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No, I Haven’t Finished my Taxes – I Am NOT Procrastinating, I’m Too Busy Reading, Working, and Writing Reviews

23 Mar

OK – maybe I am procrastinating. So, normally I have my taxes done rather early. For some reason this year, I have not touched them. I don’t know why this wave of procrastination has come over me regarding my taxes this year… It’s an inexplicable mystery. BUT – I am determined to finish them this weekend. The fact that I have not touched them yet but have found time to finish a book, start a new one and write several reviews that I had yet to do as well as write a new blog post, will not deter me. Besides, it’s only Saturday…I have a whole day left in the weekend to do them. Maybe it’s NOT procrastination after all – it’s TIME MANAGEMENT! I like that explanation better.

Let’s take a look at some of the things I have been allocating time to! There are a few so let’s get started.

I was contacted by someone regarding a charity where they ask authors for books for a couple of pretty great causes. Here are the details. Fellow authors, I encourage you to check it out!

One program centers around adult recovering patients in local hospitals. After I read a book I lend them to patients in the hospitals and before they go home they give them back to the nurse and the process continues on to other patients.

The second program promotes literacy in regards to lower-income at-risk youth. We help to provide free books to children-teenagers-most of these families can not afford to purchase books for their children.

We are asking authors if they would donate copies of their books to our charitable organization. We can use signed books for fundraising (to help our youth program-100% of any funds raised go into the program as we have very low over head and all of our organizations members volunteer their time and are not paid) OR we can use unsigned copies of books to use for our adult hospital program. Would you consider donating to this worthy cause?

Every donation to our programs are 100% tax-deductible and we can send a receipt for any donation that is made.

If you have any author friends who might be interested in donating please let them know about us. I offer special thanks on our Facebook page for donations as well as a link in which people can see the generosity of the author and possibly purchase their books! I am also willing to read any copies sent to me personally and post a review (if the author requests that I do-some reviews take a little longer than others depending on how many books are donated in which a review is requested-but I promise to write a review if requested with the donation)

Any donated books can be sent to:
Wee Care Community Outreach Inc
C/O Dawn Lowery
2873 Wells Drive
Dalton, Georgia 30721

Thank you for your time

Sincerely,
Dawn Lowery
Founder
Wee Care Community Outreach Inc
Federal ID Number 20-5077011

So there’s that. I think it’s a very worthwhile cause – both of them!
Moving on. I have some reviews for you!

This movie is fantastic March 23, 2013 5 Stars
By Chasta Schneider
I watched this by chance when it was on a pay channel when I thought it was a different movie. It’s not often that I’m so glad I made a mistake but this is one of those times.

I cannot even tell you how hard this movie made me cry – and I am NOT the crying type people. It is absolutely heart wrenching and tragic and beautiful all at the same time. I don’t need to tell you what it’s about, you can read the description. What I will tell you is that this movie is one of the best I’ve seen. Out of the blue, unexpected, raw emotion. It makes you understand how sometimes letting yourself just feel without analyzing everything is the true gift and the way we should live. If you fall in love in a day – embrace it rather than question and doubt it. JUST LIVE! Don’t miss this emotional rollercoaster ride – and grab the Kleenex!

I hope book 4 is almost finished!, March 23, 2013
By Chasta Schneider “Chasta”

This review is from: Released Souls (Witch Avenue Series #3) By Karice Bolton (Kindle Edition) 4.5 stars
I really enjoy the books I’m reading by Karice Bolton. This series has really sucked me in. Even though book one was not my favorite, I knew I had to continue the series because the story itself was simply intriguing – and I’m so glad that I did.

I’ve got one gripe for you Karice. Either make your books longer or write faster! 🙂

If you enjoy paranormal books that contain witches, warlocks, magic and fairies with a pretty great love story thrown in the mix, do yourself a favor and pick up this series. Bolton gives you quality writing with superb story-telling ability.

In this particular installment, our characters have matured and their relationship is stronger than ever – or is it? There are a few unexpected twists and turns that I truly appreciated. I would talk more about them but I don’t like to put in spoilers. JUST READ IT!

Chasta Schneider rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Pink Lemonade Diary (Pink Lemonade Memories, #1)
byJuliette Hill

When I think of this story, the word that comes to mind is CUTE. It just is. It’s a quick, entertaining read about a young teen who is angry that she has to stay with her great-aunt for a couple of weeks one summer and it ends up being the best time she ever had.

So why only 3 stars? Well, the story seemed really rushed and not a lot of detail about what was going on with the characters. There were all kinds of details about what they were eating though. I found that bits odd since so little details were given to the characters. I would have liked the story to have been about her having to stay the whole summer there. It would have given more meat to the story and would have allowed more time for character development. Not to mention the main character has her first crush and only gets to see him for a week. Bummer!

All in all, very charming characters and plot. If you are looking for something you can finish quickly that makes you smile, this one’s for you.

The Sea of Tranquility
by Katja Millay
Chasta Schneider’s review
3 of 5 stars

I liked this story but I didn’t love it. There really is a lot of “nothing” going on most of the time and I found myself wishing it would hurry up and end. Not because the writing was poor, I was just bored a lot of the time. When the ending finally came, I realized that I was inevitably very glad that I had read this story.

The author uses suspense to keep you going and it simply becomes a quest to keep going so you can find out what the hell happened to the girl that screwed her up so badly. I really didn’t care for how the no talking situation was handled though. The fact that she began to pick and choose who she would speak to turned her situation from damaged to childish in my opinion. Yes, I get why she started talking to certain individuals, it just didn’t play right with me. However, some of this is explained later when she admits that she was actually only feeling sorry for herself rather than mourning her losses – but you don’t get that explanation until the end, so it’s simply annoying up until then. At that point, you can finally let it go because the character is at least admitting she went about things the wrong way and the reader is not expected to condone it.

The writing itself has a nice style and flow. The characters that Millay offers up are both complex and witty, albeit they all seem to come from planet gorgeousandgifted. I appreciate the details that the author incorporates as well. The details help to draw you into the situations and you can really appreciate the emotional gauntlet that the characters are going through – and I do mean gauntlet.

I have to say, I did really love the last few chapters. The disappointment of not having things turn out the way you want – learning to accept and move on. That’s how things really happen and I love that the author doesn’t offer the “magical” ending where all of the characters are instantly “fixed” and everyone gets exactly what they want.

The book is definitely worth reading, but I can’t say I agree with all the hype – but that’s just me and every person sees a book in their own way. However, as I said, the ending is fantastic and I’m glad I read it just for that.

And there you have it. My most recent reviews. Forgive the difference in how they are listed. I pull them from different sites that I review on. I’m currently reading Bad Apple by Barbara Morgenroth. I have just started so I don’t have any ideas on it yet.

Random thought – Is it just me, or does it seem like Gerard Butler has some sort of impediment that makes it hard for him to speak? Oh well, he’s hot as hell when he’s being quiet.

Well, I’m going to wrap this up. I hope you enjoyed!

Until next time,
Chasta

PS – WINTER IS COMING!!! 3/31/13 CAN’T WAIT!!!!!

A Wretched Read and a Trip Where I Was Beat Over the Head With Jesus

24 Feb

Hello Gang!

So, I’m back from another visit to North Carolina where every time I turn around I see a new church and everyone I speak to “God Blesses” me. While it’s all very nice, I happen to be agnostic. Therefore, the multiple daily doses of Jesus tend to get my eyes rolling. Still, it’s more amusing to me than anything how people set so much store in a religion that is merely compromised of the stolen elements of several other older religions – including many of the Pagan beliefs. Just saying! However, I don’t want to start a holy war on my blog and I am open-minded enough to feel that people should believe what they want – just don’t try to shove it down my throat. 🙂 That being said, the area and the people of North Carolina are simply beautiful and I look forward to moving there – churches and all. LOL!

While I was there, I took a book with me that I had just started to read. It is entitled “Comprehending Columbine” and it was really disappointing. I have read about Columbine extensively, books, the reports, the journals, websites, you name it. This book, which was supposed to be a scholarly research project was completely subjective and many liberties were taken so the author could support his own theories. It was a very irresponsible publication in some aspects if you want to be blunt about it. Anyway, here is the link, and here is my review. Do with it what you will!

Chasta Schneider’s review
Feb 24, 13 ·
1 Star on Goodreads, 2 Stars on Amazon (due to the different meanings of the stars on each site)
Comprehending Columbine
by Ralph W. Larkin
Oh boy… This author is a bit confused as to what kind of project he was attempting to do. It is marketed as a researched, scholarly type of work, one based on research and facts. It ended up being more along the lines of Capote’s “In Cold Blood” genre in that the research was mixed with the author’s assumptions, opinions, omissions, and storytelling.

I am not an expert on Columbine, I am however, extremely well-read on the subject and I don’t just mean the books. I have read the boy’s journals, the police reports and thousands upon thousands of documents that go with them, studied the websites, have researched bullying, etc… That being said, this is why I have a lot of problems with this book. Not only are there inconsistencies, there seems to be a blatant disregard for facts. Some examples of this would be anything from the small details such as saying that Eric threw a rock at Brook’s windshield when in fact it was a snow/ice ball – not an important detail, but if you are going to report on something, be accurate. A more glaring example would be how Dylan is continuously portrayed as a bi-sexual simply because some reporter said he had met him on a chat room and Dylan had told him so. Really? You’re kidding me right? (Sigh) I did read about the claims the reporter made regarding having been chatting with Dylan in some random chat room where he told him he was bi-sexual – why the reporter would have even asked a teenage boy about his sexuality I don’t know (eyebrow raised). It was in one or two of the countless reports on this case – and may have been touched on in another book – I believe it was. Anyway, the story was discounted because there was no proof and they were unable to find any records of it ever happening. Also, as everyone knows, you could be talking to anyone in a chat room and they certainly don’t need to tell you the truth. The consensus was that the reporter was working an angle for his own glory and it was disregarded completely. The other half of that, that I find terribly troubling, Larkin was supposed to be researching, yet he latches on to a story that all involved agreed was fictitious and he says nothing about the actual things that Dylan was conflicted and depressed about that you can see all over in his journal. Dylan was in fact, rather girl crazy. Unfortunately, girls were not crazy about him and as the rejections piled up, you can literally see the steps of the changes he goes through from elation, to depression, to suicidal, back to elation(new girl), and so on, until he ultimately becomes hateful and bitter. While not as full as Eric’s, Dylan’s journal is extremely telling and should have been considered for this work. Larkin also makes some sort of statement about how once their planning had begun, they were determined to follow it through. He also calls Dylan nothing but Eric’s disciple. Again, not true. Dylan writes in his journal after being hurt and rejected once more that maybe going NBK with Eric is the only answer after all (implying by the context of the entry that he was not as serious about it as one would think when they were planning it). Immediately after that sentence, he wrote “Gawd” as if the thought of it was ridiculous. I would highly recommend that people read Dylan’s journal – especially since Larkin has completely ignored it in this book. Probably because it would greatly contradict his “confused about his sexuality” theory.

This book also offers up a lot of regurgitated material – constantly in fact. Not only was it the research of others, many instances were quoted repetitively throughout the book.

One thing I did like, were the student interviews. It was interesting to read their thoughts and experiences. Clearly, there was bullying that was rather brutal to a certain part of the population, but it seems that a large majority of the students were not subjected to how violent things could really get. While these interviews were interesting, Larkin takes a lot of liberties with them. He also seems to freely diagnose people and situations – enter the fiction.

This is a troubling book in that it is inconsistent, subjective, and in some cases fictitious. Larkin seemed to be focused on Eric only, and ran rampant with his personal assumptions. If he wanted to write a subjective book regarding his assumptions regarding Columbine, perhaps he should have chosen a different title, perhaps something like, “My Assumptions Regarding Columbine.” I could offer a lot more as to why I have issues with this one, however, you get the gist and I’m ready to shelve it. Be careful here if it’s your first read on Columbine – it’s not the most accurate information and there is way too much omitted in order to benefit the author’s own theories. It’s rather misleading.

When I returned home from my trip, I decided to take it easy and finish some of the other stories I’ve been trying to get through. I finished the prequel named Final Destiny by V.K. Ramsey finally. I think this series has a lot of potential. I’ve truly never read anything like it. It could use some editing, but the story is compelling. Here is the link and the review.

Final Destiny: (GUARDING THE LIGHT Part 2.)
by V.K. Ramsey
Chasta Schneider’s review
Feb 24, 13 ·
4 Stars
Read from February 03 to 24, 2013

I really like the overall concept of this story as a whole. It is very complex and contains elements of spiritualism, martial arts, paranormal, and teen angst. You find yourself more wrapped up in this one as opposed to The Third Key, probably because you get to meet Jason as teenager and you get to know his character much more intimately.

The scope of the story is infinite. It has endless possibilities and has the potential to be an incredible series, full of adventure and nail-biting suspense. My only suggestion to the author would be that when writing about teenagers in America, it would be better to research how they talk – especially in Jersey. Through all of Jason’s dialogue, I felt that he was foreign. I feel that this book would really gain a following with the benefit of a bit more editing.

The Guarding the Light series is an original, action-packed, good vs. evil, spiritual, paranormal, push-the-limits-of-the-imagination, James Bond meets Pin Head (Hellraiser) type of story. It has so many elements to it that I’m not sure exactly how to categorize it. If you are looking for a read that is any genre except romance – this one’s for you! I look forward to seeing this series mature.

Well, I’m back to taking it easy and reading some more. I’ll check back soon!

Chasta

Flashback!

10 Sep

Hello Readers!  In a moment of nostalgia, I have come across one of my poems that was published by my college when I was an undergrad.  It represents my coming out of a very difficult time in my life and I thought I would share it with you!  I hope you enjoy it!

When a Door Slams Shut

My ears vibrated with the slam of the door

My body shook like never before

The world had turned over with nothing the same

My identity lost, my being, my name

Total devastation enveloped my soul

My life was drowning without any hope

Numbness overwhelmed me, it crept and it hummed

The throbbing in my head pulsated and drummed

I remembered a saying, a small glimmer of hope

It kept me going and helped me to cope

That’s when I saw it, that small speck of light

So far away, nearly swallowed by night

The door that had slammed was left slightly ajar

A window of new life, yet it seemed very far

As I fought for life, it grew larger with will

Until finally I reached it and clung to the sill

As I thrust it open, I breathed a deep breath

Felt the grip loosen, the hands of hope’s death.

Chasta Schneider

Promotions!

9 Sep

 

Hello Readers!

While the free promotion is over, my novel The Missing Chapters is currently available on amazon.com in Kindle format for only $1.99!  Don’t miss out http://www.amazon.com/The-Missing-Chapters-ebook/dp/B008WVLVBG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1347128122&sr=1-1&keywords=the+missing+chapters!  Also, don’t forget to write your reviews of my work on amazon.com!  I’m always interested to know how readers feel about my work, good, bad or ugly!  🙂

I invite you to visit my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/Chasta1211 to read a tiny teaser from the project (novel)  that I am currently working on!  The tentative title is The Fishing Trip and falls into several genres including fictional romance, drama, and suspense.  Publication date TBD 2012.  Please don’t forget to like my page while you are there!

Take care and keep reading!  Talk to you soon!

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A Quick Hello!

9 Sep

Hello and thank you for reading!  This is my first official blog on this site!

The purpose for this site is to keep fans of my work informed of what is going on with any upcoming projects and/or events concerning my books.

My books are currently exclusively available on amazon.com.  Please visit my author page where a complete listing of my available work is available!  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0094WDYHG

I also invite you to visit my facebook page where you can find updates, news, sneekpeeks and more!  http://www.facebook.com/Chasta1211

Talk to you again soon!

Chasta

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