BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR: Ralphie, Always Loved by Andrea Yerramilli

Book Details:

Book Title:  Ralphie, Always Loved by Andrea Yerramilli
Illustrated by: Samantha Van Riet
Category:  Children’s Fiction,  32 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  About Something Good, LLC
Release date:  October 28, 2017
Tour dates:  April 9 to May 4, 2018
Content Rating:   G

Book Description:

This is the story of the life, love, and adventures of a beloved family dog, and how he delighted and touched his family and everyone he met.

Ralphie was born with a heart on his belly.
He loves food, his family, his friends, his neighbors.
He loves pretty much everything and everyone.
And they love him back.
And that’s how it is all through his life.
Read the book and fall in love with him too.

Rambunctious and hyperactive, Ralphie had already been returned to the animal shelter three times, but when Andrea and her husband adopted him and gave him a loving home where he was understood, accepted, and taught, he learned fast. As Ralphie’s human family grew, so did his capacity for love and the ways he could express it. He remained a loving and beloved family member who touched the hearts of the whole neighborhood until he was ready to say goodbye at the grand-old age of sixteen. Ralphie, Always Lovedwill remind you of all that is good, and reaffirm your belief in love’s power to uplift and transform.

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Andrea Yerramilli

Meet the Author:

Andrea has always been an avid reader and that jumpstarted her imagination at a very early age. In fact she escaped to the Land of Make Believe more often than her mother liked.

She is a former marketing professional who is a mom to kids both with and without fur. Andrea says that it helps to have one foot planted firmly in reality while the other is foot loose and fancy free in Imagination Land. She enjoys the best of both worlds.

In 2013, Andrea and her husband started About Something Good (ASG) as a vehicle to curate, inspire and share goodness in the world. In a world where negative images flood the media, and words like “hate” get tossed around so easily, Andrea felt she needed a space that encouraged and focused on the words like “love” and the beauty that is life.
Andrea is committed to finding the good in everything, and believes: that a sense of belonging to someone’s heart is what makes us feel complete, that kindness goes a long way, and that keeping your mind and heart open can help when things happen that you don’t understand.

Andrea lives in New Jersey with her husband and children.

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

BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR SCHEDULE:

April 9   – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
April 9   – Diary of an Avid Reader – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
April 9   – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 10 – Bibliotheque – book spotlight / guest post
April 10 – Paulette’s Papers – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 11 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
April 12 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
April 13 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
April 16 – 411 on Books, Authors, and Publishing News – bk spotlight / int / giveaway
April 16 – My Life. One Story at a Time. – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 17 – Books Direct – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 18 – Bookworm for Kids – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
April 19 – Fantastic Feathers – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
April 20 – Jane Reads –  book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 23 – Bound 2 Escape – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
April 24 – This and That Book Blog –  book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 25 – Books are love – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
April 26 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
April 27 – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 30 – Books for Books – book spotlight
May 1    – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – book spotlight
May 2    – The Autistic Gamer – book spotlight
May 3    – JBronder Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post
May 4    – The Book Girl – book spotlight / giveaway
May 4    – KC Beanie Boos Collection – book spotlight / interview / giveaway

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Book spotlight: The Ticket by Fred Shackelford

Book Details:

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

Book Description:

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…

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Meet the Author:

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.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook 

BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR:

April 2   – TFaulc Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
April 2   – Book Paradise – book spotlight / giveaway
April 3   – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
April 3   – Kristin’s Novel Café – book spotlight / giveaway
April 4   – What Cathy Read Next – book spotlight / giveaway
April 4   – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
April 5   – Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
April 5   – Bound 2 Escape – book spotlight / giveaway
April 6   – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / giveaway
April 6   – The Autistic Gamer – book spotlight / giveaway
April 8   – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight
April 9   – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – book spotlight / giveaway
April 9   – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
April 10 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
April 10 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / giveaway
April 11 – Brooke Blogs – book spotlight / giveaway
April 11 – Rainy Day Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
April 12 – XoXo Book Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
April 12 – Phytallic – book spotlight / giveaway
April 13 – Words And Peace – book spotlight / giveaway
April 13 – Miss Tilly and Me – book spotlight / giveaway

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Book spotlight: The Progeny: A Novel by Tosca Lee

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Progeny: A Novel by Tosca Lee
Series: Descendants of the House of Bathory (Book #1)
Category:  YA Fiction,   352 pages
Genre:  Thriller, (YA-leaning), Slight paranormal
Publisher:  Howard Books
Release date:  May 2016
Tour dates: March 26 to April 13, 2018
Content Rating: PG

Book Description:

From New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee comes a story of love, ancient secrets, and survival. Book 1 in the House of Bathory duology.

When you wake up, you remember nothing. Not your name, or where you were born, or the faces of the people you knew. Just a single warning written to yourself before you forgot it all:

“Emily, it’s me. You.

Don’t ask about the last two years… Don’t try to remember and don’t go digging. Your life depends on it. Other lives depend on it.

By the way, Emily isn’t your real name. You died in an accident. You paid extra for that.”

You start over in a remote place with a new name, a fresh life. Until the day a stranger tells you you’re being hunted for the sins of a royal ancestor who died centuries before you were born.

You don’t believe him, until they come for you. Now you’re on the run.

Every answer you need lies in a past you chose to erase. The only thing you know for sure is that others are about to die and you need those memories back.

But first, you have to stay alive.

Praise for The Progeny:

“Be warned: once you start this book, it’s impossible to put down!” 
– Maria V. Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of Poison Study

“Intriguing and romantic, I literally couldn’t put it down.”
– Jennifer L. Armentrout # 1 New York Times bestselling author

“Irresistible…” 
– Publishers Weekly

“[A] complex thriller with various turns and twists…A great choice for readers who enjoy their psychological thrillers with a historical twist.” 
– Library Journal

“Exciting…action packed…intriguing.” 
– Romantic Times Book Reviews

“Filled with intrigue, romance, and reversals fans are sure to love.”
– Family Fiction

“The Progeny has risen to the top of my favorites list…I devoured every word of it.” 
– Book Reporter

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EXCERPT:​  The CenterNo one speaks when you enter the Center for the last time. There’s no need. You’ve gone through the counseling, tests, and a checklist of preparations to get the plastic bracelet you wear the day of treatment. The one that saves a life. They don’t need to know why you’re doing it any more. Or that you lied about it all. Just the scratch of the stylus as you sign your name on the screen one last time.A nurse takes me into a room and I lie down on the table. I give her the sealed packet—the only thing I brought with me. There’s cash, meds, and an address inside, the one for “after.” It’s a thousand miles away. She’ll pass it to the companion assigned to me. No point meeting her now.I’m 21 years old and my name doesn’t matter because it’s about to be erased forever. I’m choosing to forget the ones I love, and myself, in the process.They say your life flashes before your eyes when you die. But they don’t tell you that every detail comes screaming back to life. That you taste each bite of every meal you savored, feel the shower of every rain you walked in… smell the hair against your cheek before that last, parting kiss. That you will fight to hold on to every memory like a drowning person gasping for poisoned air.

Then everything you knew is gone. And you are still alive.

For now.

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Meet the Author:

Tosca Lee

 “Superior storytelling.”  – Publishers Weekly

“One of the most gifted novelists writing today.” -Steven James, bestselling author

Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the House of Bathory Duology (The Progeny and Firstborn, currently in development for television), IscariotThe Legend of ShebaDemon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker (Forbidden, Mortal, Sovereign). A notorious night-owl, she loves watching TV, eating bacon, playing video games and football with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband.

You can find Tosca at ToscaLee.com, on social media, or hanging around the snack table. (And be sure to check out Ismeni, the free e-short prequel to The Legend of Sheba!)

Get your copy of The Progeny here: http://toscalee.com/product/the-progeny/ (Kindle readers: now you can enjoy special insights in the author’s highlighted comments!)

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

BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR SCHEDULE:

April 23 – Working Mommy Journal – review / giveaway
April 23 – The Book Enigma – review / author interview / giveaway
April 24 – Adventures Thru Wonderland – review / guest post / giveaway
April 24 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
April 25 – Ishiee’s Book Blog – review / guest post / giveaway
April 25 – Bookworm for Kids – review / giveaway
April 26 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
April 26 – The Autistic Gamer – review
April 27 – Books for Books – review
April 27 – Booklove – review / author interview
April 30 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – review
April 30 – Bound 4 Escape – review / giveaway
May 1    – Diary of an Avid Reader – review
May 1    – Lovely Loveday – review / author interview
May 2    – Two Points of Interest – review / giveaway
May 2    – Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews – review / giveaway
May 3    – Phytallic – review /giveaway
May 3    – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review / guest post / giveaway
May 4    – JBronder Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
May 4    – Book Paradise – review / author interview / giveaway
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Book review: The Myths of Safe Pesticides by André Leu

Book Details:

Book Title: The Myths of Safe Pesticides by André Leu
Category:  Adult Non Fiction,  168  pages
Genre:   Educational / Nature / Science
Publisher:  Acres USA
Release date:  September 15, 2014
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

Book Description:

​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? Organic agriculturist and lecturer André Leu delves into a wealth of respected scientific journals to present the peer-reviewed evidence that proves the claims of chemical companies and pesticide regulators are not all they seem.

Leu translates technical jargon into layman’s terms to break down the five most repeated myths about pesticide use: independent scientific analysis shows that pesticides are not at all as safe as industry leaders and regulatory agencies claim. The pesticide industry argues that human agriculture, and thereby the global population itself, cannot survive without using pesticides and herbicides, but Leu warns that human health is at great risk unless we break free of their toxic hold and turn to more natural methods of pest and weed regulation.

Learn about:

  • The “Rigorously Tested” Myth
  • The “Very Small Amount” Myth
  • The “Breakdown” Myth
  • The “Reliable Regulatory Authority” Myth
  • The “Pesticides Are Essential to Farming” Myth

Andre Leu

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.

Connect with the publisher:  Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Author’s Twitter

REVIEW:
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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.
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Some of the things he expounds on are:
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– 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.
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One of the things I learned is that once a chemical degrades, it is not harmless.  Research has shown than many of the metabolites from agricultural poisons can cause heath and reproductive problems.  Some pesticides such as diazinon, malathion, chlorpyrifos and dimethoate become even more toxic when they break down.
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We often think that, when we wash our food we are removing all of the pesticides.  Dimethoate (widely used as a fruit fly treatment) is a systemic pesticide because it is absorbed into all the tissues of the plant, including the edible portions such as the flesh of the fruit.  Washing our food will not remove the bulk of the poison, which is inside the food.  It breaks down into an even more toxic metabolite called omethoate.
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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.
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The author’s final word:
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The lack of rigorous testing and the blatant disregard of the current science by regulators means that, until these data gaps are filled, the most logical option is to avoid food from farming systems that use these toxic compounds.”
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Simply put, there are no safe pesticides in any amount.  You may want to read the author’s newest guide:  “Poisoning Our Children: The Parent’s Guide to the Myths of Safe Pesticides”.
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Book review: Poisoning Our Children: The Parent’s Guide to the Myths of Safe Pesticides by André Leu

Book Details:

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

Book Description:

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.

Buy the Book:

Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Acres USA
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Watch André Leu discuss​ a better way to grow our food:

Andre Leu

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.

Connect with the publisher:  Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Author’s Twitter

REVIEW:
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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.
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Some of the things he expounds on are:
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– 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.
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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.
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Rain samples tested in Europe contained such high levels of pesticides that it would be illegal to supply it as drinking water.
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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.
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The author’s final word:
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“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.
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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.”
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Simply put, there are no safe pesticides in any amount.
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Book review: The Clock Flower (Book 3 of The F.I.G. Mysteries) by Barbara Casey

Book Details:

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.)

Book Description:

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 Details:

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)

​Book Description:

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 Details:

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

Book Description:

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.

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Barbara Casey

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.
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Connect with the author:  Website
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REVIEW:
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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BOOK TOUR: Golden Gremlin: A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers by Rod A. Walters

Book Details:

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.)

Book Description:

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!

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Rod A. Walters

Meet the Author:

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.

Connect with the Author: Website 

REVIEW:

mis·an·thrope

ˈmis(ə)nˌTHrōp,ˈmiz(ə)nˌTHrōp/
noun
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.
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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.
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Book spotlight: Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies by Evy Journey

Book Details:

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)

Book Description:

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?

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Meet the author:

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.

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Book spotlight: SNAP! Change Your Personality in 30 Days by Gary Small, MD, Director UCLA Longevity Center 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.

Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan

Meet 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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Book review: Halley’s Casino by Mark JG Fahey (3rd Place Winner of World’s Best Story Contest!)

Book Details:

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)

Book Description:

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

Meet the Author:

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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REVIEW:
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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.
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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.
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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)
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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.
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An unusual and entertaining space opera that you won’t want to put down.
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