Friday, November 17, 2017

Audio Book Review: Asher Black by Parker S. Huntington

About the Audiobook

Author: Parker S. Huntington
Narrator: Lacy Laurel
Length: 8 hours and 32 minutes
Publisher: PSH Publishing House⎮20
Genre: Romance
Series: The Five Syndicates, Book 1
Release date: Oct. 31, 2017
Synopsis: He was supposed to kill me. I had done the unthinkable. I called the cops on him, on his family, but he let me live. We became friends, and then... we fell in love.
Lucy Ives is a foster kid, running from her turbulent past. On her first night in New York City, she accidentally calls the cops on the mafia. When their fixer comes to kill her, he spares her life in exchange for a favor--be his fake fiance or die.


Lucy is the female lead that is studying in biology. She has a past from being in the foster care system. Despite her baggage, she is very intelligent and beautiful. She goes with her roommate Aimee to a nightclub. There she witness a crime and reports it. As the events go, it turns out that the club is mafia oriented and Lucy literally put her life in danger. Asher Black, the owner of Black Enterprises is the clean up man for the Romano family. After her failed attempts to cover her tracks, Asher tracks her down and instead of getting rid of her he has a proposition.

The love of mafia stories drew me to this. I love reading about them and watching the movies. This story had all the elements that I love and then some. The physical attraction between the two was undeniable and had me anticipating. The two characters was so unique. Lucy being a great female lead and Asher being complex but understandable. Even the secondary characters added the flavor to the story.

This story had suspense, danger, lust, and humor. It was well rounded and had me wanting more. The writing was effortless and it flowed really great. 

I loved the narration of the story. Her voice fit the tone of the story and her pacing was good. Her male voices were ok but the story was so good that it didn't really bother me. 

Overall, I loved this story and the narration and I look forward to reading/listening to more from these two. 

Author Bio

BIO: Parker S. Huntington is from Orange County, California, USA. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside and is currently pursuing a Master's in Liberal Arts in Literature and Creative Writing from Harvard University. She has two puppies, Bauer and Chloe, and lives with her boyfriend of four years--a real life alpha male, book-boyfriend-worthy hunk of a man. She is currently working on Book 3 of the Five Syndicates Series.

Social Media
WEB - www.parkershuntington.com
FB - www.facebook.com/parkershuntington
FB Group - www.facebook.com/Parkerettes
Insta - @parkershuntington
Twitter - @authorPSH


Narrator Bio
 Lacy lives the life of a full time wife, mother and household manager. Needing a temporary escape from time to time Lacy returned back to her first love - reading! After devouring everything she could get her hands on she thought, -what if she could mix her love of performance and literature in a professional capacity? Once getting involved in the world of book narration she quickly became hooked and when not with her family you can find her in her studio working hard to grow in her own storytelling abilities. 


 Purchase Links

Amazon - https://goo.gl/B6j636
ITunes - https://goo.gl/6xiVBo

Here is the link to the trailer for the audiobook (which has a bunch of audio from the audiobook in it)
Here are the links to sound cloud audiosamples



Thursday, November 2, 2017

Free Writing Program with Inkitt




Inkitt launches a free program to help you turn your idea into a novel within 30 days

Have you ever thought about writing a novel? There are millions of people in the world who have ideas floating around in their heads that they want to write down but never find the time.

Inkitt, the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, will be launching their first ‘Writers Write Program’  on November 1st to help you turn your idea into an original novel. The 30-day program is completely free and filled with special benefits such as:
  • Free, 30 min private sessions with professional writing coaches (including the editor of The Martian)
  • Events and tips with bestselling authors like Andy Weir, Lauren Kate, and Gayle Forman
  • A variety of community features such as the choice to get a writing buddy who you can exchange manuscript feedback with

“Our intention is to enlarge the writing community by encouraging more people to become writers,” said CEO of Inkitt, Ali Albazaz. “The program is completely free so for us this isn’t about making money; it’s about encouraging talented and committed writers to keep going and finish what they started.”

If you are serious about taking on the challenge or want to finish (or start!) a manuscript then make sure to get your spot in the program now. There is less than a week left before it starts.

LEARN MORE

This program is free to join and also has writing coaches! (There will be a Q and A session with some great authors. This is a really cool event and you should definitely check it out.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

September Wrap Up

For the month of September I mostly stuck with New Adult Contemporary novels. I am very proud of myself because I read 13 books for the month.

The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan  Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland  Fire in You by J. Lynn .
Mayhem by Jamie Shaw    The Bridesmaid by Hailey Abbott   Deep by Kylie Scott

 
Lead by Kylie Scott  Play by Kylie Scott  Lick by Kylie Scott
 Easy by Tammara Webber  Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren   Dirty by Kylie Scott


Twist by Kylie Scott




I really enjoyed the books that I read for September and hopefully I can do the same with the books for October.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Java and the Librarians by Robin Roe Ep:7

Check out last month's Java and the Librarians ep: 7 A List of Cages by Robin Roe. If you have not read it go and read it before you watch because it is filled with spoilers!




Ep: 8 will be next Tuesday at 6:30p.m.CST 7:30 EST. We will be discussing our thoughts and opinions on The Girl in 6e by A.R.Torre. It will be filled with spoilers!



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Update

It has been a good couple of months since I last did anything blog related. This has not been a good reading year for me and I have been in the biggest reading slump ever. However, I am slowly getting out of the slump. I have read some books including some books that I was sent to review. I will have those posted within the next couple of days. I know that this is towards the latter part of the year but I have been brainstorming some different ideas and approaches to give good content without getting "tired" of the same old. But I wanted to let you guys know that I have not forgotten about you nor this blog but I felt I needed to stay away for a while for personal reasons.

I feel better and more refreshed. As I said before look out for some more reviews that will come up in a couple of days.

💓-Ericka

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Slump Madness




First, I want to apologize for my absence. I have absolutely no idea what is wrong or where my motivation has gone to. The things that I love to do I haven't done which is reading, blogging, drawing, panting, and journaling in a month...A Month. I've never gone that long without posting anything on my blog.

I know that a lot of people have these moments and when I usually have them its never this long. I hate feeling like this. Absolutely hate it because this is something that I love to do. I have a live show coming up next Saturday and I will have the book read by then but I'm no where near finished reading it.

Most of all I don't want to feel obligated and make something forced because that will take out the fun for everything. I want to be happy and give good quality posts and content and I want that to have a good reflection on me as well.

I just have not had the urge or motivation to do any of that. So my question for you guys.What is it that you do whenever you feel yourself losing motivation or in a slump that is affecting everything that you have a love for? I'm open to any and everything and desperately want to get out of this yuck feeling.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Borrow-A-Thon Round two Challenges!

I had so much fun participating in borrow-a-thon last year and I'm excited to participate again. Before I show you my tbr I will give you the list of challenges.

This is a week long challenge that encourages you to utilize your library. I work in a library so I am always using one but this makes it more fun.

March 19th 12:00AM-March 26th 11:59PM

  • Try before you buy
  • A Graphic Novel
  • Try a new-to-you author
  • A book recommended to you
  • A book with your favorite color on the cover
  • A book that involves a library in some way

My borrow-a-thon tbr in the order of the challenge
  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  • To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough
  • Rule by Jay Crownover
  • Ink and Bone (The Great Library) by Rachel Caine
When you pick out your TBR use the hastag #Borrow-A-Thon on twitter or your social media platforms.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Podcast: Java and the Librarians Ep:1 Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Ep:1 Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The Urban vs Epic Fantasy Week

This post is what I am excited for. If you love fantasy this is for you but which side of the fantasy spectrum are you on? I am definently #TeamUrban but I do love a good epic as well.

This is for all of you guys to stand together with your sides and unite as one. There are some great Urban Fantasy and Epic Fantasy books coming out this year and I can't wait to devour those.

Here is the schedule for this week.

Urban Fantasy vs Epic Fantasy Schedule: 

  • Wednesday Mar. 1st: Bloggers post a feature with authors who ascribe to #TeamUrban
  • Thursday, Mar. 2nd: Bloggers post a feature with authors on #TeamEpic
  • Friday, Mar. 3rd: Bloggers and authors can write / share related posts, including: why they’re Team Urban or Team Epic, their Top 5/10 Fave Urban or Epic Fantasy Reads, and/or the Top 5 Reasons They Loved _____ (an urban or epic fantasy read)

For more info head over to Entangle Teen to check it out. There is also a cool giveaway going on too. 

Which team are you on?

#TeamUrbanFantasy or #TeamEpicFantasy 


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Spotlight: Meeting Lydia by Linda MacDonald

About the Audiobook

Author: Linda MacDonald
Narrator: Harriet Carmichael
Length: 8h 43m
Publisher: Essential Music⎮2016
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release date: Nov. 17, 2016
Synopsis: “Edward Harvey. Even thinking his name made her tingle with half-remembered childlike giddiness. Edward Harvey, the only one from Brocklebank to whom she might write if she found him.”
Marianne Hayward, teacher of psychology and compulsive analyser of the human condition, is hormonally unhinged. The first seven years of her education were spent at a boys’ prep school, Brocklebank Hall, where she was relentlessly bullied. From the start, she was weak and frightened and easy prey for Barnaby Sproat and his gang. Only one boy was never horrible to her: the clever and enigmatic Edward Harvey, on whom she developed her first crush.
Now 46, when Marianne finds her charming husband in the kitchen talking to the glamorous Charmaine, her childhood insecurities resurface and their once-happy
marriage begins to slide. Teenage daughter Holly persuades her to join Friends Reunited, which results in both fearful and nostalgic memories of prep school as Marianne wonders what has become of the bullies and of Edward Harvey. Frantic to repair her marriage, yet rendered snappy and temperamental by her plummeting hormones, her attempts towards reconciliation fail. The answer to all her problems could lie in finding Edward again... But what would happen if she found what she seeks?

Buy Links

Buy on AudibleAmazon

About the Author: Linda MacDonald

Born and brought up in the town of Cockermouth in the Lake District in England, Linda MacDonald has a degree in psychology from Goldsmiths’, London University, and a PGCE in biology and science. She retired in 2012 from teaching psychology in a 6th Form College in order to focus on writing, and has now published three print novels, the first of which is now an audiobook. She lives in Beckenham in Greater London, and travels to speak to various groups about the inspiration behind the ‘Lydia’ series and the psychology of internet relationships.

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About the Narrator: Harriet Carmichael

I've always loved doing voices.  I grew up with Radio 4 being on constantly in the background. Somehow the voices and accents broadcast over the years soaked in. And now I do voices. Or if you ask my agent, I'm a "voice artist".

For the last seven years I've spent most of my days in front of a microphone: as myself; as seven-year-old boys; talkingbaboons; angsty teenagers (usually American); androgynous talking cats; Glaswegian Grannies; the cast of The Archers...  

After university I trained at The Oxford School of Drama and then acted mainly with touring theatre companies - some brilliant, some not so... I had a lot of fun, but once I started doing voiceovers in warm studios with good coffee, being on the road lost some of its appeal.

And the voice can do much more than people think. Tone, timing, pitch and accent can all
vary depending on the job. From commercials and corporates to cartoons, computer games and audiobooks, it's a brilliant job and, really, I owe it all to Radio 4.





Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Goodreads Summary: Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . . 

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.


Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.



I went through this book and I hate that because I couldn't really take my time and savor it like I wanted but it was so freaking good and I practically zoomed through this. The book blurb tells you exactly what the book is about. 

Caraval is a game and a dangerous game at that. Nothing is not what it seems. The whole aspect of it was entrancing. I felt like a player myself within the game. Its like a whole different world.

The characters were easy to connect with. Scarlet is the older sister that has taken on the role as the mother. Their mother abandoned them when they were younger and Scarlet feels like it is her responsibility to be there for Tella. She is the most logic one of the two and loves Tella very fiercely.  She would give up practically anything for her sister

I liked Julian as a character. He was full of humor and was the comical aspect for the story. I loved that he is bold and has wit. The romance between them was mild and you could tell how it was building at some point. 

The father? Was a complete vile man. The violence that he inflicted and the control he had was not justifiable. 

This does have a dark tone to it but it fit well for this book.

Rating 4 Stars

Friday, February 3, 2017

Book Review: Scythe by Neil Shusterman

Goodreads Summary: Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.











I just finished the book and I had to hurry and write down my review before I forgot. This story is about a dystopian world that does not experience natural death, sickness, or anything of that nature. That means with mortality outdone the world's population is growing. To handle this Scythes are appointed to be the bearer of death which is called gleaming (killing)

Rowan and Citra are two teenagers that are chosen to be Scythe's apprentices under the mentoring of Scythe Faraday. They must each learn the way of gleaming and the lives of a Scythe. When one apprentice is chosen the other gets to go back to their lives but to show that no loyalty between Rowan and Citra which ever one wins they would have to gleam the other. 

This has the vibe and tone of all of Neil Shusterman's writing everywhere. It was dark and it had suspense as well. Rowan and Citra are both alike and at the same time different. Their personalities always clashed  a lot but the friendship between them bloomed nicely. I think this could have done without the romance. I didn't really think it was necessary for them.

The world that was created was different from anything that I read and had an original turn on it. With the scythes symoblizing death it still contradicted the immortality of the world because the uncertanity was there. It was still sudden and people did not know when they would die. Instead of dying from sickeness or natural causes they were killed and it was just. 

The scythes had morals that they lived by but to the scythe it didn't matter if it was right or wrong. It was all right in there eyes of how or why they gleamed regardless of losing their humanity. 

This did have some parts where it dragged but it wasn't to much. I felt this wrapped up nicely and it was a quick read. 

4 Stars

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Cover Reveal for ACOWAR!

This book right here?..........It will destroy me. I know it will. I just know. We have waited so long for this and I will try my best not to devour this when I get it because I want to sit and fully enjoy and invest myself in it but there are so many questions that I feel are going to be answered and of course more are going to rise.

Also can we talk about the drama?! We all know how ACOMAF ended and I don't want to spoil it if some of you all haven't read it but we know that there is going to be some MESS! This is when the s*** just got real. Seriously. I have a bunch of scenarios as to how this book can play out but I'm going to keep cool and go with the flow.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Java and the Librarians Ep. 1: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Our first episode of Java and the Librarians was a great success! We had so much fun discussion our thoughts, opinions, and feels of this book. Although we did have a few technical difficulties it was still so much fun. I cannot wait until the next one for next month.

For February we will be reading Save me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald.
Goodreads summary: One of the great literary curios of the 20th century, Save Me the Waltz is the first and only novel by the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. During the years when her husband was working on Tender is the Night—which many critics consider his masterpiece—Zelda Fitzgerald was preparing her own story. The novel strangely parallels events from her husband’s life, throwing a fascinating light on Scott Fitzgerald and his work. In its own right, it is a vivid and moving story—centered upon the confessional of a famous glamour girl of the affluent 1920s and an aspiring ballerina—that captures the spirit of an era


If you have not watched our first episode then tune in for that. 
Remember you can use our hashtag #javandlibrarians on all your social media platforms with your questions or comments and we will answer them live


Friday, January 13, 2017

A Series of Unfortunate Events Release!

Netfix just got real. I have been waiting for this to finally come on netflix and I'm going to binge watch this sucker till its crazy!

I watched the movie when it came out a while back and I really liked it. I know there was some disappointments with it because of how off it was from the books but I hadn't read them at the time. With this series, it seems to be kinda true to the story but we all will see.












At first when it was announced that Neil Patrick Harris was going to be cast I didn't really see it. But when I saw the trailer I could see it was a good fit.






Then the Baudelaire children are cast good too. I think the whole cast is good but I haven't seen it yet. I'm just going off of the pics and trailer. I can't wait to see it and I hope it turns out to be good!








Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday #1: 2017 Debut Authors That You Are Excited For?


These are some of my top 5 debut authors books that I am currently waiting for. 😊



Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.


Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya a poison maiden is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.

Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.

This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.





Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world. 

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England's most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family's secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price? 

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi's brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution. 

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?


Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby's powers are unpredictable, and she's not sure she's willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.

All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king's tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.




It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country?

But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him—from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany—the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she’s always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Book Review: Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Goodreads Summary: She's a mortal with dark powers...

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude...until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire...

He's the Prince of Night...

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula. Vlad's ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames


Urban fantasy and PNRs are my go to genres. I'm mostly in Y.A. but I enjoyed reading this book. Leila suffered from a tragic accident that made her turn away from her dreams and gain some electric/psychic  powers. She uses her powers to gain insight to a person's darkest secrets or memories through a single touch by touching something of value to the person. Once she gets kidnapped she is forced to make a telepathic connection to the most feared Vampire.

I started out reading this by listening to the audio book then a little past half way through the story I picked up the physical copy. This does have the usually trope of Urban Fantasys and Urban PNRs but like I said this is the type of genre that I love. Leila is strong character. She is human but because of her powers she feels like it has taken over life and caused her to live in solitude and away from the people she loves. She puts those she loves in before her and will stand up to anyone that gets in her way.

Vlad is the Prince of Night and the most feared Vampire. He is known for his ruthlessness. He has a dark past that is shown in some parts through the story. He and Leila are somewhat of a perfect match. He is upfront about the expectations and the things that he can give on an emotional level but does not want Leila to expect more. 

The plot fell for me a little bit. I think I was expecting a bit more. There were times I felt like the majority of the story was drawn out and the action was rushed especially towards the end. But I do understand that this is part of a series so that might be just how book one is set up. 

I know I'm way late with reading this series but I did enjoy it and I'm ready to move on to book two.

Rating 3.5

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Inkitt Android App Release!

Back in November, I helped promote Inkitt's app release  for the iPhone with promises of an android app as well. Today is the day for android users because the app has finally launched!

For those of you that do not know what Inkitt is, it is an indie digital library that you can download for free through google play.  It has a host of upcoming and aspiring authors that have their work at the touch of your fingertips. With only being in operation for a little over a half a year, Inkitt's audience has grown to be over 700,000 readers world wide! This user friendly app is great for when you are on the go and you need to satisfy you reading cravings right at that moment.

Also, Inkitt is breaking way into publishing and I have had the pleasure to read and review one of their books. Check out some of the screenshots down below and if you would like to read my review for one of their publications I Was A B**** click here.



























To download the app click on the link below
 https://inkitt.app.link/androidglobal

(Disclaimer, this promotional post is purely my own thoughts and opinions and was on a volunteering basics.) ,