Tuesday, 19 September 2017

6 ways to know you have on too much perfume

A very long time ago I got into my mother’s perfume when she wasn’t home. I sprayed on one of her Avon scents. One spritz at the neck, another at the wrists, and then I walked through a puff of it just like my mom did. How come I couldn’t smell it on myself? I must not have used enough.  Spritzing at least ten more times, I left the house perfumed up and happy. Unfortunately this little top 6 list comes from the lesson I learned that day.

You know you have on too much perfume perfume when:
  1. people start coughing and gagging when you walk into the room.
  2. someone sprays air freshener near (and around) you.
  3. you leave the room and return because you’ve forgotten something, and the air is cloudy.
  4. people back up when you attempt to get close to them.
  5. people start fanning themselves, especially in an air conditioned room.
  6. you question what the hell smells so badly, only to realize it is you wearing too much perfume.

One of my characters, Adjoa from Entwined Destiny, is obsessed with perfume. She knows just how to spray it on to entice rather than repel.

Did I miss anything? Do you have a  perfume overload experience you’d like to share?

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Let me eat cake!

Since it’s my birthday month I’d like to take the opportunity to talk about cake. Actually there will be no discussion involved. This will be a photo montage of a few of the cakes I’ve eaten over the years, and some which I wish I’d gotten my hands on. Here we go. Yum! Yum!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Prah, Constantine and Baryeh Reviews: Deliver Me by Farrah Rochon

Boo hoo! Summer is ending (I'm holding out for the autumn solstice to call it to a close). I hope you had a good one and that fall will be even more spectacular. This month we chose a contemporary romance to delve into. Remember to stop by Constantine and Baryeh’s blogs to find out what they thought about the book.

The Blurb
After being dumped by her boyfriend and passed over for yet another promotion, Monica Gardner moves to New Orleans, determined to make a name for herself as the new attending ER physician at Methodist Memorial Hospital. As for men--she's through with them. But when given the chance to chair the hospital's annual charity banquet, Monica must elicit the help of gorgeous Ob-gyn Elijah Holmes.

Eli will do anything to thwart his matchmaking Mama's plan to reunite him with his high school girlfriend. So, when the sexy new ER doc asks for his help in planning this year's charity banquet, Eli devises the perfect scheme: He'll help put on the best banquet the hospital has ever seen, if Monica poses as his new girlfriend. But when Eli finds himself falling in love, he realizes convincing Monica of his true feelings may be his greatest delivery yet.

My Review
The story between Eli and Monica was lovely. They each had their own past issues to contend with and it progressed well throughout the novel. I didn’t quite understand Eli’s motivations when it came to asking Monica to pose as his girlfriend. In my opinion his mother wasn’t so demanding for him to have to go to such lengths. I think his subconscious wanted Monica for real to begin with and didn’t know how to sidestep his rule of not dating doctors. His heart knew.

The supporting characters were entertaining. Monica’s best friend, Nia, was hilarious and Eli’s brothers kept him on his toes.

With a few of the good aspects stated I’d like to mention that there was a side story with another couple, Jeffrey and Amanda, within the book. I kept waiting for the purpose of this to reveal itself because I don’t think it added to the story at all. It made the book longer and for me it took me out of the romance between Eli and Monica which was why I’d read the book.

I will be reading more Holmes Brother’s stories.

I give this book three out five stethoscope shaped chocolate bars.

I got my copy from Amazon.

I'm heading over to Constantine and Baryeh's blogs to see if they enjoyed the book. 

Friday, 8 September 2017

Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The Blurb
Smart, warm, uplifting, the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open her heart

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kind of friends who rescue each other from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story of a quirky yet lonely woman whose social misunderstandings and deeply ingrained routines could be changed forever—if she can bear to confront the secrets she has avoided all her life. But if she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.

My Review
I didn’t like Eleanor in the beginning of the book. She made me uncomfortable with her anti-social behavior, need to correct others, and her selfishness. Not someone I’d want to hang out with. As the story progressed I learned more about her through her interactions with Raymond, Sammy and others, she became incrementally more likeable. The horrific experiences she endured in life created the woman I met at the beginning of the story. The story of her transitioning into a more socially acceptable person was phenomenal.

Raymond became a true friend, someone she could count on when she hit her lowest point. I liked him from the first moment he came into the story until the end. Not a perfect person, but he was a good man.

I give this book five out of five vodka bottle shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased this book from AmazonUK.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Top 6 questions every writer is plagued with (hint: self-doubt)

I’ve encountered these, or similar questions on so many writer’s blog posts. That’s because in essence Writing = Insecurity. Even when you’ve finished a story, your beta readers have given it the thumbs up and you think you’re as hot as a buttermilk biscuit fresh from the oven. BAM! Something snags you back to a state of WTF am I doing? Usually that reality is brought to you by a special care package from a publisher or agent you queried.

The questions about your adequacy as a writer start to flying and fear walks up boldly and laughs in your face (When I write you, I totally mean me!).

1. Am I good? This is number one on the list. I’m not asking an esoteric question here about my personality or my behavior. I want to know if I’m a good writer. I’ve had seven books published – by three publishers who took a chance on me. It should give me the answer right?  WRONG!

2. Why don’t they like me?  This is asked as you sit at a table which is about to buckle because it’s overburdened with ice cream, brownies, rice crispy treats (fill in what makes you happy) stuffing your face.

3. Did everyone who has ever read my books lie to me to spare my feelings? This may sound ridiculous, but it’s a valid question. At least it is when you’re in the pit of writing despair (One of the best movies ever!).

4. Am I wasting my time writing? Yes, this question will make an appearance doing a tap dance while adding jazz hands with the brightest smile you’ve ever seen.

5. Why can’t I catch a break? You try and you try and you try. Three books ought to be enough to make me famous, right? I’m sure you wouldn’t be reading this post if the answer was anywhere in the affirmative.

6. How come my first book didn’t make it onto the New York Times bestseller list as I’d expected?

I’m sure there are so many questions I neglected to ask. Please share yours.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Happy Birthday Month to Me!

There is nothing like the month of September. It's filled with everything I desire and I'm pretty sure I'm annoyingly happy every single day. For me it is the best month of the whole year. People who would agree include: Me! Giggling. That's really all you need to know.

Happy September everyone!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Top 5 reasons for writing book reviews

I was a reader long before I ever started reviewing books. The first book I can remember reviewing online was Most Eligible Bachelor (Men of Distinction Book 1) by Empi Baryeh  in 2013 and I’ve been rocking on ever since.

Why do I review books, you ask? I’ll tell you (even if you didn’t) all in a handy top five list. Just so you know, my reasons are not in chronological order.
  1. It makes me feel like Ms. Oprah Winfrey when I post a review, especially on my blog. Okay so I don’t have as much influence as her (yet), nor do I have a stamp which tells the world that the book belongs in my book club, nor are NYT bestselling authors throwing themselves at me trying to get me to read their books, nor… None-the-less, It makes me feel the teensiest bit powerful, just like Ms. Winfrey.
  2. I get to share my opinions about a book with the world. I’ve had two friends voraciously recommended a series to me at two separate times- The Stephanie Plum stories by Janet Evanovich. When I got around to reading the recommended books and inevitably liked them they gloated. Big time. Sharing is caring right?
  3. I get to support writers who have labored over a story. It’s as if I’m part of their marketing team when I share a review.
  4. It’s fun, especially when the book is extraordinary. The review writes itself because I want to sing its praises to the world. And sometimes people in the world actually listen. When the book is average at best, the fun factor diminishes, but I still enjoy it.
  5. Sometimes, when I desire them and ask nicely, I get free books. Always a plus.
     Why do you write book reviews?