Monday, 13 September 2021
Tuesday, 7 September 2021
Before he started writing romance stories, James worked with the special need’s population for 10 Years. He devoted his life giving back to the population. From school's to agencies and everything in between James has worked almost every job within the community. After that, during the pandemic James decided to start writing to pass the time, but to come through on his promise he made years earlier. He devoted his life to giving back, now he devotes his life to telling his stories.
A remarkable love story that pulls on your heartstrings and leaves you inspired. A page turner that gives a first-hand look into the lives of a young couple madly in love and eager to start their lives together, only to have it all halted by a cancer diagnosis. With no clear road map on how to navigate their new normal, James and Anabel proceed into uncharted territory, hand-in-hand, with the love of their families and their faith in God to guide them.
1. Why do you write the kind of books you do? I write romance, love & loss, and inspirational books.
2. Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life? My happiest day was the day my book got published because it meant I came through on the promise I made to my Fiancé.
3. How has being published changed your life? It gave me the confidence to know that I was meant to write.
4. What are you reading right now? I am currently reading “Can’t hurt me” by David Goggins
5. What is your current work in progress? I am writing my next installment in my book series.
6. What would be your dream vacation? I don’t have a particular area, but somewhere by the water so I can hear the waves at night and enjoy the over atmosphere of peace being around.
7. How do you choose your settings for each book? I only write non-fiction books, so I pick locations within the stories, but as far as the timelines go , I think of the moments that should be relieved.
8. If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why? I’d say Tyler perry. I’d love to pick his brain about why he continued to push forward to overcome the obstacles that were placed in his life.
9. What three things about you would surprise readers?
I'm not very much into materialistic items
I have a phobia of holesI enjoy listening to all types of music.. For example, I listened to Katy Perry's “ Teenage Dream” for most of my high school tenure.
10. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading? I enjoy going to the Gym before and after writing and I enjoy being by the beach.
Sunday, 5 September 2021
AUGUST WRAP UP AND READING PLANS FOR THE REST OF 2021!!
In August I read eight books!!! I thought I would have gotten through a lot more since I was on vacation from work. I guess I was too busy sleeping and watching Netflix. Anyway here are the books that I have read. and in case you want to read the reviews I have placed them below.
Some great books indeed!!!
THE GIRL WHO STOLE J.E.B. STUART BY PAUL FERRANTE
For the month of September and for the balance of the year, I am planning to highlight ARCs from Netgalley and books sent to me by authors and publishers (I hope I can get through a lot of them). So look out for that especially if you sent me your book to review!!!
Looking forward to an exciting few months!!!
Sunday, 29 August 2021
Luster by Raven Leilani⭐⭐⭐
The Black-Marketer's Daughter
Honestly when I requested this book from Netgalley, I was drawn to the name and did not really read what it was about.
But am I happy that I picked this up. This story is short but so very gripping that you will not be able to put it down.
The story follows Zuleikha a young woman of Pakistani origin and who is also Muslim trying to get used to married life which has been more challenging for her than she expected.
While Zu's husband Iskander is a relatively good person he is almost too perfect, that she becomes bored.. With this boredom, Zu falls into the arms of another man, and this leads to damage of epic proportions. What really resonated with me were the issues that were highlighted i.e, gender, religion, culture and even politics.
I love when a work of fiction can get such powerful messages across to the masses because reading in itself is supposed to expand individual thoughts beyond what is considered the norm. This book did that for me, The only thing is that the ending was a bit abrupt. I felt that more could have been said as to Iskander's fate. But in all tnis was a well written book that I can recommend.
Tuesday, 24 August 2021
In spite of the challenges of the pandemic, it created many opportunities.
It afforded me the chance to learn many different things and renew my interest in literature.
Trini Girl Reads was founded on my passion for reading and in this the first year of its existence, my life has changed immensely. I have had the opportunity to write book reviews for authors, my inbox continues to be full with requests. I have done promotional blog tours and have been sharing books that I have been enjoying.
The most important lesson I have learned with blogging is that it takes a lot of effort and work to create content that people would be interested in. I like that this platform gives me the opportunity to tap into my creative side and also practice my writing skills that, for many years has been strictly limited to academia. In the coming year I would like to do different things with the blog in order to expand my readership.
Much thanks to everyone, who has visited this space. I hope that you all continue to enjoy me sharing my moody and diverse reading habits for many years to come.
Saturday, 21 August 2021
At Waterloo Station, hopeful new arrivals from the West Indies step off the boat train, ready to start afresh in 1950s London. There, homesick Moses Aloetta, who has already lived in the city for years, meets Henry 'Sir Galahad' Oliver and shows him the ropes. In this strange, cold and foggy city where the natives can be less than friendly at the sight of a black face, has Galahad met his Waterloo?
But the irrepressible newcomer cannot be cast down. He and all the other lonely new Londoners - from shiftless Cap to Tolroy, whose family has descended on him from Jamaica - must try to create a new life for themselves. As pessimistic 'old veteran' Moses watches their attempts, they gradually learn to survive and come to love the heady excitements of London.
Thursday, 19 August 2021
Blurb for WATCH FOR ME
Tom Harper, a Vancouver Island realtor, has the client from hell, Ali Page, a beautiful and intelligent young lawyer returning from the mainland to take up a job with an island law firm. Trouble is there’s always something wrong with the properties Tom shows her, always a reason not to commit. Finally, after they find a condo she likes, he receives a text thanking him for his help. Ali signs off: I’m sad we won’t get to spend more time together. Often cold and withdrawn throughout their weeks of searching, Ali’s words seem strangely out of character.
The texts keep coming, increasingly incoherent and disturbing. What does Ali mean by: we have a special connection, and why on earth would she say: I’ll be here for you when you leave your wife? Happily married, Tom cannot understand why a woman not much older than his teenage daughter is suddenly obsessed with him. When he rejects Ali’s unsolicited advances, Tom soon discovers the sinister depths to which a delusional mind will sink to obtain what it wants. Isolated and seemingly abandoned by the police and legal system, this is the story of one man’s struggle to rescue his marriage, his family, and his sanity in the face of overwhelming psychological and physical torment.
Fans are raving about this new psychological thriller!!!
This book literally put meaning to the phrase "HOOKED FROM PAGE ONE".
It had everything suspense, drama and the thriller effect that will make you cringe. This book is the reason that psychological thrillers are one of my favourite genres to read because it had me turning pages because I was dying to know what happened at the end. And what an ending that was!!!!
Tom Harper a realtor had no idea that when he agreed to help his friend's daughter chose a new home that she will be the client from hell. Ali Page a beautiful young lawyer is not the innocent flower that she presents herself to be. She has a twisted mind and becomes so intent on getting what she wants that she is prepared to do anything it takes. In this case she wants Tom!!!!!
The writing in this book was great especially in terms of character development. Ali scared me and I really felt deeply for Tom. Mr. Bodenham really did a great job writing these two characters. I love the message in the book as well in terms of how men are treated by law enforcement as opposed to women with reporting cases of abuse and harrassment. The book did a great job in showing this.
I kept thinking about if I would have believed my husband in a case like this!!!! Maybe not. I may have been like Marie who like many wives are conflicted when it comes to their husband and infidelity.
I loved also the descriptions of the setting 'Owen Bay' and other parts of Canada. It was a really nice touch. As readers different things stand out and for me this was one of the things that did.
In all, this is a MUST READ for psychological thriller fans.
MUCH THANKS TO ANNE FROM RANDOM THINGS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN THIS TOUR.
About the Author
Watch For Me is his latest novel, published 16 August 2021 by Down & Out Books, a US-based publisher of crime fiction, founded in 2011.
After a thirty-year career in private equity and corporate finance in London, Martin moved to the west coast of Canada, where he writes full-time. He held corporate finance partner positions at both KPMG and Ernst & Young as well as senior roles at several private equity firms before founding his own private equity company in 2001. Much of the tension in his thrillers is based on the greed and fear he witnessed first-hand while working in international finance.
Martin’s website: https://www.martinbodenham.com/
Martin’s Twitter page: https://twitter.com/martinbodenham
Martin’s LinkedIn page: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/martin-bodenham-8228307
Martin’s publisher’s page: https://downandoutbooks.com/