Author Interview with Myunique C. Green

March 13, 2018

The Booksnake Etc. had the privilege to interview National Best Selling Author of novels like the Chopped and Skrewed trilogy, Myunique C. Green. Here, we discuss one of her latest works, To Mend A Broken Heart (A Narrative of a Woman), her past experiences, and her future endeavours. 

Q. Would you consider “To Mend a Broken Heart” your best work yet? Why (or why not)?

"The response has been amazing, for sure! I didn’t think people would care, let alone make the time to read it. The C is for Complex was another nonfiction project, but, it was different in the sense that it didn’t really tell about my life, it was just a journal of thoughts about life as I was living it for a couple of years. To Mend a Broken Heart is my most personal, and yes, quickly became one of my best to date."

Q, Do you know the exact moment you realized you wanted to write this book and share your past with the world?

"That’s an interesting story in itself. I was riding down the freeway one day when my car started smoking. I pulled over to the side and called AAA to come and tow it in, but while I was in the process, a city tow truck pulled up and told me that I couldn’t stay parked there and if the cops showed up, he would have to move the car. I told him that AAA was only about five minutes away and it should be fine. What I did not know was that he had already called the tow in to the dispatcher, and that the police were on their way to authorize the tow. Now, I live in Texas and it was the middle of summer, so it was smoking hot outside. I was standing on the side of a busy freeway, and my only mode of transportation was in shambles. I was STRESSED OUT. When the police officers arrived, they authorized the guy to tow the car—meanwhile, AAA is just pulling up. So, the officer tells me that I can’t ride in the tow truck because it would be too dangerous for me to even get inside and that alternatively, I have to ride in the squad car. I’ve never been in the back of a police vehicle in my life. I hesitated for a moment when I saw that there was not a real seat back there, but instead some strange looking black bench. Once I got inside, the moment he closed the door my air supply was cut off! I couldn’t breathe and started hyperventilating. The officer was asking if I was alright, and the next thing I knew, I started screaming uncontrollably. I had completely lost my mind. Thankfully, my best friend was there with me and told the officer that I was having a panic attack and that I would have to pull myself out of it, but I would be fine. When I examined that moment and other moments that I had like that, just these uncontrollable, bloodcurdling scream type of episodes, I knew that my problems were much deeper. So, To Mend a Broken Heart was born from that. "

Q. What were you feeling while writing “To Mend a Broken Heart”?

"Honestly, I cried through most of it. That single line in Chapter Two: My heart is broken. Pretty much sums up how I was feeling for the better part of the book. The entire process was very emotional; I hadn’t allowed myself to truly open up about anything in a long time, so actually seeing my thoughts on paper and in a way, forcing myself to realize that, hey, this was your life is sobering. I had seriously suppressed so many things that happened to me and I think that once I got out of the fairytale mindset, it cleared up the rest of the fog."

Q. Did you feel any fear when you pushed through with the publication of this book?

"I was a little apprehensive at first, but I don’t think I was any more hesitant than I was with any of my other books. I think the, Will they like it? What will they say? Type of anxiety never goes away. The backlash from my family is probably what I was most uncertain about, for some of them, my mom included, they were cast is a negative light. When my mom actually read it, she took some of it personal at first, and then she just said: “You know what? Now I understand. So, that moment with my mom was the solidifying thing that let me know, that no matter what happens, getting it out was the best thing for me, and it’s been truly amazing watching it grow."

Q. Name three of the most important things you’ve learned about everything you’ve been through?

  • I have to accept the things that I have no control over.
  • As long as I am drawing close to God, he is going to draw close to me.
  • Everyone has a season, and the just because I spent a lot of time making a mistake, does not mean I have to keep making it. I had to learn how to just let it go.

Q. Do you have any regrets? 

"These days I find myself at peace with everything. I’m not going to say that everything happens for a reason, but I am going to say that a few of my storms really set me up for the success on the other end."

Q. If you had the ability to do so, would you want to go back to the past and change anything? If so, what would that be? 

"Oh my goodness, I would definitely go back and AVOID meeting Greg altogether. I still have these moments when it comes to him that sort of make me upset and I have these random bursts of anxiety. I want to take back that meeting so bad. Only because it’s still so fresh, I think, I’m still healing from the aftermath of that. Even still, he was the icing on the cake that said alright, it’s time to give all of this up. So, I don’t know if I can really fault him entirely, but, I know that how I feel today, I would take everything back and embrace God’s love sooner."

Q. What are you most looking forward to in life? 

"One thing that has been truly incredible is the women who message me and tell me that To Mend a Broken Heart has helped them to heal some area of their life. The people that tell me that they were crying when they read it and connected with it in more ways than one. So, I’m definitely looking forward to being able to inspire more women to be open about how they feel and to genuinely bounce back."

Q. Do you have any advice to people who may be going through what you’ve went through? 

"Whatever you do, don’t give up! I know that’s probably one of the most cliché things on the planet, but had I given up, I wouldn’t be where I am right now. The amount of times I just wanted to throw in the towel and become the worthless person I assumed that everyone thought I was is overwhelming. But, I was always blessed with someone or something that helped me to see that I had been equipped with all of the tools to climb out of the puddle of mud I was stuck in. I had to see the value in myself; and that’s what you have to do too. Part of acceptance is realizing that no matter what crappy situation life throws your way, the only way that you’re going to overcome is by finding the strength you were given at birth. No matter your skin tone, background, family life. People only have the power over your life that you give them."

Q. Share with us your honest thoughts on depression and how people should see it.

"Depression is multi-faceted. When I was growing up, my family was super dismissive of it and a few of them are suffering from it, but don’t recognize it as such. I remember watching commercials for antidepressants, and wondering what in the world depression was and how could anyone get it. Was it a viral thing? A bacteria? I was thoroughly surprised when I found out that I had been a sufferer for a very long time. My battle with depression is on-going, and I think the one thing that I want people to realize is that it is a real thing. It’s not something you should take lightly or treat as a joke."

About Myunique C. Green: 

I am a current student and teacher. My every breath is literature and fiction. I hold two degrees but I’ll let you guess which ones. In 2012 I independently published my first novel, Bloodlines: Everything That Glitters after a lot of agents turned me down.

They said I didn’t have what it took.

Two years later, I became a kindle bestselling author, with titles sold around the world. 713, a mystery crime tale, dominated the United States Bestselling Kindle Short-stories and remained a #1 seller for two consecutive weeks. In fact, the complete trilogy of Chopped and Skrewed was nominated as one of the Best Books of 2016.

I’ve accepted a few awards in my time, one of which was from the Midtown Journal for a fiction, short-story entry into their semi-annual writing contest.

In my downtime, I consider myself something of an oddball and undoubtedly the black sheep of my family. My quest began by simply wanting to create something different.

Review of Cathadeus by Jeff J. Peters

February 02, 2018

Ever since I discovered the wonderful world of magic thanks to J.K. Rowling, fantasy books have always held a special space in my heart and mind. I'm always interested in reading about magical or mystical creatures, places, or situations because it gives us something more than just words on paper -- it piques our imagination and draws us into another dimension.

This is exactly why I was excited when given the opportunity to read and review Cathedeus, I jumped on it right away. And boy am I glad I did. Let's jump to my review.

Title:  Cathadeus (Book One of the Walking Gates)
Author:  Jeff J. Peters
Genre:  Fantasy, YA Fiction
Published By:  Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release date:  Dec 8, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (fighting scenes)
Source: Copy Given by Author and Tour Organizer
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36855369-cathadeus


It has been six hundred years since the Alchemists fused together men and beasts to form strong, mindless slaves. Now, their most vicious creations have attacked the mystical Walking Gates, slaughtering their Keepers and isolating their cities. Wounded in the brutal attack, Braxton Prinn’s mother is on the verge of death and he makes a desperate journey to find the reclusive elven master who can save her. But when he discovers an ancient magic, Brax is caught up in an even greater struggle and soon finds himself hunted for his power. Drawn into the chaos of an impending war and pursued by enemies on all sides, Brax must fight to save his mother and her race from slipping into darkness. Though his untamed magic may be the greatest threat of all . . .


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Let me start off by saying that the synopsis of this book does not give the story justice at all. Cathadeus is such a well-written book that takes place in a beautifully thought of world that I was reminded of Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Lord of the Rings in that the author managed to bring a mythical place to life so wonderfully. The author describes each scene so vividly in every sentence that envisioning yourself in that place and time is not at all difficult. 

I, for one, do not shy away from violence when it comes to novels, so I was quite excited at the number of battles and fight scenes this book had to offer. The story was fast-paced so there were no dull moments that made me want to skip a page. Now the main character, I believe Brax developed a lot from the beginning of the book to the end, and not just because of the new abilities he discovered, but also as a person. But we must remember that this is book one in a series and obviously Jeff J. Peters intends to pace his characters so there would still be growth to look forward to in the following instalments. 

I don't want to give much away about the plot or storyline, as I usually do with my other reviews of books in this genre because I know for a fact that reading this novel is so much more satisfying than hearing it from me.


Cathadeus is the kind of story that would occupy your thoughts days after you finish reading it. You just can't help but imagine yourself thrust into that world and be part of the good fight, so to speak. This is truly a fantastic first part of an exciting series that I look forward to reading. I highly recommend this to those who enjoy being taken on a grand adventure filled with mystical creatures, magic and battles. 


What Readers are Saying about Cathadeus:

 “Jeff J. Peters’ strong cinematic writing style allowed me to easily visualize the story and feel that I was right there alongside the characters.”
- Alison W.

“Jeff J. Peters’ writing is so smooth and easy to read – I can’t tell you how much of a pleasure it was…and how quickly you end up being drawn into the story because of it.”
- Amanda R.

“Cathadeus is the best kind of fantasy story - you get to learn along with a flawed main character while you get lost in a richly designed world. You can’t help but keep reading. A cleanly written pairing of characters you wish you could spend more time with and an enthralling world built around them. Cathadeus is the kind of story that plays perfectly off of your imagination, with characters grounded in reality to make it feel like you could really be there.”
- Ryan N.

“Jeff J. Peters definitely has storytelling skills...The story stayed on my mind when I wasn’t reading it. Young readers will be drawn in this imaginative story, while they relate to Braxton’s struggles with temper, insecurity, and young love. Cathadeus is dramatic, with an anxious tone—at times bleak, as the story keeps you wondering until the final battle if good will prevail.”
- Elizabeth C.


JEFF J. PETERS was born in South Africa and immigrated to the United States as a teenager, where he fell in love with all things fantasy. He obtained degrees in digital electronics and computer science and worked as an IT professional for more than twenty years. In 2014, he left his corporate position to focus full-time on writing. Cathadeus is his debut novel. He is currently working on the sequel.


Website: http://jeffjpeters.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjeffjpeters

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Review of Degrees of Love by Lisa Slabach

January 29, 2018

When I was presented with the opporunity to read Degrees of Love, I jumped right on it. The synopsis drew me in like a moth to a flame. I'm not saying I can relate to our female protagonist's dilemma, I can't say that I can't either. However, I just knew deep down that I'd be taken on a roller coaster ride filled with too-real situations and emotions and I'm too masochistic to say no to that. 

Let's get right on my review.

Title:  Degrees of Love: A Novel
Author: Lisa Slabach
Category:  Adult Fiction
Genre:   Women's Fiction
Published by:  Bookbaby
Release date:  Dec 1, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Adult themes including infidelity, occasional F-word, non-explicit sex scenes)
Source: Copy provided by Author and Tour Organizer
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36205884-degrees-of-love


At thirty-six, Susan Sinclair has it all. She's just been promoted to Senior Vice President of Mobile Banking at her firm, a prestigious position bringing fresh creative challenges and a hefty salary increase. Like the shiny new BMW in the driveway of the Silicon Valley home she shares with her husband, Matt, and their two beautiful boys, Susan exudes confidence and style.

Yet despite her success in juggling the roles of wife, mother, and businesswoman, Susan struggles with a secret dissatisfaction. Matt's work in cutting-edge computer research pays less than her job, and with each advance in her career, he has grown more distant. But Matt refuses to admit there is a problem, and Susan forces herself to play along, determined to give her boys the close-knit family life she never had.

Then she meets her new boss, Reese Kirkpatrick. Working and traveling together, she and Reese become a crackerjack team, but little by little, pleasure mixes with business. For the first time in a long time—maybe ever—Susan feels seen and appreciated for who she is. Certain she would never allow their friendship to cross the line, Susan lets herself stray dangerously close to the edge.

​A moment of weakness changes everything. Now, unable to stomach the façade her marriage has become yet unwilling to decimate her family by moving forward with Reese, Susan faces a choice that could cost her everything—including her children . . . but possibly bring her more than she can dream.


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Degrees of Love talks about a woman with a successful career, a "loving" husband, two beautiful children, and resources to make their lives even better. On paper, Susan has it all. But by now, we must all know that nothing is ever as it seems, and there is no such thing as a perfect life. 

Susan, bless her, is stuck in a place where she has to sacrifice her own happiness for the sake of her kids. It's a situation many women (whether you admit to or not) is familiar with. As parents, we know that we have to put the well-being of our children way above our own, especially if divorce and having a broken family is on the table. And Susan didn't want to risk it. I mean, it's not like Matt is the worst man in the world. Sure, he has ego issues that, in turn, affects how he treats his wife, but he's not a "bad" guy. He just takes Susan for granted (sometimes despises her success, even) and forgets to make her feel loved and treasured. 

This is where the complication comes in. 

Susan is thrust into a situation that forces her to see that there is more to life than settling for mediocre affection. She finds herself with a new boss who not only respects her professionally but is also attracted to her on a personal level. The attraction is mutual, as said boss is a real looker. But it's not even the physical aspect that confuses our protagonist. No, it's the feeling of acceptance and respect, and support, all that. She's been thirsting for that kind of attention and now she's been given a taste of another kind of life. 

I don't really want to give anything away about the book as I feel like most of you get the gist of the story now. However, I gotta say, reading Degrees of Love made me think of things too. Because of the situations that are all too real, it's easy to find similarities between what's happening to Susan's life and maybe what some of us are going through right now. It's a novel that makes you question things. Makes you wonder about the possibilities. 

For me though,  Degrees of Love is a book about self-love. It's about loving yourself and putting yourself first when need be. As women, our accomplishments, our dreams, they shouldn't be stepped on, they should be celebrated. And honestly, that's what this book represents for me. 


I really loved Degrees of Love. It's such a well-written book that follows a woman's journey to "self-discovery" is what I'd like to call it. It talks about fear, getting over those fears, and eventually finding what makes you happy and grabbing it. The road to that life may not be easy, but in the end, it's all worth it. 



Degrees of Love is Lisa Slabach’s debut novel. She is currently working on her third full-length manuscript and a collection of short stories inspired by her experiences growing up in a small farm community in Washington’s Yakima Valley. In addition to writing, Lisa works for a Fortune 500 Company, leading a sales team in the financial industry. She currently resides in Northern California with her husband and has two daughters, who are both pursuing careers in film. In her free time, she enjoys drinking wine with friends and cooking in her pink kitchen.


Website: http://www.lisaslabach.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lisa_slabach
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lisaslabachauthor/

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Review of To Mend a Broken Heart by Myunique C. Green

January 24, 2018

The only ever memoir I've read before was Ellen Degeneres' Seriously...I'm Kidding. If I'm being honest with myself, learning about other people's lives, people who are virtually strangers to me, is simply too intimate, and I'm not sure I'm ready for that kind of revelation.

However, for reasons unknown, I was simply drawn to say yes to To Mend A Broken Heart. I don't know why, nor did I knew exactly what was coming, but when I flipped to the last page, I was glad I did.

Title: To Mend a Broken Heart
Author: Myunique C. Green
Publication Date: January 24th, 2018
Source: ARC Given by Author
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36808596-to-mend-a-broken-heart


“I just want to write the words as I feel them bleeding from this old heart of mine…”

Bad memories are never really forgotten. Just suppressed under the mountain of lies we’ve told ourselves, so that the painful ones are easier to bear. I remember a lot, and my life has been emotionless for a long time. I recall watching as my mother was beaten bloody in front of me, and then, as if I were old news, I was cast away.

Until now, I’ve been patching the holes in my heart with band-aids; but I’m ready to feel again. So that true healing can finally begin.




Honestly, I don't know how to write a review about To Mend A Broken Heart without revealing much about myself and past struggles as well. I did not expect to relate to Myunique C. Green's work at all, but there are one too many instances where I found myself saying, "I know exactly what you mean." 

Reliving the memories shared by the author was not an easy feat for her, and she mentioned so multiple times in the book as well. But it was a necessary process to help her deal with the things that have happened in the past. 

To Mend A Broken Heart isn't for the faint of heart. I don't think the author wrote this to gather sympathy from other people. That is probably the last thing on her mind. What she wanted to do, in my opinion, is to let others know that it's okay. You're not alone in this world. There are other people out there who went through and/or are going through crappy things and/or situations. It's up to us to be survivors instead of victims. 

I don't want to give much away about the stories Myunique shares in her book, as I feel like that is something you, the reader, have to experience for yourself in all its nitty-gritty glory. I will, however, tell you that the memories she shares are sensitive. It talks about sexual abuse, physical abuse, depression, crime, and other delicate subject matter. It's real and it's raw. If you've experienced any of the aforementioned stuff, you'd either want to read it or steer clear of it. I recommend the former because you'll know the story of one woman who struggled through life and all its shit and came out on top. 

The writing style was as you would expect from a book like this. It was honest, somewhat graphic, candid, and just raw. It feels like the author is right in front of you telling you her memories as she remembers them. There's no particular order in which she narrates events in her life, and that's what makes it good, in my opinion. She wrote it one chapter at a time, going back and forth through different stages in her life. I love the diversity. Makes the entire read more interesting.

To Mend A Broken Heart is heartbreaking as it is inspiring. The things that happened to Myunique are real, I myself can attest to how life can fu** you in the ass, chew you up, and spit you out. I love how she kept real to the events that happened no matter how horrifying they are. 


This book was not something I expected. I did not, for the life of me, anticipate that I was going to be taken to the deepest, darkest recesses of the author's past. For that, I want to thank Myunique for fearlessly opening up about the secrets she has kept locked up for the longest time. You are a brave woman who has gone through so much and yet fought your way to be better and brighter. But more than that, thank you for fighting every day. It's a good reminder for the rest of us to never give up and never let your inner demons take the best of you.



I am a current student and teacher. My every breath is literature and fiction. I hold two degrees but I’ll let you guess which ones. In 2012 I independently published my first novel, Bloodlines: Everything That Glitters after a lot of agents turned me down.

They said I didn’t have what it took.

Two years later, I became a kindle bestselling author, with titles sold around the world. 713, a mystery crime tale, dominated the United States Bestselling Kindle Short-stories and remained a #1 seller for two consecutive weeks. In fact, the complete trilogy of Chopped and Skrewed was nominated as one of the Best Books of 2016.

I’ve accepted a few awards in my time, one of which was from the Midtown Journal for a fiction, short-story entry into their semi-annual writing contest.

In my downtime, I consider myself something of an oddball and undoubtedly the black sheep of my family. My quest began by simply wanting to create something different.


Website: https://myuniquegreen.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/myuniquecgreen
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/_cmajor_
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/myunique-c-green-3370756b/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7114829.Myunique_C_Green

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Movie Review of I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House (2016)

January 21, 2018

I am the Pretty Thing that Lives in the House… But who cares?
NO SPOILER ALERT. Really, because you wouldn’t need one. 

Release date: October 2016
Directed by Osgood Perkins
Cast: Ruth Wilson, Paula Prentiss, Lucy Boynton
Runtime: 89 minutes (thank god)

The trailer seemed promising. Also, they had a pretty awesome movie poster. Who wouldn’t want to watch something as creepy as this? 

When I pressed play…

We are greeted by Lily Saylor (Ruth Wilson), a late 20s nurse who is hired to care for famous horror author, Iris Blum. The author is old and has severe dementia. In fact, she never calls Lilly anything other than Polly — the name of the protagonist of her bestselling novel, The Lady in the Walls. (So yeah, “spoiler" right there. You’re starting to figure out the whole plot with that simple description right?)

Anyway, the haunting begins as Lilly stays there but truth be told, nothing really crazy happens — save for a worsening case of mold and a phone being flung across the room from her hand. At first, I wanted to believe it was a mere psychological movie thriller, and everything was in her mind. After all, Lily was starting to give signs that she wasn’t as mentally sound as normal as she looked. She had no real friends (no one bothered to visit her or FaceTime with her), was fine being stuck with an old lady (whom she couldn’t converse with) in an old and apparently haunted English home, and she didn’t even bother with Wi-Fi or any other means of entertainment. I’m not saying one cannot be alone anymore, but I had a feeling she was willingly stewing in the madness of her situation. 

The apparition that haunts her isn’t even that aggressive. If anything, it was more of a really dragging mind game. Letting the movie go on and on, letting us listen to Lily’s agonizing rants, trying to piece together the clues about this Polly character, Iris Blum, and her own experiences in the house. And at the end, when shtf — boom. She dies because of terror. 

Yes. Lily dies of terror when she finally sees that all her suspicions were true. YAWN. Maybe she slipped and hit her head, but right about now, I don’t really care anymore. It was so disappointing, I can’t even. And yeah, after she dies, she earns her place as ghost no.3 in the house. Hurray.


This bad photo edit is way scarier than the actual movie. Image from Netflix.

What’s annoying with Netflix movies such as this was that you can tell they had a budget. The script was gothic, melancholic, and almost quotable if you wanted to get something else out of it other than an expected “Boo!” moment that never seemed to come. 

The film had so many opportunities to go “all the way” with the scares, but it felt almost afraid to dabble in horror movie territory in fear of coming across as campy or predictable. But you know what’s worse than trying to be a really smart horror movie? A pretentious artsy horror film that doesn’t even scare people. Simply said, it was unforgettable afterwards. I felt contempt because they could’ve done so much with the material. For one, they should have brought more than 5 people in the movie. Now that I think about it, maybe they didn’t have the budget — just a really nice camera. So yeah, I guess this was more of a film school college project.

IMO, fun horror films are the ones that stick with you until after you’ve watched the movie. And as much as this movie was trying to bank in its strong female lead(s)(?), it all fell short trying to be this mysterious thriller that just had to come full circle for no fucking reason. 

You should treat this movie just as it did Lily Saylor: stone cold apathy. 


This movie is better watched with a blindfold on. Image from ytimg.com.

Watch it or ditch it? 





Jacal Ste. Worme is a writer by day and an even crazier writer by night. Still working on her first official novel, you can read her countless mumbo-jumbo in various websites from fanfiction.net, Wattpad, and Ao3. You can follow her on Tumblr or Twitter. 

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