Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review - Doctor January by Rhoda Baxter

I labeled this book, Doctor January,  'Un Put-Downable' on Amazon and that's the truth. I just wanted to keep turning the pages to find out what would happen.

   Beth Tyler suddenly has one of those moments with her co-worker, Hibs. You know them. The sudden realization that the guy who has always been your friend is actually really hot.

   And then, just at that moment, her longtime boyfriend, Gordon, returns unexpectedly from the US, and their relationship picks up where it left off six months ago. There's no denying it, Gordon is really good-looking, with his muscular swimmer's body and handsome face, which kind of makes up for his possessiveness and mood swings. It's just because he loves her so much, Beth reasons. 
 Hibs, who is hopelessly in love with Beth, can only stand on the sidelines, desperately wishing Beth would realize that Gordon is a malicious bully.

   As a fundraising exercise for Women in Science, Beth and the other members are busy compiling a calendar of hot male scientists. When Doctor January withdraws close to the production deadline, they have a crisis on their hands… Who do they choose? Hibs or Gordon?

   The characters are very real, and the author has a great way of drawing the reader in and making them care what happens, and I look forward to the reading next one.

My favorite passage from the book:
"She scrolled through more images, and suddenly there was one (of Hibs) where he wasn't looking away. He looked out of the screen at her, brow slightly furrowed, his lips parted as though he was in the middle of a word.
She stared.
It was Hibs, but different. It was as though some of the familiarity had been stripped away, leaving behind a beautifully defined face with high cheekbones and serious grey eyes. Was this really the guy she worked next to and joked with every day?"

My rating: ☻☻☻☻☻(Five happy faces = five stars.)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Review - Sex, Lies and Beauty Aides by Deb Julienne

This romantic comedy is bubbling with fun.

Writer Sabrina Thompson's new boss, the pompous Travis Wellington, tells her she will have to take over and write an advice column about sex and love.

This poses a huge problem, because Sabrina is a virgin. She hasn't even ever had a serious relationship.

She wishes her new boss could be Travis' twin brother, Trent, on whom she has had a crush for three years. What she doesn't know, is that Trent is actually standing in for his brother, and posing as Travis.

Their relationship evolves as she confides in 'Travis' about her crush on Trent and her predicament in writing the sex column.

I found the characters totally believable and this was a fun, enjoyable and light-hearted read. I cried at the end.

My Favorite line: "A man's idea of romance is to bullshit their way through life with the sincere hope you're so in love with them you'll be blinded to their flaws." (Kat.)

A great job for a new author.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Review - Reflections of Mamie by Rosemary (Mamie) Adkins

Reflections of Mamie

A Story of Survival

Shocking and Heart-Rending

From the time Mamie was a baby, her mother was inflicted with an insane desire to hurt her. She hurt her in every way possible—with savage physical beatings and blistering, demoralizing verbal attacks. When Mamie finally got the courage to report her, she was not believed. I can understand why. Nobody in their right mind would do what Mamie's mother did to her child.

Her mother was exceptionally adept at knowing Mamie's every move, and was able to thwart each and every attempt at escape, until at last, after several attempts, Mamie finally made it to Florida. I heaved a sigh of relief. Thank goodness she had managed to get away and was free at last. But did she stay away? No. When Mamie couldn't make it on her own, rather than allow her boyfriend's kind and willing parents to help her, Mamie went back to her mother.

Abusers seem to have some instinctive ability to recognize victims of abuse, and target them, so it did not surprise me to read that Mamie's husband beat her.  What I found particularly disgusting was that Mamie's mother aided and abetted him.

I found it very hard to understand why Mamie kept going back to her mother. Why couldn't she cut the ties that bound them forever and leave and never look back?

Two ultra-powerful emotional forces were at work here. Mamie's unconditional love for her mother, and her desperate need for her mother's love—or at least approval; and her mother's uncontrollable passion to inflict pain on Mamie.

I wish I could say this is fiction, but it's all true. I can only say Mamie, you are definitely a survivor and an amazing person, and I am so happy you've found your knight in shining armor. 

Buy it from Amazon Here

Sunday, June 29, 2014

What is Your Myers Briggs personality Type?

According to the paper written by psychologist Carl Jung, and the conclusions drawn by Katharine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Myers, there are sixteen basic categories into which humans can be typecast.

Known as the Jungian Type Scale or Myers-Briggs Type Indicators, the theory is that every individual has a primary mode of operation within just four categories:

our flow of energy
how we take in information
how we prefer to make decisions
the basic day-to-day lifestyle that we prefer

The scale uses four basic personality dichotomies:

  • Introversion (I) vs. Extroversion (E)
  • Sensing (S) vs. Intuition (N)
  • Feeling (F) vs. Thinking (T)
  • Judging (J) vs. Perceiving (P)

  • We "prefer" to be either:
    Extraverted or Introverted:
    Extraverts are action oriented, while introverts are thought oriented.
    Extraverts seek breadth of knowledge and influence, while introverts seek depth of knowledge and influence.
    Extraverts often prefer more frequent interaction, while introverts prefer more substantial interaction.
    Extraverts recharge and get their energy from spending time with people, while introverts recharge and get their energy from spending time alone.

    Sensing or iNtuitive: (nonrational feelings)
    sensation—perception by means of the sense organs;
    intuition—perceiving in unconscious way or perception of unconscious contents.

    Thinking or Feeling: 
    thinking—the function of intellectual cognition; the forming of logical conclusions;
    feeling—function of subjective estimation

    Judging or Perceiving
    judgingstructured and organized decision-making
    perceivingkeeping the options open and putting off decisions

    The sixteen basic categories are as follows:
    Extraverted Sensing (ESFP, ESTP)
    Introverted Sensing (ISTJ, ISFJ)
    Extraverted Intuition (ENFP, ENTP)
    Introverted Intuition (INFJ, INTJ)
    Extraverted Thinking (ESTJ, ENTJ)
    Introverted Thinking (ISTP, INTP)
    Extraverted Feeling (ESFJ, ENFJ)
    Introverted Feeling (INFP, ISFP)

    The tests available on the Internet are quite diverse, but fun to take.

    You might want to try a couple of them to get an idea of how you are perceived by others.

    If you're a writer, you can take the test as your character, and thereby get a good indication of how that character might develop. A lot of writers use this method of character development, to make their characters as human as possible.

    Try itit's fun and a great tool. Here are some sites where you can take the tests for free. The first one is good for writers because it has a long form test and a short form if you want to take the test to determine someone else's personality type. 

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    Rview - Target for Terror by L.A. Iding

    Fast-paced, thrilling and sexy.

    Natalia Sokolova is the critical care nurse assigned to the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia after he has been shot on US soil. He appears to recognize the unique pendant she is wearing around her neck – the one that could help lead her to her Russian birth mother. He claims he was shot by an FBI agent, but before she can find out more, he dies.

    Natalia's life is catapulted into confusion and terror. When she arrives home that evening her house blows up in front of her eyes. She races to get help from her friend, Ivan, only to find him brutally murdered.

    Enter tall, dark and handsome ex FBI agent, Sloan Dryer, now a private security specialist, who had been hired to protect the Russian diplomat.  He meets Natalia in the hospital, and when he sees her burning home on TV, he knows it cannot be a coincidence. He sets out to find her. It doesn't take much for him to realize her life is in grave danger, and he becomes her self-appointed protector.

    They spend the next few days running from their ruthless pursuers who leave a bloody trail behind them. But who wants Natalia dead? And why?  And can Sloan control the burning desire he feels for Natalia?

    If you like fast-paced action with hot, passionate romance, you won't be able to put this book down.

    I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    My Inteview on Blog Talk Radio

    I had my first interview on Blog Talk Radio last night.  Trish Jackson, Capricorn Cravings on Writer's Alive with John Byk in the USA and and co-host Marta Merajver in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    I have to admit I was I am not accustomed to speaking in public. My books are fiction and they don't address any one particular subject that I could travel around and speak about.

    I had a blast, and I was so impressed with the questions both interviewers came up with, and in particular, Marta.

    Here's a recording of the interview:

    Trish Jackson and Capricorn Cravings 06/22 by John H Byk and Marta Merajver | Books Podcasts

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

    First Draft Completed -- Phew!

    Today I am celebrating the completion of the first draft of my next romantic suspense thriller. The working title is The Reality Show, and it is about a reality show gone very wrong.

    Here's the first Page sneak preview:

    The Reality Show 
    by Trish Jackson

    This is the craziest thing that's ever happened to me. I am shaking so bad I can hardly breathe and I think I'm gonna throw up.  I glance back at Joel. He gives me an encouraging smile. He looks cool and composed.
    "Your turn, Lexie," the Old Man says.
    I swallow and wipe my sweating hands on my jeans. My legs feel like jelly and I just want to sit down before I pass out.
    "Go on," he gives me a gentle nudge with his hand on my back.
    I take a very small step forward, toward the yawing hole in the aircraft. "I can't," I say to him. My voice doesn't seem to work.
    It comes out in a whisper.
    I'm about to step back and hand in my resignation—anything but this—when I hear the voice. The voice I never, ever wanted to hear again.
    The one that haunts my nightmares.  
    A far greater fear grips my whole body.
    I start shaking all over.
    It cannot be him.
    But I know that voice.
    I could never ever forget that voice.
    So many things rip through my mind I almost collapse. He can't be here. I know it's not possible, but that voice…
    I look down at my hand. My knuckles are white where I hold onto the side of a seat. I turn and scan the faces behind me. He's not here. It's just the fear of having to jump out of an aircraft that's making me hallucinate.

    I try to swallow. My mouth is too dry and my throat feels like it has a lump the size of a baseball in it...

    The story is set in Africa, in terrain like this.

    This piece still has a long way to go before it will be published, but I'm very excited to have the story down. Now all I have to do is work through it and make it better. IT's the longest first draft I've ever written -- 202 pages. Usually they run around 150 pages.