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

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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.

 

 

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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.

Excellent Tool for Writers

Do you love finding an exceptional new tool? I do, and now that I have the Kindle edition of “Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing” by Mignon Fogarty (2008) I may have a tough time purchasing a paper copy of a reference book in the future. The search feature adds loads of ease to answering my grammar and usage questions.

Mignon Fogarty is knowledgeable and fun to read. Who can use this book? Anyone. I typed my question directly into the search feature and results stacked up. I was usually able to find the answer to my query right there in the search results without opening each one to see if it was the right one.

This book makes editing and proofreading a snap!