I went along with this story. Choate I feel did a great job by making this novel in first-person because it allowed me to understand the main character, Cat, a lot better through her interactions with others.

Also, Swab is very well-balanced. I loved how the characters had such strong emotions and how everyone had their own individual personality. A lot of times characters that authors create might seem alike and I just loved how Choate's characters were uniquely different from one another.

In addition, I binge-read this book for about four days straight! Swab is just that awesome. I haven't been more proud of a novel than I am right now. I can definitely see this becoming something bigger in the future like a new television series for either MTV or the CW.

My favorite character is actually everyone in this story that is mentioned including the flat characters like Gray. Although Choate didn't heavily describe each character I thought that was a brilliant decision that she made because as a reader I got to visualize these characters on my own and her details added to my fulfillment of being entertained by this novel.

I wish my scale could rank higher, but sadly it doesn't. Swab has definitely raised the bar for future novels that I may decide to read someday. I can't wait to get my hands on the next installment of this series.

Rank: *****

Have you ever read this novel? Did you love it as much as I did? Or did it fall short? Who was your favorite character? Tell me, I want to hear what you have to say! 
Until Next Time ;*

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Books to read with your significant other?!

#Hey ya'll,
So Valentines Day is quickly approaching and I thought what better way to get you all in the loving mood than with a few hot novellas to keep you and your significant other "entertained" this Valentines weekend.

Before you stop reading this due to the fact that your mate doesn't like to read I ask that you trust me. These novellas are short, sexy, and they will definitely keep the average reader glued to the pages.



Synopsis

Rose Red will stop at nothing to protect her sister, Snow White, from suffering the same fate as their mother. She vows to kill Hestor, the evil dwarf sorcerer responsible for her death. But a twist of fate lands her on the bottom of a riverbed, and her life in the hands of a mysterious stranger.

My Opinion

This novel gives a different spin to the famed Snow White fairytale. In this book anything goes and fantasies come true at every corner. Also, it has a follow-up novel for those that may read this book a little too fast.




Synopsis

He gave her more than his protection...for one hot night.

As the daughter of a Hollywood mogul, introverted Claire Kenyon has often been thrown into the limelight, despite her best efforts to live a quiet life. When her father receives a threat aimed at her, he surrounds her with security, and one of her bodyguards is sexy Michael Lyle, who offers Claire very close protection.

Michael has worked for Claire's father for six years, and she has only known him as unemotional and professional. So she isn't prepared for the depths she discovers he's been hiding from her. He is her bodyguard, however, and there are certain lines he will never cross. The more irresistible she finds him, the more he tries to resist.

Then everything changes in only one night...

My Opinion

This is the perfect novel for couples who have fought for their love and continue to fight.




Synopsis

This wasn’t how Police Chief Zane Duncan expected to spend his first Christmas with fellow officer and girlfriend Stevie Taylor. But when a local motel calls in the discovery of a dead body, the couple’s holiday takes a grim turn. This is the second murder in Solitude within the week, despite the fact that their primary suspect is already in custody. Together, Zane and Stevie must face a disturbing truth—their small town may be harboring two killers.

As their investigation digs deep into the backgrounds of newcomers and longtime residents alike, Zane and Stevie also struggle to adjust to life under the same roof. Even if the stress of homicides and cohabitation don’t bring an end to the couple, the murderer lying in wait just might.

My Opinion

This is perfect for those of you that love a good mystery and enjoy the intensity of your relationship. Who knew that a murder mystery could be so heartwarming?
 



Synopsis

Dr. Jason Gilmore is back in Hope Falls, California, for the reading of the will of his mentor, David Hansen. Jason expects a small memento from the man he considered a father figure. He gets far more—including the task of sorting through David’s belongings with the help of his beautiful, sassy daughter, Tara.

Who just happens to be the woman with whom Jason had a hot, spontaneous encounter in a bar storeroom the night before.

Awkward.

And amazing.

My Opinion
 
I always love books that have the characters connected by fate. And this is a story that I believe will warm your heart and take you to the root of what love truly is.




Synopsis

After an injury ruins her ballet career, financially desperate Julianna Wright takes a job in a pro-wrestling show as the Dynamic Dancing Delila, aka Triple D. She’s been managed for years, and will do anything to find her independence and support herself, darn it, even if it means dancing for rabid wrestling fans and being named after a bra size.

Hunky pro-wrestler Marco the Magnificent is stunned when he sees his childhood crush performing center ring. It’s no place for a lady, well, not a fragile and lovely lady like Julianna at any rate. Marco wants nothing more than to protect her from the brutalities of the business, but, as they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and his attempts to talk her out of her career choice simply fuel her fire to succeed.

Julianna’s need for a job, and Marco’s desire to protect her, force them into a partnership both inside and outside of the ring, a partnership that sparks feelings neither of them expects. Pinned under the weight of their explosive chemistry, they’re forced to realize that they truly are… The Perfect Match.

My Opinion

White's novel is exactly what lovers need! This is such an amazing book for lovers that are protective over their loved one in a healthy way. In this novel every desire is met with satisfying results.


Each of these books are approximately 150 pages or less and deal with the different dynamics of love. If you are a couple or even someone that is single this Valentines Day these books will definitely bring you into the loving mood. I personally handpicked these novels because they all tell different variations of love that include being heartwarming, nurturing, sexy, and daring among other things. In addition, these novellas are all $4 or less.

Have you read theses novellas? If so, tell all those lovers out there just how good these books are! And if you happen to read this on Valentines Day whether you're with your mate or not let me know what you enjoyed best about these books.
Until Next Time ;*








Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne?!

Hey ya'll,
So this topic has been all over social media today that Lionsgate has purchased the movie rights for a film adaptation on the Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne.

When I first heard this news I was so excited due to the fact that the Magic Treehouse Series was such an essential read during my childhood along with Barbara Park's Junie B. Jones Series. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this series I want to let you know that it is similar to Doctor Who except for children. In the Magic Treehouse Series two children who happen to be siblings named Jack and Annie are given quests to travel back in time to far away places.

For authors who may feel like their work doesn't have a chance I want to let you know that you should never give up. The Magic Treehouse Series was developed in the 80's and eventually was published consecutively after the 90's. And now it is 2016 and this amazing series is finally being considered to be a major film.

My advice for authors, aspiring writers and to anyone who is chasing their dreams is that you should never give up. Someone wise once told me that, "People make plans. Fate makes those plans successful."

So never give up and always keep trying to reach your dreams no matter what others have to say. I didn't listen to haters and look at how far I have come. My faith, family, and friends have inspired me to keep going.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Free Ebooks Courtesy of Bookbub?! Pt. 4

Hey ya'll,
So Bookbub has sent me some incredible reads this Tuesday that I can't stop thinking about! Check these hot new books out along with a few old-timers that will keep your eyes glued to the pages. Also, these books are all free for a limited time only. Here they are:


Shattered rose by tammy l gray

Synopsis

“For any girl who has struggled to love herself.” — T.L. Gray 

Avery Nichols knows how to wear the mask. Perfect student, perfect daughter and perfect friend. Nobody would ever guess that inside Avery is a prisoner to her own self loathing. 

Then she meets him… and everything changes. 

Handsome, charming and self assured, Jake Matthew sweeps Avery off her feet in an effortless fashion. Avery knows that Jake is everything she needs and all she has ever wanted. 

She would destroy herself to be loved by him… until he walks away. 

Broken and lost, Avery meets Parker. His genuine, caring nature reaches past the mask and the shattered pieces of her heart slowly begin to heal. But just when Avery starts to feel whole again, she faces the impossible truth. 

Jake never really left.

My Opinion

What makes a reader like myself want to read books is the fact that I can have something to relate to in the novels that I am reading. I feel that Shattered Rose is perfect for teens. This novel I believe is crucial for teens to read so that they understand what self-love is. The media projects women to be seen as one thing and men as another. This novel will crush those ever-present stereotypes!


Robinson crusoe 2244 by e j robinson

Synopsis

Two centuries after mankind drove itself to the brink of extinction, a new civilization rises from the ashes of what was once Great Britain. But when deadly strife breaks out among their ranks, the teenage son of one prominent family finds himself fleeing in the dead of night only to wind up shipwrecked on the forbidden continent of America. 

Armed with only his wit and the most unexpected of allies, the teenager struggles to survive in a wasteland filled with unspeakable horrors and in the end must uncover the one secret that can save his own people or spell doom for mankind forever.

My Opinion

As I always say I love a good book with action and suspense. This novel makes me feel scared and intrigued! This is a different spin on genres that deal with a pending apocalypse and I feel that it is easily lovable for people of all ages.


The singularity heretic by david beers

Synopsis

One thousand years in the future, humans no longer rule... 
In the early twenty-first century, humanity marveled at its greatest creation: Artificial Intelligence. They didn’t foresee the consequences of such a creation, however.

Deemed The Genesis, the Intelligence quickly decided humanity couldn’t continue in its current form, that if it did, destruction awaited the world. Resorting to drastic measures, entire generations of humans grew from laboratories, and within a thousand years, the threat of destruction evaporated.

Now, in a world where humans must meet specifications to continue living, a man named Caesar emerges. Not meeting specifications, indeed, thinking things no human should, eyes fall on Caesar, eyes that could kill him or lift him up, lead him to tragedy or revolution.

My Opinion

Fans of the Terminator will love this book! It's refreshingly good and it takes a different stance on what we've already been introduced to about cyborgs taking over the world. Check this book out if you want an exciting adventure with traps at every turn.



Shadow sight by e j stevens

Synopsis

Ivy and Jinx’s psychic detective agency in the supernatural town of Harborsmouth is doing well. But when a demon warns them of a deadly, nightmarish threat, they’ll have to make some tough choices…

My Opinion

Mystery novels always put my mind to work. There are so many levels of darkness and fears of the unknown that I am instantaneously captivated by. And this novel will do exactly that! Check this book out if you're in for a suspenseful ride into the dark side.


Noble intentions season one by l t ryan

Synopsis

Jack Noble. Assassin for hire. Spy. Thief. He makes no mistakes. Passes no judgement. Feels no remorse. So why does he stop to help a lost child moments before he’s supposed to complete a deal with one of the east coast’s top crime bosses?

A simple decision that places Jack in unfamiliar territory. He’s become the hunted and finds himself in a race against time to save those closest to him.

My Opinion

If this was turned into a movie then it is sure to be a box-office hit.
Two reasons why: Amazing plot. Good Drama.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Giveaway #1 Winners of Dark Lands: Requiem by Lyn I. Kelly

Hey ya'll,
So one week ago I announced that I was doing a giveaway for the talented author Lyn I. Kelly! In addition, I also stated that I was sweetening the pot for this incredible read by gifting away a few of my books. All winners were randomly chosen as stated:


Winner #1: Mike Melville

1 copy of Lyn I. Kelly's novel, Dark Lands: Requiem
1 copy of Author KMJ's novel, Laws of Passion
1 copy of Author KMJ's children's book, Duck's First Day of School


Runner up #1: Angel Crabtree

Your choice of Duck's First Day of School (Children's Literature)
or
Laws of Passion (Young Adult)

Runner up #2: Kelsey Molton

Your choice of Duck's First Day of School (Children's Literature)
or
Laws of Passion (Young Adult)


All the winners above have been contacted via Facebook. Please check your inbox or your "other" message requests for information on how to collect your prize!
 Thank you to all who have entered.


*See Disclaimer Below. KMJ Book Reveals is not responsible for the lost of any giveaway materials as it goes through the mail.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Shadowhunters Review?!

Hey ya'll,
So as you know Freeform, formerly known as ABC Family, has brought back the box office miss The Mortal Instruments, now under the new name Shadowhunters, to become a new headlining television show for their network.

 

I remember the day that I got my hands on The Mortal Instruments (City of Bones) novel by Cassandra Clare. During the time like any teenager finals came up and sadly I did not get a chance to finish this amazing series. However, I do remember a lot from what I did read and I enjoyed how much Freeform has stuck to Clare's original concepts for her break-out series.

First off, I have to say that I love this series! The same love that I had for the original film and books has transcended to this show. I believe that Katherine McNamara who plays Clary Fray is doing an awesome job picking up the torch from actress Lily Collins. Once this show has gone half way through the season I am sure she will be fully settled into this role and will truly make it her own.

As far as creativity goes I feel that for this to be a television show it really is truly imaginative with its graphics of this unforeseen world hidden from the mundane. I love how Shadowhunters is edgier and has this dark element to it that is both alluring and frightening in a good way.

I am definitely craving to see more of Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane. It is going to be so interesting to see his character finally come forward in future episodes.

Overall this show has some growing to do and I implore all Cassandra Clare fans to give this series a shot on Freeform! I love it and I know that you will too. Be sure to catch it on Freeform every Tuesday so that we can gush about it together!
 
Have you seen the Shadowhunters series? Have you read the books? Tell me, I want to hear what you have to say!
Until Next Time ;*
 
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Book Review #20: Four Days to Fusion by Lira Brannon

Hey ya'll,
So there are only a few books that I believe can capture dystopian settings very well and Brannon's novel, Four Days to Fusion does just that! I loved how appropriately detailed Four Days to Fusion was. The most entertaining part of this novel for me was being able to imagine this world being ripped apart by alien invaders and a small brave group of teens trying to overcome the dangers being plagued by Earth aka Tellus.

I enjoyed how majority of the main characters were women. The seven sisters reminded me of girl power which is something we as females have been lacking this generation. I loved seeing how united they all were at the beginning when it came down to protecting their older sister Maia.

However, I also felt as if some of the sisters lacked personality. I wished that Brannon had made them more bold or at-least made it to where there were only four sisters. In this case I felt that less is definitely more especially since this novel was sci-fi based.

I really didn't believe Brannon did anything original. There are slight changes to the same old story of humans versus aliens, but it was nothing outrageous to where it made me overwhelmingly shocked. Nevertheless, for those of you that love novels that give you new characters with the same themes then this is for you. Other then that the way the aliens invaded Earth is very unique.

The main character is very relatable. Her name is Seren and she is a princess who is made to forget who and what she really is and so she is brought to Tellus where she is hiding out from galactic enemies that want her dead.

I feel that teens of all ages including young adults would love to read this novel! It's fun, thrilling, and it keeps you filled with suspense. This is a classically good sci-fi novel!


Rating: ****

Have you read this book before? Did you love it as much as I do? Tell me, I want to hear what you have to say!
Until Next Time ;*



Sunday, January 24, 2016

Giveaway #1: Dark Lands: Requiem by Lyn I. Kelly

Hey ya'll,
I know that it has been a hot minute since I have made a blog post due to college keeping me busy. However, I am back and ready for a lot more gossip, book reviews, and editorials about some major topics happening in the publishing world. And to kick start my revamping I am doing a giveaway for Lyn I. Kelly to showcase his latest work Dark Lands: Requiem! I have already began to read Kelly's novel and it has this wow factor that amazes me.


Prize:
The winner will receive one paperback copy of Dark Lands: Requiem is a new twist on a tale of good versus evil. The book is a culmination of Lyn I. Kelly’s lifelong love of writing and quest to bring unique stories to the public.

Dante Alighieri, in his Divine Comedy, colored a view of Purgatory that has long reigned in the imagination. To some, Purgatory is a place where purification happens and redemption can be found. To others, it is a space for tortured souls living in limbo. All agree, though, that Dante is the definitive source for that world.

In his new book Dark Lands: Requiem, author Lyn I. Kelly offers a new twist on a tale of good versus evil in a setting seemingly nearby Dante’s Purgatory. A culmination of Kelly’s lifelong love of writing and quest to bring unique stories to the public, the story follows a brother and sister as they wake to find themselves in a land existing between life, death, and time, where the fate of the universe hangs in the balance.

“I started contemplating the idea of this other world of which we are completely ignorant, where the fate of our world is eternally in play between the most benevolent and most wretched souls to have ever lived,” Kelly said. “I began to flesh out the idea, and Dark Lands: Requiem was born.”

While Kelly has been creating unique stories his entire life for comics and other periodicals, Dark Lands: Requiem is his first novel. He feels strongly that the fantasy genre has enough witches, zombies, werewolves, and vampires to go around, but there is always room for something new. He set out to find a fresh take where everything previously known is suspended in constant turmoil.

“Independent authors like myself have creativity to add to the marketplace. Dark Lands: Requiem is different in that it does not offer warring factions of vampires and werewolves or an authoritarian government determined to crush all resistance, nor does it take place during any kind of apocalypse,” Kelly said.

For more information, visit lynikelly.wordpress.com.

Dark Lands: Requiem
By Lyn I. Kelly


ISBN: 978-1-4834-3423-0


Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and LULU


About the author

Lyn I. Kelly is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin. Writing since the age of eleven, he has been published in Diamond Comics, Newsweek and more. When he’s not writing or spending time with his wife and four children, he is also a marathoner. Kelly resides in Keller, Texas. Dark Lands: Requiem is his first novel.

To enter to win this novel: Like and share this post with your friends and family. Also, for additional entries: Comment below why you would love to have Kelly's latest novel, Dark Lands: Requiem or Tweet me @AuthorKMJ with the #DarkLandsRequiem &  #KMJBookReveals and you will be entered to win. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced February 1st right here on KMJ Book Reveals.

Also, to sweeten the pot I am giving away two books to add to this wonderful novel. One is my children's book, Duck's First Day of School and my young adult novel, Laws of Passion.

So what are you waiting for?! Like, share, comment and tweet me for your chance to win these three amazing books.

Until Next Time ;*



Monday, January 18, 2016

#MLKDay Novels that take you through time?!

Hey ya'll,
in celebration of Martin Luther King Day I have some amazing novels that tell what truly happened in our nations history along with other novels that will captivate you and bring you into the world of black culture.



Synopsis

One of the most prominent African-Americans of his time, James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938) was a successful lawyer, educator, social reformer, songwriter, and critic. But it was as a poet and novelist that he achieved lasting fame.
Among his most famous works, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man in many ways parallels Johnson's own remarkable life. First published in 1912, the novel relates, through an anonymous narrator, events in the life of an American of mixed ethnicity whose exceptional abilities and ambiguous appearance allow him unusual social mobility — from the rural South to the urban North and eventually to Europe.





Synopsis

"The tragedy of her life was that she was too black," declares the narrator at the start of this powerful novel of intraracial prejudice. Emma Lou Morgan lives in a world of scorn and shame, not because her skin is black, but because it's too black. No one among her family, teachers, and friends has a word of consolation or hope for the despised and rejected girl. With nothing to lose, eighteen-year-old Emma Lou leaves her home in Idaho, seeking love and acceptance on a journey that ultimately leads her to the legendary community of the Harlem Renaissance.





Synopsis

Young Langston Hughes was a dreamer. He dreamed about heroes like Booker T. Washington, who was black just like him. When he heard the clackety-clack of train wheels, he dreamed about the places it had been. But most of all, he dreamed about having a happy home. And so, one day, he began turning those dreams into beautiful prose. As he did, he discovered where his home really was?in the words and rhythms of his poetry that reached people all over the world.





Synopsis

Roxane Orgill’s vivid words and Leonard Jenkins’s dramatic pictures combine to tell the story of a boy who grew up to be a giant of jazz—the legendary and beloved Louis Armstrong. As a poor boy in New Orleans, where music was everywhere—dancing out of doorways, singing on street corners, crying from the cornet of the great Joe Oliver for all to hear—Louis longed for a horn so that he too could sing, bring home pennies, and, most of all, tap happy-feet blues till the sun rose. It wasn’t going to be easy. Many things, not all of them good, had to happen before he got his horn. But when at last he did, he sent music spiraling up into the New Orleans night sky like a spinning top gone crazy.





Synopsis

The real story about Martin Luther King Jr.'s final year has been buried by time and revisionist history. In DEATH OF A KING, bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King's time on Earth, revealing his tribulations and trials-- denunciations by the press, rejection by the president, dismissal by the black middle class, and assaults on his character.

Smiley conducted new interviews with King's family and associates, but he also wrote from a personal place, painting a vivid, narrative portrait. Here is an exceptional glimpse into King's world--adding both nuance and gravitas to his heroic legacy

I believe that all of these novels will most definitely bring you into the world of black history. Each of these novels will give you a different aspect about black culture that will leave you informed and aware of the bondage that was placed on people of color. In celebration of Martin Luther KIng Day I hope you all rejoice with your family and remember the steps that were taken in order to gain equality for all.

Have you read any of these novels? Tell me, what did you think? I want to hear your thoughts <3

Until Next Time ;*