Friday, February 16, 2018

Book Spotlight for SNAP! Change Your Personality in 30 Days by Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan



Book Details:

Book Title: SNAP! Change Your Personality in 30 Days
Authors: Gary Small, MD, Director UCLA Longevity Center and Gigi Vorgan
Category: Adult Nonfiction, 224 pages
Genre: Self-Help / Personality / Health, Mind & Body
Publisher: Humanix Books
Release date: January 9, 2018
Tour dates: Feb 5 to 23, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Small’s breakthrough plan to improve your personality for a better life!

Experts in psychiatry and psychology have long believed that our personalities are essentially set from early childhood and remain consistent throughout life. However, the latest scientific research contradicts this long-held assumption. New compelling evidence indicates that we can change our personalities – either on our own, with the help of a therapist, or a combination of the two – and meaningful personality change can be achieved in a snap! – as quickly as 30 days. These groundbreaking findings have shattered the false belief that we are locked into our negative personality traits – no matter how much they hinder our potential happiness and success.

As you read SNAP! you will gain a better understanding of who you are now, how others see you, and which aspects of yourself you’d like to change. You will acquire the tools you need to change your personality in just one month – it won’t take years of psychotherapy, self-exploration or re-hashing every single bad thing that’s ever happened to you. If you are committed to change, this book will provide a roadmap to achieving your goals and becoming a better you.

From New York Times bestselling author, head of the UCLA Longevity Center, and expert in neuroscience and human behavior, Dr. Gary Small, a practical look at the key components of personality development and tools and techniques for bringing the positive aspects of your
personality to the forefront so you can become more successful, attractive, happier, and psychologically healthier.

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About the Authors: 




Gary Small:
Dr. Gary Small, (Los Angeles, CA) is a professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Longevity Center* at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior. His research, supported by the NIH, has made headlines in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s leading innovators in science and technology. Dr. Small lectures internationally and frequently appears on the Today
Show, Good Morning America, PBS, and CNN. He has written six books, including the New York Times best seller, The Memory Bible.

Gigi Vorgan:

Gigi Vorgan (Los Angeles, CA) has written, produced, and appeared in numerous feature films and television projects before teaming up with her husband, Dr. Gary Small, to co-write The Memory Bible, The Memory Prescription,The Longevity Bible, iBrain, The Other Side of the Couch, and The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program. She lives in Los Angeles with Dr. Small and their two children.

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G975 Book Review of An argument of blood by Matthew Willis and J.A. Ironside

Name of Book: An Argument of Blood

Author: Matthew Willis, J.A. Ironside

ISBN: 978-1-946409-14-0

Publisher: Penmore Press

Type of book: 1045-1050s, deformed, spying, balance, dukedom, temper, Normandy, England, Edward the Confessor, William the Conqueror, Harold Godwineson, political prisoners, family, battles, marriage, occupation, learning

Year it was published: 2017

Summary:

William, the nineteen-year-old duke of Normandy, is enjoying the full fruits of his station. Life is a succession of hunts, feasts, and revels, with little attention paid to the welfare of his vassals. Tired of the young duke’s dissolute behaviour  and ashamed of his illegitimate birth, a group of traitorous barons force their way into his castle. While William survives their assassination attempt, his days of leisure are over. He’ll need help from the king of France to secure his dukedom from the rebels.

On the other side of the English Channel lives ten-year-old Ælfgifa, the malformed and unwanted youngest sister to the Anglo-Saxon Jarl, Harold Godwinson. Ælfgifa discovers powerful rivalries in the heart of the state when her sister Ealdgyth is given in a political marriage to King Edward, and she finds herself caught up in intrigues and political manoeuvring as powerful men vie for influence. Her path will collide with William’s, and both must fight to shape the future.

An Argument of Blood is the first of two sweeping historical novels on the life and battles of William the Conqueror.

Characters:

Main characters include William the Conqueror (or Bastard) who in beginning is extremely spoiled and doesn't understand the balance he has to uphold. He is best described as impetuous, temperamental and impatient. In my view he is drawn realistically and goes from a spoiled brat to perhaps a determined and stubborn conqueror. In other words, he does grow up. Aegilfa far more dominated the book than William the Conqueror and she is far more admirable for she is resourceful, skillful, logical, and understands the games of politics a little too well, although I would guess that her downfall might be the skills that help her stand out against other women. She is also deformed.

Theme:

Its important to be given choices

Plot:

The story is in third person narrative from William's and Aegilfa's point of view. I really enjoyed everything about the story, therefore its difficult for me to criticize it. I would probably request that at least years would be given in beginning because I had hard a time figuring out the chronology. I also would have wanted an author's note mentioning whether or not Aegilfa was real. (I've read a few novels that lead up to Battle of Hastings, and I don't ever recall meeting Aegilfa there.) I also should mention that it seems as if events relating to the House of Godwine that deal with Harold are touched upon but they're not the focus of the story, and most seem to happen off-scene so to speak. This story is of William the Conqueror (or Bastard) and Aegilfa, not Harold Godwineson and the political machinations surrounding him.

Author Information:
(From HFVBT)



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About the Authors

J.A. Ironside (Jules) grew up in rural Dorset, surrounded by books – which pretty much set he up for life as a complete bibliophile. She loves speculative fiction of all stripes, especially fantasy and science fiction, although when it comes to the written word, she’s not choosy and will read almost anything. Actually it would be fair to say she starts to go a bit peculiar if she doesn’t get through at least three books a week. She writes across various genres, both adult and YA fiction, and it’s a rare story if there isn’t a fantastical or speculative element in there somewhere.

Jules has had several short stories published in magazines and anthologies, as well as recorded for literature podcasts. Books 1 and 2 of her popular Unveiled series are currently available with the 3rd and 4th books due for release Autumn/ Winter 2017.

She also co-authored the sweeping epic historical Oath and Crown Duology with Matthew Willis, released June 2017 from Penmore Press.

Jules now lives on the edge of the Cotswold way with her boyfriend creature and a small black and white cat, both of whom share a god-complex.
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Matthew Willis is an author of historical fiction, SF, fantasy and non-fiction. In June 2017 An Argument of Blood, the first of two historical novels about the Norman Conquest co-written with J.A. Ironside, was published. In 2015 his story Energy was shortlisted for the Bridport short story award.

Matthew studied Literature and History of Science at the University of Kent, where he wrote an MA thesis on Joseph Conrad and sailed for the University in national competitions. He subsequently worked as a journalist for Autosport and F1 Racing magazines, before switching to a career with the National Health Service.

His first non-fiction book, a history of the Blackburn Skua WW2 naval dive bomber, was published in 2007. He now has four non fiction books published with a fifth, a biography of test pilot Duncan Menzies, due later in 2017. He currently lives in Southampton and writes both fiction and non-fiction for a living.
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Opinion:

Its difficult for me to believe that this is the authors' first foray into historical fiction because its very well written and done. Having read some previous books about the events leading up to Battle of Hastings in 1066, I wasn't really sure what to expect because for one, I've never heard of Aegilfa, and William really reminded me of the current POTUS which put me on guard against his character in beginning and where I was hoping and praying that he would change as the story goes along. I'm really looking forward to the second part of the saga and to getting back to Aegilfa as well as William.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, January 15
Review at Jaffa Reads Too

Tuesday, January 16
Feature at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, January 17
Review at Historical Fiction Reviews

Friday, January 19
Feature at A Bookaholic Swede

Monday, January 22
Review at Broken Teepee

Tuesday, January 23
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Friday, January 26
Feature at Let Them Read Books

Monday, January 29
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Tuesday, January 30
Feature at What Cathy Read Next

Wednesday, January 31
Feature at Just One More Chapter

Thursday, February 1
Feature at The Lit Bitch

Friday, February 2
Review at Bookramblings
Review at Impressions In Ink

Monday, February 5
Review at Back Porchervations

Tuesday, February 6
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Wednesday, February 7
Review at The Writing Desk
Review at Donna’s Book Blog

5 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

G954 Book Review of the monkey house by Boyd Taylor

Name of Book: The Monkey House

Author: Boyd Taylor

ISBN: 978-0-9894707-1-1

Publisher: Katherine Brown story

Part of a Series: Donnie Ray Cuinn Story

Type of book: Austin, Velda, suspense, old vs new, monkey, discrimination, lawyer, family, old friends and new

Year it was published: 2015

Summary:

In this, the third Donnie Ray Cuinn book, Donnie returns to Austin from his law practice in the Texas Panhandle to confront All-American football player Wesley Bird, his former best friend. In the company of beautiful, athletic Anna Kaye Nordstrom, Donnie experiences the “new” Austin of glitzy condos, trendy restaurants and social media. He also revisits the “old” Austin of barbecue, power politics and greens versus developers. Donnie finds that not much has changed.

Characters:

Main characters include Donnie Ray who is a lawyer at a town called Velda.  Donnie Ray hasn't been back to Austin in ages and sometimes doesn't make the smartest decisions, although he does try to fix them. For some odd reason Donnie Ray's family is reluctant to ask him for help when it comes to Wesley Bird, his former friend. Unfortunately Wesley Bird wasn't as prominent in this story as he was in the first book. Aside from Donnie's family, his ex girlfriend and some friends from both Austin and Velda, it became difficult for me to recall other characters and if I've met them in previous books. I personally think that a character sheet might be of benefit to the story if there are going to be so many characters.

Theme:

There isn't a lot of redemption

Plot:

The story is in third person narrative, mostly from Donnie Ray's point of view, although other characters such as his adopted father also come into the picture. Reading the previous books is a must because the reader doesn't really get the background of the characters explained very well, especially how they were in Donnie's previous life. There are some quirky characters in the story, but they weren't drawn as sharply as I would have liked, which made it difficult for me to try to recall them.The story takes few years later, I believe after the events of Monkey House. 

Author Information:
(From iRead Book Tours)


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Meet the Author:

BOYD TAYLOR lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and their Havanese dog Toby. Necessities is the fourth novel in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series. In a former life, Boyd was a lawyer and a corporate officer. A native of Temple, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in government and an LL.B. from the law school.

​Boyd's first novel "Hero" was prescient in its story about fake news. His second novel, "The Antelope Play," dealt with drug trafficking in the Texas Panhandle, an unfortunately accurate forecast. The third, "The Monkey House", involved commercial development of a large green space in the center of Austin, all too familiar to Austin residents. Whether his upcoming novel "Necessities" predicts future events with the accuracy of the earlier books remains to be seen.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook
Opinion:

Two things I enjoyed about the Monkey House is the title which is pretty apt for the story, and I loved the book cover, which I'm sure my little boy enjoyed a great deal. For me its a bit embarrassing to admit that I'm in the minority of reviews and didn't enjoy the story. For one thing I wasn't sure how the racism case connected to going back to Austin as well as how it related to Donnie Ray's former friend, Wesley Bird and the Ponzi scheme he set up. I really would have liked to see more of Wesley Bird and for more of legal aspects of the story explained. Aside from that, welcome to the monkey house

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BOOK REVIEW TOUR SCHEDULE:

Jan 3 - Library of Clean Reads - tour kickoff / spotlight all 4 books / giveaway
Jan 4 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Hero / giveaway
Jan 5 - Literary Flits - review of Hero / giveaway
Jan 8 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of Hero
Jan 9 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Hero / author interview / giveaway
Jan 10 - Library of Clean Reads - review of The Antelope Play / giveaway
Jan 15 - Library of Clean Reads - review of The Monkey House / giveaway
Jan 17 - Olio by Marilyn - review of The Antelope Play / giveaway
Jan 18 - Books for Books - review of Hero
Jan 19 - Literary Flits - spotlight of The Antelope Play / giveaway
Jan 22 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of The Antelope Play
Jan 23 - A Mama's Corner of the World - spotlight of Books 1, 2 and 3
Jan 24 - Hall Ways Blog - spotlight of Books 1, 2 and 3
Jan 25 - Books for Books - review of The Antelope Play
Jan 26 - Olio by Marilyn - review of The Monkey House / giveaway
Jan 30 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Necessities / giveaway
Jan 30 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Hero / guest post / giveaway
Jan 31 - Hall Ways Blog - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 5 - Literary Flits - spotlight of The Monkey House / giveaway
Feb 6 - Books for Books - review of The Monkey House
Feb 7 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Hero / giveaway
Feb 7 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of The Antelope Play / giveaway
Feb 8 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 9 - A Page Before Bedtime - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 12 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of The Monkey House
Feb 13 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of The Monkey House / giveaway
Feb 14 - Bound 4 Escape - review of The Antelope Play / giveaway
Feb 14 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Necessities / author interview / giveaway
Feb 15 - Books for Books - review of Necessities
Feb 15 - Booklove - review of Hero
Feb 16 - Fantastic Feathers - review of Necessities
Feb 19 - FUONLYKNEW - review of Hero / giveaway
Feb 19 - Literary Flits - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 20 - Booklove - review of The Antelope Play
Feb 20 - FUONLYKNEW - review of The Antelope Play / giveaway
Feb 21 - FUONLYKNEW - review of The Monkey House / giveaway
Feb 21 - Bound 4 Escape - review of The Monkey House / giveaway
Feb 21 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 22 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of Hero / guest post / giveaway
Feb 22 - FUONLYKNEW - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 23 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of The Antelope Play / giveaway
Feb 23 - Books are Love - review of Hero / guest post / giveaway
​Feb 23 - Booklove - review of The Monkey House
Feb 26 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of Necessities
Feb 26 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of The Monkey House/ giveaway
Feb 26 - Books are Love - review of he Antelope Play / giveaway
Feb 27 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of Necessities / guest post / giveaway
Feb 27 - Books are Love - review of The Monkey House / giveaway
Feb 28 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 28 - Books are Love - review of Necessities / giveaway
​Feb 28 - Booklove - review of Necessities
3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Friday, February 9, 2018

G935 Book Review of Wild world by Peter S rush

Name of Book: Wild World

Author: Peter S Rush

ISBN: 978-0-9990665-1-5

Publisher: Prior Manor Press

Type of book: 1970s, corruption, police, recreational drugs, relationships, cleaning up, guns, Vietnam War, government vs students, standing out, being alone

Year it was published: 2017

Summary:

Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the protest era of the early 1970s, WILD WORLD is a gripping novel of power, corruption, injustice, courage, and hope—and one tenacious young man whose determination to overturn the system holds unexpected consequences for his own life. In the spring of 1970, Steve Logan, like thousands of other college students across America, takes to the streets to protest authority and the Vietnam War. Fueled by a strong sense of moral justice, he wants to make the world better—a belief his girlfriend Roxy, a medical student, passionately shares. Weeks before his graduation from Brown University, Steve’s life is upended when National Guard troops kill four students at Kent State University. Then, he meets a reform-minded cop from New York City who convinces Steve that to change the system, he has to get involved.

Eager to make a difference, Steve decides to give up law school and join the Providence Police Department. While the rookie cop with an Ivy League degree knows that change is difficult, the reality of fighting the establishment soon overwhelms him. His education makes him an outsider, and his honesty makes him a threat to the corrupt cops who use the power of their badge to inflict brutality and extort. And the job is taking a toll at home. His college friends think he’s a traitor to the cause and even Roxy, the woman he loves, has begun to pull away. But Steve isn’t going to give up. Devising a dangerous plan to radically shake up the system, he begins to collect the evidence to take his enemies down . . . unless they take him out first.

Characters:

Main characters include Steve Logan who is best described as someone against the Vietnam War and who does recreational drugs but who desires to do more than just protest and who was inspired to become a police officer. There are also other characters such as Steve's girlfriend Roxy who seems to be trying to find her own path in life as well as Steve's co-workers who like the status quo and are not very fond of Steve and who also seem to hinder Steve.

Theme:

It's tough to be in two different worlds

Plot:

The story is in first person narrative from Steve Logan's point of view. I appreciated the story and watching how draining it was for Steve to be caught between two worlds; that of the one he wants to be part of, and the other of the one he doesn't want to be part of. I also was shocked at how desensitized I was to the fact that people on a campus were killed in college in 1970. I guess its a generation thing because campus killings occur way too often unfortunately for me to be shocked. A lot of details about the police in the story really surprised me, and I don't think I expected it to do it. At the same time, its sad to realize how little has changed since 1970.

Author Information:
(From the book)

Peter S Rush is a graduate of Brown University and has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University in Florida. He was a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, Peace Corps volunteer, and a police officer. He is currently CEO of a global management firm.

Opinion:

All I can say is that how different the world was in 1970s, but at the same time there seems to be something universal about the struggles of people in charge. The idea is there as well as the struggle the main character goes through when he is forced to see and to act for interests against his own, but I feel that the writing style needs to be worked on more because the whole story feels rushed in my opinion and I also wanted to understand the corruption in a bit more detail than was given. Other than that, a hidden gem.

This was given to me for an honest review

3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

G970 Book Review of The Soldier's Return by Laura Libricz

Name of Book: The Soldier's Return

Author: Laura Libricz

ISBN: 9780999146019

Publisher: Blue Heron Book Works, LLC

Part of a Series:Heaven's Pond Series

Type of book: 1626, war, survival, psychology, drugs, addictions, friendships, relationships, enemies, Protestant vs Catholics, witches, raping, pillaging, horrors of war

Year it was published: 2017

Summary:

The year is 1626. A senseless war rips through parts of Germany. Ongoing animosity between the Catholics and the Protestants has turned into an excuse to destroy much of the landscape situated between France, Italy and Denmark. But religion only plays a minor role in this lucrative business of war.

The young dutchman, Pieter van Diemen, returns to Amsterdam in chains after a period of imprisonment in the Spice Islands. He manages to escape but must leave Amsterdam in a hurry. Soldiers are in demand in Germany and he decides to travel with a regiment until he can desert. His hope of survival is to reach Sichardtshof, the farm in Franconia, Germany; the farm he left ten years ago. His desire to seek refuge with them lies in his fond memories of the maid Katarina and her master, the humanist patrician Herr Tucher. But ten years is a long time and the farm has changed. Franconia is not only torn by war but falling victim to a church-driven witch hunt. The Jesuit priest, Ralf, has his sights set on Sichardtshof as well. Ralf believes that ridding the area of evil will be his saving grace. Can Pieter, Katarina and Herr Tucher unite to fight against a senseless war out of control?

The Soldier’s Return is the second book in the Heaven’s Pond Trilogy.

Characters:

Main characters include Katarina, Ralf, Pieter van Diermen. With some characters I couldn't tell if they were main or secondary, but I think those three are main characters. Katarina is a maid as well as a lover to Sebald Tucher. She seems to be in charge of everything and is more of a mistress. She also wants to take all the burdens on herself at the cost of friendships and relationships. Katarina is intelligent, resourceful but she tends to keep her heart guarded up, especially towards her surrogate daughter Isabeau. Ralf is the villain of the book who seems to be delusional and who sees evil everywhere. He is also a Catholic priest who feels faith is more important than anything else. (He also literally sees women who use herbs as witches because they don't trust in god!) Pieter van Diermen is a difficult character for me to describe aside from the fact he has little to no taste in warfare and just wants to leave the soldier's life. Despite his personal feelings, he has already been damaged by the war and the things he had to see and participate in.

Theme:

There is no glamour and glory in war

Plot:

The story is in third person narrative from multiple points of view; namely from Pieter van Diemen's, Katarina's, Isabeau's and Ralf's points of view. There is definitely a psychological aspect to the novel because its not desensitized and constant ugly things happen to characters. The author, I feel, seems to ask how much can the characters handle before they reach a breaking point? I know that reading and witnessing horror in the story that's rarely unremitting but continuous can drive any reader to exhaustion and weariness.

Author Information:
(From HFVBT)



About the Author

Laura Libricz was born and raised in Bethlehem PA and moved to Upstate New York when she was 22. After working a few years building Steinberger guitars, she received a scholarship to go to college. She tried to ‘do the right thing’ and study something useful, but spent all her time reading German literature.

She earned a BA in German at The College of New Paltz, NY in 1991 and moved to Germany, where she resides today. When she isn’t writing she can be found sifting through city archives, picking through castle ruins or aiding the steady flood of musical instruments into the world market.

Her first novel, The Master and the Maid, is the first book of the Heaven’s Pond Trilogy. The Soldier’s Returnand Ash and Rubble are the second and third books in the series.

For more information, please visit Laura Libricz’s website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Goodreads.
Opinion:

First of all, reading the first book in the series is a must because the reader will get lost with what's going on as well as the characters and how they all know one another. Second of all, the book doesn't glamorize fighting or wars at all, but instead its richly detailed about the travails that war has on men, women and children in 17th century. There is some plot in the story, but most of it is day to day situation that survivors have to go through such as securing food, hiding from rowdy soldiers, and trying to move on from horrors seen and inflicted, which I actually enjoyed a lot. If you are looking for realistic fiction, I would highly recommend the book.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, January 30
Interview at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, January 31
Review at Cup of Sensibility

Thursday, February 1
Excerpt at WS Momma Readers Nook

Friday, February 2
Guest Post at Reading the Past

Monday, February 5
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Tuesday, February 6
Feature at A Bookaholic Swede

Wednesday, February 7
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Thursday, February 8
Feature at Clarissa Reads It All

Friday, February 9
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books

Monday, February 12
Review at Back Porchervations

Wednesday, February 14
Review at Rachel’s Ramblings

Thursday, February 15
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Friday, February 16
Review at Donna’s Book Blog
Interview at Dianne Ascroft’s Blog
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Book Spotlight for Toddler Tootsies Take on the Day by Marsha K. Nowakowki, illustrated by Joan Coleman



Book Details:



Book Title: Toddler Tootsies Take on the Day! by Marsha Nowakowski

Illustrator: Joan Coleman

Category: Children's NonFiction, 34 pages

Genre: Education

Publisher: Lanier Press

Release date: January 23, 2018

Tour dates: Jan 29 to Feb 9, 2018

Content Rating: G



Book Description:



Welcome to the wonderful world of Matt and Mattie, where every day is a learning adventure! Just as our ten toes help our bodies balance, Matt and Mattie’s ten daily habits help toddlers learn balanced behaviors that will guide them in leading happy, healthy childhoods.



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Marsha K. Nowakowski is a loving wife, dedicated mother to three children, and a “grammie” to her grandchildren.



This is Marsha’s debut book for toddlers. She has spent forty years in the healthcare industry, primarily as a cardiac nurse. Her inspiration for writing Matt and Mattie’s Adventures developed from her own observations that patients who recovered more quickly exhibited healthy habits and good attitudes toward life. As a mother and grammie, Marsha recognized the need for books teaching healthy habits to help young ones develop into successful people who always do their best.



Matt and Mattie’s Adventures makes everyday habits fun, balanced, and adventuresome for toddlers. Marsha’s own adventures include travel, horseback riding, and reading. She also enjoys golf, baseball games, and sailing with her husband. According to Marsha, every day is an adventure!



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Friday, February 2, 2018

FF20 Book Review of Madness treads lightly by Polina dashkova

Name of Book: Madness Treads Lightly

Author: Polina Dashkova, Marian Schwartz (translator)

ISBN:9781477823460)

Publisher:  AmazonCrossing

Year it was published: 2017

Summary:

Only three people can connect a present-day murderer to a serial killer who, fourteen years ago, terrorized a small Siberian town. And one of them is already dead.

As a working mother, Lena Polyanskaya has her hands full. She’s busy caring for her two-year-old daughter, editing a successful magazine, and supporting her husband, a high-ranking colonel in counterintelligence. She doesn’t have time to play amateur detective. But when a close friend’s suspicious death is labeled a suicide, she’s determined to prove he wouldn’t have taken his own life.

As Lena digs in to her investigation, all clues point to murder—and its connection to a string of grisly cold-case homicides that stretches back to the Soviet era. When another person in her circle falls victim, Lena fears she and her family may be next. She’s determined to do whatever it takes to protect them. But will learning the truth unmask a killer…or put her and her family in even more danger?

Link for Review

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

FFE43 Book Review of.My last love story by Falguni Kothari

Name of Book: My Last Love Story

Author: Falguni Kothari

ISBN: : B073B2VL76

Publisher:  Graydon House

Year it was published: 2018

Summary:

Promise me you'll learn to cuss, learn to love again. Live again. Promise me you won't give up on each other.

Simi Desai is thirty years old and her husband is dying of cancer. He has two last wishes in his final months: first, that she'll have his baby so that a piece of him lives on, and second, that she'll reconcile with her old flame, who just happens to be their mutual best friend. And so over the course of their last summer together, Simi's husband plans a series of big and small adventures for this unlikely trio, designed to help them say goodbye to each other and prove to Simi that it's okay to move on without him--and even find love again.

Beautiful and poignant, Falguni Kothari's My Last Love Story will pull your heartstrings as only unforgettable love stories can.

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3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

G956 Book Review of Cathadeus by Jeff J Peters

Name of Book: Cathadeus

Author: Jeff J Peters

ISBN: 978-1-63489-072-4

Publisher: Wise Ink Publishing

Type of book: Fantasy, chosen one, good vs. evil, elves, dwarves, humans, uniting against evil, witches, old beings

Year it was published: 2017

Summary:

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…

Characters:

Main characters include Brax, a son of a local smith. In the story he is best described as rash, impulsive, loyal and sacrificing. Serene is a unicorn and one of the old beings who has chosen Brax as her Chosen One. She is patient, wise and all-seeing. There are also elves who are dedicated to the trees and have their own culture as well as resources, Brax's family and friends, both old and new and the dwarves as well as the numerous enemies.

Theme:

Trust in people around you

Plot:

The story is written in third person narrative from Brax's point of view. I feel that a lot of the story was more tell than show and I also had a difficult time imagining the romance or connection that characters have shared. I also feel that the story is an old fashioned fantasy story of old (a little bit like Tolkien)

Author Information:
(From iRead Book Tours)

Buy the Book:
Amazon ~ IndieBound
Barnes & Noble
Add to Goodreads

Read the Prologue
Meet the Author:

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.


​Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook
Opinion:

I really liked the book cover because there was something beautiful and vast within it, and it somehow reminded me a bit of Lord of the Rings. Having said that, I honestly don't think I was the intended audience for the story. Personally for me the expectations for the story included well developed characters and a memorable repartee between the main characters. (I blame it on Dragon Age Origins videogame...)I also expected more psychology or for characters to develop more than they have, and for it not to be heavy with battles. Aside from those minor complaints I liked the premise because it definitely had promise in turning out an interesting story.   For a reader seeking a good old fashioned fantasy novel replete with dwarves, elves, humans as well as some mixes who unite to defeat the evil, then look no further than Cathadeus.

This is for iRead Book Tours

BOOK REVIEW TOUR SCHEDULE:

Jan 15 - Working Mommy Journal - review / giveaway
Jan 16 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 18 - Bookworm for Kids - review / giveaway
Jan 19 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review / giveaway
Jan 19 - Adventures Thru Wonderland - review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 22 - Bound 4 Escape - review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 24 - JBronder Book Reviews - review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 25 - ReadingBifrost - review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 26 - Olivia's Catastrophe - review / giveaway
​Jan 26 - Books for Books - review
Jan 30 - The Autistic Gamer - review
Jan 31 - Leels Loves Books - review
Feb 1 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
Feb 1 - Blooming with Books - review / giveaway
Feb 2 - Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews - review / giveaway
Feb 2 - The Booksnake Etc. - review
Feb 2 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

G965 Book Review of Where do I go by Beverly Magid

Name of Book: Where Do I Go

Author: Beverly Magid

ISBN: 9780692945032

Publisher: BeWrite Press

Part of a Series: Sown in Tears is the prequel

Type of book: 1908, work, daily struggles, life in America, courtship, Jewish life, children working, unions, shirtwaist factories, money, secrets, New York, dashed hopes, learning

Year it was published: 2017

Summary:

The year is 1908. Leah and her two sons have survived a pogrom against Jews in Russia and now have come to live with her brothers in the Lower East Side of New York City. But life is so much harder than they expected. No one is shooting at them, but Leah must worry about the horrific conditions in the garment sweat shop she works in. Ten year old Benny is secretly running errands for the local mobster. Leah looks for her place in life, to achieve a bit of beauty, some dignity and perhaps a little love, but she knows the risk she runs by fighting the bosses. Run the risk or stay quiet, don't make any trouble.

Characters:

Main characters include Leah, a young mother with two sons who is best described as plucky, resourceful, daring and someone who's not afraid to do the right thing. Benny is Leah's oldest son, about eleven years of age who misses his father a lot and has gift for studying Torah. He works for local hoodlums because he has little to no choice and is with first graders because of his limited vocabulary. Leah also has two brothers named Dov and Gershon who are there but aren't drawn as well as Leah and her family. In the story there is also Aaron, an American-Jew who seems to like her and will do whatever he can for her. There are other characters such as Mr. Wollowitz and Benny's bosses, but beyond caricatures they aren't drawn broadly.

Theme:

Do the right thing even if it doesn't benefit anyone?

Plot:

The story is in third person narrative from Leah's and Benny's points of view. While there is some attention to romance, most of it comes to family and how Leah and her brothers are there for one another through thick and thin. There is also story of doing the right thing even though it might not benefit anyone personally and it also answers the questions as to why unions and rights exist in the first place, which people will need a reminder because of the turbulent times.

Author Information:
(From HFVBT)

AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK AND EBOOK ON AMAZON



About the Author

Beverly Magid, before writing her novel, was a journalist and an entertainment and celebrity PR executive, who interviewed many luminaries, including John Lennon, Jim Croce and the Monty Python gang, and as a publicist represented clients in music, tv and film, ranging from Whoopi Goldberg, John Denver and Dolly Parton to Tom Skerritt, Martin Landau, Kathy Ireland and Jacqueline Bisset.

Beverly is a longtime west coast resident who still considers herself a New Yorker. Among the social issues she’s passionate about is literacy and she worked with KorehLA to mentor elementary children in reading. Also she has been an advocate for Jewish World Watch, an organization dedicated to working against genocide and to aid the victims of war atrocities. On a lighter side, she is also a volunteer at the Los Angeles Zoo, monitoring animal behavior for their Research Department.

She is a news and political junkie who supports environmental, animal and human rights issues. She believes most passionately that “We must remain vigilant to the those who would erode the rights of people around the world and work to defeat them.”

For more information, please visit Beverly Magid’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Opinion:

When it comes to Jewish lives and immigration, the only event that dares to pop up is Holocaust. I'm not against Holocaust novels, but often times I wish to see more aspects beyond that event to be represented in Jewish fiction, and this book is an answer to my prayer. I've previously read Jews without Money by Michael Gold and while I enjoyed it, the story of immigration in there was nothing but despair; people try, people fail to make something of themselves and have to return to old roots. In this story, while its drawn realistically, there is also hope for Leah's future, that she will amount to something more than the requirements of her day. It's also relief that despite the monotony and hardship, Leah and her family enjoy the moments of daily life be it picnics, weddings, courting or just being together in the new land. A beautiful and poignant story of an all too forgotten history of Jewish immigrants.

This is for HFVBT

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, January 15
Review at Donna’s Book Blog
Feature at What Is That Book About

Tuesday, January 16
Guest Post at My Reading Corner

Wednesday, January 17
Excerpt at WS Momma Readers Nook

Monday, January 22
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books
Feature at View From the Birdhouse
Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Tuesday, January 23
Feature at A Literary Vacation

Thursday, January 25
Feature at Just One More Chapter

Friday, January 26
Review at Life of a Female Bibliophile
Interview at Dianne Ascroft’s Blog

Sunday, January 28
Feature at Books of a Shy Girl

Monday, January 29
Review at Back Porchervations

Tuesday, January 30
Review & Interview at Elizabeth Jane Corbett

Wednesday, January 31
Review at Cup of Sensibility
Feature at A Holland Reads

Thursday, February 1
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Friday, February 2
Guest Post at Passages to the Past4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Coming Attractions of February 2018

While the previous month was what I'd call a mystery/suspense month, February will be focused more on history. I feel kind of proud of myself because I finished up Dominic, Wild World and Little Women. (I promised to myself to move on to The Other Alcott as soon as I finished Little Women.) Aside from Boyd Taylor, all the authors will be new to me as well as to my blog, but quite a few reads have already promised to be very good so far (namely Cathadeus, An Argument of Blood.) March also promises to be a month of history.

I don't think I'm planning anything yet on Valentines Day. I did have an idea where I would mention books that focus heavily on family rather than on romance because not everyone has "someone special" in their lives. Anyways, happy February and thanks for reading and sticking with my blog!

Book Tours:

Where do I go?- Beverly Magid (February 1st, 2018)

Cathadeus-Jeff J. Peters (February 2nd, 2018)

The Soldier's Return- Laura Libricz (February 5th, 2018)

Book Spotlight: Toddler Tootsies Take on the day!-Marsha K Nowakowski Illustrated by Joan Coleman (February 6th,. 2018)

An argument of Blood by J.A. Ironside and Matthew Willis (February 6th, 2018)

Book Spotlight:  Loubotins, Lattes and Live TV by Miriam Sawan(February 8th, 2018)

The Monkey House-Boyd Taylor (February 12th, 2018)

That Woman-Wayne Clark (February 12th, 2018)

The Once and future queen-Nicole Evelina (February 14th, 2018)

Book spotlight: SNAP! Change your personality in 30 Days-Gary Small (February 15th, 2018)

Golden Gremlin; A Vigorous push from misanthropes and geezers- rod a. Walters(February 23rd, 2018)

Necessities-Boyd Taylor (February 26th, 2018)

The Company Files: 1. The Good Man-Gabriel Valjan (February 27th, 2018)
The Muse of Fire-Carol M Cram (February 28th, 2018)

Hopeful Reads...(Can change)

The Unity Game -Leonora Muriel

The Weight of Ink-Rachel Kadish

The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters- Emily Esfahani Smith

Forgotten Letters by Kirk Raeber and Mario Acevedo

Forgotten Reflections by Young-Im Lee

Free Food for the Millionaires-Min Jin Lee

Missing Tyler by Tamara Palmer

House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick

For Fresh Fiction...

The Lost Season of Love and Snow by Jennifer Laam (e-book)

Spring Forward by Catherine Anderson (e-book)

The Spring Girls by Anna Todd (e-book)

The Sworn Virgin by Kristopher Dukes

My Sister's Bones-Nualla Ellwood

The Other Alcott- Elise Hooper 

February 2018

A House Divided-Pearl S Buck
SR: March 11th, 2016
FR: N/A
That woman- Wayne Clark
SR: January 27th, 2018
FR:
My sister's bones- Nualla Ellwood
SR: February  15th, 2018
FR:
Free food for millionaires- Min Jin Lee
SR: February 7th, 2018
FR: February 15th, 2018
The soldier's return- Laura Libricz
SR: January 27h, 2018
FR: February 6th, 2018
Cathadeus-Jeff Peters
SR: January 16th. 2018
FR: February 2nd, 2018
Monkey House-Boyd Taylor
SR: February 2nd, 2018
FR: February 13th, 2018
Necessities- Boyd Taylor
SR: February 13th, 2018
FR:
The company files the good man- Gabriel Valjan
SR: February 16th, 2018
FR:
An argument of blood- Matthew Willis and J.A. Ironside
SR: January 27th, 2018
FR: February 11th, 2018

Nonfiction:
Tree of Souls-Howard Schwartz
SR: February 10th, 2014
FR: N/A
The once and future queen- Nicole Evelina
SR: February 6th, 2018
FR: February 16th, 2018
Golden gremlin- rod a. Walters
SR: February 11h, 2018
FR: 
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