Latest Review! – Kelly Blue by Allan Danahay

Kelly BlueKelly Blue by Allan Danahay
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The story begins with a successful cat burglar nicknamed Spiderman by the press, who has scaled an apartment block and becomes an unfortunate witness to a murder. Enter Kelly Wynton, an ex policeman turned private investigator with Busby Investigations, who has been asked to investigate the disappearance of a schoolgirl. Because of the speed at which Kelly wraps up the case, he is assigned to a surveillance job for a businessman, suspicious of his wife’s behaviour. He wants Busby Investigations to keep tabs on her whilst he is away on business. Another murder takes place. Are they linked? Is Spiderman the murderer? Kelly gets more and more involved and much to his surprise finds love along the way. It is a short but interesting thriller, with far-reaching consequences.

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Simplicity – The Key to Brilliance

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Many suggestions here to think about!

Originally posted on Let's Reach Success:

We are all trying to get more of everything in life. And when we do, the desire increases and we want even more. This way satisfaction is never achieved and we become greedy creatures looking for ways to satisfy our needs.

But more is not the answer. Less is.

We try so hard to achieve more, be better, have more of certain feelings and qualities, possess stuff, bring more people into our life, have more things to do, speak more and get information all the time.
But we never actually experience any of that. And this makes it pointless.

That’s because of complexity. We’re overburdened. We can’t breathe freely, or slow down, or enjoy one thing at a time.

The solution lies in simplicity. Because it’s the key to brilliance.

Regardless of where you are in your life now, what you have and where you’re going, you need more…

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Why It’s Not So Hard to Succeed

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I just had to re-blog this!

Originally posted on Let's Reach Success:

Many people aren’t successful because they are afraid to fail. Or because they give up after some time, don’t find the power to try one more time, listen to the nay-sayers, don’t believe in themselves, aren’t confident or think they aren’t good enough.

Well, most people are wrong.

Why It's Not So Hard to Succeed, Let's Reach Success

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Because success and happiness are possible. Every human being has the ability and potential to live a great life and do whatever he puts his mind to. But they simply choose not to do it. And they stay in their comfort zone – where nothing new, exciting or challenging will ever happen – for the rest of their life.

And if you start thinking about it and analyzing all the things that could go wrong, you can come up with a thousand reasons not to follow your dreams and work on your goals. But that is just…

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Hard work vs. talent

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Great words Cristian

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“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” - John C. Maxwell

They say hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. And I do agree. After all, talent is never just an innate ability. It’s a lot more than just that.

It’s hard work, perseverance, discipline, vision, courage, faith, and a bunch of others all mixed up into one.

But can hard work alone make you a good artist?

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Copyright Infringement: A Warning to all Authors

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I would like to share a letter sent to me by a fellow independent author, who wishes to remain anonymous, about a website claiming to be promoting independent authors, when in reality it appears that they are offering free downloads of the work of dozens of us.

If you are an author, independent or otherwise, I urge you to read this letter and investigate the site yourself. Find out if your work is posted there and take appropriate action to have it removed, or, at the very least, make sure you are willing to grant permission to the site owners to list your work.

Making money as an independent author is difficult enough without pirating sites giving our work away under false pretenses AND without our permission.

Please share, tweet or reblog this post in order to spread the word through the independent author community and, hopefully, put some pressure…

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Review of ‘The Demeter Code’ by Russell Brooks

The Demeter CodeThe Demeter Code by Russell Brooks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another action packed story involving CIA Operatives, Ridley Fox and Dr Nita Parris. The story begins with Dr Parris in a hotel in Washington attempting to move Timothy Weyland into witness protection. Meanwhile Ridley Fox is in France, having taken on the identity of David Conlon a mercenary. Both Fox and Parris are ably assisted by super hacker Dewan, who keeps in touch with both of them by earpieces. It becomes a race against time to prevent a catastrophic event, which could wipe out the entire USA. As with Brooks’ previous thriller, Pandora’s Succession, the Demeter Code is again packed with technical detail, and needs to be read in large chunks so as to keep up with the complicated plot. The idea of the story is both clever and terrifying. Brooks has managed to create an excellent thriller, which leaves readers imagining a ‘what if it could really happen?

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Review of ‘Going Home Alone’ by Justin P Lambert

Going Home AloneGoing Home Alone by Justin P Lambert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Derrick is struggling to come to terms with the death of his beloved wife Reena. Following the funeral, Tim, an old friend of Reena’s contacts Derrick to say that he has Reena’s will. Derrick is mystified, he didn’t realise that Reena had written a will. He goes over to Tim’s to collect it and Tim hands over a package wrapped in brown paper. Derrick doesn’t want to open it in front of Tim so takes it home. He unwraps the package to find a pair of sunglasses, a camera,a journal and a yellow three-ring binder. It is Reena’s special way to help her husband come to terms with his loss, but what do all these items mean? You need to read this story to find out!

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Review of ‘The Strategist’ – A Thriller by John Hardy Bell

The Strategist - A ThrillerThe Strategist – A Thriller by John Hardy Bell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A gripping read, right from the first chapter. I was hooked. Camille is heading home after leaving the FBI, a career that she had loved until something traumatic happened, which she was unable to come to terms with. We find out what it was later on in the story. She feels a failure. What will people think of her? What will her father think of her? The best part of returning home would be spending time with her friend of many years, Julie, but sadly it was not to be. We already know from the first chapter that Julie has a terrifying secret, but she is murdered before she can tell Camille about it. Instead, she leaves instructions for her friend to carry out in the event of her death. Not satisfied with the way the investigation is going, Camille is drawn into the case. Her FBI training kicks in as she delves deeper and deeper into the homicide. The characters are real, the reader can’t help but be drawn in. The story keeps you guessing right to the end. Not at all predictable. I thoroughly recommend this book

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Review of ‘Sweet Tea and Secrets’ by Nancy Naigle

Sweet Tea and Secrets (An Adams Grove Novel, #1)Sweet Tea and Secrets by Nancy Naigle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the first in the series of Adams Grove Novels.
A very easy to read book. Jill has returned to Adams Grove for a surprise party for her grandmother, Pearl, who had brought Jill up. She is not looking forward to meeting Garrett, her boyfriend from schooldays, who broke her heart, forcing her to move away to the city and taking a job working for Bradley. Things don’t work out as Jill expected. She has to face up to the sudden loss of someone she thought would always be there for her. Then Pearl’s secrets come to the surface and things suddenly become dangerous for Jill. It is quite a predictable read; a bit far-fetched in places. I think we all know how the story will end, but as I said it is easy to read, ideal for holidays when you don’t want to read anything too taxing.

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Review of ‘It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend’ (Wouldn’t it?) by Sophie Ranald

It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister's Boyfriend (Wouldn't it?)It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend by Sophie Ranald
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ellie and her younger sister, Rose, share a flat. Anyone looking at them could tell they were sisters, but there the similarity ends. Rose is slim, elegant, and attractive and spends an inordinate amount of money in keeping up her appearance. She attracts a succession of wealthy men, but the relationships never last. Ellie on the other hand, has no real interest in her looks and thinks it wrong that her sister makes so many sacrifices to keep her looks. Ellie also has Ben, who she tells everyone – Is Not Her Boyfriend!
Ellie has never shown any interest in Rose’s boyfriends, that is until Rose brings Oliver home. Ellie is immediately bowled over by him. He takes her breath away. Ellie confides in her best friend, Claire, who suggests she try to lure Oliver away from Rose. Ellie loses weight, buys a new wardrobe of clothes, changes her job, keeps track of where Oliver goes, all to make herself more attractive to Oliver. Without giving away any more of the plot away, the story then follows Ellie’s ups and downs in her quest to bag Oliver. It is an entertaining, funny story, well written.
Now comes the ‘but’ and in my opinion, a very big ‘BUT’. Why the need to use the ‘C’ word? Was it really necessary to enhance the story? I personally find this word offensive. There are so many other descriptive words to use. I felt that this word was dropped in here and there just for the fun of it. It spoilt what was an otherwise good read and is the reason why I have only given it 2* when it could have warranted more. I am also surprised that a female author feels the need to use such words. The ‘F’ word seems to be creeping in everywhere and seems to be coming acceptable. How soon before the ‘C’ word unfortunately becomes just as acceptable?

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