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Phoenix Incandescent:

From Blogs:

Anita Dawes and Jaye Marie

Anita Dawes and Jaye Marie  (They were both so kind to read my book, TY!)

Lyndell Williams

S. S. Bazinet

 

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I really enjoyed this book. I loved getting lost in this magical world. When it ended it left me wanting more. I hope there is going to be a sequel!

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All magical creatures populate the world of Charlotte. Minotaurs, Mermaids, Elves, Dragons, fairies, Fauns … And the author even creates new ones like Unitaurs, Bronze Eagles … The book doesn’t waste time it drops you into the battles and confusion very soon and the characters are memorable and relatable.

I can’t wait for the next installment!

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What struck me as I read Phoenix Incandescent was just how much fun, author AEM must have been having whilst writing this novel. She has an amazing imagination full of mystical characters from Centaurs to Mermaids and more.The story opens with the main character, Charlotte, having to make a coming of age decision whether to join the magical world of these wonderful creatures or join the alternative community of the Danes, those without magical powers. At this point she has no idea if she possesses magical powers herself. Before a decision can be made she is plunged into a terrifying scenario of a war where her mother disappears. Completely unprepared she has to fight evil forces previously unknown to her with the support of her closest allies led by her true love Beau who, believe it or not, is part Eagle. As the story progresses, Charlotte learns much about her heritage and the deep secrets held by her parents. I suspect this novel was aimed at the Y.A. market. I am certainly not of that age group but enjoyed it just the same. I believe that this author is a rare breed that can conjure a magical world with words. A worthy Five Stars.

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I opened this book club read with some trepidation, as Fantasy is not my usual reading genre. However, the book is well written and easy to read, and would appeal to old and young alike. I think it was a good choice for my initiation into Fantasy!

Charlotte Locklear was raised by her parents Audrey and Isaac in a magic castle/hotel, where she now works at the front desk. She does not possess her father’s magic weaver powers, but in order to gain these abilities she knows she has to marry into the magical world and have all her previous memories erased. Her parents arrange a ‘coming-out’ ball for Charlotte, a kind of last chance to choose between keeping her memories and living in the human (danes) world or choosing magic and love and being ordered to get married to a weaver sooner than she would have liked.

Her parents invite several suitors to the ball, for Charlotte to choose from. She is escorted to the ball by her humanoid eagle friend Beau, but without giving away too many spoilers, tragedy strikes and the evening does not go as planned.

Four stars for a very imaginative read!

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Fantasy is one of my favorite book genres because anything can happen. When I crack open those pages, I’m hoping for the unknown, the impossible, the incredulous! The further from reality, the better. Odd creatures? Check. Spells and potions? Check. Enchanted objects? Check. But the more farfetched the story, the more important it is to have a solid foundation to contain it. Too many fantasy writers do not heed this, in such a hurry to get to the “cool stuff,” they don’t spend enough time creating a believable space for it to exist.

This is where author AEM shines. The world she has created in the Endeavor Series is rich and authentic. There is language and history and culture. There are rituals and social customs and an economy. And do not worry about being bored to tears by lengthy narratives and painfully superfluous descriptions. No, no, no. This author knows we want a journey, not a lecture, and allows us to explore this new world through the characters and events.

In Phoenix Incandescent (Book 1 of the Endeavor Series), Charlotte is a dane (human with no special powers) who has grown up privy to the magical world because of her partial magani heritage. But now she is approaching womanhood and must choose to abide by the strict rules imposed on danes, or have her memory wiped and be banished forever. At Charlotte’s coming of age celebration, a powerful villain infiltrates the castle and wages war. Many are killed, injured, or captured and the community is left reeling. Charlotte always knew secrets were being kept from her, but she never imagined the truth could unravel her life. A dazzling and enchanting read. Five stars.

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In the immortal words of The Clash, “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” therein lies the dilemma for our heroine, Charlotte Locklear.
AEM’s fantasy story, ‘Phoenix Incandescent’, quickly dives into a parallel world filled with mermaids, dragons, gnomes and a plethora of other-worldly creatures as Charlotte stands on the cusp of which future to choose. Will she join the magical community, or have her memory wiped and enter the world of danes (those without enchantment) forever?
A battle on the eve of Charlotte’s coming-out party sees her mother and father, Isaac and Audrey, thrown into grave danger, pushing her decision to the back burner as Charlotte and her best friend, Beau, a bronze eagle, are forced into a war none of their friends was prepared to fight.
This is a coming-of-age tale filled with conflict, enchantment and a budding romance. Deeply held family secrets could be the final undoing for Charlotte and all she holds dear.
Well written and engaging, the content is appropriate for readers of any age.

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I would definitely say A E M is one of my new favorite storytellers! Her tales are beautifully woven! It is evident that she puts her heart and soul into each word. What a treat to read. Great story and appropriate for all ages!

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An intriguing intro: affluent husband and wife, Isaac and Audrey Locklear, are on a flight, chatting as normally as passengers do, when suddenly the narrative hijacks my attention … ‘he looked across the cabin of sleeping humans’.
Having read that, my seatbelt was fastened and I was ready for take-off!
Author AEM wastes no time in dropping us into a Tolkien-esque otherworld, set in a supernatural parallel universe.
Charlotte Locklear (the aforementioned couple’s daughter) is separated from her parents and living in a castle-slash-hotel resort where mermaids teach swimming lessons and gnomes tend the gardens.
Charlotte is of an age where she has a momentous decision to make: marry into the magical world or have her memory erased.
A lavish coming-out ball becomes the backdrop to a new reign of war and evil, dark forces are circling, and Charlotte has to quickly decide who is friend or foe, ably accompanied by Beau, a handsome humanoid eagle who would be perfect boyfriend material, if only see could see him as something more than just a good buddy.
AEM is gifted with a spectacular imagination and ably illustrates the timeless struggle of good against evil in a magical world inhabited by dragons, elves, dwarfs, centaurs, and wolverines.
But does Charlotte possess hidden powers of her own? And are there traitors in her midst?
Then there’s the burning question of whether Beau and Charlotte’s relationship can remain strictly platonic?
This book has a cinematic quality that is sure to delight fantasy lovers the world over; it’s magical and it’s visionary and has all the makings of an epic story with two more instalments to come.
Oh, and I loved the acknowledgements at the back of the book!

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AEM’s narrative quickly transports the reader into a magical world filled with fairytale creatures. Charlotte Locklear is a non-magical human born to a magical father and a mother who possesses no magical abilities. Having grown up in a hotel run by her family that caters to fantastical creatures and danes (humans without magic, who believe the hotel’s magical elements are just gimmicks to entertain the guests), Charlotte now faces a life-altering choice. She must either marry a man who possesses magic or have her memory erased and leave behind her family, friends and all she has ever known to join the world of the danes. On the night of her coming out party, tragedy strikes and a war amongst magical factions begins, leaving Charlotte with far more urgent and dangerous decisions to make.
This well thought out tale is appropriate for readers of all ages and will delight the inner child in all of us.

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Enjoyable book. Characters are easily relatable. I hate spoilers but I’m about to jump into book 2. Really pulled me in.

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I won’t spend time describing the plot of Phoenix Incandescent, author AEM’s first novel in her fantasy series, as other reviews have already covered that. Instead I’ll tell you what I loved about it. Starting with the author’s boundless imagination. AEM swept me up and took me on a journey through her vivid magical world. Her characters are memorable and—no matter how far from human—very relatable, even those whose magical otherness would seem to preclude our understanding. I cheered for heroine Charlotte as she stood on the cusp of a huge transition in her life, craving self-knowledge and a sense of belonging. And I gasped (literally) at a wonderfully satisfying plot twist that took me completely by surprise. I’m sure there will be more fun twists in the books that follow this one in the Endeavor Series.

At the story’s end (and after some enjoyable author’s acknowledgments) I found the Prologue and first chapter of Malignant Transformation, the second novel in the series. It was a tasty sample that made me want to read the book. But that’s not the end. Three important features came next: Appendix A is a Cast of Characters (very useful for navigating the many characters and their relationships) and Appendix B lists the “Magical Communities” in the series. A handy glossary is last.

I suppose one would classify the book as YA fantasy, but that’s confining its appeal too closely. It’s really an exhilarating adventure for fantasy lovers of all ages. Perhaps most of all, it’s for everyone who enjoys surrendering to the power of belief.

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Not my usual genre or theme in this female coming of age read but I am pleased to say that this was a fantastic fantastical and immensely enjoyable book. Charlotte, the young heroine in this story, has always believed herself to be a dane or non magical person, her father, a weaver, having magical abilities and her mother, supposedly, a human. Growing up in a magical community she is faced with the challenge of either marrying into the community or having her memory erased. When her community comes under attack from the dark forces of magic, Charlotte is transformed into a powerful magical creature who doesn’t know the full extent of her powers. A brilliant first book in this fantasy series by author Amy Elizabeth Miller and yes, I now want to finish the series. A ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read if ever there was one. This would easily translate into a great film.

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What a magical and creative ride this has been! Author A.E.M. kept me glued to each page. I was intrigued and delighted as I faced a world where anything was possible. This well-written novel, not only showcases the author’s brilliant imagination and her creativity, but it was also full of beautiful notions and insights into the complexities of relationships.

The protagonist, Charlotte, is a Dane — a human who therefore lacks magical abilities. Together with the handsome and chivalrous Beau, they embark on a suspenseful, magical, and dangerous journey when the world as they know it is threatened. Fans of fantasy will love the suspense, and the interesting characters the author created, but what also struck me was the author’s ability to capture beautiful details of platonic and not so platonic relationships. The dialogue between the main two characters was very entertaining, beautiful and realistic, even if the leading male character is part bronze eagle and thus, has wings. Charlotte’s feisty and fiery personality, and his playful, caring, protective, and accepting nature worked so beautifully together, and I think the story also came to life with these two characters as they not only tackled magical creatures and evil which threatened their world, but we also witness how they tackle and deal with their own conflicting feelings, for each other, and within themselves. Whether they succeed is something the reader will enjoy finding out. Much of the dialogue between many of the other characters was also very refreshing and entertaining.

Charlotte needs to accept herself — she undergoes drastic changes and she has always felt that she doesn’t have a place in this world where those around her, including her father, have magical powers. Will these changes complicate things further, or is it exactly what she needs to finally fit in?

The author not only has a unique imagination, but I think she has deep insight into human relationships, and the intriguing plot blends beautifully with the real emotions that emanate from the characters.

The castle which is also a resort for Danes, and where they mix with magical creatures that keep their abilities a secret, was also very entertaining and I could just imagine booking a stay in this interesting place and taking a swim with mermaids in the pool.

I also feel compelled to mention the acknowledgements at the end of the book. I was deeply touched and inspired by the the author’s passion and sincerity.

This was a unique, romantic, magical, and enchanting reading experience. I enjoyed it immensely!

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What a magical and creative ride this has been! Author A.E.M. kept me glued to each page. I was intrigued and delighted as I faced a world where anything was possible. This well-written novel, not only showcases the author’s brilliant imagination and her creativity, but it was also full of beautiful notions and insights into the complexities of relationships.

The protagonist, Charlotte, is a Dane — a human who therefore lacks magical abilities. Together with the handsome and chivalrous Beau, they embark on a suspenseful, magical, and dangerous journey when the world as they know it is threatened. Fans of fantasy will love the suspense, and the interesting characters the author created, but what also struck me was the author’s ability to capture beautiful details of platonic and not so platonic relationships. The dialogue between the main two characters was very entertaining, beautiful and realistic, even if the leading male character is part bronze eagle and thus, has wings. Charlotte’s feisty and fiery personality, and his playful, caring, protective, and accepting nature worked so beautifully together, and I think the story also came to life with these two characters as they not only tackled magical creatures and evil which threatened their world, but we also witness how they tackle and deal with their own conflicting feelings, for each other, and within themselves. Whether they succeed is something the reader will enjoy finding out. Much of the dialogue between many of the other characters was also very refreshing and entertaining.

Charlotte needs to accept herself — she undergoes drastic changes and she has always felt that she doesn’t have a place in this world where those around her, including her father, have magical powers. Will these changes complicate things further, or is it exactly what she needs to finally fit in?

The author not only has a unique imagination, but I think she has deep insight into human relationships, and the intriguing plot blends beautifully with the real emotions that emanate from the characters.

The castle which is also a resort for Danes, and where they mix with magical creatures that keep their abilities a secret, was also very entertaining and I could just imagine booking a stay in this interesting place and taking a swim with mermaids in the pool.

I also feel compelled to mention the acknowledgements at the end of the book. I was deeply touched and inspired by the the author’s passion and sincerity.

This was a unique, romantic, magical, and enchanting reading experience. I enjoyed it immensely!

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This first book in the Endeaver series is a must read for fantasy enthusiast! The character’s are diverse, relatable, and captivating. I found the world building to be very intriguing, you wont find a shortage of magical creatures or action between these pages. Its clear that AEM’s imagination knows no bounds and I am looking forward to returning to her world in book two.

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I love fantasy and have read many books in this genre over the years. The book description of Phoenix Incandescent intrigued me – as well as the fact that it’s the first book of a series (the Endeavor Series) so I decided I just had to read it. And I was very glad I did. I found it an engrossing read with all the elements I would hope to find in a well-crafted and well-paced fantasy novel that draws readers in and keeps them involved.
AEM has created a rich and colourful fantastical world, populated by a cast of diverse and magical creatures, all intermingling and interacting in order to keep the community alive and functioning. Not only was I fascinated by the vividly described physical appearance of each species but by the range of attributes they were endowed with. The author has done an excellent job of not only creating them but in ensuring that each has a role to play in this parallel universe. (There is a useful glossary at the back of the book with descriptions of the various species.)
The theme of good v evil is woven into the story that revolves around the heroine, Charlotte Locklear, a young woman who has just left college and now faces an uncertain future. Despite living in a castle, with a father who has magical powers and surrounded by magical creatures, Charlotte has no magic of her own. She must either marry a man with magic or have her memory erased and live on her own. Her parents, Isaac and Audrey, organise a coming of age ball, during which they hope she will find a suitable husband. But a devastating attack on the castle during that ball changes everything and Charlotte’s life will never be the same again. Thrown into war, she soon discovers her true self – and realises there must be a traitor in their midst. She must now learn to fight and develop both her skills and her confidence in order to face the conflict and dangers ahead.
I found this a delightful and engaging read, with wonderfully magical and varied characters, and heroes and villains aplenty. It is a book that all fantasy lovers will enjoy.

Malignant Transfiguration:

In book two of the Endeavor Series, Malignant Transfiguration, our favorite dane heroine Charlotte, is drowning in a sea of turmoil. People are after her, she can’t spend time with the love of her life, and she doesn’t know if her parents are safe. What’s more, her bizarre condition of spontaneously igniting everything around her ensures that everyone keeps their distance. She has never felt more lonely or lost.

Dark forces continue to work, wreaking havoc on her homeland and threatening everything she has ever known and loved, but new allies emerge, offering Charlotte the hope she needs to go on. It is time for her to begin an apprenticeship to learn the depths of her magic, but her emotions and pride hinder her progress. Through a unique transformation intended to disguise her from the bounty on her head, Charlotte finally learns to trust and open up to the help she needs.

Author AEM breaths this beautiful world into existence with every word. Magic at every turn, whirling in the air and seeping from the nooks and crannies. Be prepared for a journey that is as delightful as it is emotional.

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Charlotte Locklear, the dane-weaver heroine from the first book, continues where she left off, not having achieved her full magical potential.
Presently, her incendiary nature means that she runs the risk of setting fire to anything, or anyone, she touches!
As far as weaver magic is concerned, Charlotte is still a novice, and her journey from protégé to master is shown to be a frustrating and emotional one.
Author AEM has the amazing ability of being able to conjure up the most astonishing animals in her imaginary dreamscape: there are dreadlocked half-giants that smell of sand, leather and blood, and also carriages driven by half-dog/half-otter creatures, Oh, and there’s a dwarf who bears the head of a cheetah!
Despite this seeming to be an otherworldly idyll (there are doorknobs on trees) the threat of war is ever present.
As tensions mount, Charlotte’s emotions run high, especially as Beau, her winged boyfriend, isn’t by her side to sooth her disquiet.
AEM is a great storyteller with a vivid imagination. Her writing transports you to a parallel world of magic and mayhem and brings to mind the works of J. R. Tolkien.

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Pleasantly surprised with the story. Characters are intense. Story flows well and move quickly. Really enjoyed this read. Have fun.

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In this fascinating magical world that author A.E.M. has created, we are once again with the main character from the first book, Charlotte. We find her feeling alone and isolated. The magical world she has known is changing at a quick pace, and she is feeling the despair that comes with not knowing who she really is or what she can do. She is left feeling powerless because she needs guidance with learning how to control whatever powers she has. This doesn’t help when she is a danger to those around her, including her love interest. Her touch could ignite them into flames if she is not careful.

As a reader, I felt Charlotte’s isolation from the onset, and it is here where the two new male characters step in; one will be her master who will be there to guide her every step of the way — to teach her and to help her evolve. The other will also be there to offer assistance and wisdom. This “apprenticeship” however, comes at a price. Charlotte must forgo most of her personal space and learn to be an obedient and diligent student until she is ready to be a friend and an equal much later in the master/protégé relationship. However, vivacious and determined Charlotte will do anything to hold on to her independence, but will her unwillingness to learn and to hand over the reins be her downfall?

The author, once again, showcases her vivid imagination in this latest instalment of the Endeavor series. Her fascinating imagination left me mesmerised with her ability to create such a magical story packed with strange creatures; spellbinding worlds within worlds full of colour, humour, joy, and evil. I wanted so much to find out what happens to our wonderful, fearless protagonist. I was also excited to discover new characters and to find out more about the evil forces that lurk around her. From the prologue we witness these evil forces, and as a reader I was ready to fasten my seatbelt and jump on board this magical ride. I had to know how the evil forces will impact Charlotte and how they may affect those she loves.

I was also amazed at the author’s ability to tap into deep emotions and explore behaviours that are so authentic. The back and forth relationship between Charlotte and her teacher/master is so well done that I could actually envision the arguments and humorous exchanges so vividly.

Overall, this was another well-written, riveting, whimsical read. I was completely enthralled with the story, and I can’t wait to read more about Charlotte and the many other interesting characters in this skilfully written series.

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Apex Transcendence:

The Endeavor Series is an enchanting tale of myth and magic in modern times. In the third installment, Apex Transcendence, our feisty heroine Charlotte is finally beginning to understand her powers, but it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows yet. Her world is still at war. Her body is still at war. Her heart and mind are still at war. She has been in survival mode thus far, but now she is battle ready. Beau, the love of her life, is missing and nothing will keep her from finding him.

What I loved most about this book was the in depth exploration of this enchanting world. We learn more about the unique customs and culture of various races, and they’re established place in this society. Author AEM is a wonderful storyteller who’s writing will spirit you away to another realm. Five stars.

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Apex Transcendence is another exceptionally imaginative read in this enchanting series. The author has, once again, crafted a beautiful and riveting magical story set in a magical world. This third instalment of the Endeavor Series left me feeling so enthralled and appreciative of the author’s ability to write about such fleshed out characters and her ability to pour such heart and soul into the story, throwing in many interesting and unusual characters along the way. As a reader, I really cared about the main character, the courageous, determined, feisty Charlotte, and I found myself caring for some of the villains like Raven; their backstories were shown to the reader in a skilful way that I found myself deeply caring for them.

In this story, we are back with Charlotte, her brother David, and Vincent. Charlotte is still struggling with her powers and her past losses. Her master/apprenticeship relationship with Vincent is still somewhat fragmented. Friends like Ebby, Phoebe and Chime are also by her side. There is a lot of relationship turmoil between many of the characters which is written so well — unexpressed feelings lead to very credible scenarios. There is also the question of Charlotte’s love interest Beau who is part human/part bird. I was so invested in finding out what will happen to him and his parents, and how much havoc Beau’s sister would inflict? The characters were cleverly written and were so well-thought-out that I even felt for Bliss who was a most manipulative and callous character.

This is such a brilliant series, and the writing is beautiful throughout. The plot takes us through many unprecedented twists and turns. So many questions needed answers as I read, and the more answers I received, the more intrigued I was with the story: Are Charlotte’s parents really gone? How is her love interest? How evil is Bliss? What will happen to the villain Raven and her love interest? What will happen to Charlotte? There were so many subplots which moved the overall plot along so smoothly.

I am so glad to have been introduced to this riveting, enchanting and eloquently written series. Once again, author A.E.M. delivered a heartfelt tale which kept me glued to my seat. This novel, once again, highlights that A.E.M. is a very talented author with a very vivid imagination which shines through in her writing.

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Opalescent Immersion:

The fourth instalment in this enchanting series begins with a disturbing prologue: Raven, whose life experiences have taught her to trust no-one but herself, is bedevilled by prophetic nightmares warning of terrible danger to herself and her unborn baby. Meanwhile, fairy-weaver, Charlotte, and her bronze eagle husband, Beau, have returned from their honeymoon, their love strengthened by the adversity they’ve had to endure. It’s all too easy to connect with author A.E.M’s fantasy heroes because they share the same real-life anxieties and doubts that we humans do. Allied with that is the playful badinage between friends. A.E.M. not only understands the human condition, she understands a fabled creature’s characteristics too! The story gallops, flies and swims along at a fair old pace; rites-of-passage challenges a mere precursor to the real dangers that lie ahead. The author describes herself as a child wrangler by day and a word wrangler by night. I would add that she must also hold a black belt in world-building due to the incredible parallel universes she creates. A.E.M. possesses a luxuriant imagination that is only gifted to the few, so expect a bewildering array of fantastical creatures to invade your consciousness. Added to this heady mix is a smattering of flirtation, some sassy ripostes and a burst of ‘merjazz’ for good measure. I loved the whimsical dialogue, as I did the puntastic idioms such as ‘earning her fins’. This was altogether a wonderfully creative and inventive treat that beguiled me from start to finish! Great stuff!

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Booby Trapped:

It’s like she knew my own personal boob problems. sometimes we think we are the only ones that go through something and no one else will understand. She definitely hit this one on the head.

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Booby Trapped by AEM is a funny and educational novel for all girls, women, mothers or anyone who has breasts, especially large ones. I know women who have gigantic breasts and it is not fun for many of them. The weight alone is daunting as well as the ridicule and jokes these girls/women deal with on a daily basis. This delightful, humorous novelette is an excellent read for ALL the ladies. I received this during a FREE AMAZON Giveaway and grateful I did. Mothers who are breastfeeding will relate to this comedic story. It’s about time someone wrote a book about BOOBIES and how to deal with them. The story is so well written and had me in stitches. As a women, I know what it is like to deal with the two moderately-sized melons hanging from my chest. It was informative and so funny. I found myself laughing out loud on each page. I highly recommend this book to sisters, mothers, girlfriends and ALL women. I loved it and appreciated the author’s comical POV on an delicate and sensitive subject. A fine piece of work AEM!

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Poetry for Writers:  I had so much fun writing this book!  So fun story.  I was trying to cross promote with other writers, but I was having a rough time finding anybody to work with me.  So I made up my own “praise” page.  It’s funny, and I was going to share it (one of the praises was a forced one from one of my Endeavor Series characters!) but I cannot seem to find it this morning.  I’ll come back and share my silly shame once I do find it!  Also, I did have somebody offer to help out a little later.  I still remember your kindness.  Thank you, lady!

My Writing in General

Well Amy, I was sitting on the side of my bed just.. just finishing my first cup of coffee.
That is/was too damned early to tell yet. Until my phone emmitted that tone I knew was a LMAO notification from Norman Oklahoma based partner in crime, Author Amy Miller.
Now I’m picking myself up off the floor after laughing so hard from reading your posting.
In Greece we had a custom of tossing glasses and breaking them against the wall or floor behind you.
Great writings Amy. Keep up the great job and have a great weekend. Chris
(Chris, I hope you are okay with me sharing this since it’s a public comment.  If not, let me know!)  
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