Heart, Sass and Soul Book Review from @kleffnotes

Writing can be an exceptionally beneficial practice for your heart and soul, which Greta Solomon emphasizes in her book Heart, Sass and Soul. This journal style book is designed to help you determine who you really are through freewriting and reflection. When there are moments of great unknown in our lives we may find ourselves struggling to understand them and process everything happening around us. Through Heart, Sass and Soul provides a way to work through these moments by writing. If you are searching for a way to better understand yourself this is the book for you. Continue reading “Heart, Sass and Soul Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Boy Untitled EP and Poetry Book Review from @kleffnotes

Mark Tennyson recently released his EP Boy Untitled, which is a five part musical and visual epic that has an additional creative companion work. This EP connects with a collection of poetry titled, A Wander’s Love Letter to the Universe. The five songs on the album connect with the five parts of the poetry book, which creates a beautifully vivid world for the reader and listener. There is a sixth song on the EP, but it is a live version of an earlier song in the list. While the poetry is non-linear the works it contains and the music it connects to were all inspired by a period of transition and growth in Tennyson’s life. From marriage to the loss of his father, he found himself growing and changing a great deal, which led him to find his creative impetus for this project. Continue reading “Boy Untitled EP and Poetry Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Lions of the Sky Book Review from @kleffnotes

Fighter pilots are the most alpha of the alpha in terms of flying and in this field competition is everything. Lions of the Sky focuses on Sam Richardson, a fighter pilot’s pilot, who is a reluctant legend with a dark secret. He has been fulfilling a tour as an instructor and is desperate to return to the real action. When he is told he must complete one more course, this one will push him to confront the secrets he has kept hidden. Written by Francesco “Paco” Chierici, a ten year active duty pilot in the U.S. Navy and then a pilot in the Reserves and commercially after that, Chierici knows the field and his expertise adds to his story, which has been touted as “a Top Gun for the new millennium.” Continue reading “Lions of the Sky Book Review from @kleffnotes”

You Can See More From Up Here Book Review from @kleffnotes

Mark Guerin’s coming of age story You Can See More From Up Here delves into what happens when lies grow into something unexpected and push family members apart. In 2004, Walker Maguire is summoned to his estranged father’s bedside and in that moment he finds himself turning his mind back to 1974. This is the year where his father, unhappy about retiring from the Air Force and now a plant physician, and Walker found their lives diverging. When a bloody fight, witnessed by Walker, is falsely blamed on a Mexican immigrant, he keeps quiet and these lies and eventual betrayals break the relationship between father and son. In order to move beyond what happened back then the two men will have to confront the past and examine how it has led to their present. Continue reading “You Can See More From Up Here Book Review from @kleffnotes”

The Baby-Sitters Club @audible_com Release and Teaser Review from @kleffnotes

The beloved young adult series The Baby-Sitters Club is back in a brand new audio format. Audible is releasing all 131 books in new original formats, with the first five books being performed by Elle Fanning. The rest of the series will be performed by a variety of actors including Brittany Pressley, Ali Ahn, Emily Bauer, Lauren Fortgang, Bahni Turpin, Erin Moon, Stephany Einstein, and Vanessa Johansson. I grew up with this series and am delighted to have the opportunity to share details about the upcoming release of these titles on August 13th as well as my thoughts on two of the Audible Originals. Continue reading “The Baby-Sitters Club @audible_com Release and Teaser Review from @kleffnotes”

Interview with Jessii Vee from @kleffnotes

Rounding out our interviews with the cast of Running With Violet, I had the chance to talk with Jessii Vee. The actor and YouTuber plays Frankee, the slightly witchy babysitter from Season One who has started to find new skills this season. She was one of my favorite characters in the first season and I was excited to see she was back for more one liners and epic levels of snark. I got to chat with her about this new season and what she’s up to outside of the series. Continue reading “Interview with Jessii Vee from @kleffnotes”

Deep Water Blues Book Review from @kleffnotes

From the author of Searching for Bobby Fischer, Fred Waitzkin, Deep Water Blues is inspired by a true story and tells the story of a Bahamian island that became the battleground for a pirate war. Bobby Little built his own paradise on the island of Rum Cay. While the island life was something people flocked to, Bobby and his larger than life personality were the rule lures. When a tragedy strikes the island swiftly changes and tourists no longer wish to visit these once exotic shores. Bobby finds himself fighting against a new sort of entrepreneur and the water begins to run red with blood, but there might be someone who can help find a way to return the island to its former glory. Continue reading “Deep Water Blues Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Interview with Andrea Bang from @kleffnotes

Andrea Bang is a new addition to Running With Violet, the YouTube series we are featuring this week in connection to the drop of the second season. She plays Samantha, who is a bit of a party girl with some secrets behind her bubbly personality. You might recognize her from the Canadian comedy, Kim’s Convenience, and she has a recent film releasing soon. Luce, a feature that focuses on a married couple and their thoughts on their marriage has an all star cast, and releases broadly on August 9th. I chatted not just Running With Violet, but everything else Andrea Bang has going on. Continue reading “Interview with Andrea Bang from @kleffnotes”

Dungeons & Dragons Young Adventurer’s Guides Combined Book Review from @kleffnotes

Do you know a young adventurer who is keen to hone their skills in the mythical worlds of Dungeons and Dragons? Are you perhaps looking to join an adventure yourself, but have never quested before? Dungeons & Dragons has something perfect for both young readers and those who might be new to the game. This month they released two brand new guides geared toward younger readers, Monsters & Creatures: A Young Adventurer’s Guide and Warriors & Weapons: A Young Adventurer’s Guide, which can help anyone get ready to join a campaign. Continue reading “Dungeons & Dragons Young Adventurer’s Guides Combined Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Interview with Marie Claire Marcotte from @kleffnotes

Running With Violet, the hit YouTube series, just returned for a second season with more drama and unexpected drug dealing. I had the opportunity to ask one of the stars and creators, Marie Claire Marcotte, who plays Miranda. If you haven’t checked out this great series yet you are definitely missing out, check out my interview and then get to watching Season Two right away. Continue reading “Interview with Marie Claire Marcotte from @kleffnotes”