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Recession Proof Blog Tour - a novel by Kimberly S. Lin

Sometimes going after what you want is the hardest thing you will ever do...

Meet Helen. Smart, successful and obliviously trapped. For the past six years, Helen has given her life and her heart to her cushy corporate finance job and to Mark without question. However as the Recession sweeps the Nation, she is one of many left unemployed and with the burning question of what does she really want in life.

RECESSION PROOF is a debut novel for anyone that has settled in their career and relationship but has discovered that what really matters in life is living it.

This is a book that many can relate to in today’s world of financial woes! I thought that it was a well written story that really allows you to get involved with the characters. It actually has made me think about what do I WANT TO DO if I could do anything at all. While I won't share my aswer to that question, I will tell you that if you want a fun read about this crazy world we are living in right now, get yourself a copy of …

Kilimanjaro And Beyond: a life-changing journey By Barry Finlay with his son Chris Finlay

It is January 16, 2009, and 60 year-old BARRY FINLAY and his son CHRIS are propped against a rock, struggling to draw a breath on their treacherous climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. Their destination is tantalizingly close, yet the weather and -- more importantly -- their health will determine the end result. Barry's backpack holds a Canadian flag with the names of over 200 donors mobilized by the climbers back home. The donors have contributed to providing classrooms and clean water for desperately deserving school children in Tanzania. For Barry, this is a life-changing physical, mental and spiritual adventure. Follow along as he and his son strive to climb one of the World's Seven Summits, meet the children who will benefit from their fundraising, and come to an understanding that one or two people really can make a difference. It is a journey that leaves the two with the lasting impression that nothing is more satisfying than reaching a goal and giving others the opportunity to …

The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg By Doug Bremner

Accutane - the truth that had to be told

In 2001 Hoffman-La Roche's drug Accutane was selling in its billions worldwide as a treatment for acne. For those who suffered from extreme scarring acne, it was something of a miraculous treatment, however evidence started to mount that for others it was a death sentence. Over the next few years it was estimated that between 300 and 3,000 young people being prescribed Accutane since its launch had committed suicide or killed others.

In 2001 the father of young man in Ireland who had committed suicide approached Dr. Doug Bremner as Professor of Psychiatry & Radiology at Emory University to see if he could find a causal link between the drug and depression. His findings were that the drug did have an effect on the brain likely to cause acute depression in some patients, which was not surprising as it is a molecular cousin of Vitamin A which is known to cause depression in excessive quantities.

One might think that Hoffman-La Roche would …

When all that's left of Me is Love by Linda Campanella

When All That's Left of Me Is Love is an intensely personal story about one family's determination to enjoy life while anticipating death. Linda Campanella's emotional account of her last year with her mother, Nancy Sachsse, wrote itself on the pages of her mind as she lay awake unable to sleep in the days and weeks following Nan's death one year and one day after a diagnosis of terminal cancer. It is a heartwarming memoir filled with insights and inspirations that will help anyone jolted into confronting the inevitability and sudden imminence of death. Join the author as she reconstructs and relives a year of living while dying and, in the process, comes to terms with the pain and permanence of her loss. When All That's Left of Me Is Love is indeed a sad story born of death, but it is above all an uplifting portrait of living, loving, believing, and letting go. It is a celebration of the special bond between mothers and daughters, a touching love story, a spiritua…

The Night Sky: a journey from Dachau to Denver and Back By Maria Sutton

This extraordinary and unflinchingly honest memoir takes us on a riveting journey into the hearts and souls of three enigmatic people whose destinies are forever changed by the events of World War II. The secrets of misguided love and passions are revealed as the author journeys between the past and the present to solve the mystery of a handsome Polish officer with piercing blue eyes and sun-colored hair. Maria Sutton takes us to the dark green hills and valleys of the ancient Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine, where the woody fragrance of birch trees and new-mown hay fills the fresh, crisp air after a heavy rain. Vicariously, we see a sunrise over Poland obscured by brightly colored swastikas on warplanes and then we will be taken into suffocating cattle cars, lice-infested stalags, and to the Dachau death camp. Further down a country road, the hearty laughter and beer steins clinking with each salute to the Fuhrer s astonishing victories can be heard.

As Maria takes us on this odysse…

Blog Update .....

Still very backed up and so Memoir Week will be going over into next week as I will only be able to get one or two reviews up per day. But it still starts tomorrow - Monday March 19th 2012!

Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks by Robert Gray

Middle school fiction that I think even adults will enjoy. This is a funny and entertaining book and I will keep it on my e-reader so that when my kids are a bit older I will be able to read it to them!
Eve is a great character who really is developed well and is easy to like! There are tons of laughs when the family must learn to live in the world of humans and you just will not want to put this book down. So if your kids are board and Spring Break seems like it will last forever, introduce your family to Eve.
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For fourteen-year-old Eve Hallows, life can be summed up in one word—horrible. She has the most horrible friends. She lives in a horrible old castle. Even her family is a bunch of horrible monsters. However, in the monster-inhabited world of Gravesville—a world where messages are sent through Ouija boards, jack-o’-lanterns get facials to suit their moods, and the worst thing Eve has to …

The Stories of Charlie Smart the Frog by Joshua T. Smith

Charlie decides he wants to build a van. He enlists his Dad's help. Together they build a van. Charlie shows it to his class. Everyone is very impressed.

This is the story of Frog (aka Charlie Smart) and when he meets his new neighbor who moved in just down the street. They found out they had 2 children his age. They had a boy named Steve and a girl named Ryan. They had a sleepover with their new friends.

Joshua T. Smith is a young boy who is an accomplished author as he has written many picture books for the 3 to 5 year old group. The stories are all about a young frog named Charlie Smart, stories are taken from any kids day- to-day adventures.
To best review these cute little books I read Frog's New Neighbor and Frog's Van to my four year old. Her reaction was great. She enjoyed the stories and said that she thought "Charlie was a very nice frog". She liked the pictures because they were bright and colourful. My daughter then said that she would like to read more…

Guest Post Author T.H. Waters - The Season of Love

This is a guest post from T.H. Waters, author of a wonderful coming of age book called Ghellow Road. To find out more about T.H. you can visit her website at

You know… that alluring sensation for which we all yearn, often revealing itself in many colors - the gentle, reassuring hug from a parent, an adoring gaze from one’s child, the unbreakable bond with your pet, an immortal union of souls.These feelings are priceless.They lend comfort in the knowledge that we somehow belong and reassure us that from our roots will undoubtedly emerge intention.
Both my mother and father loved me deeply, each in their own way.I was the core of Daddy’s world, just as he was of mine, and Mom adored me much as if I’d slid straight out of the womb with silky, white feathers sprouting from the center of my back.I shared ten years on this earth with my father and forty with Mom.Never once did they criticize me.Never once did they believe that I wasn’t capable of soaring.My young wings wer…

March Blog Update ....

Thanks for all the well wishes! I am finally back on my feet after almost a month.

So on to business ... I am going to turn Memoir Month into a week of Memoir Madness! This will start Monday March 19th and I will be posting many titles a day so you will want to check back many times for many amazing stories!

Next Week is Spring Break for many so I will be reviewing kids books all week! Check it out for something new to read while the kids are off school.

Thanks for sticking with me,