My Background 

There once was a little girl who didn’t know a word of English. She immigrated with her parents to Canada when she was five. They lived in a cockroach-infested apartment next to drug addicts, prostitutes and other poor immigrants. Her parents each worked 2 jobs to keep food on the table. They lived off junk…

Masked Monsters & Kept Women

I know a man who once threw a meat cleaver at his sister and nearly split her skull open. He regularly beats and intimidates his wife of twenty-five years and cheats on her. He smokes and drinks excessively, gambles, and occasionally leers at young girls. I am disgusted by the fact that I’m related to this…

Best Reads of 2016

I’ve been seeing these lists pop up everywhere, so I thought I’d pitch in my two cents. I haven’t read as many books as I would like this year, but the following are books that stayed with me, and impacted me in an unforgettable way. These are page-turners I couldn’t put down, emotional roller coasters…

Crescent Hill

I wanted to be her hero. But she was never mine to save. The harder I tried, the faster we crumbled. The faster we crumbled, the harder we tumbled. I couldn’t be her hero. CHAPTER ONE 14 days left A sharp pain radiated from my tailbone up to my spine, hot and fast. My arse…

Self-publishing: 30 Lessons I’ve Learned

I’m no expert in the field, and I haven’t seen much success, but if you’re interested, here are some of the lessons I’ve learned about self-publishing over the past 2 years. Note: these are my own opinions and there are always exceptions to the rule. Sell yourself, not your product. Don’t kid yourself, customers will…

My Biggest Fan Has Never Read My Books

There’s a 75-year-old woman who lives about four blocks away from me. She doesn’t speak any English, and she’s never read any of my books. But, get this, she is my biggest fan. She doesn’t know what I write, but she believes in my message anyway. This woman raised me. She taught me my multiplication…

My Hero

My hero is 6’8″ and 200lbs. He’s the strongest man I’ve ever met. I’ve seen him singlehandedly lift stoves and 40″ cabinets. He was born with 30/2o vision. He never gets sick, and he functions well on less than six hours of sleep each night. He also catches thieves and champions the weak from time to…

Book Review: Sparrow by L.J.Shen

  SPARROW, the caged lovebird of a ruthless ‘fixer’, is feisty, sassy and knows how to throw a punch. She is the latest conquest and forced bride of Troy Brennan, a man on a mission. One night, Troy kidnaps Sparrow and forces her into a sham marriage of convenience. Tongues wag, sparks fly, and inevitable…

Review: The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

I devour books. Sometimes one or two 300+ page novels in a week. At any one time, I’ll be reading 4-5 novels simultaneously. I’m a bit ADHD that way. So it takes quite a lot for me to stick with one book and finish it from cover to cover in a matter of days. If…

It Ends With All Of Us

Dear Mrs. Hoover, Your newest release, It Ends With Us, was not just a book to me. It wasn’t good. It was phenomenal. It wasn’t a page-turner. It was a I’m-crying-so-hard-I-can’t-see-the-pages-anymorer. It wasn’t powerful. It was I-was-just-bulldozed-by-a-semi-save-me-now. This book made me feel so much pain I wanted to rip it to shreds. I wanted to bury it in…