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Sunday April 07, 2013 at 3:30 Pacific time WormholeRiders News Agency will be announcing a new radio format and were a recipient of a a wonderful privilege, that of interviewing the talented Rachel Thompson! Rachel is a best selling author on Amazon earning acclaim from around the world for her books, including her latest creation, Broken Pieces which this reviewer gives FIVE STARS!
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Normally I am far too busy to take time to read an entire book of essay’s in a single day. However, this reviewer was entirely captivated as I began to read the book via Kindle for the PC. I simply could not stop reading Broken Pieces until I had read the entire work filled with insight, knowledge, humor and most importantly, revealing her personal experiences about aspects of her journeys in life from the tender age of twelve when a horrible fate befell her.
Broken Pieces is a wonderful literary creation from Rachel Thompson that deals with several serious topics that women face in life including relationships, both good and bad, learning how to cope in life from said experiences, and most horrendously, the repugnant rape experienced in her neighborhood from a person trusted by the elders in their community!
Until justice was finally served upon the worst type of malcontent in the world, a person, no a criminal, whom would resort to preying on young women with a thoroughly sickening proclivity of abusing young girls. This reviewer has more than empathy when reading these passages, having had members of my own family abused in similar fashion.
Without revealing spoilers, when I say that Broken Pieces was a riveting read, such is a complete understatement! In addition to the terrible topics mentioned above, Rachel also shares about the joy of finding “The One”, the delight of childbirth followed subsequent to a harrowing two minutes following birth of her first child.
Unlike her two previous works. “A Walk in the Snark“, and “The Mancode: Exposed“, which also dealt with life in an adult manner, each of those works were more humorous, sarcastic focused, yet delightful books in themselves. Broken Pieces is a serious work that adds new dimension, dealing with the sheer glee of a woman who successfully traversed the travails of life, emerging from the minefield of existence many encounter, a stronger, more vibrant human being.
We must ask ourselves, how many of us, when coming out the other side of several experiences that would wilt a rose, let alone make a persons hair stand on end, be able to have survived without a few “Broken Pieces?”
When I completed reading Broken Pieces after a marathon reading session ending only a few hours ago, I felt a sense of pride for this gifted writer, for Rachel Thompson’s ability to transcend, ultimately sharing some of the most difficult subjects in life that some of us could accomplish without rancor.
To the contrary, Rachel Thompson’s wit, humor and downright zest for life not only survived some of the most heinous experiences of life, she has emerged vibrant, as is apparent in every tweet she posts! This reviewer can only suggest that you read Broken Pieces for yourself, proving that adversity need not crush the human spirit!
We look forward to you joining Rachel Thompson on You Decide this Sunday when you will have an opportunity to ask her questions about writing, surviving, thriving and how to successfully pick up the Broken Pieces!
Included below is Ms. Rachel Thompson’s official press release biography for your enjoyment!
Biography provided courtesy of Rachel Thompson from Amazon:
I’m a chick who writes stuff that makes you laugh, and sometimes cry.
My book A Walk In The Snark hit #1 on the Kindle Motherhood list September, 2011 (do you think they know I talk about sex? Shhh.). It’s since become a chart mainstay. #woot! I’ve been nominated for Funniest Blog, Best Humor Writer & Redhead Who Makes A Killer Dirty Martini (okay, I made the last one up, but it’s true. Honest.).
I released The Mancode: Exposed right after Thanksgiving 2011 and by January, it placed in the Amazon Top 100 Paid!
Two books of snarky goodness, baby. And book three, Broken Pieces, released in Christmas, 2012 and reached #1 on Women’s Studies and Gender Studies within two weeks and garnered almost 55 four and five-star reviews in less than eight weeks (none paid, a service I neither support or advocate). In March, 2013, The Midwest Book Review gave Broken Pieces five stars!
I’ve been told I write in the style of that Dickens guy. Kidding.
I’m a mom, a wife, and a recovering pharmaceuticals rep. It’s been a long process but I’m doing okay, thanks.
I also used to sell Trojan brand condoms. Yeah, it’s hilarious, I know. I did it for three years way back when, and I was their top salesperson in the Western Region, a dubious honor at best. My number-one customer was the Mustang Ranch. No, seriously. The Mustang Ranch. I couldn’t make stuff like that up.
The experience definitely gave me insights into the… er… ins and outs of men.
So it should come as no great surprise that I write about how men (The Mancode) and women (Chickspeak) approach most things differently. And since I did, in fact, grow past my Trojan days (in more ways than one or–insert your own joke here), I’ve thrown in a few tidbits about marriage, kids, being a mom, living in the OC (ya know-being a pale redhead living in a sea of blondes), coffee, and vodka. Not necessarily in that order, depending on the day.
Don’t read my books to find advice about how to be sweet or nice. I’m pretty much allergic to both of those words. Actually don’t read my books for advice on anything. (My lawyer made me put that in just in case you know, you thought I could save your marriage or something – not).
Or if you are looking for some light, heartfelt humor in everyday life (Erma Bombeck-style), well, I’m really not your girl, either. Nothin’ homespun about the Queen of Snark, baby. Mostly I just laugh at stuff and make up words (See “Refrigeratoritis and Manesia.”) Yet somehow it all seems to work.
And don’t call me cute. (Hint: Babies and puppies are cute. Grown women are soooo not.)
Special note to men: I write frequently about “The Mancode”–like how you guys do goofy stuff and we women try, and often fail, to understand. (Um, change the toilet paper roll much? Yeah, that’s what I thought.) If that offends your sensibilities, this may not be the book for you. Yeah, I’m crushed.
Like everyone, I’ve also had some rough times. I share those with you, too. Life can’t always be martinis and beaches. Wait, this is the OC (Orange County, CA, for those of you from Canada, or people on the East Coast who don’t know California beyond LA). Naw, not even here.*
*NOTE: In October, 2012, Rachel and family moved north to Northern California, closer to family and friends. Well, that and because her family was tired of her burnt food and Rachel’s mom is a great cook.
So, welcome to RachelintheOC.
Now go read an essay or two and find something to laugh at, share, ponder over…
I have to go help my husband find the butter. Again.
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