5 dAY Liver and Kidney dETOX

Book Cover 2bThis is M.E. Cheshier’s first eBook (ePub). It is about taking charge of your health by detoxing the liver and kidneys. As the book explains, we live in a time of extreme toxic exposure both in our food and environment. Therefore for optimum health, it is imperative that we detox our liver and kidneys so toxins are removed from the body.

The 5 day cleanse has informative, easy and inspiring guidelines to help both the experience health advocate and novice. In addition, there are suggestions for a pre-detox so the body is not overtaxed with toxins when you begin the cleanse.

What is more, there is a test that you can take to see how toxic your body really is. The simple test can determine how many toxins have built up in your body through the months or years. Continue reading

Nourishing Traditions – by Sally Fallon and Mary G Enig

Nourishing TraditionsI was first introduced to this book by an article online. I was researching the health benefits of the traditional Russian beverage beet root Kvass.

Low and behold, Beth Stedman’s site inspired me to try the recipe and purchase the book. Her journey in finding health cures and remedies for ailments is similar to mine.

Her husband is fighting stage four of melanoma. I have no doubt that Beth’s steadfast and tenacity of finding a cure will be very successful.

One thing for sure, Beth’s honesty is heartfelt. I love her quote “I am a believer, who often calls for grace.” And like Beth, I find Nourishing Traditions a great inspiration whether you are a novice or expert on nutrition.

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The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy ~ ~ ~ by Valerie Ann Worwood – review

Essential Oils and Aromatherapy 2My Review

Easy to Use & Informative!

A fabulous book for both the novice and the advanced! Worwood delivers a hands-on and easy-to-comprehend approach to applying essential oils and aromatherapy for everyday use. The well experienced author reveals 600+ unique recipes that are very simple. Unlike many aromatherapy recipes that use 20+ ingredients, Worwood utilizes only a few essential oils that are the most effective. In fact, many of the recipes have no more than 10 essential oils, most have 5 ingredients.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy also contains helpful information about all essential oils used in the recipes and their medicinal values. What is more, it is the ideal for the novice who knows absolutely nothing about essential oils. As well, the recipes include home use, travel, work and emergency first aid. Continue reading

Organic Gardening by Geoff Hamilton – review

organic gardeningMy Review

Informative, Helpful & a Favorite

I have been an organic gardener for about 40 years. I must say that this is one of the best organic gardening books on the market. It is perfect for both the novice and master gardener.

Out of all the reference books I own, this one remains my favorite, especially when I need information on a plant I am unfamiliar with.

This is an all-inclusive reference book that gives you  tips on growing a wide variety of plants, saving seed and the use of natural pesticides for pests and diseases.

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Insurgent Sidekick by Katherine R. Miller – review

Insurgent Sidekick ReviewMy Review

Perceptive, Thought Provoking and Informative

The sidekick to Insurgent grabs your attention immediately with trauma and descriptive settings. Within only a page you are brought into a world of the future that captures your interest and the need to read more. Miller depicts a fabulous portrait of Insurgent’s author, characters, theme and symbolism.

The author raises fabulous questions about the characters motives and alternate actions. She invites the reader to ponder more on solutions for all involved in the conflict and destruction of Chicago’s futuristic world. It is a world where society is controlled by different serums except the Abnegation who do not depend on drugs. Miller artfully points out the several controlling substances like truth serum, death serum, simulation serum and fear serum.

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Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners – review

seed to seedby Suzanne Ashworth

2nd Edition

My Review

With the growing concern of GMO’s and our food supply dwindling, this book could not have been published at a better time.

When it comes to preserving heirloom seed; this book is one of the most informed complete manuals on the market.

It has thorough and definitive seeds saving guide for 160 non-hybrid vegetable crops, with comprehensive information about each plant.

If you are looking for an entertaining story type book, this is not! It is a great reference book on ‘How To”.

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The Christmas Wish By Lori Evert – review

the christmas wish 2My Review

This book is absolutely fabulous. From the amazing photographs and costumes to the storyline that captures the heart of all readers.

This is a humble yet fascinating story that emphasis kindness and displays the true spirit of Christmas. It is a story set in Norwegian ancestry where young girl’s dreams come true.

Anja’s dream is to be one of Santa’s elves. She is a delightful blue-eyed girl who shows the gift of kindness to everyone she meets.

Anja sets out on an exciting journey to find Santa. Through her travels she meets many kind creatures and caring people. Not once does she hesitate to help those who need it.

After many adventures, Anja reaches her destination and finds Santa. And then the true journey begins.

This story has a much needed message, especially during the holidays.

I highly recommend this wonderful book to add to your Christmas or library collection.

The Christmas Wish

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Best Food Writing 2014 – review

best food writingMy Review

This fantastic book is at the top of the list for 2014’s best sellers. There are 50 people who contributed to this book. A definite read if you are a foodie.

This amazing collection of tantalizing stories has something great to offer all types of connoisseurs. From sustainable tales to short story laughs, it will keep you hungry for more.

Book Description

For fourteen years, Best Food Writing has served up the creme de la creme of the year’s food writing. The 2014 edition once again offers the tastiest prose of the year, from a range of voices: food writing stars, James Beard Award winners, writer-chefs, bestselling authors, and up-and-coming bloggers alike.

With new sections devoted to “A Table for Everyone” and “Back to Basics,” you’ll find a topic and a flavor for every appetite—the cutting-edge, the thoughtful, the provocative, and the hilarious—a smorgasbord of treats for the foodie in all of us.

A Great Gift for Foodies!

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The Artist’s Way Review

The Artist's Way 2Book Description

The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today-or perhaps even more so-than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work.

In a new introduction to the book, Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of The Artist’s Way and describes the work she has done during the last decade and the new insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes The Artist’s Way for a new century.

My Review

This is a fabulous book for anyone in need of rekindling their creative side. It doesn’t matter whether you are a writer, potter or photographer; this book will light your fire and get you back on track to being creative.

The book involves a 12-week study of creativity workshops. Each lesson helps you focus on the positive aspects in your life and get rid of the negative. It is not a religious book, but it does focus on your inner self. Believe me; Ms. Cameron has a unique approach that is both inspirational and rewarding.

It is a book you will refer back to many times over the years.

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Herbal Emissaries | Review

herbal emissariesBiography

Steven Foster is the author or co-author of eighteen books, the latest is a new THIRD EDITION of the Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America (with James A. Duke, photography by Steven Foster). Why a new edition? The new edition has over 700 photographs, 88% of which are new images. The book includes 60 additional species and is updated throughout with updated scientific and family names, distribution information, and flowering times. From 2000 (2nd ed) to 2013, the medicinal plant research literature has increased by five-fold compared with ALL data published prior to 2000! Jim Duke and myself scoured the literature with an eye toward scientific and ethnobotanical/historical data that reconciles tradition with science. In addition we updated safety, toxicity, and drug interaction information. In short this is a new book, that stands alone beside the two previous editions.

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Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art | Review

Book Description

A comprehensive guide to using essential oils in health, beauty, and well-being.

Aromatherapy offers countless uses, from cosmetics to therapeutics for balancing body, mind, and spirit.

Drawing on 75 combined years of experience in botanical therapies, Keville and Green update their complete guide with the latest information for aromatherapy practitioners and students, providing an invaluable resource that includes more than 90 formulas for using essential oils in health and first aid, skin and hair care, massage, relaxation, and more.

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From the Publisher

A comprehensive guide to using essential oils in health, beauty, and well-being. * Expanded and revised throughout, including new material on ayurvedic and ceremonial aromatherapy, massage, and herbal treatments, as well as updated resources and scientific findings.

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The Encyclopedia of Herbs, Spices, & Flavorings by Elisabeth Lambert Ortiz – review

The Library Journal

This impressive new reference is far more encompassing than its title may at first indicate, for in addition to herbs and spices, it covers not only extracts and essences but also such flavorings as oils and vinegars, garlic, sauces and condiments, edible flowers, and more.

The excellent full-color photographs of ingredients, particularly of less familiar ones used in ethnic cuisines, are invaluable, but there are also very useful step-by-step photos of various kitchen techniques. Ortiz is the author of highly regarded cookbooks on the cooking of the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal, and Latin America, among others, and here she includes almost 200 recipes from cuisines around the world.

Beautifully illustrated and packed with information not readily available elsewhere, this is an essential purchase.

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Understanding Manifestation: Create A Vision And Hold On Tight by Jason Criddle – review

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I want a million dollars!
How many times have you said this? I used to say it too… louder and with more power than the last. Until I came to the realization that we do not attract what we want. We attract what we are.
Giving comes with receiving, and receiving with giving.
We often ask, “How can I attain that which I desire most?”
The simplest answer will come to you once you ask yourself, “How can I offer what I already have, to a large number of people? How can I enrich other’s lives? How can I add value to other’s lives?”
A man will not become rich, until he enriches others. What you have to offer the world is your vehicle to reach your ultimate dreams. Your will, is the fuel that provides energy to the vehicle.
A change in mindset and emotional state is an absolute must. If you can imagine it, you can obtain it. You just have to let go of your expectations of how to acquire it. It will come. Just hold on tight.

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Purgatory Origins: Powers of Darkness (Purgatory Series Book 2) – review

Book Description from Amazon:

When Professor Harrison Standish, a bookish young archeologist inadvertently stumbles upon an ancient burial chamber in Egypt, he is baffled to find symbolism inside that would appear to date from two different historical periods, thousands of years apart. Suspecting the tomb had been tampered with at some point in the distant past, Professor Standish soon discovers the skeletons of ten half-human/half-canine creatures lying in a far corner of the chamber and his initial bafflement now turns to shock. What kind of ancient madman would be conducting such a horrific experiment?

As Dr. Standish endeavors to explain this mystery over the ensuing days, he happens upon a news report, suggesting that these same grotesque, half-human/half-canine creatures have come to life in the remote mountains of Wyoming and he is immediately on the next flight. By the time he arrives in Wyoming, a World War II Nazi bomber has materialized out of the sky and crashed off the coast of France and a Nazi general named Schmitz has stumbled into the 21st century, leaving behind evidence of his presence in Professor Standish’s ancient burial chamber back in Egypt, all of which sets the stage for a rollicking, nonstop, modern day fantasy/sci-fi adventure.
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Virgil Flowers Deadline by John Sandford — Sidekick to the Novel – review

Book Description from Amazon:

Virgil Flowers Deadline by John Sandford — Sidekick to the Novel

Can’t get enough of John Sandford’s Deadline? Head back to the eccentric world of small-town Minnesota with this Sidekick to the Virgil Flowers novel.

Warning: This is an independent companion to Deadline, meant to enhance your experience of the novel. If you have not yet bought Virgil Flowers Deadline, make sure to purchase it before buying this unofficial Sidekick.

Welcome to Trippton, Minnesota, where life moves at a leisurely pace … until your dog gets stolen, someone decides to start cooking meth next door, or the school board votes on a motion to murder you.

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Purgatory : Soldiers of Misfortune – review

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This Black Edition copy of the internet phenomenon called Purgatory Soldiers of Misfortune (Black Edition) is separate from the main release and is specially designed for the ever growing Ebook market.He may have made a few wrong decisions in his life, but the last thing veteran Harry Taylor expects after closing his eyes for the last time is to wake up in a foreign landscape filled with the horrors of his worst nightmare. A place like no other, welcome to Purgatory.Formed at the beginning of time, Purgatory is a place where all the wrongs of the physical world have gathered, a place filled with terror and controlled by an ancient and ruthless group of warriors called Leviathan.
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Can Harry survive these warriors hell bent on capturing and enslaving all those before them?One thing’s for sure, if Harry is to survive, he’d better start forming alliances with the other damned souls trapped here. But can anyone be trusted in Purgatory?
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Gifts of Age by Writer Charlotte Painter & Photographer Pamela Valois — Totally Inspired Mind

Is a phenomenal book and a must read, especially if you have young girls who you’d like to set an extraordinary example of what they could do and become, if they only wanted it enough. Paulette Motzko

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Audiobook Review: The Christmas Secret

What a great review!

By The Book

516Pmi+xHBL._SX408_BO1,204,203,200_When a struggling young single mother saves the life of an elderly woman, she sets into motion a series of events that will test her strength, loyalty, and determination, all the while setting her on the path to finding true love. Christine Eisley is the mother of seven-year-old Zach and five-year-old Haley. Her ex-husband provides little, if any, child support and makes life difficult for Christine by using the children as pawns. She works long hours as a waitress to make ends meet, but her job is in jeopardy because she’s often late to work due to the unreliable teenaged sitters she’s forced to use. When Christine saves the life of a woman who works in Wilson’s department store, the owner of Wilson’s wants to find her, to thank her, but Christine has disappeared, losing another job once again. He sets his grandson, Jason, to the task of finding the…

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I Took the Moon for a Walk, Carolyn Curtis and Alison Jay

What a fabulous review!

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I promise this blog won’t become completely devoted to children’s books just because I spend seventy-five percent of my reading time looking at picture books now, but I Took the Moon for a Walk is absolutely worth talking about. My mother picked it up from the library when we visited back in September, and we loved it so much that she ended up mailing us our very own copy. Since then, we have read it every day, initially several times (by choice!), although now it has settled happily into the rotation of before-bed books.

Every night, I find myself thrilled to pick it up again. The story is pure poetry, and in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it was written as a poem initially and then stunningly illustrated as a bonus. The musicality is exceptional. Each line flows gracefully across the page, and because we’ve read it so often…

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Top Shelf in November: A Feast of Cookbooks!

What a great list of food books!

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November Top Shelf

It’s that time of year when our attention turns to holiday feasts and cozy nights cooking up special dishes to gather around. As the temperature dips, the leaves crisp, and the sweaters come out of the closet, hovering over a stove top and preheating the oven become welcome, heartening rituals. In this spirit, this month we’re highlighting five new cookbooks to inspire, ease and invigorate your epicurean adventures. Bon appetit! (Or, as we’re more apt to say around here, dig in, y’all.)

A Visual Guide to Drink: An Infographic Exploration of Beer, Wine, & Spirits
by Ben Gibson, Patrick Mulligan (On shelves November 17; available to pre-order now.)

Pull this book off your shelf to create thoughtful cocktails and keep your guests entertained while you shake and stir.  Designer Ben Gibson and editor Patrick Mulligan founded the design studio Pop Lab with the single goal of rendering all human experience in…

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#WW KC Event and Character Interviews

Ah, I must add this book to my “must read” list

Shannon A Thompson

Poster_Small_V - Book shop signingTonight I’ll be at Headrush Coffee and Tea Roasters in Kansas City, Missouri for a paranormal chat and book signing. We’ll be discussing local folklore that went into The Timely Death Trilogy, and having great coffee and tea while doing so. I’m even bringing some Halloween goodies for you to take home, so come on out and say hello.

Since I’m rather busy today, I thought I would do something fun on today’s blog post. Below, you’ll find two character interviews, one with Eric and one with Jessica, the protagonists of The Timely Death Trilogy. I’ve never posted something like this before, but I hope you’ll enjoy it!

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Eric’s Character Interview

 Destined to fight to the death at age eighteen, you’d think Eric Welborn would be a jittery mess sitting in front of us, waiting for questions about his impending doom, but he’s as cool as can be. You…

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