The Workplace Writer’s Process: A Guide to Getting the Job Done by Anne Janzer

It’s hard to create art that appears effortless. (Chpt. 17, The Layering Pass, The Workplace Writer’s Process. Janzer.A)

The Workplace Writer's Process: A Guide to Getting the Job Done by [Janzer, Anne]

If writing is part of your job, or if it is what you do, then this book is a must read.
The author’s clarity on the myths on writing and her detailed simple steps on delegation, preparation and understanding the writing process is what I loved most about this book.

It’s the first guide I got to read from NetGalley and I am glad it’s got me approaching some tasks at work with a project manager’s outlook and I can’t wait to see how it goes.

Get a copy on Amazon: here

The Brazen Bride (Black Cobra Quartet) by Stephanie Laurens

I love romance and something about “Brazen” caught my eye. It was on the bookshelf stacked up against thrillers when I reached for it. The Romantic Times stated this of it “Sexual tension and adventure” and I thought, well, I wonder how that’ll end.

 

Blurb: They’re bold, courageous, resolute…ex-officers of the Crown united against a deadly traitor known only as the Black Cobra. Shipwrecked, wounded, Logan risks all to pursue his mission – only to discover a partner as daring and brazen as he.
Fiery, tempestuous, a queen in her own realm, Linnet rescues him – only to find her heart under seige. Bound by passion, linked by need, together they must brave the enemy’s gauntlet to win all their hearts’ desire.

Logan wakes up on Linnet’s bed and this spurs their sexual adventures so much so that in reading I couldn’t go through ten pages without the two tearing off each others clothes. Logan slowly remembers details of his life and his quest before he was attacked and embarks on a journey to Plymouth with Linnet where he was set to deliver a scroll as evidence against a cult known as Black Cobra.

I was more open to Linnet’s character being as independent, forthright and brazen as she was depicted in the story. I had to accept that the angle the author was taking with this was to mellow her a bit with love and support from a masculine protector in the name of Logan.

All in all, I did find the kids Linnet was taking care of very refreshing!

Get it on Amazon: here

I reckon, Mrs Giggles review is as in-depth as I would have loved to make mine.

 

Cursed (Book 1, The Watchers Trilogy) by S.J. West

Cursed (Book 1, The Watchers Trilogy) (Young Adult Paranormal Angel Romance) by [West, S.J.]

I love reading YA especially when I find myself taking in snippets of chapters from three or four books at the same time. I started reading this yesternight and though the plot was predictable, it did keep me reading till the end.

Lilly’s a teen at the center of this story. She’s always felt as though fate had something sinister planned against her since she was eight. She goes to college where her friend, crush and the one guy she’s been swooning over studies. He’s called Will and he ignores her until she starts dating Brand. When her life is in danger Lily realizes that there is more to Will, Brand and her view on fate than she could ever imagine.

Check it out on Amazon: here

All Those Things We Never Said by Marc Levy

Relationships are not perfect, especially the one between children and parents because as kids grow older there’s always one layer that seems to peel off the ‘perfect’ tag that they gave their parents. I have had disagreements with my parents so when I came across a story about Julia who hasn’t spoken to her father in a long time, I was intrigued. I rolled my eyes and went, “okay, what now? What did your Dad do Julia?”

All Those Things We Never Said (US Edition) by [Levy, Marc]

Julia’s dad dies three days to her wedding day and she’s forced to call it off. Immediately after, she receives a six foot tall parcel that is an automated robot that looks like her dad and well, has all his memories and he asks for 6 days with her. They set off on a journey to various cities and Julia finds herself looking back on her life, her Dad’s life and the things that happened in between.

It’s a heartwarming story because we all have regrets and sometimes we wonder what we would say or do if we got just one more day with a loved one, and I liked the fact that Julia got it. I also like the fact that her character was flawed because when it came to her father, talking about him made her snap at everyone you’d think she was a two year old throwing a tantrum. I would have despised her if she was more understanding because then it wouldn’t feel like all her pain had been taken away.

I also loved Stanley. We all need a Stanley in our lives, because best friends are the ones who call us out on our lies.

I’m glad my request to read this book was approved on NetGalley because I’d not have known of Marc Levy and is it safe to say that I’m already going through his Amazon profile page scouting for the next book to read? Elle and Lui?

Pre-order on Amazon: here

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Return to your Skin by Luz Gabas

Return to Your Skin by [Gabás, Luz]

Release date: August 15, 2017 

There is something about reincarnations that appeals to me. It is more like history in the present driving the future, but I am more drawn to it when it involves injustice and more so a promise, which is evident in this book. (continued here)

Summary

Brianda, a young engineer, leaves her comfortable life in Madrid to learn more about her ancestors. When she travels to a cold, isolated village high in the Pyrenees to explore her roots, Brianda discovers a family secret—and a new love interest. The mysterious Corso, who is challenging destiny by restoring the neglected manor he has inherited, offers to help Brianda in her research. Together they uncover another woman named Brianda in the family archives, a woman who lived four centuries ago.

Heiress to the distinguished lord of Orrun, Brianda of Lubich defied convention by refusing to marry and carry on the family lineage. In a land convulsed by wars, twenty-four women were accused in one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of Spanish witchcraft. Due to her unconventional ways, Brianda became a target. She makes a promise to her true love, a promise she may not live to keep.

Where to buy the book:

Amazon: Kindle ebook at $3.99

Paperback at $10.59

I am most certain that you’ll love Luz more after checking out her author page and her other books-> here.

36 Questions that Changed My Mind about You by Vicki Grant

This book will be released in October 17th this year and when I requested to read it on NetGalley, I was looking forward to two things : teen drama and a resolution to some kind of conflict.

I got both and then some.

The story begins with an experiment; two strangers, 36 questions between them and the assumption is that they’ll develop some kind of personal relationship, or even love, when they come to the end of it. Hildy is the first one to walk into the room, she is nervous and for her she hopes that in a way she will learn to draw nearer to people and not push them away. Paul on the other hand is moody. He wants to answer some silly questions, make forty bucks and walk away. Well, that’s what they think, but once they start going through the questions it becomes more of a conversation, and they become vulnerable, slowly opening up and leaning to each other for comfort.

It’s got your typical teenage angst and the rush to resolve things that’s evident in young people, which often leads to complicating matters.

I  loved: the fact that this felt like listening in on two people’s conversations. It got better because of how their struggles unraveled. Hildy was seeing her parents draw apart from each other and Paul was an orphan, making his way alone in life.

I did not like: the stereotypical way the characters were drawn. I almost wished that they swapped roles and personalities. For once, why couldn’t the girl be making her way alone in life, brooding and calling the shots (especially on making peace with the guy).

This book makes for a good read and in an awkward way, I’d love to try answering those 36 questions, not with a stranger but with my best friends Jill and T, I’m sure the answers would be epic!

Check out some more thoughts on: Goodreads

What I’m reading and listening to

It’s a sunny morning here in Kisumu. I have had an interesting week so far and nothing makes my day more than knowing that I’ll be catching up with Abdulla and Sangita in Pearls of the Past, after having read Love Comes Later.

Pearls of the Past by [Rajakumar, Mohanalakshmi]

I am currently open to new music and of late my attention’s been on Dua Lipa and Allie X,  because for some reason I find myself calm and a bit wild while listening to their music and writing, that must count for something right?

Here’s to a great week ahead!