Another one Published!!!

Hey friends,

Thank you so much for tagging along on this journey with me. I’ve finally finished editing and updating Waiting a Lifetime and am SO HAPPY with the result. I’ve published it on Amazon.com and it’s now available for purchase. If you want to own this book and enjoy reading the additions to it, here’s a link you can follow to purchase it:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MCUBK61/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_dp

If you have kindle unlimited then the book is free! If not, I hope you still choose to buy it. I changed quite a bit, so it’ll still be interesting to read. I loved reading this book over and over while editing it, so I hope you feel it’s worth reading more than once like I do.

I can’t wait to hear your opinions. Once you’ve finished reading it, I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts and opinions. I check Amazon.com and Goodreads every day for new reviews and posts, and I get emails for my wordpress blog when a comment is posted. PLEASE let me know what you think.

Can’t wait to hear from all of you!!!

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Moonlite Clarity – Chapter 1

NEW Chapter! I love it!!! Read it and follow her! This is going to be an amazing book.

Samantha Markham

“Mom?” I breathed into my cell phone receiver.

I could hear some shuffling on the other end of the line, but no one answered. She must be trying to stop dad from doing something that might get himself hurt. He was doing a hell of a lot better with the new Alzheimer’s and dementia cure the CDC had been handing out to people like candy, but he still had a ways to go yet.

“Mom? Hello?” I called again. If she didn’t have the time to talk to me before work, I would have to try calling again afterwards. I could hear her yelling something to dad.

“What?” She finally spoke into the phone. “Rhea? Sweetheart? Are you still there?”

“Yeah mom, I’m still here.”

She sounded distracted. Dad must be causing problems today.

“Oh good,” she sighed. “How are your classes? Second semester treating you okay?” She faked interest…

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Book Review: The Road to Becoming a Survivor — mollymaesworld

Title: The Road to Becoming a Survivor Author: R.R. Hayden Purchase here. Synopsis: “At 25 years old, River Hayden has experienced the low’s of life that few will ever see. A casualty of her family’s circumstances, of past boyfriends, of the hand that the universe dealt her, this auto-biography is Hayden’s chance at seeing her […]

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Moonlite Clarity – Prologue

Found this prologue and thought it was really cool. What do you guys think?

Samantha Markham

It started out like any other day. A full day of college classes and then second shift at the restaurant. The world was still celebrating over the discovery of, not only a cure for Alzheimer’s and Dementia, but a vaccine as well. Just like polio, these diseases were going to be a thing of the past. Another vaccination a child would take growing up to ensure their quality of life in their elder years. No one would have to be lost to these life altering illness again.

I wasn’t lucky enough to be involved in the discovery. I was a first year bio-chemistry major at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. I wanted to be one of the chemists who discovered the cure so that I could have my dad back from Alzheimer’s. Mom was stuck at home in Stillwater, Oklahoma taking care of him. Now that one had…

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The Boy Who Walked a Way Review

Synopsis: In the year 2162, a young boy named Jal Valhyn is caught in a maelstrom of violence and conflict. His country is at war and the world government based on humanistic principles that had fulfilled its promise of a halcyon peace for over a century has fallen. Alone and helpless, he has an encounter with an invisible being that leads to a seven-day journey. With his two appointed companions he sets out for a safe haven far from the world of danger and turmoil. Each day’s trek brings the gift of new friendships and a growing awareness that life has dimensions grounded in more than the material. He intuitively understands the faith that sustains the inhabitants of an enduring peaceable kingdom.

The Boy Who Walked a Way is a touching literary fantasy novel by Nancy Janes about the true power of belief. Representing the child inside all of us that neither age nor time can eradicate, young Jal is a perfect personification to the untainted and wholehearted faith and belief in miracles that the innocence of childhood provides. With Bea and Sammie as correlating characters who impact Jal’s present and future, the two companions teach him the importance of using his troubles as an asset in developing a sense of mastery over his circumstances and in turn give readers a glimpse into the importance of trust in yourself and the personal conquering of adversity.

With a deep and gentle meaning that is born of violent circumstances, The Boy Who Walked a Way is a rare young adult novel that appeals to both genders equally. Though born of Christian roots, this profound story is a perfect fit for readers of all backgrounds and faiths that truly inspires with its touching journey of self-discovery, belief, and personal mastery. With a rich and detailed world that has descended into out-of-control chaos, this grand novel is an epic, touching fantasy that will inspire and entertain for years to come.

A lifetime love of literature’s possibility to convey the meaning of human experience in simple or complex terms motivates Janes’ writing. A clinical social worker by training and profession, she has been writing on various topics, since childhood. Other than her poetry, Janes has never felt compelled to publish her writing until she began The Boy Who Walked a Way. While leading a rather quiet life, she finds the life stories and cultures of others inspiring and leans toward assorted genres of literary and non-literary books. And when travel is on the menu, she is quickly off to collect the many splendid stories of the individuals on their mutual journey of life.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Review: There’s a lot that can be said about The Boy Who Walked a Way. What I want to mention first, is that having a preface and prologue seemed a little unnecessary. It may have been better to combine them. I’m also not a fan of talking to the reader to end the prologue and begin the story. The reader understands where they are entering into the story, it’s not necessary to announce it.

It was difficult reading the entire book. The characters are very 2-dimensional which made it really hard to relate to. The parents and boy don’t have much of a personality. The entire journey of the book makes me think the kid is on acid. I get that this is set in the future, but I don’t know how else a swan and butterfly would be able to speak. Even if we factor in evolution, it isn’t really explained how Jal is able to communicate with them.

I’m sort of a grammar freak, too, so it was kind of agonizing reading through this book. It doesn’t seem like the author had anyone proofread the manuscript before having the book published. I found several grammatical errors and would have suggested a lot of changes. If there was someone who edited and proofread the manuscript, then they didn’t do a very good job and I would ask for my money back. I know, this is a little harsh, but a proper proofread would have helped the book out a lot. Even the title I would have edited. It should be Away, not “a Way”. I assumed there was a reason for the way the book is titled, but it wasn’t revealed in the plot at all.

I actually feel really bad giving a not-so-great review. The description of a country at war in the future was really exciting. I had really high hopes for it. However, I’m not a big religious person so the spiritual journey the boy went through wasn’t entertaining or relatable for me. Also, reading a story about a 10 year old kid was a little strange for me. I don’t think that anyone would have let a boy walk around alone (most likely hallucinating because of the swan and butterfly), for eight days without supervision. Someone would have questioned why he was alone.

If this was meant to be a book for children, then I can see it being very successful, except for the fact that the whole futuristic setting wouldn’t really be necessary for a children’s book. A kid would love a dreamland type book like this whether it was set in the future or present time. I don’t care for the religious undertones, and the book is a little long for a children’s book, but overall, I do think this would be a great story for children. There is a great message and would probably help kids learn how to deal with some more serious issues and learn how to cope in a more mature way. That being said, I would definitely not call this a young adult novel.

The author does a wonderful job describing the surroundings of Jal, the main character. It is another reason I feel bad giving a mostly negative review. While reading, I can tell that Nancy Jones has a knack for writing and has the ability to write a fantastic fantasy novel. The description of what the boy sees is really well written; I can imagine being right there with him. Unfortunately, the rest of the novel doesn’t do a very good job of showing off her skills. Though I didn’t enjoy this book, I have high hopes for Ms. Jones as an author and look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

Guest Post for Nadia Gerassimenko

I haven’t had a whole lot of time to write my own blog posts, but I can’t help but make time when a dear friend asks that I write one for them. If you would like to read it, here is the link:

http://www.tepidautumn.net/home/2016/2/29/guest-post-how-river-hayden-coped-with-poetry

I talk about how poetry has affected me, and includes sections of different poems that I have written over the years. I hope you guys take the time to read it and enjoy it!

Love you all!

Unsure

So I finally heard back from the literary agent about my book. Her words were “I liked the premise of your book. Mind if I share it with another agent I work with and get their take?” I’m glad that she liked the premise…but is it a good or bad thing she needs a friend to read my manuscript as well? I’m too new at this to understand what’s going on…

Anyways, TGIF!!! Hope everyone has a great day 🙂

Book Review – Aussie Migrant Finance Book

Full Title: Aussie Migrant: Money; The Essential Migrant’s Guide to Mastering Finances in Australia (The Migrant Ninja Series)

Rated: 5 out of 5 stars

Review: This is a wonderful book. It was extremely informative. I learned a lot even as an American reader about the way Australian banks work. No matter how much you know about moving to Australia and getting your bearings, this book is a great help to anyone. I had a better understanding of everything I would need if I ever wanted to move out of the country, which I’ve thought about more than once. This book gave me the urge to travel around the world and live in interesting places. The great part is I would know exactly what I need to do if I were to move to Australia, thanks to this book.

The author did an amazing job putting his voice into the book. There is humor written within each chapter and does wonderful work keeping the content lively and interesting. Everything touched within the pages is relatable so understanding what is being described is easy. I definitely suggest this book to anyone planning to move to Australia in the future, near or far.