Monday, December 5, 2016

Sight Unseen Book Blast


We're happy to host Erin Leigh Crisp's SIGHT UNSEEN Book Blast today! Please leave a comment to let her know you stopped by!


Title: Sight Unseen
Author: Erin Leigh Crisp
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 198
Genre: Christian Romance

Emilia Phillips is looking for a career and a way out of her day job. She is not looking for a man to rescue her heart.

Asher Mason wants his life back. He lost his sight and the hero-life he loved in a millisecond. He no longer trusts his instincts, especially about women. But the sweet-smelling waitress in his favorite café tempts him to trust. As Emilia helps Asher relearn everyday activities, the two find themselves falling faster than either expected.

Can a woman love a blind soldier? Will she want a man who doesn’t recognize himself anymore? As Asher’s shortcomings become more apparent to him, the wedge forced between he and Emilia widens. Can Asher trust the same God that took his sight to direct his future?

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Book Excerpt:
“How long has it been?” Emilia could have bitten off her own tongue. 
His eyes glanced over again, but they didn’t see her. He gave one huge breath and shrugged, like it wasn’t important. “Three months.”
Only three months? And he was walking around town and ordering coffee? No seeing-eye dog, no dark glasses? She wanted to compliment him, but she figured he wasn’t the type of man to take it for what it was. Instead, she eased her hand onto his shoulder for a split second and went for humor instead.
“I should have noticed when you didn’t wink back at me earlier.”
His head shot up, and his cheeks tinged the darkest pink.
Emilia covered her giggle and shook her head. “I swear I’m kidding. I wasn’t flirting with you, but I really should have noticed earlier. My brother was born blind. He’s seventeen.”
The man looked curious, but he was still blushing and she decided not to press him. “Anyway, if you need anything, my name is Emilia. I’ll be here all week.”
His lips turned up in the smallest smile. She reminded herself that she wasn’t looking for a man. She took three steps away before he called her name.
Her feet stopped. “Yeah?”
He swallowed hard, his fingers linking on the tabletop. His eyes searched for her face. “I’m Asher Mason. Thank you, again.”
“It was my pleasure.” She turned and walked away, but the damage was already done. Her heart thumped crazily. Her cheeks heated. Her teeth bit down to stop the smile that threatened. And I’m in a load of trouble, she thought.




About the Author

Erin was born and raised on the Florida/Alabama state line in a small farming community which has served as inspiration for her novels. She believes the heart of a happy ending is God and His plan for the lives of His people.

In 2014, Erin published her first novels for sale.  She currently has eight full-length novels and one novella for sale on Amazon. Erin makes her home in Northeast Georgia with her husband, four children and two fish. Erin has a bachelor degree in Christian Counseling and enjoys photography in her spare time.
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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Dogs are People Too




Dogs Are People Too- The Practical Guide to Understanding and Training Your Dog (because you're more alike than you think!) is a comprehensive guide for novice to experienced owners on how to best understand and interact with their dogs for utmost success.

My Review

Author, Mary Jean Alsina provides great and thoughtful insight into a dog's behavior. After reading this book you can too become a "dog whisper". I have trained dogs before including a guide dog for the blind. With good solid training, any dog can be a good dog. I agree with the information that the author writes in this book. You don't need to raise your voice to discipline your dog. I agree that all it does is install fear and not establish a good relationship with your dog. All my life with all of the dogs I have owned, I felt like they were my children and not seen as "just" dogs. So, I actually talk to them like they are people and with my most recent 3 dogs, you can catch me carrying conversations with them. They do understand me. I may not always use the standard commands of: sit, stay, down, etc. but my downs know what I am saying my the tone of my voice and respond to it. Any dog owner should check out this book. You don't need to spend tons of money on a trainer when you can pick up a copy of this book and learn with your dog on how to have a loving and respectful relationship for a long time.

About the author - Mary Jean Alsina, CPDT-KA, PCT-A, M.A., is a certified professional science-based dog trainer with over 10 years' experience. During this time, she has worked with hundreds and hundreds of dogs exhibiting issues ranging from typical puppy behavior to severe fear and aggression as adults. Alsina is a former New Jersey public school teacher who taught instrumental music (band and strings) for 20 years. She also has an extensive knowledge of the human and canine learning process. Alsina finds the similarities between humans and dogs fascinating and draws on them daily to help her clients in her belief that utilizing the knowledge people use to function and relate to others can easily translate to our relationships with dogs, leading to a more successful and understanding partnership.

News of the World

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.

Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.
  

My Review

Author, Paulette Jiles paints a wonderful view of this time period. Additionally, the author infuses life into Captain Kidd and Johanna. The relationship between the two of them was heartwarming. Although, Johanna was a girl of little words, she spoke volumes with the words she did speak. Captain Kidd may have been a little rough around the edges but when it came to Johanna he was a good fatherly figure.

It was not just the relationship between Johanna and Captain Kidd that made this book for me but also the scenery. I enjoyed the journey from Wichita Falls to San Antonio and the rich history of the past. Because I was so invested in the story and the characters, it made reading this book a joy.

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Breedling and the City in the Garden + Giveaway


 
Book Description:

Absolute obedience, servitude, neutrality.
These were the laws that once governed Bartholomew, an immortal soulcatcher, until one ill-fated night when he was forced to make a choice: rebel against his masters or reveal an ancient, dangerous secret.

He chose defiance.

Imprisoned for centuries as punishment for his decision, Bartholomew wastes away—until he creates an opportunity to escape. By a stroke of chance, Bartholomew finds himself in the human world and soon learns that breaking his bonds does not come without a price. Cut off from the grace that once ruled him, he must discover a new magic in 1930s Chicago.

Armed with only a cryptic message to give him direction, Bartholomew desperately tries to resume the mission he had started so long ago. Relying on the unlikely guidance of the streetwise orphan Charlie Reese, Bartholomew must navigate the depressed streets of the City in the Garden. But in order to solve this riddle, he must first discover if choice and fate are one in the same.

My Review

I wanted to check this book out because it sounded like it was in the steampunk genre. A genre that I enjoy reading. When I saw the author's picture, I knew that she shared the same love. This book turned out better then I had hoped. Always, a bonus. In addition, it was surprising to read that this is the author's debut novel. This book reads like it comes from a seasoned professional.

Right from the beginning, I was along for the journey. From the time period to the characters, and the plot. Charlie and Bartholomew or Buck were great together. Buck's inquisitive mind was refreshing. I saw things as he saw them (in some cases for the first time). Charlie was so patient and a good friend to Buck. Buck's ability to communicate with animals was great. It was kind of like Harry Potter. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

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Author's Bio:

Kimberlee Ann Bastian has a unique love affair with American nostalgia, mythology, and endless possibilities. This melting pot of elements is what prompted the creation of her epic ELEMENT ODYSSEYS series, starting with the reboot of her debut novel now titled THE BREEDLING AND THE CITY IN THE GARDEN.

When she is not in her writer's room, working her current "day job", or consuming other literary worlds, she enjoys hiking and cycling around the bluffs of your Southeastern MN home and catching up on her favorite pop culture. ​

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Which was the hardest character to write? Grocer Pawlak was by far one of the most challenging because it took a while to discover his true nature. In the end, the Disney classic Pinocchio provided the clarity I needed to see him right. The easiest? The Apothecary, hands down.

 

What advice would you give budding writers? Be prepared to live in two worlds. The “real” one and the one you are building. Be sure to find balance between them. Also, as Thomas Edison once said, “Many of life’s failures, are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

 

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? In the narrative, I don’t use contractions. I’m not sure why exactly, it has always been that way.

 

Do you snack while writing? Honestly, sometimes I put off eating, because I can’t eat and write at the same time, haha. However, when I’m editing, I do snack, because I’m reading more and don’t have to use my hands as much. Favorite snack? Currently its Avocado Oil BBQ Potato Chips.

 

If you could go back in time, where would you go? The Roarin’ 20s. I’ve always wanted to be a part of a “Great Gatsby” party

 

What is the last great book you’ve read? The Night Circus by Erin Mortenson


 
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Change of Heart



Dr. Nikhil 'Nic' Joshi had it all—marriage, career, purpose. Until, while working for Doctors Without Borders in a Mumbai slum, his wife, Jen, discovered a black market organ transplant ring. Before she could expose the truth, Jen was killed.

Two years after the tragedy, Nic is a cruise ship doctor who spends his days treating seasickness and sunburn and his nights in a boozy haze. On one of those blurry evenings on deck, Nic meets a woman who makes a startling claim: she received Jen’s heart in a transplant and has a message for him. Nic wants to discount Jess Koirala’s story as absurd, but there’s something about her reckless desperation that resonates despite his doubts.

Jess has spent years working her way out of a nightmarish life in Calcutta and into a respectable Bollywood dance troupe. Now she faces losing the one thing that matters—her young son, Joy.  She needs to uncover the secrets Jen risked everything for; but the unforeseen bond that results between her and Nic is both a lifeline and a perilous complication.

Delving beyond the surface of modern Indian-American life, acclaimed author Sonali Dev’s page-turning novel is both riveting and emotionally rewarding—an extraordinary story of human connection, bravery, and hope.  

My Review

I have read only a few books that center around Bollywood. This is one genre that needs more time in the spotlight. It is filled with lots of culture and intriguing characters. This book is no exception.
This story starts out after the death of Dr. Nic's wife. Yet, I thought what was really genius was her quotes and comments as snippets at the beginning of each chapter. This way it kept Dr. Jen's presence as a voice in the story. So, that as I was reading this book I felt that strong connection that Nic had with his wife and felt for him to find the truth. Jess was a complex character as was her relationship with Nic. By the end of the story I had not only bonded with these characters but I had a smile on my face for Nic. This is a recommended read! I look forward to reading more work by this author.

Falling for the Stars + Giveaway

 
 
 
 
 
 
Book Description:

AMAZON #1 BESTSELLER!

This Behind-the-Scenes Tell-All About Doubling for Celebrity Superstars Also Reveals the Compelling Life Story of an Insecure Hollywood Arrival Who Rises to the Top of Her Field, But Pays a Hefty Price.
  • Addiction
  • Chauvinism  
  • Big Egos collide with the surprising kindness of superstars.

Discover the magic and the tragic stories of many great films & TV shows through the eyes of a stuntwoman. Dalton reveals what it took to hang over cliffs, get hit by a moving car, drop from five stories up, dodge an avenue full of speeding cars--and to ignore the Universe's more gentle prompts that it was time to quit and follow her passion into acting full-time or teaching acting.
The resulting career-ending spinal injury has a story of its own, how she researched medical and alternative paths that form the heart of what she shares with the world today. "What stands out in this book is the indomitable spirit the author has, despite the extraordinary price she paid for her stellar career--including misogyny, a miscarriage, and a life-long back injury. And each juicy story she relays in her fascinating chronicle, brings home an important life lesson for the reader--one that she learned the hard way.

  • Stunt Gal Lisa Dalton tattles about humorous and harrowing tales culled from over 200 films, television shows and commercials including
  • Ghostbusters
  • Money Pit
  • Crocodile Dundee
  • Married to the Mob
  • FX
  • Legal Eagles
  • The Last Dragon
  • Saturday Night Live  
  • Splash
  • The Highlander
  • World According To Garp

Working with or doubling such superstars as Meryl Streep, Cher, Madonna, Grace Jones, Robert Redford, Katherine Hepburn, Sean Connery, Tom Hanks, Chevy Chase, Robin Williams, Ed O'Neill, Michelle Pfeiffer and more.


Author's Bio:

From a bullied, dyslexic, messy, freckle-faced, klutzy pixie, Lisa Loving Dalton grew into a statuesque and skillful stuntwoman, actor, director, teacher, author, filmmaker, leadership and life coach, and ceremonial minister. Always seeking and finding the silver lining, she has made the most of whatever life threw at her. She says, “I spill stuff, trip and drip all of the time so I made a career out of it. My advice: Embrace what is as perfect.”
Dalton appeared in more than 200 films, television shows and commercials in New York, Hollywood and Texas, including work in Ghostbusters, Money Pit, Crocodile Dundee, Married to the Mob, FX, Legal Eagles, and Splash on the big screen and ER, HBO’s Carnivale, Dr. Quinn and Melrose Place among her many TV credits.

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A Stunt Gal’s Confession
By

Lisa Loving Dalton

It is a very curious thing to be a stuntwoman. In the larger scope of professions, it is a pretty rare and possibly crazy choice. You literally are paid to take the hurt so someone else doesn’t have to. And we are doing it for the sheer entertainment of the audiences. I guess in some ways, it is a half step up from the Gladiators. At least, no one dragged us into the profession and we are able to leave it any time we choose. But we don’t always walk away from a job or make it out alive.

So why did I choose it? A good question.  On one hand, I know that I hoped it would help me get more acting parts in movies. But, I stayed in the business long after it had actually started blocking me from acting (because I got type-cast as “just a stuntwoman”).
 

Why did I stay? I have to confess a couple of reasons.

 
I really did love meeting so many great stars. It is hard to give up the chance to hangout with Meryl Streep or Robert Redford, Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman and Cher. Meeting Lucille Ball, Kathryn Hepburn, Sydney Poitier, Gene Wilder, Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer and so many more was really awesome. I guess I was hoping some of their magic would rub off on me.

I also loved the awe in people’s eyes when they heard I jumped across an alley between six story rooftops, or crashed motorcycles on cue. Where ever I went, if I felt shy and awkward about how to connect or small talk with someone, I could just blurt out what I did for a living and the conversation would flow easily.


I was proud of the fact that I am a klutzy dyslexic who turned falling on her face into a career. 


I like being a scientist who figures out what needs to happen and skillfully creates the illusion of the danger, while making it as safe as possible. Safety is always first.


I was a bit addicted to the adrenaline that pulsed through my veins with every job. I still cruise on my motorcycle and have a strong zest for life.
 

I was afraid to let go of the income and the identity. I was afraid of who I would be if I couldn’t impress people with what I did.
 

I think this last point was truly my Achilles heel. That’s why I took that job after I had quit – the one I didn’t walk away from­ – the one where the ambulance raced me to the hospital.

 
I found out who I am. I am just a gal who has struggled to place one foot ahead of the other on the path of life.  I am a storyteller who loves changing lives by sometimes saying what no one else will, through sharing our experiences, and bringing a laugh and a tear right when it is needed.

 

 Thanks for spending time with me. I love to hear from readers and look forward to connecting on social media!

 

PS. I am still klutzy, so if you see me eating, I will be wearing a bib.

 

Lisa Loving Dalton

 
 
 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Bodybuilding for Weight Loss



Do you want to take part in a workout that has stretched across the ages, from all around the globe? Do you want to build muscle while dropping pounds? Body building might just be for you!
With a detailed history of body building from its first appearances until its inception into the Olympics, you will find all the tips you need to succeed in body building for your specific goal. Complete with formulas to discover your perfect weight loss plan, detailed exercise instructions (with images), and tips on dieting, this guide has everything you need to begin your journey.
 
 My Review

For a quick overview of just how important body building and diet is in everyone's life, this is a good book. Mr. Eaton does a very good job of explaining in easy to digest information body building and diet. I like that this book features some exercises with step by step guide and pictures on how to do the exercises. Although, for the bench press I think it is important to point out that it is very important that new beginners do not over extend/lock out their arms when the bar is held in the overhead position. Also, I have been taught to not let the bar touch the chest in the down position but to stop when your shoulders are parallel to your chest about 3 inches from touching your chest.

I appreciated that Mr. Eaton talked about High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). This is a good way to get cardio in a short amount of time. A very beneficial way to exercise. Then there was the diet portion of this book where Mr. Eaton explains the importance of protein. Yet, I would caution about using Apple Vinegar straight from the bottle. You should dilute it some if you are going to consume it straight from the bottle as it is very high in acid and it can eat at your body. I had done this before and my throat was raw from the acid. Overall, through as I stated this is a good book.
 

Meet the Author


 
James Eaton is a passionate Self-Help, Fitness, &; Education Author who resides in Hinesville, Georgia. He is also a seasoned Affiliate Marketer, Entrepreneur, and Private Protection Officer. Hailing from Selma, Alabama, James’ love of helping people and all-things fitness began early on and it has stayed with him ever since.

During his youth, James would spend countless hours locked up in his room jotting down his book ideas. It wasn’t long before he realized that his newfound passion could become something more: a platform in which he could positively impact other people and enhance their lives in a multitude of different ways.

One of James’ main influences throughout his writing career has been a wellness book by Kevin Trudeau entitled “Natural Cures.” But most of all, he is inspired by his amazing family and his unwavering drive to succeed so he can help as many people as possible on their journey to optimum health, wealth, and happiness.

Fitness and writing aside, James enjoys reading inspirational books (“The Magic of Thinking Big” is one of his all-time favorites) and maintaining a positive attitude through the inevitable ups and downs of life. He is also big on organic food—especially organic chicken, turkey, and roast beef.
Additionally, James’ favorite color is blue and his favorite movie star will forever be Rachel McAdams. One of his most notable accomplishments to date is remaining on gold phase for eight consecutive months during his stay at Job Corps. James holds a Certification in Security & Private Protection Services.

Both infinitely determined and loving, James aims to write books that empower individuals to become their very best versions and lead fulfilling, healthy lives. Just as persistent, he will do whatever it takes to become a bestselling author.

Recently, James released “How to Save Money Through College” and is planning on creating more books that assist people from all walks of life in bettering their lives.




Book Excerpt:

Body building as a part of weight loss is not a modern and new method. People from ancient Greek and Egypt civilizations were lifting rocks and other heavy tree branches as a part of building their body. It is considered that the modern western body and muscle show as well wrestling started in Europe during the years 1880’s and 1900’s when men used to build their body and perform a public display as well as challenge other men to display their body and also to challenge them against a hand to hand combat. Body building is also thought to be established in India during the medieval periods and Indus valley civilizations when men would challenge other men to lift a specific rock to display their strength and power and thus to show their dominance and superiority.

The father of the modern body building is thought to be Eugen Sandow. It is evident and prominent that he brought body building competition and wrestling matches to the world as he has screened them in his 1936 musical Oscar winning film, Florenz Ziegfed. Sandow also constructed a special stage for these men to display their highly worked out bodies and also to conduct and perform many wrestling matches to show the ultimate strength and power of these flexed muscles. It is thought that the invention and the creation of body building equipment such as tension bands, dumb bells and stretchers were done by Sandow. He is considered to be responsible for them to be popular and commercially available in the market.

During 1903, Sandow organized a completion which called all the body builders to display their bodies and the competition went on to be a huge success in Europe as 1000’s of mix culture and body building enthusiasts turned up for the event. The winner was presented with a Bronze statue of Sandow himself and to this day, the most prestigious body building stage show Mr. Olympia, presents the same Sandow Bronze trophy for their winners every year.

In 1994 a similar body building game show was conducted in New York City and the winner was to receive the title of the ‘best developed man in the world’. The title and the award went to Al Treloar.

The golden age of body building started during the early 1960’s. This sudden craze for building the body was partially due to the after effects of World War 2, which made people encourage all the men and boys to build muscles and body for safety. The sport of weight lifting was later added to be one of the Olympic event by 1970. Ms. Olympia was also started in 1980’s where women body builders could display their curves and body.

But as body building transformed from a past time activity to more of a competition there was an increased use of many steroids and drugs for buffing up the muscles of the body to get a front lead in the competition. The increased usage of drugs and steroids not only began creating a threat for the health of people but it also played a crucial role in destroy the game balance. All the steroids and drugs such as pro hormones which enhanced the body muscle parts were banned and they were not sold without actual prescription from the medical officers. Body builders began to understand the importance of consuming more calories than an average human being. They began consuming more amounts of food that were rich in carbohydrates and proteins and less rich in fats and sugars. The content of fats and sugars consumed by the body builders varies greatly from one individual to another and solely depends on the goal and result that is expected by the body builder.

In 1990 Vince McMahon who is also a wrestling enthusiast as well as a promoter started an organization for all the body builders and named it the World Body Building Federation. He introduced the modern WWF styled wrestling matches and brought bigger prize money and rewards to the body building competitions. McMahon also started a WBF magazine which was targeted towards all the body builders and their fans all over the world. He also so bought 6 body builders in a 3 year contract to wrestle and these wrestling matches were recorded and later telecast on TV as TV shows. But later McMahon abandoned the whole project of WBF due to insufficient funding and due to the enormous pressure of managing a TV show, magazine and a whole federation as well as paying 6 wrestlers a 6 figure salary. International Federation of Body builders was formed during the early 2000’s and they requested for an event in the popular Greek game, Olympics. Their request was allowed the same year and the event of weight lifting was included in the Olympics.