The Other Side Of The Street by Eldon Farrell: The truth behind negative reviews #BookReviewers #BookBloggers #Authors #IndieAuthors

Hello Everyone!  How was your weekend?

Today, I wanted to share a post written by a fellow author and friend of mine (Eldon Farrell), discussing what goes on behind negative reviews.  

I’ve recently read posts about book bloggers getting harassed/bullied by authors and authors taking offence to negative reviews.  I feel like this is a topic that needs to receive some attention, and was so glad to learn that Eldon had written a piece on it:
As readers, we can’t like EVERY book we read, nor is it our intention not to like it.  Besides, isn’t everyone entitled to their own opinion?  Some of us may be brutally honest, but our opinions are exactly that: HONEST. 

There’s a saying:

Expect the worst, hope for the best

I think every author or anyone in general should follow this motto.  

What are thoughts? 


PNR, Urban Fantasy & Dystopian Giveaway Party

Welcome to the PNR, Urban Fantasy & Dystopian Party!

This giveaway is brought to you by 22 fabulous Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Dystopian authors!In this giveaway, EVERYONE who enters will win TWENTY-TWO FREE – EXCLUSIVE – ebooks by the sponsoring authors (to be delivered at the conclusion of the giveaway), and one GRAND PRIZE
winner will also receive a $1000 Amazon Gift Card! The Winner will be announced on April 1st at our Facebook Event. The winner will also receive an email directly.

There will ALSO be other prizes and giveaways happening at that event between now and our Grand Prize announcement! So make sure you mark yourself as attending so you don’t miss those great opportunities to win more prizes and snag more freebies!

Here’s a sneak peek from one of the sponsors: 

Numbers Game- by award-winning author Rebecca Rode


A citizen girl someone’s trying to kill. A hot military slave with a mysterious past. A dangerous game that changes everything. 

In futuristic America, everyone wears a number. Treena’s as ready for Rating Day as anyone can be—she’s a top contender in Level Three school and has a highly-rated boyfriend. But when her number is announced, it shocks everyone.

To get her life and boyfriend back, Treena must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone wants her dead. And then there’s Vance, the mysterious soldier with a haunted past and gorgeous brown eyes. Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation’s future. Treena must join up with Vance if she is to survive the dangerous game of numbers—and the terrible war that rages within her heart.

From #1 bestselling (U.S.), international bestselling (UK), & award-winning author Rebecca Rode (LUW Best YA Novel). Fans who love futuristic thrillers and dystopian sci-fi adventure stories will enjoy this action-packed mystery with a dash of romance. This is book one of the bestselling Numbers Game Saga. 

“Gripping, from beginning to end . . . a tale as action-packed as Divergent yet as introspective as The Giver. . . . Sure to be an instant classic in the genre.” 

–R.J. Craddock, author of The Children of Cain series

“Best dystopian fiction I have read since Red Queen!”

-Sheri, Reader

“WOW! I loved this story. From start to finish it was fast-paced with interesting characters.”

-Tina, Amazon Reviewer

“This book was amazing! It captivated me from page one and kept me wanting more, even at the end! It’s got the deepness of The Giver, with the excitement of the Uglies series, or the Hunger Games. It has romance, but it’s not just another love story, it really digs deep . . . I would recommend this to anyone, literally anyone.”

-Kat, Amazon Reviewer

“Better than Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies.”

–Karen Pellett, Reviewer

 Magazine: “Built on a brilliant, if grim idea, the author reveals twists and turns gradually: building interests and enthusiasm with it! The idea of a number defining your worth, and then it being exposed to everyone’s eyes is horrifying, and the breakdown readers see Treena going through illuminates that perfectly. She has been stripped of respect and Numbers Game deals equally with her inner world battlefield of discovering herself again and the outer world one of surviving. It’s balanced wonderfully. . . . Offers new things to the world of YA and there is much to look forward to in the next books.”


Favourite Books To Read Growing Up

I was a geek growing up.  Reading was my favourite thing to do and obviously still is.  I was always at the library since buying books back then was expensive, and let’s face it.. Allowance back then was SO not the same as what kids get these days.  

Now that I have get to share story time with my own kids, it got me reminiscing about my childhood favourites:

1. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

2. The Monster at the end of this book by Jon Stone

3. Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

4. The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin

5. Books by Christopher Pike

6. Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

7. Archie Comics

8. Books by V.C. Andrews

9. Books by Roald Dahl

10. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S Lewis

What was one of your favourites? What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?

One Lovely Blogger Award

A big thank you to The Purple Almond for nominating me! She blogs about food to heal your body, mind and soul.  So head on over and check it out.


1. Thank the person who nominated you & provide a link to their blog.

2. Post about the award.

3. Share 7 facts about yourself.

4. Nominate bloggers

7 Facts About Me

1.  I used to be a Dental Hygienist.

2. I have 4 kids & 3 Yorkies.

3. I’m addicted to junk food.

4. I married my hubby & partner in crime when I was 22.

5. I’ve experienced paranormal activity many times throughout my life.

6. I have a phobia of bugs.  Especially the ones that can fly. I scream like a girl..maybe cause I am one. Lol.

7. I went to an all girl high school.

So instead of listing my nominees, I’m going to open this up to everyone and would like to hear from all of you readers!

Tell me in my comments, one interesting fact about you. And…go!

The Blogger Aesthetic Award

I know it’s Monday, but here’s how I spend my lazy Sunday..

Thanks to Oran-Gutan Librarian for tagging me to do this! I had a lot of fun coming up with pictures that would best describe me and what I like/love.

The Rules

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favourite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.

My aesthetic 

Instead of coming up with a list of nominees, I’m going to leave this open to anyone who wants to participate and have a little fun.  

Tell me..or better yet, show me using pictures, things that best describe you and the things you like.  How do you spend your lazy Sundays?

Please don’t forget to tag me in your post 😊


The Blogger Recognition Award

Wow!  I’ve been nominated twice for The Blogger Recognition Award.  I want to give a big shout out and special thank you to For Tyeth & PS it’s Peri.  Please check them out when you get a chance!

The rules of this award are:

1) Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
2) Write a post to show your award

3) Give a brief story of how your blog started

4) Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers

5) Select 15 other bloggers for this award

6) Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and link to the post you created.

How it all began..

Well, since I love to read, watch TV and eat good food.  I thought it would be nice to write about these things and share my thoughts with others alike. 

My 2 cents

1) Have fun.  Blogging should be a fun outlet to jot down your thoughts.  It shouldn’t consume you or be stressful.

2) Get to know other bloggers.  It’s always nice to meet new people and get support from other bloggers.  I’ve met some pretty great bloggers so far!

My nominees..drum roll..

1) Empress DJ

2) Carries Book Reviews

3) The Tattooed Book Geek

4) Book Slayer Reads

5) Whimsy Pages

6) Random Writings On The Bathroom Wall

7) The Orang-utan Librarian

8) The Cappucino Traveler

9) Jessica Jesinghaus

10) Literary Dust

11) Crimson’s Hope

12) Fictionophile

13) Stories and Spoons

14) Fairly Literary

15) Be Like Water

Goals for 2017

With 2016 coming to an end, it got me thinking about what I want to achieve for 2017.  One of my goals was to start a second blog about family life and share it with others who are also learning to embrace the chaos.  

Thanks to For Tyeth, this blog is called Wrapped in Chaos.  Here is where I will continue to share recipes that are kid-approved, post uncensored mommy rants, include quotes of the day and more.

If your life is chaotic like mine, even if you don’t have kids, you can follow me there are well.

What are your goals for 2017? Do you have more than one blog? If so, leave your link in the comments for me to check it out 😊

Happy New Year everyone 🎉

Top 5 books on my TBR list for 2016 I never got around to 😞

This is for you Bookowly.  They weren’t necessarily published this year, but they were the books I really wanted to read but just didn’t have enough time to get to it.  Here we go:

1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo



Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

2. Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah


“What I intend to say to you will come as a shock…”
With these words, Lady Athelinda Playford — one of the world’s most beloved children’s authors — springs a surprise on the lawyer entrusted with her will. As guests arrive for a party at her Irish mansion, Lady Playford has decided to cut off her two children without a penny . . . and leave her vast fortune to someone else: an invalid who has only weeks to live.
Among Lady Playford’s visitors are two strangers: the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard. Neither knows why he has been invited — until Poirot begins to wonder if Lady Playford expects a murder. But why does she seem so determined to provoke a killer? And why — when the crime is committed despite Poirot’s best efforts to stop it — does the identity of the victim make no sense at all?
Harper Collins 

3.  The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter


With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.
Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that the extensive blood loss didn’t belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim—a woman—who has vanished . . . and who will die soon if she isn’t found.

Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city’s most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers—a man who’s already gotten away with rape, despite Will’s exhaustive efforts to put him away.  But the worst is yet to come. Evidence soon links Will’s troubled past to the case . . . and the consequences will tear through his life with the force of a tornado, wreaking havoc for Will and everyone around him, including his colleagues, family, friends—and even the suspects he pursues.

-Harper Collins 

4. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs


September 3, 1940. Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters. And only one person can help them—but she’s trapped in the body of a bird. The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom.


5. In the Woods by Tana French


When Katy Devlin, a 12-year-old girl from Knocknaree, a Dublin suburb, is found murdered at a local archeological dig, Det. Rob Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, must probe deep into the victim’s troubled family history. There are chilling similarities between the Devlin murder and the disappearance 20 years before of two children from the same neighborhood who were Ryan’s best friends. Only Maddox knows Ryan was involved in the 1984 case. The plot climaxes with a taut interrogation by Maddox of a potential suspect, and the reader is floored by the eventual identity and motives of the killer. A distracting political subplot involves a pending motorway in Knocknaree, but Ryan and Maddox are empathetic and flawed heroes, whose partnership and friendship elevate the narrative beyond a gory tale of murdered children and repressed childhood trauma. 


Have you read any of these books? If so, loved it? Hated it?  No spoilers please 😊

Is there a book you really wanted to read this year, but didn’t get a chance to?