Friday, March 30, 2012

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 this book!

To get a hold of your copy go to:
·        Amazon:
·        Barnes & Noble

And a quick thanks to Amanda at CLNB Blog tours for giving me the opportunity to join this blog tour. Check out this link to visit other stops along the way

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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

Kilimanjaro and Beyond (a Life-Changing Journey)

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 achieve theirs.

This is such a remarkable story. Just to read about a man at 60 and his son, to decide to climb Mount Kilimanjaro gives you a lot to think about in living life to the fullest and doing things that you may think are beyond your abilities. But then to go and give back to the communities that you visited is totally inspiring. The book is written to not only tell you their story but to entertain. It is a fun inside look into all the preparation that is required to make such a journey and the adventure that takes place when they finally get there.
This book inspired me to not only try and find ways to help Barry’s cause in my own community but to also do things on my own to raise money and awareness for causes I truly believe in. While not all the attempts I make will work, Barry has taught me that if he can achieve what he has done ... I should never give up!
Get a hold of the book at
or in Canada at
More links about Barry Finlay, his projects, and Plan Canada:

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg By Doug Bremner

The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg

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 have welcomed these findings. After all, no-one was doubting that Accutane was an extremely effective remedy in many cases, it was just that it appeared to have lethal side-effects in others.

You might like to think again on that one.

'The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg' is the account of what Hoffman-La Roche did next, which was to prosecute a determined, energetic and vindictive campaign against Dr. Bremner designed to suppress his findings and destroy his career and livelihood.

Nonetheless, Dr. Bremner persisted and Hoffman La-Roche have since withdrawn Accutane from the US market, not only for its potentially depressive effects, but also for the likelihood of its causing birth defects and stunting growth.

From the pen of the author of 'Before You Take That Pill: Why the Drug Industry May Be Bad for Your Health: Risks and Side Effects You Won't Find on the Label of Commonly Prescribed Drugs, Vitamins, and Supplements', this is a truly riveting and emotional read detailing just what it costs to take on the full might of one of the largest corporations in the world when you have never claimed to be a saint and have no desire to become a martyr.

Who is Doug Bremner? (from Amazon Bio)
J Douglas Bremner is a Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology in Atlanta, GA. He is a researcher, physician, and writer. He blogs on healthcare and medication related topics and twitters @dougbremner.

This is a book that would be an eye-opening movie, what makes it scary is that it is a true story about a period in the life of the author!
The book is a well written account of a man who was just trying to do the right thing and paid a huge price my trying to go against a corporate giant who was without a heart, only a mind for dollars and cents!
I could not put the book down as I was both shocked by what was going on but not surprised at the same time.
I think that everyone needs to read Doug’s story and think a little bit about what they buy and who they are buying from.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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

When All That's Left of Me Is Love: A Daughter's Story of Letting Go

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 spiritual journey, a poetry lesson, and even a case for happy hour. This story of a daughter's undying love for her dying mother will move and inspire not only those who face or fear death but also those who love and embrace life.

A sad story.
An uplifting story.
A true story.
This is a book that shows a real person, with real emotions, going through one of the most painful events in life, loosing one's Mother to cancer. What is great about this book is that it is full of emails and some letters written by the author during the year of her mother’s illness, the reader gets to feel exactly what Linda was feeling at the time. The story has moments of sunshine and obvious moments of utter sadness. But it is a reality that is unfortunately too common. It is a beautiful book and a must read.

Monday, March 19, 2012

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

The Night Sky: A Journey from Dachau to Denver and Back

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 odyssey to solve a decades-long mystery, she learns the family secrets of untold heroism, quiet courage, and a mother s love and of tragedy, disillusionment, and heartbreak. At the end of her long journey, Maria uncovers a shattering and painful truth. But the secret, however heartbreaking, would also become the greatest gift she would receive.

This is a touching story about an unbelievable journey one woman took to find out where she really came from. The book is both a memoir and a history book. Maria has done a great job both telling the story and describing the time and place that she discovers that her parents lived and tried to survive. The horrors of WW2 are taught in school but I don’t think the history books will ever be able to get the point home to students as much as Family Histories of those who were there.  This is a well written account that I did not want to put down.
To get a hold of the book check out

Sunday, March 18, 2012

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!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks by Robert Gray

Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks

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.

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 deal with are those annoying zombie tourists who overrun her favorite graveyard during the Halloween season—horrible means wonderful. And everything for Eve is perfectly horrible. But her life is about to go head over heels when a mysterious group known as The Source starts terrorizing Gravesville. Now she must move to the human world—where everything is opposite ... and for Eve, that's absolutely adorable!

Monday, March 12, 2012

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.                                           

Frog's Van

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 Frog stories! I think that says it all, if the target likes the books, they are a hit!

A thank-you to Craig Smith for bringing these books to my attention!

Friday, March 9, 2012

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 were merely an extension of their own.  Although I lost both of my parents to unspeakable acts, my father to suicide and my mother to mental illness, I was always a loved child – even despite my mother’s ailment and its ensuing tempest, she always genuinely loved me.  It was the greatest gift my parents ever gave me - one so powerful that it penetrated space and time, filling the empty cavern of my budding, infant heart as its soft petals unfurled while I lay sleeping in my mother’s arms.  I cherish this gift beyond measure; it has fortified the essence of who I am and nurtured within me the strength to construct a portal for my own love, so that it may continue to flourish.

I firmly believe that those among us who have never received love, true love, are, sadly, not capable of understanding its meaning, let alone skilled at passing it on -- just one of the many reasons why the role of a parent is so paramount.  When you love your child, it may feel as though it is a joy experienced only by two.  Not so.  The simple act of giving love to one is sure to multiply… exponentially.
Love on, Ya’ll
p.s. A huge thank you to Jennifer for allowing me to be heard on her wonderful blog!
aka T.H. Waters

Thursday, March 8, 2012

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,