Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Book Review: 30 Days to Peace by WaterBrook

30 Days to Peace by WaterBrook

Rating: 3/5 Stars

As a person who journals it wasn't much of a surprise that I had chosen this book to review. Right off the bat this book is small but its convenient. It is an A4 journal and could fit in a purse without much damage. The cover is textured and hardcover with a sweet colorful design. Inside each page offers coloring pages and religious scriptures to go along with a day.  Although this is good journal to remind yourself about the daily peace in oneself and throughout it sets limits. This journal would not work so much with individuals if they do not read nor want to read the bible. I am not overly religious but I felt that this journal was not right for me. 

I recommend this book for all ages, but great for journalist that enjoy religious tones

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017 Winner

NaNoWriMo 2017 Winner
Inspired by my good friend Adam! Thank you for introducing me to a world of mystery! 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Book Review: God Gave us Family by Lisa Tawn Bergen

God Gave us Family by Lisa Tawn Bergen

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Once again Lisa Tawn Bergen does it again with another beautiful picture book. I had previously reviewed another one of her books by the title of "God Gave us Thankful Hearts", a sweet book about fall and giving thanks which is perfect for this month. Well that theme of being thankful follows in this small book as well. The message within this story teaches our young ones that all families are different and that is alright.  The young pup ask about additional siblings and he is told that his family can adopt but that there are other types of family. This prompted my soon to be three year old ask for a sister and this book help explained may be one day but right now is not an options. The story continues and the pup arrived to a family reunion. He plays with cousins and is happy to be a part of his blended family. This is such a sweet book and I loved reading it to my daughter. Plus this a great lesson to be taught at any age.

I recommend this book for all ages, but great for children 3+

Thursday, October 12, 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017 Prep & Fret

NaNoWriMo 2017

I am going to be working on ... I actually do not know what I am doing this year and that kind of terrifies me. Recently, I got married and I am working towards Grad School while juggling tiny toddler, school and work. As much as I want to say I'll complete 50K, honestly it might not happen this year! I am going to focus on some ideas I had last year or maybe try to start a series that has been floating in my mind for awhile! If anyone has any ideas on how not to feel stuck! Feel free to tell me. 

Things to be done in October

  • Find out a story idea!!!!!!
  • Read story idea notebook!!!!!
  • Relax a bit
  • Go to a few write ins. 
  • Work on some NaNo Art

Things to be done in November 

  • Try to Attend Kickoff 
  • Write
  • Read
  • Re-Write
  • Go to TGIO
My Region is New York City

You guys can add me -> Phoenix-Trinity

Kick Off will be at 

Twins Irish Pub [2nd Floor]
421 9th Ave, New York, NY b/t 33rd and 34th Sts, 
Thursday, October 26 2017 
7:15pm – 10:15pm

Subway Stations
34th Street Penn Station: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3
34th Street & Herald Square: B, D, F, M, N, Q, R, W

Happy Writing - K.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Book Review: Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

Rating: 5/5 Stars

What do you do when you have to erase your past but cant? Well follow Audra's tale as she escapes her husband's wrath and her search for her kids. First, I am a thriller movie fan but usually books falter to my attention. This book deals with spousal abuse  which is a theme I cant really stand in novels however this novel needed that element. It is a constant reminder and pull back to Audra and why you must root for her! While she flees with her kids, she is stopped by the cops and separated from her kids by the officers. Whens she inquires about them, it seems that no has a relocation of the children! Say What?! While no one believes her, one person does, Danny Lee, who had a similar experience. Now its up to the two of them to figure out this whole conspiracy before it is too late!

I recommend this book for anyone who loves a good mystery and thriller! 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Story Excerpt: Kinks

Author Note: I bet people are wondering why I have taken such a long gap of writing lately! I had promised to be active more however between thesis, motherhood and work it hasnt worked out that way. 

Additionally, I am at a point I think each writer is at ... am I really cut out for this route? I always question myself and compare to other writers. Yet I am learning that I should definitely need to stop that. My writing is great but I also need to have that confidence and put myself out there. So for anyone struggling out there! Just know you got this and NaNoWriMo is just a month away!!!!!!

Happy Writings! 

Mami always said “Donde hay hambre, no hay pan duro”.

As a young child it flew over my head what she was trying to explain. However, it didn’t make sense to me until I stood in front of the mirror. Tears brimmed my brown eyes and my nose was a bright red from irritation. Clumps of blonde frizzled hair were in the sink and blood stained my scalp.

Nothing ever made sense to me.


Desire and envy tend to meld into one in a moment that boiled over. Girls of yellow hair and blue eyes were perfection. Straight hair that embody Beyonce’s ‘I Woke Up Like This’ and thin frames the boys anticipated. I desired, those attributes yet I was given full wide hips and brown everything. Brown skin, brown hair, brown eyes, brown, brown, and more brown.

Puberty unfortunately destroyed my dreams when my hair curled at the sight of water and my body evolved. Swans could buy their jeans and cute flowy tops at boutiques while the need for a shirt to cover my ample chest was sparse. They flaunted down the hall in colors while I stood back draped in black.

How dare they paraded their gifts of beauty in my face. They flashed their peach color skin from their time at the beach in itty bitty bikinis. Morena. That was the nickname I received after coming back from Punta Cana. It chortled from Papi’s tongue and Alexis giggles while I glared. It was affectionate pero no quiero. However, it was still better than my actual name, Aruna. Similar to my Mami is trying to ruin my life with all these no and stop trying to be someone I am not. Pero Mami no quiero.

Unfortunately Papi promotion ten years ago allowed us to leave Florida and move here to Beverly Hills. It was a constant reminder that I did not belong here, and my features regrettably pointed that out to everyone around me.

I begged daily for something that would make me lighter, or as Alexis said Whiter. I ignored Alexis and Mami digas no. So I had to accept my skin while I watched the swans praise us with their presences.

So I avoided the sun when I could and when I couldn’t I spent hours scrubbing my skin after the beach. Months of allowance allowed me to buy a straightener from the beauty supply store with Hannah and Betty. Their parents paid for copious amounts of blow outs at the suave hair salon so they didn’t understand my need to hide it from my mother.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Happy National Book Lovers Day

As I mentioned on this blog before, Harry Potter, is one of my favorite book series in the world but it is not the only one. One of my guiltiest pleasures is reading YA Teen Fiction that focuses on supernatural relationships and anything written by Junot Diaz! Currently I am working on my thesis for school and one of our requirements is to read and who could ask for a better assignment?

Well I hope all book lovers rejoice today and give a portion of their money to Barnes & Noble for some great books or at least Amazon.

Happy Readings!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Book Review: Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love

Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Wow. First if you are like me then you are instantly drawn to books with strong female heroines, then this book is for you! Lola is a telling tale of a young woman who has the world fooled by her innocent like persona when deep down inside she is this ravenous creature ready to take the world by storm. The protagonist Lola, is in charge of her "family" (a gang) but she allows her boyfriend Garcia, to be the face. The story goes on whirlwinds of events but it comes down to Lola a complex character who is constantly faced with task that displays her contrasting attributes. As usual I will not give the ending away, just anticipate a return of Lola. 

Warning there are triggers for violence, drug and sexual abuse. 

I recommend this book for anyone over the age 18 due to such triggers. 

Friday, June 23, 2017



Good Afternoon fellow readers, writers, and just simple viewers of Inksoaked!

First, to everyone that contacted me, I am okay and alive :) I have spent the last few months drowning in work, motherhood, school, applications for another school and a few losses of family. However, I am back and ready to jump into July and the further months with gusto!

A few fun things to be on the lookout is ...

1. New design & Theme: Currently I am creating all the artwork for the blogs new look at that is taking a minute due to the tenacious work that HTML takes. Also, I am adding a new section to discuss my Thesis work and the process of that whole thing. So, expect new color, header and extras to my baby!

2. Promotion: Currently I am collaborating with another artist and her blog to promote love and health! So be on the lookout for that and some of my own work will be featured on her blog!

3. Writings: I have so many excerpts I cannot wait to post once they have been edited and beta'd.

4. New Ventures: I have my second blog that does not get the love or push or anything that I want to promote and use. Once I break out the planner and plan accordingly, I will be back at it with Mommy Safari, with a new look, other mamas, and a steady idea!

5. Road to Grad?????? This is an idea I had for quite a moment about my road to Grad school for English this time. I am currently looking at a few schools, but right now my dream school is Hunter College to get my MFA. I was thinking about talking about tips, tricks and the struggles of Grad school. I was thinking to do this via Video or writings? I do not know yet, but once I get on the ball you guys will know.

Other than that ...

Thank you guys for the support, love and friendships!



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Lit Exhibit: SPECTRUMS - A Writing Gallery

The Lit Exhibit: SPECTRUMS - A Writing Gallery

On April 14th 2017, I had the opportunity to be features along side other writers in a writing gallery exhibit. This was all curated by Lana C. Marilyn aka Cinniie, a Brooklyn native, who wanted to feature POC writers, not specified to women but that was the outcome. 

Besides pieces of writings featured, additionally there were art pieces. 

The atmosphere was amazing and relaxing at the same time. I engaged with others through interactive pieces and conversations. I read some amazing poems that made my friends and I debate about certain ideas. We all agreed on which one we liked and pieces we enjoyed. One of my favorite things was this journal and instead of ink to display the words, the letters were punched out. This piece was one of the interactive ones.

Additionally, the actual atmosphere, The New Women's Space, was such a quaint but intimate place for this to be hosted. One of the co founders actually spoke to us about the area and purpose of starting this space up for others to be creative. 

This was an amazing experience and I thank everyone for their support and advice. 

My Work


 Peace & Writing!