Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Prah, Constantine & Baryeh Reviews #review #romance #love








Autumn is my favorite season: I love the crisp fresh air, smells wafting from our local cider mill, apples, apple cider, apple pies! Watching the leaves change from emerald greens to russets, golden, and reds. 
What's your favorite season?


Our team read and reviewed 
Meant to Be 
by Melody Grace.



Poppy Somerville believes in happily-ever-after. It’s the reason her romance novels have won devoted readers all over the world—and why she’s broken off her engagement just weeks before the wedding instead of settling for less than true love. Escaping to her aunt’s beach cottage in Sweetbriar Cove, Poppy is looking for inspiration to end her writer’s block and finish her new book. She just wasn’t counting on the handsome, gruff contractor making such a racket next door…

Cooper Nicholson doesn’t believe in soul-mates. He thought he’d found his forever once, and the world proved him wrong, so when the cute brunette comes storming over and demands he keep the noise down, romance is the last thing on his mind. But his new neighbor is full of surprises, and soon, their chemistry is too hot to ignore. 

As they grow closer, they discover fiction has nothing on the plot twists life has in store. But will Cooper find a way to let go of the past and risk his heart again? And can Poppy find her happy ending — on and off the page? 


Amazon Link

Cathrina's Review:

If you're in the mood for a sweet and steamy read, then It Meant To Be is for you. 

Poppy is a likable main character, who realizes the guy she plans on marrying isn't her true love. And she believes in HEA. After leaving this guy behind, she takes refuge in her Aunts cottage on the lake. A perfect setting to finish her novel. Along comes the good-looking and feisty Cooper telling her there isn't any true love stories. He's been burned in the past. But there's a sweltering intensity between Poppy and Cooper which sets a few scenes on fire.  

I enjoyed reading the ups and downs of this sweet book, and I think you will too. 

Now head over to read what Nana Prah and Empi Baryeh thought of the book. 











Wednesday, October 2, 2019

#IWSG @TheIWSG #writer #writerslife #writingcommunity





Join Alex J. Cavanaugh and a multitude of writer's in this monthly hop to help support one another!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all 


Alex's awesome co-hosts are Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Mary Aalgaard, Madeline Mora-Summonte, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!


October 2 question - It's been said that the benefits of becoming a writer who does not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extension of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author. On the other hand, how can you expect other people to want your writing, if you don't enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?



This question rattled my brain because I hadn't thought there could be such a writer ~ A writer who does not read seems unreal. Reading expands my concepts of storytelling. I didn't receive a college degree in creative writing, grammar, sentence structure, and whatnot. My leaning came from extensive reading. (Which is an everlasting learning experience) There are rules to creative writing and some writer's break the rules which can be fun. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I never thought of myself as being an extension of another writer. Although, readers like to compare writers to other writers and sometimes that's an honor.

On the other spectrum, a writer who hasn't read another person's story could create something original. However, don't we all strive for originality? There are millions and millions of books that are original, though they touch on a similar topics. I doubt all these novels are from writer's who don't read.

If you are a writer who doesn't like to read I'd like to hear from you.   








Wednesday, September 4, 2019

#IWSG #writingcommunity #writerslife #Writer #writingscommunity



Join Alex J. Cavanaugh and a multitude of writer's in this monthly hop to help support one another!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all 



September 4 question - If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?
That is a tough question. I'm a loner when I write, and if my family's around I can't get my muse to create a single scene. With that in mind: There are so many places I'd like to sit and write. I'd enjoy a quiet nook in a villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. A chalet in Montana with a huge picture window giving out to the mountains with wild horses running about. I guess I like to have pleasant surroundings where I can peek above my laptop and watch nature in action. 



Guidelines and rules: 
Word count: 3500-5000
Genre: Middle Grade Historical – Adventure/Fantasy
Theme: Voyagers
Submissions accepted: May 1 - September 4, 2019
How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), previously unpublished story to admin @insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group.



The next #IWSGPit  will be in January 15, 2020
8:00 am - 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time

Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On January 15, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.

Many writers have seen their books published from a Twitter pitch - it’s a quick and easy way to put your manuscript in front of publishers and agents.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

#IWSG #writingcommunity #writerslife #writer #amwriting #writerssupportgroup


Join Alex J. Cavanaugh and a multitude of writer's in this monthly hop to help support one another!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all 



August 7 question - Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you'd forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming? 


What takes me by surprise is when I read fabulous reviews. Those glowing reviews from perfect strangers brightens my day and gives me hope when I'm feeling as if my writing just isn't good enough. 



 This is for all writer's who've been querying for an agent. We all know the wait is a nail-biter. And many times, you don't even hear back after submitting. Last week I received an email from an agent I queried in February 2018. She said, "I apologize for the delay in my response." It only took her a year and a half to get back to me. LOL!!










Friday, July 19, 2019

#PrahConstantineBaryehReviews #mystery #cozymystery





Here we are in Mid-July and the weather is steamy. I thought summer was never going to touch down on our neck of the woods. Now it's hotter than a firecracker!!! 

This month our review team picked

Raining Men and Corpses
by 
Anne R. Tan


When it rains, it pours … and this amateur sleuth may be in over her head.

Graduate student Raina Sun is trying to keep her head above water as the bills roll in when her dashing college adviser cons her out of several months of rent. Her quest to retrieve the money sets in motion a streak of even worse luck. 

First, she stumbles on her advisor's dead body and becomes a suspect in his murder. Next, the only man she's ever loved reappears as the lead detective to the case. Raina's having trouble interpreting his signals--does he want to reignite their passion, or just stay close to his prime suspect?

Her life careens further out of control when her grandma shows up at Raina's postage-stamp-sized apartment, dragging a red suitcase and trouble of her own. As Raina summons her sleuthing skills, she discovers that when it comes to murder, there may be no place for an amateur. 

For readers who like cozy mysteries, quirky characters, and a dash of humor.


Cathrina's Review:

Raining Men and Corpses is a cozy mystery, a beach read for the summer. Raina, the amateur sleuth, had much to contend with. Not only snooping for clues to solve a murder, but also handling Po Po, her precocious grandmother.

When the lead detective comes into the picture, it's Raina's ex-boyfriend, I thought things would start to heat up, but I didn't find any sparks. A few characters in the book I also didn't care for. Raina's friend, for instance. It might have been me, but I felt the book dragged. I had a hard time getting into and through it, but that's just me. I've seen many rave reviews.

Perhaps you'll feel differently and love this cozy mystery.

Hop on over and read Empi's and Nana's reviews. Let's see if we agree or disagree with this novel.