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Monday, January 7, 2019

"The Mindset Accountability Journal" by Allie Hudson


REVIEW and EXCERPT
The Mindset Accountability Journal:
40 Days to a New You
by Allie Hudson

The Mindset Accountability Journal: 40 Days to a New You  by Allie Hudson

The Mindset Accountability Journal: 40 Days to a New You by Allie Hudson is currently on tour with Reading Addiction Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my review and an excerpt. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
Are you stuck in a life you want to be different, but have no idea where to start?
The Mindset Accountability Journal will jump-start you to a life you can enjoy living every day. By establishing incremental daily habits, you will embark on a path to gratitude, self-growth, and fulfillment. This journal will help you:
- Discover who you were meant to be
- Shift your focus to what is good and wonderful in your life
- Create an attitude of mindset growth
You will never regret taking charge of your life and living with gratitude. The journey is rewarding and challenging. It takes only 30 minutes each day to make progress with your future, one day at a time.
A portion of the book's proceeds will support BridgeHope, whose efforts enable survivors of exploitation and trafficking to THRIVE!


Excerpt
Tips for Journaling
Write EVERY DAY, even if it is just a small response or a quick idea. Go back and refine ideas that you want to expand on later.
Write in the morning before your mind is filled with the daily distractions.
Write slowly at a speed that gives you time to think as you write.
Choose a writing utensil that is easy to write with and that you like to use.
Look back and read some of your previous entries and continue or refine some of your writings.
Use the things you learn about yourself from your journal to change your daily life.
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Praise for the Book
“… this is a good-looking journal, written by a writer who cares about the happiness and well-being of her readers. The beauty of this book is the genuine enthusiasm and positive attitude emanating from the author. Her signature of caring, her profound belief in the potential of her readers, and the sense of dignity in her writing will certainly lead readers to personal success if they follow this attractive and well-laid- out journal for forty days.” ~ Surfs Up Writers’ Bookshelves

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
The Mindset Accountability Journal is described as “a 40-day journey to becoming your truest self by achieving a Mindset of Gratitude”. You will be asked to commit to spending 30 minutes “every day for the next 40 days focusing on and developing your inner person” and, further, to “use the things you learn about yourself from your journal to change your daily life.”
This journal has a gorgeous cover, which is reason enough to buy it! Each day there is space to write down five things that you are grateful for, followed by daily encouragement, a reminder to read for thirty minutes, space to write one takeaway from your reading, an inspirational quote by a famous person, and space to write an action for mindset change. In addition, the author provides a little extra encouragement every 10 days and finishes with a list of suggested resources for your daily mindset and accountability reading.
There are a few minor editing errors, which are not really acceptable given the small amount of writing therein. The most glaring error is that, in the introduction, the author asks us to read for 15 minutes each day, while the journal itself asks us to read for at least 30 minutes each day.
Nevertheless, today is a great day to start the rest of your life. So, what are you waiting for?

About the Author
Allie Hudson
Allie Hudson grew up in LaGrange, Ohio, and attended Moody Bible Institute, studying education. In 1991, she married Larry Sellers, who passed away of a heart attack in May 2009. In 2010, she married Michael Hudson who passed away of cancer just three years later. In January 2012, Allie lost her corporate job of 20 years because of downsizing in the newspaper business. Throughout this five-year period of three major losses, the only way she survived was to focus on God and trust that He had a plan for her life. After struggling to maintain a daily consistent practice of growth and gratitude, she began a 40-day challenge to practice gratitude and personal growth. That journey taught her the need to help other people develop a daily practice of thankfulness and inspired her to share The Mindset Accountability Journal with the world.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

"Gap-Toothed Girl" by Ray Harvey


REVIEW and GIVEAWAY
Gap-Toothed Girl
by Ray Harvey

Gap-Toothed Girl by Ray Harvey

Gap-Toothed Girl by Ray Harvey is currently on tour with Reading Addiction Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
“Tournament night in a sweltering Las Vegas stadium, and the girl with the gap-toothed smile stood bleeding in her ballet slippers.”
So begins Gap-Toothed Girl, the story of Dusty May, a Lakota orphan with a radiant smile and an iron will, who runs away from the horrific circumstances of her foster home and her foster father - a man of beast-like brilliance and power - to pursue her dream of lightness and ballet, even as her foster father unleashes an army to bring her down.
Part literary fiction, part thriller, part dance story, Gap-Toothed Girl is at its core a tale of human joy and freedom of will - a “fast-paced novel combining the surreal imagery of Nabokov with the psychological complexity of Dostoevsky” to more thoroughly investigate the depths of the human psyche and the indomitable will to succeed, ultimately drilling down into the very nature of happiness, art, and the human soul.

Excerpt
Chapter 1
Tournament night in a sweltering Las Vegas stadium, and the girl with the gap-toothed smile stood bleeding in her ballet slippers. The sodium lights of the arena lay upcast on the low-hanging sky above. An electrical charge hummed through the air: a crackling undercurrent that came neither from the lights nor from the distant heat lightning, but from the galvanized excitement of the crowd.
Before her, some twenty feet away and elevated four feet off the ground, there stretched a long green balance beam, atop which, at the southernmost end, stood eight empty whiskey bottles. The bottles were perfectly upright and in single file. A small springboard crouched in front.
High above her floated a long banner which said, in shimmering red letters:
A CONTEST OF MOTION
She closed her eyes and inhaled. The air was dry. She stood alone upon the stage. She was dusky-limbed, Lakota. She held her breath a moment and then she released it.
When she opened her eyes, her gaze settled on the objects before her: the springboard, the balance beam, the whiskey bottles. The heat hung heavy. A rill of sweat slid between her breasts. She didn’t see the tiny camera-flash explosions igniting everywhere around her from within the darkness of the stadium. She forgot that there were thousands of eyes fixed upon her. She forgot also the pain in her toes and was unaware of the bleed-through and the blood leaking like ink across the entire top part of her slipper.
Offstage in the shadows, a lanky youth in a baseball cap gave a thumbs-up, but it wasn’t directed toward her.
A man with a microphone emerged on stage. He was thin and well-dressed and darkly complexioned.
A hush came over the crowd. The man held the microphone to his mouth. His voice came booming through the speakers with great clarity.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” he said, “ladies and gentleman. May I have your attention, please. Thank you. We are finally at the end of the night, and — my Lord — what a night it’s been. What a competition.”
The crowd erupted.
“We have seen — excuse me, please — we have seen tonight some of the very best dancers in the world, and I’m sure you know this is not an exaggeration. We have only one more to go. Did we save the best for last? Need I remind you that there’s fifty thousand dollars at stake here?”
He paused.
“Now,” he said, “now, then. Do you see this young woman up on the stage with me? I’m told she’s about to do something that only one other person in human history is known to have done, and that was Ms. Bianca Passarge, of Hamburg, Germany, in 1958 — except Ms. Passarge, I am told, was not mounting a balance beam when she did her routine. Can this little girl — all 115 pounds of her — I say, can she do it? Can she steal the money from these big city boys and girls, the Bronx break dancers and West Coast B-Boys and all the others who have astounded us here tonight with their strength and agility and their grace of motion? Folks, we are about to find out.”
The crowd erupted again. The MC turned and looked at the girl on stage behind him.
He winked.
He lowered the microphone and said in an unamplified voice that sounded peculiar to her:
“Are you ready?”
He smiled kindly.
She nodded.
He gave her the A-OK sign with his fingers and nodded back. Then her lips broke open in return, disclosing, very slightly, her endearing gap-toothed smile.
He brought the microphone back to his mouth and turned again to the audience.
“Here we go!” he said.
The crowd went dead-silent in anticipation.
“Okay, okay!” she thought. All ten of her fingers wiggled unconsciously and in unison.
Abruptly, then, the lights above her darkened while simultaneously the lights behind her brightened, and then the music began: fast-paced and throbbing and happy.
She bolted forward.
She sprinted toward the balance beam and with astonishing speed executed a back handspring onto the springboard, vaulting into a full fluid backflip on one foot upon the beam — which in the very same motion turned into another back handspring, and then another, all to within inches of the bottles at the far end of the beam. This entire process took no more than five seconds. Here she paused for a fraction and then performed a half turn. From there she leapt lightly onto the first upright whiskey bottle, which wobbled only slightly under her weight. She placed her other toe catlike upon the next whiskey bottle, and then she raised herself en point to great heights…
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Praise for the Book
“Dusty May won my heart, and so did this story!” ~ Amazon Customer
“A beautiful and beautifully written novel which I loved.” ~ Roberto Munoz-Alicea
“I loved the first part of the story. I'm happy to say the rest of the book is even better. It's genuinely thrilling, edge-of-the-seat, and inspirational. It's the best book I've read so far this year.” ~ C-Lee J.
“An incredible story and must read! My favorite of Mr. Harvey's work to date. In fact, my favorite read of the year! Ray has a unique voice that brings Dusty May to life in this beautiful story of a young woman with a determined will.” ~ TRunn
“You have to experience this wonderful book to believe it.” ~ Lauren Fillmore
“This is by far the best book I've read in a year or more.” ~ Pakeha

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
Dusty May falls in love with gymnastics when she is eight. At sixteen, she runs away from a bad situation in her foster home to achieve her dream, but she must overcome even more harrowing obstacles along the way.
The book begins with a great opening line: “Tournament night in a sweltering Las Vegas stadium, and the girl with the gap-toothed smile stood bleeding in her ballet slippers.” From there, things just get better. The story is populated with intriguing characters and riddled with interesting philosophical discussions. The author has a wonderfully rich and poetic vocabulary, and I was glad for the dictionary function of the Kindle app.
Dusty’s gap-toothed smile doesn’t appear very often but, when it does, it’s glorious. Utterly charming.
Warnings: rape, violence.

About the Author
Ray Harvey
Ray A. Harvey, novelist, essayist, published poet, athlete, and editor, son of Firman Charles Harvey (RIP) and his wife Cecilia, youngest of thirteen half brothers and half sisters, was born and raised in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. He’s worked as a short-order cook, copyeditor, construction laborer, crab fisherman, janitor, pedi-cab driver, bartender, and more. He’s also written and ghostwritten a number of published books, poems, and essays, but no matter where he’s gone or what he’s done to earn a living, literature and learning have always existed at the core of his life.




Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card OR an ebook copy of Gap-Toothed Girl by Ray Harvey.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

"Finders, Not Keepers" by D. E. Haggerty

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
Finders, Not Keepers
(The Not So Reluctant Detectives Book 1)
by D. E. Haggerty

Finders, Not Keepers (The Not So Reluctant Detectives Book 1) by D. E. Haggerty

Finders, Not Keepers by D. E. Haggerty is currently on tour with Reading Addiction Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Make sure you grab your copy, ON SALE for only $0.99 for a limited time.



Description
What do you do with a diamond no one wants? You can’t keep it. Or can you?
While cleaning her ex-husband’s effects out of the attic, Terri finds an exquisite diamond pendant necklace. She’s determined to return the necklace to its proper owner, but the owner was brutally killed, a murder which remains unsolved, and her heirs want nothing to do with the diamond. Terri embarks upon a journey researching charities to which she can donate the diamond. When her research becomes dangerous, Terri contemplates solving the murder herself. Her best friend, Melanie, jumps feet first into investigating the murder, but her neighbor, Ryder, doesn’t want Terri exposed to any danger. Ryder, to Terri’s surprise, also wants to be more than neighbors with Terri. Luckily, he’s prepared to take any measure necessary to keep her safe because someone is determined to stop her inquiries.  
Join Terri on her quest to find a home for the diamond, which may result in the unveiling of a murderer – if she survives long enough.


Excerpt
“We’re totally on to something.” Terri barely had a chance to close her door before Melanie made her proclamation.
Terri’s mouth dropped open, and her bag fell to the floor at Melanie’s words. “Are you out of your mind? We are done playing detective,” she shouted at her friend’s retreating back. When Melanie didn’t respond, she rushed to follow her through the hallway to the kitchen. 
“Oh, please.” Melanie grabbed a beer out of the refrigerator and took a deep drink before continuing, “Your man candy got a bit bent out of shape. Big whoop.”
She could not believe her ears. They had been followed by some thugs and then interrogated by the police as if they were the thugs, and her best friend thought it was all some big adventure. “Don’t you get it? We’re actually in danger. Someone was murdered.”
“I figured it all out.” Terri rolled her eyes and couldn’t wait to hear what exactly Melanie had figured out. “They won’t kill us because we don’t know anything.” 
“Mel,” Terri gritted her teeth and waited for her friend to look at her before explaining, “those men who followed us don’t know we have no clue what’s going on. In fact, they probably think we do know something since they were following us and all.”
“Huh. I hadn’t thought of that.”
Terri fisted her hands before she throttled her friend, although any jury would let her off if they heard the rubbish Melanie was spouting. “Perhaps it’s time to leave the detecting to the professionals?” Terri held her breath as she waited for Melanie to acquiesce.
Melanie shrugged. “Let’s order pizza.” Terri sighed. Her friend hadn’t agreed to stop sticking her nose into police business, but if she was cheating on her diet to eat pizza, then she was more shook up than she let on. Surely, she wouldn’t want to continue nosing around now? Terri could only hope.
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Praise for the Book
“Who knew that one necklace could lead to such adventure. From trying to find its owner to landing herself smack dab in the midst of an unsolved murder, Terri sure had her hands full. And I was entertained the entire time. […] Fingers crossed hers is the next book!” ~ ShannonVM
“This is for you if you like female amateur sleuths, stubborn and determined women, hilarious situations as well as a great combination of cosy suspense, humour, and romance. A funny and suspenseful book to read again; it is the very promising first in a new series.” ~ Karen

 

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
When Terri finds a valuable diamond necklace in her attic, instead of keeping it for herself, she decides to solve the mystery and find the owner. Because … what would Nancy Drew do? Throw in a hot neighbor - who also happens to be a private investigator - and a pushy friend, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a humorous mystery. As Terri investigates, she finds herself getting deeper and deeper into trouble and has to keep reminding herself that she’s “not in a John Grisham novel.”
I love the cute librarian-related quotes at the beginning of each chapter and the bookish references throughout. Unfortunately, both the characters and the plotline are unbelievable, and there are numerous editing errors and problems with the writing: too many physical descriptions and descriptions of actions; too much telling, not showing; extremely repetitive, monotonous storyline, with everyone constantly telling the other characters what has happened; too much similarity in names, e.g., the accountancy firm Schumacher and Scribner and the jeweler Schreibner; insights into other people’s minds even though the story is told wholly from Terri’s point of view.
While this mystery is solved, the author leaves Terri’s story on a cliffhanger, to be continued in the next book in the series.
Warnings: sexual references, violence.

Some of My Favorite Lines
“No way was Terri giving up chocolate, ice cream, or wine. Life was too short to be obsessed with yoga classes.”
“How come all her friends could read her like a book? It was flipping annoying.”
“Her life had suddenly turned into a suspense novel. Surely, things like this didn’t happen in real-life.”
“We’re not in a John Grisham novel.”
“She hadn’t managed to spend more than an hour alone with a book on Sunday. Who could live like that?”
“Judging by the looks other drivers were giving her, they weren’t as excited about the arrival of Monday morning. She grinned at their grumpy faces. To be fair, they didn’t get to work all day surrounded by books. Sucks for them!”
“Please stop creating more drama. We have enough drama without you creating some.”
“Terri put choking her friend at the top of her to-do list. Her friend obviously had a serious problem, and Terri was willing to choke that problem right out of her.”

About the Author
D. E. Haggerty
I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on from my mom's Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew to Little Women. When I wasn't flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed.
College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear.
After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law.
But being a lawyer really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out being a B&B owner wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before following the husband to Istanbul, where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go.
But ten years was too many to stay away from my adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.
Finders, Not Keepers is my thirteenth book.


Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card.

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