Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Ana's Post

Hey all I just wanted to let you all know that I am holding off any more posts until the new year. Things are very stressful right now for me and I can't get the reviews done right now. I need to focus on my work and my family right now. I wish all of you the best and if I promised you a review it will get done but don't expect it until after the new year.

Love and best to all
Ana

Friday, November 18, 2016

Film Friday: Doctor Strange



Doctor Strange

Directed by: Scott Derrickson


Staring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor


The Breakdown: A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.   (From IMDB)


My Review:I was so excited about this film. I am a huge Cumberbatch fan and to see him join the Marvel Universe gave me chills. He is such a talented actor and to have him bring to life one of my favorite characters put my expectations higher than ever before. He did not disappoint! Nor did any of the cast. With their reputation for making amazing films Marvel continues to attract top level actors and getting Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor just put this one over the top. I know a lot of people were mad about Tilda being cast because they know the ancient one as an elder Asian man. However what many of them fail to remember is that the title "The Ancient One" is not one specific person but a title given to many over the ages. To have it be a Celtic woman (per the film) I think was just a choice made on the director and screenwriter and I have no problem with it. I was glad to see Marvel give us another badass woman. Plus, come on, seeing Tilda kick but was awesome. It had its funny parts, amazing action, and had all the feels. It is a must see!


Rating: 5 Glasses

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Review of the Novel: Fat Girl

Fat Girl

By: K.L. Montgomery

Rating: 3.5 Glasses

I enjoyed this book. Was it for me? Not really. I have never really gotten into "chick lit" and I hate it when people call themselves "fat" I think it is not progress to act like that word doesn't cause so many people a lot of pain and joke about it. Now that my complaining is over. It was a well thought out story and had some pretty funny parts. "Chick Lit" fans will enjoy.

Ana

Monday, November 7, 2016

Ana's Post

Hey all I have been slacking :( but it was for a good reason :) This week is another big promotion week for my trilogy! Marie will be Free this week!! The other cool thing I found out is that if you have the ebook ( which is free this week) you can get the audio book for only $1.99! So cool!!! Anyway posts will be up this week and I got to see Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Dr Strange this past week so I have a lot of film reviews to write!

Ana

Monday, October 31, 2016

Ana's Post

Happy Halloween :)
Enjoy today with family and friends and good spooky read! To keep with the halloween theme this friday I will be reviewing the 2016 Ghostbusters film :)

Ana

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Review of the Novel: Perception of Life

Perception of Life

By: Shandi Boyes

Rating: 3.5 Glasses

I do enjoy steamy books but at times they get repetitive. A book of this length that is at its basics a steamy romance book is a bit much. I am also getting a bit tired of the his perspective then her perspective of the same situation. I feel it drags the story down. That being said it was a good story and full of good naughty scenes so if you love dirty romance it may fit the bill perfectly.

Ana

Monday, October 24, 2016

Ana's Post

Hey all and Happy Monday :)I have been writing all weekend so I think my brain is fried, lol. So just a cute kitty picture to make you smile :)

Ana

Friday, October 21, 2016

Film Friday: The Accoutant

TheAccountant

Directed by:  Gavin O'Connor


Staring: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, JK Simmons



The Breakdown:  As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.   (From IMDB)


My Review:I was in aw-stuck when I was watching this movie. Not just because it has an amazing story and well developed characters but also because it gave a very interesting an accurate picture of what someone with autism may go through on a daily basis. The scene of Ben Affleck's character as a boy becoming very upset that he cannot find the last piece of a puzzle and therefore cannot finish it was very real to me as I have seen a child go through the exact same situation. The scene of him having a sensory overload and lashing out and requiring pressure to calm down. I see that everyday. I work in a specialized autism school and seeing the all too real behaviors and stress that autism can place on a very gifted mind is heart breaking and Ben played it so well. This is not only an amazing action thriller but it also brings to light the lesser talked about side of Autism. I applaud the filmmakers and the performers and I encourage everyone to see it.  


Rating: 5 + Glasses

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Review of the Novel: Overload Flux

Overload Flux

By: Carol Van Natta

Rating: 4 Glasses

It is very difficult to melt together numerous genres and make it work. Carol does a great job of trying to blend sci fi, romance, and action in one. However, it can feel a bit jumbled at times because of that. No you won't get a full fledged out romance with so much going on so the romance folks might not be as thrilled but as an action fan I enjoyed it. At times I wasn't as invested as I probably should have been I think that was just because so much was going on. All in all a good book and I would recommend for the science fiction crowd.

Ana

Monday, October 17, 2016

Ana's Post

I went to see The Accountant this weekend and I was so enthralled with what I saw. Most people who follow my blog know that I have spent the past seven years working primarily with children on the Autism spectrum. Children with that diagnosis are such a mystery to most people in the general community. They get glimpses and pictures of what Autism is and how it affects people's lives but no real understanding of a person living everyday with Autism. I was actually really happy to see (spoiler) Ben Affleck's character as a young boy suffering a sensory overload and his father having to physically restrain him to apply pressure to calm him down. This is a side of Autism we don't see as often as we should. I will talk more about the movie on Friday for Film Friday but I really want to encourage people to go out and see it. It is an amazing film and done in an entertaining and beautiful way. Just my two cents :)

Ana

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Review of the Novel: Along the Garden Path

Along the Garden Path

By: Charlotte Strack Peyton

Rating: 4 Glasses

I am not much for books about high schoolers which is mostly because it has been sooo long since I was in high school. To be honest i didn't have a lot of drama in high school it was pretty boring actually. So it is hard for me to get into the drama of being in high school. That being said this is a well written and enjoyable book that I think would really speak to the younger crowd. Grab it for the young adult in your life it may be a perfect fit.


Ana

Monday, October 10, 2016

Ana's Post

Hey all :) So Sorry for missing last week but it was hectic and I was unwell and things are back on track for this week :) I wanted to take a moment to talk about my writing. I have three published books and yes sales of the first book excite me but not nearly as much as sales of my second and third book in the trilogy. Now this is not just because the second two books are more expensive but also because of what it tells me about the reader. Nobody buys the second or third book in a trilogy does so without reading and enjoying the previous book. This gives me hope even if they didn't leave a review buying the second book means they liked Marie enough to buy James and if they buy Jasmine they enjoyed Marie and James enough to buy the third. I guess this is an ongoing sense of success every time I see those sales :) So just because they didn't leave a review doesn't mean they didn't love it :) Keep your head up and write on my fellow writers.

Ana

Monday, October 3, 2016

Ana's Post

Hey all not much to say today which is probably because I have been unwell all weekend so here is a picture of a cute puppy just to make you smile :)






Love
Ana

Friday, September 30, 2016

Film Friday: Magnificent Seven


The Magnificent Seven

Directed by:  Antoine Fuqua


Staring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke



The Breakdown:  Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.   (From IMDB)


My Review:  The western is back! Or at least I hope it is. I love a good classic western and I was worried that we would get a western with a modern feel...and I did not. It was done in in the classic old western style and it felt like so much detail and work was put into keeping it classic and not trying to make it modern. The visuals were breathtaking and the acting superb. I really appreciate Antoine Fuque avoiding the pull to make it gory. It didn't need to be but with the large amount of violence he could have gone for the blood and guts angle but he didn't he stuck with the story and the characters being the main focus. Also thank you Mr Fuqua for avoiding animal violence and not filling scenes with dead and disfigured horses. I don't think I saw one. The characters were the focus and the scenery was there as a beautiful backdrop to the characters' stories. It is a must see and I really hope we get more westerns with the success of this film.
I do think it needs another title "How to go out like a boss! By: Chris Pratt"


Rating: 5 Glasses

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Review of the Book: Yetunde: An Ode to my Mother

Yetunde: An Ode to my mother

By: Segilola Salami

Rating: 4 Glasses

This was a very short story (only 28 pages) I love classic folk tales and stories of mothers and daughters so I was very happy with this book. I loved the blending of languages but at times even with the translations it was a struggle to understand as I needed the translation to understand the line. Still a good short story for mothers and daughters to share.

Ana

Monday, September 26, 2016

Ana's Post

Hello All time to give some more promo results:

E Readers News Today:Awesome! I got 25 sales that day and an additional 6 the next day. KDP pages read was way over 1,000. It cost $35 so I didn't break even but the sales boost and the potential for the purchase of books two and three for me consider it a WIN!

Fussy Librarian:Good Choice as well! It cost $17 and I sold 4 copies the day of and 3 the day after. KDP pages were over 1,500. So for only $17 I feel I got a lot of exposure so it is a WIN


Ana

Friday, September 23, 2016

Film Friday: The Bronze

The Bronze

Directed by:  Bryan Buckley


Staring: Melissa Rauch, Sebastian Stan, Gary Cole



The Breakdown:  A foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist with local celebrity status reluctantly trains a rising Olympics aspirant.  (From IMDB)


My Review: As a former gymnast I saw the trailer for this, laughed hysterically and decided I had to see it. I was not disappointed. Yes some gymnastics jokes you would need to have been a gymnast to really get but it was just raunchy and funny most of the time. I really liked how she didn't really change she was the same foul mouthed crazy gal at the end but with new found purpose. Melissa Rauch and Sebastian Stan played perfectly off of one another and the story was unique and fun. My only complaint is that at times it was a bit predictable and a little over the top with the vulgarity but still a very fun solid film.


Rating: 4 Glasses

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Review of the Novel: Shizzle Inc.

Shizzle Inc

By: Ana Spoke

Rating: 3 Glasses

It was cute and funny but drove me nuts at times. The main character, Isa, wants to be rich and famous but puts no time into doing anything to get it. It should just come to her.....This bothers me a bit. Now I know this book was designed to be silly and ridiculous but as a fan of strong female leads in books she was nothing of the sort. She was ditzy and unqualified but got a job by shear luck.  Going back to the main point which was playful and still it at some times went to far with it and the story got to be too much. However if you love a well written joke around then this may work perfectly for you.

Ana

Monday, September 19, 2016

Ana's Post

So I am still on the topic of promotion as it is for me, as all authors, an on-going process. This past week I used:

People Reads- I ran the promotion on 9/13 and sold 1 copy. The remainder of the week I sold an additional 5 copies. In terms of KDP pages read 353. (Now these stats were only for Marie as that is the only book I promoted I did have sales of my other two books but I cannot verify that they were due to this promotion.) It was only $7.99 and those low pages read could be a bunch of people starting the book since it is impossible to tell if that is just 1 copy being read or 50. As a result the low cost and the potentially long term I will call it a Win. It may work better if the book was free.

This upcoming week I am running a promo on Ereader News Today (9/18 sorry still have to wait for results) and Fussy Librarian (9/23) I will let you know those results on my 9/26 post.

Love
Ana

Friday, September 16, 2016

Film Friday: TMNT: Out of the Shadows



TMNT: Out of the Shadows

Directed by: Dave Green

Staring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Stephen Amell, Tyler Perry


The Breakdown: After facing Shredder, who has joined forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman and henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady to take over the world, the Turtles must confront an even greater nemesis: the notorious Krang.   (From IMDB)


My Review: I am very open minded person when it comes to re-boots and re-makes even when I don't agree that they should have happened. That being said I think this franchise is a bag of worms that no matter what they do with it people will be mad. I have seen a lot of reviews that blast it for being so childish and stupid and a dis-service to the fans who grew up with the turtles. Sooo let's go back and watch the TV shows and original moves and compare.....they are just as childish and goofy and that is why we loved it....as children. We are adults now and we want the franchise to grow up with us but news flash......Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is for CHILDREN. Yes they PG-13ed it and that confuses people but in the end this is the turtles for the new generations and will be as silly as the originals. I laughed and I love the interactions between the turtles no matter how immature it was. Stephen Amell was a great addition and Will Arnett was as always fun to watch. I really liked that Megan Fox's April O'Neal was not as whiny as she was in the first one and much for take charge and respected. Yes I agree that it was Michael Bayed with the explosions and the sexy clothing on Megan Fox but despite all of that I enjoyed it.


Rating: 3.5 Glasses

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review of the Novel: Morwich: Breaking the Rules

Morwitch: Breaking the Rules

By: Jennifer Redmile

Rating: 5 Glasses

Ok I don't say this stuff often and this is not a normal phrase for me but....this is YA gold! Mind you YA is not my genre of choice and I felt the common themes present in the popular YA novels of the day but put in a new environment with a fun new twist. I was never bored and found myself more intrigued and invested in this book than I have in many other YA books I have read. The world is well built and gives the reader plenty to work with in terms of visualization. YA fans rejoice you have a new book to love :) Give us more!

To Grab a Copy Click Here :)

Ana

Monday, September 12, 2016

Ana's Post

Hey all today I want to continue to talk about promotions that work. I have really dove head first into trying to promote my books. I tried two sites in the past couple weeks: Genre Pulse and GoodKindles.

Genre Pules- On the day it was featured I sold 4 copies and had 2,000 pages read on KU...however the rest of the week I saw a continuation of pages read on KU (6,000 additional pages) and an additional 15 copies sold. It cost me $17 so it was about a break even-ish. I would consider it a WIN

GoodKindles- On the day it was featured I sold 1 copy and had 800 pages read. The rest of the week saw 7 additional copies sold and about 2,000 additional pages read. It cost $35 so I consider it a BUST.

Stay tuned for more promo results.

Ana


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sunday Post

So I don't normally post on Sundays but today I felt the need to say something as it is Patriot Day here in the US. There has been a lot of hate being thrown around over athletes not standing for the National Anthem to protest injustice in our country. I am appalled by people's reactions to this. One of the freedoms we are so blessed to have in this country is the right to peaceful protest. That is what they are doing and they have that right and I respect it. People in the US have more rights that many countries in this world and yet we bash one another for expressing them. We get angry and call people names for freedom of speech a right that is a right we are guaranteed to have. This is Patriot Day and what makes you a "Patriot" is up for question to so many people. The idea that if you don't do...xyz..you are not an American is just wrong and a complete perversion of what is means to be an American. Let nobody tell you who you should be and what you should believe it is your right as an American and stand for what you believe in and help make this country a better place.

Love
Ana

Friday, September 9, 2016

Film Friday: Now You See Me 2




Now You See Me 2

Directed by: Jon M. Chu

Staring: Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Lizzy Caplan


The Breakdown: The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.   (From IMDB)


My Review: I loved the first film so I was eager to see the second but it just didn't happen until it hit Vudu. Now having seen the first one made watching the second one possible. I don't think for one second you could follow the complicated plot without knowing what happened in the first. The villain would make no sense and it would leave you scratching your head. One of the things I really liked about the first one is the explanation as to how they did it. You don't get as much of that in this one but you do get some so that helps keep you intrigued in the stunts they pull. I am big fan of Mark Ruffalo and he never fails to deliver and in this go around he does a great job getting you to root for him and his band of magicians. Could it have been better? Yes. Could they have explained the ending a little better? Definitely! I actually ended the film confused and that is not a win for me, so I had to take away one but it is definitely worth you time to enjoy....as long as you have seen the first one!



Rating: 4 Glasses

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Review of the Novel: Yours in a Hurry


Yours in a Hurry

By: Ann Kathleen Otto

Rating: 5 Glasses

I am history buff and a historical fiction fan so I eager to start this book. The time period addressed is not my area of emphasis when I study so I was interested to see how history and fiction were weaved in this novel. I was very happy with the outcome. A well put together tale of three siblings during the time of the exploration into flight. I never lost interest while reading and I was thrilled with the way the author was able to give us a family to follow without making it to confusing. I would recommend for anyone who loves historical fiction.

To Grab a Copy Click Here :)

Ana

Monday, September 5, 2016

Ana's Post

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Labor Day :) I intend to do as little work as possible today :)

Love
Ana

Friday, September 2, 2016

Film Friday: Soaked in Bleach

Soaked in Bleach

Directed by: Benjamin Statler

Staring: Daniel Roebuck, Sarah Scott, August Emerson


The Breakdown: Tom Grant, a private investigator once hired by Courtney Love, reveals his take on the death of Kurt Cobain.   (From IMDB)


My Review:
I want to start by saying I have no opinion on if Kurt Cobain committed suicide or was murdered and this film did not convince me to change my stance. It was very one sided and was basically trying to say it wasn't suicide but it gave no evidence as to who committed that crime. It paints Courtney Love as very unstable and drug addicted, which is something I do not doubt about her. However if so how was she able to organize a murder so successfully that it would be classified a suicide? I don't know and despite this film being well put together it just causes more questions and answers none. There is no real evidence presented other than Courtney Love, a drug addict (per the film), had inconsistent statements. The big win in this film were the performances by the actors/actresses in the re-enactments. They kept me watching the film! At the end of the day not a bad documentary but lacked substance and new information.


Rating: 3.5 Glasses

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Review of the Novel: The Tourist

The Tourist: Fatal Treasures Book 1

By: Olivia Teese

Rating: 5 Glasses

I always appreciate a quick read. Some stories just don't need to be 400 pages and if drug out that far would ruin the story. This book was the perfect length for the story. I read through it in one night and was happy with the time spent. I won't give any spoilers away but the characters were very unlikable and yet I enjoyed them anyway. It had well developed scenes and an intriguing plot. If you are looking for a quick sexy read grab yourself a copy.

To Grab a Copy Click Here :)

Ana


Monday, August 29, 2016

Ana's Post

Ok everyone I told you the results of my big promo but I didn't tell you what I did and what actually worked so here are some tid bits of knowledge I gained from it:

1- FreeBooksy=Rocks! I bought a spot on FreeBooksy and on that day I only had a posting on FreeBooksy and I had 1400 downloads and I sold 50 copies of a mix of James and Jasmine. No I didn't make my money back since it was free downloads but I have seen a continuation of the success from it in pages read on KU of the second two books.

2-Giving away book one for free and discounting the other two worked! I really pushed the free book and really didn't do anything to promote the other two being discounted to see if the freebie would drive sales of the other two and it did. I really think it was due to people looking to download the first one for free and seeing the rest of the trilogy was only $0.99 for each book and thought "Hey I can grab a whole trilogy for only $1.98. Even if I hate it I didn't invest that much." Or maybe they were more optimistic, lol. Either way I sold more of James and Jasmine that week then I expected and have seen a continuation of sales of both since then.

3-You have to spend money to gain any momentum. I was so frugal when it came to marketing up to this point. I was so afraid of spending a lot of money and not getting anything back for it. I spent the money for FreeBooksy, ManyBooks, and BookBarbarian and I have not been disappointed. Between sales and KU pages read I have made over $200 since I ran that promo.

4-Persistance is key! I struggled emotionally to finish the third book since I wasn't seeing as much success with the first two as I had wanted but I stuck with it and I believed in my work. I am so glad I finished it and that it is being received so well. I know a lot of readers have said that they don't start a trilogy until it is completed for fear that the author won't finish it and they will be left disappointed that they didn't get to finish the story. I hope I am finding those readers :)

5- Indie Authors have to encourage each other or nobody will! Share what you have learned and be supportive of other authors. I have met some indie authors who think they are the best and tear everyone else down. It is disappointing because everyone can always learn something new and improve. Love and support that's my philosophy and I hope I can help any other authors out who need it in any way :)

Now it's your turn: If you have something that has worked for you share it!

Love
Ana 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Review of the Novel: Demon's Blood

Demon's Blood

By: Shari Sakurai

Rating: 4 Glasses

I am an Ann Rice vampire traditionalist so it is hard for me to read  books with a different take on vampires but I opened my mind and I really enjoyed this novel. I liked the blending of cultures and the dimension that added to the book. Giving vampires a more human side is a growing trend in the vampire literature genre and I am split a bit on it but it is done well in this book and made for an engaging read.

To Grab a Copy Click Here :)

Ana

Friday, August 19, 2016

Film Friday: Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad

Directed by: David Ayer

Staring: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie


The Breakdown: A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency (From IMDB)


My Review:
I understand why the critics are hating on this film, it doesn't take itself too seriously. It is set up almost like a comic book with its character introductions and over the top visual displays. It is mayhem and over the top and it is beyond fun. I loved Jared Leto's joker he left the seriousness of the Heath Ledger joker and was just all out crazy, I think he was a perfect blend of the Jack Nicholson Joker and Heath Ledger Joker and made it so much fun to watch. Don't even get me started on the laughs and fun that Harley and Deadshot brought to the film. Margot Robbie nailed it and gave us the messed up funny Harley Quinn that I have been longing for in the film world. It tied in the upcoming Justice League film without letting it over shadow the film. It was great to see Batman and I will say I do really enjoy Ben Affleck in the role. I really think David Ayer heard the classic "Why so serious?" and thought to himself "Never let's have fun with this and give the audience a few laughs." So don't take it so serious and just enjoy the mayhem.  


Rating: 5 Glasses

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review of the book: The Art of Health

The Art of Health

By: Aarti Patel N.D.

Rating: 4 Glasses

I think it is probably in bad taste to rate a book about good health with alcohol but hey it's what I do.This book is well put together and easy to understand for those who are not so medically inclined. I found it easy to navigate and it provided great insight and knowledge that made me at ease with the information I was being provided was accurate and from a knowledgeable source. There are so many "health" books out there that are filled with un-true "facts" and guides that are just garbage. This book is not one of those it is written by an intelligent doctor whose main concern is helping people.

To Grab a Copy Click Here :)

Ana

Monday, August 15, 2016

Ana's Post

Hey all it has been a crazy week with the promo. I am happy to report that Marie was downloaded over 5,000 times :) and I sold over 100 copies of James and Jasmine. I am just thrilled and look forward to continuing the momentum so if you haven't gotten your copies yet get them now! :)

That being said I would love to expand this blog by adding another reviewer to two :) If you are interested in joining me here are the perks: Free Books! All I ask in return in an honest review that will be posted here by me and I will add to Amazon for you. So all you have to do is read the book and review it :) Any reviewer who joins me will get their pick of the books that have been submitted to read. If interested please fill out a contact form :)


Ana

Friday, August 12, 2016

Film Friday: Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

Staring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander

The Breakdown: The most dangerous former operative of the CIA is drawn out of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past. (From IMDB)


My Review:
First off I love Jason Bourne as a character and have been a fan of the series since film one. That being said I was thrilled when I heard that they were doing another film. This was a perfect Bourne film. It hit all the notes from the explosive car chase to the intense fight sequences. Yes it paid fan service to the Bourne fans but I wouldn't have had it any other way, Bourne is who he is and I don't want him to change one bit. Fans of the series going into this for something new will be disappointed as it is a by the books Bourne film but those just wanting to get all the things we love about Bourne then it is perfect.

Rating: 4 Glasses


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review of the Novel: The Fighting Shadows

Fighting Shadows

By: JC Steel

Rating: 5 Glasses

Now to start I will say that I have not read the first book in the series which worried me when I started it but I was quickly able to pick up and follow the story without even reading the first book. It is well put together and the world building is wonderful. It left me with many questions but what good thriller doesn't? I think it was a great blending of scifi and thriller and gave me a lot to work with when forming the characters and stories in my mind. A must read for SciFi fans


To grab a Copy Click here :)

Ana

Monday, August 8, 2016

Ana's Post

It's Here! The Big Day! The start of the big promotion I have set up for my now completed Trilogy!!!! I am giving Marie away for FREE and both James and Jasmine are only $0.99 each. Which means you can get 3 books for under $2!!!!! Time to grab all three and enjoy the action and adventure that brings Marie's world to life!!!

Marie: https://amzn.com/B010INJ2CU
James: https://amzn.com/B01AVY0CHK
Jasmine: https://amzn.com/B01J1YVQVM


I want to thank each and every one of you for your love and support and I hope you enjoy my work :)

Ana

Friday, August 5, 2016

Film Friday: Star Trek Beyond


Star Trek Beyond

Directed by: Justin Lin

Staring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoey Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg

The Breakdown: The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. (From IMDB)


My Review:
I am going to start by saying that I am a fan of the original series AND a fan of the rebooted series. I think it is more than possible to love both for what they are and not try to compare them. That being said of the three of the reboot films I think this is my second favorite. I won't tell which one wins :) I really liked Jaylah and her addition I think fit in perfectly. Story wise it was well put together and executed. I think it was funnier and quirkier than the other two films and I think that was in big part to Simon Pegg being on the writing staff. I am a big fan of the actors being involved in the story writing especially when one has such an amazing talent for writing a fun story. This franchise could have gone terribly wrong and tried to make the films too serious to follow the trend of darkening the stories for drama. Star Trek is fun and lighthearted all while giving the viewer something to think about but laugh as well. This film hit is almost perfectly. I do wish that the storyline had been more developed and I was sad that they did not include Carol Marcus as the franchise goes forward. I hope that they reconsider and bring her back for the next film. The cast was perfect and the performances were on point. I think the Star Trek fans will be very happy with this new film.


Rating: 4.5 Glasses

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Review of the Novel: Sunset Reads: William and Christina

Sunset Reads: William and Christina

By: D.C. Triana

Rating: 5 Glasses

A fun and engaging sensual read! I have a weak spot for a quick steamy read and this book was a perfect fit for my evening read. It had a good balance of intrigue and romance and didn't allow either to outshine the other. I never give away plot details sorry but I will say it was well conceived and presented and the romance fans will really enjoy this novel. I look forward to more in this series from author DC Triana.

To Grab a Copy Click Here :)

Ana


Monday, August 1, 2016

Ana's Post

It's Monday again, lol. I should be excited I am still on work break and I have almost got myself being productive. I have been working like crazy on getting all my promotion things together for the release of Jasmine and the promo week for James and Marie. Ugh it is frustrating filling out form after form trying to get maximum exposure. I am compiling my efforts and will report back to all of you as to the effectiveness of the campaign so you can learn from my successes and failures :)


Love you all
Ana

Friday, July 29, 2016

Indie Film Friday: The Big Short



The Big Short

Directed by: Adam McKay

Staring: Christian Bale, Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

The Breakdown: Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.   (From IMDB)


My Review:
I was interested in seeing the film from the first time I heard about it but I missed it in theatres. Lucky for me it showed up on Netflix. I was worried when I first started watching it and they were using terminology in relation to the stock market that I have to admit I was worried I would get lost. However very quickly the film gave us a funny but informational guide, thank you Margo Robbie for explaining it. I think breaking the forth wall was done beautifully and the seriousness was not lost within the jokes and quirky performances. Not one actor let me down and the guest appearances of actors as themselves was done brilliantly. I understood what happened to the housing market but to have it explained so well gave me a better understanding of the full impact from the perspective of those who were involved. It is an amazing film and I really recommend it for anyone, you won't be disappointed. 


Rating: 5 Glasses

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Review of the Novel: Sasquana



Sasquana

By: Marlina Williams

Rating: 5 Glasses

This is not my first book from Marlina Williams, I wasn't disappointed the first time and I was not the second time. She builds a great fantasy world based around a boy that many teens can relate too and live through. The story is well thought out and brought to the pages with brilliance. It is a perfect book for the teen crowd and I look forward to more novels from Marlina.




Ana

Monday, July 25, 2016

Ana's Post

Officially on break from work for the next two weeks and I am trilled about getting caught up on everything book like LOL. I have completed Jasmine and it is back from the editors with a stamp of approval. I am offering free copies for any of my readers who would like to get an advanced read of Jasmine. If you aren't up to date on the trilogy I also have free Audible copies of James to give out if any of you are interested. Please let me know :)

Love
Ana

Friday, July 22, 2016

Indie Film Friday: Sympathy, Said the Shark


Sympathy, said the Shark

Directed by: Devin Lawrence

Staring: Lea Coco, Melinda Cohen, Dominic Bogart

The Breakdown: When a young couple opens their door to a soaked, bloodied, and estranged friend they quickly discover that their night is going to get even stranger... Each person's perspective uncovers a darker secret until an even larger threat is right outside.   (From IMDB)



My Review:
I was immediately fascinated with this film from the moment it was suggested to me. Normally when reading points multiple points of view can be difficult to track but I have never seen it used in a film before. I'm struggling to review because it is a thriller so I don't want to give away any details about the film for fear of spoiling the film. I will however comment on the multiple points of view format. I think that for this genre of film it was perfect, it added to the suspense. Getting each person's point of view when dealing with twists and mystery can bring so much more to the screen. That being said I don't think the format would work for other genres like, Action. I really hope this catches on and we get more thrillers like it.



Rating: 5 Glasses

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Review of the short story: Never Ever

Never Ever

By: Gita V. Reddy

Rating: 5 Glasses


I am really happy when this book was suggested to me. I have read books by this author before and was thrilled to get to pick up another one. It is a short story with a powerful message about relationships that really stuck to me. It is for sure worth your time to grab it and give it a read.


To Grab a Copy Click Here :)


Ana

Monday, July 18, 2016

Ana's Post

OK all I am officially back. I thought I was going to be able to get my posts going again and then had some major house issues (ie my roof) but I am now back and I am scheduled through the week :)


Enjoy
Ana

Monday, July 4, 2016

Ana's Post


Hello All! I have missed you all but my singled minded dedication to finishing my third novel, Jasmine, has taken me away from my blog. I am proud to announce that Jasmine is DONE! I have re-set the release date for July 29, 2016. As a result it is time to catch up the blog! I have books read that need reviews and I will be reviewing a really cool Indie Film I watched the other night called "Sympathy, Said the Shark". You can expect that for this Friday :) I am so thrilled to have finished my trilogy and my blog to hit over 200,000 views. Stay tuned for more fun to come and enjoy your 4th of July :)

Love
Ana

Friday, June 17, 2016

Indie Film Friday: Sicario

Sicario

Directed by: Denis Villenueve

Staring: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro

The Breakdown: An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.  (From IMDB)

My Review:
I rented this and slacked on watching it but once I did I was not disappointed. Blunt is an amazing actress and Del Toro is always on point and their performances were amazing. The biggest complaint I have is the actual shooting of the film. Several scenes take place at night or at times when they are in places where light is limited. I get the authenticity but it was at times hard to see what was going on. I know sometimes the darkness thing can add but at times I felt like it took away from us seeing the performances. My complaint aside it is a great movie with a powerful story that keeps the viewer interested and intrigued about where the story will go next.

Rating: 4 Glasses

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Review of the Novel: While I was Gone

While I was gone

By: Amanda Steel

Rating: 4 Glasses

A mystery but more of a story of family strife. I enjoyed reading this book. It is just the right length for a story of its kind. I think it if would have been any longer I would have lost interest. It isn't filled with action or drama but more of family conflict and stress over who Kayla is and who she is going to be. It is a book for those who enjoy an emotional read that doesn't drag on pointlessly. Good length good book grab one. :)

To Grab a Copy Click Here :)

Ana


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Freebie Wednesday

All of the books listed below are a FREE Digital Download on Amazon! Check out any and have fun downloading :)
*If you have an upcoming free book please submit it through the submission page*



Constantine can no longer hide in Europe. As he discovers a century-old secret, he must flee back to Moscow, chased by assassins.
Only one man can save him. Eugene Sokolov: an officer in the world's most elite rescue unit, a martial arts legend… and Constantine's brother.
They face an enemy unlike any other. In a game run by a KGB spymaster, the fate of Russia will depend on their survival.

To Grab a FREE Copy Click Here :)




Sometimes you fall so hard you can’t get back up. My closest companions now are shame and loss. But a sliver of hope lies in the only person I have left in this world – the one who’s growing inside me.
Survival becomes living again because of my child, and the town where I begin anew. That’s where I meet the man who starts to melt the ice inside my heart.
As we get closer, reminders of my past become sharper. Clearer. To confront the pain, I have to discover what’s deep down inside me. Is there enough left there to become whole again, or am I too wounded to heal?

To Grab a FREE Copy Click Here :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Review of the short story: Arachnight


Arachnight

By: Angela J Maher

Rating: 4 Glasses

Short and terrifying. I was already scared when I looked at the cover...I do not do spiders. I am not a big horror person but I really enjoyed reading this short tale. Horror is best in small doses in my world, I need to sleep at some point. It was well written and great for a quick scare. I haven't read the work that this was inspired by so I can't compare it and honestly I don't want to. I like to take things as they are and as this is I enjoyed it.

To Grab a Copy Click Here :)

Ana

Monday, June 13, 2016

Ana's Post

Yay for Monday :) I am currently on break from work (I work at a school) and I have one week left before summer school starts. Let's see how much I can get done on my checklist:
1- Read 10 books
2-Finish writing Jasmine (my third book)
3-Watch the four movies I have rented and review them.
4-Nap

LOL I don't think I will get it all done but hey here's to making goals :)

Ana

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Review of the book: Vambrace


Vambrace: Keaton Clarke's Tale

By: CB Archer

Rating: 5 Glasses

WTF did I just read? lol I am sorry but I was so thrilled to get something so original and unique I got through it in one afternoon. This is a book for the gamers among us..ie me. It was funny and creative with all the filth necessary to take it up a notch. If you love video games and enjoy a hilarious and creative take on them, then you must grab a copy and spend a hilarious afternoon like I did.

To Grab a Copy Click Here :)

Ana


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Review of the Novel: The Justifications of George Cann


The Justifications of George Cann

By: Nathan M Begley

Rating: 4 Glasses

I was a bit worried when I started this book. The idea of a grown man spying on teenage girls was well....creepy. However it was a well crafted story and I think the creep factor was necessary for the storyline. It is not for everyone but for those who enjoy a lot of intrigue and causes the reader to question their part in the story and who really is to blame. It is a unique story and for those who like these kinds of books it would be a perfect fit.

To Grab a Copy Click Here :)

Ana


Friday, June 10, 2016

Film Friday: X-MEN Apocalypse

X-MEN Apocalypse

Directed by: Bryan Singer

Staring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters

The Breakdown: With the emergence of the world's first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan. (From IMDB)

My Review:
Now I want to start this by pointing out that yes the X-MEN timelines in the films are very confusing. I get that and no I don't have a better explanation or understanding on how all the films fit together. However that does not take away my enjoyment of this film. I don't think they made any real errors in story or character. They give us strong characters and don't bog down the film with extensive back stories. I don't need a thirty minute "who is Jean Grey" we know who she is and where she came from this is the sixth X-Men film not counting the Wolverine films. I love the interactions between Alex and Scott as this is not something we were ever privy to before this film and seeing that for the X-Men fans was great. As usual McAvoy and Fassbender steal the film with amazing performance but I can't say that any of the star disappointed. I was cheering and gasping throughout the film and I already pre-ordered the digital version. It is in my top three of the X-Men films :)

Rating: 5 Glasses

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Freebie Wednesday

All of the books listed below are a FREE Digital Download on Amazon! Check out any and have fun downloading :)
*If you have an upcoming free book please submit it through the submission page*



Beware of what lurks in the shadows...

Four women have been found dead in the outskirts of a small Wisconsin town. The only witness, clairvoyant Celeste Risinski, observes these brutal murders through violent nightmares and hellish visions. The local sheriff, who believes in Celeste’s abilities and wants to rid their peaceful community of a killer, enlists the help of an old friend, Ian Scott, owner of a private criminal investigation agency, CORE. Because of Ian’s dark history with Celeste’s family, a history she knows nothing about, he sends his top criminalist, former FBI agent John Kain to investigate.

John doesn’t believe in Celeste’s mystic hocus-pocus, or in her visions of the murders. But just when he’s certain they’ve solved the crimes, with the use of science and evidence, more dead bodies are discovered. Could this somehow be the work of the same killer or were they dealing with a copycat? To catch a vicious murderer, the skeptical criminalist reluctantly turns to the sensual psychic for help. Yet with each step closer to finding the killer, John finds himself one step closer to losing his heart.


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A family tree full of witches. A genealogist determined to find the truth.
Just days before Christmas in the mountain town of Elk Park, Colorado, genealogist Anna Denning discovers a client’s body. When she starts asking questions no one wants answered, she becomes the killer’s next target. Still grieving the death of her husband, Anna must draw on her wounded faith to enter a world of wicca and witchcraft—reminders of a past she buried long ago—and discover the secret of The Witch Tree.

To grab a FREE Kindle Copy Here

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Review of the Novel: The Legend of the Dagger Prince


The Legend of the Dagger Prince

By: T.A. Gallant

Rating: 4 Glasses

A very entertaining fantasy novel. I really enjoyed the storyline and how the characters fell into their rolls. The biggest complaint I have is the character names. I know that sounds silly but some of them I couldn't even figure out how to say. This really look me out of the story several times as I was given a name I spent like five minutes trying to figure out how to say. Overall it is a great story that is well written and enjoyable just be prepared to break out some hard core language skills saying the names.

To Grab a Copy Click Here :)


Ana

Monday, June 6, 2016

Ana's Post

Hello all :) Time to get back on track! I have been pretty focused on finishing my third book that I have slacked on my reviews! This is fixed and the reviews will start flowing back starting tomorrow :)

Love you all
Ana

Friday, June 3, 2016

Film Friday: Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War

Directed by: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo

Staring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, Elizabeth Olsen

The Breakdown: Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man. (From IMDB)

My Review:
I know it's not an indie film but I just had to review it :) I was eagerly anticipating this film as a Marvel junkie through and through. I was not disappoint in the least! I went to the film with my movie buddies and one of them is the stoic type. He never cheers or shows emotions during a film, he just takes it all in. This was the first film that got him cheering! This is the avengers movie we always wanted. It may be called Captain America but lets be honest it is an Avengers film and it is one done right. I can't wait to see what the Russo brothers bring us next and to see what happens to Black Panther. Chadwick nailed the role and in my opinion was the best character in the entire film. It is a must see for super hero fans and everyone else who enjoys a good film.

Rating: 5 Glasses

Monday, May 30, 2016

Friday, May 27, 2016

Indie Film Friday: Parkland




Parkland

Directed by: Peter Landesman

Staring: Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Jack Weaver, Paul Giamatti

The Breakdown: The true story of the assassination of JFK and the people involved.

My Review:
I had thought about renting this movie for a while and finally did it and I ws not disappointed. I was devestated by this film and this is someone who wasn't even alive a the time. It really hit home the impact of the events of that tragic day in the way it affected the people we may have heard the name of but knew very little about. I think I cried the entire time with how powerful the acting was and the way the film was presented. I was really impressed iwth Zac Efron, he is more of a comedic actor for me and to see him do drama so well really impressed me. I would recomend for anyone it was amazing.

Rating: 5 Glasses

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Ana's Post

Hey all been super busy :( I will be back starting tomorrow with Indie Film Friday :)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Review of the Novel: Advance


Advance

By: KA Duggsy

Rating: 5 Glasses

I was drawn in immediately to this book. I love a good drama and throw in a little romance and time travel I am hooked. Detective type books have always been a weakness and this twist in the genre really is amazing. I loved Faith and appreciate the author going with a strong female lead. If you love  good mystery grab a copy of this one.

To Grab a Copy Click Here :)

Ana

Friday, May 20, 2016

Indie Film Friday: Concussion

Concussion

Directed by: Peter Landesman

Staring: Will Smith

The Breakdown: In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play. (From IMDB)

My Review:

This film tore me up. I love football but the information presented made me look at it in a totally different light. It left me conflicted. The reality of the sport and the damage it causes these players for entertainment was devestating. However with the information being public now the players know the dangers of the sport and continue to play anyway. It really is incredible the lengths we are willing to go to become the best at a sport that could in reality cause their death. I am not sure I will ever be able to enjoy football the same.

Rating: 4.5 Glasses

September Netflix Binge: Jessica Jones

It's time to Netflix Binge!!! Here's my review of Jessica Jones: