The Metabolism Solution by Lisa Lynn (Review, Recipe and Giveaway!)

>>  Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Metabolism Solution by Lisa Lynn
LynFit Nutrition (2nd edition)
ISBN: 978-1629521183
Published: October 6, 2014
Softcover, 207 pages

Last year at BEA I met Lisa Lynn. I was attracted to her book because of the word "metabolism". I've always had a fast metabolism and never had a weight problem, but I am now in my forties and I feel my body has changed. I had the possibility to talk to Lisa and I liked her immediately. There was an instant connection. She is a people person and I could see that she was passionate about her work.

The first thing I noticed about Lisa's book is that it's easy to read. It's like Lisa is talking to you and imparting all the research and experience she's gathered in her 25 years. She doesn't put on airs and flaunt her connection with Dr. OZ or Martha Stewart, but she does talk about them in her book to make her point about key things that she feels her readers should know about weight loss, like the truth about how raspberry keytones work.

I must admit that hearing Lisa's struggles with weight and emotional issues throughout her young life touched me, and although that is not my case, I can relate because of my struggle with depression. And guess what? Food and depression are related. So even though weight is not an issue with me, eating right is always something I have striven for. 

In her book, Lisa talks about the importance of lifestyle changes and I wholeheartedly embrace that notion if you want to look and feel better. She speaks of eating 10 veggies a day and drinking plenty of water, two things I've neglected to do. Her diet is gluten-free which pleased me because ever since I have been on a gluten-free diet I have less joint pain.

I paid particular attention to her section on supplements. Although I believe in eating healthy and choosing food closest to its natural state, we live in a world where water and land is polluted (not to mention genetically modified) and we no longer get all the nutrients we need from food. I do believe that taking supplements to complement (not replace) good eating habits does help. I'm anemic and it does make a difference when I take my iron supplements. Lisa's supplements are meant for weight loss, though, and unless you have a serious weight problem, I don't believe one needs to take so many supplements a day. I am convinced about her protein shake and will invest in getting it because breakfast is always a problem with me. I found my solution!

Lisa also has a good section on a metabolic workout, exercise which is encouraging and can be done at home in 20 to 30 minutes. Although I do exercise I don't like it because I always have joint pain when I do it. It's part of the fibromyalgia state, but exercise is necessary! And I liked that her exercise section didn't scare me off but motivated me even more.

The book is filled with interesting facts in boxes throughout its pages, including charts and photos. It has a nice layout that makes it easy to read and find info. Lisa also has a section on becoming spiritually fit by bringing God into your life. I agree with her. We as humans have physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. We need to take care of all four to be truly healthy.

Finally her book ends with some good recipes. I decided to try the Slim-Quick Tuna Burgers. Here is the recipe and our impressions. I had my kids taste-test this recipe.

Slim-Quick Tuna Burgers

2 5 to 6 oz. cans chunk light tuna, drained
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 egg white
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup medium salsa
spray oil, either olive or canola

Combine tuna, 1/4 cup salsa, celery and onion in a medium bowl, breaking up any large pieces of tuna until mixture is uniform and holds together.

Combine remaining 1/4 cup pf salsa and egg white. Spray large nonstick skillet and place over medium heat. Using a generous 1/3 cup each, form tuna mixture into four 2-inch burgers. Cook until heated through and golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.

Place on top of green salad and dress with your favorite salsa or mustard dressing for a big bang. Too moist? Drain excess liquid. Too dry? Add more water or salsa. Make extra for lunch during the week or for a lean snack.

Our Impressions on the recipe:

This was an easy recipe to prepare. I had all the ingredients on hand but substituted the onion for shallots. The burger was delicious! I made it for lunch and had my 11 year-old super picky son try it. He thought it was okay but would have preferred it didn't have any other ingredient but the tuna. This is typical of him, but he ate half and I was happy with that. The burger was crumbly though and I think next time I will add two egg whites instead of one.

I ate my burger with some gluten-free sweet potato and flax seed crackers. What a great combination! I left the other two burgers for my 13 year-old daughter and my hubby to try later. But my daughter gobbled up both when she returned from school. She told me they were "surprisingly good". So I will definitely be making more of this recipe.

Note: This book is rated C = clean read.
To read more reviews, please visit Lisa's tour schedule on iRead Book Tours.

Where to buy the book:

LynFit Nutrition

About the author:

CELEBRITY FITNESS AND NUTRITION EXPERT LISA LYNN has devoted nearly three decades of her career to personal training, specializing in metabolic weight loss and performance nutrition. Coupled with her vast experience in the field of fitness and nutrition she has earned four educational certificates from the International Sports and Sciences Association’s Professional Division including: Certified Fitness Trainer, Specialist in Performance Nutrition, Fitness Therapy and Elite Trainer.

Lynn’s years of research in metabolic boosting and performance nutrition resulted in the development of herLeaner Lifestyle DVD Series, specifically designed to promote healthy fat loss by boosting the most sluggish and stubborn metabolisms. She is best known for her 13 years as MARTHA STEWART’s personal trainer who has said, “Lisa is the only trainer that made a difference.” Lynn is also a regular go-to nutrition and fitness expert on THE DR. OZ SHOW appearing in two of his highest rated episodes. Major media outlets frequently call upon her for her expertise in fitness and nutrition. Lynn maintains a diverse portfolio of clientele including professional bodybuilders, models, actors, CEOs and real-world people throughout the country.

Lisa just released her award winning book The Metabolism Solution that has helped thousands of people lose weight and reach their fitness goals. Available

Connect with Lisa: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Pinterest ~ Youtube Channel

And now for the giveaway:

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Reviewed by Laura

Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.


The Mysterious Doll by Linda Weaver Clarke

>>  Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Mysterious Doll (Amelia Moore Detective Series: Volume 4) by Linda Weaver Clarke
ISBN: 9781502929143
Published by: CreateSpace
Published: January 31, 2015
Trade paperback, 212 pages

Pauline Johnson asks Amelia’s help in finding her boyfriend, Sam Whittaker, who allegedly stole a 19th-century porcelain doll from a museum. So Amelia and her side-kick/boyfriend head to Colorado to find him.  Two mysterious men and an international thief, Nikki Wolf aka Slick Nick (I know) are also interested. So the story is basically finding Sam and retrieving the doll.

There is a beautiful description of the Rocky Mountains’ jagged cliffs, thick groves of pines trees, roaming elk, as well as the ‘elk bugling contest’ that add realism to the story.

As we have seen in the previous books in this series, there is a growing romance between Amelia and Rick. They spend wholesome romantic evenings eating brownies and popcorn, drinking hot chocolate and watching movies. There is an occasional romantic kiss. Romance is definitely in the air. And both are still working on their respective “bucket lists”.

A surprise ending rounds off this lively, cozy mystery. I enjoyed it.

Note: This book is rated C = clean read.

About the Author:

Linda Weaver Clarke grew up around the rolling hills of Idaho and now lives in southern Utah among the red mountains. She travels throughout the United States, teaching and encouraging people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the mother of six daughters and has several grandchildren. Clarke is the author of several historical romances, a mystery/adventure  series, a children’s book, and the Amelia Moore Detective Series. All her books are suitable for young adult and adults alike. Visit

Reviewed by Sandra

Disclosure: Thanks to Linda Weaver Clarke for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.


Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? Jan 19 Edition

>>  Sunday, January 18, 2015

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

Oh, the January slump is getting to me. We're smack in the middle of winter and I dream of the beach. Winters in Montreal are harsh and as I get older the lack of sunshine affects me more. I need a good book!

Don't forget to check out my giveaways on left sidebar.

One book in my mailbox:

This one is on tour in March and April with iRead Book Tours. If you're interested in reviewing it, let me know.

Visiting the Sins by Melanie Denman

In her riotous debut novel, Melanie Denman probes the silent sacrifices of motherhood with unflinching honesty and warmhearted amusement. Set in the Bible Belt of Deep East Texas, Visiting the Sins is a darkly funny story about mothers and daughters, naked ambition, elusive redemption, and all the torment it's possible to inflict in the name of family.

Down through the decades, the lofty social aspirations of the feisty but perennially dissatisfied Wheeler women - Pokey, the love-starved, pistol-packing matriarch; Rebanelle, the frosty former beauty queen turned church organist; and Curtis Jean, the backsliding gospel singer - are exceeded only by their unfortunate taste in men and a seemingly boundless capacity for holding grudges. A legacy of feuding and scandal lurches from one generation to the next with tragic consequences that threaten to destroy everything the Wheeler women have sacrificed their souls to build.

This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.  The kidlit version is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

Posted this week:

Book Spotlight: The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin (Author Interview and Giveaway)

Book Spotlight: Climax by Christina George (Kindle giveaway)

Book Spotlight: Broken Trust (giveaway too)

Currently Reading: Snippets of too many books! I need a book to escape with, but experiencing eye strain. *sigh*

Have a great reading week!



Broken Trust by Thomas Maurin (Book Spotlight and Giveaway)

>>  Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Today I'm spotlighting Broken Trust, which is currently on tour with iRead Book Tours! Read the reviews and follow the tour.

Broken Trust by Thomas Maurin
Publisher: Cultivating Change LLC
Published: November 2014
Paperback, 294 pages

Buy the Book:

Book Description:

This is a story about three smart, successful people who were once fast friends in college and have now been thrust together again in an unlikely, multi-layered investigation with far-reaching international implications and billions of dollars at stake. One is a forensic accountant for the SEC, one beta tests hardware and software for the US Department of Defense and the UK Ministry of Defense, and the third is a wildly successful entrepreneur, software developer and venture capitalist in Silicon Valley.

They get caught up in the hunt for a corrupt Swiss banker intent on finally unloading the last of the gold stolen by his father in World War II; a violent, narcissist leader of a Mexican drug cartel making his move to take over as the head of all cartels in Central America; and the daughter of a murdered Bulgarian arms dealer making the deal that will give her mother financial stability and get them both out of the increasingly unstable arms business.

The plot unfolds as financial crimes committed by insiders put common criminal activities to shame in a world where technology has increasingly insinuated itself into our lives to good and bad effects.

About the Author:

Thomas Maurin is the pen name of husband and wife writing team Bonnie B. Hartley, Ph.D., and Michael T. Hartley, CFP®. They both write non-fiction books and articles regarding financial and family business topics and have delivered talks on those subjects internationally over the last thirty years.

Connect with them: Website ~ Twitter

And now for the giveaway!


Climax by Christina George (Book spotlight and Kindle giveaway!)

>>  Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Publicist trilogy has finally culminated with the third book Climax, released less than a month ago on Dec 15, 2014. I listened to the audiobook of The Publicist Book One and learned a lot about the publishing world! (Read my review) Today, I'm spotlighting Climax, which is currently on tour with iRead Book Tours. Read the reviews and follow the tour!

Climax by Christina George (The Publicist Book #3)
Published Dec 15, 2014
Kindle bundle edition, 489 pages
Now on sale at Amazon for $2.85

Book Description:

Kate Mitchell has never forgiven herself for breaking Nick Lavigne’s heart. Now he’s back and he’s moved on, and it’s affecting Kate’s life more than she’s willing to admit.

Kate Mitchell has everything. She's the head of a crazy successful publishing house, engaged to the traffic-stopping sexy Mac Ellis and she's about to sign one of the biggest authors of her career.

And that's when everything falls apart.

Everything is perfect…until it’s not.

In a city of 8 million people Kate manages to run into someone she never expected to see again.

Nick is handsome, impossibly kind, every girl’s dream, and Kate’s former fiancĂ©. He’s also the brother of the rising star author she’s trying to sign. Now that Nick’s back in town and has moved on he insists he’s over Kate, but part of him still can’t get past how amazing they were, and his sister won’t let anyone forget how brutally it ended.

When Mac is dealt a life-changing blow, it forces Kate to question every single choice she’s made.

Follow Kate as she embarks on a journey of life and love, navigating through the decisions that will change it all forever.

About the Author:

Christina George has worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what this book isn't. It’s not a slam against publishing (though it is broken) and it’s not a slam against authors (though some of them are crazy). This book is not autobiographical though many of the stories are true. No you won’t know which ones, cause it’s more fun to guess, right? George continues to work in publicity and helps authors because at the end of the day she does love books, she loves publishing, and she loves authors. She hopes you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as she enjoyed creating it.

Connect with Christina: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Goodreads

And now for the giveaway!

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— Mark Twain

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