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14 10, 2016

Review: Raising Human Beings by Ross Greene

By | October 14th, 2016|Categories: Nonfiction, Parenting & Family, Psychology|Tags: , |3 Comments


raising human beings book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

In Raising Human Beings, child psychologist Ross Greene shows how parenting has evolved and how working with your child, rather than dictating to your child, can foster a better parent-child relationship.

Gone are the days of “parent knows best”. Instead, Greene helps parents realize how each individual child may respond, as well as need, differently. Greene ventures that children need someone to help them shine as individuals and come to ascertain who they are as people, what they want from their lives, and to build a stronger family dynamic through a way of parenting that is congruent to each child.

14 10, 2016

Review: Learning to Fall by Anne Clermont

By | October 14th, 2016|Categories: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Sports, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |3 Comments


learning to fall book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Now in her early twenties, Brynn Seymour has always been around horses, which are, after all, her family’s main source of income. The family home is part of the Redwood Grove Stables, some forty or so miles north of San Francisco spread over grassy hills and valleys, perfect for the stabling and hunter/jumper training offered by her father. Beginning with smaller scale events, horses and riders gradually move up to the Gran Prix circuit with prizes of a million or so bucks. It’s big-time stuff!

An only child, Brynn has always wanted to be a veterinarian. She’s now just one year away from graduation when she accompanies her dad and their number one stableman Derek, to the biggest of them all — The Million Dollar Gold Cup Event in Canada. She is over-tired from studying and may have forgotten to securely latch the gate on the three horse trailer they’re towing.

13 10, 2016

Giveaway: My Pancakes Taste Different Today!

By | October 13th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |8 Comments

my pancakes taste different today book coverCheck out a yummy recipe from My Pancakes Taste Different Today! by Heather & Bruce and enter to win a copy of the book!

Fluffy Pancakes (without ooze!)

Organic, local and sustainable ingredients are recommended—we think they taste better, too!

1 ¼ cups flour (if gluten free we suggest King Arthur Flour Gluten Free Multi-Purpose Flour)
¼ cup sugar

13 10, 2016

Review: The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck

By | October 13th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , |3 Comments


the wedding shop book cover

More from Rachel Hauck: The Wedding ChapelThe Wedding Dress

Reviewed by Meg Massey

Haley Morgan and her best friend Tammy grew up playing in an old building that once housed a beautiful wedding shop. Years later, life has led Haley back to her hometown of Heart’s Bend, unsure of her future. She’s just completed her service in the Air Force, has broken up with her boyfriend, and is devastated over Tammy’s sudden death. When Haley sees the state of the old wedding shop, she is determined to fix it up and re-open it. Will she be able to do it?

The Wedding Shop tells Haley’s story alongside Cora Scott’s, the previous owner of the shop during the 1930’s. While Cora helps prepare many women in her shop for their special day, she has been waiting for the return of the man she loves, a river boat captain. Meanwhile, her longtime family friend Birch Good is trying to convince her to take a chance on him.

13 10, 2016

September Most Creative/Prolific Contributor Award!

By | October 13th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways, Monthly Contest|Tags: |5 Comments

stack of books As promised, every month I give away a prize of their choice to the most creative/prolific contributor to Luxury Reading.

This month, our winner is…

Bonnie Franks!

Kudos to everyone for your great comments! Please post a comment here with your selection!

12 10, 2016

Giveaway: Poisonfeather by Matthew FitzSimmons

By | October 12th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |9 Comments

poisonfeather book coverCheck out the excerpt from Poisonfeather by Matthew FitzSimmons and enter to win a copy! Open to US residents only

About the book

Gibson Vaughn, hero of the bestselling novel The Short Drop, returns in a smoldering thriller.

When jailed billionaire Charles Merrick hints publicly that he has stashed a fortune in an offshore cache, a school of sharks converges upon his release from federal prison.

Among his swindled victims is Judge Hammond Birk, the man who saved Gibson Vaughn’s life when he was a troubled teenager. Now Gibson intends to repay that debt by recovering Merrick’s victims’ money.

11 10, 2016

Review: What Becomes Us by Micah Perks

By | October 11th, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |6 Comments


what becomes us book coverReviewed by Kate Schefer

When Evie Rosen is trapped in an avalanche during a ski trip, her husband fails to come her aid, and when she does escape, she decides to escape her life with him as well. Hiding out with her cousin and best friend, Molly, Evie discovers that she’s also pregnant—with twins. So she starts completely anew in upstate New York, as the substitute teacher for a high school history class in a strange little town. What Becomes Us, written from the perspective of Evie’s twin fetuses, is Micah Perks’ latest insightful and inventive novel.

As Evie learns how to live on her own, she also learns about the residents of Lonely Rincon, who rally around their newest addition with varying fervor. While parts of the book were definitely lacking, I immediately noticed the strength and definition of each character.

11 10, 2016

Giveaway: Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast

By | October 11th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |5 Comments

the scent of salt and sand book coverTo celebrate the release of The Scent of Salt & Sand, a novela by Kristin Cast and P.C. Cast, I have a copy of  the first book in the Escaped series, Amber Smoke, to give away! Open to U.S. residents only

About the series

In Amber Smoke and Scarlet Rain, acclaimed bestselling author, Kristin Cast, built a world in which the walls that separate Tartarus from the mortal realm have been breached, releasing every variety of evil into the world. In this novella, she sends her fans on a separate journey, one that will meet up with the rest of The Escaped series as it continues on its spellbinding journey.

The Sirens aren’t evil by nature. Their song lures men in, and only by trying to procreate and continue their species do they reveal their true, monstrous

10 10, 2016

Review: The Boiling River by Andres Ruzo

By | October 10th, 2016|Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction, Travel|Tags: , |3 Comments


the boiling river book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Boiling River is a book based on a TED talk by Andres Ruzo. I’ve heard of TED talks and have since watched quite a few of them online. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. They cover a very wide range of topics and typically focus on interesting new discoveries and understanding about the world around us.

The Boiling River is about a river that is close to boiling, bubbling away in the Amazon. The river is particularly special because no one knew about this amazing place and people living in the area denied its existence. And even more impressive was the sheer volume of water that was flowing at this temperature.

10 10, 2016

Review: Pound for Pound by Shannon Kopp

By | October 10th, 2016|Categories: Animals, Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments


pound for pound book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Body image problems are not new. I’m sure that bulimia and anorexia existed when I was a teenager, but in those years, any kind of addiction was never brought out into the sunlight for a closer examination and possible treatment. I’ve lived with body image difficulties all my life, having inherited my height from my very tall father, and thus towering over my petite mother, who always seemed confused by my size. I’ve finally adjusted to being who I am, but in the years since I was a girl, these two horrendous diseases have become insidious and ever-present social nemesis.

Because our society allows for such a pressure-filled ‘demand’ to be made of those who may have a weak area, it is all too easy to be tweaked into a seriously addictive life-style. Shannon Kopp presents her struggles with bulimia in an open and forthright manner, making this book an invaluable resource for every young person anywhere.