I got something creepy for you! If you love thrillers, but also love romance, then Skin and Bones by Keary Taylor is the perfect book for your upcoming weekend! Read the excerpt below, and get a glimpse into this psychologically intense story about a woman…
Author: Claudia Blanton
Title: British Banger Author: Jennifer Woodhull Publication date: TBA Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance Camden Takeovers are my business. Six months in Rhode Island would be more than enough time to wrap up my latest deal and I’d get to spend some time with…
Do you know what the most fun of being able to reveal book covers? Take one look below, and – you’re welcome, lol.
Seriously though, Giulia Logomarsino’s book series Reed Security is a high-quality romance series that you should not miss, if you are into contemporary romance and a lot of steam – so the fact that the cover of Wolf – the newest installment of the series is simply drool-worthy is just a nice bonus. Read the small excerpt below, and you will see what I mean!
Author: Giulia Lagomarsino
Series: (Reed Security, #19)
Publication date: November 20th, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
I met my little pixie in a coffee house and we hit it off right away. That is, until she saw me shoot someone. But in my defense, they were coming to rob the coffee shop. Who does that? Now, I’ll do anything to get her back and make her realize that she’s mine. Kidnapping? I’m not too good for that. Getting shot? Play up the sympathy card. Marry her? You’re damn straight I will. Lay down my life for her? In a heartbeat. I would do anything for this woman and I will make her mine.
It was one non-date. We had coffee together. After we bumped into each other. It was more of a meet-cute than anything. It was fun until I realized how very naive I was. I mean, the man said that he had a gun on him and I laughed it off like an idiot. Who actually carries around a gun with them. Apparently, everyone from Reed Security. But I didn’t see that, and now I have a stalker. Not just any stalker though. This man takes everything to the extreme. But I can survive him. I will survive him. And when all is said and done, I’ll go back to my life and the boring men I date. Right?
I’m a stay at home mom that loves to read. Some of my favorite titles are Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Horatio Hornblower. I started writing when I was trying to come up with suggestions on ways I could help bring in some extra money. I came up with the idea that I could donate plasma because you could earn an extra $500/month. My husband responded with, “No. Find something else. Write a blog. Write a book.” I didn’t think I had anything to share on blog that a thousand other mothers hadn’t already thought of. I decided to take his challenge seriously and sat down to write my first book, Jack. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed writing. From there, the stories continued to flow and I haven’t been able to stop. I hope my readers enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them. Between reading, writing, and taking care of three small kids, my days are quite full.
Do you like sports? And hot romance? Then, I want to introduce you to R.J. Prescott’s newest novel The Fire – which should keep you warm throughout these upcoming cold, winter days! After reading the excerpt below, check out the giveaway at the end…
Welcome to another romance book blitz, featuring Aces High – A Second Chance Romance that will leave you breathless. You can read an excerpt of this highly anticipated novel below, but don’t forget to check out the Giveaway at the end of the post for…
Welcome to my review of Mindful Kitchen – Vegetarian Cooking to Relate to Nature by Heather Thomas!
Author: Heather Thomas
Genre: Cookbook, Vegetarian Cookbook, Mindfulness
Publisher: Leaping Hare Press
Publication Date: October 1st, 2019
How I got the book: free ARC via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review – thank you
My Book Review:
I was very skeptical at first, when I picked up Mindful Kitchen, because of the fact that it was vegetarian. Not that I have anything against vegetarian cooking, actually I raised two kids who are by choice vegetarian (my son) and vegan (my daughter).
What concerned me was, that I thought this book may be preachy when it comes to a plant-based and vegetarian lifestyle, which would be a turn-off for many cookbook readers that could benefit from the idea of combining mindfulness and food.
However, I was pleasantly surprised to find instead an insightful book, that not only provided amazing recipes but also showcased ways to connect to the food in a much more meaningful way, from the preparation to the consuming of the meals.
5 Points Mindful Kitchen Makes That I Really Love:
- it makes us aware of the thoughts we think about our food.
In the section “Eating For Comfort”, Heather Thomas asks us to think about the memories that we associate with comfort food, and what feelings are, that we associate with it. Often our relationship with our meals is not only based on emotional reactions and memories, but also of the unconscious kind. The awareness that this brings is not to be overstated – it is often our loaded relationship with food that gets us to react unhealthily with it.
- finding a new way to look at repurposing leftovers.
No, she does not focus on the obvious reason to utilize leftovers, as it relates to having waste, but she places the focus on the creativity that is involved in the use of leftovers and the freedom of not having to use a recipe to make a wholesome meal. What a beautiful way to look at making the most of what we already have!
- the hopefulness in the action of preserving, as we focus on the present moment of creating a food item, such as the savory tomato jam featured in this book, but also an expectation of future deliciousness
I grew up with two sets of Grandparents who were masters of canning, preparing jams, and preserving that which they harvested from their gardens. That entire time, assisting them both, I never had this beautiful mindful point of view, as featured in this book. It makes me want to use that which I have learned as a child again. Very inspiring.
- looking at food ingredients as creative partners beyond the recipe.
The author points as an example to the relationship between peanuts and oats – peanuts leaving access of nitrogen during harvest, which is exactly what oats thrive on. This balance in nature is evident everywhere you look if you are willing to dig deeper – if you are a gardener you may know which plants are beneficial to grow close to each other for mutual support – and it is something beautiful to contemplate during cooking and eating.
- it questions us to look at why we categorize certain foods as specifically tied to a particular part of the day.
Why do we look at breakfast foods as breakfast foods? What do you consider breakfast food? These questions challenge our way of how we use food and take us from being on autopilot into even more awareness.
There are a lot more mindful points that the author is making in this peaceful, creative and inspiring book. I hope that not only vegetarians but those who want to eat more thoughtfully will pick up this book as well. I am somewhat worried that this cookbook may not get the attention that it truly deserves because I am sure that I am not the only one who will approach it with a preconceived judgment.
Visually, I really enjoyed the soft-colored pages, and a large amount of warm, and friendly images, which make me hungry, and ready for more.
The recipes are creative and beautiful – some are old favorites, others provide a unique twist to a standard fair in delightfully creative ways. My personal favorites at this point are the “Vegetarian Smorrebrod” and the “Leak and Hazelnut Risotto”.
While the Author has a popular blog called MindfulKitchen.org, but this is her first book. I hope it will not be the last.
5 out of 5 Stars
An environmental foodie on a holistic path, Heather Thomas is mindfully committed to creating positive change, nurturing nature connection, and transforming the way we eat.
Part practical, part meditative, The Mindful Kitchen infuses every day with simple nature-related rituals to reinforce thoughts as positive actions, creating focus, awareness and translating intent into a lifestyle. Bite-size philosophical notes, meaningful questions, joyful rituals, and an abundant feast of vegetarian recipes are mindfully stirred together in this new-wave cookbook. Offering 100 seasonal recipes, this beautifully illustrated culinary go-to encourages you to make mindful choices through how and what you eat. Add empowering flavors for wellbeing — inspiration, curiosity, and awareness — and this is destined to be a must-have in every kitchen library.
With fresh takes on old favorites and new dishes to tickle the taste buds, there’s a recipe for every season. The recipes include a mix of fresh takes on family classics and completely fresh ideas, including Leek and Hazelnut Risotto, Spiced Pumpkin and Coconut Soup, Preserved Pizza, Zero Waste Veggie Broth, Rhubarb, and Lentil Curry, Oatmeal Honey Bread, and Apple Cake Lasagne.
Book Details: Title: Mudras for Beginners: Your Ultimate Beginners Guide to using Simple Hand Gestures Author: Advait Series: Mudra Healing Series Book 1 Genre: Self-help Publication Date: May 18th, 2015 My Thoughts on the Book While I am somewhat aware of the concept…
Book Details: Book Title: The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life Author: Clare Hudson Genre: self-help, creativity, motivation Publishing Date: December 19, 2016 Publisher: Amazon Digital Services My Thoughts: 30 Day Challenges are all over the internet, not just…
Are you looking for a little book filled with happiness? Then let me introduce you to Bite Size Happiness – Volume 1 by Jarls Forsman and Steve Sekhon
Bite Size Happiness is filled with tiny nuggets of beautiful wisdom, that range from profound to simply kind, but all are positive and uplifting in nature. Yes, we may all have heard these titbits before in some form or another, but this book gives you the opportunity to incorporate this wisdom into your daily routine if you let it into your heart and mind.
You May Also Be Interested In: Choose To Be Happy: Happier Human – A Book Review
It does what it promises with elegance – sharing a simple note, that can make you happy if you take the advice to heart.
Here is an example of a typical entry, and my personal thoughts on it:
“Two people can encounter the same situation, have totally different experiences, and both believe that their own version is accurate. That’s because outer circumstances don’t create your experience, your beliefs do. You’re free to change those if you want.
This entry specifically spoke to me, as I am reading this, because this happens to be one day after having a confirmed diagnosis of a rare genetic chronic illness. I could have considered this devastating news – even if it only confirmed my suspicions – but instead, I looked at it as an empowering opportunity to resolve to make the best out of my life, and my broken body from this moment on, no matter what.
That was my choice.
Someone else could have the same diagnosis, and look at it as something that would break them, something that would make them less.
I think it simply makes me different.
Here are some of the other topics covered in this book:
- The Alchemy of Difference
- Giving Enriches
- Thoughts Give Birth
- Be Grateful Now
- Deliberate Mastery
- Adapt with Flexibility
- The Peaceful Present
- Internal Consistency
and many more.
While not meant as a journal, I can absolutely see how these pages could be easily used as journal prompts, and with that, opportunities to dig deeper, and find ways to implement these little practices into your day.
From the moment, I started reading Bite Size Happiness, to its last page, it made me smile. It is a book, that I will revisit again.
5 out of 5 Stars
Genre: Self-Help, Positive Thinking
Publication Date: April 5th, 2015
Publisher: Infinite Monkey Publishing
Acquired via personal purchase
Dear Beautiful Human,
Bite Size Happiness is a compilation of our daily meditations that we distilled down into short, simple ideas.
Why? They’re easier to follow and more fun to practice.
What can you achieve by reading Bite Size Happiness?
– Understand… The connection between your thoughts and feelings in order to change how you handle life.
– Energize… Yourself so you walk through life with presence and joy.
– Train… Yourself to focus your attention on what you want to manifest as well as who you want to become.
– Attract… The energy, harmony, and people you deserve to have in your life.
We hope you enjoy reading these bite size nuggets as much as we enjoyed writing them.
Do you love Hallmark Channel Original Movies? Then keep on reading, because I have a book from the writer of these awesome, and warm romance shows, Teri Wilson for you today! Love At The Shore is a lighthearted comedic romance with a lot of warmth…