Author Guest Post
Have you ever met a person who just seemed to radiate positive energy regardless of what situation they were going through? Even when facing serious life challenges, they were still happy and smiling. This is an example of a person who has learned that having a positive attitude towards life will help overcome any fear and anxiety.
Everyone faces challenges, heartaches, disappointments, and shattered dreams at different points in life. Some people dwell on negative situations and cannot seem to find any peace during these difficult times. They become stressed out, sad, and burden down by negative energy.
Other people adopt a more optimistic perspective when challenges arise. They refuse to allow situations and people to dictate their moods and outlook. They do not allow negative thoughts to control their lives and they surround themselves with positive people. They may also invest in their own spiritual growth by listening to positive people and reading inspiring and motivational literature.
Catherine Pulsifer once said, “Your attitude can take you forward or your attitude can take you down. The choice is always yours!” She understood that our attitude is something that we can learn to have control over regardless of the situation. Most people who have an optimistic perspective on life believe that valuable lessons can be learned from the obstacles that we face in life. For example, I know a woman who got laid off from a mental health position and instead of complaining and stressing about it; she took the opportunity to begin her own business as a Life Coach. She could have surrounded herself with negativity and complained about how life was unfair but she chose to turn a negative situation into a positive outcome.
If you struggle with negativity, you should try re-training your thought process by observing your thoughts. When a negative thought comes, immediately change it to a positive thought. If the thought, “I’m nothing but a failure” comes, simply change it to, “I’m successful in many areas”. Using positive affirmations daily will help you filter away negative thoughts within time. Remember having a positive attitude will make a huge difference in your life and can help you achieve incredible things.
About The Author
Eighty-Eight Keys by Catherine Lavender ~ Virtual Book Tour Event: Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours
Eighty-Eight Keys by Catherine Lavender
Publisher: Whimsical Publications
Publication Date: January 28, 2013
Format: Paperback - 174 pages / Kindle - 368 KB / Nook - 526 KB
Genre: Romantic Suspense
BUY THE BOOK: Eighty-Eight Keys
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
A dead lover, with a trail of broken hearts...
A married man, with a double-life...
A dream chaser, with a killer at her heels...
A piano, with eighty-eight keys...
My Book Review:
Eighty-Eight Keys is an intriguing romantic suspense novel about the complexity of relationships in the midst of murder, blackmail, threats, betrayal and hidden secrets. In her debut novel, author Catherine Lavender weaves an intense tale of mystery and suspense written in the third person narrative that alternates between the present with flashbacks of the past. The reader follows along as Leah tries to forge a life away from her restrictive upbringing in a Pentecostal family. She aspires to become a pianist, but along the way she faces turmoil and danger from the complicated entanglements in her relationships.
This story has a large cast of characters who are realistic and flawed, their individual perspectives, intense dialogue and interactions keeps the reader on their toes. There is a lot that goes on in this multi-layered storyline, it is an action-packed story that is full of drama, murder, mystery and suspense mixed in with complicated romantic relationships. It has intriguing clues, secrets and twists and turns that keeps the reader engaged and guessing what will happen next. I have to admit that because there was so much going on in the story, I had to keep a list of the characters and take notes in order to keep up with them and their involvement throughout the story. Nonetheless, I found Eighty-Eight Keys to be a riveting romantic suspense story, it has a little bit of everything, what more could a reader ask for?!
Eighty-Eight Keys is a fine debut novel for author Catherine Lavender. I look forward to seeing what future novels she has in store for her readers.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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