5-Star Book Review – “Implosion” by Berinn Rae

Implosion: Part 2 of the Colliding Worlds Trilogy, is the best alien romance I’ve read so far. As you might imagine, these aliens aren’t of the scary looking variety.

Nalea, the female half of the couple, is a strong feminine character who is completely comfortable in her action role as part of Sienna’s trinity (from Collision: Part 1 of the Colliding Worlds Trilogy). Roden, her mate, also holds a high military rank with his people and the role fits him well. There is a lot more to both characters than you see in the first book, where both characters debuted. Theirs is an interracial romantic love because Nalea is Sephian and Roden is Draeken, and yet they are both transplants because they are on earth. Maybe you can already see why the book was so enjoyable based on the challenges I mentioned. There are many more that I didn’t mention because I wouldn’t want to take away from your enjoyment of the story.

The highlights of Implosion are intrigue, interesting alien characteristics, interesting alien technology, and the romance between Nalea and Roden.

I loved their story, and went on the read the final book in the trilogy which featured a different couple. That review is coming in the future.

Do you need to read all the books for them to make sense? Perhaps not, but you will get a lot more out of the stories if you read them all, and in order.

When you’re in the mood for a Sci-Fi romance, give Implosion a try. I think you’ll like it.

As always, thanks for reading.

Gina

What Lucy Thinks About Haus of Pizza (Palm Desert, CA)

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What Lucy Thinks About Haus of Pizza (Palm Desert, CA)
By Lucy Shannon*

This post is dedicated to my lovely blogger friend Sherri, because she is lucky enough to live closer to Haus of Pizza than I am.

I’ll start with my rating, because there isn’t any point in having you wait for it. I give Haus of Pizza 5 out of 5 stars. They have definitely earned it.

Picture this: you walk into a pizza restaurant when it’s a blazing 120 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and you are met by a nice cool dining room that smells like heaven. See? Good stuff, from the minute you walk through the door.

I’ve been frequenting Haus of Pizza for years now, which means their quality is consistent. That’s another tough one to pull off. Suppliers change, staff changes, and so on, but the quality doesn’t.

Before I give you the mouth-watering details of what makes Haus of Pizza amazing, let me tell you how to find them:

Phone number: (760) 340-9040.
Their address is 72-795 Hwy. 111, in the city of Palm Desert.
Website is: http://hausofpizza.net/
Hours: 11 am to 9 pm, Monday through Saturday and 5 pm to 9 pm on Sundays.

Now, let me ask you, do you expect their pizza to be the best item on the menu? I didn’t when I first started eating there, but now I know that they named their restaurant exactly the right way. Their pizza is among the best I have ever tasted. The crust is an amazing sourdough. The sauce is perfectly seasoned and proportioned. Best of all, their cheese is excellent! The cheese is the right thickness, the right texture, and the flavor is incredible.

All of their toppings are top-notch. I can say this because I’ve eaten all of them over the years. The meatballs, pepperoni, and sausages are particularly good. I’ve eaten the vegetarian pizza when I was in the mood for it, too. I was not disappointed with the mushroom, olive, onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes they topped it with.

Don’t be afraid to order a small. The pizza is filling.

But what if you’re not in the mood for pizza? I know that happens, at least for some people. We all know someone who can live on pizza, don’t we? Well, the rest of us are well taken care of if we order the hot sandwiches, a pasta dinner, or even a side order.

Favorites: Hot meatball and cheese. The bread is crusty, the meatballs melt in your mouth and burst with flavor, their great sauce is poured on, and their fabulous cheese…it’s tough to order anything else.
Joelle’s Delight is my personal favorite. It’s named for the founder’s granddaughter, who is one of the duo who make the Palm Desert location as good as it is. When she was a little girl, she asked for the combination of eggplant, meatballs, and cheese served hot on crusty bread. I’m so glad they listened.

Outstanding Side Orders

When the food is this good, you look for ways to make the most out of each visit. For me, that meant ordering side orders so I could sample more of the menu. Remember, I needed to tear myself away from the pizza and Joelle’s Delight. Try ordering the ravioli (which comes with beef or cheese, so be sure to tell them which one you want) with garlic bread and a small order of pizza bread, and 2 meatballs or sausages as a sampler menu. You will not leave hungry.

All the Pasta Dinners You Could Ask For

Dinner comes with soup or salad, and garlic bread. Be sure to tell them you want marinara sauce if you don’t want meat in your sauce. You can’t choose wrong, but I will tell you that the ravioli, manicotti, and panzerotti are worth a special trip all by themselves. If you haven’t heard of panzerotti, it is described on their menu as pizza dough filled with seasoned meats and cheese deep fried, and covered with meat sauce. They only serve this one on Wednesday or Thursday, so plan accordingly.

Haus of pizza serves a dessert, but try as I might, I have not ever had room after dinner to try the cheesecake.

Haus of Pizza serves all the usual beverages, along with beer, and wine.

I hope you enjoyed your virtual trip through Haus of Pizza. I’d love to hear what you think of it if you’ve been there.

*Lucy Shannon is a character in my Natural Gifts series of uplifting paranormal romances.  You meet her in The Dreaming (Natural Gifts Book 1).  She is a restaurant critic with a column and the main character’s best friend.  Lucy Shannon will be falling in love this September in her own book, Desert Sunrise (Natural Gifts Book 2).  Haus of Pizza is a real restaurant and if you’re in the area, you must give it a try.

As always, thank you for reading.

Gina

5-Star Review: “The Enclave” by H.M. Clarke

 

 

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I’ve just finished reading my second book by H.M. Clarke and her range is pretty stunning. I read The Kalarthri first, book 1 of The Way to Freedom series, which was a fantasy suitable for any age. The Enclave is every bit as intriguing and imaginative, but worlds apart. To begin with, I would recommend this for an older audience because of the mild violence and the more sophisticated storyline.

The Enclave is a Sci-Fi space adventure with lots of action and intrigue. The main characters are all very well written and likable, which adds so many dimensions for me. Commander Katherine Kirk is one of those awesome kick-ass heroines you love to read about. She also shows a vulnerability at times that makes her even more worthy of the title of heroine. She has not had an easy time, and she’s not looking for one. What she wants is to make the world a safer place.

If you’ve read Christine Feehan’s GhostWalker series, you will be familiar with some of the scientific experimentation going on in one of the enclaves Katherine works so diligently to defend.

So now, I’m waiting patiently for another book from this series.

Please join me on Goodreads to discuss “The Enclave” if you read it or have read it.

As always, thank you for reading.

Gina

5-Star Book Review: The Kalarthri by H.M. Clarke

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I’ve been particularly pleased to read two wonderful, suitable for all ages, fantasy books in a row. Both are by new-to-me authors. Both are the first in their series. Both feature 10-year-old main characters. Honest, I didn’t plan this. It’s a case of the Universe delivering to me what I like to ask for from a book – good times.

“The Kalarthri” (The Way to Freedom, Book 1), as I mentioned above, is a fantasy about a young girl, Kalena, who is born into a feudal society where she, as second born, is automatically a servant. Neither I, nor Kalena, had any idea of what the future held for her. I braced myself in case I was in for a long, sad tale full of abuse and violence. H.M. Clarke instead delivered a tale that was sugar and spice, where the spice was a welcome accent. The story is highly imaginative, flows well, and kept me interested from beginning to end.

An imaginative tale where Kalena grows in many ways, I highly recommend this book for a parent-child read. You know, where you, and your child, read the same book at the same time, so you can talk about it? Or how about for a family read where you take turns reading aloud?

I invite you to join my discussion for “The Kalarthri” on Goodreads. One of the best parts of reading good books, is reading good books and sharing them with one another.

As always, thanks for reading.

Gina

5-Star Book Review – “Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals” by Peggy McAloon and Anneka Rogers

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“Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals” is a charming fantasy story. It is suitable for all ages, entertaining, and just plain fun to read. The story is co-authored by a grandmother and granddaughter, which I thought was wonderful. The granddaughter, Anneka, is the model on the cover.

Elle faces a lot of challenges for a ten-year-old girl, including discovering a magical dimension called Fiori, where tiny winged beings live for the sole purpose of protecting children in our dimension. Elle is surrounded by great friends and family, including a character I would love to meet, Mr. Paws. Mr. Paws is a neighborhood cat who won me over from the start. There is a fun form of travel in the story, called Wish Travel. Who else would like to travel this way? I would!

If you’ve read my reviews, you know I don’t like to give out much of the plot, but I will tell you that there is plenty of plot, and plenty of room for more books, too. I can’t wait to read more of Elle’s adventures, to see more of what happens with her friends and family, and to visit the enchanting dimension of Fiori again.

Join me on Goodreads to discuss this book.  See you there!

 

Peggy McAloon has a signing coming up soon in the Menomonie, WI area. Check out http://www.peggymcaloon.com for more information about the signing.

As always, thank you for reading.

Gina

5-Star Book Review – “The End of Suffering: Fearless Living in Troubled Times” by Russell Targ and J.J. Hurtak, Ph.D.

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After so many years of spiritual, physics, and psychic study, I rarely encounter new concepts. It is more likely that the concept will touch me in a new way by showing me something new because of the timing of my current exposure to it. What makes this book exceptional is that it taught me new ways of thinking.

I learned who Russell Targ is, as well as the fact that he is a talented physicist, when I read Jim Schnabel’s book on remote viewing. Targ has been part of psi research for decades, and has personal success with earning money using quantum physics combined with remote viewing. He impressed me, which is why I added him to my author list and sought out this book to read more of his work.

There is a lot of rewarding reading in this book. J.J. Hurtak, Ph.D., is an expert in ancient Asian history. The details he provided into the cultures that birthed so many spiritual concepts added amazing depth to the book.

Standout features of the book are that it lives up to its title; if you follow the practices in the book, you can end your personal suffering. Another standout feature is the clear writing style the authors have. In different hands, this could have been a dry, confusing, vague read. Perhaps my favorite feature in the book was reading about psychic studies which were new to me. A true treat. Without the glossary in the back, and the word etymology the authors included, I wouldn’t have been able to make connections between concepts and cultures the way I did because of their thoroughness.

I highly recommend this book to spiritual seekers, fans of quantum physics, and those interested in psychic studies.  If you have read it, I’d love to hear your opinion.

Book Review – My Highland Lord by Tarah Scott

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You all remember meeting Queentutt on my Interviews With Inspiring People series, right?  Well, she also introduced me to an amazing historical romance author, Tarah Scott.  I jumped into her latest Highland romance, “My Highland Lord,” with gusto.  I’ll do my best to express how much I enjoyed my first Tarah Scott novel by telling you that I sighed Phoebe and Kiernan’s names one night as I was falling asleep.  Their romance touched me that much.  It is exactly this feeling that draws me to read and write romance.

“My Highland Lord” is the second novel in the Highland series.  I bought it thinking it was the newest release, so, a bit of confusion there.  Once I knew that I was reading the second book, I started looking for couples that could have been in the first book.  They will be my next review.  The third Highland title will be released on May 15, “To Tame a Highland Earl.”  Oooh, dishy.

Before I get carried away thinking about what goodies Tarah Scott has for me in her next novel, I’ll finish telling you more about why “My Highland Lord” gripped me, and didn’t let go.  It’s an adventure with some humorous mishaps along the way.  Phoebe is an intelligent, beautiful woman who has some mysteries to solve.  Kiernan is a man she can truly love and respect.  He is also a dishy, intelligent, Scot.  Phoebe and Kiernan are both dedicated to righting wrongs done against people in “lower” classes, which makes them admirable.  I hope you don’t mind the small spoiler there.

Tarah Scott’s research of the time the story is set in, and her detailed descriptions, set the scenes perfectly.  I finished “My Highland Lord” and went immediately to start reading the book before it, “My Highland Love.”

It’s series like these that remind me of why I love romance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m Not Telling You to Buy this Book, but you Really Should Buy this Book if You’re Promoting A Book

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Like many self-published authors, I’ve been on a steep learning curve for the last four years. Sandra Beckwith took an entire mountain out of that learning curve with this book. Thanks to her step-by-step lists, her checklists, her examples of different releases by genre, her impeccably convenient free library references, her free newsletter that is packed with valuable tips…I could go on…

When you purchase this book, you will have the tools you need to write and distribute a press release. Mission accomplished. Beckwith is on my author list. When she releases a new book, or endorses a product, I’m going to pay attention.

 

What Lucy Thinks About Royal Siam Thai

What Lucy Thinks About…

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By Lucy Shannon, Restaurant Critic

 

When my best friend Dana told me that Joe brought her and the family to this restaurant to celebrate the release of Dana Cooks Healthy Food for Kids, I knew it was past time that I checked it out for myself.

I know I’ll be bugging Dana and the family to go there next time I’m in town so I can try some dishes I didn’t get to this time. For example, Gai-Gra-Buang, described as a deep fried ground chicken and shrimp pancake from the appetizer menu. Sour cabbage soup, made with crisp sour cabbage, garlic cloves, black pepper, and your choice of chicken, pork, beef, or vegetarian, also sounds too interesting to pass up on our next visit.

If I wasn’t stuffed from the wonderfully prepared, traditional, me-krob appetizer (sweet crunchy noodles and shrimp, accompanied by bean sprouts and scallions), I would most definitely have ordered the mushroom salad (abalone mushrooms prepared with special Thai herbs, ginger, spices, and lime juice). That’s just the start of what I would like to try.
So what did I try, and what did I think of it? I tried the yellow, red, and green curry. You get to choose from spice level 1-4, or 5 which the chef does not recommend. I chose level 2. Joe was happy with level 4. Apparently he has asbestos in his mouth. He thought level 3 was only starting to be flavorful. I liked all of the curries. They were tasty, the vegetables were fresh and balanced well with the proportion of meat.

Thai iced tea is another star on the menu. Their blend of the traditional sweet drink was really flavorful. Joshua Tree Noodle (stir fried rice flat noodle with bean sprouts, carrots, and your choice of meat or vegetarian) had to be good, right? They couldn’t let them keep it on their menu if it wasn’t. Royal pork is a slight misnomer, because you can get it made with any meat you like. I got it with the pork, stir fried onions, celery, bamboo shoots, and water chestnuts. I thought it was very good with the vegetables and delicious sauce.

One big plus for Royal Siam Thai Restaurant is that they are extremely vegetarian friendly. Dana and I like our vegetables, you know?

Now it’s time for the prices. Appetizers and soups range between $3.95 and $10.95. The daily lunch special has lots of great choices on it and ranges between $7.25 and $8.95 per person. You get a vegetable spring roll, soup, vegetarian fried wonton, entrée, and steamed or fried rice. All were enjoyable. The most expensive entrées on the menu are seafood, naturally, topping out at $15.95.

Thai restaurants aren’t known for their desserts, but this one served two the day we visited.  The tapioca, coconut milk, corn dessert was one of the most unique I’ve tasted.  I would love to have it again.

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Deep Fried Banana Coconut Dessert

It was a great end to the meal. We rolled out of there, happy, satisfied, and looking forward to our next visit.

 

 

If you haven’t read

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yet, you haven’t met the characters of Lucy, Dana, and Joe.  The restaurant and the review are real.

A Must-Read Book

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Don’t you just love reading a stellar book? Julia Ross’s research for The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of your Emotions – Today is inspiring. As a Holistic Health Consultant, I’ve learned more from her about amino acid therapy than I did when I earned my degree in applied nutrition. The Mood Cure is filled with recipes, resources, and practical information. Is it a substitute for qualified care? Not in my opinion. Still, learning what this book has to offer will empower readers to seek out someone who can work with them on this level.

Chapter 13 alone should be required reading for anyone working in mental or holistic health, in my opinion. When I think of all of the suffering that could be prevented…

I highlighted pages and pages of notes on the Kindle version of the book to add to my client’s knowledge base. There is one recommendation that Julia Ross makes that I had trouble with. She advocates a lot of animal protein in the diet. I know a lot of emotionally adjusted vegetarians and vegans. I don’t feel that the amount of animal protein she’s suggesting is right for everyone, or that it’s the only way to go. It is a large disagreement, but if you keep it in mind as you use the book, you’ll be exposed to amazing amounts of useful information that can really make a difference.