Nadaness In Motion is the book blog owned by Nada Adel Sobhi and it is where honest book reviews meet author interviews, guest posts, and personal writing ranging from poetry to short stories alongside the Takhayyal/Imagine writing prompt challenge. ---
“You cannot kill a breeze, a wind, a fragrance; you cannot kill a dream or an ambition.” - Michel Onfray
I'm super excited to be participating in a book blast for an author
I was introduced to through her book last year.
Meet author Gayle Leeson, who also publishes under Gayle Trent, and
her Ghostly Fashionista Mystery books.
I read book 1 in this series Designs
on Murder and I absolutely loved it! I can't wait to read the
newest installment in the series Perils and Lace. So check out the synopsis and enter the giveaway!
Other books I've featured by Gayle Leeson included cozy mystery Apples
and Alibis, though from a different series.
Perils and Lace
2 in the A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery)
Cozy Mystery Publisher: Grace Abraham Publishing Number of Pages - 212 (approx.) Digital ASIN: B086KXY34W
A murderer outwitting a quirky flapper ghost?
Budding retro fashion designer and entrepreneur
Amanda Tucker is thrilled about making costumes for Winter Garden High School’s
production of Beauty and the Beast. But when the play’s director Sandra Kelly
is poisoned, Amanda realizes there’s a murderer in their midst. She’s
determined to keep herself and the students safe, so when her ghostly
fashionista friend Max suggests they investigate, Amanda rolls up her sleeves
and prepares to follow the deadly pattern…
About Gayle Leeson
As Amanda Lee, she wrote the Embroidery
Mystery series, and as Gayle Trent, she writes the Daphne Martin Cake
Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. Going forward,
Gayle intends to keep her writing until the Gayle Leeson name. She has a series
of women's fiction novellas set in a shopping mall that has been converted to
include micro-apartments (the Kinsey Falls series) and is enjoying
writing the Ghostly Fashionista Mystery Series, the Down South Cafe
series, and co-writing the Victoria Square series with Lorraine
"Gee, that was awkward," she said. "I was sure you knew."
"That I'm a ghost."
In Designs on Murder, Amanda decides to go on a hunch and start her fashion business in Shops on Main, a building housing several other small businesses. There she discovers her ability to see the place's resident ghost, Maxine "Max" Englebright.
Soon after she settles in, Amanda is confronted by the death of one of the shop owners in the building.
giveaway using the link or widget below.
When I saw a book about
horses I desperately wanted to pick it up but I already had my plate full so
the second best option was to feature this book on my blog and come back to it
later when I have more time.
So today, I'm featuring
a spotlight for Selah's Stolen Dream, the fourth book in the Dream
Horse Adventures by Susan Count.
Thirteen-year-old Selah’s perfect life unravels when her
beloved horse is stolen. Then ten-year-old Emma buys the dream of a lifetime at
a horse auction. When she learns the horse was stolen, even removing her
hearing aid won’t drown out the voice telling her to make it right.
But two girls can’t divide the horse they both adore. So
will life surprise them with an answered prayer?
How many twists and turns can one
person take before they figure out what they were born to do? Susan Count’s
degree is in Applied Science–nothing in that prepared her to write novels for
children. But one day, she began to write with no preconceived ideas. No one
could have been more astounded than she was when it turned into a middle grade
equine series. As a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and
Illustrators, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Texas Association of
Authors, she takes the craft of writing seriously and considers revision to be
She writes at an antique secretary desk that occupies a
glass room with a forest view. Fittingly, it once belonged to the same wise
grandmother who introduced Susan to the love of reading via Walter Farley’s
horse books. That desk has secret compartments which hold memories, mysteries
and story ideas.
Susan is a lifelong equestrian and is owned by a Rocky
Mountain Horse. She is convinced that the only thing more delightful than
riding the forest trails might be writing horse adventure stories. She invites
you to saddle up and ride along.
Fire Molten and Ash by Clarence Barbee is a short and diverse poetry
collection divided into 3 parts: Heat, Fuel, and Oxygen; kind of like the
recipe you need to get a fire started.
I first started reading Fire Molten and Ash I felt lost in the pieces. I
liked some parts of the wording and how Barbee phrases his pieces but I was
lost. I'd read the poem from start to finish, silently or out loud, but in the
end, I wouldn't 'get' it.
by bit, I got used to Barbee's style and there were a few political poems in
there; some of which I could relate to, because who hasn't been keeping up with
news about US politics, but some were too US-focused for me. For those who
don't know, I'm an Egyptian living in Egypt so the details of US politics can
sometimes evade me (especially now that I no longer work in the news business).
back to Fire Molten and Ash, there were a few pieces that wowed me
including "Crudeship,"one of those political pieces.
of the poems in this collection are relatable, especially "To Continue" and "Sometime Before Tomorrow and 5pm,"which talk about life and work and the two combined. These
two pieces were 5-star poems for me.
also loved "#Fragile II."It's a brilliant poem, using the hashtag #vss which
is short for 'very short story.' All of
the pieces in the second segment of the book "Fuel" have the #vss
read Fire Molten and Ash in one sitting in March but I've postponed the
review to April to coincide with National
Overall rating for Fire Molten and Ash is 3 stars.
I received a free copy of Fire Molten and Ash from its author Clarence
Barbee in exchange for an honest review. This did not in any way affect my
back Ladies and Gentlemen, Artists, Poets, Writers, Authors, Dreamers, Friends
and Family; Welcome EVERYONE to Nadaness In Motion's monthly picture-prompt
writing challenge Takhayyal or Imagine.
for Imagine, Takhayyal is a challenge for writers of all ages and genres; a
place to spark creativity and explore new genres.
Finally April is here, which where I'm from means lots of wind
and dust and in other parts of the world, it's when flowers bloom. But considering
the on-going coronavirus pandemic, even if there are blooming flowers somewhere
no one will be out to enjoy them.
That said April isNational Poetry Month. So combining poetry month with home-confinement for many
across the world, and some reports that the earth is finally breathing since
humanity is cooped up, I think it is fitting to have another nature-inspired writing
This time I'm featuring photography from friend Sara Shaker. You
can follow her on Instagram for more photography and nature photography.
I was with her when this picture was taken in Abou Galloum, the
Red Sea, Egypt. It's a gorgeous location for snorkeling and diving. Once this
pandemic recedes, I highly recommend you visit and take a swim.
So, look at the image, there are corals beneath the water, and
let your imagination take flight. What happens beneath the pristine waters of
the Red Sea? If you were there right now, what would you do? Do you have fins
to swim with the fish?
Photography by Sara Shaker, near Abou Ghalloum, the Red Sea, Egypt
Whether you write short stories, flash fiction, poetry, thoughts, an imaginary situation, an artistic thought; you name it and write it.
Whatever you can write, Takhayyal is a place for all creatives to have fun and imagine.
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"No one cares how many words your book contains. They care
about reading the right content."
Your Book in a Flash by Dan Janal is a great book and reference for
anyone planning to or working on a book but struggling to finish the first
draft or later drafts. The book comprises tons of tips and you can easily go
recommend you read Janal's book either while writing your book or before you
start. It's a reference book. I have a book I want to write so I'm planning to
reread Write Your Book in a Flash as I write it so I can apply the tips
"Confused readers don't buy books."
a ton of books in his own. As a book mentoring coach, he's read a lot and
therefore shares much of what he's learnt and what he has used to write his own
books (he gives examples from his works and others').
important question Janal asks the reader, and potential author is: "Why do you want to write a book?"
Your Book in a Flash primarily deals with writing non-fiction books. That said,
some of the advice can be applicable to fiction; like starting where you feel
comfortable and how to edit your book.
"People want information. They know they aren't reading
literature. If you solve their problems, you're a hero. If you don't help them,
you're a zero."
tough love there with the above quote but Janal is 100% right. As opposed to
reading novels, short stories, and poetry, people reading non-fiction and
self-help books have desires and ideas other than wanting to be entertained. They
pick up a book because they want to learn something and/or solve a problem.
My problem? Writing my books, whether
fiction or non-fiction. The sitting down and getting started. I've picked up
several hints from Janal's book for either categories.
One of the things I liked about Write Your Book in a Flash was Janal's
promise in the first chapter that he would teach the reader how to "overcome procrastination and conquer your limiting
beliefs so you can write and finish your book" and goes on to
deliver on that.
my favorite pieces of advice in Write Your Book in a Flash is Janal
saying "Don't get married to your title."
As a copywriter, I know what it feels like when you write a title that just
wows you and you try to stick to it but then things don't go as planned.
how Janal uses his own books as examples. Regarding the "don't get married
to your title" advice, he says that Write Your Book in a Flash was
originally named How to Create an Outline for Your Book.
"Ugh!" he says about his former
title. "That title told me what the book was
about but it wasn't catchy. It also didn't convey the benefit to readers. Why would
they want to write an outline for their book?"
another tip about writing titles: "To find out what your prospects think of your title, you must ask
note that it took me a while to start Janal's Write Your Book in a Flash,
which I got as a review request last year, because I had this fear of reading self-help books. But I have overcome that fear (to an extent) and I'm working
on reading more non-fiction books as a means of self-learning and self-development.
Dan Janal's brutal honesty in the book. As writers, we are often afraid of how
we will be received or when simply tell others we're working on books. But Janal's
honesty comes like a reality check. He's been there, done that, and he's giving
you the important tips and the more important "don'ts."
"Who do you think is the worst
person to ask for feedback? No, it's not your mother. The worst person to ask
is YOU, because you are NOT the target buyer of your book."
I mean? :)
tons more tips and quotable bits in the book but that would make my review much
I think Write Your Book in a Flash is a must must-read. It's a book you
can easily read once, twice, or several times. Think of the book as your tutor
before and while you're writing. I highly recommend it and plan on reading it
again once I start working on my non-fiction book.
Overall rating for Write Your Book in a Flash by Dan
Janal: 5 Stars
worth mentioning that Write Your Book in a Flash was one of my top books of 2019. There's a list that I just updated with the new review. (I finished
reading the book in December 2019 but just posted it in March 2020).
Note: I received a free copy of Write Your Book in a Flash
from the publisher in exchange for a review. This did not affect my review in