Monday, June 24, 2013

The Blasphemy Box

I absolutely loved this book and read it in one night. This is the first time I have heard of this author and I certainly hope that it isn't the last!
This book was a gripping read of a realistic situation -  getting divorced and having to start over in many ways. I loved the main character so very much. I find that she was a person who I could identify with despite never having been divorced myself.
The entire cast of friends and family were enjoyable and I loved a lot of the dialogue and the turns of phrase. Truly one of my favorite books of this year and I just adore the cover art too!

Mandy Behbehani grew up and was educated in England. Her first short story was published when she was twelve and she has been scribbling away ever since, as a journalist and now a novelist. She holds a degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and, over her career, served as West Coast correspondent for Women's Wear Daily and W magazine, as an on-air reporter at KTVU-TV and, for a decade, as the fashion editor and features writer for the Hearst San Francisco Examiner where she won awards for feature writing. Her work has been published in a variety of publications including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Town & County magazine, the San Jose Mercury News and Travel & Leisure magazine.
She lives in California, and, when she's not in front of her computer, she can be found reading a good book, and hiking the open space that surrounds her home with her yellow Lab, Lalou.
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twitter handle: @mandyscribeista

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Where's The Groom? Review

I absolutely love the cover of this book and it was fun to read about someone planning a wedding - although not a "real" one. This was a cute, quick fun read about a woman looking for love and romance and deciding to take drastic measures to find it. A nice escape from every day life though there were some things in it that made me pause and say to myself, "That's not possible!" However, if you want a fun read, especially this summer at the beach or on vacation, this is a book you'll love!

Sophie Meyer has been writing for years, and has always been in love with love.
With a background in psychology, philosophy and theater, she's helped many find love, avoid detours and climb out of  inevitable pitfalls. The essence of her life and work are exploring the wonderful, spontaneous and unpredictable surprises life loves to provide. She also offers talks and workshops on finding and living a life of love.
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Monday, June 10, 2013

Breathe Book Review

This book was a very interesting one - speaking about what happens when we need to find ourselves when we thought we already had. What happens when you unexpectedly find yourself divorcing and needing to start over?
This book spoke about just that and more. It was a sometimes humorous story, sometimes heart-wrenching and always brave. Inspirational for those of us who need to know that sometimes you can start over, I loved this book, its message and the title does really say it all.

Kate Bishop is the collective spirit of three friends with a shared passion for writing, yoga and a good, old-fashioned (or New Age) love story. Breathe was inspired by their experiences both on and off the mat and was born of a genuine desire to throw some love, light and laughter into the mix.

Kristin Tone graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Psychology and received an M.A. in Education from Lesley University. A yoga teacher and an educator, she currently teaches at  PS1 Pluralistic School in Santa Monica, CA.

Talie Kattwinkel earned a degree in Women’s Studies and Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. She currently specializes in bodywork and healing. 

Bridget Evans attended the University of Maryland where she studied education. She taught in the Marin County school system for ten years and co-created OUTWORD, an outdoor writing program for children. She is also a yoga teacher. All three women are mothers to small children.

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Publisher: Diversion Books