Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Fine Print of Self-Publishing by Mark Levine

The Fine Print of Self Publishing really is an excellent primer on working with small print companies.  There are a few discussions on large print houses (should one be lucky enough to get a large contract) and publishing without a … Continue reading

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Gardening Secrets from National Trust Head Gardeners

Gardening Secrets by the National Trust is a collection of tips from the gardeners of some of the greatest estates in the UK. Each gardener shortly discuses one small subject – from potting to soils – and each is suitable … Continue reading

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Removed (Nogiku Book 1) by SJ Pajonas

The Nogiku series is an expansive and imaginative dystopian sci fi with a strong Japanese flavor. Although the concept is interesting, the writing did let it down a bit. The logic doesn’t always hold up and a cliche romance through … Continue reading

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How to Mulch by Stu Campbell

I have greatly enjoyed the Storey Basics line of books – they always establish the perfect line between informative but concise. There’s no fluff and the presentation is clean, easy to follow, and with illustrations as needed. With How To … Continue reading

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Kingdom Lights by Steven VS

The Kingdom Lights felt very much like a book in search of a more serious pedigree in a sea of fairly simplistic middle grade reads. But while not terribly written, characters were flat, the tone passive, and modern vernacular very … Continue reading

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How To Make ice Cream by Nicole Weston

Storey Basics line of books take one subject and make it easy to do/make/perform. I’ve found the entire series to be excellent – each provides a good mix of useful information and lack of fluff. In this book, author Weston … Continue reading

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Making Vegan Frozen Treats by Nicole Weston

Storey Basics line of books take one subject and make it easy to do/make/perform. I’ve found the entire series to be excellent – each provides a good mix of useful information and lack of fluff. In this book, dairy free … Continue reading

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Disruption Book 1 By Steven Whibley

Disruption surprised me: this is a fun YA adventure with a likeable main character and an interesting set of side characters.  There were several twists that provided a satisfying punctuation to the end of the story and creating a satisfying … Continue reading

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Second Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn

Second Daughter continues Quinn’s exuberant bollywood steampunk series, keeping the action high and adding in more political intrigue.  Although the books are titled after the 3 daughters, the story only follows third daughter Aniri’s perspective throughout. Which isn’t a bad … Continue reading

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Eat to Get Younger by Lorraine Nicolle and Christine Bailey

United Kingdom resident focused Eat To Get Younger is exactly what the title suggests – choosing foods and supplements for those over 30 who want to looks and feel younger/better. Various aging ailments are discussed as well as how to … Continue reading

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The All-Day Energy Diet by Yuri Elkaim

If you’re looking for a different type of health/fitness/diet book, you can definitely find it in the All Day Energy Diet. The focus here is on the acidity/alkaline imbalance in your blood, enzyme levels of the body, and your chi … Continue reading

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The Swift Diet by Kathie Madonna Swift

The Swift Diet is a comprehensive examination of what we know about healthy eating today, especially as it relates to women. Discussing everything from fats to carbs, microbiomes, digestion issues, wheat and other food intolerances, and more, author Swift puts … Continue reading

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The Plant Plus Diet Solution by Joan Borysenko

The PlantPlus Diet Solution is one of the most comprehensive books out there in terms of understanding everything going on in the diet/health world right now.  It makes for a long read but also an especially good one for those … Continue reading

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Sky Pirates by Liesel Schwarz

Sky Pirates continues Schwarz’ Victorian steampunk adventure by upping the ante in several plot points. Pirate adventures are just too perfect a foil for our intrepid heroine and with her husband out of the action, time to add in another … Continue reading

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Discover Your Nutritional Style by Holli Thompson

Discover Your Nutritional Style is a bit of a misnomer – what we have is a book devoted to women looking and feeling well, through nutrition, yes, but also including things like recipes for scented baths, facial scrubs, lavender scents … Continue reading

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Down Size by Ted Spiker

Down Size is a very personal account of a health struggle, intended to motivate and inspire through its pathos. It’s more the antithesis of most diet books out there – very little in the way of facts, studies, call outs, … Continue reading

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The Forks Over Knives Plan by Alona Pulde, Matt Lederman, Marah Stets

The Forks Over Knives Plan is user-friendly, flexible, and a fairly easy transition into better health and diet plan.  It covers four weeks, starting with changing breakfasts, then lunches, then dinners, and then a comprehensive review of the change. The … Continue reading

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Contract of Defiance by Tammy Salyer

This book is highly reviewed but I am going to have to say with reluctance but honesty that I did not like this book. Unlikeable cardboard characters, unbelievable science in the fiction, and odd logic holes mark this as too … Continue reading

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The Low Sugar Cookbook by Nicola Graimes

This cookbook was admittedly a rather large disappointment. With no photographs of any of the items, rather complicated recipes using non standard utensils and ingredients, nearly unformatted recipes, and a rather lackluster introduction (making claims with nothing to back then … Continue reading

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The Body Electric by Beth Revis

Sliding into Revis’ new book, The Body Electric, was as smooth and easy as her previous novels (and indeed, this is set in the same universe). Adults will likely recognize the “Stepford Wives” inspired story as well as the numerous … Continue reading

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