LaFifeReviews is Back: New Reviews, New Services, New Giveaways

After a brief hiatus LaFifeReviews is back and better than ever. I have new book recommendations and reviews coming up. I also added budget friendly author services.

Review coming soon


Professional Author Services


Book Synopsis

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Do you need in depth feedback on your book before you publish it? Get detailed feedback from an avid reader and book reviewer. This service is strictly for romance novels only. This service provides an extensive report on characters, plot, pacing etc. Get valuable feedback to help with revise your manuscript. Word count max 50,000 words



New digital and physical book giveaways for my readers.


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Review and Book Giveaway


the light in the sound

The light in the sound is a beautifully written laugh out loud, honest story of a woman named Rachel Richardson who suffers from personal traumas and is trying to find love in a world where sex and drugs are easier to get than true love. I am a hopeless romantic always searching for a good love story and what I found here after reading this book is a true gem. The light in the sound by Vanessa Gonzales is not a love story but a story about life. I found a hero in Rachel and  despite her jaded past she moved about life unapologetically. The setting is Seattle, Washington; the description of the surroundings and the climate was so delicately and beautifully applied making the story credible. As a reader when I take a writer’s hand and they lead me into their world, I like to become engrossed in the story in a personal way staying at each character’s most vulnerable time and leaving at the end. In every good story there is a change in the main character and I sense Rachel has finally found peace within herself or found a sense of peace in the chaos of her life.

The characters were colorful, vibrant and sometimes weird but they reeked of normalcy. There are far too many books with characters that can’t appeal to normal people, whose life is imperfect but who have no choice but to use the cards they are dealt. Each character was expertly woven into the story showing Mrs. Gonzales commitment to quality in the craft of writing. The only downside of the book was I needed more, I fell in love with Rachel and I wanted her to succeed and find happiness. I enjoyed this book so much that I am giving 4 lucky readers the opportunity to read this wonderful story. The book is first come first served, kindle edition.

Click the link below to get your free book. Thank you to everyone who is reading this post and I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.

The Light In The Sound Book Giveaway

For more information on upcoming projects from the author Vanessa Gonzales click the link below and follow her on twitter.

Vanessa Gonzales







Confessions of a book reviewer: Things I like in good fiction


I love books, I sit for hours upon hours pouring myself into reading. I love exploring other worlds, meeting Vikings, Scottish lords, paranormal kings and mischievous billionaires. In this post I compiled key things that I think make strong fiction, the kind that keeps readers hooked.

As a reviewer, nothing is more discouraging than to read a book with great potential and to be let down with overuse of cliché’s, crutch descriptive words and the list goes on.

I like books with:

  •   Clear Plot- A over-complicated plot can distract the reader from the story. Every time your reader investigates something they don’t understand, it breaks their focus.

When I’m reading, I like to teleport into your world not put a puzzle together.

  •   Appropriate scenes- When introducing characters or plot twisters use the appropriate scene. New characters or new circumstances shouldn’t fall out of thin air.

It is very disappointing finding out key information in a scene that doesn’t serve a purpose or carry the story along. Credibility is easy to lose and very hard to get back.

  • Less is more- I’ve read books that authors described everything in the room, every touch or taste breaking dialogue for sometimes two pages. It’s hard prioritizing what you think your reader needs to know versus what they shouldn’t read. Some things are better explained through action.


Writing stories and novels are brave and not easy. I have great respect for all writers. I hope this post gives all writers a step into the mind of their audience.


Series Sundays

I love reading a good romantic book series, standalone books are great but I always want more from an author who  produced a good book. A series give the author more space to develop an idea. Today I want to focus on one book series that I think all book series readers should read. When I read this book series the only question I had was, why is it over?

Today I want to focus on an author that goes by the name of J.T Geissinger and her Night Prowler series.

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I came across Shadow’s Edge through Kindle Unlimited. Kindle Unlimited is book subscription service offered by Amazon, where subscribers can pay $9.99 can get to read from a selection of over a million books. Each Kindle Unlimited subscriber can borrow ten books at a time.

At the time I was skeptical about reading this book, I was generally a romance and fantasy reader but I have always liked both genres separate. I found that good fantasy books was better when the author focused on the magic of the characters and not the romance and romantic novels was good when the author focused on the romance and not the magic of the characters. The Night Prowler series brilliantly, carefully crafted works of fiction that perfectly created a balance between romance and fantasy fiction.

As a reader of many books the one issue I usually have with some books are the lack of originality. When one author find success with an idea, it becomes “the go to” idea for  many authors. As  an avid reader, one or two renditions of an idea is fine but any more and I lose interest in a story. Sometimes I start and not finish a book not because the author did not write and produce a well written book but more because I was tired of the idea.

Shadow’s Edge takes us into a world of shape-shifters called Ikati. I know what you’re saying that shape-shifting is not an original idea and I would agree with you but the author J. T Geissinger was able to suck me into a world that had me wondering in the end was this real. The books was well researched and it used reality to make the fiction more believable. The books allowed the reader to live as Ikati to understand their customs; it explained what it felt like being in the skin of an Ikati. I experienced the world through their eyes and through the eyes of those around them.

This summer if you have a holiday or a weekend away from work and responsibilities I recommend that you read the Night Prowler series by J.T Geissinger. You will fall in love with the beautiful creature called Ikati and you will be surprised at every turn. You will be sucked in book one and before you blink you’ll be reading the last.

I love learning about new books so if you are a professional writer or blogger and you have an unbiased recommendation about a book I would love to hear about it, just click on the tab that reads Contact.

Thank you for reading






The Perfect Book Reviewer

Death_to_stock_photography_wild_5You have finally finished your book. After all the long hours of back numbing writing and research, your baby has finally arrived. You have been dreaming about the success of this book before it was actually written. You can see yourself selling a million copies and countless of agents are just trying to find creative ways to talk to you about representation and movie deals. Let’s just take a breath for a second, after months or maybe years of self-doubt and discipline you are finally finished with your book. For the modern author, the work has just begun. There used to be a time when all a writer had to do was concentrate on writing good material their book got published, they sat and enjoyed the fruits of their labor. That reality quickly became a fantasy  after the birth of social media, writers are expected to be more involved with the publication process.

It is very important for a writer to have a detailed marketing plan and a couple of book reviewers to get their book in front the appropriate audience. In this post I am going to focus on how I would find the right reviewer for my book.

So you need a book reviewer easy right, the modern book reviewer does not have an ad in the classifieds. The modern book reviewer can be found on reviewing sites like Goodreads, Amazon etc. Some reviewers even have their own blogs that they post reviews on; a blog equipped with their contact information. Finding a reviewer isn’t the problem, finding the right one for your work is challenging. For instance, if you’re writing a romance novel, you wouldn’t ask a reviewer who review mostly sci-fi novels to review your contemporary romance novel.

Book reviewers hang out on sites like Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter etc. Twitter is great because many reviewers post their contact information or a link to their blog. It’s like a virtual business card, you get to see how serious the book reviewer is. For example, how often do they post and you also get to see the quality of reviews they write before reaching out to them.


Questions I would ask to find the perfect book reviewer.

  1. How long have you been a book critic?
  2. Can you tell me about the last five books you’ve read?
  3. Do you specialize in any skill that would be valuable in assessing my book? (For example, some book reviewers sometimes have a background in editorial and or publishing.)
  4. What are your rates?
  5.  How soon can I expect my review?
  6. Can you provide me with a few samples of your best reviews?

There are sites that allow you to upload your book for free and get feedback but if you don’t want to put your baby on display, a professional book reviewer is the answer.

Before committing to any book reviewer you could have some questions of your own. If not feel free to use mine. A good reviewer will help you prepare your book for your audience, allowing you to put your best foot forward. A good review should be constructive and it would help you shape your characters more and you will get someone’s opinion on your work, which I find to be invaluable.

Thank you for visiting until next time.