Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Blind Magic by Natalina Reis

Title: Blind Magic
Author: Natalina Reis
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Release Date: November 18, 2017


Will her promise to heal the man who’s captured her heart put him in danger? In Natalina Reis’s whimsical novel of spells, desire, and unwavering determination, a hot detective with a painful past and an impulsive witch armed with potent tea are linked by an instant connection and the promise of possibility.

Marcy has never been in love. But when Oliver Dawson walks into her store, she falls head over heels. Unable to shake the feeling that she and Oliver were made for each other, for the first time in her life, the quirky witch considers casting a love spell for herself.

Oliver’s life is turned upside down when he’s shot and almost killed. Even though events haven’t been kind to the sexy police detective, he’s determined to make the best of his situation. But still, nothing could have prepared him for feisty Marcy breaking down his defenses, nor the healing tea that leaves him gagging.

Unconventional and hell-bent on getting her man, the little witch soon weaves her magic and captures his heart. He’s more than willing to give it to her, but when faced with his painful and turbulent past, neither are sure they’ll get their happily ever after.

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Sweet, sexy and unexpected. When a very prim and proper couple step into Marcy's shop looking for a magical cure, she had no idea what to expect. Her response to the sexy man even more unexpected. Fortunately the model worthy beauty with him turned out to be his sister.
Marcy is able to work her magic and offer some relief to this hero detective. Even though she discovers later that he is blind, Oliver is extremely perceptive. 
It is also magical the friends they have in common.
Marcy grew up without family. After meeting Oliver's parents she almost feels blessed. That is not what family should be like. Plenty of surprises are sprinkled throughout this touching romance. 
No spells are required to make this love connection. That doesn't mean it will go forward easily.
Be prepared to worry.

Author Bio

Author of We Will Always Have the Closet, Desert Jewel, and Loved You Always, Natalina wrote her first romance in collaboration with her best friend at the age of 13. Since then she has ventured into other genres, but romance is first and foremost in almost everything she writes.

After earning a degree in tourism and foreign languages, she worked as a tourist guide in her native Portugal for a short time before moving to the United States. She lived in three continents and a few islands, and her knack for languages and linguistics led her to a master’s degree in education. She lives in Virginia where she has taught English as a Second Language to elementary school children for more years than she cares to admit.

Natalina doesn’t believe you can have too many books or too much coffee. Art and dance make her happy and she is pretty sure she could survive on lobster and bananas alone. When she is not writing or stressing over lesson plans, she shares her life with her husband and two adult sons.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Christmas in The Sisters

Christmas in The Sisters
The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 6
by Becki Willis
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Latest book in the Award-Winning The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series! 
Madison Reynolds can’t wait for Christmas this year. Rebuilding her life as a single mom hasn’t been easy, but after a challenging twelve months, she’s excited about the holidays. She and her twins have settled quite nicely here in The Sisters, renovations on the house are complete, her business is slowly growing, and, best of all, Chief of Police Brash deCordova is in her life. Visions of the perfect Christmas dance in her head. 
The tinsel begins to tangle when someone targets the community for a series of ‘Christmas Crimes.’ Homes are broken into and wrapped gifts are stolen from beneath trees. Even vehicles loaded with presents aren’t safe, particularly on a lone stretch of highway. Things like this just don’t happen in Naomi and Juliet. Torn between solving the rash of burglaries and shutting down the gambling ring that’s active in the area again, Brash does the only thing he can: he hires In a Pinch to help with the investigation.
Finding the common link between cases is like finding the bad bulb on a string of lights. Every lead is a short circuit. The frustration mounts when Madison and the Angel Tree she’s involved with fall victim to the crimes. Only the worst kind of Grinch steals from needy children! 
Brash has plans of his own for the perfect Christmas. With the help of a new jewelry store, he thinks he’s found just the right gift for Madison, until the Grinch strikes again. This wasn’t the surprise he had in mind. 

Ready or not, Christmas is on its way, and time is running out to create the holiday of their dreams. As the house fills with unexpected guests, Madison and the twins honor favorite traditions from the past while creating a few new ones of their own. 

Who has time for being kidnapped by men in Santa suits and bad beards? 

This is one Christmas that no one in The Sisters will ever forget!

It has been several hectic months for Madison and her children. They are adjusting to moving back to the small town where Maddy was raised. New friends must be made and the very large house they now live in was decorated by a television home design show, which meant no privacy for this family.  It is almost Christmas, time of cheer and good will. Except that old rivalries and resentments rear their ugly head.  Someone would rather play Scrooge than Santa and has been stealing gifts and decorations.
If you have read previous books in this series you'll know that small towns may speedily pass along all the gossip about everyone else's business but secrets are still abundant.  If you missed the previous books, don't worry. This reads well (and excitingly) as a stand alone. You will fall in love with the twin towns and the warm people who live in them. Becki Willis even writes villains you love to hate.
Don't miss the other books in The Sisters, Texas series!

Chicken Scratch
The Sisters, Texas Series Book 1
The Sisters are a set of communities connected by family and divided by competition.   Each town, Juliet and Naomi, has her own personality reflecting that of the original sister who designed it.   This first book sets the stage and introduces people you'll find fascinating.

When The Stars Fall

The Sisters, Texas Series Book 2
Chock full of love of all kinds and crushes, the mystery goes from amateur sleuth cozy to some terrifying aspects worthy of a Stephen King horror novel.  Two small towns with all the "wrong side of the tracks" competition on top of the typical gossip and back-biting.  The characters are wonderful, each scene written to descriptive perfection. 

Stipulations and Complications
The Sisters, Texas Series Book 3
This series gets better and more intense with each book!  I enjoyed watching Maddy grow as a character in each successive novel.  A house with hidden niches and passages always adds interest to a storyline.
The Sisters have always had secrets but now someone is working overtime to convince Maddy that maybe she should never have moved home.

Home Again: Starting Over
The Sisters, Texas Series Book 4
Strange deaths, unusual fires, corrupt business people and an extreme home reveal all add to the intriguing activities happening around The Sisters. The series is heating up as Madison discovers a file and tries to understand the relevance of the contents.  The Sisters continues to slowly reveal their secrets.
Romance comes along for the ride as cold cases are solved and the future is becoming possible.

Genny's Ballad
The Sisters, Texas Series Book 5
Becki Willis writes wonderful characters and reveals the intriguing backstory with each additional novel.  Genny's story is one we have all been anxiously awaiting.  In true B.W. style, nothing good happens without a good read of danger and suspense first.
Becki Willis, best known for her popular The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series and Forgotten Boxes, always dreamed of being an author. In November of '13, that dream became a reality. Since that time, she has published eleven books, won first place honors for Best Mystery Series, Best Suspense Fiction and Best Audio Book, and has introduced her imaginary friends to readers around the world. 

An avid history buff, Becki likes to poke around in old places and learn about the past. Other addictions include reading, writing, junking, unraveling a good mystery, and coffee. She loves to travel, but believes coming home to her family and her Texas ranch is the best part of any trip. Becki is a member of the Association of Texas Authors, the National Association of Professional Women, and the Brazos Writers organization. She attended Texas A&M University and majored in Journalism.

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Fix Your Diet, Fix Your Diabetes Blog Tour

Author: Tony Hampton, MD
Publisher: Windy City Publishers
Pages: 168
Genre: Self-Help
Want to fix your diabetes?  In this book, I share with my diabetic and borderline diabetic readers that they have the power to reverse or prevent diabetes simply by changing their diets.  It starts with how you think.  By removing old beliefs to new ones that better serve you, the path to recovery from diabetes can be that simple.  Once I provide the rationale for changing old beliefs to more productive ones, I then share with you ways to stay motivated as you journey to a new way of eating.  You are then given a deeper understanding of why so many people have diabetes.  This knowledge will allow you to remove thoughts you may have had where you blamed yourself for having diabetes.  You are then given tips on how to maintain the motivation needed to make a successful transition to a diabetic friendly diet.  Additional knowledge is given about the many complications which could occur when this condition is not well controlled.  Empowered with the understanding of why diabetes occurs and its many complications, you will be given a case for changing how diabetes is treated.  This is done by changing the focus of diabetes management away from the symptoms (elevated glucose), which is how we currently manage this condition, to treating the cause of the disease (insulin resistance).  You are then given the rationale for increasing healthy fats in your diets while reducing starchy carbohydrates and processed foods.  Once this is explained, examples of foods that should be considered for smoothies, snacks, and dinner are given so you will know how to choose foods which are best.   Finally, tips on how to avoid being fooled by marketing labels and claims of so-called healthy foods provide the framework by which great dietary choices can be made.  This new approach to reversing diabetes with diet will reverse diabetes in nearly anyone willing to make these simply lifestyle changes.

While this book is aimed at the patient or person dealing with diabetes or a family history of diabetes, there is value here for anyone wishing to improve their eating habits and choose a healthier lifestyle.
Divided into easy to consume chapters, each is followed by a simple summarized take away section.
Dr. Hampton not only educates us on better choices and healthier food options but he explains why these are better choices and bahaviors for us. He also shares further links and resources. 
He begins with the very important question of WHY does the reader want to learn better choices and figuring out how to stay motivated. Without a deep WHY and strong motivation, the best intentions soon fall flat and are left in the dust. Dr. Hampton shares the need to understand why we have our present beliefs, how we formed out habits, and that our view of life and our position in it makes all the difference to the results each reader will achieve. He continues to explain how the body functions and the difference between treating problems, malfunction and only treating symptoms. 
It isn't until chapter 3 that the book focuses on types of diabetes. Hopefully by that time most readers will see the value of this book to a wider audience. I especially see value to anyone concerned with weight issues and to parents desiring to install healthy nutrition habits for a family. 
He gives specific information on things that are healthier for us to consume and foods or additives to avoid. Yes - there are recipes included.
What the book does NOT do is tell you exactly what you must eat and when. It gives you the facts, where to look for more information and assures you that you have the power to make smarter choices. You won't be an expert or have all the answers after one read through of this (or any other) book. You will have a better understanding and be able to make small, well chosen steps to improve your nutrion and lifestyle options. 

Dr. Tony Hampton has been treating patients with multiple chronic conditions for nearly two decades. In addition to his role as an Advocate Medical Group (AMG) family physician over the last nine years, Dr. Hampton currently holds multiple responsibilities within the Advocate Healthcare, including Medical Director of AMG Beverly, Vice-Chair of AMG’s Governing Council, Chair of Health Outcomes Committee and Co-Chair of Executive Diversity Council. 

Over the last two years, Dr. Hampton has worked closely with AOS, successfully piloting advancements in AMG’s operations management systems. He is a champion for change that results in greater work-life balance for physicians and an enhanced patient experience. His interpersonal skills, clinical knowledge, and desire for strong patient/team engagement will continue to make Tony an asset to the AOS team. 

A regular speaker for the American Diabetes Association and consultant for the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Initiative to Improve Diabetes Care, Dr. Hampton is passionate about empowering patients by changing old beliefs to new ones which better serve them using evidence-based medicine. Educating them on the root cause of disease processes and the importance of diet provides the path to positive health outcomes for diabetics, borderline diabetics, and patients not at their ideal body weight. 

He is a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) and earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix. Tony authored the book Fix Your Diabetes, Fix Your Diet, Your Dietary Solution to Reversing Diabetes which was published in April 2017.



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Christmas in Paradise by Deborah Brown (Paradise Series Book 13)

My name is Madison Westin. Unless it’s Christmas, in which case my official title is “Holiday Cheermistress.” Nothing stops me from getting my ho-ho-ho on, not even my friends’ Grinch-worthy attitude toward sparkling tinsel, twinkling lights, and tinkling bells.

Hey, if Creole, Fab, and Didier wind up with coal in their stockings, it won’t be my fault.

When some bah-humbug bandit makes the rounds of Tarpon Cove, Fab and I are on the case. It’s the least we can do for our loyal friends. Seasonal crime-victim disorder seems to be on the rise.

Some guy in a Santa suit—well, the top half of one anyway—is robbing local banks. The cops are fingering the wrong guy. And you can bet your light-up Rudolph boxers that if we can’t track the real thief down, one of my merry band of miscreants could be spending the holidays behind bars.

The Paradise series, are Florida Keys mysteries, “great as stand-alone reads, but they're like chips...you won't be able to devour just one!”

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"South Florida author Deborah Brown books are infectious.

"My love for these quirky characters grows with every book! Hope they never end!"

"This fabulous duo exudes so much sassiness and strong willed characteristics that I absolutely cannot get enough of. "
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Book Excerpt

Tis the season for Santas and rum. Included are stories about a woman attracting Mall Santa, reindeer enhanced golfcart races andd perhaps a copy-cat Santa bank robber?
Madison, Fab and friends are right in the middle of everything as usual.
A fast paced holiday read about how one set of society likes to celebrate. You might find some romance between the jobs, too.
Madison and Fab are the best of best friends, with vibes of Cagney and Lacey, Rizzoli and Isles, and Frankie and Grace.

Also available in the Paradise Series

About the Author
I've been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; poetry, sappy short stories (my best friend made me swear that I’d never show anyone until I changed the names), and a romance novel shoved under my bed.

I wanted to create books with a wide-range of unforgettable characters, with heat and romance, and lots of guns. It wouldn’t be complete without a slice of humor and charm.

I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.

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