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Dear authors, publicists and readers,

I am afraid I have some very bad news regarding my reading list and review requests in 2016.  I am unable to commit to my arranged deadlines as I have a few major setbacks with my health.

I do hope in the future that I can return and honour my commitments regarding your work.

Respectfully,

Catherine Rose Putsche

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A Guest Post: By Yolanda De Iuliis

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About the author:

Yolanda De Iuliis was born in North Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1985. She grew up with an Italian/Irish background which soon led to an awareness of identity confusion within herself. From the age of 20 she left the countryside to explore not only city life but to encounter the other side of the world and for over ten years has been travelling to every continent to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible. After ten years of writing and collecting her autobiographical poetry she published Underneath my Soul (2015) which shows her growing from adolescence to adulthood using only poetry as a means of telling her story.

 

De Iuliis resides in her home town of Irvine, Ayrshire, for the time being and her current academic venture is Classical Studies combined with Modern Greek. French and Greek philosophies have also been studied and observed to motivate her mind in producing different thoughts and ideas. Her passion to write and provide an insight for others is not only her mission but her reason to exist.

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Memoirs-I-Yolanda-Iuliis/dp/0993597106/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1464163511&sr=8-1

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29993192-the-memoirs-of-i

Official website:

http://www.yolandadeiuliis.com/

 

Hi Catherine,

Thank you for inviting me to your blog and allowing me to tell you all about my book 🙂

“We must conquer our own mind before delving into other minds”

Tuesday 9th December 2014

The start of something that I did not realise would be a one year project and journey.

During this time in 2014 I was going through some personal struggles, troubles and upheavals.  My mind set was not the strongest or the most focused it could have been and has been in the past.  Working real hard in a job which never fulfilled me, trying my very best at university with what seemed to be no hope in passing and barely paying my bills for a place I did not own.  It was a lonely time full of change and I was disappointed with the way my life was going, it seemed out of control and I could not bare this feeling anymore.  I wanted and needed things to change therefore I started to think of the change and wrote it down.  I began to write every day with whatever I was feeling, to talk to someone and to have a friend always in my mind.  Something strange started to happen whilst writing, I began to self reflect in every matter of life and my surroundings. I learned quickly that these surroundings made me who I am and pushed these thoughts into my soul.  I didn’t want to be inspired, I wanted to be the one to inspire others therefore I started to teach myself on how I could teach others by helping them through their struggles.

The first job was to help myself therefore in The Memoirs of ‘I’ (part 1- the first 6 months) is important for the reader to understand my struggles, thoughts, ideas and crazy mind.  The reader is my therapist plus my best friend and with this help brings me to write (part 2 – the last 6 months) which in turn helps the reader through their own struggles.  I give advice and reflect on matters differently and ask them questions.  I propose them to think about their own world in a way that they may never have wondered before.

I speak of matters which are sometimes ignored by the masses in regards to religion, politics, slavery, life, existence, aliens, spirits, gods, travels, poverty and every other wonder you could imagine! The purpose – To open ones mind and bring out the child within them and the sensible adult which is all in us but we push away because of different circumstances.

Writing every day was a struggle, not because I had nothing to speak about… but due to the fact that I was thinking and analysing what most of us hide behind.  I needed to push through and do it though as I would never learn about myself and which path I wanted to head down.  I don’t preach to know all the answers, but I question all to try to find some answers.  I have given the reader some blank pages to write down their own thoughts, feelings and ideas which may have occurred whilst reading my mind.

The Memoirs of ‘I’ has been one experiment in which I will never forget and I will try to remember my own advices to bring a better smile to my world and yours.

“To sought out solace within yourself is the most difficult challenge and is quickly ignored by many, it can only be achieved when you find truth within oneself”

“Stop following the con artists, instead become the greatest and brightest artist ever to exist and let others follow your light instead”

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The Memoirs of ‘I’ by Yolanda De Iuliis

To make one think is to change a generation, to build one thought is to grow a better world.

In The Memoirs of ‘I’, De Iuliis covers the years 2014 to 2015, providing a daily encounter with her writings, visions, dreams and thoughts, allowing you to see the world from a different perspective. Philosophical and soulful, these memoirs offer an account of a character struggling to self reflect on a daily basis, presenting a wonderful insight into the mind of a thinker.

This is a book that should be read by anyone who wishes to see through another’s eyes, or by those who want to look anew at the simple and extreme thoughts lying behind our existence.

My Thoughts:

Firstly, I would like to thank Yolanda for contacting me and writing a guest post for my readers.  I really look forward to reading Yolanda’s memoirs and will be following up with an honest review of her work in the near future as I am currently closed for review submissions until January next year.

No Grey Areas: By Joseph N Gagliano

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“No Grey Areas is compelling memoir of Joseph N. Gagliano who orchestrated one of the largest shaving scandals in sports history. Within the pages readers will get a backstage pass into Joe’s personal story of greed, the consequences and his harrowing ride to redemption.”    https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

Before I read this book I had very little knowledge about the shaving scandal of 1994 and the sports gambling industry. Gagliano recounts and shares his story through a first-person narrative which is brutally honest and easy to follow, from the onset of the scandal to the devastating aftermath and how his life changed forever after it.

To be honest, I am not really a sports enthusiast but I was impressed by this book, it is well-written, compelling and an honest confession of a man who made some really poor choices when his fortune disappeared through “grey areas” of selfishness, greed, scandal and corruption.  Galliano’s unique and excruciating journey to atonement is inspirational and I would highly recommend it readers who enjoy memoirs about the sports industry.

Disclosure: I received this book free from The Cadence Group in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Ranking: 4.5 Stars

Mother Moon: By Bob Goddard

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“Goddard’s elegantly constructed novel evokes some of the finest traditions in science fiction, with a near future setting where the fate of humankind rests in the hands of a small colony of lunar-based scientists.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

Mother Moon is primarily set in the year 2087 and also on Earth in 1504.  These two unique stories run parallel along each other and although it is difficult to imagine at first how these two different stories link together through time and space, they do however reach a fascinating outcome, one that I didn’t see coming and I would highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy thought-provoking fiction.

I found the writing to be beautifully crafted with many remarkable, imaginative and breathtaking scenes. Goddard combines a gripping story with strong characterizations while maintaining an adventurous plot that deals with science and technology that is and will be used in the near future.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

Losing Diana: By Jane Benham

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“Losing Diana is a raw memoir and deeply moving account of one woman’s heartbreaking journey with her sister who is diagnosed with motor neurone disease and frontal lobe dementia.”  https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

Benham shares her unique journey through a first person narrative during one of the most challenging transitions in her life, through moments of grief, despair, heartache, hope and loss.  Losing Diana is a deeply moving story of the strong bond between two sisters when one sister is diagnosed with an incurable disease.  I am deeply moved by the author’s raw, authentic and riveting voice as it made me cry and think about my mortality.

My Ranking: 4.5 Stars

Could 2022 be a glimpse into our own future?

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Percipience Series Book 1
By Ken Kroes

“Percipience Series is fiction at its best with a compelling factual basis. Kroes eco terrorism thriller is unsettling and puts a lot into perspective about our social structure and partnership with Mother Earth. When I read this novel, I came away with the chilling notion that it could happen sometime in the near future.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

Kroes first offering in the eco terrorism thriller genre, 2022, centres on global intimidation made by an eco terrorist constitution and the attempts to try to stop them in their tracks while setting up a large-scale experiment for sustainable living.

Perhaps the biggest element of surprise for me was the size of global themes Kroes explores. These themes not only raise awareness of important global issues we face in life, they also educate, provoke and motivate us in to doing something positive to try to save the world as we know it, before it is too late. I also admire the author’s uncanny ability to combine, espionage, murder, revenge and a hint of romance to spice up the thrillingly relentless plot.

Could 2022 be a glimpse into our own future?

I can’t wait to read the rest of the series to find out what happens and I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fiction which explores problems that surround our precious planet.

Disclosure: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

A Deeply Touching Anthology: Pieces Like Pottery: Stories of Loss and Redemption: By Dan Buri

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“Pieces Like Pottery, is a collection of heartfelt and enlightening short stories that deal with themes such as, loss, anguish, forgiveness and atonement.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

This anthology of short stories written by Dan Buri is a compilation of the diverse experiences that people experience in their daily lives. Each of these nine stories tug at the heart, the writing is insightful and provocative. The first and perhaps the hardest hitting story for me as a reader involves a couple that thought their marriage could withstand anything life threw at them, until their only child dies and it shatters both their worlds as they slowly drift apart. This story, like all the others is well-written and filled with experiences like my own and I could connect with the characters immediately. The other stories explore a number of themes, such as a single parent becoming widowed because of the weight of nature, one man’s insecurities and low self-esteem change his outlook on life and one young man’s need to find a place where he belongs as he struggles with his sexuality.

Although short stories are not something I read very often as the depth and dimension to the characters are sometimes lacking. I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised with Buri´s fascinating group of characters, all of which handle grief and loss in their own different ways. I would highly recommend this anthology to readers who appreciate emotional and thought-provoking literature.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

Enter The Monkey: By Prince Rasta

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Enter The Monkey is a memoir of one man’s search for happiness and self-discovery in a dream adventure around the world. https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

Prince Rasta opens his diary from the age of five to the age of twenty-seven for the world to see. The reader is invited into his world to share his emotional journey from been a young boy who is weighed down with insecurities, to a young man who gains precious insights in to some of life’s most basic questions.

I would like to applaud Prince Rasta in being so defenceless and honest with his feelings and expressing his thoughts so openly, as I suspect some people will either love it as a source of inspiration, or hate it as self-indulgent blah blah blah. I found the book to be truly inspirational and think it will help many people on their own personal journeys towards fulfilment.

My Ranking: 4 Stars

 

RedEye: Fulda Cold: A Rick Fontain Novel By Bill Fortin

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“RedEye: Fulda Cold is a suspenseful, hard-hitting and astonishing piece of military history that is set in 1969 West Germany and explores the reality of what happened on the border between the conflicting forces of East and West that I knew very little about until now.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

Rick Fontain tells us about his exciting adventures through a first person narrative that allows the reader to travel with Rick from his initial induction into the army, following him on his journey where he and his team are stationed near the Fulda Gap to prevent an invasion or attack from Russia.

As a reader, I felt that I could connect easily with Rick on his incredible journey as he takes you by the hand and doesn’t let it go until the last page. Fortin does a remarkable job of describing the people and the landscape of the late 1960s, while throwing more light onto the tactics that the American military deployed to contain Russia in the Cold War. I certainly hope that this isn’t the last we have heard from Rick Fontain, and do hope that there is a sequel in the near future, as I cannot wait to read more of this young hero’s adventures and more of his infectious good humour.

Finally, I would also like to add that Fortin has put together a remarkably well written story with a vast amount of meticulous research and footnotes that detail the timeframe of when and where things take place. I found this to be tremendously helpful as it strengthened my understanding and added to my reading pleasure.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

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