Monday, September 25, 2017

Alycat and the Monday Blues by Alysson Foti Bourque

Book Details:

Book Title: Alycat and the Monday Blues by Alysson Foti Bourque
Illustrations by: Chiara Civati
Category: Children's Fiction, 32 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Sept 12, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 18 to Oct 6, 2017
Content Rating: G (appropriate for all audiences)

Book Description:

Alycat wakes up with the dreaded Monday Blues and is certain that nothing will go right. But when a mishap sends her astray, she discovers that helping a friend will help her discover her own hidden talent—curing her Monday Blues.

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This very cute book addresses a common complaint parents often hear. "I don't want to go to school today." The weekend was fun and Alycat has not yet chosen what she will do for her school talent show. She has a very smart mother and a helpful father. They have her figure out her problem herself but are there to support her.With help from a friend, and a little serendipity, Aly discovers she does have talent.
The illustrations are wonderful. The story opens up potential conversation with your own children.
The book includes lyrics for Alycat's song which can also be listened to online.

Meet the Author:

Alysson Foti Bourque is the author of the Rhyme or ReasonTravel series, and the multi-award winning Alycat series. Alysson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a law degree from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. She believes that there is an Alycat in all of us, encouraging our imaginations to guide us through new opportunities and adventures.

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Fix Your Diet, Fix Your Diabetes Blog Tour

Author: Tony Hampton, MD
Publisher: Windy City Publishers
Pages: 168
Genre: Self-Help
Want to fix your diabetes?  In this book, I share with my diabetic and borderline diabetic readers that they have the power to reverse or prevent diabetes simply by changing their diets.  It starts with how you think.  By removing old beliefs to new ones that better serve you, the path to recovery from diabetes can be that simple.  Once I provide the rationale for changing old beliefs to more productive ones, I then share with you ways to stay motivated as you journey to a new way of eating.  You are then given a deeper understanding of why so many people have diabetes.  This knowledge will allow you to remove thoughts you may have had where you blamed yourself for having diabetes.  You are then given tips on how to maintain the motivation needed to make a successful transition to a diabetic friendly diet.  Additional knowledge is given about the many complications which could occur when this condition is not well controlled.  Empowered with the understanding of why diabetes occurs and its many complications, you will be given a case for changing how diabetes is treated.  This is done by changing the focus of diabetes management away from the symptoms (elevated glucose), which is how we currently manage this condition, to treating the cause of the disease (insulin resistance).  You are then given the rationale for increasing healthy fats in your diets while reducing starchy carbohydrates and processed foods.  Once this is explained, examples of foods that should be considered for smoothies, snacks, and dinner are given so you will know how to choose foods which are best.   Finally, tips on how to avoid being fooled by marketing labels and claims of so-called healthy foods provide the framework by which great dietary choices can be made.  This new approach to reversing diabetes with diet will reverse diabetes in nearly anyone willing to make these simply lifestyle changes.

While this book is aimed at the patient or person dealing with diabetes or a family history of diabetes, there is value here for anyone wishing to improve their eating habits and choose a healthier lifestyle.
Divided into easy to consume chapters, each is followed by a simple summarized take away section.
Dr. Hampton not only educates us on better choices and healthier food options but he explains why these are better choices and bahaviors for us. He also shares further links and resources. 
He begins with the very important question of WHY does the reader want to learn better choices and figuring out how to stay motivated. Without a deep WHY and strong motivation, the best intentions soon fall flat and are left in the dust. Dr. Hampton shares the need to understand why we have our present beliefs, how we formed out habits, and that our view of life and our position in it makes all the difference to the results each reader will achieve. He continues to explain how the body functions and the difference between treating problems, malfunction and only treating symptoms. 
It isn't until chapter 3 that the book focuses on types of diabetes. Hopefully by that time most readers will see the value of this book to a wider audience. I especially see value to anyone concerned with weight issues and to parents desiring to install healthy nutrition habits for a family. 
He gives specific information on things that are healthier for us to consume and foods or additives to avoid. Yes - there are recipes included.
What the book does NOT do is tell you exactly what you must eat and when. It gives you the facts, where to look for more information and assures you that you have the power to make smarter choices. You won't be an expert or have all the answers after one read through of this (or any other) book. You will have a better understanding and be able to make small, well chosen steps to improve your nutrion and lifestyle options. 

Dr. Tony Hampton has been treating patients with multiple chronic conditions for nearly two decades. In addition to his role as an Advocate Medical Group (AMG) family physician over the last nine years, Dr. Hampton currently holds multiple responsibilities within the Advocate Healthcare, including Medical Director of AMG Beverly, Vice-Chair of AMG’s Governing Council, Chair of Health Outcomes Committee and Co-Chair of Executive Diversity Council. 

Over the last two years, Dr. Hampton has worked closely with AOS, successfully piloting advancements in AMG’s operations management systems. He is a champion for change that results in greater work-life balance for physicians and an enhanced patient experience. His interpersonal skills, clinical knowledge, and desire for strong patient/team engagement will continue to make Tony an asset to the AOS team. 

A regular speaker for the American Diabetes Association and consultant for the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Initiative to Improve Diabetes Care, Dr. Hampton is passionate about empowering patients by changing old beliefs to new ones which better serve them using evidence-based medicine. Educating them on the root cause of disease processes and the importance of diet provides the path to positive health outcomes for diabetics, borderline diabetics, and patients not at their ideal body weight. 

He is a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) and earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix. Tony authored the book Fix Your Diabetes, Fix Your Diet, Your Dietary Solution to Reversing Diabetes which was published in April 2017.



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Sunday, September 24, 2017


Murder at the River Bend Retirement Resort by Stan Schatt

Murder at the River Bend Retirement Resort 
by Stan Schatt 
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Self Published 
Publication Date: July 12, 2017 
Paperback: 238 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1548656195 

When a very disagreeable resident of the exclusive River Bend Retirement Resort is murdered, bestselling mystery writer Miriam Lipsky has to find the real killer to save her dear friend from prison. She finds the retirement home seethes with intrigue, passion, and jealousy. To make matters worse, it's hard to distinguish what residents actually saw from what they imagined.
Miriam finds she has to search for the killer while juggling an autistic grandson, a divorced daughter with a tendency to choose the wrong man, her best friend's overly friendly husband, and a stalker who who leaves her more and more threatening notes. To make matters worse, her rabbi who won't take no for an answer when it comes to fixing her up.
Miriam, a widow after a disastrous marriage, has given up on love. Just when she is sure that part of her life is over, someone new appears from a very unexpected place.
Murder at the River Bend Retirement Resort is a cozy mystery with a sleuth who has to learn on the job. Despite her best intentions, Miriam makes mistake after mistake and yet moves ever closer to discovering a cold blooded killer who has no remorse.
About the Author: Stan is the author of over 40 books including the Frankie and Josh mysteries. 
He has published books on career changing, technology, and writers that include Michael Connelly and Daniel Silva.

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Mr. Serious by Danica Winters

Mr. Serious
by Danica Winters
Series: Mystery Christmas, #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Paperback Release Date: September 19, 2017
Digital Release Date: October 1, 2017

Duty and danger bring an alpha hero to Mystery, Montana

Waylon Fitzgerald had a life of adventure all planned out—one that did not include returning to his family's ranch to bring his missing ex-wife into custody for murder. With so much bad blood between them, the sexy military police officer understands why his ex's sister, Christina Bell, hates him. And yet he and Christina spark a sizzling attraction.

What changes everything for Waylon is Winnie, Christina's adorable ward…and the startling revelation that he's her father. When she goes missing—her mother a killer at large—Waylon's world is upended. Will he redeploy to follow his passions around the world…or stay where his heart has found an unexpected Christmas present?

This is a quick read dealing with some tough topics.

The tension continues along with the manhunt (or woman hunt, in this case) with Waylon returning home to Runrovin Ranch to assist his brother Wyatt. Waylon is a tough guy, a dedicated military lawman. He is fiercely protective of his adoptive parents and brothers but loves his independence.
He also has appreciation for a beautiful woman and, as it turns out, a soft spot for a certain child.

You may appreciate this book more if you read the series from the beginning but it can be read as a stand alone. The tension is high, the secrets dark and the attraction undeniable.
The biggest secret is kept from Waylon by his entire family and you'd think that he would feel betrayed when it is revealed. He does go through emotional backlash but time is of the essence and a little girl's life is on the line.

Book 1: Ms. Calculation

Book 3: Mr. Taken
Available October 17 - Pre-Order Now!

Book 4: Ms. Demeanor
Available November 21 - Pre-Order Now!

Danica Winters is a Nielsen BookScan and an Amazon bestselling author who has won multiple awards for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic. Most recently, Danica was the winner of the Paranormal Romance Guild’s Paranormal Romantic Suspense Book of the Year Award and Chanticleer Media’s Paranormal Book of the Year for her novel Montana Mustangs.

When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her thing).  She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.

Danica Winters is represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.