Thursday, January 11, 2018

It's Never Too Late

It's never too late for a New Year's resolution.  It's 2018 - hard to believe, where did 2017 go?  Coming off the chocolate fuelled holiday season I've finally sat down to make some resolutions.  That's something I've done in past years but not well.  None made it to the next new year.  This time I'm changing things up.  I waited until the holiday season was over, until  today actually, mid-January, to begin it all.

Back in November  of 2017 James Atkinson asked me to review his latest book.  While I've reviewed his books before, and they are all great fitness guides, this book really resonated with me as one of my resolutions is to get fit.  While I don't need to lose weight I sure could use some muscle.  So recently, I've been trolling gyms and deciding where to join and feeling decidedly like a fish out of water.  So I picked up the book I'd so recently reviewed, Health & Fitness Tips That Will Change Your Life and found the section on those first ventures into a gym.   The book is an easy read - easy to follow.  It leads you from the beginning through the dark days of motivation to finding your fitness zone and keeping at it.

My favourite part of this book is not only does it touch on mindset, diet and fitness, James provides a 25 step guide (yes, there's a reason for the 25 steps) that you can begin now and work through 2018.     

Here's my review of "Health & Fitness Tips that Will Change Your Life"

“A healthy mind starts with a healthy body: a healthy body promotes a healthy mind.”
The author gets into the heart of body/mind and how the discipline to mold a healthy body also includes forging a healthy mind and attitude toward life. While enforcing the tie between mental and physical health there are tips to strengthening motivation to reach fitness goals. With the addition of a free exercise guide this book makes getting fit seem doable.

It's written for the every-day person trying to get fit and/or drop a few pounds. Implement a change every two weeks using a 25 step program that runs over the course of a year. It begins with something as simple as walking before breakfast in the morning. Simple - doable. A routine complete with motivation that’s easy to follow."

Check out James's website here.  You can't help but get motivated!


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Monday, November 20, 2017

Sheik Defense

Sheik Defense is on tour.  If you haven't read Sheik Defense, check in and see what these book bloggers have to say.  The last in the Desert Justice series, it can be read as a standalone or lead you into the world of the Al-Nassar brothers.  From Morocco to the windswept plains of Wyoming, these brothers seek justice and in the process find love.

He's the one she can't remember, she's the one he can't forget… 

Tossed overboard, Ava Adams had been left for dead, drifting at sea. But security specialist Faisal Al-Nassar was determined to find her. He owed her father a great debt and had never forgotten the connection he and Ava had once shared. Yet after rescuing Ava he discovered she barely remembered him

Amnesia had left Ava uncertain of who had tried to kill her. She did know, however, that Faisal was a man she could trust. The sheik's embrace was familiar and enticing…and possibly even more dangerous. How could she succumb to feelings for her protector when what she didn't know could get them both killed?

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Lest We Forget

It's Remembrance Day 2017 and while we should remember the sacrifices of war and those who fought and still fight for us, each and every day - today is set aside to make sure that we don't forget.  In my comfortable house with the furnace pumping warm air and the snow chilled quiet outside marred only by a few squirrels, war is hard to imagine.   Hearing newscasts of far off battles saddens me but  it's the first hand experiences that make the horror of war and the sacrifice that those who fight for justice, what they endure - real.

Remembrance Day makes sure that we don't forget, that we always remember.  Remember that it's people like us, our neighbours and friends who became and still become the everyday heroes in situations we can't imagine.  So today we honour them by participating in the ceremonies in person or even by television.  Being present in whatever way works for you.

I write about heroes every day but they're fictional heroes.  Today we get to honour the real heroes.  Remembrance Day - today is their day.  

Thank you.


Monday, November 6, 2017

Free For All & Giveaway!

Fatal Intent is free from November 6-10.

It's all part of the November FREE for All Giveaway 11/6-10!
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Empath's Survival Guide - Life Strategies for Sensitive People

The Empath's Survival Guide landed in my inbox with a request to review that I wasn't expecting.  It wasn't that I hadn't reviewed for the company before, it was just that I had spent more time in the last year facing my own deadlines and not, except for pleasure, reading anyone else's work.  But here it was ,a chance to read a book and let the world know what I think.  I'm sure glad i got the chance.  So enough of that - on to the book...

The Empath's Survival Guide - Life Strategies for Sensitive People is written by Judith Orloff, MD.

What is the difference between having empathy and being an empath?  Having empathy means our heart goes out to another person in joy or pain," says Dr. Judith Orloff.  "But for empaths it goes much further.  We actually feel others' emotions, energy and physical symptoms in our own bodies without the usual defences that most people have."  The Empath's Survival Guide is an invaluable

resource for empaths and anyone who wants to nurture their empathy and develop coping skills in our high-stimulus world--while fully embracing their gifts of intution, compassion, creativity and spiritual connection.

This practical, empowering, and  loving book was created to support empaths through their unique challenges and help loved ones better understand the empath's needs and gifts.  Dr. Orloff offers crucial practices, including:

- Exercises to help you identify your empath tope and where you are on the empathy spectrum.
- Tools for protecting yourself from sensory overload, exhaustion, addictions, and compassion fatigue while replenishing your vital energy.
- Simple, effective strategies to stop absorbing stress and physical symptoms from others and protect yourself from narcissists and other energy vampires.
- How to find the right work that feeds you.
- How to navigate intimate relationships without feeling overwhelmed.
- Guidance for parenting and raising empathetic children.
- Awakening the empath's gift for intuition and deepening your spiritual connection to all living beings.

For any sensitive person who's been told to "grow a thick skin" here is a lifelong guide for staying fully open while building resilience, exploring your gifts of depth and compassion, and feeling welcome and valued by a world that desperately needs what you have to offer.

My Review of The Empath's Survival Guide  

Are you an empath?  Not sure?  This book will give you the tools necessary to not only determine if you are but also deal with the repercussions of being sensitive enough to feel what others do not.  As an empath herself, the author lays out what it was like to be a  child and not fit.  She goes on to discuss the various types of empaths.  There are more types of empaths than I imagined and the author has provided a list of questions for each one that will help you identify if you are an empath and what type you might be.

"If you feel as if you don't fit in this world, then you're here to create a better one!"

That quote seems to sum up the direction of this book.  Great read for empaths and non-empaths alike.

The Empath's Surivial Guide - Life Strategies for Sensitive People is available at most online bookstores including:  Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

Judith Orloff, MD is the author of The Empath's Survival Guide - Life Strategies for Sensitive People.  Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty.  She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy and spirituality.  Dr. Orloff also specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice.  Dr. Orloff's work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, the Oprah Magazine and USA Today.  She is a New York Times best-selling author of Emotional Freedom.  To learn more about Dr. Orloff's free empath support newsletter as well as her books and workshop schedule, visit her at:
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Desert Justice - Worlds and Words Away

An excerpt from Sheik Defense - the last in the Desert Justice series featuring Faisal Al-Nassar and Ava Adams.


It was less than an hour since Faisal had received that fateful call that Ava was missing. Now he looked long and hard at the face of the young woman who lay dead on the cold steel of the examining table. Her hair was long, almost to the middle of her back. She was brunette and a few years older than Ava. After that, the similarities stopped.

He’d insisted on viewing the body in the hope that the similarities would somehow give him a much-needed clue. Now he didn’t know why he’d bothered. It was depressing and frightening all at the same time. Looking at her frightened him for Ava and saddened him for the deceased woman’s family.
“She may have been asphyxiated,” the coroner said.
He listened as the coroner went into some detail on why he believed that could be a possibility.
“Her eyes are bloodshot.  Classic sign of asphyxiation.”
A chill ran through him like none he’d felt before. He’d stood in this position many times but never had he felt the haunting fear that the person before him could have been someone he knew and loved. He almost took a step back. That thought combined with the cold steel and sharp smell of disinfectant that depersonalized death was almost too much. This wasn’t Ava but someone had loved her.

Regret and anger snaked through him as he thought of how this young woman had died unnecessarily, how it could just as easily have been Ava on that slab. The reality was as disturbing as it was unthinkable. Whether they could prove it or not, he was sure that this woman had died of unnatural causes. It wasn’t right or fair. And he knew it happened much too often. He’d thought of adding a branch of investigations geared solely to violence against women. He’d seen too much of it in his work. But now wasn’t the time for such considerations.

Five minutes later, Faisal was heading across the hospital parking lot to a charcoal 1967 mustang he kept in Miami for his rare visits to the city. He slipped behind the wheel and leaned back against the plush leather, the keys in his lap, his arms crossed and a frown on his face.

A woman who supposedly should have been Ava was dead. The fact that the decedent had been in Ava’s room and Ava was still the registered patient, indicated that Ava was the target. Now there were questions that needed to be answered and quickly.

Where had Ava gone? He tamped down the panic he’d felt at losing her when he’d only just found her.  He had to stick to facts.
And, on a non-excerpt note, I'm sorry to say that summer is on its last legs.  But, I'm happy to say that my book supply is well stocked for winter.  Like the squirrels, I'm ready to hunker down.  One problem for us northerners anyway,- summer hit again with a great blast of heat predicted for this weekend.   Sometimes you just have to go with the flow - me I'm getting out the margarita blender!  
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