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Making Your Reading Fun!

I promised earlier this week that I would share with you the type of books that I am reading since I have retired after 34 long years of devoted service. They range from sleazy to sexy to adventurous. To be politically correct, I do still read a few books related to the business world.

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My Daily Routine.

Sleep until 10 A.M. CST after staying up most of the night reading a new book I downloaded to my iPad.

Go to the gym to do stepping, senior exercise and strength exercise – So much fun with the older group.

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Visit with new-found friends. I clean the house, but it is not a priority!

Back home to take care of the garden and visit with my lizard, XELA.

 

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Meet X-E-LA!  He visits on the patio every morning while I am drinking my tea.

 

It’s time for lunch. My meals have changed dramatically. I eat like a bird.

After lunch, I am usually on the laptop or reading my book for the day.

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I do carve out time in the afternoon to give my healthcare consulting business quality time and to plan my next trip to exotic places that I haven’t seen before.

I make a point to write no less than 500 words per day for my next book. One day, I’m going to have a NY Times bestseller.

Let’s talk books.

Here is a list of some of the books on my Kindle that I have already read. Some are from traditional bestseller authors, but most are from independently published authors, a hidden treasure of writers. I have downloaded 80 more on my laptop. As you can see, a drastic change from leadership books.

  1. Divorcees Biz by Eileen Thornton – Recommended for the over 60-year-old crowd; hot and a page turner
  2. Step on the Crack by James Patterson and Michael Bennett – James is my favorite writer
  3. The President is Missing: A novel by James Patterson and President Bill Clinton – The suspense keeps you on the edge of your seats
  4. Confessions of a Geriatric Prom Queen by Lila Silvern – Recommended for women over 60 years old – get ready for some steamy advice about sex
  5. With Angel’s Wings by Stephanie A. Collins – Recommended for all adults who adore their kids; has won many book awards
  6. Mama’s Heart: A true to life story of tragedy and love by VJJ Dunn – It will leave you in tears
  7. Flame and Hope: An African Adventure Fauna Park Tales by Maretha Botha – Primarily for Middle-School Children but suitable for adults to read to their children
  8. Finding Katie by Harmony Kent – Recommended for any young adult struggling to find themselves
  9. Letting Go into Perfect Love: Discovering the Extraordinary after Abuse by Gwendolyn Plano – Recommended for anyone who has suffered from abuse or knows someone is currently suffering from abuse; guarantee to inspire and motivate
  10. Flowers and Stone by Jan Sikes – Recommended for all adults; one of the last books she published before passing
  11. Empty Chairs by Stacey Danson (Suzanne Burke) – A Must Read for all adults
  12. The Ultimate Betrayal (A Reverend Curtis Black Novel Book 12) by Kimberla Lawson Roby – Recommended for church-going folks
  13. Popcorn Behind the Bush (The Gracie Series) by Grace LaJoy Henderson – Recommended for Middle grade
  14. A Mother’s Heart: Memoir of a Special Needs Parent by Elchin Chang-Lim – Recommended for anyone who has a child with special needs
  15. Non-Profit by Larry Hyatt – Recommended for all adults looking for a sprinkle of humor
  16. To The Top by Deontae Henderson – Picture Book Recommended for K – 3rd Grade
  17. Acts Beyond Redemption – Book 1 by Suzanne Burke – Recommended for those who like to read suspense books
  18. Circus Tarot by Charles W. Jones – Recommended for adults; if you like the circus, you will enjoy this suspense thriller and learn more than you thought you knew about the circus
  19. The Old House: An Everlasting Love Story by Karl Morgan – Recommended for adults
  20. Has Anyone Seen My Brain? By Kan Nimak – Recommended for healthcare workers and teachers; appropriate for middle school and young adults
  21. Children of the Future by Jane Suen – Recommended for young adults
  22. There is a Reaper: Losing a Child to Cancer – This one is very emotional; recommended for all males who are facing the ordeal of coping with the loss of a child with cancer
  23. The Neon Houses by Linda Mims – Recommended for all adults
  24. Adventures in Mother-Sitting by Doreen Cox – This is filled with techniques for caregivers
  25. Type and Cross – Book 1 by Staci Troilo – Recommended for all adults if you like suspense and for healthcare personnel who works in emergency rooms
  26. Allergic to Life: My Battle for Survival, Courage, and Hope by Kathryn Chastain Treat (deceased) – Recommended for healthcare workers

All Kindle books on this list are available on Amazon.com

If you have read any of the books on this list, please share your thoughts with my followers in the comment or Reply section of this post.

 

WRITERS BLOCK-WHAT SHALL I DO?

Here are some funny quotes that may identify how you are feeling when you are experiencing writer’s block and worrying about poor book sales?  Laughter is like medicine for writers.

“When you’re looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, a buddy doesn’t just have your back… A buddy brings the map.” from Stephen Geez’s book BEEN THERE, NOTED THAT: ESSAYS IN TRIBUTE TO LIFE.

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Find your buddy by joining a book club. Tell them that I sent you.

 

Feast upon these quotes from the book, BUTTER MY BUTT AND CALL ME A BISCUIT by Alan Zullo and Gene Cheek.

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Concerning consequences: “Don’t let your mouth write checks that your rear end can’t cash.”

Concerning ego: “Some people are so full of themselves, you’d like to buy “em for what they’re worth and sell ’em for what they think they’re worth.”

Concerning poverty: If you are flat broke and want to run off the bill collector say, “I don’t have a pot to pee in nor a window to throw it out of.”

Do you have any favorite quotes that make you laugh when you are in a writing slump? Share with my readers in the comment section.

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BOOKS AND DREAMS

Have you ever measured the quality of a book by the intensity of the dream you have about the characters in the book?

You know that it is time to re-read a book when you find yourself dreaming about the characters. I am an avid reader. I will read most genres. I often dream about what the Antagonist is going to do next. When that happens, I know its time to finish the book or re-read the book.

The character that I dream about is Alex Cross in James Patterson’s books. You guessed right. I have read most of James Patterson books. What’s your all-time favorite author? Share in the comment section.

Tyler Perry played Alex Cross in the movie. Absolutely awesome!

Books touch you in such a way that you allow them to invade your inner thoughts. You wonder what you would do in a similar situation and can’t resolve until you come up with your ending.

Books make you laugh. They even bring out the worst in you. Sometimes, you will find yourself talking out loud at the characters. Other times, you are reaching for a tissue to wipe the tears and dripping from your nose. Mingled among those reactions could be a few curse words. Your heart is beating so hard from fear that you jump up and turn all the lights on in the house.

Then comes the deep breath when it’s all said and done.

That’s me!

 

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When I kick off my shoes, I am really into a book

 

Or, do you identify so with a character in a TV series that you wonder and dream about what he/she will do next? My favorite characters of all times on a TV show are Jason and Sonny on General Hospital.

 

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Jason and then Sonny

 

Who is your favorite TV character in a series? Share in the comment section. Let’s see what we have in common.

I am looking for that up and coming author who can keep me reading their books like James Patterson. I may have found the next dream invaders.

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Which up and coming author’s books speak to you in such a way that you keep coming back for more? Share in the comment section. 

I read both fiction and non-fiction books. I read books about effective management and leadership techniques while employed. I also read many books on how to prepare your financial nest egg for retirement. I would sprinkle a few memoirs in the mix. I read the books my children and grandchild read in school which was one of my reading priorities. Books about historical events did not capture my fancy. It’s not to say that they were not important, it’s that I focus on being the best I could be at what I did. Continuous learning was important to me and remains a top priority.

Crossword puzzles and Word Finds traveled with me on business trips.

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Oh, but NOW!

Wow!

Come back later this week to find out what I like to read now.

Book Review: Cusp of Night by Mae Claire (@maeclaire1) #paranormal mystery #historical fiction

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 I loved this book, the first in the Hode’s Hill series by Mae Claire. It had all the things that make for a good mystery – a historical basis, an unknown murderous entity, a psychic, a touch of paranormal, a growing romantic relationship and great story telling. What’s not to like? It was a perfect summer beach read, only I read it on a boat circumnavigating Iceland…

The story opens in 1900 with a dead-of-rainy-night visit by society woman Charlette Hode to a renowned spiritualist, Lucinda Glass, on whom she has come to depend.  She’s been warned that the Fiend – a killer with seemingly supernatural abilities to kill and disappear – may be about, but she pays no mind…

In the present day, Maya Sinclair, recently recovered from a car accident during which she was dead for two minutes, settles in to an old house in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania…

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Three Random Questions Interview with Author-Firefighter Danual Berkley

An interview worth reading!

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Danual Berkley is a full-time fire fighter, husband, father of two little boys, Army vet, and a guy with a dream. His dream is to one day become a well-known children’s author providing positive representation for black men, while tackling the lack of diversity in children’s literature for people of color.

 Bonnie Ferrante: Welcome, Danual. I’m so glad you agreed to an interview. You’ve gone from being in the army to being a fire fighter, both requiring huge acts of courage and selflessness. Why do you choose these kinds of careers?

Danual Berkley: Hello Bonnie. Thank you so much for having me! I chose these two careers for two separate reasons actually. While in high school, I always kept pretty good grades. I had no idea how to use those grades to get scholarships to pay for college, nor was I really interested in doing another 4 years of school…

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