Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Book Review Alert: Tears of Me

 

Book Review Alert: Tears of Me 

Author: LaToya Martin

Published: July 3, 2020

Publisher:   LaToya Martin

ISBN-13: 978-1947928121

ASIN:  B08DL6ZFJ6

Rating: 4


First poem that drew me into this novel was something that could be considered as a goodbye poem to cancer. I love the last line. It showed the determination of the character to overcome cancer. My second favorite piece of work in this novel would be Walketh Out Of Heaven. This poem is a dedication to the love that she is found in her mate. When reading this poem you can 

tell that the author was in love with this person. The love that was spoken about was as they say something serious. It is a poem for those that are determined to stay married. When she compared love to Alpha and Omega. That part had me floored. Whoever this person that she's in love with you can tell that was a love that she's been waiting for. 



I must say I love the poetry in this novel. It seems like every poem has something to do with everyday life. In addition,  I love the artwork that is found in this novel. The artwork brings life to the point that it pertains to.My only negative against this book is that I wish the author would place the poems together in sections in which they are about a similar topic.  The poem into different sections would make the poetry easier to read.  


    To find out more about Author LaToya Martin follow her on the following platforms
Instagram: _latoyamartin 
Twitter: @latoyamartin

Tears of me can be purchased by clicking on the following links:
Amazon-  Tears of Me 
Barnes & Noble- Tears of Me 
Walmart.com- Tears of Me

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

SCBookGal and Friends Meets Anjunette L. Washington (Part 2)

Anjunette L. Washington

Patrice and Friends had the chance to chat it up with DC author Anjunette L. Washington again. We wanted to know more about her. She enjoy traveling and meeting new people. She also states that she is a soft spoken female that loves to laugh especially at herself. Music and books are other passions of hers. Washington is an accountant by trade. 


When did you write your first book and how old were you?

Unfortunately, I started writing and I allowed life to get in my way. Eventually, I snapped out of it and submitted the manuscript to a publishing firm. The first book that I published and liked was in 2015. I had just turned fifty-one.


What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I love books so oftentimes I would go to books signings and was amazed at fellow authors and their writing styles. A light bulb went off in my head. I think it’s time for me to attempt to do this. I enjoy creating characters and after a while they become real to me and the reader. I began merging life events both bad and good using a fictional mind. Most of all I enjoy having fun.


Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

The most important thing is to find the genre that is important to you. An author writing swag differs from person to person. Please align yourself with positivity that will strengthen you. Read other authors books that pertain to what  you want to write about. Proper association is the key.


What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?

I have always wanted to be a linguist but my educational background is in Science and Math. Needless to say, a person’s expression/statement can be enlightening and cause people to engage in a positive way and the opposite of that is negativity. I have experienced that being kind to specific people brings out hearts of greatness which is good on both ends.


As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

I like animals but I love birds. The Eagle would be my ideal mascot. I love to see them fly.


What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

When I am writing about men can be trying for me. I began observing them and how they engage with women, children and situations both bad and good. 


How do you select the names of your characters?

My genre is suspense, mystery and a little love triangles. I am a crime fighter of males and females some of my characters are natives to United State’s and some are not so I look for ethnic sounding names.


What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

Practice makes for a better writer. I would alleviate things or people that bring no balance to me. Oftentimes I travel alone just to break away and understand I have whatever I am writing about on hand.


Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

Yes I hide secrets that is the most fun thing for me to do. I have lived for a while and experienced many things. The secrets are well hidden using a fictional character’s mind. Moving forward any book that I publish will have buried secrets.


What would you like to say to your readers?

If you buy any books that I have written first and foremost thank you. Please tell me  about what characters that you like and tell me why. I enjoy reading people’s thoughts about my books. I can always be found at: Anjiesbooks4u.com and all social media platforms. I would love to engage with you and I will even find a way to sign any books you may have or you can buy a book directly from me.


To find out more about Anjunette Washington, follow her on the following platforms

Facebook: Anjie's Book 4 U

Instagram: Anjie Book 4 U

Website: www.anjiesbooks4u.com



SCBookGal and Friends Meets Ms. LaToya Martin


Meet Author LaToya Martin



SCBookGal and Friends had the opportunity to meet LaToya Martin. Ms. Martin is the author of "Tears of Me." A collection of poems about suffering, love, and loss. LaToya was born and raised in the small town of Boley, Oklahoma, she is also the mother of two teenage daughters. Writing was never her passion; she only began writing because of a few homework assignments. Over the years, however, her love for poetry blossomed. When she isn't writing, LaToya Martin loves fishing, watching paranormal documentaries, and enjoying nature. Join us as we get to know more about Ms LaToya Martin. 

What is your favorite childhood book? 
My favorite childhood book was "The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash" by Trinka Hakes Noble. 

When and how did you realize you had a love for poetry and a passion for words? 
As a teen, I had more of a love for drawing instead - writing was never interesting to me. In school, I had a particular assignment and that's when I wrote my first poem. Many of my classmates liked the poem, and I thought I may be good at this at that moment. Years later as many trials in my life began to unfold, I began writing more and more, and over time my love for poetry grew. 

What does literary success look like to you? 
When people stumble upon my work and they find comfort and healing. 

What’s the best way you market your books? 
I use social media platforms, I've increased my online presence to spread the word about my book, and getting reviews for my book. 

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Writing in a quiet environment is not for me, I can only write in a noisy space, The television has to be on but no music. The end of my poems is always written first, followed by the beginning of the poem, then the title. You have beautiful artwork in your novel. Where did the inspiration for those images come from? The images in my poetry book were created by my publisher. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones? I do read my reviews. I love hearing the reader's positive and uplifting words about my poetry. With negative reviews, I would look for constructive criticism, I would look for areas where I may need to improve. If you could co-write with any author, who would it be? And what would be the genre? I would love to co-write with authors in the poetry and paranormal genre. Are you currently working on anything? Tell us a little about it. I am currently working on my second poetry book and a children's book. What would you like to say to your readers? I want to share my poems with readers' who are struggling or feeling down because I believe in the healing power of words. It's always my desire to convey positive messages to my readers. My voice is a non-judgmental light for anyone experiencing the darkness of loss, depression, and pain. I want people to be able to view my work and say, "She understands how I feel!"


To find out more about Author LaToya Martin follow her on the following platforms
Instagram: _latoyamartin 
Twitter: @latoyamartin

Tears of me can be purchased by clicking on the following links:
Amazon-  Tears of Me 
Barnes & Noble- Tears of Me 
Walmart.com- Tears of Me


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