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TELL ME by Lisa Jackson

tell meTELL ME

Lisa Jackson

http://www.lisajackson.com

Publisher: Kensington; 1st Printing edition

Publication Date: June 25, 2013

ISBN-10: 0758258585

ISBN-13: 978-0758258588

Source: Received for an honest review from publisher

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Description (from Amazon.com)

The most hated woman in Savannah, Georgia, is about to be set free. Twenty years ago, Blondell O Henry was convicted of murdering her eldest daughter and wounding her two other children. The prosecution argued that beautiful, selfish Blondell wanted to be rid of them to be with her lover. Now Blondell s son, Niall, has recanted his testimony and demolished the case in the process. Reporter Nikki Gillette is determined to get the true story, and not just for professional reasons. Blondell s murdered daughter, Amity, was Nikki s childhood friend. The night she died, Amity begged Nikki to meet with her, insisting she had a secret to tell, but Nikki didn t go. Her guilt is compounded by other complications Nikki s favorite uncle, Alexander, was the attorney who helped save Blondell from execution. And rumors swirl that he was one of her many lovers. Nikki s fiancé, Detective Pierce Reed, is concerned she may be compromising the case. As she digs for answers during one of the most sweltering summers in Savannah s history, he also worries for her safety. Everyone involved seems to have secrets, from Blondell s old boyfriend and his fundamentalist, snake- handling in-laws to the cop who led the original investigation. And somehow, the events of that tragic night connect to Nikki s own fractured family. But now the killing has begun again. Is Amity s murderer still at large, or is this a new, darker danger? Soon Nikki will discover what really happened twenty years ago, but the answers may come too late to save her life…

My Thoughts

First off, I have to say that Lisa Jackson is one of my favorite authors. Although her novels are “romantic suspense” there is always more suspense. In this novel, which is the third in the Savannah Series Blondell is set to be released after 20 years in prison for killing her children. Her son, whose testimony put in jail, is now all of a sudden recanting his testimony. You can imagine the up roar this has caused the town.

Nikki, who is close to the case, is determined to find out the truth but doesn’t realize she is putting her life in danger. As the story unfolds, there are plenty of plot twists and turns to keep you guessing. All the evidence is pointing at Blondell but how could someone kill or attempt to kill her own children.

This was probably the first book of Ms. Jackson’s that took me a while to read. I found myself having to put it down and go back to it. Once I got through the first 100 – 150 pages it starts to pick up and I, at that point, couldn’t put it down. I honestly couldn’t figure out “who done it” until the very end. It is so well written that you do not see it coming. The characters were well-developed and you were able to relate at least with Nikki. Sometimes the switch between scenes was a bit confusing especially since I did leave off and then start again a few days later. Overall, I have to say it was a great read for me since I couldn’t figure it out.

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: Mild

Reviewed by: Kelly Ross

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Download Your Destiny Code by Dr. Mark J. Chironna

destinyDownload Your Destiny Code

Dr. Mark J. Chironna

Paperback: 158 pages

Publisher: Motivational Press, Inc; 1 edition (June 4, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1935723588

ISBN-13: 978-1935723585

Genre: Psychology

Source: Received for an honest review

Book Description (from Amazon)

What makes you tick? What stirs your soul? Is it the sight of a saxophone…reams of scientific data… the ordered chaos of a construction site? Think about the issues that set you ablaze, the quirky and beautiful things you do so well, and, yes, the dusty dreams long since forgotten on the shelf. They are clues to your destiny DNA, the destiny code programmed within and waiting to be cracked.

My Thoughts

Destiny Code was such an interesting read. It was insightful and not preachy. I liked how Dr. Chironna used real life examples to make some of his points. I couldn’t read it in one sitting but I did want to pick it up after a bit and finish reading it. I think everyone would get something out of it but it really all depends on where you are in life.

Rating: 3

Reviewed by: KellyR

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HeartMath Brain Fitness Program by Deborah Rozman, Ph.D. and Rollin McCraty

HeartMath Brain Fitness Program

Deborah Rozman and Rollin McCraty

Genre: Medical

Source: Recieved for an honest review

 

Book Description (from heartmath.org)

Explore how your brain works and learn how to make it work better
Emotional stress, the strains of modern life and aging all can hasten cognitive decline. Memory, focus and concentration are especially vulnerable, but you can actually learn to take care of your brain, improve mental functions, remain alert and develop your brainpower. The new HeartMath Brain Fitness Program book explores the critical relationship between our emotions and the brain. It describes the heart’s role in shaping and controlling our emotions and communicating with the brain. Learn how to harness your neuroplasticity, the brain’s capacity for changing and rewiring itself. Learn to raise your heart coherence to promote emotional stability, optimal cognitive performance and harmonious function across all of your body’s systems. This wonderful research-based work lays out a practical and simple method for using HeartMath techniques and technology to improve and sustain your cognitive abilities throughout your life.

My Thoughts

HeartMath Brain was an interesting read. It is research based which makes it a little more believable compared to some other books. For me, although interesting, it was a little tough to read. It didn’t keep my interest peaked and I kept having to put it down. It was definitely written with a scientific mind and if you do not have a medical background, you may have difficulty reading it. The section on TBI – Traumatic Brain Injury was interesting but written like a text-book. I guess I was thinking it wasn’t going to be more of an entertainment type book. There are charts and graphs to show their points which makes understanding it a little easier. Overall, it wasn’t a bad read but definitely not what I was expecting.

Rating: 3

Reviewed by: KellyR

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REVIEW: WHAT Y OUR BOSS DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW by Fred Maidment….

What Your Boss doesn’t Want You to Know

Fred Maidment

Paperback: 208 pages

Publisher: Motivational Press, Inc.

Publication date: April 26, 2012

ISBN-10: 193572357X

ISBN-13: 978-1935723578

Genre: Business / Non-Fiction

Source: Received for an honest review from publisher

Book Description (from Amazon)

What Your Boss Doesn’t Want You To Know is about career management from the perspective of the individual and what that person can do in this new, hyper-competitive global economy to ensure that he or she will excel in their career. It shows employees how they can tell if their job is likely to be terminated. It shows workers how they can turn this world of exploding knowledge, expanding technology, and an increasingly competitive global economy to their advantage so as to provide them with opportunities that will give employees a more prosperous economic future than they have ever had in the past.

My Thoughts

What Your Boss Doesn’t Want You to Know was an interesting read. It starts out by describing the global economy and how workers are not as secure in their jobs even unionized jobs as they once were. It went on to describe the decline in unions in the United States as compared to Europe and other countries, as well as the comparison of the unemployment rates now and during the Great Depression. Workers now need to invest in themselves through continuing education and read the current trends going on in order to keep up their appeal to US corporations.

I did enjoy reading this although it was focused on the US economy and I am in Canada. There are some differences but it gave me a good understanding of what was happening in the US. If you enjoy reading business books, this would be a quick and easy read. I found that it really didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know but it was a good eye opener.

Rating: 3

Reviewed by: KellyR

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SELF-SABOTAGE? WHAT IT IS, WHY WE DO IT, WHEN WE DO IT, HOW TO OVERCOME IT! BY CRIS BAKER

SELF-SABOTAGE?

What it is, Why we do it, hen we do it, How to Overcome it!

Cris Baker

File Size: 491 KB

Print Length: 170 pages

Publisher: Motivational Press

Publication date: October 1, 2013

ASIN: B00H24WR7Q

Genre: Self-help / personal development

Source: Received for an honest review

Book Description (from Amazon)

Consciously or unconsciously, you either use life’s fundamental principles for you – or against you. The key to success is simple: to put your energy into what does work, rather than what doesn’t. Discover how to gently enlarge your perspective, correcting mistaken beliefs and what you inaccurately think is right. Since your context creates your thoughts, you’ll then have different thoughts about what seems right which will change your behavior. Discover how to control your thoughts and make more effective choices with this powerful book and its exercises designed to overcome your self sabotage.

My Thoughts:

SELF-SABOTAGE? who isn’t an expert on this subject. I wanted to read this to get a better insight into my own behaviors and while reading this it was really fascinating. Some of this stuff I already knew from other personal development books I have read so it really wasn’t a surprise. The ideas presented are easy enough to do but also easy not to do. You really have to want to make the change in order for these things to work. It definitely was worth the read.

Rating: 4

Reviewed by: KellyR

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THE RECKLESS ENGINEER by Jac Wright

The Reckless Engineer

Jac Wright

Series: The Reckless Engineer

Paperback: 330 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition

Publication Date: December 10, 2013

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1494726467

ISBN-13: 978-1494726461

Genre: Mystery

Source: Received for an honest review

Book Description (from Amazon)

Can you forgive betrayal?

The aftershocks of an affair reverberate out to those in the lives of the lovers, who will NOT take it lying down.

Jack Connor lives an idyllic life by the Portsmouth seaside married to Caitlin McAllen, a stunning billionaire heiress, and working at his two jobs as the Head of Radar Engineering of Marine Electronics and as the Director of Engineering of McAllen BlackGold, his powerful father-in-law Douglas McAllen’s extreme engineering company in Oil & Gas. He loves his two sons from his first marriage and is amicably divorced from his beautiful first wife Marianne Connor. Their delicately balanced lives are shattered when sexy Michelle Williams, with whom Jack is having a secret affair and who is pregnant with his child, is found dead and Jack is arrested on suspicion for the murder.

Jeremy Stone brings London’s top defence attorney, Harry Stavers, to handle his best friend’s defence.

Who is the bald man with the tattoo of a skull seen entering the victim’s house? Who is “KC” who Caitlin makes secret calls to from a untraceable mobile? Has powerful Douglas McAllen already killed his daughter’s first partner and is he capable of killing again? Is Caitlin’s brother Ronnie McAllen’s power struggle with Jack for the control of McAllen Industries so intense that he is prepared to kill and frame his brother-in-law? Is the divorce from Jack’s first wife as amicable on her part as they believe it to be? Are his sons prepared to kill for their vast inheritance? Who are the ghosts from Caitlin’s past in Aberdeen, Scotland haunting the marriage? What is the involvement of Jack’s manager at Marine Electronics?​

While Jack is charged and his murder trial proceeds in the Crown Court under barrister Harry Stavers’ expert care, Jeremy runs a race against time to find the real killer and save his friend’s life, if he is in fact innocent, in a tense saga of friendship, love, desire, power, and ambition.

My Thoughts

THE RECKLESS ENGINEER was a great mystery. This had to be one of the best mysteries I have read in a long time. There was plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing right until the end. The characters were well-developed and I found myself relating to each of them on some level. It definitely drew me in.

The only issue I had which was a small one but did affect my rating was that I found some scenes drawn out to the point I kept saying “come on get on with it”, which in turn I skipped reading some paragraphs. Having said that, as I got into the storyline, this wasn’t a problem and that was why I felt it a small issue.

Rating 4

Review by: KellyR

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THE SECRET OF LIFE WELLNESS BY Inna Segal

THE SECRET OF LIFE WELLNESS

Inna Segal

Paperback: 304 pages

Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words and Rockpool Publishing

Publication date: September 10, 2013

ISBN-10: 1582702861

ISBN-13: 978-1582702865

Genre: Personal Development

Source: Received for an honest review by publisher

BOOK DESCRIPTION (from Amazon)

THE SECRET OF LIFE WELLNESS, by INNA SEGAL is a breakthrough book, which can transform the major areas of your life.

Heal your body, connect to your inner wisdom, create the life you will love and discover your purpose by diving into life’s deepest questions with the creator of Visionary Intuitive Healing®, Inna Segal.

In The Secret of Life Wellness: The Essential Guide to Life’s Big Questions, Inna goes beyond physical healing to demonstrate that life wellness reflects health wellness. By answering twenty-one of life’s biggest questions, Segal guides you through every stage of your personal wellbeing and invites us all to look within to find answers.

Inna Segal reveals life-changing secrets to enable you to:
·Develop your intuition
·Reclaim your inner power
·Create harmony in your relationships
·Explore your soul’s journey
·Attract money and success into your life
·Embrace your shadow side
·Deal with challenging emotions
·Use your energy centers to heal and evolve
·Attract and understand soul mate

Plus, Microsoft tags throughout the book give you the option of listening to Segal guide you first hand through powerful healing techniques.

Whether your challenge is physical, mental, emotional, or practical, Inna Segal helps you tap into your internal guidance system to achieve comprehensive wellness. With simple wisdom and easy and impactful exercises that can be integrated into one’s day-to-day life, Segal clears away the complexity to offer ‘must have tools’ for healing, transformation and evolution.

From utilizing your intuition and tapping into your inner power, to attracting money and losing weight, to raising confident children and dealing with loss, Inna covers the full spectrum of human challenges.

Designed to lead you down the path of lifelong energy and wellbeing, The Secret of Life Wellness goes beyond prescriptive advice; it creates a healing way of life. Also, containing an inspiring foreword by Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of Agape and best-selling author of Spiritual Liberation

My Thoughts

THE SECRET OF LIFE WELLNESS was an insightful and engaging read. There were meditations and exercises along with scan codes to link to websites. It provided a foundation and a lot of knowledge from Inna Segal who is an intuitive healer.

I will definitely be using this book as  a resource and feel I will need to read it again as there was no much information to take in that I will need to reflect and refer back. I think if you are looking for self knowledge and your purpose in life this would be a great read.

Rating: 4

Reviewed by: KellyR

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Drugs, Crime, and Violence by Howard Rahtz

Drugs, Crime, and Violence

Howard Rahtz

Paperback: 156 pages

Publisher: Hamilton Books

Publication Date: August 16, 2012

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0761859675

ISBN-13: 978-0761859673

Genre: Non-fiction

Source: Received for an honest review

Book Description (from Amazon)

Forty years ago, President Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs.” Since that time, the country has incarcerated thousands of citizens and spent billions of dollars, and yet the drug problem rolls on. Today, the illegal drug market funds international terrorism, the horrific drug war on the Mexican border, and the senseless violence plaguing our communities, large and small. It is past time for a new direction. This book provides a drug policy framework that will choke off the revenue supporting the illegal drug market. Howard Rahtz outlines a series of drug policy steps buttressed by a historical review of drug policy measures, a review of international efforts against trafficking, and a clear understanding of the dynamics of addiction and its role in facilitating the illegal drug market.

My Thoughts

This was a very interesting read. It exams the success of the war on drugs and lays out some pretty unarguable facts. There was a lot of information packed into this book examining many different areas from Mexican cartels to prison versus rehab for addicts. Rahtz sticks to the facts and there is not a lot of jargon.

This was well written and flowed nicely but I did find that I needed to put it down and come back in order to digest all that was written. Definitely worth the read though.

Rating: 4

Reviewed by: KellyR

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Unbound by Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan

Unbound

Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan

Paperback: 384 pages

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin; Reprint edition

Publication Date: December 24, 2012

ISBN-10: 1250032644

ISBN-13: 978-1250032645

Book Description (from Amazon)

London’s most celebrated courtesan, The Blackbird, was a woman before her time—uninhibited, financially independent, and free to live by her own rules. Schooled in the sensual arts by the one man she loved the most, she recorded every wicked detail in her diaries…

When Boston museum curator Piper Chase-Pierpont unearths The Blackbird’s steamy memoirs, she’s aroused and challenged by what she finds. Could the courtesan’s diaries  be used as a modern girl’s guide to finding love and empowerment? One curious curator—and one very lucky man—are about to find out…

My Thoughts

Unbound was a very erotic and sensual read. It jumped between the present and the past and was the story of Ophelia and Piper, two woman from two different times. Piper finds the diaries of the courtesan, The Blackbird, a woman before her time, and was aroused.

I loved the storyline, the twists and turns as well as seeing Piper grow into her own. I found myself laughing, crying and smiling as I read. I could not put this book down. This book will appeal to readers of erotica. It would definitely be a must read. I don’t say this too often, but this is one book I will read again!

Rating: 4.5

Heat Rating: Hot/Wild Ride

Reviewed by: KellyR

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