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18 07, 2016

Giveaway: My Million Dollar Donkey by Ginny East

By | July 18th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |6 Comments

my million dollar monkey book coverI have 3 copies of My Million Dollar Donkey: The Price I Paid to Live Simply by Ginny East to give away! Open to U.S. residents only

About the book 

With the slightly startling realization that their lives were worth more if someone else owned them, Ginny and her husband Mark decided to cash in their life and reinvent their world. Packing up their three kids and a dog, they said goodbye to a thriving dance studio business, and moved to 50 acres of land in northwest Georgia.

Life, however, seldom offers smooth and simple paths. As they traded in sequins for overalls—and stability for a stab at self-sustainability—their million-dollar quest to set up a modest life became a scramble to figure out how to navigate the complicated world of simple living without losing the very thing they wanted most.

17 07, 2016

Giveaway: Two Drifters by Roger Newman

By | July 17th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |6 Comments

two drifters book coverI have 3 copies of Two Drifters by Roger Newman to give away! Open to U.S. residents only

About the book 

Two Drifters is a sequel to Newman’s first novel, Occam’s Razor, and continues the story of Dr. Declan Murphy–literature’s only obstetrical action hero.

Two Drifters begins with Dr. Declan Murphy struggling to recover from the tragic death of his wife Helene. He has returned to work as an attending Obstetrician-Gynecologist at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Declan and Helene had come together in Occam’s Razor when he rescued her from involvement with the Operation Jackpot drug smugglers, a Federal sting operation and her abusive father who just happened to be the ambitious state governor. Unfortunately, there are some sins for which you’re never forgiven.

Helene’s death has left Declan angry, apathetic and lonely. He’s lost his commitment to medicine and his clinical performance has deteriorated.

17 07, 2016

Blog Tour: The Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer, MD

By | July 17th, 2016|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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the mind gut connection book coverPlease join Emeran Mayer, MD, author of The Mind-Gut Connection, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

If you are interested in learning more about your gut, this book was written with you in mind. According to Dr. Mayer, the gut communicates with the brain, and when there is a miscommunication, it can lead to psychiatric issues, chronic diseases, and other physical problems–all of which can be prevented.

Today, there is a never ending supply of books telling us how to change what we eat, lose weight, balance our bodies, and so on and so on. I found The Mind-Gut Connection to be different. It focuses specifically on the gut in its role on a variety of things that happen in our bodies. Dr. Mayer does try to explain everything carefully, and I mean in precise detail. This is a book that is best read with a notebook on hand because you will want to take copious notes if you want to understand and remember the topics covered. And you will want to know what’s being said since scientific studies show that your gut and your brain are pretty much running the show in your body and control its various bodily functions each and every day.

17 07, 2016

Mailbox Monday

By | July 17th, 2016|Categories: Etc.|Tags: |5 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:

Paper Review Copies

the graveyard by davis book coverwe are all made of stars book coverlove alba book cover

15 07, 2016

Review: Amherst by William Nicholson

By | July 15th, 2016|Categories: Biographical, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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amherst book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Alice Dickinson travels to Amherst, the hometown of Emily Dickinson (no relation) in order to conduct research for her screenplay about the poet’s brother Austin and his affair with Mabel Todd, the wife of a professor. Caught up in the story of Mabel and Austin, Alice soon finds herself entrenched in an affair herself with irresistible professor Nick.

In Amherst, author William Nicholson takes readers on a journey through time, weaving the stories of Mabel Todd and Austin Dickinson with that of Alice and Nick. Austin is a man trapped in a loveless marriage, and in this tale, his reclusive sister Emily encourages him to pursue Mabel in order to find happiness. What follows is a love affair that stretches many years, defying the conventions of that age. To be honest, I felt that their romance consumed too much of the novel, and Emily, along with Alice and Nick, faded to the background all too often.

Perhaps the modern love story also faded for me because I couldn’t invest myself in it. I couldn’t bring myself to like Nick, a soon-to-be divorced philanderer that seemed to take advantage of Alice’s vulnerability and her obvious attraction to him.

14 07, 2016

Review: Dare to Take by Carly Phillips

By | July 14th, 2016|Categories: Family Saga, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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dare to take book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Dare to Take is the sixth book in the Dare Family series–a series based on the deceptions perpetrated by the father of the Dare siblings. (Another series will follow, about the ‘other’ family he sired.)

Even though there are six stories in all, this is the first I’ve read. However, I had little trouble figuring out who was who. Tyler is the youngest brother, who has a history with Ella, the best friend of his sister Avery. Despite their strong attraction to each other, Tyler and Ella have stayed apart because the first time around didn’t end so well.

After Ella’s Mom died when she was only five, her dad had subsequently re-married,

13 07, 2016

Review: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

By | July 13th, 2016|Categories: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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all the missing girls book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

Corinne. What happened to Corinne?

Ten years ago Nicolette (Nic), her brother, and their friends lived through a terrible ordeal. One night, their friend Corinne mysteriously disappeared. No one knows why. No one knows who. No one knows anything but what Nic and her friends had told the police. But they were keeping secrets…Corinne was keeping secrets. Could these secrets be the reason she is gone?

Ten years after Nic’s best friend, Corinne, disappeared, Nic is forced to go back to Cooley Ridge to help her brother deal with their father and the vacant house that was once their childhood home.

13 07, 2016

Giveaway: Montmartre Stairs by Douglas Warren

By | July 13th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |3 Comments

montmartre stairs book coverI have 5 digital (PDF, mobi or ePub) copies of Montmartre Stairs: A Paris Love Story by Douglas Warren to give away! Open worldwide

About the book 

This enchanting and inspiring love story begins in the romantic Montmartre neighborhood of Paris. As Michelle, a young and spirited Parisian woman, struggles with her crutches down the treacherous Abbesses stairs she loses her balance and begins to fall just as John passes by. Thanks to his quick actions she is saved from a potentially fatal fall down the long and winding stairway. Looking into her beautiful and hypnotic eyes, asking if she is all right, he immediately falls in love. The feeling is mutual and an epic romance begins.

13 07, 2016

Giveaway: The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

By | July 13th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |5 Comments

summer that melted everything book coverEnter to win a copy of The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel! Open to U.S. residents only

About the book 

Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.

12 07, 2016

Review: Miss Jane by Brad Watson

By | July 12th, 2016|Categories: Biographical, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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miss jane book coverReviewed by Meredith Kelly

Miss Jane by Brad Watson was an exceptionally well written book. The prose was beautiful and the novel had a gentleness about it. I especially enjoyed reading about Jane’s love of nature and how she seemed to flourish whenever around it.

Birds, reptiles and a few other mammals – and some people like Jane Chisolm – are born with a posterior orifice that serves as the only opening for the digestive, reproductive, and urinary tracts.

Forced to wear diapers her entire life, this did not stop Jane from realizing happiness–a feat considering that her home life was also less than ideal.