Category Archives: BOOKS

Radio Interview!

Today I did my first radio interview at Bewitching Book Tours. Let me know what you think.


Bewitching Book Tours

aftermath851x315I have a book virtual book tour hosted by Bewitching Book Tours. Check it out, enjoy and let me know what you think.

Joe Reyes

June 13 Top Ten Guest Blog

Fang-tastic Books

Top Ten Post-Apocalyptic movies, books and tv shows

June 14 Spotlight

The Recipe Fairy

June 15 Interview

Roxanne’s Realm

June 16 Guest Blog

Hart’s Romance Pulse

Topic: write about how our fear of the end of the world helps create a deeply emotional post-apocalyptic story?

June 17 Spotlight

CBY Book Club

June 20 Interview

Deal Sharing Aunt

June 21 Spotlight

3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, and Sissy, Too!

June 22 Interview

The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom

June 23 Interview

Literary Dust

June 24 Spotlight

T’s Stuff

June 27 Spotlight

Lisa’s World of Books

June 28 Review

Aussie Bookworms

June 30 Spotlight


July 1 Spotlight

Zenny’s Awesome Book Reviews

July 4 Spotlight

Booklover Sue

July 5 Spotlight

Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang!

July 6 Spotlight

Ramblings of a book nerd

July 7 Spotlight


July 8 Recipe and Review

Cabin Goddess

July 8 Spotlight

Ogitchida Kwe’s Book Blog

July 11 Guest blog and review

Books and Kats

July 11 Guest blog and review

The Novel Girls 

One Of My Biggest Regrets

I don’t like to use the word “regret”, but I feel like it is appropriate for this story. In the mall there is a Japanese restaurant in the food court that has the best orange chicken and noodles I’ve ever had. This place has ruined me from having the same dish anywhere else because I know it won’t be as good.

I’ve been going there for about 4 years now. I had a job at a JC Penney in the same mall and used to eat there on my breaks every Sunday. Then my next job was at an Ashely Furniture right across the street from the mall, so my breaks consisted of the same meal.

I became such a regular that whenever I walked by, the Chinese workers at the counter would start preparing my dish. He would even give me more chicken and not charge me for it. If it was quiet, we would exchange some small talk and pleasantries.

Then one day it all ended. I took my girlfriend to the mall SPECIFICALLY to try out that special combination that pleasured my taste buds to no end. As we approached the food court I felt a great disturbance. There he was, that Philippian was being hauled away by a pair of men dressed in black overcoats. As he struggled to get free, our eyes locked. He screamed out “Joe Reyes!” and I reached out my hand and screamed “That Asian guy!” and that was the last I saw of him.

Actually, the story really was this; I took my girlfriend to the mall and the Japanese place was bought out by another company and under new management. But the Vietnamese man wasn’t there anymore. I assumed he owned the place and when he sold it he didn’t work there anymore.

That was the end of it. Simple, yet it was sad to me. 4 years of knowing someone, exchanging light conversation, yet I never knew his name. I don’t know why, but I really regret it. Maybe because the food there now is so horrific. Seriously, how do you screw up noodles? They were just plain noodles. And the chicken, don’t get me started on that. Okay I’ll tell you. It used to be big chunks full of life and Asian pride, now they are crispy and small. Almost like they were shrunken by being so overcooked.

So that’s my story. Doesn’t really sound like too big a deal, but I felt selfish after the place closed. The guy saw me as a regular, gave me extra food, asked me about my day, yet I didn’t even think to ask his name.

Joe Reyes