Category: Blog Tour

Publication Day Push: 365 Days of Gratitude Journal by Mariëlle S. Smith

Today I am sharing my review as a part of the Publication Day Push for 365 Days of Gratitude Journal by Mariëlle S. Smith.  This is a different type of review for me as I am not one to journal, but I can really see how this one will help others who are wanting to improve their gratitude in life.

Journal Description:

‘Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.’ –Rumi

Being grateful is easy…

…when everything goes according to plan.

But how do you keep at it no matter what life throws at you?

Enter 365 Days of Gratitude, the undated daily journal that will help you stay on track.

After years of barely surviving her own emotional minefield, writing coach Mariëlle S. Smith discovered the transformative power of practising gratitude. But, like no one else, she knows that cultivating an attitude of gratitude is easier said than done.

Complete with inspiring quotes, daily prompts, and recurring check-ins, the 365 Days of Gratitude Journal encourages you to create a sustainable gratitude practice too.

Ready to commit to the life-changing power of gratitude? Order your copy of the 365 Days of Gratitude Journal now.

365 Days of Gratitude Journal
Author: Mariëlle S. Smith

445 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: August 30, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Today’s review is different for me as this is not a book, but a journal; It is a journal on gratitude and how to improve your feelings and let your gratitude become sustainable in your entire life.  Life can become so busy that we often lose sight of many things and one of those things can be gratitude. Smith wants you to focus on each day of the year and what you were grateful for that day, week, past three months, even by the end of the year! 

There are daily prompts, quotes, and more for each day throughout the whole year!  This does not have to be started on January 1st, it can be started at anytime as you write in each day. Smith even gives you Day 366 just in case you are working on your gratitude on a Leap Year! 

I enjoyed the layout of the pages for each day, as I am visual and it works well for me!  I reviewed a PDF and not a physical copy, so I hope the space for each ‘bubble’ is big enough for those who write larger! At the end of every three months Smith wants you to look back at the previous three months and how you improved.

I can see as the year progresses that one who chooses to journal about their gratitude and outlook on life will both improve. Doing this journal each day would not take much time, maybe 15 minutes to give yourself time to reflect on your day.   For the one who journals and is seriously dedicated to do this daily, I am sure they will become more grateful and have a much improved lease on life! 

Purchase Links:

**Get 50% off the printable PDF until September 6, 2020 with the following discount code: HAPPYLAUNCH. **Go to https://mswordsmith.nl/365daysofgratitude or https://payhip.com/b/Hld2 to claim your copy.

Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Mariëlle S. Smith is a coach for writers and other creatives, an editor, and a (ghost) writer. Early 2019, she moved to Cyprus, and island in the Mediterranean Sea, where she organises private writer’s retreats, is inspired 24/7, and feeds more stray cats than she can count.

Contact Mariëlle:
Instagram:
@mariellessmith
YouTube

 

Blog Tour: The Secret Letters by Taryn Leigh

Today I am sharing my review as a part of the blog tour for The Secret Letters by Taryn Leigh. The cover of this one is just gorgeous! 

Book Description:

RACHEL, saved from an attack twelve years before by a faceless stranger, never got to thank him, never knew his name.

Despite the devastation she chose to rise above it to help others from their pain by becoming a psychologist…. Her only issue now is that she’s an expert at fixing everyone else’s problems, and blind to her own.

After a long relationship with her boyfriend WILL starts to go south, she turns to her best friend AMELIA for guidance.

Suddenly her world is turned upside down when tragedy strikes and she’s left with no one to comfort her but Will’s rude older brother RUARI.

Paralyzed by fear, she struggles to take grip of her life, until the day when anonymous letters begin to appear from the stranger who saved her twelve years before.

The Secret Letters
Author: Taryn Leigh

Published: August 9, 2020
241 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: July 24-August 1, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

The Secret Letters This is one that covers a lot of themes: romance, various relationships, trauma and survival, unfaithfulness, with a little bit of mystery thrown in.  It is also a fictional tale based on a real life attack.

Twelve years ago Rachel was attacked and then saved by an unknown person.  In the aftermath she begins to receive letters from her ‘hero’ to try to help her to come to grips with what happened  and help her heal.  He never makes himself known to her and eventually the letters stop.

Since surviving the attack, twelve years has passed and Rachel has become a psychiatrist and truly wants to help others face their issues. She has a boyfriend of 11 years and lately things have become stagnant.  She also meets an older gentleman she wants to help named Mr. Lemon. His story is just as important as Rachel’s and takes shape in the novel as well.  There was just something about the two of them that resonated with me.  I adored him and need a Mr. Lemon in my life!

Then tragedy happens to Rachel a second time and her life is turned upside down again for a variety of reasons…. Then the letters start coming again.

This is a novel that covers so much emotion and you cannot help but become fully invested in the story.  I did figure out who the mystery letter writer was at relatively early on, but that did not take away the enjoyment of the novel.  I just sat back and enjoyed the story and waited to see how Rachel would react to everything.

The story is based out of South Africa where Leigh is from and she is very descriptive in her writing; she makes you feel like you actually are in South Africa:  I would love to see a zebra in the ‘real world’ living its life like a deer does here in Georgia!

This is a powerful read that deals with very heavy subjects that are difficult to handle, but also about overcoming those tragedies.  Add a little bit of mystery and a sweet and possible developing romance and you just about have everything covered!

This is one I definitely recommend.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Taryn Leigh is a South African Author, who spent her childhood with her nose buried in books. Her love for reading transpired into her ambition to become an Author.

Taryn Leigh’s first book, Perfect Imperfections, is available in Paperback, eBook and AudioBook. She lives in Pretoria with her husband and son.

Contact Taryn:
Website
Instagram:@tarynleighbooks
Twitter: @tarynleighbook

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Blog Tour: I Love You Too, Daddy by Shervin Jamali

Today I am sharing my review as a part of the blog tour for I Love You Too, Daddy by Shervin Jamali.  This novella was just released this week, is a short one at just 80 pages, and as of now has made my top read of the year!

Novella Description:

A young man hears a voice, compelling him to write the story of his life.

About a father, and brother, he adores. And perhaps a mother, who got lost in the shuffle. But there’s so much more. The voice convinces him others might benefit from his tale. That they too could overcome loss as a result.

So Jason writes his emotional journey.

I Love You Too, Daddy
Author: Shervin Jamali
Published: July 14, 2020
80 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: July 3-4, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Shervin Jamali is a ‘new to me’ author for 2020 and he did it again with another 5 star review! (the first for me was Remember) I plan to read all of his novels, and I Love You Too, Daddy is his newest and as of right now it is my top read of 2020!

This is a review where I don’t think I can give the novel the kudos it deserves. You will just have to read it. I Love You Too, Daddy is a fictional memoir of Jason and his life.   This is one everyone should read as it deals with loss due to death and everyone has lost someone precious to them.  The loss of someone precious can leave life-long emotions.  Myself, I lost my dad at 19, so I expected to cry while reading. I can say I didn’t but came close: I mean, look at the title of the memoir!  Jamali captures those feelings of loss perfectly through Jason’s memoir.

Through the short chapters that give Jason’s age at the start, we see Jason grow up.  The novella is brief at just 80 pages and can be read very quickly.  You are fully invested in Jason’s life as he narrates.  And be on the lookout for Michael who makes appearances in all of Jamali’s novels.

The only disclaimer I can give is that if you have recently lost someone and your grief is still fresh I would not read this right away unless you want a good ugly cry, which you might actually need.

If you have not read anything by Jamali, do look into his books.  They are only .99 on kindle! They are well worth the price.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Shervin Jamali has been writing for as long as he can remember as he had so many stories “locked away” but it wasn’t until he completed the first draft of ‘The Devil’s Lieutenant’ (2016) that he decided to turn his writings into books. His books are the perfect outlet for his daytime job as an IT consultant and he looks forward to the day he will be a full-time writer.

After having lived in sunny Florida, Shervin Jamali now resides in Knoxville, Tennessee. In his spare time, Shervin likes to put together jigsaw puzzles whilst contemplating plots for his next book.

Contact Shervin:
Twitter @ShervinJamali
Amazon Author Page

 

Books by Shervin Jamali:
I Love You Too, Daddy
Insaniam
Remember 
The Devil’s Lieutenant
Escape from Hell

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