‘Feverborn’ Steamed Up the Pages and Offers These Two Truths #TruthInFiction #BookReview

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It began with MacKayla Lane learning about her sister’s death in Dublin, Ireland. When she herself goes there, MacKayla(“Mac”) realizes she has not only is she a Sidhe-Seer, she had just entered the feverish and seductive world of the fae and at every turn around the corner, death could literally grab her.

Not sure if any of you heard of this series but I finally bought Feverborn(Fever Series, #8) and it has plenty going on. Here is a brief summary of this addictive romance :

When the immortal Fae destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery, the very fabric of the universe was damaged, and now Earth is vanishing bit by bit. Only the long-lost Song of Making—a haunting, dangerous melody that is the source of life itself—can save the planet.

But those who seek the mythic song must contend with old wounds and new enemies, passions that burn hot and hunger for vengeance that runs deep. The challenges are many: the Keltar at war with nine immortals who’ve secretly ruled Dublin for eons, Mac and Jada hunted by the masses, the Seelie queen nowhere to be found, and the most powerful Unseelie prince in all creation determined to rule both Fae and Man. Now the task of solving the ancient riddle of the Song of Making falls to a band of deadly warriors divided among—and within—themselves.

-Blurb from Amazon

The first thing I love about Karen Marie Moning’s writing, is she is so descriptive and raw with what happens to the characters. Mac is deeply in love with Barrons but they do not call each other girlfriend/boyfriend. I remember in the fifth book, Barrons mentioned that humans must label everything. Would it change what they are if they labeled what they have?(I’m paraphrasing here).

Sexual Healing

MacKayla and Barrons have found their own Gospel- –sex.

“He’d accessed.

I was pain and violence.

He’d given his body as a Band-Aid for the wound…Sex is so damned healing.”(Feverborn, Moning, 2015: pg.171)

Now, what does this have to do with truth? In the novel, Mac mentions a lot about how “tightly wound” she is and she never knows if she is herself or how to deal with certain emotions especially after losing her sister and then losing Dani. So she would have primal, hot jungle sex with Barrons to release all her frustration and get “loose” for battle.

Barrons is described as primal, animalistic, not classically handsome, but if a woman were to see him in her line of sight she will either run from or to him. That’s how sensual he is. Whew!

Here is part of an article from Psychology Today which offers a link between sex and healing

“Sex reduces pain in two ways. It’s an enjoyable distraction. During sex, people focus less on their pain—and as a result, suffer less. And because it’s exercise, sex releases endorphins, the body’s own pain-relieving compounds. One of the nation’s most prevalent chronic-pain conditions is osteoarthritis. The Arthritis Foundation recommends regular sex to help control it.

Got the blues? Sex elevates mood. The endorphins released during lovemaking not only relieve pain, but also have antidepressant action. Massage is also a mood-enhancer, and good sex includes whole-body massage.”

There was definitely a lot of paint splashing, chairs breaking, and backs slamming against walls in this one- but then again, it’s Barrons. Mac can’t resist him.

Change Your Mind

The second truth is about neuroplasticity. One of the Nine(an immortal race of men including Barrons) mentioned it to a woman who wanted to regain her memory.

A while back, back, perhaps five years ago, I did a review of Dr. Caroline Leaf’s book Switch On Your Brain. In it, she described how our brains don’t have to be stuck in a loop, it can grow. It can change with positive thinking, reminding us “not to make genetics our god.” I just thought it interesting that the subject was brought up in this dark fantasy romance.

I highly recommend The Fever Series! If you like slow burn seduction, Dublin Ireland, ladies who kick butt with swords but have a black heart of gold you will love it.

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~The Write Web

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Why Dean Koontz’s ‘The Silent Corner’ Earns Five Stars

the silent corner

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

Published by Bantam Books Mass Market Edition(2017)

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Meet Jane Hawk.

Jane lost her husband about six months back to suicide, he left a note saying, “I very much need to be dead.”

How does a successful, happy, loving man leave his family all of sudden like that?

What Jane soon finds out is that many successful people are committing suicide in record numbers and when she puts the clues together, she finds a nefarious plot that will make your bones chill and your mind pray for safety, because…who can be safe?

The Driving Force Behind ‘The Silent Corner’

In my opinion, the ultimate force behind the magic of this book and any of Koontz’s novels are the snazzy, poetically written plots.

Moments are described in such brilliant motion, it makes you reread them:

 “…as though some wicked master of a form of origami akin to quantum mechanics spent the night folding the evils of the world into places that had once been less afflicted by them.”(from The Silent Corner, pg. 153, 2017)

We can classify this one as techno thriller, science fiction, dark fiction. However way you coin it, Jane Hawk’s revelation of what the shady side of the government is doing was fast paced and intricate. A complex plot with wicked, snarky smart villains really moves this 500+ page book along.

Then There’s Jane

Jane is a woman who is hurt.

She can’t trust but a small group of people and with her FBI training, kick ass attitude and rage driven by the death of her husband, she is no one to fool around with.

She is, in one word: Resolved.

She is not up for the foolishness. She is not taking prisoners. She is smart and sharp. Sometimes I felt she was too sharp but heck, she is a hero here. She is resolved because she has a five year old son who is now brought into a world of darkness that she even barely understands herself.

A person like Jane Hawk is perfect for this story.

As usual when reading a Koontz novel, I picture it as a movie.

There was a scene where the action was so well thought out, I wanted to turn on Netflix to see if I can catch it. Beautifully written.

Koontz does have The Whispering Room out now, and I definitely have to grab it up because it is the continuation of Jane Hawk and The Silent Corner. If you can, at least **click on the links above within this post to read a sample to see what I mean. It is that good.

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All Things New by Lauren Miller (a review)

All Things New by Lauren Miller

Published by Three Saints Press(August 1, 2017)

ISBN: 978-0998511115

After a car accident Jessa Gray finds herself wallowing in a bout of questions and insecurities along with a new disability: aphantasia. She can no longer visualize imagery in her mind, but once she moves to Colorado to live with her dad, not only does she meets new friends, she begin to learn that maybe this disability is not a disability, but unique and useful.

This book is incredible as far as imagery and ideas. When Jessa finds her boyfriend cheating on her, it throws her into a panic attack while driving and then some car speeds past a red light and hits her causing her entire world to change. As you read, you get the feeling Jessa has always relied on her beautiful  looks in the past to cover up who she really inside- which is broken. The author does an amazing job slowly peeling back the layers of Jessa’s life and helping us to see why she thinks and behaves the way she does.

The beautiful takeaway in this story is that panic disorders are real but with the right support and love, you can heal.”

The shining light is Marshall. His attraction to Jessa seems instant. Even with her scars he see her as beautiful and wants to spend time with her. He tries to see the best in everyone and even though he has a hole in his heart, his love for Jessa could repair her own. Their romance buds pretty fast and that was unexpected, however their interaction was all marshmallows and hearts.

My eyes are on his chin, his forehead, then, finally, his eyes, which leap at me…swallowing up air between us…let go of me. But he isn’t holding on to me…He’s just looking at me.” (All Things New, 2017)

What is also interesting about the book is the references to “The Portrait of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde. The book seems to mirror the story as far as perception and the soul is concerned. It piqued my interest in reading Oscar Wilde’s novel.

In summation, the book was definitely good if you are into serious existentialist talk, Van Gogh, and teen issues. An overall good story.

Learn more about Lauren Miller and then if you’re feeling super geeky, check out this link on existentialism and learn more about that too and click Aphantasia to learn about that as well.

This book was received for free from Netgalley!

 

Kamaria G. Powell Asks Us: WTF is Enlightenment(a review)

What the F#@k is Enlightenment? By Kamaria G. Powell

Publication Date: March 25, 2017

ISBN: 978-1365305320

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*Received from Netgalley for my unbiased review*

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I know I have an amazing book on my hands when I just can’t stop highlighting enlightening words and anecdotes. Kamaria G. Powell’s words feel as if they are bubbling from a pot of sincerity and love, as if a sister is trying to encourage you in your darkest hour.

WTF is Enlightenment is a clarion call and book of personal experiences, detailing just what the heck spirituality is and all it can be.

The really cool thing, is that Kamaria does not just tell us what enlightenment is, she reiterates over and over that we “have to embrace our own spirituality” and this can be difficult for many of us because who we are tend to be tied down to religion, passed down teachings, titles and material wealth.

“What I learned from my deep longing to be seen as a spiritual being, was that you don’t need anyone to knight you.”(WTF is Enlightenment, 2017)

How is it that we allow people outside of us to tell us who we are? That is impossible! Whatever the Creator of the universe has given us, was given by Him. If we need to make moves and make a change, we are already equipped to do so.

Kamaria even gives us some background on her own life story. She does not sugarcoat her mom’s mental illness or her dad’s incarceration, and her choosing to see the lessons and the light from that situation will encourage the reader too.

This book is a welcome fresh air that was not difficult to understand at all. As I said before, this book is a clarion call to be who you are. What can be more beautiful than that? Here are a few tidbits from the book that were precious gems to me:

  • Listen to patterns in your life.
  • You are the access to the Divine- everyone else is a guide.
  • Being spiritual does not require a specific text.
  • You are an expression of God.

Plus many more affirmations.

“You have the power to start thinking of your life as a science that you must study in order to discover your personal truths…”

After reading this wonderful book, I have become more aware and will definitely heed to the lessons Kamaria points out in the material.

If you’ve ever wanted a guide that was not boastful , yet intelligently and simply written. Please choose this one.

 

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

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Paul Kalanithi’s memoir When Breath Becomes Air swells with hope and intellect but leaves room for sorrow.

What makes this book a must read is Paul’s enduring love for literature and the inclusion of patient-doctor dynamics he learned during his practice.

At 36, Paul discovers he has lung cancer(he was a nonsmoker). At this stage of diagnosis he has several things to ponder on: His new life with wife Lucy, the future of having children, continuing  residency- all of these thoughts begin to fly out the proverbial window as Paul realizes he will be leaving his family behind.

As the reader, you are in his head and his heart. His ability to see past his mortality and ramble onward with jewels of poetry is astounding, refreshing.

He graduated from Stanford University with a BA and MA in English literature and so throughout the book he sprinkles timeless quotes from T.S. Eliot, or Shakespeare, and Walt-Whitman:

“What makes human life meaningful? I still felt literature provided the best account of the life of the mind, while neuroscience laid down the most elegant rules of the brain.”(From When Breath Becomes Air, Kalanithi, P., 2016)

Throughout his account, Paul shows us how it can be rough vacillating between patient-doctor roles. He describes his first time cutting into a cadaver, the grueling hours of a brain surgeon, rude patients and tired, nonchalant doctors.

Then, there are the moments when he had to strip himself of “doctor” labels and look up to specialists for answers and  support.

However, what makes this book golden syrup for the soul; what makes it a potential inclusion for literature in all academic spheres, is Kalanithi’s way with words. He faces death with literature in one hand and a scalpel in the other, a warrior who stood brave and true and yet died so young.

He passed on March 2015.

But his spirit lives on in this powerful book.

*Book received for free for my unbiased review from Netgalley

All the Things We Never Knew by Sheila Hamilton (a review)

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*Book received for free from Netgalley(an uncorrected proof)

If you have ever lost someone to suicide, then this memoir told from not just a radio personality, but a widow who did not know- sheds light and hope on the issue.

“But how much of David’s behavior was the illness and how much was the stubborn(SOB) doing exactly what he pleased? Where did the illness begin and the self disappear?”(63)

 In All the Things We Never Knew, radio personality/reporter, Sheila Hamilton recounts the somber details of her husband’s descent into severe mental illness and eventually his suicide. Their romance begins sweetly enough with passion and curiosity. But there are some things about David that Sheila mentions yet stores away as normal or “just his personality”. Kind of reminds me of another book I reviewed recently.

But there is some foreshadowing of her husband’s illness on the day of their wedding, as witnessed by Sheila’s sister.

My reaction:

As a reader you are aware of how the story ends-obvious from the blurb. But getting there- going through the sludge of hurt along with Sheila as she experiences the pain of her husband’s infidelities, his confusion, warped behavior and outbursts of anger and how utterly alone she is- is brutal to the senses.

It is almost as if she tries to make her way inside his mind and comes up against locked doors. Just what is wrong with David?

Her story is the story of many. Stories of why would someone you love commit suicide? David leaves behind a beautiful daughter, friends and family. But Sheila does not leave us in the dark completely. Her book is part memoir, part warning. There are helpful sections before each chapter which highlights a certain aspect of bipolar disorders, statistics and other helpful information.

5/5 Stars

Book Title: All The Things We Never Knew

Author: Sheila Hamilton

Publish Date: October 20, 2015 Uncorrected Proof

ISBN: 978-1-58005-584-0

Andy Maslen’s ‘Persuasive Copywriting’ Applies the Art of Psychology

Persuasive Copywriting

The Psychological Art of Copywriting

Copywriting is the art of creative engaging words to rouse the emotion and attention of your potential buyer.

All over the net, including YouTube, are videos that teach you to copywrite(create ads), but if you do not know where to begin or if you are a seasoned copywriter who wants to learn how to engage your potential buyer, I suggest reading Andy Maslen’s Persuasive Copywriting: Using Psychology to Influence, Engage, and Sell.

A Book With Quizzes…Yahtzee!!!

The book is highly organized, but I chose specific chapters to read and even took the quizzes offered.

Yes, this book has self quizzes and exercises to help you on your journey to copywriting and for me that is an ultimate plus. His book shows you how to go about creating winning ad copy.

If you want to spruce up a boring subject Maslen suggests we:

  1. Interview people.
  2. Gain a fresh perspective.
  3. Focus on how the customer’s life would be so much easier with device/product.

Maslen goes deeper into the mind of a potential client as he explores our limbic system, somatic markers, and the six primary emotions(happiness, sadness, disgust, anger, fear, and surprise).

What You Will Learn About Yourself

At the very end, I took a brief quiz to see if copywriting is for me. Honestly, I love learning about copywriting and I engage in it already. If you have a blog or website and have used your writing skills to talk about a product or if you have made a video promoting a product or service, then you have engaged in copywriting.

My results showed that although I know correct English, I play it too safe.

Bummer.

I will also say this about the book. Make sure you read it thoroughly and take those exercises seriously- it is nothing to skim over.

Learn more about Andy Maslen and his Copywriting Academy.

*Book received for free from Netgalley for my unbiased opinion.

5/5 Stars

Book Details:

Persuasive Copywriting, Andy Maslen

Kogan Page(2015)

ISBN: 978-0-7494-7399-0

e-ISBN: 978-0-7494-7400-3