Book Review: Mario Coming of Age

Mario Coming of Age, by George Hatcher, follows a young man, Mario, growing up in East Los Angeles with his aunt in the 1960s. She works hard to provide a good life for her nephew and he does his best to stay in school and away from the gangs.

When Mario finds out his aunt can’t afford their apartment anymore, he decides it’s time to become a man and take care of his aunt. At 10 years old, he finds a job and learns he has a talent that could help people and make him a lot of money.

Hatcher weaves an intriguing tale of loyalty, love and betrayal, as we follow Mario through his struggles and successes, balancing expectations, school, work and friends. And while I thought there could be more to the story, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from Hatcher.

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Book Review: Woman in Jeopardy

My goals for 2016 include focusing on other types of writing. When an opportunity came up to write a book review, I decided that would be a great way to start on this goal. In addition to posting book reviews to websites such as Amazon, Indigo and Goodreads, I’ve decided to share them with here as well. I hope you enjoy!

Woman in Jeopardy by George Hatcher is a gripping tale about a courageous woman fighting to protect her family.

Carmen lives with her sister, Elena, in a house that’s been in their family for generations, in the small town of Nogales. To support herself and Elena, she’s forced to work for Francisco, the local crime boss, at one of his factories. He’s an evil man who abuses and terrorizes his employees. And he always gets what he wants.

When Elena and Francisco fall in love and get married, Carmen is unable to protect her sister and soon finds herself running for her life.

Hatcher has weaved a suspenseful story with strong characters you love, and love to hate. A great read that keeps you captivated to the end.

Check it out on Amazon and Indigo.

Welcome to 2016!

With a new year comes new hope and dreams of what’s to come in the next 12 months. Many people set resolutions – work out more, spend more time with family, relax more etc… I’ve always found resolutions hard to keep. So this year I’m trying something new. Instead of resolutions, I’m setting goals. Five goals in writing, health and finances.

My 2016 Goals:

Writing
1. Publish my mystery novel
2. Focus on other types of writing such as flash fiction, short stories, freelancing etc. by working on at least two projects.

Health
1. Do yoga for at least 15 minutes 3 days or more a week by end of May
2. Meditate for 15 minutes 3 days or more a week by end of year

Finances
1. Reduce debt by 25% by the end of year

If I have something I can measure and keep track of, I’m hoping it will motivate me more to complete them.

Do you find resolutions easy or difficult to achieve? How do you keep yours? What are your goals or resolutions for 2016?