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101 Crazy Simple Things You Can Add To Your Daily Routine That Will Help You Start To Lose Weight Today!
101 Crazy Simple Things You Can Add To Your Daily Routine That Will Help You Start To Lose Weight Today!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ‘Chew more’ and other little habits to form, June 25, 2016
Author Don Martin is deeply immersed in the real estate sector operating Martin Properties as a "Graduated Real Estate Services" company helping people at varying levels to sell their home. Having studied at Vanderbilt University he has embraced a wide variety of interests from music, working with recording studios and radio stations. Next interest - marketing and servicing fine German, British, and Italian sports cars. Now his focus is on real estate and in addition to his own Martin Properties, he has taught marketing, sales, and contract writing, and is also currently involved with writing and speaking. The background is there and his manner of writing gives the reader the confidence that is so often lacking in the real estate world. He has written eight books on the topic of real estate. But he has also written two books on Grow Your Own Tomatoes and the Tomato Diet, and as these books are more recent, it seems that Don’s expertise on weight control is growing equal to his real estate experience.

Keeping a book about weight light (or is that ‘lite’) is a major achievement. In his Introduction he makes is book’s mission clear: ‘In this short work, I'm going to deal with some of the pointers I have picked up over the years about little things that you can do- habits that you can develop that will gradually help you achieve your weight goals. We are not dealing with a huge life-changing, overnight ripsnortin diet. We are doing with little bits and pieces of things that you can do to change your weight. Pick one or two and start there. Add them to your daily routine. Let them settle in if they will. Then add another one or two. Build on it. These are Pointers that I have collected for myself I have used them to varying degrees and to the degree that I have continued to use any one of them, they are all good. They're all successful, and they all work. Pick the ones that interest you most in the beginning. Start using the ones that you like and/ or find interesting. Keep with it. After about 2 or 3 weeks, this practice will become a habit. Add habits to your habits. Slowly.’

What follows in twelve pages are 101 little alterations in your routine that can be changed to help you lose weight – things like ‘If you have a sitting job, stand up every half hour, Get seven or eight hours of sleep daily, Do not use food bars as meal substitutes, Snack on raw vegetables, Eat your meal(s) in front of a mirror, Make water your beverage of choice with meals, Throw out your “fat “ clothes, Reduce your plate size, Don’t eat standing up, Stop when your body has had enough, Add red pepper flakes to your larder and on and on.

These wise bits of advice are easy habits to form and that is why they work. Think, remember, do it enough times until it becomes natural and off goes the weight – easily! Excellent little book of ideas. Grady Harp, June 16


Natural Alternatives To Sugar: How Sugar Can Devastate Your Health and What Natural Sweeteners You Can Use Instead
Natural Alternatives To Sugar: How Sugar Can Devastate Your Health and What Natural Sweeteners You Can Use Instead
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5.0 out of 5 stars ‘So many people have absolutely no idea just how dangerous sugar is to their health.’, June 25, 2016
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British author Marilyn Glenville, PhD has written before about the dangers of sugar in 1997 and in the opening of her book she acknowledges the assistance of her nutritionists and informs the reader, ‘This has been an interesting book to write, as there is so much confusion on different websites about natural sweeteners. As well as looking at the information, it is important to know the source and then to weigh up and evaluate that information from different sources. I have known about, and written about, the health risks of sugar since I wrote my first book NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO HRT in 1997 but it is only recently that it has really hit the media’s attention and it is a subject I am very passionate about… Back then, fat was seen as the bad guy and the emphasis was all on buying low fat and no fat foods. Fat was deemed to be fattening and the cause of heart disease and obesity. This has always infuriated me.’

In her lucid introduction Marilyn states, ‘Sugar really is the enemy, not fat. If you want to live a healthy, happy, long life, it is absolutely essential that you get to grips with your sugar habit. The vast majority of people are addicted to sugar – there is evidence to show that your body reacts to it pretty much as it would to crack cocaine. The more sugar you have, the more your body craves, as it becomes de-sensitised. Sadly, food manufacturers, the media and even the health service have helped to ladle more and more sugar into your diet. It’s time to ditch the sugar and save your body, time to beat sugar cravings and learn how to eat real food, rather than empty, harmful calories. It is totally possible to reset your taste buds and recalibrate your body. The results are, quite frankly, extraordinary. Without sugar in your diet, you will feel better, brighter and clearer in mind and body. You will protect yourself from a large number of serious health conditions and many old aches, pains and niggling health concerns may disappear as if by magic. Even moderate sugar intake on a regular basis can create or exacerbate a huge number of conditions; from fungal infections, mood swings, mucous production, low energy and libido, to brain fog and memory problems, inflammation and general lowered immunity. Once your blood sugar levels stabilise, you will have more energy and you will undoubtedly sleep better. You will also notice a huge array of cosmetic effects – losing sugar will gain you a slimmer body and a clearer, brighter complexion.’

What follows is one of the more enlightened explorations of sugar and its dangers. She separates her discussion into digestible sections - The History of Sugar, What is Sugar?, What is the Problem with Sugar?, Sugar and Weight Gain, Sugar and Heart Disease, Sugar and Type 2 Diabetes, Sugar and Alzheimer’s/ Dementia, Sugar and Cancer, Sugar and Stress, Sugar and Ageing, What are the Alternatives?, Reading Food Labels, What to Eat to Stop Sugar Cravings, The Five Day Sugar Detox, Should You Take Supplements? And finally many excellent Sugar-Free Recipes.

It would be difficult to find a more concise and well-researched book on the subject – in addition to a book as accessible and enjoyable to read as this fine accomplishment by Dr. Glenville. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, June 16


Children's Books: The Pirates of the Pond: (A beautifully illustrated bedtime story, beginner readers, ducks, lions, cats, monkeys, mice, rhyming picture book). (Sleepy Time Beginner Readers Book 3)
Children's Books: The Pirates of the Pond: (A beautifully illustrated bedtime story, beginner readers, ducks, lions, cats, monkeys, mice, rhyming picture book). (Sleepy Time Beginner Readers Book 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars ‘Just like a dream, they sailed between the lily pads, or so it seemed...and poof they were gone!’, June 25, 2016
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Francis Keene is a rather new face on the children's books landscape and a very welcome one at that. Having just read SING WITH ME as an introduction - a book of poems with excellent illustrations, it is interesting to see that the magic in that book is carried through with the book, THE GOOD MANNERS OF CATS with superb illustrations by Abira Das! Now, joined with Abira Das again, we are offered THE PIRATES OF THE POND. The book is written for the age group 2 - 8 years.

Once again the story is written in charming rhyme and opens on a stormy night where a pirate ship is on the lawn pond where Pirate Froggy is in charge. On board are the parrot with a spyglass, mice and cats dashing about, an octopus swabbing the deck, lunching ducks, a momma cat reading to her kittens, monkeys lunching, sleeping lions – all adding to the atmosphere and joy of what Francis and Abira have created.

The illustrations are superb, the rhymes are musical, and any child would love the colorful story and pictures as a perfect bedtime treat. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, June 16


Craobh (A New Druids Series Book 2)
Craobh (A New Druids Series Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars “I have a man. An expert in pain. I’ll have him come round your office in two days.”, June 25, 2016
Canadian author Donald D. Allan was born in Ottawa to Scottish immigrants. Though he offers very little biographical material either connected with this book or on his website, we do catch a glimpse of the character we are about to meet in his self description as `a geek and a mild nerd who finds solace in all things science and science fiction/fantasy. He prefers the written word over pretty much every other kind of entertainment or media source - his escape from the harsh realities of life and reading lets him explore all the worlds that can be imagined.' He is living at the present in Virginia with his family but plans to return to Canada soon. He is a novelist of fantast, science fiction and urban fantasy. DUILLEOG was Book 1 of A New Druid Series: CRAOBH is Book 2

Donald's subject matter for this series of books is the Druids, and for those who need memory jogging the following is offered: A druid was a member of the educated, professional class among the Celtic peoples of Gaul, Britain, Ireland, and possibly elsewhere during the Iron Age. The druid class included law-speakers, poets and doctors, among other learned professions, although the best known among the druids were the religious leaders. Very little is known about the ancient druids. They left no written accounts of themselves, and the only evidence is a few descriptions left by Greek, Roman, and various scattered authors and artists, as well as stories created by later medieval Irish writers. While archaeological evidence has been uncovered pertaining to the religious practices of the Iron Age people, "not one single artifact or image has been unearthed that can undoubtedly be connected with the ancient Druids." Various recurring themes emerge in a number of the Greco-Roman accounts of the druids, including that they performed animal and even human sacrifice, believed in a form of reincarnation, and held a high position in Gaulish society. Next to nothing is known for certain about their cultic practice, except for the ritual of oak and mistletoe, their doctrine of the immortality of the soul and reincarnation or metempsychosis - the souls of men are immortal, and that after a fixed number of years they will enter into another body.

What Donald has created in this new novel is a story of indeterminate time in which he offers his own view of the Druids, particularly in the character of on Will Arbor. He does offer a very fine (and lengthy) Epilogue to his DUILLEOG, and while that fleshes out the story for the reader who is encountering this series for the first time, that is helpful. But in his synopsis he clarifies and states, `Will Arbor returns to realm of Belkin and the powers of the draoi. Will Arbor, the last of the druids, returns to his journey to locate and discover answers in the Draoi Manuscript. Will is thrown into the machinations of the Sect of the Church of the New Order, and must fight to survive against powers that surpass his own. The Lord Protector puts into motion events that will pit those who would protect the realm against those that would seize control over the minds and bodies of its citizens. Will Arbor will find unexpected allies as he struggles to understand the balance of magyc and where he fits into Gaea's plans. Return to Turgany County and the realm of Belkin. A quiet land quickly descending into chaos and turmoil.’

Will Arbor is a fascinating character Donald has created and on that obviously will maintain the readers' interest through this series of very strange details about the druids. In this second volume of the series we are serviced with more background history, allowing the reader to understand, place, time, and characterizations. This is turning into a very successful series! Grady Harp, June 15


Exmo (Bound For Freedom Book 1)
Exmo (Bound For Freedom Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars ‘Are there no normal men out there? I don’t need a Greek god or a movie star caliber guy.’, June 25, 2016
Marilyn Cruise teams with J. L. Rush in this new erotica series BOUND FOR FREEDOM of which this is Book 1. Marilyn has published another series THE CHAPEL SERIES and has a total of six books of erotica published. She also writes under another pen name, books that are historical romances and ones based on Norse mythology.

It is always rewarding to find that an author can switch genres of writing successfully and Marilyn most assuredly in one of those gifted authors. She (and her writing partner JL Rush) understands the now very popular Erotica arena and yet continues to write solidly constructed stories that weave the erotic elements into the escapade naturally. Readers my question the title – EXMO – and it is the acronym for ex-Mormon. The author obviously understands the intricacies of the Mormons, as she is able to sculpt her heroine’s dilemma realistically.

The synopsis is well stated: ‘I am weak, but also strong. My heart is broken, but fierce. I have given my all to my marriage and religion, yet have received nothing but pain in return. Now I start the journey of reclaiming my life. I am ready to become an exmo. Determined to escape a controlling husband and a lifetime of oppressive Mormon indoctrinations, Liz yearns to explore the previously forbidden parts of herself she has kept locked away—especially the darker sides of her sexuality. However, freeing herself from the past takes much more than she ever imagined. When Liz meets Daniel, a sexy Danish journalist, he shows her a world without limitations, where pleasure rules, and where obedience to him can grant her the experiences and freedom she seeks. But the new world goes completely against everything she once believed. Brimming with storms of ecstasy and emotional pitfalls, this carnal paradise is something she is entirely unprepared to handle.’

From the moment Liz meets Daniel on the steam rises. Marilyn writes the erotica scenes (and there are many of them) very well indeed. If this is Volume I of BOUND FOR FREEDOM Marilyn and JL have a winning concept and method of expressing it. Watch for Volumes II and II soon. Grady Harp, June 16


Stress: Stress Management Bible: What You Must Know About Becoming Carefree - How to Reduce Stress, Anxiety, Worrying & Depression (Coping Techniques Stress ... Business Stress, and Happiness Book 1)
Stress: Stress Management Bible: What You Must Know About Becoming Carefree - How to Reduce Stress, Anxiety, Worrying & Depression (Coping Techniques Stress ... Business Stress, and Happiness Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars ‘Diminishing stress can prompt numerous advantages including enhanced welfare and enhanced relations.’, June 25, 2016
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At last we have some biographical data on Cory Spring! He is ‘an author, entrepreneur, and educator who writes extensively about self-help. He is dedicated to helping men become the best version of themselves, by giving them the tools, mindsets, and principles to succeed. Cory Spring has endless passion on discovering the most practical, cutting edge self-improvement techniques in the world, and is willing to share what he learned to people who also follow the interest.’ Up to this point we have known him as Cory Spring (with David Chuteman) and together they have the C.S. Lifestyle Academy publishing many books this year on such topics as STEPHEN CURRY, SPIRITUALITY, PREGNANCY GUIDE, MARRIAGE, STRESS MANAGEMENT, CREATIVITY, STRESS- DETOXIFYING YOUR BRAIN, AND MEN’S STYLE, REANIMATING EDUCATION, REIKI, STYLE and many more. Each of Cory’s books is geared toward assisting the reader into paths of a more comfortable, happier, stress free life, and the manner in which he writes is so accessible that it is easy to fall under his tutorial coaching spell. And that is a compliment.

As expected Cory opens with an Introduction that is accessible and makes the reader comfortable to learn. ‘Stress management includes methods intended to outfit a man with powerful coping mechanisms for dealing with mental stress. Definition of stress: Stress management defines stress precisely as a man's physiological reaction to an outside boost that triggers the "battle or-flight" reaction. Our increasingly busy lives cause our minds a great deal of strain. Stress is mental strain brought about by challenging, tiring or difficult circumstances. Stress doesn't simply influence our mental state and mood; it influences our physical health also. When we are exceptionally stressed, a hormone called cortisol is discharged into our circulation system, suppressing the functioning of our resistant, digestive and conceptive structures! That is the reason it is so imperative to practice stress management-to keep our minds and bodies healthy! Stress management consists of making changes to your life if you are in a consistent stressful situation, preventing stress by practicing self-consideration and unwinding and managing your reaction to stressful situations when they do happen. Before we proceed onward to stress management methods, it's critical to note that not all stress is terrible! Stress is really a survival reaction when our body thinks that it is in peril. That is the reason our sympathetic sensory system kicks in and makes our heart rate increase and gives us a burst of the vitality hormone, adrenaline, so we can manage whatever situation is being tossed at us. This is also called our flight or battle reaction.‘

Cory divides his book into the following sections: What Are the Warning Signs of Stress?, Role of Exercise as stress relief, Why Stress Management is so Important for Your Health, Types of exercise help with stress management. Breathing exercises for stress management, Put exercise and stress relief to work for you, Stick with it, The Right Approach to Exercise and Stress Management, The sleep and exercise mix for better stress relief, and the very valuable Tips to relieve Stress.

This is yet another well prepared and written self help book by a man who is dedicated to helping men become the best version of themselves, by giving them the tools, mindsets, and principles to succeed.
Grady Harp, June 16


Children's book: Roy's Stethoscope: Listening to the Music of the Heart (The human body series for young scientists age 4-8)
Children's book: Roy's Stethoscope: Listening to the Music of the Heart (The human body series for young scientists age 4-8)
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5.0 out of 5 stars ‘The voices of the heart’, June 25, 2016
Israeli radiologist and author Dr. Aviv Hirschenbein, MD works as a Senior Radiologist in Hadassah Medical Center, Israel, teaches young medical students, and is a member of the Governmental Committee for the definition of RIS (Radiology Information System). He holds several patents in CT and also is a highly regarded researcher, especially in the arena of ear disease. This is his children’s book debut. For his book he engaged the talents of Moti Berkovich as Illustrator and Yaron Regev asTranslator.

Aviv has a gift for rhyming and he opens his book with the following scene – ‘Roy isn’t going to kindergarten today; he doesn’t even want to play. His head aches and his throat hurts with a pain so deep, all he wants to do is sleep.’ Roy’s father takes him to see Dr Joy who reassures him his temperature is normal – and then takes out her stethoscope and the curious Roy requests an explanation. Dr Joy explains the function and the means of working and shows him how to examine the heart. She further explains the anatomy of the chest and how to find exactly the spot to hear the heart beat. Roy listens too, and hears his heart beat. Dr Joy gives him a little anatomy lesson about the heart, and at the end of the exam Roy has not only learned about the stethoscope but also about his heart anatomy – and is reassured that he only has the flu!

Aviv follows the story with some solid facts about the heart, exercise, medical history. The book is vey well written, perhaps a bit too advanced for the intended audience of ages 4 – 8, but for learning purposes this book would benefit youngsters and even adults to learn about Medicine in the kind and caring way Aviv shares it. Grady Harp, June 16


GAY ROMANCE: The Big Apple (First Time Gay, Small Town Romance Meets the Big City, Artist, MM Romance) (New Adult Contemporary Romance)
GAY ROMANCE: The Big Apple (First Time Gay, Small Town Romance Meets the Big City, Artist, MM Romance) (New Adult Contemporary Romance)
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5.0 out of 5 stars ‘Kentucky was all he ever knew.’, June 24, 2016
The handsome young Scott Willis (according to the website for Moon and Stars Press) ‘sizzles in the scorching south, in his cozy historic home that he believes to be most surely haunted. He loves reading crime drama, true crime books, and watching paranormal TV. Scott has been with his partner, Isaac, for 10 years now and together they have 2 cats, Sue and Billy Ray. He enjoys exploring new erotic story ideas based on things he’s experienced or things he wants to experience.’

As mentioned before in another review of his work, Scott takes a step beyond other erotic authors and keys in on his story, preparing the stage for the very steamy erotica that the gentleman on the cover of his book suggests. He opens with a bus ride in Kentucky that introduces Edwin and Will and the subject of moving to New York City begins.

Scott’s synopsis gives the outline: ‘Edwin has always assumed his whole life that he didn’t deserve true happiness. Kentucky wasn’t exactly the nicest place when it came to openly gay artists like him, but it was the only place he’d ever known. He could never move away from it. He figured he’d never be able to fulfill his dreams of going to art school and having a thrilling romance with an attractive man. But when he meets Will one day on his morning commute to work, everything changes. Will gives him the courage to gamble on everything and give up his quaint Kentucky life for the bustling New York City. Edwin never expects to see Will again and soon after moving to New York, he forgets about the magnificent man. But when Will comes rushing back into his life, Edwin can’t believe his luck. Is this Edwin’s chance at the magnificent romance he’d always dreamed of?’

As for the erotica aspect few can top Scott’s foreplay and mainstage – he writes is so naturally that we are voyeurs. This young man has a strong future! Grady Harp, June 16


Pee On It and Walk Away: How to Stay Stress-Free Among Difficult People. Life Lessons from Superdog Abby
Pee On It and Walk Away: How to Stay Stress-Free Among Difficult People. Life Lessons from Superdog Abby
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5.0 out of 5 stars Resolving conflicts: Wisdom from animals, June 24, 2016
Esther Yang and Roger Ziegler are two talented thinkers and writers and psychologists to come up with this hilarious, entertaining and very wise series of animal’s lessons on how to avoid stress in bad situations. The photographs are not only well created but are also of high quality - and again show that Esther and Roger have a zany sense of humor.

Some whoppers include ‘Have a snack. When your mouth is full, you are less likely to bite off someone’s head’, ‘Calm yourself by chanting, meditating, or doing a rain dance’ (this from a recumbent kangaroo), ‘Life is short, think BIG. Don’t ever beg or settle for crumbs’, ‘If the room stinks, don’t fart more’, ‘Make sure your own butt is clean first’, ‘Don’t let them live in your head rent free’, and on and on. The drawings and photographs absolutely fit the emotion!

This is a great gift for special friends and for keeping handy when the world is not spinning in your intended direction – or when you just need a hefty laugh! Grady Harp, June 16


Arriving
Arriving
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alchemy!, June 24, 2016
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Os Clavelitos is an “American Samba” band based in New York City, who creates original music combining traditional Brazilian rhythms (samba, baiao, bossa nova, frevo as well as cha cha and bolero) with English lyrics. According to their excellent PR statements, ‘With band members from Brazil, Japan, and the U.S., the six piece ensemble celebrates Brazil’s rich musical heritage, while incorporating their eclectic performing backgrounds in “Latin”, indie, jazz, pop, and folkloric styles. Over a forceful rhythmic core of drum and hand percussion, guitar and bass express an ever-shifting harmonic frame for lithe melodies, sensually delivered by vocalist Chieko Honda. Each piece has a clarity of storytelling, achieved through thoughtful lyrics and creative, focused arrangements - variously employing accordion, cavaquinho, flute, saxophone, and layered vocals to articulate a precise emotional arc for the listener. Sharing their stories of travel, memory, community, and loss (and Tom Cruise, really!), Os Clavelitos make a welcoming, big-hearted sound, inviting you to their samba parade, where we are all ‘Arriving’ joyfully home in our shared humanity.’

The ensemble is Chieko Honda, vocals, Anthony Lanni, guitar, backing vocals, Dan Kendall, bass, cavaquinho, accordion, backing vocals, Livio Almeida, tenor and soprano sax, flute, Uka Gameiro, drums, percussion, and Arei Sekiguchi, percussion.

The tracks are as follows:
Eunice
Arriving
Profondo Blu
Dewberry
Unrest Of Mind
Frost
Oblivion
Tom Cruise Samba
Sands Of Memories
Fiumerapido
Afrose
Eunice Reprise

An infectious amalgam of styles, languages, irresistible rhythms, this little ensemble plays it intimate – and grand, all at the same time! Grady Harp, June 16


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