Friday, September 30, 2016

Journey Out of Fat, Dumb, and Ugly Spotlight

Are you tired of living your life according to the labels that have been slapped onto you? Do you feel you are always pressured to conform to other people’s ideas of who they believe you are? Do you feel destined to live a life of mediocrity and unhappiness, despite the fact that you know you are meant for something bigger?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you will easily identify with journey.Journey is a lost and tortured soul on a personal quest to escape the physical, mental and emotional servitude of the unfair labels, invisible barriers, and dire consequences of a lifetime of decisions made out of fear and feelings of inferiority. Journey’s Path to freedom is a dramatic, tear-jerking, yet funny roller-coaster ride that beautifully demonstrates how to:
  • Change the directions of your thoughts and life.
  • Use the power of your pain to discover and serve your life purpose.
  • Eliminate toxic relationships and self-sabotaging behavioral patterns.

​You have the power to remove whatever labels have been placed on you. If you know there’s more to you than meets the eye, and you’re determined to break free of a lifetime of painful stereotypes and a mediocre, dissatisfied existence, then this book is our key to opening the door to the exceptional life that you always imagined.

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Cherie Esteves was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, the city she so affectionately calls her first love. There she was deeply rooted and heavily influenced by the rich, diverse crosspollination of the European American culture that makes New Orleans one of the most unique and intriguing cities in the world. Cherie moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1989, where she raised her two beautiful children and has continued to live for over twenty years. Her production company’s name, Creole Peach Productions, was born out of her alliance to both cities.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Dance Diaries #1

In this book about ballroom dancing by Catherine “Katie” Harrison, a.k.a. The Girl with the Tree Tattoo, she discusses her experiences, including her introduction to it in preparation for a marriage. She emphasizes benefits such as confidence and posture, and weighs the pros and cons of group and private lessons, not to mention the purpose of practice parties and social dances, not to mention etiquette. She spends a few sections talking about the relationship between the ballroom dancing amateur and professional, indicates how to find the right instructor, and concludes by mentioning when enough is enough. This reader could somewhat relate to the author since he has a niece participating in ballroom dancing, and would recommend this read to dancers, those who aspire to dance, and dancer families.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

There's Been a Change in Plans

Author and blogger Amy Koko has been active as a Huffington Post contributor in various sections and in blogging since 2011, with the writer acknowledging a few individuals in her memoir such as her sister, her coach and mentor Theo Nestor, her new love Michael, and her children from her previous marriage. Her memoir she dedicates to all women menopausal and divorcing, whom she assures will be just fine in spite of their predicaments. Each chapter of her memoir opens with a quote from various women, with at most two from Martha Stewart in latter chapters, alongside other luminaries such as Mother Teresa and Elizabeth Taylor.

The action opens with Koko admiring her washer and dryer when her soon-to-be-former husband Mark announces out of the blue that he had an affair, the story’s inciting incident that immediately hooks readers. She proceeds to find more information about her husband’s affair partner, and takes charge of their children. She consults her attorney, contemplates future marriage, encounters a slump in her life, and eventually gets things into order, accounting for a satisfying story that even men can enjoy, given its intricate look into the mind of a divorcing woman, and the various things through which they go during the annulment process.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Everlasting Lies

Author Barbara Warren dedicates this realistic historical fiction novel to her husband John as well as her three daughters and their families. The prologue features one of the protagonists, Alfie Fletcher, storming out of an office after an argument with his father John William Fletcher about not being allowed to work for his business, with the main chapters indicating that Alfie changes his name to Charles Vernon, disenchanted by his biological family. He eventually enters a relationship with Edina Paxton, with the story’s action spanning from the Victorian Era of Great Britain to a few years after the First World War, the narrative itself generally being enjoyable and recommended to those who enjoy historical fiction.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

House of Eire

June Gillam dedicates this novel to her mother Geraldine Price Skalisky Robeson, who she says sang “Galway Bay” to her sisters and her. According to the map of Ireland right beneath the destination, the song likely refers to the western coastal city Galway on the Emerald Isle. Below the map is a quote from Alex Haley, author of Roots, about people hungry to learn about their lineage. Each part opens with a quote from William Butler Yeats’ “Second Coming,” and the main text involves protagonist Hillary Broome going to Ireland to uncover her family history, although she becomes embroiled in a murder mystery. Overall, this is an enjoyable realistic novel, with each chapter indicating the location of the events, and the end leaving room for another sequel, with those contemplating reading assured that the third book on the Hillary Broome series can be enjoyed without reading its predecessors.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Mummy's Little Angel

This horror novel, which the author dedicates to three boys, further acknowledging The Inca Project in their writing expertise, stars Joanne, one of the first-person narrators, who grew up in a dysfunctional family that her schizophrenic mother Beth abandoned in 2014, around when Joanne lost her first male child. She ultimately marries the man of her dreams, Jeff, father to identical twins Maggie and Annie, who receive their own first-person sections within each chapter, although they both become suspects in his murder. Another character in whom Joanne confides, Jonathan Davies, receives his own first-person section that concludes this dark, twisting tale.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Candidate for Murder


In this realistic fiction novel, actually the seventeenth in the Mac Faraday Mystery series by Lauren Carr, the election season is occurring in Spencer, Maryland, and tensions are ablaze between two factions, chiefly the lifelong residents of the community and those fleeing big city life for a quainter settlement, the latter taking charge of the city council and imposing regulations involving banal things such as outdoor clotheslines. Disillusioned with the two main candidates, Police Chief David O’Callaghan nominates Mac Faraday’s German Shepherd Gnarly to run for mayor, and though this seems at first a mere jest, things become serious when the canine becomes the frontrunner, and thus, his human opponents attempt to fling mud his direction, with the dog’s friends seeking to clear his name.

In a rarity, Carr includes a helpful list of dramatis personae with decent descriptions for each character in order of appearance, with the prologue occurring four years before the book’s main timeframe, with Gnarly on a military mission with soldiers in Iraq near the Syrian border, where the canine is accused of killing a handler. This plays well into the hands of his mayoral opponents in the story’s present time, with the general narrative, despite its somewhat asinine concept, generally being enjoyable, with a riveting denouement and satisfactory conclusion. Though it’s not the first in its series, mystery enthusiasts will be happy to know that they needn’t read the books predecessors to enjoy the seventeenth entry.