Posted by: suzan | November 20, 2017

The Chosen Knights Author Book Tour

If you like adventure filled with fun and danger, then you’d enjoy reading The Chosen Knights by Mary Ting aka M. Clarke. Set in present time with references to the age of the Templar Knights, archangels Lucia, Zachary, and friends are on a mission to prevent an evil being from taking over Earth and dominating over humans. There are demons, angels, and other supernatural beings in this exciting book and every step of the way some type of surprise gets thrown in.

Lucia, Zachary, and their uncle are sent to the “human” world to find some missing teenagers. Thinking it’s just a typical angel mission, the team finds themselves involved more than originally planned. Along the way the meet a human teenage boy, Jack who tells them he is descended from the Templar Knights. As the mystery slowly unfolds itself, Lucia and her team of friends find themselves transported to another era in order to find the missing pieces of an ancient book that can bring back the ages of darkness and evil. With the help of some not so angelic beings, Lucia makes discoveries of herself as well and finds that falling in love with a powerful demon may be her ultimate downfall.

Synopsis:

When teens go missing in Hawaii, a group of demon-hunters—half human and half angel—disguised as high school students, must leave Crossroads, the place where they reside. In a race against time, they uncover the mystery connecting the missing teens, which dates back to the era of the Knights Templar. However, when they discover one of the Templars passed down a book containing all the secrets and codes to finding a particular treasure, they soon realize this forbidden treasure needs to be found before Cyrus, the lord of the possessor demons, acquires it—a treasure which been safeguarded and hidden from him.

There is only one problem: the pages containing the clues leading to the treasure is missing. When the first page is found, Cyrus threatens to kill more descendants of the Knights Templar if it is not given to him by Friday the thirteenth. In the midst of threats and discovery, the demon-hunting angels find they are not alone when supernatural beings begin to reveal themselves. Can they put their differences aside and work together to solve the Knights Templars’ cipher? As they astral travel to the past, they witness a lot more than they have bargained for. And some things are better left unseen.

 

You can read The Chosen Knights on its own or read the prequel, Angel Knights where it tells the beginning of Lucia and Zachary. The Chosen Knights is the first book in The Secret Knights series and it is a book filled with incredible descriptions of angels, demons, monsters, and astral projection. There is some light comedy, some very sweet romance, and adventurous fighting among the angels and supernatural monsters. Great for young adults and teens with clean language and no explicit content.

For more info about The Chosen Knights, please visit Goodreads: (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28266640-the-chosen-knights?ac=1&from_search=true) and Amazon: (https://www.amazon.com/Chosen-Knights-Secret-Book-ebook/dp/B01D744ITE)

Author Bio:

International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

Author links:

https://twitter.com/maryting

http://marytingbooks.blogspot.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryTing

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4388953.Mary_Ting

Thank you Xpresso BookTours and Mary Ting for the ARC and the book tour!

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As 2017 is winding down (still can’t believe how times flies by!) let’s refresh our memories of all the important things we must do for our health. If you’ve accomplished any of the healthy goals you set out for yourself this year then congratulations. If not, then it’s never too late to start!

We talked about starting the year off right with cleaning up your health, your home, and your life.

Clear out the clutter in your mind and life. Most of us nowadays have either more than one job or are working parents or stay at home parents with several kids. No matter what, we all have some kind of clutter lingering in our minds and lives. Ask yourself is it necessary to hold on to damaging thoughts and feelings. Think about what those detrimental thoughts are doing to your health and to your life. Are they affecting your way of living or your loved ones? Do they cause you so much stress that you barely have time for doing anything relaxing? Find healthier solutions to resolving these harmful lingering thoughts in your head and move on. Even a little bit of stress can cause health problems later on in life.

We also talked about eating more super seeds and berries and how they greatly benefit children.

Seeds and berries have been eaten for many centuries and are often used to boost health and increase longevity. Some are also used as medicinal purposes and most are easy to add into our daily meals. I’ve been eating certain types of seeds and berries since I was a child and started giving my son the same type of seeds and berries when he was younger as well. Our favorite health-boosting berry is the Goji berry, which originated in China and have an awesome amount of health benefits. Goji berries were used in ancient times to increase one’s overall immunity as they contain high levels of antioxidants. They’re naturally sweet and versatile and make a great snack for adults and children.

And we talked about boosting our nutrition intake by finding out what’s making us tired or cranky or not be at full potential.

Determine the type of nutrients your body is lacking.We all fall short to eating unhealthy now and then but we don’t have to let our bad food choices define who we are and what we want to achieve. If your body is lacking in certain types of nutrients, be it Vitamin D or Magnesium, determine what causes you certain illnesses or imbalance in your life. Do you feel fatigued all of the time? Perhaps your body lacks enough B complex vitamins which includes B1, B2, B6, and B12. B vitamins are known for a multitude of benefits for the body and B5 and B12 helps convert carbohydrates into glucose which gives your body the “fuel” it needs to thrive. The best ways in getting more proper nutrients into your body is of course through natural foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, lean protein, and healthy fats. But if you don’t have enough time to consume all the necessary nutrients your body needs on a daily basis, then adding in supplements is important. Take vitamins and supplements from reputable brands that can trace their source materials and offer you a complete spectrum of supplements to choose from.

We also talked about reducing food waste and teaching our kids the importance of not being wasteful.

Reduce at the Grocery Stores – Some may live on very limited monetary budgets while others have more money than they can use. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be careful when we’re grocery shopping. Grocery stores need to make money off of us therefore stores will line their shelves with thousands of types of food that we don’t really need. Factor in the food they place at checkout counters and stands, it’s no wonder that America waste so much food every year and gain unnecessary weight. Do we really need that extra pack of chips or cookies? Most likely not if you’re just buying for the sake of buying. In order to reduce waste in grocery store shopping, make a list of what you plan to buy based on what you want to cook during the week. Find creative recipes if you’re stuck on what to make for dinner. Don’t buy groceries on an empty stomach as feeling hungry can send visual signals from your sight to your brains leading you to want to buy more food. Turn on your “blinders” so that you are only buying what is on your list and what your family truly needs. Consider how much money you can save by only buying what you need and not what looks good at the moment in the grocery stores.

And another important topic is about reducing sugar intake. This is especially important for children as having too much sugar at an early age can lead to bad food choices and later on major health problems.

It is hard to stop having sugar altogether, but there are ways to limit our daily intake of it. According to the American Heart Association, women should consume no more than 100 calories of added sugar and men consume no more than 150 calories of added sugar. Preschoolers should not consume more than 170 calories of added sugar a day (or 4 teaspoons), children ages 4-8 consume no more than 130 calories of added sugar ( or 3 teaspoons), and pre-teens to teens should consume no more than 5-8 teaspoons of added sugar. Children under the age of 2 years old should not be given added sugar at all because the calorie needs of children in this age group are lower than older children and adults, so there is little room for food and beverages containing added sugars that don’t provide them with good nutrition. In addition, taste preferences begin early in life, so limiting added sugars may help children develop a life-long preference for healthier foods.

As the months went by, we also talked about eating a spectrum of colorful fruits and vegetables.

Engage your kids to make healthier food choices by having them pick out a few of their favorite Crayon colors. If they don’t have crayons, then bring along colored pencils or even markers, just as long as the colors are an equal assortment – blue, green, red, orange, etc. Then have them go around the produce aisle and compare the colors to the various fruits and vegetables. They will have so much fun and be amazed at how colors are important in nutrients and taste. Try this when your kids are young so that you can do this for at least a couple of years until they grasp the concept of buying fruits and vegetables in an assortment of colors.

We then talked about buying organic versus non-GMO products.

So what exactly does non-GMO infer? GMO, or genetically modified organisms, refers to plants, animals, and other organisms whose genetic material has been changed in ways that do not occur naturally. Such instances would be products that have been manufactured in a “lab” rather than from traditionally-grown seeds from original crops. In order for food to be labeled as “non-GMO”, the food must be made without ingredients that derived from genetically altered or manufactured organisms. For meat, poultry, dairy and eggs, the “non-GMO” labeling indicates animals were not fed a diet containing genetically engineered crops.

And we rounded off our 2017 Health Start posts with choosing smart foods for smarter students.

In a perfect world our kids would do exactly what we tell them and eat wholesome, nutritious food all the time. But, the reality is that most kids don’t really know the difference between an artificially-colored cereal with 30 grams of sugar per tablespoon and one sweetened only with natural fruit juices. Eating well means eating food that are rich in vitamins, wholesome nutrients, and less artificial flavors and colors. But to help little minds grow exponentially, kids need to eat certain types of food found to have targeted benefits for the mind and body. Below I’ve listed a few that can be beneficial as well as fun for kids to eat.

And then, tips on preventing and reducing stress for both adults and children. I suggested 10 ways of reducing stress:

1 -Write Things Down. Write about your thoughts, feelings, triumphs, and fears.

2. Make a List. Lists help you stay in focus and centered.

3. Go outside. Being with nature helps us see the bigger picture.

4. Read a Book. Books can temporarily take us to another place in time and forget about everything else.

5. Dance. Dancing can help release happy emotions.

6. Sing. Singing a happy tune lifts our mood.

7. Talk. Talk to someone who can help you see a brighter future. Listen to your kids and allow them to let their feelings out without judgement.

8. Volunteer. Helping someone else makes you think of another person instead of yourself at the moment.

9. Garden. Flowers and plants bring joy in our lives. Dig your hands into the soil and let your emotions pour out into the earth.

10. Sleep. Sleep replenishes our body and our mind and puts us in a better mood.

So there you have it. The year 2017 is rounding off pretty quickly so take extra time to care about your health. Nothing is as precious as your well being so find ways to eat healthier, think healthier, and act healthier.

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Posted by: suzan | November 14, 2017

“Kiss The Ground” LIVE Event

Our world is changing drastically. Some for the better, some less desirable. But the ever-changing world should always have one decree, and that is to protect our planet for many more millions of years.

Today, on Facebook LIVE (https://www.facebook.com/kissthegroundbook), celebrities, fans, and folks around the globe will come together to celebrate Earth and talk about a new collaborative effort in preserving and nurturing nature while helping people choose healthier foods.

WHAT IS KISS THE GROUND?:

The KISS the GROUND book launch with Ian Somerhalder, Amy Smart, and other celebrities has reached capacity, so we’ve decided to go LIVE from the ‘Green Carpet’. THRIVE, Annie’s, nutiva and Bonterra in association with KISS THE GROUND, makers of the short film, The Compost Story will be your will be your hosts.

Join acclaimed journalist and Sundance award winning film director Josh Tickell, celebrities Ian Somerhalder, Sin City’s Rosario Dawson, American Brawler’s Amy Smart, Fargo’s Frances Fisher, Ryland Engelhart , owner Café Gratitude and Kiss the Ground co-founder who will read excerpts from the book on how to transform your grocery list, kitchen, diet and ultimately the planet.

WHEN: Tuesday (Today, November 14, 2017) from 7pm-9pm Pacific Time

WHERE: On the KISS the GROUND Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kissthegroundbook

WHO: Excerpt readings by Celebrities Ian Somerhalder, Rosario Dawson, Frances Fisher, and Amy Smart.

 

Here’s a link to the Youtube video of Kiss the Ground: https://youtu.be/AhUd1X_Ni58

So join us today on Facebook to talk about the book and to celebrate a healthier life and planet.

(https://www.facebook.com/kissthegroundbook)

 

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Posted by: suzan | November 8, 2017

The Year of the Knife Author Book Tour

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Set somewhere in a mystical world, The Year of the Knife, by author G.D. Penman weaves an intricate and gripping tale about magic, aliens, and the macabre. British Agent Sullivan of the Imperial Bureau of Investigation investigates anything of the paranormal and supernatural. Going about her usual business of catching bad guys, she inadvertently gets thrust into the biggest mystery of the century. As one of the best agents of the Bureau, Agent Sully suddenly finds herself using her magical abilities to the limit all the while playing a dangerous cat and mouse game with the constant phrase of “It is The Year of the Knife” taunting her. Does she eventually catch this bad guy (or guys) who is hell bent on getting revenge and killing anyone who gets in the way? You’ll have to pick up the book to find out what the surprise ending has in tail for you.

Here’s the synopsis of the book: 

Agent -Sully- Sullivan is one of the top cops in the Imperial Bureau of Investigation. A veteran witch of the British Empire who isn’t afraid to use her magical skills to crack a case. But Sully might need more than a good education and raw power to stop the string of grisly murders that have been springing up across the American Colonies. Every one of them marked by the same chilling calling card, a warning in the form of a legion of voices screaming out through the killers’ mouths: -It IS tHe YEAr oF the KNife.-

Sully’s investigation will drag her away from the comforts of home in New Amsterdam, the beautiful but useless hyacinth macaw that used to be her boss, and the loving arms of her undead girlfriend, in a thrilling race against time, demonic forces and a shadowy conspiracy that will do anything to keep its hold on power and ensure that Sully takes their secrets to her grave, as soon as possible.

The Year of the Knife is a compelling tale of magic and monsters and a hold-onto-your-seat kind of story. The book isn’t for the faint of heart and each descriptive scenario is well thought out. Full of magic and comical moments, The Year of the Knife is fun and compelling read with a very surprise twist at the climatic ending. You can pre-order The Year of the Knife at the following retailers to be released on November 28, 2017:

Xpresso Book Tours is also running a giveaway through November 23, 2017. The prize is a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner! Enter here for the giveaway: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232118/
Author’s Bio:
G D Penman writes Speculative Fiction. He lives in Scotland with his partner and children, some of whom are human. He is a firm believer in the axiom that any story is made better by dragons. His beard has won an award. If you have ever read a story with Kaiju and queer people, it was probably one of his. In those few precious moments that he isn’t parenting or writing he likes to watch cartoons, play video and tabletop games, read more books than are entirely feasible and continue his quest to eat the flesh of every living species.
Author links:
The Year of the Knife is published by Meerkat Press.
Thank you Xpresso Book Tours and G.D. Penman for the ARC and being a part of the author’s tour!

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Posted by: suzan | November 8, 2017

Choosing Hope Author Book Tour

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Relationships and marriages. Some are great and memorable, some are despicable and detestable. In the story of Choosing Hope, by author Holly Kammier, all of these fit the description of Hope Sullivan’s idyllic relationship and marriage. What she thought was a perfect thing became her downfall.

The synopsis of Choosing Hope by Holly Kammier:

A broken marriage.

A love affair.
A lie that changes it all…

Hope Rains Sullivan is living the dream—a successful husband, two beautiful young boys, and a charming home in Northern California. She should be happy. She almost convinced herself she was, until Adrian came along.

Adrian, appears to be everything her husband isn’t. He works with his hands, and is even willing to use them in a fight. He’s sexy, strong and fit, with warm brown skin that alludes to his Spanish background. Best of all, he lives for spending time with his kids. Feeling alone in her marriage, Adrian offers her a way out

Hope’s affair is just the beginning. Her journey inward will require untangling her complicated past and surviving an astonishing revelation. Her lover is not who he pretends to be.

She’s searching for her happily-ever-after, and no matter how painful the journey, she’ll find what she’s been looking for all along—the chance to choose Hope.

Choosing Hope is currently on sale at the following retailers:

 
Xpresso Book Tours is also offering a giveaway through November 16, 2017! The prize will be a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. Enter here for the giveaway: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232131/

 

My review of Choosing Hope by Holly Kammier:

Wow, this book really talks about the struggles of a relationship. It makes you wonder who people really are and what they may be hiding underneath the surface. While parts of the book were really intense, other parts felt unnecessary. But I suppose in a book that talks about abuse in a way, there are certain topics you must understand fully in order to grasp the horrors of abuse.
Choosing Hope is a great title as life really is about choosing oneself in order to be at peace. In a perfect world we would all have perfect relationships and perfect families. But in the case of Hope Sullivan, her idyllic life of a perfect marriage was just that – a dream since childhood. As she slowly peels back the layers of her marriage, she realizes that love is an obscure thing, an image that can be conjured up to live a life of luxury and bliss. When Hope becomes fed up with her husband and her marriage, she turns to the one man who had her back when she was younger.
But oh, the heart and the mind do deceive indeed! What she thought could be a perfect new life with her lost love doesn’t necessarily work out as planned, Hope realizes that self love is more important than any love with a man. As she journeys through shocking revelations, Hope unravels but eventually picks herself up, dusts off the bitterness, and begins a new life on her own.

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Author Bio:
Co-owner of Acorn Publishing, Holly Kammier is a UCLA honors graduate and an accomplished content editor. With a background in journalism, she has worked everywhere from CNN in Washington, D.C. and KCOP-TV in Los Angeles, to the NBC affiliate in small-town Medford, Oregon.

Holly is the best-selling author of the novel, Kingston Court, and Could Have Been Hollywood, a memoir. She recently completed her third book, Choosing Hope, a spin-off from Kingston Court. Choosing Hope is a harrowing story of passion and deceit, and the things we do for love.Holly resides in her hometown of San Diego, California, close to family and friends. A world traveler in her younger years, these days when she isn’t writing or working with new authors, she spends much of her time hanging out with her two boys, Josh and Alex. Holly is an avid reader with a passion for timeless books and beautiful writing. She also enjoys long walks with her Jack Russell Terrier, romantic movies, and making her mischievous sons smile wider.

Author links:
Choosing Hope is published by Acorn Publishing.
Thank you Xpresso Book Tours and Holly Kammier for the ARC and being a part of the author’s tour!

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Like everything else in life, there must be a balance in order to prevent stress. But stress more or less can be at times unpredictable and it effects virtually everyone. For me, if I let stress accumulate over time instead of finding ways to relieve them, I feel completely drained and my usual good humor flies out the proverbial window. I suffer, my husband suffers, my son suffers, my household suffers, and then I just feel completely depleted. I’m sure I’m not alone here when I say I’ve had stress burnouts in my life where everything felt utterly helpless. But through time and years of experience I was able to find ways to help me deal with stress. I’ve made a list of 10 ideas but you can always find safe and sensible ways of helping you relieve stress. These ideas can also be used on children as kids can accumulate stress depending on their age.

10 Ways of Relieving and Dealing with Stress:

1- Write things down – This is by far my most favorite. When you write things down to help you remember, you have an actual tangible thing within your reach. You can just pick up that piece of paper (or your phone if you write notes on it) and reference it anytime. Or if you have the time, start a personal journal and write in it as often as you can. Just like in school, writing things down helps connect your brain to the words. That’s why writers can just go on writing for days on end because writing can be a form of catharsis that liberates you.

2- Make a list – I’m a total list writer and I learned this trait early on from my mom. Perhaps I was kind of forgetful when I was a teenager and when I moved away from home to study for college, I remembered my mom’s sage advice. Writing lists help you focus and bring everything back in front of you. Your list can be anything to help you deal with whatever stress you are feeling.

3- Go outside –  There’s something about being out in nature that just calms the soul. But you’d have to literally go someplace where it’s not stressful or strenuous for the eyes. Our eyes connect us to our feelings so try to go to a park or the ocean or lake. Anywhere that takes you away from your daily life stress.

4- Read a book – I always say, read a good book and your spirits will be lifted. Choose a book from a favorite author or a bestseller from a favorite genre. Books can create vivid images in the mind and take you to other places in your soul. For children, pick a book that’s funny and touching. Or adventurous and daring. Anything to help them take their minds off their troubles and sadness.

5 – Dance – Dancing around whether you’re an expert or have two left feet always seems to get the jitters out. When you’re stressed, your body releases certain stress hormones that can be damaging to your health. When you’re feeling happy or want to feel happy, your body releases oxytocin, which is a mood lifter and a natural antidepressant. So crank up the tunes, let your hair down, wiggle your arms and feet, and dance your butt off!

6 – Sing – Like dancing, singing either softly or belting your lungs out gives you a sense of freedom and euphoria. It’s because music has a connection to your brain that triggers emotions. Sing a happy song or a favorite song when you’re stressed and soon those pressing troubles will float away.

7 – Talk – Talking to someone you trust is a good way to beat stress. You don’t necessarily have to see a psychiatrist to get your emotions out. When you talk to a trusted person, they can help you see things from a different perspective which is often the case to why you’re feeling so stressed – you can’t get out of your own stressful mind. For children, let them talk out their feelings without interrupting them. One of the things I find kids dislike is being interrupted when they’re trying to talk to you or when they’re angry and they can’t express their feelings properly.

8 – Volunteer – The old adage about feeling better when you’re helping someone else is pretty much true. When you’re helping others you are thinking of them instead of yourself. You no longer feel the need to think about your own troubles when you see that you’re lifting someone else’s troubled mind. For children, check out local charities that take children as volunteers. It could be an animal shelter, a beach cleanup, or a fundraising event. Volunteering your time and effort is in itself, a reward.

9 – Garden – Gardening is like bringing in new life. Dig your hands into the soil and you connect with an intrinsic part of your soul. When gardening, you’re touching flowers, leaves, and soil. Nature brings their own form of magic that is mystical yet almost anyone can feel a connection to. It could be something as simple as a sunflower or a pot of herbs. Giving even a small part of your effort into your garden (whether indoor or outside) can bring unparalleled results.

10 – Sleep – Sleep is one of the best ways of reducing stress. In fact, less sleep can induce stress because your body hasn’t gone through its crucial cycles during the night. The body goes through several stages of sleep cycles and when you don’t go through all the cycles, your body and mind becomes disruptive and unclear throughout the day. Even taking a nap during the day helps too. Kids especially benefit from full sleep and naps. Because their minds and bodies are constantly changing and growing, sleep helps their body catch up to their active mind.

So, remember that stress can drain your health and leave you with long term health problems. While some experts may argue that a little bit of stress is good for the adrenaline, I personally don’t abide by that theory. Stress, even an innocent part of it, can accumulate over time and when it’s not dealt with properly, eventually you’ll feel overwhelmed and incapable of relieving that stress.

Children should learn to deal with stress at an early age. Get them into the good habit of thinking positively and making positive outcomes. And while you’re at it, take that advice and apply it to yourself. When you feel stress so does everyone else around you.

 

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Posted by: suzan | November 2, 2017

Breathless Book Review and Book Tour

Breathless, by author Leigh LaVelle is one of those stories that leaves you with a happy feeling at the end. If you’re looking for a feel good story that’s full of heart and redemption, you’ll enjoy Breathless. Currently on the Xpresso Book Tour, Breathless, written by USA Today Best Selling Author Leigh LaVelle, can be purchased through Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072C7FR4D/.

Synopsis:

A sassy new romance from a USA Today Bestselling Author… Breathless (Yoga in the City, #1)

After moving cross-country yet again, Hannah Roberts wants to put down roots in Colorado. She’s sunk her life savings into a share of Bloom Yoga Studio, but the studio is losing money, and fast. The building is undergoing a messy, noisy renovation–and the hot carpenter in charge is distracting her yoga students in more ways than one. If Hannah can’t talk the hard-bodied builder out of his power tools, she might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.

When Jake Marshall returned from Afghanistan, he brought back an injured knee and a lot of bad memories. He just wants to finish this renovation, rehab his knee, and head for Alaska to leave it all behind. A sexy yoga teacher doesn’t fit into his plans. But when Hannah offers him private sessions in exchange for quiet hours—he’s all in.  He doesn’t expect that while she’s healing his knee, Hannah will poke at all his hidden wounds…and come dangerously close to breaking open his heart.

My review of Breathless:

I have to begin by saying I haven’t read a really good Contemporary Romance story in a long time and when I read Breathless, I was so glad to be a part of this blog tour. Leigh LaValle’s Breathless is one of those books that leave you with a deliciously warm and happy feeling at the end. Breathless is a sweet, touching, and inspiring book filled with many funny dialogue and moments. The main characters, Hannah and Jake aren’t your traditional couple but their struggle to find themselves and each other makes you hope to have a relationship like theirs. Love is never easy especially when you’re trying to avoid it. And with Hannah and Jake, their relationship went from great to rocky to finally an ending that left me completely happy and satisfied. They are the couple that you want things to work out for them because they struggled so much between not wanting to be dependant to needing each other because of their independence.

Hannah Robert’s life wasn’t easy. She was raised by a single mom and left on her own when she was twenty years old. She struggled to live on her own and to essentially learn that she couldn’t depend on anyone else except herself. After failing at several romantic relationships, Hannah swore off men – especially hot and troublesome men like Jake Marshall. Jake was your quintessential golden boy, a man admired by many and adored by women. Hannah tried hard not to fall for his charms and persistence but sometimes love comes when you don’t want to love.

Jake Marshall lived a meaningful life when he was younger. Talented and intelligent, his life literally spiraled out of control when the Afghanistan war left him bitter and scarred. He vowed never to fall short of his promise to his fallen soldiers and thus never letting anyone get too close to his heart. But with Jake, love and acceptance were two of the main things he felt he didn’t deserve yet ultimately found with Hannah.

Breathless was an extremely well-written story that was so easy to read from beginning to end. I felt the struggle with these two characters and I cheered them on when they needed it. Not often do writers have that talent of letting you feel what the characters feel and be a part of their journey throughout the story. In Breathless, I felt like I was there with Hannah and Jake and cried, laughed, and felt the same frustrations as they did. Their journey in life wasn’t easy yet when they both allowed themselves to accept each other, they realized that loving oneself first was the most important path to take.

Breathless was also such a funny read! Ms. LaVelle’s words are comical, endearing, and straight forward. I instantly liked Hannah because of her own self-deprecation. She was a Yoga instructor yet didn’t fall into the typical “yoga instructors” that you might see in Yoga studios and advertisements. She was beautiful inside and out and it was the love and desire from Jake that finally brought her out of her own fears.

And Jake. Sigh…he was described as a total hunk but with a heart of gold. Full of talent and bravery, Jake was every woman’s dream and desire. I loved Jake’s character as well because he was fallible even with his good looks and charming personality. He felt real and genuine and although he didn’t let anyone in close enough to see his true pain and guilt, he didn’t let it hinder him from being a great person.

Breathless will leave you breathless with wonder and fulfillment. You’ll learn a lot of things about Yoga and climbing mountains and architecture. And in the end, you’ll be happy and satisfied that Jake made the right choice and finally dealt through his pain and guilt.

Giveaway:

Xpress BookTours is also running a wonderful giveaway during the Breathless Book Tour. The prize is as follow:

  • $25 gift card to Amazon or BN

  • 3 Kindle copies of Breathless

Enter here by November 9, 2017: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232103/

Author’s Bio:

Leigh LaValle is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and historical romance. She lives in Montana with her family. When she is not chasing kids, bemoaning the laundry, or carving out time to do yoga, she is sneaking away to write. She would rather read than sleep, and cannot imagine a better job than writing romance. She is also a certified yoga teacher, but is not nearly as flexible as she once was.

Awards and Nominations
RT Book Reviews 4 stars…..TOP PICK Night Owl Reviews….Nominated BEST HISTORICAL The Romance Reviews….Nominated for Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award…Nominated Best Historical Romancing Rakes

Author links:

http://www.leighlavalle.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5432973.Leigh_LaValle

https://www.facebook.com/leigh.lavalle

https://twitter.com/Leigh_LaValle

Thank you to Xpresso BookTours and Leigh LaValle for the opportunity to review Breathless and for the Book Tour.
*The giveaway is not hosted by Happymomblogger or connected to Happymomblogger.

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Posted by: suzan | October 23, 2017

Halloween Screams and Frightening Things

Halloween owl wreath

Halloween is literally my most favorite holiday of all the holidays. Although I’m not sure it can be categorized as a “holiday” because schools aren’t closed and neither are banks or post offices. But the day itself is a long-standing tradition and it’s pretty much celebrated throughout the world.

I’m not a big candy eater but my son and husband can get a bit crazy come Halloween time. The sweet treats and costumes have already been in stores back in September so it’s tempting to want to buy some traditional candy. I have to admit I do love to indulge on some candies during Halloween but I have to reign it in when it comes to eating the entire contents of candies in the trick-or-treat bag. Because if I left my son to his own devices, he’ll probably do just that – eat the entire bag of sweets.

So this Halloween I’m going to start a new tradition on my blog: finding creepy and scary stuff that can be both entertaining and frightening. Enjoy yourselves this Halloween!

HALLOWEEN COSTUMES GALORE!

Because we all love the royalty (right?), this year why not dress up like England’s royalty? Real Simple magazine came up with some fun ideas on how to dress like members of the royal family for Halloween: https://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/halloween/royal-family-halloween-costumes

And because I love books so much, here are ideas for literary costumes: https://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/halloween/book-character-costumeshttp://www.readbrightly.com/19-book-inspired-halloween-costumes-kids-parents

And some fun and easy last minute costume ideas: http://www.womansday.com/style/fashion/g490/20-clever-last-minute-costume-ideas

Prince William CostumePrincess Kate in white suitQueen Elizabeth II Costume

YUMMY TREATS THAT AREN’T TOO SCARY:

When it’s time to serve up some sweets and treats for the kiddos, try these easy and fun recipes. To make them healthy, use natural ingredients and avoid artificial food coloring and flavor: http://blog.mabelslabels.com/halloween-recipes-for-kids/

Yummy Mummies

http://www.parents.com/recipes/scoop-on-food/fun-ideas-for-healthier-halloween-class-parties/

https://www.marthastewart.com/1502343/halloween-treats-desserts

http://www.foodnetwork.com/healthy/photos/healthy-halloween-recipes

http://deliciousliving.com/products-we-love/hauntingly-healthy-halloween-swaps

HALLOWEEN ENTERTAINMENT FOR EVERYONE:

Besides the usual trick-or-treating and parties, there are lots of other fun things to do on Halloween too. So if you’re not too keen on dressing up for Halloween, check out these fun ideas instead.

Pretty Pumpkin Decoration Candy

http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/everything-kids/13-nights-of-halloween-is-back-heres-the-movie-lineup/

http://www.parents.com/parents-magazine/parents-perspective/12-halloween-happenings-for-families-around-the-country/

http://www.parents.com/holiday/halloween/decorating/deck-the-howls-with-these-easy-halloween-crafts/

And of course we can’t leave without any scary and bone-chilling books to read!:

 

Chosen (The Urban Legends Series Book 1) by [Broadhead, R.S.]

 Chosen – An ultra-creepy novel written by R. S. Broadhead that you should read with the lights on and definitely not late at night! This book isn’t for the kiddos though (or the faint of heart). Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fYFlux

Three Heart Echo – Another bone-chilling novel written by Keary Taylor that will have you wondering about spirits and the paranormal. This book isn’t for kiddos either. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2uFj117

Roald Dahl – Celebrated author of both children and adult books. A list of books for any age but the adult ones will have you wondering about his fantastical mind! https://www.roalddahl.com/global/roald-dahl-titles

Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler and Will Terry

These ones are definitely okay for kids: http://www.readbrightly.com/frightfully-fun-halloween-stories-kids

http://www.parents.com/holiday/halloween/games/books-and-movies-to-get-kids-ready-for-halloween/

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/b/books/holidays-festivals-kids/halloween-kids/_/N-29Z8q8Zu22

HALLOWEEN FUN FACTS:

The tradition of Halloween has been around for centuries. Originally called All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints Day, the Halloween of now incorporates some of the old traditions as well as some new ones. Whether or not you believe in scaring off ghosts by dressing up to confuse them, Halloween can be a fun and safe holiday with lots of learning potential.

Learn about the tradition of Halloween: http://www.parents.com/holiday/halloween/traditions/fun-facts-about-the-history-of-halloween/

And some cool ideas for the whole family: http://www.parents.com/holiday/halloween/traditions/halloween-traditions-for-family/

So this Halloween, scare up some fun for you and the family with these awesome and cool ideas!

 

 

 

 

*photo courtesy of marthastewart.com

Posted by: suzan | October 17, 2017

The Rise of the Dawnstar Book Tour

A beautiful cover with a sweet story. The Rise of the Dawnstar is the second installment to The Last of the Firedrakes. Set in a fantasy land, there are magic, mysteries, and twists and turns along the way. Magic is both renowned and forbidden and the heroine, Aurora Firedrake must conquer an evil queen, make nice with several kingdoms, and take back what is rightfully hers.

In The Rise of the Dawnstar, expect to read some exciting world building, longing romances, and lots of magic. Throw in many deceptive characters and you have a well-written novel that’s great for anyone who loves a good YA Fantasy story.

Here’s the synopsis:

Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.

The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it’s only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world.

With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm’s ancient magic—the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen.

Aurora might have survived her first battle against Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun…

Xpresso Book Tours is also running a GIVEAWAY during the blog tour for The Rise of the Dawnstar! Prize pack includes print copies of books 1 and 2 and swag. Contest is open to both US and Canada. Enter here for the fabulous giveaway: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232091/.

For more info about Xpresso Book Tour’s The Rise of the Dawnstar book tour, check out where everyone will be at! http://xpressobooktours.com/2017/08/03/tour-sign-up-the-rise-of-the-dawnstar-by-farah-oomerbhoy/

*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours and Farah Oomerbhoy for the ARC and the opportunity to be on the book tour!

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As parents, we know that giving our kids proper nutrition helps them become stronger in body and mind. We prefer our children to be successful in all areas of life but sometimes part of growing up is dealing with all the complexities and pitfalls that may appear. However, we could help our kids bridge the gap between being successful and not knowing how to reach their goals. That’s why nutrition plays such a crucial role in our children’s lives and how eating the right types of food can help their minds and bodies.

In a perfect world our kids would do exactly what we tell them and eat wholesome, nutritious food all the time. But, the reality is that most kids don’t really know the difference between an artificially-colored cereal with 30 grams of sugar per tablespoon and one sweetened only with natural fruit juices. Eating well means eating food that are rich in vitamins, wholesome nutrients, and less artificial flavors and colors. But to help little minds grow exponentially, kids need to eat certain types of food found to have targeted benefits for the mind and body. Below I’ve listed a few that can be beneficial as well as fun for kids to eat.

      Eggs – Eggs are full of nutritious benefits and most kids enjoy eating them. Eggs contain high-quality protein and the egg whites are rich in selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. Egg yolks contain more calories and fat. They are the source of cholesterol, fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K and lecithin. While moderation of egg yolks is recommended, the yolks contain important minerals and fats that are necessary for brain and muscle growth. Try scrambled eggs with chives or green onions or egg salads with some mustard and mayonnaise made with olive oil.

           Leafy greens – Green veggies such as spinach, kale, and mustard greens are full of great health benefits that are important for kids. Green vegetables contain magnesium, Vitamin K, lutein and zeaxanthin which are crucial for eye health. Green veggies are also full of antioxidants so kids can stay healthy and learn well at school. Try a basic stir-fry with bok choy or spinach and garlic. Or bake them in the toaster oven for a crispy and healthy treat.

          Nuts – Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, and pecans are rich in omega fatty acids which are considered the “healthy” fat and have numerous health benefits. Walnuts in particular, are particularly rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which boosts brain health and are abundant in antioxidants. Try a mixture of nuts for a unique flavor and boost in vitamins and nutrients. If your child doesn’t fancy nuts as much, try having them drink non-sweetened almond milk, replace peanut butter with almond butter, or blend them into fruit smoothies.

           Fish – Fish is filled with Omega-3 fatty acids for increased mental health and tons of great vitamins and minerals. Fish contains vitamins D and B12, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium. Try giving your kids grilled fish and fish sticks made with a light batter. For lower calories and more health benefits, try fish sticks that are baked with rice flour or quinoa.

     Berries – Berries contain a whole assortment of health benefits. Dark berries such as blueberries, cherries, and blackberries contain higher amounts of polyphenols – which helps prevent certain diseases and illnesses due to its antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Blueberries and raspberries also contain lutein which is important for healthy eyes and sharp vision. Try dark berries frozen or fresh. Chop up some fresh berries and put them in yogurt (which is also great for kids) or make popsicles using frozen berries and organic almond milk. Most children enjoy eating berries so serve them up whenever possible!

          Whole Grains – Whole grains contain all of the parts of the original kernel—bran, germ, and endosperm and are essential to growing a healthy mind and body. Whole grains contain essential minerals such as iron, magnesium, selenium, and zinc. Whole grains also contain the important B vitamins thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate, and certain whole grains such as amaranth also contain vitamin C. Try whole grains such as brown rice and quinoa. Stir-fry brown rice with eggs and green onions for a delicious and healthy fried rice. And try quinoa in soups and stews.

        Spices – Spices can do so many wonderful things. Spices are usually dried forms of various seeds, roots, and vegetables so they are fairly easy to add into any meal. All spices have health benefits but certain kinds have specific targeted benefits. Certain spices such as cinnamon and vanilla bean are fun to add into sweet foods and have delicate flavors that kids enjoy. Most of the health benefits of spices are anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants, and antibacterial. Other spices also help with cognitive function, eyesight, and induce sleep. Not all spices are safe for young children however, so it’s best to stick with ones that are commonly sold in supermarkets. Whenever possible, buy organic spices to ensure they have not been treated with toxic chemicals. Try sprinkling cinnamon and nutmeg into hot cocoa for a very unique and flavorful warm beverage. Add some bay leaf into your spaghetti sauces or chicken soup and make it a regular routine to include it in your dishes.

For kids, when it comes to finding the right balance between eating right and eating junk food, know that most junk foods have no nutritious qualities or benefits. They are essentially just fillers in your child’s day and can often fill them up so quickly that real meals don’t get eaten. Junk food should be avoided as much as possible and the best way to do that is to not keep them in the house. Choose and buy healthier snacks and keep in mind that the sooner kids eat healthier, the better chances they’ll have at maintaining a healthy outlook on life.

For some great ideas on kids supplements for a healthier mind and body, check out Delicious Living’s article: http://deliciousliving.com/supplements/how-choose-best-supplements-kids?cid=nhbc

*photo courtesy of abouthealthyfoodguide.

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