Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook
Authors: Pearl Barrett & Serene Allison
ISBN: 978-1-101-90266-0

Hi Everyone

I have been waiting to get my hands on this book for a while now and I finally have it!  I am a little slow at getting this, so much so that they have their next cookbook out now too.  I wanted to see this first before I got over excited and purchased the second book, but I have to say I think it will be on my wish list also.

So, what do these girls promote?  For anyone who hasn't followed these two ladies before they have actually been around for a while.  They have tried, and promoted, many, vegan, and raw diets in the past but after years this they have looked to science.  In their Trim Healthy Mama Plan book they explain the fundamentals of their dietary ideas of eating fat and carbs but not a the same time.  Their theory being, your body burns either fat or glucose for energy so eat either fat or carbs but not always both at the same time.  They do have 'energy pull' recipes where both are combined but these are are not the every meal time occurrence. 

Well, what did I think of the recipes?  This book is beautiful!  The recipes are standard sort of recipes but they have been adapted to fit the plan. They fit in with family cooking easily and are great for people like me with allergy children.  You will find 350 healthy well balanced recipes that will suit most people.  I say most because I know what it is like living with special dietary needs :) Each recipes has a coloured picture... always a winner in my view.  I actually think this book has had a lot of thought put into the presentation and publication.  In my view it is a great asset to my recipes book collection and I am sure you would find something in it to become a family favourite on your table.


In their debut cookbook, the Trim Healthy Mamas share hundreds of delicious, healthy recipes to help readers successfully slim down while eating well. This companion cookbook to the bestselling Trim Healthy Mama Plan is just what readers have been waiting for. It features simple, mouthwatering, recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner--including slow cooker and one-pot meals, hearty soups and salads, omelets and waffles, pizzas, breads and more. No Trim Healthy Mama should be deprived, so there are also favorite snacks, delectable desserts, and the smoothies, sippers and teas fans love. With pantry-stocking advice, time-saving tips, and information on how to cook for the entire family, the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook offers a delicious and nutritious way to make trim and healthy meals with less stress--so you have more time with your loved ones.

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Towards another summer

Towards Another Summer
Author: Janet Frame
ISBN: 9781869419745

Towards Another Summer
Hi Everyone

Okay, here we have it... a book that I just didn't click with. 

I listened to this on audio book.  The reader was great, but I struggled with it the whole way through.  I am in two minds about the whole book though.  One is that it was on audio, so I have this deep down feeling that I should read it in book form.  Two, I did like that is was set in New Zealand.  The setting was the one thing that kept me listening actually.

In honesty this is probably a really good classic but I just couldn't click with it.  We all have books that we just cannot connect with and I have found that book of mine.  As I write this I think of all the classics I had to read and study for my degree and remember all the times I just wanted to shut the stupid book but then I became entwined in the plot in some way.  The more I re-read to study each classic the more I fell in love with them.  Especially - A Tale of Two Cities.  So, maybe I should just read it again.

Leave me a comment if you think I should re-read it in book form.


Towards Another Summer is a meditation on the themes of exile and return, homesickness and not knowing where home really is. It is suffused with beauty and tenderness and shot through with self-deprecating humour and frailty. Grace, the protagonist, is taking a break from writing a long novel and seems to be losing her grip on daily life in London. She feels more and more like a migratory bird as the pull of her native New Zealand makes life in England seem transitory. The desire to leave behind the social human agonies of appearing neither too clever nor too stupid, too helpful or too lazy, becomes overwhelming for Grace. Frame's observational prowess is apparent in Towards Another Summer in the vivid and heartbreaking passages about children and childhood and in Grace's growing awareness of the demanding forces of social convention.

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Monday, 11 September 2017

Lottery in Paradise

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What a treat to sit down and read this!  I would love to see it made into a movie. 

I adored the characters the most in this novel.  The plot kept me hanging in there, but I become really fond of the antics of all the characters combined.  I think I smiled most of the way through this one.  There was one thing after an other, all connected to the plot in some way, but really I could have just kept reading to see what antic would happen next.  Especially what Fab would do next, she had spark! 

And yes, the plot was good.  The crime was answered with a dramatic ending and the book finalised well.  But I still go back to the characters on this one.  They really made it for me.

So for Lottery in Paradise, for me it was all about the characters, characters, characters!

And to any directors out there... These books would make a good series or movie :)

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Meet the crime-solving duo of the Florida Keys: Madison who has all the charm of the girl next door, not to mention a deadly aim and Fab, her best friend, a femme fatale private investigator with a taste for danger and stilettos.

When their neighbor is found dead, the headlines read, "It doesn't pay to be a lottery winner." It gets you nothing but an endless line of crazies at your door, greedy relatives and acquaintances. Sleuths Madison and Fab don't have time to be concerned about the latest murder; they have problems of their own trying to figure out why their house has suddenly become the focus of several attempted break-ins. The duo are off on more adventures -- what could go wrong chauffeuring a limousine full of college girls? Or chasing after a custom Ferrari? Along the way, there's a break-up, a wedding, and the usual run-ins with the law.

If you like sassy, exciting crime novels, then you'll love Lottery in Paradise, the eleventh book in the scorching Paradise series about two seductive ladies who use unconventional and highly entertaining measures to maintain the peace in the steamy and twisted paradise of Tarpon Cove.

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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"Another FABULOUS book by one of my favorite authors. I love how there are always several different stories going on. I loved the ending..." 

"Another great story in the Paradise series! My love for these quirky characters grows with every book! Hope they never end!"

"An excellent story that is jammed packed with fun, happiness, anger, & a few stupid decisions. She captures the reader's attention & keeps it from beginning to end. This is another winner in the Paradise series!"
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Book Excerpt:

Fab hit the steering wheel with a closed fist. "I'm going to run that jerk off the road."

"No. You. Are. Not. And you're not going to shoot out his tires either." Though there was a zero chance of that happening. As talented as the hot, sexy woman was, she couldn't steer and shoot at the same time. "We'll act like normal people and call the police." Normal, I laughed to myself. I hadn't heard myself described that way in a long time. Mostly, I heard "weird" bandied about. An over-exaggeration - I'm familiar with weird, and that's not me.

"You better come up with something better than that." Fab pulled up alongside the truck on the driver's side.

I powered the window down and hung my head out, my hand in mid-air, ready to flag the man down, even though I knew that chances were slim that he'd pull over. Pulling my head back in the window, I said, "Change of plans." I pushed my red hair back into place, smoothing it down, certain it was a wind-whipped mess. "The fancy tow truck is one of Brick's."

Brick and I had a tenuous relationship; it was hard to trust him when I knew he never put Fab's safety first, or mine either. He opposed our relationship, knowing that several times I had convinced my daring friend to calm down and rethink her plan. As backup to Super PI Fab, there were few jobs that didn't include flying bullets and running for our lives. I was happy for the respite. So were our boyfriends,who'd had a face-to-face with Brick, laying down the rules: no more withholding details, and if it came out after the fact that he knew there was a high chance of danger, it would be the last mistake he would make. My boyfriend followed that up with a right cross to Brick's eye.

Fab made an outraged sound. "I don't believe you."


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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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Saturday, 9 September 2017

That is that: Essays about ture nature

That is That: Essays About Ture Nature
Author: Nirmala
ISBN: 9781453759738

That Is That: Essays About True Nature
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That is That. This is titled Essays About Ture Nature but in real honesty I have found this book to be page after page of wisdom.

Pure and simple essays exploring all aspects of ones self.  Its an amazing little read.  It got me thinking at ever turn of the page.  The writing in these pages talk of such truth of human nature that as I read, I had many aha moments.  Many moment of sitting in quite thought thinking about what I had just read.  Many times when I bounced from the seat to continue my day with enthusiasm.

Here are some of the essays you will discover within the cover of this brilliant piece of literature:

  • What is this moments treasure?
  • The minds endless to-do list
  • Noticing gratitude
  • Not knowing
  • Being present to feelings
  • Enquiry into numbness
  • Enquiry into control
  • Enquiry into resentment
  • Every moment is self-realisation
  • Seeking, being and giving
I only got this because I found it on my Kindle -  Free.  So I clicked to take a look.  I am so pleased I did as I have had many quite times as I have pondered the writing within.  I am able to pick it up and read just one little essay - just a few pages - and put it back down for another day.


That Is That: Essays About True Nature is a collection of articles and answers to questions posed by spiritual seekers. It captures the essence of spiritual inquiry and provides the reader with a real transmission of Presence on every page. It is much more than an exposition about our true nature as infinite Oneness, it offers an experiential exploration of who we really are, not only through the transmission in the words, but through the many thoughtful questions it raises. Nirmala's warm-hearted and accepting presence makes it possible to drop into the space he so eloquently describes, where peace, love, and joy abide. He is a master at helping you fall in love with life and the many expressions of the one Being we all are.show more

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Big little lies

Big Little Lies
Author: Liane Moriarty
ISBN:  9780399167065

Big Little Lies

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Well I am tired today as this book kept me up till 3.45am.  I couldn't put it down.  It wasn't lack of self control it was the plot.  This book for me was all about the plot.

Fantastically thought out and intertwined as a web of characters secrets unravel.  I started the book with giggles as each character met and reactions started to form.  By half way I had most of the characters figured out.  By the end of the book I was shocked as the OMG moments started to come out.  At about at about 3.30 am this morning I sat in quiet shock as the most unexpected secret came out.  I still sit in shock as I write this.  What a twist!  I didn't see it coming at all. 

Then by the very end some of the characters that I had started to despise won me back again.  As I read this I could envision the school ground mums.  All perfect and dotting of their perfect children.  I see it often, just not to this degree or in writing. It was one book that I will read over and over again and see more the next time I read it.


Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

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Thursday, 31 August 2017

The land I lost

The Land I lost
Author: Huynh Quang Nhuong
ISBN: 978-0-060440183-8

The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam
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This isn't a long book, only 127 pages, and it is a captivating easy read.  The back claims to be recommended for 7 to 10 year olds but even I, as grown up, enjoyed this book.

It is Huynh Quang Hnuongs story of his childhood and many of the adventures he encountered.  Most of these adventures involved animals, this is where connections were made of the young ones I read this too.  We stopped reading a few times to look up some of the snakes and have a chat about what he was talking about.  I found myself captivated by his world and the difference in the one I have experienced. 

I thought it gave a good picture of the highlands of Vietnam, one of which I wouldn't have the same appreciation for without having read this book.  Isn't that what makes an excellent book for our young readers?  I love to see children reading and questioning what they are reading, looking more into what the writer is talking about.  That is exactly what Huyng Quang Nhuong has achieved in this little gem of literature.


Huynh Quang Nhuong grew up in the highlands of Vietnam, next to the jungle teeming with wildlife. Encounters with tigers, wild hogs, and deadly snakes were as much a part of his life as tending the rice fields while on the back of his pet water buffalo, Tank.

Perfect for classrooms, as well as fans of Linda Sue Park and Thanhha Lai, these fifteen tales will transport readers into a world of lush beauty and terrible danger—and a way of life that is gone forever.

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Monday, 28 August 2017



Hi Everyone,

I have read my fair share of shapeshifter books but I found this one to be unique and realistic.  I quickly became enticed by the plot and the characters.  To be honest with you I have to give credit to Natasha S. Brown for connecting the characters, plot and era of this novel so perfectly.

The loved the women in this book.  They had strength, compassion and etiquette, yet they went beyond all expectancy.  There were still the busy body woman that exist in reality and as such should have been in this novel, she gave the book a sense of reality.  Then there was the main male - Creag.  He was extremely lovable.  As the plot developed I grew to like him more and more hoping the outcome would be what I wanted.  It was as though I was watching from over yonder, rather than reading or turning pages. 

I liked that this was a shapeshifter novel, yet not over done.  Just the perfect dash of shapeshifter to bring the characters and plot together. 

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On the western highlands of Scotland, a springtime storm pummels the coast while Kristie's brother is out fishing. When he fails to return home, Kristie turns away from her list of chores to search the loch in an effort to ease her pregnant sister-in-law's fears. Instead of finding Domnall, she discovers a naked and battered man washed up on shore and worries he could be a thieving reiver or worse--an Englishman.

When the handsome outsider wakes, he is unable to remember who he is or how he came to be there. Although the feisty and melancholy Kristie isn't keen on him remaining, her young neighbor, Jock, takes to the playful stranger and names Creag after the rocky crags where the loch meets the sea. Not long after the lad speaks of selkies, magical seals who shed their skins to live as humans, Creag dreams he is swimming deep beneath the waves.

Kristie is desperate to keep the farm running for her missing brother while Creag's sleep is filled with strange visions--glimpses that may reveal secrets to his past, but he may soon wish they were only a dream.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

Shapeshifter Sagas {Western European Myths from the Middle Ages}

Widow {13thc. | Black Shuck | England}
Scars {10thc. | Fenrir | Iceland}
Tides {10thc. | Kraken | Great Britain/Ireland}
Outsider {14thc. | Selkie | Scotland}

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Widow (Time of Myths: Shapeshifter Sagas Book 1)
Lady Rayne has few options as a young widow. Either her father will marry her off to a wealthy nobleman--no matter how old and disagreeable he may be, or she will become a nun like her aunt at Grimsford Abbey. The choice is easy: her interest in writing is not supported in the dark halls of her father's home. Rayne eagerly anticipates becoming a scribe and learning the art of illumination and book making. But first she must travel along the treacherous roads of East Anglia.

Far from the confines of Norwich, Rayne hears fables of an enormous ghostly hound called the Black Shuck. She tries to ignore them until she finds herself staring into its expressive brown eyes. With every heartbeat, her chances of reaching Grimsford Abbey disappear. If only she could live to tell the tale.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

Scars (Time of Myths: Shapeshifter Sagas Book 2)

Along the breathtaking and unforgiving coast of Snæland, Ásta’s ancestral farm is plagued with bad luck. The kinless maiden’s turf walls continue to be found damaged, and there aren’t enough farmhands to maintain the property. Claw marks in the dirt revive old memories of the wolf attack that left her scarred, and she begins to fear the whispers are true—that Fenrir, son of Loki and king of the wolves, has come to claim her and her land.

Torin often leaves his uncle’s farm in the southern hills to track and ensnare valuable gyrfalcons. His secret ability to turn into the birds he trains means his falconry skills are unparalleled, earning him precious silver and gold. If the ghosts of his past didn’t haunt him daily, pushing him to numb his senses with drink, Torin might have married by now—as his uncle often reminds him. He knows the time has finally come to find a wife and settle down.

During the Althing, the gathering of the year, Ásta’s ability to maintain her property comes into question while Torin wonders if a woman in jeopardy of losing her farm is really worth the trouble.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Tides (Time of Myths: Shapeshifter Sagas Book 3)

It’s Leif’s eighth summer going viking with his father on their ship the Kraken—and he’s had enough. For as long as Leif can remember, his father has claimed to be a descendant of Ægir, god of the sea, and has exploited their shape changing ability—all this to amass enough gold to gain entrance into the ocean god’s halls. Leif hopes that time’s drawing near so he can free himself from Ragna’s domineering shadow.

On the green hills of Éire, Eilish is content learning traditional folk cures from her father until a Finn-Gall raid disturbs the peace. Desperate to protect Eilish from harm, her father cuts her hair and disguises her in his old clothing before she’s ripped from the only home she’s ever known. Sold as a thrall in Duiblinn, she must hide out as a young man on a ship full of barbarians.

Now Eilish, who fears she’ll become Ægir’s next sacrifice, and Leif, who isn’t prepared to stand up against his father’s powerful wrath, must face the tides of change—no matter how ominous they may seem.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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About the author

Natasha was born in Nevada City, California. Being an only child, she resorted to using her imagination while exploring the forest surrounding her home (a nasty habit she hasn’t been able to break). Her natural interest in fantasy ignited when her parents read The Hobbit to her as a youth, and from then on anything seemed possible. Once awarded with a Hershey’s bar ‘the size of a Buick’ in her high school English class for creative writing, her passion and interest in literature has never dimmed.

She now lives in Littleton, Colorado, with her husband, two children, and two dogs.

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