Book spotlight: A Life By Design (The Italian Family Series) by Lucy Appadoo

Book Details:

Book Title:  A Life By Design (The Italian Family Series) by Lucy Appadoo
Category:  Adult Fiction,  211 pages
Genre: 20th Century Historical Romance, coming of age story set in Milan, Italy
Publisher:  Self-published
Release date:  Aug 24, 2018
Format available for review: ebook (mobi, PDF, ePub)
Tour dates: Sept 24 to Oct 12, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M

Book Description:

When 20-year-old Elena Allegro leaves the Italian village of Laurino to study Fashion Design in Milan, she’s certain her dreams are about to come true. Despite her father’s warnings that risk comes with her newfound freedom, she loves her studies and develops a love interest with Francesco, the handsome young entrepreneur who offers her a part-time job in a Milan clothing store.

It seems like an idyllic situation—until a stalker targets Elena, tormenting her with mind games and threatening her safety. In the face of escalating danger to herself and to Francesco, Elena must fight for her freedom, her love, and her survival.

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Meet the Author:

Lucy is an author of romantic suspense, historical fiction/coming of age, short story thrillers, and non-fiction books. She is also a Registered Counsellor/Wellness Coach, and works as a Rehabilitation Counsellor for the Australian Government.

Lucy enjoys reading romantic suspense, romance, thrillers, crime novels, family/historical drama, and sagas. She has enjoyed travelling to exotic places such as Madrid, Mauritius, and Italy, and draws on these experiences in her creative writing.

Lucy’s favourite authors include Kendra Elliot, Christiane Heggan, Theresa Ragan, Tara Moss, Nicholas Sparks, Adriana Trigiani, Erica Spindler, and James Patterson (to name a few).

Lucy’s interests include meditation, exercising, journal writing, reading fiction and nonfiction texts about writing, coaching, and counselling, ongoing professional development, spending time with her husband and two daughters, and socialising with friends and family.

Connect with the Author:  Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook


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Book review: The Wisdom of Listening: Pieces of Gold from a Decade of Interviewing and Life by Marilyn R. Wilson

Book Details:

Book Title: The Wisdom of Listening: Pieces of Gold from a Decade of Interviewing and Life by Marilyn R. Wilson
Category:  Adult Non-fiction, 220 pages
Genre:  Self-Esteem, Motivational, Personal Transformation
Publisher:  Real People – Real Lives Press
Release date:  May 28, 2018
Format available for review:  print and ebook (mobi and ePub)
Willing to send print books to: USA and Canada
Tour dates:  Sept 24 to Oct 12, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

The next time you’re out in public, take a moment to look around you. Each and every person you see holds wisdom in their pockets–pieces of gold they’ve accumulated as they walked their own unique life journey.

Within these pages, Marilyn shares some of the many pieces of gold she has received over her decade-long career. They have been offered to her during interviews, through random encounters and while facing difficult challenges. The most important? We are each unique and exactly who we are meant to be.

Are you ready to dig for gold? All you need to do is be brave, be present in the moment and be open to the possibilities–then start a conversation.

Praise for The Wisdom of Listening:

“Every life has a story and, no matter our background, we share similar hopes, dreams and fears. This book not only gives you insight into the varied lives of its subjects but, through Marilyn’s reflections, shows how we each walk a similar spiritual path.”
– Robbin Whachell, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Bahamas Weekly

“Marilyn shows us, through her compassionate and incisive interviews, how to grasp and link those golden moments, like sparkling prisms of light, into an animated and profound acceptance of ourselves, the people we encounter, the relationships we build, and the dreams that will set us free.”
– Gabriella Contestabile, Author, Founder of Su Misura Sensory Journeys

I was reminded we are collectively each walking our own paths, but often experience similar emotions, feelings, obstacles, challenges, triumphs, rewards and successes. We all learn as we go and we all become wiser as time passes. This is humanity. The diversity in each of us as a whole is awesome.”
– RozeMerie Cuevas, Co-Founder and Designer at JAC by Jacqueline Conoir

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Meet the Author:

Marilyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer, published author and speaker with a passion for interviewing. Her career as a writer began in an unusual way: by answering a Craigslist ad from a NYC magazine. The world shifted when she conducted her first interview—she had found her passion.

Since 2006, she has interviewed over a hundred and fifty people from around the globe, co-owned a local magazine, wrote freelance for others, worked as an editor, published two books and provided author support for her publisher. Her goal as an author — to give wings to the stories of others and to pay forward some of the many “pieces of gold” received during interviews – bits of wisdom that have changed her life. ​

Connect with Marilyn: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

Marilyn has put together a treasure trove of inspiring “pieces of gold” or bits of wisdom she has acquired through years of interviewing and listening to others.  She has generously passed these on to her readers in her volume “The Wisdom of Listening”.
She begins her book with her own story.  I am acquainted with Marilyn, having read her first book as well as through our connections on social media.  I’ve always been curious to learn more about her work as an author and fashionista and was delighted to read her story.
Her “pieces of gold” are easily read and absorbed because her book is separated into little chapters that you can read in a few minutes.  At the end of each chapter she leaves us with an inspirational quote.
Most of what we find in Marilyn’s book is practical wisdom such as building a good support team, taking time for yourself,  living one day at a time and being fully present and focused in the the moment.
I really enjoyed reading each chapter and am thinking of the different ways I can apply what I’ve learned.


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Book spotlight: Held Together: A True Story of Love’s Victory by Jenny Q

Book Details:

Book Title: Held Together: A True Story of Love’s Victory by Jenny Q
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction; 456 pages
Genre: Memoir
Publisher:   BookBaby
Release date:  June 1, 2018
Format available for review:  print & ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
Will send print books to: USA and Canada
Tour dates: Sept 10 to 28, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Graphic medical procedures, some bad language)

Book Description: 

​In January of 2014, Joshua Tree’s beloved village herbalist, Jenny Q. suddenly became seriously ill and rapidly descended into a coma with slender chance of survival. The shock of this news initiated an overwhelming outpouring of love, wit, service, practical magic and sharing of spiritual wisdom between those in her intimate desert community. Indeed it seemed that the entire group became one in their desperate effort and race against the clock to save her life.

While the words of others in the community tell the story in this book, it is Jenny’s own insightful writings that provide a fascinating window into a range of rare experiences. She gives us a unique glimpse into the mysterious worlds encountered while in a coma, the absolute alteration of losing one’s legs, the subtle venom of PTSD, the nightmare of withdrawal from prescription opiates, and the maddening frustration of having to re-learn basic skills previously taken for granted such as the ability to walk.

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Jenny Q

Meet the Author:

Jenny Q was born in Southern California to Palestinian immigrants. Her love of herbs began in her teens while on the road following the Grateful Dead. After exploring many heart homes, she set her roots in Joshua Tree, California, where she opened Grateful Desert, the local apothecary. Joyously sharing her life with her tight-knit desert community, Jenny lives with her beloveds~ Yazzy, her daughter and Myshkin, her wife.

Connect with Jenny: Website 


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Book spotlight: A Penny Lost by Aspen Bassett

Book Details:

Book Title:  A Penny Lost by Aspen Bassett
Category:  YA Fiction, 232 pages
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Publisher:  World Castle Publishing
Release date:  Jan 13, 2018
Tour dates: Sept 3 to 14, 2018
Content Rating: PG (There’s a kiss and some mild violence)

Book Description:

Penelope Grace, usually forgotten under the shadow of her twin sister’s perfection, tries her hardest to hide her freakish ability to see into anyone’s soul.

Until she senses an unusual energy like a human-shaped void in the universe. When Penny investigates the source, she gets tossed through a crack in time along with the cute boy next door. The Void follows them through history, increasing the dangers as if testing Penny. But what is it testing for? And why does it claim to know her better than even she knows herself? Even as Penny searches for answers, she must fight to survive the tragedies of both the past and future in order to get back home.

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 Meet the Author:

​Aspen Bassett works at a library, telling stories and suggesting books. When she’s not working, she’s usually sipping hot cocoa and wondering what would happen if she had superpowers. She’s been published in multiple anthologies including Oomph: A Little Super Goes a Long Way and Inaccurate Realities.

Aspen grew up learning about chakras and auras and the true power of imagination which slips into her writing whether she intend it to or not. In college, when she wasn’t busy working on her degree in Creative Writing, Aspen also got her certificate in Women’s Meditation (basically general energy work). Now, she’s working toward a diploma in Integrated Healing Arts with a certificate in Hypnotherapy.

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


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Book review: The Miracle Man by William R. Leibowitz

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Miracle Man by William R. Leibowitz
Series: The Miracle Man Series Book 1
Category:  Adult Fiction, 446 pages
Genre:   Thriller
Publisher:  Manifesto Media Group
Release date:  February 2014
Format available for review:  print & ebook (mobi, PDF & ePUB)
Will send print books to: USA & Canada
Tour dates: Aug 6 to Sept 14, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Some profane language, some use of the word ‘g*ddamit’, mature subjects including pandemic disease, terrorism, sex abuse, suicide)

Book Description:


​The victim of an unspeakable crime, an infant rises to become a new type of superhero. Unlike any that have come before him, he is not a fanciful creation of animators, he is real.

So begins the saga of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history. But where did his extraordinary intelligence come from?

As agents of corporate greed vie with rabid anti-Western radicals to destroy him, an obsessive government leader launches a bizarre covert mission to exploit his intellect. Yet Austin’s greatest fear is not of this world.

Aided by two exceptional women, one of whom will become his unlikely lover, Austin struggles against abandonment and betrayal. But the forces that oppose him are more powerful than even he can understand.

Miracle Man is the winner of a Best Thriller national award, and was named by Amazon as ONE OF THE TOP 100 NOVELS OF 2015, a TOP 10 BEST SELLING THRILLER and a TOP 10 NEW YORK TIMES/AMAZON BEST SELLER

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William R. Leibowitz

Meet the Author:

William R. Leibowitz practices law internationally and prefers not spending too much time in any one place. He is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University Law School.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook


Peter and Edith Austin, who had successfully adopted and raised a large family and were now close to retirement, were were asked to adopt an abandoned baby.  They agreed, provided the child had no serious health issues.  When Bobby began to develop recurring nightmares they brought him to a doctor only to discover that their little boy’s intelligence was so extraordinary that he was soon placed in a government sponsored institute for gifted children.

As it turns out, Bobby’s IQ was off the chart.  Way off.   The government provided everything he needed to develop and grow his intellect.  But do the math and science skills Bobby possess come with a price?

A thought-provoking plot as well as a glimpse into the workings of the different governmental organizations and  pharmaceutical companies provide an interesting backdrop to the story.

Although the storyline was compelling and kept me turning the pages, there wasn’t a lot of character development.  The romance and accompanying dialogue between Bobby and Christina was awkward and superficial and didn’t sound very realistic. The characters were rather one-dimensional.

Although this is admittedly a work of fiction, there were some inaccuracies that could have been avoided with further research.

At 420 pages, this was a bit of a clunker but the unusual plot kept my attention until the very end.  The cliffhanger was a complete surprise (please stay tuned:  there is a 465 page sequel!)

If you are looking for a psychological thriller / scifi drama, you’re sure to enjoy this novel.


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Book review: The Life and Lessons of a Young Author by Sunayna Prasad

Book Details:
Book Title:  The Life and Lessons of a Young Author by Sunayna Prasad
Category:  YA Non-fiction, 19 pages
Genre:  Writing
Publisher:  Ingram Spark
Release date:  Sept 1, 2018
Format available for review:  ebook (PDF)
Tour dates: Aug 13 to 31, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:  Want to be an author? No matter where you are in life, you need to learn the reality of writing marketable books and the publishing world. I share my experience as a published author younger than 25 and offer tips, tricks, and guidelines about the life of being a young author.

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Sunayna Prasad

Meet the Author:

Sunayna Prasad has been writing since she was six. She continues to write fiction and non-fiction today and has even won a Pacific Book-Review award. She lives in New York, and when not writing, likes to create art and cook.

Connect with Sunayna: Website ~ Facebook

It was Sunayna Prasad’s dream to have her stories published.  She was a prolific writer, even as a young girl.  She tried to go it alone.  Until she realized that writing a book involved more than a good storyline.
Through trial and error Sunaya learned what was necessary to publish her book.   It wasn’t easy and at times quite painful, especially when she would have to get rid of a favourite character (kill her darlings …).
A down-to-earth, informal memoir that gives other aspiring writers the advice they need to tell their story.


Book spotlight: Claire’s Dad: How I Earned the Title by Shad Arnold

Book Details:

Book Title:  Claire’s Dad: How I Earned the Title by Shad Arnold
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction,  132  pages
Genre:   Self-help, Parenting
Publisher:  Pinpoint Innovation
Release date:  February 1, 2018
Tour dates: Aug 20 to 31, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Like everything worthwhile in this world, the title of “dad” isn’t given—it’s earned.

Society hasn’t done a great job preparing men to raise daughters. That’s a shame, as daughters have a deep, often unacknowledged need for their fathers to take an active role in their growth.

In Claire’s Dad, author and father Shad Arnold offers an engaging look at the difference a father can make in his little girl’s life as she grows into a mature, responsible, and self-assured young woman. Using his own experiences as a touchstone, Arnold explores the principles and standards a father can model for his daughter.

The author is donating a portion of the sales of this book to aid children around the world via the Novitas Foundation.

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Shad Arnold

Meet the Author:

Shad Arnold is an author, entrepreneur, inventor, strategic consultant, public speaker and humanitarian who has founded three companies and two non-profit charities. He has worked as a volunteer and advocate for children for over 30 years. He currently serves as the International Executive Director of Novitas Foundation, the charitable organization he founded in 2013, volunteering his time to raise funds and directly oversee relief and sustainable development initiatives to benefit children in need around the world. Visit or for more information.

Connect with the author: Website 


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Book spotlight: Tribal Affair by Matt Dallmann

Book Details:

Book Title:  Tribal Affair by Matt Dallmann
Category:  YA Fiction,   277 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:   Matt Dallmann
Release date:  July 2017
Format available for review:  print & ebook (mobi, PDF, gifted Kindle copy)
Will ship print books to:  Internationally
Tour dates: Oct 9 to 27, 2017
Content Rating: G (No bad language or sex)

Book Description:

​Dahlia, a centuries old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to an ankle bracelet. Its owner, sixteen-year-old Liana, wears it for the first time during her father Jamison’s opening night illusion spectacular. Not only does its presence cause Jamison to folly his performance, but it also starts a chain of bizarre events that lead to a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son.

Matt Dallmann

Meet the author:

​Matt Dallmann has a background in acting and holds a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. His films and screenplays have been featured at film festivals across the United States including Cinequest, Big Apple Film Festival, Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival, DragonCon and Zero Independent Film Festival. His piano compositions have been published for commercial use and he is a member of ASCAP. Matt is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of the boutique medical billing firm VGA Billing Services, Inc. in New York City. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters. ​

Connect with the author: Website 


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