New Title Guaranteed to End Boredom


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My latest new release is a quick read, but could have a powerful impact on your life.

Does your life feel like swimming through molasses? Have you ever tried swimming through molasses?

If that sounds too, well, sticky, try some of the other ideas in my new short e-book. If you try even one and you have an epiphany, a revelation or even just a wow moment, it’s well worth the price of admission.

You can get your own copy from Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/681317 for just $1.00, or from Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N8R6HAM for $2.99. Why two prices? I have a reason, but just go whichever way your heart leads you.  Let me know which one you try first, in the comments below.  It would be great if you’d also leave a review whichever place you purchase.

Thanks!

Book Review: Chemicalism


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I am a Chemaholic! Are you? Find out here.

There are so many chemicals in our food and drinks that many of us are sick and tired. Tap water can contain plastics, weed killers, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals and other toxins. Even bottled water, if it does not say “spring water” or “purified water,” is simply tap water bottled for convenience. This alone can have terrible effects on your body. Your organs are designed to purify what is in your body, and excrete the toxins, but they can become overloaded and diseased. Why not put in only the best?

Simon Kadwill-Kelly has done an amazing thing. He has put together a healthy eating and lifestyle plan, simply enough that anyone can follow it, but still with enough detail and new information that I, a certified Nutrition Consultant, learned several things. For instance, I knew that food can be addictive. But I had no idea that filling up with nutritious food and pure water, and never taking a bite of chocolate, or cookie, or a drink of tap water, would give you so much energy. And I didn’t know that it can take weeks for your body to get used to the healthy changes, during which time you may feel like you have a cold, or tired, or even experience skin eruptions and bowel movement changes. Never fear; according to Simon you will one day have energy to burn! He himself had severe sciatica (back pain) for ten years, and when he had recovered through this plan he went for an ambitious bicycle ride and still had energy when he got to his destination, so he went even further.

Chemicalism by Simon Kadwill-Kelly is a book for anyone who would like more energy or to heal themselves, and has tried diets, exercise, and pills. He lost 3-1/2 stone (about 50 pounds) using healthy, natural foods and pure water.  This is not a guarantee of results, but it makes so much sense. I am excited to try it and buy a better water purifier too because Kadwill-Kelly says you must even use purified water for making tea and boiling food. I have tried many things in the past myself, and am healthier than I used to be, but I would like to feel better. This is an easy recipe for me because I know how to cook, so I hope to have great results.

 

NanoWriMo Winner!


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Made it. Over 78000 words. #nanowinner2016 Check it out here https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/677978.  @BOOSTmyBook @BeingAuthor

National Novel Writing Month ends today, and I pushed through and ended yesterday at over 78000 words. Now I can help edit your NanoWriMo book into a published e-book. Just contact me at mary@maryblowers.com for details.

Book Review: The Alchemy of Well-Being


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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M157BN3

The Alchemy of Well-Being is one of the most interesting health books I have read in a long time. Dr. Matthew Potts has created a system whereby one can discover the root of their health and life problems, utilizing a lengthy questionnaire. This questionnaire, called the Code Breaker, delves into areas such as eating habits, thought patterns, relationships and symptoms to come up with a prioritized action plan that can help you revolutionize your life. The Code Breaker will tell you where to start and which chapters to read first for best results, which will help to prevent burnout with implementation of your action plan.

Alchemy was designed for a person like me. If you like to check off boxes and be part of creating your own step by step plan for self-improvement, then it was written for you too. Dr. Potts is even available for one on one consultations either by Skype or in person if deeper work is indicated and desired. As a certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Master Herbalist myself, I can tell you that the nutrition recommendations are right on. I found some areas where I have slipped in my own diligence and so it is a valuable reminder even if you know what you should be doing, to actually do it. The section which I believe will be most instrumental in my own situation is that of overcoming emotional blocks. Through a short series of questions I was able to reveal negative thought patterns and hope to eradicate them through a special technique you will learn from this book. Thanks to Dr. Potts for this groundbreaking, or should I say code breaking, new book.

Book Review: A Short Time to Stay Here


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Recipient of the Willie Morris Award for Southern fiction.

A Short Time to Stay Here, by Terry Roberts

A little known part of American history is that World War I German soldiers were kept in an internment camp in North Carolina, in a converted luxury hotel. Complete with hot spring baths and contradictorily a hastily erected chain link fence, the soldiers were kept busy and allowed to build models of their German village and other projects they chose to do. While this seemed lenient to some, if they were content they might not try to escape.

The hotel manager, Steven Robbins, was given the position of supervising this camp, since he already knew the facility and grounds so well. Friction came from the town sheriff, a troublemaker if you ever saw one. Known as a hard man, a cheater, and a womanizer, Robbins stayed under the radar to avoid attracting his wrath.

In the midst of it all, a well known American photographer came to see if she could take pictures of the Germans and the internment camp. Robbins was at first reluctant to allow this potential invasion of privacy. He had too much to do what with keeping an eye on the prisoners.

Trouble ensues. I wish to avoid spoilers, so I will finish by saying this is an intimate look at a fascinating period of history. Lives are lost of some good and some bad. Anyone who likes historical fiction will enjoy this book. Though it is historical fiction, it’s more intrigue than romance, but there is some of both. I very much enjoyed reading A Short Time to Stay Here.

Book Review: The Failure of University Education


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Please enjoy the following review of a book about a new idea for university education.

The Problem:  “The problem of persistent underdevelopment has only one cause. It is the failure of university education to fulfill the promise to underdeveloped countries that it provides more than technical training. The consistent failure of university education to provide graduates with the ability to perform as effectively as expatriates from the West and from the developed countries of Asia is the single cause of underdevelopment.

These countries now have an army of university graduates. Yet, they continue to wait for development to begin at some unknown future date. The university education received has been good mostly for technical skills which still needs to be supervised by somebody else.”

I wondered who made this claim, and what his expertise was to qualify him to make it.  Here is some information about the author:

Author Bio

Born in Nigeria, Samuel A. Odunsi, Sr. left for college in Texas in 1982 and has lived in Austin ever since.

A new big idea about how education actually works and how to bring real development to the rest of the world has finally been developed.

“I stumbled on this discovery decades ago, after years of working as a freelance research assistant in the Austin, Texas area. I realized that this is what marked the difference between education that could make the university graduate an effective manager, no matter the area of specialization, and education that merely promised to do so. It was the difference between the disorder of the world in which we live, and one where every country can be as developed as the western nations.

But I was not an academic, and I’m still not one. This meant I couldn’t pursue the new ideas full time. Nevertheless, I spent much of my free time researching and substantiating these ideas. However, the demands of making a living in a business that is unrelated, and the demands of family made it a never ending project.

Meanwhile, 9-11 happened, then the Arab Spring, then ISIS.  In all these events, I believe my ideas had an important role to play. I believe they provide the essential but missing narrative in these events as well as in many others. The new ideas provide the answer to a lot of questions.

In 2015, after the loss of my father and younger sister, I realized I may never have the time to present the ideas in the 5 volumes I had always planned.  At the same time, I also realized that the solution was more important than the presentation or its length. I then proceeded to write down my key ideas in 1 short volume, using language that is accessible to the casual reader. I now have a book ready!

I’m in the process of presenting the contents of the book on Humanrethink.net, broadcasting them as much as I can, taking on all challengers, and raising funds to begin implementation anywhere on the planet.

But first, I need to get the ideas out there.  I’m hoping this book tour will help.”

THE REVIEW, by Mary Blowers:

When I read this book, I was surprised to realize that I had experienced some of the author’s same thoughts. You see, I have a high IQ, but I never finished college. I just couldn’t settle on a major that would a) make my parents happy, secure in the knowledge I could take care of myself, and b) become a passion and be something that would make me love to go to work each day. I found myself, years later, thinking that I should just learn everything from other sources. I could learn foreign languages on  the internet. There are YouTubes to teach you about life and how to run a business, and much of this knowledge can be had for free! Why should I have to sit through weeks of math classes, when I really just want to write books?

The Failure of University Education proposes that rather than teaching skills and data, universities teach resonance, which as far as I can tell is a sort of resourcefulness, flexibility and coordination hybrid. This means that if something fails to go as planned, employees trained this way will find workarounds and plan Bs. Not to play devil’s advocate, but it reminds me of homeschooling in the US. Homeschoolers,learn social skills and life skills in addition to their math and science. But it might well make people better able to handle the unexpected.

Links

Odunsi’s Website: www.HumanRethink.net

Buy on Amazon:  http://amzn.to/2e0q2jd

 

 

Book Review: A Northern Gentleman


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Drucker May seemed to have been born with a silver spoon in his mouth. The son of a bank president in the 19th century, he was given a job at the bank and promised to succeed his father at the top. His co-workers thought of him as an entitled slacker and good for nothing. But he had bigger dreams anyway. He left on the train the morning after giving the presentation no one expected and impressing the board, tossing the cushy job right out the window. Drucker was a likeable guy when you first met him, charming complete strangers in every town he landed in. The only problem was, he didn’t have a clue about people. After several loves, several towns and amazing job offers, he realizes what he’s been wanting all along.

Lane Everett skillfully pens the story of a spoiled rich boy in the railroad age trying to find himself. He arrogantly thinks that he knows what he needs, and finds himself realizing that others have needs as well.

I really liked this book and the characters. Drucker had some truly funny situations, which made me unable to put the book down until I finished it. It’s great for those who love historical fiction or romance.
I received a copy of the book from the author or publisher in exchange for my honest opinion or review of the book.

Book Review: The Ego Cluster


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Buy The Ego Cluster now!

Ethan is having a bad day. His girlfriend has moved out to be with someone else and his job is not working out. The Ego Cluster is a thrill packed conspiracy novel like no other, and it’s set in breath-takingly beautiful Australia. Ethan and Amelia are research scientists who are looking for a behavior altering genetic makeover. Just on the verge of discovering a world changing serum, they are told to work on a different project instead. A series of inexplicable circumstances occurs leaving them fearing for their lives.

Robert Cole has developed likeable main characters who fight hard for their cause, and equally bad guys who stop at nothing to prevent it. If you liked The Firm you’ll love The Ego Cluster.

I received The Ego Cluster in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Ocean Echoes


Ocean Echoes by Sheila Hurst is an engaging story of researchers on a research cruise; some to study jellyfish, and some to study coral. Ellen, the jellyfish researcher and her young, handsome assistant Ryan have a desperate need to re-establish Ellen’s credibility after failed research. She has been warned that there may not be further funding after the upcoming expedition. Interwoven with the researchers’ story is the legend of a man who went fishing one day and never returned to his family. The islanders call to the sea turtles with a special song to bring him home, and strangely the giant turtles seem to respond to their song.

Ocean Echoes is realistically portrayed in that the characters are developed and likeable. There are hints of budding romantic relationships and other hints of danger from the elements, the local tribes, and the strange jellyfish. Sheila Hurst tells a captivating story of an enigmatic woman and her special mission that means more to her than others can understand, and yet they are drawn to her despite her self imposed isolation. An exciting page turner.

Book Review: Lady of the Bridge


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Lady of the Bridge

Lady of the Bridge, by Laura Kitchell, is an epic love story that is only just beginning. Young maiden Princess Saiko is furious that she has to go to be an emperor’s consort in another city, to smooth the way for good relations between two leaders. To refuse would cause her, her family, and the emperor dishonor, and possibly cost her her life. While training to be a lady of the emperor’s society, she meets a forbidden man-the Marshall of her father’s army-and falls in love. With only days until she is to leave for Kyoto, they know they have no future, yet they can’t stop meeting. As fate would have it, he is chosen to escort her to Kyoto, but their entourage is attacked on the way. You’ll have to read Lady of the Bridge to find out what happens.
Kitchell has lived in Japan and her descriptions of kimonos, gardens, and cherry blossoms are unparalleled. Her characters are believable and their dialogue is natural. Lady of the Bridge is an enchanting romance. There are a few sex scenes that are quite descriptive, so be forewarned. I received this book free in exchange for my honest review.