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Review – The Side Job By Don Lubov

I was sent a copy of this book by the author for an honest review. However I was extremely disappointed. Keep reading for my review.

This is the story of Maggie Gomez — an unwed, unskilled mother of a sickly daughter. She lives a hardscrabble life on the underside of Las Vegas. As her daughter’s health deteriorates, Maggie’s need for money for an operation skyrockets. Maggie was vulnerable and defeated early in life. Her long-suppressed strength blossoms and Maggie becomes “La Femme Nikita”. As Maggie gets more involved with her loan shark boss and his crew, her world begins to spiral out of control. Her simultaneous involvement with a gangster and the detective investigating him turns her life into a soap opera of emotions. She must figure out how to escape her under- world life, protect her daughter, and live happily ever after.


The prologue showed promise, I wanted to see how this young 16 year old Maggie who gets caught pregnant on her prom night succeeds in life. The story line would have been fantastic, however the lack of emotional descriptive writing made me lose connection with the characters. I wanted action and drama, that’s what I assumed would happen from what the author had told me. I couldn’t even get past 26%, I tried but this book was really poorly executed, however had the foundations to be an amazing book.
I had to get my friend to see some passages just to see if the feelings were mutual.

I didn’t feel a flow throughout, straight from the beginning it was rushed, blunt and read like bullet points. I honestly thought I was reading a draft version that was to be bulked out later.

I could feel myself cringing as the author tries to portray a young hip 20 year old Ben. Using sentences like “you dig?” were painful. I felt Don Lubov was trying to hard.

Looking online via Goodreads for some other perspectives, I noticed the same feedback as mine. Most readers felt disconnected to the characters, the writing was plain and very simple, making the book an extremely short read.
I gave this book 2/5 stars only because I know it could have been better, perhaps the writer needs to read back and deepen the novel further. There were some good foundations. I am sorry that I had to give it such a poor rating, this is extremely rare for me.

About the author:

Don has been happily married since 1976. He was an artist for 34 years and exhibited his artwork at 3 New York City Art Galleries and the Heckscher Art Museum. 

He spent 8 years teaching Art & Design at East Carolina University, McNeese State University, Suffolk county Community College. 

He was a guest lecturer at Stony Brook University on “Hyperspace—A Visual Introduction to the 4th Dimension”.

He received a grant from The Vogelstein Foundation for his work combining art & mathematics, with his “Quantum Pictures”.

He has written about spirituality and stress relief since 1971. He is the author of 9 books. 10 years successfully teaching his “Six-Step Path” at College of Central Florida Sr. Center, MTP College, and The Lifelong Learning College in The Villages, FL. He has taught his unique brand of meditation to over 2,000 people, who subsequently achieved a level of inner peace.

Don has written for Yahoo Voices, Beliefnet.com, and Kinja.com. His writings have been published in various magazines and books.

He has 3 YouTube videos: “The Grassroots Manifesto”, “Creativity Manifesto”, and “Spirituality Manifesto”.

He created and developed “Pyramoids” – an energy-efficient building system. He taught this system at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA.

One of his “Pyramoid” designs was accepted and juried in The World Trade Center Memorial Competition. 

He has taught his “Six-Step Path” for stress reduction for the past 12 years, at Del Webb and 3 local colleges.

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Homecoming: The Crane Diaries series – Book Review.

New Orleans is a city known for its paranormal history—and it’s the place Emma Rose Crane, AKA Mattie Hathaway, has come home to. 

She hopes she can start over in New Orleans, where her ability to see ghosts isn’t so freaky. She’s even starting college, but the whole thing would be a lot easier if she weren’t faced with a family she barely knows, all while dealing with the loss of someone she loved. 

Can she really escape her past and be semi-normal? Even with her sister Mary and best friend Eric by her side, it’s going to be a wild ride once she agrees to help Mary’s new friends investigate a “haunted” house. 

The house’s new occupants are terrified, and the ghost seems to be attacking their little girl, leaving everyone desperate for answers. Emma isn’t sure what to think when she discovers Dr. Lawrence Olivet was also invited to investigate. 

Will her gifts be enough to save the family that is currently being stalked in their own home? And when some of her own family’s long-kept secrets come to light, will her fresh start be over before it even begins?


Copy – I have the paperback and Kindle edition (161 pages).
Published – 11/12/18
Published by – Limitless publishing.

It has been a while since I have read YA fiction. This book was sent to me for a promotional post and it caught my attention, I love ghost stories, so why not check this out. I also have to admit I liked the cover chosen for this book, it’s unique and extremely eye catching.
I found the reaper at the beginning of each chapter was a little childish, I know it is a YA, however that little detail could have been left out.

This is the first book I have ever read by Apryl Baker, her series ghost files is widely loved on Goodreads.
Emma is such a strong character growing up in foster care, with the abilities of a reaper. If that wasn’t tough enough she nearly died last year reaping a particularly difficult ghost.

I found it hard to read this book because there was obviously a bigger event in Emma’s life that I have not read. I think there must be a book prior to this one but I cannot find it unfortunately, if you can please comment below so I can add it to my review for others.

I have grown to really like Emma, she is a strong, persistent young woman, not letting her abilities prevent her from achieving a degree in psychology, with the added perk of being able to communicate with the dead effectively.

The haunting in this book is creepy and very well done. I really enjoyed the references to actual TV shows, for example Ghost adventures was used a lot. I found Apryl grew the plot throughout, gradual but effective. The description, twists, and investigations are fantastic.

I enjoyed the friends family dynamic, all there for each other through thick and thin. There is never a dull moment, each chapter revealed something new in Emma’s life as well as in the ghost investigation…… Doc isn’t just a close friend after all and with her half brother suddenly turning up, everyone becomes extremely suspicious.

Even though the book was very well done, I enjoyed reading it but I wasn’t hooked. Perhaps It is because it is not like my regular books. I would still recommend this book. And I may look into her much loved series the ghost files.

Check out the book (here) via goodreads

About the Author

So who am I? Well, I’m the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up. I LOVE scary movies. My friends laugh at me when I scare myself watching them and tell me to stop watching them, but who doesn’t love to get scared? I grew up in a small town nestled in the southern mountains of West Virginia where I spent days roaming around in the woods, climbing trees, and causing general mayhem. Nights I would stay up reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers until my parents yelled at me to go to sleep.

Growing up in a small town, I learned a lot of values and morals, I also learned parents have spies everywhere and there’s always someone to tell your mama on you. So when you get grounded, what is there left to do? Read! My Aunt Jo gave me my first real romance novel. It was a romance titled “Lord Margrave’s Deception.” I remember it fondly. But I also learned I had a deep and abiding love of mysteries and anything paranormal. As I grew up, I started to write just that and would entertain my friends with stories featuring them as main characters.

Now, I live Huntersville, NC where I entertain my family and watch the cats get teased by the birds and laugh myself silly when they swoop down and then dive back up just out of reach. The cats start yelling something fierce…lol.

I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.

Bio Alga Night Cream First Impression

I was sent a free pot of the night cream for an honest unpaid review.  

Nat-ul is a natural cosmetics online store with a Knowledge Hub. We have access to some of the finest natural products from across the globe. Through us we will be distributing these products in the United Kingdom. We believe people should make informed choices about their beauty routines without being hit heavily in the pocket. There is a world of amazing natural products, which can take our bodies on a journey to embrace and connect with nature. We at Nat-ul want to help you on this journey. This is why we passionately promote natural ingredients and beauty products. Nature has so much to offer and we should respectfully make use of its assets. Our mission: To provide and promote natural cosmetics without compromising on affordability.
(Taken from their Facebook page)

BIO ALGA Regenerating and smoothing night cream, Face creams, Ava, Nat-ul £11.99

The product sent to me to review is the Bio Alga natural smoothing night cream with Q10.
The site states that the cream is :A strong concentrate of active substances. Contains nourishing complex of algae and Coenzyme Q 10 + Ralong with supporting vitamins C and E. Combats free radicals, supplies cells with oxygen, removes toxins, deeply and intensely moisturises and delays skin aging process. The cream activates protective mechanisms, strengthens elastin and collagen fibers. The skin regains its smoothness, elasticity and a young, healthy look. Existing wrinkles are shallowed and the process of creating new ones is delayed. Intense, nourishing night cream for all skin types.

My Review

First of all this is a very good sized pot to be sent to review.  Thank you to the company.  They were very fast with postage and sent me two small sample sachets as well.  On their business card they state free samples for every purchase, that’s a bargain.

Anyway, I tried this Friday and Saturday night.  My skin is combination, very dry on the cheeks and chin but oily in the T zone.  Normally when I wake up in the morning my skin looks a little rough…..Being a new mum sleep is rare haha, and with this cold weather coming in I am breaking out in spots and looking dry.

On application I found the cream cooling and refreshing, it did leave my skin feeling tacky but that’s normal, I find this happens with night creams.
In the morning I found my skin to feel and look hydrated, and definitely smoother to the eye.  I also found the cream helped with my dark circles (Bonus).  I am going to keep using this product, but I am very happy with it so far, I normally find it hard to get a cream that fully hydrates my skin so well.

The price for this is very reasonable.  The site also offers free delivery over £25.
Fantastic price and quality for organic and natural products.

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Rimmel BB cream review

Hello all,

I have been away for a week in Gran canaria which will explain the no posts.  Before I went away I was very limited to what liquids I could take in my hand luggage, therefor I had to leave a lot of my makeup behind.  Once I got through customs I went to super drug and bought this BB cream.  My reason was it has SPF 25, was a cream and will cover my skin lightly which is all I wanted.

I was extremely disappointed with this product however.  The colour tone was just right for my complexion.  But, the application of this cream was horrible, I used my fingers to apply it and it came out blotchy, I used a beauty blender and it still appeared smeary.  I just couldn’t apply it right to my skin.  The consistency is quite thick for something that I would think would have more of a creamy consistency based on the name.

It states it’s a 9in1 product…

1.primes. 2. Moisturises 3.minimise pores 4. Conceals 5. Covers 6. Smoothes 7. Mattifies 8. Brightens 9. Protects.

I did feel it moisturised, concealed, mattified, and covered my skin well.  And it did protect me from the sun really well.  It did cover redness and a few spots.  When I got sunburnt from being in the sea, it did cover the redness really well.

However like I mentioned before it did not blend evenly, and lines showed easily, which was really frustrating so I gave up trying to make it work.

I don’t think I will use this again, maybe as a small spot on concealer on days I don’t want to wear makeup but that’s it.

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The Reading Slump to End All Reading Slumps

Helllllo readers, today’s post is a little different because I’m not doing a book tag but instead I wanted to talk about my most recent reading-slump. Before I get into it I just wanted to make a note that despite the slump I’ve still being reading and reviewing as you will have probably seen – […]


Exposed by Jessica Love. Book review + Interview.


Hello everybody I hope you want to read this book by the end of this review/interview.  I have done a tiny section on the book because there is so much that I could give away and the blurb sums it all up in one.  The interview is very in depth and Jessica doesn’t hold anything back.  As a disclaimer I wasn’t approached by Jessica herself, I was approached by Gemelli press to be a part of the blog tour and offer my honest opinion.

“Exposed” is a short, erotic suspense novel. After her husband suggests visiting a club where public sex and the erotic are common, Jessica explores sex with strangers in sex clubs where menage and other erotica taboos are acceptable behavior.

But there is more to Jessica than just sex. After she defends in court a girl accused of importing drugs, Jessica becomes the target of someone who wants her dead.
Eventually, the themes of this contemporary suspense, romance and sex novel come together when Jessica learns who she really is, finds her attackers and gets her revenge. “Exposed” describes how Jessica became the directing force of her own life, how she leaves condemnation behind, and separates sex and romance.

You don’t think we’ve met? We have, more than once. I sat next to you once at the airport, and you asked me what time it was. I hoped you wanted to strike up a conversation. We sat at tables next to each other at that coffee shop on the corner, where the atmosphere and coffee both have character.

Remember when I caught you staring at me when I came out of the courthouse? Or was it the exquisite old building where I practice law? You were embarrassed, but I didn’t mind at all. In fact, you made me smile.

Maybe we met at one of the “special clubs” I enjoy in Seattle, or Portland, or Vancouver or San Francisco, Denver, or Las Vegas. You know, clubs where clothing is optional and anything goes, with friends or with strangers. I admit I like that, but “no” always means “NO.”

I’ve been told I am as cold as the Antarctic, or as hot as a black sand beach in the Caribbean; it’s said I am either indifferent, or too passionately engaged. These are labels and don’t really matter to me anymore. I’ve been called a slut, a force, a lawyer, a nymphomaniac. You decide which one was the insult if you’d like, I don’t really care.

This book is about who I am and why I’m that way. I describe a few events in a story you will think explains everything. It does not, but will give you an idea of how I grew up, how I discovered sex, what I like about men and what I don’t, how close I came to being murdered and how that led to my discovery of who I really am.

This book was amazing I was hooked from the beginning, I love how Jessica left nothing untold and literally tells you every personal detail from the beginning.
There is nothing bad I can say about this book, it was well written, and better than an autobiography as it misses out all the boring parts, and skips right to the good bits.
I feel by the end of the book I now know Jessica on such a personal level, I feel that there is so much I could ask if I met Jessica in America.  I think I know more about her then my friends, that is how much detail she gave in this book.
And wow it has been completed at such a high standard,  I wish there was more to read, that would be the only downside because now I know it isn’t a ‘story’ but real life therefore there really isn’t going to be sequels.

“This is my life.  We make choices, we live with them”  (Jessica’s Grandmother).

This book is amazing, to the point, real, and to finish it off full of revenge.  But of course Jessica can tell the rest.

My Interview.

  1. Why did you want to be an author?

That’s a tricky question, Hannah. Actually, I didn’t.

Some of my friends make a distinction between being an author and being a writer. I tend not to look at myself as a “role,” but instead, view myself “in action.” So the truest answer I can give you is that I didn’t want to “be” an author: I want to write. It is the writing, the act of creating, that gives me the greatest satisfaction. There are many things about being an author that do not give me satisfaction, usually those that take time away from what I do love, creating fiction. (I enjoy answering your questions though, because they make me think and connect me with interesting people.)

  1. What inspired you to write this book?

I enjoy sensually and, at first, I thought I’d share some fun with it. But then something happened: the book became very different from what I first intended. Other writers know exactly what I mean. Some characters changed the plot, others made stupid mistakes and faded from view, events unfolded that I swear were not from my imagination but appeared on pages I created. Then there was my grandmother. I didn’t know until I’d written much of the book just how deeply she had molded my character. I wanted to share her strength, her words. In a very basic way, her message to me, encapsulated in the phrase “Everything changes… ” was the beginning point. I just didn’t know it at the time.

  1. Has it been a struggle to become an author?

Hard, awful, demoralizing, exhausting and absolutely wonderful. I imagine it’s the same being consumed by any passion, be it dance or opening a new taco stand. The things we love are often the most difficult and the most rewarding. Some of us can’t do anything else.

  1. Will there be a second book and if so what will the title be?

Yes. I am at work on “Crosscurrents,” also set in the Seattle / San Juan area. The book is mapped, several chapters are written, and I am pretty excited to see what it will create itself to be.

  1. How long did it take you to write this book?

Another tricky question. What do mean “write?”

Exposed took a little less than a year to complete, from the time I first had the idea until it was available at booksellers. The first draft took much less than that. But then there was the second draft, and then the third, then picking the cover, then proofing, then editing then … you get the idea.

Is there is anything else you have to say?

The are two sides to this relationship: writers and readers.  I wouldn’t do this if every manuscript went into the bottom drawer of my desk, never to be seen again, even though this is the activity (almost) that gives me the most pleasure in life. But would I write the same sentence over 10 of 15 times to get it just right if I didn’t think someone was going to go, “Wow, that was nice,”  or, “Hmmm, that makes me think.” This sounds a bit narcissistic, but it’s not. If I were one to say “Look at me, I’m an AUTHOR,” then it would be. But saying, “Here, look at this flower I grew, do you like it?” is not. Take away: writers NEED readers. It’a a relationship.

For more book reviews on Exposed, please check out fellow bloggers:

1/26 – Clair Reads: http://clairreads.blogspot.com/ ; Reading Keeps Me Sane: http://readingkeepmesane.blogspot.com/

1/27 Feminist Reflections: http://www.feministreflections.com/ ; Lady A, Literature Junkie Extraordinaire:http://www.ladyaliteraturejunkieextraordinaire.blogspot.com/

1/28 – Country Gals Sexy Reads: http://www.countrygalssexyreads.wordpress.com/

1/29 – Chapter 5 Books Blog: http://chapterfive.wix.com/chapter5 ; Tragically Dull Adventures of an Almost Librarian:http://barbarianlibrarian1.blogspot.com/

1/30 – Up All Night Book Blog: http://upallnightbookblog.com/ ;

I hope you all enjoyed a small insight into the book as well as getting to know the author on a more personal level.



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No book reviews

Hey everyone, I apologize that I haven’t wrote a review for over a week. I am struggling, I have been sent a lot of books for review and it is taking me a while to review them all.

I do love my books don’t get me wrong but I am finding it hard to make time to read which is upsetting.
University at the moment is crazier than I thought, those of you who follow me know I am a nursing student and in my last year. At the moment I am studying for an essay due at the end of January which is taking a lot of time because of the research I need to do.
Another problem I have is my eyes, I haven’t had an eye test in over a year so my eyes are becoming worse even when I wear glasses, my sight is more blurry than normal and my eyes feel like they are on fire, I know this is from spending a lot of studying and uni time staring at a computer or a PowerPoint, this is making me to tired to read.

I promise I will be reviewing faster soon, but at the moment please bare with me I just need a little time to read these books. Hopefully when I get new glasses I will feel better and less lethargic.

Thank you all of you for still following, book blogging and beauty blogging is a dream come true for me, and to share it with you all is amazing. Shame it’s not a full time job eh?