TAG: Rapid Fire Books (Mrs. N Talks #books) #bookbloggers #amreading #IARTG #ASMSG

Rapid Fire Book Tag


Many thanks to this-is-my-truth-now for posting this tag and encouraging me to give it a chance. Please check out Jay’s blog, for he is a prolific reader/reviewer and a writer, too. He loves books and is so friendly. I highly recommend his blog. This one is the Rapid Fire Book Tag and it was originally created by GirlReading over Youtube, so be sure to stop by and check her out HERE.


Question 1: E-Book or Physical Book?

Call me old school, but I still love reading physical books. I read e-books professionally and for pleasure because, well, they’re free or 99 cents. But if I have a choice, I will always choose to read a physical book. There’s something primitive about holding a book in your hands and smelling the paper. Yes, I confess, I’m a total book sniffer.


Question 2 : Paperback or Hardback?

Hardback. Why? Honestly, they hold up better. I’ve been known to break book spines through reading a book repeatedly and the paperbacks don’t hold up like they used to.


Question 3 : Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

I will always love in-store book shopping better than online shopping. Again, it’s about the experience of browsing for books. It’s not the same browsing online. But with all the book shops closed in our corner of the world, I don’t have the luxury of spending hours in a book store. It’s a shame, really, when you think about it. I keep hoping Amazon will start opening book stores in Canada soon.


Question 4 : Trilogies or Series?

I’m a fan of series more so than trilogies. If I like a particular series, I never want it to end. I want it to go on forever, especially if the writing is good.


Question 5 : Heroes or Villains?

Call me cute but I love the villain. I love seeing just how badass he/she can be.


Question 6 : A book you want everyone to read?

You mean besides Princess of the Light? Lol! Just kidding…

Hmm, I think I everyone should read The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis. It’s a beautiful examination of the four different kinds of love: empathy, friend, romantic, spiritual. I’ve read it several times and each time, I glean new insight.


Question 7 : Recommend an underrated book?

Rise of the Prince (Pearseus #1) by Nicholas C. Rossis. A fantasy gem that is ground-breaking and will be a classic twenty years from now.


Question 8 : The last book you finished?

Rolf’s Quest by Aubrey Wynne. Review to come tomorrow.


Question 9 :The Last Book(s) You Bought?

Physical book – A Harlequin Intrigue book (can’t remember the title)

E-Book –  Resisting Nick: New Zealand friends to lovers sexy reunion romance (Wicked in Wellington Book 3) by Kris Pearson


Question 10 : Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

A candy bar wrapper, Snickers. Chocolate and reading go hand in hand.


Question 11 : Used Books: Yes or No?

Yes! I love used books and have discovered many new-to-me authors through used book stores.


Question 12 : Top Three Favorite Genres?

Historical Romance

Romantic Comedy

Romantic Suspense


Question 13 : Borrow or Buy?

Always buy. I’ve only ever borrowed physical books from the library.


Question 14 : Characters or Plot?

Characters will always drive the plot. For me, the plot can be similar from book to book but the characters are what makes each book unique.


Question 15 : Long or Short Books?

I used to love long books but as my free time gets shorter and shorter, I prefer short or shorter books.


Question 16 : Long or Short Chapters?

A chapter’s length doesn’t really matter to me. Long, short and in between… all that matters is that they break at the appropriate time. Nothing gets me madder than the chapter ending in the middle of scene.


Question 17 : Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie

Only a Hero Will Do by Alanna Lucas (need to write up a review)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (umm, don’t ask – tummy rumbles)


Question 18 : Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

Laugh – Shopaholic series, anything by D. E. Haggerty, Julie Kent

Cry – The Du Lac Devil by Mary Anne Yarde, The Time Travellers Wife, 18 Reasons


Question 19 : Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Fictional Worlds, hands down. Today’s world is so violent and filled with hate so I escape through fiction.


Question 20 : Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Not really. I used to do audiobooks when I commuted to work but since I work from home now, I much prefer to read than listen.


Question 21 : Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

You bet! I love book covers and have bought books based on the cover alone. Sometimes it comes back to bite me in the bum but I can’t resist a cover that whets my appetite.


Question 22 : Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Either one. As a rule, the adaptations are far inferior to reading the book. Inevitably, scenes and characters get cut and it’s a shame.


Question 23 : A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

Pride and Prejudice (BBC adaptation with Colin Firth and Jennifer Erle)


Question 24 : Series or Standalone?

I much-prefer standalone. I’m a voracious reader and I love entering a new world with each book. Occasionally, I enjoy a series but as a rule, I prefer standalones. I like the trend right now of standalones with returning characters. It’s the blend of the two and I love it.


I’m not going to tag anyone but if you feel like it, please take a few moments and answer the questions. Book bloggers, authors, reviewers, c’mon and take part!  I had a blast with it. Of course, as many of you know, I love talking about books and reading. 😊


#FridayReads: Aaden BlueStar by @authorGaughan #YA #scifi #bookreview

Aaden Bluestar


Title: Aaden BlueStar: The Awakening (Aaden BlueStar series Book 1)

Author: David Gaughan

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction


Book Blurb:

At fifteen, Aaden Greene is imbued with extraordinary powers after a freak incident. Astounded by his powerful abilities he’s also confused by the terrifying vision of the monstrous apparition that appears before him at the time of his metaphysical awakening. Struggling to blend his ordinary life with visions of other lifetimes in extraterrestrial realms, he discovers his connection with an ET who has come to save our world. What amazes him most is the connection between the charismatic E.T. with whom he has been closely connected throughout the ages and his father, a Senator running for President on an environmental ticket. With each heart-pounding moment, the ensuing battle between the extraterrestrial BlueStar Beings and the formidable entity of Aaden’s earlier vision requires them to join forces to combat that negative energy. With an environmental backlash, the future of Earth and the survival of the human race depend on their success.


My Review:

In a flash of lightning, fifteen-year-old Aaden’s life is forever changed. Climbing a tree trying to get a prized baseball, Aaden gets struck by lightning. His friends worry but by some miracle, he’s not dead. Instead, he’s awakened latent powers and scary visions. His powers come in handy at school and home but trying to appear “normal” gets harder and harder.


Meanwhile, there’s an extraterrestrial war taking place just north of Earth, somewhere near Mars. A dark force is trying to infiltrate Earth and it’s up to the Bluestar beings to stop it. But they need help to avoid this environmental disaster so they call on Aaden and his family. The future of Earth is in their hands. Can Aaden use his natural abilities and skills to defeat the enemy or is the fate of humanity doomed?


I really loved this unique science fiction book. Who knew that lightning could “awaken” alien powers? Aaden and his friends are portrayed realistically yet in modern times. I loved the extraterrestrial dynamics and politics which added to the believability of the plot. Filled with all kinds of action, dramatic tension and meaningful messages, this is a fantastic read! While I found the environmental sub-plot a tad heavy-handed, it made sense considering the rest of the story.


I highly recommend this book to ages 12 and up for complexity of the English language as well as situations. Both teens and adults will enjoy this clean science fiction adventure.


Favorite Character: Aaden. He’s such a delightful character to read. His witty nature and honest inner thoughts make him come alive off the page. I enjoyed the way he dealt with his school rival (not quite a bully but close). Someone who anyone can relate to and a joy to read.


Favorite Quote: “There’s power in numbers,” said Adam. “The more people with the same positive thought, the more powerful the effect.”


My Rating:  4.5 stars


Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Aaden-BlueStar-Awakening-Book-ebook/dp/B00RIMSS6G

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32141790-aaden-bluestar


Author Biography:

Born on the same day and month as Mark Twain, this Sagittarius has always been the explorer, not only in world travel pursuits but also alternative fringe subjects.


Having climbed the Great Pyramid of Cheops (and getting arrested doing so), some of his other world experiences included riding camels in the Sahara Desert, white-water rafting at the top of the Ganges river, fire walking on a weekend retreat, hot air ballooning in the Cappadocia Region in Turkey and visiting ashrams in Northern India. Much of David’s overseas travel has been fueled by his keen interest in metaphysical subjects. In his earlier years he witnessed, along with three other people, a sighting of a UFO mother ship and four smaller craft, and that was the catalyst for him to research that subject, also in connection with established world viewpoints and how ancient prophecies might hold the clue to our past and future. Having had close friends and relatives affected by ill health, David’s writing incorporates a wide variety of subjects, from natural healing techniques and alternative living guidelines through to fictional works for both young and older readers, his writing influenced by the rich tapestry of life experiences.


Social Media Links:

Twitter http://www.twitter.com/authorGaughan

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13428937.David_Gaughan

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KDZKOM


Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Forever Fit and Flexible: Feeling Fabulous at 50 and Beyond by @CherylIlov #bookreview #health



Title: Forever Fit and Flexible: Feeling Fabulous at Fifty and Beyond

Author: Cheryl L. Ilov

Genre: Health and Wellness, Fitness, Exercise


Book Blurb:

Do you believe getting older means losing health and vitality?


Here is your path to feeling youthful and vibrant. Imagine starting each day with a spring in your step. Envision liking what you see in the full-length mirror before you get dressed. Now visualize that you can engage in any activity with strength, grace, and confidence.


In Forever Fit and Flexible Cheryl Ilov provides a program that will help you create this and more. Her movement lessons provide the building blocks to better posture, core strength, flexibility, balance, and functional strength. As you develop a solid physical foundation, you will also:


  • eliminate chronic pain

  • improve injury-related mobility issues

  • experience increased energy

  • develop mindful self-awareness and a positive mindset

  • … and much more!


Cheryl Ilov combined her extensive training in Pilates, Feldenkrais, martial arts, and ballet with her MS degree in physical therapy to create this advanced movement program. It was through her personal experience of chronic pain, fatigue, and injuries that she perfected her program and is now dedicated to helping others achieve the best quality of life possible, regardless of age or current level of function.


Forever Fit and Flexible offers you the possibility of living with a new sense of energy and vitality as you move into your fifties, sixties, seventies, and beyond. Once you get moving, you’ll want to keep moving.


My Review:

Many people are looking for ways to improve their health and live longer. Some use medications while others, like myself and Cheryl Ilov use exercise to stay young. Interested? Keep reading…


Forever Fit and Flexible is an approachable, tell-it-like-it-is manual on how to stay young and vibrant, no matter how many birthdays have passed. Using her own experiences and knowledge, Ilov shows us know easy it is. Starting when she was young, Ilov details how she came to become a healthier person. I kept nodding my head as I read because I went through the same thing.


Each chapter lays out how you can stop chronic pain, gain strength, live healthy and be on the road to success. Ilov peppers solid advice and techniques with her own experiences so you know she speaks the truth.


I’ve read a lot of diet/weight-loss/healthy living books in my life but this is the first one where I connected on every level with the author. Forever Fit and Flexible is like having a personal trainer with you without having to deal with judgement and ridicule. I only wish there was illustrations/photos included.


If you’re looking for ways to get rid of chronic pain and show your body who’s boss, get this book! Makes a great gift, too.


Favorite Quote:

“It’s important, therefore, to be mindful of the company you keep. Negative people can weigh you down and even undermine your efforts to be physically, mentally and emotionally healthy.”


My Rating:  4.5 stars


Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Forever-Fit-Flexible-Feeling-Fabulous-ebook/dp/B01IPY60KG

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30901577-forever-fit-and-flexible


Author Biography:

Cheryl Ilov has always been drawn to health and wellness, the biological sciences, and movement arts, including classical ballet. She began her professional life as a respiratory therapist, and after seventeen years of practice, she returned to school and earned her master’s degree in physical therapy in 1996.


Cheryl discovered The Pilates Method in 1983, and once she began working as a physical therapist, she made the connection that Pilates presented a wonderful tool to help people of all ages recover from injuries and illnesses. She immediately began applying the principles of Pilates to her patients to improve their quality of life and level of function. In 1999, she founded Ilov Integrated Arts, specializing in Pilates-based rehabilitation.


Cheryl had her first experience with The Feldenkrais Method® in 2000. She began the required four-year training program to become a Feldenkrais practitioner in February 2006 and graduated in November 2009. During Cheryl’s remarkable journey of learning, healing, and self-discovery, she also discovered a martial art called Ninpo Tai Jutsu. She fell in love with the art and the training as well as the powerful connection between Feldenkrais and martial arts and their incredible healing power.


Cheryl has dedicated her life to helping others achieve the best quality of life possible. Having personally experienced the anxiety of dealing with chronic pain, stress, and fatigue, she also understands the frustration of feeling out of control, gaining weight, and struggling to find a healthy, effective way to recover after devastating injuries. Cheryl has integrated her education, experience, and expertise to develop a program for people, regardless of their age or current level of function. It is her firm belief that anyone can be fit, flexible, healthy, vibrant, and energetic in their fifties, sixties, seventies, and beyond.


Social Media Links:

Website http://ilovintegratedarts.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/CherylIlov

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/IlovIntegratedArtsLlc/?ref=page_internal


Reviewed by: Mrs. N

No Tricks Just Treats on POTL Blog #POTLReads #books #authors



Happy October from Mr. N and Mrs. N! October is one of our favourite months and we thought it would be fun to dedicate 31 days to books and authors. No tricks, we promise.

Are you looking for new books and authors to discover?

You’ve come to the right spot! All month long, we’ll be featuring books and authors from all genres. We’re also chatting about it on Twitter. So feel free to tag #POTLReads and tell us what you’re reading, authors to binge-read or anything book-related.

If you missed a post, all you have to do is click on the smiling pumpkin graphic on the upper left side.

Authors, want to be featured this month? Send us an email and we can schedule you: nnlight@outlook.com 

Happy Reading!!!

N. N. Light

Friday Book Round-Up Celebrates #Romance with 31 #FridayReads! #MFRWAuthor

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round Up. August is Read a Romance month and I, for one, couldn’t be more thrilled. I love all kinds of romance and I feel it doesn’t get the respect it deserves. So, I have compiled thirty-one romances to read and no, you don’t have to read them all in August. Some are new releases and some are older but each one is fantastic and they have all been featured here on the POTL blog. Here they are in no particular order:


Little Beginnings by Iris Blobel

3D-Little Beginnings


Songbird by Sydney Logan


Abducted: Alien Mate Index Book 1 by Evangeline Anderson


Good Girl Overboard by Denise Swanson


Waltzing with the Earl by Alanna Lucas


Cowboy in Charge by Barbara White Daille

Cowboy in Charge


Touched by Abbey MacMunn


One Night in Laguna by Melissa Keir


Navy Blues by Julie B Cosgrove


MacLaren’s Bride by Debra Dier



The Wrong Sister by Kris Pearson


Hard Days Knight: Storm Lake East Book 1 by Livia Quinn


Star Cruise: Outbreak by Veronica Scott


Desert Sheikh vs American Princess (Jewels of the Desert Book 2) by Teresa Morgan


The Guardian’s Witch by Ruth A. Casie



Mystic’s Touch by Dena Garson


The Scottish Diamond: A Romantic Suspense Novella by Helena Fairfax


Postmarked Ever After by Mary L. Ball


All Aboard by Samna Ghani


The Romantic by Felix Alexander


Threaded Through Time (Book One) by Sarah Ettritch





Lethal Game (Book Two of Biological Response Team series) by Julie Rowe


Radio Rose, Change of Heart Cowboys by Stephanie Berget


One More Second Chance by Jana Richards


Rest Thy Head by Elaine Cantrell



The Adventures of Cole and Perry by Amanda C. Stone


Kissed (My Once and Future Love Revisited #1) by Carla Krae


The Highland Lass by Rosemary Gemmell


The Rebel’s Redemption (Wounded Hearts #2) by Jacquie Biggar



Planting the Seeds of Love: A Novella by N. N. Light


Have any romance book(s) you’d like to recommend? Share in the comments below.


Happy Reading!


MRS N, Book Addict

Book Recommendations: Friday Book Round-Up #amreading #books

Friday Book Round Up

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! In honor of hard-working authors everywhere, I am going to list 10 of my favorite books this year. So grab your favorite beverage plus a pen (you’ll want to write these down) and read on.

These are my favorite science fiction/fantasy books so far this year:

Death Wish by Megan Tayte– This book is not only for readers who love to read Young Adult but it appeals to everyone. It’s filled with mystery, loss, family grief, falling in love and discovering who you are.

Beginning of a Hero by Charles Yallowitz– If you are looking for a great fantasy series to sink your teeth into, look no further. The Legends of Windemere is fantasy at its best: a relatable hero, villains galore and a fast-moving plot. Charles just published book seven in the series.

The Power of Six by Nicholas Rossis– This set of science fiction short stories is a real gem. I loved the themes of reality and if we can trust our senses running through them and I highly recommend it.

An Elfy on the Loose by Barb Caffrey– This is a delightful book that will appeal to all those who loved Harry Potter. Barb Caffrey weaves together multi-layered characters(including Bruno, Sarah, Roberto and Dennis the Dark Elf), magic, elfs, humans and the ultimate adventure: falling in love.

How to Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser– The author weaves a story so intoxicating I didn’t want it to end. The characters were complex yet so real I could touch them. I cried when I read the last word and I can’t wait for the sequel (due out October 2015)! If you love magic/paranormal, you have to read this book!

These are my favorite mystery/suspense books so far this year:

The Rebel’s Redemption by Jacquie Biggar– If you love a good story and want to be taken away on a suspenseful journey, pick up this book immediately!

Perfectly Pickled #4 Mina Kitchen Mysteries by Lizz Lund– All in all, Perfectly Pickled is perfectly delightful. It was a quick read and Lizz Lund has a rare gift for comedy. The one-liners are sprinkled throughout the dialogue and there were many times when I would laugh out loud. Who knew that there was such a thing as mortuary humor? If you like cozy mysteries and/or looking for a funny story, you have to pick up this book!

IT Can Be Dangerous by Ita Ryan– I love mysteries and this debut from Ita Ryan is superb! She kept me guessing until the very end and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Cynthia is a fabulous amateur detective and I want more!!!

Meow if it’s Murder Nick and Nora Mysteries #1 by T. C. LoTempio– What a great read! The main character is named after a character from the Thin Man movies and she was fun, quirky and had a great sense of humor. I loved the cat as her sidekick too! If you love cozy mysteries, give this one a try.

The Stranger by Harlan Coben– A brand new thriller by my favorite suspense author and it is bone-chilling! A stranger comes to town and whispers a secret into someone’s ear. Before anyone can stop him, he’s gone. Who is he? What is his purpose? No one knows, least of all Adam Price. Outstanding book and one that still is with me.

Do you have a book you’re reading now or have just read? Share in the comments below. If you want to be included in next week’s Book Round-Up, send me the title, author, why you recommend it and a social media link to: nnlight@outlook.com before Thursday afternoon. 

Happy Reading!