Friday, April 2, 2021

Review for A Million Things to Ask a Neuroscientist by Michael Tranter PhD

 Hello, I was asked to do a review for A Million Things to Ask a Neuroscientist by Michael Tranter PhD. The is popular Science/brain. I will give my honest opinion, and no compensation was offered to do this review.


BLURB:

 

A Million Things To Ask A Neuroscientist answers some of the most asked questions about the brain, making the science fun and accessible to everyone. Inside, you will journey through some of the most interesting and strange things that our brain does every single day.


Have you always wanted to know just what a memory actually is, or why we dream? What is our consciousness? Why do some people seem to ‘click’ with others? And can our brain really multi-task?

 

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Excerpt:

 

The clearest idea about why we dream is that the brain needs time to process the memories and emotions that we experienced during the day and convert them into long-term storage. This makes a lot more sense when we look at the brains of people who are sleeping and see that the hippocampus, the part for memories, and the anterior cingulate cortex, which is involved in assigning emotional context, are particularly active. In fact, on days where we have lots of new experiences, the brain can still be processing this information up to seven nights later. This also partly explains why stressful and emotional events in our lives can significantly affect the quality of our sleep.

 

One team of scientists demonstrated this by having people play video games for several hours before sleeping. Over 60% of people reported having dreams about the game, suggesting that our short-term memory is particularly active during our dreams.

 

Furthermore, the actual events of the dream are believed to be the combination of the short-term memories we recently experienced, and the long-term memories that our brain thinks are relevant and need to be connected with each other. This supports the view that sleeping and dreaming help to cement our memories from short-term storage in the hippocampus to long-term storage all over the brain. This process happens mostly in NREM sleep and the application of emotional context – how we feel about them, occurs in REM sleep, our deep sleep. 


Review: 


Would you like to read a book that answers great questions such as “Why is the brain in our head and not somewhere else?”, “Does learning extra languages impact other brain functions and memory?”, and “What is depression, and does it change the brain?” and other fascinating questions? A Million Things to Ask a Neuroscientist: the Brain Made Easy won’t let you down. Within its pages you will be entertained and informed.

 

To warm up, we learn the basics of brain matter and the jobs of the cells of the brain. Also provided is information about the organization of the brain that help us to picture the information. Diagrams simplify this for us non-scientists and are at times humorous. The glossary provided is useful, and the author, Mike Tranter, offers analogies in order to make the concepts clear.

 

We also get clarification on the authenticity of brain issues portrayed on television and the movies. How realistic is it that someone who received a head injury will forget who they are? There are some surprises here too.

 

Readers will learn other things as well, such as certain strengths or disabilities. Readers learn about the common and the uncommon in an approachable manner.

 

Tranter adds additional interest to this work by proposing what future advancements in the field could yield and mean for helping humanity. Intriguing ideas are presented here, the possibilities the future holds. Readers hear about scientific experiments, and some of them are disturbing.

 

After giving plenty of great bits of knowledge, Tranter makes suggestions for further study. So, if you want to learn if it’s possible to increase your IQ, how to effectively multi-task, what causes depression, or have other beguiling questions answered, give this book a look.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:


 

Dr Mike Tranter is from the North of England and studied how drugs work in our body, but it wasn't long before he found his true calling as a neuroscientist. After a PhD in neuroscience, he spent years in research labs all over the world, studying how the brain works. Although, it is his prominent rise as a science communicator, opening up the world of neuroscience to everybody, that he enjoys the most.

Website: https://www.aneurorevolution.com/

Instagram: @TheEnglishScientist

Buy Link:  www.aNeuroRevolution.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578861690/



 

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Welcome to author Shirley Goldberg

 

 

 Hello, Shirley, and congratulations on your book release, Eat Your Heart Out, a romantic women's fiction story.

 

BLURB:

 

When a tyrant in stilettos replaces her beloved boss, and her ex snags her coveted job, teacher Dana Narvana discovers there are worse things than getting dumped on Facebook. Time for the BFF advice squad. Alex—hunky colleague, quipster, and cooking pal extraordinaire is Dana’s staunchest ally. So what’s with the smooching after hours? And why won’t this grown man make up his mind?  

Actor turned teacher Alex Bethany craves a family of his own. Newly hotified, he’s now got the confidence to try online dating. Meanwhile he’s sending Dana mixed messages in the kissing department. After a surprising event rocks his world, Alex panics, certain he’s blown his chances with his special person. Funny and bittersweet, Dana and Alex’s story will have you rooting for them all the way to dessert.

 

 

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 Excerpt:

 

“So, this is what it’s like being on a date with you.” Dana hesitated—caught herself. “This isn’t a date, is it? 

 

Her voice flattened and she took a sip of wine. “Oh, I’m not belittling your gesture, bringing me to this fine establishment. But it isn’t a date because you’re seeing that woman, aren’t you? The one you asked me for advice about.” 

 

Alex fidgeted. Idiot.  Asking Dana how to recognize the signs a woman was interested––what had he been thinking? What could be more awkward? This. This was definitely up there on the list of more awkward moments.

 

“You’ve always been straight with me,” she said, holding the wine glass in midair. 

 

That little flash of skin whenever she raises her arm.  He picked up his wine glass. At this rate, he’d have to order a second bottle, simply to block his mind from going where it shouldn’t. 

 

“Alex, do it again, be straight.”

 

He leaned in, took the glass from her hand and put it on the table. “Come closer,” he said. “I want to whisper sweet somethings in your ear.”

 

She bent toward him, a puzzled but amused expression percolating, her face glowing in the subtle lighting. 

 

“Yes?” Her voice throaty, challenging.

 

“This is a date,” he said and tilted his head, brushed her lips with his, pulled back slightly, and did it again.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


 

Shirley Goldberg is a writer, novelist, and former ESL and French teacher who’s lived in Paris, Crete, and Casablanca. She writes about men and women of a certain age starting over. Her website http://midagedating.com offers a humorous look at living single. Her books FINISH THIS and  dating in mid life, and her friends like to guess which stories are true. Eat Your Heart Out is the second book in the series Starting OverMiddle Ageish, the first, is available now. Her characters believe you should never leave home without your sense of humor and Shirley agrees. 

 

Contact Links:

Website/blog: http://midagedating.com 

https://www.facebook.com/midagedating

 

https://twitter.com/mylifeasadate

 

https://www.instagram.com/shirleygoldbergauthor/

 

Other(s): https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3916624.Shirley_Goldberg

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/3531427862?list=following

 

Purchase Links for Eat Your Heart Out 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Your-Heart-Starting-Over-Book-ebook/dp/B08VHWN56S/

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/eat-your-heart-out/id1552301489

 

Purchase Links for Middle Ageish, 1st book in series

Amazon 1st book: https://www.amazon.com/Middle-Ageish-Starting-Over-Book-ebook/dp/B08DHHGVSD

APPLE   https://tinyurl.com/y37cbc5u

Nook/Barnes and Noble:  https://tinyurl.com/yyuwpq6o

Google: https://tinyurl.com/yypcdp7t

Kobo: https://tinyurl.com/y3ezzmhk

 

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:

 

Shirley Goldberg will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Please follow the tour and comment. The more you do, the better your chances of winning.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Review of As Good As Can Be

 I was given a copy of As Good As Can Be by William A. Glass to give an honest review. No compensation was provided.


This is a coming of age/historical fiction book.


BLURB:

 

Dave Knight is a wayward child growing up in a military family during the 1950s. His older sister wants to kill him but settles for regularly beating him up. Other siblings join in the mayhem while their alcoholic father contributes to the chaos with his unique approach to parenting. 
As the Knight family moves from one army base to the next, Dave develops a give-a-damn attitude that often leads to trouble. In high school, he joins other delinquents in a series of escapades, some dangerous, others funny, and a few that would be worthy of jail time should they ever be caught. 
After barely graduating, Dave is drafted into the army and sent to guard a nuclear weapons depot in Korea. There, he gets into trouble with his sergeant and tries to avoid dishonorable discharge.


Excerpt:

 

Two rocking chairs are arranged in front of the fireplace. On the mantle is a signed photograph of General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Mr. Lawson takes the picture down and shows it to Dave.

“My pappy rode with Forrest,” the old man says. “He killed a lot of Yankees, you know, in the war.” Mr. Lawson looks at Dave expectantly but is disappointed by the uncomprehending expression on the child’s face. Carefully he places his prized possession back over the fireplace.

 

Dave and Melissa return to Gram’s house in time for lunch. After eating, the Knight children have another quiet time. Then Ethel comes up with an idea. “Let’s take a ride out to the river,” she suggests.

 

“What for?” Knight asks.

 

“I want to see if the rain the other day caused it to rise.”

 

“Who cares?”

 

“Come on, it’s something to do,” Bobbie says impatiently.

 

The family piles into the Plymouth and rides a short distance to where the Trinity River flows. Knight parks on the shoulder of the highway, and they all go onto the bridge to peer at the muddy water. It’s an evil-looking stream, full of snags and home to alligators, cottonmouths, gars, and snapping turtles. No one in their right mind would go swimming in the Trinity, so all the natives can do is look, check the water level, or maybe drop a line in to see what manner of creature takes the bait. “Can we go now?” Marie asks.

 

“Hush. Gram wants to look,” Bobbie says. 

 

“At what?” Dan asks.

 

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Review:

As Good as Can Be by William A. Glass

 

As Good as Can Be is a novel so well written that readers will feel they have taken a trip back in time to witness the unfolding of a memorable but everyday character’s life. We start in the 1950s and follow along with the protagonist for a couple of decades.

 

Dave Knight is troubled as a child and tries to cope within the bounds of his equally-troubled family. The author of this story, William A. Glass, has written Dave and the other supporting characters with a realistic touch. These characters are far from perfect, and Glass does not hide this. He tells it like it was. Dave clashes with the values of his parents, who were clearly racist. Also, Dave, as well as his younger siblings, drinks a lot, following in the footsteps of their alcoholic, military father. Sometimes this drinking leads to tragedy. 

 

As feels true to the era, Dave’s mother is suffering in silence. We barely see that something is very wrong in her life. Glass has only touched upon this and other terrible events; for example, when Dave’s sisters experience sexual harassment. The author does not go into depth with some things I would have loved for him to explore further, but it adds to the mystique of the time.

 

Themes of family, values, war (Dave gets drafted into the Vietnam War), friendship, drug and alcohol abuse, military life, right versus wrong (which is sometimes ambiguous in the context of the scene), and other intriguing themes such as honesty and communication underlie the novel and give it depth. We delve into Dave’s psychology and his choices as his family moves from place to place. Those place details are plentiful and effective at putting a reader in the scene.

 

As for the plot, it is not really that kind of story. Reading it, it felt like watching a vintage television show. Plenty of daily, mundane vignettes are interesting, making for more of a story line than a plot. Some scenes were dramatic, including the first scene where the mother gets in trouble in the Middle East and is threatened with being stoned to death as a punishment, to the death of others. Some scenes are mellower but charming or make one cringe. The suspense might be in how Dave is going to get out of his mess after mess. 

 

The writing itself is clear and down-to-earth. There are many descriptive details, which have the effect of making readers understand what life was really like then, and we see that people weren’t all alike in one era or another.

 

Subtle humor appears now and again, as Dave does daring and stupid things. How will he get out of it this time? The dialogue is quite authentic and offers insights into the characters. For anyone who likes and appreciates vintage and true-to-form stories, you won’t be disappointed with this talented author. 

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:


 

Bill is a retired business executive now living in South Carolina with his wife, Bettina.  She teaches high school German while Bill coaches soccer at a small college.  Their three sons, Alex, Robert, and Gordon, have all graduated from college and moved away to pursue careers. 

For recreation, Bettina and Bill enjoy hiking and camping out.  Usually, they take their dog, Scout, along.  When the weather permits, Bill commutes to work on his motorcycle.  

https://williamaglass.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20170818.William_A_Glass

 

Amazon buy link: https://www.amazon.com/As-Good-Can-Be/dp/1946005401/

 

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Welcome to author Lindy Bell

 Hello, Lindy, welcome, and congratulations on your book release, Fully Involved, a contemporary romance.



BLURB:

 

Katie Garrett is madly in love with her dashing firefighter husband, Andy. When he is diagnosed with cancer, their entire world is turned upside down. Andy clumsily tries to protect Katie from the truth by not telling her, but her fear — and his increasing pain and tumultuous emotions — only feed her deep-seated insecurities, as they fight for Andy’s life and for their marriage.

 

While the fire station and its camaraderie are Andy’s refuge, station officer Lt. Mike Bentley wages a vendetta against Andy, making Andy more determined to avoid revealing weakness of any kind. In spite of Bentley’s despising Andy, the C shift crew rally to support Andy until events take a downward turn.

 

As she discovers Andy’s cancer was caused by exposure to lethal chemicals while on duty, Katie navigates the treacherous maze of uncertainty and grief to emerge a stronger, more confident woman who represents her husband and the fire service as an advocate for firefighter safety and protection.

 

Firefighters face a myriad of dangers, but the invisible dangers – his past, her fears -- can pose the greatest threat of all. Will courage, duty, and love be enough to save Andy from these unseen threats? Will he come to recognize the far-reaching impact his life has on others? If the worst should happen, would his greatest legacy be the love of the fire service or the love for his wife? In the end, the unforeseen might have the greatest significance of all.

 

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 Excerpt:

 

Katie slipped her shoes off and swung them from the tips of two fingers as she walked down the hall. She stepped into their bedroom just as Andy came out of the bathroom, fresh from a shower. A towel around his waist but still beaded with water, his broad chest and muscular arms, flexed as he grabbed her in a wet hug. He smelled of soap, his damp skin still warm from the shower.

 

“Hey, beautiful!”

 

“You’re soaking wet!” Katie squealed as Andy lifted her up and swung her around. She laughed as she looked into Andy’s electric blue eyes, crinkling with pleasure. He set her gently down but before she could say anything, his warm lips covered hers, tenderly at first and then more intensely as he pulled her close, her body fitting willingly to his. Katie felt her heart race and her breath quicken as Andy’s strong arms held her so tight she could feel his heart beating.

 

Andy grazed her lips with another lingering kiss before leaning back and grinning into her flushed face. 

 

 “That was some welcome home, mister,” she sighed happily before opening her eyes. 

 

Looking into Andy’s face, she could tell something was wrong. The smile on her face turned into a frown and then a look of concern. 

 

“You look pale.”

 

Andy dropped his arms and walked quickly back to the bathroom. “I’m fine,” he said, an edge in his voice. 

 

“You sure?” Katie ventured, peering into the steamy bathroom. 

 

“I said I’m fine,” Andy said as he snapped a tee shirt over his head. “Why can’t you just take me at my word. I’m tired of being second guessed on everything.”  A sudden flush of anger covered his face as he turned on Katie.

 

Startled, Katie took a quick step back. “No one is second guessing you,” she tried to assure him in a soft voice. “You just don’t look like you feel well.”  

 

“Again, I am fine,” Andy snarled, brushing past her. “Don’t we have an open house to get to?”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 


 

A project ten years in the making, Fully Involved is Lindy Bell’s debut novel and avidly reflects her admiration and love of the fire service. Thoroughly researched, the quest for accuracy for the book led Lindy to participate in the Plano Citizens Fire Academy, attend classes and accompany firefighters on ride outs. With a retired fire chief and a current paramedic/firefighter in the family, Lindy has witnessed firsthand the dedication and humbleness of first responders which fueled the impetus to convey the importance of the legendary fire service brotherhood and create cancer awareness and its growing effect on the fire service. 

 

Lindy’s first book, Jane Austen Celebrates~Holidays & Occasions Regency Style, is a showcase Regency Era holidays and their impact on modern holiday celebration traditions. A member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Lindy has spoken to a variety of groups and taught Continuing and Adult Professional Education courses at Southern Methodist University (SMU).

 

A graduate of Abilene Christian University, Lindy currently lives in Plano, TX and works from home for a governmental executive recruitment and training firm. As hobbies, Lindy enjoys supporting Plano Fire Rescue by volunteering with the Plano Fire Rescue Association, writing, reading an engaging novel and cross stitching.

 

Website:  lindybellwrites.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LindyBellWrites 


Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LindyBellWrites

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/LindyBellWrites

Pre-order Fully Involved at:  https://amzn.to/3cfvbEs

 

 

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 GIVEAWAY:

 

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Welcome to author Vicki Batman

 Hello, Vicki, and congratulations on your book release, Temporarily Out of Luck, a romantic comedy mystery. 

BLURB:

 

Great job. What man? And murder. Newly employed at Wedding Wonderland, Hattie Cooks is learning the industry from a woman she greatly admires. When her former brother-in-law is found dead in his luxury SUV, all fingers point to Hattie’s sister who is planning her own I dos.

 

Detective Allan Wellborn is caught between a rock and a hard place—Hattie’s family and investigating the murder of a well-connected Sommerville resident, the same loser who was once married to Hattie’s sister. Determining who’s the bad guy—or gal—isn’t going to be easy and sure to piss off someone.

 

Can Hattie beat the clock to find out who murdered Tracey’s ex before she is charged with the crime and her wedding is ruined?

 

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 Excerpt:

 

Sometimes, I felt like a small white mouse housed in a cage with lots of small white mice, whose playground activities involved eating, sleeping, and continually revolving on the exercise wheel. Just like one rodent friend—who I named Mr. Happy-Go-Lucky, having a field day back-flipping from the top of the spinning wheel—something happened. Unexpectedly, I found myself airborne.

 

Not hurt, a sense of disappointment overcame me, plus a bit of confusion, and a whole lot of colorful adjectives too numerous to list. I, mostly known as Hattie Cooks, shook off the pine shavings and joined the rat race. Sometimes, life sucked.

 

But wallowing? Not a good solution.

 

Being positive? A better one.

 

In most cases, a pitstop was a good idea, and I found comfort in my chocolate stockpile. And in most cases, I found empty shelves, for I had little dough to supply my habit due to the loss of my adored job as an assistant buyer at Sommerville’s top-class department store, Tucker’s, and the subsequent low-paying temporary ones I reluctantly took in the interim. Due to the expenses of rent, food, utilities, budgeting became my new compadré. However, for my recent birthday, Mom suggested friends and family provide me with treats. They were generous—gifting lots and lots of my favorite M&Ms in vast colors and flavors.

 

Mom’s idea totally rocked as the best birthday gift ever. 

 

From outside my door, I heard Allan Wellborn smack the doorframe.

 

“You know how to find me.”

 

I roused from my ruminations and banged my forehead against the wall.    


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


 

Funny, sweet, and quirky, Vicki Batman’s stories are full of her hallmark humor, romance, and will delight all readers. She has sold many award-winning and bestselling romantic comedy works to magazines and most recently, three humorous romantic mysteries. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Cat fancier. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby.

 

Find Vicki Batman at:vlmbatman@hotmail.com/

Website: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html/ 

Blog: http://www.vickibatman.blogspot.com/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vicki-Batman-sassy-writer-of-sexy-and-funny-fiction-133506590074451/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VickiBatman/   

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/vickibatman/   

Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman/  

Email: vlmbatman@hotmail.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4814608.Vicki_Batman/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vickilbatman/ 

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/vicki-batman    

 

Find Temporarily Out of Luck at: 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Temporarily-Luck-Hattie-Cooks-Mystery-ebook/dp/B08T7YSSRJ/

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:

 

Vicki Batman will be awarding a handbag, a $10 Amazon gift card, a $10 Starbucks gift card, and lots of goodies to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Welcome to author Judith E. Vido

 Hello, I'd like to welcome my friend Judith E. Vido, a talented author. She has been writing captivating stories for years. 

Now, Judith will tell a little about herself and her work: 

Years ago I sat down with my tape recorder to process my issues concerning my relationship, or lack of, concerns. I hit the record button and just talked. Placing myself in the spot of the heroine, I created my perfect dream lover. Tall, dark, handsome, rich, of course, and with a slight Spanish accent. (My childhood love of Zorro never diminished.) For weeks I sat a bit every day and spoke into my tape recorder. Then, one day I realized I had a book.  My next problem was to find a way to make it a real book, not just my dreams on a tape recorder.

 

I am totally blind. When I approached the Department for the blind about getting, OMG, a computer, they opened my case, assigned me a teacher and Voila, I got a computer. My book was the first thing that went on my document page. There I could edit, rewrite and make Sebastian Calderon my hero with myself, or what I would like to have been as his lady love. Once I got Judith and Sebastian together, I went to work on his assistant, Miguel and found a cousin of Judith’s that even looks like her. Lastly I brought Carlos out of hiding to at last discover and marry his lady, the one whose life is a big secret to Sebastian and could ruin them all.

 

There were my first three books. A LIVING HEART, A SEARCHING HEART and A GUILTY heart. I consulted with my best girl friends to give them what they wanted in a romance and even suspense. That was nearly thirty years ago. Recently all of my six books have been placed on Amazon and I am very proud of all of them. My writing is sparse, but it is everywhere I find. Short pieces I just scribbled down, poems, stories that rattled in my brain until I put them on the computer. 

 

When my partner died, my promise to write about my experiences with diabetes and blindness and all my other wild and wooly ways had to be fulfilled. 

In 2017 SO YOU HAD A DULL LIFE TOO: DIRT WOMAN AND OTHER MEN I’BE KNOWN arrived on amazon.com

My last two books, romance/mystery/western/paranormal, (go figure) are there too.FOREVER AT YOUR SIDE and COMMONWEALTH HOUSE. 

So, there I am with my beautiful love, Aleksander the little black wonder cat published on Amazon at last. Check it out and me too if you dare. SMILE

Lastly, none of it could have happens without the computer genius of Laura Hogg. God bless her for all the help she had freely offered and given over all these years. 


Judith's work can be found here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Judith-E-Vido/e/B0757HVMSZ?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1599698330&sr=1-1

 

**Thank you, Judith, I have enjoyed your work for years. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Welcome to author Sandra C. Lopez

Hello, Sandra, and congratulations on your book release.


Contest: This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Sandra C. Lopez will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Please follow the tour and comment. The more you do, the better your chances of winning.

Single Chicas is a collection of stories about modern Latinas being in, out, and around the zany hurdles of relationships. One woman receives strange calls from a lonely soul, another seeks advice on how to love herself, and another wakes up in a parallel universe to a man she's never met. These chicas will make painstaking effort to survive the complexities with humor and grace. Once again, López dazzles audiences with her brilliantly candid craft. Smart, witty, and funny, these stories will explore the true endurance of singlehood.

Read the Excerpt



I'll never forget the day my brother gave me a stroke. Of course, being that he was my little brother, a stroke should've been classified a recurring condition by then. Instead, the most he had ever given me was a chronic eye twitch, which, now that I think about it, may have been an indicator of an on-coming stroke. But, yes, it was definitely a stroke I had when Benito (I always called him Benny) came over that day to tell me he was getting married.


My brain blew a short and my whole body went numb. I think, at one point, the world before me was engulfed in a white flash, and then somehow I ended up on the floor. When I finally got the feeling back in my jaw, the only thing I could muster to say was: "Are you a moron?" The clear answer was "yes." He was a moron. Getting married? Was he out of his freaking mind? Oh, hell yeah! Let's put aside that he was only 19, not even old enough to drink, for god sakes; let's put aside that he'd only known the girl for 6 months, at most; let's even put aside how annoying the girl was and how I couldn't stand her. Why in the hell would he want to hang himself like that? Had he forgotten that marriage is basically a prison? Had he not paid attention to all the disaster stories I'd told him? Broken marriages from all around the table, starting with our parents and going all the way to our grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, to damn near everyone else we knew. It all ended the same: divorce, the blissful release from a life sentence.



"Why, Benny, why?"



"Oh, Bea, don't you even start," he retorted with a dismissive wave of his hand. "I don't want to hear your putdowns on marriage…again. I've heard them over and over and over."



"Well, have you heard that marriages basically suck the big weenie?"



"I believe I did hear that from you, yes."



"Well, then tell me why? Why the fuck would you do something like that!?" Oh, I could feel my poor blood pressure rising. Good grief, the boy was going to give me a heart attack. I tried taking in a few calming breaths, but the whole thing was basically useless. I was in total freak-out mode. "C’mon, Benny, tell me, please, because I'm not understanding here. What, did she pull that voodoo-hoodoo crap on you? Did you crack your head on something? Have you just completely lost your mind? C'mon, you gotta give me something here."



With an easy shrug, he said, "Oh...you know."



"No, I don't know!" Okay...one, two, three...breathe. I shot him a stern glance and asked directly, "Did you knock her up?"



He looked at me accusingly, his dark eyes narrowing. "You would think that, wouldn't you?"



"Well, I don't know what else to think."



Benny shook his head with a petulant eye roll. I know that eye roll. It's the same one he pulls whenever someone tells him to pick up his socks or wash his hands. In a huff, he simply stated, "No. I didn't knock her up."



"Then why?"



"Because she's just..."



"What? Say something."



"You know..." At a loss for words, he paused then added, "she's just so...you know...great."



A literary master at work here. "Great? What's so great about her?"



He shrugged his shoulders.



"That's a good answer," I inserted wryly.



"Well, I can't think with all these questions," he snapped.



"I'm sorry, do you need a minute? I mean, I know I'm throwing really hard questions at you. Worse than poking your nose or scratching your balls, evidently."



"Why you gotta be like that, huh?"



"Hey, I'm not the one ruining my life here. I'm not the one going after those little titties."



Pulling his "talk to the hand" gesture, Benny turned to walk away.


About the Author:
Sandra C. López is a writer, artist, blogger, and book reviewer. She is one of today's funny and influential authors in YA and chick lit. Her first novel, Esperanza, was published in March 2008 WHILE she was still in college. Her most recent and bestselling book is Single Chicas, a collection of humorous short stories about zany chicas. She is currently working on the next installment of the Single Chicas series called Holiday Chicas. Release date coming soon! When not writing her stories, Sandra supports the art and literary communities with freelance work and book promotion.










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