May 6, 2015

3 Inspirational Passages from Bestselling Authors

Sometimes, the best writing tip is simply to read really good writing. Good writers inspire today’s writers to aim for the best. When I write, I like to immerse myself in my favorite writer’s voices and channel them into my own writing. These three passages are some of the most beautiful passages currently published.

The land seemed full of creaking and cracking and sly noises, but there was no sound of voice or of foot. Far above the Ephel DĂșath in the West the night-sky was still dim and pale. There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.

- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

"The sun had not yet risen. The sea was indistinguishable from the sky, except that the sea was slightly creased as if a cloth had wrinkles in it. Gradually as the sky whitened a dark line lay on the horizon dividing the sea from the sky and gray cloth became barred with thick strokes moving, one after another, beneath the surface, following each other, pursuing each other, perpetually."

Virginia Woolf, The Waves

"I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I've gone which would not have happened if I had not come. Nor am I particularly exceptional in this matter; each "I," every one of the now-six-hundred-million-plus of us, contains a similar multitude. I repeat for the last time: to understand me, you'll have to swallow a world."

Salim Sinai, Midnight's Children

If these aren’t enough beautiful passages for you, this post has 9 more beautiful passages in literature. Happy writing!

Brenda is a fellow book-lover and coffee-addict. She is a freelance writer, punctuation nerd, and grammar enthusiast. Her favorite book genres are Science Fiction, Fantasy with a Twist, and Dystopian. Brenda blogs about books, writing and more at Daily Mayo. Find her here on CaW for Writing Tips Wednesdays the first Wednesday of every month.

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May 5, 2015

Reread Review: Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever

Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever
Maximum Ride, book 2
by James Patterson
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pub. Date: May 23, 2006
ISBN: 978-0316067966
Pages: 412
Buy Link: Amazon


After reading Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment in the spring of 2006, I eagerly purchased the sequel School's Out Forever when it released on May 23, 2006. With the ninth installment, Maximum Ride Forever, scheduled to be released in two weeks, I'm rereading the franchise; well, technically I've never read the last three books, so they'll be new reads for me.

Still on the run from "The School," Max and her flock (Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel) take flight to Washington, D.C., to try to find out some answers of why they were created, but of course there's danger around every corner, especially with the werewolf-like Erasers hot on their tracks. After Fang is injured, the group take refuge at an FBI safe house. In exchange for the safety, Agent Anne Walker is allowed to monitor them from a safe distance.

The flock tries to live a normal life by attending a private school, while also trying to avoid the Erasers that are near by, but danger is never too far behind them The flock must escape to
Florida, where they encounter even a bigger threat, including an evil clone!

Advanta Supplments Water Xpel Review

I've seen many different brands of water retention dietary supplements (otherwise known as a Diuretic Water Pill) in stores, but the Advanta Supplements Water Xpel is the first that I've tired out.

Water retention can cause swelling, weight gain, ache and pains, stiff joints and other health problems. The Water Xpel dietary supplement is meant to help remove excess water in your body, which can help you drop a few pounds quickly and improve your overall health.

The ingredients include:

Vitamin B-6
Green Tea
Juniper Berry
Bucchu Leaves
Apple Cider Vinegar

CushionCare Memory Foam Seat Cushion Review

If you're working on your computer for several hours a day, then you know how uncomfortable a desk chair can be, which can take a toll on your posture. For me, my lower back starts aching if I've been sitting at the desk for too long.

Last month, I was sent the CushionCare Memory Foam Seat Cushion to try out. It features a medical grade orthopedic mesh called Coccyx Visco Elastic Foam, which will support your tailbone. The 100% memory foam will let you sit comfortably at your desk for several hours without it ever flattening. It comes with two outer coverings (gray and blue). Both the cushion and the coverings are machine-washable.

Slumber Fit Advanced Sleep Formula Review

Getting at least 8 hours of sleep is an essential for your body, but not everyone can fall asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow.

I'm a night owl by nature (minus the coffee habit) and I'm not the best sleeper. I've used the PM or Night Time products in the past, but I quit taking them as they can be harmful to my liver. Luckily, there are dietary supplements that are non-habit forming and are completely safe to take.

Earlier this month, I was sent a bottle (60 caps) of Slumber Fit Advanced Sleep Formula to review, which is meant to help you relax, fall asleep faster and recover the next morning without feeling foggy.

The ingredients include:

Magnesium (oxide / citrate)
Phellodendorn Root (herb powder)
Mucuna Pruriens (15 % extract)
May 4, 2015

Spring Reads: L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future: Volume 31

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future: Volume 31
by Various Authors & Illustrators
Publisher: Galaxy Press
Pub. Date: May 4, 2015
ISBN: 978-1619863224
Pages: 395 pages
Buy Link:


In the early 1980s, the late author L. Ron Hubbard founded the Writers of the Future contest along with the Illustrators of the Future contest. Only the best amateur science-fiction and fantasy writers & illustrators win the contest and are featured in the annual : L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future anthology.

Today, May 4, 2015 (also considered the official Star Wars Day), is the release of the Volume 31 of the anthology, featuring 13 exciting new science fiction & fantasy tales along with an intriguing illustration to go with each story. As an added bonus the anthology also contains stories/essays by Orson Scott Card, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moseta, Larry Niven, Bob Eggleton and L. Ron Hubbard as well as an introduction by David Farland.

The stories, authors & illustrators are:

by Steven Pantazis 
Illustrated by Daniel Tyka

The God Whisperer
by Daniel J. Davis
Illustrated by Alex Brock

Stars That Make Dark Heaven Light
by Sharen Joss
Illustrated by Choong Yoon

A Revolutionary's Guide To Practial Conjuration
by Auston Habershaw
Illustrated by Shuangjian Liu

Twelve Minutes To Vinh Quang
by Tim Napper
Illustrated by Quinlan Septer

Planar Ghosts
by Kyrstal Claxton
Illustrated by Amit Dutta

Between Screens
by Zach Chapman
Illustrated by Trevor Smith

CoQ10 200mg (Double Strength) Review

I've seen different brands of CoQ10 in the stores, but I've never tried the dietary supplement out until I was sent the Extra Strength CoQ10 from NurtriONN last month.

The bottle contains 120 capsules with 200 mg of Coenzyme Q-10 (Ubiquinone) per capsule, which is a powerful antioxidant that is made in the human body. It's needed for normal brain function.

CoQ10 can help support a healthy heart and promote energy production in the cells. It's been known to decrease high blood pressure and boost cognitive awareness.

May 3, 2015

Reread Review: Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
by James Patterson
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pub. Date: April 11, 2005
ISBN: 978-0316155564
Pages: 432
Buy Link: Amazon


Over the years, mystery author James Patterson has successfully written a slew of middle grade and young adult novels, which all started with 2005's Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. The idea for the plot came from Mr. Patterson's previous adult books, When the Wind Blows and The Lake House. Seven sequels quickly followed, with the last being released in 2012 and was billed as the final installment in the series. Well, Mr. Patterson or Little, Brown & Company must have had a change of heart as the ninth installment, titled Maximum Ride Forever, will arrive in bookstores on May 18th!

The Angel Experiment centers on six kids (Maximum (Max), Fang, Iggy, Nudge, The Gasman (Gazzy), Angel), whom were all created in a laboratory that was testing with the mixture of human and avian DNA. One of the scientist, Jeb Batchelder, helped them escape "the School" and they have been on the run every since.

With Jeb missing, Maximum has taken command of the flock that is until a group of Erasers (the human-lupine hybrids) find out where they are and attack. The flock barely escapes, but the youngest, Angel, was captured. Now Max and others have no choice, but to return to the "the School" and rescue her before it's too late.


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