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Motherhood Martyrdom and Costco Runs – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Whitney Dineen

Motherhood Martyrdom and Costco Runs, written by 40-something mother of two young girls, Whitney Dineen, is a collection of humorous, sometimes hilarious, adventures of motherhood. This in-your-face book lays out the ups and downs, the good, the bad and the crazy times most every mother should be able to relate to on one level or another.

Seemingly more like a compilation of stories one might keep in a journal to reflect back upon years down the road than a comprehensive story from start to finish, Motherhood Martyrdom and Costco Runs is not a guide to help other mothers, but rather an enjoyable read. The tales are short and concise, which means sometimes Dineen could have, perhaps, shared a few more details to more fully flesh out the description of the event. This could give readers a chance to enjoy even deeper belly laughs. Dineen’s high level of energy shines through the pages quite brightly, but that can be tiring after awhile -much like being a mom can be exhausting. Therefore, reading Motherhood Martyrdom and Costco Runs in the bite-sized chunks it’s written in is advisable.

Whitney Dineen has skillfully captured her wild, crazy and sometimes embarrassing experiences within the pages of Motherhood Martyrdom and Costco Runs. Readers will not only find surprises and mom moments they’ll surely identify with within every vignette, but they’ll find surprises on nearly every single page. Those few minutes moms get to just sit back and relax would well be spent devouring Dineen’s stories one at a time – whether hiding out in the bathroom or sitting in the car while rivulets of sweat slide down her back waiting on soccer practice to finish up. Laugh-out-loud and relatable, Motherhood Martyrdom and Costco Runs by Whitney Dineen, would make a great gift for your mom, sister, daughter or wife. Well done!

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Barnstorming America – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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John A. Molina

Barnstorming America by John A. Molina is a non-fiction book that retells the history of women’s basketball in America and provides profiles on some of the women who pushed the sport into the public eye. Not only does this book act as a quintessential reference book but history and sports fans alike will enjoy reading this well researched and visually engaging book.

Barnstorming America is a passion project for Molina, and his genuine interest and love for his subject matter is felt on every page. The inclusion of photographs and well-documented evidence make this book a great coffee table book that is still well-researched and easy to read. Barnstorming is well written, and readers will enjoy looking at all the photos and visual evidence that Molina integrates into the text. What makes Barnstorming America such a success, is its ability to weave the sport’s history with that of female empowerment. Above all, this book highlights the achievements of great women that many of us will know little about.

However, the one stylistic problem with the book is the in-depth focus on individual players. While this may be great as a reference for readers who are highly invested in the topic, it does not read as cleanly as the preceding chapters that are divided into themes. These profiles are interesting but easily glossed over, which is a pity as they have something to offer the narrative.

Overall, Barnstorming America is an interesting book that showcases a history that seems to be forgotten. Molina’s genuine passion and historical tie with females’ basketball makes this read interesting for both avid sports fans, history buffs and should be a staple in every library around the country.

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An Enlightening Quiche – Entered in 2017 Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Eva Pasco

Eva Pasco’s An Enlightening Quiche centers around the rivalry of two very different women as they compete against one another to make the perfect quiche. Augusta is promiscuous and emotionally damaged, turning heads and raising eyebrows wherever she goes. Lindsay, on the other hand, is a prim and proper historian tasked with rescuing a local mill from certain demise. Despite the premise of a simple bake-off, both women get far more than they bargained for. A delicious quiche becomes the catalyst for profound epiphanies, insightful prose, and a most welcome enlightenment.

An Enlightening Quiche is far more intricate than it may seem to be; while a book based around baking a quiche may not sound like a page-turner, this book is so much more than that. Both main characters were complex and engaging, with detailed backstories and overwhelmingly believable narratives. To put it simply, they felt almost real. The plot itself was incredibly intriguing, littered with witty quips and fascinating social commentary. Although a bit too wordy at times, it was enjoyable from the first page to the last.

Eva Pasco crafted a real gem in An Enlightening Quiche. Her style of writing is uniquely fresh, while still maintaining a level of intelligence that is beyond impressive. Pasco hit the nail on the head with a winning combination of love, loss, friendship, humor, and a profoundly deep introspection that will surprise any reader. Just as Augusta and Lindsay did, An Enlightening Quiche’s readers will get far more than they bargained for in this novel.

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Where We Fall

Today’s Featured Author and Book

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Book Description:

By all accounts, Abby Holden has it all. She’s the mother of a beautiful teenager and the wife of a beloved high school football coach. And all it took to achieve her charmed life was her greatest act of betrayal.

Coach Ryan can coax his team to victory, but he can’t seem to make his wife, Abby, happy. Her struggles with depression have marred their marriage and taken a toll on their daughter, Juliana. Although this isn’t the life he’s dreamed of, he’s determined to heal the rifts in his family.

Chasing waterfalls and documenting their beauty has led photographer Lauren Sheppard all around the world. Now it has brought her back home to the mountains of North Carolina—back to the scene of her devastating heartbreak.

For the first time in seventeen years, a trio of once-inseparable friends find themselves confronting past loves, hurts, and the rapid rush of a current that still pulls them together…


Rochelle Weinstein

Rochelle B. Weinstein is an author, speaker, and former entertainment industry executive. Her highly acclaimed novels, What We Leave Behind, The Mourning After, and Where We Fall, uncover the heartfelt, emotional themes of family, friendship, and love. Weinstein lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and twin boys.  Her fourth novel, Somebody’s Daughter, follows a prominent Miami Beach family through a painful, public scandal. Visit her website at www.rochelleweinstein.com or follow her on social media.

 


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Doors are open for the 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest! Deadline is 9/30/17

Book awards give you clout and credibility!

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Angel Falls – Entered in Romance Contest

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Babette De Jongh

Angel Falls by Babette De Jongh is a contemporary romance based in southern Alabama.  The main character, Casey Alexander, suffered a devastating ankle injury, which prevented her from becoming a prima ballerina in NYC, as she had dreamed. Yet, she didn’t completely give up her dream.  She moved back to her hometown of Angel Falls and opened a dance studio above the newspaper.  Dance may have been one love in her life, but she also deeply wanted a romantic partner.

Living in such a small town made finding someone to love a bit challenging.  That held true until sexy, Ian Buchanan came on the scene and bought the town’s flailing paper.  On top of that, Casey’s ex-boyfriend, Ben, ended up being available again.  A lot of people were pushing Ben and Casey to pick up where they left off before he married  Casey’s best friend and had children.  Casey had to make a decision between the two men.  She’d gotten a second chance in her dance career.  Would she embrace a second chance at love with her old flame or leap into the arms of a new and less certain love?    

Beyond the fascinating story of a unique love triangle, de Jongh brings Lizzie, an Australian Shepherd into the story.  I was glad to see Lizze brought into the story as she drew my eyes to her on the cover of the book.  

With well-defined characters, a progressive, unique story line, I found Babette De Jongh’s Angel Falls Book One hard to put down.  The author did an excellent job of holding my interest throughout the entire book.  There was never a dull moment as Casey fought a romantic battle that is one-of-a-kind. 

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Mistletoe and Horsehoes – Entered in Holiday Contest

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Juliette Douglas

Mistletoe and Horseshoes by Juliette Douglas is an imaginative Western story that takes place on the snowy border of Canada. The headstrong and stoic Jolene takes us into a little town where she finds love, herself, and what the spirit of Christmas truly means.

Jolene is a compelling character and her history as an abused prostitute as well as her jail-time make her a stand-out character in a genre that can be very masculine. She is dismissive, drinks whiskey, and is not afraid to trek through the snow with her faithful horse. However, this all unravels when she agrees to marry Emmett Foster, a man she has known less than two days. There is no real development into the relationship and while both bond over their shared jail-time, the relationship is not convincing which was a pity as Jolene is so unique.

The lack of development could be because the story is only thirty pages. One stylistic problem is that Douglas uses the adjective “hazel” more than twelve times to describe Jolene’s eyes but very little else about her. And so the reader is left with a romance between two characters that is built on . . . criminal conviction?

That being said, the theme of “Christmas miracles” influences the story and in turn the accelerated romance. The birth of a baby in the stable and Emmett’s festive spirit give the story a Christmas feel and a happy ending that is perfect for this season.

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After the Rain – Entered in Romance Novel Contest

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Mary J. Williams

In Mary J. Williams’ After the Rain, Logan Price is a promising young football star who is on the fast track to ultimate success. However, all that changes after a sudden injury leaves him incapable of playing. He enlists the help of Claire Thornton, a recent graduate in her field who is determined to train him for re-entry into the NFL. It’s all business as planned at first -Claire is struggling to make her way in a male-dominated field and Logan desperately wants to play football again- but that will all go out the window once they acknowledge the undeniable spark of chemistry between them.  

After the Rain is tough to read, in part because there is so much unnecessary exposition every single time a new character is introduced. We don’t need a five-page back story for everyone. There were just far too many irrelevant sub-plots, making the actual story seem drawn out. Also, the attraction between the two main characters was so sudden that it was almost nonexistent; their chemistry and romantic tension was bland and unsuccessful. 

With that being said, After the Rain did have some valuable strengths. Mary J. Williams is a very descriptive writer, and her characters were complex and intriguing. The bare plot itself was interesting and unique, with a seamless blend of sports and romance that didn’t weigh too heavily on just one of those things. If a good amount of its development and flow were to be repaired, After the Rain certainly has the potential to be a five-star novel. As is, however, it doesn’t quite make the cut. 

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Leadership Girl

Today’s Featured Author and Book

Leadership Girl

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Book Description:

Leadership Girl – Empowering Women Entrepreneurs to Achieve Extraordinary Results by Capturing Massive Sales was written to help give small business owners the information that they need to grow their businesses. Techniques include marketing and sales both online and offline.  This book focuses on teaching the specific skills that you need to grow your business.


Haley Lynn Gray

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Haley Lynn Gray is founder and owner of Leadership Girl, a graduate of Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, and a serial entrepreneur. In addition to her many business ventures, she is also a wife, mom of four and Girl Scout Leader.

Haley is passionate about helping women achieve their potential and empowers them to overcome obstacles in leadership positions and entrepreneurial ventures.

After starting and growing several businesses of her own to success, Haley wanted to provide the benefit of her experiences and expertise to others. She began coaching small business owners so they could achieve their own success.

At Leadership Girl, Haley supports entrepreneurs and contributes to their success by offering business building services for small businesses such as: Business Coaching and Strategy Sessions.

Whether you want to get a new business off the ground or expand an existing business, Haley is here to help you.

 


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Rob and Janelle

 

 


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Starfish Street

Today’s Featured Author and Book

Starfish Street

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Book Description:

Most new college graduates are trying to figure out what they are going to do with their lives. That is just the case with Magnolia who goes by Maggie. She is a cynical, art graduate who has become bogged down with her life circumstances. She finds herself at home with her fragile, single mother when she receives a call from her great-aunt Lorraine. 

Lorraine offers Maggie a summer job watching over her cottages in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Maggie accepts the offer and her experience at the beach changes her life entirely. Maggie’s particular affections for the magnificence of creation and the kind people at the beach lead her to a new life guided by faith. 

 


June Bliss

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June Bliss had a song in her heart and a love for big productions from the very beginning. Since every song and every production needs a good story, writing became an obvious career choice for her. Bliss originally worked full time at Nickelodeon and then transitioned into freelance video production and writing. She is a graduate of Biola University and completed a program at The Los Angeles Film Studies Center. She hopes to continue telling stories in various mediums. Bliss resides in New Mexico with her husband Ben and her faithful writing companion Sasha the chow chow.

Learn more at VisionsofBliss.biz.

 


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Rob and Janelle

 

 


Have you checked out the 2016 Book Awards Contest yet?

Book awards give you clout and credibility!

Authors Talk About It Book Award Contest

Whether you’re a first time author or a New York Times Best Seller this book award contest is for you.

Are you ready for the chance to be an award-winning author?  

Yes!  Excellent!

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How to Turn Yourself On

Today’s Featured Author and Book

Turn Yourself On

 

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Book Description:

The #1 Amazon best seller TURN YOURSELF ON is for you to get your fabulous back! After upset with him, with her, or with life – because your happiness is everything! It’s your best friend and handbook for life. 

You know how it is…you feel like you’re going through the motions – you’re not depressed – but don’t feel you have much to look forward to. No one knows it of course, but you feel it, especially at night. You have a shelf full of self-help books but everything you’ve done up until now has only taken you so far, you’re still not in that life that’s waiting for you. And you know there’s greatness in you. 

But how do you become the Queen of overcoming the icky to get there…easily? So you feel good with cherries on top? Especially when you’re down in the dumps? And just after you’ve just had a massive argument with him? And especially when your sex life is…snore…what? 

When you’re… 

¥ Hurt or upset by what they just did to you 
¥ Insecure because of what’s been going on 
¥ Angry with yourself for sabotaging yourself again 
¥ Crap at asking for what you want 
¥ Ready for a big fat change 
¥ …And you’re ready to be utterly fabulous? 

Open this book at the exact page you need; every page is overflowing with an opulence of gorgeous tools, ideas and techniques that will support you daily – because your happiness really is everything. 

Relationship Expert, best selling author and speaker Marina J gorgeously guides you to turn on your sensuality, and your self-love, and your ability to heal…deeply. And what to do when you’re having a bad day?  

…TURN YOURSELF ON will put a rocket in those knickers of yours! You’ll receive the confidence and the glittery know-how to powerfully heal yourself back to fabulous – because for a woman like you? Nothing less will do.

 


Marina J

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Marina J teaches women one of the most important skills of all: How to get your fabulous back after upset with him, with her, or with life – because your happiness is everything!

Her smart, uplifting and poignant approach will have you laughing, healing deeply and yes flourishing like the woman you were born to be! 

A relationship expert, #1 best selling author and speaker, she does the deep stuff and the sparky gorgeous stuff. She has helped thousands of women around the world live the life they always knew they were meant to be in, and she wants this for you too.

She specialises in focusing on YOU and the relationship you have with yourself because this sets the tone for every success, every single relationship and every situation you’ll ever find yourself in.

Marina is the creator of The Turn Yourself On System: A powerful program for women who want fast, deep transformation and healing.

Marina comes from a long family history of psychotherapists, and trained to become a life coach whilst being a single mum, with her work strongly founded in Jungian psychology. She started out as a yoga instructor 17 years ago, and had her own line of yoga wear (sold internationally). She loves to write regularly as a contributor to magazines, newspapers and websites and has been known to do the odd interview on TV and radio!  She is married to the love of her life and lives with their daughter by the beach near Sydney. She can be found at marinaj.net


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Peace and Love,

Rob and Janelle

 

 


Have you checked out the 2016 Book Awards Contest yet?

Book awards give you clout and credibility!

Authors Talk About It Book Award Contest

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Are you ready for the chance to be an award-winning author?  

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