Book spotlight: Italian Street Food: Recipes From Italy’s Bars and Hidden Laneways by Paola Bacchia

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Italian Street Food: Recipes From Italy’s Bars and Hidden Laneways by Paola Bacchia
Category:  Adult Nonfiction, 274 pages
Genre:  Cookbook
Publisher:  Smith Street
Release date:  October 2016
Tour dates:  Oct 3 to 21, 2016
Content Rating:  PG

Book Description:

(I’ve seen this book and it is gorgeous!)

Italy’s classic recipes are well known the world over, but few are aware of the dishes that reign on the flourishing Italian street-food scene. Hidden behind the town squares, away from the touristy restaurants, and down back streets are little-known gems offering up some of Italy’s tastiest and best-kept secret dishes that the locals prize.

ITALIAN STREET FOOD is not just another Italian cookbook; it delves into truly authentic Italian fare—the kind of secret recipes that are passed down through generations. Learn how to make authentic polpettine, arancini, stuffed cuttlefish, cannolis, and fritters, and perfect your gelato-making skills with original flavors such as lemon and basil or affogato and aperol. With beautiful stories and stunning photography throughout, ITALIAN STREET FOOD delivers an authentic, lesser known take on a much loved cuisine.

Buy the book:  Rizzoli  ~  Amazon

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Meet the Author:

Paola Bacchia is one of Australia’s most popular Italian food bloggers. On her blog, Italy on My Mind, she shares family memories and their connections to food. It won awards for best food blog in 2013 and 2015 from ITALY Magazine. Paola returns to Italy every year to expand her knowledge of Italian food, its traditions, and innovations.

Connect to the author: Website  ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram

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Oct 3 –   Freda’s Voice – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 4 –   Monica Cesarato – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 4 –   Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 4 –   Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 5 –   Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 5 –   StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 6 –   Cooking in Venice – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 6 –   Essentially Italian – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 7 –   A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 7 –   Il Mio Tesoro – book spotlight
Oct 10 – Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – book spotlight
Oct 11 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 12 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 12 – Italophilia – book spotlight
Oct 13 – A Holland Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 14 – Words And Peace – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 17 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 18 – Blooming with Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 19 – Heidi’s Wanderings – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 20 – Take It Personel-ly – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 21 – Walking With Nora – book spotlight / giveaway

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SPOTLIGHT TOUR: A Drop Of Water: A Spiritual Journey by Yvonne Williams Casaus

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Book Details:

Book Title:  A Drop Of Water: A Spiritual Journey by Yvonne Williams Casaus
Category:  Adult nonfiction, 208 pages
Genre:  Memoir, Spirituality, Self-help, Personal Growth, Grief, Loss, Mental Health, Suicide Prevention
Publisher: Laughing At Myself, LLC
Release date:  September 2016
Tour dates:  Sept 19 to Oct 7, 2016
Content Rating:  PG + M (There is no bad language, but author discusses her husband’s suicide)

Book Description:

In this extraordinary book, Yvonne reflects upon her past experiences, grief, and losses to find her way back to her spirituality and strength. She bares her soul, yet is able to use water as a lighthearted, uninhibited, and fun way to express how we are all connected. It is a spiritually inspired book about healing, grief, and personal growth.

It becomes a beautiful poetic journey as she discovers her love of water as part of what led her towards her spiritual path. Through her writing she expresses how she found her way through several tremendous losses, including the loss of her husband. In her ability to endure, she found a strength she never knew she had.

This book is for anyone that has ever struggled with depression, grief, or loss of any kind. It is for anyone interested in personal growth and healing. By sharing her personal story she is able to remind us that we are never truly alone. Water connects us all.

Buy the Book:   Amazon

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Meet the Author:

Yvonne Williams Casaus is a Mom, Wife, Author, Counselor, and Play Therapist. She is an independently licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC), a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), and is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. She specializes in Depression, Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She has a private practice in New Mexico and has been helping adults, children, adolescents, and families for over eleven years.

Yvonne’s areas of expertise include Depression, Anxiety, Divorce, Panic Attacks, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), Sexual Abuse, Rape, Physical Abuse, Grief, ADHD and other issues. She also specializes in treating traumatized children with issues such as PTSD, Sexual abuse, Physical Abuse, Neglect, Adoption, and Reactive Attachment Disorder.

Connect with the author:   Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Pinterest  ~ Instagram

TOUR SCHEDULE:

Sept 19 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Sept 19 – Reading Authors – book spotlight / giveaway
Sept 20 – Book reviews nature photos and everything in between – book spotlight
Sept 20 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sept 21 – Divas With A Purpose – book spotlight / guest post
Sept 21 – Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – book spotlight / guest post
Sept 22 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Sept 23 – Corinne Rodrigues – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sept 23 – Northernmsw – book spotlight / author interview
Sept 26 – Books, Dreams, Life – book spotlight / giveaway
Sept 26 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Sept 27 – Sylv all about books and film – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sept 28 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sept 29 – Collecting Moments – book spotlight
Sept 30 – Deal Sharing Aunt – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 3 –     Collecting Moments – guest post
Oct 4 –     #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 5 –     The Autistic Gamer – book spotlight
Oct 6 –     Bound 2 Escape – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 7 –     Health is Our Key – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

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Book Spotlight: The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt by Catherine F. Olen

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Book Details:

Book Title:  The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt: A Detailed Path throughout the Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure Parks by Catherine F. Olen
Category:  Adult nonfiction,  180 pages
Genre:  Family travel, Tourist destinations, Theme parks
Publisher: Morgan James
Release date:  July 2016
Tour dates:  July 11 to 22, 2016
Content Rating:  G (The content of this book is great for all ages. From families with small children to Disney enthusiasts of all age, there is something for everyone.)

Book Description:

See the enchantment of the Disneyland resort in a whole new way with “The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt.” From Main Street U.S.A. to New Orleans Square, Walt Disney lovingly designed every detail to immerse guests in the magic of his theme parks.

See Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure through new eyes when you discover fantasy, thrills, and dreams around every turn. Whether you’re perusing the shops, waiting in line, or riding attractions, there’s plenty to uncover for even the most knowledgeable Disney fan.

If this is your first visit or your five hundredth, you will discover something new with “The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt.”

Buy the Book:  Amazon  ~  Books-a-Million  ~ Barnes & Noble
Powell’s Books  ~  Chapters.Indigo.ca

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Meet the Author:

Catherine Olen has enjoyed a love affair with the magic of the Disney theme parks for as long as she can remember, counting herself among Disneyland passholders for the last twenty-five years. Previously, Olen owned and operated Hollywood Grave Hunter and is the proud author of The Final Curtain: Celebrity Deaths and The Upside of Undertaking, chronicling her previous career experiences. She has been a correspondent to Entertainment Tonight (US and France), The Biography Channel, Reelz Network, and the Mark & Brian radio show.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Pinterest  ~  Instagram

SPOTLIGHT TOUR SCHEDULE:

July 11 – Lavish Bookshelf – spotlight / giveaway
July 11 – New Horizon Reviews – spotlight / giveaway
July 11 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – spotlight / giveaway
July 11 – Author TW Brown – spotlight / interview / giveaway
July 12 – Book Reviews Nature Photos and everything in between – spotlight
July 12 – Working Mommy Journal – spotlight / interview / giveaway
July 12 – 100 Pages a Day – spotlight / giveaway
July 12 – T’s Stuff – spotlight / giveaway
July 13 – Kimber Leigh Writes – spotlight / interview / giveaway
July 13 – Psychotic State Book Reviews – spotlight / interview / giveaway
July 13 – Writer with Wanderlust – spotlight / giveaway
July 14 – Writers and Authors – guest post
July 14 – Bound 2 Escape – spotlight / interview / giveaway
July 15 – A Holland Reads – spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 15 – First Impressions Reviews – spotlight
July 17 – Writers and Authors – spotlight / giveaway
July 18 – 3 Partners in Shopping Nana, Mommy , + Sissy, Too! – spotlight / giveaway
July 18 – The Novel Life – spotlight / guest post
July 18 – New Horizon Reviews – guest post / giveaway
July 19 – Fantastic Feathers – spotlight / guest post
July 19 – Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – spotlight / guest post
July 20 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 20 – Library of Clean Reads – spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 21 – Reader’s Cozy Corner – spotlight / interview / giveaway
July 21 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – spotlight
July 22 – Northernmsw – spotlight / interview
July 22 – #redhead.with.book – spotlight / giveaway

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Book spotlight: The Conscious Entrepreneur: A Guide to Maximizing Your Potential for Success, Freedom, and Happiness by Laura C. Cannon

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Book Details:

Book Title:  The Conscious Entrepreneur: A Guide to Maximizing Your Potential for Success, Freedom, and Happiness by Laura C. Cannon
Category:  Adult nonfiction,   183 pages
Genre:  Inspiration
Publisher: One Tribe Press
Release date:  July 20, 2016
Tour dates:  July 11 to 29, 2016
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:

In this profound introduction to conscious entrepreneurship, author and business coach Laura C. Cannon teaches you how to harness your unique gifts and the power of your own consciousness to maximize your satisfaction – and deepen your enjoyment – of your business and your life. Grounded in research from the fields of modern psychology, eastern philosophy, and personal development, this book explains six core principles necessary for radical, transformational change – personally and professionally.

By teaching you to use your business as the vehicle for your personal growth, The Conscious Entrepreneur delivers timeless wisdom and practical exercises to help you think, act, and live the path to your highest potential – without adding to your already-packed schedule. Forget work-life balance, get ready to shift into work-life integration for more happiness, stronger relationships, and a higher return on your investment in every sense of the word.

Buy the Book: Amazon  ~  Author Website

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Laura C. Cannon is an entrepreneur, speaker, author, and coach with a deep passion for bridging the worlds of spirituality and business. In her new book, The Conscious Entrepreneur, Laura showcases a collection of practices and perspectives for entrepreneurs and business-people to change their relationship with their working life.

A member of the prestigious National Speaker’s Association with more than 15 years of experience as a professional public speaker, Laura has a knack for delivering engaging and informative presentations. She’s spoken to groups ranging from 12 to 1200 on a wide range of topics, from office productivity to motivation and empowerment to mindfulness and meditation. Her true passion as an author and speaker lies in bridging the gap between business and spirituality, finding practical, down-to-earth applications for timeless universal wisdom. She has been a guest speaker for colleges, civic organizations, businesses, and associations.

Laura holds a B.S. from Towson University and an M.A. in Human Sciences (Psychology) from Hood College with a specialization in Thanatology and Grief Counseling. A lover of all things that blend the practical and the spiritual, Laura is also a 200hr RYT yoga and meditation instructor.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Pinterest  ~  Instagram

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July 11 – Corinne Rodrigues – spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 11 – Writers and Authors – spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 12 – Sylv all about books and film – spotlight / guest post
July 13 – Take It Personel-ly – spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 14 – And the Buck Starts Here – spotlight / author interview
July 14 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 15 – Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – spotlight / guest post
July 18 – Collecting Moments – spotlight
July 19 – Books for Books – spotlight
July 19 – Deal Sharing Aunt – spotlight
July 20 – Psychotic State Book Reviews – spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 20 – The Autistic Gamer – spotlight
July 21 – #redhead.with.book – spotlight / giveaway
July 21 – alwaysjoart – spotlight / giveaway
July 22 – Fantastic Feathers – spotlight
July 22 – Laura’s Interests – spotlight / giveaway
July 25 – Book and Ink – spotlight /author interview / giveaway
July 25 – Lukten av Trykksverte – spotlight / giveaway
July 26 – Collecting Moments – guest post
July 26-  3 Partners in Shopping – spotlight / giveway
July 27 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 28 – Library of Clean Reads – spotlight / giveaway
July 29 – Being Tilly’s Mummy – spotlight / author interview /giveaway


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Book review: The Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer, MD

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About The Mind-Gut Connection

• Hardcover: 320 pages
• Publisher: Harper Wave (July 5, 2016)

Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with the latest discoveries on the human microbiome, a practical guide in the tradition of The Second Brain, and The Good Gut that conclusively demonstrates the inextricable, biological link between mind and the digestive system.

We have all experienced the connection between our mind and our gut—the decision we made because it “felt right”; the butterflies in our stomach before a big meeting; the anxious stomach rumbling we get when we’re stressed out. While the dialogue between the gut and the brain has been recognized by ancient healing traditions, including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, Western medicine has by and large failed to appreciate the complexity of how the brain, gut, and more recently, the gut microbiota—the microorganisms that live inside our digestive tract—communicate with one another. In The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Emeran Mayer, professor of medicine and executive director of the UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress, offers a revolutionary and provocative look at this developing science, teaching us how to harness the power of the mind-gut connection to take charge of our health and listen to the innate wisdom of our bodies.

The Mind-Gut Connection describes:

• Why consuming a predominantly plant-based diet is key for gut and brain health

• The importance of early childhood in gut-brain development, and what parents can do to help their children thrive

• The role of excessive stress and anxiety in GI ailments and cognitive disorders

• How to “listen to your gut” and pay attention to the signals your body is sending you

• and much more.

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Purchase Links

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About Emeran Mayer, MD

Emeran A. Mayer, MD, has studied brain-body interactions for the last forty years. He is the executive director of the Oppenheimer Center for Stress and Resilience and the codirector of the Digestive Diseases Research Center at the University of California at Los Angeles. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health for the past twenty-five years, and he is considered a pioneer and world leader in the areas of brain-gut microbiome. He lives in Los Angeles.

Find out more about Dr. Mayer and his book at his website.

 
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Wednesday, July 20th: Ms.Bookish.com
Thursday, July 21st: I’m Shelf-ish
Friday, July 22nd: Create With Joy

REVIEW:

“The little brain in  your gut.”

Having already read literature about this subject, I was eager to read Dr. Mayer’s explanation of the relationship between our mind and our intestinal tract.

Dr. Mayer explains:  “Your gut has capabilities that surpass all your other organs and even rival your brain.  It has it’s own nervous system, know in scientific literature as the enteric nervous system, or ENS, and often referred to in the media as the “second brain”.

I also learned that the gut is the largest storage facility for serotonin in our body. Serotonin plays a crucial role in such vital functions as sleep, appetite, pain sensitivity, mood and overall well-being.

Other interesting topics covered in the book are:

  • Early stress and the hypersensitive gut
  • How stress effects can be transmitted from one generation to the next
  • Stress in the womb
  • Can your gut microbes change your brain?
  • The role of the microbiota in depression
  • The role of stress
  • Positive emotions
  • Understanding intuitive decision making
  • The lure of comfort foods
  • Maximize your gut microbial diversity

I like the advice that Michael Pollan gives in his book Food Rules “buy only things in the market that look like food.  If they don’t, they most likely will contain food additives that could harm your brain, including artificial sweeteners, emulsifiers, fructose corn syrup, and vital gluten.”

I found the book to be interesting overall.  I did find that there were perhaps too many different subjects lumped together in this one text and some of the chapters were a little dry and repetitive.  The author stressed that more research is still being conducted on this subject.

On a personal note, I did not agree with the author’s belief that the theory of evolution produced such fascinating and complex nervous systems in our bodies.  Something this exceptional could only have come from an intelligent mind.

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Book spotlight: Live Self-Sufficiently: The 12 Step Living Guide by Tisha Marie Payton, MHR

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Live Self-Sufficiently: The 12 Step Living Guide by Tisha Marie Payton
Category:  Adult nonfiction,  94 pages
Genre:  Self-help
Publisher:  Tisha Marie Enterprises, LLC
Release date:  October 1, 2014
Tour dates:  June 13 to 24, 2016
Content Rating:  PG +M ( The book is rated PG+M for mild depictions of domestic abuse.)

Book Description:

This is a twelve-step guide to living self-sufficiently with lessons on personal
growth, self-love, health and wellness, financial stability, and healthy relationships.

Buy the Book:  Amazon  ~  Alibris

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 Meet the Author:

Tisha Marie Payton is a certified life and relationship coach. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. Her education is in human relations with an emphasis in art therapy. For over twelve years Ms. Payton provided service to her community as a Girl Scout, has competed in pageants, fitness and swimsuit modeling, and landed the cover of Playboy Magazine. Throughout her collegiate and modeling career, she found that many people live dependent upon others and aren’t truly living happily. She began a nonprofit organization called Building ME in Texas to build enlightened minds in youth and provide pertinent life skills to stop the cycle of dependency. This is a twelve-step guide to personal growth, self-love, health and wellness, financial stability, and healthy relationships.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Instagram

TOUR SCHEDULE:

June 13 – Library of Clean Reads – spotlight / giveaway
June 13 – Working Mommy Journal – spotlight / giveaway
June 14 – #redhead.with.book – spotlight / giveaway
June 15 – Book Reviews Nature Photos and everything in between – spotlight
June 15 – Bound 4 Escape – spotlight / giveaway
June 16 – 100 pages a day – spotlight / giveaway
June 16 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – spotlight
June 17 – Puddletown Reviews – spotlight / giveaway
June 20 – Laura’s Interests – spotlight / giveaway
June 20 – Celticlady’s Reviews – spotlight / giveaway
June 21 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – spotlight / giveaway
June 22 – Jessica Cassidy – spotlight / giveaway
June 22 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – spotlight / giveaway
June 22 – Corinne Rodrigues – spotlight / giveaway
June 23 – StoreyBook Reviews – spotlight / giveaway
June 24 – Northernmsw – spotlight

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