• Book Reviews,  Writing

    Book Review: Boss Up!

    Title: Boss Up!

    Author: Lindsay Teague Moreno

    Publisher: Thomas Nelson

    Pages: 233

    Genre: Entrepreneurship/Business

    Release Date: 8/6/2019

    Synopsis

    Boss Up! will help you put your business on the map and the ideas you’ve previously only dreamed about into the marketplace. It will help you overcome your fears and guilt to find a fulfillment that changes you and your families for the better. And it will help you break free of the hard and boring and allow you to have fun along the way.

    In Boss Up! Lindsay helps you gain the confidence to know that having ambition doesn’t make you a bad mother or wife. That it’s okay to have a desire for something more than endless sippy cups, clean-ups, Band-Aids, and groundings. That no matter your education or experience, you can tap into your passions and create businesses that give you increased flexibility, fulfillment, and financial security.

    And Lindsay doesn’t just do this through commiserating but, instead, through giving you the tools for change. Using the lessons she learned on her own path to success, Lindsay shares real, solid business principles with ten distinct success philosophies that you will encounter on the journey to entrepreneurship, such as:

    • Think Long Term
    • Be Unapologetically Yourself
    • Use the Unsales Tactic
    • Understand Your Why
    • and many more

    Stay-at-home mom turned multimillion-dollar-producing business owner Lindsay Teague Moreno doesn’t just have a passion for entrepreneurship. She has a deep passion for helping women of all walks of life gain the confidence and skills to tap into their ambition and achieve success in their own business endeavors.

    Boss Up Ain’t Your Momma’s Business Book

    Review

    We live in a gig economy. It’s not unusual for someone to have a side-hustle in addition to their day job.

    I have one myself as a mom and a freelance writer. I work with many entrepreneurs – some successful and some that simply flounder.

    I was excited about the opportunity to read and review this book, primarily because I wanted to see how the author approached entrepreneurship. Because if you’re like me, you’ve run into more than one friend from high school who sends you a friend request and then wants to tell you about an amazing “opportunity”.

    That approach is tired, it often financially harms people who buy inventory, and many are built upon lies of success. So when this book began with the author starting with an MLM, I was almost out.

    But I stuck around and I’m glad I did.

    This book is part workbook and takes people through a blueprint for discovering their strengths, their desires, and what they are passionate about – those are the things the business is then built upon.

    I can get on board with that.

    She also gets into the difference between a freelancer and an entrepreneur and I appreciated that because it’s a common source of confusion. There is planning involved for both paths but they are different.

    This book is also practical. It discusses identifying your target market, standing out amongst the competition, and discovering what sets you apart and how to leverage these positions. It also speaks to how to set up a business – something I am continually amazed by when working with business owners who operate out of their personal checking accounts.

    Boss Up! closes with the creation of goals that you won’t quit on – something vital to the long term success of a business. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched entrepreneurs wander from opportunity to opportunity because they haven’t been provided with a practical roadmap like this book.

    If you are a business owner, aspiring entrepreneur, or an individual trying to find your place in your target market – then this book is for you.

    Thank you to TLC Book Tours, Thomas Nelson and W Publishing Group for the gifted copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

     

     

  • Book Reviews

    The Stills: a book review

    Title: The Stills

    Author: Jess Montgomery

    Date Available: 3/9/20210

    Pages: 352

    Publisher: Minotaur Press

    Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery

    Synopsis

    The third in Jess Montgomery’s exquisitely written Kinship series, The Stills is a triumph of storytelling by an extraordinary new talent in crime fiction…

    Ohio, 1927: Moonshining is a way of life in rural Bronwyn County, and even the otherwise upstanding Sheriff Lily Ross has been known to turn a blind eye when it comes to stills in the area. But when thirteen-year-old Jebediah Ranklin almost dies after drinking tainted moonshine, Lily knows that someone has gone too far, and–with the help of organizer and moonshiner Marvena Whitcomb–is determined to find out who.

    But then, Lily’s nemesis, the businessman George Vogel, reappears in town with his new wife, Fiona. Along with them is also her former brother-in-law Luther Ross, now an agent for the newly formed Bureau of Prohibition. To Lily, it seems too much of a coincidence that they should arrive now.

    As fall turns to winter, a blizzard closes in. Lily starts to peel back the layers of deception shrouding the town of Kinship, but soon she discovers that many around her seem to be betraying those they hold dear–and that Fiona too may have an agenda of her own.

    Review

    You had me at prohibition. That time period in our country combined with Sherriff Lily Ross being based on a real person made for a fascinating and tense read.

    The writing and the attention to detail brought to life what is must have been like to live in the time period. The characters were well developed with this being the third book of the series. However, this book could easily be read as a stand-lone… but don’t do that because you’ll be missing out for sure.

    If historical fiction is your thing, this book will captivate you. It sheds light on a time when women often stepped into male dominated roles and excelled at doing so.

    My only complaint about this book was that it was a bit light on the mystery part. A few good twists would have added some depth to the story.

    I hope this isn’t the end of the series but if it is, it ended on a satisfying note. However, if it was to continue, I’d love a storyline dedicated to the moonshiner’s lives and struggle to survive.

    Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Minotaur Books for the gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Book Reviews

    The Shadow Box: book review

    The Shadow Box

    Author: Luanne Rice

    Publisher: Amazon Publishing

    Date Published: 2/1/21

    Pages: 367

    Genre: Domestic Thriller

    Synopsis

    After artist Claire Beaudry Chase is attacked and left for dead in her home on the Connecticut coast, she doesn’t know who she can trust. But her well-connected husband, Griffin–who is running for governor–is her prime suspect.

    Just before the attack, Claire was preparing for an exhibit of her shadow boxes, one of which clearly accuses Griffin of a violent crime committed twenty-five years ago. If the public were to find out who her husband is, his political career would be over. Claire’s certain her husband and his powerful supporters would kill her to stop the truth from getting out.

    When one of Claire’s acquaintances is murdered, the authorities suspect the homicide is linked to the attack on Claire. As the dual investigations unfold, Claire must decide how much she’s willing to lose to take down her husband and the corrupt group of elites who will do anything to protect Griffin’s interests and their own.

    Review

    This was my second Luanne Rice book. The Shadow Box had a lot of potential with multiple storylines and complex characters. There were several heart-racing moments that kept me engaged most of the time.

    However, the thrilling moments crossed over into contrived and far-fetched a few too many times for me and the plot began to feel like a made for TV movie. I’m not a fan of those so this was a deal breaker for me.

    The writing was fine but the characters were nothing special. I usually love multi-POV plots but this one felt very formulaic. When done well, multiple POV’s can add depth to the plot and characters but here, it felt more like a way to dress us book lacking substance.

    This wasn’t a DNF for me and in the end I found it to be a solid read but nothing to get overly excited or rave about. I loved the first Luanne Rice book that I read and despite feeling pretty neutral about The Shadow Box, this one won’t be my last by her either.

    Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Amazon Publishing for this gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

    Purchase Links

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  • ARC's,  Book Reviews

    The Poet: Book Review & Blog Tour

    The Poet

    Author: Lisa Renee Jones

    Mass Market Paperback: 368 Pages

    Publisher: Entangled: Amara (March 9, 2021)

    Genre: Crime/mystery

    Thank you to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for my gifted copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!

    Synopsis:

    “The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.” -Jean Cocteau

    Some call him friend or boss.
    Some call him husband or dad.
    Some call him son, even a favorite son.

    But the only title that matters to him is the one the media has given him: The Poet.

    A name he earned from the written words he leaves behind after he kills that are as dark and mysterious as the reason he chooses his victims.

    One word, two, three, a story in a poem, a secret that only Detective Samantha Jazz can solve. Because he’s writing this story for her.

    She just doesn’t know it yet.

    Review:

    If you love books about books & writing and books about serial killers, then this book is for you!

    This fast-paced police procedural/mystery was an excellent read. The premise was well researched and the poetry added an extra layer of intrigue for the reader.

    The characters were interesting and a bit of a mystery on their own. Samantha, the detective, did come off a bit flat to me and I’m hoping that is due to this book being the first in a series – I will definitely read the next one to find out more!

    The writing was well done and while I guessed who the killer was, I still enjoyed the twists and turns and the procedures the police employed to solve the mystery.

    This was my first book by this author and will not be my last. I’m always thrilled to find new-to-me authors and even more excited to find a new series to read.

    Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Entangled for the gifted copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

    This book is now available from your local bookseller!

    Purchase Links

    Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble

     Entangled Publishing

    About Lisa Renee Jones

    New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland) on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy – a modern girl we all can identify with.

    In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, Lisa has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa’s other bestselling series include: DIRTY RICH and WHITE LIES.

    Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women’s Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

    Connect with Lisa

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    To win a copy of this book, please check out my giveaway on Instagram!

  • Book Reviews,  Uncategorized

    Hadley & Grace: book review

    Title: Hadley & Grace

    Author:Suzanne Redfearn

    Publisher:Lake Union Publishing

    Date: February 1st, 2021

    Pages: 347

    Genre: Women’s Fiction

    Synopsis

    Needing to escape her abusive marriage, Hadley flees with her two kids, knowing it might be her only chance. A woman who can’t even kill a spider, Hadley soon finds herself pushed to the limits as she fights to protect her family.

    Grace, new mother of baby Miles, desperately wants to put her rough past behind her for good, but she finds it impossible when her path crosses with Hadley’s, and her quest for a new start quickly spirals out of control and turns into a terrifying flight for survival.

    Stronger together than apart, the two find their fates inextricably entwined, and as the danger closes in, each must decide how much she is willing to risk for the other.

    A powerful story of self-discovery, Hadley and Grace is the heart-racing tale of two women facing insurmountable odds, racing to stay one step ahead of the trouble that is chasing them, and discovering new kinds of love and family along the way.

    Review

    What a wild ride! If you enjoy multiple POV, character-driven books then this one is for you.

    Hadley and Grace were flawed characters that you just couldn’t  help but love. They were both flawed but their love for their kids and their quest for better lives made the book for me.

    The writing was sharp and at times witty, even in tense situations. This felt like a dramatic comedy which isn’t something I read enough of.

    Billed as another Thelma & Louise, it didn’t quite get there for me but I was still on the edge of my seat the entire time.

    My only criticism would be a few implausible details that were important to the story. This wasn’t a deal breaker for me but it was a small annoyance.

    All in all, Hadley & Grace is a page-turning escape with two strong female character you will grow to love.

    Content warning: This book does contain domestic violence but there is no graphic violence. The bulk of the story is focused on the escape rather than the past.

    Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Lake Union Publishing for the gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

    Purchase Links

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