Monday, February 20, 2017

Third Chronicles of Illumination by C.A. Pack













Summary from Goodreads:

Oh, no! Johanna Charette and Jackson Roth have allowed a sneaky shapeshifter to slip right through their fingers. The good news is that he’s now trapped between the layers of time and space with their Terrorian nemesis, Nero 51.
The bad news is the Terrorian wants to control all the Libraries of Illumination, while the shapeshifter wants to control everything else. Who knows how long the Illumini system will remain safe?
It’s taking a toll on Johanna and Jackson, who are smack in the center of everything as they struggle to protect the libraries’ legacy.
Can you spell s-t-r-e-s-s?
The pressure is driving a stake between the teens, and their mercurial romance could be over before it has truly begun.



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I love any book having to do with the magic and mysteries of Merlin.
War is on the horizon for the 12 realms, with Nero 51 and his warriors invading the other realms.
When they become trapped in a sealed library will his followers discover his true colors?
And does the seemingly all powerful ghost of a shapeshifter desire more control than he is letting on?

The citizens of each realm are figuring out how to protect themselves and this leads to some sports like game playing.  Even under threat of annihilation, romance plays its own games, creating tension and complications for Johanna and Jackson.

Full of tension and creative problem solving, mystical fantasy elements and  varied terse confrontations between characters,  this next book in the series will keep you immersed in C.A. Pack's fantastical world. 






Told in alternating character viewpoints, this wildly imaginative series is centered around 12 libraries by way of which you can move to any of the other 12 realms. The world building is well done. It doesn't take long for the reader to imagine being right in the action.
Each realm has its own traits and characteristics. Nero 51 is determined to rule over them all.


There are a lot of characters to keep track of, so this is a book best read through as much as possible without setting it down for long. A combination of fantasy and science fiction with slight paranormal elements.

The main characters, Jackson and Johanna, have some common interests but very different points of view. This often leads them into dangerous situations as they travel between the realms. Both being teenagers, they can still act impulsively. 



C. A. Pack is the author of the Library of Illumination series of YA paranormal fantasy novelettes, along with Chronicles: The Library of Illumination (2014), The Second Chronicles of Illumination (2015) and The Third Chronicles of Illumination (2017).

Pack also writes for a general audience. Her first novel, Code Name: Evangeline—is an historical spy thriller which takes place in the 1930's. The author followed it up with Evangeline's Ghost—a fantasy about the death of that same spy. She recently completed work on Evangeline's Ghost: Houdini, and is currently working on Evangeline's Ghost: The Bridge.

Pack is an award winning journalist from New York who worked as an anchor/reporter and educator (she considers herself the fairy-godmother of telvision news reporters)—and has written for WNBC, LI News Tonight and News 12 Long Island. She also worked on PBS documentaries, radio and television commercials and created and produced a pilot for a news show focusing solely on marriage and wedding trends.

She's a past president of the Press Club of Long Island and a proud member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. Pack has been a speaker or panelist for organizations such as Women in Communications, Fair Media Council, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

The author lives with her husband and two picky parrots “on” Long Island, New York.

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Release Blitz for #1 Crush by T. Gephart




Title: #1 Crush
Series: #1 Series #1
Author: T. Gephart
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 20, 2017



Blurb

Tia Monroe was smart, sassy and successful. Sure, she could get a little crazy at times—life around Tia was never boring—but that was part of her appeal. And while she didn’t see herself as ‘classically beautiful’, she had no shortage of options in the boyfriend department. She just hadn’t found one who held her interest.

Until she laid eyes on Eric Larsson, and then it was lust at first sight.

He packed the perfect mix of smoldering sexy and unapologetic cool into his blond-haired, blue-eyed, ridiculously hot six-foot-four frame. One smile from him was enough to twist her insides, making her girlie bits tingle in the most delicious way. But it wasn’t just his looks, he was smart and funny—charming in the most a-dork-able way.

The only problem was . . . Tia had never actually met him.

Eric Larsson was one of Hollywood’s hottest movie stars, rising to the top of his game and leaving a trail of disintegrated panties in his wake. Tia’s were no exception—but she wasn’t delusional. Love, marriage and happily-ever-after were not part of her fantasy; she just wanted to meet him. Just one time. One time. Confident that just seeing him in the flesh would get him out of her system.

So, with her resolve steeled, Tia set off on a quest to make it happen while avoiding her mug shot being splayed across the five o’clock news.

The journey no doubt will make for one hell of a story.
 







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Excerpt

“Oh my God.” The words wheezed out of me as all the oxygen escaped from my lungs. My chest tightened like I’d been kicked right in between my ribs.

There he was a few feet behind me slowly making his way toward me.

“Eric, look here.”

“Eric, this way.”

Both sides of the line screamed at him as he patiently walked from side to side, signing autographs and taking selfies. Each step he took inching him closer to where I had frozen, my eyes bulging out of my head like a complete lunatic.

There he was.

Eric Larsson, right in front of me.

And not even internet stalking could have prepared me for what he looked like in real life.

Breathtaking.

So handsome he almost didn’t seem real, and as much as I tried I couldn’t stop staring.

Say something my mouth begged as my brain continued on its mental vacation. My eyes scanned every inch of his body like it was planning to build a 3-D replica.

Holy hell he was wearing the absolute fuck out of that suit. Every inch of the fabric curling around his delicious body like its life depended on it. And believe me, even though he was covered from head to toe in tailored Tom Ford perfection—I’d seen photos of him in this particular suit before—it did nothing to hide how obscenely hot he was.

My heart thumped loudly as he took another step closer, his eyes remaining on the crowd.

“Larsson.”

It rang out clear despite the noise around us. It took me a minute to realize that while my brain had stalled, my mouth hadn’t suffered the same fate. My lips still open as his name left them.

Who the hell yells out his last name? I panicked, unable to tear my eyes from him as his head lifted and his eyes settled on me.

Dear. Lord. In. Heaven. And. All. The. Saints.

Eric Larsson was looking at me.

At me.

At ME!

His brow lifted in acknowledgement as his lips curled, momentarily blinding me as he flashed his trademark smile.

Well, if that wasn’t an invitation, I didn’t know what was.

So, even though I was struggling to breathe—my ability to remain upright also not guaranteed—my feet moved me closer toward him. My internal pep talk worked overtime as I reminded myself we were on a mission. Two minutes of eye contact, conversation . . . and something about me finding out what an asshole he was.

“Hi.” The best I could do given the circumstances.

Intellectually I knew the man was tall. I mean, in my head I figured I knew what six-foot-four looked like. But as I lifted my eyes, it didn’t come close to where I should be looking, my gaze hitting his chin before I tilted my head even higher.

“Hi,” he responded, the single word sent a shiver down my spine as he unleashed another blinding smile.

Those eyes were something else. The clearest blue I had ever seen, and though I knew it wasn’t possible it seemed like they illuminated from the inside out. Like magical orbs, the weight of their stare hypnotized me, pulling me in closer like a force field. I couldn’t have looked away if I’d tried. Not that I tried, and not that I wanted to.

And oh Lord have mercy, did he smell good. Mouthwatering. Ridiculous that it would even get a mention given I already had those eyes, his face and his delectable couture-wrapped body to contend with. Yet there was his scent wafting up my nose uninvited. A sadistic mix of sexy, clean and masculine—probably Calvin Klein—overwhelmed me as I fought the urge to bury my head in his neck and inhale him like a line of cocaine.

Say something you dumbass. My mouth begged as my hand, completely of its own accord, reached out and rested on his arm.

Holy. Freaking. Shit. I. Was. Touching. Him.

Do not moan, I reminded myself.

“Congratulations on the movie.” Words poured out of my mouth, thankfully in a sequence that made sense, as my fingers struggled not to caress the fabric of his suit. My fingers didn’t listen, slowly stroking in small—slightly inappropriate and rather suggestive—circles.

Wow, this is a really, really nice suit.

Do not lick it.






Author Bio

T Gephart is an indie author from Melbourne, Australia.

T's approach to life has been somewhat unconventional. Rather than going to University, she jumped on a plane to Los Angeles, USA in search of adventure. While this first trip left her somewhat underwhelmed and largely depleted of funds it fueled her appetite for travel and life experience.

With a rather eclectic resume, which reads more like the fiction she writes than an actual employment history, T struggled to find her niche in the world.

While on a subsequent trip the United States in 1999, T met and married her husband. Their whirlwind courtship and interesting impromptu convenience store wedding set the tone for their life together, which is anything but ordinary. They have lived in Louisiana, Guam and Australia and have traveled extensively throughout the US. T has two beautiful young children and one four legged child, Woodley, the wonder dog.

An avid reader, T became increasingly frustrated by the lack of strong female characters in the books she was reading. She wanted to read about a woman she could identify with, someone strong, independent and confident and who didn't lack femininity. Out of this need, she decided to pen her first book, A Twist of Fate. T set herself the challenge to write something that was interesting, compelling and yet easy enough to read that was still enjoyable. Pulling from her own past "colorful" experiences and the amazing personalities she has surrounded herself with, she had no shortage of inspiration. With a strong slant on erotic fiction, her core characters are empowered women who don't have to sacrifice their femininity. She enjoyed the process so much that when it was over she couldn't let it go.

T loves to travel, laugh and surround herself with colorful characters. This inevitably spills into her writing and makes for an interesting journey - she is well and truly enjoying the ride!


Based on her life experiences, T has plenty of material for her books and has a wealth of ideas to keep you all enthralled.



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Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Weight of Happiness - weight loss


  • File Size: 970 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 2, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English

The Weight of Happiness - weight loss


This book focuses on the touching journey of Ayelet Kalter, a dietician and eating behavior therapist, and her patient Tamar. A journey that began with the strong desire to lose weight but ended up leading to life changing insights. It’s the intimate story of a brave woman who dares open up before her readers and share in her personal struggle against the Kilograms.

See the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MT5ASBP/



This book is a difficult read. Written in a memoir style, with journal entries as well as seemingly clinical notes, this is a story about weight loss, or the attempt thereof, and how the numbers on a scale should not define a person.

We learn about Tamar and her struggles. What the weight may be doing for her, protecting her from, and we learn about the relationship between client and therapist.

It is gritty and emotional, with intellectual concepts guaranteed to evoke a reaction from the reader.
No two people will get the same results or reaction from this book. 



Ayelet Kalter was formerly the head of a highly regarded weight loss clinic who has transformed into a leading activist against the pursuit of being thin, the illusion industry of dieting and weight discrimination. She is a specialist clinical dietitian for treating obesity and eating behaviors and is the CEO of the ‘Eating Dialog Center’. The center is a leading institute in the field of obesity and eating behaviors in Israel, utilizing both academic and social approaches called "health at every size" (HAES).

Ayelet is RD and has a MSc. in Bio-chemistry and Nutrition from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, in collaboration with the School of Social Work of the Tel Aviv University. She has studied family therapy and psychotherapy at the Faculty of Medicine of the Tel Aviv University, group guidance at the ‘Telem’ Institute, underwent studies at the Mind and Body Health Center and is on her way to earn a PhD at the Philosophy Faculty of the Tel Aviv University. Kalter has further educated herself under the guidance of Prof. Joh Kabat-Zinn (Mindfulness), Prof. Steven Hayes (ACT – acceptance commitment therapy), Dr. Jean Kristeller and others. She also speaks around in conferences domestically and abroad, writes for the local media and attends radio and TV shows as a guest specialist. Additionally, she has served as Chairwoman and spokesperson for the Clinical Dietitians Foundation in Israel (ATID). Finally, Kalter serves as part of the teaching staff for the M.A program of nutrition at the Agriculture Faculty in Rehovot. 

Today, Kalter runs a program designed for professionals – ‘Treating Obesity and Eating Behaviors’. The program takes place at the Hebrew University’s Agriculture Faculty in Rehovot as part of its foreign studies branch.

Ayelet Kalter published 3 books: 
“How Much Does Happiness Weigh - On Food, Body and Spirit", Published by Yediot Acharonot Publishing (2005). 
"All of Us Are Real People - Diet: the Most Successful Failure in the Modern Era", Published by Rimonim publishing and distributed by Keter (2011).
The third book, "Mindful Eating - Free Yourself from the Diet Language" was recently published and is available for purchase on amazon.com

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Skeleton Code

Title: THE SKELETON CODE: A SATIRICAL GUIDE TO SECRET KEEPING
Author: Ken Massey & Ally Campanella
Publisher: Morgan James
Pages: 205
Genre: Self-Help/Satire
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THE SKELETON CODE: A Satirical Guide to Secret Keeping by Alla Campanella and Ken Massey (Morgan James Publishing; November 1, 2016) may poke fun at the many outrageous ways people think they are hiding shameful secrets, “but the reality of hiding or denying the darker aspects of life is far from humorous,” says co-author Ken Massey. THE SKELETON CODE is a satirical and humorous look at the many ways we protect our public personas by closeting our personal secrets. The satire helps us wade into the dark and difficult waters of that famous river called Denial.
Skeletons are secrets from the past or present that haunt a person’s happiness. In THE SKELETON CODE, the authors reveal true stories that have haunted people for years. The secrets they share are closeted confidences that represent thoughts, feelings, and actions that, if discovered, would be very embarrassing or problematic to relationships or reputations.
THE SKELETON CODE reveals why we keep secrets, how this covert lifestyle affects our relationships, and the different types of secrets we keep, including:
  • The “secret” secret, which is the worst secret of all.
  • The two secrets you never want to keep from people you love or from yourself.”
  • The truth about transparency and why it’s a powerful path to personal freedom
In the first part of THE SKELETON CODE, which is stinging satire, the authors provide strategies that have protected politicians and socialites alike. THE SKELETON CODE, interviews with real people whose names have been changed reveal how keeping skeletons in the closet ruined relationships and derailed lives. You can use the facetious strategies of THE SKELETON CODE and maximize a self-deluding way of life.
Or you can discover the The Skeleton Cure and imagine not having to keep up appearances at work, being completely relaxed around your family and friends, not having to remember your cover-ups, deceptions, exaggerations, or excuses.
“Imagine loving and accepting the real you, including your weaknesses,” say Alla and Ken. “Imagine the friendship of others who actually know you and maybe even like you because you’re ‘flawed’ like them.” Alla and Ken want you to know that this freedom is better than you can imagine and hope you will look into this mirror and discover The Skeleton Cure, which is a life of deeper self-honesty and transparency.

The Skeleton Code is a different kind of Self Help book. 
Each of us has secrets that we try to keep deeply hidden. Most of them are just embarrassing, not life threatening, but some we feel might embarrass us to death. Addressed are skeletons (secrets) that any one of us may have.
This book looks at the damage done by living with secrets, whether or not they are discovered.
In today's recordable, researchable, viewable shareable society, what are the odds that your skeleton won't slip into the light, probably at the worst possible time? 

The authors are careful to disclaim promoting immoral, unethical or illegal behavior while they 
present several chapters of ways you may protect your secrets. They also claim the ability to keep their own skeletons deep in the shadows.
The first part of the book, written in a sarcastically satorical humor includes interviews with real people and stories of how keeping those secrets hidden have ruined relationships and changed their lives. Secrets and skeletons become a big deal based on the reactions they get when disclosed.

When you think of skeletons in a closet, the first people to come to mind are those in the public spotlight, entertainers, yes, but even more so - politicians, We learn from them about cherry picking and spin. Even when you feel your skeleton is starting to show, never express fear or hesitation. Lay a false trail to draw attention away from your skeleton. Dress it up in disquises. 

The authors offer ways to help release the past, get rid of those hidden enemies that keep you from living with truth and happiness.
The writing is intelligent, informed with literary and pop culture allusions. The Skeleton Code is best read in small doses to absorb the tactics. 

In the final section, the writers blow their own cover. They propose a method of “The Skeleton Cure” with an engaging tale to teach good points about negative characteristics and traits. 
Take a closer look at your own skeletons and give them a different interpretation. Define why you are keeping them secret and hidden away. Could there be benefits from releasing them into the light?

This is a book you may have to revisit when you notice you again have skeletons lurking in your closet.

 “I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review”