About valenciyalyons

I’m a fashion loving, lover of the stars and the universe above us. I love any and all things cute like bunnies and puppies. I will read any fashion magazine I can get my hands on in my spare time - People Style Watch and Marie Claire just to name a few. I’m a fashion merchandising graduate with styling, visual merchandising, and customer service experience. I also have several ebooks that I have published. I love to have fun and enjoy life while I still have the stars. ~ Peace, Love, and Cheesecake ~

50 Ideas for your Book Blog

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Lately, I have found myself just having time to post my albeit not very long book reviews, I don’t think I have posted anything but a book review and the occasional author interview for quite a while. This is mainly due to time restrictions and I’m really having a great time reading so many awesome books that’s just mainly what I have wanted to focus on.

However at the start of the year while I was still having the inspiration to be extremely organized I sat down and wrote myself a whole lot of things I did want to include for the year. So instead of letting them sit in my draft pile not to be touched for the foreseeable future, I have decided to compile them into a post in case anyone else liked the idea. I find with discussion posts especially everyone has such a different take or…

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A Book Review of The Secret of the Old Clock – Nancy Drew Book 1

The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

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Book Description:

The Secret of the Old Clock is the mystery that began it all for America’s favorite teenaged slueth. The accidental rescue of a little girl who lives with her two great-aunts leads to an adventurous search for a missing will.

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My Thoughts:

I first began reading Nancy Drew books in 3rd or 4th grade and completed the collection by middle school. I’m twenty-eight now and it’s just as great now as it was then.

The book starts out with Nancy rescuing a little girl, Judy who runs into the street. She makes it safely across the road but falls down into a river. Nancy takes Judy home and meets her great-aunts. They tell her about a relative named Josiah Crowley who had helped them in the past with their finances. Prior to his death, he promised to remember them in his will. Instead, only one will was found and in it he left everything to his wealthy relative Richard Topham. They believe there has to be a second will that no one has found. While Nancy is still in Judy’s great-aunts’ home, they discover some items are missing from the home. The two women believe that the men who knocked on their door and asked if they had old furniture to sell, were the ones who stole from them.

Nancy’s journey leads her to meet more of Josiah Crowley’s relatives who were told that he’d remember them in his will. Most of his relatives were friendly, down to earth people, except for his cousin Richard Topham’s two daughters, Ada and Isabel. They are the type of people who feel as if the world owes them something and that everyone else is beneath them.  Even his wife is snooty, but oh how the might fall at the end of the book.

Nancy is a very likable character who has a caring and compassionate heart. Her determination and strong will for the truth leads her not only to solve the mystery of the missing will, but help many of Josiah Crowley’s relatives who would not have received help otherwise.

If you like a good mystery that never gets old, then I’d recommend reading this book.

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Find Out More About The Author And Where To Buy

Author’s Goodreads Page: Carolyn Keene’s Goodreads Page

Amazon: The Secret of the Old Clock

Books A Million: The Secret of the Old Clock

Google Play: The Secret of the Old Clock

Apple Books: The Secret of the Old Clock

Killer Dolls Book Review

Killer Dolls By Nisa Santiago

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Book Description:

Beautiful Menace (or Viral Violence)
Half Japanese and half Jamaican, Aoki is young, beautiful, and known throughout her Brooklyn neighborhood as a menace to local authorities. On the eve of a brutal murder that hits close to home, Aoki needs her friends more than ever. Her ride-or-die besties, Tisa and Ri-Ri, are down to help by any means necessary, even if it puts their own freedom at risk.

While coming up in the drug game, AZ gets into a situation he can’t handle on his own. When he reaches out to Aoki – an unlikely ally – the girls agree to handle his problem for a small fee. When surveillance video of the conquest goes viral, the Brooklyn hood chicks are transformed into Killer Dolls.

This overnight fame brings heat to the Killer Dolls, with jealousy, envy, and a dark secret threatening to destroy everything.

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My Thoughts:

This was a great page turner of a book. I hadn’t even made it to chapter one yet and I was reading about a 16 year old teenage girl watching her father stab her mother to death. Then she gets a knife and stabs him. It was time to be scared of her. The main character Aoki gets ready the next day as if nothing happened and the girl can fight in heels. I can’t imagine what seeing one parent kill another could do to a person but she got something else deep going on inside her. Anyhow, after the murder she goes to a friend’s house and then the movies while her parents’ dead bodies are still there.

At 18, Aoki drops out of school. Her anger issues have not improved either. People in the neighborhood fear her. As a child, she was teased because of her Jamaican accent and appearance. At first she’d cry. Then she hardened herself and tried ignoring the teasing, which manifested her anger. Bullying is never right. It can really mess with a person mentally and then on top of that you still have to deal with whatever else life is throwing at you. Seeing her parents addicted to drugs on top of the bullying didn’t help her either. She’d been arrested for fighting and the sergeant gave her a chance to prove that she could do better with her life. The sergeant and the cop she fought can tell that she is troubled, but I don’t think troubled is really the word to describe Aoki.

She eventually lets her friends in on what happened with her parents. Her friend AZ comes up with the idea of purchasing two tin barrels and quicklime to keep the smell under control, since the ground was too hard to bury the bodies. Aoki never buried her parents though. The barrels were put in the backyard. “Every month, late in the night, she would go out and cover the bodies with quicklime to keep the smell contained and help preserve the remains”.
To provide for herself she gets into the drug game and becomes a contracted killer. She lets her two friend girls in on it and they become known as The Killer Dolls. Got an enemy? Contact the Killer Dolls and Aoki will definitely make sure the job gets done.

Overall this book was a 5 star read. This is the first book that I’ve read by Nisa Santiago but it definitely will not be my last. I loved her writing style and how she goes in depth with describing the characters and the lives they lead. The story is very well edited and put together. The story and characters take on a life of their own. I cannot wait to read Part 2.

Find Out More About The Author And Where To Buy:

Author’s Facebook Fan Page: Nisa Santiago FB FanPage

Author’s Goodreads Page: Nisa Santiago Goodreads Page

Author’s Twitter Page: Nisa Santiago Twitter Page

Amazon: Killer Dolls Nisa Santiago

Books A Million: Killer Dolls Nisa Santiago

Google Play: Killer Dolls Nisa Santiago

Apple Books: Killer Dolls Nisa Santiago

Book Review of Home Tears

Home Tears By Tijan

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Book Description:

Dani’s survived a lot of sh*t storms. Her mother died. Her two sisters loathed her. One aunt hated her. The other was strangely distant, but the worst storm—being dumped by her childhood best friend/high school boyfriend/first love for her younger sister. There went the one person who was hers and with that, the main reason she stuck around. So, she left for ten years. But now she’s back, and nothing’s the same. With help from Jonah Bannon, a reformed—kind of—bad boy she remembers from high school, Dani uncovers family secrets that have spanned generations. And along with those, she’s about to face the biggest sh*t storm of her life. Only this time, she may not survive.

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My Thoughts:

This is my first book by this author. I really enjoyed reading it. It does show that not every family is perfect and everyone has their own personal issues. The main character, Dani comes across to me as a strong person who knows what she wants and will not let other people push her around. Also, she’s not afraid of a confrontation. Her ex-boyfriend, Jake, is not any type of guy that someone, decent, like her deserves. He dumped her for her younger sister! Not only that but her dated her other sister as well. This guy dated three O’Hara sisters. That says a lot about him. As for Jonah, the bad boy of the town, I fell in love with him. People in the small town where he lives says that he’s a bad boy but really he is misunderstood. People go off of rumors and what they hear others saying instead of really getting to know him. Jonah and Dani are not friends during their school years; however, once she comes back into town after ten years, their relationship turns from friends to lovers and friends. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read filled with real-life relatable problems and some drama. It’s a reminder that every family has secrets. Some will be revealed while others may never be revealed.

Find Out More About The Author And Where To Buy

Author’s Website: http://www.tijansbooks.com/

Author’s Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Tijansbooks/

Author’s Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4851199.Tijan?from_search=true

Amazon: Home Tears

Books A Million: Home Tears

Book Review of Black Love White Lies 2

Black Love White Lies 2 By Genesis Woods

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Book Description:

Audrielle never imagined the next time she came face to face with Cairo, he’d have some news that would literally tear her heart into a million pieces. With nothing else to do but move on, will letting go of Cairo be an easy task for Audri, or will an old flame be there to help her get over it?
Cairo can’t wait for the unholy matrimony agreement he and Alex have to be over. The look on Audris face when she found out that he married his supermodel looking ex, was enough to break the strongest man down. All Cairo wants to do is collect his money, get a divorce, and finally be with the plus size beauty who stole his heart. When lies are still being told, truths are still being hidden, and devious schemes are brought into fruition, can the love Cairo and Audrielle have for each other get past it all or is it too late to try and save something that might not want to be saved?

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My Thoughts:

While reading this book, Audrielle’s pregnancy threw me for a loop for a minute. I was expecting her to have one baby, not two! In addition to that, I’m so glad she finally put her mother in her place. I was so irritated while I read through certain parts of Part I because her mother was so insulting and taking jabs at her and she just took it. But Mama Audrielle has finally found her voice. Or rather been pushed to the point to where she had to just tell her mother off in a nice way.

Alex is still as nutty as ever. She just can’t seem to accept that Cairo doesn’t love her. She shouldn’t have ever married him knowing he didn’t truly love her. Money can buy a lot of things but love is not one of them. Someone either loves you or they don’t. Instead, Alex could’ve been spending her time with a man who actually loves her and knows she exists. You can’t make somebody, love you. They either do or they don’t.

It seems as though Cairo and Audrielle can’t catch a break. Just when things are looking up for them, Alex does the unthinkable. She actually kidnaps one of Audrielle and Cairo’s babies! Luckily, she didn’t harm the baby in any way. She did get her just desserts, but knowing Alex she’ll probably try to break out of prison. I recommend this series to any and everyone. I cannot wait until book 3 is in paperback so I can read it, too.

Find Out More About The Author And Where To Buy

Author’s Website: https://www.genesiswoods.com/

Author’s Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/thebeginning616/

Author’s Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10777631.Genesis_Woods

Amazon: Black Love White Lies 2: A BWWM Romance

Books A Million: Black Love White Lies 2: A BWWM Romance

Barnes & Noble: Black Love White Lies 2: A BWWM Romance

To read The Book Review to Part 1 of Black Love White Lies, please click here: Black Love White Lies Book 1 Review

Book Review of A Chance For Love

A Chance For Love By D.L. Biranen

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Book Description:

Victoria Brown lost her father four years ago. Her stepmother and her stepsister are bent on making her life miserable. Turning her into a pitiful maid, they force her to live a modern day re-enactment of Cinderella. But they don’t know that where there’s a Cinderella, there’s a Fairy Godmother and a Prince Charming who would do anything to bandage the damage in her life.
When an arrogant new student shows up in class, Victoria hates him at first sight. She seeks to avoid him but finds herself partnering with him in solving a mystery revolving around a ghost. And against her will, sparks fly.
Life takes a turn that rips Victoria off her innocence and places her stepmother as her footstool. Once, she’d wanted a chance for love, but all she wants now is revenge. And not even her Prince Charming can stand in her way.
Will she follow her heart and let love win, or will she follow her head and be a slave of vengeance?

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My Thoughts:

Following the passing of Victoria’s father, her step-mother and step-sister no longer feel the need to hide their feelings of hatred toward her. Her tiny frame is evident of the physical abuse she endures. Despite the mistreatment she faces from her stepfamily, she still longs for them to love and accept her. Victoria’s step-sister, Cynthia, does all that she can to try to harm Victoria and cause her to lose her school scholarship. Enter Raheem. He’s the new foreigner at the girls’ school and Cynthia’s dying to sink her claws into him. However, her usual tricks do not work on him. Instead, he has set his sights on Victoria. What begins as a friendship slowly turns to more. This story about young love will make you believe in love once more – if you already didn’t.

This book was beyond being a Cinderella story! I stayed up until 3 am trying to finish it. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop. It was the best story I’ve read in a long time. To say Victoria went through a lot would be an understatement. Her step-mother and step-sister both hated her and tried all they could to make her life as miserable as possible both at home and at school. The new boy in school, Raheem, is such a great match for Victoria. After everything that she’s been through with the passing of her mother and father, she deserves more happiness in her life. I was also pleased when I read that Raheem’s father made it back safely to his family. I will be reading the other books as well. And I would also love to see more books featuring Raheem and Victoria in the future.

Find Out More About The Author And Where To Buy

Author’s Website:  https://dlbiranen.blogspot.com/

Author’s Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/DLBiranenAuthor/

Author’s Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16577299.D_L_Biranen

Barnes & Noble: A Chance For Love

Smashwords: A Chance For Love

 

 

Book Review of Black Love White Lies

Black Love White Lies By Genesis Woods

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Book Description:

Audrielle Freeman hasn’t really been dealt a fair hand when it comes to love. With an ex who she assumes left her for the next, a mother who is always on her about her weight, and a current boyfriend whom she finds in an awkward position on their anniversary, she’s still optimistic that true love will happen for her one day. After having her heart broken for the last time, she decides to take a small break from men and just focus on her thriving shoe store she owns with her sister Ariana.

Cairo Broussard wasn’t looking for love, but at the same time, was open for it to happen if it came. He never thought in a million years that he’d practically fall in love at first sight after walking into the custom shoe store one of his players told him about. When his ex-girlfriend Alexandra Tate offers him a proposition to manipulate his inheritance, will he marry her for the money or will he follow his heart and be the man that Audrielle needs him to be?

Watch what happens and unfolds when your back is up against the wall and people from your past pop up to either make your life better or ruin it all together. Black love is a very strong and powerful thing, but with white lies in the mix, who knows what will happen?

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Free Gifts For You 🎁

I am giving away my Unpopular in Love short story series today, July 22nd, only on Amazon. It’s about three best friends who never thought love would find them. Each girl has her own personal battles that she must go through. Along with a knight in shining armor to catch her if she lets her guard down. If you read it, please let me know what you think. Enjoy. 💋

Valenciya

 

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 Linden (Unpopular in Love Book 1)

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Luna (Unpopular in Love Book 2)

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Getting To Know The Characters Of Cami’s Decision

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Camila “Cami” Alderson is a sweet, sensitive, teenager who finds out she’s pregnant by her first love, River.

Kaci Alderson is Cami’s younger sister. She says whatever is on her mind and doesn’t take crap from anyone. She believes in firmly standing up for herself and what she believes in. She comes across as tough but has a soft spot for her sister.

Marissa Benson has been best friends with Cami since they were kids. They share all of their secrets with each other – or do they?

Skylar Caldarelli is Kaci’s best friend…who secretly has a crush on her.

River Miller was Cami’s first love. Even though they are no longer dating, he still has a soft spot in his heart for her.

Leena and Kelly Davidson are the queen bees of Crossroads High. And anyone who tries to stand in their way will be dealt with accordingly.

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Dream Cast For Cami’s Decision:

Candice Patton as Camila “Cami” Alderson

Ashton Moio as River Miller, Cami’s ex-boyfriend

Paige Hurd as Kaci Alderson, Cami’s younger sister

Avan Jogia as Skylar Caldarelli, Kaci’s best friend

Jillian Rose Reed as Marissa Benson, Cami’s best friend

AJ Michalka as Leena Davidson, Cami’s bully

Olivia Culpo as Kelly Davidson, Leena’s younger sister

 

 

 

Free and Half-Priced Books From Crossroads Trilogy On Smashwords

Cami’s Decision, my first story in the Crossroads Trilogy, is free on Smashwords. As a part of the Annual July Summer/Winter Sale on Smashwords, books 2 and 3, Life After Natalie and A New Beginning are half-off. 😊

Cami’s Decision

Life After Natalie

A New Beginning

 

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