Archive | August 2021

Mall Hair Maladies

Found on Amazon:

Love the 80s? Mall Hair Maladies is a laugh out loud, coming-of-age comedy with a heartwarming conclusion you won’t see coming! Hold on for the ride as these bodacious, bubblegum-pop princesses skate you back through the days of bad perms, bathroom bullies, bogus curfews, boy crushes, and burping contests!

The story Pittsburgh, 1985 . . .

It’s not easy being the new girl, but it doesn’t take long for Randi Gattano to snag a new best friend as totally rad as she is. Randi and Tanya have everything in common-big hair, big dreams, big imaginations, and an even bigger obsession with scoring tickets to see their favorite pop queen live. How far will they go in their determination to let nothing stand in the way of the greatest night of their 13-year-old lives? And what will they ultimately learn about friendship, family, and fate?

“Looking for that perfect “tween” book. This is it. And you might just want to share it with your mom.”

“The author brings it all back…the music, smoke-filled bathrooms, the frustrating inconvenience of having to look things up in the dictionary and wait out never-ending busy signals…original, well written…”

“A marvelous blend of 80’s nostalgia, determination, self discovery, friendship, and love.”

…It reminds us that every generation has to struggle with coming of age and find ways to fit in while being true to one’s self.” JGusky

“I am in love with this book!”

My Review: I truly felt like I was reliving the 80s in this book. The POV comes from a 13 year old child, and much of what the kids got up to, wasn’t part of my 80s as I was having my own children. I found this story hilarious. Five stars.

A Wise and Thoughtful Father

From Amazon: Jim Duncan knew the value of fathers. Fathers are valuable. Fathers are good. Fathers always do what they know they should. Fathers know the best road to take. They know what is right. They won’t make a mistake. That’s why when a problem came up Jim Duncan called on his father to help clean things up. “I live in a house with five noisy small kids and a wife who can’t find the pots and their lids. The place is a mess, a disaster,” said Jim said. “I can’t even find a chair or a bed. We’re crammed and jammed. It’s all quite a ruckus. Can you help me out of this ruckus that’s among us?” This is the beginning of a tale that Jim’s father takes him on to lead him to a very important discovery. It’s fun, full of whimsy, and certainly a story any child will adore. It is also amusingly illustrated with 25 happy and colorful images by Sally Huss. Those who love the rhyming delights of Dr. Seuss and the books of Sandra Boynton, the Berenstains, Felicia Bond, Laura Numeroff and P.D. Eastman will love A WISE AND THOUGHTFUL FATHER.

My Review: All in one’s attitude. Great story for kids. Using animals to teach kids and adults with kids, learning that one’s attitude can make a huge difference. Five stars.

Big Mouth Blues!

From Amazon:

Realistic fiction that’s gripping from start to finish! Will she, won’t she be sucked in to the cycle of alcoholism? Teens and adults will enjoy this powerful, compelling debut novel that creates strong emotions and makes readers think beyond the surface evidence. A refreshing take on romance in YA, and a light, humorous touch sprinkled throughout the grim subject of domestic violence will ensure that readers keep turning the pages until the uplifting conclusion.

Determined to protect her mother and little sisters, fourteen-year-old Kacey Dalton takes the brunt of her father’s alcoholism and violent mood swings. He swears if she tells anyone he’ll shut her big mouth forever. Her mom turns a blind eye and does nothing; she’s got her own secrets to keep. Kacey’s quirky sense of humor helps her deal, and she hopes someday she’ll be free of his tirades.

Struggling to hold her dysfunctional family together, Kacey escapes into her best friend Maxine’s happy family. She finds sanctuary in Maxine’s perfect life: fancy house, loving parents, and handsome older brother Wade. Kacey’s been crushing on Wade for years, and he may or may not like her back.

As her dad’s explosive rages escalate, Kacey’s bruises get harder to hide–especially from Wade. He wants answers. If Kacey tells him the truth, she risks losing him and her second family forever. She ends up trapped between the wall of lies she’s built and the father who’s intent on taking every-crappy-thing-that’s-wrong-with-his-life out on her. Kacey seeks escape again, this time in the sanctuary of whiskey. The more she says she will not be like her father, the more she is like him, which has devastating effects on her sisters. Exactly what she’s tried so hard to prevent.

Kacey must find courage to stop the abuse. But rescuing herself means destroying the lives of everyone she loves. And standing up to her dad might just get her killed.

Heart-wrenching, humorous, and hopeful, Big Mouth Blues weaves a story of true friendship with a resilient young girl’s journey of triumph. Readers will find themselves cringing, laughing out loud, getting teary-eyed, and unable to put this riveting, intense page-turner down.

My Review: This book is a great read for kids aged 14 and up too age 100 for adults. I write that because it’s true. Many teenagers and kids can see themselves in the role as Kacey, and many can’t as they’ve not experienced it. This book is rather cathartic for anyone and everyone even if their experiences differ. Both men and women benefit reading this story as they will be able to sport an abused child or adult much easier. Five gold stars!

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Climbing the ranks! $1.99 Visions of her Cherokee grandmother, Cordie flashed through Sarah’s mind as her abusive husband brutally raped her repeatedly shortly after giving birth. He took what he wanted, leaving her bloody body to be filled with years of physical pain and emotional scars that led her to believe she was worthless, and a happy life was hopeless. Sarah tried many times to leave but that was always futile. She felt useless. Her life was shattered once again when her oldest son, John, died at birth and Simon, her youngest endured a horrific cancer battle. With her only living son, Daniel she felt renewed strength knowing Cordie was watching over them always. She finally had the courage with the help of Cordie’s visions from the spirit world to leave her abusive husband and make a new life for her and her son. Her new oath to her and Daniel was that no one would ever hurt either of them. Romantic love never existed for Sarah, although she had room in her heart for love. Life taught her to be wary, until the day an old friend from her past, Aaron came back into her life. Would she finally find and know true love? Could Aaron break through the walls that surrounded her? Cordie’s Cherokee spirit helped guide Sarah. Dare she hope for love once? Could a real romance happen?

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#Conspiracy Stories #Intrigue

From Amazon:

WITHIN “CONSPIRACY STORIES,” you’d find three chilling and addictive stories to awaken your mind. THE DARK SECRET is a riddle of rumours, mysterious incidents, truth, and crime. Cindy Norton returns from France to surprise her parents in Cypriot when the borders were reopened after the lockdown. In a series of mysterious incidents, she and her boyfriend Tim, are hailed by the Police as heroes, for their part in solving a serious crime. What was the dark secret? EXEMPTION TO KILL. Brigitte Stone ignores her parents’ advice and rushes into marriage with a foreigner whom she met online. After a blissful honeymoon, her husband Jerry changed drastically and she could not recognize him. Did he really try to kill her when she told him she was pregnant? Or did she imagine it? HER STALKER. The third story revolves around a young woman named Jane Reid, who left her husband, Rod. She returned to her parent’s home and took a job as a psychiatric aide with her Dad. Events that followed, led her to believe that Rod was stalking her. Was Rod her stalker, or was it someone else that she least suspected?

My Review: Chilling when you have a stalker, and no idea who it is, and said stalker decides to damage your car enough for felony charges. Sometimes, as humans, we tend to toss people away so they don’t have to worry about one’s health or cancer or any need, in reality, it’s best to keep your loved ones close. Love and kindness are the keys in all situations.

What Little Girls Can Do? #kidlit

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From Amazon: What Little Girls Can Do! is a rhyming book that encourages all girls to dream big and follow dreams. The message is clear and socially timely girls can do anything they wish to do!

My Review: I loved this cute and perfect rhyming story for girls. Girls need to know from a young age, all of the possibilities they have for their future in the types of work they may or may not do This story exemplifies that girls can be more than a nurse, store clerk, hair stylist, and know that I’m NOT knocking those professions as I’m a registered nurse. Girls need to dream of being a zoo keeper or pilot large jets and other types of work. The sky is the limit, literally, as girls can be astronauts. Five stars for teaching girls that they can be whatever they want to be when older.

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HER HEART! $1.99 Visions of her Cherokee grandmother, Cordie flashed through Sarah’s mind as her abusive
husband brutally raped her repeatedly shortly after giving birth. She felt useless. With her only living son, Daniel she felt renewed strength knowing Cordie was watching over them always. Her new oath to her and Daniel was that no one would ever hurt either of them. Romantic love never existed for Sarah, although she had room in her heart for love. Life taught her to be wary, until the day an old friend from her past, Aaron came back into her life. Would she finally find and know true love? Could Aaron break through the walls that surrounded her? Cordie’s Cherokee spirit helped guide Sarah. Dare she hope for love once? Could a real romance happen? Dare she hope for love once? Could a real romance happen?

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