Another New Life Blog Tour and Review!

ANLBlogTour Title: Another New Life
Author: Sydney Aaliyah Michelle
Publication Date: June 2, 2014
New Adult Contemporary Romance
**This book contains adult subject matter. Not intended for young readers.**

Miranda Preston is a walking contradiction. Beautiful on the outside, but, insecure, haunted and damaged on the inside. Despite these contradictions, she’s ready to start Another New Life.
When her talent wins her a piano scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, Miranda arrives on campus determined to experience everything college has to offer and to keep her secrets in the past where they belong.
An easy task, until the first guy who catches her eye happens to be someone, she’s known all her life.
Eight years have passed since the last time Miranda and Troy saw each other. He reminds her of the best and worst times of her life, but she can’t think about one without dwelling on the other. As they grow closer, every day their attraction reminds them they are no longer kids.
The epic romantic love story that is Miranda and Troy seems to be destined for a happy ending, but Miranda knows it’s only a matter of time before her secret is discovered. A secret that will not only destroy their relationship, it will destroy Troy, too.

Can Miranda focus on her future with Troy while preventing her past from tearing them apart all over again?

Good morning bloggers! I’m part of a wonderful blog tour helping to promote the lovely Sydney Aaliyah Michelle’s new book, Another New Life, which is set to be released on June 2nd.  AnotherNewLifeCoverAs you all know, I love to read. 🙂 In addition to taking part in the cover reveal a couple of weeks ago, I’m also taking part in the blog tour by posting a review of Another New Life right here on my blog. Please be advised that I received an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review. I try hard not to do spoilers in any of my reviews.

I gave ANL Four out of Five Stars ****/*****

I enjoyed this book from the beginning; the tension was obvious to me when Miranda took that first phone call from her parents that she needed to be away. Her starting school at UT was supposed to be a new beginning for her. She was leaving behind a past that was haunting her and had damaged her throughout her teenage years. She befriends her Southern belle roommate Darcy and a couple of other girls, and they have their own little circle.

It’s during her first day of Calculus that Miranda notices the ‘perfect guy’ walk into class. He was the star quarterback, but he looked familiar. It turned out that he was her best friend from when they were very young, Troy. After the initial shock of recognition, they meet-up after class for coffee and reminiscing.

They talk about how Miranda’s parents  moved away eight years earlier and how upset they’d been. Now that they were both ‘grown’, there was an immediate attraction, and they began to date. Miranda stressed their new relationship constantly because she wasn’t ready to tell Troy some of the secrets of her past because she knew they would crush him. There were times when Miranda would zone out and Troy would sense that something was off and was completely understanding and didn’t push her at all.

I loved the fact that Miranda’s story comes out little by little throughout the book. There’s no info dump at the beginning that leaves me wondering, “What just happened?” I loved that Troy’s character remained, for the most part (no spoilers) a good guy who was looking out for the best interests of his once best friend and now ‘girlfriend’.

Aside from some minor grammatical errors (don’t go by me, I could have had an uncorrected proof, I’d have to check), overall I definitely recommend this as a to be read.







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Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a New Adult Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who
Sydney has been blogging at for three years, where she interviews people about their tattoos, discusses her favorite movie quotes, reviews books (New Adult & only the ones she loves) and journals about her writing and editing process. Hails from Texas. After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.
Sydney’s self-published début New Adult novel, Another New Life will be available June 2014. An active tweeter, she is also a JuNoWriMo (2x) and NaNoWriMo (2x) winners who notes the sci-fi action flick “The Matrix” as the best representation of her life in the past. She is blessed to be awake now and doing what she loves.

Legends of Windemere Blog Tour!

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Legends of Windemere: Family of the Tri-Rune has Arrived!!!

Buy it Here for $2.99!

Book Blurb:

The magical adventure continues after Luke Callindor and his friends recover from their battles in Haven.

Nyx still has nightmares about casting the genocide spell in Hero’s Gate. Every night her heart is gripped by the sensation of hundreds of goblins dying by her magic. By the request of Lord Highrider and Duke Solomon, she is returning to fix the damage she caused. With Luke Callindor and Sari by her side, Nyx is ready to face the vengeful goblins and opportunistic thieves that plague Hero’s Gate. Yet, there is a darker threat that was born from her violated magic: The Krypters.

It is another action-packed, character driven story that will reveal one of our heroes has been lied to for their entire life.

Wondering what you’re in for? Check out the praise earned by the first three installments of this high fantasy series.

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Review Excerpts for Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero:

“I greatly enjoyed the vivid characters, the gripping plot, and the refreshingly unique writing style (present tense). ” – kdillmanjones

“One of the things that won me over was the bouts of humor. Especially in the beginning. “This is not possible! I am a Paladin!” I thought I was going to die with delight.” – C.N. Faust

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Review Excerpts for Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower:

“Nyx is such a strong personality. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her and more of the other characters, new and already known, with the rich tapestry of Windemere unfolding in between intense actions scenes and moments of kindness and budding friendships.” – Danielle Taylor

“Almost like the Harry Potter series. The books start out so young and innocent, but by the last book – watch out!” — Momto4Booklover

Cover by Jason Pedersen

Cover by Jason Pedersen

Review Excerpts for Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies:

“One of the things I love most about this series are all the characters! They are developed so well that I feel like I know them personally. Even the newly introduced characters fit in immediately.” – BarbBookWorm

“Let’s talk about action. The author creates interesting action sequences with believable use of fantasy elements. He is very creative. There are also good sections where the characters stretch out and we get to know them better.” – Donald L. Mitchell “Music Lover”

Charles author photo B&WAuthor Biography:

Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere. He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you and his wife is happy he finally has someone else to play with.


Twitter- @cyallowitz

IWSG For March – Time For Spring Cleaning

Hidey-ho all my blogger buddies! Guess what. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means! It’s time for my posting for The Insecure Writer’s Support Group #IWSG which was founded by the incredible Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, our resident Sci-fi master, author extraordinaire, and all around in-house celebrity nice guy. InsecureWritersSupportGroupThe purpose of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is give all writers a safe haven where they can express their doubts, concerns and insecurities without fear of appearing weak or foolish. We can even celebrate our triumphs and successes!

Posting is the first Wednesday of every month and you post your thoughts on your own blog. It is an awesome group to be a part of and I have been a proud member since I started blogging last year. If you are interested in becoming a member of our élite group of insecure writers, please click on the image and you will be transported to the #IWSG site where you can add your name to the list. This is a blog hop, so whenever you post, make sure you visit other insecure writers and offer them support as well.

This month’s  #IWSG co-hosts are: 

I’d like to thank our co-hosts for doing an amazing job this month!

I’ve been very busy these past few weeks. I was extremely proud to share my NaNoWriMo win on my December post for the IWSG. Um, yeah. Out of those 50,091 words or so, I’ve probably chucked about a quarter so far and will probably dump more before I’m done. Kind of like the Spring cleaning I’m going to be doing shortly; packing away the winter stuff and bringing out the warm weather wear… Hey, I can dream!!

Mind you, the work is nowhere near complete, but I guess Ernest Hemingway was right, “The first draft of anything is shit.” Aside from the fact that I had a bunch of useless junk in it, I also noticed that while I was reading it, my POV has a tendency to shift every so often, which is frustrating as hell. It’s bad enough that I have to really focus on what I’m doing so I don’t wander, but every so often I go from third person to first and don’t even realize it until I’m in the middle of reading the story; makes me want to pull my hair out. I’ve really got to get a grip on POV. Sometimes I feel like a toddler trying to swim in the big kids pool.

I’ll admit that while I haven’t been able to write or blog most of December through the better part of February, I was able to get in a lot of reading; not only novels that I’d like to review, but books on the craft of writing as well. I bought another copy of Stephen King’s On Writing, the original I misplaced long ago, and The Elements of Style, which is turning out to be a priceless tool for me. I’ve also been doing some research and looking at various writers resources because I know that I have weaknesses now that were not present before my hemorrhage, mainly focus, attention and memory.

My one promise to myself this New Years was that I would self-publish something and it would be good. It may not be a novel, but I will be happy with a short story or a novella. I think I’ve put so much pressure on myself to be the person I was before, and truth be told, I will never be the person I was before. I’m not going to look at it as a bad thing though. The things I used to take for granted before, I don’t anymore. So it’ll take me longer to finish my works and that’s OK. I’ll make sure I have good people behind me reviewing and editing them so when I do finally put out my project, it will be something I can be proud of.

I’m just curious, does anyone else have a lot of trouble with POV? A little is understandable, but I seem to be all over the place at times. I do know that first drafts of anything are always bad, but if almost half your manuscript is unusable, isn’t that worse than bad? I’d appreciate the truth on this, gently, of course.  🙂

That being said, that’s all I have for this month’s post for The Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Please feel free to comment and if you are interested in being a part of this phenomenal group, as I stated earlier, just click on the image above to join.

Until next post, Ciao!

Grab This While You Can!

I promised myself at the beginning of this year that I would read as many genres as I could. I’ve really started getting into fantasy. I’ve never really been into the genre before this year. To date, I’ve read about four or five different novels. One of my favorites is Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero, Book 1 by Charles Yallowitz. I bought it on Amazon for my Kindle about a month ago and fell in love with the storyline and Charles’ writing style. His rich and in-depth descriptions of the characters and environment had me feeling as if I were there with Luke and his friends.(Note to Melissa: Me love Fizzle too!) I loved every minute of this story. The reason I bring this up is because Legends is ON SALE now through Amazon for .99 and you should grab it while you can! I don’t know how long it will be on sale, so OMG, don’t dilly dally forever!  🙂 It was worth every penny I paid for it and then some… I’m oh so patiently waiting for the next in the series.

legends-of-windemereJust click on his cover to be transported over to the book page.  What better time to help a fellow writer/author/blogger out?

Until next time!


Don’t You Hate It When…

You’re told it’s going to be so hot and humid that you need to be prepared to sweat like a pig? Uh, not so much today. It’s cold and it’s raining where I am. So much for that; which means that my pain level is pretty high today, but I’m still chugging along.

Before my bleed, I spent over a decade working as an Emergency Medical Technician, which required a keen attention to detail and multi-tasking skills. I had to. Sometimes, people’s lives depended on the actions I took or did not take. I was all about “saving lives and making a difference”. I look back now, with sadness sometimes, knowing that I will never be able to work on an ambulance again.

But on some level, it’s OK. While I may no longer be saving lives, I still, in my own way, am trying to make a difference. I want to make a difference for myself and for other fledgling writers who are testing the waters, trying to find out where we go from here.

I recently got my doctor ordered ERMI shoulder flexionator machine, which helps the movement of my left shoulder. I use it regularly in addition to my physical therapy. It’s in what used to be the home office. It’s a hideous contraption; looks like some sort of miniature torture device. Now I just basically work out of my room with my laptop, Kindle and Android phone side by side. (Gotta keep working on the multi-tasking skills!)

I’ve finally learned to some degree how to use bitly; although I won’t punish any of you right now by sending you all to Neverland accidentally. I still arm wrestle with WordPress because I still have problems getting to know some of the concepts of making my page looking the way I’d like it to. Keep checking. It’ll get there eventually. As always, when needed, I fall back on my mentors Marilyn Parel and Ashley Barron, who have always supported me since I started on Twitter and my Blog.

Anyway, I have just a few more resources I’d like to share with you all today. I write when I can sit at the computer and research on my Kindle when I have to stand. God, I love technology. As you all know by now, occasionally my focus is a bit off, and I apologize if I repeated any of these. I don’t think I have though.


  • Create Your Own Website Using WordPress (free on Amazon)
  • Guide to Choosing a Self-Publishing Service 2013 (Kindle Edition, $4.97 on Amazon) Authors: Ben Galley, Mick Rooney, Editor: Orna Ross, Intro: Victoria Strauss.  *The Guide gives you skills and info to comparison shop for services and warns you of dangers, who and what to look out for. Info from ALLi (Alliance of Independent Authors) and Writers Beware!.* I’ve already purchased and downloaded the book, but have NOT read it yet. I will be sure to pass along any valuable info I have learned.
  • The Emotion Thesaurus-A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression (Kindle Edition, 4.99 on Amazon), by Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman. From the description: “One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character’s emotions to the reader in a unique and compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by exploring seventy-five emotions and listing possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each”.  I bought this book a while ago and it has been priceless for me. I don’t know what I’d do without it. It certainly helps me when I find myself occasionally at a loss for a word or two.

###A NOTE TO ALL MY READERS: I would just like to say that the only reason I mention Amazon and their pricing is that I am a Kindle owner and obtain all my books from them. I am not at all familiar with the Nook or any other reading device but am sure these same titles are available from other sellers. This is in no way a push for Amazon.###


These blogs have also been helpful to me and I particularly enjoy reading them.

  1. Maggie Madly Writing here on WP (
  2. Melissa Janda here on WP (
  4. The Blabbermouth-Linda P. Epstein here on WP (

That’s all for today fellow bloggers. I hoped I helped a few people, or even just ONE. 🙂 I will continue to write, research, recover, and win the battle with WordPress! Anyone willing to help me out, I would appreciate it so much! If you will notice, some of my older posts had some pictures above them; now I’ve forgotten how I did it. Any feedback would be appreciated. Email me directly at THANK YOU ALL and have a great rest of the day.