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History Buffs and Suspense Aficionados Will Love The Scorpion's Bite

Review by Lauren S. Smith

Third in the Lily Sampson series, The Scorpion's Bite is another archaeological thriller written by Aileen G. Baron. As in Baron's novel, The Torch of Tangier, Lily is the archaeologist who is purposely placed by the OSS in the Middle East during World War II to do more than dig around ruins.

Lily's job is to perform an archaeological survey of Trans-Jordan amid assassination plots and…


Added by Sarah Garris on February 25, 2011 at 9:23pm — No Comments

Never Diet Again - The Art of Feeling Full

Wow! This book has completely changed the way I have thought about dieting.  Enjoy!



Review by Lauren S. Smith

Dr. Michael Snyder has written a book that he hopes helps readers learn how to gauge their "fullness" levels so they never have to diet again. FULL: A Life Without Dieting tells you why diets don't work and if you do rely on them it becomes a roller coaster of weight gain and…


Added by Sarah Garris on February 15, 2011 at 8:37pm — No Comments

Carnal Weapon - From Innocence to Intrigue

Review by Lauren S. Smith

Peter Hoffmann takes the 50s era from innocence to intrigue and injects it with some steamy sex scenes that you won't be able to get out of your mind. Carnal Weapon is a novel that has it all - including a plot that will keep its readers turning pages and wanting more when they reach "the end."

Hoffmann's new novel will capture your interest from prologue to the final chapter -- and in…


Added by Sarah Garris on February 12, 2011 at 2:13pm — No Comments

The Golden Pathway - A Kid's Story About the Underground Railroad

Review by Lauren S. Smith

Award winning children's author, Donna M. McDine, has written a book targeted to kids from 8 to 12 years old that teaches about our American history during the turbulent time of slavery. The Golden Pathway is a beautiful example of what children's literature can be when presented in an interesting and artistic manner.

Illustrations in The Golden Pathway are especially thought provoking and will no doubt encourage visual thinking, conversation and a…


Added by Sarah Garris on February 7, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Learn How to Be 40+ and Fabulous!

Review by Lauren S. Smith

Sondra Wright has written a book that's not only for women, but also for the men who love them. 40+ and Fabulous: Moving Forward Fierce, Focused, and Full of Life!, is a book that every woman nearing 40, over forty - or way over 40 can use to find ways to reinvent herself.

Midlife comes as a shock to some women, especially those who have depended on their beauty to open doors and feel…


Added by Sarah Garris on February 1, 2011 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Pink Noise: A Posthuman Tale of Plasma Cosmology

Review by Lauren S. Smith

Pink Noise: A Posthuman Tale takes place in a Plasma Universe is a futuristic story of intelligent beings without consciousness and self-awareness. Could this be possible? Author, Leonid Korogodski makes you think that it could really happen -- that our human consciousness could possibly be a direct result of evolution.

Just in case you've never heard of Plasma…


Added by Sarah Garris on January 31, 2011 at 1:24pm — No Comments

A Book That Inspires Acts of Kindness in Children

Review by Lauren S. Smith

The Thanksgiving Coat: Inspire Acts of Kindness, Happiness and Healing, written by Elizabeth Hoadley and illustrated byher talented 5-year daughter, Kailee, is a fine example of what level that teaching and learning can rise to.

This inspiring and motivational children's book is based on a true story that began with Kailee's visit with her mother to a food bank to…


Added by Sarah Garris on January 24, 2011 at 6:32pm — No Comments

A Get-Real Book for Those Who Desire Lifetime Happiness

Review by Lauren S. Smith

Some of us seem to be in a constant state of despair - and it's no wonder - with the events of the nation and the world, happiness is a state of mind that seems to have disappeared forever. David Fox, M.D., learned how to live a great life the hard way and now he shares his experiences and medical expertise with others in his new book, Comfort, Healing and Joy: Secrets to Living a…


Added by Sarah Garris on January 18, 2011 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Blood Soup Is Compelling and Absorbing

Review by Lauren S. Smith

Kelly A. Harmon's new thriller/fantasy novel, Blood Soup, is a story of murder, betrayal and determination to get what they want no matter what the price or whose lives are ruined. Lovers of suspense and fantasy novellas will be enthralled with the plot and characters of Blood Soup.

The story is set in medieval times in the fictional kingdom of Borgund. King Theodicar is hoping…


Added by Sarah Garris on January 11, 2011 at 11:33am — No Comments

Bring Some Diversity Into Your Child's Life

Review by Lauren S. Smith

If you're wondering what you can give a child that will make the most positive difference in his or her life, you can begin by giving a gift that will teach them diversity. Matthew Gollub has been writing children's books for years and each one teaches how life is different for each and every one of us. Some of his books have become classics and The Jazz Fly 2, The Jungle Pachanga is destined for…


Added by Sarah Garris on January 10, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

An Epic Tale of Power and Greed

Review by Lauren S. Smith

Blood, Money, Power, written by author, Michele Marie Tate, is a fictional, historical saga, based on a true story. It's a tale similar to those that shout at us from news headlines every day - how greed and political power has led to fraud and even murder.

Tate takes her readers back to the gilded times of William Randolph Hearst, Charlie Chaplin, Marion Davis and Gloria Swanson.…


Added by Sarah Garris on January 5, 2011 at 3:44pm — No Comments

What Is Your Heart's Inner Voice Telling You?

Review by Lauren S. Smith

Grief facilitator and spiritual coach, Linda Lambert Pestana, has added a new book to her repertoire. Voices of the Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope & Love, promises to make readers laugh and cry as they savor stories of the incredible journey she's taken through life thus far. A huge sense of personal empowerment is sure to occur after reading the book and you'll better…


Added by Sarah Garris on January 3, 2011 at 5:34pm — No Comments

A Thrilling New Book With Mojo

Review by Lauren S. Smith

When you've got time to curl up on the sofa and remain uninterrupted for awhile, pick up Kris Sedersten's new book, Mojo - a mystery-thriller with mind-griping paranormal overtones. In "good versus evil" thrillers, Mojo is one that you won't want to put down until you turn that very last page - and you might discover that you've been holding your breath for awhile.

Scottie Brown…


Added by Sarah Garris on December 28, 2010 at 11:32am — No Comments

A Success Guidebook for HR Professionals

Review by Lauren S. Smith

Human Resource professionals have long been the butt of workplace jokes and cartoons. It's difficult to rise above that sort of typecasting, but there is a new book out that might help. From Gatekeeper to Trusted Advisor: Success Strategies for Today's HR Professional, written by Andria L. Corso, may be just what HR professionals need to learn how to develop trust and communication…


Added by Sarah Garris on December 23, 2010 at 11:14am — No Comments

A Memoir of Childhood Terror - A Story of Healing


Review by Lauren S. Smith

Arms Akimbo: A Journey of Healing, written by Audrey Roth, is the story of a terror-filled childhood and the aftermath of pain and healing. Roth chronicles her life from a childhood of sexual abuse and incest to the recovery process that led her to write this book for others.

From the age of three years old, Roth was repeatedly molested by her own father. As traumatic as this…


Added by Sarah Garris on December 17, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Humorous Look at Traveling and Living In Southeast Asia

Review By Lauren S. Smith

Tom McLaughlin's new book, Borneo Tom, could be a travel guide through Southeast Asia - but it's also much more than that. You'll get the entire scoop on what it's like to travel through Borneo, Malaysia and Southeast Asia, live among the orangutans and develop a serious relationship through it all.

The sketches in Borneo Tom help to tell the tale of how a middle-aged, retired science…


Added by Sarah Garris on December 14, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Woman Who Would Be King

Review by Lauren S. Smith

David A. Cleinman's new book, Principle Destiny, has all the action you'd expect from a story about a woman who's battling against immeasurable odds to regain power and status that's been taken away from her by her own father - the tyrant, King Jessett.

Alyssa is a princess who was exiled to a community within Landing (Alders) and lived her life as a farm girl, waiting for a…


Added by Sarah Garris on December 6, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A Story of Two Women - And the Choices They Made

Review by Lauren S. Smith

Rain Dance: A Novel, written by Joy DeKok, is the story of two women - one who cannot have children and the other, pregnant and determined to have an abortion so that nothing will hold her back from a planned law career. The two women, Jonica and Stacie, meet in a doctor's office, where they both have an appointment.

Stacie has made an appointment to terminate her pregnancy.…


Added by Sarah Garris on November 30, 2010 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Get Passionate About Cooking - Even If You Don't Like to Cook!

Review by Lauren S. Smith

Are you always finding excuses to order pizza or go out for a meal? That can get pretty expensive, but in today's hectic world, you don't always have energy to spend preparing a meal that everyone will enjoy. Let's Cook Tonight: Real Food, Real Flavor, Real Easy, written by Gigi Centaro, provides easy and fun recipes that your whole family is sure to have fun making and even more fun… Continue

Added by Sarah Garris on November 30, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

A Paranormal Romance That Will Leave You Breathless

By Lauren S. Smith

We're all fascinated with the unknown. Recent movies that involve paranormal activity have made huge impacts on the media scene and most of us can't wait for the next one. Caridad Piñeiro's 25th novel, Stronger Than Sin, deals with the paranormal in a way that brings romance into the mix and creates a story with passion and intense drama.

Readers familiar with Piñeiro's work might…


Added by Sarah Garris on November 23, 2010 at 7:41pm — No Comments


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