* UNEXPECTED LOVE by Kristy Kryzczak *

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Inez and Jason, make a lovely couple, but add Jimmy to the mix and we’ve got an uncomfortable situation in Kristy Kryszczak’s, debut novel, UNEXPECTED LOVE (GirlFridayProductions). It’s BookSpark’s latest novel in their Fall Reading Challenge 2016.

Inez Champlain is a professional girl in her 30’s, working as a free-lance beauty writer in Manhattan. She and her BFF, Sam have the world on a string as they navigate the bars and single life as only young, attractive and unattached ladies can! Being a writer, Inez spends a lot of time holed up in a diner called Ruby’s, named after the owner Ruby who has seen it all, plus some. Ruby fills in as Inez’s pseudo mom in the big city! Inez has also become friendly with Archie, a homeless guy she regularly brings coffee and food to when she walks past his space. There is no boyfriend in her life, nor does she see one on the horizon – until -Jason Parkson! MR. PERFECT & THEY FALL IN LOVE!

At the party to introduce Inez to the family, Jason’s brother, Jimmy is there. It so happens, Inez and Jimmy have met before and things are about to get very complicated.

Kristy has fun with her characters and writes a fast-paced chick-lit novel that would be perfect reading, served with a chilled glass of pinot noir.

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A former actor and beauty publicist in New York City, Kristy Kryszczak relocated to Naples, Florida, to enjoy all that the Gulf Coast has to offer. When she isn’t creating captivating fictional love triangles, Kristy is busy working as a director of special events and communications. She also blogs about her adventures living on Florida’s Paradise Coast, the writing life, marathon training, and aspiring to live with gumption. She is a dog mom to her cockapooMaisy Mae, and enjoys cooking and hosting get-togethers for family and friends.

You can follow Kristy on Facebook or check out her website   http://www.kristykryszczak.com

CHANGE MAKER by Rebecca Austill Clausen & GIVEAWAY

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Just in Time to help you deal with the stress of the upcoming Holidays, BookSparks’ introduces a new line of She Writes Press books:

* A SURVIVOR’S GUIDE TO HOLIDAY MADNESS! *

If you’ve ever wondered about communicating with those who have passed, CHANGE MAKER (She Writes Press) by Rebecca Austill Clausen’s might be an interesting book  for you to check out. It’s targeted for people who find themselves struggling in their daily lives, especially on their spiritual paths. It’s certainly something that may help anyone in these uncertain times.

I must say upfront, I’m open to reading just about anything. I’ve read a lot of books that would be called “new age,” and my approach is, there’s always something to be learned. I ask that you have an open mind. Reading this memoir might be the life changing experience you need.

Rebecca Austill Clausen discovered that she could communicate with her brother after he died. Following this realization, a world she never imagined opened up to her, even as she thought she was losing her mind and feared family and friends would never believe her and colleagues might lose total respect for her. She had to find a way to make her spiritual awakening and eventual spiritual transformation work within the reality of her everyday life. She was a science-based expert in the field of occupational therapy and she had a growing rehabilitation center to operate.

Rebecca Austill Clausen believes her brother’s death woke her up and made her examine her own life. With humor, honesty and insight, she asks us to ponder the meaning of life and challenges us to look inside ourselves for answers. Each chapter of CHANGE MAKER explores spiritual beliefs, understanding and ends with an “Illumination” ― guidance, suggestions, encouragement, and inspiration for readers who wish to pursue their own spiritual journey. The end result is a book that blends the best of memoir, self-help, new-age philosophy, and inspiration.

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Rebecca Austill-Clausen grew up in New England and now lives in the rolling hills of Chester County, PA. She graduated summa cum laude with an advanced master’s degree in occupational therapy from Boston University, and holds a BS in Occupational Therapy from Utica College of Syracuse University. She has initiated hundreds of occupational therapy programs nationwide, serviced over 100,000 clients, and founded highly successful rehabilitation private practices in PA, DE, NJ, LA, and NM. Austill-Clausen has written for eleven professional publications. CHANGE MAKER is her first book.

Connect with Rebecca on Facebook or Twitter @RebeccaAustillC

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Thanks to She Writes Press for providing a copy of CHANGE MAKER for an honest review. We have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us the one thing you’d like to change about yourself – something important, not your handwriting, or something lame like that. We’ll announce a winner Monday.

Have a lovely weekend.

 

 

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WELCOME DECEMBER & CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR LATEST WINNERS! WE’VE BEEN A BIT REMISS IN  ANNOUNCING OUR WINNERS, SO IT’S TIME TO CATCH UP.

WE APPRECIATE EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTS OUR BLOG, “THOUGHTS ON THIS ‘N THAT” – WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT ALL OF YOU – OUR AUTHORS, READERS, PUBLISHERS, PUBLICISTS, FELLOW BLOGGERS AND FRIENDS.

SIX DAYS IN LENINGRAD                                    ROCHELLE B.

IN THE BLUE HOUR                                               LINDA H.

BEAUTY & ATTENTION                                         DAWN O.

ACCIDENTALLY IN LOVE                                      DONNA I.

CRIMINAL ZOO                                                        CARYN S.

THE WAITING ROOM                                             LAURA T.

LOVE LITERARY STYLE                                        SALLY C.

THIS TRIP WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE              JESSICA M.

MIRACLE AT MIDLIFE                                           MAKI B.

ALL THE BREAKING WAVES                               MELISSA A.

NOTE TO SELF                                                         VERA W.

FINALLY … WISHING HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL, AS WE ENTER THIS SPECIAL MONTH! BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER. TAKE A BREATH WHEN YOU WANT TO SCREAM OR CLONK SOMEONE OVER THE HEAD. WE’VE ENDURED A LOT  THIS YEAR AND THE PRESSURE IS ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE. PLEASE, TAKE A MOMENT FOR YOURSELF AND FOR YOUR FELLOW HUMAN BEING. WE REALLY HAVE SO MUCH TO BE GRATEFUL FOR.     fa-la-la-la-la-latte! cindy  xxx

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SIZE MATTERS by Cathryn Novak

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In SIZE MATTERS (She Writes Press), Cathryn Novak’s debut novel, the thing that matters most is that her book at one-hundred and thirty-four pages leaves you wishing for more. It’s like being served your favorite dessert and having one bite of the cake put before you, instead of a whole slice.

John Frederick is an isolated, sweet, sympathetic character who lives to eat. Lexie is a warm, caring, insecure girl just graduated from culinary school, looking to be hired by someone who truly appreciates her cooking. She’s hired to be John Frederick’s personal chef after a parade of others have been fired. They develop a relationship based on food, musical theatre, freshly brewed exotic tea and sharing their vulnerabilities.

Gastronomic references are sprinkled throughout the narrative – Lexie’s eyes are the color of “blueberry sorbet mixed with cream,” and a dashed hope is a “soufflé that has collapsed.” Novak obviously likes and is protective of her characters, poking gentle fun at their childlike qualities.

SIZE MATTERS is about what happens to a person when their life changes and their routine is thrown for a loop. It’s a difficult experience and people either adjust, or turn into themselves shutting the world out. There were occasions while reading SIZE MATTERS, I  felt I was reading a magical children’s book. It’s delightful in its simplicity and heartfelt feelings.

Again, I wish SIZE MATTERS was longer; at one-hundred and thirty-four pages, it’s certainly the appetizer and not the meal. That’s probably one of the best compliments you can give an author, wanting more!

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Cathryn Novak has had a love affair with words that began as soon as she could read. After graduating with a degree in Communications and Public Policy from U.C. Berkeley, Cathryn did a stint in advertising before devoting the rest of her professional career to public service. During that period she wore many hats including speech writer, policy analyst, and investigative report writer. Her monograph on the Los Angeles Police Commission, The Years of Controversy, was published by the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C. Now retired, Cathryn has returned to her first love, the world of fiction. SIZE MATTERS is her first novel.

You can connect with Cathryn on Facebook or Twitter @CathrynNovackAuthor

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AN ADDRESS IN AMSTERDAM by Mary Dingee Fillmore & GIVEAWAY

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 She Writes Press’ continues Fall Reading Challenge 2016 with Mary Dingee Fillmore’s, AN ADDRESS in AMSTERDAM.

An Address in Amsterdam was born in 2002 in our second apartment, when our landlord revealed that Jewish people had been hidden in an attic just above us.  They were last seen trying to escape over the rooftops as the police shot at them.  I felt their presence, and imagined who they might have been and what had brought them there.  My heroine, Rachel Klein, and her parents began to come to life, first in faint pencil sketch lines and slowly filling in.  I hungered to learn more about their world.  Somehow, I had been placed in the midst of it, and it was my obsession and duty to find out what their lives had been like, and what had configured their choices.”

             Mary Dingee Fillmore, Author, AN ADDRESS IN AMSTERDAM (She Writes Press)

Mary Dingee Fillmore, spent thirteen years researching, writing and rewriting  AN ADDRESS IN AMSTERDAM, the fictional story of a young Jewish woman, Rachel who joins the underground to fight against the Nazis. The book is also an expression of her love for the city – its canals, centuries-old houses reflected in the water and so much more. But, as any lover learns, beauties also hold other truths. Eighty percent of its Jewish population was deported and murdered by the Nazis during WWII.

After writing AN ADDRESS IN AMSTERDAM, Mary has definitive thoughts about why it was important for her to write this story. “I could well have been a colluder or collaborator, watching my neighbors being rounded up – or a resister. But it’s also my story because it’s that of everybody who has ever been hated. Each of us has hated, and been hated. The book is about where that hatred can lead, and how one young Jewish woman found the courage to resist. So can we.”

Very well shared, especially in these very unsettling times.

maryMARY DINGEE FILLMORE’S BACKGROUND:  After a lifetime of private creative writing, I was seized by a subject too important to hide in my journal or a letter to friends. Living in a house where Jewish people were hidden inspired my novel, AN ADDRESS IN AMSTERDAM. Since my first lengthy stay in Amsterdam in 2001, I have been visiting, researching, writing, and talking about the Holocaust and resistance in the Netherlands. No, I’m neither Dutch nor Jewish, just a lover of the city of Amsterdam and its people, living and dead. I would have been a neighbor of the deported citizens had I been alive at that time, and I will always wonder whether I would have colluded passively, collaborated, or resisted as I would hope.

For more information about Mary Dingee Fillmore, check out her websites at http://www.maryfillmore.com  and   http://www.seehiddenamsterdam.com

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Thanks to She Writes Press for providing a copy of AN ADDRESS IN AMSTERDAM for an honest review. We have one copy to giveaway. (USA only) Just tell us which one of the many novels about the Jewish experience during WWII you have enjoyed reading the most. We’ll announce a winner next Monday, December 5th.

NOTE TO SELF by Laurie Buchanan, PhD & GIVEAWAY

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Just in time to help us deal with the stress of the Holidays, BookSparks’ introduces a new line of She Writes Press books:

* A SURVIVOR’S GUIDE TO HOLIDAY MADNESS! *

Baggage! We all carry it with us through our lives.

Wouldn’t you just love to change somethings in your life? Perhaps a bad habit, or two, or three? Lasting change is difficult. Many of our habits are deeply part of who we are, but it’s never too late to change. With some effort and determination, you’d be surprised at what you can achieve.

NOTE TO SELF: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth (She Writes Press) by Laurie Buchanan, PhD is about dumping emotional baggage – something that’s especially important when we realize that we don’t just pack for one; we pack for a bunch. In NOTES TO SELF, each of the seven selves: self-preservation, self-gratification, self-definition, self-acceptance, self-expression, self-reflection, and self-knowledge, has characteristics, wellness types, and dark sides. Each plays an important role in our overall health, harmony and well-being.

NOTE TO SELF is full of real-life emotional examples, as well as “keys” at the end of each chapter offering tips, techniques, and exercises all designed to help us unlock baggage, examine it, and dump it permanently. The point is to  lighten our load – discover a lighter, joy-filled you!

FYI: Chances are you’ve read self-help books, attended workshops, meditated your way into unconsciousness, but once you sift through all the mumbo-jumbo, one concept guarantees to annihilate your worry, stress and anguish. What is it? Once and for all! All it takes is a little gratitude. Maybe a lot. Think about that when you’re sitting down to the Thanksgiving table today.

NOTE TO SELF might just be the best gift you give to yourself, or someone you love this Holiday.

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For the past fifteen years Laurie Buchanan, PhD has worked as a holistic health practitioner and transformational life coach, embracing the philosophy that “whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.” Buchanan has helped hundreds of clients turn intention into action, bridging the gap between where they are and where they want to be. Buchanan lives with her husband in a 600-square-foot carriage house (circa 1865) in the Pacific Northwest. You can check out her out on Facebook, Twitter @TuesWithLaurie or her blog                                                                                                                                           www.tuesdayswithlaurie.com .

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Thank you to She Writes Press for providing a copy of NOTE TO SELF for an honest review. We have one copy to give away. Just tell us something you’re grateful for this Thanksgiving! We’ll announce a winner Monday. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

FRANKLIN, LINUS, SALLY, CHARLIE BROWN, PEPPERMINT PATTY, SNOOPY AND MARCIE

 

ALL THE BREAKING WAVES by Kerry Lonsdale & GIVEAWAY

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