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20 03, 2017

Review: Winning with Money by Aaron Coleman

By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: Business & Investing, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Personal Finance, Self-Help, Success|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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winning with money book coverReviewed by Richard Wisniewski

Money can be an extremely sensitive topic for people. This can be partly attributed to the negative connotation of money due to social conditioning. Now, in many cases, those who attribute a negative connotation towards money often lack one of the most vital tools in the world to ‘Win with Money’: a budget. This message is at the core of Aaron Coleman’s book, Winning with Money: Simplify Your Financial Life.

Coleman puts forth that there are dozens of different budgetary techniques in the world and, for many people, they often haven’t found one that works. In fact, many people often complain that they are living paycheck to paycheck or finding themselves struggling with debt. Through a proper monetary budgeting plan, one can easily take control of their life and begin to see the numbers

19 03, 2017

Review: We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

By | March 19th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Family, Friendships, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

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we are still tornadoes book coverReviewed by Alisha Churbe

We Are Still Tornadoes is written entirely in letters. It is classified as a Young Adult read, but hits on the older end of the spectrum, as the characters have just begun their first year of college after high school, on the edge of turning 19 years old. The novel is set in the early 1980s, making the letter style normal, as the characters do not have much access to technology.

The book is just short of 300 pages, but there is plenty of white space due to the letter format. There is plenty packed into the letters filling out the story nicely. The story is entirely told with letters to and from two characters: Cath and Scott.

19 03, 2017

Mailbox Monday, March 20, 2017

By | March 19th, 2017|Categories: Etc.|Tags: |15 Comments

Welcome to Mailbox MondayMailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Here are the books that made their way into my physical and digital mailboxes last week:

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18 03, 2017

Review: If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell

By | March 18th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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if i only had a duke book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

If I Only Had a Duke, the second novel in the Disgraceful Dukes series by Lenora Bell, is the continuing story of Dorothea Beaumont, who ended up not marrying the Duke of Harland in the first novel in this series.

After a disastrous debut and three failed seasons, Thea is ready to call it quits and become a spinster, living out the rest of her life helping with her aunt’s bees. However, when she discovers that her neighbor’s house contains a collection of rare artwork, she begins exchanging letters with the owner, the Duke of Osborne, urging him to let her go through them.

17 03, 2017

Giveaway: The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins

By | March 17th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |12 Comments

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last days of magic book coverHappy St. Patrick’s Day! To celebrate, 2 winners will receive a copy of The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins and book-themed tarot card deck! Open to US residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

Spanning the forests and villages of 14th-century Ireland, the lavish courts of France and England, the Vatican’s inner chambers and present-day mysteries, The Last Days of Magic, which is now available in paperback, blends historical, fictional, and mythical events to create a richly imagined world and an exhilarating story of adventure and enchantment. Ireland is the last magical outpost on Earth, its Middle Kingdom—home to faeries and otherworldly beings—still strong in the face of the Vatican’s ever-expanding influence, its armies, exorcists and mercenaries. But when an ancient treaty between the Celts and faeries is broken, leaving them vulnerable to the machinations of the power-hungry Roman Church, the very existence of magic in the world is threatened.

16 03, 2017

Review: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

By | March 16th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Depression & Mental Illness, Emotions & Feelings, Physical & Emotional Abuse, Social Issues, Suicide, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

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girl in pieces book coverReviewed by Alexander Morrison

Charlotte Davis was a homeless addict who dealt with her pain by cutting herself, until that no longer sufficed and she tried to commit suicide. Committed to a psychiatric facility to heal and to try and learn to deal with some of her issues, Charlie seems to be recovering slowly, but the facility is expensive and what little family she has left in the world can’t support it anymore, so she’s sent away. A friend in Arizona takes her in, but that’s only the start of her journey, as the wounds of her past are never far from the surface. She has to try and hold down a job, find a place to live, navigate romantic drama, and most importantly–not cut herself. But the stress of not having enough money and of bad relationships with damaged people push her to the edge. Can she survive, or is Charlie too wounded to allow herself to heal?

16 03, 2017

Review: The Best Grain-Free Family Meals on the Planet by Laura Fuentes

By | March 16th, 2017|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Nonfiction|Tags: , |6 Comments

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best grain free family meals book coverReviewed by Sarah Dalton

When I received The Best Grain-Free Family Meals on the Planet, the first thing I did was leaf through it and look at all the gorgeous, full color pictures of the recipes. This is a beautiful book and the pages are sturdy enough to hold up to being moved around and used in a kitchen where they might get spilled or splattered on. My kids also thought the pictures were fabulous and asked to eat some of their favorite looking dishes. The saying goes, “You eat with your eyes first”.

I did something with this book I have not done with many cookbooks before. I read it cover to cover. Part of that was so I could give it a thorough review, but part of it was because Laura Fuentes did include a small story or description about each recipe, along with possible modifications for dealing with specific food needs.

15 03, 2017

Review: Never Let You Go by Erin Healy

By | March 15th, 2017|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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never let you go book coverReviewed by Melanie Kline

Action packed and thrilling, Never Let You Go grips your attention from beginning to end. Lexi Soloman’s past has just come crashing down around her in the space of a week. The husband that abandoned her and her 2-year-old child, her ex-lover that murdered her sister and the drug dealer that stole her husband away into a blur of crystal meth have all come calling.

Lexi has spent the last seven years of her life trying to forget and get past the events that threatened to take her sanity. She’s been working two jobs and juggling bills to make ends meet and provide a good home and decent life for her daughter Molly. Lexi never goes out and strives to always make the right decisions in her life. Unfortunately, disaster has other plans for her.

14 03, 2017

Review: Sweet Lake by Christine Nolfi

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: Comedy, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Series, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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sweet lake book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Hold on to your hats! If you don’t, it’ll surely be blown away by the eccentric batch of nutty older ladies known as the Sirens. (Nothing wrong with being a nutty older lady – I am one myself, after all) but this batch is particularly concerned (read: nosy) and active (read: fantasy-oriented), although their intentions are always good. Their motto is ‘Do kindness in secret’.

The Wayfair is a resort hotel on a lake in Mid-Southern Ohio, having been in the same family since its inception in the previous century. It has been handed down to the only child throughout its history and always a son, as the family was not very prolific until the most recent generation, which has produced a son Freddie, and a daughter Linnie.

14 03, 2017

Giveaway: Saratoga Payback by Stephen Dobyns

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |11 Comments

saratoga payback book coverEnter to win a copy of Saratoga Payback by Stephen Dobyns! Open to US and Canada residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

The latest installment in Stephen Dobyns’s Charlie Bradshaw mysteries, Saratoga Payback follows the latest exploits of Saratoga Springs’ most unusual and sardonic detective.

Ever since the cops revoked his private investigator’s license, Charlie Bradshaw has been adjusting to life as a regular senior citizen. But reading, sitting around the house, and making amateur home repairs is a far cry from his past life as Saratoga Springs’ most successful everyman detective.