Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Resisting Ruby Rose, Book Release

Celebration time for fans of Ruby Rose by author Jessie Humphries! I reviewed the first book in the series, Killing Ruby Rose here.
Today I'm sharing deets about the second book and Jessie's killer writing style. I haven't finished reading this book yet, but my review was scheduled for today so I wanted to tell you what I think so far.
Ruby Rose is back and her killer attitude hasn't changed even in the face of CIA agents and killer mysterious propositions. Jessie has a great knack for infusing voice into her characters so that I feel like I can "see" them just by reading their conversations.
This is a young adult novel with some edgy content, swearing, and allusions to sexual activity. Read on for the book blurb and details on a giveaway.

About RESISTING RUBY ROSE: Still reeling from the heartbreaking events that unfolded on Grissom Island, Ruby Rose is trying to come to terms with the fact that she’s gone from a vigilante in killer shoes to a stone-cold killer. Everyone from her therapist to her smoking-hot boyfriend keeps trying to convince her that she hasn’t crossed over to the dark side, but Ruby isn’t so sure. It doesn’t help that her nemesis, Detective “Mastermind” Martinez, is still out there, waiting for another chance to take her down.

When an alleged CIA agent named Skryker shows up and asks for a meeting, Ruby figures it just means more questions about her case. But he has information of an entirely different nature and a job offer: join an elite force of young assassins, including Skryker’s right-hand guy, Quinn Donovan. Quinn is distractingly charming, handsome—and deadly. Ruby resists becoming a killer again, but as she becomes more ensnared in a web of deceit, no one around her is safe.

Social media links:
Twitter: @JessieHwrites
About Jessie Humphries: Jessie Humphries was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She received a BA from San Diego State University, where she cultivated her love of the beach, then lived in France, where she cultivated her weakness for shoes, and finally earned a law degree from UNLV, where she cultivated her interest in justice. After practicing law for several years she began writing, and, appropriately, her debut novel Killing Ruby Rose is a thriller about vigilante justice set in sunny southern California with a shoe-obsessed protagonist. Jessie currently writes and practices law in Las Vegas, where she lives with her husband and children.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Authentic Happiness in Seven Emails, Book Review

Authentic Happiness in Seven Emails: A philosopher's simple guide to the psychology of joy, satisfaction, and a meaningful life (Psychology of Happiness Book 1)

I was given an e-copy of this book in return for my honest review. I'm happy I took a chance on this book because it was an excellent reminder of so many wonderful concepts I studied in my own college experience to graduate in psychology.

The book is written from the perspective of psychology professor Dr. Wong writing emails to a woman named Vickay. She asks what happiness really is and why people who have so much still can't find happiness.

Dr. Wong responds in seven emails to Vickay breaking down the mis-beliefs of society and explaining what brings authentic happiness to our life.

The first part of the book dragged and I worried how the format would flow. Much of the studies the author noted were those that I had studied in college and so it resonated with me, but I wondered how the average reader would relate to the book without a background in psychology. I felt that midway through the book, the author hit his stride and was able to convey the concepts in a more relatable fashion with excellent anecdotes on life and the search for happiness.

While reading Authentic Happiness in Seven Emails: A philosopher's simple guide to the psychology of joy, satisfaction, and a meaningful life (Psychology of Happiness Book 1) I found myself trying out the tips suggested, smiling at the gift of taking a warm shower, having diapers to change my baby with, and food staples to make a dinner from scratch. Galindo shows in his book that those same tasks could be viewed in a negative light and I could be feeling sorry for myself for doing laundry, cleaning bathrooms, wiping spit-up off my shirt. The magical gift of authentic happiness is found in a shift in perception.

I loved Dr. Wong's metaphors  for living life Easy, Light, Smooth, and Meaningful taken from a running expert's wisdom. I found myself jogging one morning while reading the book and thinking about how my day could be Easy, Light, Smooth, and (Fast) Meaningful.

I'd recommend this book because I think that you could definitely glean several nuggets of life-changing wisdom from the positive psychology expertise of Dr. Wong.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review of Cassie's Cowboy Crave

I'm happy to share a book with you today that I just finished reading. 
Cassie's Cowboy Crave: Witness Protection - Rancher Style: Shane's Story (#3) (Sweet Montana Bride Series)
 This book falls outside of my normal reading list because I tend to shy away from straight romances mostly because I don't like the content. So when I met Kimberly and she told me about her books, I really wanted to give it a try. I'm very pleased with this story! It's romance with a bit of mystery, danger, and lots of fun. There were quite a few quotable lines in this novel as well.
Krey did an excellent job creating the setting--makes me want to go live on a ranch in Montana. The line-up of characters were fun and interaction added to the depth of the story.
The romance is sweet with some great kissing and scenes with plenty of fireworks going on while keeping it clean.
I give this novel four stars because Kimberly got me to read a romance novel with a cowboy on the front!

 I love the tagline that Kimberly uses to describe her novels: Writing Romance That's Clean Without Losing the Steam!

Book blurb:
Cassie's words dangled in the air like an invitation, warm and welcome. He couldn't likely bring her home without a simple kiss, now, could he? When their eyes met, Shane tilted his head, asking for permission with the lift of his brow. She nodded slightly - a silent response - yet the best thing he'd heard in weeks - Yes.

Twenty-four-year-old Cassie Lovell has a great job, good friends, and an apartment with a killer view. That is, until life is turned upside down. Without the chance to say goodbye, Cassie is forced into a witness protection program on Emerson Ranch. Just when she fears life is doomed, Cassie meets Shane Emerson, the stunningly handsome cowboy who'll be posing as her newlywed groom.

Shane Emerson is determined not to fall for the woman he's agreed to harbor. Especially since the whole thing was his family's way of trying to get him hitched. So why is it when he takes Cassie into his home, Shane wants nothing more than to turn their make-believe marriage into more than just a sham?

In a moment of weakness, Shane steals a kiss.

In return, Cassie steals his heart.

Yet before they confess their undying love,

a hidden danger threatens to tear them apart.

*Though this novel is considered clean romance, it contains passionate kissing & a few mild curse words.
Here's how Kimberly describes herself:
I'm a reader of good, clean romance, a lover of family time and Diet Coke, and the ultimate hater of laundry.
I'm not patient enough to enjoy yoga, or tall enough to be great at basketball, but I do love to run - anywhere but on a treadmill. I love the sound of a rainstorm when I have no place to go, the feel of Soft Lips chap Stick on my lips, and the first peek of blue water as we round the mountains toward our favorite getaway in Bear Lake.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Beyond Basics with Natural Yeast: Recipes for Whole Grain Health, Book Review

It's a beautiful Fall day and I'm thinking of what I'd like to bake next. For me, if I want a baked good it has to be made with natural yeast or it's a No-no. I have gluten sensitivity so I've been learning and caring for my natural yeast start for over a year now. I got started with Melissa's first book, The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast. I baked all of the bread for my family for a year using my natural yeast start and it was wonderful!

I gave a start to my mom and she gave one back to me when mine went kaput while I was pregnant. We were thrilled about Melissa Richardson's new book Beyond Basics with Natural Yeast. I couldn't wait to try her new recipes. I love the pictures, tips, detailed instructions and the freedom to adjust the recipes to my personal tastes.
I also absolutely love the low-sugar recipes and that Melissa recommends using things like coconut oil and applesauce instead of vegetable oil and white sugar.

The starter summary on p.3-7 was an excellent reminder with a lot of extra tips on getting your starter in a healthy, bubbly state.

I made a double-batch of the Dad's Sourdough Pancakes (p. 62) and they were an absolute hit! I cooked them all up and froze the rest for a super quick breakfast. I worried my kids might find the flavor too strong, but my start was healthy and fresh-smelling and worked perfect in this recipe. I thought they tasted mild compared to some sourdough pancakes I've tried.
I made the Quick and Easy Waffles on p.57 and the Carrot Cake Waffles on p.60. My kids liked them and I even garnished the waffles with grated carrot and they ate it up!
The Orange Blueberry Pancakes on p.64 were also delicious and easy to make up because I remembered to create the sponge mixture the night before.
I made the Lemon Poppyseed Muffins on p.70 and was so excited that I could eat a muffin! On this recipe, I actually cut the sugar in half and used 1/2 whole wheat in the recipe 1/2 white flour. I filled my cups all the way full because the first batch were wimpy when I filled them only 3/4 of the way as the recipe directed. They turned out great and I skipped the optional glaze because I didn't want the extra sugar. My kids loved them and over the next couple days ate them for breakfast, lunch, and an after-school snack.

I know that I'll probably end up baking every recipe in this book. I am a natural yeast fan and if you want a healthy, whole-grain option for your family, learn this lost art and get baking!

Here's a little more about the book: With allergies to commercial yeast on the rise, natural yeast is the easy and healthy solution to baking all the foods you love. Brush up on your techniques with Melissa Richardson's newest book, Beyond Basics with Natural Yeast, with mouthwatering recipes like Soft Pretzel Rolls, Honey Whole Wheat Bread, and Lemon Chiffon Cake. Say goodbye to commercial yeast, and hello to a healthier body!
I received a copy of this book for review and have offered my honest opinion. All of my reviews are my own.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Focused by Noelle Pikus Pace, Book Review

This book was an incredible read! I just finished reading it and I loved the format that Noelle wrote in. She includes personal stories, experiences, motivational poems, scriptures, and anecdotes about life and how we can stay the course and achieve our goals.

Focused: Keeping your life on track, one choice at a time is a book that I will pass on to other family members and my children. Noelle is a courageous example of a person who exemplifies faith, courage, and perseverance--those are all qualities I strive for and that I want my children to reach for as well.

More about this book by Noelle Pikus Pace
In her first book, Olympic silver medalist Noelle Pikus Pace
shares ten vital lessons that have been instrumental to her
success—in sports and in life. From overcoming devastating
injuries to pursuing her dreams despite feelings of inadequacy
and loneliness to maintaining her values in the face of extreme
pressure, Noelle tells of heartbreak and triumph in a warm,
conversational style as she shares insights to help others focus
on the right priorities and find the faith to stay strong. With
dozens of full-color photographs, motivating observations, and
soul-searching reflections, chapters such as “You Always Have
a Choice,” “Dare to Stand Alone,” and “The World Is Watching”
offer a unique perspective for readers of all ages as they strive
to stay on track through the challenges and opportunities of
everyday life.

Noelle Pikus Pace competed in soccer, basketball, softball,
track and field, bobsled, and skeleton as a high school
student. She became a first team All-American in track and
field at Utah Valley University, where she earned a bachelor’s
degree in community health and later received a master’s
degree in business administration. In 2005, Noelle became
the first American woman to win the Overall World Cup
Title in skeleton. Favored to win gold in the 2006 Winter
Olympics, she suffered a devastating injury and was unable
to compete. The following year, she came back to win the
World Championship by the largest margin in the sport’s
history and ultimately won a silver medal in the 2014 Winter
I received a copy of this book to review. My opinions are always my own.


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