March 31, 2012

Review of “It’s Only Natural”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , at 11:51 pm by Christine Rice

It’s Only Natural by C.M. Truxler is a collection of poetry written with the theme of nature. Every poem speaks positively of the simple beauties found in rural surroundings. The poems are distinct and like short stories about various wonders of the natural world.

I smiled while reading It’s Only Natural. The words and language are flowing and poetic, and the poems reflect beauty. While reading this book of poetry I was gently guided to various parts of the world where I got to experience the beauty of life and the environment.

I recommend It’s Only Natural for its beautiful poetry, and the feeling of peace that enveloped me while reading, as well as the inner peace that I was left with afterwards. Don’t take my word for it; get yourself a copy. You will be happy you did.

You can preview and purchase It’s Only Natural here: Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Lulu.

To find out more about C.M. Truxler you can visit her author website and her blog, Mental Illumination.

Review of “Infinite Exposure”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , at 1:53 am by Christine Rice

Infinite Exposure by Roland Hughes is an action-packed, captivating story that shares the lives and perspectives of intelligence officials, Al-Qaeda members, bank employees, and others that are all connected through the terrorism, identity theft, interrogation, conspiracy, and financial issues that occur in the world.

Infinite Exposure begins with an interrogation of a Muslim, Nedim, who is believed to be an Al-Qaeda member. The author shows the brutal intensity that goes on in an intelligence interrogation, which occurs to thousands of possible members over the course of the story. Nedim’s forced confession and cooperation allows the intelligence agency to gain knowledge about other Al-Qaeda members and their goals in India, which will end up affecting other countries as well.

Infinite Exposure also explores conspiracies in the financial sector, such as money laundering, greed, and suspicious trading and investing, and what people will do just to get to the top of a company, as well as what can happen when they do so.

There are relationships in the book, such as friends, family, coworkers, and lovers. However, many of the relationships are “twisted,” as is to be expected with a conspiracy novel. It is interesting to see how the characters interact and deal with the situations they face.

Infinite Exposure would appeal to those interested in world history, politics, and news, and those who enjoy action, adventure, and conspiracy novels that are believable, realistic, and hardcore. I recommend this book to those who are interested in going on the ride of their lives!

Purchasing information for Infinite Exposure by Roland Hughes can be found here:

March 28, 2012

Back to reading and writing

Posted in Books, Reading, Writing tagged , , , , , , , at 9:36 pm by Christine Rice

It’s been almost a week since I did any reading or writing in my books. I got involved in other life activities and put my work on the back burner. I feel refreshed and ready to dive back in, and I have some catching up to do.

So, last night I dipped my toes in the water. I read about 25 pages in Infinite Exposure. I’m down to the last 70 pages and it’s really exciting. I can’t wait to finish and write the review.

Last night I also wrote nearly 1,000 words in Chronicles of a Troubled Girl. Rereading my journal entries for this book is an eye-opening experience, especially since I didn’t have an easy life emotionally. Adolescence was difficult, I have to say, but things are pretty smooth right now. However, I’m always working on something in order to try to better my life experience.

I’m looking forward to a change of pace next week because I’ll be reading some poetry. I just hope my energy and motivation to work continues.

March 22, 2012

Another productive day :-)

Posted in Books, Personal, Writing tagged , , , , , , at 5:55 pm by Christine Rice

Yesterday I was up early, cleaned the floors, and got in some much needed exercise, so it was a good day. I also read a little, and sent messages to one of my writer friends and my mom. It was a well-rounded, but non-writing, day. That was because after doing the housecleaning and exercise I was too tired to get involved in much else.

Today, I was up early again (three days in a row!), made coffee, made the bed, washed up, and then settled in for some reading. Later, I wrote 1,500 words in Chronicles of a Troubled Girl, and then I read some more. I’m happy to get a lot of reading done, as I’m working on finishing up a 467-page book (less than 100 pages to go!) that is technical and historical, yet futuristic. Although it is a difficult read for me, it is an interesting book and is more action-packed now that I’m towards the end. Keep your eyes peeled for a review in a few days :-)

I’m happy to say my books are coming along nicely. “Chronicles” has some highly personal information in it, but not too personal that I won’t share it with my readers. I kept most of the personal stuff in, since it is a book of journal entries and journals are personal. Freelance Writing Guide is going strong. One more month and I’ll be celebrating one year as a freelance writer. “Freelance” is a reference book – though I hope I’m also making it into an enjoyable read – so it takes a lot of mental energy to write. The books I’m writing compliment each other in an opposite way, like complimentary colors!

I hope you all are enjoying your days, whether they are relaxing or productive.


March 20, 2012

Productive day

Posted in Books, Personal, Writing tagged , , , , , , , at 10:32 pm by Christine Rice

I didn’t sleep much last night, actually I should say this morning. I think the total was 4 1/2 hours. Regardless, I had a fabulous day! I lit candles, incense, and diffusers for a pleasant ambiance; I read for about an hour; I wrote 1,400 words in my books (some in both); and I did a load of laundry. I spent most of the day alone, because my husband was out at a cooking event and I didn’t want to go.

I felt productive and motivated all day, which was a pleasant change from the low energy days I’ve been having lately. It felt great to get both reading and writing done today. It was even nice taking care of the laundry, because the laundry room is in the basement, and I live on the third floor, so I got some exercise. Along those lines, I’ve decided I need to get out more to get more exercise. I like exercising my brain, but not my body so much ;)

Another thing that was good about today was I wrote in Freelance Writing Guide. I haven’t worked on it since the beginning of the month, because I have been working on Chronicles of a Troubled Girl instead (due to a shift in inspirational flow), so it was nice to revisit the world of freelance writing and I wrote a chapter on cover letters. Since January, I have written 21,000 words in Chronicles of a Troubled Girl and 15,000 words in Freelance Writing Guide. I do not see the end in sight yet, but I know I’ll get there!

I hope tomorrow turns out to be as good as today!

March 16, 2012

Reflection and gratitude

Posted in Books, Personal, Writing tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 1:22 am by Christine Rice

I can tell it’s been a while since I’ve last written, when I don’t know what to say. I get involved in the actions of the day and forget what matters most – being grateful for what I have. It is important to reflect on what I do and what I feel, so that I can see the movement of my life and heart, rather than remain trapped in the whirlwind of activity. In other words, I have been busy, and have forgotten to stop and reflect and show gratitude for my readers.

Let’s reminisce since my last update…I had an event for my books on Smashwords last week, published a guest post on my friend’s blog this week, edited a friend’s article today, and in between it all I’ve been reading (200 pages) for an upcoming book review, and writing (5,000 words total) in my works-in-progress. Now that I’ve written it down, I can see I’ve been accomplishing, and progressing with my writing; but in the act of living, and the realization of the tasks I need to do to accomplish my goals, it is hard to see that I’m getting…anywhere!

I keep records and charts of everything, and even so, it seems like I’m not getting far. But I am. I can only do so much in one day. Today, for example, I read 25 pages for my upcoming book review, edited a friend’s article, got the shopping list and coupons ready for tomorrow, and cleaned the bathroom top to bottom. I also kept up with my published books, business records, and forum discussions, and messaged a good friend.

I want to let you know that I am grateful for all of you, and I would like to show it by publishing this post on reflection and gratitude.

March 5, 2012

Review of “The Metalmark Contract”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , , , , , , at 4:15 pm by Christine Rice

A creatively-written, accurate science-fiction book – 5 stars

“The Metalmark Contract” is book one of a proposed 3-book series. It explains in great detail the story of Metalmark – a technologically advanced alien – first coming in contact with Earth. Metalmark looks human, is friendly on the surface, and goes to great lengths to be liked by the world population. The reasons behind his actions, and his species’ history, slowly and naturally unfold.

There are dozens of characters in The Metalmark Contract. Even though that number is high, the story is smooth and straightforward (there is a listing of the characters and their roles in the back of the book; however, I did not have to use it). Certain characters are more significant, and the chapters are written from their unique perspectives. This creates a well-rounded and connected story.

The scientific, political, and geographical information in the book is impressive. It is evident that the author was knowledgeable on these topics and performed extensive research. I have no disbelief about the details of the book.

The Metalmark Contract is enjoyable to read and eventful. There are twists to the story that make it captivating, but the events are also logical. The writing is near flawless and the wording is solid. I can tell the author spent a good deal of time creating this well-written and precisely edited book.

I recommend The Metalmark Contract to readers who are interested in futuristic technology, creative story-telling, memorable characters, an imaginative plot, and world events. I look forward to reading the sequel.

The Metalmark Contract is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

March 4, 2012

Great deals on my books this week!

Posted in Books tagged , , , , , , , , , at 10:00 am by Christine Rice

Hello everyone,

I just want to let you know that all of my books are marked down on Smashwords this week (! Poetry for the Heart is FREE (coupon code: RE100), Essays for the Soul is $1.50 (coupon code: REW50), and My Not-So-Ordinary Life is $2.00 (coupon code: REW50)! If you like my writing and are interested in getting a copy of my books, this is a great opportunity!

Thank you all for your support!


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