Thursday, June 25, 2015

Nature's Confession by J.L. Morin (Review and Giveaway)

Nature's Confession by J.L. Morin
Harvard Square Editions
ISBN: 978-0989596077
Published Jan 8, 2015
Trade paperback, 298  pages

My Review
Reviewed by Fil Piccolo

Nature's Confession packages environmental concerns in a YA sci-fi book. Our heroes’ world, ruined by villains who profit through environmental disaster, take it upon themselves to change what is wrong in their world. Forcing them to live as outcasts. And yet, as with any good cause, unexpected alliances show up from the most unexpected places, in this case the universe, as one would expect in a good sci-fi / cli-fi novel.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Calming the Chaos by Jackie Woodside (Review & Giveaway)

Calming the Chaos: A Soulful Guide to Managing Your Energy Rather Than Your Time by Jackie Woodside
Next Century Publishing
ISBN: 978-1629038223
Published April 7, 2015
Trade paperback, 232 pages

My Review
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

I'm one of those people who likes reading self-help books, especially about time management and personal growth. I also like learning new things through non-fiction books. When this book came to my attention, I was curious. I'm not into yoga, but I do believe in consciousness. And this book is not about yoga at all.

The book cover shows a woman who is calm even while surrounded by chaos. So fitting for this topic. Self-awareness can bring us to this calmness and Jackie Woodside has written an easy to follow and effective guide on how to become productive by managing one's energy.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

What They See by Jennifer Swanson (Review and Giveaway!)

What They See: How to Stand Out and Shine in Your New Job by Jennifer Swanson
Influence Publishing
ISBN: 978-1771410991
Published May 2015
Trade paperback, 220 pages

My Review
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

When I applied for my first job about 26 years ago, it was pretty obvious what an employer expected from me. But times have changed and what was taboo years ago is okay today so that the lines are blurred when it comes to work expectations. Jennifer Swanson, an expert in the field of communications and human relations has written a nifty book or perhaps I should call it a manual on how to stand out and shine in your new job.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Outlaw Trigger (Epic #2) by Lee Stephen

Outlaw Trigger (Epic #2) by Lee Stephen
Stone Aside Publishing
ISBN: 978-0978850814
Published Sept 25, 2007
Trade Paperback, 300 pages

My Review
Reviewed by Guest Reviewer Fil Piccolo

Three months ago, I reviewed the first book in the Epic series by Lee Stephen called Dawn of Destiny, a military sci-fi action adventure story about alien invasion and a crew of men and women commissioned to protect the Earth. It was a good beginning to this series, but it was the full cast audiobook version of Dawn of Destiny with soundtrack that really impressed me and brought out Stephen's novel. You can read my review of it here. If you like listening to audiobooks of the sci-fi genre, you need to try this one.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wellness Feature: Return to Food: The life changing anti-diet by Sherry Strong (Review and Special Offer)

Return to Food: The life changing anti-diet by Sherry Strong
Influence Publishing
ISBN: 978-1771410601
Published Dec 1, 2014
Softcover, 220 pages

My Review
Reviewed by Maria Fragapane, BSc. Kinesiology

Just recently, I borrowed a book from my good friend Laura Fabiani entitled Return to Food: The Life Changing Anti-Diet written by Sherry Strong. Although I have a night table with a stack of books that I intend to get through, I was drawn to take it. I believe it was the word "anti-diet" that intrigued me. With over 20 years experience in the field of kinesiology, I have seen way too many clients attempting to diet and fail. This, simply because most dietary short-term goals never cross over to true lifestyle changes. Understanding this problem is one thing but having the tools to create real change is something else. Sherry Strong's book is one such powerful tool.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Upper West Side Story by Susan Pashman (Review and Giveaway!)


Upper West Side Story by Susan Pashman
ISBN:9781941861035
Published: May 27, 2015
Published by: Harvard Square Editions
Trade paperback, 280 pages

 My Review:
 Reviewed by Sandra Olshaski

This is an excellent book, a very emotional one. The title is perfect as it refers to a classic story that was made into a Broadway success, but with a different twist. The book cover is brilliant!

The story is told through the eyes of Bettina, a professor of Women's History in New York's ultra-liberal Upper West Side, and that of her 13-year-old son, Max. When Max becomes embroiled in controversy following an accident involving his best friend, Cyrus, who also happens to be black, racial hostility erupts engulfing their families and the community. Political tensions arising from the accident threaten to destroy people and friendships especially that of white Bettina and black Viola, Cyrus' mother.