Thursday, December 11, 2014

Contest w/Kim Carmichael! CLOSED but Winners listed!


This contest has ended & unfortunately Kim did not win the Kindle Scout contest, however she did appreciate all of your help! But the contest here still has Winners and those winners are:

@JoyCollinsMusic
(AKA Joy Collins) 
$20 Amazon Gift Card
&
@ParentingSpot 
$5 Amazon Gift Card

We decided to go ahead and throw in another five dollars because so many of you did so much to help out! We thank you so very much! 


As many of you many of you may have noticed,

Deneale's Book Buzz 

&

Kim Carmichael


have joined forces to Nominate Kim for an Amazon Scout.

To do this we need your help!

There are only SEVEN days left.

You can earn a twenty dollar Amazon gift card!
 Just in time for Christmas!

You'll go to the web site, and you will see:


Beside it you will see details about 'a signature', and below you will see 'a light blue nominate' button. CLICK IT!

Then tell your followers to do the very same thing!

It's just that easy!

However:

The easiest way to get the Amazon gift card, is to promote this daily, and to get others to do the same thing!

Seven days people!

Here is the link:




 Please copy the link, or even this blog post and reshare it. If you have done it, comment in the comments section, as we are keeping track. Twitter users, are being kept track in a list on my page. Facebook, and other sites, are written. Twitter users doing it in multitude, including in their Newsletters and such, are also being tracked with extra points.

This contest is real!

Any questions, feel free to contact myself or Kim.

Thank you.  










Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bella Swann shares "The Claiming of Angelica the SuperNatural Sleuth"...



Bella Swann 



Shares with me: "The Claiming of Angelica, the SuperNatural Sleuth" 'Her Erotic Adventures in the Kaiju Kingdom'


I've noticed that many have pet peeves about erotica. I'm not one of them. I in fact will read anything, that is just how much I love to read: which is why I felt I could be a critic with a blog about books. I'm open minded and love to read. 

Sorry, I know I often share a bit of me as I write as well. But that's what makes life interesting. Reading, learning and sharing....

Bella Swann is an excellent writer, her words are sensual to say the least. And I won't lie, she managed to awaken my insides rather quickly, and often. Her main character Angelica in my eyes, is extraordinarily beautiful. In real life, it takes contact lenses to have violet eyes. This lovely lady had them, and a body to die for. She is spirited, and just amazing. 



Angelica (after researching Bella and the character of Angelica) is a heroine who continuously goes out to help others, and she does this through sex, BDSM, and pain. She isn't afraid to use her body for this, because it pleases her, and in the end it is a much needed satisfaction and pleasure that she truly needed to feel like none other. 

There are many books out about Angelica, as you can tell. I don't know if they need to be read in any particular order. But when I read this one, I was pleased, and intend to seek out the rest of them. I would like to read more, and continue seeing how Angelica solves more problems. I think you should too. Who knew solving problems could be so... Sexual. (Big smile!) 

I give this book five stars and look forward to hearing more from Angelica and Bella in the near future. Hopefully in my inbox too! 


Here are my questions for Bella:

What made you decide to write this book?
 
I love watching science fiction and fantasy movies and always have been fascinated by the human-monster relationships that developed in them. The curse of an erotica writer who specializes in writing about kinky monster sex and BDSM is always to imagine how humans would have sex with these monsters in order to conquer or be conquered sexually by them. This book, The Claiming of Angelica, the Supernatural Sleuth: Her Erotic Adventures in the Kaiju Kingdom was inspired by the movie Pacific Rim as well as the Godzilla movies. I simply imagined how Angelica’s complete sexual submission to the Kaiju could prevent an apocalypse.
 
Are any of the characters derived from people you know?
 
No. As a supernatural sleuth, however, Angelica is my erotic homage to Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and Tomb Raider. She’s a beautiful woman with a lot of spunk – if you know what I mean ;-)
 
 Are you considering writing more books?
 
Absolutely. I love writing erotica as much as I enjoy reading it. So far, I have written three books about Angelica, the Supernatural Sleuth who is one of my favourite characters. In the past, she has gone off on all sorts of erotic adventures including a haunted house (Her Erotic Adventures in the Haunted House on the Hill) and the dangerous Elysian jungle (Her Erotic Adventures in the Dangerous Elysian Jungle). I will soon send her off to explore the North Pole where she will encounter some randy elves and reindeer and a few other horny creatures.
 
How long did it take you to write this book?
 
It took a few weeks to plot out the storyline and then do the writing and editing of the story. I have to try to squeeze writing in while working a full-time day job. Sometimes, I am simply too tired to write so I just plot out ideas of what I will write when I have the time.
 
How many books have you written all together?
 
So far, I have written 14 books in a few different series. I have a series of some innocent angels who fall into sin called the Angels of the Light series. I have a series of erotic fairy tales called Twisted Fairy Tales for the Sexually Adventurous. I have a Super Heroines in Erotic Bondage and a Warrior Women of Chrysalis series. The series featuring Angelica, the Supernatural Sleuth is called The Sexual Misadventures of Angelica, the Surprisingly Submissive Supernatural Sleuth. My newest series is Submissive Mermaids of Avalon in Erotic Captivity.
 
 What advice would you offer to someone considering or trying to become an aspiring writer?
 
I would say that you have to have faith in yourself and a thick skin because there will always be people who do not like what you have written and you must not take their criticism to heart. I think you need to also read other people’s stories whether or not they are the same genre that you write in. You can always find inspiration where you least expect it. Finally, if you have great ideas but poor grammatical skills, you need to get an editor or proof reader. Your books are your brand and you do not want to damage your brand with poor writing. If you cannot afford a professional, then go to the English Department at a nearby community college or university and see if you can hire a graduate student to edit your work.
 
What are your future goals?
I would like to keep writing erotica. I am working on an erotic version of the Cinderella story right now. I also have some ideas about a new vampire series as well as doing erotic interpretations of Greek myths that I would like to write in the future.
 
Are you currently on a book tour?
 
Alas, no. I just have to hope that as more and more people buy my books, that word-of-mouth will lead to increased sales instead.
 
What are your hobbies?
 
I love reading, and watching movies and TV in all genres. I am currently addicted to Border Security: Canada’s Front Line, Criminal Minds, Stalker, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, and The Mindy Project.
 
Who are all your favorite writers?
 
George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, Mercedes Lackey, Beverly Connor, Tanya Huff, Patricia Briggs, John Sandford, and David Eddings.
 
Have you ever had writer’s block?
 
I do sometimes get writer's block. This usually happens when a character refuses to act in the way I want him or her to do. It's frustrating because I want to write a scene in a certain way and the character won't let me. When that happens, I stop writing and go away from my computer a while. I think about the story, the specific scene I'm working on, and my character's personality and motivations. Then I go back and sometimes re-write parts of earlier scenes to give my character the personality or motivation he or she needs to act the way I want him or her to act. However, sometimes, I simply change my ideas about what will happen in the scene and write my character according to his or her whims. That tends to solve the problem of writer's block.
 
 
Please tell us how to find you on social media:




       http://youtu.be/1vWvl3sMPlg
 
 
 
 
Please tell us how to find this and any other books you have:
Anything that you’d like to add?
 
My stories are full of explicit and creative fantasies, BDSM, dubious consent, monster sex, pleasurable humiliation, and lots of other fun and sexy kinks. Because erotica writers often push boundaries, some of my books are not available on all sites. If your favourite book seller does not have one of my books, please keep looking on other sites until you find it. Thanks for spending your hard-earned money on my work. I will do my best to give you with lots and lots of happy endings ;-)  

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"Outsourced" by Eric J. Gates

Outsourced

By Eric J. Gates


Within this book, are characters who want into your mind.... They want you to read them, because apparently the more you read.... You seem drawn in, almost like you're right there. You think I'm joking? Pick up this book yourself. You'll see.

Nic Stiles is a famous Author, (now as I'm reading this book and the name I'm picturing Rick Castle- sorry it couldn't be helped at first, I watch too much TV maybe.) and Nic has a fan that sends him something. But this fan, low and behold is not just an ordinary person. And this fan isn't like "Misery" from Stephen King either. Nope. This one? Ready? This one is an assassin. Ok now what would an assassin send someone in the mail you wonder... Um... And then... And then want back. Yeah; I said want back. You're wrinkling your forehead aren't you? Please tell me you now are even the slightest bit curious?! I was. I couldn't put the book down. I had to know.



This book is spell binding, and you will be left wanting more, because you won't understand at one minute, and than the next, you'll be like...ready to jump in and want to get involved. It almost made me wonder; hmmm... Has Mr. Gates had this happen to him, and wrote from experience? Because this is very realistically written; I could visualize it clearly and think it would make a tremendously entertaining movie! One that would keep everyone on the edge of their seats!

I will say this, however; I did learn a quite bit more then what I usually do when reading. Obviously Mr. Gates either researched, or is quite a bit full of knowledge whence referencing spies, assassins and criminals and naturally writers. He speaks very well and openly of materials, and diagnostics, and chemicals, everything. I mean it's very detail oriented, which makes it something worth reading because you're learning at the same time. I mean if you read; and absorb and take in what you read and learn from it. Most of us; for that I'm certain-do. I just was enthralled. It was like nothing I've ever read before, and I do hope to experience more of his work in the near future! 

**People have been complaining I reveal too much details about books in my blog, thus I've decided to try cutting back on blowing endings and everything. If you disagree with this, let me know, but it has been brought to my attention as a complaint, so I did this entry differently!**

I give this book five stars. When I read it alloud each night before bed to my husband, he enjoyed it greatly, he too agrees it is a five star book. 

Here are my questions for Mr. Gates:

1. How did you come up with this story?

I love challenges and am also fascinated by the advances made in science. Many years ago I started to follow the developments in Quantum Mechanics, a really strange ‘branch’ of science where normal rules don’t seem to apply. I began to wonder back then if it would be possible to develop a good thriller story based on some of these weird concepts. Fate (Destiny?) threw a few titbits my way when I learnt about part of the traditional Buddhist mythology dealing with destiny and the two concepts just clicked. However, I have not sacrificed my usual fast-paced suspense thriller style to the science. It’s an integral part of the story and easily understood.


2. Are any of the characters based on people you know?

I have modeled a couple of characters on people I’ve met, but this time, most were born in the dark recesses of my mind. The Intelligence agency computer systems I mention, however, as well as the use of Micro Air Vehicles are very real. 


3. Which of the characters is your favorite?

Hard to say. On the one hand the hyped-up craziness of conspiracy nut Phil Beasley was fun to write, yet the hard-nosed female agent, Bridget Mason, had its attractions too.


4. How long did it take you to write this?

The preparation took by far the longest, almost two years surprisingly, mainly because of the research I had to perform. Once the planning of the novel was ready, using my bespoke method of defining the end first, the actual writing to produce a first draft took a little over three months of very long seven-day weeks


5. How long have you been writing all together?

I started writing over forty years ago, mainly short stories and a novel thankfully buried in a box at the back of a filing cabinet. Life then intervened and although I did use many of my ‘dead’ moments during my constant International traveling to pen a tale or three, I’ve only been writing full-time now for the last eight years.


6. What is your advice to anyone wanting or seeking a career as a writer?

Writing is a business as well as a craft and it’s important to learn both sides of the coin. Both are complex processes to dominate and I’ve tried to help newer writers by writing my ‘How NOT to be an ASPIRING Writer’ book where I look at the writing process (from start to finish)and how it is evolving both from a practical and humorous point of view. I tried to cram as many tricks and tips which I know to work into that volume as I could, as well as to make it fun to read. That’s one source new writers could use, but one of the greatest aids is seeking out writer communities. Many are willing to help fellow writers with tons of useful advice based on real experience.  


7. Whom is your ultimate favorite author?

I read extensively and have eclectic tastes so it is difficult to single out just one writer above all the great ones I follow.  I am particularly fond of thriller novels and these have experienced a significant evolution over the years. What was state-of-the-art thirty years ago now seem staid, so it would be unfair to cite Ian Fleming or John Gardner in the same breath as Tom Clancy or Frederick Forsyth. Each is a master of their particular sub-genre at a specific moment in time. 


8. What all hobbies do you have?

Writing obviously. Although it is also my profession, if I didn’t enjoy doing it, I would not continue. I am also an avid reader. I love the movies too. In fact, if I started to list all the stuff I am interested in, I’ll wonder where I get the time to write!


9. Do you have plans on another book?

Oh yes!  ‘Outsourced’ is my eighth book (seventh novel) and the next one is already half-written; it’s book four of ‘the CULL’ series. Then I have two more novels researched, planned and ready to go after that. And, I’m sure a few more ideas will occur to me as the days go by…


10. Are you on book tour, or planning on a book tour?

No. Physical book tours are logistically difficult for me given I live outside my target English-speaking markets. Virtual book tours are something I’ve looked into but for the moment have not undertaken.


11. What else have you written?

I have one on-going seriesthe CULL, which follows the adventures of Katie Lindon and Amy Bree, two female Federal Agents who work for an elite intelligence unit and take on ‘strange’ cases where they bring their out-of-the-box approach to resolving the mysteries they encounter. The series started as a re-examination of vampire lore, which far predates ‘Dracula’ and Vlad the Impaler, and, although I’ve tried to stick to documented ancient history, I have brought the tale into the Twenty-first Century with bio-genetics and some sophisticated artificial intelligence surveillance systems.

Then there isLeaving Shadows, a spy thriller about an company called Charlie Allsop Consulting Services which is staffed by ex-Special Forces operatives and goes about recovering kidnap victims. I say a spy thriller, which may seem odd, because their client is the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) in this story which is the first in another series. The second novel, provisionally titles ‘Chasing Shadows’, will be out next year.

After that I have Full Disclosurewhere a dying Southern Texas township is isolated and subjected to an unusual experiment whilst rogue factions of the military stage an assassination attempt against the President back in D.C. This novel features two covert assassins, one who works deep-cover missions for the US; the other is an ex-member of a secret British Ministry of Defence agency, now working freelance. Many readers have asked for more of these two, codenamed Kris and Snow, so I have a future project where they will be back!

Finally there is 2012’, a novel I wrote back in 2006, which is my own take on the end-of-the-World scenario cited for that year and features a plot by an extremist group to bring about the destruction of civilization using ancient artefacts discovered in the Giza pyramids. The daughter of an MIT robotics engineer and a burnt-out, ex-special forces soldier who has lost everything, team up to try to prevent worldwide destruction against a backdrop of a war between the US and China over oil.

All the novels have one thing in common: they are page-turners that will grab you from the first paragraphs and you’ll find your food and drinkgoing cold as the stories race to their conclusions. People have even forgotten to collect their kids from school when they’ve been reading my thrillers (real case), so be warned!  


12. Where all can we follow you on social media?

Author Website:    http://www.ericjgates.com
Blog:   http://my-thrillers.blogspot.com  (author guests)


13. Please list all ways to buy your books including this one:

This is a direct global Amazon link to my latest ‘Outsourced’:  http://authl.it/B00NNNCA7M?d

You can find links for all the others either on my website (extracts too) or via my Amazon Author page.


14. Anything you would like to add?

Two things. First to thank Deneale for the opportunity for this interview. Second, to all the readers out there, please remember all writers put substantial time and effort into providing you with entertainment in the form of their novels. All we ask in return is that you take five extra minutes when you have finished reading the books to leave a review so we can see what you thought about our work. You have no idea how much this is appreciated by the authors.


Brief Bio of Eric J. Gates:



Eric J. Gates has had a curious life filled with the stuff of thriller novels. Writing Operating Systems for Supercomputers, cracking cryptographic codes under extreme pressure using only paper and pen and teaching cyberwarfare to spies are just a few of the moments he’s willing to recall publicly. He is an ex-International Consultant who has travelled extensively worldwide, speaks several languages, and has had articles and papers published in technical magazines in six different countries, as well as radio and TV spots. His specialty, Information Technology Security, has brought him into contact with the Military and Intelligence communities on numerous occasions. He is also an expert martial artist, holding 14 black belt degrees in distinct disciplines. He has taught his skills to Police and Military personnel, as well as to the public. He now writes thriller novels, drawing on his experiences with the confidential and secret worlds that surround us.









Friday, November 21, 2014

"dr.a.g. bookthefilm edition"

"dr.a.g. bookthefilm edition" 


When Christopher sought me ought to review this book, as oft I am, I was honored. He sent me the PDF format and explained I wouldn't get what I needed from it. I truly needed to 'see' it. Seemed odd, but went with it.

After receiving the book, my grand daughter whom is nineteen months old was sitting beside me, and my Son on the other side. We began flipping through the pages. My grand daughter sat quietly still, viewing everything in awe. My son said, "Wow these are some damn fine women!" I looked over at him and explained the term: "drag." After explaining it to him, he answered with, "If any of these Dudes came up to me and kissed me I tell you what, I'd never know the difference and I certainly would kiss them back. And if they divulged to me afterwards they were a man in drag, I would be like: 'Amazing! You still look gorgeous!' And I wouldn't be mad! Anyone who puts that much work into looking that beautiful deserves respect and to be admired like art work! I would show him/her off everyday!" Serious words from my own Son, Dexter.

My Grand Daughter looked through the entire book with me and oohed over several pages. She was quite fascinated. I imagine the bright colors and art work helped too. 

The book in itself is a piece of art. It is breath taking, as are the people within the book. They've went through great lengths to pick out their signature looks and make a signature statement. The book speaks for itself, although there are a few lines within it, as well as the definition of "drag" and how it came to exist. 


The beautiful red head you see here is Jeffree Star. I chose to put him in my review because I personally love his look. Downright sexy and appealing. I love how the make up is worn, and I have a fetish with sexy eye brows if it can be considered a thing; as well as how brave he was to even pose in the photo on the next page, quite revealing to say the least. My husband loved his tattoos. Everything about him is enticing, but again: everyone in this book is, and sadly I can't post everyone. What good would the book be if I did that, I mean come on now?!


Here is another favorite. But before I continue, I'm going to say, I chose this one, because I'm prejudice and a big Cher fan. So truly I can't play fair with this choice. This however is not Cher; but is: Chad Michaels. I will point out a few things as a Cher fan though. There are definite differences in the two of you that I spotted immediately. Needless to say, I will be nice, and not point them out. I would love to know though? Can you sound or walk like her? How about the tongue roll? I'd still love to meet you though Chad, I won't lie. I definitely would hang on your arm and parade you around town proudly! There's no doubt in my mind! You're still sexy! "I got you Babe!"


This is Jim Bailey. Hard to believe isn't it? The aged look is so real isn't it? He has performed for the British Royal Family, which Christopher Logan explains to you at the end of the book. Jim has done a lot of film and TV appearances and is quite famous! 

The purpose in the exquisite book, is to raise funds for independent film productions. All of the photographers, the performers who are featured within this amazing book, donated their work to help with this project. For that Christopher Logan and www.bookthefilm.com are and always will be eternally grateful! 

I have already shown this book to many family of my family members who cannot put it down, and they just keeping looking at it again and again, in awe. I think, those of you who keep magazines on the coffee table, need to consider this book for the job. It would look much more enticing on a coffee table then any magazine could ever dream of! Not to mention, it has much more meaning than most magazines. Check it out! You'll be glad you did, trust me!

Now here are my questions for Christopher:


1. Who are you and how are you associated with this book?
My name is Christopher Logan and I'm an actor and filmmaker who conceived the book project. I produced the book, contacting all the performers and photographers and arranging all the photos and licensing and worked with designer Mamio Marais to complete the book. I started Bookthefilm Publishing to continue to produce books to raise funding for independent film production, while celebrating diversity.
2. Why didn't you include a few stories or two on these people? Not just their beautiful photos?
I like the photos to speak for themselves. In this day and age, information is just a click away, so those who want to explore more can do so easily. This way, we stay focused on the art and the final product instead of dissecting the transformation and career.
3. Are you by chance also a dr.a.g or have you ever considered it?
I was a drag performer for several years, and appeared in drag in the film Connie and Carla.

4. Did you by chance get to meet any of these people?
I've met the majority of the performers in the book and most of the photographers through the process. Most of the in person meetings came at book launch events and after the book was put together.
5. How long did you do research on this book?
It took about two years from concept to completion. I had a great working knowledge of the drag scene to begin with, and was well versed on who were my must haves and who else to approach.

6. Have you ever been to any dr.a.g events or shows?
I've been to too many to count lol

7. Who is your favorite dr.a.g person, if you by chance do have 1 or two?
I'm most impressed by Jim Bailey who took drag to the next level with live impersonation, and a tribute that show a great amount of study and respect. He also 'went where no man had gone before' being an impersonator on the Carol Burnett Show and before drag was as well seen or accepted as it is today.
8. Who are your favorite authors?
I adore AS Byatt and keep a copy of her Little Black Book of Stories by my bed. I've reread them all numerous times and am always swept away by her evocative use of language. I also enjoy a good page turner and burner like John Grisham or Anne Rice. Something to sweep away a few hours on a place or get you out of your head for half the day.
9. Please provide links to follow you on social media:
Twitter: @bookthefilm
Website: www.bookthefilm.com
10. Please provide links to purchase this book:
Can purchase direct at www.bookthefilm.com 






~~~~ dr.a.g., bookthefilm editiondr.a.g., bookthefilm edition by Christopher Logan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Christopher sought me ought to review this book, as oft I am, I was honored. He sent me the PDF format and explained I wouldn't get what I needed from it. I truly needed to 'see' it. Seemed odd, but went with it.

After receiving the book, my grand daughter whom is nineteen months old was sitting beside me, and my Son on the other side. We began flipping through the pages. My grand daughter sat quietly still, viewing everything in awe. My son said, "Wow these are some damn fine women!" I looked over at him and explained the term: "drag." After explaining it to him, he answered with, "If any of these Dudes came up to me and kissed me I tell you what, I'd never know the difference and I certainly would kiss them back. And if they divulged to me afterwards they were a man in drag, I would be like: 'Amazing! You still look gorgeous!' And I wouldn't be mad! Anyone who puts that much work into looking that beautiful deserves respect and to be admired like art work! I would show him/her off everyday!" Serious words from my own Son, Dexter.

My Grand Daughter looked through the entire book with me and oohed over several pages. She was quite fascinated. I imagine the bright colors and art work helped too.

The book in itself is a piece of art. It is breath taking, as are the people within the book. They've went through great lengths to pick out their signature looks and make a signature statement. The book speaks for itself, although there are a few lines within it, as well as the definition of "drag" and how it came to exist.


The beautiful red head you see here is Jeffree Star. I chose to put him in my review because I personally love his look. Downright sexy and appealing. I love how the make up is worn, and I have a fetish with sexy eye brows if it can be considered a thing; as well as how brave he was to even pose in the photo on the next page, quite revealing to say the least. My husband loved his tattoos. Everything about him is enticing, but again: everyone in this book is, and sadly I can't post everyone. What good would the book be if I did that, I mean come on now?!


Here is another favorite. But before I continue, I'm going to say, I chose this one, because I'm prejudice and a big Cher fan. So truly I can't play fair with this choice. This however is not Cher; but is: Chad Michaels. I will point out a few things as a Cher fan though. There are definite differences in the two of you that I spotted immediately. Needless to say, I will be nice, and not point them out. I would love to know though? Can you sound or walk like her? How about the tongue roll? I'd still love to meet you though Chad, I won't lie. I definitely would hang on your arm and parade you around town proudly! There's no doubt in my mind! You're still sexy! "I got you Babe!"


This is Jim Bailey. Hard to believe isn't it? The aged look is so real isn't it? He has performed for the British Royal Family, which Christopher Logan explains to you at the end of the book. Jim has done a lot of film and TV appearances and is quite famous!

The purpose in the exquisite book, is to raise funds for independent film productions. All of the photographers, the performers who are featured within this amazing book, donated their work to help with this project. For that Christopher Logan and www.bookthefilm.com are and always will be eternally grateful!

I have already shown this book to many family of my family members who cannot put it down, and they just keeping looking at it again and again, in awe. I think, those of you who keep magazines on the coffee table, need to consider this book for the job. It would look much more enticing on a coffee table then any magazine could ever dream of! Not to mention, it has much more meaning than most magazines. Check it out! You'll be glad you did, trust me!



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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Alzheimer's Through My Mother's Eyes by Suzette Brown


Alzheimer's Through My Mother's Eyes


By Suzette Brown


Her Dedication, which truly in itself is very touching:

When I seen the cover of this book, I read about it thoroughly. I liked the fact that it wasn't simply a lecture, and educational sources, and simple "this is what you need to know" book about Alzheimer's. No, it was insight. So I went to the Author and point blank asked her could I review her book, and interview her. I explained that I wanted it on my blog, because I felt it was something readers, well-- honestly everyone should know first hand. Not just hearing about Alzheimer's, but what it's truly like being the one who has it, and the one who is taking care of the person whom has it. 


Then I spoke with Suzette, and she and I had a nice long talk, and opened up to one another. She agrees that people need insight, which is exactly why she wrote the book. 

Enough blabbering, I suppose you want me to get to the point; right? Yes of course! On with the review already! 

The kindle price of the book was perfect, under four dollars. With the insight and education you end up learning, it is well worth every cent. What made me laugh was right in the very beginning: Suzette comes across a woman escorting her own mother along. They end up briefly talking, and Suzette ends up sharing with her that she was writing a book on this kind of thing. You know, taking care of people with Alzheimer's and what it's like, and what they go through. The woman told her to finish it. It was because of this woman that Suzette did in fact finish it. If that woman also agreed that people needed insight, then there would be others! 


As I read through this book, everything is true to life. Suzette kept a journal of the goings on with her Mother. A lot of it is repetitive, but that in itself is common in Alzheimer's. 

I found this book very deep and soulful. I could see and feel everything, including the pain. Car accidents, annoyances in the constant phone calls, and disturbances of daily rituals. Wanting to be there for her Mother, yet wanting to take care of her own family and life at the same time. 


I wish to share a quote from Suzette's book: "Alzheimer's is a cruel disease, it is a disease of the brain, it is irreversible. It is heartless and non-relenting." 

Then I wish to also share what else she learned, that might be insightful to others, as it was to me: These are common signs of elderly abuse: not washing your hair or body, not eating correctly, not having clean clothes, or keeping clean. And sometimes not sleeping at all, or even on a sporadic sleeping schedule. 

As I came close to the end of this book, I ended up bawling. I too, know you need to give those that are in fact dying, "permission to die" I've been there. But to read it happening to someone else. It just tore my heart out. 

I was pleased to find afterwards, to find all sorts of resources for Alzheimer's at the end of this excellent and resourceful read. This book is worth every penny, and more! It's very educational, and truly gives you a first hand look at what caregivers truly go through, as well as the Alzheimer's patient as well. It's not a good place for either person. 

I give this book five stars, and wish I could give it more, just for the pain that Suzette had to go through, just to write this! Thank you Suzette for taking the time to do this! God bless you! 


Here are my questions for Suzette:


1. I always ask what made you write this book, as my first question. But with you, I don't need to. So I will ask you this. How long did it take you to write this book?

*Being an administrative assistant and able to type approx. 95 wpm, certainly helped.  Also I was a proof reader which enriched the paragraphs as I read them.
I started in the early summer of 2013, made it my goal, got my space and aura set up – ready to type/write.  It only took me maybe a month to compose
my book.  In writing, my typing was the “writing” part.  Guess those years of secretarial work helped !
2. How hard was it to put everything into book format, and relive all of your notes again?

*Since I had virtually no idea what I was doing, it was extremely difficult.  I started at the beginning of my journals, notes, medical information, doctors recommendations, 
assisted living documentation, and much more that I kept of my journey, opened it up
and quite literally started typing from the journals.  I had a super BETA reader – who took out about half of what I started with due to repetitiveness of my words
and descriptions.  Then, she suggested and I agreed to put into a “journal” dated - format which also is much easier to keep track of.  

Brought back many painful memories as I typed certain days that I remember with such clarity.  The most difficult part was toward the end as Mom continued to decline.....it was exhausting mentally many days.  It took well over three weeks to complete the last chapter.
My editor took care of the book format, editing, changing, suggesting changes, etc.  I was open to all of her advice and followed thru with everything she suggested I add or change.

Many a day I wondered if writing this book was worth it.  But I knew it was – caregivers and family need to know what is in store for the future of their loved one and the resounding multitude of feelings affecting all involved.

3. I noticed you keep apologizing all through out your book. Why is that?

*I can honestly say, I don’t know.  However, if I were writing my book now, the only one I would apologize to is my Mother – for the “powers that be” choosing her for this dreadful disease. I would not apologize to anyone else.

4. The book is very emotional, especially in several parts. How did you manage to keep your life together, and be so strong?

*My husband and son have to be credited for the love and support they gave me throughout the years of taking care of Mom.  My husband is my best friend in all definitions of the word and we have now been married 31 years.  He was able to look at the situation from a non-emotional point of view.  There were many times he was my rock.

His concern grew as my stress level continued to mount.  He lived the daily frustrations as he watched me flounder on more than one occasion. I have to credit my parent’s with my strength. I was Mom’s caregiver.  Many days I had to literally dig deeply to find the energy, but Mom needed me and it had to be done.  

5. If you have ever watched the TV show "Greys Anatomy" they claim Alzheimer's is hereditary. Do you know or believe that it is? If so, are you prepared?

*I have seen that as well, and we were also informed of the same many years ago at the time Mom was tested (for Alzheimer’s/Dementia) by the Neuro-psychologist at a local medical center.
I believe that currently there is a DNA sequence that can be used to determine if family members do indeed have the gene.  I do believe that it is possible I myself may harbor this disease that could be apparent in the next 10 years or so.  From what I understand, I have a 50/50 chance of inheriting the disease. I do NOT want to  be tested, nor do  I want to know my future as to the possibility of becoming an Alzheimer’s patient in a convalescent center.

I have a Therapy Dog International – and we visit many convalescent centers.  We are able to bring the residents a few minutes of happiness remembering long lost days
of their past as they stroke Flower, my TDI girl.  Many remember pets they had long ago and it brings a smile to my face being able to  watch Flower in action.

No one can be prepared for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.  

**My husband and I did plan for the future with an Elder Attorney – we also had our Durable Power of Attorney’s designated, Medical Directives, our Will and other pertinent paperwork filled out as I watched and learned from Mom’s decline.  I encourage  ALL family members to do the same.
BE prepared for your own future.

6. How often do you torture yourself with regret in thinking you have not did enough for your Mother? 

*Never.  I will go to my grave knowing that I did everything in my power to take care of, love, protect and dedicate myself to Mom’s care.  I took care of Mom emotionally, physically, mentally and financially.  All done with integrity, honesty and love for Mom.

7. Are you planning a book tour or in a book tour with this book?

*I have had a couple of book signings and they were exciting indeed !  I am open to a book tour – but have virtually no idea what to do ! I am open to suggestions and directions to tour !
I am also available for book signings as well as speaking about my journey.  It is amazing how many elderly and family members do not even know about an Elder Attorney.   They also are not aware that their personal belongings cannot be merely given away just because they now reside in an assisted living facility or a convalescent center.  It is important to me, that the loved ones and family members are guided to make it a smooth transition for all involved.  There is so much information I can share.

8. Have you gotten ahold of everyone in this book who helped in enlightening you along the way?

*I had one family member that wanted to be interviewed.  They also wanted wanted to read the draft of my book before it was published.  I decided that this was to be my book, if they chose to leave an imprint on Mom’s life, then they needed to write their own book.
Yes !  I have received raving reviews from Mom’s physician, elder attorney, friends, and other family members !  It feels good.

I have several close friends and co-workers who opinions I valued highly.  They were encouraging and helped me greatly along the way.  The only thing they asked of me, was to “pay it forward”....which I have done.

I tried to get hold of Ms. W of Adult Protective Services.  When I contacted the office, they informed me that she has retired.  I will never forget her kindness.

9. Do you have any regrets- other then you weren't the one who didn't call APS?

*I do wish I had taken the time to attend caregiver support groups.  They would have helped tremendously. Other than that, no regrets. 

10. Do you plan on writing anymore books?

*YES!  I am currently working on book # 2.  Let’s just say it is the opposite end of the spectrum !
 
11. What are your hobbies? 

*Going for long walks with hubby and dogs, photography, reading, gardening.

12. Who are your favorite Author(s)?

*Ann Rule
*Stephen King
*Truman Capote
*Vincent Bugliosi

13. Please provide any links to follow and friend you:


C:\Users\Marla\Desktop\Alz Assoc Green-Feld Lib.htm  (Alzheimers Assocation, listed in their Green-Field Library !


14. Please provide any and all links to your book and blogs:


You can also find my book on Smashwords, Alzheimer’s Association; Green-Field Library, Alzheimer’s Organization internet site, Beezeebooks, Kindle, Self-Publishing Showcase, Indie Book Reviewers, Kindle Books,  The Daily Press newspaper--featured local author, 








~~~~~~~~ Alzheimer's Through My Mother's EyesAlzheimer's Through My Mother's Eyes by Suzette Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I seen the cover of this book, I read about it thoroughly. I liked the fact that it wasn't simply a lecture, and educational sources, and simple "this is what you need to know" book about Alzheimer's. No, it was insight. So I went to the Author and point blank asked her could I review her book, and interview her. I explained that I wanted it on my blog, because I felt it was something readers, well-- honestly everyone should know first hand. Not just hearing about Alzheimer's, but what it's truly like being the one who has it, and the one who is taking care of the person whom has it.

Then I spoke with Suzette, and she and I had a nice long talk, and opened up to one another. She agrees that people need insight, which is exactly why she wrote the book.

Enough blabbering, I suppose you want me to get to the point; right? Yes of course! On with the review already!

The kindle price of the book was perfect, under four dollars. With the insight and education you end up learning, it is well worth every cent. What made me laugh was right in the very beginning: Suzette comes across a woman escorting her own mother along. They end up briefly talking, and Suzette ends up sharing with her that she was writing a book on this kind of thing. You know, taking care of people with Alzheimer's and what it's like, and what they go through. The woman told her to finish it. It was because of this woman that Suzette did in fact finish it. If that woman also agreed that people needed insight, then there would be others!


As I read through this book, everything is true to life. Suzette kept a journal of the goings on with her Mother. A lot of it is repetitive, but that in itself is common in Alzheimer's.

I found this book very deep and soulful. I could see and feel everything, including the pain. Car accidents, annoyances in the constant phone calls, and disturbances of daily rituals. Wanting to be there for her Mother, yet wanting to take care of her own family and life at the same time.

I wish to share a quote from Suzette's book: "Alzheimer's is a cruel disease, it is a disease of the brain, it is irreversible. It is heartless and non-relenting."

Then I wish to also share what else she learned, that might be insightful to others, as it was to me: These are common signs of elderly abuse: not washing your hair or body, not eating correctly, not having clean clothes, or keeping clean. And sometimes not sleeping at all, or even on a sporadic sleeping schedule.

As I came close to the end of this book, I ended up bawling. I too, know you need to give those that are in fact dying, "permission to die" I've been there. But to read it happening to someone else. It just tore my heart out.

I was pleased to find afterwards, to find all sorts of resources for Alzheimer's at the end of this excellent and resourceful read. This book is worth every penny, and more! It's very educational, and truly gives you a first hand look at what caregivers truly go through, as well as the Alzheimer's patient as well. It's not a good place for either person.

I give this book five stars, and wish I could give it more, just for the pain that Suzette had to go through, just to write this! Thank you Suzette for taking the time to do this! God bless you!

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