Book Title: The Ticket by Fred Shackelford Category: Adult Fiction, 320 pages Genre: Mystery/Suspense Publisher: Black Opal Books Release date: December 2016 Tour dates: April 2 to 13, 2018 Content Rating: PG
Channing Booker, a compulsive gambler, drug abuser, and philanderer whose marriage is failing, finally gets lucky and wins the Mega Millions lottery. Expecting an imminent divorce, and hoping to hide his new fortune from his wife Susan, Channing devises a scheme to have a friend claim the $241-million jackpot and secretly return the money to Channing after the divorce is final. But Susan flees with all of her possessions, including the rare book in which Channing hid the winning lottery ticket.
With time running out before the lottery ticket expires, Channing launches a desperate search to find Susan, but she’s covered her tracks well, fearing his retribution. In need of money to fund her furtive new lifestyle, Susan begins selling off her worldly goods, including her rare books, unleashing a chain of events that puts not only her life in danger, but that of her new love as well…
Fred Shackelford is a Virginia attorney who lives on farmland that his great-great-grandfather purchased in 1817. Before writing his début novel The Ticket, he published Judges Say the Darndest Things, a collection of humorous excerpts from legal opinions. Fred is a graduate of the University of Virginia. The Ticket was a finalist for The Clue Awards from Chanticleer Book Reviews, a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Awards, and a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.
Book Title: Poisoning Our Children: The Parent’s Guide to the Myths of Safe Pesticides Author: André Leu Category: Adult Non Fiction, 206 pages Genre: Educational / Parenting / Nature – Science Publisher: Acres USA Release date: March 1, 2018 Format available for review: print & ebook (PDF) Will send print books to: USA & Canada Tour dates: March 12 to April 13, 2018 Content Rating: G
Parenting was never easy. While loving, teaching and nourishing children, parents also seek to protect them from harm. The past few generations, however, have been silently attacked by thousands of manmade, poisonous chemicals carried into homes and children’s bodies in our food supply. The chemical-based conventional agriculture industry claims that the synthesized concoctions they sell as pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides are safe when used as directed, but does the scientific evidence truly support their assertions?
When pesticide residues are found in 77 percent of all foods in the United States, it’s important to know the truth. Organic agriculturist André Leu has weeded through a wealth of respected scientific journals to present peer-reviewed evidence proving that the claims of chemical companies and pesticide regulators are not all they seem.
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Meet the Author:
André Leu is a longtime organic farmer in Australia and a director of Regeneration International. He served as president of IFOAM Organics International from 2011 to 2017. He speaks widely and regularly testifies to governments and NGOs worldwide on pesticide safety and policy. He is the author of the award-winning book, The Myths of Safe Pesticides.
Andre Leu’s extensive research led to this incredibly detailed book about pesticides and how we can be better informed when making decisions about what we should eat and feed our families.
Some of the things he expounds on are:
– Myth: Pesticides are essential to farming;
– Myth: Most pesticide formulations sold on the market are rigorously tested;
– Myth: The very small amount;
– Myth: The breakdown myth; and
– Myth: The reliable regulatory myth.
He also goes into detail about chemical cocktails in food and water. What happens when chemicals/pesticides are mixed? For example, estradiol combined with other chemicals is capable of mimicking estrogen. When this chemical is mixed with other chemicals, their potency is often doubled, which, in turn, can lead to breast cancer.
Rain samples tested in Europe contained such high levels of pesticides that it would be illegal to supply it as drinking water.
Complete with charts, graphs and illustrations, this book makes this complicated subject more easily understood by the layman. It’s quite a vigorous read but the book is divided into the five main “myth” sections which makes it easier to absorb.
The author’s final word:
“Even if regulatory authorities started tomorrow, it wold take decades and billions of dollars in funds to test all the registered pesticide products and the thousands of common combinations to acquire the relevant missing data needed to establish the safe use of these poisons.
Adopting farming systems that replace pesticides with nontoxic, natural methods of pest control is the most effective and logical way to avoid the current uncertainties surrounding pesticide use.”
Simply put, there are no safe pesticides in any amount.
Book Title: The Clock Flower by Barbara Casey (Book 3 of The F.I.G. Mysteries) Category: YA Fiction, 208 pages Genre: Mystery / Fantasy Publisher: Gauthier Publications, The Hungry Goat Press Imprint Release date: February 2018 Content Rating: PG-13 (There is light profanity and some threat of violence.)
Dara Roux, abandoned when she was seven years old by her mother. Exceptionally gifted in foreign languages. Orphan. Accepted to Yale University.
Mackenzie Yarborough, no record of her parents or where she was born. Exceptionally gifted in math and problem-solving. Orphan. Accepted to MIT.
Jennifer Torres, both parents killed in an automobile accident when she was sixteen. Exceptionally gifted in music and art. Orphan. Accepted to Juilliard.
The three FIGs—Females of Intellectual Genius—as they are called, have graduated from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women after returning from New York City where Dara learned why her mother abandoned her all those years ago, and they are now attending universities where they can further their special talents. This means they will be separated from each other and from Carolina, their much-loved mentor and teacher who is “one of them,” for the first time in their young lives. They vow to try living apart for one semester, in the so-called real world that doesn’t include the orphanage; but if things don’t work out, they will come up with another plan—a plan where they can be together once again.
Dara is invited through Yale University to take part in an exciting archeological project in China. Jennifer, once again visualizing black and white images and the unusual sounds of another cadence that seem to be connected to Mackenzie, is engrossed in creating her next symphony at Juilliard. Mackenzie, because of her genius at problem-solving, is personally chosen by a US Senator to get involved in a mysterious, secret research project involving immortality that is being conducted in a small village in China—not too far from where Dara is involved with the archeological site. Once there, however, she finds herself facing a terrifying death from the blood-dripping teeth of an ancient evil dragon. Her best friends, the FIGs and Carolina, rely on their own unique genius and special talents to save her as she discovers the truth of her birth parents.
The Cadence of Gypsies: Book 1 of the F.I.G. Mysteries
Book Title: The Cadence of Gypsies(Book 1 of The F.I.G. Mysteries) by Barbara Casey Category: YA fiction, 272 pages Genre: Literary/Mystery Publisher: Gauthier Publications/Hungry Goat Press Release date: April 2015 (e-Book)
Content Rating: PG-13 (A few expletives, mild sexual innuendo)
On her 18th birthday Carolina Lovel learned that she was adopted and was given a letter written by her birth mother in an unknown language. After years of research she travels to Italy on a mission to find the truth about her past. Carolina is accompanied by three extremely gifted but mischievous students the FIGs from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. In an effort to help their favorite teacher, the FIGs will have to use their special abilities to decipher the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world, and the one thing that is strangely similar to what Carolina was given. Their search will take them into the mystical world of gypsy tradition and magic, more exciting and dangerous than any of them could have imagined.
The Wish Rider: Book 2 of the F.I.G. Mysteries
Book Title: The Wish Rider (Book 2 of The F.I.G. Mysteries) by Barbara Casey Category: YA Fiction, 160 pages Genre: Literary / Mystery Publisher: Gauthier Publications Release date: May 10, 2016 Content Rating: PG-13
Seventeen-year-old Dara Roux and her two best friends, Mackenzie Yarborough and Jennifer Torres, the three collectively referred to as the F.I.G.’s (Females of Intellectual Genius) because each has an intelligence quotient in the genius range, have just returned from Frascati, Italy. It was there that their much loved teacher and mentor, Carolina Lovel, discovered that her birth parents were gypsies, and that she had a connection to the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world.
Now, with graduation from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women behind them, Dara asks her friends to help her locate her birth mother when she learns that she might be living in New York City. Relying on Dara’s gift for speaking and understanding foreign languages, the black and white images that stir musical cadences in Jennifer’s mind, and Mackenzie’s mathematical calculations that normally provide numerical solutions and answers to life’s most difficult questions, the determined young women tirelessly go from one address to another in search of Dara’s mother.
Their determination turns to desperation, however, as they encounter a dark hidden society more dangerous and terrifying than they could have imagined. It is there that Dara hopes to find out why she was abandoned in a candy store all those years ago.
Meet the Author:
Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, as well as book-length works of nonfiction true crime and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Her nonfiction true crime book, Kathryn Kelly: The Moll Behind Machine Gun Kelly, has been optioned for a major film and television series. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency. Established in 1995, she represents authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. Barbara is also a partner in Strategic Media Books Publishing, an independent publishing house that specializes in cutting-edge adult nonfiction. Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her husband, and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix; Fitz, a miniature dachshund; and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.
The Clock Flower is the third novel in the FIG series about three gifted young women and their mentor, Caroline. If you have already read the other two books you will have already met each girl: Dara – the linguist, Mackenzie the math whiz and problem solver and Jennifer – gifted in music and art.
Because of their unusual gifts and personalities, the girls have bonded with each other and with Caroline, who treats them as younger sisters. Their inability to interact with others places them at a disadvantage and Caroline acts to smooth the way for them.
This novel focuses on Mackenzie, who is asked to help troubleshoot a missing ingredient in a very ancient formula in China. Intuitively, the other two girls as well as Caroline seem to be drawn into her world through music, art and Carolina’s intuition as a gypsy’s daughter. As with the previous two books, we can expect plenty of excitement and plot twists in this story.
The author is able to develop fascinating plots and storylines which keep you hooked throughout the book. However, I found that too much time was spent trying to make this book into a standalone, in fact almost 40% of the book was trying to recapture the storyline from the first two books. There was a lot of repetition during the first part of the book and the storyline could have done with more character development.
I always enjoy a good mystery and The Clock Flower keeps you on the edge of your seat. I look forward to reading another FIG adventure!
Book Title: Golden Gremlin: A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers Author: Rod A. Walters Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 228 pages Genre: Humor Publisher: Omega Man Press Release date: November 2016 Format available for review: print and ebook (mobi & PDF) Willing to send print books: internationally Tour dates: Feb 12 to 23, 2018 Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Mild and indirect innuendo to both sex genitalia, a short essay about the fictional “AssBook,” an essay on current health-care talk, a teaser “is his cord long enough?” to get readers to choose a short piece on electric cars next, etc.)
Written to make Dave Barry, Lily Tomlin, and Ben Stein laugh, Golden Gremlin: A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers delivers the experience of a balanced life, and the wisdom to like most of it, and then laugh at the rest of it. What the heck, Barry lives in Miami, habitat of geezers, and Ben Stein is one. The world really needs that push, vigorous or gentle, from misanthropes & geezers, the world’s most valuable golden gremlins. Misanthropes pretend to not like or need other people, but in reality they merely prefer their own company much of the time. Geezers, aside from that silly name, also like their own company quite well. Both share the virtue of seeing the world calmly. You get pointy bite-sized life pointers from these experienced gremlins, told in easy bite-size chunks. Laughter included in the price! Two out of three wouldn’t be bad either. Life is good! So laugh a little at yourself on the way through these pointy essays, and that will buy your laughing at the world’s simpler parts, guilt free.
Golden Gremlin comprises about 70 short essays bundled into six topic areas:
NATURE: boys, ugly drivers, and coffee cups in the ‘fridge.
WORDS: the real meaning of Caucasian and Genre.
BUSINESS: deafness at the economics conference, and getting on AssBook.
KITCHENS: sushi chefs, and truth about manna.
HISTORY: when Hell froze, and Attila the Honey.
Golden boy gets to be GOLDEN GREMLIN: experience overcomes certainty.
What things could possibly be more important!
Rod Walters lives and writes in upstate New York to prove he can be an all-season writer. Since he wants everybody to be all-season persons no matter her or his circumstance, his writing aims sharply toward the practical—without turning into one of those godawful do it ma’ way authors. Life, after all, is practical hour by hour. Self-described as “old enough to know better, and he probably is,” his former life as Army officer, engineer, and administrative assistant could not have better prepared him to write both light and more serious short pieces pointing to creating a balanced life. Chuckling at yourself usually makes a good takeoff, he says. Giving up having to be certain makes for a good landing, especially for one’s friends! Then again, who the heck wants to live a balanced life? Mostly everybody does. That’s why he now writes. Although many friends nudge and badger him to be a Facebook and Twitter butterfly, he tries not to spend many numbing hours a day with circular keyboard tapping. Writing works better.
a person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society.
If you are looking for a good encyclopedia / self-help / dictionary / literature guide all rolled up in one small volume, you’ve found it. Not to mention a healthy dose of sarcasm and just plain silliness – Golden Gremlin: A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers – is as unique as its author.
Have you lost something? (i.e. husbands ALWAYS losing their car keys). There are only 16 logical places where any object can be found (you can find the list in the book) (which adds valuable years to your life) (after the cussing). One of my pet peeves is the overused word “absolutely”. Want to break the habit? Pages 94 and 95. You’ll learn the appropriate word substitutions. The essay on “The Buffet Rule” draws our attention to the extreme sport of walking through a restaurant buffet. There’s gotta be a better way to improve crowd control. Yes, he even takes issues with electric cars and I have to agree with him. Sure they’re good for the environment and cheap to run but how often have you been waiting for a lift and you suddenly turn around to find the car sitting behind you for 10 minutes? Where’s that lovely engine noise to kickstart your heart?
Liver. Yep, liver. Remember how traumatized you were as a kid when you had a piece of shoe leather liver placed before you with the words “you won’t leave this table until you eat it all?” Mr. Geezer has included the perfect liver and onion recipe to encourage you to revisit your past.
If you have a weird sense of humour and love history, politics and vacuums, you’ll pretty much tear through this book. Written in short essays that are just the right length for bathroom reading, this book will give Uncle John’s Bathroom reader a run for its money.
Book Title: Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies by Evy Journey Category: Adult Fiction, 240 pages Genre: Literary / Women’s Fiction Publisher: Sojourner Books Release date: December 2017 Format available for review: ebook (gifted Kindle copy, PDF) Tour dates: Feb 1 to 16, 2018 Content Rating: R (Two bedroom scenes)
Cooking a wonderful meal is an act of love. An act of grace. A gift that affirms and gives life—not only does it nurture those who partake of a meal; it also feeds the soul of the person who creates it. These are lessons Gina learns from her mother.
Gina is a young woman born to poor parents; a nobody (her words) who wants to taste life outside the world she was born into and her passion for cooking is all she has to help her do so. She gets lucky when she’s chosen to cook at a Michelin-starred restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area where she finds a world of a privileged class with money to spare for dinners that cost hundreds of dollars. A world of new friends and new challenges—one that exposes her to fascinating people who’re also gripped by dark motives.
Amidst her culinary adventures, she becomes good friends with pastry chef Marcia, and falls in love, in different ways, with, two very different men: Leon, a rich regular client who has been dating Cristi, her friend from childhood, and Brent, a brooding homicide detective. This other world, it turns out, is also one of unexpected danger that eventually threatens her life.
Can the lessons she learned from her mother about cooking and life help Gina survive and thrive in this other world of privilege, pleasure and unexpected danger?
Evy Journey, writer, wannabe artist, and flâneuse (feminine of flâneur), wishes she lives in Paris where people have perfected the art of aimless roaming. Armed with a Ph.D., she used to research and help develop mental health programs.
She’s a writer because beautiful prose seduces her and existential angst continues to plague her despite such preoccupations having gone out of fashion. She takes occasional refuge by invoking the spirit of Jane Austen to spin tales of love, loss, and finding one’s way—stories into which she weaves mystery or intrigue.
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
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.
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 (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.
Book Title: Halley’s Casino by Mark JG Fahey Category: Adult Fiction, pages Genre: Science Fiction / Time Travel Publisher: Mark JG Fahey Release date: Jan 25, 2016 Format available for review: print & ebook (PDF) Will send print books to: USA & Canada Tour dates: Jan 8 to 26, 2017 Content Rating: PG-13 + M (No profanity, readable for all ages 12 and up, pure fun and witty story)
Halley’s Casino is set in 1986. 26-year old Nebula Yorker (Neb to his friends), is patiently awaiting the return of Halley’s Comet. He is about to discover that the world is not what it seems.
Upon the arrival of Halley’s Comet, Neb is confronted by a mysterious stranger who literally swoops out of the night sky. What happens next will change the course of Neb’s life and that of all he befriends.
This stranger (Mr. Tict) reveals to Neb that Halley’s is not a comet at all, but an Intergalactic Casino that has been posing as a comet for countless years. Mr. Tict is the Concierge of the Casino and he has come back to Earth to recruit Neb as his assistant.
What happens next is an eye-opening experience for young Neb that no one on Earth can imagine. It can only be explained by watching old Star Trek reruns, while eating cheese sandwiches and drinking hot chocolate. From androids with attitude to a vast assortment of alien beings and historic individuals, with a touch of time travel from ancient Babylon to 1757 London and back to Rome of 12 BCE, Neb soon learns that his past, present and future have always lain in the stars above.
It’s a rock and roll ride chock full of chaos, a formidable nemesis, drama, satire, humour, death and new beginnings, with revelations that Neb never saw coming.
Even John Lennon is amused!
Starting out on a quiet evening of star gazing, Nebula Yorker finds himself caught up in the most extraordinary time travel and planet saving adventure of a lifetime.
And that’s only the beginning of what is to come.
Mark JG Fahey is not an alien, contrary to what you may have heard, though he swears he has been to space. Mark has dabbled in various undertakings throughout his illustrious career, from on-air hosting/reporter/stand-up comic to messenger for the Prime Minister of Canada. Mark also holds a degree in Restaurant Services. His family and friends can attest to his excellent cooking skills. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Mark was raised and still resides in Aylmer, Quebec, Canada. Halley’s Casino is the first book in the Halley’s Casino trilogy.
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Who doesn’t love a good space opera? Dr. Who followers will enjoy Halley’s Casino. It wasn’t the the TV show’s outstanding sets or costumes that won us over, it was the stories. Halley’s Casino is a quirky, slightly sarcastic and entertaining guide to what we don’t know about the universe. The author has a fertile imagination and presents situations that are completely new and unique in the sci-fi world.
Written in a eccentric, informal style, we are introduced to Nebula Yorker, an orphaned wunder kid who was adopted and raised by an older, unconventional couple. They gave him an education in several sciences, multiple languages and cultures. Late one night while admiring Halley’s Comet from his microscope, he is joined by an unusually dressed visitor. The rest is history, or so they say.
I honestly couldn’t put the story down, the story had such an unusual plot that you really couldn’t guess what would happen next. I did have a bit of trouble with the really weird alien names, but discovered that if you read some of them backwards you’ll see some surprises. (Phil Collins :D)
I have to take my hat off to an author who uses “twerp” and “espouse” in the same paragraph haha! Though this isn’t a literary masterpiece, his unique style only adds to the charm of this story. I’m glad I chose to read and review this book because I would have missed out on an exciting adventure.
An unusual and entertaining space opera that you won’t want to put down.
Book Title: Degrees of Love: A Novel by Lisa Slabach Category: Adult Fiction, 344 pages Genre: Women’s Fiction Publisher: Bookbaby Release date: Dec 1, 2017 Format available for review: print & ebook (mobi, PDF, ePub & gifted Kindle copy) Will send print books to: Internationally Tour dates: Jan 3 to 31, 2017 Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Adult themes including infidelity, occasional F-word, non-explicit sex scenes)
At thirty-six, Susan Sinclair has it all. She’s just been promoted to Senior Vice President of Mobile Banking at her firm, a prestigious position bringing fresh creative challenges and a hefty salary increase. Like the shiny new BMW in the driveway of the Silicon Valley home she shares with her husband, Matt, and their two beautiful boys, Susan exudes confidence and style.
Yet despite her success in juggling the roles of wife, mother, and businesswoman, Susan struggles with a secret dissatisfaction. Matt’s work in cutting-edge computer research pays less than her job, and with each advance in her career, he has grown more distant. But Matt refuses to admit there is a problem, and Susan forces herself to play along, determined to give her boys the close-knit family life she never had.
Then she meets her new boss, Reese Kirkpatrick. Working and traveling together, she and Reese become a crackerjack team, but little by little, pleasure mixes with business. For the first time in a long time—maybe ever—Susan feels seen and appreciated for who she is. Certain she would never allow their friendship to cross the line, Susan lets herself stray dangerously close to the edge.
A moment of weakness changes everything. Now, unable to stomach the façade her marriage has become yet unwilling to decimate her family by moving forward with Reese, Susan faces a choice that could cost her everything—including her children . . . but possibly bring her more than she can dream.
Praise for Degrees of Love:
”Slabach crafts a relatable, heartbreakingly real story that will no doubt resonate with those at a similar station in life: women who love their families yet yearn for just a little more—to feel wanted rather than needed, to feel passion rather than complacency. In engaging prose and through skillful storytelling, Slabach captivates with an all-too-familiar story that raises questions with no easy answers.”
– Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
“This does not read like a debut author’s book. Slabach shows herself to be adept at portraying the complex emotions of the human condition. Her characters live and breathe on the page in a way that every author strives for, but few actually manage. Susan’s struggles ring true, and the way she handles everything makes her a very likable and relatable character.” –Sarah Perry, San Francisco Book Review, 5 Stars
“Profound, heart wrenching and very emotional, it is hard to believe that Degrees of Love is a debut novel by Lisa Slabach. This is one of the best novels I have read this year.” – Rabia Tanveer, Readers’ Favorite
Degrees of Love is Lisa Slabach’s debut novel. She is currently working on her third full-length manuscript and a collection of short stories inspired by her experiences growing up in a small farm community in Washington’s Yakima Valley. In addition to writing, Lisa works for a Fortune 500 Company, leading a sales team in the financial industry. She currently resides in Northern California with her husband and has two daughters, who are both pursuing careers in film. In her free time, she enjoys drinking wine with friends and cooking in her pink kitchen.
Book Title: 21 Days to Happiness: Increase Your Happiness, Productivity and Happiness Author: Ingrid Kelada Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 230 pages Genre: Motivational, self-help Publisher: Wellness Ink Release date: September 19, 2017 Format available for review: ebook (mobi & ePub) Tour dates: Nov 27 to Dec 15, 2017 Content Rating: G (The subject is intended more for adults, but there’s no explicit language or content.)
Struggling to find work-life balance? Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed and frustrated or just want to increase your happiness, you can learn how in just 10 minutes a day!
For some of us, feeling busy or stressed has become the new normal. Others feel okay, but just want a boost to productivity, energy and motivation.
Instead of hoping for happiness, what if happiness is something you DO, something you CHOOSE every day? The good news: it is and the solutions are simple.
Psychologist and happiness expert Ingrid Kelada provides a practical, step-by-step guide to help you increase your personal happiness and feel more motivated. You can learn how with simple 10-minute strategies. Each day of the 21-day journey focuses on onekey area of your life, including:
• Time: how to break the cycle of chaos and manage your time effectively.
• Body Language: exploring the surprising links between body language and happiness.
• Relationships: how to make the most of the number one predictor of happiness.
• Work: how to use your strengths and talents so that you are engaged and motivated.
• Money: what you should spend your money on to feel most satisfied.
The book is interactive. Each chapter features resources like apps to try, videos to watch for deeper understanding, or tools to help you master these new habits. At the end of three weeks, along with increased happiness, you’ll find you’ve become more:
Happiness is a choice. A daily decision to choose happy can be easy, fun and rewarding. With this book, in just a few minutes per day, you can practice one new happiness habit, add resources to your arsenal, and jot down your notes in the journal section.
Buy 21 Days to Happiness today to create a happier more satisfying life.
Ms. Ingrid Kelada is an experienced psychologist and happiness expert. She is a speaker and has facilitated over 1000 workshops all over the world. People find her to be pragmatic, inspiring and funny! She has an online personality questionnaire store to help people identify their talents and interests. With over 25 years experience, she offers her expertise to a wide range of clients. She is bilingual and a member of the professional association of Psychologists of Quebec. Visit her online at www.keladacc.ca
Category: Adult Fiction, 290 pages Genre: Thriller, mystery/suspense Publisher: Bookstand Publishing Release date: April 15, 2011 Content Rating: PG (No swear words, some violence and minimal/clean sex scene)
Beneath greed, deceit and coercion hides the truth.
Enticed by an investment firm in Morocco, Eric Martin is caught in a world where no one can be trusted.
Beneath the golden desert and azure seas of Morocco lurks a hidden world of greed, deceit and financial terrorism. But the players are not who you might think. Lured away from his seemingly idyllic life as a managing director for a major international bank in Toronto, Eric Martin returns to his ancestral roots in Morocco.
Tempted by a mysterious offer from a boutique financial firm, Eric soon discovers he has walked into the middle of a whirlwind where everyone has their own secret agenda, and he unwittingly has become the key to unlocking them all. From the broad avenues of Toronto to the mean streets of Casablanca, Eric rushes to discover the truth before time runs out. But who can he trust?
The power and attraction of money is strong. In the midst of a dangerous cast of characters, Jeff Offenbach, bank president, knows more than he lets on. But how much does he know? Is he a key player in a scheme to terrorize the global economy, or is he just trying to save his firm from becoming another victim of the global economic collapse? Valerie is the unknown factor. Is she involved in the partners’ machinations, or is she as guileless as Eric? Can he trust her? And more importantly, will he survive long enough to find out?
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Category: Adult Fiction, 240 pages Genre: Thriller, mystery/suspense Publisher: Story Merchant Books Release date: April 28, 2017 Content Rating: PG-13 (some violence, a couple of swear words – minimal)
A new mystery waiting to be unraveled
Eric Martin has a gut feeling that his worst nightmare is about to make a comeback the moment the electronic record of the stock market trade flashes across his monitor.
Eric Martin is desperate to forget his past, one that almost cost him his future.
Working in Paris as deputy head of a bank’s internal security department, Eric notices a high-speed trader’s uncanny ability to predict extremely profitable trades. Even though there’s nothing illegal about the activity, he knows the trader’s success is more than just luck.
But, no one believes him. Armed only with a handful of data and a powerful instinct, Eric searches for the mysterious trader on his own. He suspects that a predictive algorithm has fallen into the wrong hands.
Eric sets off for Istanbul to find answers promised to him by an informant. He finds an unlikely ally in Interpol agent Stephanie Brule. With Interpol wanting him back in Paris and out of the way, Eric’s quest is also hampered by the sudden appearance of his ex-lover, a boss he’s not sure he can trust, and a terrorist who always seems one step ahead.
Will Eric put an end, once and for all, to the nightmare that began when he accepted a job that was too good to be true? Or will his need for revenge and justice lead him deeper into a treacherous world he has no way of escaping?
Georges Benay is a former international banker who is now working as a Toronto-based writer and award-winning photographer. He is the author of two novels, including The Nomad’s Premonition and a collection of short stories. His award winning pictures have been featured in several magazines and book covers.