Book Review: The Host By Stephenie Meyer

Author: Stephenie Meyer
Pages: 829 (my paperback)
Genre: YA, Science Fiction
Publication Date: May 6th, 2008
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company

The Host Book, Coffee n' Notes

Blurb

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Review
5 Stars

Before I will go into the book review, I just wanted to say how much I love this book and that I enjoy reading The Host every year ❤

This book is beautifully written and the characters are well developed. Stephenie did an amazing job with this book, miles apart from the Twilight series (and I loved Twilight a lot). The characters here are strong and real, and my connection with the characters was easily made. I don’t know if Stephenie Meyer will continue this book, but I would certainly love to read anything she will write about these characters and about this story. The host will make you laugh, get angry and cry all throughout the book.

The Host is about alien creatures, tiny ones that take control of a host and by doing so they take over their mind and body. This happens all over the universe until they arrive at earth and the humans fight back.

Melanie will fight to survive and keep her own identity and memories. While Wanderer slowly learns of the human interactions. The humans in this story are very cruel and seek to destroy the ‘souls’ while most of these ‘souls’ are kind and gentle. These souls take the body of the dead host, but Melanie was still there, trapped.

Even the love story between Jared and Wanderer (Wanda ) and Ian, was written well and I enjoyed that aspect of the story very much. What made me read more and connect more to the story, was the conflict between Melanie and Wanderer as they both fight to find their own identity. At the end, Wanda is driven by Melanie’s strong need to find her little brother, Jamie and by her passion towards Jared. There is so much tension in this book, and every time I read this book, more question rise up. I want to know more 🙂

I loved the writing style in the Twilight series as it was very emotional, fun and easy to read but in my opinion, Meyer’s writing style improved so much in this book, miles apart from Twilight.

The Host is a captivating story full of friendships, love, and survival, all bundled up in a beautifully written story. I know a lot of people saw the movie, but just know that the movie is nothing to the book and even if you’re not Meyer’s fan, you should read this book at least once.

You can find the book over at

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: The Hawkman By Jane Rosenberg LaForge

Author: Jane Rosenberg LaForge
Pages: 318
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: June 5th, 2018
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing

The Hawkman, Coffee n' Notes

Blurb

A great war, a great love, and the mythology that unites them; The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War is a lyrical adaptation of a beloved classic.

Set against the shattering events of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, at the tale’s heart are an American schoolteacher—dynamic and imaginative—and an Irish musician, homeless and hated—who have survived bloodshed, poverty, and sickness to be thrown together in an English village. Together they quietly hide from the world in a small cottage.

Too soon, reality shatters their serenity, and they must face the parochial community. Unbeknownst to all, a legend is in the making—one that will speak of courage and resilience amidst the forces that brought the couple together even as outside forces threaten to tear them apart.

Review
4 Stars

Before I start, I will say that this book wasn’t what I thought it would be, but I did enjoy reading The Hawkman a lot. Let’s take a moment and talk about this gorgeous cover, wow. This cover is beautiful, luring and has a romantic feel to it, I love it.

Jane Rosenberg LaForge created a lovely story with an interesting plot and characters. It took me about a week to read this book, so it was a relatively fast read and the ending of this book was the cherry on top.

The story is set in England after WW1, where two broken people meet and fall in love. The Hawkman is a musician soldier broken from the war and Eva is a teacher who saw that man needs her help. Eva gives the Hawkman a hand when no one will show him any kindness and she brings him to the cottage. There, they hide from the cruel world until the world finds them. The fairy tale story made me more hooked on the book and read even though some parts were a bit slow for me.

I will say that the major reason I gave it 4 stars, was because even though I enjoyed following the characters and overall I did care what will happen next with them, from time to time I found myself not caring about them and I felt a bit bored.

I received a copy of The Hawkman through NetGalley for an honest review.

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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My February TBR

Hey all, I hope you are all having a nice Tuesday. Mine was busy at home, with lots of organizing, writing and editing 😀 Overall a good day, but I am already feeling tired, lol, even though it’s just 6pm and there are still things to do around the house.

On January, I’ve managed to read 7 books (which was a bit much for me, lol) so I thought that for the month of February I will read a bit less and that’s is what I’ve done. So I chose 5 books to read and I already finished with 1 (yay).

Here is my TBR for February

The Hawkman, Coffee n' Notes

The Hawkman By Jane Rosenberg LaForge

(I got this book from NetGalley)

A great war, a great love, and the mythology that unites them; The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War is a lyrical adaptation of a beloved classic.

Set against the shattering events of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, at the tale’s heart are an American schoolteacher—dynamic and imaginative—and an Irish musician, homeless and hated—who have survived bloodshed, poverty, and sickness to be thrown together in an English village. Together they quietly hide from the world in a small cottage.

Too soon, reality shatters their serenity, and they must face the parochial community. Unbeknownst to all, a legend is in the making—one that will speak of courage and resilience amidst the forces that brought the couple together even as outside forces threaten to tear them apart.

Zenith, Coffee n' Notes

Zenith By Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

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Renegades By Marissa Meyer

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

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Keeper by Kim Chance

When a 200-year-old witch attacks her, sixteen-year-old bookworm Lainey Styles is determined to find a logical explanation. Even with the impossible staring her in the face, Lainey refuses to believe it—until she finds a photograph linking the witch to her dead mother.

After consulting a psychic, Lainey discovers that she, like her mother, is a Keeper: a witch with the exclusive ability to unlock and wield the Grimoire, a dangerous but powerful spell book. But there’s a problem. The Grimoire has been stolen by a malevolent warlock who is desperate for a spell locked inside it—a spell that would allow him to siphon away the world’s magic.

With the help of her comic-book-loving best friend and an enigmatic but admittedly handsome street fighter, Lainey must leave her life of college prep and studying behind to prepare for the biggest test of all: stealing back the book.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, Coffee n' Notes

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide #1) by Mackenzi Lee

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Well, these are the books I want to read and I hope I will be able to it, as I have lots of editing and writing to do. But I heard so many good things about these books, so I can’t wait to read them all.
What are your books you really want to read this month, share in the comments  😀
As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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February Goals

It’s Friday! Omg 🎉

Hey everyone, happy Friday to us all and I hope you had a great week so far.

I love the weekend, staying at home with my husband and Menta (Mint in English), our dog and just watch some shows, eat yummy food and game a lot 😀 As much as I love doing all these things every weekend, this weekend is a bit different as it is the first week of the month and I love taking some time to myself and sit down to organize my thoughts, our home, and my goals.

So, here are my goals for the month of February:

Writing (2 Goals)

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am currently rewriting an old novel. So my goal is to write 15K-20K in February.

Keep journaling my random thoughts and dreams daily or at least 5 times a week.

Editing (2 Goals)

Keep editing EllE (working title), I can see the end ❤ My goal here is to edit at least 60 pages.

Reading

I want to finish reading at least 5 books this month 🙂

Home

I want to keep my home tidy and clean daily and weekly so that I will be able to be more free for my writing.

Blogging & Social Media (2 Goals)

My goal here is to blog at least 3 times a week.

Be more active daily on my social media and do more Insta stories 😀

Health (4 Goals)

Drink more water (2L).

Walk or move more – Be active.

Meditate for 10 minutes.

Eat less junk food.

Well, these are my goals for this month. It looks a lot but overall I think they are manageable on a daily basis well, at least I hope so, hehe.

What are your goals for February?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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5 Tips On How To Start Over

Hey everyone, hope you are all having a nice Wednesday ❤

Today was a very busy day for both me and my mom, she moved to a new room so we had to clean and organize and declutter her stuff and by the end of the day, I felt exhausted. Yesterday was a nice day at home. I cleaned, wrote about 3.2K (yay me), edited, and read a book I am reviewing next month.

Today I wanted to talk about (or more so to share) about my writing progress. In EllE (working title) I am still editing. My editing is going at a slower pace than I wished it to be, but anything is better than nothing and slow is definitely a progress, so that’s good 😉

I have another project that I am working on. I almost finished writing it a while back (like 2.5 years ago). While I was starting to edit it, I’ve realized that there were too many huge blocks of writing that needed to be changed and rewritten, so I printed it and started working on it.

Writing, Coffee n' Notes

Sometimes in editing, you just need to start over and that’s okay.

Now that I am started over, I felt scared but also very excited, lol. It’s like visiting an old dream that you have forgotten, but suddenly remember bits of it. I was so scared to start over from scratch, but now that I am 35K words in, I realize that I’ve made a good choice. The plot runs smoother, the characters feel real and complicated, and the story itself keeps growing.

I wanted to share with you my 5 best tips on how to start over (if you have to start over), without banging your head on the wall or your table, lol. These 5 tips will make you work faster and better.

Btw, these tips work great with every new project as well, the only thing you’ll need to change is brainstorm ideas and then outline.

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Print. Read. Highlight. Outline.

I printed my old novel (75K) and read it very slowly. I highlighted the parts that I thought were important and saved those parts in a new document, in a new order I thought they need to go.

Brainstorming, Coffee n' Notes

Outline or Re-Outline the novel, only this time add every little detail you can think of and put all those highlighted parts in the outline. My new outline is now about 45 pages, lol (while the old one was 5). It’s like a big summery of your novel 😀

Start writing. Work in bursts.

What helped me the most is to make the outline in a new document and start my writing on that, lol. This way, I am not working with a blank page (so no fear of writing or writer’s block) and I will always have a good idea where my characters and plot needs to go, so writing came easier.

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Writing in small bursts helped me a lot so far. I worked in 20-30 minutes of writing sessions (a few times a day) and it didn’t make me feel overwhelmed or overworked.

After each writing session, take a break with some yummy coffee or tea and some fruit. Enjoy the feeling that you were writing 🙂 After the break, get back to your writing session.

Edit as you go

Don’t wait after you finish writing it all, to edit. Try editing while your mind is still fresh and full of details about the world, characters, and the plot. If you finished writing for that day, take the next day to edit what you wrote so far. Remember this is a simple edit. You will not go into the nitty-gritty of things. Look at the plot and characters, and see if they make sense to you.

Try working in bursts in your editing sessions, it will keep things light and you won’t feel overwhelmed by the entire process.

Write the ending

This is very important, even if it sounds weird. Take a few moments before starting your first writing session and just after you finished with your new and shiny outline. Start thinking about how your story will end and write the end scene of your novel or your last few pages.

This will not only help you see your entire novel in a big picture kinda way, but it will also help you see all the details of the plot and characters. Writing the end truly helped me see my novel and what details I needed to add in the middle (as that is the hardest part for me, lol).

After writing the end, I knew what will come before that and so on… It’s writing your novel from end to start 😉 But it works!

Breath

Last but not least, breath! Take your time and rest in between your writing sessions. Try to find something that inspires you, like a great book or even just enjoying a hot cup of tea (or coffee in my case).

The End, Coffee n' Notes

I really hope these tips will help you with your new or old project, as much as they helped me and if you have your own special tip that you wish to share, feel free to writing down in the comments so will all can learn 😀

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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The Handwriting Challenge

Thank you to Elize over at Elize E. Rawls for nominating me for the Handwriting Challenge, sorry it took me so long to do it. Elize E. Rawls is a wonderful writer and such a great bloggers, go visit her, and say hello. I am sure it will make her happy 🙂

In this blog hop, participants write down the answers to a series of questions on paper, then take a photo of the paper and share it on their blog post for everyone to see what their handwriting looks like!

Here are the questions I answered:

  1. Write your name
  2. Write your blog’s name
  3. Write your favorite word and its definition
  4. Write something nice
  5. Write the name of your favorite song right now
  6. What are you writing with?
  7. Write a fun fact about yourself
  8. Write/draw your favorite emoticon
  9. Write a silly message
  10. Write who you’re tagging

And here are my answers:

The Handwriting Challenge, Coffee n' Notes

My nominees for this challenge are:

Heena

Kate M. Colby

Kate

Raven Oak

Millie

Chanelle

Rachel

Lucy

VPGrey

and YOU, if you’re interested in this tag! Just link back to this post so I can all see your answers and your lovely handwriting! Even if you are tagged, there are no obligations to do this, just if you feel like it (for fun) 😀 Thank you again Elize for this tag, I really enjoyed doing it (sorry for my bad handwriting everyone).

P.S. It seems that as I took the picture, it cut out a few letters and a name, sorry.

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: Turtles All The Way Down By John Green

Author: John Green
Pages: 286 Pages
Genre: Contemporary, YA Fiction
Publication Date: October 10th 2017
Publisher: Dutton Books

John Green, Turtles All The Way Down

Blurb

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

Review
5 Stars (and beyond)

I absolutely loved and enjoyed every second of reading this book. From the simple but gorgeous cover to the wonderful and powerful words of John Green, everything in this book made me read it more than just once, but 4 times already, hehe.

I knew John Green’s writing from before so I knew this will not be just another mystery story and I was so happy to find out that it is much more than that.

If you ever had trouble with OCD, anxiety this book will resonate with you more. I used to suffer from OCD and I still have major anxieties and that is what love about this book. It shows you yourself through mystery and friends.

For me, Aza is a very relatable character, as I could easily understand her struggles and thoughts. This entire book focus on her inner demons and her mental health. Her struggles made me feel so much, from anger and joy to just crying uncontrollably. Aza reminded me how much I have overcome in my life and how much I still have to overcome. Through her friends Daisy and Davis, Aza gets the support she needs, and I loved how Daisy and Davis played a huge role here.

John Green’s writing is always enjoyable and easy to read, but here you get the more intellectual side of him, mixed with his own struggles with mental health, which made the book even more phenomenal to read. The ending was perfect and made the story even better and more powerful.

Finally, I truly enjoyed reading turtles all the way down and about these characters and this book meant a lot to me, so much that I’ve read it over and over again 🙂 I highly recommend this book to anyone. However if you do suffer from any mental illness know that it might trigger, but for me, this was an amazing self-reflect and getting to know more about how others feel about anxiety. Even if you don’t suffer from any mental health, this is still a fun and intellectual book to read.

For me, this book was powerful and honest, it’s a must-read for us all ❤

You can find the book over at

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: Philippines’ Resistance: The Last Allied Stronghold in the Pacific by Stacey Anne Baterina Salinas, Klytie Xu

Author: Stacey Anne Baterina Salinas
Pages: 85
Genre: Educational
Publication Date: 2017
Publisher: Pacific Atrocities Education

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Blurb

The people of the Philippine Islands during the early half of the twentieth century experienced various waves of Western Imperialism, two wars of attempted secession from western powers, and two world wars. And yet, the Philippine Islands and its people have received only small subheadings in many American textbooks and histories. The wartime experiences from the perspectives of the Philippine people have gone unnoticed and have become overshadowed by the socio-political dominating legacy of American figures like General MacArthur, leader and historical symbol of the Pacific Theater during World War II. MacArthur’s famous phrase “I came through and shall return” are etched into every facet of World War II historical narratives, textbooks, and monuments that pay tribute to the Allied forces in the retaking of the Pacific from the Japanese. But It is the lesser known people and leaders of the Philippine resistance against the Axis powers whose efforts and contributions allowed for the effective and speedy return of MacArthur’s military forces…

Review
4 Stars

Philippines’ Resistance was a very illuminating and educational book to read. It shows about the true heroes of the WWII in the Philippines, and just by looking at the gorgeous cover, you see the power and the will of the people.

This book showed how these heroes fought for survival and freedom and fought for others in those horrible times. It’s a short but well-written book, full of captivating images that helped a lot to connect to the history and to the people in the book.

The book showed the history through the locals eyes and those who fought for the land, and how they had to survive and what they needed to do, in order to overcome the horrors of the war.

It was a powerful book to read and very knowledgeable, I was really loving the information on a place I know very little of, and gave me the chance to learn more about this beautiful land and about the power of the people.

You can find the book over at

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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My January TBR

Hey everyone, It’s Galit here, I hope you all had a great start of 2018 ❤
For me, 2018, started out already with a busy schedule and sudden changes, but that’s okay, I’ve learned how to deal with changes like these and how much I can stretch until it’s too thin.
I wanted to increase my  Goodreads challenge this year, from 25 books to 60 books. I used to read a lot more than 60 books a year but things change, so I hope to be able to read more again in the future.
I’ve never done a monthly TBR post like this (so happy to be doing this), and I thought in every month I will show you my TBR list for that month and what I’ve finished the previous month. I have to say though that I’ve already finished 1 book from this month TBR, and that’s The Host (I love this book so so much). I started it just as the new year started and finished it in a day 😀
Anyway 🙂 Here’s my TBR for January 

 

Invictus, books, coffee n' notes
Invictus
by Ryan Graudin

Time flies when you’re plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

 Draekora, Books, Coffee n' Notes
Draekora (The Medoran Chronicles, #3)
by Lynette Noni

“I swear by the stars that you and the others slain tonight will be the first of many. Of that you have my word.”

With Aven Dalmarta now hiding in the shadows of Meya, Alex is desperate to save Jordan and keep the Rebel Prince from taking more lives.

Training day and night to master the enhanced immortal blood in her veins, Alex undertakes a dangerous Meyarin warrior trial that separates her from those she loves and leaves her stranded in a place where nothing is as it should be.

As friends become enemies and enemies become friends, Alex must decide who to trust as powerful new allies—and adversaries—push her towards a future of either light… or darkness.

One way or another, the world will change…

 Raelia, Books, Coffee n' Notes
Raelia (The Medoran Chronicles, #2)
by Lynette Noni

“Life is full of crossroads, Alex. Full of choices.”

Returning for a second year at Akarnae Academy with her gifted friends, Alexandra Jennings steps back through a doorway into Medora, the fantasy world that is full of impossibilities.

Despite the magical wonder of Medora, Alex’s life remains threatened by Aven Dalmarta, the banished prince from the Lost City of Meya who is out for her blood.

To protect the Medorans from Aven’s quest to reclaim his birthright, Alex and her friends seek out the Meyarin city and what remains of its ancient race.

Not sure who—or perhaps what—she is anymore, all Alex knows is that if she fails to keep Aven from reaching Meya, the lives of countless Medorans will be in danger. Can she protect them, or will all be lost?

The Host, Books, Coffee n' Notes
The Host (The Host, #1)
by Stephenie Meyer

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

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Philippines’ Resistance: The Last Allied Stronghold in the Pacific
by Stacey Anne Baterina Salinas
The people of the Philippine Islands during the early half of the twentieth century experienced various waves of Western Imperialism, two wars of attempted secession from western powers, and two world wars. And yet, the Philippine Islands and its people have received only small subheadings in many American textbooks and histories. The wartime experiences from the perspectives of the Philippine people have gone unnoticed and have become overshadowed by the socio-political dominating legacy of American figures like General MacArthur, leader and historical symbol of the Pacific Theater during World War II. MacArthur’s famous phrase “I came through and shall return” are etched into every facet of World War II historical narratives, textbooks, and monuments that pay tribute to the Allied forces in the retaking of the Pacific from the Japanese. But It is the lesser known people and leaders of the Philippine resistance against the Axis powers whose efforts and contributions allowed for the effective and speedy return of MacArthur’s military forces…
 
When this post will be up, I hope to finish the second book of Lynette Noni 😀
 As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Author Interview: Emily Stroia

Welcome to Coffee n’ Notes. Today, I’d like to welcome Emily Stroia, author of Into The Light, for an author Interview.

About the author

Emily is an intuitive teacher, spiritual leader, author and artist. Emily first discovered her gifts of intuition and creativity as a child and was placed in a highly gifted program for children. She often explored her gifts through writing, art, and experienced frequent visions and dreams that would turn out to be accurate. Not understanding fully why or how she was able to do this, she decided to study.
She has always felt a strong attraction to the metaphysical and spiritual aspects of life and continues to delve deeper into each. Believing strongly in her intuitive gifts, as well as wanting to express her deep desire to help people, Emily decided to utilize her abilities to turn her passion into a profession. 
Her mission is to inspire people to find the gifts in their stories and live powerful transformed lives with ease and peace. Her life is a breathing expression of intuition, passion, spirituality and creativity.

Most days you can find her coaching clients, writing, practicing yoga and playing with her dog in Los Angeles.

Contact Details:

Website: www.emilystroia.com

Twitter: Emily Stroia

On Amazon: Emily Stroia

Hello, Emily. Thank you for being here today at Coffee n’ Notes 

 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am an intuitive, spiritual teacher and author of several books including my latest book, Into the Light. I have an online metaphysical school where I mentor students on how to unlock their gifts, connect to their intuition and live a transformed fulfilled life.

Can you Tell us about your book?

The book shares parts of my life from a transformative perspective of being in a deep state of darkness to finding hope, miracles, and light. In the final part, there are notes to the reader and finding one’s inner peace after adversity.

This book explores trauma, abuse, sexual abuse, mental illness, loss, healing, spirituality, meditation, inspiration, and empowerment.

What’s your writing process like?

It is very intuitive actually. Some days I write in the evenings and some days I like to write in the morning/afternoon. It may start with a word and then expand into a poetry piece or a chapter on healing and transformation. I usually start with music and creating a quiet space to reflect and see where I want to go with the writing process.

What are your favorite tools when writing?

Music, yoga, meditation, and nature. I love switching up an environment so I can experience something new in my book.

Which writers inspire you the most?

Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sabrina Ward Harrison, Brene Brown, Rupi Kaur, Rebecca Campbell.

What motivates you to keep writing when life gets in the way?

The response from readers and that it is imperative for my mental, spiritual and emotional health.

What are your 3 favorite books?

Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur, Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell.

When did you decide to be a writer?

Since I was a little girl I can remember having a fascination with reading, books, the smell of pages. I think I was always a writer and always an artist. It’s been a part of my journey ever since I can remember.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Be open to whatever comes up without judgment. Let the words guide you. They are the muse and you are the creator. Have a plan but don’t be attached to it. It is simply an outline for something magical to unfold.

What’s next for you?

I am working on two books, one is a poetry collection exploring healing, transformation, love, and self-love. The second book is a how-to book on healing and connecting to one’s spirituality and purpose.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

In my journey, I have discovered that I am a great free spirit. Before I used to think that meant going with the flow and living rebelliously. Yogananda said that being a free spirit requires great discipline. As I enter a new stage in my life I see that I can have my freedom while also having great discipline to share my light and work with the world. Be free and be disciplined beauties.

Thank you Emily, for visiting Coffee n’ Note  🙂

About The Book

Into The Light, Coffee n' Botes

Into the Light is a memoir-inspired poetry collection in seven parts. The book shares the author’s life from a transformative perspective of experiencing trauma & darkness to finding hope, miracles, and light.

In the final part, there are notes to the reader and finding
one’s inner peace after adversity and healing through brokenness.
This book explores trauma, abuse, sexual abuse, mental illness, loss, healing, spirituality, meditation, inspiration, and empowerment.

This book is for anyone who has ever experienced loss, grief, brokenness, depression, abuse, trauma and heartbreak.

Book Links:

Amazon: Into The Light

Author’s Site: Into The Light

Goodreads: Into The Light

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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