Playdate: Thelma Adams




Thelma Adams



What happens when you and your husband are in an intimate position and your sixth grade daughter walks into the room? Even better what happens when she lashes out at her mother because she thinks she is strangling her father? What happens when one little girl is totally resentful of having to move from her home leaving all of her friends and having to go to a new school? Belle hates where she lives and no matter how hard she tries and how many bribes her mother puts in front of her nothing will ever make her love where she lives. Even more she dislikes and says it out loud her mother. The deep resentment shines through and this very bright no holds barred little girl does not mince her words when expressing her thoughts. Her father is her idol, her Adonis her best friend and the conversations they have about life, sex and relationships will definitely surprise the reader and Lance her father who is trying to be a great stay at home dad, husband, volunteer and much more. The Santa Ana winds are about to kick up in more ways than one as author Thelma Adams takes the reader on an inside tour of the Encinitas where things get hot and heated and not just the wild fires.


Straightforward, outspoken and definitely wise beyond her years, Belle’s caught in an intricate web between her father and mother who seem to want to recapture their youth, focused on their own needs and at times forget she is there. Never asking her opinion of what she would like for a birthday bash, Darlene, her perfectly manicured mom planned it around the reason they moved to this town which is the opening of her state of the art new diner. Adding balloons, Barbie decorations and more she decided to make it a double celebration without asking Belle for her thoughts. Lance’s primary role is to take care of all matters at home, deal with Belle, the babysitter and deliver the Girl Scout cookies. But, there is much more that the author shares with the reader such as the back-stories for each character allowing you to get to know them better.


Lance grew up as the man of the house when his parents separated. Darlene seems to treat life and its many situations as board meetings discussing the future outcomes and productivity of each event that has to be preplanned and perfectly orchestrated. The many back-stories are interesting and the author even includes Lance’s parents to help you learn more about him.


Playdate is about relationships, trust, betrayals, fear, vulnerability and passions ignited through vividly described situations encountered by each character and created by the author all becoming explosive in some way and igniting when the Santa Ana fires take control of their world. Added into the mix are two other players Alex and Wren Marker each playing a different role than expected in Lance and Darlene’s lives. Alex her business partner and much more and Wren who enjoys a romp in the sack Tantric style with Lance and then there is Julia the babysitter. Julia has a definite thing for Lance as we learn and yet she is amazing with Belle helping her come to terms with her feelings about her party and along with her close friend Sam, who happens to be Alex’s son, she expresses her true feelings about a lot of things bothering her.


The fires are starting to spread and the severity increased and the causes many. Discussing the diner Alex brings to light what is needed to create a unique image for her diner. But, when the winds are mentioned he does not take it seriously when Darlene expresses her concern. Darlene is caught up in her life in Encinitas and disregards the importance of her marriage and her daughter while meeting with Alex. Extensive hours spent leading up to the grand opening of her new restaurant hoping it will be an upscale place patterned after her café in Barstow. But, when things get out of hand and her focus in dimmed by her own concerns what will happen to her relationship with Lance and Belle? Belle seems to be floundering in relation to the other kids and Lance seems to have lost his niche with other men who as Belle’s not so wonderful friend said infer are defined by their jobs, which sets their value, and worth. Belle and Lance share their banter, inside stories and definite connection with the reader. She is the one major bright spot in this novel.


Darlene and Alex share lunch as the author allows Alex to share some insight into Darlene’s personality. Darlene appears to be competitive in everything she does and with everyone. Never wanting to share her day with anyone or asked by her husband. Stating she misses the connection she once had with Lance. But, whose fault is that when you are not paying attention?


When Belle gets up in front of her class and her humorless teacher to present her report what happens will definitely enlighten the reader to those who should not become or be educators and to students caught up in status and not friendships. When Belle elaborates about her Dad’s accomplishments at home it gets lost in the shuffle not only to the other students but the teacher too. Then, Lance recounts his childhood and we begin to understand why he wants something different for Belle. The sad part is Belle is a great kid whose individuality should have been embraced by others but was cast aside because she was trying to be herself. Her father was cast aside because he did not have what most people would state” a real job.” Sad what society does to people and how they judge them!


The fires were increasing and the possibility that they might need to evacuate and cancel the opening and the party a consideration. An interesting party comprised of guests that her mother and Alec invited with only a few that she might identify with. The conversation centered on marriages, expectations and more. Realities come to light and both Darlene and Alec learn some harsh truths. When the conversation really heats up just like the fires Lance is defended by an unlikely source as the discussion centers around marriage, work and appreciating someone for what they do and who they are.


Told within three days the first two dealing with relationships, school and a revelation made by Wren to Lance the final day which is Saturday will unravel more than just each couple as Belle gets ready for the big opening and her party. Would it be what she expected or would it focus on her mother? What about the end result revealed for Wren and Lance? What Darlene learns next just might open her eyes to the truth behind Alec’s help and his real motive. What will she do and how will she convince Belle that the party was really for her? The ending will definitely surprise the reader and the final outcome you won’t expect.



Relationships are tested and one young girl named Belle stands tall and what she does just might cause her own fires to burn and spark the embers for her parents and many others. What happens when the fires hit home? Whose homes will be affected and will anything ever be the same? Will Lance and Darlene face the truth about their marriage and will Darlene see the light before it is too late? Read Playdate to find out just how author Thelma Adams brings it all together to an explosive conclusion that will make you really think. What is the true worth of a person? Money: Power: Job status or who they are? You decide after reading this great novel.


Fran Lewis: reviewer


Let’s give this book: FIVE BELLES


Amazon Categories: Create Best Sellers



You crave having your book placed on the bestseller list category on Amazon yet you have done nothing to give your sales a huge nudge to get it there. Amazon has given you the tools to create that number one best seller in more than one category and Aggie Villanueva’s innovative book will teach you the many important secrets, skills and ways to become a best selling author using Amazon. The best part is it is free. Amazon Categories: Create Bestsellers is your 75 page resource and guide to becoming number one. Now, all you have to do is read the book, send come copies to other authors so they will learn the secrets of success too and you are on the way. As the author states Amazon has created a clever and brilliant marketing engine that drills through several layers of free and automated publicity. Once again: IT IS FREE!


Let’s being with the Customer Reviewers section, which has huge potential for untapped publicity. Believe it or not the Amazon Auto bots or robots monitor and keep track of these reviews just to make you eligible for their many top one hundred lists and recommendations. Pay close attention to the tag lines too. After reading this I went to Amazon and added several tag lines to my own book to see if people would take notice and possibly want to buy my book or maybe add it to one of the categories.


Why would you want to create a best seller on Amazon when all too often they have bullied reviewers and authors, deleted reviews for no reason and even taken books off sale for minor infractions that we never knew we committed. As simple as being wrongly accused of getting paid for writing your reviews when you never take a penny. Did you know that your reviews are their property and you cannot reprint or repost them in their entirety anywhere else? Did you know that you can post your review but no hyperlinks or any URL’s to promote anything else or even create an ad for your book or title when posting any review? The author brilliantly explains the highlights related to the many complaints both authors and reviewers have states against Amazon.


First, reviews have been deleted for no reason. One author was accused of creating and posting a review for her own book. Copyright laws and their statement in their reviewer’s guidelines elaborate on why you cannot post your review anywhere else and the copyright laws that they say are quite legal. The author also includes a valuable resource written by Dana Lynn Smith titled How to Get Your Book Reviewed which will guide you through the regulations imposed by Amazon and prevent you from falling prey to the pitfalls. Everyone should Google Amazon’s review policies in order to up on the current information. To learn more about this and read the excerpt the author has shared read pages 19-20 in this great book.


Chapters three and four provide information dealing with marketing plans and why authors post on Amazon when they can get higher royalties elsewhere. Explaining in Chapter four the advantages for self published authors, the reasons by publishing with Create Space may be the way to go and the royalty policy plus how Amazon tallies the sales so that you might see your book listed as one of the Top 100 recommended titles. But, there are disadvantages she sites fro form traditionally published authors which you can read on pages 25-26 as some traditional publishers do not allow authors to choose the categories for their books. She concludes the chapter with how some authors under contract already enjoy many of these freedoms and she list resources to help you including Digi-Tall- Media to help distribute and produce most formats including print and electronic. The author states she retains the book rights in every detail and this sounds like something this author and reviewer just might look into even further. There is a lot more included in this chapter including the definition of co-publishing and Indie publishing.


How does tagging result in top ranking at tag communities, how can you easily rank in the reader’s choice top rated list and nowhere else can you earn multiple category bestseller status so easily so read Chapter five and learn the hidden secrets that are right in front of you to become a bestselling author. Followed by Chapter six: Kindle Book Categories are not just search engines. Believe it or not they are your paths to becoming a best selling author. Here is how:

I actually used the link on page 35 and joined the site and created by own bundles and links. But, the Kindle Direct Publishing does not allow you to choose more than two categories so you need to thin about it before you decide which ones your book fits in. Without the right categories the author states you may never get there. Now, if you read Chapter 7 you will understand the definition of a category and how they are tallied. There is no answer to how your book is chosen to become a best seller and how it is tallied. The author states that Amazon does not count sales from day one for any of their sales rankings. Instead, they choose daily/hourly slices and count up the sales make during that period. To learn more you need to read the chapter for yourself to learn the many secrets unveiled by the author for yourself. Next and definitely primary to your success is reading, as I did several times, Chapter 8 to learn which categories to pick and how to choose the right ones for your book. Remember you can only choose two so you must choose wisely. For a Kindle eBook you choose the categories at the time of publication through your chosen publisher. The categories will then transfer over to the Kindle Bookstore. Important note: this only applies to the Kindle version in Chapter 11 the author will explain how to choose the categories for print copies. Status changes momentarily and categories are only listed as they are shown on page 45 when your book has reached or ranked in the top 100 sales of any category. Next Chapter 9 will help you decide whether to publish in Amazon Print, Kind or mobile devices. The serious pros and cons of both are discussed and the value of publishing in Kindle is stated and the value of print too. You decide for yourself.


Chapter Ten is where you want to be and that is in Amazon’s Print Bookstore too as a bestseller. This chapter goes into detail how to contact Amazon and the links you need in order to create your own categories and up your sales. If you do not have the categories listed you cannot compete for sales rankings at Amazon. This is one chapter you need to pay close attention to. I DID!


Chapter 11 handles how to decide on what print categories you can choose from. The author discusses how she chose the categories for one of her books and she takes you through the entire process step by step. What more can you ask for? Chapter 12 discusses the other Amazon lists you may qualify for and Chapter 13 Bonus Pages at Companion Sites. I found this information at


Finally, Chapter 14 discusses contests that you can enter and 15 subscribe now which include the information about Promotions a la Carte Blog and much more. The final chapters are short but vital to your success. Chapter 16 includes a discussion page and where to find the links, 17 how to contact Aggie, 18 recommended reading and sites and finally the author’s bio and information about her.


This is one 75 page book filled with important information that is easily understood, explained, and will definitely guide you right to the best seller’s list. So, read what our author wants to share with you, the author and learn the secrets behind creating a best seller on Amazon. Once again Aggie Villanueva has outdone herself as she did when she wrote this great reference guide for writings titled: The Rewritten Word. So, what are you waiting for? Get a copy of this book and start reading and get on your road to bestseller success.



Fran Lewis: reviewer